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January 18th, 2018

Muguruza, Konta Stunned; Sharapova Lines Up Kerber on Australian Open Day 4

Players turning in upsets in the heat were Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh stunning No. 3 Garbine Muguruza 7-6(1), 6-4, unheralded American Bernarda Pera defeating No. 9 Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-5, Sharapova ousting No. 14 Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6(4), Japan’s Naomi Osaka beating No. 16 Elena Vesnina 7-6(4), 6-2, and Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich topping No. 28 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3, 6-1.

Posted by Staff @ 7:43 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

January 17th, 2018

Djokovic v Monfils, Sharapova v Sevastova Thursday At Australian Open; Federer, Halep Also

The second round concludes with a loaded Thursday schedule feating Federer, Djokovic, Halep, Kerber and Sharapova.

Posted by Staff @ 5:18 pm in Australian Open | 185 Comments »

January 16th, 2018

Halep Wins but Tweaks Ankle; Kvitova Out; Day 2 Aussie Open Wrap

“I felt a pain on the court, but I didn’t have time to check it,” said Halep after tweaking her ankle during the match. “I feel that nothing is broken, but the pain is big. I have to see the doctors…My ankles are not good. That’s why I tape all the time.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:52 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

January 12th, 2018

Preview: Serena Out; Women’s Australian Open Likely to See a 1st-Time Winner

(5) Venus vs. Bencic the must-watch 1st rd. match in Melbourne…Other tough starts for (31) Makarova vs. Begu, and the injury-hampered (13) Stephens vs. Zhang, who she has previously lost to…

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 2:08 pm in Australian Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

January 6th, 2018

Halep Boosts No. 1 Status, Wins 2 Titles at WTA Shenzhen

Halep turned around after the singles final to beat Siniakova again in the doubles championship, teaming with Irina-Camelia Begu to beat Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova 1-6, 6-1, 10-8.

Posted by Staff @ 3:31 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

January 5th, 2018

Siniakova Surprises Sharapova, To Face Halep In Shenzhen F; Svitolina Gains Revenge On Pliskova In Brisbane

Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina bid for the first WTA titles of the season on Saturday.

Posted by Staff @ 6:44 pm in Auckland, Brisbane | Comments Off

January 3rd, 2018

Simona Halep Secures No. 1 Ranking And Australian Open Top Seed

At the Australian Open, Simona Halep will be the top seed at a Grand Slam for the first time in her career.

Posted by Staff @ 10:58 am in Australian Open, No. 1 ranking | 1 Comment »

December 31st, 2017

Unseeded Sharapova Joins Halep, Ostapenko in Shenzhen Title Chase; Preview

Halep is trying to stay atop the WTA rankings this week, and Ostapenko is coming off an exhibition win over Serena Williams…Interesting starts include (5) Wang vs. the upset specialist Riske (winner to meet Sharapova), and (2) Ostapenko vs. the lesser Pliskova, winner to meet the scrappy Giorgi…

Posted by Staff @ 12:52 pm in Tennis | 14 Comments »

October 28th, 2017

Simona Halep Clinches 2017 WTA No. 1 Ranking

Simona Halep is the 13th different player to finish as a WTA No. 1.

Posted by Staff @ 6:29 pm in WTA, Year-End No. 1 | 6 Comments »

October 27th, 2017

Halep Eliminated From WTA Finals; Garcia Beats Wozniacki For Final SF Berth

The WTA Championships semifinals are set.

Posted by Staff @ 10:24 pm in WTA Championships | 5 Comments »

October 26th, 2017

Venus Gets Revenge On Muguruza, Reaches SFs At WTA Finals; Halep-Svitolina Friday

Who’ll get the final berth in the Singapore semifinals?

Posted by Staff @ 11:02 pm in WTA Championships | 6 Comments »

October 25th, 2017

Streaking Wozniacki Cliches WTA Finals Semifinal Berth; Updates

“It was so quick,” Svitolina said of the final four games. “I missed my chances. I cannot change them…My game was completely off.”

Posted by Staff @ 5:53 pm in Tennis | 16 Comments »

October 23rd, 2017

Wozniacki Wallops Svitolina, Halep Wins At WTA Finals; Venus v Ostapenko Tues.

Day two at the WTA Finals featured two beatdowns.

Posted by Staff @ 4:34 pm in WTA Championships | 12 Comments »

October 22nd, 2017

Preview: WTA Finals a Steal for Youngsters with Serena, Maria, Stars Sidelined

Next year will likely return to dominance by Serena, Maria or both. But this week we’re stuck with the also-rans vying for both a coveted year-end championship and a year-end No. 1 ranking. It’s being spun as the next generation taking over, but due to pregnancy, doping and injuries, it’s some youngsters getting a shot because the best players are sidelined.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:06 am in Tennis | 12 Comments »

October 9th, 2017

After Finally Reaching No. 1, Simona Halep Admits She Couldn’t Sleep Ahead Of Her Beijing Final

Can you blame Simona Halep for not being able to sleep after reaching No. 1?

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 2:06 pm in beijing | 2 Comments »