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April 24th, 2016

Kerber Opens Can of Whip-Ass in All-German WTA Stuttgart Final

“I think mentally I could have pulled myself together for one more afternoon,” said Siegemund, who is now 0-1 in career finals, but will jump to a career-high No. 42 in the WTA rankings, putting her squarely in the running to compete for Germany at the Rio Olympics. “But it was [physical]. It’s also like, they say when you feel tired physically, mentally you are already very tired much before you know it. So there is some bad decision-making where you go like, ‘Jesus Christ, why this shot now?’”

Posted by Staff @ 5:25 pm in Stuttgart, Tennis | 2 Comments »

April 24th, 2016

Del Potro Returns at Munich; ATP Previews This Week

No Top 20 players, but Istanbul you do have Bernie “The Tank Engine” Tomic! For at least a round…

Posted by Staff @ 10:11 am in Estoril, Istanbul, Munich, Tennis | 8 Comments »

April 23rd, 2016

Stosur, Kuzy, Multiple Slam Winners at Prague; Rabat; WTA Previews

Guess the tournament couldn’t meet Petra Kvitova’s price point?…No Top 10 players in the field, but multiple Grand Slam title winners and finalists among the seeds…Tough start for (8) Wickmayer vs. Giorgi…

Posted by Staff @ 4:46 pm in Prague, Rabat, Tennis | 7 Comments »

April 17th, 2016

Fed Cup Playoffs: Former Powerhouse Russia Out of World Group I, as is 4-time Champ Italy

The halcyon days of Russian Fed Cup are no more. With no players in the Top 30 representing, the Russians are pounded into zonal play by former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who won her first two singles matches before Belarus’ No. 100-ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan to put Belarus into World Group I for 2017. It is the first time in Belarus Fed Cup history that they will advance into World Group I, and Russia drops to zonal play for the first time in 19 years.

Posted by Staff @ 5:59 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 17th, 2016

France v Czech in Fed Cup Final, Capsules; Falconi Wins Bogota

While doubles was not the 23-year-old Swiss Golubic’s forte, the No. 129-ranked player kept her team in the tie with two surprising singles wins over Pliskova and Strycova. The Czechs will travel to France for the final on Nov. 12-13.

Posted by Staff @ 5:55 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 3 Comments »

April 17th, 2016

Radwanska Leads 6 of Top 10 Women at Stuttgart; Istanbul; WTA Previews

Lots of floaters in the draw and tough opening-round match-ups including (1) Radwanska vs. Petkovic, (8) Safarova vs. Pliskova in an all-Czech, (6) Vinci vs. Makarova, (3) Muguruza vs. Lisicki, and (2) Kerber vs. the riser Beck in an all-German…

Posted by Staff @ 11:57 am in Istanbul, Stuttgart, Tennis | No Comments »

April 16th, 2016

Nishikori, Not Nadal, the New King of Clay in Barcelona?; Bucharest; ATP Previews

Nishikori is the two-time defending champion, last year beating Andujar in the final…”I am happy to be back in Barcelona. I feel good and hope to win my third consecutive title here,” Nishikori said…Nadal won the title in eight of nine years prior to that…

Posted by Staff @ 11:30 am in Barcelona, Bucharest, Tennis | 21 Comments »

April 11th, 2016

Monaco Stifles Sock in Houston Final; Delbonis Turns Back Coric

Monaco, who returned to the tour in February after wrist surgery late last year, won his first Houston title since 2012, and his first overall since 2013.

Posted by Staff @ 12:43 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »

April 11th, 2016

Stephens Stops Vesnina Run at WTA Charleston; Cibulkova Wins in Poland

“I love red clay, so starting in Madrid, I think I’ll have a lot of fun and just look forward to the French Open,” she says. “Obviously coming into [Charleston], I have a lot of anxiety coming into this tournament because I’ve never done well here. I just thought, you know, I’m just going to go have fun.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:30 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 11th, 2016

WTA Preview: Who Wants to go to Bogota?

Who wants to go to Colombia? No one in the Top 15, and only two players in the Top 50…Wildcards were awarded to Colombia’s Emiliana Arango and Yuliana Lizarazo, and Venezuela’s Nadia Echeverria Alam…

Posted by Staff @ 12:23 am in Tennis | No Comments »

April 3rd, 2016

Isner Heads Houston, G-Lo in Morocco as ATP Clay Season Gets Underway

No. 13 Isner the only Top 20 player…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Interesting starts for (1) Isner vs. his countryman Kudla, (5) Querrey vs. Brown, and (2) Paire vs. Monaco…Wildcards went to Americans Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe and Tim Smyczek…

Posted by Staff @ 4:18 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 3rd, 2016

Kerber, Bencic, Venus Lead Charleston; WTA Previews This Week

Two Top 10ers in the field, in addition to two former No. 1s…The Top 8 seeds receive opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (9) Jankovic vs. Garcia and (3) Venus Williams vs. Riske…Wildcards were awarded to Americans Frances Altick, Louisa Chirico and Shelby Rogers…

Posted by Staff @ 4:12 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

April 2nd, 2016

Azarenka Wins Miami, Clinches Elusive Indian Wells-Miami Double

“I’m very happy that all the work I’ve been putting in has been paying off,” Azarenka told ESPN afterwards. “[Today] was pretty tough conditions with it being so hot…This just give me even more inspiration and motivation to work even harder.”

Posted by Staff @ 2:51 pm in Miami, Tennis | 7 Comments »

March 30th, 2016

Miami Open Women’s Semis to Feature Former No. 1 Azarenka and 2 No. 2s

Keys, who had recently parted with coach Mats Wilander after only eight days, sprayed 39 unforced errors, or more than two a game.

Posted by Staff @ 11:11 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

March 29th, 2016

World No. 1 Serena Williams Put Down by Bud Kuznetsova at Miami Open

“I don’t think it’s appropriate to criticize my movement right now,” Williams said cryptically after the match, clocking in a second consecutive very short post-match press conference in Miami. “I did the best that I could. My fans, you know, I did the best I could do. I can’t win every match.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:58 am in Tennis | 4 Comments »