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September 21st, 2014

ATP/WTA Preview: Loaded Women’s Field at China Debut Event

Notes: It’s the debut of the Premier 5 Series event in China…Victoria Azarenka pulls from the event with a foot injury, and announces she will miss the rest of the year…Potential tough starts include (1) Serena Williams after a bye vs. her nemesis Cornet, the struggling (6) Bouchard after a bye vs. the resurgent Peng, (4) Sharapova after a bye vs. countrywoman and former world No. 2 Kuznetsova, (5) Radwanska after a bye vs. the Venus/Garcia winner, (16) Petkovic vs. the comer (Q) Vekic, (12) Cibulkova vs. the big-hitting Keys, and (14) Safarova vs. the likewise big-hitting Lisicki…

Posted by Staff @ 6:47 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

September 21st, 2014

Goffin, Ivanovic, Niculescu, Pliskova Win ATP/WTA Titles

In a battle of former No. 1-ranked players, Ana Ivanovic defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-6(2) on Sunday for the title at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, her fourth title of 2014.

Posted by Staff @ 5:48 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

September 14th, 2014

Weekend Wrap: Swiss in Davis Cup Final; Venus Upset in Quebec Final

“I think I really struggled,” said Federer after a low-quality match from both players. “Fabio struggled too over the whole weekend. They were tough conditions, a pretty quick court, there were a lot of errors.”

Posted by Staff @ 7:38 pm in Davis Cup, Tennis | 15 Comments »

September 14th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Kerber Leads Killer Field in Tokyo

Tough starts for the struggling (6) Cibulkova vs. Flipkens, and (3) Ivanovic after a bye vs. Azarenka…Four former No. 1 players in the field…Wildcards went to Swiss Belinda Bencic, Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm, and German Sabine Lisicki…

Posted by Staff @ 7:35 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

September 12th, 2014

What the Future Holds for Cilic, Nishikori After US Open

Cilic has the greater upside rankings-wise over the next 14 months due to his imposing stature, a monster serve, great court coverage for a big man, and what led to his breakthrough, sidelining tactics for an aggressive match approach that makes his opponent have to worry about tactics.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:34 am in Tennis | 24 Comments »

September 5th, 2014

Serena, Woz Line up Pressure-packed (re: Choke?) US Open Women’s Final

“I’m just really excited to be in the final now,” said Williams who led 6-1, 5-1. “In the beginning of the week I definitely wasn’t sure that I would make it this long. Definitely wasn’t sure I’d still be here.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:39 pm in Tennis, US Open | 15 Comments »

August 28th, 2014

Ivanovic Out; Sharapova Test Friday at US Open

“My serve, that’s the main point,” Pliskova said after the match. “I was serving well. But I was trying to play aggressive. I know if will not be that aggressive, she’s gonna do more winners than I, so I was trying to stay aggressive and to go to every point…She played good. But she did few mistakes which I think was the deciding point.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:54 pm in Tennis, US Open | 4 Comments »

August 28th, 2014

Wawrinka, Sharapova Struggle Through; Thurs. Preview at US Open

Other Top 10-seeded winners were No. 6 Tomas Berdych overpowering former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4, 6-3; and No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov beating a hobbled Ryan Harrison 6-2, 7-6(4), 6-2.

Posted by Staff @ 12:44 am in Tennis, US Open | 57 Comments »

August 27th, 2014

CiCi, Not Sabathia, Lights Up US Open; Wed. Preview

She became the first 15 year old in almost 20 years to win a match at the US Open since the coming-out party of Anna Kournikova at age 15, before Bellis was born.

Posted by Staff @ 12:42 am in Tennis | 34 Comments »

August 25th, 2014

Upsets Monday at US Open; Serena, Federer Up Tuesday

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The Atlantic magazine wrote a hilarious tennis expose “Explaining the U.S. Tennis Slump” where they reveal some hard-hitting reporting: “American juniors train on hard courts, while Europeans and South Americans learn the sport on clay. Both The Economist and The New Republic have theorized that in recent years, the sport has shifted to favor players raised on clay, a ‘slower’ surface.” — Oh shit, stop the presses!

Posted by Staff @ 11:56 pm in Tennis, US Open | 29 Comments »

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ATP - Oct 27 WTA - Oct 27
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Tomas Berdych5 Ana Ivanovic
6 David Ferrer6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Kei Nishikori7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Andy Murray8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Na Li
10 Milos Raonic10 Angelique Kerber
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