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January 13th, 2018

Resurgent Kerber Reinforces Australian Open Favorite Status After Winning WTA Sydney

“I am playing amazing tennis again and feeling just great,” Kerber said following the final. “It feels very good to win my first title in my first tournament this year. I have had a great week and the final was not easy against Ash but I was able to play my game in important moments. I feel like I am getting closer to my 2016 level.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:03 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

January 12th, 2018

Preview: Serena Out; Women’s Australian Open Likely to See a 1st-Time Winner

(5) Venus vs. Bencic the must-watch 1st rd. match in Melbourne…Other tough starts for (31) Makarova vs. Begu, and the injury-hampered (13) Stephens vs. Zhang, who she has previously lost to…

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 2:08 pm in Australian Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

December 29th, 2017

Murray, Dimitrov, WTA 5 of Top 10 Headline ATP/WTA Brisbane; Preview

Muguruza leads five of the Top 10 players on the WTA rankings, in addition to former Slam winners Kvitova and Stosur…Muguruza and Pliskova receive opening-round byes…Tough starts for (1) Muguruza after a bye vs. 2017 breakout player Witthoeft, (7) Sevastova vs. Stosur, (4) Garcia vs. the upset specialist Cornet, (6) Mladenovic vs. the Kvitova/Anett Kontaveit winner, and (5) Konta vs. Keys…

Posted by Staff @ 10:44 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

September 30th, 2017

Garcia Tops Barty in Rising Star Final at WTA Wuhan

It was Garcia’s first title of the year, and she improves to 4-2 in career finals. Barty, who is projected to rise from 37 to a career-high No. 19, fell to 1-2 in finals, all in 2017.

Posted by Staff @ 2:12 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

June 25th, 2017

Kvitova Wastes No Time Back with WTA Birmingham Grass Title

“I didn’t expect this in my second tournament of my comeback,” said the former Wimbledon champion. “So yeah, I think it’s kind of a fairytale…I was nervous. It wasn’t the normal nerves as I had before. It’s my first final after such a long time, and it was a bit difficult to handle. I struggled a lot.”

Posted by Staff @ 3:25 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

March 6th, 2017

Barty Wins WTA Kuala Lumpur from Outside Top 150

It was the first career singles final for the 20-year-old, who has won two doubles titles in six career finals, finishing runner-up at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open in 2013.

Posted by Staff @ 12:42 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

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 »

September 19th, 2014

18-Year-Old Ash Barty Has Taken An Indefinite Leave From Tennis

Rising star Ash Barty has decided to take a leave from tennis.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:04 am in 2014 Season | 1 Comment »