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May 10th, 2015

Blockbuster WTA Rome Field to Answer Pre-French Questions?

Serena’s draw to the semifinals could go through Stosur, last year’s finalist Errani then the former French champ Ivanovic to meet either Sharapova or Wozniacki in the semis…

Posted by Staff @ 11:50 am in Clay Season, Italian Open, Rome, Tennis | 19 Comments »

April 23rd, 2015

Nadal Avenges Almagro Loss, Now Faces Fognini In Barcelona; Lisicki Eats Two Bagels In Stuttgart

Rafael Nadal continues his quest for a 9th Barcelona title.

Posted by Staff @ 12:23 am in Barcelona, Stuttgart | 96 Comments »

March 30th, 2015

Isner Leads Upset Train at Miami Open; Djokovic on Tues.

Serena will next meet the winner of the Tuesday match between No. 11 Sara Errani and No. 27 Sabine Lisicki.

Posted by Staff @ 11:48 pm in Miami | 120 Comments »

March 21st, 2015

Serena, Nadal Exits Throw Indian Wells Into Chaos

“I think I did well,” said Nadal. “I enjoyed the fact that I felt well with myself on court again. I felt competitive. I felt strong, with the right energy. I lost that match thinking much more positive things than negative ones.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:37 am in Indian Wells | 49 Comments »

March 19th, 2015

Serena v Halep Friday In Indian Wells SFs; 2010 Champion Jankovic Meets Lisicki

Serena and Simona meet for the first time in 2015.

Posted by Staff @ 11:03 pm in Indian Wells | 1 Comment »

March 10th, 2015

Indian Wells Women’s Preview: Serena Williams Returns to Cushy Draw

All the hubbub surrounds Serena, but Venus is not ending her boycott since last playing in 2001. “I made my schedule up,” Venus said about missing IW again. “I’m entered in Miami, and that’s pretty much what it is. I haven’t really given a lot of thought to it. I have just been focusing on this year…I just respect every decision [Serena] makes, pretty much. It’s nothing complicated about it.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:36 am in Indian Wells | 7 Comments »

March 2nd, 2015

Wozniacki Heads Kuala Lumpur, Ivanovic Monterrey; WTA Previews

(8) Goerges vs. Alla Kudryatseva…Wildcards went to Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Su-wei, Malaysia’s Jawairiah Noordin and Germany’s Sabine Lisicki…Donna Vekic beat Dominika Cibulkova in last year’s final…Hsieh Su-wei (2012) is the lone returning champion in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 1:00 am in Tennis | Comments Off

August 2nd, 2014

Serena Leads Full Cast at WTA Rogers Cup in Montreal

Notes: Loaded field with a slew of floaters testing seeds early…Li Na out with a knee injury…The Top 8 seeds receive first-round byes…

Posted by Staff @ 5:19 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

July 30th, 2014

Watch Sabine Lisicki Hit The Fastest Serve Ever Recorded For A Woman [Video]

Sabine Lisicki hit the fastest serve ever for a woman last night in Stanford.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:39 am in Charts, Videos | 1 Comment »

July 27th, 2014

Serena Leads Stanford, Men and Women in Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Solid field with four Top 10ers and two unseeded Slam champs…The Top 4 seeds receive opening round byes, with tough starts for (5) Ivanovic vs. Lisicki, (4) Azarenka after a bye likely vs. (WC) Venus, (3) Kerber likely vs. Vandeweghe, (7) Suarez Navarro vs. Puig, and (2) Radwanska likely vs. Garcia…Wildcards went to Americans Kristie Ahn and Venus, and Azarenka…Pulling from the tournament were Sara Errani and Petra Kvitova…Cibulkova beat Radwanska in last year’s final…Venus is 2-4 in Stanford finals…Martina Navratilova (5-4) has reached the most Stanford finals in the tournament’s history…Returning champs in the field are Cibulkova (2013), Serena Williams (2012-11), Azarenka (2010), and Venus Williams (2002,’00).

Posted by Staff @ 11:11 am in Tennis | Comments Off

May 11th, 2014

Preview: Serena in Doubt at Power-packed WTA Rome

World No. 1 Serena Williams is the top seed this week at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, otherwise known as the Italian Open, but she may not even set foot on the clay after withdrawing from Madrid last week with a thigh injury.

Posted by Staff @ 1:30 pm in Rome, Tennis | Comments Off

March 30th, 2014

WTA Previews: Serena Goes for 3 in a Row at Charleston

Notes: Serena is shooting for her third Charleston title in a row…Surprising lack of floaters…(10) Maria Kirilenko vs. (Q) Bencic could be interesting…Wildcards went to Melanie Oudin, Nadia Petrova, and Shelby Rogers…Qualifying to the main draw were Swiss Belinda Bencic. Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, Aussie Jarmila Gajdoeova, Russian Alla Kudryavtseva, Portugal’s Michelle Larcher de Brito, American Grace Min, the Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko, and China’s Zheng Saisai…Notable pulls from the event were Alize Cornet, Casey Dellacqua, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands…Former champs in the field are Serena Williams (2013,’12,’08), Stosur (2010), Jankovic (2007), Nadia Petrova (2006), and Venus Williams (2004).

Posted by Staff @ 11:12 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

February 16th, 2014

Previews: Serena Williams, Nadal Lead WTA/ATP Events This Week

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…

Posted by Staff @ 4:18 pm in Dubai, Tennis | 3 Comments »

February 3rd, 2014

Fed Cup Previews: U.S., Italian, Russian Teams Say ‘No Thanks’

Russian tennis was crumbling even before legendary captain Shamil Tarpischev bailed out last year in favor of new Russian captain Anastasia Myskina. The iron-handed Tarpischev always seemed to pull together the top Russians, as evident by Fed Cup titles in four of five years from 2004-08. But over the last few years, due to payout squabbles and changes in the Russian sports hierarchy, Russian Fed Cup has become a joke. All the top Russian players have again blown off this tie for Mother Russia, and the rookie captain Myskina now has at her disposal Victoria Kan (ranked No. 160), Irina Khromacheva (240), Valeria Solovyeva (247), and Veronika Kudermetova (689) in her first tie as captain. Good luck with that. Australia will post with their top player and former Slam winner Sam Stosur, in addition to Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty, and will ease into the semifinals. This is an “F” on the watchability report card.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 7:14 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 4 Comments »

January 26th, 2014

Sharapova Leads in Paris; WTA Previews This Week

Notes: Strong field with four Top 10ers…Tough starts for (1) Sharapova after a bye likely facing Hantuchova, (2) Kvitova after a bye likely meeting Cornet, and (8) Flipkens vs. the defending champion Barthel…Wildcards went to Caroline Garcia, Petra Kvitova and Kristina Mladenovic…Pulling from the tournament were Dominika Cibulkova, Ana Ivanovic, Kaia Kanepi and Lucie Safarova…Returning champs in the field are Barthel (2013), Kerber (2012), and Kvitova (2011).

Posted by Staff @ 2:44 pm in Tennis | Comments Off