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French Open Moves Back One Week, Will It Be Enough?

Posted by Staff on April 8th, 2021 @ 10:30 am

With COVID-19 cases rising in Paris, the French Open opted to move their tournament back one week. The tournament was to begin on May 23, but will now start May 30.

The second week of the French currently is also occupied by grass events in Den Bosch and Stuttgart, both ATP, and WTA’s Nottingham. Last year, no grass events were played.

With the Olympics in late July and the clay season already …

Barty, Kenin Headline First Week Of WTA Charleston

Posted by Staff on April 4th, 2021 @ 11:19 pm

The spring clay season officially begins Monday in Charleston, South Carolina with a strong field led by recent Miami champion Ash Barty and Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin.

The long-storied event which is played on green clay, also attracted Petra Kvitova, Garbine Muguruza, Belinda Bencic, Elise Mertens, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens and Coco Gauff.

Keys, Stephens, Kiki Bertens and Andrea Petkovic are all former champions.

The 56-draw opens Monday Amanda Anisimova and …

Hurkacz Too Strong For Sinner In Miami Final, Earns Biggest Title of Career

Posted by Staff on April 4th, 2021 @ 10:52 pm

Hubert Hurkacz held on to win the biggest title of his career Sunday beating good friend Jannik Sinner 7-6(4), 6-4 to take home the Miami Masters trophy.

“I played one of the best tennis I ever played,” Hurkacz said. “I was solid throughout the whole tournament, and I was able to get through each round, was even more pumped for the next round. So I think that’s something special for me.

“My …

Barty Defends Miami Title, Andreescu Injures Ankle

Posted by Staff on April 3rd, 2021 @ 10:09 pm

Ash Barty successfully defended her 2019 Miami title Saturday cruising past Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 4-0 ret. In the third game of the second set Andreescu took a tumble on her right ankle. She then retired once she lost the game, but at the time Barty was well on her way to her 12th straight match in in Miami.

“It’s never the way you ever want to finish a match, particularly in …

Sinner, Hurkacz To Meet In Improbable Miami Masters Final

Posted by Staff on April 2nd, 2021 @ 10:29 pm

In one of most surprising Masters final in years, Jannik Sinner and Hubert Hurkacz will battle Sunday for the Miami title.

During the afternoon, Sinner rallied from a set down to defeat Roberto Bautista Agut 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to reach his biggest career final.

The 19-year-old Italian was cool and calm despite playing in his first Masters semifinal. The Spaniard. tough, was en route to his second Masters final leading by a …

Tsitsipas Upset, Leaves Rublev The Favorite To Win Miami? Friday SFs

Posted by Staff on April 2nd, 2021 @ 11:03 am

There will be a new Miami champion and a new Masters champion on Sunday. After a series of upsets, new faces have reached the Miami semifinals on Friday.

Andrey Rublev, Hubert Hurkacz and Jannik Sinner are all into their first career Masters semifinal while the elder statesmen of the foursome, Roberto Bautista Agut, made the 2016 Shanghai Masters final losing to Andy Murray.

So someone is just two wins and four …

Andreescu Survives Sakkari Test, Will Battle Barty For Miami Masters Title

Posted by Staff on April 2nd, 2021 @ 10:35 am

The story of the women’s Miami event has been the return of Bianca Andreescu. After missing over a year due to injury, the Canadian has quickly found her US Open-winning form this week reaching the final after four straight tough 3-set wins.

Last night, the 20-year-old Andreescu hung on to beat Maria Sakkari 7-6(7), 3-6, 7-6(4) in 2 hours, 42 minutes. Due to early evening rains, the match ended just past …

Medvedev Mastered By Bautista Agut In Miami, Faces Sinner In SF; Rublev v Korda Thurs.

Posted by Staff on April 1st, 2021 @ 1:55 am

The women’s tournament favorite fell Wednesday in Miami and so too did the men’s as Daniil Medvedev was bounced by Roberto Bautista 6-4, 6-2 in routine fashion under the lights.

