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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 »

July 23rd, 2016

Serena the Favorite, Bouchard Under Fire Entering WTA Canadian Open

Nine of the Top 10 are in Montreal next week for the Canadian Open, where world No. 1 Serena Williams will make her first appearance since Wimbledon.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:33 pm in Canadian Open, Tennis | 5 Comments »

July 22nd, 2016

Venus Williams Meets CiCi Bellis Tonight In Stanford; Top Seed Sam Stosur In Action In D.C.

CiCi Bellis wasn’t even born when Venus Williams first played in Stanford. They meet tonight.

Posted by Staff @ 9:45 am in Stanford, Washington | Comments Off

July 18th, 2016

WTA Previews: Venus Williams Goes for 3rd Stanford Title; Bastad

Venus the lone Top 10 player ahead of the No. 12 Cibulkova…(8) Lepchenko a tough start against Riske…Wildcards went to Americans Catherine Bellis, Julia Boserup, Maria Mateas, and Canada’s Carol Zhao…

Posted by Staff @ 1:34 am in Tennis | Comments Off

July 4th, 2016

Both Williams Sisters Serena, Venus Into Quarters, Agnieszka Radwanska Toppled at Wimbledon

“‘I thought to myself, ‘Serena, you’ve done this 70 times, you can do this.’”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 3:08 pm in Wimbledon | 27 Comments »

June 25th, 2016

Dominika Cibulkova Claims 1st Career Grass Title at Eastbourne

Cibulkova improved to 2-2 this year in finals after winning Katowice, and 6-9 in career finals.

Posted by Staff @ 5:18 pm in Grass season | 2 Comments »