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July 27th, 2013

Del Potro Heads Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Three former No. 1s among the seeds…No Williams sisters but plenty of Top 10ers and floaters…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough openers for (1) Azarenka after a bye against Pennetta or Schiavone, (4) Vinci after a bye likely against the veteran Mattek-Sands, (7) Ivanovic vs. Cibulkova, (5) Stosur vs. the rolling Lepchenko, and (2) Radwanska after a bye likely vs. the veteran Hantuchova…Wildcards went to American Allie Kiick, France’s Virginie Razzano, and Stosur…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli, Kirsten Flipkens, Bojana Jovanovski, Kristina Mladenovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova…Martina Hingis and Hantuchova received a wildcard in doubles…Cibulkova beat Bartoli in the final last year…Returning champions in the field are Cibulkova (2012), Radwanska (2011), and Kuznetsova (2010).

Posted by Staff @ 8:54 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

July 20th, 2013

Federer in Gstaad; No $erena in Stanford: ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Two-time defending champ Serena Williams obviously didn’t like the under-the-table appearance fee to appear in Stanford, passing on the event and last week playing the tiny Swedish Open in Bastad, which was willing to pony-up some major cash…Tough starts are (1) Radwanska after a bye possibly facing the former Slam champ Schiavone, (8) Rybarikova vs. the explosive Keys, and (2) Stosur after a bye likely facing the powerful Goerges….Wildcards went to American Nicole Gibbs and Croat Ajla Tomljanovic…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli (hamstring), Kirsten Flipkens, Sabine Lisicki (wrist), and Maria Sharapova (hip)…Since 1990, 20 of the 23 champions have been Slam winners, but this year there are no returning champions in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 4:34 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

May 8th, 2013

Nadal Dominates In Madrid Opener, Azarena Loses First Match Of Year; Federer v Nishikori Thursday

Rafael Nadal looked sharp in his Madrid opener today at the Magic Box.

Posted by Staff @ 10:09 pm in Madrid | 69 Comments »

August 19th, 2012

Preview: Roddick, Radwanska Among Strong Fields Week Before US Open

Wozniacki is the lone returning champion, trying to win her fifth straight New Haven Open. A win this year for Wozniacki would put her in rarified company, as only three players have won a tournament title five years in a row — Chris Evert (Charleston), Steffi Graf (Hamburg), and Martina Navratilova (Eastbourne, Wimbledon and Chicago).

Posted by Staff @ 2:38 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 22nd, 2012

Serbia, Czechs Gain Fed Cup Final; Women’s Top 8 in Stuttgart; Previews

Over the weekend the defending champion Czech Republic moved into the final behind current Wimbledon holder Petra Kvitova, and in the final they will meet the hungry Serbian squad, powered by former No. 1s Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, with the Serbs in their first-ever final.

Posted by Staff @ 10:46 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 6 Comments »

March 4th, 2012

Federer, Anderson, Ferrer, Su-Wei, Errani Add ATP/WTA Titles; X-Notes

Anderson improved to 2-1 in career finals, and Matosevic, who had never won back-to-back matches before this week, dropped to 0-1. “My energy levels were pretty low,” said Matosevic. “I just couldn’t serve well today, but credit to Kevin. He was the better player today.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 9:49 pm in Tennis | 26 Comments »

August 9th, 2011

Novak Djokovic Receives No. 1 Trophy, Plays Davydenko Tonight; Clijsters Returns [Video]

Novak Djokovic officially received the No. 1 trophy in Montreal on Monday while in Toronto Kim Clijsters make her return.

Posted by Staff @ 9:32 am in Canadian Open, Videos | 65 Comments »

March 30th, 2011

Djokovic Stays Hot, Fish Upsets Delpo, Ivanovic Chokes, Late Night With Federer in Miami

Djokovic remains hot in Miami while Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters survive long battles.

Posted by Staff @ 11:59 am in Miami | 227 Comments »

February 6th, 2011

Clijsters Closes on No. 1; Winners & Losers; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Top-seeded Hot Sauce opens against American wildcard Rajeev Ram, to face the winner of Karlovic vs. Ryan Sweeting…Jamaican-turned-German Dustin Brown starts against “The” Donald Young, and (4) Malisse vs. Raonic…Verdasco is 5-0 career in San Jose, last year beating Andy Roddick in the final…Verdasco (2010) and Hewitt (2002) only returning champions in the field…No player has ever won three straight San Jose titles, but winning two in a row: Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Mark Philippoussis, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe.

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 pm in Tennis | 89 Comments »

July 24th, 2010

Roddick Survives Malisse Scare in Atlanta; Del Potro Improving, Not Playing

Andy Roddick is off to a winning start this summer, but there’s cause for concern.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 12:16 am in US Open, US Open Series, Washington | 24 Comments »

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