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August 18th, 2013

Will Isner Pull? Previews: ATP Winston-Salem, WTA New Haven

Notes: Will Isner pull out after his draining run in Cincinnati? Probably…Not a lot of floating talent, and all 16 seeds receive first-round byes…Potentially tough opening-round match-ups for seeds after byes include (11) Nieminen vs. (WC) Fish, (9) Melzer vs. the rising Dutchman Sijsling, and (5) Paire vs. Blake…Other wildcards went to Berdych, Spain’s Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, and Belgian Romain Bogaerts…Pulling from the event were Carlos Berlocq, Nikolay Davydenko, Marcel Granollers, Tommy Haas, Albert Ramos, the doping-suspended Viktor Troicki, and Horacio Zeballos…Isner is the two-time defending champion, last year beating Berdych in the final.

Posted by Staff @ 2:08 pm in Tennis | 6 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 »

April 7th, 2013

Serbia, Canada Win 15-13 Doubles Epics To Go Up 2-1, Turn To Djokovic, Raonic To Clinch Sunday

A pair of 15-13 doubles epics stole the Davis Cup headlines on Saturday.

Posted by Staff @ 12:24 am in Davis Cup | 84 Comments »

October 21st, 2012

Del Potro, Berdych Win Titles, Close In On London Berths; Venus, Wozniacki Champions Again

After Sunday titles, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin Del Potro moved closer to London berths. Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki ended lengthy title droughts.

Posted by Staff @ 11:30 pm in ATP Finals, Stockholm | 6 Comments »

October 14th, 2012

ATP/WTA Previews: Moscow, Stockholm, Vienna, Luxembourg

Women’s Notes: (1) Stosur after a bye could open against Cornet, and (3) Wozniacki after a bye against the Slam winner Schiavone…Pulling from the event were Marina Erakovic, Sara Errani, Kaia Kanepi, and Aleksandra Wozniak…Returning champs in the field are Cibulkova (2011) and Schiavone (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 10:21 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

June 3rd, 2012

Djokovic, Federer Survive Nadal’s Birthday; Bottom Half Sweet 16 Picks And Previews

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer escaped with wins on second Sunday at the French Open.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:13 pm in French Open | 210 Comments »

May 6th, 2012

Del Potro, Streaking Errani Among ATP/WTA Winners; Weekend Wrap

Suarez Navarro led a set and 5-3, then blew two match points in the tiebreak, then in the third led 4-2 before running out of chances. “I’ve won a few matches from match points down but I’ve never won a final like this,” Kanepi said. “I’ll remember this final in a good way for a long time.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:05 pm in Tennis | 21 Comments »

June 18th, 2011

Bartoli, Seppi, Tursunov, Vinci Collect Pre-Wimbledon Grass Titles; X-Notes

John Isner on playing Nicolas Mahut again: “It’s going to be pretty nuts. I couldn’t believe it. I joked with him earlier in the week, last week, and said, ‘Watch us play each other.’ And he said, ‘No, there’s no way. That’s not even funny.’”

Posted by Staff @ 5:37 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 45 Comments »

October 13th, 2010

Nadal, Federer, Djokovic Easily Advance in Shanghai; Roddick Injured

The top four players – Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray – return to center court play Thursday in Shanghai.

Posted by Staff @ 10:02 pm in Shanghai | 172 Comments »

August 31st, 2008

Jankovic Moves into US Open Quarterfinals; Federer Gets Stepanek Test Today

My new favorite women’s player, Jelena Jankovic, is already through today at the US Open. The Serb drama queen is the first player into the quarterfinals, and as long as she doesn’t win the title in NY I’ll be rooting for her and her quest to finish the year No. 1 without reaching the Slam final.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 1:23 pm in US Open | 87 Comments »

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ATP - Jul 21 WTA - Jul 21
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Na Li
3 Roger Federer3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Tomas Berdych5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 David Ferrer6 Maria Sharapova
7 Milos Raonic7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Juan Martin Del Potro8 Angelique Kerber
9 Grigor Dimitrov9 Jelena Jankovic
10 Andy Murray10 Victoria Azarenka
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