October 27th, 2013
The win made Williams at 32 years, one month, the oldest player to win the year-end championships. Her fourth year-end championships title puts her in a class with Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf to win four or more. She becomes the first player to win 11 WTA titles in a season since 1997, when Martina Hingis won 12.
October 26th, 2013
Roger Federer will face Juan Martin Del Potro in the rematch of their 2012 Basel final.
September 29th, 2013
Notes: Wildcards went to former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, and China’s Wu Di and Zhang Ze…Interesting first round matches include (1) Djokovic vs. the streaky Rosol (winner to likely face Hot Sauce), Querrey vs. Youzhny (winner to likely face (6) Wawrinka), (3) Ferrer vs. Popsicle, and (7) Haas vs. Hewitt…Wawrinka makes debut at event…Pulling from the event were Marin Cilic (doping suspension), Ernests Gulbis, Jerzy Janowicz (back), and Martin Klizan…Returning champs in the field are Djokovic (2012,’10-09), Berdych (2011), and Nadal (2005).
September 22nd, 2013
Tough openers for (4) Simon after a bye vs. the winner of Karlovic-Tomic, and (7) Nieminen vs. the Dutch riser Sijsling…Wildcards went to three dudes whose names you can’t pronounce…Pulling from the event were Ivan Dodig, Andy Murray (back surgery), and Tommy Robredo…Gasquet beat Simon in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Gasquet (2012) and Simon (2009).
September 4th, 2013
Previewing the four men’s quarterfinals.
July 20th, 2013
Notes: Two-time defending champ Serena Williams obviously didn’t like the under-the-table appearance fee to appear in Stanford, passing on the event and last week playing the tiny Swedish Open in Bastad, which was willing to pony-up some major cash…Tough starts are (1) Radwanska after a bye possibly facing the former Slam champ Schiavone, (8) Rybarikova vs. the explosive Keys, and (2) Stosur after a bye likely facing the powerful Goerges….Wildcards went to American Nicole Gibbs and Croat Ajla Tomljanovic…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli (hamstring), Kirsten Flipkens, Sabine Lisicki (wrist), and Maria Sharapova (hip)…Since 1990, 20 of the 23 champions have been Slam winners, but this year there are no returning champions in the field.
June 15th, 2013
Roger Federer is on the brink of his very first title in 10 months while 2-champ Andy Murray looks for another crown at Queen’s.
April 17th, 2013
Novak Djokovic barely survived a his injury and Mikhail Youzhny Wednesday in Monte Carlo, while Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray rolled.
July 4th, 2012
Roger Federer says his back is fine and he looks forward to the challenge of playing Novak Djokovic on grass.
July 3rd, 2012
Will we see another Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic Grand Slam semifinal?