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April 20th, 2014

Bryans, Vekic Claim Tennis Titles; Fed Cup Shockers

The French send the U.S. out of the World Group I for 2015 behind singles wins by France’s Caroline Garcia over Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, and Garcia winning the doubles with veteran Virginie Razzano over the doubles-challenged Keys/Stephens. France was 1-12 against the U.S. entering the tie.

Posted by Staff @ 9:11 pm in Fed Cup, Monte Carlo, Tennis | 6 Comments »

April 20th, 2014

Nadal in Barcelona, Sharapova in Stuttgart: Previews

Notes: Eight-time winner Rafael Nadal heads the field, and after a bye likely starts against Davydenko…(14) Marcel Granollers after a bye likely starts against The Worm…Wildcards went to Argentine Facundo Arguelleo, and Spaniards Roberto Carballes Baena, Inigo Cervantes, Daniel Gimeno-Traver…Withdrawing from the event were Pablo Andujar, Federico Delbonis, Richard Gasquet, Ivo Karlovic and Juan Monaco…David Ferrer is 0-4 in Barcelona finals…Fabio Fognini has never won a match in Barcelona (0-4)…Nadal beat Almagro in last year’s all-Spanish final…The two-time champ Bryan brothers are the top seeds in the doubles…Former singles champs in the field are Nadal (2013-11,’09-05), Robredo (2004), and Verdasco (2010).

Posted by Staff @ 1:48 am in Tennis | 10 Comments »

April 14th, 2014

Cornet, Garcia, G-Lo, Hot Sauce Win WTA/ATP Titles

It was the fourth career title on clay for Verdasco, who improved to 6-13 in career finals. Almagro extended a losing streak in finals of his own, dropping his fourth straight final and falling to 12-9 career in finals. He repeated his runner-up effort of 2013 when he lost to John Isner in the Houston final.

Posted by Staff @ 12:23 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »

April 13th, 2014

WTA Moves to Punish Fed Cup Tennis; Kuala Lumpur Preview

That’s less a WTA event and more like a thrown-together f-you to the ITF.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 3:42 pm in Fed Cup, ITF, Tennis, WTA, WTA Tour | 1 Comment »

April 7th, 2014

Isner Headlines Houston; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: (7) Hewitt likely to meet Querrey 2nd rd., and (8) Karlovic opens against Sock…Wildcards went to Marcos Baghdatis and Americans Steve Johnson and Rhyne Williams…Pulling from the event were Pablo Cuevas, Alejandro Falla, Bradley Klahn, and Janko Tipsarevic…Isner beat Almagro in last year’s final…The Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles…Returning champs in the field are Isner (2013), Monaco (2012), Hewitt (2009) and Karlovic (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 1:20 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 6th, 2014

Ivanovic, Petkovic Win Titles; Davis Cup QF Recap

“I was confident, but not silly confident, but respectful confident towards the opponent,” Federer said. “I just felt I was playing such great tennis the last six months that I would find a way as well and I did. It’s a relief but it was a great feeling.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:48 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 4 Comments »

March 30th, 2014

WTA Previews: Serena Goes for 3 in a Row at Charleston

Notes: Serena is shooting for her third Charleston title in a row…Surprising lack of floaters…(10) Maria Kirilenko vs. (Q) Bencic could be interesting…Wildcards went to Melanie Oudin, Nadia Petrova, and Shelby Rogers…Qualifying to the main draw were Swiss Belinda Bencic. Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, Aussie Jarmila Gajdoeova, Russian Alla Kudryavtseva, Portugal’s Michelle Larcher de Brito, American Grace Min, the Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko, and China’s Zheng Saisai…Notable pulls from the event were Alize Cornet, Casey Dellacqua, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands…Former champs in the field are Serena Williams (2013,’12,’08), Stosur (2010), Jankovic (2007), Nadia Petrova (2006), and Venus Williams (2004).

Posted by Staff @ 11:12 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

March 30th, 2014

What Does Serena’s Sony Open Mean for No. 1, Clay Season?

The match could have been a preview of the next Grand Slam final at the French Open where Li has already raised the trophy.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 10:16 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

March 24th, 2014

Nadal Breezes, Sharapova Scraps; All-Star Tues. at Sony Open Miami

Like Sharapova, Nadal’s career has seen a Miami draught, going 0-3 in career finals at the Sony Open. He will next meet No. 14 seed Fabio Fognini, who defeated Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Posted by Staff @ 11:59 pm in Miami, Tennis | 47 Comments »

March 17th, 2014

Preview: Serena Williams Ready to Sizzle in Miami?

It was rumored that Serena (and Venus) were going to embrace the “Forgive and forget” message, inspired by the late Nelson Mandela and her Serena’s Jehovah’s Witness religion, but in the end — didn’t happen.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 6:54 pm in Miami, Sony Open, Tennis | 7 Comments »

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ATP - Apr 21 WTA - Apr 21
1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 David Ferrer5 Simona Halep
6 Tomas Berdych6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Milos Raonic9 Maria Sharapova
10 John Isner10 Dominika Cibulkova
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