August 7th, 2010
The sadly-slowing American drumbeat goes on this week at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open. World No. 1 Serena Williams is sidelined with a cut foot, and elder sister Venus is out with a tweaked knee. No Americans are seeded, and only one American, Melanie Oudin, got directly into the main draw via her ranking (barely).
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
June 28th, 2010
Scheduled for Tuesday at Wimbledon are all four women’s quarterfinals in (8) Kim Clijsters vs. (21) Vera Zvonareva, (1) Serena Williams vs. (9) Na Li, Tsvetana Pironkova vs. (2) Venus Williams, and Petra Kvitova vs. (Q) Kaia Kanepi.
June 13th, 2010
“I came here to play as many matches as I could on grass, and I’ve played opponents with different types of game,” Sharapova said. “I would have loved to win but she was the better player today and she did many things better than me. She returned great. I put her under no pressure whatsoever on her serve.”
January 27th, 2010
“In tennis you have to close it out,” Venus said. “It’s not like there’s a clock ticking and then suddenly it’s over. You just have to close it out. I didn’t do that today.”
August 2nd, 2009
Seeds: Andy Roddick, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fernando Gonzalez, Robin Soderling, Marin Cilic, Tommy Robredo, Tomas Berdych, Mardy Fish, Tommy Haas, Ivo Karlovic, Viktor Troicki, Igor Andreev, Dmitry Tursunov, Dudi Sela, Sam Querrey