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Serena Williams Set To Retire From Tennis

Posted by Staff on August 9th, 2022 @ 10:06 am

Serena Williams has announced she will retire from the sport. The 40-year-old made the revelation today via Vogue magazine which put the tennis star on the cover of its September issue.

“I have never liked the word retirement,” @serenawilliams tells Vogue. “Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important …

Serena Earns First Win In Over A Year; Osaka, Raducanu, Gauff Today In Toronto

Posted by Staff on August 9th, 2022 @ 9:40 am

Serena Williams fought off a slew of break points in the second set to prevail over an upset-minded Nuria Parrizas Diaz 6-3, 6-4 in the first round at the Canadian Open Masters in Toronto.

In the first match of the day on Stadium, the 40-year-old Serena raced out to a quick opening set win, but things got tight thereafter.

The 31-year-old lucky loser from Spain dug in, getting balls back and putting …

Kasatkina Rallies Past Rogers For San Jose Title; Samsonova Victorious In D.C.

Posted by Staff on August 7th, 2022 @ 11:53 pm

After a runner-up a year ago, Daria Kasatskina took it one step further and won the San Jose title Sunday rallying to defeat Shelby Rogers 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-2.

Kasatkina, who lost to another American Danielle Collins in the 2021 final, found herself down a set before storming back to win 12 of the last 15 games and run away with the title.

It was the third time this week Kasatkina had to …

Serena, Venus, Osaka And Swiatek Headline Canadian Masters Toronto

Posted by Staff on August 7th, 2022 @ 11:41 pm

In maybe the strongest event of the 2022 season, the Canadian Masters in Toronto will feature the biggest names in women’s tennis including Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka and world No. 1 Iga Swiatek.

The field in total features the Top 16 players. Teens Coco Gauff and Emma Raducanu along with Canadian stars Bianca Andreescu and Leylah Fernandez.

Andreescu opens against San Jose winner Daria Kasatkina. Among the other first rounders …

Kyrgios Claims Another Washington Title, Cruises Past Nishioka

Posted by Staff on August 7th, 2022 @ 9:48 pm

Nick Kyrgios loves playing in America’s capital. For the second time, the Australian came away with the Washington title, today cruising past Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4, 6-3.

It was Kyrgios’s first title since winning Washington back in 2019 when he upset Daniil Medvedev.

“It’s just very emotional for me,” said Kyrgios who saved five match points Friday against Frances Tiafoe. “To see where I was at last year to now, it’s …

No Big 3 In Montreal Where Medvedev, Alcaraz Star

Posted by Sean Randall on August 7th, 2022 @ 9:44 pm

Daniil Medvedev will be the favorite this week to defend his title at the Canadian Open Masters. The stop in Montreal is the first of two Masters hard court events this month as we close in on New York.

The big story coming in are the withdrawals of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

If you are hoping Djokovic can play the US Open, keep dreaming. It’s not happening. He’s not …

Kasatkina Beats Badosa, Will Meet Rogers For San Jose Title

Posted by Staff on August 7th, 2022 @ 9:52 am

French Open semifinalist Daria Kasatkina upended the favored Paula Badosa 6-2, 6-4 to return to the San Jose final.

A year ago, Kasatkina lost in the final to Danielle Collins, and now she’ll face another American in Shelby Rogers.

“Playing two times in a row the finals here in San Jose it means it’s a special place for me,” said Kasatkina who upset Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina earlier.

The 29-year-old Rogers continued her …

Kyrgios Aims For Second Washington Title Against Nishioka

Posted by Staff on August 7th, 2022 @ 9:40 am

Nick Kyrgios will be the big favorite today to win a second Washington title as he takes on the surprising Yoshihito Nishioka.

While Kyrgios took care of business in the semifinals easing past Mikael Ymer 7-6(4), 6-3, Nishioka later pulled the stunned upsetting the top seed Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 for one of the biggest wins of his career.

