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October 3rd, 2015

Venus Williams Wins 47th Career WTA Title When Muguruza Retires In Wuhan Final

In a battle of two ailing finalists, Venus Williams came out on top capturing her 47th career WTA title when her opponent, Garbine Muguruza, retired down 6-3, 3-0 in the second set of the Wuhan, China final.

“I feel like everyone else on tour,” Venus said. “I work hard, I do my best and as long as you continue to work hard and believe in yourself then you can have the results you want. That’s exactly what I’ve done and it …

Posted by Staff @ 10:56 am in Asia | 4 Comments »

October 2nd, 2015

Kyrgios, Ferrer Reach Kuala Lumpur SFs, Becker Beats Dimitrov; Berdych, Cilic Head Toward Shenzhen Final

Several players in the ATP Finals hunt strengthen their cases this week. In Kuala Lumpur, David Ferrer advanced to the semifinals beating Mikhail Kulkushkin 6-3, 6-4 today.

Ferrer will meet Benjamin Becker in the semifinals after the former Baylor Univ standout upset Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6.

“He’s had a very good week, winning against two of the top players — Chardy and Dimitrov,” said Ferrer of the German. “It’s going to be tough for sure. I will have to play consistent.”

In the …

Posted by Staff @ 3:59 pm in Asia | No Comments »

October 2nd, 2015

Venus Avenges Serena Loss, Beats F-Bombing Vinci To Reach Wuhan Final

A hobbling Venus Williams avenged a stunning loss by sister Serena at the US Open by beating Roberta Vinci today in the semifinals at the Wuhan WTA event.

Vinci, who beat Serena at the US Open foiling the World No. 1′s bid for the Calendar Slam, took the first set before Venus recovered and hung on to win 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4).

“Definitely watching the match at the US Open, I learned a lot from Serena,” said Venus.

“If I could, I’d give my …

Posted by Staff @ 3:39 pm in WTA | 10 Comments »

October 1st, 2015

Will Serena Williams Be Punished For Skipping The WTA Finals?

Serena Williams has announced her 2015 season is over. And that means she won’t play one of the biggest WTA events on the year, the WTA Finals in Singapore scheduled for the end of this month.

Last month, in response to Andy Murray’s thought to bypass the ATP Finals in London to focus on the Davis Cup, the ATP said that all players who qualify for the Finals must play.

Serena has qualified for the WTA Finals and she’s not withdrawing …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:36 am in WTA, WTA Championships | 26 Comments »

October 1st, 2015

Serena Williams Officially Ends 2015 Season Withdrawing From Beijing And WTA Finals

Serena Williams made it official earlier today pulling out from her remaining two events in Beijing and at the WTA Finals.

The World No. 1 cited injuries and a broken heart which she suffered when she was stunned by Roberta Vinci at the US Open ending the hopes of an historic Calendar Slam.

“It’s no secret I’ve played injured most of the year — whether it was my elbow, my knee, or, in the finals moments after a certain match …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:18 am in 2015 Season | 27 Comments »

October 1st, 2015

Watch Novak Djokovic Hit This Insane Shot In Practice [Video]

It was only “practice”, but still, what a shot from Novak Djokovic.

Will this be Djokovic’s response to Roger Federer’s SABR? Probably not.

After capturing his second US Open title, the World No. 1 returns to tennis next week in Beijing and then Shanghai.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:01 am in Best Shots, Videos | 61 Comments »

September 30th, 2015

Defending Champion Maria Sharapova Withdraws From Beijing

Maria Sharapova officially withdrew from next week’s Beijing Open. Sharapova had won the title there last year beat Petra Kvitova, but a left forearm injury suffered earlier this week will prevent her from defending her crown.

“I am very disappointed to have to pull out of the China Open this year and not have the chance to defend my title,” The World No. 3 Sharapova said.

“I look forward to coming back to Beijing next year and competing in front of …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:10 am in beijing, Injuries | No Comments »

September 30th, 2015

Victoria Azarenka Says She Needs To Get Fitter And Faster

The road back to the top hasn’t been easy for Victoria Azarenka. The Belarussian was once the toast of tennis, winning Grand Slams and ranking atop the WTA. But a series of injuries curtailed her career and they continue to hamper her progress.

