Maria Sharapova is back in the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time since winning the title in 2006.
Serena Williams lost her cool and her 19-match winning streak at the Western & Southern Open. Sister Venus did much better, reaching the semifinals for the first time this season.
Five-time champion Venus Williams lost in the opening round of Wimbledon for the first time since 1997, falling 6-1, 6-3 to Elena Vesnina of Russia.
In 2011, the women's sports landscape welcomed new champions and new fans. The next challenge: ensuring the financial viability of women's sports enterprises.
Andrea Cassara won his first major individual gold medal to give Italy's men's squad its third consecutive victory at the fencing world championships Thursday.
Li Na's landmark French Open victory sparked celebrations and recognition throughout Asia on Sunday, while China's state media told its athletes to learn from her as they prepare for the London Olympics.
Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Li Na and advanced to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open on Wednesday, knocking out the Chinese player who beat her at the Olympics.
China's top singles player Li Na might need surgery on her injured knee but will be fit for the Beijing Olympics, according to a leading China Tennis Association (CTA) official.