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July 26th, 2016

Petra Kvitova, Sam Stosur Advance In Montreal; Eugenie Bouchard v Lucie Safarova Tuesday

Eugenie Bouchard will hope to avoid the demons Tuesday in Montreal.

Posted by Staff @ 12:14 am in Canadian Open | 1 Comment »

June 18th, 2016

Grass Tennis Preview: Radwanska, WTA Stars in Eastbourne, Not So Much in ATP Nottingham

Four Top 10 seeds and a former Wimbledon champ round out the stout draw…The 16 seeds all receive opening-round byes…Floaters galore, with tough opening matches for…

Posted by Staff @ 4:49 pm in Tennis | 13 Comments »

May 23rd, 2016

Petra Kvitova Avoids French Open Upset; Monday With Halep, Radwanska And Muguruza

“I think that in the second set when I was serving to make it 4-1, I missed four easy backhands and I felt like that was kind of the turning point and I was kind of down mentally after this game,” Kvitova said. “I think she just came back and tried to play more aggressive. I was I think running too far behind the baseline. I was just trying to put the ball in, but it’s not really my game. It was a very difficult match today. But in the end, I think that the end of the match was kind of sorry from my side. It was a big fight again. I’m happy that I won it.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:01 am in French Open | 3 Comments »

May 9th, 2016

Venus Wins While Errani, Schiavone Fall In Rome; Serena Back On Clay Tuesday

Venus Williams went 1-1 Monday at the Rome Masters, winning in singles but losing in doubles with her sister Serena.

Posted by Staff @ 8:38 pm in Rome | 2 Comments »

May 1st, 2016

Lucie Safarova Caps Comeback Winning Home Prague Title Over Sam Stosur

Lucie Safarova ended a winless 2016 in style this week in Prague claiming her 7th career title.

Posted by Staff @ 11:01 am in Prague | 1 Comment »

April 23rd, 2016

Stosur, Kuzy, Multiple Slam Winners at Prague; Rabat; WTA Previews

Guess the tournament couldn’t meet Petra Kvitova’s price point?…No Top 10 players in the field, but multiple Grand Slam title winners and finalists among the seeds…Tough start for (8) Wickmayer vs. Giorgi…

Posted by Staff @ 4:46 pm in Prague, Rabat, Tennis | 7 Comments »

April 17th, 2016

Radwanska Leads 6 of Top 10 Women at Stuttgart; Istanbul; WTA Previews

Lots of floaters in the draw and tough opening-round match-ups including (1) Radwanska vs. Petkovic, (8) Safarova vs. Pliskova in an all-Czech, (6) Vinci vs. Makarova, (3) Muguruza vs. Lisicki, and (2) Kerber vs. the riser Beck in an all-German…

Posted by Staff @ 11:57 am in Istanbul, Stuttgart, Tennis | Comments Off

April 3rd, 2016

Kerber, Bencic, Venus Lead Charleston; WTA Previews This Week

Two Top 10ers in the field, in addition to two former No. 1s…The Top 8 seeds receive opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (9) Jankovic vs. Garcia and (3) Venus Williams vs. Riske…Wildcards were awarded to Americans Frances Altick, Louisa Chirico and Shelby Rogers…

Posted by Staff @ 4:12 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

March 21st, 2016

Miami Open Tennis Women’s Preview: One Mind-blowing Quarter

As Ray Moore might say, ‘There are a lot of attractive ladies out there — umm, competitively attractive…oh crap, I’ve done it again.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 10:30 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

March 8th, 2016

Serena Leads, Sharapova Drugged Out of Indian Wells; Preview

What, too early for Maria jokes?

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:25 pm in Tennis | 30 Comments »

February 22nd, 2016

Lucie Safarova Makes Her 2016 Debut This Week In Doha As Defending Champion

After battling a 3-month bacterial infection, Lucie Safarova makes her 2016 debut this week in Doha.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:31 am in Doha | 1 Comment »

February 20th, 2016

Djokovic Heads Dubai, Loaded Field at WTA Doha: ATP/WTA Previews

Pulling from the tournament were Roger Federer (knee surgery) and Janko Tipsarevic…The absent Federer is the two-time defending champ, beating Djokovic in last year’s final…Federer and Djokovic have won the last seven titles between them…Djokovic (2013,’11-09) is the lone former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 4:48 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

October 22nd, 2015

The 2015 WTA Finals Singapore Field Is Set

Lucie Safarova took the final spot in the WTA Finals which begins Sunday in Singapore.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:18 am in WTA Championships | 23 Comments »

October 17th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Radwanska, 4 Top 10 in Moscow; Lux, Stockholm, Vienna

Notes: Strong seeding but not a lot of field depth…(4) Tomic will start against the Querrey-Baghdatis winner…Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards went to Berdych, Swede Mike Ymer and Finn Jarkko Nieminen…Last year Berdych came from a set down to beat Dimitrov in the final…Berdych trying to become the first Stockholm back-to-back winner since James Blake (2005-06)…Former champs in the field are Berdych (2014,’12), Dimitrov (2013), and Baghdatis (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 3:18 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

October 11th, 2015

Venus Williams, Woz, Pennetta Headline WTA Events This Week in Austria, Hong Kong, China

Top-seeded Garbine Muguruza pulled from the event after winning Beijing, forcing a shuffle of the draw…(2) Kerber will start against the former Slam winner Schiavone…Seeds Kerber, Jankovic and Stosur received wildcards…Also pulling from the event were Victoria Azarenka, Eugenie Bouchard, Zarina Diyas, Sabine Lisicki, Ajla Tomljanovic, and Coco Vandeweghe…No former champs are in the field…In last year’s final Lisicki topped Karolina Pliskova.

Posted by Staff @ 11:56 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »