W.N.B.A. Season Preview: Does a Ring Await Elena Delle Donne?

As the W.N.B.A. enters its 23rd season, there’s been plenty of focus about what’s missing. Whether it’s the twin injury losses of Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird from the defending champion Seattle Storm, the time off for Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx, or the less-severe-but-significant absences of Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury and…

Power Players Learn to Love — Well, Like — the Clay

ROME — Karolina Pliskova, who won the Italian Open on Sunday, has something in common with Madison Keys and Petra Kvitova, who also claimed titles on clay this spring: it’s their least favorite surface. The three play fairly similar games, built on first-strike power tennis and minimal movement — a combination that is often ineffective…