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August 28th, 2011

Isner, Wozniacki, Lisicki Claim Saturday ATP/WTA Titles

“It was a tough one,” Lisicki said. “I really had to hang in there in the beginning. Aravane’s a tough player. You can’t have any letdowns or else she’ll play very well — she can really go for her shots. I had to make sure I went for mine today.”

Posted by Staff @ 12:21 am in Tennis | 27 Comments »

August 7th, 2011

Unseeded Serena Williams, Clijsters to Meet Early at Rogers Cup

Brutal draw for the world No. 1 Wozniacki, after a bye likely starting against Wickmayer, then the unseeded Venus Williams (who must first get by fellow former No. 1 Ivanovic and (16) Cibulkova)…

Posted by Staff @ 4:57 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

July 17th, 2011

Hamburg, Atlanta Previews; Soderling, Ferrero Title Winners; X-Notes

Notes: Interesting openers include (1) Fish vs. the Mahut-Richard Bernakis winner after a bye, (8) Devvarman vs. Ryan Sweeting, Blake vs. Gulbis in a battle of strugglers, (7) Bogomolov vs. Muller, (WC) Haas vs. (WC) Robby Ginepri, and (WC) Donald Young vs. “Iron” Mike Russell (winner to face (2) Anderson); Fish beat Isner in last year’s final.

Posted by Staff @ 9:55 pm in Tennis | 29 Comments »

May 22nd, 2011

Stosur Beats Demons; Woz, Schiavone on Day 2 at French Open

“I don’t think I have a big chance for the title here because I have never reached further than the third round in a Grand Slam, so we shouldn’t be talking here about winning a Grand Slam,” she said.

Posted by Staff @ 10:41 pm in French Open, Tennis | Comments Off

May 15th, 2011

Woz at Brussels, Roddick in Nice; Pre-French Previews

Notes: Why “Qualifier” and Victor Hanescu as floaters? Because one of those will likely send the struggling No. 4 seed Roddick out of the tournament in his first match; interesting opening-round match-ups include (6) Baghdatis vs. (WC) Benneteau, and (8) Fognini vs. (WC) Gulbis; Roddick is making his debut in Nice, looking for some last-minute clay preparation after going winless this dirt season, and extending his losing record to four straight matches; the Top 4 seeds in Nice this year are all making their tournament debuts; Richard Gasquet won the title last year.

Posted by Staff @ 1:30 am in Tennis | 5 Comments »

April 4th, 2011

Americans Falconi, King Provide Upsets at WTA Charleston; Woz on Deck

Former collegiate and American qualifier Irina Falconi topped Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6(9), 7-5, and American Christina McHale defeated British qualifier Heather Watson 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(3) in first-round play.

Posted by Staff @ 10:11 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

April 2nd, 2011

Sharapova Shrieked-Down by Azarenka in Miami Final

Maria Sharapova remained winless in three career Miami finals on Saturday after being out-hit and out-grunted by Belarus’ 21-year-old Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open.

Posted by Staff @ 6:33 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

March 8th, 2011

Wozniacki, Clijsters Favorites; American Void at Indian Wells

Notes: Clijsters vs. Jankovic QF seems likely, but some young guns in the section in Kvitova and Petkovic, and the hot-and-cold Bartoli; (21) Petkovic vs. Safarova looming 2nd rd., and prospect of (19) Ivanovic getting beaten by 40+ year old Date-Krumm 2nd rd.; all-Serb Jankovic vs. Ivanovic possible 4th rd.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 3:13 pm in Indian Wells, Tennis | 8 Comments »

March 6th, 2011

Dokic, Pavlyuchenkova Win Titles; Davis Cup Winners

Andy “The Closer” Roddick clinches for the U.S. in the first match on Sunday, beating Paul Capdeville in four sets. Chile got its only live point on Day One when Capdeville turned his match against John Isner into a fitness contest, beating Big John from two sets down. Roddick opened with a win over Nicolas Massu on Day One, and the Bryan brothers won the Saturday doubles point for the U.S., which will next host Spain.

Posted by Staff @ 10:22 pm in Tennis | 16 Comments »

February 27th, 2011

WTA Previews; Del Potro, Ferrer, Dulko Win Titles

Notes: Troubled former No. 1 Dinara Safina floats seedlessly in the draw, starting against China’s Xinyun Han, then a possible meeting with (5) Safarova; (8) Jovanovski a tough start against Tanasugarn, and (1) Schiavone vs. Dokic; last year Kleybanova beat the now-retired Elena Dementieva to win her first WTA title in Kuala Lumpur.

Posted by Staff @ 7:44 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

January 8th, 2011

Wozniacki, Clijsters, 7 of Top 10 in Sydney; Hobart; WTA Previews

The list of floaters almost as impressive as the seed list; tough openers include Kirilenko vs. Cibulkova (winner to face (1) Wozniacki), (5) Schiavone vs. Kleybanova (winner to likely face Hantuchova), possible (3) Clijsters vs. Petrova 2nd rd., former world No. 2 Kuznetova vs. (WC) Dokic, winner to face (4) Stosur vs. Wickmayer winner, (6) Jankovic vs. Rezai, and (2) Zvonareva vs. winner of Pennetta vs. qualifier; 7 of the Top 10 players present in Sydney; Elena Dementieva (now retired) beat Serena Williams (now injured) in the 2010 final…Clijsters (2007, ’03) is the lone returning champ in the field, in addition to the 2008-05 runner-ups Kuznetsova (2008), Jankovic (2007), Schiavone (2006), and Stosur (2005); 11 former No. 1 players have won the Sydney title.

Posted by Staff @ 3:09 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

October 2nd, 2010

Wozniacki Bests Critics, Dementieva for WTA Tokyo Title

Wozniacki stands at No. 1 in the Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships Singles Standings, meaning if the season ended today, she would be crowned the year-end No. 1 player.

Posted by Staff @ 10:35 am in Tennis | 4 Comments »

September 19th, 2010

Paszek Beats Mattek-Sands in QB; Groth Wins WTA Guangzhou

“It’s overwhelming,” Paszek said. “I’m extremely happy. Anytime you win a tournament for the first time it’s very special. This is something I’ll remember the rest of my life.”

Posted by Staff @ 5:02 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

August 24th, 2010

Wozniacki Breezes to Rain-Delayed WTA Rogers Cup Title

“I don’t see how I got a blister after sitting on my [expletive deleted] for two days,” Azarenka said.

Posted by Staff @ 10:04 am in Tennis | 3 Comments »

August 22nd, 2010

Wozniacki, Dementieva Lead Solid Field at WTA New Haven; + Men

Wozniacki will open against the winner of Oudin and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova; (7) Pennetta a tough start against Kleybanova; the French Open champ (3) Schiavone starts against former No. 1 (WC) Safina; (2) Stosur will likely start against the tough Zheng; tournament started in 1948 as the U.S. Women’s Hardcourt Championships; Wozniacki is the two-time defending champion.

Posted by Staff @ 12:17 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »