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July 27th, 2013

Del Potro Heads Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Three former No. 1s among the seeds…No Williams sisters but plenty of Top 10ers and floaters…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough openers for (1) Azarenka after a bye against Pennetta or Schiavone, (4) Vinci after a bye likely against the veteran Mattek-Sands, (7) Ivanovic vs. Cibulkova, (5) Stosur vs. the rolling Lepchenko, and (2) Radwanska after a bye likely vs. the veteran Hantuchova…Wildcards went to American Allie Kiick, France’s Virginie Razzano, and Stosur…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli, Kirsten Flipkens, Bojana Jovanovski, Kristina Mladenovic and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova…Martina Hingis and Hantuchova received a wildcard in doubles…Cibulkova beat Bartoli in the final last year…Returning champions in the field are Cibulkova (2012), Radwanska (2011), and Kuznetsova (2010).

Posted by Staff @ 8:54 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

July 20th, 2013

Federer in Gstaad; No $erena in Stanford: ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Two-time defending champ Serena Williams obviously didn’t like the under-the-table appearance fee to appear in Stanford, passing on the event and last week playing the tiny Swedish Open in Bastad, which was willing to pony-up some major cash…Tough starts are (1) Radwanska after a bye possibly facing the former Slam champ Schiavone, (8) Rybarikova vs. the explosive Keys, and (2) Stosur after a bye likely facing the powerful Goerges….Wildcards went to American Nicole Gibbs and Croat Ajla Tomljanovic…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli (hamstring), Kirsten Flipkens, Sabine Lisicki (wrist), and Maria Sharapova (hip)…Since 1990, 20 of the 23 champions have been Slam winners, but this year there are no returning champions in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 4:34 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

May 2nd, 2012

Some Players Support The Blue Clay Tennis Courts In Madrid

Players are getting their first taste of the smurf turf in Madrid.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 5:17 pm in Madrid | 103 Comments »

November 3rd, 2011

Watch Sorana Cirstea Train For Dancing With The Stars [Video]

Here’s Sorana Cirstea training for Dancing With the Stars.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 10:07 am in Videos | 3 Comments »

November 1st, 2011

Sorana Cirstea To Appear On “Dancing With The Stars”

Sorana Cirstea will appear on Dancing with the Stars.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 5:00 pm in 2011 Season | Comments Off

August 1st, 2010

Roddick, Jankovic, Wozniacki Star at Washinton, San Diego, Copenhagen

Loaded non-seeded field with former No. 1s Ivanovic and Safina, and former No. 2 Kuznetsova unseeded; first-round match-ups of interest are (6) Bartoli vs. Hantuchova, (7) Peer vs. (WC) Ivanovic, (8) Wickmayer vs. Kuznetsova, and potential second-round match-ups after seeded byes (1) Jankovic vs. Rezai and Stosur vs. Azarenka or Oudin

Posted by Staff @ 3:32 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

June 2nd, 2009

Safina Stumbles, Sharapova Spanked at French Open

It was the first appearance in a Slam quarterfinal for the Slovak. For Sharapova it was an unexpected run after injury on her worst surface, where her movement remains a liability.

Posted by Staff @ 6:23 pm in French Open, Tennis | 10 Comments »

June 1st, 2009

Jankovic Janked; Safina, Sharapova On Tuesday at French Open

On tap for Tuesday quarterfinal play are (1) Dinara Safina vs. (9) Victoria Azarenka, and (20) Dominika Cibulkova vs. unseeded former No. 1 Maria Sharapova.

Posted by Staff @ 10:55 pm in French Open, Tennis | 12 Comments »