The Spaniard is now 3-0 against Medvedev after the 32-year-old out-walled Medvedev in the 92-minute win.

“To beat Daniil in two sets it’s because I played great tennis,” Bautista Agut said. “I was very solid and I could play with a …

Sakkari Sacks Osaka In Miami QF Stunner; Andreescu Impresses Again

Posted by Staff on April 1st, 2021 @ 1:43 am

Say goodbye to Naomi Osaka’s 23-match win streak. The Japanese star finally lost Wednesday in Miami and did so in convincing fashion, getting blown out by Maria Sakkari 6-0, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

“I would say that it’s for sure one of the biggest ones,” Sakkari said after the 69-minute match. “I think also beating Serena was equally big, but, you know, beating her after 23 matches in a row without …

Medvedev, Rublev Advance To Miami QFs; Korda Keeps Winning

Posted by Staff on March 31st, 2021 @ 12:43 am

Russians Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev kept on their respective rolls Tuesday at the Miami Masters.

Playing under the hot sun in the afternoon, Medvedev cruised past Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-3 to reach his first Miami quarterfinal.

“It was definitely a tough match,” said Medvedev who improves to 17-2 on the year and 4-0 against Tiafoe. “A lot of great points, some of them he won, some of them I won.

“The serve …

Barty, Svitolina Advance To Miami SF; Osaka, Andreescu Back Wed.

Posted by Staff on March 30th, 2021 @ 10:08 pm

One semifinal is set at the Miami Masters. Ash Barty will meet Elina Svitolina in one semifinal on Thursday afternoon.

Barty picked up her first Top 10 win in more than a year beating Aryna Sabalenka 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3. Barty was backed by her serve which wasn’t broken all afternoon.

“At big points I felt I was able to produce some of my better stuff,” Barty said. “That’s what we are …

Tsitsipas Gets Past Nishikori, Korda Crushes Karatsev In Miami; Medvedev, Rublev Star Mon.

Posted by Staff on March 30th, 2021 @ 10:34 am

Stefanos Tsitsipas had to fight to stay alive at the Miami Masters Monday night in the third round, besting Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Up next for the Greek today is Lorenzo Sonego who eliminated Daniel Elahi Galan 7-6(6), 6-3. Both players will seek their first Miami quarterfinal, and for the Italian his first Masters final eight.

Of the eight matches on Monday, the Tsitsipas-Nishikori affair was the only one to go …

Andreescu Holds Off Muguruza In Miami; Osaka Cruises, Barty Tops Azarenka, Meets Sabalenka

Posted by Staff on March 30th, 2021 @ 10:15 am

On a big day of eight fourth round matches, Bianca Andreescu collected her best win since her US Open title rallying to beat a very in-form Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the Miami Masters quarterfinals.

“I felt super pumped in the match, and after the match I was constantly smiling, like, I’m just super, super happy,” Andreescu said. “I feel like this was a step closer to feeling as …

Medvedev Survives Popyrin’s Upset Bid In Miami, Americans Win; Tsitsipas v Nishikori Today

Posted by Staff on March 29th, 2021 @ 10:19 am

Tournament favorite Daniil Medvedev had to dig deep to oust Alexei Popyrin Sunday at the Miami Masters in a 7-6(3), 6-7(7), 6-4 victory. In the afternoon heat, the top-seeded Medvedev failed to convert match points in the second(he led 4-1 in the set) but managed to survive in three over the 21-year-old from Australia.

“It’s probably one of the sweetest victories in my career, because I was cramping like hell in …

Pliskova, Kenin Out Of Miami; Barty v Azarenka, Muguruza v Andreescu Monday

Posted by Staff on March 29th, 2021 @ 9:55 am

Multiple high seeds crashed out of the Miami Masters third round on Sunday.

Former No. 1 Karolina Pliskova lost for a third time this month to American upstart Jessica Pegula. After consecutive straight set one-sided losses in Dubai and Doha, Pliskova at least got a set but still lost this time 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

After falling behind 6-1, 4-1, The big-serving Pliskova had the match on her racquet leading 4-2 in the …