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September 28th, 2018

Sabalenka, Kontaveit Reach Wuhan Final

Who’ll win the biggest final of their careers in Wuhan?

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August 12th, 2018

No Warm Welcome for Serena Williams in WTA Cincinnati Draw: Preview

Tough starts for (4) Kerber vs. Pavlyuchenkova who she is 6-6 career against, the wrist-addled (13) Keys vs. (WC) Mattek-Sands in an all-American, (9) Pliskova vs. Radwanska (winner to meet Konta), (6) Garcia vs. (WC) Azarenka, (8) Kvitova vs. the Serena-Gavrilova winner, (15) Mertens vs. Rybarikova who she has a losing record against, (5) Svitolina vs. (WC) Kuznetsova, and (2) Wozniacki vs. the Bertens-Vandeweghe winner…

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August 5th, 2018

Preview: Serena Drops Out, Insane Men’s Openers at Rogers Cup Tennis

The outrageous number of opening-round seeds vs. floaters match-ups includes (16) Kyrgios vs. (WC) Wawrinka, (11) Schwartzman vs. Edmund, (6) Cilic vs. Coric, (3) Del Potro vs. Nishikori, (14) Fognini vs. Johnson (winner to meet Shapovalov), (5) Dimitrov vs. Verdasco, (10) Goffin vs. Raonic, (4) Anderson vs. Rublev, (7) Thiem vs. the fast-rising Tsitsipas, (9) Djokovic vs. Chung, and (2) Zverev vs. Ferrer…

Posted by Staff @ 11:31 am in Canadian Open, Montreal, Tennis, Toronto | 1 Comment »

June 23rd, 2018

Wozniacki, Murray Fan Favorites at ATP/WTA Eastbourne

Murray and Wawrinka square off first round, winner to meet (2) Edmund…Other openers of interest are (8) Fuchsovics vs. the grass-ready Brit (WC) Norrie, the rookie (4) Ceccinato vs. the veteran Seppi, (5) Mayer vs. Simon (winner to meet Muller), and (7) Johnson vs. Medvedev (winner to face M.Zverev)…

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in Tennis | 47 Comments »

June 17th, 2018

Barty Ends Losing Streak to Lift Nottingham Trophy on Grass at WTA Nature Valley Open

“Nottingham brings back very good memories of back when it was an ITF $50K tournament, not even WTA yet,” Barty said. “I have really fond memories of it and always feel like I’ve played well here. To come away from the trophy again is really exciting.”

Posted by Staff @ 3:04 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 20th, 2018

Stephens, Barty Headline Pre-French Events at Nurnberg, Strasbourg; WTA Previews

(2) Gavrilov starts against American Jennifer Brady and is then looking at the veteran Stosur in the second round, which would be a rematch of last year’s final…

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May 12th, 2018

Top Seeds Halep, Wozniacki in Deep at Italian Open; Preview

Tough starts went to (1) Halep vs. the Azarenka-Osaka winner, (13) Keys vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (9) Stephens vs. the crafty Strycova, (3) Muguruza vs. the Gavrilova-Bellis winner, (16) Barty vs. Sharapova…

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April 1st, 2018

Stephens, Osaka, Kasatkina Headline Next-Gen Stars at WTA Charleston; Preview

Former champions in the field are Kasatkina (2017), Stephens (2016), Andrea Petkovic (2014), and Stosur (2010).

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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…

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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 »