Tuesday in Wuhan, Azarenka had to retire in the second set to British qualifier Johanna Konta due to a minor leg injury.

Despite all the changes to her team adding Wim Fissette and Sascha Bajin, and improved play, Azarenka, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:58 am in 2015 Season | 9 Comments »

September 30th, 2015

Coach: After Painful US Open Loss, Serena Williams Might Not Play Again This Season

In an interview with ESPNW, coach Patrick Mouratoglou revealed Serena Williams might not play against this season. Now 34, Serena is still scheduled to play in Beijing next week, but Mouratoglou doesn’t know where Serena’s motivation to compete is at after failing to complete the Calendar Slam at the US Open where she was stunned by Roberta Vinci in the semifinals.

“Because she lost match, she says to me her season is not good,” Mouratoglou said of Serena who …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:59 am in 2015 Season | 20 Comments »

September 29th, 2015

2015 Marquee Fall Schedules: Find Out Where Djokovic, Federer, Nadal And Murray Will Be Playing

With Novak Djokovic wrapping up the No. 1 race with his second US Open title and little drama in the Race to London – Top 7 including Rafael Nadal appear to already be booked – there’s not much to play for down the stretch this season so motivation might be an issue for some, but I still expect the top guys to give it their best shot to finish strong.

So here’s a short guide of where some of …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:54 am in Fall Season | 12 Comments »

September 29th, 2015

Venus Williams Wins 700th Career Match [Chart]

She’s 35 and she’s still winning matches. After beating Agnieszka Radwanska yesterday, Venus Williams continued to impress beating Julia Georges 64, 63 in the second round at Wuhan.

The win was extra special because it was Venus’s 700th career match victory, putting her in an elite club.

700 Or More Match Wins On The WTA
Martina Navratilova – 1442
Chris Evert – 1309
Steffi Graf – 902
Virginia Wade – 839
Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario – 759
Lindsay Davenport – 753
Conchita Martínez – 739
Serena Williams – 737
Venus Williams – 700

“I’m …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:47 am in 2015 Season | 15 Comments »

September 28th, 2015

In First Match Since Wimbledon, Maria Sharapova Retires With A Left Forearm Injury In Wuhan

Maria Sharapova’s return to tennis was ended abruptly today in Wuhan. Playing her first match since her Wimbledon semifinal loss to Serena Williams, Sharapova retired early in the third set against her match with Barbora Strycova due to a left forearm injury.

Sharapova missed the summer season and the US Open with a leg injury. Now the 28-year-old Russian has a new concern.

In her 1st match since Wimbledon, Sharapova retires in 3rd set. @BaraStrycova moves into

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:45 am in Injuries | 6 Comments »

September 28th, 2015

Rafael Nadal Reveals The One Thing He Has To Change To Become A Winner Again [Video]

In promotion of his new 15 million pound tennis academy, Rafael Nadal sat down the Sky Sports reporter Jacquie Beltrao for an exclusive interview. The Spanish star talked about his new school for kids and reflected on what has been a disappointing 2015 season.

“During the first five, six, seven months, I was feeling very tired,” Nadal said. “I suffered, especially those months. But the last couple of months I am enjoying my tennis game. I am not worried about my …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:20 am in Videos | 46 Comments »

September 27th, 2015

Raonic, Tsonga Win ATP Titles Over Weekend

Raonic Ends Title Drought in St. Pete
Canadian Milos Raonic won his first ATP title in over a year on Sunday at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia, with the No. 2 seed beating No. 7-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the championship match.

Raonic hadn’t lost his serve all week until the second set of the final. “It would be special [to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals again], especially with the health issues I’ve had,” …

Posted by Staff @ 4:06 pm in Tennis | 14 Comments »

September 27th, 2015

Jankovic, Radwanska, Begu Win WTA Titles Over Weekend

Radwanska Punishes Bencic in Tokyo Finale
Agnieszka Radwanska will rejoin the Top 10 on the WTA Rankings after easily trumping Swiss rising star Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

The Swiss had beaten Radwanska in their most previous meeting, and came into the final with Top 10 wins over Garbine Muguruza and Caroline Wozniacki under her belt, but it meant little against the steady, controlling game of Radwanska, who hit almost twice the winners …

Posted by Staff @ 9:48 am in Tennis | 3 Comments »

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