February 22nd, 2014
Cornet entering the event had an 0-28 streak against Top 10 players before toppling Top 10er Simona Halep in the first round. She then snapped her 0-17 streak against Top 4 players with a defeat of Serena Williams in the semifinals.
February 21st, 2014
Rafael Nadal steamrolled on in Rio while fellow World No. 1 Serena Williams said goodbye to Dubai.
February 20th, 2014
Serena and Venus Williams could meet Saturday in an all-Williams Dubai final.
February 16th, 2014
Notes: One of the toughest 28-draw fields of the year with seven Top 10 players among the seeds, and more dangerous floaters than seeds…Challenging starts for (1) Serena after a bye vs. the Kleybanova-Makarova winner, (5) Jankovic after a bye vs. the Stephens-Safarova winner…
February 8th, 2014
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal pulled from the event citing a stomach virus…Ferrer shooting for third title in a row…Wildcards went to Ferrer and Argentines Facundo Arguello and Guido Pella…Returning champs in the field are Ferrer (2013-12), Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Monaco (2007).
January 13th, 2014
“He has accepted my kind request to speak to me in German as much as he can because I would like to refresh my knowledge. I used to speak it,” said a light-hearted Djokovic.
January 9th, 2014
Serena’s exit out of the top quarter into the semis would likely also go through No. 31 seed Daniela Hantuchova, then No. 14 Ana Ivanovic or No. 17 Sam Stosur, and in the quarters possibly the fast-rising No. 30 seed Eugenie Bouchard.
January 4th, 2014
Notes: Sam Stosur still injured?…Tough draws for (3) Vesnina against the Puerto Rican riser Puig, and (5) Pennetta against the former No. 1 Venus…Venus on the small-tournament guarantee-cash circuit this year?…Wildcards went to Aussies Casey Dellacqua, Olivia Rogowska and Storm Sanders…Storm Sanders is an awesome sports name, period…Pulling from the tournament were Nadia Petrova, Ashleigh Barty and Stefanie Voegele…Vesnina in last year’s final beat Barthel…Returning former champs in the field are Vesnina (2013), Barthel (2012), and Jie Zheng (2005).
January 3rd, 2014
Serena Williams continued her dominance over rival Maria Sharapova running her streak over the Russian to 14 straight. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were also winners on Friday.
January 2nd, 2014
Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals in Doha. In Brisbane tonight Roger Federer returns while Serena Williams takes on Maria Sharapova in the first big blockbuster match of the season.