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January 4th, 2017

Williams Sisters Out Of Auckland: Serena Loses To Brengle, Venus Withdraws With Arm Injury

Tough start to 2017 for the Williams sisters.

Posted by Staff @ 11:38 am in Auckland | 2 Comments »

January 4th, 2017

Serena Williams, Simona Halep Lose Early in WTA 1st Week

“You really have to go back to the drawing board, because it’s quite frankly unprofessional,” Williams said of her struggles in the wind. “Eighty-eight is way too many unforced errors. You can’t expect to win hitting that many errors.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:29 am in Tennis | 7 Comments »

September 10th, 2016

Eugenie Bouchard Leads Quebec City; WTA Previews Next Week

The No. 2-seeded Beck starts against the upset specialist Mattek-Sands…Wildcards were awarded to Canucks Francoise Abanda, Aleksandra Wozniak and Carol Zhao…The last three seeds are ranked outside the WTA Top 90…

Posted by Staff @ 6:06 pm in Quebec City, Tennis, Tokyo | Comments Off

January 9th, 2016

Ferrer Leads 2 Top 10ers in Auckland; Top Seed Stephens Pulls from Ugly Hobart

Top-seeded Sloane Stephens withdrew from the event after the draw was made…Now no Top 30 players in the field…Possible tough starts for (4) Niculescu vs. McHale, and (2) Giorgi vs. Diyas, who found herself seeded as numerous events last year…Bouchard in the lower half ready to meet the No. 8 and 2 seeds early…

Posted by Staff @ 6:03 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 18th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Simon, Isner at Nice; Geneva, Strasbourg, Nurnberg

Notes: Gulbis is defending the Nice title (d. Federico Delbonis) then a Roland Garros semifinal…Gulbis is 1-11 win-loss this year…(8) Monaco could start against Querrey…Wildcards went to France’s Maxime Hamou and Lucas Pouille, and Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis…Withdrawing from the tournament were Simone Bolelli, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Martin Klizan, and Diego Schwartzman…Gulbis (2015) is the lone returning champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 1:33 am in Tennis | 32 Comments »

February 14th, 2015

WTA Previews: Serena, Genie Pull from Still-strong Dubai

…Venus Williams beat Cornet in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the field are Venus Williams (2014,’10-09), Kvitova (2013), Radwanska (2012), and Wozniacki (2011).

Posted by Staff @ 10:33 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

January 17th, 2015

Troublemaker Troicki, Vesely, Watson Win Pre-Aussie Titles; X-Notes!

What you won’t read in the tournament wrap on the ATP website is the tournament win bringing possible closure for Troicki — who in 2013 was banned from the tour for 18 months for refusing to supply a blood sample, then spent 2014 slogging through Challenger tour events to work his way back to the tour.

Posted by Staff @ 12:17 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »