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May 13th, 2019

Venus Needs 9 MPs To Beat Mertens In Rome, Serena Next; Azarenka v Svitolina Tues

38-year-old Venus Williams needs over three hours and nine match points to set up a showdown with Serena on Wednesday.

Posted by Staff @ 7:47 pm in Rome | No Comments »

March 5th, 2019

Defending Champion Osaka, Serena Lead Loaded Indian Wells Field

Noami Osaka has a tough draw in her first WTA title defense.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:32 am in Indian Wells | Comments Off on Defending Champion Osaka, Serena Lead Loaded Indian Wells Field

February 17th, 2019

Mertens Stuns Halep For Doha Title

Elise Mertens won the biggest title of her career in Doha, and earned her first win over Simona Halep.

Posted by Staff @ 12:19 pm in Doha | Comments Off on Mertens Stuns Halep For Doha Title

September 29th, 2018

Halep Leads All-In China Open Women’s Field, Del Potro Heads Men; Preview

Interesting starts for (17) Keys vs. American countrywoman (LL) Pera, the struggling (9) Stephens vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (3) Kerber vs. the unpredictable Mladenovic, (10) Goerges vs. Konta, (7) Pliskova vs. (WC) Stosur, (12) Ostapenko vs. Rybarikova, (14) Muguruza vs. Makarova, and (2) Wozniacki vs. Bencic…

Posted by Staff @ 7:12 pm in Tennis | Comments Off on Halep Leads All-In China Open Women’s Field, Del Potro Heads Men; Preview

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 | Comments Off on No Warm Welcome for Serena Williams in WTA Cincinnati Draw: Preview

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 »

August 4th, 2018

Venus Falls To Sakkari In San Jose, Azarenka Retires; Washington Is Wet

Former No. 1s Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka both were eliminated Friday in San Jose.

Posted by Staff @ 11:04 am in San Jose, Washington | Comments Off on Venus Falls To Sakkari In San Jose, Azarenka Retires; Washington Is Wet

August 3rd, 2018

Venus Wins In San Jose, Joins Konta, Azarenka In QF Play Today

38-year-old Venus Williams leads the way in San Jose.

Posted by Staff @ 11:02 am in San Jose | Comments Off on Venus Wins In San Jose, Joins Konta, Azarenka In QF Play Today

July 27th, 2018

Both Williams Sisters, Muguruza v Azarenka 1st Rd. at WTA San Jose

Interesting starts for (1) Muguruza vs. the former No. 1 Azarenka, (8) Babos vs. Mladenovic, and (6) S.Williams vs. Konta…

Posted by Staff @ 11:09 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

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 23rd, 2018

Wozniacki, Murray Fan Favorites at ATP/WTA Eastbourne

Murray and Wawrinka square off first round, winner to meet (2) Edmund…Other openers of interest are (8) Fuchsovics vs. the grass-ready Brit (WC) Norrie, the rookie (4) Ceccinato vs. the veteran Seppi, (5) Mayer vs. Simon (winner to meet Muller), and (7) Johnson vs. Medvedev (winner to face M.Zverev)…

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in Tennis | 47 Comments »

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 on Former Wimbledon champions Muguruza, Kvitova Headline WTA Birmingham on Grass

June 11th, 2018

Vandeweghe, Mannarino Lead Fields at Co-ed Libema Open on Grass; Previews

(8) Sabalenka starts against last year’s teenage Wimbledon quarterfinalist Vondrousova, and (3) Bertens against last year’s runner-up Vikhlyantseva…

Posted by Staff @ 12:37 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

May 6th, 2018

Mertens Continues Climb, Breakout Year Claiming 3rd 2018 Title at WTA Rabat

“You get confidence from winning this many matches, but you have to take things match by match,” said Mertens after winning her 12th match in a row.

Posted by Staff @ 11:53 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 28th, 2018

Mertens, Cibulkova Headline WTA Rabat; Preview

Tough starts for (1) Mertens vs. Siegemund 2nd rd., (6) Diyas vs. the French Open finalist Errani, and (3) Martic vs. the crafty Flipkens…

Posted by Staff @ 4:25 pm in Tennis | Comments Off on Mertens, Cibulkova Headline WTA Rabat; Preview