In ESPN The Magazine's Conspiracy Issue, Howard Bryant writes that Sloane Stephens is discovering that it is much easier to generate hype than it is to live up to it.
Don't hand the title to Serena Williams just yet. Victoria Azarenka has her own agenda, one that includes a big trophy.
When it was all said and done, seven former top-ranked players were out of Wimbledon and a player ranked in the 100s will earn a quarterfinal berth. A strange day indeed, Howard Bryant writes.
It was a day of devastating attrition as players pulled out of Wimbledon in record fashion.
On the court, life has been fabulous for Serena Williams. But off it, things haven't gone so smoothly.
They are not the best players in the game. But the Maria Sharapova-Victoria Azarenka rivalry makes one heck of an undercard.
For all the extraordinary aspects of tennis, the game has its issues. Fortunately, we have solutions that might solve most of the problems.
Intimidation is far secondary to the efficiency and power of Serena Williams' game. They are the reason she's so intimidating.
Maria Sharapova beats virtually everyone else in the game but the space between her and Serena Williams is gulf-like. David Ferrer has done well, except against the Big Four. What explains the gap?
For Howard Bryant, 2012 will be remembered not only for the great players and the great matches and the terrific storylines, but also for the individual, sometimes history-shifting moments of competition.
Full-scale chaos ensued Sunday night in New York. Some survived. Others did not.
Serena Williams hit 13 aces and powered her way back to the semifinals at Wimbledon in hopes of taking her fifth title at the All England Club.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer did nothing but survive on this day -- something Victoria Azarenka should take note of.
During the week in Madrid, the new blue clay surface has been discussed as if players were now being asked to play tennis underwater. The head games leading to the French Open are in full swing.
Victoria Azarenka walloped Maria Sharapova (again) to win Indian Wells. And this begs the question: When will the world No. 1 ever lose a match?