Maria Sharapova moved to the third round of the Australian Open with the first back-to-back shutouts in a major in almost three decades. Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur extended a run of flops at her home Grand Slam.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal was taken to five sets at Roland Garros for the first time today before beating John Isner of the U.S. in the opening round of the French Open. Kim Clijsters , Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova also won.
French Open champion Li Na became the highest seed to exit Wimbledon in a three-set loss to Sabine Lisicki, while Serena Williams recovered from a set down to reach round three and Roger Federer advanced in straight sets.
Serena Williams is back at the U.S. Open for the first time since a match-ending foot fault two years ago, with changes in her public image and her competition at the season’s final Grand Slam tennis tournament.