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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 | No 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 9th, 2018

Serena Wins, Pliskova Upset Makes for Seeded History Monday at Wimbledon

“I’m a perfectionist, I always find something wrong,” Serena said afterwards. “I thought it was a good scoreline, but it was tougher than the scoreline. She can hit the ball well, which is why she made it so far…I knew we were both mums, I’m not sure how often that’s happened, if ever. It shows you can be a mum, you can be in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. You can do whatever you want.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:20 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 6 Comments »

July 2nd, 2018

Federer, Serena, Venus Open Play Monday At Wimbledon

It’s opening day at Wimbledon.

Posted by Staff @ 7:49 am in Wimbledon | 46 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 »

June 17th, 2018

Former Wimbledon champions Muguruza, Kvitova Headline WTA Birmingham on Grass

Four of the WTA Top 10 along with Vandeweghe and last week’s grasscourt title winner Barty make Birmingham a tough title to raise…

Posted by Staff @ 5:11 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

May 31st, 2018

Serena, Pliskova Struggle Through at French Open; Friday Matches to See

“I have definitely always had that will to win,” the 36-year-old Serena said about coming back from a set down. “It was something I was born with, thank goodness. You know, this is a Grand Slam. This is my first one back. I want to do the best that I can. I want to be able to just do my best and one day tell my daughter that I tried my best. When I was out there, that’s all I was just trying to do, is just do that.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:35 pm in French Open, Tennis | 3 Comments »

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

May 10th, 2018

Sharapova Succumbs To Bertens In Madrid, Pliskova Upends Halep To Win 9th Straight

The semifinals are set in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 11:22 pm in Madrid | 1 Comment »

May 9th, 2018

Sharapova Gets Revenge On Mladenovic In Madrid; Wozniacki, Muguruza Out

Two of the Top 3 seeds fell Wednesday in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 10:49 pm in Madrid | 8 Comments »

May 7th, 2018

Pliskova Edges Azarenka In Madrid Thriller; Wozniacki, Stephens, Sharapova Win

A host of former No. 1s were in action Monday in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 9:03 pm in Madrid | 1 Comment »

May 5th, 2018

Halep Goes for Madrid Triple; WTA Preview

Interesting starts were dealt to Ostapenko vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (winner to face Maria Sharapova), Wozniacki vs. Daria Gavrilova, and Vandeweghe vs. Kristina Mladenovic.

Posted by Staff @ 3:50 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

April 29th, 2018

Pliskova Stops Vandeweghe Clay Power Play in WTA Stuttgart Final

It was the 10th career win for Pliskova, who improved to 10-10 in career finals, winning her last four.

Posted by Staff @ 12:34 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 28th, 2018

Vandeweghe Reaches First Clay Final In Stuttgart, Faces Pliskova

A first time 2018 champion will be crowned Sunday in Stuttgart.

Posted by Staff @ 8:32 pm in Stuttgart | 15 Comments »