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September 11th, 2017

Safarova, Mladenovic Head Post-US Open WTA Fields in Tokyo, Quebec City

No Top 10ers in the post-US Open field…Tough start for (7) Riske vs. American countrywoman Brengle…Wildcards were awarded to Japanese legend Kimiko Date, and seeds Mladenovic and Pliskova…

Posted by Staff @ 9:31 pm in Tennis | 9 Comments »

May 22nd, 2017

Wozniacki Heads Strasbourg Field; Nurnberg; WTA Previews

Last year’s final was all Kiki Berten as the Dutchwoman qualified then won the singles, defeating Colombia’s Mariana Duque-Marino in the final, then won the doubles…

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April 29th, 2017

Pliskova Headlines Prague, Bacsinszky Defends at Rabat; WTA Previews

Pliskova the lone Top 10 player, but the former No. 1 Wozniacki and the former Slam winner Stosur also among the seeds…Interesting starts for (1) Pliskova vs. the tenacious Giorgi, and (3) Strycova vs. the somewhat-resurgent Goerges…

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April 2nd, 2017

Keys, Miami Open Champ Konta Headline WTA Charleston

Tough starts for (9) Gavrilova vs. Errani, (6) Sam Stosur vs. Jankovic in a battle of former champs, and (16) Siniakova vs. Puig…

Posted by Staff @ 11:50 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

October 10th, 2016

World No. 1 Kerber, 5 Top 10 in WTA Action This Week; Previews

The world No. 1 Kerber is the only Top 10er in the field, but throw in former No. 1s Williams, Wozniacki and Jankovic, and the Slam winner Stosur to give it some meat…

Posted by Staff @ 12:20 am in Tennis | 8 Comments »

September 18th, 2016

Muguruza, 5 of Top 10 at Loaded Tokyo; WTA Previews

Five of the Top 10, including US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, and a slew of dangerous floaters make Tokyo the place to watch this week…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough starts for Muguruza after a bye, coming out cold possibly against the US Open quarterfinalist Sevastova; (8) Pavlyuchenkova vs. the veteran Petkovic (winner to possibly meet the giant-serving Vandeweghe); (6) Cibulkova vs. Safarova; and (4) Suarez Navarro cold after a bye meeting the winner of Bencic-Wozniacki…

Posted by Staff @ 6:40 pm in Tennis | 7 Comments »

September 10th, 2016

Eugenie Bouchard Leads Quebec City; WTA Previews Next Week

The No. 2-seeded Beck starts against the upset specialist Mattek-Sands…Wildcards were awarded to Canucks Francoise Abanda, Aleksandra Wozniak and Carol Zhao…The last three seeds are ranked outside the WTA Top 90…

Posted by Staff @ 6:06 pm in Quebec City, Tennis, Tokyo | Comments Off

August 7th, 2016

Venus Flipped Out Of Rio Olympics; Serena, Kerber And Muguruza Sunday

Venus Williams went out of the singles on Day 1 at the Olympics.

Posted by Staff @ 12:02 am in Olympics | 1 Comment »

May 24th, 2014

Former Champions Federer, Serena In Action Sunday As French Open Begins; Is Djokovic Still My Winner?

Roger Federer and Serena Williams open things up at the French Open Sunday.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 3:29 pm in French Open | 51 Comments »

March 30th, 2014

WTA Previews: Serena Goes for 3 in a Row at Charleston

Notes: Serena is shooting for her third Charleston title in a row…Surprising lack of floaters…(10) Maria Kirilenko vs. (Q) Bencic could be interesting…Wildcards went to Melanie Oudin, Nadia Petrova, and Shelby Rogers…Qualifying to the main draw were Swiss Belinda Bencic. Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, Aussie Jarmila Gajdoeova, Russian Alla Kudryavtseva, Portugal’s Michelle Larcher de Brito, American Grace Min, the Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko, and China’s Zheng Saisai…Notable pulls from the event were Alize Cornet, Casey Dellacqua, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands…Former champs in the field are Serena Williams (2013,’12,’08), Stosur (2010), Jankovic (2007), Nadia Petrova (2006), and Venus Williams (2004).

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September 23rd, 2013

Simon, Gulbis, Radwanska, Zhang Capture Tennis Titles

In the unlikely Guangzhou Open final in China, Chinese wildcard Zhang Shuai defeated American qualifier Vania King 7-6(1), 6-1 for her first career title.

Posted by Staff @ 12:53 am in Tennis | 3 Comments »