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June 25th, 2017

Preview: Kerber, 8 of Top 10; Djokovic at Combined ATP/WTA Eastbourne

Potential tough starts for (1) Kerber vs. homegirl (WC) Broady, (10) Ostapenko vs. Makarova, (3) Pliskova vs. the Riske/Cornet winner, (8) Radwanska vs. the Goerges/Bellis winner, (11) Muguruza vs. Bouchard, and (6) Wozniacki vs. the Japanese riser Osaka…

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June 4th, 2017

Upset Central as Muguruza, 5 Seeds Exit at French Open

No. 4 seed and defending champion Garbine Muguruza, No. 8 and former champ Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 10 Venus Williams, No. 17 Anastasija Sevastova, and No. 23 Sam Stosur were all upended by lower ranked opponents, completely opening up the draw on the women’s side.

Posted by Staff @ 10:11 pm in French Open, Tennis | 4 Comments »

June 3rd, 2017

Halep Happy; Kuzy vs. Woz Sunday at French Open

“It was a very high standard of tennis,” Halep said. “Even if I won the first set 6-0, I knew the second one was going to be tougher. She’s always a very tough opponent. I’m really happy with the way I played today.”

Posted by Staff @ 11:16 pm in French Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

June 2nd, 2017

Muguruza, Venus Win; Bellis Rained-Out in Upset Attempt at French Open

“Twenty years ago? Wow,” Venus said. “I’ll be honest there won’t be 20 more. I will be watching in 20 years with all of you guys.”

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May 31st, 2017

Mattek-Sands Stops Kvitova Among 3 Big Upsets Wed. at French Open

“It’s hard for me to believe I’m in the third round,” said the 18-year-old Bellis.

Posted by Staff @ 5:59 pm in French Open, Tennis | 6 Comments »

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 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 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 »

March 28th, 2017

Kerber, Halep, Pliskova And Venus Advance To Miami QFs; Muruguza Retires

The quarterfinal line-up at Miami is all set.

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March 26th, 2017

Kerber Wins; Venus vs. Kuzy Monday at Miami Open

“It was a good match,” said Kerber, who was down a break in both sets. “I was trying to feel my game again. I was moving good, but it was not so easy because she didn’t play badly. I was trying to stay positive and play my tennis.”

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March 19th, 2017

Vesnina Ends 4-Year Drought with WTA Indian Wells Title

“Tennis is awesome, I can say,” Vesnina said.

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in Indian Wells, Tennis | 3 Comments »

March 18th, 2017

Vesnina, Kuznetsova in Unlikely All-Russian Indian Wells Final

“This was the biggest final and today, it was big,” Vesnina said. “It was electric, to be honest. I felt the atmosphere. It was a very important match for me.”

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