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May 10th, 2015

Blockbuster WTA Rome Field to Answer Pre-French Questions?

Serena’s draw to the semifinals could go through Stosur, last year’s finalist Errani then the former French champ Ivanovic to meet either Sharapova or Wozniacki in the semis…

Posted by Staff @ 11:50 am in Clay Season, Italian Open, Rome, Tennis | 19 Comments »

May 8th, 2015

Kvitova Ends Serena’s Unbeaten Run To Reach Madrid Final Against Kuznetsova

Two shockers today in the Madrid women’s semifinals today.

Posted by Staff @ 9:07 pm in Madrid | 24 Comments »

May 7th, 2015

Former Madrid Champions Serena, Sharapova Close In On Final Meeting

Will it be a Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova final on Saturday in Madrid?

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:07 pm in Madrid | 4 Comments »

April 26th, 2015

Pliskova Tops in Singles and Doubles at Prague; Marrakech; WTA Previews

Notes: A Czech offensive in Prague with the first three seeds from the home country…(8) Giorgi starts against the resurgent Wickmayer…Wildcards were awarded to Czechs Denisa Allertova and Klara Koukalova, and Slovak Kristina Schmiedlova…Pulling from the event were former champ Magdalena Rybarikova and Carla Suarez Navarro…Pliskova is the top seed in singles and doubles…In last year’s final Brit Heather Watson beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova…Former champs in the field are Watson (2014)and Safarova (2013-12).

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 am in Tennis | Comments Off

March 10th, 2015

Indian Wells Women’s Preview: Serena Williams Returns to Cushy Draw

All the hubbub surrounds Serena, but Venus is not ending her boycott since last playing in 2001. “I made my schedule up,” Venus said about missing IW again. “I’m entered in Miami, and that’s pretty much what it is. I haven’t really given a lot of thought to it. I have just been focusing on this year…I just respect every decision [Serena] makes, pretty much. It’s nothing complicated about it.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:36 am in Indian Wells | 7 Comments »

February 21st, 2015

Brutal Field at WTA Doha; ATP Previews

Nadal a question mark after a cramp-ridden semifinal loss on Saturday at the Rio Open…Not a lot of early challenges besides (7) Andujar opening against Almagro…Wildcards went to Argentines Guido Andreozzi, Renzo Olivo and Horacio Zeballos…David Ferrer beat Fognini in last year’s final…Nadal is making his first appearance in Buenos Aires in 10 years…Ferrer passes on the opportunity to win a fourth consecutive Buenos Aires title in a row…Returning former champs in the field are Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Juan Monaco (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 pm in Tennis | 19 Comments »

August 13th, 2014

Serena Survives, Bouchard Upset; Huge Thursday Line-up With Federer, Djokovic in Cincy

Grimacing, screaming at missed opportunities and making her almost-crying face when failing to close out sets, the younger Williams sister is struggling to find her form with just a little more than a week left until her final chance to win a Grand Slam event in 2014 at the US Open.

Posted by Staff @ 10:58 pm in Cincinnati | 168 Comments »

August 3rd, 2014

Serena, Goffin, Kuznetsova, Raonic Win ATP/WTA Titles

It was Williams’ third Stanford title, her fourth title of the year, and her 61st career title. She rose to only No. 4 in the 2014-only standings in the road to qualifying for the WTA year-end championships.

Posted by Staff @ 10:15 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

August 3rd, 2014

Raonic, Pospisil Meet In Historic First All-Canadian Final; Serena Seeds Third Stanford Title

A Canadian will win in Washington today, which one will it be?

Posted by Staff @ 10:09 am in Stanford, Washington | 9 Comments »

July 27th, 2014

Serena Leads Stanford, Men and Women in Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Solid field with four Top 10ers and two unseeded Slam champs…The Top 4 seeds receive opening round byes, with tough starts for (5) Ivanovic vs. Lisicki, (4) Azarenka after a bye likely vs. (WC) Venus, (3) Kerber likely vs. Vandeweghe, (7) Suarez Navarro vs. Puig, and (2) Radwanska likely vs. Garcia…Wildcards went to Americans Kristie Ahn and Venus, and Azarenka…Pulling from the tournament were Sara Errani and Petra Kvitova…Cibulkova beat Radwanska in last year’s final…Venus is 2-4 in Stanford finals…Martina Navratilova (5-4) has reached the most Stanford finals in the tournament’s history…Returning champs in the field are Cibulkova (2013), Serena Williams (2012-11), Azarenka (2010), and Venus Williams (2002,’00).

