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Defending Champ Bencic Bounced Out Of Dubai, Kenin Upset By Rybakina

Posted by Staff on February 18th, 2020 @ 8:08 pm

Belinda Bencic’s title defense came to a quick crashing end in Dubai Tuesday as the Swiss fell to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round 1-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Pavyuchenkova lost the first 19 points of the match then improbably won 12 of the last 13 games against the world No. 4.

“I just kept on fighting, still trying to hit every ball, trying to be there,” said Pavlyuchenkova. “Mentally I was quite positive, …

Muguruza Stops Clijsters’ Comeback In Dubai

Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2020 @ 10:52 pm

Kim Clijsters made a strong return to tennis after over 7 years, pushing Australian Open finalist Garbine Muguruza in a 6-2, 7-6(6) loss in the opening round in Dubai on Monday.

Playing in her first WTA match since the 2012 US Open, the 36-year-old Clijsters was rattled early falling behind 6-2, 3-0. But the 3-time Grand Slam champion mounted a spirited comeback, going toe-to-toe with the Spaniard before falling just short …

Bertens Defends St. Petersburg Title Over Rybakina

Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2020 @ 12:29 am

Kiki Bertens won her second straight St. Petersburg title beating Elena Rybakina 6-1, 6-3 Sunday in Russia.

“To defend your title, it’s always something special,” said Bertens. “You come with such great memories, and if it happens where you have a beautiful trophy again, I’m more than happy.

“This week was a really tough week,” Bertens added. “We lost Saturday night in the deciding doubles, 7-6 in the third set and 10-8 …

Thiem Makes Return In Rio

Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2020 @ 12:15 am

Following his final run at the Australian Open, Dominic Thiem will make his return to his favorite clay surface in Rio this week.

Thiem will be heavily favored in his first clay event since the summer. The Austrian will be up against players like Dusan Lajovic, Guido Pella, Cristian Garin, Borna Coric and Casper Ruud.

Thiem will open against Brazilian wildcard Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves as he bids for a second Rio …

Tsitsipas Seeks To Get On Track In Marseille Title Defense; Medvedev, Shapovalov Lurk

Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2020 @ 12:00 am

Defending champion Stefanos Tsitispas and Daniil Medvedev headline the Marseille indoor event.

After his big ATP Finals crown in November, Tsitsipas enters off a sub-par 3-4 start to 2020.

Tsitsipas and top seed Medvedev will be joined by fellow youngsters Denis Shapovalov, rising teen Jannik Sinner, 2018 champ Karen Khachanov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz.

Also in the field are veterans Benoit Paire, David Goffin, Marin Cilic, Richard Gasquet and 2-time winner Gilles …

Edmund Victorious Over Seppi For New York Open Title

Posted by Staff on February 16th, 2020 @ 11:39 pm

Kyle Edmund collected his second career title down Andreas Seppi 7-5, 6-1 in the Sunday final at the New York Open.

”There’s a lot hard work throughout the year, a lot of ups and downs that you don’t see behind the scenes. To win this title means a lot to me,” Edmund said following his first title since 2018 Antwerp.

The Brit lost just one set though only faced one player in …

Ruud Wins First Title In Buenos Aires, Becomes First Norwegian Tennis Champion

Posted by Staff on February 16th, 2020 @ 11:28 pm

Casper Ruud become the first Norwegian man to win an ATP title beating lucky loser Pedro Sousa 6-1, 6-4 in the finals at Buenos Aires.

Ruud, whose father Christian reached a career high NO. 39 and made one final, will now reach a career high No. 39 after his first win.

“I feel a great sensation now. It is what all players look for and dream of. I am very happy with …

Monfils Wins Second Straight Title, Beats Auger-Aliassime In Rotterdam

Posted by Staff on February 16th, 2020 @ 11:11 pm

Gael Monfils won his second title in as many weeks taking down Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2, 6-4 to claim the Rotterdam crown.

