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February 1st, 2015

ATP Previews: Montpellier, Quito, Zagreb

Notes: The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough openers for seeds go to (8) Struff vs. the veteran Nieminen and (5) Janowicz vs. Brown…Wildcards went to Frenchmen Laurent Lokoli, Vincent Millot and Lucas Pouille…Pulling from the event were Julien Benneteau, Andrey Golubev and Andrey Kuznetsov…In last year’s final Monfils beat Gasquet…Former champs in the field are Monfils (2014,’10), Gasquet (2013,’06), and Paul-Henri Mathieu (2002).

Posted by Staff @ 11:08 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

January 31st, 2015

Nobody Beats Sharapova 16 Times in a Row; Except Serena for 19th Slam Title

Sharapova fought off match points early in the tournament while Serena survived multiple three-setters, a sickness bug, and in the semifinals was tested in a first-time meeting with the bruising game of American teenager Madison Keys.

Posted by Staff @ 8:35 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 19 Comments »

January 29th, 2015

Serena, Sharapova, Murray Into Aussie Open Finals

“I think I handled the moment pretty well,” she said. “I definitely had a good start, so nerves didn’t totally play into that. I thought I handled myself pretty well in that last serving game of mine. But she played really well. She served really well. It was pretty much impossible for me to break her serve. So great job to her today.”

Posted by Staff @ 7:49 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 4 Comments »

January 27th, 2015

Murray Schools Kyrgios; Nadal, Halep Upset at Australian Open

For Halep there were many secrets, secrets that could not be deciphered during the quarterfinal beatdown which ended in a second-set bagel.

Posted by Staff @ 8:33 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 50 Comments »

January 26th, 2015

Illin’ Serena, Venus, Djokovic Through on Monday at Australian Open

“If I can play like this I can stay top in the Top 10,” said Nishikori, a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 winner. “I’m always ready to play five sets (against Ferrer) so am surprised to win in three.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:14 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 4 Comments »

January 24th, 2015

Keys to the Match Puts American in 4th Rd. at Aussie Open; Djokovic Dominant

Now with the confidence of former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport by her side as a coach, the unseeded Keys on Saturday downed No. 4 seed and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-4 7-5 in the third round at the Australian Open.

Posted by Staff @ 9:29 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 53 Comments »

January 23rd, 2015

Federer Has Really ‘Bad Day;” Williams Sisters on Saturday at Aussie Open

Seppi’s further reward is a draw that opens up in the fourth round against unseeded Aussie Nick Kyrgios, who on Friday advanced after defeating Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 6-3, 7-6(6), 6-1.

Posted by Staff @ 8:35 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 91 Comments »

January 22nd, 2015

Serena, Venus Fight Into 3rd Rd. Thursday; Woz Upset in Oz; X-Notes

“Honestly, I think I understand the game a lot more,” said the 34 year old, who seems to have a handle on her energy-sapping Sjogren’s syndrome, last year losing in the first round in Melbourne. “Even when I’m not playing as well, I think I’m able tactically to be more strategic than even, let’s say, Venus of 2000. So that’s one of the beauties of continuing to play as you get a lot of the years under your belt.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:59 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 4 Comments »

January 21st, 2015

Ailing Nadal Escapes American Smyczek in 5 on Upset Day at Aussie Open

“I felt, I don’t know,” Nadal said. “At the end of the first set, I start to feel my body very bad, very tired…I was worrying crazy. Then when I was serving for the third, almost throw up…I suffered too much on court for three hours and a half. I was suffering a lot. Too much. You know, was not funny today the way that the match was. Obviously is a very positive thing that finally have the chance to win, but, yeah, I hope to recover myself.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:07 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 25 Comments »

January 21st, 2015

Sharapova Slaps Away 2 Match Points at Australian Open; Serena on Thursday

Un-touted German 19-year-old Carina Witthoeft rolled past an ailing American Christina Mchale 6-3, 6-0 into the third round, and American grinder Bethanie Mattek-Sands was a winner and will meet No. 3 Simona Halep if the Romanian comes through her second round against Aussie Jarmila Gajdosova (which started at 7:40 a.m. EST Wednesday).

Posted by Staff @ 7:45 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

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Rankings
ATP - Feb 23 WTA - Feb 23
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray3 Simona Halep
4 Rafael Nadal4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Ana Ivanovic
7 Stan Wawrinka7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Tomas Berdych8 Agnieszka Radwanska
9 David Ferrer9 Ekaterina Makarova
10 Grigor Dimitrov10 Andrea Petkovic
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