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Wimbledon Adds Final Set Tiebreak At 12-All

Posted by Staff on October 19th, 2018 @ 10:37 am

On the heels of a marathon men’s semifinal round at Wimbledon this year, the event has moved to a final set tiebreaker at 12-all for all singles matches.

The change applies to all singles and doubles events including qualifying starting in 2019.

AELTC Chairman, Philip Brook, commented: “In reaching this decision, the AELTC Committee sought the feedback of both players and officials, analyzed two decades of match data, and considered other factors …

World No. 1 Simona Halep Has Withdrawn From The Singapore Finals

Posted by Staff on October 18th, 2018 @ 9:41 am

Top ranked Simona Halep officially withdrew from the WTA Finals in Singapore, which begins on October 22.

“The decision was tough for sure,” Halep told WTA Insider. “It’s always difficult to withdraw from a big tournament. Actually, I think it’s the first time in my life. So it was a tough decision but it’s better for my health.

“Darren was 100% to withdraw because he’s worried about the back and it’s …

Juan Martin Del Potro’s 2018 Season Ends With Patella Bone Fracture In Right Knee

Posted by Staff on October 16th, 2018 @ 11:17 am

Sad news from Juan Martin del Potro who had to retire last week in Shanghai with a knee injury to Borna Coric. Tests later confirmed the Argentine as a patella bone fracture in his right knee.

“It’s a very difficult moment,” said Del Potro in a statement. “I feel very sad. It’s a hard blow that leaves me without strength. It’s very difficult for me to think about recovery again, I …

Simona Halep Secures Year-End No. 1 Ranking For Second Straight Year

Posted by Staff on October 16th, 2018 @ 11:07 am

Simona Halep officially locked up the year-end No. 1 WTA ranking yesterday. The Romanian who collected her first Grand Slam title this year at the French Open, has an insurmountable lead over Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki as the tour heads down its final weeks of the season.

“Finishing the season as the WTA World No.1 last year was a huge honor for me,” said Halep. “To do it for a …

Halep Leads Women, Dzumhur Defends on Men’s Side at ATP/WTA Moscow

Posted by Staff on October 14th, 2018 @ 6:54 pm

A Premier Series women’s event and a 250 event on the men’s side, the co-ed Kremlin Cup features world No. 1 Simona Halep’s return from injury.

MOSCOW, Russia; surface: indoor hard

Women’s Seeds: Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Sloane Stephens, Kiki Bertens, Anastasija Sevastova, Daria Kasatkina, Elise Mertens, Anett Kontaveit

Women’s Floaters: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Lesia Tsurenko, Johanna Konta, Ekaterina Makarova

Women’s Notes:

Four of the Top 10 lead by world No. 1 Simona Halep …

Goerges Top Seed, Muguruza Takes Wildcard at WTA Luxembourg; Preview

Posted by Staff on October 14th, 2018 @ 6:18 pm

Germany’s Julia Goerges leads the field but former No. 1 Garbine Muguruza is right behind her this coming week in Luxembourg, where unseeded Carina Witthoeft will be challenged to defend her title from 2017.

LUXEMBOURG; surface: hard

Seeds: Julia Goerges, Garbine Muguruza, Carla Suarez Navarro, Camila Giorgi, Katerina Siniakova, Donna Vekic, Maria Sakkari, Pauline Parmentier

Floaters: Margarita Gasparyan


Not a lot of talent in the field outside the seeds, but …

Isner Top Seeds in Stockholm Open Field; Preview

Posted by Staff on October 14th, 2018 @ 4:48 pm

No. 10-ranked John Isner heads the field in Stockholm where the red-hot Fabio Fognini and fellow American and two-time finalist Jack Sock will be in the title mix.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden; surface: indoor hard

Seeds: John Isner, Fabio Fognini, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jack Sock, Lucas Pouille, Chung Hyeon, Denis Shapovalov, Fernando Verdasco

Floaters: Taylor Fritz, Taro Daniel


Isner the only Top 10er in the field but four additional from the Top 20…

The Top 4 seeds …

Preview: Top Seed Edmund, Defending Champ Tsonga, Raonic, Monfils at ATP Antwerp

Posted by Staff on October 14th, 2018 @ 4:17 pm

Brit Kyle Edmund finds himself at the top of the heap in Antwerp, joined by last year’s champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looking to come back from injury.

