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Finally, This Is It for Clijsters

After her latest last, her final news conference before her final Grand Slam tournament, Kim Clijsters retreated to the players’ lawn at the United States Open. Three childre...

Ferrer Ripe for Early Upset

Howdy, tennis fans. It’s time once again to break out the cape, tall conical hat (the one with the astrological signs and iridescent stars embroidered on it), and my trusty...

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Federer's Previous Brilliance Returns

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Emotional Murray: 'I'm Getting Closer'

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Murray Must Come Out Swinging

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Clijsters Ousted in Final Wimbledon

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Fish, Baker Win Opening Matches

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Clijsters Wins, But Isner Tumbles

It's an article of faith that the most successful players at Wimbledon are the ones who are the most liquid movers, which would make you think that Jelena Jankovic had good reason ...

10 Best Never to Win a Grand Slam

As the best tennis players in the world hit the slick green (for now, anyway) grass at the All England Club in Wimbledon, it feels like the right time to pose the timeless questi...

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Clijsters in Her Final Wimbledon

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Murray Finds Peace on Centre Court

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Looks Like Serena Over Sharapova

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Victory Means a Lot to Champion

Maria Sharapova was ahead, and that was the problem. She was up a set and a break on an opponent who appeared to be hopelessly overmatched. She was four games from winning a tourna...

Murray Remains Outsider on Clay

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Tsonga Tops Wawrinka in 5 Sets

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Women's Top Seed Azarenka Out

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Stosur Curtails Stephens' Run

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Murray Whips Giraldo in 3-Setter

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Youzhny 'SORRI' for Bad Outing

Mikhail Youzhny was having such a bad day in the third round of the French Open that he felt the need to apologize, right on court during the match. The 27th-seeded Russian scrape...

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Upstart Goffin to Face Federer

David Goffin looks like a boy in a sport increasingly populated by older men. But he is in elite, experienced company now in the round of 16 of the French Open. Goffin, a slender...

American Teen Stephens Advances

Sloane Stephens of the United States discovered that nerves are natural on a big stage and shrugged them off Friday in a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the French Open over Mathilde Johanss...

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American Teen, Sharapova Advance

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American Women Off to 10-0 Start

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