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May 20th, 2011

Clijsters Back in French Open Women’s Preview; American Tennis Pile-on

Kim Clijsters is back from injury and seeded No. 2. It will be interesting to see if the Belgian can quickly up her game to the physical and mental rigors of the red clay. Clijsters will start against Belarus’ Anastasiya Yakimova, and is looking at a possible third-rounder against No. 25 seed Maria Kirilenko, and fourth round against No. 7 Maria Sharapova, facing a Russian “Maria” onslaught.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:44 pm in French Open, Tennis | 12 Comments »

February 27th, 2011

WTA Previews; Del Potro, Ferrer, Dulko Win Titles

Notes: Troubled former No. 1 Dinara Safina floats seedlessly in the draw, starting against China’s Xinyun Han, then a possible meeting with (5) Safarova; (8) Jovanovski a tough start against Tanasugarn, and (1) Schiavone vs. Dokic; last year Kleybanova beat the now-retired Elena Dementieva to win her first WTA title in Kuala Lumpur.

Posted by Staff @ 7:44 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

January 25th, 2011

Federer Lines Up Djokovic, Woz Wins Tuesday at Australian Open

On the court in Wednesday quarterfinal action will be (25) Petra Kvitova vs. (2) Vera Zvonareva, and (12) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. (3) Kim Clijsters.

Posted by Staff @ 9:54 am in Tennis | 457 Comments »

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 25th, 2010

Clijsters the Favorite at Williams-Less Doha WTA Championships

The WTA Championships begin Tuesday, who’ll win?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 11:32 pm in Doha, WTA | 15 Comments »

October 23rd, 2010

Muster Playing ATP Vienna; WTA Champs This Week: Previews

Former No. 1 Tommy Muster returns at 43 years old!; interesting opening-round matches include (1) Melzer after a bye potentially facing (WC) Blake, and (5) Gulbis vs. Muster…

Posted by Staff @ 6:48 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

October 2nd, 2010

Wozniacki Can Take No. 1 This Week in Beijing: Preview

Kuznetsova is the defending champ, and Wozniacki could take over the No. 1 spot on the WTA Rankings this week with a deep run. Wozniacki is 0-6 career against the Williams sisters. The only four Top 20 players missing are the Williams sisters, Clijsters and Justine Henin.

Posted by Staff @ 12:13 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

September 4th, 2010

The US Open Tweeners: Roger Federer, Francesca Schiavone Trickshots [Video]

The three US Open tweeners: Roger Federer and Francesca Schiavone.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:52 pm in Best Shots, US Open | Comments Off

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 »

June 13th, 2010

Wozniacki, Clijsters, Kuzy at Eastbourne; ATP and WTA Previews

Wow, Kuznetsova unseeded after her ranking falls to No. 19; openers of interest include (1) Wozniacki vs. Rezai (winner to play Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez vs. Vera Zvonareva victor), (4) Radwanska vs. Azarenka, (5) Clijsters vs. Wickmayer in an all-Belgian; (2) Schiavone looking at a meeting with Kuzy second round

Posted by Staff @ 10:12 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

June 5th, 2010

Schiavone Heimlichs Choking Stosur for French Open Title

The tight Stosur could seemingly not let loose on her biggest weapons, the forehand and the high-kicking serve, and at 4-4 in the first set threw in a doubles fault on game point to hand the Italian the first set. In the second set Schiavone tested the Aussie’s nerve by repeatedly charging the net. The payoff — Schiavone becomes the first winner of the French Open from outside the Top 10 since 1933.

Posted by Staff @ 12:02 pm in French Open, Tennis | 39 Comments »