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February 8th, 2014

No. 1s Nadal, Serena Williams Pull; ATP/WTA Previews This Week

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal pulled from the event citing a stomach virus…Ferrer shooting for third title in a row…Wildcards went to Ferrer and Argentines Facundo Arguello and Guido Pella…Returning champs in the field are Ferrer (2013-12), Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Monaco (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 2:59 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

January 20th, 2014

Tuesday Previews: Australian Open Quarterfinals

The mouthwater match-up fans have been waiting for. The 15-2 career head-to-head bears little relevance for fans who remember the two titanic meetings between the Serb and Swiss in 2013: the Australian Open one year ago when Djokovic prevailed 12-10 in the final set, and the US Open where the Serb needed to come back from 1-2 sets down to win 6-4 in the fifth. Is Version 2014 of Stan strong enough, both physically and mentally, to this time not only challenge the Serb, but now close the door?

Posted by Staff @ 1:09 pm in Australian Open, Tennis | 12 Comments »

January 19th, 2014

Serena Slumps to Ivanovic; Monday Australian Open Preview

“I made a tremendous amount of errors, shots I missed I normally don’t miss,” she said. “I haven’t missed since the ’80s. I’m just not used to missing those shots. She made some good shots, and I just made way, way, a lot of unforced errors…Maybe I wasn’t the best physically, but that had nothing to do with it. I think Ana just played a really good match. She did what it takes to win.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:04 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 88 Comments »

September 27th, 2013

WTA Preview: Serena, 8 of Top 10 at Beijing

Eight of the Top 10 take to the court in Beijing, with play starting on Saturday…Six current or former No. 1s in the field…Tough starts go to (3) Radwanska vs. Keys 2nd rd., (14) Ivanovic vs. Pennetta, (2) Azarenka vs. Petkovic (winner to likely face former world No. 2 Kuznetsova), (5) Errani vs. Flipkens, (13) Lisicki vs. V.Williams likely 2nd rd., and (4) Li vs. Hantuchova…Wildcards went to Francesca Schiavone, Venus Williams, and China’s Zhang Shuai and Zheng Jie…Pulling from the event were Martina Hingis (from doubles citing personal reasons) Marion Bartoli (retirement), Jamie Hampton (left ankle), Ekaterina Makarova, Romina Oprandi, Nadia Petrova (left hip), and Maria Sharapova (right shoulder)…The Williams sisters took a doubles wildcard…Former champs in the field are Azarenka (2012), Radwanska (2011), Wozniacki (2010), Kuznetsova (2009,’06), Jankovic (2008), Maria Kirilenko (2005), and Serena Williams (2004)…No player has ever won back-to-back singles titles in Beijing.

Posted by Staff @ 10:50 am in beijing, Tennis | 1 Comment »

September 22nd, 2013

Previews: Azarenka vs. Venus at Tokyo; ATP Events

Tough openers for (4) Simon after a bye vs. the winner of Karlovic-Tomic, and (7) Nieminen vs. the Dutch riser Sijsling…Wildcards went to three dudes whose names you can’t pronounce…Pulling from the event were Ivan Dodig, Andy Murray (back surgery), and Tommy Robredo…Gasquet beat Simon in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Gasquet (2012) and Simon (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 8:02 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

September 6th, 2013

Serena, Azarenka Book Final After US Open Semis

Williams extended her game winning streak in the tournament to 24 until finally giving up a game to China’s Li Na, eventually winning handily 6-0, 6-3. In the second set Na broke for a 2-1 lead before Williams applied the hammer, winning five of the next six games.

Posted by Staff @ 10:46 pm in Tennis, US Open | 16 Comments »

September 5th, 2013

Serena, Azarenka Bring the Power: US Open Semis Previews

Serena takes her 20-3 record in Slam semifinals into the match against Li. The last time she lost? In 2009 when she imploded after a foot fault call against Kim Clijsters, threatening to shove a ball down a lineswoman’s throat.

Posted by Staff @ 11:51 pm in US Open | 3 Comments »

September 5th, 2013

Nadal Embarrasses Robredo; Murray, Djokovic Up Thursday at US Open

Nadal next will meet surprise semifinalist and No. 8 seed Richard Gasquet, who abandoned his folding-chair routine late in Slams to tough out a 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3 win over No. 4-seeded grinder David Ferrer.

Posted by Staff @ 12:05 am in Tennis, US Open | 230 Comments »

September 4th, 2013

World No. 1s Djokovic, Serena Dominate At US Open; Rafa Returns Wednesday Night

We are less than a week from the conclusion of the 2013 Grand Slam season, and things in both draws are going to form thus far. Serena Williams continued her domination rudely double-bageling birthday girl Carla Suarez-Navarro tonight in a quarterfinal content that felt like a first round mismatch. Because, really, it was. But Serena [...]

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:15 am in US Open | 28 Comments »

December 8th, 2011

Tennis-X Notes: Nadal to Tennis — I Love You but Not IN Love with You

Nadal also responded to his reported rift with his coach/uncle Toni: “I don’t necessarily have to listen or take notice any more of what Toni says to me. I can make my own mind up now. Am I frustrated? That’s not the right word. In a career you come back or you go down. This is not my best moment and I need a lot of things to change. Small things, but these can change a lot of things at the end of the day.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:27 pm in Tennis | 148 Comments »

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2 Roger Federer2 Petra Kvitova
3 Andy Murray3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Maria Sharapova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Tomas Berdych6 Lucie Safarova
7 David Ferrer7 Ana Ivanovic
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10 Rafael Nadal10 Angelique Kerber
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