May 13th, 2012
“I think Victoria is the player to beat,” Williams said. “She has won I don’t know how many tournaments this year alone. That’s an amazing amount. So if you look at the stats, you just have to put her up there as the player to beat.”
May 1st, 2012
Juan Martin Del Potro shows off his biking skills in Estoril.
April 29th, 2012
Men’s Notes: Del Potro is the defending champ, beat Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco in last year’s final; seeds making debuts at the event are Wawrinka, Ramos, Istomin and Haase; (5) Istomin a tough opener against the French veteran Mathieu; returning champs in the field are Del Potro (2011) and Montanes (2010-09).
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October 17th, 2010
Notes: (1) Dementieva opens against Peng, and (3) Wickmayer against the Osaka finalist Schnyder; wildcards went to Dementieva, Russian Yulia Putintseva, Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella, and France’s Virginie Razzano; in last year’s final Francesca Schiavone defeated Olga Govortsova.
August 1st, 2010
Loaded non-seeded field with former No. 1s Ivanovic and Safina, and former No. 2 Kuznetsova unseeded; first-round match-ups of interest are (6) Bartoli vs. Hantuchova, (7) Peer vs. (WC) Ivanovic, (8) Wickmayer vs. Kuznetsova, and potential second-round match-ups after seeded byes (1) Jankovic vs. Rezai and Stosur vs. Azarenka or Oudin
May 6th, 2010
You really can hit a winner off a moonball, watch Maria Kirilenko do it.
January 24th, 2010
I wasn’t sure when to make a mid-tournament assessment.
January 22nd, 2010
US Open champion Kim Clijsters had dominated her opponent, Nadia Petrova, in four prior meetings, but it wasn’t the Belgian’s night.
January 19th, 2010
The younger Williams sister’s movement seemed around 75% — which could lead to a Melbourne moment when she faces the first player who can hit three consecutive balls in the court and make her run, unlike Radwanska.