Monfils, who just won Montpellier last Sunday, has won his last nine matches, and he swept through Rotterdam without dropping a set.

“It’s an amazing feeling for the first time for me to back it up, year after year, week after week,” said Monfils who reached the Rotterdam final in …

Kyrgios, Raonic Top Seeds At Delray Beach

Posted by Staff on February 15th, 2020 @ 11:43 am

Following a thrilling run to the fourth round at the Australian Open, Nick Kyrgios is back on the courts this week at the Delray Beach Open where he’ll be the top seed.

The 24-year-old Kyrgios will open play against the dangerous American Tommy Paul who upset Grigor Dimitrov in five sets at Melbourne.

2018 winner Frances Tiafoe will face off against Australian Open quarterfinalist Tennys Sandgren with a potential shot at Krygios …

Kim Clijsters Makes Return To Tennis In Dubai; 6 Of Top 10 Entered

Posted by Staff on February 15th, 2020 @ 11:20 am

Seven years after retiring (for a second time), Kim Clijsters will make her return to tennis this upcoming week in Dubai.

The 36-year-old former No. 1 announced her intention of getting back on the tour in September. A knee injury derailed her bid to play in Australian again, though.

Her last event was was a second round loss to Laura Robson at the 2012 US Open.

“The love for the sport is …

Roger Federer To Play Just French Open During 2020 Clay Season

Posted by Staff on February 15th, 2020 @ 11:00 am

Roger Federer’s agent, Tony Godsick, confirmed the Swiss will return to the clay in 2020, but play just one clay court event, that at the French Open.

Just got the confirmation from Tony Godsick that rumours are not true that @rogerfederer will play Masters-Tournaments in Rome and Madrid 2020. Probably only Roland Garros on clay

— rene stauffer (@staffsky) February 13, 2020

Last year, …

Garin Takes Down Schwartzman For Cordoba Title

Posted by Staff on February 10th, 2020 @ 12:27 am

Chile’s Cristian Garin came from a set down to stun home hero Diego Schwartzman 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 to win the Cordoba title.

Garin’s win was the third of his career, all on clay and all in three sets.

The 23-year-old Garin is now 2-1 against Schwartzman on clay. And the title turned around a poor start. Garin was just 1-5 entering the event.

The 31st-ranked Garin is now projected to reach a new …

Medvedev, Tsitsipas Lead Rotterdam Field

Posted by Staff on February 10th, 2020 @ 12:06 am

Seven of the Top 15 players in the world will be in Rotterdam this week led by young stars Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Montpellier winner and defending champion Gael Monfils is seeded third followed by David Goffin, Fabio Fognini, Roberto Bautista Agut, Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov.

Medvedev will take on Vasek Pospisil who just made the Montpellier finals. Tsitsipas takes on Hubert Hurkacz, Shapovalov drew Grigor Dimitrov and Fognini collides …

Big Men Reign At New York Open, Kyrgios Withdraws, Sock Returns

Posted by Staff on February 9th, 2020 @ 8:19 pm

Top draw Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the New York due to a shoulder, but the tournament has a lot of big draws and big men.

Many of the giants of the game will assemble at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island including top two seeds John Isner and Milos Raonic, plus Ivo Karlovic, 2018 winner Kevin Anderson and defending champion Reilly Opelka.

Isner could meet Karlovic in the second round and then …

USA Survives Latvian Upset Bid In Fed Cup, Serena Loses

Posted by Staff on February 9th, 2020 @ 7:49 pm

The full line-up of teams competing at the inaugural Fed Cup Finals in Budapest, Hungary on 14-19 April has been confirmed following the conclusion of the Qualifiers.

Belarus, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and USA will join 2019 finalists France and Australia, wild card Czech Republic and host nation Hungary, bidding to be crowned world champions in Budapest.

USA won a fifth rubber over a tough Latvian team who won both …