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Venus, Sharapova Advance; Serena To Test Back In Cincinnati

Posted by Staff on August 13th, 2019 @ 12:33 am

Former No. 1s Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova were big winners on opening day of the women’s event at the Cincinnati Masters on Monday.

In the afternoon, Venus snapped a 4-match losing streak by defeating the steady Lauren Davis 7-5, 6-2, saving 7 of 8 break points en route. She’ll now face Top Kiki Bertens tomorrow.

“I think [Bertens] does everything well,” Williams said. “She competes well, and she’s really matured and …

Murray Ousted In Cincinnati Return; Federer, Djokovic Tuesday

Posted by Staff on August 13th, 2019 @ 12:19 am

Andy Murray’s return to singles play was shortlived as the former No. 1 was bounced out of the Cincinnati draw by Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4.

While Murray moved decently, he was really troubled by a poor serving day. The Scot was broken three times and won just 42% of second serves.

“I think I did okay. I think there were a lot of things I would like to have done better in …

Andy Murray Says He Will Not Play The US Open

Posted by Staff on August 12th, 2019 @ 8:28 pm

Following his first singles match in seven months, Andy Murray says he will not give it a go at the US Open in singles.

Speaking after a loss to Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati, Murray said he would play men’s doubles and possibly mixed. And that the US Open wasn’t going to hold one for Murray until later which is what he wanted.

“I’m not going to play the US Open singles,” Murray …

Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Cincinnati For Second Straight Year

Posted by Staff on August 11th, 2019 @ 11:10 pm

Rafael Nadal won the Canadian Open for a second straight year Sunday, and for a second straight year he then proceeded to withdraw from Cincinnati which he won in 2013.

Nadal, who is just two Grand Slam titles away from Roger Federer, will be the second seed at the US Open which begins in two weeks.

Nadal was replaced in the draw by lucky loser Mikhail Kukushkin leaving the the …

Murray Returns To Singles Monday In Cincinnati; Sharapova, Venus, Kyrgios Also In Action

Posted by Staff on August 11th, 2019 @ 9:33 pm

Andy Murray will headline the first full day of play Monday at Cincinnati. The former No. 1 hasn’t played singles since undergoing hip surgery just after the Australian Open.

With a chance of never coming back to singles, Murray announced his return last week, which could also hint of an appearance at the US Open. He’ll open against Richard Gasquet.

“The performances against top singles players in practices have been …

Nadal Crushes Medvedev For 5th Canadian Title

Posted by Special on August 11th, 2019 @ 8:58 pm

Hopes were high for the in-form Daniil Medvedev today in Montreal against Rafael Nadal during the Canadian Open final. The first-time Masters finalist has been one of the top players on hard courts, and he hadn’t dropped a set or had been troubled on serve entering the final.

But that changed quickly as Nadal broke the big Russian for a 3-1 lead and all but ended any chances for the 23-year-old …

Teen Andresscu Grabs Canadian Open Title After Serena Retires 4 Games In

Posted by Staff on August 11th, 2019 @ 8:42 pm

In what a short final today in Toronto between 3-time champion Serena Williams and Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu. Just four games in and down 4-1, Serena walked to her chair, sat down and began crying unexpectedly. Once the medical team came over along with Andreescu, you could here her say her back wasn’t well enough to compete and the match was over.

“It started yesterday in my match and it just …

Nadal Gets Pass To Canadian Open Montreal Final Against Medvedev

Posted by Staff on August 11th, 2019 @ 12:06 am

It was one of the easier Masters semifinal days for Rafael Nadal. The 4-time champion in Canada didn’t have to hit a ball in Montreal today because his opponent, Gael Monfils, withdrew due to a left ankle injury.

Late Friday rain forced the completion of Monfils’s quarterfinal match against Roberto Bautista Agut which was just two points in when Mother Nature intervened.

Today, after a two hour delay due to more rain, …

After Slow Start, Serena Swats Away Bouzkova, Will Face Teen Andreescu For Toronto Title

Posted by Staff on August 10th, 2019 @ 10:00 pm

Serena Williams was the big favorite in her semifinal against unheralded qualifier Marie Bouzkova tonight at the Canadian Open. But the young Czech had other ideas.

Moving Serena around and forcing the 3-time Canadian champ into an array of errors, Bouzkova took the first set 6-1, then was still in a good position serving 3-all in the second. That’s when the wheels came off.

Serena began finding the range and no more …

Cincinnati Men’s Preview: Djokovic The Favorite, Murray Returns, Will Nadal Play?

Posted by Sean Randall on August 10th, 2019 @ 5:44 pm

While Andy Murray returns meaning the Big 4 are back in business at a Masters this upcoming week in Cincinnati, the top line story is will Rafael Nadal even play the event, especially given the weather and backed-up schedule in Canada?

Assuming Nadal goes on to win Canada as projected, then he’ll get the second seeding in New York, and would have less incentive to play in Cincinnati. If he …

The Once-Retired Andy Murray Is Back In Singles At Cincinnati

Posted by Staff on August 10th, 2019 @ 1:38 pm

Remember at the start of the year when Andy Murray announced that his singles days were done at the very latest after Wimbledon?

Well, as usual in sports, no on really retires. After some positive doubles results on his surgically repaired hip, Murray took a wildcard into the Cincinnati event where he draws the very-beatable Richard Gasquet to play the very-beatable Dominic Thiem.

“That feeling when you accept a wildcard …

Nadal Knocks Out Fognini In Montreal; Russians Medvedev, Khachanov To Meet In SF

Posted by Staff on August 10th, 2019 @ 12:19 am

Rafael Nadal avenged a shock Monte Carlo loss to Fabio Fognini by beating the Italian Friday night in Montreal 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

“It was an up-and-down match, but a positive match for me,” Nadal assessed. “I have been playing better and better.”

Fognini jumped on top early with slapping winners off both wings, frustrating Nadal.

In the second, Rafa got back in charge with better depth on his shots. Fognini needed treatment …

Serena Slams Osaka, Halep Retires; Andreescu Keeps Winning In Toronto

Posted by Staff on August 10th, 2019 @ 12:16 am

Serena Williams had to wait 11 months but she got her revenge on Naomi Osaka for that crazy US Open final loss.

Serena rolled past the Osaka 6-3, 6-4 behind 31 winners to Osaka’s only 5. The 3-time Canadian champ broke Osaka three times while never facing a break point.

“I knew her game a little bit more, so that’s a little easier,” said Serena who was 0-4 in sets against Osaka …

Serena, Osaka Advance To Friday Showdown In Toronto; Andreescu To Face Pliskova

Posted by Staff on August 8th, 2019 @ 11:51 pm

The big showdown is set in Toronto as Friday evening Serena Williams will meet Naomi Osaka for the first time since their memorable US Open final.

Both had to battle in their evening matches at the Canadian Open. Serena advanced past Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-5, 6-4 in her second match after Wimbledon.

Alexandrova led by two breaks in the first at 3-0 and again held an early break lead in the second.

“I …

Nadal Rolls Into Canadian QFs, Khachanov Spoils Auger-Aliassime’s Birthday

Posted by Staff on August 8th, 2019 @ 11:28 pm

Rafael Nadal upped his Canadian win streak to seven Thursday night cruising past Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals in Montreal.

“A tough day in terms of wind. But we are used to playing like this. When we play on outdoor courts, that’s part of the game, too. Of course it is better to play without this kind of wind,” Nadal said.

“At the same time, it is beautiful to …