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Clijsters Continues Return In Monterrey; Azarenka Makes 2020 Debut

Posted by Sean Randall on March 1st, 2020 @ 7:55 pm

Kim Clijsters continues her comeback to tennis this week in Monterrey which boasts three former US Open champions. In her second event after losing in her return to Garbine Muguruza, the draw was no easier in Mexico as the 36-year-old will meet the second-seeded Johanna Konta.

The slumping Sloane Stephens is also in the field along with Victoria Azarenka who will play her first event since the US Open. Stephens …

Kenin Top Seed In Maiden French-Filled Lyon WTA Tournament

Posted by Staff on March 1st, 2020 @ 7:39 pm

With the Coronavirus now threatening events in Italy and France, among other places, American Sofia Kenin has made her way to France where she’ll be the top seed this upcoming week at the Lyon Indoors.

The Australian Open champion will be joined by a French-heavy field including No. 2 seed Kristina Mladenovic, No. 3 Caroline Garcia and fourth seed Alize Cornet.

Kenin will open against Russian Vitalia Diatchenko while Mladenovic meets her …

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Teen Seyboth Wild Beats Ruud In Santiago, Becomes First ATP Titlist Born In 2000s

Posted by Staff on March 1st, 2020 @ 7:22 pm

Brazilian teen stunned the field in Santiago taking his first ATP title Sunday beating Casper Ruud 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

The 19-year-old Seyboth Wild had just two career tour wins when he took a wildcard into Santiago. The youngster turned that chance into gold beating three seeded players including No. 1 Christian Garin and then the second-seeded Ruud today to become the first man born in the 2000s to win a title.

“He …

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Watson Toughs Out Fernandez For Acapulco Win

Posted by Staff on March 1st, 2020 @ 11:57 am

Heather Watson fought off teen Leylah Fernandez to take the Acapulco title 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-1. The Brit let slip five championship points in the second set, but was able to close out her fourth career title in three sets.

“I’m so happy to get my fourth title,” said Watson. “It’s been a few years, so I’m just really, really happy I came through that match.

“It was so up and down,” she …

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Nadal Sweeps Past Fritz For Third Acapulco Title

Posted by Staff on March 1st, 2020 @ 11:43 am

Rafael Nadal picked up his first title of the new decade sweeping past Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-2 in a 75-minute Acapulco final Saturday night.

It was Nadal’s third title in the Mexican city where he first won 15 years ago in 2005.

”I couldn’t be happier. I played a great event from the beginning to the end,” Nadal said. “Acapulco was the first big title that I won in my career, …

Sabalenka Upends Kvitova For Doha Title

Posted by Staff on February 29th, 2020 @ 5:28 pm

Aryna Sabalenka won her biggest career title stunning former champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-3 in the Doha Premier 5 final.

“It was a long journey here and I put everything on tennis,” said Sabalenka following the 74-minute win. “I was actually only playing tennis and focusing on tennis and nothing else. And I think I gave everything for tennis. And I just lost my dad in the pre-season and he was …

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Djokovic Holds Off Tsitsipas For Fifth Dubai Title

Posted by Staff on February 29th, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Novak Djokovic collected his fifth Dubai title Saturday turning away Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4.

Djokovic looked strong in the first but blew a second set break lead before coming back on the Greek.

“I was a break up in the second set. He [broke] right away,” said Djokovic. “I was comfortable from the back of the court playing with him. It seems like he did drop his intensity a little bit from …

Nadal Overpowers Dimitrov, Gets Fritz For Acapulco Title

Posted by Staff on February 29th, 2020 @ 10:33 am

Rafael Nadal returned to the Acapulco final for a fourth time after blitzing former Top 5 Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-2 Friday night in Mexico.

The 33-year-old Nadal is 13-1 against the Bulgarian in his career.

“I’m very happy. A great victory against one of the best players in the world and a good friend,” Nadal said. “I think I’ve increased my level during the match, so it’s positive for me.”

Nadal will seek …

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Kvitova Back in Doha Final After Barty Win, Sabalenka Next

Posted by Staff on February 28th, 2020 @ 10:28 pm

Petra Kvitova ended a 4-match losing streak to World No. 1 Ash Barty in fine style Friday in Doha, defeating the Australian 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

“I pushed myself a lot to go more deeper to the court, not to flying back on the Qatar sign,” Kvitova said. “I tried that she couldn’t have put me away from the baseline that much, so I took time from her and she couldn’t do …

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Djokovic Saves 3 Match Points In Dubai Thriller v Monfils, Will Meet Tsitsipas In Final

Posted by Staff on February 28th, 2020 @ 10:16 pm

After three easy matches, Novak Djokovic was up against the wall courtesy of Gael Monfils who was in control of the World No. 1 in the Dubai semifinals.

But up a set and leading 6-3 in the second set breaker, Djokovic showed his true champion colors saving three straight match points then cruising in the decider to win his 17th straight match.

“It’s like being on the edge of a cliff,” said …

Nadal Keeps Cruising In Acapulco, Faces Dimitrov In SFs; Isner v Fritz

Posted by Staff on February 28th, 2020 @ 10:32 am

Rafael Nadal eased into the Acapulco semifinals hammering Soonwoo Kwon 6-2, 6-1 late-night in Mexico.

”The match has been much tougher than what the result said. I think it was a beautiful match to see,” Nadal said. “It was a good match against a tough opponent. I think he’s going to have a very good tennis career.”

The 22-year-old Kwon drops to 0-3 in his short career against Top 20 players.

The 2-time …

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Kim Clijsters Takes Wildcard Into Indian Wells

Posted by Staff on February 27th, 2020 @ 8:50 pm

Kim Clijsters will continue her comeback to the sport at Indian Wells next month, the tournament has announced.

The former No. 1 returned last week in Dubai, then the 36-year-old will play Monterrey before appearing in Indian Wells where she twice won the title in 2003 and 2005.

Clijsters last played at Indian Wells in 2011 when she retired to Marion Bartoli in the third round.

The tournament also announced that …

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Djokovic Clocks Khachanov In Dubai, Improves To 16-0 In 2020; Monfils Streaks To 12th Straight Win

Posted by Staff on February 27th, 2020 @ 7:35 pm

Novak Djokovic continued his dominant form in Dubai on Thursday cruising past the dangerous Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

The Serb stays perfect on the year at 16-0 and this week has lost just 11 games in six sets.

“I don’t know if I’m playing the best tennis of my career, that’s a big statement, but I’m feeling and playing well,” said Djokovic. “I like the conditions, but in windy …

Barty, Kvitova Advance To SF Showdown In Doha

Posted by Staff on February 27th, 2020 @ 7:24 pm

World No. 1 Ash Barty put a stop to Garbine Muguruza in three sets 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-2 to reach the semifinals of Doha.

It was their third straight meeting that went the distance with Barty now holding a 2-1 lead over the Spaniard.

“I felt like I started exceptionally well and I was able to get the ball kind of in my areas a lot more,” said Barty. “Then in the second …

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Djokovic Cruises Into Dubai QFs, Will Meet Khachanov; Monfils Keeps Winning

Posted by Staff on February 26th, 2020 @ 6:08 pm

Novak Djokovic run has win streak to 15 after blowing past Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-1 to reach the Dubai quarterfinals.

“It was a great performance,” said Djokovic. “I enjoyed the way I played, coming out with the right focus and tactics. Knowing Philipp beat me 12 months ago in Indian Wells, I needed to approach this match very seriously regardless of his ranking. He is one of the most experienced players …