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July 27th, 2013

Del Potro Heads Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Three former No. 1s among the seeds…No Williams sisters but plenty of Top 10ers and floaters…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough openers for (1) Azarenka after a bye against Pennetta or Schiavone, (4) Vinci after a bye likely against the veteran Mattek-Sands, (7) Ivanovic vs. Cibulkova, (5) Stosur vs. the rolling Lepchenko, and (2) Radwanska after a bye likely vs. the veteran Hantuchova…Wildcards went to American Allie Kiick, France’s Virginie Razzano, and Stosur…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli, Kirsten Flipkens, Bojana Jovanovski, Kristina Mladenovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova…Martina Hingis and Hantuchova received a wildcard in doubles…Cibulkova beat Bartoli in the final last year…Returning champions in the field are Cibulkova (2012), Radwanska (2011), and Kuznetsova (2010).

Posted by Staff @ 8:54 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

July 20th, 2013

Federer in Gstaad; No $erena in Stanford: ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Two-time defending champ Serena Williams obviously didn’t like the under-the-table appearance fee to appear in Stanford, passing on the event and last week playing the tiny Swedish Open in Bastad, which was willing to pony-up some major cash…Tough starts are (1) Radwanska after a bye possibly facing the former Slam champ Schiavone, (8) Rybarikova vs. the explosive Keys, and (2) Stosur after a bye likely facing the powerful Goerges….Wildcards went to American Nicole Gibbs and Croat Ajla Tomljanovic…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli (hamstring), Kirsten Flipkens, Sabine Lisicki (wrist), and Maria Sharapova (hip)…Since 1990, 20 of the 23 champions have been Slam winners, but this year there are no returning champions in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 4:34 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

December 30th, 2012

Azarenka Leads Stacked Brisbane: ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Not the prettiest field for the million-dollar oil-laden event, as the top dogs take the exo cash this week in Abu Dhabi…”Gasquet Back!” says the ATP website!…(8) Andujar opens against the Wimbledon Nadal-killer Rosol, and (3) Kohlschreiber will likely meet Monfils in the second round…Of the seeded players, only Youzhny and Troicki have career winning records in Doha…Davydenko (2010) is the lone returning champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 1:25 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

October 26th, 2012

Federer, Del Potro Advance to Basel Semifinals; Ferrer Dominates In Valencia

Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro are a win from a final clash at Basel, while top seed David Ferrer continues to dominate in Valencia.

Posted by Staff @ 11:08 pm in ATP Finals | 14 Comments »

October 10th, 2012

Murray Gets A Walkover, Now Must Dance With The Dog; Federer On Brink Of 300 At Shanghai

Andy Murray got a walkover while Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic breezed into the Shanghai third round.

Posted by Staff @ 10:10 pm in Tennis | 39 Comments »

August 19th, 2012

Preview: Roddick, Radwanska Among Strong Fields Week Before US Open

Wozniacki is the lone returning champion, trying to win her fifth straight New Haven Open. A win this year for Wozniacki would put her in rarified company, as only three players have won a tournament title five years in a row — Chris Evert (Charleston), Steffi Graf (Hamburg), and Martina Navratilova (Eastbourne, Wimbledon and Chicago).

Posted by Staff @ 2:38 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 11th, 2012

Federer, Djokovic, Serena Headline Cincinnati Tennis: Previews

the Top 8 seeds receive first round byes, and tough openers include (15) Kohlschreiber vs. (WC) Baker, winner to meet the Harrison vs. Tomic victor; (10) Fish vs. F-Lo, (8) Monaco possibly vs. The Worm 2nd rd., (4) Ferrer possibly vs. Wawrinka 2nd rd., (14) Nishikori vs. Granoller, winner to possibly meet (WC) Blake; (11) Simon vs. Baghdatis, winner to meet Raonic vs. Gasquet victor; (6) Del Potro vs. Nalbandian/Haas winner, (9) Isner vs. Viktor Troicki, victor to face (WC) Hewitt vs. Mikhail Youzhny winner; (3) Murray possibly opening vs. (WC) Querrey, and (13) Dolgopolov vs. Davydenko

Posted by Staff @ 10:22 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

May 10th, 2012

Nadal Chokes On Blue Dirt In Stunning Loss; Federer, Djokovic Cruise; Sharapova v Serena Friday

Irrespective of court color or surface speed, Rafael Nadal cannot blow a two-break, 5-2 set lead to a guy he’s beaten all 13 times. But that’s exactly what happened to Rafa today in a stunning loss at the Madrid Tennis Masters. Nadal choked twice serving for the match in the third set allowing Madrid resident [...]

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:34 pm in Tennis | 334 Comments »

April 18th, 2012

Nadal Wins 38th Straight In Monte Carlo, Ferrer Upset; Djokovic Faces Dolgopolov Thursday

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic rolled in their clay openers, while David Ferrer wasn’t as fortunate.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:50 pm in Monte Carlo | 114 Comments »

March 14th, 2012

Rafael Nadal: Dolgopolov Is A Crazy Player

Rafael Nadal calls Alexandr Dolgopolov a crazy player.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:59 pm in Indian Wells | 6 Comments »

January 20th, 2012

Tomic The Story; Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Breeze; Americans Ousted During Week One At Australian Open

Bernard Tomic steals week one at the Australian Open; Federer, Nadal, Djokovic look good.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:27 pm in Australian Open | 92 Comments »

January 6th, 2012

Murray Tackles Tomic In Brisbane; It’s All French After Federer, Nadal Exit Doha

Andy Murray and Bernard Tomic meet in an intriguing semifinal at Brisbane tonight.

Posted by Staff @ 11:07 pm in Brisbane, Doha | 72 Comments »

July 31st, 2011

Serena Seeks First Title in a Year; Fish v. Gulbis in LA Final

Serena Williams bids for her first title in over a year in Stanford.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:40 am in Los Angeles, Stanford | 39 Comments »

May 9th, 2011

Roddick Gets Roughed Up in Rome; Murray, Sharapova Tuesday; Del Potro Tear

Andy Roddick’s tough European clay season continued today in Rome.

Posted by Staff @ 11:54 pm in Rome | 19 Comments »

April 9th, 2011

No Djokovic in Monte Carlo Where Nadal, Federer Begin Clay Season

With Novak Djokovic sidelined, are we heading for a Rafael Nadal v. Roger Federer final in Monte Carlo?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:28 am in Monte Carlo | 93 Comments »