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December 31st, 2011

Injured Nadal Head Doha; ATP/WTA Previews; Tennis-X Notes

Nadal essentially stated that even with a bad shoulder, he is taking the Middle Eastern cash tour that this week also included the lucrative Abu Dhabi exhibition. After the Australian Open he says he will shut it down for a month to heal-up, missing the Dubai event.

Posted by Staff @ 2:07 pm in Tennis | 38 Comments »

December 31st, 2011

Sam Stosur: It Would Be Great To Play Serena Again, This Time On My Turf [Video]

Sam Stosur is not scared of a potential clash with Serena Williams in Brisbane.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:00 pm in Brisbane, Videos | 3 Comments »

October 27th, 2011

Azarenka, Kvitova Reach WTA Championships Semifinals; Wozniacki Eliminated

Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova earned semifinal berths at the WTA Championships.

Posted by Staff @ 11:59 pm in WTA | 26 Comments »

October 9th, 2011

Murray Torks Nadal; Marat Mouthing Off; Weekend Wrap and Previews

John Isner on Facebook: “Contrary to reports, I pulled out of Beijing and Shanghai due to illness NOT an abdominal strain. I have a 12-pack I mean cmon!!”…

Posted by Staff @ 10:11 pm in Tennis | 30 Comments »

September 11th, 2011

Serena Lets Loose on Umpire Again, Loses to Stosur in US Open Final

Afterward in her press conference, much like two years ago when she threatened to force-feed a ball to a linesperson who called her for a foot fault, Williams feigned memory loss about the incident.

Posted by Staff @ 10:45 pm in Tennis, US Open | 39 Comments »

August 13th, 2011

Serena v. Azarenka Today in Toronto, Djokovic v. Tsonga in Montreal

Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka meet in Montreal while Novak Djokovic closes in on title nine of 2011.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:59 am in Tennis | 97 Comments »

February 6th, 2011

Clijsters Closes on No. 1; Winners & Losers; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Top-seeded Hot Sauce opens against American wildcard Rajeev Ram, to face the winner of Karlovic vs. Ryan Sweeting…Jamaican-turned-German Dustin Brown starts against “The” Donald Young, and (4) Malisse vs. Raonic…Verdasco is 5-0 career in San Jose, last year beating Andy Roddick in the final…Verdasco (2010) and Hewitt (2002) only returning champions in the field…No player has ever won three straight San Jose titles, but winning two in a row: Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Mark Philippoussis, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe.

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 pm in Tennis | 89 Comments »

October 2nd, 2010

Wozniacki Can Take No. 1 This Week in Beijing: Preview

Kuznetsova is the defending champ, and Wozniacki could take over the No. 1 spot on the WTA Rankings this week with a deep run. Wozniacki is 0-6 career against the Williams sisters. The only four Top 20 players missing are the Williams sisters, Clijsters and Justine Henin.

Posted by Staff @ 12:13 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

August 31st, 2010

Oudin Beats Pressure; Clijsters Opens Campaign at US Open

Oudin will next face No. 29 seed Alona Bondarenko, who defeated Vera Dushevina 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.

Posted by Staff @ 12:26 am in Tennis | Comments Off

August 1st, 2010

Roddick, Jankovic, Wozniacki Star at Washinton, San Diego, Copenhagen

Loaded non-seeded field with former No. 1s Ivanovic and Safina, and former No. 2 Kuznetsova unseeded; first-round match-ups of interest are (6) Bartoli vs. Hantuchova, (7) Peer vs. (WC) Ivanovic, (8) Wickmayer vs. Kuznetsova, and potential second-round match-ups after seeded byes (1) Jankovic vs. Rezai and Stosur vs. Azarenka or Oudin

Posted by Staff @ 3:32 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

July 31st, 2010

Murray into LA Semifinals, Plays Lopez Tonight; Sharapova Alive in Stanford

Andy Murray is on track for his first Los Angeles title.

Posted by Staff @ 2:33 pm in Los Angeles, Stanford | 57 Comments »

June 22nd, 2010

Serena Williams Crushes Opponent, Talks Nails at Wimbledon

“They have strawberries on them, too,” Serena said in response to the question, or rather a statement, that her nails looked good. “If I would have thought about it, I would have put a strawberry instead of a heart. They’re hearts. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner. I could have had a strawberry.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:57 pm in Tennis | 13 Comments »

June 18th, 2010

Williams Sisters Look to Close Wide-Open Wimbledon Draw

World No. 1 Serena Williams actually has a difficult draw. She will start against the screamer Michelle Larcher de Brito, then probably meet former Top 10er Anna Chakvetadze in the second round. No. 25 Lucie Safarova or Dominika Cibulkova await after that, then a fourth-round showdown with Sharapova. Pencil in No. 9 seed Na Li to be waiting for Serena in the quarterfinals.

Posted by Staff @ 11:32 am in Tennis | 23 Comments »

June 5th, 2010

Schiavone Heimlichs Choking Stosur for French Open Title

The tight Stosur could seemingly not let loose on her biggest weapons, the forehand and the high-kicking serve, and at 4-4 in the first set threw in a doubles fault on game point to hand the Italian the first set. In the second set Schiavone tested the Aussie’s nerve by repeatedly charging the net. The payoff — Schiavone becomes the first winner of the French Open from outside the Top 10 since 1933.

Posted by Staff @ 12:02 pm in French Open, Tennis | 39 Comments »

June 5th, 2010

Sam Stosur v. Francesca Schiavone French Open Final Preview

The surprise pairing of Francesca Schiavone and Sam Stosur will compete for the 2010 French Open clay tennis title in just a few hours in Paris, France.

Posted by Staff @ 6:33 am in French Open | 130 Comments »