In dispatching Galina Voskoboeva in an hour at the Australian Open, Venus Williams displayed the form she had before she had to live with Sjogren's syndrome, Bonnie D. Ford writes.
It's a safe bet Russian women will once again turn up the tennis heat this season. But back home, Spartak Moscow, the country's most successful training academy, faces more challenges than ever.
Maria Sharapova fought off the elements, cobwebs and Tsvetana Pironkova to advance with a win reminiscent of the three-set escapes that have been her trademark lately.
A travel saga kept Russia's Vesna Dolonts from arriving Stateside until just a few hours before her loss to Venus Williams.
Billie Jean King thinks the Russian is playing the best she's ever seen her and, at 24, could win another major or two.
For the first time, all three top-seeded women have been eliminated before the quarterfinals, and even more upsets occurred at the junior level.
Just hours after the Nets pulled themselves out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, the Nuggets superstar made them question their decision with a big night against the Thunder. Melo and more in this edition of About Last Night.