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August 12th, 2018

No Warm Welcome for Serena Williams in WTA Cincinnati Draw: Preview

Tough starts for (4) Kerber vs. Pavlyuchenkova who she is 6-6 career against, the wrist-addled (13) Keys vs. (WC) Mattek-Sands in an all-American, (9) Pliskova vs. Radwanska (winner to meet Konta), (6) Garcia vs. (WC) Azarenka, (8) Kvitova vs. the Serena-Gavrilova winner, (15) Mertens vs. Rybarikova who she has a losing record against, (5) Svitolina vs. (WC) Kuznetsova, and (2) Wozniacki vs. the Bertens-Vandeweghe winner…

Posted by Staff @ 9:28 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

August 5th, 2018

Preview: Serena Drops Out, Insane Men’s Openers at Rogers Cup Tennis

The outrageous number of opening-round seeds vs. floaters match-ups includes (16) Kyrgios vs. (WC) Wawrinka, (11) Schwartzman vs. Edmund, (6) Cilic vs. Coric, (3) Del Potro vs. Nishikori, (14) Fognini vs. Johnson (winner to meet Shapovalov), (5) Dimitrov vs. Verdasco, (10) Goffin vs. Raonic, (4) Anderson vs. Rublev, (7) Thiem vs. the fast-rising Tsitsipas, (9) Djokovic vs. Chung, and (2) Zverev vs. Ferrer…

Posted by Staff @ 11:31 am in Canadian Open, Montreal, Tennis, Toronto | 1 Comment »

June 30th, 2018

Wimbledon Preview: Serena in Group of Death, Stephens Can Become No. 1

The Group of Death contains two former No. 1s, a No. 2, and last year’s US Open semifinalist and quarterfinalist among other floaters…Tough starts for (5) Svitolina vs. the grasscourt title-winner Maria, (21) Sevastova vs. Giorgi, (32) Radwanska vs. Safarova 2nd rd., and (2) Wozniacki vs. Makarova 2nd rd…(25) Serena’s early path is former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus, a qualifier/wildcard, then (5) Svitolina, then (10) Keys.

Posted by Staff @ 10:57 am in Tennis, Wimbledon | 1 Comment »

June 22nd, 2018

Kvitova Strong In Birmingham, Buzarnescu Beats Svitolina For Second Time This Month

Mihaela Buzarnescu followed up her big win at the French Open over Elena Svitolina by beating her again on a different surface.

Posted by Staff @ 9:46 pm in Grass season | Comments Off

June 17th, 2018

Former Wimbledon champions Muguruza, Kvitova Headline WTA Birmingham on Grass

Four of the WTA Top 10 along with Vandeweghe and last week’s grasscourt title winner Barty make Birmingham a tough title to raise…

Posted by Staff @ 5:11 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

June 1st, 2018

Dr. Buzarnescu Upsets Svitolina at French Open; Insane Saturday Schedule

“I only wanted to be aggressive and wait for the good shots and just go for it, play angles and move on, move on in the court,” Buzarnescu said afterwards.

Posted by Staff @ 10:55 pm in French Open, Tennis | 6 Comments »

May 20th, 2018

Svitolina Scorches No. 1 Halep in WTA Rome Final

“I think I dominated all the match,” Svitolina said afterwards. “I was trying to put lots of pressure on Simona with my game, tried to really take the ball early and to open the court. It worked really good today.”

Posted by Staff @ 3:52 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 19th, 2018

Nadal Downs Djokovic, Faces Zverev For Rome Title, Who’s The Pick?

The two best in the world on clay meet for the Rome title.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:19 pm in Rome | 77 Comments »

May 18th, 2018

Sharapova Wins Epic Over Ostapenko, Will Meet No. 1 Halep In Rome SFs

Maria Sharapova is making progress.

Posted by Staff @ 10:46 pm in Rome | 1 Comment »

May 12th, 2018

Top Seeds Halep, Wozniacki in Deep at Italian Open; Preview

Tough starts went to (1) Halep vs. the Azarenka-Osaka winner, (13) Keys vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (9) Stephens vs. the crafty Strycova, (3) Muguruza vs. the Gavrilova-Bellis winner, (16) Barty vs. Sharapova…

Posted by Staff @ 4:52 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

May 5th, 2018

Halep Goes for Madrid Triple; WTA Preview

Interesting starts were dealt to Ostapenko vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (winner to face Maria Sharapova), Wozniacki vs. Daria Gavrilova, and Vandeweghe vs. Kristina Mladenovic.

Posted by Staff @ 3:50 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

April 21st, 2018

Sharapova Joins 8 of Top 10 at WTA Stuttgart; Preview

An impressive eight of the Top 10 in Stuttgart, where the Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Five women who have sat at No. 1 in the field…

Posted by Staff @ 1:52 pm in Tennis | 29 Comments »

March 29th, 2018

Collins Shocks Venus; Thursday Semifinals on Tap at Miami Open

“I obviously have an incredible amount of respect for Venus, but you kind of have to take the name out of it and just focus on the tennis part and play one point at a time and use your tactics that you come up with your coaches,” Collins told the media.

Posted by Staff @ 9:43 am in Miami, Tennis | 2 Comments »

March 28th, 2018

Stephens, Azarenka Set Up Rematch In Miami SF; Venus Back On Wed

One women’s semifinal is set in Miami, who’ll be in the second one?

Posted by Staff @ 1:32 am in Miami | Comments Off

March 23rd, 2018

Osaka Run Ends, Saturday Preview at Miami Open

“I always knew that she can produce a great game,” Svitolina said regarding Osaka. “All the times we played, we played quite a bit now…I think I was playing pretty solid today, serving good. This was the key for today. Making it physical, as well.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:29 pm in Miami, Tennis | 1 Comment »