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October 24th, 2014

Coric Ends Nadal’s Season In Basel, Federer Overwhelms Dimitrov; Ferrer v Murray In Valencia

Almost three months after putting Nick Kyrgios on the map at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal did it again today by shining the spotlight on another teen, this time on 17-year-old Borna Coric who blitzed Nadal 6-2, 7-6 in the Basel quarters.

Coric, a mature speedster with a heady game, stormed out to a 5-0 lead in the first and then hung on for the win over Rafa who really looked like someone who didn’t want to be out on the court. …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:22 pm in Fall Season | 10 Comments »

October 24th, 2014

Rafael Nadal To Undergo Appendix Surgery On Nov 3, Will Miss Paris And London

Rafael Nadal’s 2014 season is over. In his final match of the year Nadal lost to 17-year-old teen Borna Coric 6-2, 7-6 in the quarterfinals at Basel.

After the shock defeat Nadal confirmed that he will undergo surgery for his appendicitis on Monday, November 3. The procedure will force him the miss the Paris Indoors and the ATP Finals in London, two events he’s never won.

“I have maximum respect for both tournaments,” Nadal said. “I love the city of Paris …

Posted by Staff @ 4:02 pm in 2014 Season | 26 Comments »

October 24th, 2014

Simona Halep: I’m Not Afraid To Play Serena Again!!!

Simona Halep held Serena Williams’s fate at the WTA Finals in her hand today. A straight set loss to Ana Ivanovic would have eliminated Serena from the event she had won four times. A set win would put Serena in the semifinals.

In the match, Halep led Ivanovic 52 in the first set before losing in a breaker 76. With Ivanovic holding the momentum and the motivation – to qualify herself from the semifinals – and Serena fans queasy, Halep, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:46 pm in WTA Championships | No Comments »

October 24th, 2014

Serena Williams Clinches The 2014 No. 1 Ranking, Goes To A Mariah Carey Concert With Wozniacki

With Maria Sharapova elimination from the WTA Finals in Singapore, Serena Williams officially clinched the WTA’s year-end No. 1 ranking.

It marks the fourth time in Serena’s career that the American has finished a season ranked No. 1 after 2002, 2009 and 2013. She’s also just the fifth player in WTA history to do it four or more times after Steffi Graf (who did it eight times), Martina Navratilova (seven times), Chris Evert (five times) and Lindsay Davenport (also four times).

“I …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:22 pm in WTA, WTA Championships, Year-End No. 1 | 3 Comments »

October 24th, 2014

Serena v Wozniacki, Halep v Radwanska in WTA Finals Semis

Serena Williams back-doored her way into WTA Finals semifinal round on Friday while Maria Sharapova was eliminated from contention in Singapore.

Sharapova was out after she failed to defeat Aggie Radwanska on Friday in round robin play in straight sets, while Caroline Wozniacki’s straight-set win over Petra Kvitova secured Radwanska into the semis.

Wozniacki, now into the Saturday semifinals where she will meet her friend Serena, would not have even qualified for the year-end champion had not Li Na withdrew from the …

Posted by Staff @ 11:25 am in WTA Championships | 3 Comments »

October 24th, 2014

Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Paris For “Personal Reasons”, Will He Have Appendix Surgery Next Week?

Citing “personal reasons”, Rafael Nadal officially withdrew from the Paris Masters next week. Nadal, who is battling appendicitis, will play through the Basel event but will forego the final Masters 1000 event of the season.

The withdrawal likely also indicates Nadal will miss the London Finals so he can undergo surgery to remove his inflamed appendix.

Nadal has never won the Paris Indoors.

The tournament also announced the withdrawals of Ernests Gulbis and Marin Cilic.

Posted by Staff @ 10:03 am in Paris | 18 Comments »

October 23rd, 2014

WTA Finals: Halep Makes Semis, Will She Allow Serena To Join Her?

One of the downsides of round robin play in the awkward situation we have on Friday at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Simona Halep, who won her group and qualified for a spot in the semifinals on Saturday, holds Serena Williams’s fate in the tournament on her racquet.

Halep, who beat Serena along with Genie Bouchard, in 2-0 and on top of her Red Group. Serena, a 6-1, 6-1, winner today over Bouchard, is 2-1. Ivanovic is 1-1 and now plays …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:58 pm in WTA Championships | 18 Comments »

October 23rd, 2014

Federer v Dimitrov, Nadal v Coric In Basel; Murray, Ferrer Alive In Valencia

A couple of good matches are lined up Friday in Basel. Five-time tournament champion – and favorite to win a sixth – Roger Federer meets his younger doppelganger Grigor Dimitrov. Rafael Nadal is also in quarterfinal action against rising star Borna Coric.

Federer dropped the first to Denis Istomin today before recovering to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. I was able to only catch the first set, a set in which Federer looked pretty flat and listless.

“I thought I was lacking rhythm …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:26 pm in Fall Season | 96 Comments »

October 22nd, 2014

Federer, Nadal Breeze In Basel; Murray, Ferrer Advance In Valencia

Top tennis draws Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both breezed today in early round play in Basel. Playing in his first match, home favorite and 5-time tournament champion Federer blew out Gilles Muller 6-1, 6-2 in just 47 minutes.

“I am very happy with how the first round went here,” said Federer. “It was totally different to Shanghai, when I saved five match points [v Mayer]. This time around, I was really in control from the get-go. I hope I can …

Posted by Staff @ 7:08 pm in Fall Season | 48 Comments »

October 22nd, 2014

Serena Williams Blasted by Halep in Embarrassment

World No. 1 Serena Williams was made to look like a failed qualifier on Tuesday at the WTA Finals in Singapore, receiving a 6-0, 6-2 beatdown at the hands of Romanian former world No. 2 Simona Halep.

Williams described the encounter as “embarrassing” in a post-match conference where she maintained a smile while at the same time looking like she could begin crying at any moment.

“My forehand was off today,” Williams said. “It’s obviously gone on an early vacation. My serve …

Posted by Staff @ 10:42 am in Tennis | 4 Comments »


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ATP - Oct 20 WTA - Oct 20
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 David Ferrer5 Na Li
6 Tomas Berdych6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Kei Nishikori7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Marin Cilic8 Ana Ivanovic
9 Milos Raonic9 Caroline Wozniacki
10 Andy Murray10 Angelique Kerber
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