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November 9th, 2018

Incredible Turn of Events in U.S. vs. Czech Fed Cup Final Beginning Saturday

“It’s unusual — that never happened before,” captain Petr Pala said on losing his best two players. “But still I think we’re the favorites. I’m still very confident about my team.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:17 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | No Comments »

September 29th, 2018

Halep Leads All-In China Open Women’s Field, Del Potro Heads Men; Preview

Interesting starts for (17) Keys vs. American countrywoman (LL) Pera, the struggling (9) Stephens vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (3) Kerber vs. the unpredictable Mladenovic, (10) Goerges vs. Konta, (7) Pliskova vs. (WC) Stosur, (12) Ostapenko vs. Rybarikova, (14) Muguruza vs. Makarova, and (2) Wozniacki vs. Bencic…

Posted by Staff @ 7:12 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

September 24th, 2018

Halep, Wozniacki Lead Loaded Wuhan Field; Kerber v Keys, Svitolina v Sabalenka Tues.

9 of the Top 10 on the WTA began the week in Wuhan.

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 am in Wuhan | 3 Comments »

August 29th, 2018

Wozniacki Wins in Extreme Heat at US Open; Serena, Venus Up Wednesday

For the first time in US Open history an Extreme Heat Policy was implemented for men’s matches in addition to the women as temperatures neared 100 degrees at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Posted by Staff @ 8:55 am in Tennis, US Open | 1 Comment »

August 15th, 2018

Kvitova Grounds Serena; Four Top 10ers Up Wednesday at WTA Cincinnati

“I think it was a good match today,” Serena said afterwards. “We both played at a really high level. Only one person could win…I’m still at the very beginning. You know, this is a long comeback. I just began. I just started. Definitely at the very, very beginning. I’m getting there, and I’m going to just continue to work hard, and hopefully I’ll start winning more matches.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:17 am in Tennis | 24 Comments »

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 | Comments Off

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 »

July 4th, 2018

Former Champions Kvitova, Sharapova Crash Out Of Wimbledon; Williams Sisters Return Tues.

Upsets continued to be the story of the women’s draw.

Posted by Staff @ 8:37 am in Wimbledon | 6 Comments »

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 »

June 25th, 2018

Kvitova WTA Leader with 5 Titles After Birmingham Win

“I didn’t really expect to win here,” said Kvitova, who improved to 2-0 career against Rybarikova. “I just played match by match, being very happy to be on the grass and the tennis court…I couldn’t imagine to have five titles this time of the year, so I’m pretty happy already.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:16 am in Tennis | 4 Comments »

June 23rd, 2018

Wozniacki, Murray Fan Favorites at ATP/WTA Eastbourne

Murray and Wawrinka square off first round, winner to meet (2) Edmund…Other openers of interest are (8) Fuchsovics vs. the grass-ready Brit (WC) Norrie, the rookie (4) Ceccinato vs. the veteran Seppi, (5) Mayer vs. Simon (winner to meet Muller), and (7) Johnson vs. Medvedev (winner to face M.Zverev)…

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in Tennis | 47 Comments »

June 23rd, 2018

Wimbledon Favorite Kvitova Cruises Into Birmingham Final, Rybarikova Next

Petra Kvitova will try to defend her Birmingham title against good friend and former champion Magdalena Rybarikova.

Posted by Staff @ 7:14 pm in Grass season | Comments Off

June 22nd, 2018

Kvitova Strong In Birmingham, Buzarnescu Beats Svitolina For Second Time This Month

Mihaela Buzarnescu followed up her big win at the French Open over Elena Svitolina by beating her again on a different surface.

Posted by Staff @ 9:46 pm in Grass season | Comments Off

June 17th, 2018

Former Wimbledon champions Muguruza, Kvitova Headline WTA Birmingham on Grass

Four of the WTA Top 10 along with Vandeweghe and last week’s grasscourt title winner Barty make Birmingham a tough title to raise…

Posted by Staff @ 5:11 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

May 13th, 2018

Kvitova Wins Tour-Leading 4th Title at WTA Madrid

“My body is very exhausted, as well, so…I’m pretty surprised that the body just handle it somehow. Every title feels great. Winning three times here in Madrid, it means something. It’s not really happening every day, so I’m very proud of myself.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:30 am in Tennis | 9 Comments »