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August 21st, 2011

Sharapova Weathers 16 Break Match for Cincy Title; X-Notes

Sharapova one-upped her appearance in last year’s final where she lost to Kim Clijsters after holding three match points. The Russian also improved to 11-0 this year in three-set matches after outlasting Jankovic in what was the longest final on the WTA tour this year.

Posted by Staff @ 10:59 pm in Tennis | 9 Comments »

August 14th, 2011

Djokovic, Serena Capture Canadian Open Titles; Tennis-X Notes

Best headline of the week from Canada’s National Post: “Anderson drops a piano on Murray at Rogers Cup”…

Posted by Staff @ 10:17 pm in Tennis | 36 Comments »

August 13th, 2011

WTA Cincinnati Preview: All Eyes on Serena Williams; Venus and Clijsters Out

The Western & Southern Open features 18 of the Top 20 women’s players, with seeds Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Francesca Schiavone, Marion Bartoli, Andrea Petkovic, Samantha Stosur, Agnieszka Radwanska, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, and Peng Shuai.

Posted by Staff @ 5:10 pm in Tennis | 4 Comments »

August 3rd, 2011

Federer on Harrison Slight, Davis Cup, Turning 30

“The only reason why I kind of heard about it was because Ryan wrote an apology to my manager to me saying he was misquoted. I like Ryan as a guy, as a player, as a kid. Everything gets blown out of proportion. I think that’s his opinion. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter much to me because I know what I need to do to beat those guys. He didn’t even need to write me a letter, but he did. So that was very nice of him.”

Posted by Staff @ 1:55 pm in Tennis | 38 Comments »

August 15th, 2010

Clijsters Fights Off 3 Match Points, Beats Sharapova for WTA Cincinnati Crown

Sharapova under stress in the third set lost her trademark “Byouooooooooo! Byouooooooooo!” shrieks when hitting the ball, looking for Clijsters to put her out of her misery, and graciously shaking hands and offering congratulations at the net.

Posted by Staff @ 7:47 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

August 28th, 2009

Pro Tennis Events: Community, Philanthropy and an Animated Skeleton

I think it is important to shed light on the effort that under girds these events and makes a sport we all enjoy possible. Tennis tournaments also provide an opportunity to appreciate the brilliant eccentricities of human behavior (I don’t just mean the guy juggling while walking on stilts at Cincinnati either).

Posted by Dan Martin @ 11:44 am in Cincinnati, indianapolis, Sports Illustrated, Tennis Notes, Tennis on TV, TV | 14 Comments »

August 23rd, 2009

Federer Wins Cincy; Bryans Blow 8 Match Points in Loss

“I think the special part [is] winning for the first time as a dad. It’s a great thing. Gets me going emotionally a little bit, because I know it’s been a wonderful summer,” Federer said. “I really had the feeling today I could mix it up the way I wanted to. That then gives me a lot of confidence. I was playing great from the beginning to the end.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:21 pm in Tennis | 200 Comments »

August 16th, 2009

Previews: Cincinnati, Toronto Where Sharapova, Clijsters Unseeded

Murray is the defending champ (d. Djokovic), and the Bryans in doubles; Blake back from a foot injury; Del Potro has got to be tired; nice Q effort by Ljuby; potential Roddick vs. Federer quarterfinal.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 9:48 pm in Tennis | 131 Comments »

August 16th, 2009

Jankovic Remembers Former No. 1 Days, Beating Safina for Cincinnati Title

“It’s been a while since I’ve been in this sort of final,” she said. “I’m so thrilled to play this kind of match and beat the number one player in the world.”

Posted by Staff @ 6:50 pm in Tennis | 5 Comments »

August 11th, 2009

Clijsters Straight-Sets Bartoli in Comeback at Cincinnati

Clijsters will next face Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder, who beat Gisela Dulko 6-4, 6-0. Clijsters is 5-2 career against Schnyder.

Posted by Staff @ 12:16 am in Tennis | 14 Comments »

August 4th, 2008

Tennis-X Wrap: Murray, Safina Win; ATP in Trouble

“Q: What is the best piece of advice you would give to a junior tennis player, hoping to become a professional? (Michael Stich walks into the room saying: ‘Sex, Drugs, & Rock ‘n Roll!’) There we go, Michael Stich just came up with some crackers right there…It might be ok for a while…I know Michael Stich tried that and he won Wimbledon…Best advice? Well, I think you have to learn to be very patient and learn how to play on clay. I think it’s a very good grounding for players.”…

Posted by Staff @ 1:05 am in Tennis | 78 Comments »