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Vic Braden, legendary tennis coach, dies at 85

- Associated Press

“Rest in Peace, Vic Braden.,” Chris Evert wrote on her Twitter account. “Innovative, cutting edge kind of guy. Will miss his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game. He’ll be greatly missed.”

Serena Williams, reacts after a shot against Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Serena Williams cruises to 3rd straight U.S. Open title

- Associated Press

Williams equaled Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 major singles titles, the fourth-most in history. Williams also matched Evert’s total of six championships at the U.S. Open.

Mike, left, and Bob Bryan watch a replay on the screen during a semifinal doubles match against Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Bryan brothers win U.S. Open doubles title for 5th time

- Associated Press

It’s the Bryan brothers’ 16th Grand Slam title, extending their record. But it’s their first since 2013 Wimbledon. They were in danger of finishing a year without a major championship for the first time since 2004.

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, wipes sweat from his face between points against Marin Cilic, of Croatia, during the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Who are these guys? Federer, Djokovic stunned in U.S. Open semis

- Associated Press

Instead of the No. 1-seeded Djokovic against the No. 2-seeded Federer — who have combined to win 24 major championships — in Monday’s final, it will be No. 10 Kei Nishikori against No. 14 Marin Cilic, neither of whom has ever appeared in a Grand Slam title match.

Serena Williams, returns a shot against Ekaterina Makarova, of Russia,  during the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Pals Williams, Wozniacki play for U.S. Open trophy

- Associated Press

Back in May, in the aftermath of early losses for both at the French Open, good friends Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki - who also was about a week removed from the end of her engagement to golf’s Rory McIlroy - flew from Paris to Miami and hung out.

Kei Nishikori, of Japan, reacts after defeating Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, during the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Nishikori stuns Djokovic in U.S. Open semifinals

- Associated Press

Japan’s Kei Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a Grand Slam final, stunning top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in stifling heat Saturday at the U.S. Open.

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates his win over Gael Monfils, of France, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in New York. Federer defeated Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Federer saves 2 match points, reaches U.S. Open semifinals

- Associated Press

Roger Federer saved two match points while coming all the way back from a two-set deficit to beat Gael Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 Thursday night and reach the U.S. Open semifinals for the first time since 2011.

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Serena Williams of the US gestures to the chair umpire during her singles match against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore,Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Serena bounces back to best at WTA Finals

- Associated Press

Serena Williams awoke on Thursday dreading playing tennis. By the end of the day, her doubts were defeated and she was still in the running for a third straight WTA Finals crown.

Canada's Milos Raonic returns a ball to Donald Young of the US during their match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Georgios Kefalas)

Raonic beats Young to reach Swiss Indoors quarters

Associated Press

Fourth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada hit 22 aces, including on match point, to beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2) Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a forehand return against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during their singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

Williams beats Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 at WTA Finals

- Associated Press

Serena Williams rebounded from the worst beating of her professional career to rout Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 at the WTA Finals on Thursday, yet her title defense remain in the balance.

Serena Williams of the US reacts after hitting an autographed ball into the crowd following her win over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard during their singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore,Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Serena receives Tarpischev apology

Associated Press

Serena Williams says she has received a written apology from Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev for offensive comments in which he called her and sister Venus the "Williams brothers."

Serena Williams of the U.S. sits in her chair between games during her singles match against Romania's Simona Halep at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Halep routs Serena Williams at WTA Finals

- Associated Press

Serena Williams did not hesitate when asked to describe her performance Wednesday, when she took her heaviest defeat since she was 16 years old.

Tuesday's Sports Briefs

- Associated Press

Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Indian Wells tourney generates higher econ impact

Associated Press

The BNP Paribas Open that combines the ATP and WTA tennis tours in a two-week tournament had an estimated gross economic impact on the Coachella Valley of nearly $374 million.

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns a ball to France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert during their round of sixteen match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.  (AP Photo/Keystone,Georgios Kefalas)

Nadal into quarterfinals; Federer into 2nd round

Associated Press

After Rafael Nadal reached the Swiss Open quarterfinals in 57 minutes with a 6-1, 6-1 win against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert, top-seeded Roger Federer crushed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-2, 6-1 in just 46 minutes to reach the second round on Wednesday.

Russia's Maria Sharapova makes a backhand return to Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki during their singles match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore,Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Wozniacki beats Sharapova at WTA Finals

- Associated Press

Caroline Wozniacki credited her training for next month's New York Marathon as a key factor in her victory over Maria Sharapova in a grueling three-set match in the WTA Finals on Tuesday.

US tennis player Steve Johnson  returns a ball to Canada's Milos Raonic during their first round match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.   (AP Photo/Keystone,Georgios Kefalas)

Raonic & Karlovic through to Swiss Indoors 2nd rd

Associated Press

Fourth-seeded Milos Raonic hit 12 aces and saved all five break points he faced as he beat Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the first round of the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday.

Nadal beats Bolelli 6-2, 6-2 at Swiss Indoors

Associated Press

Rafael Nadal marked his return to the Swiss Indoors after a 10-year absence with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Italian qualifier Simone Bolelli in the first round on Monday.

Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev talks during the official ceremony after the final match at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 by the WTA Tour and suspended from tour involvement for a year for questioning Venus and Serena Williams' gender in comments on Russian television. The WTA Tour said Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, that the $25,000 fine is the maximum allowed under tour rules and that it is seeking Tarpischev's removal as chairman of the Kremlin Cup tournament for one year. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

IOC seeks explanation of Russian member's comments

Associated Press

The International Olympic Committee is asking Russian member Shamil Tarpischev for a "full explanation" of his comments about Venus and Serena Williams that led to him being fined and suspended by the women's tennis tour.