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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 | No Comments »

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 »

April 28th, 2018

Pliskova v Pliskova 1st Round at WTA Prague; Preview

Two Top 10 players in the J&T Banka Prague Open field are led by former No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, who is coming off reaching the final at Stuttgart, and in Prague will open against her twin sister Kristyna.

Posted by Staff @ 3:48 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 27th, 2018

Coco Crushes Halep As 3 Of Top 4 Seeds Fall In Stuttgart Quarters

3 of the Top 4 seeds fells Friday in Stuttgart.

Posted by Staff @ 11:07 pm in Stuttgart | 4 Comments »

April 21st, 2018

Sharapova Joins 8 of Top 10 at WTA Stuttgart; Preview

An impressive eight of the Top 10 in Stuttgart, where the Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Five women who have sat at No. 1 in the field…

Posted by Staff @ 1:52 pm in Tennis | 29 Comments »

March 28th, 2018

Azarenka, Stephens Into Miami Semis; Venus vs. Collins Wednesday

“When you play a player like Angie…you have to execute your game well,” said Stephens, who hit 11 winners in the 23-minute first set, and on Monday will debut in the Top 10 for the first time on the WTA rankings. “And then you have to make sure that when you are executing your game you stick with it. Like a lot of times you can venture off and start, you know, doing other things.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:56 am in Miami, Tennis | 3 Comments »

March 22nd, 2018

Halep Avoids Joining 8 Seeded Losers Thursday at Miami Open; Osaka v Svitolina Friday

“I cannot tell you much about this match, because I don’t really know how it is,” said Halep, who trailed by a set and 2-4 down. “I felt just that I played bad, but it’s a good day at the office and I’ll take it. You have these days, and when you don’t give up, it’s the most important thing.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:56 pm in Miami, Tennis | No Comments »

March 14th, 2018

Wozniacki Upset as Venus, Halep, Kerber Advance Into Quarters at WTA Indian Wells

“She has everything in her game,” Venus said of Sevastova. “And it was a quick comeback from yesterday, where you have the emotions of, ‘Hey, this feels like a final [against Serena]!’ But guess what, you’re only in the fourth round.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:42 am in Indian Wells, Tennis | 3 Comments »