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Dzumhur Wins 1st ATP Title for Bosnia and Herzegovina at St. Petersburg

Posted by Staff on September 24th, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

Damir Dzumhur became the first player from Bosnia and Herzegovina to win an ATP World Tour singles title on Sunday when he defeated Fabio Fognini 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the St. Petersburg Open in Russia.

The 25-year-old Dzumhur will move to a career-high of approximately No. 40 on the new ATP rankings on Monday.

Dzumhur was 0-2 career against Fognini entering the final, but in the third set he …

Muguruza, 8 of Top 10 at WTA Premier 5 Wuhan Open, Preview

Posted by Staff on September 24th, 2017 @ 11:39 am

Wuhan, China; surface: hard

Seeds: Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki, Johanna Konta, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Dominika Cibulkova, Jelena Ostapenko, Agnieszka Radwanska, Madison Keys, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Kristina Mladenovic, Sloane Stephens, Anastasija Sevastova, Elena Vesnina

Floaters: Magdalena Rybarikova, Daria Gavrilova, Julia Goerges, Sam Stosur, Caroline Garcia, Ekaterina Makarova, Alison Riske, Daria Kasatkina


Eight of the Top 10 and 17 of the Top 20 in attendance at the …

Thiem, Defending Champ Khachanov at ATP Chengdu; Preview

Posted by Staff on September 24th, 2017 @ 10:41 am

Chengdu, China; surface: hard

Seeds: Dominic Thiem, Albert Ramos Vinolas, Karen Khachanov, Andrey Rublev, Yuichi Sugita, Kyle Edmund, Viktor Troicki, Leonardo Mayer

Floaters: Borna Coric, Bernard Tomic


Thiem the lone Top 10 player in the field…

The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…

(1) Thiem could start against Coric and (6) Edmund will start against Tomic…

Wildcards were awarded to China’s Wu Di and Wu Yibing, and Sweden’s Mikael Ymer…

Withdrawing from the tournament were Adrian …

Zverev Brothers, Goffin Headline ATP Shenzhen

Posted by Staff on September 24th, 2017 @ 10:21 am

Shenzhen, China; surface: hard

Seeds: Alexander Zverev, David Goffin, Mischa Zverev, Paolo Lorenzi, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Damir Dzumhur, Joao Sousa, Donald Young

Floaters: John Millman

Notes: Zverev the lone Top 10 player in the field…

The Zverev brothers almost seeded No. 1 and No. 2…

Not a lot of depth in the field; tough start for (6) Dzumhur vs. the rising Millman…

The varied wild card slate went to Spain’s Nicola Kuhn, Australia’s Akira Santillan and …

Federer, Nadal Leads Team World To 9-3 Lead In Laver Cup

Posted by Staff on September 24th, 2017 @ 1:13 am

Legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal teamed up to lead Europe to 9-3 overall lead over the World on Saturday.

In the inaugural Laver Cup played in Prague, US Open champion Nadal edged Jack Sock in a match tiebreak 6-3, 3-6, [11-9].

Roger Federer then rolled past Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2.

In the evening, Nick Kyrgios got the World team two points t with a 4-6, 7-6, [10-6] victory.

Then, Federer and Nadal …

Laver Cup Opens Play Friday With Zverev v Shapovalov; Nadal In Doubles

Posted by Staff on September 22nd, 2017 @ 12:44 am

The inaugural Laver Cup exhibition opens play Friday in Prague featuring an all-NextGen battle between Alexander Zverev (Europe) and Denis Shapovalov (World).

“I’m ready to get some revenge on this guy,” said Shapovalov who fell to the German in the Canadian semifinals.
“He’s an incredible player so it’s going to be tough, but I’m excited for it.”

Frances Tiafoe (World) also joins in the fun against Marin Cilic (Europe) and Dominic …

2018 Davis Cup Draw: Spain To Host Great Britain In Opener, Nadal-Murray?

Posted by Staff on September 21st, 2017 @ 10:35 am

The ITF unveiled the 2018 Davis Cup draw on Wednesday. The marquee first rounder pits Spain visiting Great Britain. Australia also hosts Germany and the USA travels to Serbia.

The the first round takes places just after the Australian Open. The unknown is who will show up?

We could see Andy Murray against Rafael Nadal. Nick Kyrgios taking on Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic hosting John Isner.

Murray has shut down the remainder …

Wickmayer Whips Top-seeded Shuai at WTA Guangzhou

Posted by Staff on September 20th, 2017 @ 4:47 pm

Once pegged as a future star on the WTA tour, things never panned out as a top player for now-27-year-old Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, whose career has been beset by injuries.

