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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 | No Comments »

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 | No Comments »

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 »

June 18th, 2016

Grass Tennis Preview: Radwanska, WTA Stars in Eastbourne, Not So Much in ATP Nottingham

Four Top 10 seeds and a former Wimbledon champ round out the stout draw…The 16 seeds all receive opening-round byes…Floaters galore, with tough opening matches for…

Posted by Staff @ 4:49 pm in Tennis | 13 Comments »

May 8th, 2016

Halep’s Game on Clay Back in Play with Madrid Title

“I expected a tough match today,” said Halep, who was 1-3 career against Cibulkova entering the final. “I thought that I would struggle a little bit with her shots, but I was very strong on my legs and could block. I could make my game, I can say.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:57 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 6th, 2016

Simona Halep, Dominika Cibulkova Crush in Semis to Set Up Madrid Championship Match

“I expect a tough one as well because is the final, and always the last match of the tournament is difficult,” Halep said. “But I have experience. I feel ready to play. She plays fast. She hits the balls. I know her pretty well. I beat her; she beat me. It’s an open match. Everyone can win. But I will do everything to win it. I really want it. It’s my dream to win here. We will see tomorrow.”

Posted by Staff @ 5:31 pm in Madrid | 23 Comments »

May 5th, 2016

Simona Halep Leads Madrid Semifinal Line-Up; Louisa Cherico Continues To Surprise

There will be a new women’s champion this year in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 6:54 pm in Madrid | 5 Comments »

May 4th, 2016

Simona Halep Lone Top 16 Seed And Top 20 Player To Reach Madrid QFs; Surprise Finalist On Top Half

Just one Top 20 player reached the Madrid quarterfinals.

Posted by Staff @ 7:20 pm in Madrid | 4 Comments »

April 23rd, 2016

Stosur, Kuzy, Multiple Slam Winners at Prague; Rabat; WTA Previews

Guess the tournament couldn’t meet Petra Kvitova’s price point?…No Top 10 players in the field, but multiple Grand Slam title winners and finalists among the seeds…Tough start for (8) Wickmayer vs. Giorgi…

Posted by Staff @ 4:46 pm in Prague, Rabat, Tennis | 7 Comments »

April 11th, 2016

Stephens Stops Vesnina Run at WTA Charleston; Cibulkova Wins in Poland

“I love red clay, so starting in Madrid, I think I’ll have a lot of fun and just look forward to the French Open,” she says. “Obviously coming into [Charleston], I have a lot of anxiety coming into this tournament because I’ve never done well here. I just thought, you know, I’m just going to go have fun.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:30 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 6th, 2016

Dominika Cibulkova: I Don’t Feel Sorry For Maria Sharapova, I Won’t Miss Her, She’s Arrogant, Concieted And Cold

These two are not friends!

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:49 am in 2016 Season | 69 Comments »

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 »

February 28th, 2016

Thiem the Future, Stephens Stays Relevant at ATP/WTA Acapulco

Both the first- and second-set fights were a turn-around for Tomic, nicknamed “The Tank Engine,” who a week earlier in Delray Beach admittedly gave up in his first-round match after losing the first set to American journeyman Rajeev Ram.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:03 pm in Tennis | 18 Comments »