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May 28th, 2017

Get Ready for Musical No. 1s After Kerber Upset at French Open

“I think she played a good match. It was a tough first round,” Kerber said. “I had a few chance in the first set and also in the second set, and I didn’t make it. I think that was the key for the match. I believed in the second set, as well, that I can turn around the match and I was still believing until the last point, but she played well.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 7:40 pm in French Open, Tennis | 5 Comments »

May 27th, 2017

Muguruza v Schiavone 1st Rd., Kvitova Returns; French Open Preview

Upset alert for (2) Pliskov vs. Zheng, who upset Svitolina in Madrid…Other tough starts for (20) Barbora Strycova vs. Riske (winner to meet the French upset specialist Cornet), and (19) Vandeweghe vs. Rybarikova who the American lost her last meeting against…

Posted by Staff @ 11:16 am in French Open, Tennis | 6 Comments »

May 21st, 2017

Halep Hobbled Mid-Match, Svitolina Steals WTA Rome Title

“I never like to give up during the match,” Halep said afterwards. “I don’t want to stop the matches. So I just wanted to try to win the second set…At 5-3 in the second set, I turned to hit an inside-out forehand, I felt it again. That’s why I called [the trainer] to tape it, because I was scared not to do something worse.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 2:26 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

May 19th, 2017

Muguruza, Halep Remain on Collision Course for Rome Final After Friday Wins

Bertens beat Halep in their only meeting on clay in 2012.

Posted by Staff @ 4:18 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

May 18th, 2017

Venus Upsetting Top Players, Faces French Open Champ Muguruza Friday at WTA Rome

“I feel like right now every girl, every woman, is playing very good,” Muguruza said after the win. “You never know, when they go to the court, who is going to win.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:51 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

May 17th, 2017

Kerber Slide Continues; Konta v Venus on Thursday in Rome

“It’s my first time beating the No. 1 in the world, so, you know, I’m super excited,” said the player ranked outside the Top 50.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 9:20 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

May 15th, 2017

Halep Makes Good with Coach, Fights Through for WTA Madrid Title

The bad start almost caused a split between Halep and her coach Darren Cahill, who had grown tired of the Romanian’s attitude, and her giving up during matches.

Posted by Staff @ 12:07 am in Tennis | 3 Comments »

May 12th, 2017

Defending Champ Halep, France’s Mladenovic to Contest WTA Madrid Championship

“We know each other’s game really well,” Mladenovic said of her friend and frequent doubles partner Kuznetsova. “Today was kind of about tactic match, to surprise each other. There were times we both had, like, some bad moments because we would try too much to change our natural game.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:10 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

May 11th, 2017

Kuznetsova Stops Bouchard In Madrid; Halep Hammers CoCo

Simona Halep is two wins from defending her Madrid title.

Posted by Staff @ 9:01 pm in Madrid | 2 Comments »

May 10th, 2017

Bouchard Train and WTA Smack Talk Keeps Coming with Upset of World No. 2 Kerber at Madrid

Bouchard in advancing to a career-first Madrid quarterfinal round will next face No. 8 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, who defeated China’s Wang Qiang 6-4, 7-5.

Posted by Staff @ 4:13 pm in Tennis | 29 Comments »

May 9th, 2017

Halep Wins Madrid Thriller Over Vinci; Kerber v Bouchard Wednesday

Simona Halep won a tight battle of former Grand Slam finalists.

Posted by Staff @ 11:12 pm in Madrid | 1 Comment »

May 6th, 2017

Sharapova, Konta Face Tough Starts at WTA Madrid; Preview

“It’s a very difficult [opening] match,” Konta said of Siegemund. “I’m playing someone, Laura, who’s coming off a great result in Stuttgart. She beat a lot of great players so I know she’s playing well on this surface. I’m looking forward to the challenge, to play someone who’s playing well on this surface and improve my game as well.”

Posted by Staff @ 4:13 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 29th, 2017

Sharapova Stumbles In Comeback, Falls To Mladenovic In Stuttgart SFs; Halep Upset

The upsets continued Saturday at the Stuttgart WTA event.

Posted by Staff @ 11:54 pm in Stuttgart | Comments Off

April 28th, 2017

Sharapova, Halep Breeze Into Stuttgart SFs, Pliskova Out

Maria Sharapova is already looking like the best player on the WTA!

Posted by Staff @ 7:25 pm in Stuttgart | 3 Comments »

March 29th, 2017

World No. 1 Kerber Falls To Venus, Halep Upset Wednesday at Miami Open

“I was so close to winning, I was two points away in the tiebreak, but she played very strong and deserved to win today,” Halep said. “But my confidence is there, the game is there — I just need to play matches.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:06 pm in Miami, Tennis | 2 Comments »