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May 22nd, 2017

Wozniacki Heads Strasbourg Field; Nurnberg; WTA Previews

Last year’s final was all Kiki Berten as the Dutchwoman qualified then won the singles, defeating Colombia’s Mariana Duque-Marino in the final, then won the doubles…

Posted by Staff @ 9:43 am in Tennis | No Comments »

May 6th, 2017

Sharapova, Konta Face Tough Starts at WTA Madrid; Preview

“It’s a very difficult [opening] match,” Konta said of Siegemund. “I’m playing someone, Laura, who’s coming off a great result in Stuttgart. She beat a lot of great players so I know she’s playing well on this surface. I’m looking forward to the challenge, to play someone who’s playing well on this surface and improve my game as well.”

Posted by Staff @ 4:13 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 2nd, 2017

Keys, Miami Open Champ Konta Headline WTA Charleston

Tough starts for (9) Gavrilova vs. Errani, (6) Sam Stosur vs. Jankovic in a battle of former champs, and (16) Siniakova vs. Puig…

Posted by Staff @ 11:50 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

March 24th, 2017

No. 1 Kerber, Venus In Action Friday In Miami; Wozniacki, Pliskova Advance

3-time champion Venus Williams opens play Friday in Miami.

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March 19th, 2017

Vesnina Ends 4-Year Drought with WTA Indian Wells Title

“Tennis is awesome, I can say,” Vesnina said.

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in Indian Wells, Tennis | 3 Comments »

March 18th, 2017

Vesnina, Kuznetsova in Unlikely All-Russian Indian Wells Final

“This was the biggest final and today, it was big,” Vesnina said. “It was electric, to be honest. I felt the atmosphere. It was a very important match for me.”

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March 16th, 2017

Vesnina Upsets Venus, Meets Maldenovic In Indian Wells Friday Night SF; Pliskova-Kuznetsova

Kristina Mladenovic and Elena Vesnina reached their first career Indian Wells semifinal.

Posted by Staff @ 11:14 pm in Indian Wells | 1 Comment »

March 15th, 2017

Kerber Crashes Out Of Indian Wells To Vesnina; Muguruza v Pliskova In QF Wednesday

In women’s quarterfinal play Wednesday, it’s Muguruza-Pliskova and Pavlyuchenkova-Kuznetsova.

Posted by Staff @ 12:18 am in Indian Wells | Comments Off

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…

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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)…

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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

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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 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 »