January 14th, 2017
After only one game played in the second-round match, video caught Mertens and opponent Sachia Vickey of the United States both calling for trainers, both vying to retire from the match and make it to Melbourne. Unfortunately for Mertens, or fortunately in the end, Vickery was quicker on the draw and retired first, allowing Mertens to advance but locking her into Hobart.
January 7th, 2017
Six of the Top 10 in attendance…Lots of unseeded floaters including a former No. 1 and a Slam winner…
January 1st, 2017
Radwanska, Halep and Konta make three Top 10 players in the draw…Potential tough starts for (2) Halep vs. the former No. 1 Jankovic, and (4) Bacsinszky vs. Giorgi…
October 23rd, 2016
“I just have to congratulate Moni on a great week,” Kvitova said in the on-court ceremony. “You caught everything today, it’s too bad I had to play against you. Congrats to your team and enjoy your off-season.”
September 26th, 2016
“I just wanted to go out and enjoy it,” Wozniacki said of the championship match. “It’s the final and both of us had great weeks. We both wanted to go out there and play well.”
September 18th, 2016
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…
July 18th, 2016
CITI OPEN Washington, D.C., USA; Surface: hard ADHEREL Men’s Seeds: John Isner, Gael Monfils, Bernard Tomic, Benoit Paire, Steve Johnson, Jack Sock, Alexander Zverev, Sam Querrey, Kevin Anderson, Viktor Troicki, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Grigor Dimitrov, Ivo Karlovic, Gilles Muller, Marcos Baghdatis, Borna Coric Men’s Floaters: none Men’s Notes: No Top 10ers, but three Top 20 players…The [...]
July 10th, 2016
Halep the lone Top 10 or Top 20 participant…(2) Errani looking at a 2nd rd. meeting with the former French Open champ Schiavone…
May 16th, 2016
Tough starts for (9) Stephens vs. Vekic and (9) Cornet vs. Kudryavtseva…The storm of players pulling from the field included Daria Gavrilova, Camila Giorgi, Yanina Wickmayer and Caroline Wozniacki…
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March 21st, 2016
As Ray Moore might say, ‘There are a lot of attractive ladies out there — umm, competitively attractive…oh crap, I’ve done it again.
March 8th, 2016
What, too early for Maria jokes?
January 9th, 2016
Top-seeded Sloane Stephens withdrew from the event after the draw was made…Now no Top 30 players in the field…Possible tough starts for (4) Niculescu vs. McHale, and (2) Giorgi vs. Diyas, who found herself seeded as numerous events last year…Bouchard in the lower half ready to meet the No. 8 and 2 seeds early…
January 2nd, 2016
Federer has won the most singles titles of any player in Doha, and is a perfect 3-0 in finals…Ferrer beat Berdych in last year’s final…Nadal, who is playing doubles with Verdasco, has won the most doubles titles of anyone at the event with four (2005,’09,’11,’15)…Former singles champs in the field are Ferrer (2015), Nadal (2014), and Federer (2011,’06-05).
July 12th, 2015
Notes: When world No. 1 Serena Williams is your only Top 20 player in the field, is it safe to say you’ve put all your eggs (aka appearance money) in one basket?…Wildcards were awarded to Swedes Sofia Arvidsson, Susanne Celik and Rebecca Peterson…Pulling from the event were the American triumvirate of Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Christina McHale and Sloane Stephens…In last year’s final Barthel beat Chanelle Scheepers…Former champs in the field are Barthel (2014) and Serena Williams (2013).
July 5th, 2015
This could go any of 10 ways between on one end a knock-down big-hitter between the two powerhouses, or on the other end a chokefest between Venus who doesn’t want to ruin sister Serena’s shot at a Grand Slam, to Serena choking it while Venus is trying to hand it to her.