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April 3rd, 2016

Kerber, Bencic, Venus Lead Charleston; WTA Previews This Week

Two Top 10ers in the field, in addition to two former No. 1s…The Top 8 seeds receive opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (9) Jankovic vs. Garcia and (3) Venus Williams vs. Riske…Wildcards were awarded to Americans Frances Altick, Louisa Chirico and Shelby Rogers…

Posted by Staff @ 4:12 pm in Tennis | 7 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 »

March 21st, 2016

Miami Open Tennis Women’s Preview: One Mind-blowing Quarter

As Ray Moore might say, ‘There are a lot of attractive ladies out there — umm, competitively attractive…oh crap, I’ve done it again.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 10:30 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

March 8th, 2016

Serena Leads, Sharapova Drugged Out of Indian Wells; Preview

What, too early for Maria jokes?

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:25 pm in Tennis | 30 Comments »

February 28th, 2016

Thiem the Future, Stephens Stays Relevant at ATP/WTA Acapulco

Both the first- and second-set fights were a turn-around for Tomic, nicknamed “The Tank Engine,” who a week earlier in Delray Beach admittedly gave up in his first-round match after losing the first set to American journeyman Rajeev Ram.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:03 pm in Tennis | 18 Comments »

January 18th, 2016

World No. 1 Serena Wins, 7 Seeds Don’t; Stephens Rants on Day 1 at Australian Open

“After Auckland everyone was like ‘Oh, we can support Sloane again because she’s playing good and she’s looking good and we need to get back on that bandwagon because we kind of abandoned her,’” said Stephens, who has 36 unforced errors, or two per game, over two sets. “And then you lose and they go back to ‘She doesn’t work hard, she’s not committed, she doesn’t love the game.’

Posted by Staff @ 8:13 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 6 Comments »

January 9th, 2016

Azarenka, Radwanska, Stephens Claim WTA Titles in Saturday Finals

For her week’s effort the Pole will move up to No. 4 on the rankings, passing Maria Sharapova for what will be the seedings at the Australian Open. She improved to 18-7 in career finals, winning her fourth title since last year’s US Open. Riske fell to 1-1 in career WTA finals.

Posted by Staff @ 11:37 am in Brisbane | 3 Comments »

January 2nd, 2016

Djokovic, Nadal Lead Loaded Doha; ATP/WTA Week 1 Previews

Federer has won the most singles titles of any player in Doha, and is a perfect 3-0 in finals…Ferrer beat Berdych in last year’s final…Nadal, who is playing doubles with Verdasco, has won the most doubles titles of anyone at the event with four (2005,’09,’11,’15)…Former singles champs in the field are Ferrer (2015), Nadal (2014), and Federer (2011,’06-05).

Posted by Staff @ 8:56 pm in Tennis | 52 Comments »

December 29th, 2015

Sloane Stephens Splits with Coach Saviano After Streaky 2015

“Sloane and I will not be working together on the tour in 2016,” Saviano announced. “Coaching Sloane this past year at the major events and having her achieve outstanding results, in particular, winning her first WTA tour event in Washington, D.C. was extremely rewarding and enjoyable.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:10 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

October 17th, 2015

ATP/WTA Previews: Radwanska, 4 Top 10 in Moscow; Lux, Stockholm, Vienna

Notes: Strong seeding but not a lot of field depth…(4) Tomic will start against the Querrey-Baghdatis winner…Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards went to Berdych, Swede Mike Ymer and Finn Jarkko Nieminen…Last year Berdych came from a set down to beat Dimitrov in the final…Berdych trying to become the first Stockholm back-to-back winner since James Blake (2005-06)…Former champs in the field are Berdych (2014,’12), Dimitrov (2013), and Baghdatis (2009).

Posted by Staff @ 3:18 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »

October 4th, 2015

US Open Champion Flavia Pennetta Returns In Beijing, Simon Halep Injured, Petra Kvitova Loses

Top seeds have already fallen in Beijing.

Posted by Staff @ 2:01 pm in beijing | 7 Comments »

August 29th, 2015

Preview: Odds Against Serena Williams at US Open

Contrary to what commentator Chris Evert says, Serena Williams is the GOAT. She, the Martinas, everyone else is out. But having said that, the odds are against Serena that she is going to win the US Open and complete the calendar year Grand Slam. The pressure build up is too great.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:07 pm in Tennis, US Open | 42 Comments »

August 16th, 2015

Cincinnati Previews: Federer, Serena Must Step to Challenges

All the big dogs take to the court on both the men’s and women’s sides in Cincinnati, which sees defending champ Roger Federer return to the court after skipping Montreal last week.

Posted by Special @ 1:10 pm in Cincinnati, Tennis | 17 Comments »

August 10th, 2015

Sloane Stephens Captures First Career WTA Title In Washington

Sloane Stephens is finally a WTA title winner!

Posted by Staff @ 9:59 am in Washington | Comments Off

May 25th, 2015

Sharapova Sick, Sloane Ousts Venus At French Open; Serena Returns Tuesday

Sloane Stephens continued her big match Grand Slam prowess knocking Venus Wlliams out of the French Open.

Posted by Staff @ 5:27 pm in French Open | 3 Comments »