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October 18th, 2018

World No. 1 Simona Halep Has Withdrawn From The Singapore Finals

Simona Halep will miss the WTA Finals for the first time.

Posted by Staff @ 9:41 am in 2018 Season, WTA Championships | 7 Comments »

October 16th, 2018

Simona Halep Secures Year-End No. 1 Ranking For Second Straight Year

French Open champion Simona Halep will finish 2018 as the best player in the world on the WTA.

Posted by Staff @ 11:07 am in 2018 Season, Year-End No. 1 | 1 Comment »

September 29th, 2018

Halep Leads All-In China Open Women’s Field, Del Potro Heads Men; Preview

Interesting starts for (17) Keys vs. American countrywoman (LL) Pera, the struggling (9) Stephens vs. Pavlyuchenkova, (3) Kerber vs. the unpredictable Mladenovic, (10) Goerges vs. Konta, (7) Pliskova vs. (WC) Stosur, (12) Ostapenko vs. Rybarikova, (14) Muguruza vs. Makarova, and (2) Wozniacki vs. Bencic…

Posted by Staff @ 7:12 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

September 24th, 2018

Halep, Wozniacki Lead Loaded Wuhan Field; Kerber v Keys, Svitolina v Sabalenka Tues.

9 of the Top 10 on the WTA began the week in Wuhan.

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 am in Wuhan | 3 Comments »

August 25th, 2018

Serena Will Need ‘Fire in the Belly’ in Tough 2018 US Open Draw; Preview

“If anything, I have more fire in my belly,” Serena said. “It’s very hard to describe. It’s very difficult to describe. I thought after having a child I would be more relaxed. I think I’ve said this before, but I’m not. I work just as hard if not harder actually. I just feel like I take it just as serious if not more. That’s been really surprising for me.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:48 pm in Tennis, US Open | 5 Comments »

August 21st, 2018

2018 US Open Seeds: French Champs Halep, Nadal No. 1s; Serena Gets Bump

Serena Williams was the only player to get a seedings bump from the US Open.

Posted by Staff @ 12:16 pm in US Open | 20 Comments »

August 19th, 2018

Halep Finally Runs Out of Gas as Bertens Claims WTA Cincinnati Title

“It was [a] very physical match, that’s why the end I couldn’t make it anymore,” said Halep. “But she played really well, and she really deserves to win this title, because her level was very high.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:41 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 17th, 2018

3 Top-10 Seeds Lose, Rains Force Halep to Double-Up Friday at WTA Cincinnati

“I don’t know how [I saved match point] because she did a really great serve and I just played the [return], I don’t know, like a baby.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:14 am in Tennis | No Comments »

August 12th, 2018

Halep Tops Stephens in Another Blockbuster in WTA Rogers Cup Final

“This week, it’s been an amazing effort,” said Halep after claiming her third title of the year. “It’s brutal, the effort for me. This week it was really tough.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:44 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 12th, 2018

No Warm Welcome for Serena Williams in WTA Cincinnati Draw: Preview

Tough starts for (4) Kerber vs. Pavlyuchenkova who she is 6-6 career against, the wrist-addled (13) Keys vs. (WC) Mattek-Sands in an all-American, (9) Pliskova vs. Radwanska (winner to meet Konta), (6) Garcia vs. (WC) Azarenka, (8) Kvitova vs. the Serena-Gavrilova winner, (15) Mertens vs. Rybarikova who she has a losing record against, (5) Svitolina vs. (WC) Kuznetsova, and (2) Wozniacki vs. the Bertens-Vandeweghe winner…

Posted by Staff @ 9:28 pm in Tennis | No Comments »

August 12th, 2018

Halep v Stephens, French Open Rematch in Rogers Cup WTA Montreal Final

“Once I get on a good run at a tournament, I’m pretty consistent, pretty solid,” Stephens said. “I just try to keep playing, keep competing, fight hard. Once you get to this point, the quarters, semis, finals of a tournament, everyone is good. You just have to compete hard, try to stay calm, and play your game as best you can…Overall I’m playing good. Good weather, good conditions, good court. We’re in North America. Food is good. Just pretty consistent overall.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:45 am in Tennis | No Comments »

August 9th, 2018

Cornet Crushes Kerber, Huge Match-Ups Thursday at WTA Rogers Cup Montreal

“It is always not so easy to change also the surface,” Kerber said of moving from grass to hard court, arguably one of the easiest transitions on tour. “I think I need a little bit more time to get used to hardcourt again, to have a lot of matches, a lot of practice sessions on hard.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:55 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »

August 5th, 2018

Preview: Serena Drops Out, Insane Men’s Openers at Rogers Cup Tennis

The outrageous number of opening-round seeds vs. floaters match-ups includes (16) Kyrgios vs. (WC) Wawrinka, (11) Schwartzman vs. Edmund, (6) Cilic vs. Coric, (3) Del Potro vs. Nishikori, (14) Fognini vs. Johnson (winner to meet Shapovalov), (5) Dimitrov vs. Verdasco, (10) Goffin vs. Raonic, (4) Anderson vs. Rublev, (7) Thiem vs. the fast-rising Tsitsipas, (9) Djokovic vs. Chung, and (2) Zverev vs. Ferrer…

Posted by Staff @ 11:31 am in Canadian Open, Montreal, Tennis, Toronto | 1 Comment »

July 7th, 2018

Halep Joins Wimbledon Upset List as Women Rest for Manic Monday

Taipei’s 32-year-old Su-Wei Hsieh, who has lost more career matches than she has won and never cracked the Top 40, ousted the world No. 1 Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Posted by Staff @ 7:22 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 3 Comments »

July 5th, 2018

Muguruza Mauling Leaves Wimbledon Without 6 of Top 8 Seeds Thru 2 Rounds

“It is a huge win,” said fellow Belgian and BBC analyst Kim Clijsters. “Van Uytvanck is a super-nice girl. She had to deal with injuries in 2016 and worked hard to come back. For her to have this result is amazing. I am really happy for her.”

Posted by Staff @ 5:18 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 8 Comments »