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September 23rd, 2016

No Serena, But No. 1 Kerber and 8 of Top 10 at Loaded WTA Wuhan

The Top 8 seeds receive opening-round byes in Wuhan, so Kerber will start against either American CoCo Vandeweghe or France’s Kristina Mladenovic. From there her difficult path will likely see No. 14 and Slam winner Petra Kvitova, then No. 7 Carla Suarez Navarro or No. 11 Johanna Konta, then likely No. 4 Simona Halep or No. 8 Madison Keys in the semifinals.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 9:37 pm in Tennis, Wuhan | 1 Comment »

September 18th, 2016

Muguruza, 5 of Top 10 at Loaded Tokyo; WTA Previews

Five of the Top 10, including US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, and a slew of dangerous floaters make Tokyo the place to watch this week…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough starts for Muguruza after a bye, coming out cold possibly against the US Open quarterfinalist Sevastova; (8) Pavlyuchenkova vs. the veteran Petkovic (winner to possibly meet the giant-serving Vandeweghe); (6) Cibulkova vs. Safarova; and (4) Suarez Navarro cold after a bye meeting the winner of Bencic-Wozniacki…

Posted by Staff @ 6:40 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

September 4th, 2016

Serena, Venus in Action Monday at US Open; Woz Schools Keys, Kerber Looms

“It’s been a good week,” said Wozniacki, who covered the court like her days at the No. 1 ranking. “I’m really happy about the way I played. Obviously Madison is a strong player. She hits the ball really hard. But I managed to really play well, get a lot of returns in. I served well, which I was pleased with.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:06 pm in Tennis, US Open | 4 Comments »

September 2nd, 2016

Keys Stuns, Bellis Bashed, Kerber Still Hunting Serena, Both Williams On Saturday at US Open

“You never gave up on me and really helped me get through,” the 21-year-old Keys told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.

Posted by Staff @ 10:48 pm in Tennis, US Open | 1 Comment »

September 1st, 2016

Sloppy Serena, Strong Venus Win Thurs. at US Open; Kerber, Keys in Friday Features

“So far, so good,” Serena said regarding the shoulder injury that had her exit early from the Rio Olympics.

Posted by Staff @ 11:22 pm in Tennis, US Open | 1 Comment »

August 31st, 2016

Muguruza Mugged By Sevastova, Wozniacki Wows At US Open; Serena, Venus On Tap Thursday

“I was shaking a little bit,” said Sevastova after ousting the French Open champ Muguruza. The Latvian came back to tennis after quitting the game from 2013-14 with back injuries.

Posted by Staff @ 11:29 pm in US Open | 2 Comments »

August 28th, 2016

Djokovic, Nadal, Kerber Kick Things Off On Day 1 At The US Open

Former champions Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal headline opening at the US Open Monday.

Posted by Staff @ 11:27 pm in US Open | 84 Comments »

August 28th, 2016

US Open Women’s Preview: Is Serena Too Old To Win? Can Kerber Claim No. 1?

Sean Randall previews the women’s field at the US Open.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 6:06 pm in US Open | 6 Comments »

August 13th, 2016

Petra Kvitova Holds Off Madison Keys For The Bronze Medal At Rio Olympics

Calling it one of the best things to happen in her career, Petra Kvitova took home a bronze medal in Rio.

Posted by Staff @ 3:41 pm in Olympics | 1 Comment »

August 13th, 2016

Angelique Kerber Will Meet The Surprising Monica Puig For The Rio Olympics Women’s Singles Gold

Monica Puig will try to make history Saturday in Rio by becoming the first Puerto Rican to win a gold medal at the Olympics.

Posted by Staff @ 1:17 am in Olympics | 5 Comments »

August 12th, 2016

Kvitova-Puig, Keys-Kerber In The Rio Olympic Women’s Semifinals

The semifinals are set at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Three players will win medals for the first time.

Posted by Staff @ 12:14 am in Olympics | 2 Comments »

August 9th, 2016

Serena Williams Sent Out Of Rio Olympics By Elina Svitolina; Kerber, Keys, Kvitova Gold Favorites

Serena Williams’s Olympic career may have ended Tuesday night in Rio.

Posted by Staff @ 10:48 pm in Olympics | 1 Comment »

August 8th, 2016

Serena Saves Set Points at Rio Olympics; Tues. Packed Line-Up

“It was really big for me just to win that first set,” said Serena after saving two set points. “We’ve had so many tough matches in the past, so I couldn’t let the elements get into my head. I hadn’t played great against Alize in the past…so I thought how I at least wanted to get a win.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:44 pm in Rio, Tennis | 3 Comments »

August 7th, 2016

Venus Flipped Out Of Rio Olympics; Serena, Kerber And Muguruza Sunday

Venus Williams went out of the singles on Day 1 at the Olympics.

Posted by Staff @ 12:02 am in Olympics | 1 Comment »

July 31st, 2016

Halep Makes Sure Keys Don’t Work in WTA Rogers Cup Final

“I’m tired,” a smiling Halep told the media after capturing her third title of the year, and now on a 10-match winning streak.

Posted by Staff @ 4:46 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »