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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 »

October 4th, 2017

Halep Finally Beats Sharapova To Reach Beijing QFs; Wozniacki-Kvitova Thurs.

After seven straight failed bids, Simona Halep finally got her first career win over Maria Sharapova and she did it in fine style with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Russian. “It was a great match, I think I played my best tennis against her,” Halep said after the 72-minute win. “I served pretty well, [...]

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:05 pm in beijing | Comments Off

April 9th, 2017

Kasatkina Wins All-Teen WTA Final Over Ostapenko

Kasatkina over the week defeated Monica Puig, pal Daria Gavrilova, No. 10 seed Irina-Camelia Begu, and in the semifinals Laura Siegemund.

Posted by Staff @ 11:04 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

February 16th, 2017

World No. 2 Kerber Crashes Out Of Doha; Cilbulkova Wins 400th Match To Reach SF

Angelique Kerber is just 4-4 on the season.

Posted by Staff @ 7:37 pm in Doha | 4 Comments »

February 15th, 2017

Muguruza Loses In Doha; Kerber, Wozniacki-Radwanska Wednesday

Garbine Muguruza won one and lost one Wednesday in Doha.

Posted by Staff @ 6:33 pm in Doha | 1 Comment »

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 30th, 2017

Halep, 3 Top 10ers, Venus Williams in St. Pete; WTA Previews

Three Top 10ers in the field, in addition to Australian Open runner-up and former No. 1 Venus Williams

Posted by Staff @ 12:35 am in 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 »

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 »

August 9th, 2016

Serena Williams Sent Out Of Rio Olympics By Elina Svitolina; Kerber, Keys, Kvitova Gold Favorites

Serena Williams’s Olympic career may have ended Tuesday night in Rio.

Posted by Staff @ 10:48 pm in Olympics | 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 29th, 2016

Daria Kasatkina: I Love Everything About Rafael Nadal

Can you blame her?

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:20 am in Canadian Open | 3 Comments »

July 29th, 2016

Venus Williams, Eugenie Bouchard KO’d Out Of Montreal; Russians Rise Up As A New Champion Will Be Crowned

A new champion will be crowned Sunday at the Canadian Open women’s event after both former winners were knocked out on Thursday.

Posted by Staff @ 1:26 am in Canadian Open | Comments Off

April 3rd, 2016

Kerber, Bencic, Venus Lead Charleston; WTA Previews This Week

Two Top 10ers in the field, in addition to two former No. 1s…The Top 8 seeds receive opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (9) Jankovic vs. Garcia and (3) Venus Williams vs. Riske…Wildcards were awarded to Americans Frances Altick, Louisa Chirico and Shelby Rogers…

Posted by Staff @ 4:12 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »