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February 21st, 2015

Brutal Field at WTA Doha; ATP Previews

Nadal a question mark after a cramp-ridden semifinal loss on Saturday at the Rio Open…Not a lot of early challenges besides (7) Andujar opening against Almagro…Wildcards went to Argentines Guido Andreozzi, Renzo Olivo and Horacio Zeballos…David Ferrer beat Fognini in last year’s final…Nadal is making his first appearance in Buenos Aires in 10 years…Ferrer passes on the opportunity to win a fourth consecutive Buenos Aires title in a row…Returning former champs in the field are Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Juan Monaco (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 pm in Tennis | 19 Comments »

February 15th, 2015

Cuevas, Hantuchova, Nishikori, Petkovic, Wawrinka Win Titles

“Being in that stage a few times now in the finals, obviously you want to take it a little bit further, but it wasn’t there,” he Anderson, who dropped 12 aces on Nishikori in two sets. “I have a couple of other tournaments coming up now, so I can’t afford to dwell on this.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:35 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

February 14th, 2015

WTA Previews: Serena, Genie Pull from Still-strong Dubai

…Venus Williams beat Cornet in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the field are Venus Williams (2014,’10-09), Kvitova (2013), Radwanska (2012), and Wozniacki (2011).

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February 14th, 2015

Berdych, Wawrinka Meet In Rotterdam Final; Vanni Surprises In Sao Paulo

Tomas Berdych will try to defend his Rotterdam title Sunday against Stan Wawrinka.

Posted by Staff @ 6:33 pm in Memphis, Rotterdam | 33 Comments »

January 3rd, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Stars Come Out at 4 Events in Week 1

The stars are coming out on week one, even uncharacteristically on the women’s side, as current No. 1 Novak Djokovic and former top dogs Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic compete at four events in week one of 2015.

Posted by Staff @ 10:29 pm in 2015 Season, Tennis | 10 Comments »

September 27th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Nadal, Serena Rock China Open Field

Women’s Seeds: Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber, Eugenie Bouchard, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Sara Errani, Ekaterina Makarova, Lucie Safarova, Flavia Pennetta, Andrea Petkovic, Venus Williams

Posted by Staff @ 10:58 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

September 21st, 2014

ATP/WTA Preview: Loaded Women’s Field at China Debut Event

Notes: It’s the debut of the Premier 5 Series event in China…Victoria Azarenka pulls from the event with a foot injury, and announces she will miss the rest of the year…Potential tough starts include (1) Serena Williams after a bye vs. her nemesis Cornet, the struggling (6) Bouchard after a bye vs. the resurgent Peng, (4) Sharapova after a bye vs. countrywoman and former world No. 2 Kuznetsova, (5) Radwanska after a bye vs. the Venus/Garcia winner, (16) Petkovic vs. the comer (Q) Vekic, (12) Cibulkova vs. the big-hitting Keys, and (14) Safarova vs. the likewise big-hitting Lisicki…

Posted by Staff @ 6:47 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 2nd, 2014

Serena Leads Full Cast at WTA Rogers Cup in Montreal

Notes: Loaded field with a slew of floaters testing seeds early…Li Na out with a knee injury…The Top 8 seeds receive first-round byes…

Posted by Staff @ 5:19 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

July 27th, 2014

Serena Leads Stanford, Men and Women in Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Solid field with four Top 10ers and two unseeded Slam champs…The Top 4 seeds receive opening round byes, with tough starts for (5) Ivanovic vs. Lisicki, (4) Azarenka after a bye likely vs. (WC) Venus, (3) Kerber likely vs. Vandeweghe, (7) Suarez Navarro vs. Puig, and (2) Radwanska likely vs. Garcia…Wildcards went to Americans Kristie Ahn and Venus, and Azarenka…Pulling from the tournament were Sara Errani and Petra Kvitova…Cibulkova beat Radwanska in last year’s final…Venus is 2-4 in Stanford finals…Martina Navratilova (5-4) has reached the most Stanford finals in the tournament’s history…Returning champs in the field are Cibulkova (2013), Serena Williams (2012-11), Azarenka (2010), and Venus Williams (2002,’00).

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July 14th, 2014

Hewitt, Cuevas, Bautista Agut, Halep, Petkovic Win ATP/WTA Titles

In the singles final the Aussie won his 30th career singles title, defeating “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(3). In the doubles final he partnered with countryman Chris “Penthouse” Guccione, defeating Jonathan Erlich and Rajeev Ram 7-5, 6-4.

Posted by Staff @ 1:11 am in Tennis | 12 Comments »

July 6th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Ferrer, Isner, Halep Lead Events

The hodgepodge of seeds includes a former world No. 1 and Wimbledon champ and this year’s Wimbledon men’s doubles winner…Interesting starts for (7) Sock vs. the veteran Kuznetsov and the struggling (2) Karlovic vs. Ginepri…

Posted by Staff @ 6:42 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

June 16th, 2014

Azarenka Returns at Eastboune; WTA, ATP Previews

Wildcards went to Azarenka and Brits Heather Watson and Johanna Konta…Pulling from the event were Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sorana Cirstea…Tough starts go to (5) Kerber vs. Riske, (4) Azarenka vs. Giogi, (8) Wozniacki vs. Stosur, and (2) Kvitova vs. Safarova…Returning former champs in the field are Wozniacki (2009) and Radwanksa (2008).

Posted by Staff @ 12:17 am in Tennis | 9 Comments »

June 5th, 2014

Sharapova, Rookie Halep Advance to French Open Final

Halep closed out a tight second set against surprise No. 28 seed Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 7-6(4), while Sharapova needed to come back from a set down to defeated No. 18 seed and upstart Canadian teen Genie Bouchard 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Posted by Staff @ 10:15 pm in French Open, Tennis | 3 Comments »

June 4th, 2014

Halep, Petkovic Win; Women’s Semis Thursday

Halep kept down former French Open champ and No. 27 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-2, while Petkovic upset former Roland Garros finalist and No. 10 seed Sara Errani 6-2, 6-2.

Posted by Staff @ 11:42 pm in French Open, Tennis | 86 Comments »

June 2nd, 2014

Nadal, Ferrer Line Up QF Meeting at French Open

“I will try to do my best,” said Ferrer of the quarterfinal meeting. “I will try to play aggressively with my forehand and try to finish the points at the net…Tactically, I will have to be perfect. I hope that I will instill some doubts in Rafa’s mind, but if we play at our best level, both of us, he will be the better player.

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 pm in French Open, Tennis | 9 Comments »