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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 »

September 22nd, 2013

Previews: Azarenka vs. Venus at Tokyo; ATP Events

Tough openers for (4) Simon after a bye vs. the winner of Karlovic-Tomic, and (7) Nieminen vs. the Dutch riser Sijsling…Wildcards went to three dudes whose names you can’t pronounce…Pulling from the event were Ivan Dodig, Andy Murray (back surgery), and Tommy Robredo…Gasquet beat Simon in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Gasquet (2012) and Simon (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 8:02 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 28th, 2013

Duval Stuns Stosur, U.S. Surges at US Open

In a match where she simply would not go away, No. 296-ranked 17-year-old American qualifier Vicky Duval, who needed a wildcard to get into the qualifying, on Tuesday night defeated former US Open champ and No. 11 seed Sam Stosur 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in Flushing Meadows.

Posted by Staff @ 12:35 am in Tennis, US Open | 21 Comments »

August 11th, 2013

Serena Leads Entire Top 20 at Cincinnati: Preview

How tough is the Cincinnati draw? Former Slam champ Svetlana Kuznetsova barely got in, while former French Open champ Francesca Schiavone didn’t, and has to play the qualifying.

Posted by Staff @ 10:50 am in Cincinnati, Tennis | Comments Off

August 5th, 2013

Del Potro, Stosur, Rybarikova, Granollers Capture Titles

John Isner’s three-set magic finally dried up in the final of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., where he lost to top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the battle of the big men.

Posted by Staff @ 12:52 am in Tennis | 40 Comments »

August 4th, 2013

Williams Sisters Highlight Loaded Rogers Cup Toronto Field

Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na, Sara Errani, Petra Kvitova, Marion Bartoli, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Roberta Vinci, Maria Kirilenko, Samantha Stosur, Kirsten Flipkens, Sloane Stephens, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic

Posted by Staff @ 12:01 am in Tennis | 7 Comments »

July 27th, 2013

Del Potro Heads Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Three former No. 1s among the seeds…No Williams sisters but plenty of Top 10ers and floaters…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough openers for (1) Azarenka after a bye against Pennetta or Schiavone, (4) Vinci after a bye likely against the veteran Mattek-Sands, (7) Ivanovic vs. Cibulkova, (5) Stosur vs. the rolling Lepchenko, and (2) Radwanska after a bye likely vs. the veteran Hantuchova…Wildcards went to American Allie Kiick, France’s Virginie Razzano, and Stosur…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli, Kirsten Flipkens, Bojana Jovanovski, Kristina Mladenovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova…Martina Hingis and Hantuchova received a wildcard in doubles…Cibulkova beat Bartoli in the final last year…Returning champions in the field are Cibulkova (2012), Radwanska (2011), and Kuznetsova (2010).

Posted by Staff @ 8:54 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

May 6th, 2013

Stosur Fail; Federer v Worm, Djokovic v Dimitrov Tues at ATP/WTA Madrid

“There were a lot of ups and downs — when you don’t play so much, you kind of lose how to feel that momentum in the match,” Azarenka said. “I was just playing a little bit stupid, I think, and she definitely got loose and nothing to lose.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:58 pm in Madrid | 146 Comments »

May 3rd, 2013

Serena Williams Leads Insanely Tough Field at WTA Madrid

Notes: Insane field with two former No. 1s and an additional Slam champ all unseeded…The Top 3 seeds are current or former No. 1s…Tough opening-round matches are (5) Na vs. Tamira Paszek then the winner of Venus and (WC) Medina Garrigues, (3) Azarenka vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (11) Petrova vs. a qualifier then likely Kuznetsova, (16) Ivanovic vs. a qualifier then likely her Serb countrywoman Jankovic, (9) Stosur vs. the clay-savvy Suarez Navarro, and (2) Sharapova vs. a qualifier then likely Peng…No blue clay this year…Former champs in the field are Serena Williams (2012) and Kvitova (2011).

Posted by Staff @ 11:21 pm in Madrid, Tennis | 4 Comments »

January 16th, 2013

Breakthroughs, Upsets, Chokes, Maria’s Bagels Wed. at Aussie Open

China’s Zheng Jie pulled off perhaps the largest upset of the day — only perhaps, because it was only a matter of time before Top 10er Sam Stosur got tight in front of her home audience. Jie defeated the No. 9-seeded Stosur 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 after Stosur twice served for the match, and double-faulted on match point for good measure.

Posted by Staff @ 9:18 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 115 Comments »

December 30th, 2012

Azarenka Leads Stacked Brisbane: ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Not the prettiest field for the million-dollar oil-laden event, as the top dogs take the exo cash this week in Abu Dhabi…”Gasquet Back!” says the ATP website!…(8) Andujar opens against the Wimbledon Nadal-killer Rosol, and (3) Kohlschreiber will likely meet Monfils in the second round…Of the seeded players, only Youzhny and Troicki have career winning records in Doha…Davydenko (2010) is the lone returning champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 1:25 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

August 27th, 2012

Federer Forever (Beating) Young; Williams Sisters Tues. at US Open

Sharapova is coming off a few weeks missing play due to a stomach virus, with the pain leading her to take a pregnancy test, which came out negative. Azarenka in a late match rolled over Russian Alexandra Panova 6-1, 6-0.

Posted by Staff @ 11:50 pm in US Open | 119 Comments »

August 11th, 2012

Federer, Djokovic, Serena Headline Cincinnati Tennis: Previews

the Top 8 seeds receive first round byes, and tough openers include (15) Kohlschreiber vs. (WC) Baker, winner to meet the Harrison vs. Tomic victor; (10) Fish vs. F-Lo, (8) Monaco possibly vs. The Worm 2nd rd., (4) Ferrer possibly vs. Wawrinka 2nd rd., (14) Nishikori vs. Granoller, winner to possibly meet (WC) Blake; (11) Simon vs. Baghdatis, winner to meet Raonic vs. Gasquet victor; (6) Del Potro vs. Nalbandian/Haas winner, (9) Isner vs. Viktor Troicki, victor to face (WC) Hewitt vs. Mikhail Youzhny winner; (3) Murray possibly opening vs. (WC) Querrey, and (13) Dolgopolov vs. Davydenko

Posted by Staff @ 10:22 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

June 27th, 2012

Stosur, Woz Lead Seeded Exodus at Wimbledon; X-Notes

Former world No. 1 junior Arantxa Rus ousted No. 5 Sam Stosur 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, and Austrian Tamira Paszek outlasted former No. 1 and No. 7 seed Caroline Wozniacki 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-4 to lead the charge of the unseeded.

Posted by Staff @ 11:11 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 335 Comments »

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