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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 31st, 2017

Wozniacki Eyes No. 1 Ranking This Week at WTA Auckland; Preview

No byes in the draw and some tough starts for the seeds, including (2) Goerges vs. the Olympics winner Puig, (7) Barthel vs. Lepchenko who has won 3 of their 5 career encounters, (3) Strycova vs. the former French Open runner-up Errani, and (8) Vekic vs. the crafty Belgian veteran Flipkens…

Posted by Staff @ 12:25 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

October 6th, 2017

Pliskova Outsted In Beijing By Cirstea; Kvitova Clocks Wozniacki

Just three Top 10 seeds made the Beijing quarterfinals.

Posted by Staff @ 12:09 am in beijing | 1 Comment »

August 19th, 2017

Radwanska, Kvitova, Stephens, Bouchard Highlight WTA New Haven; Preview

Tough starts for seeds (1) Radwanks vs. (WC) Bouchard, (5) Vesnina vs. (WC) Stephens, and (7) Strycova vs. the rising Russian Kasatkina…

Posted by Staff @ 4:49 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

June 18th, 2017

Kerber, Azarenka, Kvitova This Week at Birmingham, Mallorca; WTA Previews

Victoria Azarenka returns to the tour after giving birth to her son, Leo, and Sabine Lisicki also makes her 2017 debut after a shoulder injury suffered last November…

Posted by Staff @ 12:44 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 6th, 2017

Sharapova, Konta Face Tough Starts at WTA Madrid; Preview

“It’s a very difficult [opening] match,” Konta said of Siegemund. “I’m playing someone, Laura, who’s coming off a great result in Stuttgart. She beat a lot of great players so I know she’s playing well on this surface. I’m looking forward to the challenge, to play someone who’s playing well on this surface and improve my game as well.”

Posted by Staff @ 4:13 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 29th, 2017

Pliskova Headlines Prague, Bacsinszky Defends at Rabat; WTA Previews

Pliskova the lone Top 10 player, but the former No. 1 Wozniacki and the former Slam winner Stosur also among the seeds…Interesting starts for (1) Pliskova vs. the tenacious Giorgi, and (3) Strycova vs. the somewhat-resurgent Goerges…

Posted by Staff @ 7:08 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

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…

Posted by Staff @ 11:45 am in Tennis | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

January 23rd, 2017

Serena Williams Lines Up Konta Test; Hot CoCo on Deck Tues. at Australian Open

“She’s hard to read, she’s scrappy, gets a lot of balls back,” Serena said. “She definitely plays a different game than the other three players I played before. It gave me a different look — it was interesting.”

Posted by Staff @ 7:18 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 3 Comments »

January 21st, 2017

Upstarts Gavrilova, Brady Join Serena in Winner’s Circle Saturday at Australian Open

“What can I say?” an exhilarated Gavrilova said in a brief on-court interview after the match. “I’m just exhausted and very happy.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:59 am in Australian Open, Tennis | Comments Off

October 15th, 2016

Defending Champ Kuznetsova, Djokovic-Killer Bautista Agut Lead Next Week at Kremlin Cup

No Maria Sharapova in Russia as the former No. 1 remains sidelined for doping until April 2017, but Russian fans still get defending champion and former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and on the men’s side Roberto Bautusta-Agut who upset world No. 1 Novak Djokovic today in the semifinals at Shanghai.

Posted by Staff @ 5:34 pm in Moscow, Tennis | 4 Comments »

August 21st, 2016

Everyone Withdraws from WTA Connecticut; Gasquet Leads Winson-Salem

This tournament has turned into a complete mess with the seeding in chaos as Svetlana Kuznetova withdrew citing a shoulder injury, Johanna Konta pulled with a back injury, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova withdrew citing a back injury, then today (Sunday) Madison Keys injured her neck practicing and withdrew…

Posted by Staff @ 3:34 pm in Connecticut Open, Tennis, Winston-Salem | 2 Comments »

August 8th, 2016

Serena Wins In Singles, Suffers First Loss In Doubles At Rio Olympics; Kerber-Bouchard Monday

The Williams sisters suffered their first defeat in the Olympics today.

Posted by Staff @ 12:23 am in Olympics | 1 Comment »

June 19th, 2016

Madison Keys in Top 10 After 2nd Career Title at Birmingham

Last year’s Wimbledon quarterfinalist kept the level high throughout the match, knocking 27 winners to only 16 unforced errors, and winning 13 of 18 at the net.

Posted by Staff @ 7:23 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »