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March 15th, 2011

Nadal, Del Potro Near SF Clash; Federer, Djokovic, Roddick Headline Indian Wells Big Tuesday

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick headline a very busy Tuesday at Indian Wells.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:23 pm in Tennis | 159 Comments »

February 27th, 2011

WTA Previews; Del Potro, Ferrer, Dulko Win Titles

Notes: Troubled former No. 1 Dinara Safina floats seedlessly in the draw, starting against China’s Xinyun Han, then a possible meeting with (5) Safarova; (8) Jovanovski a tough start against Tanasugarn, and (1) Schiavone vs. Dokic; last year Kleybanova beat the now-retired Elena Dementieva to win her first WTA title in Kuala Lumpur.

Posted by Staff @ 7:44 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

February 6th, 2011

Clijsters Closes on No. 1; Winners & Losers; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Top-seeded Hot Sauce opens against American wildcard Rajeev Ram, to face the winner of Karlovic vs. Ryan Sweeting…Jamaican-turned-German Dustin Brown starts against “The” Donald Young, and (4) Malisse vs. Raonic…Verdasco is 5-0 career in San Jose, last year beating Andy Roddick in the final…Verdasco (2010) and Hewitt (2002) only returning champions in the field…No player has ever won three straight San Jose titles, but winning two in a row: Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Mark Philippoussis, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe.

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 pm in Tennis | 89 Comments »

January 18th, 2011

Unfit Ivanovic Crashes Out; Safina Double Bageled at Australian Open

“If I would know the answer, I guess I would do different things,” said a despondent Safina after consuming the double bagel. “I don’t know. I didn’t know how to win a point. Basically came to this thing. I didn’t know. I was sitting in the changeover and I was like, ‘Okay, at least how can I get a chance to hurt her?’ There was nothing that I could hurt her. Embarrassing…It’s really to scratch the head and to think what the hell I’m doing. It’s not that I don’t want. I want. There’s no doubt about. I want to come back and I want to play better. But now to find answers how I can come back…First to find the reason what’s going on, what are the mistakes, and then to work on them. Not to go blindly on the court and killing your ass for like five hours. Sometimes it makes no sense.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:59 am in Tennis | 11 Comments »

January 12th, 2011

Clijsters Strong Before Aussie Open: ATP/WTA Wednesday Round-Up

Two players on the sidelines are trying to figure out how to tweak their games in time for the Australian Open — both dealing with equipment issues. Maria Sharapova switched from her long-time Prince racquet to a multi-million sponsorship with HEAD, but last week lost early in her only WTA warm-up event. This week world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki debuted her cash-grab switch to Yonex, losing her opening-round match. Wozniacki vaulted to No. 1 behind her long-time association with her Babolat racquet. Before the event, Wozniacki and her Yonex won one game off Vera Zvonareva in an exhibition match.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 10:14 am in Tennis | 36 Comments »

January 8th, 2011

Wozniacki, Clijsters, 7 of Top 10 in Sydney; Hobart; WTA Previews

The list of floaters almost as impressive as the seed list; tough openers include Kirilenko vs. Cibulkova (winner to face (1) Wozniacki), (5) Schiavone vs. Kleybanova (winner to likely face Hantuchova), possible (3) Clijsters vs. Petrova 2nd rd., former world No. 2 Kuznetova vs. (WC) Dokic, winner to face (4) Stosur vs. Wickmayer winner, (6) Jankovic vs. Rezai, and (2) Zvonareva vs. winner of Pennetta vs. qualifier; 7 of the Top 10 players present in Sydney; Elena Dementieva (now retired) beat Serena Williams (now injured) in the 2010 final…Clijsters (2007, ’03) is the lone returning champ in the field, in addition to the 2008-05 runner-ups Kuznetsova (2008), Jankovic (2007), Schiavone (2006), and Stosur (2005); 11 former No. 1 players have won the Sydney title.

Posted by Staff @ 3:09 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

December 19th, 2010

Nadal Wins Player of the Year, ‘Heist’ Honor in 2010 Tennis-X Year-End Awards

The winners of the 2010 Tennis-X Awards are announced.

Posted by Staff @ 12:20 pm in 2010 Season | 18 Comments »

August 15th, 2010

Clijsters Fights Off 3 Match Points, Beats Sharapova for WTA Cincinnati Crown

Sharapova under stress in the third set lost her trademark “Byouooooooooo! Byouooooooooo!” shrieks when hitting the ball, looking for Clijsters to put her out of her misery, and graciously shaking hands and offering congratulations at the net.

Posted by Staff @ 7:47 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

August 14th, 2010

Ivanovic Says ‘F**** You,’ Clijsters Favored Next Week at WTA Montreal

The development was that Montreal’s star power suddenly began to dip with all the pull-outs, and Lapierre came back to Ivanovic with the wildcard offer — which she promptly told him, in so many words, to stick up his ass.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 4:38 pm in Tennis | 11 Comments »

August 11th, 2010

Tennis-X Notes: Roddick has Mono? Oudin, U.S. Men Hitting Bottom

Andy Roddick’s early-round exit in Washington dropped him out of the Top 10, making for the FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE RANKINGS there are no American’s in the Top 10. RIP, U.S. tennis, we were big fans back in the day…

Posted by Staff @ 2:43 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

August 1st, 2010

Roddick, Jankovic, Wozniacki Star at Washinton, San Diego, Copenhagen

Loaded non-seeded field with former No. 1s Ivanovic and Safina, and former No. 2 Kuznetsova unseeded; first-round match-ups of interest are (6) Bartoli vs. Hantuchova, (7) Peer vs. (WC) Ivanovic, (8) Wickmayer vs. Kuznetsova, and potential second-round match-ups after seeded byes (1) Jankovic vs. Rezai and Stosur vs. Azarenka or Oudin

Posted by Staff @ 3:32 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 25th, 2010

Safina a Krumm Bum Next to Inspirational Date at French Open

“I was very, very happy to play on Suzanne Lenglen Court. I have a big memory there,” Date Krumm said. “In 1995, I beat Iva Majoli there, then played on Philippe Chatrier against Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in the semifinals. I don’t like red clay so much, but today I beat Safina, so it’s a big, big memory again. Even if I lost, I’d still be very happy to be there — I’d be playing Safina on Suzanne Lenglen.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:27 pm in French Open, Tennis | 3 Comments »

May 21st, 2010

Venus, Serena Williams Bookend French Open Draw: Preview

Serena Williams receives a soft draw, opening against Swiss Stefanie Voegele, and potentially meets No. 29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the third round, and No. 13 Marion Bartoli in the fourth round. No. 7-seeded Sam Stosur is in Serena’s quarter of the draw, but the favorite to meet the younger Williams sister in the quarterfinals is No. 22-seeded Justine Henin.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:47 am in French Open, Tennis | 17 Comments »

May 8th, 2010

Kuznetsova Upset, Serena Williams Headlines Loaded Field at WTA Madrid

The Top 8 players in the world make up the top eight seeds in Madrid: Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Dinara Safina, Venus Williams, Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic and Sam Stosur.

Posted by Staff @ 11:09 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

May 4th, 2010

Serena Williams Victorious in Return at Rome

After three months away Serena Williams has returned to the WTA circuit.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:04 pm in Rome | 7 Comments »

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