Archive for the 'Tennis' Category
August 1st, 2015
All 16 seeds receive opening-round byes, but some potential interesting second-rounders with (12) Pospisil vs. (WC) Haas, (4) Gasquet vs. the hot-handed Muller, break-up boy (6) Dimitrov vs. the resurgent Baghdatis, and (7) Lopez vs. (WC) Hewitt on his retirement tour…
July 25th, 2015
Notes: Time for the tournament sponsored by an online betting site as the tour fights rampant match-fixing…Loaded dirt field…Rafa makes his first appearance since being upset at Wimbledon…Tough starts for (1) Rafa vs. Hot Sauce
July 19th, 2015
Tough starts for (1) Venus in the 2nd rd. vs. the Bastad runner-up Barthel, (4) Cornet vs. Wickmayer, (5) Giorgi vs. Cibulkova, and (2) Svitolina vs. Rybarikova…Veterans Daniela Hantuchova and Francesca Schiavone also floating around…Wildcards went to Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay and Ipek Soylu, and the No. 4 seed Cornet…Pulling from the event were Belinda Bencic, Alexandra Dulgheru, Kristina Mladenovic, Monica Niculescu and Flavia Pennetta…Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki beat No. 2 Roberta Vinci in last year’s final…Pavlyuchenkova (2010) is the lone returning former champ in the field.
July 19th, 2015
“I love the backs-to-the-wall situation and we had to rally together to get the win,” said Hewitt, who saw the Aussies come back from 0-2 down in a Davis Cup match for the first time in 76 years. “You don’t get opportunities like this very often. This is what dreams are made of. The last three or four years, Davis Cup has been as big as any grand slam for me personally.”
July 12th, 2015
Notes: When world No. 1 Serena Williams is your only Top 20 player in the field, is it safe to say you’ve put all your eggs (aka appearance money) in one basket?…Wildcards were awarded to Swedes Sofia Arvidsson, Susanne Celik and Rebecca Peterson…Pulling from the event were the American triumvirate of Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Christina McHale and Sloane Stephens…In last year’s final Barthel beat Chanelle Scheepers…Former champs in the field are Barthel (2014) and Serena Williams (2013).
July 7th, 2015
“I love playing Maria,” Serena said. “For me, I don’t feel like I have any pressure going into this match. We both lost early here last year. We’re both kind of enjoying this moment and at the end of the day one of us will be in the final.”
July 6th, 2015
“I got off to a good start and kept rolling,” said the seven-time Wimbledon champ. “Maybe Roberto wasn’t at his very best. Midway through the second, he hurt himself. Still, he was out there and he was actually still moving okay, so I had to put him away, which I was able to do.”
July 5th, 2015
This could go any of 10 ways between on one end a knock-down big-hitter between the two powerhouses, or on the other end a chokefest between Venus who doesn’t want to ruin sister Serena’s shot at a Grand Slam, to Serena choking it while Venus is trying to hand it to her.
July 4th, 2015
“The shoulder is fine,” said Murray. “You could probably see towards the end of the second set it was starting to tighten up and it cooled down as he took his injury timeout. I struggled a little bit in the second set but I was playing very aggressively at the end and finished the match as I want to go on.”
July 4th, 2015
“I cannot stop smiling,” Jankovic said. “I’m really, really happy. I was just happy to be playing and competing on grass. Grass is not my favorite surface and Petra plays so well on it. I think it’s her favorite surface. It shows by winning two Wimbledon titles.”
July 3rd, 2015
“But I don’t think I’ve ever played the crowd here like that. They were really vocal — in between points, during points…I’ve never heard boos here, that was new for me. They were rooting for their champion. You can’t blame them — I would be too.”
July 2nd, 2015
If you needed to test the temperature of the match, you needed to only watch the first game with Brown serving — sick drop shot to win the first point, insane over-the-shoulder two-handed-backhand put-away to the win the second point, ace to win the third point, and sicker drop shot to win the service game at love. Game on, and game over.
July 2nd, 2015
It’s a battle on the men’s side. And it’s not going to change to taking spa breaks in the middle of matches. It’s not going to change to having your coach run on to court to help you because you can’t figure out how to change strategy or take advantage of weaknesses or formulate a plan.
July 1st, 2015
“I think it will be a huge advantage for [Watson],” said Serena of the Brit’s home court advantage. “It’s going to be a great big match for us both…I feel like she does really well on grass — like she played well in Eastbourne a couple of times. And she had a really good win today [beating Daniela Hantuchova].”
June 30th, 2015
“I think emotion. I wasn’t there,” Halep said. “I couldn’t handle it very well. She came back in a good way with her game. She was pushing me a lot. She was aggressive. But I can say that I let her come in and play aggressive…Inside and emotionally I have to work more to take the stress out. I want to go on court and say, ‘I don’t care what I’m doing, just to go play tennis.’ It will come soon. I believe and I have this confidence.”