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January 9th, 2016

Halep, 4 Top 10 Women in WTA Sydney; Men’s Field Left Wanting

Tough starts for (5) Pliskova vs. Ivanovic, (3) Kvitova vs. Lisicki, and (2) Radwanska after a bye vs. the Stosur-Vinci winner…

Posted by Staff @ 5:31 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

January 1st, 2016

Federer, Sharapova Headline Brisbane International; Preview

Both Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova show up to defend their Brisbane titles, where the men’s and women’s fields are stellar for an opening week to the year where the majority of the stars are usually off playing lucrative exhibitions.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:33 pm in 2016 Season, Brisbane, Tennis | 6 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 10th, 2015

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal In Beijing, Who’s The Pick? Wawrinka Battles Paire For Tokyo Title

Sean Randall breaks down the Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal final.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 7:34 pm in beijing | 122 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 22nd, 2015

Halep, 5 of Top 10 in New Haven; WTA/ATP Previews

Notes: Five of the Top 10 in New Haven this week…Lots of floating talent…The Top 2 seeds receive opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (8) Errani vs. Mladenovic, (6) Bacsinszky vs. Garcia, the slumping (7) Radwanska vs. the booming Vandeweghe, and (2) Kvitova vs. Keys…Wildcards were awarded to Wozniacki, Radwanska, Alison Riske and Lucie Safarova…Withdrawing from the event were Belinda Bencic, Ekaterina Makarova and Sloane Stephens…

Posted by Staff @ 4:43 pm in New Haven, Tennis, Winston-Salem | 3 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 8th, 2015

Serena Williams and 16 of Top 17 at WTA Toronto; Tennis-X Notes

Sixteen of the Top 17 turn out this coming week for the Rogers Cup in Toronto, where world No. 1 Serena Williams will test the right elbow injury that has forced her to withdraw from her last two tournaments.

Posted by Staff @ 6:12 pm in Canadian Open, Tennis, Toronto | Comments Off

July 6th, 2015

Serena, Keys, Vandeweghe Among American Onslaught Into Quarters at Wimbledon

Her 25-match winning streak at the Slams will next be tested by No. 25 seed and former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who had little trouble with No. 30 seed Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-3. Williams leads Azarenka 16-3 in their head-to-head.

Posted by Staff @ 6:10 pm in Wimbledon | 6 Comments »

July 5th, 2015

Wimbledon Women’s R16 Monday Picks and Pans

This could go any of 10 ways between on one end a knock-down big-hitter between the two powerhouses, or on the other end a chokefest between Venus who doesn’t want to ruin sister Serena’s shot at a Grand Slam, to Serena choking it while Venus is trying to hand it to her.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:11 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 1 Comment »

July 4th, 2015

Defending Champ Kvitova Dumped at Wimbledon; Germans Exit Too

“I cannot stop smiling,” Jankovic said. “I’m really, really happy. I was just happy to be playing and competing on grass. Grass is not my favorite surface and Petra plays so well on it. I think it’s her favorite surface. It shows by winning two Wimbledon titles.”

Posted by Staff @ 4:42 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 4 Comments »

June 3rd, 2015

Serena Hits Slam-Winning Gear; French Open Women’s Semis on Thursday

“I wasn’t able to serve well in my first couple of matches here because I hurt my arm in Madrid, and in Rome I had to pull out,” she said. “I haven’t had a great claycourt season, so I’m pretty excited to have gotten this far.”

Posted by Staff @ 5:50 pm in French Open, Tennis | 29 Comments »

June 1st, 2015

French Open Women’s Quarterfinals Previews and Predictions

Ivanovic is 6-0 career, beating the Ukranian this year in Madrid in straights. Two of the meetings were on clay, where the Serb hasn’t lost a set. You do the math.
Winner: Ivanovic in straights

Posted by Staff @ 10:49 pm in Tennis | 9 Comments »

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 »

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