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Unseeded American Harrison Wins Emotional 1st Title at ATP Memphis

Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2017 @ 10:51 pm

Ryan Harrison’s emotional journey from “next up” to “bust” to rededicating himself to tennis came full circle on Sunday when the unseeded American beat fellow un-seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Memphis Open for his first career title.

“This was the first place I saw a professional tennis match, driving up from Shreveport,” said a tearful Harrison, who fought off all 12 break point he …

Nishikori, Thiem, Clay Floaters Make ATP Rio a Tough Slough; Preview

Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2017 @ 5:44 pm

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; surface: clay

Seeds: Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, Pablo Cuevas, Pablo Carreno Busta, Albert Ramos Vinolas, David Ferrer, Paolo Lorenzi, Joao Sousa

Floaters: Thomaz Bellucci, (WC) Joao Souza, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Tommy Robredo, Fabio Fognini, Federico Delbonis, (WC) Janko Tipsarevic

Notes: Two Top 10ers and a host of dirtball specialists make Rio a challenge this week…

The top-seeded Nishikori is coming off a loss in the Buenos Aires …

No. 66-ranked Dolgopolov Stuns Top-seeded Nishikori for ATP Buenos Aires Title

Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2017 @ 5:23 pm

It had been five years since Alexandr Dolgopolov raised an ATP title, and the Ukrainian has been mired in a slump that stretched from the end of 2016 into 2017, but that changed dramatically this week on the red clay in Buenos Aires.

Dolgopolov and his slappy groundstokes hit their way to a third career title and first since 2012 on Sunday, upsetting top-seeded Kei Nishikori 7-6(5), 6-4 for the Argentina …

Pliskova Powers Past Steady Wozniacki to Win WTA Doha

Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2017 @ 5:03 pm

Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki did her scrambling backboard best, but it wasn’t enough to contain the next generation of power players on Sunday in Doha.

No. 2 seed Karolina Pliskova continued her climb up the WTA rankings as the Czech subdued the Dane 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Qatar Total Open for her eighth career title.

“I think I’m having a great start to the year, which is always …

Tsonga Lets Hair Down, Power Game Out to Beat Goffin for ATP Rotterdam Title

Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2017 @ 4:48 pm

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga let his hair down (and out) this week in Rotterdam, on Sunday beating Belgian David Goffin 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 for his 13th career title at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

“The last couple of months I put in a lot of effort to come back to this level,” the afro-ed Frenchman said. “It’s a huge reward for me and it gives me new expectations for the rest of …

Struggling Kerber, 5 of Top 10 at WTA Dubai; Budapest; Previews

Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2017 @ 11:45 am

Dubai, UAE; surface: hard

Seeds: Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Dominika Cibulkova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Elena Vesnina, Barbora Strycova, Caroline Wozniacki, Coco Vandeweghe, Samantha Stosur, Kiki Bertens, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Caroline Garcia, Roberta Vinci, Yulia Putintseva

Floaters: Jelena Jankovic, Mona Barthel, Ekaterina Makarova, Daria Kasatkina, Alison Riske

Notes: Top 10er Johanna Konta withdraws, and no Williams sisters, but Dubai still boasts half of the Top 10…The Top 8 …

Raonic Top Seed at Delray Beach; French Flair at Marseille; ATP Previews

Posted by Jeremy Davis on February 18th, 2017 @ 10:52 am

Marseille, France; surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nick Kyrgios, Lucas Pouille, Alexander Zverev, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Benoit Paire

Floaters: Daniil Medvedev, Nicolas Mahut

Notes: Monfils the lone Top 10er among the six French seeds of the total eight…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Kyrgios is back on tour after not playing the NBA All-Star Game…A couple tantalizing match-ups in the first round as (8) Paire faces the Russian …

Goffin Finally Stops Dimitrov, Thiem Upset In Rotterdam; Tsonga v Berdych Saturday

Posted by Staff on February 18th, 2017 @ 12:19 am

Upsets hit the Rotterdam event Friday during quarterfinals. Favorites Grigor Dimitrov and Dominic Thiem were both bounced out of the indoor event.

The hot-handed Dimitrov had won 16 of 17 on the year including two straight over David Goffin entering today. But after losses at the Australian and Sofia last week, the Belgian finally got the better of Dimitrov with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 victory.

β€œIt was an amazing match, from the …

Wozniacki, Pliskova Advance To Rainy Doha Final

Posted by Staff on February 18th, 2017 @ 12:08 am

It’s been a very good week so far for Caroline Wozniacki. The former No. 1 is appearing for the third straight year in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue this week, and she’s now reached the finals in Doha after winning two matches earlier on Friday.

Due to rains, which interrupted play again Friday, some players like the Dane were forced to double up, and Wozniacki didn’t miss a beat knocking out …

Stunning Serena Williams In SI Swimsuit Issue [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 16th, 2017 @ 8:14 pm

Serena Williams is already having quite a year. She won another Australian Open last month and now she’s looking great in the latest SI Swimsuit issue. The pictures:

Caroline Wozniacki Bares All Again In SI Swimsuit Issue [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 16th, 2017 @ 8:03 pm

Caroline Wozniacki once again is in SI’s Swimsuit issue. Here are some of the pictures:

.@CaroWozniacki opens up about her historic third shoot with #SISwim

— SI Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) February 16, 2017

Tennis in bathing suits… Who's in?! πŸ˜Žβ˜€οΈπŸŽΎ @si_swimsuit #SISwim

— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) February 15, 2017…

Topless Eugenie Bouchard Scorches In SI Swimsuit Issue [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 16th, 2017 @ 7:58 pm

Tennis once again features in Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue. This year’s edition features pictorials from Serena Williams. Caroline Wozniacki and Eugenie Bouchard.

Bouchard was in New York for the release (and for twitter date night), and in preview the Canadian star posted some preview pictures.

OMG 😳😳😳 so honored to be in @SiSwim

— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 15, 2017…

Wednesday Was Date Night For Genie Bouchard And Her Twitter Beau [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on February 16th, 2017 @ 7:53 pm

Eugenie Bouchard honored her Super Bowl bet with a follower on twitter by taking John Goehrke out on a date last night in New York.

Bouchard flew in Goehrke who is a student at the University of Missouri for a night out at a Brooklyn Nets game. The Canadian was in town for the SI Swimsuit release.

“I was pretty nervous leading up to the actual meeting,” Goehrke told ESPNw. …

World No. 2 Kerber Crashes Out Of Doha; Cilbulkova Wins 400th Match To Reach SF

Posted by Staff on February 16th, 2017 @ 7:37 pm

Four events into the 2017 season and world No. 1 No. 2 Angelique Kerber has just four match wins! Today, the German suffered her second opening round loss of the season falling to Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 in the second round at Doha.

“It’s always tough to play the first matches after a longer break like I have,” Kerber said. “But I was not feeling the best today. I’m …

Cilic, Thiem Lead Rotterdam Winners Thursday; Dimitrov Now 16-1 On Season

Posted by Staff on February 16th, 2017 @ 7:25 pm

All Top 5 seeds advanced to the quarterfinals today in Rotterdam, lead by No. 1 Marin Cilic and No. 2 Dominic Thiem.

Cilic needed three sets to oust Borna Coric 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Cilic, who made the finals in 2014, will now face 2011 runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

“I knew beforehand Coric is a real fighter,” Cilic said. “Borna has great talent. He continues to develop and I expect a lot from him …