Surging Safina, and the struggles of Federer and Nadal
Dinara SafinaRussian wins the biggest title of her career, taking down a welter of top players to win the German Open. Particularly, with Justine Henin struggling and Maria Sharapova battling injuries, here's a real Roland Garros contender.
Novak DjokovicSerb scores another big-time title, winning Rome. If we had told you a week ago that his opponent in the final would have been from Switzerland, would Stanilas Wawrinka have been your first guess?
Andy RoddickBefore retiring in the semis with a back injury, American turned in a terrific clay result, including a three-set win over Tommy Robredo.
Anastasia MyskinaFormer French Open champ gives birth to a baby boy, Zhenya, on April 28.
Venus WilliamsLook for her tonight on HBO?s Real Sports, dishing with Bryant Gumbel.
Bryant: "You love [Hank Kuehne]?"
Venus: "Why do you have to be asking that? I hatetalking about my private life like this."
Bryant: "I'm simply asking, do you love him?"
Venus: "I think he's a great guy. I love him. Thanks, Bryant. That's against every rule that Serena and I have made up."
Bryant: "That's okay. It's always guys who don't say the L word."
Venus: "I know. But it's very uncomfortable."
Bryant: "Does he love you?"
Venus: "He?d better."
Doubles winnersBlack and Huber in Berlin. The BryanBrothers (left), who look to be back in business, win in Rome.
Jelena DokicRemember me? Former top five player wins the Florence ITF event?her first title of any sort since 2002 -- and salvages a match point against Mirjana Lucic in the process.
The Sonoma State men's and Tuskegee women's tennis teamsHonored as April's recipients of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Sportsmanship Award.
ESPNLands rights to cover U.S. Open starting in 2009.
The Battistone BrothersWe appreciate the innovation.But can this possibly be legal?
Fernando Gonzalez and Gael Monfils (left)As much as we hate to traffic in overstatement, this is the mostbizarre?and vaguely disturbing?photo we?ve seen lately.
Consider this a caption contest. Winners get swag.
Roger FedererForgettable year continues with a loss in Rome to Radek Stepanek. We?re still holding ourshares of Federer LLC, but this has been a rough quarter.
Justine HeninSee Federer. A shadow of the player who dominated the second half of 2008, Henin plays passively and loses in Berlin.
Serena WilliamsFalls to Dinara Safina (no great shame there) snapping a 17-match win streak. But then compounds matters with another vintage self-assessment. "I didn't play well today, in no way whatsoever ... I could tell you 50 things I could go out there and do better. But it's better to lose when you've played badly than to lose when you've played well."
Rafael NadalDue in part to nasty blisters, Spaniard suffers a rare loss on clay in Rome.
Nicola VaidisovaBoy, have the wheels come off of this race car.
Injury ManiaFans in Rome saw a total of 10 games Saturday as both matches ended in withdrawals. As for the WTA, this should be mandatory reading.