January 9th, 2016
Tough starts for (5) Pliskova vs. Ivanovic, (3) Kvitova vs. Lisicki, and (2) Radwanska after a bye vs. the Stosur-Vinci winner…
January 1st, 2016
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.
October 17th, 2015
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).
October 10th, 2015
Sean Randall breaks down the Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal final.
August 29th, 2015
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.
August 22nd, 2015
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…
August 16th, 2015
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.
August 8th, 2015
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.
July 6th, 2015
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.
July 5th, 2015
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.
July 4th, 2015
“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.”
June 3rd, 2015
“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.”
June 1st, 2015
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
May 10th, 2015
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…
April 26th, 2015
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).
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