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August 1st, 2015

Murray in, Serena Out on U.S. Hardcourts; ATP/WTA Previews

All 16 seeds receive opening-round byes, but some potential interesting second-rounders with (12) Pospisil vs. (WC) Haas, (4) Gasquet vs. the hot-handed Muller, break-up boy (6) Dimitrov vs. the resurgent Baghdatis, and (7) Lopez vs. (WC) Hewitt on his retirement tour…

Posted by Staff @ 1:55 pm in Stanford, Tennis, Washington | 12 Comments »

June 22nd, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Kvitova, Woz in Eastbourne

Notes: Tough draws go to (1) Ferrer after a bye potentially vs. Baghdatis…Wildcards went to Brits Kyle Edmund and James Ward, American Taylor Harry Fritz, and German Alexander Zverev…

Posted by Staff @ 1:30 am in Tennis | Comments Off

June 14th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Federer, Murray, Nadal on Grass This Week

Four Top 10 players on the WTA tour take to the grass in Birmingham, while Roger Federer leads in Halle, and Andy Murray, French Open champ Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal at the Queen’s Club during week #2 of the 2015 grasscourt season.

Posted by Staff @ 2:23 pm in Grass season, Halle, Queens, Tennis | 24 Comments »

May 22nd, 2015

French Open Women’s Preview: Serena Williams Tough Draw Could Mean No Final

Possible (5) Woz vs. (25) Jelena Jankovic in the 3rd rd., with Serena looming two rounds later. All in all a potential tough road for the world No. 1 through possibly three former No. 1s in her quarter.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 10:45 am in French Open, Tennis | 5 Comments »

May 17th, 2015

Sharapova Outlasts Gassed Suarez Navarro in WTA Rome Final

Suarez Navarro broke to start the third set, but had nothing left in the tank, a consequence of more than 2-1/2 hours on the court, coming off a three-set semifinal, and the Spaniard being the player with most wins on the WTA tour this year.

Posted by Staff @ 12:01 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

May 16th, 2015

Sharapova Back To No. 2, Plays Surprising Suarez Navarro In Rome Final

Maria Sharapova seeks an 11th career clay title in Rome Sunday.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:03 pm in Rome | 40 Comments »

May 15th, 2015

Sharapova, Halep One Match from Blockbuster Rome Final

Halep in the Saturday semifinals will face No. 10 seed Carla Suarez Navarro, who was an upset winner Friday over No. 4 seed and Madrid winner Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-2.

Posted by Staff @ 4:48 pm in Tennis | 22 Comments »

May 10th, 2015

Blockbuster WTA Rome Field to Answer Pre-French Questions?

Serena’s draw to the semifinals could go through Stosur, last year’s finalist Errani then the former French champ Ivanovic to meet either Sharapova or Wozniacki in the semis…

Posted by Staff @ 11:50 am in Clay Season, Italian Open, Rome, Tennis | 19 Comments »

April 19th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Nadal in Barcelona, Loaded WTA Stuttgart

Kei Nishikoi beat Santiago Giraldo in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the final are Nishikori (2014), Nadal (2013-11,’09-05), Verdasco (2010) and Robredo (2004).

Posted by Staff @ 6:35 pm in Barcelona, Stuttgart, Tennis | 11 Comments »

April 4th, 2015

Serena Bagels Suarez Navarro For 8th Miami Open Title; Stays Perfect In 2015

The title for many was a lock for the American after she weathered a three-set challenge in the semifinals from rival Simona Halep, the last player to beat her at the 2014 WTA year-end championships.

Posted by Staff @ 3:17 pm in Miami, Tennis | 15 Comments »

April 4th, 2015

Serena Seeks 8th Miami Title Saturday Against The Surprising Saurez Navarro

Serena Williams will try for an 8th career title in Miami on Saturday.

Posted by Staff @ 12:07 am in Miami | 6 Comments »

April 1st, 2015

Djokovic Avoids Dog Bite, Venus Falls In Miami; Murray, Serena Wednesday

Venus Williams fell at the Miami Open Tuesday night.

Posted by Staff @ 12:46 am in Miami | 64 Comments »

March 10th, 2015

Indian Wells Women’s Preview: Serena Williams Returns to Cushy Draw

All the hubbub surrounds Serena, but Venus is not ending her boycott since last playing in 2001. “I made my schedule up,” Venus said about missing IW again. “I’m entered in Miami, and that’s pretty much what it is. I haven’t really given a lot of thought to it. I have just been focusing on this year…I just respect every decision [Serena] makes, pretty much. It’s nothing complicated about it.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:36 am in Indian Wells | 7 Comments »

February 14th, 2015

WTA Previews: Serena, Genie Pull from Still-strong Dubai

…Venus Williams beat Cornet in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the field are Venus Williams (2014,’10-09), Kvitova (2013), Radwanska (2012), and Wozniacki (2011).

Posted by Staff @ 10:33 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

January 3rd, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Stars Come Out at 4 Events in Week 1

The stars are coming out on week one, even uncharacteristically on the women’s side, as current No. 1 Novak Djokovic and former top dogs Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic compete at four events in week one of 2015.

Posted by Staff @ 10:29 pm in 2015 Season, Tennis | 10 Comments »