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April 9th, 2015

Upsets Hit Charleston: Bouchard, Stephens, Stosur Lose; Makarova Withdraws

A bunch of favorites fell Wednesday in Charleston.

Posted by Staff @ 9:12 am in Charleston | 6 Comments »

February 21st, 2015

Brutal Field at WTA Doha; ATP Previews

Nadal a question mark after a cramp-ridden semifinal loss on Saturday at the Rio Open…Not a lot of early challenges besides (7) Andujar opening against Almagro…Wildcards went to Argentines Guido Andreozzi, Renzo Olivo and Horacio Zeballos…David Ferrer beat Fognini in last year’s final…Nadal is making his first appearance in Buenos Aires in 10 years…Ferrer passes on the opportunity to win a fourth consecutive Buenos Aires title in a row…Returning former champs in the field are Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Juan Monaco (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 pm in Tennis | 19 Comments »

January 22nd, 2015

Serena, Venus Fight Into 3rd Rd. Thursday; Woz Upset in Oz; X-Notes

“Honestly, I think I understand the game a lot more,” said the 34 year old, who seems to have a handle on her energy-sapping Sjogren’s syndrome, last year losing in the first round in Melbourne. “Even when I’m not playing as well, I think I’m able tactically to be more strategic than even, let’s say, Venus of 2000. So that’s one of the beauties of continuing to play as you get a lot of the years under your belt.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:59 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 4 Comments »

August 13th, 2014

Serena Survives, Bouchard Upset; Huge Thursday Line-up With Federer, Djokovic in Cincy

Grimacing, screaming at missed opportunities and making her almost-crying face when failing to close out sets, the younger Williams sister is struggling to find her form with just a little more than a week left until her final chance to win a Grand Slam event in 2014 at the US Open.

Posted by Staff @ 10:58 pm in Cincinnati | 168 Comments »

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 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).

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May 12th, 2014

WTA Upsets in Rome; Tues. Djokovic vs. Worm

“After Charleston I put my racquets down and wasn’t able to play anywhere for a while,” said Williams after playing her first match in more than a month due to illness, cruising past Annika Beck.

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

April 20th, 2014

Bryans, Vekic Claim Tennis Titles; Fed Cup Shockers

The French send the U.S. out of the World Group I for 2015 behind singles wins by France’s Caroline Garcia over Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, and Garcia winning the doubles with veteran Virginie Razzano over the doubles-challenged Keys/Stephens. France was 1-12 against the U.S. entering the tie.

Posted by Staff @ 9:11 pm in Fed Cup, Monte Carlo, Tennis | 6 Comments »

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 »

January 17th, 2014

Djokovic, Serena Beat the Heat Friday; Saturday Aussie Preview

It was breezy-easy for the Top 10 men on Friday at the Australian Open, where temperatures remained high, but the on-court time for the top contenders remained low after straight-set wins.

Posted by Staff @ 8:43 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 51 Comments »

January 15th, 2014

Serena, Djokovic Take the Heat, Dodig Doesn’t at Aussie Open; X-Notes

“She played exactly like Martina Hingis, I feel,” Na said of the Swiss Bencic. “It’s very tough to play a decent player I never see before, because I cannot get any information.

Posted by Staff @ 8:59 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 60 Comments »

November 3rd, 2013

Halep Ends On High Note With TOC Title Over Stosur

Simona Halep won her sixth WTA title of the season beating Sam Stosur in the Sofia Tournament of Champions final.

Posted by Staff @ 5:56 pm in WTA | Comments Off

August 24th, 2013

U.S. with Young, Teenage Duval Lead US Open Qualifying

He was joined on the women’s side by 17-year-old Victoria Duval, appearing in the main draw for a second consecutive year; 2008 US Open girls’ champion Coco Vandeweghe, and Grace Min. Vandeweghe starts against fellow qualifier Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia, while Duval will be a giant underdog against the firepower of No. 11 seed Sam Stosur.

Posted by Staff @ 4:07 pm in Tennis, US Open | 1 Comment »

July 20th, 2013

Federer in Gstaad; No $erena in Stanford: ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Two-time defending champ Serena Williams obviously didn’t like the under-the-table appearance fee to appear in Stanford, passing on the event and last week playing the tiny Swedish Open in Bastad, which was willing to pony-up some major cash…Tough starts are (1) Radwanska after a bye possibly facing the former Slam champ Schiavone, (8) Rybarikova vs. the explosive Keys, and (2) Stosur after a bye likely facing the powerful Goerges….Wildcards went to American Nicole Gibbs and Croat Ajla Tomljanovic…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli (hamstring), Kirsten Flipkens, Sabine Lisicki (wrist), and Maria Sharapova (hip)…Since 1990, 20 of the 23 champions have been Slam winners, but this year there are no returning champions in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 4:34 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

June 15th, 2013

Radwanska, 4 Slam Champs, 6 of Top 10 at Eastbourne: ATP/WTA Previews

Women’s Notes: Sterling field featuring six of the Top 10…Wildcards went to Stosur, Na, and Brits Johanna Konta and Elena Baltacha…Four former Slam champs in the field…Tough starts for (8) Petrova vs. (WC) Stosur, (5) Wozniacki vs. the defending champ Paszek, (7) Ivanovic vs. the crafty Russian Vesnina, and (2) Na vs. Cornet, then either Bartoli or Flavia Pennetta…No. 55-ranked American Christina McHale was the last direct acceptance in the quality field…Pulling from the event were Sara Errani, Yaroslava Shvedova and Sloane Stephens…Former champs in the field are Paszek (2012), Bartoli (2011), Eraterina Makarova (2010), Wozniacki (2009), and Radwanska (2008).

Posted by Staff @ 6:34 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »