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April 25th, 2021

Cirstea Upsets Mertens In Istanbul To End 13-Year Title Drought

Sorana Cirstea is back in the win column after 13 years.

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November 8th, 2020

Mertens, Sabalenka Headlines Final WTA Event Of 2020 In Linz

Linz marks just the fifth women’s tour event since the US Open finished.

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September 5th, 2020

Serena Rallies To Best Sloane At US Open; Kerber Bids To Stop Brady

Serena Williams slapped around Sloane Stephens today at the US Open.

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January 22nd, 2020

Gauff Outlasts Cirstea At Australian Open, Serena Wins; Pliskova, Halep Headline Thurs.

Coco Gauff sets a rematch with Naomi Osaka.

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May 20th, 2018

Stephens, Barty Headline Pre-French Events at Nurnberg, Strasbourg; WTA Previews

(2) Gavrilov starts against American Jennifer Brady and is then looking at the veteran Stosur in the second round, which would be a rematch of last year’s final…

Posted by Staff @ 4:27 pm in Tennis | 10 Comments »

April 21st, 2018

Wozniacki, Kuzy, Aggie Lead Favorites at WTA Istanbul; Preview

Interesting starts for (1) Woz 2nd rd. vs. the Errani/Flipkens winner, the struggling (3) Radwanska vs. the riser Vekic, and the back-from-injury (2) Kuznetsova vs. Wang who she has struggled against in past encounters…

Posted by Staff @ 1:48 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

January 7th, 2018

Bouchard, Osaka Add Spice to WTA Hobart; Preview

Floaters are almost the favorites between Bouchard, Osaka…Tough starts for (1) Zhang 2nd rd. vs. Bouchard, (8) Siniakova vs. Riske, and (7) Maria vs. Vekic…

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October 6th, 2017

Pliskova Outsted In Beijing By Cirstea; Kvitova Clocks Wozniacki

Just three Top 10 seeds made the Beijing quarterfinals.

Posted by Staff @ 12:09 am in beijing | 1 Comment »

September 16th, 2017

Ostapenko the Favorite at WTA Seoul Korea Open; Preview

Arruabarrena (2016) and Begu (2015) are former champions in the field.

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July 19th, 2017

Top-Seeded Sevastova Tries to Forget Double Bagel This Week at WTA Bucharest

The top-seeded Sevastova lost 6-0, 6-0 in last year’s final to Simona Halep. Sevastova is the featured Wednesday night match in Bucharest, taking on unseeded Danka Kovinic, who she lost her most recent meeting against.

Posted by Staff @ 11:00 am in Tennis | 1 Comment »

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

July 27th, 2014

Serena Leads Stanford, Men and Women in Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

Notes: Solid field with four Top 10ers and two unseeded Slam champs…The Top 4 seeds receive opening round byes, with tough starts for (5) Ivanovic vs. Lisicki, (4) Azarenka after a bye likely vs. (WC) Venus, (3) Kerber likely vs. Vandeweghe, (7) Suarez Navarro vs. Puig, and (2) Radwanska likely vs. Garcia…Wildcards went to Americans Kristie Ahn and Venus, and Azarenka…Pulling from the tournament were Sara Errani and Petra Kvitova…Cibulkova beat Radwanska in last year’s final…Venus is 2-4 in Stanford finals…Martina Navratilova (5-4) has reached the most Stanford finals in the tournament’s history…Returning champs in the field are Cibulkova (2013), Serena Williams (2012-11), Azarenka (2010), and Venus Williams (2002,’00).

Posted by Staff @ 11:11 am in Tennis | Comments Off on Serena Leads Stanford, Men and Women in Washington; ATP/WTA Previews

July 20th, 2014

Isner Kicks Off US Open Series in Atlanta: ATP/WTA Previews

Wimbledon winners Sock and Vasek Pospisil are the top seeds in the doubles with no Bryan brothers in the draw…Other notable pulls from the event were Richard Gasquet, Lleyton Hewitt, Ivo Karlovic, American Bradley Klahn and Dmitry Tursunov…Isner (2013) is the lone returning former champ in the field.

Posted by Staff @ 3:24 pm in Tennis | 2 Comments »

March 30th, 2014

WTA Previews: Serena Goes for 3 in a Row at Charleston

Notes: Serena is shooting for her third Charleston title in a row…Surprising lack of floaters…(10) Maria Kirilenko vs. (Q) Bencic could be interesting…Wildcards went to Melanie Oudin, Nadia Petrova, and Shelby Rogers…Qualifying to the main draw were Swiss Belinda Bencic. Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, Aussie Jarmila Gajdoeova, Russian Alla Kudryavtseva, Portugal’s Michelle Larcher de Brito, American Grace Min, the Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko, and China’s Zheng Saisai…Notable pulls from the event were Alize Cornet, Casey Dellacqua, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands…Former champs in the field are Serena Williams (2013,’12,’08), Stosur (2010), Jankovic (2007), Nadia Petrova (2006), and Venus Williams (2004).

Posted by Staff @ 11:12 pm in Tennis | Comments Off on WTA Previews: Serena Goes for 3 in a Row at Charleston

February 8th, 2014

No. 1s Nadal, Serena Williams Pull; ATP/WTA Previews This Week

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal pulled from the event citing a stomach virus…Ferrer shooting for third title in a row…Wildcards went to Ferrer and Argentines Facundo Arguello and Guido Pella…Returning champs in the field are Ferrer (2013-12), Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Monaco (2007).

Posted by Staff @ 2:59 pm in Tennis | 6 Comments »