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January 24th, 2011

Clijsters, Zvonareva Win; Quarterfinals Begin at Australian Open

Things went pretty much according to plan on the women’s side Monday at the Australian Open.

Posted by Staff @ 8:19 am in Australian Open | 1 Comment »

November 7th, 2010

Too Much Too Soon for Rookie as U.S. Loses Fed Cup Final to Italy

Fernandez took a chance on Vandeweghe after a reportedly bad practice week from Melanie Oudin. Oudin has had a down year since her quarterfinal breakthrough at the US Open last year. Fernandez benched Oudin on Saturday, then on Sunday Oudin showed her veteran composure by not only upsetting Top 10er Francesca Schiavone but blowing out the Italian, allowing her only four games.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:43 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 13 Comments »

November 6th, 2010

U.S. Down 0-2 After Mattek-Sands Loss in Fed Cup Final

U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez will have to choose between the overwhelmed Coco Vanderweghe and Melanie Oudin, who was benched from the first day for a poor practice week, in the first match on Sunday.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:22 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 1 Comment »

November 6th, 2010

Vandeweghe Loses to Schiavone in Fed Cup Final Opener; Mattek-Sands Next

Vandeweghe is much like Oudin when she first appeared on tour — not in the best of shape, with a bit of a “gut” visible, and a poor mover. That changed for Oudin when she worked with her trainers to erase the extra body fat and gain speed. Hopefully that is ahead for Vandeweghe, and not just a reliance on a thumping serve and forehand.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:38 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 2 Comments »

November 5th, 2010

U.S. Chances Van-de-way Off in Fed Cup Final?

Oudin must have put in some horrifying practice sessions this week for U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez to make that decision.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:47 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | Comments Off

October 17th, 2010

Jankovic Headlines Moscow; Dementieva in Luxembourg: WTA Previews

Notes: (1) Dementieva opens against Peng, and (3) Wickmayer against the Osaka finalist Schnyder; wildcards went to Dementieva, Russian Yulia Putintseva, Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella, and France’s Virginie Razzano; in last year’s final Francesca Schiavone defeated Olga Govortsova.

Posted by Staff @ 11:36 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

August 14th, 2010

Ivanovic Says ‘F**** You,’ Clijsters Favored Next Week at WTA Montreal

The development was that Montreal’s star power suddenly began to dip with all the pull-outs, and Lapierre came back to Ivanovic with the wildcard offer — which she promptly told him, in so many words, to stick up his ass.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 4:38 pm in Tennis | 11 Comments »

August 7th, 2010

Jankovic Headlines; Only 1 American Direct Entry at WTA Cincinnati

The sadly-slowing American drumbeat goes on this week at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open. World No. 1 Serena Williams is sidelined with a cut foot, and elder sister Venus is out with a tweaked knee. No Americans are seeded, and only one American, Melanie Oudin, got directly into the main draw via her ranking (barely).

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 4:55 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 1st, 2010

Roddick, Jankovic, Wozniacki Star at Washinton, San Diego, Copenhagen

Loaded non-seeded field with former No. 1s Ivanovic and Safina, and former No. 2 Kuznetsova unseeded; first-round match-ups of interest are (6) Bartoli vs. Hantuchova, (7) Peer vs. (WC) Ivanovic, (8) Wickmayer vs. Kuznetsova, and potential second-round match-ups after seeded byes (1) Jankovic vs. Rezai and Stosur vs. Azarenka or Oudin

Posted by Staff @ 3:32 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 25th, 2010

Federer, Nadal in Rome; Loaded Stuttgart WTA Field; Previews

Wow, two unseeded former No. 1s in Henin and Ivanovic; lots o’ first-round meetings of interest…

Posted by Staff @ 1:52 pm in Tennis | 70 Comments »

April 11th, 2010

Wozniacki, Pennetta Claim WTA Tour Titles

“I think that broke her a little bit,” Wozniacki said. “At 5-all I had the advantage that point…It was important for me that I was the one opening the court and I was the one dictating the points.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:26 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

February 7th, 2010

Fed Cup Semis Set: U.S. v Russia, Italy v Czechs

In the semifinals the U.S. will host Russia in April after the Russians defeated Serbia 3-2. In the deciding doubles match Svetlana Kuznetsova and Alisa Kleybanova defeated Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-4 to advance.

Posted by Staff @ 11:21 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

February 7th, 2010

Dementieva Heads Paris; WTA Previews

Weak field for such a storied event; Oudin looking to keep the mojo alive after leading the U.S. to a first-round Fed Cup win; one Top 10-er in Dementieva; openers of interest include (7) Razzano vs. Schnyder, (6) Peer vs. Cornet; Dementieva lost to Amelie Mauresmo in last year’s final

Posted by Staff @ 10:16 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

January 10th, 2010

Belgians Clijsters, Wickmayer Win WTA Titles During Week 1 of 2010

“I think we set the bar for pretty high for ourselves for the rest of the year but obviously it’s a great tournament to start off the year and a great match, so I couldn’t be happier with myself, but I would also like to congratulate Justine,” Clijsters told the crowd afterwards. “This is the first tournament that she’s back and she’s really played at a really high level.” Clijsters donated her $37,000 winner’s check to the Royal Brisbane Hospital children’s wing, which she visited before the tournament began.

Posted by Staff @ 9:02 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

January 2nd, 2010

WTA Previews: Henin, Clijsters in Brisbane; Auckland No Top 10

The Brisbane International in Australia kicks off the 2010 WTA Tour in wild fashion, featuring the return of former world No. 1 Justine Henin, fellow Belgian comeback queen and former No. 1 Kim Clijsters as the top seed, in addition to seeds Nadia Petrova, former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, Daniela Hantuchova, Alisa Kleybanova, Aleksandra Wozniak, Melinda Czink and Iveta Benesova.

Posted by Staff @ 3:10 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

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