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Halep Joins Wimbledon Upset List as Women Rest for Manic Monday

Posted by Staff on July 7th, 2018 @ 7:22 pm

Upsets at Wimbledon reached a zenith on Saturday at the All England Club when more than half of the seeds in play were defeated by unseeded players, including the toppling of the world No. 1.

Taipei’s 32-year-old Su-Wei Hsieh, who has lost more career matches than she has won and never cracked the Top 40, ousted the world No. 1 Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Now only No. 7 Karolina Pliskova remains …

Nadal, Djokovic Strong Again At Wimbledon; Zverev, Kyrgios Ousted

Posted by Staff on July 7th, 2018 @ 6:34 pm

Former champions Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic powered into Wimbledon week two in strong fashion on Saturday.

Nadal booked an 8th Wimbledon fourth round appearance by blowing out 19-year-old Alex De Minaur 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. The young Australian put up a fight early and late, but Rafa out-muscled the Hewitt protege.

Nadal on Monday will take on Czech big man Jiri Vesely who won in four sets over Italian veteran Fabio Fognini.

Novak …

Federer Flies Into Wimbledon Week 2, Monfils Answers Querrey; Nadal, Djokovic Return Sat.

Posted by Staff on July 6th, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Roger Federer kept things rolling Friday at Wimbledon. The 8-time champ hinted he’d rather have played Ivo Karlovic instead of Jan-Lennard Struff in his third round match, but the German took out the big man in five sets. Today, though, Struff posed little threat to Federer who dominated in a 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 win.

“I’m happy I found a way today. Some moments where it can be frustrating because you’re not …

Serena Remains After Venus, Keys Lose Grinders at Wimbledon

Posted by Staff on July 6th, 2018 @ 5:23 pm

American fortunes slimmed to one player, and the draw opened up even further on Friday at Wimbledon as No. 9 Venus Williams and No. 10 Madison Keys were upset at the All England Club, leaving Serena Williams standing alone.

Venus Williams was outlasted 6-2, 6-7(5), 8-6 by No. 20-seeded Kiki Bertens, and Keys was shocked by 29-year-old Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

“I can still not really believe it,” Bertens …

Cilic Crashes Out At Wimbledon, Nadal, Djokovic Roll, Zverev In Trouble; Federer Friday

Posted by Staff on July 5th, 2018 @ 5:57 pm

Add Marin Cilic’s name to list of those who won’t even make it to the weekend at Wimbledon. The No. 3 seed and 2017 runner-up crashed out to Argentine lefty Guido Pella today in the second round.

The match resumed with Pella up a break in third, and he finished the Croat off but still had to win two more sets. Cilic was so strong in the first two sets but …

Muguruza Mauling Leaves Wimbledon Without 6 of Top 8 Seeds Thru 2 Rounds

Posted by Staff on July 5th, 2018 @ 5:18 pm

The upset of defending champion Garbine Muguruza on Thursday at Wimbledon made for six of Top 8 seeds out of The Championships through the first two rounds at the All England Club.

The No. 3-seeded Spaniard was shocked 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 by Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck.

“It is a huge win,” said fellow Belgian and BBC analyst Kim Clijsters. “Van Uytvanck is a super-nice girl. She had to deal with injuries in …

Wozniacki Eats Bugs, Joins Seeded Exodus at Wimbledon

Posted by Jeremy Davis on July 4th, 2018 @ 5:53 pm

Rain curtailed play at the All England Club on Wednesday, but not before world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki joined the record-setting seeded exodus at Wimbledon.

The Dane was upset 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 by Russian Ekaterina Makarova, making for five of the Top 8 seeds out of the tournament after three days of play.

Compounding Wozniacki’s frustration was an invasion of flying ants during the match that saw insects flying in her ears …

Federer, Raonic Advance On Wet Wednesday At Wimbledon; Nadal, Djokovic On Thurs.

Posted by Staff on July 4th, 2018 @ 5:25 pm

Roger Federer rolled to another easy win Wednesday at Wimbledon. The Swiss won his 9th straight match at the event breezing past Eastbourne finalist Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.

“On certain days it goes better than others. Sometimes your serve matches up better against certain players. There’s no doubt about that, as well,” Federer said.

The Slovakian Lacko falls to 0-19 lifetime against Top 10 players.

Up next is Jan-Lennard Struff who withstood …

Former Champions Kvitova, Sharapova Crash Out Of Wimbledon; Williams Sisters Return Tues.

Posted by Staff on July 4th, 2018 @ 8:37 am

It was another surprising day of play in the women’s draw at Wimbledon. Monday saw the exit of US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Top 5 stalwart Elina Svitolina. On Tuesday, tournament favorite Petra Kvitova and former champion Maria Sharapova both crashed out in three sets.

Kvitova, who came into the tournament with the WTA lead in match wins (38) and titles (5), crumbled early on against the unheralded Belarussian Aliaksandra …

Nadal, Djokovic, Zverev, Del Potro Open Strong At Wimbledon; Goffin, Thiem Tumble

Posted by Staff on July 3rd, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Former champions Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic cruised in their Wimbledon openers on Tuesday. In his first match since capturing his 11th French Open, Nadal brushed aside Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

“I had a long clay-court season, a lot of matches. As you know, I had lot of problems in terms of physical injuries during my career. Of course, I will love to play on Queen’s. That was my schedule, …

July Off Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on July 3rd, 2018 @ 6:28 pm

Non tennis posts got here.

Top 5 seeds Stephens, Svitolina Exit on Day 1 at Wimbledon

Posted by Staff on July 2nd, 2018 @ 11:33 pm

Two Top 5 seeds were upset on a rollicking opening day at Wimbledon that included a triumphant return for Serena Williams.

Shown the door were No. 4 seed and reigning US Open winner and French Open finalist Sloane Stephens who fell meekly to Croat Donna Vekic 6-1, 6-3, and No. 5 Elina Svitolina who was outlasted 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1 by German Tatjana Maria.

The 25-year-old Stephens did not play any grasscourt warm-up …

New Look Federer Rolls In Wimbledon Opener, Dimitrov Upset By Wawrinka; Nadal, Djokovic Tues

Posted by Staff on July 2nd, 2018 @ 6:10 pm

All eyes were on Roger Federer as he walked out on Centre Court today to open play at Wimbledon. But not for the usual reason. For the first time, Federer didn’t wear the swoosh Nike logo, but instead had Uniqlo attire on, confirming the rumor the Swiss had signed on with the Japanese clothing manufacturer.

The new gear didn’t change the result as Federer rolled to a blowout 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 …

Federer, Serena, Venus Open Play Monday At Wimbledon

Posted by Staff on July 2nd, 2018 @ 7:49 am

The 132nd Championships at Wimbledon opens on Monday, and the big questions will be…What will Roger Federer be wearing when he walks out at 1pm on Centre Court? The Swiss’s contract with longtime sponsor Nike expired in March, and there’s been rumors we could see a new brand on Federer as early as today.

Federer, who faces Dusan Lajovic in a rematch of their second round encounter at Wimbledon last year, …

Elder Zverev Serves-and-Volleys to 1st Career Title at ATP Eastbourne

Posted by Staff on July 1st, 2018 @ 10:18 pm

The rushing-and-crushing Mischa Zverev won his first career title on Saturday on grass as the German served-and-volleyed his way past Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-4 for the Nature Valley International crown in Eastbourne, Great Britain.

“It was definitely one of the emotional moments in my life,” Zverev said. “Beating Andy Murray in Australia was special, but there you win a match, you’re still in it and the tournament’s not over. But here …