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Kerber Out Of Stuttgart In First Match, Sharapova Marches On

Posted by Staff on April 27th, 2017 @ 6:26 pm

Angelique Kerber’s struggles this season continued Thursday in Stuttgart. Playing in front of her home fans, the world No. 2 was bounced by Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 7-5 in her opening match.

Kerber had just made her first final of the year last week in Monterrey, so hopes were high the lefty could continue to improve, but a poor serving day cost the 2-time Stuttgart champion.

While Kerber falls to 0-7 vs Top …

Nadal, Murray Move Into Barcelona QFs; Chung Ousts Zverev

Posted by Staff on April 27th, 2017 @ 6:09 pm

Tournament favorites Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray both rolled into the quarterfinals of Barcelona on Thursday.

Nadal, who is seeking a 10th Barcelona title, eased past big bomber Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4.

“It wasn’t a day where I took a lot of free points because the court was very heavy. But I was serving well, at a good speed and changing directions well,” said Nadal who never faced a break point. “I …

Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray Advance In Barcelona

Posted by Staff on April 27th, 2017 @ 12:43 am

King of Clay Rafael Nadal and World No. 1 Andy Murray both advanced into the third round Wednesday in Barcelona.

Murray, who take a late wildcard to get more match play, got none when his opponent, Bernard Tomic, withdrew due to a back injury. Murray will face Feliciano Lopez on Thursday.

Seeking a 10th title in Barcelona, Nadal took the court with his name on it and destroyed Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-1, …

Maria Sharapova Victorious Over Vinci In Return From Drug Ban

Posted by Staff on April 27th, 2017 @ 12:35 am

Playing in her first match after serving a 15-month doping ban, Maria Sharapova returned a winner Wednesday in Stuttgart. The Russian former No. 1 overcame a 2-0 first set start to defeat Roberta 7-5, 6-3.

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Sharapova said.

“I don’t know what type of expectations I had,” she added. “I’ve been visualizing it and thinking about it, but I don’t know. I think I was …

Maria Sharapova Reportedly Won’t Get A French Open Main Draw Wildcard

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 25th, 2017 @ 5:13 pm

According to a report, Maria Sharapova wish for a main draw French Open wildcard will be denied. Daily Telegraph writer Simon Briggs broke the news yesterday, revealing the French Open will not give the former champion a main draw wildcard but instead likely offer her one into the qualifying.

The tournament is scheduled to officially announce their wildcards on May 15. Sharapova’s bid for a main draw spot has been …

Serena Williams Fires Back At Ilie Nastase, Calling Romanian A Racist

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 25th, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Serena Williams didn’t take long to hit back at the comments made by Ilie Nastase over the weekend. During Fed Cup, Nastase was heard to have said, ““Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?” in reference to Serena pregnancy.

Serena took to Instagram with this statement:
“It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and …

Sharapova Set for Possibly-Unwelcoming 2017 Debut at Stuttgart; WTA Preview

Posted by Staff on April 24th, 2017 @ 10:52 am

The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, started today, but it doesn’t really start until Wednesday.

That’s the day Maria Sharapova’s ITF ban for doping ends, and she’ll take to the court immediately in Stuttgart with a wildcard entry, to the disgust of many of her fellow top WTA players, and many tennis fans.

The 30-year-old will try and pick up where her career left off 15 months ago when she …

Rafael Nadal Closes Gap With Roger Federer For Rankings Race Lead

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 24th, 2017 @ 9:42 am

Thanks to his 10th Monte Carlo title, Rafael Nadal is now on the verge of passing Roger Federer for the lead in the 2017 ATP Race. Nadal added 1,000 points after beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas, and he now stands just 810 points behind the idle Federer.

Nadal now looks likely to pass Federer before the French and surely will be No. 1 heading into the grass.

52-week No. 1 …

Nadal, Murray Vie for ATP Barcelona Crown; Budapest; ATP Previews

Posted by Staff on April 24th, 2017 @ 12:57 am

BARCELONA OPEN BANC SABADELL
Barcelona, Spain; surface: red clay

Seeds: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta, Alexander Zverev, Richard Gasquet, Albert Ramos Vinolas, Pablo Cuevas, Philipp Kohlschreiber, David Ferrer, Mischa Zverev, Joao Sousa, Feliciano Lopez, Benoit Paire

Floaters: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, (WC) Tommy Robredo

Notes: Three of the Top 10 in attendance despite the late withdrawal of Kei Nishikori…Not a whole lot of floating talent, and all …

Depleted Belarus Wins Fed Cup Semifinal, to Host U.S. in Final

Posted by Staff on April 24th, 2017 @ 12:21 am

Belarus punched through to a first-ever Fed Cup final, where they will host the title-leading United States in November after defeating the Swiss in the Sunday semifinals.

Belarus, without new mother and former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, advanced when No. 96-ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich stunned top Swiss player Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 7-6(2), and Belarus teen Aryna Sabalenka, ranked No. 125, followed with an upset of Viktorija Golubic 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

“[She is] definitely …

Nadal Rolls to 10th Monte Carlo Title Setting Numerous ATP Records

Posted by Staff on April 23rd, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

Rafael Nadal won a 10th Monte Carlo Masters title on Sunday, becoming the first man to win 10 titles at a single event in the Open Era (since 1968).

Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3 for his 50th career claycourt title.

“To win 10 times at such an important event like Monte Carlo is something difficult to describe my feelings,” Nadal said. “Every year has been a different …

Most Clay Court Titles In Open Era? Rafael Nadal First To Reach 50!

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 23rd, 2017 @ 12:02 pm

By winning a record 10th Monte Carlo today, Rafael Nadal also become the first man in the Open Era to win 50 clay court titles!

Nadal can add to his total in the coming weeks at Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and the French Open! Overall, Nadal now has 70 titles (far behind Connors’ 109) but is now just one from tying the fledgling Novak Djokovic at 30 career Masters titles.

OPEN ERA CLAY …

Most Titles At An ATP Event? Rafael Nadal Is Your Leader With 10 At Monte Carlo

Posted by Tom Gainey on April 23rd, 2017 @ 11:49 am

Rafael Nadal made history today becoming the first man in the Open Era to win 10 titles at a single event. Nadal rolled countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas to capture his 10th Monte Carlo title, an extraordinary achievement.

“It is really unbelievable,” Nadal said. “Win 10 times in such an important event like Monte-Carlo is something difficult to describe the feeling. Every year have been a different feeling. At the same time is …

Novak Djokovic Needs A Break, Except…

Posted by Sean Randall on April 22nd, 2017 @ 5:11 pm

Another big event and another bad loss for Novak Djokovic. After early exits in Australia and Indian Wells, Djokovic once again flamed out before the semifinals losing yesterday in Monte Carlo to David Goffin in three sets 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Djokovic had some good patches during the match, but by the end it was Goffin actually wearing done Novak. It looked at times like Djokovic just couldn’t battle, and he …

Nasty Ilie Nastase Should Be Banned From Tennis

Posted by Sean Randall on April 22nd, 2017 @ 4:45 pm

Ilie Nastase is in the news and he’s in it for all the wrong reasons.

The 70-year-old 2-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 is, or was, the captain of Romania’s Fed Cup team this weekend.

First, Nastase dropped this on news of Serena’s pregnancy on Friday:

“Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?” Nastase was quoted as saying.

And then today, after getting slammed in the press for those remarks, …