Grand Slam

Li Na 'most influential player of the decade', says former great Chris Evert

Li Na soaks up the moment of her Australian Open victory alongside former great Chris Evert and Dominika Cibulkova in Melbourne. Evert says Li is destined for a place in tennis' Hall of Fame. Photo: AFP

Li Na is destined for more grand slams and a place in the Hall of Fame after the Australian Open win cemented her position as the most influential female player of the last decade, says former great Chris Evert.

Tuesday, 28 January, 2014, 11:50pm 1 comment

Hong Kong runner Andre Blumberg's Grand Slam quest

Blumberg in good form Just after the Robinson Flat aid station, or 30-mile mark. Photo: Michael Lebowitz

While Djokovic and co. fight it out at Wimbledon, there’s another Grand Slam taking place in the US that’s attracting a small but growing crowd – including the attention of Hongkongers.

4 Jul 2013 - 12:47pm 2 comments

Federer becoming tennis' Iron Man

Roger Federer

Never pulled out with injury. Never sent in a sick note. Never couldn't be bothered. Not only is Roger Federer the most successful male player ever, he's also becoming one of the most durable, the iron man of his, indeed any, generation, a presence as constant at tennis' major tournaments as strawberries and cream at Wimbledon and spectators with bad etiquette at the French Open.

2 Jun 2013 - 4:58am

Winning three grand slams takes pressure of Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic, with a turtle in hand, helps promote the Dubai Open this week. Photo: AFP

The 25-year-old Serbian's sensational spell of success in becoming a triple grand slam titleholder within one season left him feeling, he says, that he might never live up to the new image of himself which has suddenly emerged.

27 Feb 2013 - 5:36am

Serena Williams can claim tennis grand slam, says Navratilova

Serena Williams powers to victory over Maria Kirilenko. Photo: AFP

Martina Navratilova has backed Serena Williams to create history by sweeping to a calendar year grand slam.

The tennis legend described Williams as the greatest player of her generation and said "if anyone can, Serena can" achieve the holy grail of winning all four major titles in the same year.

23 Jan 2013 - 4:39am

Serena, hungry and fresh, eyes calendar-year slam

Serena Williams

No woman has come close to rivalling Serena Williams since she finished off her self-titled Serena Slam - capturing four consecutive major championships - by winning at Melbourne Park in 2003.

13 Jan 2013 - 7:06am

Novak Djokovic targets grand slams after 2012 heartbreaker

Andy Murray at full stretch with a forehand to hit a return to Janko Tipsarevic during their match in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Novak Djokovic believes he can become only the third man in history to hold all four majors at the same time in 2013 having come so agonisingly close last season.

29 Dec 2012 - 3:35am

Andy Murray praises rivals after US Open win

Britain's Andy Murray kisses the US Open trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic in an epic five-set final in New York. Photo: Reuters

Andy Murray may have captured the US Open and Olympic titles, but he insisted yesterday that Roger Federer and vanquished New York rival Novak Djokovic remain the standout players of 2012.

12 Sep 2012 - 10:14am

Li Na's singles success fires ambitions of HK youngsters

The success of American-born Chinese player Michael Chang - who won the French Open men's singles title at the age of 17 in 1989 - inspired many Chinese children to start playing tennis.

Twenty-two years later, China's Li Na, 29, won the women's title at this month's French Open to become her nation's first grand-slam singles champion.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Baber following in grand slam footsteps

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff might seem like a million miles away, but Gareth Baber's charges are keeping Wales' Six Nations grand slam success close to their hearts as they compete in the Sevens with new verve and vigour. 'You always try to do well in the Sevens,' said Baber, Wales' former captain-turned-coach who has led his team to the Cup quarter-finals.

30 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

All wound up

She is about to contest a 10th grand slam final, yet the only thing people want to know from Serena Williams is the identity of the man behind the 'god-dang watch'.

Television pictures showed the sun reflecting off the male supporter's wrist-watch during Williams' semi-final win over Nicole Vaidisova on Thursday.

27 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Sports Quiz

1: Who are the current Tri-Nations rugby union champions?

2: Which golfing rule did Colin Montgomerie break in the Indonesian Open?

3: How many grand slam singles tennis titles did Rod Laver win?

4: In which round did Muhammad Ali knock out George Foreman in the Rumble in the Jungle?

19 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Sports Quiz

1: Who among Stefan Edberg, Ken Rosewall, Boris Becker and Mats Wilander has not won six Grand Slam singles titles?

2: Which woman has won the most Grand Slam singles titles?

3: Which woman has won the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles and mixed combined?

4: Who won the 1997 US Open women's singles title?

23 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

'I'm confident the Hong Kong Open will be one of the Grand Slam events'

The feeling is mutual. Both squash sexes like being with each other. And expectant organisers and officials hope this week's cosy Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Men's and Women's Open will lead to the birth of four tennis-style Grand Slam events next year.

21 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Wimbledon Tennis 1999

Yesterday we celebrated the setting of the sun on the British Empire. Today we savour what remains of Britain's international greatness - its All England Lawn Tennis And Croquet Club and the Royal family who grace the Centre Court with their presence.

3 Jul 1999 - 12:00am