October 20th, 2013
Controversy came with the end of the season as Kerber received a late wildcard for the Linz tournament, which she won, allowing her to edge Wozniacki for a Top 8 spot. “I do not understand that (the WTA) can suddenly change the draw and allocation of wildcards that way,” Wozniacki said. “There are many things that have been done in an unsportsmanlike and unethical manner. And you can hear from other players. They think it’s so ridiculous.”…
September 29th, 2013
Notes: Wildcards went to former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, and China’s Wu Di and Zhang Ze…Interesting first round matches include (1) Djokovic vs. the streaky Rosol (winner to likely face Hot Sauce), Querrey vs. Youzhny (winner to likely face (6) Wawrinka), (3) Ferrer vs. Popsicle, and (7) Haas vs. Hewitt…Wawrinka makes debut at event…Pulling from the event were Marin Cilic (doping suspension), Ernests Gulbis, Jerzy Janowicz (back), and Martin Klizan…Returning champs in the field are Djokovic (2012,’10-09), Berdych (2011), and Nadal (2005).
July 20th, 2013
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.
August 1st, 2010
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
April 17th, 2009
“[I] have to play a little bit more inside [the baseline], make less mistakes, serve a little bit better,” Nadal said. “I think all aspects of the game I have to improve. But I hope tomorrow [will] be better.”
April 16th, 2009
Federer is now decidedly less excited after falling to 18-5 on the season, with the 27 year old now in danger of losing his No. 2 ranking.
April 15th, 2009
Safin led Lapentti 4-0 in the third, and served at 5-2, 40-15. Safin snapped his racquet in two and received a penalty point when broken at 5-5, then eventually lost in a breaker.
September 1st, 2008
We have a pretty nice line-up in store at the US Open on this Labor Day Monday in the U.S. Week two opens with Gael Monfils v. Mardy Fish followed by Rafael Nadal and Sam Querrey.
August 16th, 2008
It may not have come in his preferred event, but in his third try Roger Federer finally has his Olympic gold medal.
June 29th, 2008
Pretty nice line-up we have at Wimbledon on Monday with the entire fourth round – men’s and women’s – scheduled. If you could have only one single ticket in tennis you could make a case this is the day to have it.