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November 30th, 2016

2016 WTA Year-End Top 20 Rankings: Kerber Climbs To No. 1; Vesnina, Konta Big Movers

Three players made their Top 20 year-end debuts during a surprising 2016 season on the WTA.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:40 am in Rankings, WTA, Year-End No. 1 | 1 Comment »

October 30th, 2016

Cibulkova Stuns No. 1 Kerber for WTA Finals Title

“At the end I was lucky!” Cibulkova said afterwards. “I have no words, coming here for the first time, the biggest tournament of my life. I still don’t know how I won, I put the ball over the net and it went in — it’s the happiest moment of my life.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 4:34 pm in WTA Championships | 3 Comments »

October 30th, 2016

Angelique Kerber To Meet Dominika Cibulkova In WTA Finals Championship Match

Who will win their first WTA Finals title, Angelique Kerber or Dominika Cibulkova?

Posted by Special @ 12:15 am in WTA Championships | 20 Comments »

October 28th, 2016

Radwanska Books Spot In WTA Finals SF, Will Face No. 1 Kerber Saturday

The WTA Finals semifinals will take place Saturday in Singapore.

Posted by Staff @ 9:12 pm in WTA Championships | 13 Comments »

October 27th, 2016

Cibulkova Upsets Halep At WTA Finals, Kerber Clubs Keys; Radwanska v Pliskova For Last SF

SATURDAY SINGAPORE SFs: Kerber v Pliskova/Radwanksa; Kuznetsova v Cibulkova.

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 pm in WTA Championships | 5 Comments »

October 25th, 2016

Keys Locks Out Cibulkova, Kerber Gets Low on Halep Tuesday at WTA Finals

“It makes it a little more comfortable when you’re not facing break points, and you’re able to get those games,” Keys said of steamrolling ahead in the match. “That gives me the ability to focus a little more on the return, and trying to take advantage when I get break points.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:57 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

October 23rd, 2016

Kerber Squeaks By, Halep Tops Keys in WTA Final Openers; Monday Schedule

“I felt very well on court today,” Halep said after the match. “It was better that I knew her. I played few times this year. I won every time, so I had an advantage.

Posted by Staff @ 8:34 pm in Tennis | 15 Comments »

October 16th, 2016

Cibulkova, Peng, Wozniacki Win WTA Titles at Linz, Tianjin and Hong Kong

Caroline Wozniacki continued her torrid run, putting together a 19-3 record since the US Open and on Sunday raising the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis trophy after a 6-1, 6-7(7), 6-2 win over France’s Kristina Mladenovic, improving to 2-0 in finals in 2016.

Posted by Staff @ 9:37 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

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

Kvitova Krushes Cibulkova in WTA Wuhan Final for 1st Title in 13 Months

“Wuhan, it’s really one of my favorite cities,” said Kvitova after winning her second title in three years in the city.

Posted by Staff @ 3:03 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

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 30th, 2016

Petra Kvitova Crushes Simona Halep, Will Face Dominika Cibulkova For Wuhan Title

The Wuhan final is set, Petra Kvitova will meet Dominika Cibulkova.

Posted by Staff @ 4:15 pm in Wuhan | 6 Comments »

September 29th, 2016

Halep Cruises Over Keys, Faces Kvitova In Wuhan SFs; Cibulkova Wins 2, Will Meet Kuznetsova

The Wuhan semifinals are set: Halep v Kvitova, Kuznetsova v Cibulkova.

Posted by Staff @ 5:38 pm in Wuhan | 15 Comments »

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 »