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May 11th, 2016

Kerber, Half of WTA Rome Seeds Lose in Another Massive Exodus

Kerber, “one of the best players in the world,” since winning the Australian Open has lost her opening rounds at Doha, Indian Wells, Madrid and Rome.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 11:58 pm in Tennis | 23 Comments »

May 10th, 2016

Serena Makes Winning Start On Clay In Rome; Petra Kvitova-Madison Keys Wednesday

Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, Venus Williams and Roberta Vinci are in action Wednesday in Rome.

Posted by Staff @ 10:46 pm in Rome | 19 Comments »

May 9th, 2016

Venus Wins While Errani, Schiavone Fall In Rome; Serena Back On Clay Tuesday

Venus Williams went 1-1 Monday at the Rome Masters, winning in singles but losing in doubles with her sister Serena.

Posted by Staff @ 8:38 pm in Rome | 2 Comments »

May 8th, 2016

Serena Back but WTA Tour a Mess in Rome

The WTA tour is an absolute car crash right now in terms of illnesses, injuries, tournament pull-outs, and no one being anywhere near No. 1 Serena Williams in the rankings, despite the American winning no titles thus far in 2016.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:08 pm in Tennis | 11 Comments »

April 29th, 2016

Serena Williams Withdraws From Madrid, Her Third Pull-Out In 2016

Agnieszka Radwanska will now be the top seed in Madrid.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:13 am in Madrid | 5 Comments »

April 3rd, 2016

Kerber, Bencic, Venus Lead Charleston; WTA Previews This Week

Two Top 10ers in the field, in addition to two former No. 1s…The Top 8 seeds receive opening-round byes…Potential tough starts for (9) Jankovic vs. Garcia and (3) Venus Williams vs. Riske…Wildcards were awarded to Americans Frances Altick, Louisa Chirico and Shelby Rogers…

Posted by Staff @ 4:12 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

March 26th, 2016

Venus Sent Off By Vesnina, Azarenka Rolls; Serena Returns Saturday In Miami

Will Venus Williams play in Miami again?

Posted by Staff @ 12:14 am in Miami | 4 Comments »

March 21st, 2016

Miami Open Tennis Women’s Preview: One Mind-blowing Quarter

As Ray Moore might say, ‘There are a lot of attractive ladies out there — umm, competitively attractive…oh crap, I’ve done it again.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 10:30 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

March 12th, 2016

Serena Wins, Venus Out Friday at Indian Wells; Stephens v. Bouchard Saturday

“It was enough of a fairy tale to come here and play,” she said in her post-match press conference. “A win would have been nice, but that means I have to come back and play next year. I would definitely love to come back.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:35 am in Tennis | 5 Comments »

March 11th, 2016

Venus Williams Returns To Indian Wells Friday, Serena Also In Action; Bouchard Wins, 2-Time Champ Hantuchova Falls

The Williams sisters are back together for the first time at Indian Wells since 2001 on Friday.

Posted by Staff @ 12:14 am in Indian Wells | 2 Comments »

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