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February 19th, 2017

Struggling Kerber, 5 of Top 10 at WTA Dubai; Budapest; Previews

Interesting starts for the struggling (1) Kerber after a bye vs. the Jankovic-Barthel winner, (3) Cibulkova after a bye vs. Makarova, (10) Woz vs. the Russian riser Kasatkina, and (11) Vandeweghe vs. her U.S. Fed Cup teammate Riske…

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October 15th, 2016

Monfils, Goffin, Kvitova Headline Stockholm, Antwerp, Luxembourg This Week

No Top 10ers but an interesting field between the multi-Slam winner Kvitova, the French Open champ Schiavone, the former No. 1 Wozniacki, the former brand-wannabee Bouchard, and the breakout player Siegemund…

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September 10th, 2016

Eugenie Bouchard Leads Quebec City; WTA Previews Next Week

The No. 2-seeded Beck starts against the upset specialist Mattek-Sands…Wildcards were awarded to Canucks Francoise Abanda, Aleksandra Wozniak and Carol Zhao…The last three seeds are ranked outside the WTA Top 90…

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July 18th, 2016

WTA Previews: Venus Williams Goes for 3rd Stanford Title; Bastad

Venus the lone Top 10 player ahead of the No. 12 Cibulkova…(8) Lepchenko a tough start against Riske…Wildcards went to Americans Catherine Bellis, Julia Boserup, Maria Mateas, and Canada’s Carol Zhao…

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July 10th, 2016

Halep Headlines Bucharest; Schnyder Returns at Gstaad!

Halep the lone Top 10 or Top 20 participant…(2) Errani looking at a 2nd rd. meeting with the former French Open champ Schiavone…

Posted by Staff @ 6:38 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

July 1st, 2016

Serena And Venus Survive Scares At Wimbledon; Former Finalists Radwanska, Bouchard Saturday

Serena and Venus were both down breaks in the third set today at Wimbledon. But both champions came back to win.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:15 pm in Wimbledon | 2 Comments »

April 23rd, 2016

Stosur, Kuzy, Multiple Slam Winners at Prague; Rabat; WTA Previews

Guess the tournament couldn’t meet Petra Kvitova’s price point?…No Top 10 players in the field, but multiple Grand Slam title winners and finalists among the seeds…Tough start for (8) Wickmayer vs. Giorgi…

Posted by Staff @ 4:46 pm in Prague, Rabat, Tennis | 7 Comments »

February 27th, 2016

Italians Vinci, Errani Head WTA Events in Malaysia, Mexico This Week

(1) Errani looking at the hot-handed Cibulkova 2nd rd., and Wozniacki can seemingly lose to anyone at any time, with a ranking that has plunged to No. 22…Wildcards went to Mexico’s Victoria Rodriguez and Marcela Zacarias, and former French Open champ Francesca Schiavone…

Posted by Staff @ 11:45 pm in Kuala Lumpur, Monterrey, Tennis | 2 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 »

October 17th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Radwanska, 4 Top 10 in Moscow; Lux, Stockholm, Vienna

Notes: Strong seeding but not a lot of field depth…(4) Tomic will start against the Querrey-Baghdatis winner…Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards went to Berdych, Swede Mike Ymer and Finn Jarkko Nieminen…Last year Berdych came from a set down to beat Dimitrov in the final…Berdych trying to become the first Stockholm back-to-back winner since James Blake (2005-06)…Former champs in the field are Berdych (2014,’12), Dimitrov (2013), and Baghdatis (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 3:18 pm in Tennis | 6 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 12th, 2015

Serena Williams in Swedish Cake Walk, Men at Newport; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: When world No. 1 Serena Williams is your only Top 20 player in the field, is it safe to say you’ve put all your eggs (aka appearance money) in one basket?…Wildcards were awarded to Swedes Sofia Arvidsson, Susanne Celik and Rebecca Peterson…Pulling from the event were the American triumvirate of Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Christina McHale and Sloane Stephens…In last year’s final Barthel beat Chanelle Scheepers…Former champs in the field are Barthel (2014) and Serena Williams (2013).

Posted by Staff @ 11:55 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

October 19th, 2014

Beck, Berdych, Ciic, Murray, Pavlyuchenkova Win WTA/ATP Titles

The Spaniard led 5-3 in the third before losing the final four games. “I have reached the final, so it is positive,” Ferrer said. “Andy played more aggressively than I did in the crucial moments and he deserved to win.”

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July 13th, 2014

WTA Previews: Wozniacki, Cornet Headline Istanbul, Bastad

Notables withdrawing from the event were Americans Serena Williams and Vania King, Flavia Pennetta, and Carla Suarez Navarro…Serena beat Swede Johanna Larsson in last year’s final…Hercog (2012-11) is the lone former champ in the field.

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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 »