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August 7th, 2018

Venus Wins, Karatantcheva Works on ‘Ass Kicking’ at WTA Rogers Cup Montreal

That year the 15-year-old Bulgarian beat Venus Williams at the French Open, but ended up ‘doing everything,’ in the new few years — piercing her tongue, getting an abortion, and receiving a two-year ban from the tour for taking anabolic steroids. Now the 28-year-old No. 228-ranked Bulgarian is in her first WTA draw since 2017.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:38 am in Montreal, Tennis, WTA | 2 Comments »

August 5th, 2018

Preview: Serena Drops Out, Insane Men’s Openers at Rogers Cup Tennis

The outrageous number of opening-round seeds vs. floaters match-ups includes (16) Kyrgios vs. (WC) Wawrinka, (11) Schwartzman vs. Edmund, (6) Cilic vs. Coric, (3) Del Potro vs. Nishikori, (14) Fognini vs. Johnson (winner to meet Shapovalov), (5) Dimitrov vs. Verdasco, (10) Goffin vs. Raonic, (4) Anderson vs. Rublev, (7) Thiem vs. the fast-rising Tsitsipas, (9) Djokovic vs. Chung, and (2) Zverev vs. Ferrer…

Posted by Staff @ 11:31 am in Canadian Open, Montreal, Tennis, Toronto | 1 Comment »

June 30th, 2018

Wimbledon Preview: Serena in Group of Death, Stephens Can Become No. 1

The Group of Death contains two former No. 1s, a No. 2, and last year’s US Open semifinalist and quarterfinalist among other floaters…Tough starts for (5) Svitolina vs. the grasscourt title-winner Maria, (21) Sevastova vs. Giorgi, (32) Radwanska vs. Safarova 2nd rd., and (2) Wozniacki vs. Makarova 2nd rd…(25) Serena’s early path is former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus, a qualifier/wildcard, then (5) Svitolina, then (10) Keys.

Posted by Staff @ 10:57 am in Tennis, Wimbledon | 1 Comment »

June 6th, 2018

Muguruza Socks Sharapova, Lines Up Halep for Thursday Semis at French Open

“It wasn’t coming natural to me,” said Sharapova, who hasn’t seen much come back since serving a doping offense for a medication given to Russian soldiers before they took to the battlefield.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 6:58 pm in French Open, Tennis | 14 Comments »

May 18th, 2018

Sharapova Wins Epic Over Ostapenko, Will Meet No. 1 Halep In Rome SFs

Maria Sharapova is making progress.

Posted by Staff @ 10:46 pm in Rome | 1 Comment »

May 17th, 2018

Venus Out, Sharapova Moves On In Rome To Ostapenko QF Showdown; Halep Stays No. 1

Four former No. 1s are in the Rome quarterfinals.

Posted by Staff @ 9:05 pm in Rome | Comments Off on Venus Out, Sharapova Moves On In Rome To Ostapenko QF Showdown; Halep Stays No. 1

May 16th, 2018

Nadal, Djokovic, Delpo Advance In Rome, Dimitrov, Thiem Ousted; Rafa Out For Revenge Thurs.

Rafael Nadal will meet Denis Shapovalov Thursday in Rome. Can the Canadian beat Rafa again?

Posted by Staff @ 10:36 pm in Rome | 25 Comments »

May 15th, 2018

Nadal, Del Potro Open Play Wed. In Rome, Djokovic Returns On Court 3; Shapovalov Wins Thriller

The King of Clay is back on court Wednesday in Rome,

Posted by Staff @ 9:52 pm in Rome | 38 Comments »

May 15th, 2018

Maria Sharapova Wins A Point Off Rafael Nadal In Rome [Video]

Maria Sharapova found out what it’s like to hit with the King of Clay.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:50 am in Rome, Videos | 8 Comments »

May 14th, 2018

Osaka Crushes Azarenka, Vince Retires; Sharapova On Court Tues. In Rome

Naomi Osaka was a force on the red clay.

Posted by Staff @ 11:01 pm in Rome | 1 Comment »

May 12th, 2018

Top Seeds Halep, Wozniacki in Deep at Italian Open; Preview

Tough starts went to (1) Halep vs. the Azarenka-Osaka winner, (13) Keys vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (9) Stephens vs. the crafty Strycova, (3) Muguruza vs. the Gavrilova-Bellis winner, (16) Barty vs. Sharapova…

Posted by Staff @ 4:52 pm in Tennis | Comments Off on Top Seeds Halep, Wozniacki in Deep at Italian Open; Preview

May 10th, 2018

Sharapova Succumbs To Bertens In Madrid, Pliskova Upends Halep To Win 9th Straight

The semifinals are set in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 11:22 pm in Madrid | 1 Comment »

May 9th, 2018

Sharapova Gets Revenge On Mladenovic In Madrid; Wozniacki, Muguruza Out

Two of the Top 3 seeds fell Wednesday in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 10:49 pm in Madrid | 8 Comments »

May 8th, 2018

Halep, Muguruza Advance While Konta, Svitolina Fall In Madrid; Sharapova, Mladenovic To Rumble

Maria Sharapova gets a shot at revenge on Kiki Mladenovic Wednesday in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 9:14 pm in Madrid | Comments Off on Halep, Muguruza Advance While Konta, Svitolina Fall In Madrid; Sharapova, Mladenovic To Rumble

May 7th, 2018

Pliskova Edges Azarenka In Madrid Thriller; Wozniacki, Stephens, Sharapova Win

A host of former No. 1s were in action Monday in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 9:03 pm in Madrid | 1 Comment »