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January 10th, 2015

Tennis-X Previews: Sydney, Hoe-bart, More; X-Notes!

We thought Serena was all warm and fuzzy these days, hanging with bestie Caroline Wozniacki at the end of 2014, complimenting others, having charity events, showing her warm side, giving lollipops to children, but Evil Serena reared her head yesterday at the Hopman Cup when she choked the mixed doubles and called the chair umpire a liar! YOU’RE A LIAR! Here’s to an eventful 2015!

Posted by Staff @ 11:15 pm in Tennis | 9 Comments »

January 9th, 2015

Venus, Woz Final in Auckland a Gut Check for Both

The week has been a great effort for Venus, but the American hasn’t been tested — at all. She has averaged losing fewer than four games per match this week, strolling into the final.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 6:29 pm in Auckland, Tennis | 6 Comments »

May 24th, 2014

Pre-French Wrap: Bouchard, Puig, Gulbis, Kohlschreiber Win Titles

“I still want to achieve more — more titles, bigger titles — so this is a step in the right direction,” said the ambitious Bouchard, the No. 2 seed at the event. She is only the second Canadian in the last 28 years to win a WTA title.

Posted by Staff @ 4:38 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

April 13th, 2014

WTA Moves to Punish Fed Cup Tennis; Kuala Lumpur Preview

That’s less a WTA event and more like a thrown-together f-you to the ITF.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 3:42 pm in Fed Cup, ITF, Tennis, WTA, WTA Tour | 1 Comment »

August 23rd, 2012

ATP Player Council’s Stakhovsky, Simon Ready to Take Down WTA Women’s Tennis

He went on to elaborate, “When it comes to equality, it’s not equality, it’s business. Pure revenue and business, it’s nothing personal…I mean, why are male models underpaid compared to women?…So, [in tennis] are we supposed to pay women more just for looks?…Joint events are in the past. We will split all the events we can. The ATP is done with [joint] events on the tour with the WTA, so it will be only Grand Slams and that’s it.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:49 am in Tennis | 58 Comments »

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.

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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 »