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May 6th, 2017

Sharapova, Konta Face Tough Starts at WTA Madrid; Preview

“It’s a very difficult [opening] match,” Konta said of Siegemund. “I’m playing someone, Laura, who’s coming off a great result in Stuttgart. She beat a lot of great players so I know she’s playing well on this surface. I’m looking forward to the challenge, to play someone who’s playing well on this surface and improve my game as well.”

Posted by Staff @ 4:13 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

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…

Posted by Staff @ 7:08 pm in Tennis | Comments Off on Pliskova Headlines Prague, Bacsinszky Defends at Rabat; WTA Previews

February 19th, 2017

Struggling Kerber, 5 of Top 10 at WTA Dubai; Budapest; Previews

Interesting starts for the struggling (1) Kerber after a bye vs. the Jankovic-Barthel winner, (3) Cibulkova after a bye vs. Makarova, (10) Woz vs. the Russian riser Kasatkina, and (11) Vandeweghe vs. her U.S. Fed Cup teammate Riske…

Posted by Staff @ 11:45 am in Tennis | Comments Off on Struggling Kerber, 5 of Top 10 at WTA Dubai; Budapest; Previews

February 11th, 2017

Kerber, Pliskova Lead 5 of Top 10 at WTA Premier Qatar Total Open in Doha

The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes, with challenging starts for (1) Kerber vs. the Begu-Kasatkina winner, (4) Radwanska after a bye vs. the former No. 1 Wozniacki, (8) Strycova vs. the former Slam champ Stosur 2nd rd., (3) Cibulkova after a bye vs. Pavlyuchenkova, and (2) Pliskova after a bye looking at an opener against the French riser Garcia (then the No. 5 seed Muguruza next round)…

Posted by Staff @ 4:36 pm in Tennis | Comments Off on Kerber, Pliskova Lead 5 of Top 10 at WTA Premier Qatar Total Open in Doha

January 23rd, 2017

Serena Williams Lines Up Konta Test; Hot CoCo on Deck Tues. at Australian Open

“She’s hard to read, she’s scrappy, gets a lot of balls back,” Serena said. “She definitely plays a different game than the other three players I played before. It gave me a different look — it was interesting.”

Posted by Staff @ 7:18 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 3 Comments »

January 21st, 2017

Upstarts Gavrilova, Brady Join Serena in Winner’s Circle Saturday at Australian Open

“What can I say?” an exhilarated Gavrilova said in a brief on-court interview after the match. “I’m just exhausted and very happy.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:59 am in Australian Open, Tennis | Comments Off on Upstarts Gavrilova, Brady Join Serena in Winner’s Circle Saturday at Australian Open

October 15th, 2016

Defending Champ Kuznetsova, Djokovic-Killer Bautista Agut Lead Next Week at Kremlin Cup

No Maria Sharapova in Russia as the former No. 1 remains sidelined for doping until April 2017, but Russian fans still get defending champion and former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and on the men’s side Roberto Bautusta-Agut who upset world No. 1 Novak Djokovic today in the semifinals at Shanghai.

Posted by Staff @ 5:34 pm in Moscow, Tennis | 4 Comments »

August 21st, 2016

Everyone Withdraws from WTA Connecticut; Gasquet Leads Winson-Salem

This tournament has turned into a complete mess with the seeding in chaos as Svetlana Kuznetova withdrew citing a shoulder injury, Johanna Konta pulled with a back injury, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova withdrew citing a back injury, then today (Sunday) Madison Keys injured her neck practicing and withdrew…

Posted by Staff @ 3:34 pm in Connecticut Open, Tennis, Winston-Salem | 2 Comments »

August 8th, 2016

Serena Wins In Singles, Suffers First Loss In Doubles At Rio Olympics; Kerber-Bouchard Monday

The Williams sisters suffered their first defeat in the Olympics today.

Posted by Staff @ 12:23 am in Olympics | 1 Comment »

June 19th, 2016

Madison Keys in Top 10 After 2nd Career Title at Birmingham

Last year’s Wimbledon quarterfinalist kept the level high throughout the match, knocking 27 winners to only 16 unforced errors, and winning 13 of 18 at the net.

Posted by Staff @ 7:23 pm in Tennis | 1 Comment »

June 17th, 2016

Madison Keys Reaches Birmingham SFs, Closes In On Top 10; Angelique Kerber Falls

Madison Keys in just one match win from breaking into the Top 10.

Posted by Staff @ 7:50 pm in Grass season | 1 Comment »

May 27th, 2016

Barbora Strycova And Agnieszka Radwanska Both Did Splits During This Point [Video]

Both girls did the split during this point!

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 4:12 pm in Best Shots, Videos | Comments Off on Barbora Strycova And Agnieszka Radwanska Both Did Splits During This Point [Video]

April 23rd, 2016

Stosur, Kuzy, Multiple Slam Winners at Prague; Rabat; WTA Previews

Guess the tournament couldn’t meet Petra Kvitova’s price point?…No Top 10 players in the field, but multiple Grand Slam title winners and finalists among the seeds…Tough start for (8) Wickmayer vs. Giorgi…

Posted by Staff @ 4:46 pm in Prague, Rabat, Tennis | 7 Comments »

February 21st, 2016

Kyrgios Arrives in Marseille; Errani Wins Dubai Debacle

It was only the second tournament of 2016 for Kyrgios who has been battling an elbow injury. Cilic fell to 14-10 in career finals.

Posted by Staff @ 2:56 pm in Tennis | 16 Comments »

February 20th, 2016

Nadal Gets Walkover In Rio, Thiem Tames Ferrer; Del Potro Wins In Delray; Berdych v Kyrgios In Marseille

Rafael Nadal had an easy day in Rome.

Posted by Staff @ 12:32 am in Dubai, Marseille, Rio | 26 Comments »