ANTWERP, Belgium; surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Kyle Edmund, Diego Schwartzman, Milos Raonic, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils, Frances Tiafoe, Robin Haase

Floaters: Al Ramos-Vinolas, Feliciano Lopez, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga


No Top 10ers in the field, and the Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…

Interesting starts for (1) Edmund …

Unstoppable Djokovic Wins Shanghai, Eyes Year-End No. 1 Ranking

Posted by Jeremy Davis on October 14th, 2018 @ 12:40 pm

Success keeps coming for Novak Djokovic, who continues what has to be one of, if not the most drastic turn-around seasons in Open Era history.

Djokovic through the first half of the year didn’t reach a semifinal until Rome in May, and lost first round in Indian Wells and Miami, and prior to the quarterfinals at Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. After breaking through for his first title of the year …

Teen Yastremska Beats Wang for WTA Hong Kong Championship

Posted by Staff on October 14th, 2018 @ 11:34 am

Unknown teen Dayana Yastremska of the Ukraine came out of nowhere this week to win the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open on Sunday, as the 18-year-old recorded a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Wang Qiang of China for her first WTA title.

“Yesterday, I felt very confident that I could win the title, but in the morning, I woke up and I felt a bit too nervous,” Yastremska said. “I trusted myself …

Garcia Beats Pliskova in Marathon 1st Set for WTA Tianjin Crown

Posted by Staff on October 14th, 2018 @ 11:10 am

France’s Caroline Garcia, in the second-to-last regular-season week of the year, won her first title of 2018 on Sunday, in the Tianjin Open final beating former No. 1 and top seed Karolina Pliskova 7-6(7), 6-3.

“The emotion and the feeling after the match point is something very special and very difficult to describe,” Garcia said afterwards. “That’s what you’re working on all year long to get, this trophy in your hand …

Giorgi Wins 2nd Career WTA Title at Linz

Posted by Staff on October 14th, 2018 @ 10:44 am

Linz remains magic for Camila Giorgi as the No. 5 seed and former finalist won her second career title, beating Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-3, 6-1 for the Upper Austria Ladies Linz championship.

The Italian won her first career title at the Ricoh Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch on grass in 2015.

After the first set went with serve through the first seven games, Giorgi lost only one game from that point on, beating …

Coric Stops Federer, Will Meet Djokovic For Shanghai Title

Posted by Staff on October 13th, 2018 @ 11:11 pm

Borna Coric advanced to the biggest final of his career eliminating defending champion Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the Shanghai semifinals.

“It’s one of the best matches I have ever played. I was just feeling through the ball,” Coric said. “I think I served the best in my life, for sure. I was going for the angles. I was going for the body. Everything was going in. No, that’s much above …

Federer, Djokovic Edge Closer To Shanghai Final; Zverev Secures ATP Finals Berth

Posted by Staff on October 12th, 2018 @ 9:04 pm

On a day when all four quarterfinal matches were decided in straight sets, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic moved one step closer to a Sunday final showdown in Shanghai.

After two straight 3-set matches, the defending champion Federer needed only two sets today against Kei Nishikori with a 6-4, 7-6(4).

“It was a tough match. Obviously Kei hogs the baseline much more than Medvedev did or also what did. I think …

Federer Needs 3 Again In Shanghai, Faces Nishikori Next; Del Potro Retires, Djokovic v Anderson Friday

Posted by Staff on October 11th, 2018 @ 8:05 pm

Roger Federer went the distance again, and like he did Wednesday, broke at 4-all in the third then closed out Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the Shanghai quarterfinals.

“I’m actually quite happy,” said Federer. “I thought that Bautista really had to raise his level of play in that second set to stay with me. I mean, he really caught fire, I thought. I served, I think, 80% in …