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October 26th, 2013

Preview: Gasquet, ATP Players on Hot Seat at Paris Masters

Notes: The final tournament of the year before the year-end championships…Three berths remain at the year-end championships with five players (as of Saturday) still in the running: Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic…Federer will according to the ATP lock up a spot if he wins the Swiss Open on Sunday…The Top 8 seeds receive first-round byes…Tough starts for (1) Nadal possibly starting against the indoor upset specialist Tursunov, (9) Gasquet vs. the Gulbis-Verdasco winner, (6) Berdych vs. the Monfils-Pospisil winner, (16) Fognini vs. the Llodra-Dimitrov winner, and (4) Del Potro possibly starting against the drug-cleared Cilic…Ferrer beat Janowicz in last year’s final…Nadal is trying to become the first player to win six Masters titles in the same year…Djokovic has won his last two titles entering the event…Returning former champs in the field are Ferrer (2012), Federer (2011), Djokovic (2009), Tsonga (2008), and Berdych (2005).

Posted by Staff @ 7:45 pm in Paris, Tennis | 12 Comments »

October 20th, 2013

WTA Championships Controversy; ATP Basel, Valencia Previews

Controversy came with the end of the season as Kerber received a late wildcard for the Linz tournament, which she won, allowing her to edge Wozniacki for a Top 8 spot. “I do not understand that (the WTA) can suddenly change the draw and allocation of wildcards that way,” Wozniacki said. “There are many things that have been done in an unsportsmanlike and unethical manner. And you can hear from other players. They think it’s so ridiculous.”…

Posted by Staff @ 1:05 pm in Tennis | 9 Comments »

September 29th, 2013

Del Potro, Tsonga; Nishikori Defends at ATP Tokyo

Notes: Andy Murray pulled from the event (back surgery)…Some opening-round testers with (1) Del Potro vs. Baghdatis, (4) Nishikori vs. Tuna Melzer, and (2) Tsonga vs. Gael Force in an all-French affair…Simon and Almagro have losing career records at the event, while Anderson makes his debut…Wildcards went to Del Potro and Japan’s Tatsuma Ito, Go Soeda, and Yuichi Sugita…Nishikori beat Raonic in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Nishikori (2012) and Tsonga (2009).

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

September 23rd, 2013

Simon, Gulbis, Radwanska, Zhang Capture Tennis Titles

In the unlikely Guangzhou Open final in China, Chinese wildcard Zhang Shuai defeated American qualifier Vania King 7-6(1), 6-1 for her first career title.

Posted by Staff @ 12:53 am in Tennis | 3 Comments »

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 »

August 14th, 2013

Federer Wins, Sloane Upsets Sharapova In Connors Debut; Nadal, Djokovic, Serena Wednesday In Cincinnati

Roger Federer got a win Tuesday night while Maria Sharapova was handed a loss.

Posted by Staff @ 12:10 am in Cincinnati | 74 Comments »

July 27th, 2013

Del Potro Heads Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Three former No. 1s among the seeds…No Williams sisters but plenty of Top 10ers and floaters…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough openers for (1) Azarenka after a bye against Pennetta or Schiavone, (4) Vinci after a bye likely against the veteran Mattek-Sands, (7) Ivanovic vs. Cibulkova, (5) Stosur vs. the rolling Lepchenko, and (2) Radwanska after a bye likely vs. the veteran Hantuchova…Wildcards went to American Allie Kiick, France’s Virginie Razzano, and Stosur…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli, Kirsten Flipkens, Bojana Jovanovski, Kristina Mladenovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova…Martina Hingis and Hantuchova received a wildcard in doubles…Cibulkova beat Bartoli in the final last year…Returning champions in the field are Cibulkova (2012), Radwanska (2011), and Kuznetsova (2010).

Posted by Staff @ 8:54 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

June 21st, 2013

Wimbledon Men’s Draw Preview: Nadal Falls With Federer, Murray In Quarter Of Death

Rafael Nadal landed in Roger Federer section in Wimbledon’s quarter of death.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:38 am in Wimbledon | 258 Comments »

June 1st, 2013

Haas Outlasts Marathon Man Isner At French Open; Djokovic Dominates While Nadal Struggles

Tommy Haas held it together to outlast John Isner in a thriller at the French Open.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:33 pm in French Open | 242 Comments »

May 26th, 2013

Venus Falls At French Open While Federer, Serena Romp; Defending Champs Nadal, Sharapova Monday

Venus Williams was upset in the French Open first round while sister Serena and Roger Federer barely broke a sweat.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 5:28 pm in French Open | 143 Comments »

May 24th, 2013

French Open Men’s Draw: Federer Needed A Dream Draw And Got It; Nadal Lands With Djokovic

Roger Federer got another dream draw at a Grand Slam.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:00 am in French Open | 116 Comments »

May 15th, 2013

Murray Retires In Rome; Federer v Simon, Nadal v Gulbis Thursday

Andy Murray says he’s doubtful for Paris while his rivals face tough tests Thursday in Rome.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 9:39 pm in Rome | 200 Comments »

May 8th, 2013

Nadal Dominates In Madrid Opener, Azarena Loses First Match Of Year; Federer v Nishikori Thursday

Rafael Nadal looked sharp in his Madrid opener today at the Magic Box.

Posted by Staff @ 10:09 pm in Madrid | 69 Comments »

April 26th, 2013

Nadal Wins Two In Barcelona, Sets Up Showdown With Raonic; Tipsarevic Continues To Struggle; Sharapova Into Stuttgart SFs

Milos Raonic meets Rafael Nadal tomorrow in Barcelona.

Posted by Staff @ 10:46 pm in Barcelona | 123 Comments »

March 27th, 2013

Haas Has More Juice in Beating Simon; Sharapova Wins at Sony Miami

“I was a little bit nervous in the first set and part of the second,” Ferrer said. “But I tried to fight every point, to be focused and I had a good feeling in the final of the second set and of course in the third one.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:31 pm in Tennis | 81 Comments »

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