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December 1st, 2016

Madison Keys Splits With Coach Tomas Hogstedt

After her best season, Madison Keys decided now is a good time to get a new coach!

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:45 am in Coaching | 1 Comment »

October 27th, 2016

Cibulkova Upsets Halep At WTA Finals, Kerber Clubs Keys; Radwanska v Pliskova For Last SF

SATURDAY SINGAPORE SFs: Kerber v Pliskova/Radwanksa; Kuznetsova v Cibulkova.

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 pm in WTA Championships | 5 Comments »

October 25th, 2016

Keys Locks Out Cibulkova, Kerber Gets Low on Halep Tuesday at WTA Finals

“It makes it a little more comfortable when you’re not facing break points, and you’re able to get those games,” Keys said of steamrolling ahead in the match. “That gives me the ability to focus a little more on the return, and trying to take advantage when I get break points.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:57 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

October 23rd, 2016

Kerber Squeaks By, Halep Tops Keys in WTA Final Openers; Monday Schedule

“I felt very well on court today,” Halep said after the match. “It was better that I knew her. I played few times this year. I won every time, so I had an advantage.

Posted by Staff @ 8:34 pm in Tennis | 15 Comments »

October 10th, 2016

World No. 1 Kerber, 5 Top 10 in WTA Action This Week; Previews

The world No. 1 Kerber is the only Top 10er in the field, but throw in former No. 1s Williams, Wozniacki and Jankovic, and the Slam winner Stosur to give it some meat…

Posted by Staff @ 12:20 am in Tennis | 8 Comments »

October 8th, 2016

Konta Reaches Top 10 And Reaches Beijing Final Against Radwanska

Johanna Konta meets Agnieszka Radwanska for the Beijing title.

Posted by Staff @ 8:13 pm in beijing | 2 Comments »

October 7th, 2016

Keys Clips Kvitova In A Thriller To Reach Beijing SFs, Konta Awaits

Madison Keys ended Petra Kvitova’s 8-match win streak to reach the Beijing semifinals.

Posted by Staff @ 1:00 pm in beijing | 7 Comments »

October 6th, 2016

Kerber Crashes Out Of Beijing To Svitolina; Keys v Kvitova Friday

Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep both lost Thursday in Beijing. On Friday, Petra Kvitova meets Madison Keys.

Posted by Staff @ 3:54 pm in beijing | 1 Comment »

October 1st, 2016

Kerber, Murray Headline Elite China Open Fields

Nine of the Top 10 players, sans Serena Williams, in the field…Potential tough starts for (3) Radwasnka second round vs. the powerful Makarova, (13) Vinci second round vs. the resurgent Wozniacki, (5) Pliskova vs. Safarova, (15) Pavlyuchenkova vs. (Q) Riske (winner to meet Stosur), (8) Keys second round vs. the winner of Jelena Jankovic and Kristina Mladenovic, and the shaky-of-late (2) Muguruza vs. Begu…

Posted by Staff @ 1:54 pm in China Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

September 28th, 2016

No. 1 Kerber Falls To Kvitova, Venus Ousted; Halep v Keys Thursday In Wuhan

It’s women’s quarterfinal day Thursday at Wuhan with 6 of the Top 16 in action.

Posted by Staff @ 6:27 pm in Wuhan | 3 Comments »

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 | 10 Comments »

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 »