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March 8th, 2016

Serena Leads, Sharapova Drugged Out of Indian Wells; Preview

What, too early for Maria jokes?

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:25 pm in Tennis | 30 Comments »

February 14th, 2016

Venus Does a Lay-Up in Taiwan, Vinci Still Kicking with St. Pete Crown

Williams was ranked more than 50 ranking spots above the No. 2-seeded Doi on the WTA rankings.

Posted by Staff @ 10:03 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

February 6th, 2016

Venus Gets Paid in Taiwan; Swiss Top Seeds in St. Pete: WTA Previews

Let’s play “Guess Who Got the Appearance Cash?” with Venus as the top seed, and the No. 62-ranked Doi seeded second…No Top 10 seeds in the field…Remove Venus, and this would essentially be an ITF-level field…Potentially tricky starts for (8) Riske vs. the Croat riser Vekic, and (2) Doi vs. the lesser Pliskova…Wildcards stayed in-country to Chinese-Taipei’s Hsu Ching-Wen, Lee Pei-Chi and Lee Ya-Hsuan…

Posted by Staff @ 10:42 am in Tennis | Comments Off

January 19th, 2016

Halep, Venus Added to Rash of Seeded Exits at Australian Open

“She had confidence,” said Halep, who was not brimming with such. “She had three matches here already in the quallies. Yeah, she didn’t have fear…But I think I let her play her best tennis. I didn’t hit very strong and I didn’t hit with good strength…I had many problems in this period before coming here, so I can say that I am a little bit down mentally because I was very sick home. Then I came here with Achilles again. So it’s tough to be positive, 100%, and try everything.”

Posted by Staff @ 9:06 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 12 Comments »

January 15th, 2016

Australian Open Women’s Preview: Buckle Up, Here Come the Injuries

Add to that the world No. 1 did not receive a favorable draw, with former No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova in her path prior to the semifinals, and it doesn’t look good for the defending champ.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:06 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

January 5th, 2016

Venus Loses 1st Rd. Auckland, Olympic Chances in Trouble? Plus Tennis-X Notes

Maria Sharapova (left arm) and Simona Halep (Achilles) withdrew from Brisbane on Tuesday before playing a match. Sharapova, who was the Brisbane defending champ, in the off-season played the International Premier Tennis League, and now won’t play until the Australian Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:01 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

January 2nd, 2016

Djokovic, Nadal Lead Loaded Doha; ATP/WTA Week 1 Previews

Federer has won the most singles titles of any player in Doha, and is a perfect 3-0 in finals…Ferrer beat Berdych in last year’s final…Nadal, who is playing doubles with Verdasco, has won the most doubles titles of anyone at the event with four (2005,’09,’11,’15)…Former singles champs in the field are Ferrer (2015), Nadal (2014), and Federer (2011,’06-05).

Posted by Staff @ 8:56 pm in Tennis | 52 Comments »

November 9th, 2015

At Age 35, Venus Williams Finishes 2015 Back In The Top 10 For First Time In Five Years!

Venus Williams ended the year in the Top 10.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:44 am in WTA | 3 Comments »

October 11th, 2015

Venus Williams, Woz, Pennetta Headline WTA Events This Week in Austria, Hong Kong, China

Top-seeded Garbine Muguruza pulled from the event after winning Beijing, forcing a shuffle of the draw…(2) Kerber will start against the former Slam winner Schiavone…Seeds Kerber, Jankovic and Stosur received wildcards…Also pulling from the event were Victoria Azarenka, Eugenie Bouchard, Zarina Diyas, Sabine Lisicki, Ajla Tomljanovic, and Coco Vandeweghe…No former champs are in the field…In last year’s final Lisicki topped Karolina Pliskova.

Posted by Staff @ 11:56 am in Tennis | 2 Comments »

October 6th, 2015

Djokovic Rolls In Beijing Opener, Nadal Unimpressive, Ivanovic Beats Venus; Nishikori, Wawrinka In Tokyo Action

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal returned with wins Tuesday in Beijing.

Posted by Staff @ 5:19 pm in beijing | 13 Comments »

October 3rd, 2015

Venus Williams Wins 47th Career WTA Title When Muguruza Retires In Wuhan Final

Venus won her second title of 2015.

Posted by Staff @ 10:56 am in Asia | 4 Comments »

October 2nd, 2015

Venus Avenges Serena Loss, Beats F-Bombing Vinci To Reach Wuhan Final

Roberta Vinci dropped an F Bomb on Venus, but it wasn’t enough.

Posted by Staff @ 3:39 pm in WTA | 10 Comments »

September 29th, 2015

Venus Williams Wins 700th Career Match [Chart]

Venus Williams made history in Wuhan today.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:47 am in 2015 Season | 15 Comments »

September 9th, 2015

Serena Overpowers Venus To Reach 10th US Open SF; Azarenka v Halep Wednesday

Serena still has the upper hand on Venus.

Posted by Staff @ 12:35 am in US Open | 2 Comments »

September 8th, 2015

Federer Masters Isner; Serena v Venus Tonight at US Open

Federer navigated the first-set tiebreak easily, and ended the second-set dogfight tiebreak with a ridiculous screaming backhand down the line from outside the court. Isner challenged the call but to no avail. The Swiss broke Isner at 6-5 in the final set, the first time Isner has been broken at the US Open in 100+ service games stretching back to last year.

Posted by Staff @ 12:13 am in US Open | 422 Comments »