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May 17th, 2015

Sharapova Outlasts Gassed Suarez Navarro in WTA Rome Final

Maria Sharapova collected a much-needed claycourt title in the Rome final on Sunday, putting her solidly into the conversation entering Roland Garros in a week’s time.

The Russian former French Open champ had only two claycourt appearances under her belt in the run-up to Roland Garros, losing in the first round at Stuttgart, and in Madrid stopped in the semifinals by fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova.

On Sunday at the Italian Open Sharapova was facing another non-Top 5 opponent like Kuznetsova who nonetheless …

Posted by Staff @ 12:01 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

May 17th, 2015

Novak Djokovic Calls The Rome Center Court “Dangerous”

Despite making his second straight final, Novak Djokovic isn’t happy with the Centrale court conditions this week in Rome. We’ve seen the maintenance crew out numerous times, not just for Novak’s matches, tending to holes and inconsistent spots on the clay surface.

Djokovic went on to explain the issues with these lashing quotes to AFP.

“It’s obvious the court is not where it’s supposed to be condition-wise,” Djokovic said to AFP. “Last year was better, this year, as I understand, …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:01 am in Rome | 2 Comments »

May 16th, 2015

Federer Seeks First Rome Title Sunday v Djokovic; Who’s The Pick?

For the third time this year the two top in the world, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, meet in a big match final. This time it’s for the red clay title in Rome, the last major tune-up before the French Open.

Djokovic was the first to reach the final, earning his ninth straight victory over David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4. It was Novak’s 21st straight win in a row, 25th consecutively at the Masters level. And after three straight three-set matches leading …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:25 pm in Rome | 200 Comments »

May 16th, 2015

Sharapova Back To No. 2, Plays Surprising Suarez Navarro In Rome Final

Maria Sharapova will be the overwhelming favorite to win her third title in Rome tomorrow against the hot-handed Carla Suarez Navarro who upset Simona Halep in her semifinal.

In her match, Sharapova had a struggle in the first set then gained control taking out Cinderella qualifier Daria Gavrilova 7-5, 6-3. The young Gavrilova who stunned Maria in Miami and was playing in her first WTA semifinal, once again had her on the defense early on, but experience won out.

The win …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:03 pm in Rome | 40 Comments »

May 16th, 2015

Rafael Nadal: I Still Think I’m Playing Well And I Will Fight For Another French Open Title

Despite a crushing loss yesterday in the Rome quarterfinals to Stan Warwrinka, who he led 62 in the first set tiebreaker, Rafael Nadal is still trying to remain positive ahead of the biggest event of the year for the Spaniard.

“The only thing that I am sure of is I’m going to try,” said Nadal. “The goal in Paris will always be the same one. I feel I’m playing well. I am confident that if I am able to play without …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:10 am in French Open | 11 Comments »

May 16th, 2015

WTA Player Gets Defaulted For Throwing Racquet In Crowd [Video]

Brazilian Teliana Pereira was immediately defaulted after throwing her racquet in the crowd earlier today at an ITF event. Pereira had just lost the first set of her quarterfinal match to Jana Cepelova 76(5) at the Saint Gaudens, France ITF 50,000 when the incident took place.

Jana Cepelova d. Teliana Pereira 7-5 def. Pereira was defaulted for throwing racquet into crowd after losing set.

— Eggy (@TheBoiledEgg) May 16, 2015

The top-seeded Pereira not only …

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:54 am in Videos | 1 Comment »

May 15th, 2015

The Fall Of Rafael Nadal Continues; Federer, Djokovic Rome Final In Play

What. A. Collapse.

Rafael Nadal had full control of Stan Wawrinka leading 6-2 in the first set tiebreaker. Wawrinka, in fact, had appeared to have even cracked his racquet on that 8th point, won by Nadal. It was all over. But Nadal inexplicably couldn’t finish the job, losing four straight points and eventually the tiebreaker 9-7.

A head scratcher.

Wawrinka then got on top early in the second and hung on for a 7-6(7), 6-2 win over a beleaguered Nadal who surely couldn’t …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:49 pm in Rome | 189 Comments »

May 15th, 2015

Sharapova, Halep One Match from Blockbuster Rome Final

Top 5 seeds Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep moved one step away from a blockbuster final with quarterfinal wins on Friday at the Italian Open in Rome.

The red-hot No. 2-seeded Halep rolled through Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru 6-1, 6-0, while the No. 3-seeded Sharapova was likewise impressive in a 6-3, 6-2 win over former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.

“Today it was a pretty good match, I was very solid,” said Halep, who has lost seven games in three matches. “She was …

Posted by Staff @ 4:48 pm in Tennis | 22 Comments »

May 15th, 2015

The Top 10 Worst ATP Players Entering the 2015 French Open

With a minimum of five matches, Argentina’s Maximo Gonzalez is a perfect 0-5 on the year to lead all players in the 2015 Worst Player race, but of special note is Ernests Gulbis and his stellar 1-11 win-loss record in 2015 while maintaining a No. 22 ranking.

Gulbis is the defending champion next week in Nice.

Australian men are well represented with former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt at 1-4 in his last full year on tour, and his countryman Marinko “Mad …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 4:07 pm in Tennis | 11 Comments »

May 15th, 2015

Does Novak Djokovic Have An Arm Injury?

After a dominant start to the clay season with his Monte Carlo title, Novak Djokovic has looked more human this week in Rome, dropping sets in wins over Nicolas Almagro and yesterday against Tomaz Bellucci. But there may be more to Djokovic’s dip in play this week. He is dealing with an arm issue.

Djokovic confirming some right arm discomfort. "It has been bothering me last couple of days" but says "it's not worrying me".

— Carole Bouchard …

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


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1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray3 Simona Halep
4 Tomas Berdych4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Milos Raonic6 Eugenie Bouchard
7 Rafael Nadal7 Ana Ivanovic
8 David Ferrer8
9 Stan Wawrinka9 Ekaterina Makarova
10 Marin Cilic10 Andrea Petkovic
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