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January 21st, 2014

Eugenie Bouchard: This Is Not Exactly A Surprise, I Always Expected Myself To Do Well

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is the breakout star at this year’s Australian Open.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:06 am in Australian Open | Comments Off

January 20th, 2014

Tuesday Previews: Australian Open Quarterfinals

The mouthwater match-up fans have been waiting for. The 15-2 career head-to-head bears little relevance for fans who remember the two titanic meetings between the Serb and Swiss in 2013: the Australian Open one year ago when Djokovic prevailed 12-10 in the final set, and the US Open where the Serb needed to come back from 1-2 sets down to win 6-4 in the fifth. Is Version 2014 of Stan strong enough, both physically and mentally, to this time not only challenge the Serb, but now close the door?

Posted by Staff @ 1:09 pm in Australian Open, Tennis | 12 Comments »

January 19th, 2014

Serena Slumps to Ivanovic; Monday Australian Open Preview

“I made a tremendous amount of errors, shots I missed I normally don’t miss,” she said. “I haven’t missed since the ’80s. I’m just not used to missing those shots. She made some good shots, and I just made way, way, a lot of unforced errors…Maybe I wasn’t the best physically, but that had nothing to do with it. I think Ana just played a really good match. She did what it takes to win.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:04 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 88 Comments »

January 19th, 2014

Serena Williams: I Almost Pulled Out Because Of My Back But I’m Such A Competitor

5-time champion Serena Williams was stunned today at the Australian Open by Ana Ivanovic. Afterward she revealed a back injury.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:30 am in Australian Open | 8 Comments »

January 17th, 2014

Djokovic, Serena Beat the Heat Friday; Saturday Aussie Preview

It was breezy-easy for the Top 10 men on Friday at the Australian Open, where temperatures remained high, but the on-court time for the top contenders remained low after straight-set wins.

Posted by Staff @ 8:43 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 51 Comments »

January 15th, 2014

Serena, Djokovic Take the Heat, Dodig Doesn’t at Aussie Open; X-Notes

“She played exactly like Martina Hingis, I feel,” Na said of the Swiss Bencic. “It’s very tough to play a decent player I never see before, because I cannot get any information.

Posted by Staff @ 8:59 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 60 Comments »

January 4th, 2014

Serena, Nadal, Ivanovic, Li Win WTA/ATP Titles

“Every victory is important and the title today means a lot to me,” Nadal said. “It is the first time in my career that I am able to start the season with a victory. That’s always important.”

Posted by Staff @ 5:35 pm in Tennis | 16 Comments »

January 3rd, 2014

Serena Swats Aside Sharapova; Federer, Nadal Friday Winners; Venus In Auckland Final

Serena Williams continued her dominance over rival Maria Sharapova running her streak over the Russian to 14 straight. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were also winners on Friday.

Posted by Staff @ 5:25 pm in Brisbane, Doha | 28 Comments »

October 12th, 2013

Preview: WTA, ATP in Moscow; Stockholm, Vienna, Lux

Tough starts go to (1) Gasquet vs. either Baghdatis or Evgeny Donskoy, (5) Istomin vs. Russian (WC) Andrey Kuznetsov, and (7) Sousa vs. Stakhovsky…Seeds making their debuts at the event are Gasquet, Sousa and Mannarino…Russians have won the event 14 times since 1990…Last year Seppi beat Thomaz Bellucci in the final…Notable pulls from the event were Nikolay Davydenko (wrist) and Stan Wawrinka…Returning former champs in the field are Seppi (2012) and Tipsarevic (2011).

Posted by Staff @ 6:17 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

September 27th, 2013

WTA Preview: Serena, 8 of Top 10 at Beijing

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.

Posted by Staff @ 10:50 am in beijing, Tennis | 1 Comment »

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Rankings
ATP - Sep 29 WTA - Sep 29
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Petra Kvitova
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Maria Sharapova
5 David Ferrer5 Na Li
6 Tomas Berdych6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Kei Nishikori7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Milos Raonic8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Ana Ivanovic
10 Grigor Dimitrov10 Angelique Kerber
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