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May 28th, 2019

Nervous Osaka Survives Schmiedlova Upset Bid At French, Halep Successfully Opens Title Defense

The top seeds again struggled on Tuesday as the French Open first round closed up.

Posted by Staff @ 3:37 pm in French Open | 1 Comment »

January 14th, 2019

Sharapova, Kerber, Wozniacki Winners At Australian Open; Williams On Tap Tuesday

The three former champions in the women’s draw all cruised in their Rod Laver openers on Monday in Melbourne.

Posted by Staff @ 8:13 am in Australian Open | 1 Comment »

January 12th, 2019

Preview: Serena Is Back, But So Is Everyone Else At The Australian Open

Last year a mere six players had a crack at leaving Australia with the No. 1 ranking. The 2019 Australian just told 2018 to hold its beer.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:39 pm in Australian Open | Comments Off on Preview: Serena Is Back, But So Is Everyone Else At The Australian Open

September 29th, 2018

Halep Leads All-In China Open Women’s Field, Del Potro Heads Men; Preview

Interesting starts for (17) Keys vs. American countrywoman (LL) Pera, the struggling (9) Stephens vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (3) Kerber vs. the unpredictable Mladenovic, (10) Goerges vs. Konta, (7) Pliskova vs. (WC) Stosur, (12) Ostapenko vs. Rybarikova, (14) Muguruza vs. Makarova, and (2) Wozniacki vs. Bencic…

Posted by Staff @ 7:12 pm in Tennis | Comments Off on Halep Leads All-In China Open Women’s Field, Del Potro Heads Men; Preview

August 29th, 2018

Wozniacki Wins in Extreme Heat at US Open; Serena, Venus Up Wednesday

For the first time in US Open history an Extreme Heat Policy was implemented for men’s matches in addition to the women as temperatures neared 100 degrees at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Posted by Staff @ 8:55 am in Tennis, US Open | 1 Comment »

August 12th, 2018

No Warm Welcome for Serena Williams in WTA Cincinnati Draw: Preview

Tough starts for (4) Kerber vs. Pavlyuchenkova who she is 6-6 career against, the wrist-addled (13) Keys vs. (WC) Mattek-Sands in an all-American, (9) Pliskova vs. Radwanska (winner to meet Konta), (6) Garcia vs. (WC) Azarenka, (8) Kvitova vs. the Serena-Gavrilova winner, (15) Mertens vs. Rybarikova who she has a losing record against, (5) Svitolina vs. (WC) Kuznetsova, and (2) Wozniacki vs. the Bertens-Vandeweghe winner…

Posted by Staff @ 9:28 pm in Tennis | Comments Off on No Warm Welcome for Serena Williams in WTA Cincinnati Draw: Preview

August 8th, 2018

Konta Upsets Ostapenko, All-Russian Sharapova v Kasatkina Wednesday at WTA Rogers Cup Montreal

“I played myself into the match and tried to be as tough as possible,” Konta said afterwards.

Posted by Staff @ 9:01 am in Tennis | 4 Comments »

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 »

July 10th, 2018

Serena Williams Comeback Propels Her Into Wimbledon Semis Against Goerges

Williams in the semifinal will line up against unlikely opponent and No. 13 seed Julia Goerges of Germany. The lanky, equally-big ball-striking Goerges has had little historical success at Wimbledon until Tuesday coming from a set down to defeat No. 20 seed Kiki Bertens 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Posted by Staff @ 5:08 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 25 Comments »

June 30th, 2018

Wimbledon Preview: Serena in Group of Death, Stephens Can Become No. 1

The Group of Death contains two former No. 1s, a No. 2, and last year’s US Open semifinalist and quarterfinalist among other floaters…Tough starts for (5) Svitolina vs. the grasscourt title-winner Maria, (21) Sevastova vs. Giorgi, (32) Radwanska vs. Safarova 2nd rd., and (2) Wozniacki vs. Makarova 2nd rd…(25) Serena’s early path is former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus, a qualifier/wildcard, then (5) Svitolina, then (10) Keys.

Posted by Staff @ 10:57 am in Tennis, Wimbledon | 1 Comment »

June 23rd, 2018

Wozniacki, Murray Fan Favorites at ATP/WTA Eastbourne

Murray and Wawrinka square off first round, winner to meet (2) Edmund…Other openers of interest are (8) Fuchsovics vs. the grass-ready Brit (WC) Norrie, the rookie (4) Ceccinato vs. the veteran Seppi, (5) Mayer vs. Simon (winner to meet Muller), and (7) Johnson vs. Medvedev (winner to face M.Zverev)…

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in Tennis | 47 Comments »

May 28th, 2018

Ostapenko, Venus Shocked on Day 1 of French Open; Monday Matches to Watch

“I’m really disappointed and so angry,” Ostapenko said.

Posted by Staff @ 6:36 am in French Open, Tennis | 3 Comments »

May 27th, 2018

Dimitrov, Zverev, Ostapenko And Venus Open Play Sunday At French Open

The French Open begins Sunday with a star-studded line-up including two former French Open champions, Jelena Ostapenko who opens her title defense and qualifier Francesca Schiavone. For the women, former runner-up Venus Williams plays her 21st French Open and four seed and tournament favorite Elina Svitolina embarks on her bid not just for a first […]

Posted by Staff @ 6:38 am in French Open | 11 Comments »

May 17th, 2018

Venus Out, Sharapova Moves On In Rome To Ostapenko QF Showdown; Halep Stays No. 1

Four former No. 1s are in the Rome quarterfinals.

Posted by Staff @ 9:05 pm in Rome | Comments Off on Venus Out, Sharapova Moves On In Rome To Ostapenko QF Showdown; Halep Stays No. 1

May 12th, 2018

Top Seeds Halep, Wozniacki in Deep at Italian Open; Preview

Tough starts went to (1) Halep vs. the Azarenka-Osaka winner, (13) Keys vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (9) Stephens vs. the crafty Strycova, (3) Muguruza vs. the Gavrilova-Bellis winner, (16) Barty vs. Sharapova…

Posted by Staff @ 4:52 pm in Tennis | Comments Off on Top Seeds Halep, Wozniacki in Deep at Italian Open; Preview