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October 1st, 2016

Kerber, Murray Headline Elite China Open Fields

Nine of the Top 10 players, sans Serena Williams, in the field…Potential tough starts for (3) Radwasnka second round vs. the powerful Makarova, (13) Vinci second round vs. the resurgent Wozniacki, (5) Pliskova vs. Safarova, (15) Pavlyuchenkova vs. (Q) Riske (winner to meet Stosur), (8) Keys second round vs. the winner of Jelena Jankovic and Kristina Mladenovic, and the shaky-of-late (2) Muguruza vs. Begu…

Posted by Staff @ 1:54 pm in China Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

June 18th, 2016

Grass Tennis Preview: Radwanska, WTA Stars in Eastbourne, Not So Much in ATP Nottingham

Four Top 10 seeds and a former Wimbledon champ round out the stout draw…The 16 seeds all receive opening-round byes…Floaters galore, with tough opening matches for…

Posted by Staff @ 4:49 pm in Tennis | 13 Comments »

June 5th, 2016

Wozniacki Returns in Nottingham; Men, Women Combine on Grass in Netherlands

Wozniacki returns from a foot injury…Wildcards were awarded to Pliskova and Brits Robson and Freya Christie…The slew of tournament withdrawals included former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, Madison Keys, Petra Cetkovska, Irina Falconi, Monica Niculescu and Lesia Tsurenko…

Posted by Staff @ 8:39 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 16th, 2016

Preview: ATP, WTA Players Look for Mojo Heading Into French Open

Tough starts for (9) Stephens vs. Vekic and (9) Cornet vs. Kudryavtseva…The storm of players pulling from the field included Daria Gavrilova, Camila Giorgi, Yanina Wickmayer and Caroline Wozniacki…

Posted by Staff @ 1:44 am in Tennis | Comments Off

January 9th, 2016

Halep, 4 Top 10 Women in WTA Sydney; Men’s Field Left Wanting

Tough starts for (5) Pliskova vs. Ivanovic, (3) Kvitova vs. Lisicki, and (2) Radwanska after a bye vs. the Stosur-Vinci winner…

Posted by Staff @ 5:31 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

January 2nd, 2016

Djokovic, Nadal Lead Loaded Doha; ATP/WTA Week 1 Previews

Federer has won the most singles titles of any player in Doha, and is a perfect 3-0 in finals…Ferrer beat Berdych in last year’s final…Nadal, who is playing doubles with Verdasco, has won the most doubles titles of anyone at the event with four (2005,’09,’11,’15)…Former singles champs in the field are Ferrer (2015), Nadal (2014), and Federer (2011,’06-05).

Posted by Staff @ 8:56 pm in Tennis | 52 Comments »

August 29th, 2015

Preview: Odds Against Serena Williams at US Open

Contrary to what commentator Chris Evert says, Serena Williams is the GOAT. She, the Martinas, everyone else is out. But having said that, the odds are against Serena that she is going to win the US Open and complete the calendar year Grand Slam. The pressure build up is too great.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:07 pm in Tennis, US Open | 42 Comments »

August 1st, 2015

There’s Hope Yet For Rafael Nadal, He’s In The Hamburg Final Against Fabio Fognini

Will Rafael Nadal finally wih a European clay title?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 2:41 pm in Hamburg | 130 Comments »

August 1st, 2015

Murray in, Serena Out on U.S. Hardcourts; ATP/WTA Previews

All 16 seeds receive opening-round byes, but some potential interesting second-rounders with (12) Pospisil vs. (WC) Haas, (4) Gasquet vs. the hot-handed Muller, break-up boy (6) Dimitrov vs. the resurgent Baghdatis, and (7) Lopez vs. (WC) Hewitt on his retirement tour…

Posted by Staff @ 1:55 pm in Stanford, Tennis, Washington | 12 Comments »

July 25th, 2015

Rafa Heads Hamburg, Isner in Atlanta; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Time for the tournament sponsored by an online betting site as the tour fights rampant match-fixing…Loaded dirt field…Rafa makes his first appearance since being upset at Wimbledon…Tough starts for (1) Rafa vs. Hot Sauce

Posted by Staff @ 11:47 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

July 19th, 2015

Venus Williams in Turkey; WTA/ATP Previews This Week

Tough starts for (1) Venus in the 2nd rd. vs. the Bastad runner-up Barthel, (4) Cornet vs. Wickmayer, (5) Giorgi vs. Cibulkova, and (2) Svitolina vs. Rybarikova…Veterans Daniela Hantuchova and Francesca Schiavone also floating around…Wildcards went to Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay and Ipek Soylu, and the No. 4 seed Cornet…Pulling from the event were Belinda Bencic, Alexandra Dulgheru, Kristina Mladenovic, Monica Niculescu and Flavia Pennetta…Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki beat No. 2 Roberta Vinci in last year’s final…Pavlyuchenkova (2010) is the lone returning former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 10:21 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

June 22nd, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Kvitova, Woz in Eastbourne

Notes: Tough draws go to (1) Ferrer after a bye potentially vs. Baghdatis…Wildcards went to Brits Kyle Edmund and James Ward, American Taylor Harry Fritz, and German Alexander Zverev…

Posted by Staff @ 1:30 am in Tennis | Comments Off

June 20th, 2015

Federer Fights Off Karlovic, Faces Seppi In Halle Final; Anderson To Play Murray Or Troicki For Queen’s Title

Roger Federer seeks an 8th Halle title on Sunday.

Posted by Staff @ 2:00 pm in Halle, Queens | 107 Comments »

February 23rd, 2015

Roger Federer Romps In Dubai Opener, Djokovic, Murray Play Tuesday; Gulbis Loses 7th Straight

Roger Federer was sharp in his opening match of his Dubai title defense.

Posted by Staff @ 6:19 pm in Dubai | 29 Comments »

January 23rd, 2015

Federer Has Really ‘Bad Day;” Williams Sisters on Saturday at Aussie Open

Seppi’s further reward is a draw that opens up in the fourth round against unseeded Aussie Nick Kyrgios, who on Friday advanced after defeating Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 6-3, 7-6(6), 6-1.

Posted by Staff @ 8:35 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 91 Comments »