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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 »

October 10th, 2016

World No. 1 Kerber, 5 Top 10 in WTA Action This Week; Previews

The world No. 1 Kerber is the only Top 10er in the field, but throw in former No. 1s Williams, Wozniacki and Jankovic, and the Slam winner Stosur to give it some meat…

Posted by Staff @ 12:20 am in Tennis | 8 Comments »

October 1st, 2016

Kerber, Murray Headline Elite China Open Fields

Nine of the Top 10 players, sans Serena Williams, in the field…Potential tough starts for (3) Radwasnka second round vs. the powerful Makarova, (13) Vinci second round vs. the resurgent Wozniacki, (5) Pliskova vs. Safarova, (15) Pavlyuchenkova vs. (Q) Riske (winner to meet Stosur), (8) Keys second round vs. the winner of Jelena Jankovic and Kristina Mladenovic, and the shaky-of-late (2) Muguruza vs. Begu…

Posted by Staff @ 1:54 pm in China Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

September 18th, 2016

Muguruza, 5 of Top 10 at Loaded Tokyo; WTA Previews

Five of the Top 10, including US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, and a slew of dangerous floaters make Tokyo the place to watch this week…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough starts for Muguruza after a bye, coming out cold possibly against the US Open quarterfinalist Sevastova; (8) Pavlyuchenkova vs. the veteran Petkovic (winner to possibly meet the giant-serving Vandeweghe); (6) Cibulkova vs. Safarova; and (4) Suarez Navarro cold after a bye meeting the winner of Bencic-Wozniacki…

Posted by Staff @ 6:40 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

August 19th, 2016

Kerber Closing In On No. 1 Ranking, Streaking Halep Meets Radwanksa In Cincinnati

Angelique Kerber is now just three wins from the No. 1 ranking.

Posted by Staff @ 12:45 am in Cincinnati | 1 Comment »

August 8th, 2016

Serena Saves Set Points at Rio Olympics; Tues. Packed Line-Up

“It was really big for me just to win that first set,” said Serena after saving two set points. “We’ve had so many tough matches in the past, so I couldn’t let the elements get into my head. I hadn’t played great against Alize in the past…so I thought how I at least wanted to get a win.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:44 pm in Rio, Tennis | 3 Comments »

July 23rd, 2016

Serena the Favorite, Bouchard Under Fire Entering WTA Canadian Open

Nine of the Top 10 are in Montreal next week for the Canadian Open, where world No. 1 Serena Williams will make her first appearance since Wimbledon.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:33 pm in Canadian Open, Tennis | 5 Comments »

June 18th, 2016

Grass Tennis Preview: Radwanska, WTA Stars in Eastbourne, Not So Much in ATP Nottingham

Four Top 10 seeds and a former Wimbledon champ round out the stout draw…The 16 seeds all receive opening-round byes…Floaters galore, with tough opening matches for…

Posted by Staff @ 4:49 pm in Tennis | 13 Comments »

June 11th, 2016

4 WTA Top 10 Led by Radwanska in Birmingham; Spain Debuts Mallorca Event

Strong field with four Top 10 seeds, and all seeds are ranked in Top 20…Potential tough starts for (1) Radwanska vs. Vandeweghe, (3) Halep vs. Safarova, and (2) Kerber vs. Peng…Wildcards went to Radwanska, Kvitova and Brits Naomi Broady and Tara Moore…

Posted by Staff @ 7:01 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

May 4th, 2016

Simona Halep Lone Top 16 Seed And Top 20 Player To Reach Madrid QFs; Surprise Finalist On Top Half

Just one Top 20 player reached the Madrid quarterfinals.

Posted by Staff @ 7:20 pm in Madrid | 4 Comments »

May 4th, 2016

WTA Seeds Right Ship in Madrid; Halep vs. Bacsinszky on Wed.

“Bacsinszky is revenge!” Halep said. “It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be difficult, a tough match for sure. I just want to go on court relaxed and play my game…I am in a good place mentally and physically.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:22 am in Madrid | 19 Comments »

April 17th, 2016

Radwanska Leads 6 of Top 10 Women at Stuttgart; Istanbul; WTA Previews

Lots of floaters in the draw and tough opening-round match-ups including (1) Radwanska vs. Petkovic, (8) Safarova vs. Pliskova in an all-Czech, (6) Vinci vs. Makarova, (3) Muguruza vs. Lisicki, and (2) Kerber vs. the riser Beck in an all-German…

Posted by Staff @ 11:57 am in Istanbul, Stuttgart, Tennis | Comments Off

March 21st, 2016

Miami Open Tennis Women’s Preview: One Mind-blowing Quarter

As Ray Moore might say, ‘There are a lot of attractive ladies out there — umm, competitively attractive…oh crap, I’ve done it again.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 10:30 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

March 8th, 2016

Serena Leads, Sharapova Drugged Out of Indian Wells; Preview

What, too early for Maria jokes?

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:25 pm in Tennis | 30 Comments »

February 27th, 2016

Suarez Navarro Turns Around 1-8 Finals Record in Doha

Suarez Navarro with the win also rises to No. 2 in the 2016 Road to Singapore standings behind Angie Kerber.

Posted by Staff @ 7:49 pm in Doha, Tennis | 1 Comment »