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July 27th, 2014

Serena Leads Stanford, Men and Women in Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Solid field with four Top 10ers and two unseeded Slam champs…The Top 4 seeds receive opening round byes, with tough starts for (5) Ivanovic vs. Lisicki, (4) Azarenka after a bye likely vs. (WC) Venus, (3) Kerber likely vs. Vandeweghe, (7) Suarez Navarro vs. Puig, and (2) Radwanska likely vs. Garcia…Wildcards went to Americans Kristie Ahn and Venus, and Azarenka…Pulling from the tournament were Sara Errani and Petra Kvitova…Cibulkova beat Radwanska in last year’s final…Venus is 2-4 in Stanford finals…Martina Navratilova (5-4) has reached the most Stanford finals in the tournament’s history…Returning champs in the field are Cibulkova (2013), Serena Williams (2012-11), Azarenka (2010), and Venus Williams (2002,’00).

Posted by Staff @ 11:11 am in Tennis | Comments Off

July 12th, 2014

ATP Previews: Gasquet, Ferrer Lead at Bogota, Hamburg

Notes: All 16 seeds receive opening-round byes in the 48-player draw…Dolgopolov has not won a match at Hamburg in three attempts, and fellow seeds Youzhny, Kohlschreiber, Granollers and Giraldo also have losing records in the ‘burg…Tough potential starts for (16) Seppi vs. Monaco, (4) Dolgopolov vs. Janowicz, (7) Kohlschreiber vs. Montanes, and (14) Sousa vs. Rosol…107th edition of the event…

Posted by Staff @ 9:16 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

July 6th, 2014

ATP/WTA Previews: Ferrer, Isner, Halep Lead Events

The hodgepodge of seeds includes a former world No. 1 and Wimbledon champ and this year’s Wimbledon men’s doubles winner…Interesting starts for (7) Sock vs. the veteran Kuznetsov and the struggling (2) Karlovic vs. Ginepri…

Posted by Staff @ 6:42 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

June 20th, 2014

Wimbledon Men’s Draw: Nadal Could Be Tested Early; Federer, Murray, Djokovic Not So Much

The Wimbledon men’s draw is out. Rafael Nadal fans won’t be happy.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:46 am in Wimbledon | 108 Comments »

June 16th, 2014

Azarenka Returns at Eastboune; WTA, ATP Previews

Wildcards went to Azarenka and Brits Heather Watson and Johanna Konta…Pulling from the event were Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sorana Cirstea…Tough starts go to (5) Kerber vs. Riske, (4) Azarenka vs. Giogi, (8) Wozniacki vs. Stosur, and (2) Kvitova vs. Safarova…Returning former champs in the field are Wozniacki (2009) and Radwanksa (2008).

Posted by Staff @ 12:17 am in Tennis | 9 Comments »

May 27th, 2014

Tennis-X Wrap: Li, Dimitrov Crash Out of French Open on Day 3

“The problem is myself. I don’t think I’m doing well on the court,” the Chinese world No. 2 said. “And also, even during the match, I don’t think totally what I should do, like especially I didn’t follow the game plan…In my mind, I didn’t have any idea how to play the match…I gave it away.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:43 pm in French Open, Tennis | 53 Comments »

April 7th, 2014

Isner Headlines Houston; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: (7) Hewitt likely to meet Querrey 2nd rd., and (8) Karlovic opens against Sock…Wildcards went to Marcos Baghdatis and Americans Steve Johnson and Rhyne Williams…Pulling from the event were Pablo Cuevas, Alejandro Falla, Bradley Klahn, and Janko Tipsarevic…Isner beat Almagro in last year’s final…The Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles…Returning champs in the field are Isner (2013), Monaco (2012), Hewitt (2009) and Karlovic (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 1:20 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

February 26th, 2014

Djokovic Advances In Dubai, Federer Returns Wednesday; Murray Wins, Isner Falls In Mexico

Novak Djokovic was an easy winner Tuesday in Dubai while John Isner tumbled out of Acapulco.

Posted by Staff @ 1:20 am in Dubai | 29 Comments »

February 5th, 2014

Most Aces Hit In A Tennis Match – Karlovic Fires 3-Set Record 44 In Zagreb [Chart]

Ivo Karlovic fired a record-tying 44 aces in a 3-set match Tuesday in Zagreb.

Posted by Staff @ 1:01 am in Charts | 13 Comments »

October 22nd, 2013

Berdych, Wawrinka Bomb Out Of Basel, Federer In Action Wednesday; Gulbis v Isner In Valencia

Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka were both upset Tuesday in Basel. Roger Federer returns on Wednesday.

Posted by Staff @ 11:57 pm in 2014 Season | 28 Comments »

August 29th, 2013

Venus Falls, Del Potro Survives At US Open; Federer, Nadal Thursday

Venus Williams fell at the US Open today.

Posted by Staff @ 1:17 am in US Open | 54 Comments »

July 21st, 2013

Serena, Meusberber, Fognini, Karlovic Win Tennis Titles: Weekend Wrap

“Johanna played well, and I made a lot of unforced errors in the beginning — I just hit everything out,” said Williams, who was down a break twice in the first set. “I had to kind of come back and do a little better. You just have to stay positive. I wasn’t playing well at Wimbledon when I lost, so I thought, ‘Okay, just remember what I did wrong there, and don’t make the same mistake here.’ I really wanted to do better here in Bastad this week.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:22 pm in Tennis | 9 Comments »

April 30th, 2013

Ivo Karlovic Is Recovering From Viral Meningitis

Ivo Karlovic is recovering from a case of viral meningitis.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 11:06 pm in Injuries | 4 Comments »

October 2nd, 2012

Djokovic Needs Three In Beijing; Murray Survives 18 Aces From Karlovic In Tokyo

The last two US Open winners Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray won their first matches in Asia during the overnight.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:38 am in beijing | 19 Comments »

April 9th, 2011

Karlovic Towers Over Isner, Fish Upset in Houston; Wozniacki v. Jankovic in Charleston

Ivo Karlovic continues his comeback, Azarenka stays hot while Wozniacki plays Jankovic in Charleston.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:26 am in Clay Season | 6 Comments »