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August 5th, 2018

Preview: Serena Drops Out, Insane Men’s Openers at Rogers Cup Tennis

The outrageous number of opening-round seeds vs. floaters match-ups includes (16) Kyrgios vs. (WC) Wawrinka, (11) Schwartzman vs. Edmund, (6) Cilic vs. Coric, (3) Del Potro vs. Nishikori, (14) Fognini vs. Johnson (winner to meet Shapovalov), (5) Dimitrov vs. Verdasco, (10) Goffin vs. Raonic, (4) Anderson vs. Rublev, (7) Thiem vs. the fast-rising Tsitsipas, (9) Djokovic vs. Chung, and (2) Zverev vs. Ferrer…

Posted by Staff @ 11:31 am in Canadian Open, Montreal, Tennis, Toronto | 1 Comment »

May 20th, 2018

Stephens, Barty Headline Pre-French Events at Nurnberg, Strasbourg; WTA Previews

(2) Gavrilov starts against American Jennifer Brady and is then looking at the veteran Stosur in the second round, which would be a rematch of last year’s final…

Posted by Staff @ 4:27 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

April 21st, 2018

Wozniacki, Kuzy, Aggie Lead Favorites at WTA Istanbul; Preview

Interesting starts for (1) Woz 2nd rd. vs. the Errani/Flipkens winner, the struggling (3) Radwanska vs. the riser Vekic, and the back-from-injury (2) Kuznetsova vs. Wang who she has struggled against in past encounters…

Posted by Staff @ 1:48 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

April 1st, 2018

Stephens, Osaka, Kasatkina Headline Next-Gen Stars at WTA Charleston; Preview

Former champions in the field are Kasatkina (2017), Stephens (2016), Andrea Petkovic (2014), and Stosur (2010).

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:50 am in Tennis | Comments Off

February 24th, 2018

Nadal, Stephens Headline Fields at Joint Acapulco; Previews

Potential tough starts for (1) Nadal vs. his free-swinging Spanish countryman F-Lo (winner to possibly meet (WC) Thanasi Kokkinakis), (4) Sock 2nd rd. vs. the Aussie Open semifinalist Chung, (6) Del Potro vs. the elder net-rushing Zverev, (3) Thiem 2nd rd. vs. the Nishikori-Shapovalov winner, and (8) Isner vs. his countryman Harrison…

Posted by Staff @ 10:29 pm in Tennis | 15 Comments »

January 7th, 2018

Bouchard, Osaka Add Spice to WTA Hobart; Preview

Floaters are almost the favorites between Bouchard, Osaka…Tough starts for (1) Zhang 2nd rd. vs. Bouchard, (8) Siniakova vs. Riske, and (7) Maria vs. Vekic…

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December 31st, 2017

Unseeded Sharapova Joins Halep, Ostapenko in Shenzhen Title Chase; Preview

Halep is trying to stay atop the WTA rankings this week, and Ostapenko is coming off an exhibition win over Serena Williams…Interesting starts include (5) Wang vs. the upset specialist Riske (winner to meet Sharapova), and (2) Ostapenko vs. the lesser Pliskova, winner to meet the scrappy Giorgi…

Posted by Staff @ 12:52 pm in Tennis | 14 Comments »

September 16th, 2017

Ostapenko the Favorite at WTA Seoul Korea Open; Preview

Arruabarrena (2016) and Begu (2015) are former champions in the field.

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July 23rd, 2017

Wozniacki Looks to Turn Around 0-4 Record in Finals at Bastad; WTA Preview

Tough starts for (9) Larsson vs. Barthel, a tired (6) Bertens vs. the German riser Witthoeft, and (3) Garcia vs. last week’s title winner Begu (winner to likely face the former French Open finalist Errani)…

Posted by Staff @ 11:13 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

July 23rd, 2017

Begu Defends Home Turf at WTA Bucharest, Also Claims Doubles

“I never thought that I could win two trophies in one week, especially in Romania, in Bucharest, my hometown,” Begu said. “It’s unbelievable. I am a little bit tired after so many hours spent on court. It’s tough. It was really hot this week here so, yes, I am tired, but happy in the same time. It was an amazing week for me.”

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July 19th, 2017

Top-Seeded Sevastova Tries to Forget Double Bagel This Week at WTA Bucharest

The top-seeded Sevastova lost 6-0, 6-0 in last year’s final to Simona Halep. Sevastova is the featured Wednesday night match in Bucharest, taking on unseeded Danka Kovinic, who she lost her most recent meeting against.

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 29th, 2017

Pliskova Headlines Prague, Bacsinszky Defends at Rabat; WTA Previews

Pliskova the lone Top 10 player, but the former No. 1 Wozniacki and the former Slam winner Stosur also among the seeds…Interesting starts for (1) Pliskova vs. the tenacious Giorgi, and (3) Strycova vs. the somewhat-resurgent Goerges…

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April 2nd, 2017

Keys, Miami Open Champ Konta Headline WTA Charleston

Tough starts for (9) Gavrilova vs. Errani, (6) Sam Stosur vs. Jankovic in a battle of former champs, and (16) Siniakova vs. Puig…

Posted by Staff @ 11:50 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

February 11th, 2017

Kerber, Pliskova Lead 5 of Top 10 at WTA Premier Qatar Total Open in Doha

The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes, with challenging starts for (1) Kerber vs. the Begu-Kasatkina winner, (4) Radwanska after a bye vs. the former No. 1 Wozniacki, (8) Strycova vs. the former Slam champ Stosur 2nd rd., (3) Cibulkova after a bye vs. Pavlyuchenkova, and (2) Pliskova after a bye looking at an opener against the French riser Garcia (then the No. 5 seed Muguruza next round)…

Posted by Staff @ 4:36 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

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 »