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Murray To Meet Dimitrov In Beijing Final; Raonic Withdraws With Right Ankle Injury

Posted by Staff on October 8th, 2016 @ 7:58 pm

Andy Murray will seek his first career Beijing title against Grigor Dimitrov in the Sunday final. In the semifinals, Murray blasted past David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3.

“I was obviously 2-1 down with a break in the first set,” Murray said. “Played very well. Even the period in the second set where he came back a bit, when he broke me, there was a lot of long points. Really good tennis I …

Keys Clips Kvitova In A Thriller To Reach Beijing SFs, Konta Awaits

Posted by Staff on October 7th, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Madison Keys clipped Petra Kvitova in a thriller 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-6(5) to reach the semifinals in Beijing. Keys actually led the Czech 3-0 in the third set then hung on to take the breaker in the final set.

“I think I played a pretty solid first set today, then she raised her level,” Keys said. “I just think at the end it became a couple of points here or there. I …

Dimitrov Dominates Nadal In Beijing; Murray Rolls Into SF Battle With Ferrer

Posted by Staff on October 7th, 2016 @ 11:56 am

Grigor Dimitrov won his first career match over Rafael Nadal seven tries and he did it in dominating fashion, beating the Spaniard 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Beijing semifinals.

“I feel that I played a bad match in a lot of aspects. Is obvious that Grigor played much better than me, so he deserved to win,” Nadal said. “I cannot have two breaks and lose 6-2 the first set. When this …

Monfils Edges Karlovic To Reach Tokyo SFs, Will Face Kyrgios; Cilic To Meet Goffin

Posted by Staff on October 7th, 2016 @ 10:18 am

Ivo Karlovic had played five tiebreakers in five sets of tennis entering his quarterfinal against Gael Monfils in the Tokyo semifinals. And the trend continued today, but this time Karlovic lost both in a 7-6(6), 7-6(6) defeat to the Frenchman.

Behind 18 aces Nick Kyrgios cruised past Gilles Muller 6-2, 6-4.

“I thought I played great today,” Kyrgios said. “I served well, returned well and my engagement level was really good the …

Kerber Crashes Out Of Beijing To Svitolina; Keys v Kvitova Friday

Posted by Staff on October 6th, 2016 @ 3:54 pm

For the second time in the last 60 days, Elina Svitolina has toppled a world No. 1. The Ukranian stunned Serena Williams at the Rio Olympics and Thursday in Beijing she bounced current No. 1 Angelique Kerber out of Beijing 6-3, 7-5.

“I’m really, really happy that I won today,” Svitolina said. “Really happy that I finish with two sets because last time playing in Montreal, I was really close …

Monfils Beats Simon, Kyrgios Gets Walkover In Tokyo; 5 Of Top 8 Seeds Make QFs

Posted by Staff on October 6th, 2016 @ 3:35 pm

In the match of the day in Tokyo, Gael Monfils earned a spot in the quarterfinals after beating countryman Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-4 Thursday.

Monfils fought back from 4-1 down in the second to win the last five games of the match.

“In the second set, Gilles started to run a lot better. He played really great for four games or so and I knew I needed to be patient for his …

Nadal, Dimitrov Advance To QF Clash In Rainy Beijing; Murray Faces Edmund

Posted by Staff on October 6th, 2016 @ 3:20 pm

Former champion Rafael Nadal hung on to deny Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 7-6(6) to reach the quarterfinals at the Beijing China Open.

“I think I played a fantastic first set. Great level of tennis, serving very good, hitting so good. During the second set, I slowed the rhythm a little bit and he played very well,” said Nadal. “I feel very happy that I won that tie-break. I think I played …

Murray Drops 3 Games In Beijing; Nadal Returns Thurs Plus Dimitrov-Pouille, Wozniacki-Radwanska

Posted by Sean Randall on October 5th, 2016 @ 4:45 pm

Andy Murray’s Asian swing if off to a good start in Beijing. In the first round he blitzed Andreas Seppi and earlier today he buried Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-1.

Recall Murray came up a bit lame at the end of his Davis Cup win over Guido Pella last month. But the Scot says he’s doing much better now.

“I felt fine when I came here. I trained for a couple of days …

Injuries Kick Kei Nishokori And Tomas Berdych Out Of Tokyo

Posted by Sean Randall on October 5th, 2016 @ 4:21 pm

Two former champions were bounced out of Tokyo on Wednesday. Local favorite Kei Nishikori was up 3-0 on Joao Sousa before a butt muscle injury ended his hopes of a third title in Tokyo.

How bad was it? Here’s Kei:

“The pain came suddenly, which was very alarming to me because I have never felt something like this before. The injury happened at 2-0, 30-40 when I had the break point. It …

4 Thoughts On Maria Sharapova’s Appeal “Victory”

Posted by Sean Randall on October 5th, 2016 @ 4:07 pm

After months and months, Maria Sharapova finally got the decision of her appeal. CAS cut her 2-year ban down to 15 months after determining Sharapova was at fault for not abiding by the rules but she didn’t do it on purpose.


1. Is Sharapova In The Clear?
That depends on who you ask. Her supporters, her fans will say she’s clear but her fellow players still have to wonder why …

Zverev Downs Thiem, Kvitova Keeps Rolling at China Open

Posted by Staff on October 5th, 2016 @ 1:29 am

The lowest seed in action on Tuesday at the China Open, hot-handed No. 14 Petra Kvitova topped Chinese qualifier Wang Yafan 6-4, 6-1 to set up a blockbuster meeting with defending champ Garbine Muguruza.

“I think I still do have motivation,” said the Wuhan champ Kvitova, trying to qualify for the WTA year-end championship. “I think it was a great week in Wuhan. I think that gave me more motivation and …

Serena Williams: Each Person Is Just As Important As The Next, Each Person Has A Voice

Posted by Tom Gainey on October 4th, 2016 @ 3:58 pm

In a lengthy cover story Q&A in Fader Magazine, Serena Williams opens up on a variety of topics including her race, her body, the Indian Wells return and much, much more.

If you are a Serena fan, please check it out.

A sample from the story from their press release:

On her advice for women speaking up about discrimination:
It doesn’t matter your background or where you’re coming …

Novak Djokovic Tours His Childhood Tennis Club During A Facebook Live Session [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on October 4th, 2016 @ 3:39 pm

During a Facebook live session, Novak Djokovic took his video cameras back to Kopaonik mountain where he and his practices in 1998. That was before the bombs hit soon after, destroying the club in 1999.

Djokovic takes us through some of the ruins and later hits against the wall which survived the bombings.

Maria Sharapova Wins Appeal, Doping Ban Reduced To 15 Months, She’ll Return In April

Posted by Staff on October 4th, 2016 @ 10:05 am

The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced that is has reduced Maria Sharapova’s doping suspension from two years to 15 months, allowing the Russian to return to tennis on April 26, 2017 and be availble to play three of the last four Grand Slams next year.

Sharapova was suspended from the tour after testing positive for the drug meldonium at the Australian Open. She was given a 2-year ban …

Verdict In Maria Sharapova’s Appeal Of Her 2-Year Ban To Be Announced 9am ET Tuesday

Posted by Tom Gainey on October 3rd, 2016 @ 4:22 pm

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced that their decision in Maria Sharapova’s appeal of her 2-year ban will be announced 9am ET on Tuesday.

Sharapova hasn’t played a match since losing to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals. In March, Sharapova announced she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open and admitted to using the banned substance meldoniunm.

In June, Sharapova was given a …