September 21st, 2014
Notes: It’s the debut of the Premier 5 Series event in China…Victoria Azarenka pulls from the event with a foot injury, and announces she will miss the rest of the year…Potential tough starts include (1) Serena Williams after a bye vs. her nemesis Cornet, the struggling (6) Bouchard after a bye vs. the resurgent Peng, (4) Sharapova after a bye vs. countrywoman and former world No. 2 Kuznetsova, (5) Radwanska after a bye vs. the Venus/Garcia winner, (16) Petkovic vs. the comer (Q) Vekic, (12) Cibulkova vs. the big-hitting Keys, and (14) Safarova vs. the likewise big-hitting Lisicki…
September 11th, 2014
Are Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov still together?
September 1st, 2014
Roger Federer and Baby Federer both had to overcome disastrous first sets at the US Open.
August 31st, 2014
“Peaking at the right time, at the right tournament,” Djokovic said afterwards. “This is where I want to play my best tennis. I haven’t done as well as I wanted in lead-up tournaments, Toronto and Cincinnati. I didn’t know how emotionally drained I was in a way until I played Tsonga in Canada.”
August 30th, 2014
Bencic is into the second week of a Slam in her debut at the US Open, and will next meet former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic.
August 28th, 2014
“My serve, that’s the main point,” Pliskova said after the match. “I was serving well. But I was trying to play aggressive. I know if will not be that aggressive, she’s gonna do more winners than I, so I was trying to stay aggressive and to go to every point…She played good. But she did few mistakes which I think was the deciding point.”
August 25th, 2014
TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
The Atlantic magazine wrote a hilarious tennis expose “Explaining the U.S. Tennis Slump” where they reveal some hard-hitting reporting: “American juniors train on hard courts, while Europeans and South Americans learn the sport on clay. Both The Economist and The New Republic have theorized that in recent years, the sport has shifted to favor players raised on clay, a ‘slower’ surface.” — Oh shit, stop the presses!
August 25th, 2014
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray open play Monday at the US Open.
August 23rd, 2014
But Serena’s road starting next week will be anything but easy.
August 17th, 2014
Roger Federer and Serena Williams are favorites to win titles in Cincinnati on Sunday.