June 30th, 2018
The Group of Death contains two former No. 1s, a No. 2, and last year’s US Open semifinalist and quarterfinalist among other floaters…Tough starts for (5) Svitolina vs. the grasscourt title-winner Maria, (21) Sevastova vs. Giorgi, (32) Radwanska vs. Safarova 2nd rd., and (2) Wozniacki vs. Makarova 2nd rd…(25) Serena’s early path is former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus, a qualifier/wildcard, then (5) Svitolina, then (10) Keys.
April 8th, 2018
Tough starts for the struggling (1) Mladenovic vs. last year’s breakout player Siegemund, (9) Van Uytvanck vs. Dodin who she has lost to (winner to face Giorgi), and struggling comeback player (5) Kuznetsova vs. the powerful Barthel…
January 7th, 2018
Floaters are almost the favorites between Bouchard, Osaka…Tough starts for (1) Zhang 2nd rd. vs. Bouchard, (8) Siniakova vs. Riske, and (7) Maria vs. Vekic…
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September 11th, 2017
No Top 10ers in the post-US Open field…Tough start for (7) Riske vs. American countrywoman Brengle…Wildcards were awarded to Japanese legend Kimiko Date, and seeds Mladenovic and Pliskova…
June 25th, 2017
Potential tough starts for (1) Kerber vs. homegirl (WC) Broady, (10) Ostapenko vs. Makarova, (3) Pliskova vs. the Riske/Cornet winner, (8) Radwanska vs. the Goerges/Bellis winner, (11) Muguruza vs. Bouchard, and (6) Wozniacki vs. the Japanese riser Osaka…
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June 11th, 2017
Konta the lone Top 10 representative…Interesting starts for (4) Riske vs. (WC) Watson, and (6) Rogers vs. Vekic (winner to possibly meet (WC) Robson)…
May 22nd, 2017
Last year’s final was all Kiki Berten as the Dutchwoman qualified then won the singles, defeating Colombia’s Mariana Duque-Marino in the final, then won the doubles…
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April 29th, 2017
Pliskova the lone Top 10 player, but the former No. 1 Wozniacki and the former Slam winner Stosur also among the seeds…Interesting starts for (1) Pliskova vs. the tenacious Giorgi, and (3) Strycova vs. the somewhat-resurgent Goerges…
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January 1st, 2017
Radwanska, Halep and Konta make three Top 10 players in the draw…Potential tough starts for (2) Halep vs. the former No. 1 Jankovic, and (4) Bacsinszky vs. Giorgi…
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September 18th, 2016
Five of the Top 10, including US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, and a slew of dangerous floaters make Tokyo the place to watch this week…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough starts for Muguruza after a bye, coming out cold possibly against the US Open quarterfinalist Sevastova; (8) Pavlyuchenkova vs. the veteran Petkovic (winner to possibly meet the giant-serving Vandeweghe); (6) Cibulkova vs. Safarova; and (4) Suarez Navarro cold after a bye meeting the winner of Bencic-Wozniacki…
August 28th, 2016
Former champions Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal headline opening at the US Open Monday.
June 12th, 2016
Riske was up an early break in the second and had a set point serving at 5-4 after failing to capitalize on six set points in the first set. Pliskova improved to 3-1 career against Riske, with the pair contesting their first match against each other in approximately three years.
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February 6th, 2016
Let’s play “Guess Who Got the Appearance Cash?” with Venus as the top seed, and the No. 62-ranked Doi seeded second…No Top 10 seeds in the field…Remove Venus, and this would essentially be an ITF-level field…Potentially tricky starts for (8) Riske vs. the Croat riser Vekic, and (2) Doi vs. the lesser Pliskova…Wildcards stayed in-country to Chinese-Taipei’s Hsu Ching-Wen, Lee Pei-Chi and Lee Ya-Hsuan…
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January 9th, 2016
For her week’s effort the Pole will move up to No. 4 on the rankings, passing Maria Sharapova for what will be the seedings at the Australian Open. She improved to 18-7 in career finals, winning her fourth title since last year’s US Open. Riske fell to 1-1 in career WTA finals.
October 11th, 2015
Top-seeded Garbine Muguruza pulled from the event after winning Beijing, forcing a shuffle of the draw…(2) Kerber will start against the former Slam winner Schiavone…Seeds Kerber, Jankovic and Stosur received wildcards…Also pulling from the event were Victoria Azarenka, Eugenie Bouchard, Zarina Diyas, Sabine Lisicki, Ajla Tomljanovic, and Coco Vandeweghe…No former champs are in the field…In last year’s final Lisicki topped Karolina Pliskova.