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August 12th, 2018

No Warm Welcome for Serena Williams in WTA Cincinnati Draw: Preview

Tough starts for (4) Kerber vs. Pavlyuchenkova who she is 6-6 career against, the wrist-addled (13) Keys vs. (WC) Mattek-Sands in an all-American, (9) Pliskova vs. Radwanska (winner to meet Konta), (6) Garcia vs. (WC) Azarenka, (8) Kvitova vs. the Serena-Gavrilova winner, (15) Mertens vs. Rybarikova who she has a losing record against, (5) Svitolina vs. (WC) Kuznetsova, and (2) Wozniacki vs. the Bertens-Vandeweghe winner…

Posted by Staff @ 9:28 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

August 5th, 2018

Preview: Serena Drops Out, Insane Men’s Openers at Rogers Cup Tennis

The outrageous number of opening-round seeds vs. floaters match-ups includes (16) Kyrgios vs. (WC) Wawrinka, (11) Schwartzman vs. Edmund, (6) Cilic vs. Coric, (3) Del Potro vs. Nishikori, (14) Fognini vs. Johnson (winner to meet Shapovalov), (5) Dimitrov vs. Verdasco, (10) Goffin vs. Raonic, (4) Anderson vs. Rublev, (7) Thiem vs. the fast-rising Tsitsipas, (9) Djokovic vs. Chung, and (2) Zverev vs. Ferrer…

Posted by Staff @ 11:31 am in Canadian Open, Montreal, Tennis, Toronto | 1 Comment »

June 30th, 2018

Wimbledon Preview: Serena in Group of Death, Stephens Can Become No. 1

The Group of Death contains two former No. 1s, a No. 2, and last year’s US Open semifinalist and quarterfinalist among other floaters…Tough starts for (5) Svitolina vs. the grasscourt title-winner Maria, (21) Sevastova vs. Giorgi, (32) Radwanska vs. Safarova 2nd rd., and (2) Wozniacki vs. Makarova 2nd rd…(25) Serena’s early path is former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus, a qualifier/wildcard, then (5) Svitolina, then (10) Keys.

Posted by Staff @ 10:57 am in Tennis, Wimbledon | 1 Comment »

May 14th, 2018

Osaka Crushes Azarenka, Vince Retires; Sharapova On Court Tues. In Rome

Naomi Osaka was a force on the red clay.

Posted by Staff @ 11:01 pm in Rome | 1 Comment »

May 12th, 2018

Top Seeds Halep, Wozniacki in Deep at Italian Open; Preview

Tough starts went to (1) Halep vs. the Azarenka-Osaka winner, (13) Keys vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (9) Stephens vs. the crafty Strycova, (3) Muguruza vs. the Gavrilova-Bellis winner, (16) Barty vs. Sharapova…

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April 1st, 2018

Stephens, Osaka, Kasatkina Headline Next-Gen Stars at WTA Charleston; Preview

Former champions in the field are Kasatkina (2017), Stephens (2016), Andrea Petkovic (2014), and Stosur (2010).

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:50 am in Tennis | Comments Off

March 23rd, 2018

Osaka Run Ends, Saturday Preview at Miami Open

“I always knew that she can produce a great game,” Svitolina said regarding Osaka. “All the times we played, we played quite a bit now…I think I was playing pretty solid today, serving good. This was the key for today. Making it physical, as well.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:29 pm in Miami, Tennis | 1 Comment »

March 22nd, 2018

Serena Slammed By Osaka In Miami, Fritz Falls; Azarenka v Keys Thursday

Noami Osaka beat up on 8-time Miami winner Serena Williams.

Posted by Staff @ 10:09 am in Miami | 17 Comments »

March 19th, 2018

Serena v Osaka Starts Fun Times at the 2018 Miami Open; Preview

Wow, the former No. 1 and younger Williams to start against the Indian Wells winner Osaka, winner to play (4) Svitolina…

Posted by Staff @ 8:41 pm in Miami, Tennis | 2 Comments »

March 19th, 2018

Naomi Osaka’s Indian Wells Victory Speech Was A Joy [Video]

Watch Naomi Osaka’s victory speech.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:37 pm in Indian Wells, Videos | 6 Comments »

March 18th, 2018

Osaka Comes Out on Top of Star-Making WTA Indian Wells Final

Osaka is the sixth different Indian Wells champion in six years and the first to win an initial title at Indian Wells since Daniela Hantuchova in 2002.

Posted by Staff @ 5:42 pm in Indian Wells, Tennis | 2 Comments »

March 17th, 2018

Kasatkina v Osaka the Next Gen Final at WTA Indian Wells

“I was a little bit surprised, especially the start of the second set, because I feel like she gave me…free points, but I didn’t try to think too much about it,” Osaka said.

Posted by Staff @ 9:23 am in Indian Wells, Tennis | 2 Comments »

March 8th, 2018

Osaka Ousts Sharapova At Indian Wells; Moms Serena, Azarenka Return Today

Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka make their returns tonight in Indian Wells.

Posted by Staff @ 9:45 am in Indian Wells | 37 Comments »

January 7th, 2018

Bouchard, Osaka Add Spice to WTA Hobart; Preview

Floaters are almost the favorites between Bouchard, Osaka…Tough starts for (1) Zhang 2nd rd. vs. Bouchard, (8) Siniakova vs. Riske, and (7) Maria vs. Vekic…

Posted by Staff @ 1:47 am in Tennis | Comments Off

September 11th, 2017

Safarova, Mladenovic Head Post-US Open WTA Fields in Tokyo, Quebec City

No Top 10ers in the post-US Open field…Tough start for (7) Riske vs. American countrywoman Brengle…Wildcards were awarded to Japanese legend Kimiko Date, and seeds Mladenovic and Pliskova…

Posted by Staff @ 9:31 pm in Tennis | 9 Comments »