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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 | No Comments »

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 | No Comments »

April 15th, 2018

Ironwoman Mertens Wins 5 Matches in 2 Days for WTA Lugano Crowns

The 22-year-old Belgian won back-to-back three-set singles matches and a doubles on Saturday due to a rainy week backing up matches.

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

April 8th, 2018

WTA Previews: Mladenovic Heads Lugano, Maria in Bogota

Tough starts for the struggling (1) Mladenovic vs. last year’s breakout player Siegemund, (9) Van Uytvanck vs. Dodin who she has lost to (winner to face Giorgi), and struggling comeback player (5) Kuznetsova vs. the powerful Barthel…

Posted by Staff @ 1:26 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

February 18th, 2018

Svitolina, 6 of Top 10, Loaded Floaters Field at WTA Dubai

The field loaded with floaters includes tough starts for (8) Mladenovic vs. (WC) Osaka, then the winner of Kvitova-Kontaveit; (7) Konta vs. the veteran Pavlyuchenkova then the winner of Radwanska-Kasatkina; (5) Garcia vs. Safarova; and (2) Muguruza vs. the Mertens-(WC) Bellis winner…

Posted by Staff @ 12:03 am in Tennis | Comments Off

February 11th, 2018

Wozniacki v Sharapova Early at WTA Qatar Total Open; Preview

Wozniacki looking at Sharapova in her second match…

Posted by Staff @ 3:04 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

January 25th, 2018

Halep, Wozniacki for 1st Grand Slam Title at Australian Open and No. 1 Ranking

“I’m sorry,” Wozniacki said. “When I started on tour my dad had dark hair, now it’s all grey.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:50 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 20 Comments »

January 24th, 2018

Kerber v Halep, Woznaicki v Mertens On SF Thursday At Austalian Open; Cilic-Edmund At Night

The semifinals get underway Thursday at the Australian Open.

Posted by Staff @ 11:32 am in Australian Open | 52 Comments »

January 24th, 2018

Halep Turns Around Crap Start to Set Kerber Semi at Australian Open

Down 0-3, 30-40, Halep reeled off nine games in a row and took control.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:25 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 9 Comments »

January 23rd, 2018

Mertens Upsets Svitolina, Sets Wozniacki Meeting at Australian Open

Mertens, who trains at Kim Clijsters’ academy, was ranked No. 36 to begin the year when she won the WTA Hobart title, and took that momentum into Melbourne. The 22-year-old failed to close out the first set serving at 5-2, but got the job done serving at 5-4. She then baked a bagel in the second set, ending Svitolina’s chances for not only a first Grand Slam title but the No. 1 ranking.

Posted by Staff @ 9:43 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 4 Comments »

January 22nd, 2018

Nadal, Dimitrov Bid For Australian Open Rematch; Svitolina Seeks First Slam Semi

Four semifinal berths are up for grabs Tuesday at the Australian Open.

Posted by Staff @ 8:26 pm in Australian Open | 241 Comments »