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June 30th, 2012

Serena Scare, Golden Set on Saturday at Wimbledon

“I definitely had to dig pretty deep,” Williams said. “She was playing really well, and I had to go out there and do what I could. I hit so many errors off the returns. I was just off. Usually I’m returning really, really well. And I think she played an unbelievable match today. But I think I can play better.”

Posted by Staff @ 8:48 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 5 Comments »

June 29th, 2012

Sharapova Wins, Lines Up Lisicki; Clijsters Strong at Wimbledon

“I faced her many times in the juniors,” said Sharapova, who was broken twice in the second set. “She used to be a nightmare for me because she used to slice and drop shot on clay. We used to have real battles, and we haven’t played since then. I knew her game really well and she didn’t have time to do all of that today on grass. If I’m hitting a hard-paced shot I don’t think she has time to create, which is something she likes to do. That’s her game, lots of slices and drop shots, get people kind of crazy.”

Posted by Staff @ 10:10 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 12 Comments »

June 25th, 2012

Wimbledon Upset Redux: Isner, Jankovic Toppled on Day 1; Tuesday Preview

In other upsets on the women’s side, American Jamie Hampton powered past No. 27 Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 7-6(1), and France’s Stephanie Foretz Gacon outlasted No. 29 Monica Niculescu 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Posted by Staff @ 9:46 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 41 Comments »

June 24th, 2012

Packed Monday at Wimbledon includes Novak, Maria, Venus, Kim, More

The 126th edition of The Championships at Wimbledon kicks off Monday with a slew of interesting match-ups, including three former No. 1s who are unseeded, Kim Clijsters’ last Wimbledon, and world No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova in action.

Posted by Staff @ 6:24 pm in Tennis, Wimbledon | 162 Comments »

June 23rd, 2012

Roddick, Ferrer, Petrova, Paszek Win Weekend Grass Titles Entering Wimbledon

It was Roddick’s fifth title on grass, and through the first six months of the season he is the only American male to win a singles title.

Posted by Staff @ 7:33 pm in Tennis | 61 Comments »

June 22nd, 2012

Unseeded Venus Williams, Clijsters Create Mayhem in Wimbledon Draw; Preview

We’re searching for new storylines for the 2012 version of Wimbledon, but it’s looking a lot like the same-old same-old between the “old guard” of the Williams sisters, Sharapova, Clijsters, etc. Isn’t this around the time of year that Justine Henin makes a comeback? Martina Hingis in doubles? Yawn…we need some shake-ups in women’s tennis. Was 2011 just a fluke for Petra Kvitova, who could not claim a grasscourt title coming into the All England Club this year?

Posted by Staff @ 10:46 am in Tennis, Wimbledon | 13 Comments »

June 20th, 2012

Tennis-X Blog: Roddick, Schiavone Sliding Along on Grass Wednesday; Thursday Previews

“When I started the tiebreak, I said, ‘Francesca, come on, pay attention and take two or three of the first six or seven points.’ Nothing, 6-0,” Schiavone said. “I went to the other side and told myself there is not too big a difference in winning or lose one point, so keep going and push. We will see what happens. And then I won.”

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:39 pm in Tennis | 60 Comments »

June 17th, 2012

Roddick vs. Querrey, Clijsters Highlight Grass Tennis Play: Previews

Andy Roddick’s downward trajectory, the return of Kim Clijsters, and reigning Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova in action are the things to watch this week, the final warm-up week before Wimbledon.

Posted by Staff @ 1:31 am in Tennis | 6 Comments »

April 17th, 2012

Kim Clijsters Will Miss French Open, Clay Season

Kim Clijsters will not play the French Open.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 3:04 pm in French Open, Injuries | 3 Comments »

March 25th, 2012

Federer, Djokovic Ease Into Miami Third Round; Murray v Raonic (Hopefully) On Tap For Sunday

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick were all easy winners on Saturday in Miami.

Posted by Staff @ 1:12 am in Miami | 61 Comments »

March 22nd, 2012

Venus, Clijsters Make Winning Returns In Miami; Serena, Sharapova, Harrison, Nadal Today

Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters made successful returns from ailments Wednesday in Miami.

Posted by Staff @ 9:41 am in Miami | 16 Comments »

March 22nd, 2012

Kim Clijsters: “I Do Plan On Trying To Play A Full Schedule This Year”

Kim Clijsters now plans on playing a full season on the tennis tour.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:18 am in Miami | 1 Comment »

March 21st, 2012

Venus Williams Returns Today In Miami; Kleybanova Gets First Win After Cancer Battle

The first round of the women’s event is all about the comebacks: Alisa Kleybanova, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.

Posted by Staff @ 9:14 am in Miami | 7 Comments »

February 22nd, 2012

Victoria Azarenka Withdraws From Dubai; Ankle Injuries All The Rage On The WTA

Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from Dubai with an ankle injury.

Posted by Staff @ 10:11 am in 2012 Season, Injuries | Comments Off on Victoria Azarenka Withdraws From Dubai; Ankle Injuries All The Rage On The WTA

February 16th, 2012

Roddick Nearly Tumbles Out Of San Jose; Federer Wins; Caroline Continues To Crumble

Andy Roddick turns his ankle in San Jose but gets a win.

Posted by Sean Randall @ 10:28 am in Doha, San Jose | 49 Comments »