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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 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

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

February 11th, 2018

Wozniacki v Sharapova Early at WTA Qatar Total Open; Preview

Wozniacki looking at Sharapova in her second match…

Posted by Staff @ 3:04 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

January 12th, 2018

Preview: Serena Out; Women’s Australian Open Likely to See a 1st-Time Winner

(5) Venus vs. Bencic the must-watch 1st rd. match in Melbourne…Other tough starts for (31) Makarova vs. Begu, and the injury-hampered (13) Stephens vs. Zhang, who she has previously lost to…

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 2:08 pm in Australian Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 29th, 2017

Tennis Capsules: Wawrinka, Stosur, More Win ATP/WTA Titles Heading Into French

Samantha Stosur won her first title in two years on Saturday at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, coming from a set down to hold off countrywoman Daria Gavrilova, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 for her ninth career title.

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

May 9th, 2017

Halep Wins Madrid Thriller Over Vinci; Kerber v Bouchard Wednesday

Simona Halep won a tight battle of former Grand Slam finalists.

Posted by Staff @ 11:12 pm in Madrid | 1 Comment »

May 8th, 2017

Bouchard Battles Past Sharapova In Madrid Showdown, Kerber Escapes

Eugenie Bouchard picked up her first career win over Maria Sharapova. Oh so sweet!

Posted by Staff @ 11:30 pm in Madrid | 4 Comments »

February 11th, 2017

Kerber, Pliskova Lead 5 of Top 10 at WTA Premier Qatar Total Open in Doha

The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes, with challenging starts for (1) Kerber vs. the Begu-Kasatkina winner, (4) Radwanska after a bye vs. the former No. 1 Wozniacki, (8) Strycova vs. the former Slam champ Stosur 2nd rd., (3) Cibulkova after a bye vs. Pavlyuchenkova, and (2) Pliskova after a bye looking at an opener against the French riser Garcia (then the No. 5 seed Muguruza next round)…

Posted by Staff @ 4:36 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

July 26th, 2016

Petra Kvitova, Sam Stosur Advance In Montreal; Eugenie Bouchard v Lucie Safarova Tuesday

Eugenie Bouchard will hope to avoid the demons Tuesday in Montreal.

Posted by Staff @ 12:14 am in Canadian Open | 1 Comment »

July 22nd, 2016

Venus Williams Meets CiCi Bellis Tonight In Stanford; Top Seed Sam Stosur In Action In D.C.

CiCi Bellis wasn’t even born when Venus Williams first played in Stanford. They meet tonight.

Posted by Staff @ 9:45 am in Stanford, Washington | Comments Off

July 21st, 2016

Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber Pull Out Of Events; Venus Williams Wins In Stanford Opener

A pair of high-profile WTA stars suffered injuries.

Posted by Staff @ 9:56 am in Stanford, Washington | Comments Off

June 3rd, 2016

Serena Williams v Garbine Muguruza In 2016 French Open Final

“The first set wasn’t easy,” Serena said. “I needed to play better because she was playing very well, but I’m very happy to win today.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 pm in French Open | 51 Comments »

May 31st, 2016

Angry Radwanska, Halep Lose, No Men’s Matches Finish at Rain-Shortened French Open

“I’m just so surprised and angry, that we have to play in the rain,” Radwanska said. “It’s not a $10,000 tournament. It’s a Grand Slam. How can you allow players to play in the rain? I cannot play in that conditions.”

Posted by Staff @ 5:42 pm in French Open | 15 Comments »