Posted by Staff @ 11:11 am in Tennis | Comments Off

June 2nd, 2014

Nadal, Ferrer Line Up QF Meeting at French Open

“I will try to do my best,” said Ferrer of the quarterfinal meeting. “I will try to play aggressively with my forehand and try to finish the points at the net…Tactically, I will have to be perfect. I hope that I will instill some doubts in Rafa’s mind, but if we play at our best level, both of us, he will be the better player.

Posted by Staff @ 11:28 pm in French Open, Tennis | 9 Comments »

April 27th, 2014

Tennis Previews: Haas Defends Munich; Men and Women in Portugal

Notes: Haas beat Kohlschreiber in the all-German 2013 final…The top-seeded Fognini makes his Munich debut…Challenging starts for (1) Fognini after a bye vs. either Dr. Ivo or Smokin’ Dustin Brown, and (4) Monfils the Meltdown after a bye possibly facing the Austrian veteran Tuna Melzer…

Posted by Staff @ 11:02 am in Tennis | Comments Off

January 26th, 2014

Sharapova Leads in Paris; WTA Previews This Week

Notes: Strong field with four Top 10ers…Tough starts for (1) Sharapova after a bye likely facing Hantuchova, (2) Kvitova after a bye likely meeting Cornet, and (8) Flipkens vs. the defending champion Barthel…Wildcards went to Caroline Garcia, Petra Kvitova and Kristina Mladenovic…Pulling from the tournament were Dominika Cibulkova, Ana Ivanovic, Kaia Kanepi and Lucie Safarova…Returning champs in the field are Barthel (2013), Kerber (2012), and Kvitova (2011).

Posted by Staff @ 2:44 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

October 12th, 2013

Preview: WTA, ATP in Moscow; Stockholm, Vienna, Lux

Tough starts go to (1) Gasquet vs. either Baghdatis or Evgeny Donskoy, (5) Istomin vs. Russian (WC) Andrey Kuznetsov, and (7) Sousa vs. Stakhovsky…Seeds making their debuts at the event are Gasquet, Sousa and Mannarino…Russians have won the event 14 times since 1990…Last year Seppi beat Thomaz Bellucci in the final…Notable pulls from the event were Nikolay Davydenko (wrist) and Stan Wawrinka…Returning former champs in the field are Seppi (2012) and Tipsarevic (2011).

Posted by Staff @ 6:17 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

September 27th, 2013

WTA Preview: Serena, 8 of Top 10 at Beijing

Eight of the Top 10 take to the court in Beijing, with play starting on Saturday…Six current or former No. 1s in the field…Tough starts go to (3) Radwanska vs. Keys 2nd rd., (14) Ivanovic vs. Pennetta, (2) Azarenka vs. Petkovic (winner to likely face former world No. 2 Kuznetsova), (5) Errani vs. Flipkens, (13) Lisicki vs. V.Williams likely 2nd rd., and (4) Li vs. Hantuchova…Wildcards went to Francesca Schiavone, Venus Williams, and China’s Zhang Shuai and Zheng Jie…Pulling from the event were Martina Hingis (from doubles citing personal reasons) Marion Bartoli (retirement), Jamie Hampton (left ankle), Ekaterina Makarova, Romina Oprandi, Nadia Petrova (left hip), and Maria Sharapova (right shoulder)…The Williams sisters took a doubles wildcard…Former champs in the field are Azarenka (2012), Radwanska (2011), Wozniacki (2010), Kuznetsova (2009,’06), Jankovic (2008), Maria Kirilenko (2005), and Serena Williams (2004)…No player has ever won back-to-back singles titles in Beijing.

Posted by Staff @ 10:50 am in beijing, Tennis | 1 Comment »