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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 »

September 28th, 2016

No. 1 Kerber Falls To Kvitova, Venus Ousted; Halep v Keys Thursday In Wuhan

It’s women’s quarterfinal day Thursday at Wuhan with 6 of the Top 16 in action.

Posted by Staff @ 6:27 pm in Wuhan | 3 Comments »

September 27th, 2016

Kerber Survives First Match As No. 1, Faces Kvitova Wednesday In Wuhan; Wozniacki v Radwanska

Angelique Kerber made a winning debut as a No. 1 player.

Posted by Staff @ 3:28 pm in Wuhan | 40 Comments »

September 26th, 2016

Angelique Kerber: Now That I’m No. 1, Everyone Wants To Beat Me!

Angelique Kerber make her debut as a World No. 1 this week in Wuhan.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 8:13 pm in No. 1 ranking, Wuhan | 7 Comments »

September 23rd, 2016

No Serena, But No. 1 Kerber and 8 of Top 10 at Loaded WTA Wuhan

The Top 8 seeds receive opening-round byes in Wuhan, so Kerber will start against either American CoCo Vandeweghe or France’s Kristina Mladenovic. From there her difficult path will likely see No. 14 and Slam winner Petra Kvitova, then No. 7 Carla Suarez Navarro or No. 11 Johanna Konta, then likely No. 4 Simona Halep or No. 8 Madison Keys in the semifinals.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 9:37 pm in Tennis, Wuhan | 10 Comments »

September 10th, 2016

Kerber, New No. 1, Secures Top Spot by Beating Pliskova in US Open Final

Kerber had wrapped-up the No. 1 ranking when Serena Williams lost in the semifinals, and then went 2-0 as the yet-unofficial No. 1 by winning her semifinal match and the final. The new WTA rankings will be released on Monday with Kerber in the top spot.

Posted by Staff @ 8:16 pm in Tennis, US Open | 11 Comments »

September 10th, 2016

Angelique Kerber vs Karolina Pliskova For The 2016 US Open Title

The women’s final will get underway in a few minutes.

Posted by Staff @ 4:16 pm in US Open | 3 Comments »

September 9th, 2016

Pliskova Upsets Serena Williams, Kerber to Assume No. 1 Rank After US Open Semis Shocker

Angelique Kerber became the new WTA No. 1 Thursday night at the US Open.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:17 am in US Open | 6 Comments »

September 7th, 2016

Kerber Punches the Clock Tues., Now Serena’s Turn Wed. in Race for No. 1 at US Open

“I think the key of the match was the first set,” said Kerber, broken three times in the first set, and breaking it down for any media members that couldn’t read the scoreline. “I think in the second set, what I did good [was] that I played the first few games really tough so that I was up 3-0 very fast. Then I could continue my good play, yeah, in the next few games.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:16 am in Tennis, US Open | 9 Comments »

September 6th, 2016

Serena Joined by Break-Out Stars Pliskova, Konjuh in US Open Quarters

In the quarters Serena will face a familiar nemesis, No. 5 seed Simona Halep, who worked past Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-2, 7-5.

Posted by Staff @ 12:55 am in Tennis, US Open | 4 Comments »

September 4th, 2016

Serena, Venus in Action Monday at US Open; Woz Schools Keys, Kerber Looms

“It’s been a good week,” said Wozniacki, who covered the court like her days at the No. 1 ranking. “I’m really happy about the way I played. Obviously Madison is a strong player. She hits the ball really hard. But I managed to really play well, get a lot of returns in. I served well, which I was pleased with.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:06 pm in Tennis, US Open | 4 Comments »

September 2nd, 2016

Keys Stuns, Bellis Bashed, Kerber Still Hunting Serena, Both Williams On Saturday at US Open

“You never gave up on me and really helped me get through,” the 21-year-old Keys told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.

Posted by Staff @ 10:48 pm in Tennis, US Open | 1 Comment »

September 1st, 2016

Sloppy Serena, Strong Venus Win Thurs. at US Open; Kerber, Keys in Friday Features

“So far, so good,” Serena said regarding the shoulder injury that had her exit early from the Rio Olympics.

Posted by Staff @ 11:22 pm in Tennis, US Open | 1 Comment »

August 31st, 2016

Muguruza Mugged By Sevastova, Wozniacki Wows At US Open; Serena, Venus On Tap Thursday

“I was shaking a little bit,” said Sevastova after ousting the French Open champ Muguruza. The Latvian came back to tennis after quitting the game from 2013-14 with back injuries.

Posted by Staff @ 11:29 pm in US Open | 2 Comments »

August 30th, 2016

Kerber, Muguruza Opening Day Winners At US Open; Serena, Venus, Halep Tuesday

Serena and Venus return to the US Open Tuesday.

Posted by Staff @ 1:04 am in US Open | 5 Comments »