February 16th, 2014
Notes: One of the toughest 28-draw fields of the year with seven Top 10 players among the seeds, and more dangerous floaters than seeds…Challenging starts for (1) Serena after a bye vs. the Kleybanova-Makarova winner, (5) Jankovic after a bye vs. the Stephens-Safarova winner…
May 3rd, 2013
Notes: Insane field with two former No. 1s and an additional Slam champ all unseeded…The Top 3 seeds are current or former No. 1s…Tough opening-round matches are (5) Na vs. Tamira Paszek then the winner of Venus and (WC) Medina Garrigues, (3) Azarenka vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (11) Petrova vs. a qualifier then likely Kuznetsova, (16) Ivanovic vs. a qualifier then likely her Serb countrywoman Jankovic, (9) Stosur vs. the clay-savvy Suarez Navarro, and (2) Sharapova vs. a qualifier then likely Peng…No blue clay this year…Former champs in the field are Serena Williams (2012) and Kvitova (2011).
March 12th, 2013
“I should have won easier,” said the outspoken Latvian, who was also a qualifier in his previous event at Delray Beach where he ran all the way to the title. “I played better than him the first set. I played better than him the whole match, I think. It’s just that the first match just mentally I destroyed myself, and that’s what happened.”
November 4th, 2012
“After my match against [Roberta] Vinci last night I didn’t think I’d have enough time to recover, but I did all the right things and woke up feeling good,” said Petrova, who was not broken on serve in her last 24 service games of the tournament. “I knew this was the last one and that I just had to give everything I had left…I didn’t really have so much left in my tank, so I had to play smart and keep the points short.”
October 14th, 2012
Women’s Notes: (1) Stosur after a bye could open against Cornet, and (3) Wozniacki after a bye against the Slam winner Schiavone…Pulling from the event were Marina Erakovic, Sara Errani, Kaia Kanepi, and Aleksandra Wozniak…Returning champs in the field are Cibulkova (2011) and Schiavone (2009).
September 30th, 2012
Tough openers go to (6) Dolgopolov vs. G-Lo, (7) Haas vs. Youzhny, (8) Hot Sauce vs. Querrey, and a weary (2) Ferrer vs. the wily Lu…wildcards went to Romanian Marious Copil, and China’s Ze Zhang and Di Wu…Green Tennis Center was the site of the 2008 Olympic Games…Two-time winning Bryan brothers the top seeds in doubles…Djokovic is a perfect 9-0 career in Beijing…Haas makes his first career appearance in Beijing…Tomas Berdych won last year but is in Tokyo this week…Rafael Nadal and John Isner were notable players pulling from the draw…the lone returning champ in the field is Djokovic (2010-09).
September 28th, 2012
Did Nadia Petrova’s coach just call Sam Stosur an F’ing bitch?
August 11th, 2012
the Top 8 seeds receive first round byes, and tough openers include (15) Kohlschreiber vs. (WC) Baker, winner to meet the Harrison vs. Tomic victor; (10) Fish vs. F-Lo, (8) Monaco possibly vs. The Worm 2nd rd., (4) Ferrer possibly vs. Wawrinka 2nd rd., (14) Nishikori vs. Granoller, winner to possibly meet (WC) Blake; (11) Simon vs. Baghdatis, winner to meet Raonic vs. Gasquet victor; (6) Del Potro vs. Nalbandian/Haas winner, (9) Isner vs. Viktor Troicki, victor to face (WC) Hewitt vs. Mikhail Youzhny winner; (3) Murray possibly opening vs. (WC) Querrey, and (13) Dolgopolov vs. Davydenko
June 23rd, 2012
It was Roddick’s fifth title on grass, and through the first six months of the season he is the only American male to win a singles title.
April 2nd, 2012
“We didn’t announce Maria (had entered) because we knew she wasn’t going to play, and we didn’t want to disappoint the fans (again),” Family Circle Cup General Manager Bob Moran told the Charleston Post and Courier. “Sharapova officially withdrew on Friday…We knew she never had any intention of playing this year.”
July 31st, 2011
“Marion’s always coming back. I was relieved after that last point,” said Williams, who lost to Bartoli at Wimbledon. “She’s playing really well and really aggressively. I just had to bring the level of my game up to her level because she’s clearly a really good player.”
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
May 31st, 2010
Henin’s backhand wing collapsed in the third set against Stosur, producing a un-Henin-like flurry of unforced errors.
May 30th, 2010
In the resumption of a delayed match from the day before, Henin was immediately broken on serve to begin the third set in her match with Sharapova.
January 24th, 2010
I wasn’t sure when to make a mid-tournament assessment.