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September 23rd, 2016

No Serena, But No. 1 Kerber and 8 of Top 10 at Loaded WTA Wuhan

The Top 8 seeds receive opening-round byes in Wuhan, so Kerber will start against either American CoCo Vandeweghe or France’s Kristina Mladenovic. From there her difficult path will likely see No. 14 and Slam winner Petra Kvitova, then No. 7 Carla Suarez Navarro or No. 11 Johanna Konta, then likely No. 4 Simona Halep or No. 8 Madison Keys in the semifinals.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 9:37 pm in Tennis, Wuhan | 10 Comments »

September 18th, 2016

Muguruza, 5 of Top 10 at Loaded Tokyo; WTA Previews

Five of the Top 10, including US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, and a slew of dangerous floaters make Tokyo the place to watch this week…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough starts for Muguruza after a bye, coming out cold possibly against the US Open quarterfinalist Sevastova; (8) Pavlyuchenkova vs. the veteran Petkovic (winner to possibly meet the giant-serving Vandeweghe); (6) Cibulkova vs. Safarova; and (4) Suarez Navarro cold after a bye meeting the winner of Bencic-Wozniacki…

Posted by Staff @ 6:40 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

September 1st, 2016

Some Players Are Finding The New Arthur Ashe Stadium Too Noisy

Is the new enclosed Arthur Ashe too noisy?

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:40 pm in US Open | 2 Comments »

August 31st, 2016

Muguruza Mugged By Sevastova, Wozniacki Wows At US Open; Serena, Venus On Tap Thursday

“I was shaking a little bit,” said Sevastova after ousting the French Open champ Muguruza. The Latvian came back to tennis after quitting the game from 2013-14 with back injuries.

Posted by Staff @ 11:29 pm in US Open | 2 Comments »

August 30th, 2016

Kerber, Muguruza Opening Day Winners At US Open; Serena, Venus, Halep Tuesday

Serena and Venus return to the US Open Tuesday.

Posted by Staff @ 1:04 am in US Open | 5 Comments »

August 28th, 2016

Djokovic, Nadal, Kerber Kick Things Off On Day 1 At The US Open

Former champions Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal headline opening at the US Open Monday.

Posted by Staff @ 11:27 pm in US Open | 84 Comments »

August 20th, 2016

Kerber’s Handles Halep In Cincinnati, Faces Pliskova In Cincy Final With No. 1 Ranking At Stake

It’s up to Karolina Pliskova to stop Angelique Kerber from the No. 1 ranking.

Posted by Staff @ 11:36 pm in Cincinnati | No Comments »

August 19th, 2016

Kerber Survives, Halep Next in Way for Her Run to No. 1 this Weekend in Cincy

Kerber with the title in Cincinnati this weekend would supplant Serena Williams at No. 1 on the WTA rankings.

Posted by Staff @ 10:30 pm in Cincinnati | 1 Comment »

August 19th, 2016

Kerber Closing In On No. 1 Ranking, Streaking Halep Meets Radwanksa In Cincinnati

Angelique Kerber is now just three wins from the No. 1 ranking.

Posted by Staff @ 12:45 am in Cincinnati | 1 Comment »

August 9th, 2016

Serena Williams Sent Out Of Rio Olympics By Elina Svitolina; Kerber, Keys, Kvitova Gold Favorites

Serena Williams’s Olympic career may have ended Tuesday night in Rio.

Posted by Staff @ 10:48 pm in Olympics | 1 Comment »

August 8th, 2016

Serena Saves Set Points at Rio Olympics; Tues. Packed Line-Up

“It was really big for me just to win that first set,” said Serena after saving two set points. “We’ve had so many tough matches in the past, so I couldn’t let the elements get into my head. I hadn’t played great against Alize in the past…so I thought how I at least wanted to get a win.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:44 pm in Rio, Tennis | 3 Comments »

August 7th, 2016

Venus Flipped Out Of Rio Olympics; Serena, Kerber And Muguruza Sunday

Venus Williams went out of the singles on Day 1 at the Olympics.

Posted by Staff @ 12:02 am in Olympics | 1 Comment »

July 26th, 2016

Eugenie Bouchard Survives Upset Bid In Montreal; Simona Halep Advances, Garbine Muguruza Withdraws

Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber begins play Wednesday at the Canadian Open in Wednesday.

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

July 23rd, 2016

Serena the Favorite, Bouchard Under Fire Entering WTA Canadian Open

Nine of the Top 10 are in Montreal next week for the Canadian Open, where world No. 1 Serena Williams will make her first appearance since Wimbledon.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:33 pm in Canadian Open, Tennis | 5 Comments »

June 30th, 2016

Muguruza, 11 Seeds Upset Thursday at Wimbledon; Serena, Venus Friday

World No. 2 Garbine Mugurza’s thoughts of challenging Serena Williams for the world No. 1 spot got reset on Thursday when the Spaniard was stunned in the second round at Wimbledon by unseeded Slovak Jana Cepelova 6-3, 6-2.

Posted by Staff @ 11:40 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 1 Comment »