A year younger than the 27-year-old Kyrgios, Nishioka is 0-3 against the Australian, …

Medvedev Back In Win Column, Beats Norrie In Los Cabos For First Title Of 2022

Posted by Special on August 7th, 2022 @ 9:30 am

It was a long wait (for him), but Daniil Medvedev collected his first ATP title since the US Open with a 7-5, 6-0 win over defending champion Cameron Norrie.

“The good thing about tennis is that in one week you can turn around your season,” said Medvedev. “Coming here I had lost five finals in a row. That’s not nice, I want to do better.

“You never know if it’s going to …

Badosa Better Than Gauff In San Jose, Jabeur, Sabalenka Out; Raducanu Falls In D.C.

Posted by Staff on August 6th, 2022 @ 10:36 am

Coco Gauff’s run in San Jose ended Friday in the quarterfinals at the hands of the steady but strong Paula Badosa who outclassed the American teen 7-6(4), 6-2.

Gauff had the opening set on her racquet but a flurry of double faults cost her at 5-4 and then again late in the breaker.

Badosa kept the pressure on and raced away with the second set for one of her best wins in …

Kyrgios Saves 5 MPs, Rublev Advances In Stormy D.C.; Medvedev v Norrie In Los Cabos Final

Posted by Staff on August 6th, 2022 @ 10:20 am

Tournament favorites Andrey Rublev and Nick Kyrgios moved one win from a Sunday final in Washington, D.C. Both had to work extra hard due to the rains that continued on Friday.

The top-seeded Rublev had to beat two Americans on Friday, and he did just that topping Maxime Cressy 6-4, 7-6(8) and then in the evening he stopped wildcard JJ Wolf 6-2, 6-3.

It was a tough day overall for Americans. Sebastian …

Nadal Withdraws From Canadian Open Due To Ab; Djokovic A No Go

Posted by Staff on August 5th, 2022 @ 2:14 pm

Rafael Nadal will miss the first summer Masters of the season in Montreal due to his ab muscle he injured at Wimbledon last month.

Nadal, a 5-time Canadian champion, was hopeful to be back in Montreal but the injury is still preventing him from serving full strength, and he just felt a twinge yesterday during a practice session back in Spain.

Nadal said via a statement, “I have been practising for …

Medvedev, Auger-Aliassime Advance In Los Cabos; Kyrgios-Opelka Halted Due To Rain In D.C.

Posted by Staff on August 5th, 2022 @ 6:21 am

Daniil Medvedev cruised into the Los Cabos semifinals crushing Ricardis Berankis 6-2, 6-2. After a scratchy opener to his hard court campaign, the defending US Open champion was pleased with his level.

“It was very different,” Medvedev said when asked of his first match vs today. “My opponent played very different, much more aggressive. To be honest, against that type of player sometimes you don’t have much to do. Just try …

Gauff Ousts Osaka In San Jose, Sakkari Upset, Sabalenka Survives; Raducanu Wins Marathon

Posted by Staff on August 5th, 2022 @ 6:02 am

Coco Gauff continued her ascent up the WTA tennis ladder topping 4-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka in the match of the day in pro tennis. Gauff needed eight match points and held off a late comeback bid to win it 6-4, 6-4 and advance to the quarterfinals in San Jose.

“I think I improved in all aspects and today showed it,” said Gauff. “I knew playing Naomi was going to …

World No. 1 Medvedev Back On Court This Week In Los Cabos

Posted by Staff on August 1st, 2022 @ 12:47 am

Reminder: Daniil Medvedev is still the world No. 1.

The Russian who is still seeking his first title since the US Open begins his summer hard court run in Mexico this week leading the field in Los Cabos.

The tiny 250-level event sports just four players in the Top 50 with Felix Auger Aliassime, Cameron Norrie and Miomir Kecmanovic, so it figures to be a great chance for Medvedev to get that …