September 21st, 2014
Notes: It’s the debut of the Premier 5 Series event in China…Victoria Azarenka pulls from the event with a foot injury, and announces she will miss the rest of the year…Potential tough starts include (1) Serena Williams after a bye vs. her nemesis Cornet, the struggling (6) Bouchard after a bye vs. the resurgent Peng, (4) Sharapova after a bye vs. countrywoman and former world No. 2 Kuznetsova, (5) Radwanska after a bye vs. the Venus/Garcia winner, (16) Petkovic vs. the comer (Q) Vekic, (12) Cibulkova vs. the big-hitting Keys, and (14) Safarova vs. the likewise big-hitting Lisicki…
September 14th, 2014
Tough starts for the struggling (6) Cibulkova vs. Flipkens, and (3) Ivanovic after a bye vs. Azarenka…Four former No. 1 players in the field…Wildcards went to Swiss Belinda Bencic, Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm, and German Sabine Lisicki…
August 17th, 2014
Notes: Potential tough starts for (8) Granollers against the Ginepri-Mathieu winner, (6) Sousa vs. the explosive Janowicz, and (16) Johnson vs. his American compatriot Querrey…Wildcards went to South African Kevin Anderson and Americans Ginepri, Ryan Harrison and Wimbledon boys’ winner Noah Rubin…Notable withdrawals from the tournament include Wimbledon doubles winners Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock, and Dmitry Tursunov…Jurgen Melzer beat Gael Monfils in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the field are Melzer (2013) and Isner (2012-11).
August 10th, 2014
Women’s Notes: Potential tough first-rounders went to (1) Serena vs. the former Slam winner Stosur, (7) Bouchard vs. Kuznetsova, (5) Sharapova vs. the Cornet/Keys winner, and (16) Safarova vs. Venus…Wildcards went to Americans Lauren Davis and Christina McHale, and Swiss Belinda Bencic…Pulling from the event were Li Na and Yvonne Meusburger…Last year Azarenka beat Serena Williams in the final…Returning champs in the field are Azarenka (2013), Sharapova (2011), and Jankovic (2009).
August 2nd, 2014
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…
July 6th, 2014
The hodgepodge of seeds includes a former world No. 1 and Wimbledon champ and this year’s Wimbledon men’s doubles winner…Interesting starts for (7) Sock vs. the veteran Kuznetsov and the struggling (2) Karlovic vs. Ginepri…
June 16th, 2014
Wildcards went to Azarenka and Brits Heather Watson and Johanna Konta…Pulling from the event were Svetlana Kuznetsova and Sorana Cirstea…Tough starts go to (5) Kerber vs. Riske, (4) Azarenka vs. Giogi, (8) Wozniacki vs. Stosur, and (2) Kvitova vs. Safarova…Returning former champs in the field are Wozniacki (2009) and Radwanksa (2008).
June 2nd, 2014
“I will try to do my best,” said Ferrer of the quarterfinal meeting. “I will try to play aggressively with my forehand and try to finish the points at the net…Tactically, I will have to be perfect. I hope that I will instill some doubts in Rafa’s mind, but if we play at our best level, both of us, he will be the better player.
May 17th, 2014
The best players in the world meet for the Rome Masters title.
May 16th, 2014
Tournament favorites Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are one win from a Sunday title showdown in Rome.
May 11th, 2014
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.
April 20th, 2014
Notes: Eight-time winner Rafael Nadal heads the field, and after a bye likely starts against Davydenko…(14) Marcel Granollers after a bye likely starts against The Worm…Wildcards went to Argentine Facundo Arguelleo, and Spaniards Roberto Carballes Baena, Inigo Cervantes, Daniel Gimeno-Traver…Withdrawing from the event were Pablo Andujar, Federico Delbonis, Richard Gasquet, Ivo Karlovic and Juan Monaco…David Ferrer is 0-4 in Barcelona finals…Fabio Fognini has never won a match in Barcelona (0-4)…Nadal beat Almagro in last year’s all-Spanish final…The two-time champ Bryan brothers are the top seeds in the doubles…Former singles champs in the field are Nadal (2013-11,’09-05), Robredo (2004), and Verdasco (2010).
March 30th, 2014
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).
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February 16th, 2014
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…
February 8th, 2014
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal pulled from the event citing a stomach virus…Ferrer shooting for third title in a row…Wildcards went to Ferrer and Argentines Facundo Arguello and Guido Pella…Returning champs in the field are Ferrer (2013-12), Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Monaco (2007).