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Keys Out-slugs, Out-hugs Vandeweghe in All-American WTA Stanford Final

Posted by Staff on August 6th, 2017 @ 10:45 pm

American pals Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe slugged it out in the Sunday final of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif., then consoled each other by huggling it out on the sidelines, with Keys sitting in Vandeweghe’s lap.

Keys was the victor after the smoke cleared in the huge-hitting confrontation, coming away with a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory and her first title on American soil.

“I just knew that if …

Makarova Comeback Magic Results in WTA Washington Title

Posted by Staff on August 6th, 2017 @ 10:28 pm

Russian Ekaterina Makarova won the Citi Open title in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, coming from behind to defeat German Julia Goerges 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-0.

It was the third consecutive match that Makarova came from a set down to win in D.C.

The No. 7-seeded Russian triumphed despite the No. 3-seeded Goerges serving for the match in the second set.

“Every time when I was coming back, I was really enjoying, and dreaming to …

Kohlschreiber Bikes Way to ATP Kitzbuhel Crown

Posted by Staff on August 6th, 2017 @ 7:32 pm

German Philipp Kohlschreiber won a second career Kitzbuhel title on Saturday when he defeated Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the clay court Generali Open.

The 33 year old rebounded from a leg injury a week ago when he retired in the Hamburg final. Kohlschreiber is a local resident and rode his bike to the site all week.

“I never expected to win this title when the tournament started,” the …

Zverev Beats Anderson for 4th 2017 Title at Washington

Posted by Staff on August 6th, 2017 @ 6:59 pm

Fast-rising German Alexander Zverev won his fourth title of the year on Sunday in Washington, D.C., defeating South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 for the Citi Open title.

The 20-year-old Zverev collected his first title under new coach and former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero.

“I feel like the longer the tournament gets, the better I start to play,” Zverev said.

Anderson was appearing in his first final since 2015 at Winston-Salem …

Holy Guacamole, Querrey Wins 2nd Mexico Title of 2017

Posted by Staff on August 6th, 2017 @ 1:34 pm

Mexico has been very, very good to American Sam Querrey in 2017.

Querrey won the Saturday final at the Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel presentado por Cinemex in Los Cabos, Mexico, defeating surprise wild card finalist Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 for his second title of the year.

The American also won the Acapulco title earlier in the year, beating Rafael Nadal.

“This tournament only keeps getting better, so I’m already excited …

Federer, Nadal Lead Depleted Canadian Open Montreal Field; Will The Cup Be Roger’s Again?

Posted by Sean Randall on August 6th, 2017 @ 10:55 am

The summer hardcourt season kicks into full swing this upcoming week with the Canadian Open Masters event. In an astounding flip from last year when Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray were healthy and the favorites, they are now the wounded while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who had injury issues last summer, are back in control of the game as the second half of the season begins in earnest.

And with …

Defending Champion Stan Wawrinka Is Out Of The US Open And For The Rest Of 2017

Posted by Staff on August 4th, 2017 @ 11:45 am

Stan Wawrinka’s 2017 season and any hopes of a US Open title defense are over, the Swiss announced today. Wawrinka cited ongoing knee issues as the cause, and he will end his 2017 season.

“I am sad to announce that after talking with my team and doctor I had to make a difficult decision to undergo a medical intervention on my knee,” Wawrinka said in a statement on Facebook. “This was …

Nishikori Stops Del Potro’s DC Streak At 2am; Roanic, Zverev Advance But Thiem, Dimitrov Out

Posted by Staff on August 4th, 2017 @ 10:08 am

After another day of rain delays, Kei Nishikori needed to wait until 2am to eliminate Juan Martin del Potro from the Washington with a 6-4, 7-5 victory. In the battle of former champions, Nishikori led with a break in the second before the Argentine turned it around and actually held three set points.

Nishikori in the end prevailed stopping del Potro’s 15-match win streak at the event.

“It was a very tight …

Andy Murray Officially Withdraws From Canadian Open Montreal, Rafael Nadal With No. 1 Shot Next Week

Posted by Staff on August 4th, 2017 @ 12:50 am

After days of speculation, Andy Murray made it official on Thursday pulling out of next week’s Canadian Open in Montreal due to his hip.

“I am sad to be missing the tournament in Montreal because I have many great memories from my time in Canada,” said Murray. “I am doing everything I can to return as quickly as possible.”

Murray, a 3-time Canadian Open champion, also missed the event last year. For …

Marin Cilic Withdraws From Canadian Open, Will Andy Murray Do The Same?

Posted by Staff on August 3rd, 2017 @ 11:33 am

Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic has withdrawn from next week’s Canadian Open in Montreal due to an adductor injury.

In a Facebook post, the Croatian said:
With great regret I have to announce that I won’t be able to participate at the upcoming ATP Masters 1000 event in Montreal, to be played next week.
Until the very last moment I was hoping that improvement concerning my injury will be good enough, but I am …

Sharapova Suffers Arm Injury In Stanford; Wimbledon Champ Muguruza Cruises In Hard Court Opener

Posted by Staff on August 3rd, 2017 @ 11:21 am

After missing the French and the grass seasons, Maria Sharapova’s return to the WTA was cut short yesterday after the former No. 1 had to withdraw from the Stanford event prior to her match against Lesia Tsurenko because of a forearm injury sustained her in opening round win Monday over Jennifer Brady. And she also withdrew from next week’s Canadian Open in Toronto.

“Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from today’s match,” …

Kyrgios Retires In Third Straight Event; Del Potro-Nishikori Thurs In Washington

Posted by Staff on August 3rd, 2017 @ 10:57 am

Nick Kyrgios’s injury issues only continued Wednesday in Washington. The Australian with retired in Queen’s and Wimbledon due to a hip and yesterday had to pull out after being down 6-3, 3-0 to Tennys Sandgren due to a shoulder problem.

That’s three straight events Kyrgios has retired in!

Meanwhile, top seeds Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic all advanced, though with some difficulty. But no. 6 seed Gael Monfils was stunned …

Stan Wawrinka To Miss Canada And Cincinnati Due To Knee

Posted by Staff on August 2nd, 2017 @ 2:08 pm

Stan Wawrinka announced that he will not play Canada and Cincinnati due to ongoing issues with his knee.

“After much backwards and forwards and consultations with my doctors and my team unfortunately I have decided to skip Canada and Cincinnati to be on the safe side even though I’ve been battling hard to make these events,” said Wawrinka.

“Hugely disappointing for my fans and myself that I have to make this …

Roger Federer Confirms Montreal Canadian Open Apperance

Posted by Staff on August 2nd, 2017 @ 2:03 pm

Roger Federer has confirmed his intention to play the Canadian Open in Montreal next week, the Swiss announced on his website.

“I’m happy to be coming back to Montreal as I have not had a chance to play there for many years,” said Federer. “This 2017 season has been very exciting and I am really looking forward to being back out on the court on the ATP Tour.”

Federer, who turns 36 …

Fighting Off Sets Points, Isner Wins 4th ATP Atlanta Title

Posted by Staff on July 30th, 2017 @ 9:16 pm

It couldn’t be any closer as John Isner won a record fourth BB&T Atlanta Open title on Sunday, defeating fellow American Ryan Harrison 7-6(6), 7-6(7), his second straight title of the year after Newport.

The 32-year-old has now reached the championship in seven of the event’s eight years. He improved to 12-12 in career finals, and 2-0 in 2017.

“This is always going to be my favorite time of year,” Isner said …