By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — It was billed as a supreme battle. One which either sister could win. It was 38-year-old Venus vs. 36-year-old Serena in “Sister Act 30” before a sold-out Friday night crowd. And it all started way back at the Australian Open in 1998 when Venus defeated her younger […]Read more "It’s Serena over Venus by a landslide"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Fans flock to his practices. They wait hours upon hours for a chance to get his autograph in clothing stores. His name is Roger Federer and he may be the most popular athlete in the world right now. If not, he is certainly on even footing with […]Read more "Federer remains the king of Flushing"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — So who will win the 2018 U.S. Open women’s singles title? Well, at least 10 women have more than a strong chance. And that hasn’t happened for years. It is good for the sport. Our picks? Either No. 17 seed Serena Williams, or No. 3 seed and […]Read more "Serena, Sloane advance on Day One"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Get ready, U.S. Open. Here comes 16-year-old, 5-foot-6 Whitney Osuigwe fresh from The IMG Academy. The 2017 French Open Girls’ Champion at the age of 15 won the USTA 18 and under Girls’ title in San Diego earlier this year to earn the coveted main draw wild […]Read more "Welcome To Whitney’s World"
By Richard Kent NEW YORK — It was the most unlikely of days ending with one of the most unlikely of coincidences. American Sloane Stephens defeated Anastasija Sevastova, a very game Latvian, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, behind some clutch net play and despite being down a break in the 3rd and deciding set. And then […]Read more "Sloane,Venus set to meet in Open semis"
By Richard Kent NEW YORK — It has been a special U.S. Open for many American women. Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe immediately come to mind. None more so than 24-year-old Sloane Stephens. The 5-foot- 7 child prodigy, who defeated then No. 3 Serena Williams to reach the semis of the 2013 Wimbledon, finds herself in the quarter-finals […]Read more "Stephens Joins Venus in Open Quarters"
By Richard Kent NEW YORK — It was, as predicted, an epic battle between two players, once both with unbridled promise and unlimited skill. Frenchman Gael Monfils. the no. 18 seed and a former semi-finalist, outlasted American Donald Young, the fan favorite on a packed Grandstand, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. Young has been known for his five-set […]Read more "Young vs. Monfils: One To Remember"
By Richard Kent NEW YORK — Let’s start by stating that the U.S. Open is the greatest and best-run sporting event in the world. Few would question that conclusion. There were a couple of issues which have come up to date in this year’s Open, which need to be addressed. First, the top half of […]Read more "This and That from The U.S. Open"
By Richard Kent NEW YORK — She is finally 21 years old and it seems like she has played tennis for years. That is Chicago native and Atlanta resident, Taylor Townsend. She owns a current rank of no. 119 and has been ranked as high as no. 94. Townsend is unseeded in this year’s US […]Read more "Taylor’s Quest"
By Richard Kent NEW YORK — He is now 32 years old and once was dubbed as a player with unlimited potential. He has never done better than a semifinal finish in a Major, yet has been ranked as high as fifth in the world. He has won over $20 million dollars in prize money. He […]Read more "Mr. Tsonga’s Opus"