The tennis world reacted with stunned disbelief on Thursday as word of Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli's retirement spread, leaving the sport without one of its most popular champions and intriguing personalities.
The US Tennis Association rolled out ambitious plans on Thursday for a weather-beating retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main court of the 22,500-seat US Open Grand Slam.
The fifth seed Li Na from China beat German Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 in a last 16 match at the Western & Southern Open on Thursday, and automatically moved to the last four because of the retreat of Agnieszka Radwanska.
Factbox on Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, who announced her retirement from tennis at 28 after a second round loss at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will not compete at this month's US Open tennis Grand Slam after failing to recover in time from a knee injury.
Li Na advanced into the semifinals of Cincinnati Masters as Agnieszka Radwanska withdrew from the tournament Thursday to attend the funeral of her grandfather in her native Poland.
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray set out on another collision course after the world's top two players strolled into the third round of the Western and Southern Open on Wednesday.
Li Na of China hits a return to Lauren Davis of the US during their women's singles match at the Cincinnati Open tennis tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio August 14, 2013.
Even though she did not drop a set in winning her eighth title of the season at the Rogers Cup on Sunday, Serena Williams believes she can play even better heading into the US Open.
Rafael Nadal defeated two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2) in a thrilling, two-and-a-half-hour match Saturday night to reach the Rogers Cup final.
World No 1 Serena Williams continued her success at the Rogers Cup with a tough 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory over No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-final round.
Li Na, the world No 5 ranked player, was stunned by No 27 ranked Sorana Cirstea of Romania in the semi-final of the Rogers Cup on Saturday afternoon.