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June 30th, 2018

Wimbledon Preview: Serena in Group of Death, Stephens Can Become No. 1

The Group of Death contains two former No. 1s, a No. 2, and last year’s US Open semifinalist and quarterfinalist among other floaters…Tough starts for (5) Svitolina vs. the grasscourt title-winner Maria, (21) Sevastova vs. Giorgi, (32) Radwanska vs. Safarova 2nd rd., and (2) Wozniacki vs. Makarova 2nd rd…(25) Serena’s early path is former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus, a qualifier/wildcard, then (5) Svitolina, then (10) Keys.

Posted by Staff @ 10:57 am in Tennis, Wimbledon | 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

Former Wimbledon champions Muguruza, Kvitova Headline WTA Birmingham on Grass

Four of the WTA Top 10 along with Vandeweghe and last week’s grasscourt title winner Barty make Birmingham a tough title to raise…

Posted by Staff @ 5:11 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

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…

Posted by Staff @ 4:52 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

May 9th, 2018

Sharapova Gets Revenge On Mladenovic In Madrid; Wozniacki, Muguruza Out

Two of the Top 3 seeds fell Wednesday in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 10:49 pm in Madrid | 8 Comments »

May 5th, 2018

Halep Goes for Madrid Triple; WTA Preview

Interesting starts were dealt to Ostapenko vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (winner to face Maria Sharapova), Wozniacki vs. Daria Gavrilova, and Vandeweghe vs. Kristina Mladenovic.

Posted by Staff @ 3:50 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

April 28th, 2018

Pliskova v Pliskova 1st Round at WTA Prague; Preview

Two Top 10 players in the J&T Banka Prague Open field are led by former No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, who is coming off reaching the final at Stuttgart, and in Prague will open against her twin sister Kristyna.

Posted by Staff @ 3:48 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

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).

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:50 am in Tennis | Comments Off

March 19th, 2018

Serena v Osaka Starts Fun Times at the 2018 Miami Open; Preview

Wow, the former No. 1 and younger Williams to start against the Indian Wells winner Osaka, winner to play (4) Svitolina…

Posted by Staff @ 8:41 pm in Miami, Tennis | 2 Comments »

March 18th, 2018

Osaka Comes Out on Top of Star-Making WTA Indian Wells Final

Osaka is the sixth different Indian Wells champion in six years and the first to win an initial title at Indian Wells since Daniela Hantuchova in 2002.

Posted by Staff @ 5:42 pm in Indian Wells, Tennis | 2 Comments »

March 17th, 2018

Kasatkina v Osaka the Next Gen Final at WTA Indian Wells

“I was a little bit surprised, especially the start of the second set, because I feel like she gave me…free points, but I didn’t try to think too much about it,” Osaka said.

Posted by Staff @ 9:23 am in Indian Wells, Tennis | 2 Comments »

March 16th, 2018

Venus Williams Keeps it Rolling at WTA Indian Wells; Semis Preview

“You kind of hope for this kind of scoreline, but you never know if you’re actually going to get it,” Venus said afterwards. “I was happy with way I played. Playing deep in a big tournament is exciting, fantastic.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:06 am in Indian Wells, Tennis | 1 Comment »

February 24th, 2018

Svitolina the Queen of Dubai After 2nd Straight WTA Title

It was Svitolina’s second title of the year after Brisbane last month. She improved to an impressive 11-2 in career championship matches.

Posted by Staff @ 8:58 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

February 23rd, 2018

Svitolina Shakes Down Kerber Again In Dubai, Faces Kasatkina In Final

Daria Kasatkina seeks the biggest title of her career Saturday in Dubai.

Posted by Staff @ 10:38 pm in Dubai | Comments Off

February 22nd, 2018

Top Seeds Svitolina, Muguruza Into Dubai Semifinals

Elina Svitolina will collide with fellow former No. 1 Angelique Kerber in a rematch of their 2017 Dubai semifinal.

Posted by Staff @ 7:56 pm in Dubai | Comments Off