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…
August 25th, 2014
TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
The Atlantic magazine wrote a hilarious tennis expose “Explaining the U.S. Tennis Slump” where they reveal some hard-hitting reporting: “American juniors train on hard courts, while Europeans and South Americans learn the sport on clay. Both The Economist and The New Republic have theorized that in recent years, the sport has shifted to favor players raised on clay, a ‘slower’ surface.” — Oh shit, stop the presses!
August 23rd, 2014
Simona Halep continues to adjust to her new celebrity status.
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 13th, 2014
Grimacing, screaming at missed opportunities and making her almost-crying face when failing to close out sets, the younger Williams sister is struggling to find her form with just a little more than a week left until her final chance to win a Grand Slam event in 2014 at the US Open.
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).
July 14th, 2014
In the singles final the Aussie won his 30th career singles title, defeating “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(3). In the doubles final he partnered with countryman Chris “Penthouse” Guccione, defeating Jonathan Erlich and Rajeev Ram 7-5, 6-4.
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…
July 2nd, 2014
It’s the first time Kvitova has “shown up” since winning the 2011 title. The reticent Czech against the former girlfriend of Tomas Berdych — as that is basically what Safarova has achieved after being tabbed as a top star after some early results, but not delivering.
June 21st, 2014
Keep your fingers crossed for the Serena vs. Maria and Kvitova vs. Venus quarterfinals, and the champions should unravel from there.