For more than a century, some of the best men’s tennis players in the world have gone to the Bay Area almost every year. But the winner of this year’s tournament, which begins Monday, will be the last. The SAP Open is being moved after this year, leaving the Bay Area without a men’s tournament.
Marion Bartoli won 11 consecutive games to beat Mallory Burdette of Stanford University, 7-5, 6-0, in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic on Thursday.
Four days after capturing the singles’ title at Wimbledon, the fourth-ranked and top-seeded Serena Williams beat reigning NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the Bank of the West on Wednesday.
Nicole Gibbs, a junior at Stanford, said she has never played better in her life. Now she gets to play the match of her life.
Roger Federer finally equaled Pete Sampras’ record at the All England Club, and won his 17th Grand Slam title overall, by beating Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 Sunday.
What happened on the clay at Roland Garros was proof that you don’t have to wait until the hyperbole of a final to see a tennis match worthy of a classic.
The 123-year-old event in San Jose, currently called the SAP Open, is moving to Memphis in 2014. The Memphis tournament is being sold and shifted to Rio de Janeiro.
Milos Raonic captured a second straight SAP Open championship Sunday behind a powerful serve nobody in San Jose could solve.
Andy Roddick lost to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the SAP Open on Friday night.
Ryan Harrison advanced to the quarterfinals of the SAP Open, closing with a flourish to beat Robbie Ginepri 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (0) on Thursday night.