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January 15th, 2014

Serena, Djokovic Take the Heat, Dodig Doesn’t at Aussie Open; X-Notes

“She played exactly like Martina Hingis, I feel,” Na said of the Swiss Bencic. “It’s very tough to play a decent player I never see before, because I cannot get any information.

Posted by Staff @ 8:59 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 60 Comments »

January 14th, 2014

Isner Limps Out, Off Federer Upbeat at Hot Australian Open

“Conditions were playing pretty quick, so we didn’t have much rhythm, much rallies,” the Swiss said. “I kept missing some opportunities, which made it harder on me, because I think I could have been in a more comfortable lead early. I think he did also well to stay in the match because and in most of the games, because he did serve well when he needed to…So it was a solid match from start to finish, yeah. Could have maybe won a few more break points here and there, but who cares now?”

Posted by Staff @ 8:46 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 33 Comments »

January 13th, 2014

Kvitova Toppled, Djokovic Lauds Becker at Australian Open Day 1

“He has accepted my kind request to speak to me in German as much as he can because I would like to refresh my knowledge. I used to speak it,” said a light-hearted Djokovic.

Posted by Staff @ 8:59 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 48 Comments »

January 11th, 2014

Del Potro, Isner, WTA Qualifiers Collect Titles Entering Oz Open

“I think Bernard was a little frustrated after seeing me very focused on the match and hitting the ball so well,” Del Potro said. “He is still young in some moments of the match…”

Posted by Staff @ 6:54 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

January 9th, 2014

Aussie Open Women’s Preview: Serena, Maria Line Up Another Final?

Serena’s exit out of the top quarter into the semis would likely also go through No. 31 seed Daniela Hantuchova, then No. 14 Ana Ivanovic or No. 17 Sam Stosur, and in the quarters possibly the fast-rising No. 30 seed Eugenie Bouchard.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 10:04 pm in Australian Open, Tennis | 6 Comments »

January 9th, 2014

Australian Open Preview: Nadal Gets Tomic In Loaded Top Half With Federer

On the bottom half, Novak Djokovic’s bid for a fourth straight title is looking good — very good — with just Stan Wawrinka and either Tomas Berdych or David Ferrer in the way of another final. And that’s about it unless you factor in the forecasted heatwave.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:49 pm in Australian Open, Tennis | 230 Comments »

January 5th, 2014

Hewitt Topples Federer in Brisbane; Wawrinka Wins Chennai

“I didn’t play great today which is a bit unfortunate, but also Lleyton was the best player I played this week,” the Swiss said. “He made it toughest on me. So I have a clear idea what I need to work on.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:22 am in Tennis | 25 Comments »

January 4th, 2014

Del Potro in Sydney; ATP/WTA Tennis Previews

Notes: Sam Stosur still injured?…Tough draws for (3) Vesnina against the Puerto Rican riser Puig, and (5) Pennetta against the former No. 1 Venus…Venus on the small-tournament guarantee-cash circuit this year?…Wildcards went to Aussies Casey Dellacqua, Olivia Rogowska and Storm Sanders…Storm Sanders is an awesome sports name, period…Pulling from the tournament were Nadia Petrova, Ashleigh Barty and Stefanie Voegele…Vesnina in last year’s final beat Barthel…Returning former champs in the field are Vesnina (2013), Barthel (2012), and Jie Zheng (2005).

Posted by Staff @ 10:52 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

January 4th, 2014

Serena, Nadal, Ivanovic, Li Win WTA/ATP Titles

“Every victory is important and the title today means a lot to me,” Nadal said. “It is the first time in my career that I am able to start the season with a victory. That’s always important.”

Posted by Staff @ 5:35 pm in Tennis | 16 Comments »

December 28th, 2013

Nadal, Federer, Serena Kick Off 2014 Tennis Season: Previews

Nadal opens against Rosol who famously ousted him at Wimbledon a couple years ago…Other tough starts for (4) Berdych vs. Dr. Ivo, and (2) Ferrer vs. the pesky Dolgopolov…Ferrer beat Nadal last week at the Abu Dhabi exhibition, eventually losing in the final to Novak Djokovic…Nadal has never won Doha in five appearances…Ferrer has never won in three appearances…Murray making his first ATP appearance since back surgery…In last year’s final Gasquet beat Davydenko…Returning champs in the field are Gasquet (2013), Davydenko (2010), and Murray (2009-08).

Posted by Staff @ 1:38 pm in 2014 Season, Tennis | 62 Comments »

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Rankings
ATP - Apr 14 WTA - Apr 14
1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 Tomas Berdych5 Simona Halep
6 David Ferrer6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Richard Gasquet9 Maria Sharapova
10 Milos Raonic10 Dominika Cibulkova
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