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October 26th, 2014

Preview: ATP Paris to Determine Final Year-end Spots; Djokovic, Federer Fight For No. 1

Rafael Nadal is out with impending appendix surgery, Andy Murray and David Ferrer are trying to lock down the final two spots at the ATP World Tour Finals, and Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov are clamoring to stay in the year-end hunt during the final week of ATP play at the BNP Paribas Masters Paris in France.

The Top 16 seeds are Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried …

Posted by Staff @ 10:53 am in Tennis | 8 Comments »

October 25th, 2014

Serena Williams And Simona Halep Clash For The WTA Finals Title

Top seed Serena Williams will have revenge on her mind as she takes on Simona Halep in the WTA Finals championship match on Sunday in Singapore.

Serena qualified into the semifinals thanks to Halep’s (ill-advised?) set win against Ana Ivanovic on Sunday, and now the World No. 1 bids for a third straight WTA Finals title, fifth overall after beating good friend Caroline Wozniacki today in the semifinals 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(6).

“It was crazy,” Williams said of Friday’s harrowing qualification. “I don’t …

Posted by Staff @ 6:49 pm in WTA Championships | 11 Comments »

October 25th, 2014

Federer Seeks Sixth Basel Title; Murray Beats Ferrer, Closes In On London Berth

Roger Federer will bid for a sixth Basel title Sunday in Switzerland against surprise finalist David Goffin. Federer advanced to his 11th final in his hometown after dismissing Ivo Karlovic in three sets 7-6(8), 3-6, 6-3.

“I’m relieved, always in a match like this against someone who can serve as big as Ivo,” said Federer who survived a 33 ace afternoon from Karlovic. “It was a good feeling get out of it as the winner. I thought it was impressive how …

Posted by Staff @ 6:32 pm in Fall Season | 135 Comments »

October 24th, 2014

Coric Ends Nadal’s Season In Basel, Federer Overwhelms Dimitrov; Ferrer v Murray In Valencia

Almost three months after putting Nick Kyrgios on the map at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal did it again today by shining the spotlight on another teen, this time on 17-year-old Borna Coric who blitzed Nadal 6-2, 7-6 in the Basel quarters.

Coric, a mature speedster with a heady game, stormed out to a 5-0 lead in the first and then hung on for the win over Rafa who really looked like someone who didn’t want to be out on the court. …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:22 pm in Fall Season | 146 Comments »

October 24th, 2014

Rafael Nadal To Undergo Appendix Surgery On Nov 3, Will Miss Paris And London

Rafael Nadal’s 2014 season is over. In his final match of the year Nadal lost to 17-year-old teen Borna Coric 6-2, 7-6 in the quarterfinals at Basel.

After the shock defeat Nadal confirmed that he will undergo surgery for his appendicitis on Monday, November 3. The procedure will force him the miss the Paris Indoors and the ATP Finals in London, two events he’s never won.

“I have maximum respect for both tournaments,” Nadal said. “I love the city of Paris …

Posted by Staff @ 4:02 pm in 2014 Season | 56 Comments »

October 24th, 2014

Simona Halep: I’m Not Afraid To Play Serena Again!!!

Simona Halep held Serena Williams’s fate at the WTA Finals in her hand today. A straight set loss to Ana Ivanovic would have eliminated Serena from the event she had won four times. A set win would put Serena in the semifinals.

In the match, Halep led Ivanovic 52 in the first set before losing in a breaker 76. With Ivanovic holding the momentum and the motivation – to qualify herself from the semifinals – and Serena fans queasy, Halep, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:46 pm in WTA Championships | 1 Comment »

October 24th, 2014

Serena Williams Clinches The 2014 No. 1 Ranking, Goes To A Mariah Carey Concert With Wozniacki

With Maria Sharapova elimination from the WTA Finals in Singapore, Serena Williams officially clinched the WTA’s year-end No. 1 ranking.

It marks the fourth time in Serena’s career that the American has finished a season ranked No. 1 after 2002, 2009 and 2013. She’s also just the fifth player in WTA history to do it four or more times after Steffi Graf (who did it eight times), Martina Navratilova (seven times), Chris Evert (five times) and Lindsay Davenport (also four times).

“I …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:22 pm in WTA, WTA Championships, Year-End No. 1 | 3 Comments »

October 24th, 2014

Serena v Wozniacki, Halep v Radwanska in WTA Finals Semis

Serena Williams back-doored her way into WTA Finals semifinal round on Friday while Maria Sharapova was eliminated from contention in Singapore.

Sharapova was out after she failed to defeat Aggie Radwanska on Friday in round robin play in straight sets, while Caroline Wozniacki’s straight-set win over Petra Kvitova secured Radwanska into the semis.

Wozniacki, now into the Saturday semifinals where she will meet her friend Serena, would not have even qualified for the year-end champion had not Li Na withdrew from the …

Posted by Staff @ 11:25 am in WTA Championships | 6 Comments »

October 24th, 2014

Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Paris For “Personal Reasons”, Will He Have Appendix Surgery Next Week?

Citing “personal reasons”, Rafael Nadal officially withdrew from the Paris Masters next week. Nadal, who is battling appendicitis, will play through the Basel event but will forego the final Masters 1000 event of the season.

The withdrawal likely also indicates Nadal will miss the London Finals so he can undergo surgery to remove his inflamed appendix.

Nadal has never won the Paris Indoors.

The tournament also announced the withdrawals of Ernests Gulbis and Marin Cilic.

Posted by Staff @ 10:03 am in Paris | 18 Comments »

October 23rd, 2014

WTA Finals: Halep Makes Semis, Will She Allow Serena To Join Her?

One of the downsides of round robin play in the awkward situation we have on Friday at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Simona Halep, who won her group and qualified for a spot in the semifinals on Saturday, holds Serena Williams’s fate in the tournament on her racquet.

Halep, who beat Serena along with Genie Bouchard, in 2-0 and on top of her Red Group. Serena, a 6-1, 6-1, winner today over Bouchard, is 2-1. Ivanovic is 1-1 and now plays …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:58 pm in WTA Championships | 18 Comments »


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Rankings
ATP - Oct 27 WTA - Oct 27
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Tomas Berdych5 Ana Ivanovic
6 David Ferrer6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Kei Nishikori7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Andy Murray8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Na Li
10 Milos Raonic10 Angelique Kerber
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