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October 12th, 2013

Preview: WTA, ATP in Moscow; Stockholm, Vienna, Lux

Tough starts go to (1) Gasquet vs. either Baghdatis or Evgeny Donskoy, (5) Istomin vs. Russian (WC) Andrey Kuznetsov, and (7) Sousa vs. Stakhovsky…Seeds making their debuts at the event are Gasquet, Sousa and Mannarino…Russians have won the event 14 times since 1990…Last year Seppi beat Thomaz Bellucci in the final…Notable pulls from the event were Nikolay Davydenko (wrist) and Stan Wawrinka…Returning former champs in the field are Seppi (2012) and Tipsarevic (2011).

Posted by Staff @ 6:17 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

September 27th, 2013

WTA Preview: Serena, 8 of Top 10 at Beijing

Eight of the Top 10 take to the court in Beijing, with play starting on Saturday…Six current or former No. 1s in the field…Tough starts go to (3) Radwanska vs. Keys 2nd rd., (14) Ivanovic vs. Pennetta, (2) Azarenka vs. Petkovic (winner to likely face former world No. 2 Kuznetsova), (5) Errani vs. Flipkens, (13) Lisicki vs. V.Williams likely 2nd rd., and (4) Li vs. Hantuchova…Wildcards went to Francesca Schiavone, Venus Williams, and China’s Zhang Shuai and Zheng Jie…Pulling from the event were Martina Hingis (from doubles citing personal reasons) Marion Bartoli (retirement), Jamie Hampton (left ankle), Ekaterina Makarova, Romina Oprandi, Nadia Petrova (left hip), and Maria Sharapova (right shoulder)…The Williams sisters took a doubles wildcard…Former champs in the field are Azarenka (2012), Radwanska (2011), Wozniacki (2010), Kuznetsova (2009,’06), Jankovic (2008), Maria Kirilenko (2005), and Serena Williams (2004)…No player has ever won back-to-back singles titles in Beijing.

Posted by Staff @ 10:50 am in beijing, Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 18th, 2013

Will Isner Pull? Previews: ATP Winston-Salem, WTA New Haven

Notes: Will Isner pull out after his draining run in Cincinnati? Probably…Not a lot of floating talent, and all 16 seeds receive first-round byes…Potentially tough opening-round match-ups for seeds after byes include (11) Nieminen vs. (WC) Fish, (9) Melzer vs. the rising Dutchman Sijsling, and (5) Paire vs. Blake…Other wildcards went to Berdych, Spain’s Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, and Belgian Romain Bogaerts…Pulling from the event were Carlos Berlocq, Nikolay Davydenko, Marcel Granollers, Tommy Haas, Albert Ramos, the doping-suspended Viktor Troicki, and Horacio Zeballos…Isner is the two-time defending champion, last year beating Berdych in the final.

Posted by Staff @ 2:08 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

July 6th, 2013

Bartoli Beats Lisicki For First Grand Slam Title At Wimbledon

Marion Bartoli is a Grand Slam champion.

Posted by Staff @ 2:14 pm in Wimbledon | 7 Comments »

July 6th, 2013

Wimbledon Women’s Final Open Thread: Sabine Lisicki v Marion Bartoli

Sabine Lisicki meets Marion Bartoli for the 2013 Wimbledon championships.

Posted by Staff @ 8:01 am in Wimbledon | 59 Comments »

July 4th, 2013

Lisicki Outlasts Radwanska, Will Meet Bartoli In Women’s Wimbledon Final

Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli will battle for the women’s Wimbledon title on Saturday.

Posted by Staff @ 2:35 pm in Wimbledon | 13 Comments »

July 3rd, 2013

Women’s Semifinal Preview: Radwanska, Bartoli Eye Return To Wimbledon Final

The women’s semifinals are up on Thursday at Wimbledon.

Posted by Staff @ 7:34 pm in Wimbledon | 32 Comments »

July 3rd, 2013

Flipkens Flips the Wimbledon Script; 1st-Time Winner Guaranteed

“It’s ridiculous!” Flipkens said. “Last year I didn’t even get into qualifying. To be a semifinalist at Wimbledon, it cannot be better. I was so calm on the court, I had nothing to lose and I just went for my shots…Kim (Clijsters) was one of the few people still believing in me last year so I have to thank her. I’m just enjoying every moment. It’s more than a dream.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:19 am in Tennis, Wimbledon | 12 Comments »

July 1st, 2013

Serena Williams Upset at Wimbledon; Tuesday Preview

Cloaking herself in a calm yet angry demeanor after losing the first set, the world No. 1 won nine of the next 10 games before Lisicki upped her game trailing 0-3 in the third, and Serena became a little more defensive. Lisicki closed it out on her second match point to end the American’s 34-match winning streak in 2013.

Posted by Staff @ 10:02 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 63 Comments »

July 1st, 2013

Sabine Lisicki Stunned Serena Williams At Wimbledon Today

Sabine Lisicki stunned Serena Williams in the Wimbledon fourth round today.

Posted by Staff @ 2:57 pm in Wimbledon | 12 Comments »

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