February 16th, 2014
Notes: One of the toughest 28-draw fields of the year with seven Top 10 players among the seeds, and more dangerous floaters than seeds…Challenging starts for (1) Serena after a bye vs. the Kleybanova-Makarova winner, (5) Jankovic after a bye vs. the Stephens-Safarova winner…
February 8th, 2014
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal pulled from the event citing a stomach virus…Ferrer shooting for third title in a row…Wildcards went to Ferrer and Argentines Facundo Arguello and Guido Pella…Returning champs in the field are Ferrer (2013-12), Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Monaco (2007).
January 18th, 2014
What’s in store for week two at the Australian Open? Sean Randall previews.
January 15th, 2014
“She played exactly like Martina Hingis, I feel,” Na said of the Swiss Bencic. “It’s very tough to play a decent player I never see before, because I cannot get any information.
January 14th, 2014
“Conditions were playing pretty quick, so we didn’t have much rhythm, much rallies,” the Swiss said. “I kept missing some opportunities, which made it harder on me, because I think I could have been in a more comfortable lead early. I think he did also well to stay in the match because and in most of the games, because he did serve well when he needed to…So it was a solid match from start to finish, yeah. Could have maybe won a few more break points here and there, but who cares now?”
January 9th, 2014
On the bottom half, Novak Djokovic’s bid for a fourth straight title is looking good — very good — with just Stan Wawrinka and either Tomas Berdych or David Ferrer in the way of another final. And that’s about it unless you factor in the forecasted heatwave.
January 5th, 2014
“I didn’t play great today which is a bit unfortunate, but also Lleyton was the best player I played this week,” the Swiss said. “He made it toughest on me. So I have a clear idea what I need to work on.”
January 4th, 2014
Roger Federer doesn’t agree that the faster courts in Australia are going to help him
January 3rd, 2014
Serena Williams continued her dominance over rival Maria Sharapova running her streak over the Russian to 14 straight. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were also winners on Friday.
September 29th, 2013
Notes: Wildcards went to former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, and China’s Wu Di and Zhang Ze…Interesting first round matches include (1) Djokovic vs. the streaky Rosol (winner to likely face Hot Sauce), Querrey vs. Youzhny (winner to likely face (6) Wawrinka), (3) Ferrer vs. Popsicle, and (7) Haas vs. Hewitt…Wawrinka makes debut at event…Pulling from the event were Marin Cilic (doping suspension), Ernests Gulbis, Jerzy Janowicz (back), and Martin Klizan…Returning champs in the field are Djokovic (2012,’10-09), Berdych (2011), and Nadal (2005).
September 2nd, 2013
“I wasn’t thinking that I was going to win,” Robredo said. “I just was going into the court trying to give my best and we’ll see, no?”
September 1st, 2013
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal moved a step closer to a Wednesday night showdown at the US Open.
August 30th, 2013
“A couple years ago when I had a couple of foot surgeries I didn’t know if I’d be out here competing so it’s a hell of a lot of fun,” said Hewitt, the 2001 champion when he beat Pete Sampras in the final, speaking on court after the match. “I felt like physically I was able to get a little more on top of him in the fourth set.”
August 29th, 2013
Venus Williams fell at the US Open today.
July 27th, 2013
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).