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February 16th, 2017

World No. 2 Kerber Crashes Out Of Doha; Cilbulkova Wins 400th Match To Reach SF

Angelique Kerber is just 4-4 on the season.

Posted by Staff @ 7:37 pm in Doha | 4 Comments »

February 15th, 2017

Muguruza Loses In Doha; Kerber, Wozniacki-Radwanska Wednesday

Garbine Muguruza won one and lost one Wednesday in Doha.

Posted by Staff @ 6:33 pm in Doha | 1 Comment »

February 11th, 2017

Kerber, Pliskova Lead 5 of Top 10 at WTA Premier Qatar Total Open in Doha

The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes, with challenging starts for (1) Kerber vs. the Begu-Kasatkina winner, (4) Radwanska after a bye vs. the former No. 1 Wozniacki, (8) Strycova vs. the former Slam champ Stosur 2nd rd., (3) Cibulkova after a bye vs. Pavlyuchenkova, and (2) Pliskova after a bye looking at an opener against the French riser Garcia (then the No. 5 seed Muguruza next round)…

Posted by Staff @ 4:36 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

January 22nd, 2017

Vandeweghe Batters World No. 1 Kerber Out, Venus Wins at Australian Open

“I guess I faked (having confidence) a lot because I was feeling like crap out there,” said the American.

Posted by Staff @ 9:15 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 10 Comments »

January 20th, 2017

Kerber, Venus Cruise; CoCo Puffs Against Bouchard at Aussie Open

“I loved accounting, I have to be honest,” Venus said in a wide-ranging post-match meet with the press, filling a match discussion void after losing only one game.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:08 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

January 19th, 2017

Thursday Aussie Open: Pliskova Says Opponents Stink; Serena Says Being Serena the Key

“I think the opponents were not — I don’t want to say ‘that good,’ but obviously I was better, so…,” she said

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:11 am in Australian Open | 2 Comments »

January 18th, 2017

Kerber Struggles Through, Barty Surprises Wednesday at Australian Open

“I’m fit,” Kerber said. “I am prepared for playing, like, two, three hours, so that’s not a problem. Tomorrow I have a day off, so it’s not a big deal. I think I will be fine.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:00 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 2 Comments »

January 16th, 2017

Halep Halted, Women’s Upsets Abound on Day 1 at Australian Open

“I think she played a very high standard,” Halep said after the loss. “I had pain at my knee. For me, in the second set, it was difficult to move anymore, but she deserved to win. She was aggressive, and she hit very strong, the balls.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:07 am in Australian Open | 6 Comments »

January 15th, 2017

Roger Federer’s Return Headlines Day 1 At The Australian Open; No. 1s Murray, Kerber On Court

It’s opening day of the 2017 Australian Open!

Posted by Staff @ 12:45 am in Australian Open | 25 Comments »

January 15th, 2017

Angelique Kerber: The Challenge Of Staying No. 1 Is Different And Difficult, But It’s A Privilege

Angelique Kerber’s life changed saving that match point in her first round match at the Australian Open last year.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:12 am in Australian Open | Comments Off

January 13th, 2017

Australian Open Women’s Preview: Serena, Kerber Not Sharp

Now we’re talking…Serena starts against a player who beat her last year on hardcourt, Belinda Bencic…(9) Konta is playing well, but starts against Flipkens, who has sliced- and diced-up many a seeded player….Petkovic starts against wild card Kayla Day, then will meet (16) Strycova…Serena vs. Konta to see who exits this quarter?

Posted by Staff @ 7:17 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

January 7th, 2017

WTA Previews: Kerber, 6 of Top 10 in Sydney; Ho-Hum in Hobart

Six of the Top 10 in attendance…Lots of unseeded floaters including a former No. 1 and a Slam winner…

Posted by Staff @ 9:24 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

January 3rd, 2017

Rafael Nadal Rock Solid In 2017 Opener In Brisbane; World No. 1 Angelique Kerber Debuts Wednesday

Rafael Nadal was a winner in his first official match of the 2017 season.

Posted by Staff @ 2:29 pm in Brisbane | 15 Comments »

December 31st, 2016

Nadal, No. 1 Kerber Among Headliners Next Week at Brisbane International Tennis; Previews

Five Top 10ers in the impressive field…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Opening-round testers for (1) Raonic vs. Querrey, (5) Nadal vs. The Dog, (7) Dimitrov vs. Johnson, (8) Ferrer vs. Tomic, and (6) Pouille vs. Simon…

Posted by Staff @ 7:10 pm in Tennis | 25 Comments »

November 30th, 2016

2016 WTA Year-End Top 20 Rankings: Kerber Climbs To No. 1; Vesnina, Konta Big Movers

Three players made their Top 20 year-end debuts during a surprising 2016 season on the WTA.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:40 am in Rankings, WTA, Year-End No. 1 | 1 Comment »