October 20th, 2013
Controversy came with the end of the season as Kerber received a late wildcard for the Linz tournament, which she won, allowing her to edge Wozniacki for a Top 8 spot. “I do not understand that (the WTA) can suddenly change the draw and allocation of wildcards that way,” Wozniacki said. “There are many things that have been done in an unsportsmanlike and unethical manner. And you can hear from other players. They think it’s so ridiculous.”…
September 27th, 2013
Eight of the Top 10 take to the court in Beijing, with play starting on Saturday…Six current or former No. 1s in the field…Tough starts go to (3) Radwanska vs. Keys 2nd rd., (14) Ivanovic vs. Pennetta, (2) Azarenka vs. Petkovic (winner to likely face former world No. 2 Kuznetsova), (5) Errani vs. Flipkens, (13) Lisicki vs. V.Williams likely 2nd rd., and (4) Li vs. Hantuchova…Wildcards went to Francesca Schiavone, Venus Williams, and China’s Zhang Shuai and Zheng Jie…Pulling from the event were Martina Hingis (from doubles citing personal reasons) Marion Bartoli (retirement), Jamie Hampton (left ankle), Ekaterina Makarova, Romina Oprandi, Nadia Petrova (left hip), and Maria Sharapova (right shoulder)…The Williams sisters took a doubles wildcard…Former champs in the field are Azarenka (2012), Radwanska (2011), Wozniacki (2010), Kuznetsova (2009,’06), Jankovic (2008), Maria Kirilenko (2005), and Serena Williams (2004)…No player has ever won back-to-back singles titles in Beijing.
September 23rd, 2013
In the unlikely Guangzhou Open final in China, Chinese wildcard Zhang Shuai defeated American qualifier Vania King 7-6(1), 6-1 for her first career title.
September 22nd, 2013
Tough openers for (4) Simon after a bye vs. the winner of Karlovic-Tomic, and (7) Nieminen vs. the Dutch riser Sijsling…Wildcards went to three dudes whose names you can’t pronounce…Pulling from the event were Ivan Dodig, Andy Murray (back surgery), and Tommy Robredo…Gasquet beat Simon in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Gasquet (2012) and Simon (2009).
September 15th, 2013
Notes: Potentially tough starts for (5) Paire vs. Becker, and (6) Querrey vs. Dr. Ivo…Wildcards went to Paul-Henri Mathieu, Albano Olivetti and Gilles Simon…Pulling from the event were Marcel Granollers and Vasek “Popsicle” Pospisil…Tsonga is the two-time defending champion, defeating Andreas Seppi in last year’s final…Returning champions in the field are Tsonga (2012-11) and Simon (2010).
September 2nd, 2013
Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras had kids, right? Where are they? Somewhere along the line the U.S. forgot to carry on the lineage.
August 11th, 2013
How tough is the Cincinnati draw? Former Slam champ Svetlana Kuznetsova barely got in, while former French Open champ Francesca Schiavone didn’t, and has to play the qualifying.
August 10th, 2013
The match was marked by an exchange at the net where after a Djokovic touch shot, Nadal ran up and drove a backhand that hit Djokovic in the face after glancing off his racquet. An angry Djokovic turned away from Nadal who was raising his hand in apology, which drew a shrug from Nadal.
August 8th, 2013
“I don’t really know what’s going on now,” said a dazed Pospisil after the match. “Right now it’s okay. It was pretty emotional, I mean, just the hard work that I’ve put in…I have an opportunity tomorrow [against Nikolay Davydenko] that I don’t want to pass up.”
August 4th, 2013
Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na, Sara Errani, Petra Kvitova, Marion Bartoli, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Roberta Vinci, Maria Kirilenko, Samantha Stosur, Kirsten Flipkens, Sloane Stephens, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic