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June 16th, 2013
Andy Murray got British pulses pounding by capturing the title at the Aegon Championships with a hard-fought 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 win over defending champion Marin Cilic for his third Queen’s Club title.
June 15th, 2013
Women’s Notes: Sterling field featuring six of the Top 10…Wildcards went to Stosur, Na, and Brits Johanna Konta and Elena Baltacha…Four former Slam champs in the field…Tough starts for (8) Petrova vs. (WC) Stosur, (5) Wozniacki vs. the defending champ Paszek, (7) Ivanovic vs. the crafty Russian Vesnina, and (2) Na vs. Cornet, then either Bartoli or Flavia Pennetta…No. 55-ranked American Christina McHale was the last direct acceptance in the quality field…Pulling from the event were Sara Errani, Yaroslava Shvedova and Sloane Stephens…Former champs in the field are Paszek (2012), Bartoli (2011), Eraterina Makarova (2010), Wozniacki (2009), and Radwanska (2008).
June 9th, 2013
Notes: Rafa pulls out to rest the knees after his Roland Garros run…Tough starts for (3) Haas after a bye vs. Gulbis or Baghdatis, (5) Raonic vs. Monfils, and (4) Nishikori after a bye vs. Youzhny…Janko Tipsarevic also pulled…Former champs in the field are Haas (2012,’09), Kohlschreiber (2011), and Federer (2008,’08,’06-03).
June 6th, 2013
Sharapova struggled in a scream queen stand-off against No. 3 Victoria Azarenka, eventually prevailing 6-1, 2-6, 6-3, while Serena muscled past No. 5 Sara Errani 6-0, 6-1.
June 5th, 2013
Djokovic put down a challenge from No. 12 seed and near-AARP member Tommy Haas 6-3, 7-6(5), 7-5, while Nadal ran through the hot-handed No. 9 seed Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in matches inexplicably scheduled at the same time at Roland Garros.
June 2nd, 2013
“I started to feel pain, like a knife below my ribs,” said Errani who struggled with an odd injury during the match. “Every time I was breathing it was very painful. It wasn’t muscular, but I couldn’t stay up. So I called the physio and she told me I had my diaphragm totally blocked. She tried to release it a bit, and then after that it was much better.”
May 31st, 2013
Federer, who next meets the No. 15 seed Simon who has been tested in long matches, was also on the energy-conserving tip.
May 30th, 2013
“That’s one of the best wins of my career,” said Mattek-Sands, who hit 32 winners during the aggressive assault. “I knew she wasn’t going to give it to me. She’s a champion, and I had to play some of my best tennis ever to beat her…It was kind of a battle of who can take control of that middle court.”
May 30th, 2013
“It’s true when I play against him he makes it difficult for me,” Federer said. “I have some problems and I have to find a solution. Anyway, I like that kind of challenge. I’m looking forward to it. We [haven't] played often on clay.”
May 29th, 2013
“It’s always tough to say, but I definitely feel like clay is probably not my favorite surface,” said Wozniacki, who added she will now start her Wimbledon preparation. “It hasn’t been the best clay season for me. Obviously I would have liked to play longer and play better, but it wasn’t to be.”