May 16th, 2010
Usually the punisher, Venus was the punished on Sunday on the receiving end of Rezai’s baseline fury, rarely leaving a short ball anything short of a winner. Rezai has now beaten the elder Williams sister in two of their last three meetings. The unseeded Frenchwoman topped two former No. 1s in Justine Henin and Jelena Jankovic en route to the final.
May 8th, 2010
The Top 8 players in the world make up the top eight seeds in Madrid: Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Dinara Safina, Venus Williams, Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic and Sam Stosur.
May 2nd, 2010
The unseeded Henin defeated No. 8 seed Yanina Wickmayer and No. 4 Jelena Jankovic en route to the final.
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April 19th, 2010
Stosur improved to 2-5 in career finals, and became the first Aussie to win the Family Circle Cup title. Cracking 36 winners in the final, Stosur kept it to under an hour, and recorded her fifth win in a row over the Russian. Zvonareva was also the 2008 runner-up to Serena Williams, and falls to 10-12 in career finals.
April 11th, 2010
HANNAH FANTASY: ‘ARE YOU TRYING TO SEDUCE ME MRS. STORM?’ — The wardrobe must be working. ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser was suspended for essentially saying workmate Hannah Storm dresses like a skank on The Mothership. Apparently American Sam Querrey doesn’t mind, as Sam tweeted, “ESPN’s Hannah Storm is a such a babe.” Kornheiser was suspended for the radio comment: “Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She’s got on red go-go boots and a catholic school plaid skirt…way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now. She’s got on her typically very, very tight shirt. She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body…” Got to like those f-me boots, eh Sam?
March 26th, 2010
Matches to look for Friday in Miami include (5) Elena Dementieva vs. (WC) Justine Henin, (14) Kim Clijsters vs. Petra Kvitova, Carla Suarez Navarro vs. (9) Sam Stosur, and Melanie Oudin vs. (11) Vera Zvonareva.
March 21st, 2010
“Today I was ready from the start,” said Jankovic, who blamed last year’s campaign on over-training and niggling injuries and doubts. “I went out there knowing my game plan, what I needed to do. I wanted to be really aggressive, but at the same time patient and not really go for too much. I waited for my opportunities and when I had them, I took them.”
February 28th, 2010
“I want to congratulate Alisa, she played really well today,” Dementieva said. “I know it is difficult to organize a tennis event such as this but I think the organizers have done a great job and I hope that this tournament will continue for many years. I am grateful for the warm welcome here in Malaysia and I thank all the fans for staying and supporting us today and through the week.”
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February 21st, 2010
Seeds: Elena Dementieva, Na Li, Jie Zheng, Alisa Kleybanova, Melinda Czink, Sybille Bammer, Maggie Rybarikova, Olga Govortsova
February 12th, 2010
In the semis she will face a US Open rematch against Elena Demetieva, one of four Russians she beat at last year’s Open. On Friday Oudin outlasted Agnes Szavay 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, while Dementieva also endured a tough encounter against Andrea Petkovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
January 15th, 2010
“It’s just a little pain and the strapping usually helps the pain go away sometimes,” Serena said.
January 12th, 2010
WATCH OUT FOR MY EXPLODING HEAD — Serena Williams on keeping the No. 1 ranking in 2010: “I don’t think about it a lot. I’ve got a lot on my plate. Everyone assumes that I’m No. 1 anyway.”
January 10th, 2010
“I think we set the bar for pretty high for ourselves for the rest of the year but obviously it’s a great tournament to start off the year and a great match, so I couldn’t be happier with myself, but I would also like to congratulate Justine,” Clijsters told the crowd afterwards. “This is the first tournament that she’s back and she’s really played at a really high level.” Clijsters donated her $37,000 winner’s check to the Royal Brisbane Hospital children’s wing, which she visited before the tournament began.
January 9th, 2010
“I think we set the bar for pretty high for ourselves for the rest of the year but obviously it’s a great tournament to start off the year and a great match, so I couldn’t be happier with myself, but I would also like to congratulate Justine,” Clijsters told the crowd afterwards. “This is the first tournament that she’s back and she’s really played at a really high level.”
January 2nd, 2010
The Brisbane International in Australia kicks off the 2010 WTA Tour in wild fashion, featuring the return of former world No. 1 Justine Henin, fellow Belgian comeback queen and former No. 1 Kim Clijsters as the top seed, in addition to seeds Nadia Petrova, former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, Daniela Hantuchova, Alisa Kleybanova, Aleksandra Wozniak, Melinda Czink and Iveta Benesova.