But on Wednesday the No. 116-ranked Wickmayer had a moment in the sun in the land of the rising sun, upsetting No. 1 seed Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-4 to move into the quarterfinals at the Guangzhou Open in China.

“She is …

Ostapenko Beats Larsson Who Tells Swedish Media She is Gay at WTA Seoul

Posted by Staff on September 19th, 2017 @ 11:19 am

Reigning French Open champion and No. 1 seed Jelena Ostapenko won on Tuesday at the Korea Open WTA event in Seoul, defeating Swden’s Johanna Larsson 7-6(6), 6-1 to move into the second round.

The match was more significant for Larsson telling the local Swedish media that she is gay.

“I kept my first relationship secret from everyone for two years before the situation got untenable. It was horrible to lie,” she told …

Bautista Agut, Tsonga, Popular Fognini Lead ATP St. Petersburg; Preview

Posted by Staff on September 16th, 2017 @ 9:41 pm

St. Petersburg, Russia; surface: hard

Seeds: Roberto Bautista Agut, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fabio Fognini, Adrian Mannarino, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Paolo Lorenzi, Viktor Troicki, Jan-Lennard Struff

Floaters: Borna Coric, Danill Medvedev


No Top 10 players in the field…

Tough starts for (8) Struff vs. Coric, then the winner likely facing the streaking Medvedev…

Wildcards went to Tsonga and Russians Evgeny Donskoy and Evgeny Tyurnev…

Withdrawing from the event were Aljaz Bedene, Federico Delbonis, Kyle Edmund, Leonardo Mayer, …

Ostapenko the Favorite at WTA Seoul Korea Open; Preview

Posted by Staff on September 16th, 2017 @ 2:25 pm

Reigning French Open champion and No. 10 Jelena Ostapenko is the lone Top 25 player and the favorite at the KEB Hana Bank Incheon Airport Korea Open in Seoul.

Seoul, Korea; surface: hard

Seeds: Jelena Ostapenko, Kiki Bertens, Kristyna Pliskova, Sorana Cirstea, Irina-Camelia Begu, Tatjana Maria, Lara Arruabarrena, Christina McHale

Floaters: Andrea Petkovic


Not a deep field, but (2) Bertens could face the veteran Petkovic second round…

Wildcards went …

Muguruza, 5 of Top 10 Make WTA Toray Tokyo a Tough Test

Posted by Staff on September 16th, 2017 @ 1:56 pm

Five Top 10 players, including current world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza and former No. 1s Karoline Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki and Angie Keber, make the 28-player Toray PPO Tennis field one of the toughest of the year.

TOKYO, Japan; surface: hard

Seeds: Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki, Johanna Konta, Dominika Cibulkova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, Kristina Mladenovic

Floaters: Carla Suarez Navarro, Naomi Osaka, Daria Gavrilova


The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…

Wildcards …

Kyrgios, Tsonga, Goffin Lead Davis Cup Semifinals This Weekend

Posted by Staff on September 14th, 2017 @ 11:23 pm

The semifinals of the 2017 Davis Cup competition get underway Friday in Europe.

In Lille, France, the French team plays host to a depleted Serbian team. Novak Djokovic is out for the season and Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic are also unavailable. But taking their place will be Dusan Lajovic and Laslo Djere.

France will be paced by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille with a powerful Nicholas Mahut/Pierre Hugues Herbert doubles team.

In …

Safarova, Mladenovic Head Post-US Open WTA Fields in Tokyo, Quebec City

Posted by Staff on September 11th, 2017 @ 9:31 pm

The WTA women get back into the grind this week immediately after the US Open at the Japan Open and the Tournoi de Quebec in Canada.

France’s Kristina Mladenovic heads the field in Tokyo, while world doubles No. 1 Lucie Safarova is the top seed in Canada.

Here is a look at the fields:

TOKYO, Japan; surface: hard

Seeds: Kristina Mladenovic, Zhang Shuai, Elise Mertens, Kristyna Pliskova, Samantha Stosur, Naomi Osaka, Alison …

Rafael Nadal Rolls Over Kevin Anderson 16th Grand Slam Title, 3rd US Open

Posted by Sean Randall on September 10th, 2017 @ 11:14 pm

Rafael Nadal finished off his 2017 Grand Slam season in near-perfect form by crushing Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to win his 16th Grand Slam title and third US Open.

“Very happy,” Nadal said. “Been a great two weeks. Increasing level of tennis, increasing of confidence during that two weeks. I have this trophy with me again here in New York. Means a lot to me. There is no better way …