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May 25th, 2016

Serena, Venus Up Thursday at French Open; Muguruza Mows French Wildcard

“It was not an easy match, especially playing a French player at home,” said Muguruza after beating Georges, who is ranked outside the Top 200.

Posted by Staff @ 6:36 pm in French Open, Tennis | 6 Comments »

May 23rd, 2016

Muguruza, Seeds Stretched on Cold, Windy Day at French Open; Serena, Venus Tuesday

“It was cold and windy,” said Radwanska, who will next meet France’s Caroline Garcia. “That’s why it was a little bit slow and the ball is not going anywhere. I think we [are] all kind of used to that after couple of days here. The conditions are same for both of us.”

Posted by Staff @ 5:11 pm in French Open | 1 Comment »

May 20th, 2016

Serena Williams in Trouble if Early Seedings Hold; French Open Preview

Translation: “The other non-divas on tour would love to have my year. Because they’re weak tea. But as Ricky Bobby said, ‘If you ain’t first, you’re last.’”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:04 pm in French Open, Roland Garros, Tennis | 11 Comments »

May 10th, 2016

Serena Makes Winning Start On Clay In Rome; Petra Kvitova-Madison Keys Wednesday

Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Roberta Vinci are in action Wednesday in Rome.

Posted by Staff @ 10:46 pm in Rome | 19 Comments »

May 8th, 2016

Serena Back but WTA Tour a Mess in Rome

The WTA tour is an absolute car crash right now in terms of illnesses, injuries, tournament pull-outs, and no one being anywhere near No. 1 Serena Williams in the rankings, despite the American winning no titles thus far in 2016.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:08 pm in Tennis | 11 Comments »

May 8th, 2016

Halep’s Game on Clay Back in Play with Madrid Title

“I expected a tough match today,” said Halep, who was 1-3 career against Cibulkova entering the final. “I thought that I would struggle a little bit with her shots, but I was very strong on my legs and could block. I could make my game, I can say.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:57 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 6th, 2016

Simona Halep, Dominika Cibulkova Crush in Semis to Set Up Madrid Championship Match

“I expect a tough one as well because is the final, and always the last match of the tournament is difficult,” Halep said. “But I have experience. I feel ready to play. She plays fast. She hits the balls. I know her pretty well. I beat her; she beat me. It’s an open match. Everyone can win. But I will do everything to win it. I really want it. It’s my dream to win here. We will see tomorrow.”

Posted by Staff @ 5:31 pm in Madrid | 23 Comments »

May 5th, 2016

Simona Halep Leads Madrid Semifinal Line-Up; Louisa Cherico Continues To Surprise

There will be a new women’s champion this year in Madrid.

Posted by Staff @ 6:54 pm in Madrid | 5 Comments »

May 4th, 2016

Simona Halep Lone Top 16 Seed And Top 20 Player To Reach Madrid QFs; Surprise Finalist On Top Half

Just one Top 20 player reached the Madrid quarterfinals.

Posted by Staff @ 7:20 pm in Madrid | 4 Comments »

May 4th, 2016

WTA Seeds Right Ship in Madrid; Halep vs. Bacsinszky on Wed.

“Bacsinszky is revenge!” Halep said. “It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be difficult, a tough match for sure. I just want to go on court relaxed and play my game…I am in a good place mentally and physically.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:22 am in Madrid | 19 Comments »

April 21st, 2016

Simona Halep Slammed By Qualifier Laura Siegemund In Stuttgart; Kvitova v Muguruza Friday

Simona Halep has now lost three of her last four matches.

Posted by Staff @ 6:48 pm in Stuttgart | 16 Comments »

April 17th, 2016

Radwanska Leads 6 of Top 10 Women at Stuttgart; Istanbul; WTA Previews

Lots of floaters in the draw and tough opening-round match-ups including (1) Radwanska vs. Petkovic, (8) Safarova vs. Pliskova in an all-Czech, (6) Vinci vs. Makarova, (3) Muguruza vs. Lisicki, and (2) Kerber vs. the riser Beck in an all-German…

Posted by Staff @ 11:57 am in Istanbul, Stuttgart, Tennis | No Comments »

March 30th, 2016

Halep Ousted By Bacsinszky In Miami QFs, 2-Time Winner Azarenka Faces Konta

The first women’s semifinal will pit former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova against Timea Bacsinszky.

Posted by Staff @ 1:00 am in Miami | 11 Comments »

March 27th, 2016

World No. 1 Serena Wins, Advances to Play Former No. 2 Kuznetsova at Miami Open

“She started with a new strategy, but I eventually figured it out,” Williams said. “She played well. I saw she’s ranked 97 in the world and I thought, ‘She’s doing great.’ She has such a bright future.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:21 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »

March 24th, 2016

Sluggish Serena Wins In 3, Stephens Crushed; Kerber Tries To Win A Set Friday In Miami

Eight-time champion Serena Williams had to go three to get past Christina Mchale in her Miami opener.

Posted by Staff @ 11:54 pm in Miami | 14 Comments »