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February 19th, 2017

Struggling Kerber, 5 of Top 10 at WTA Dubai; Budapest; Previews

Interesting starts for the struggling (1) Kerber after a bye vs. the Jankovic-Barthel winner, (3) Cibulkova after a bye vs. Makarova, (10) Woz vs. the Russian riser Kasatkina, and (11) Vandeweghe vs. her U.S. Fed Cup teammate Riske…

Posted by Staff @ 11:45 am in Tennis | No 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 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 | No Comments »

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 | No Comments »

January 19th, 2017

Thursday Aussie Open: Pliskova Says Opponents Stink; Serena Says Being Serena the Key

“I think the opponents were not — I don’t want to say ‘that good,’ but obviously I was better, so…,” she said

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:11 am in Australian Open | 2 Comments »

January 7th, 2017

WTA Previews: Kerber, 6 of Top 10 in Sydney; Ho-Hum in Hobart

Six of the Top 10 in attendance…Lots of unseeded floaters including a former No. 1 and a Slam winner…

Posted by Staff @ 9:24 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

December 31st, 2016

Nadal, No. 1 Kerber Among Headliners Next Week at Brisbane International Tennis; Previews

Five Top 10ers in the impressive field…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Opening-round testers for (1) Raonic vs. Querrey, (5) Nadal vs. The Dog, (7) Dimitrov vs. Johnson, (8) Ferrer vs. Tomic, and (6) Pouille vs. Simon…

Posted by Staff @ 7:10 pm in Tennis | 25 Comments »

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 | Comments Off