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June 20th, 2012

Tennis-X Blog: Roddick, Schiavone Sliding Along on Grass Wednesday; Thursday Previews

“When I started the tiebreak, I said, ‘Francesca, come on, pay attention and take two or three of the first six or seven points.’ Nothing, 6-0,” Schiavone said. “I went to the other side and told myself there is not too big a difference in winning or lose one point, so keep going and push. We will see what happens. And then I won.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:39 pm in Tennis | 60 Comments »

June 10th, 2012

Grass Tennis Won’t Wait as Nadal, Djokovic Finish; Previews

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will complete the rain-delayed French Open final on Monday morning, but the grasscourt season won’t wait.

Posted by Staff @ 9:19 pm in French Open, Grass season, Tennis | 35 Comments »

May 13th, 2012

WTA Rome Preview; Serena Embarrasses Azarenka; X-Notes

“I think Victoria is the player to beat,” Williams said. “She has won I don’t know how many tournaments this year alone. That’s an amazing amount. So if you look at the stats, you just have to put her up there as the player to beat.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:25 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

March 12th, 2012

Stomach Virus Hits Players At Indian Wells

People are not so well at Indian Wells.

Posted by Staff @ 5:40 pm in Indian Wells | 7 Comments »

January 18th, 2012

Fish, Schiavone Upset Wednesday at Australian Open

Top 10 seeds into the third round Wednesday were (2) Rafael Nadal straight-setting Tommy Haas, (3) Roger Federer receiving a walkover from German Andreas Beck who suffered a back injury, (7) Tomas Berdych topping Olivier “The Roach” Rochus in straights, and (10) Nicolas Almagro outlasting Grigor Dimitrov 6-0 in the fifth.

Posted by Staff @ 9:27 am in Tennis | 56 Comments »

November 14th, 2011

Right Or Wrong? Kvitova Bumps No. 1 Wozniacki For WTA Player Of Year Award

Petra Kvitova beat No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki to win the WTA’s Player of the Year award.

Posted by Staff @ 2:35 pm in WTA | 16 Comments »

August 13th, 2011

WTA Cincinnati Preview: All Eyes on Serena Williams; Venus and Clijsters Out

The Western & Southern Open features 18 of the Top 20 women’s players, with seeds Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Francesca Schiavone, Marion Bartoli, Andrea Petkovic, Samantha Stosur, Agnieszka Radwanska, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, and Peng Shuai.

Posted by Staff @ 5:10 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

June 19th, 2011

Nadal, Murray, Roddick, Venus Highlight Day One at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal opens play at Wimbledon on Monday.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:51 pm in Wimbledon | 63 Comments »

June 4th, 2011

Li Beats Schiavone, 1st Asian Slam Winner

“Francesca is a claycourt player — she hits topspin and slice so well, so I just tried to play my tennis and keep her running,” Li said. “She’s a top player so you never know what will happen and when she will come back in the match, but when we went into the tiebreak I told myself it was my chance to do it. Before this tournament, people said I couldn’t do well on claycourts. Now I think they will change their minds.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:42 pm in French Open, Tennis | 13 Comments »

June 2nd, 2011

Schiavone, Li Reach French Final; Bryans Upset in Doubles

Schiavone beat France’s own Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-3, mixing up her game to confound the two-hander who committed 18 unforced errors to 11 winners.

Posted by Staff @ 9:45 pm in French Open, Tennis | 122 Comments »

May 31st, 2011

Schiavone, Murray Thrill with Fight-Backs at French Open; Nadal Wednesday; X-Notes

“I started too slow, absolutely too slow,” Schiavone said. “The key was to hit three, four, five, six, seven balls, but I couldn’t arrive at three, four. That was the way to win — if I went to the net in one shot, there was no way to win. From 4-1 down I played two really good games then she went a little bit down.”

Posted by Staff @ 3:03 pm in French Open, Tennis | 305 Comments »

May 30th, 2011

Sharapova, Li Win; Former Champs Schiavone, Kuznetsova Up at French Open

Li will next face No. 4 seed Victoria Azarenka, who advanced easily 6-2, 6-3 over unseeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

Posted by Staff @ 9:53 pm in French Open, Tennis | 4 Comments »

May 28th, 2011

Djokovic Wins, Faces Gasquet; Schiavone v Jankovic Sunday at French Open

“Solutions don’t come from heaven,” Nadal said. “I mean, you can’t change everything in one day. And you know what? I had not forgotten how to play tennis for a week, but I played better today.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:29 pm in French Open, Tennis | 309 Comments »

May 24th, 2011

Federer Flushes F-Lo, Wozniacki Wins; Nadal vs. Isner Tuesday at Roland Garros

“I feel relieved when I look at the score or the match after playing three tiebreaks in Madrid against him,” Federer said of his fellow 29 year old. “It’s definitely slower than Madrid. So I think Feliciano was maybe not getting the free points he was looking and hoping for. The important thing from my side was to be solid in my own serve, which I was all the way through from start to finish, and I thought I played a good match.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:35 am in French Open, Tennis | 145 Comments »

May 22nd, 2011

Stosur Beats Demons; Woz, Schiavone on Day 2 at French Open

“I don’t think I have a big chance for the title here because I have never reached further than the third round in a Grand Slam, so we shouldn’t be talking here about winning a Grand Slam,” she said.

Posted by Staff @ 10:41 pm in French Open, Tennis | Comments Off