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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 on Wimbledon Favorite Kvitova Cruises Into Birmingham Final, Rybarikova Next

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

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 on Former Wimbledon champions Muguruza, Kvitova Headline WTA Birmingham on Grass

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 »

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…

Posted by Staff @ 4:52 pm in Tennis | Comments Off on Top Seeds Halep, Wozniacki in Deep at Italian Open; Preview

May 10th, 2018

Sharapova Succumbs To Bertens In Madrid, Pliskova Upends Halep To Win 9th Straight

The semifinals are set in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 11:22 pm in Madrid | 1 Comment »

May 9th, 2018

Sharapova Gets Revenge On Mladenovic In Madrid; Wozniacki, Muguruza Out

Two of the Top 3 seeds fell Wednesday in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 10:49 pm in Madrid | 8 Comments »

May 7th, 2018

Pliskova Edges Azarenka In Madrid Thriller; Wozniacki, Stephens, Sharapova Win

A host of former No. 1s were in action Monday in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 9:03 pm in Madrid | 1 Comment »

May 6th, 2018

Kvitova Comes From a Set Down at WTA Prague, 3rd Title of 2018

Kvitova jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first set before dropping five straight games and hitting five doubles faults and 24 unforced errors to find herself a set down.

Posted by Staff @ 11:20 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 5th, 2018

Halep Goes for Madrid Triple; WTA Preview

Interesting starts were dealt to Ostapenko vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (winner to face Maria Sharapova), Wozniacki vs. Daria Gavrilova, and Vandeweghe vs. Kristina Mladenovic.

Posted by Staff @ 3:50 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

April 28th, 2018

Pliskova v Pliskova 1st Round at WTA Prague; Preview

Two Top 10 players in the J&T Banka Prague Open field are led by former No. 1 Karolina Pliskova, who is coming off reaching the final at Stuttgart, and in Prague will open against her twin sister Kristyna.

Posted by Staff @ 3:48 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 25th, 2018

Kerber Tops Kvitova In Stuttgart; Halep Wins, Stephens Falls Winning One Game

Two-time Stuttgart champion Angelique Kerber thrilled her home fans beating Petra Kvitova.

Posted by Staff @ 9:25 pm in Stuttgart | 3 Comments »