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Who Has the Best Shots in Women’s Tennis?

Much has changed in four years in women’s tennis. In August 2014, when The New York Times last tried to determine the best strokes in the game, Li Na, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and Serena Williams were all reigning Grand Slam champions. Angelique Kerber had yet to win any major …

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Simona Halep Tries to Heal Before the WTA Final

It has been a career-defining year for Simona Halep. The 27-year-old has enjoyed her top-ranked perch since winning her first Grand Slam at the French Open in June, but all that is under threat. Battling a bad back and a four-game losing streak, Halep of Romania is racing to heal …

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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic Become Besties

Djokovic, from Serbia, and Federer, from Switzerland, have met 46 times since 2006. Over such a stretch, which Djokovic leads, 24-22, some controversy is almost inevitable. An outsider would have been troubled to discern their tepid relational history had they parachuted into Chicago last week. The stars teased each other …

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