French Open women’s draw thoughts

The women’s draw seems to be equally well-distributed as the men’s draw, though it has to be kept in mind that the red clay of Roland Garros is undoubtedly the most unexpected of surfaces. Depending on the weather and how the clay is playing a matchup can swing minute-to-minute, and advantages for certain players can evaporate more quickly than moisture from the ground. Coupled...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Meet American Junior Tennis Player Katrine Steffenson

  By  Alana Mitchelson   (January 21, 2014) MELBOURNE – Katrine Steffenson seemed to have been destined for a career in sport. Following in the footsteps of her Danish father who was a sportsman himself, she was inevitably introduced to an array of sports from a young age.   The 17-year-old made her Junior Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open this year, reaching the second...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Serena Williams Ends Career Season with Istanbul Win

(October 27, 2013) For Serena Williams it was icing on the cake to a career season as she rallied past Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in Istanbul to defend her WTA Championship title, her 11th of the year and the fourth time she’s won the event. Williams became the first player to defend the year end event since Justine Henin did it in 2007. It’s the American’s 57th title of her career...
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October 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Serena to end year ranked No. 1

The WTA has announced that Serena Williams is guaranteed to finish the year as the world No. 1 player for the third time. This season she has lost only four singles so far. Williams, who also finished the year on top in 2002 and 2009, has won nine WTA titles this season including the French Open and U.S. Open. The 32-year-old Williams returned to the No. 1 spot in February, when...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Kirsten Flipkens’ Fairytale

By reaching the semifinals, Kirsten Flipkens matched Kim Clijsters’ best Wimbledon run. For the better part of a decade, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin battled each other for major titles and the World No. 1 ranking while simultaneously putting Belgium on the international sporting stage. Who would’ve ever imagined that a nation that covers just under 12,000 square miles with...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Serena Williams Routs Azarenka to Conquer Rome

(May 19, 2013) Serena Williams extended her career-best winning streak to 24 with an easy 6-1, 6-3 over Victoria Azarenka to capture her first Italian Open title since she first won it in 2002 when she defeated Justine Henin. Martina Navratilova holds the record the longest women’s winning streak in the Open Era at 74 [...]
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May 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Serena eases into Italian Open final

A week out from the French Open, Serena Williams is one victory away from winning her fourth consecutive title this year. The top-ranked American overcame an early break of her serve to roll past Romanian qualifier Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 Saturday and reach the Italian Open final, extending her career-best winning streak to 23 matches. In Sunday's final, Williams will face either...
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May 17, 2013  |  Discuss

WTA Plotlines to Ponder: Clay Season Edition

Nobody could solve a problem like Maria on red clay last year. Two weeks ago, on the eve of Monte Carlo, my column offered some thoughts on intriguing storylines to follow during the ATP clay season.  Midway through the first key WTA tournament on clay, Stuttgart, this companion article discusses a group of narratives that could prove crucial to the next several weeks in the women’s...
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April 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Once-mighty Belgium courts trouble in Fed Cup

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By RAF CASERT AP Sports Writer Not so long ago, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin were dominating women's tennis and turning little Belgium into a force. Now, Belgium is facing the prospect of dropping into the third tier of the Fed Cup because the federation is unwilling - or unable - to pay for the surface its players prefer. Against Poland in the World...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Belgium slip-sliding in Fed Cup

Belgium looks destined to sink to the third division of the Fed Cup with its top player uncertain to play, the No. 2 already a no-show and the federation unwilling to pick favored clay because of the financial cost. Yanina Wickmayer on Tuesday confirmed her omission from the World Group II playoff against Poland on April 20-21 and in-form Kirsten Flipkens said she would make a decision...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Justine Henin Welcomes Baby Girl

Congratulations are in order for Justine Henin and partner Bernoit Bertuzzo who have welcomed their first child.  Henin announced the news via Facebook and Twitter.  "We were anticipating this so much, and now it has happened, this afternoon a little fairy arrived to illuminate our lives... She is called Lalie, she is in top form and we are really delighted! Justine and Benoit...
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March 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Wizards of Oz (XI): Previewing Sharapova-Li, Azarenka-Stephens, and Djokovic-Ferrer

Can Hogstedt offer Sharapova special advice on how to tame his former pupil? We offer a tour of the three semifinals on Thursday as the Australian Open reaches its penultimate stages in both the men’s and women’s draws. Sharapova vs. Li:  The two highest-earning women in the WTA prepare for their latest chapter in one of its most curious rivalries, defined largely by the ebbs...
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January 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Li Na is all smiles in return to Melbourne

China's Li Na left the Australian Open in tears last year. On Monday, she was all smiles after returning to her winning ways in Melbourne. Li, the 2011 Australian Open finalist, breezed through her first-round match, beating Sesil Karatantcheva of Kazakhstan 6-1, 6-3 in 78 minutes. ''I mean, yeah, always tough in the first round. You just come to the court 50-50. You...
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January 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Tennis Channel Announces Live Hopman Cup Coverage Schedule

(December 27, 2012) LOS ANGELES – Tennis Channel will bring viewers tournament coverage from the 2013 Hyundai Hopman Cup beginning Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 3:30 p.m. ET. The network’s telecast will include U.S. competitions and the championship final of the annual international mixed-doubles tournament. All Hopman Cup matches, which feature teams consisting of one man and one woman...
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December 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Justine Henin expecting first child

Seven-time Grand Slam tennis champion Justine Henin is expecting her first child. The retired Belgian player announced Wednesday on her Facebook page that she is pregnant and the baby is due in March. Henin says she and her partner Benoit Bertuzzo ''have some nice news to announce. Yes, soon there will be three of us.'' The former top-ranked player retired for...
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September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Li Na Advances at US Open with New Confidence and a New Coach

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Li Na received a boost of confidence by winning Cincinnati less than two weeks ago, her first tournament win of the year. The momentum carried over to her first round match of the US Open on Monday, where the former French Open champion displayed her experience, power and control in defeating Great Britain’s  Heather Watson 6-2, 6-3 on Court 17. “At...
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August 27, 2012  |  Discuss

French Open Women's Final Results

2012 - Maria Sharapova def. Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-2. 2011 - Li Na def. Francesca Schiavone, 6-4, 7-6 (0). 2010 - Francesca Schiavone def. Sam Stosur, 6-4, 7-6 (2). 2009 - Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Dinara Safina, 6-4, 6-2. 2008 - Ana Ivanovic def. Dinara Safina, 6-4, 6-3. 2007 - Justine Henin def. Ana Ivanovic, 6-1, 6-2. 2006 - Justine Henin-Hardenne def. Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

French Open Women's Champions

2012 - Maria Sharapova 2011 - Li Na 2010 - Francesca Schiavone 2009 - Svetlana Kuznetsova 2008 - Ana Ivanovic 2007 - Justine Henin 2006 - Justine Henin-Hardenne 2005 - Justine Henin-Hardenne 2004 - Anastasia Myskina 2003 - Justine Henin-Hardenne 2002 - Serena Williams 2001 - Jennifer Capriati 2000 - Mary Pierce 1999 - Steffi Graf 1998 - Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 1997...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

The WTA likes to give Caroline Wozniacki stuff for being No. 1

Caroline Wozniacki clinched her second-straight year-end No. 1 ranking on Wednesday, becoming the first woman to go back-to-back at the top spot since Justine Henin in 2007 and tying tennis luminaries like Monica Seles and Serena Williams on the career list. For her efforts she received a lovely piece of crystal from the WTA, which she can add to the other celebratory bowls, numerous...
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October 27, 2011  |  Discuss
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