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January 4th, 2014

Del Potro in Sydney; ATP/WTA Tennis Previews

Notes: Sam Stosur still injured?…Tough draws for (3) Vesnina against the Puerto Rican riser Puig, and (5) Pennetta against the former No. 1 Venus…Venus on the small-tournament guarantee-cash circuit this year?…Wildcards went to Aussies Casey Dellacqua, Olivia Rogowska and Storm Sanders…Storm Sanders is an awesome sports name, period…Pulling from the tournament were Nadia Petrova, Ashleigh Barty and Stefanie Voegele…Vesnina in last year’s final beat Barthel…Returning former champs in the field are Vesnina (2013), Barthel (2012), and Jie Zheng (2005).

Posted by Staff @ 10:52 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

January 3rd, 2014

Serena Swats Aside Sharapova; Federer, Nadal Friday Winners; Venus In Auckland Final

Serena Williams continued her dominance over rival Maria Sharapova running her streak over the Russian to 14 straight. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were also winners on Friday.

Posted by Staff @ 5:25 pm in Brisbane, Doha | 28 Comments »

January 2nd, 2014

Nadal Overcomes Gulbis In Doha; Federer, Serena v Sharapova Tonight In Brisbane

Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals in Doha. In Brisbane tonight Roger Federer returns while Serena Williams takes on Maria Sharapova in the first big blockbuster match of the season.

Posted by Staff @ 4:54 pm in Brisbane, Doha | 46 Comments »

January 10th, 2013

Tomic, Ferrer Advance To Tournament Semifinals; American Teen Stephens Stays Alive In Hobart

David Ferrer is already into his second semifinal of the young 2013 season while Bernard Tomic stays hot in Sydney.

Posted by Staff @ 2:56 pm in Sydney | 7 Comments »

December 19th, 2011

Venus Williams Withdraws From Auckland

Venus Williams has withdrawn from Auckland.

Posted by Staff @ 6:08 pm in 2012 Season | Comments Off

January 8th, 2011

Querrey Leads Sydney with Del Potro Appearance; Auckland; ATP Previews

Notes: (8) Lu opens against Simon, and (6) Lopez vs. (WC) Del Potro; other wildcards to Brit James Ward and Aussie Matthew Ebden; Baghdatis beat Gasquet in last year’s final; Del Potro makes his first tournament appearance since October and only his third in the last 11 months after a right wrist injury that required surgery; American Donald Young lost in the qualifying as did Aussie Carsten Ball; seeds Querrey, Gulbis and Lopez have losing career records in Sydney; the Bryan brothers, winners in 2009, are the top seeds in the doubles; Baghdatis, the only returning champ in the field, is looking to become the first back-to-back winner since James Blake (2007-06); Pete Sampras and Lleyton Hewitt (twice) won back-to-back titles, but no one has one three in a row in Sydney in the Open Era.

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 pm in Tennis | 35 Comments »

January 1st, 2011

Nadal, Federer, ATP, WTA Week #1 Previews; Tennis-X Notes

Roger and Rafa coming off the final at the cash-grab Abu Dhabi exo where Rafa won in two tiebreaks; organizers shelled out appearance money for world No. 1 Rafa and No. 2 Roger, but it falls off from there with No. 13 Tsonga the No. 3 seed; the Ukraine’s Sergei Bubka gets a wildcard; Federer likely to face two qualifiers in first two matches; Davydenko won the title last year, beating Roger and Rafa; returning champs in the field are Davydenko (2010) and Federer (2006-05).

Posted by Staff @ 9:32 pm in Tennis | 91 Comments »

January 9th, 2010

Nalbandian Returns at Auckland; ATP Previews

Notes: Should be called the Spanish Open with four Spaniard leading the seeding and five seeded total.

Posted by Staff @ 5:40 pm in Tennis | 16 Comments »

January 4th, 2010

Tennis-X Notes: Henin, Cash Grabs, Tampons and Evacuations

According to the Times of India, Vijay Amritraj received a “consultancy fee” of $140,000 each year for his association with the ATP Chennai Open, about twice the amount the tournament winner receives. Game, set, match, Vijay.

Posted by Staff @ 11:27 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

January 2nd, 2010

WTA Previews: Henin, Clijsters in Brisbane; Auckland No Top 10

The Brisbane International in Australia kicks off the 2010 WTA Tour in wild fashion, featuring the return of former world No. 1 Justine Henin, fellow Belgian comeback queen and former No. 1 Kim Clijsters as the top seed, in addition to seeds Nadia Petrova, former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, Daniela Hantuchova, Alisa Kleybanova, Aleksandra Wozniak, Melinda Czink and Iveta Benesova.

Posted by Staff @ 3:10 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

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5 Tomas Berdych5 Simona Halep
6 David Ferrer6 Petra Kvitova
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