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What to watch at Aussie Open: Keys takes on another Williams

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) For the third consecutive year, a 19-year-old with nothing to lose has made a big run to the women's semifinals at the Australian Open, putting the old guard on notice. In the past two years, though, the veterans have responded by sending the youngsters home - and going on to win the title. In 2013, Victoria Azarenka defeated Sloane Stephens in the semis...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tennis Fit For A Holiday: The WTA And America Shine In Australia

Monday in Melbourne, the host nation for the Australian Open celebrated its foremost national holiday. In the past, Australia Day has marked the day during the Australian Open when play would be interrupted during the night session for a fireworks display. This has been the source of great controversy and angst, given the reality that an interruption can (and in fact has) managed...
Via Attacking The Net
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tennis Fit For A Holiday: The WTA And America Shine In Australia

Monday in Melbourne, the host nation for the Australian Open celebrated its foremost national holiday. In the past, Australia Day has marked the day during the Australian Open when play would be interrupted during the night session for a fireworks display. This has been the source of great controversy and angst, given the reality that an interruption can (and in fact has) managed...
Via Bloguin Best
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dominika Cibulkova ends run of Victoria Azarenka at Australian Open

  Dominika Cibulkova reproduced the kind of tennis that helped her reach the final last year as she beat two-time champion Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Under the closed roof at Rod Laver Arena, Cibulkova pounded 44 winners, including a dozen on her backhand side, and broke former No. 1-ranked Azarenka's serve seven times Monday to reach...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cibulkova ends unseeded Azarenka's run at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Dominika Cibulkova reproduced the kind of tennis that helped her reach the final last year as she beat two-time champion Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Monday. Cibulkova pounded 44 winners, including a dozen on her backhand side, and broke former No. 1-ranked Azarenka's serve seven times to reach a Grand Slam...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Unseeded Azarenka continues strong run at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic. Azarenka, unseeded here because her ranking fell late last year during an injury layoff, beat No. 8-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the second round after defeating 2013 Australian Open...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Authoritative And Emphatic: Azarenka Makes A Statement Against Wozniacki

The Australian Open isn’t just the first major tournament (the first important event) of the tennis calendar. It is the one major tournament which exists far removed from the other three. The Australian Open really does exist on an island, an appropriate reality for a country which is in fact geographically isolated from other continents. Plunked in late January, the so-called...
Via Bloguin Best
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Authoritative And Emphatic: Azarenka Makes A Statement Against Wozniacki

The Australian Open isn’t just the first major tournament (the first important event) of the tennis calendar. It is the one major tournament which exists far removed from the other three. The Australian Open really does exist on an island, an appropriate reality for a country which is in fact geographically isolated from other continents. Plunked in late January, the so-called...
Via Attacking The Net
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Aiming to emulate Serena, Azarenka advances at Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Just like Serena Williams eight years ago, Victoria Azarenka entered the Australian Open as an unseeded player after an injury-plagued season. Williams had won the Australian title twice before then - Azarenka can match that, too, after back-to-back triumphs here in 2012 and 2013. All the dance moves and fashion distractions can't disguise the fact Azarenka...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: The Myth of Sloane and ESPN’s Role in It

    Sloane Stephens’ arrival was always a myth. That’s the cold truth. American tennis is so desperate for something to hold on to that Stephens was promoted from prospect to arrival to star even though none of that ever really happened.   That’s not her fault, though she seems to have believed in the Myth of Sloane And now, it’s too late to go back to being a prodigy...
Via Greg Couch on Tennis
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Seven seeded women out in Melbourne

The Australian Open is officially underway, and there’s already loads to talk about, especially on the women’s side of the draw. Before we get there, let’s just quickly recap the men’s draw. So far, only one seeded player has lost, talented but inconsistent Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who found himself ousted at the hands of an Australian wild card, Thanasi Kokkinakis. Otherwise...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kei Nishikori wins at Aussie Open; Victoria Azarenka also advances

  Kei Nishikori returned to Grand Slam action for the first time since his run to the U.S. Open final, beating Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-2 Tuesday in the first round of the Australian Open. The fifth-seeded Nishikori dropped his opening service game but recovered the break quickly and weathered a difficult opening match against Almagro, who reached the quarterfinals in his...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open Women’s Draw Analysis

The draws are out for the 2015 Australian Open. In both the women’s and men’s events, the first few days of the tournament offer the promise of a few main-event matches, which is not always something you get at a major. It can take time to stumble upon the kind of centerpiece which pushes other matches to the side at a major. That kind of event might not emerge until the second...
Via Attacking The Net
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open Women’s Draw Analysis

The draws are out for the 2015 Australian Open. In both the women’s and men’s events, the first few days of the tournament offer the promise of a few main-event matches, which is not always something you get at a major. It can take time to stumble upon the kind of centerpiece which pushes other matches to the side at a major. That kind of event might not emerge until the second...
Via Bloguin Best
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Azarenka misses out on a seeding at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka faces the prospect of drawing a top player in the first round at the Australian Open after missing out on a seeding Wednesday. Last year was one to forget for Azarenka - injuries to her left foot, then right knee and right foot restricted her to just 24 matches last year and her WTA ranking has dropped to 41. The top...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Two-time champ Azarenka misses out on Australian Open seeding after rankings fall

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has missed out on a seeding at the Australian Open after falling in the rankings in the first weeks of 2015. No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 2 Maria Sharapova will be on opposite sides of the draw after their world rankings were reflected in the seedings for the first major of the year. Former No. 1 Azarenka, who won here...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Azarenka misses out, seedings based on rankings in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has missed out on a seeding at the Australian Open after falling in the rankings in the first weeks of 2015. No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 2 Maria Sharapova will be on opposite sides of the draw after their world rankings were reflected in the seedings for the first major of the year. Former No. 1 Azarenka, who won here...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Juan Martin del Potro withdraws from Brisbane International

  Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina has withdrawn from the Brisbane International with a left wrist injury, joining another former U.S. Open champion, Marin Cilic, on the tournament sidelines. Del Potro has been off the tour since undergoing surgery in March, but had targeted Brisbane as his return. The withdrawal of the 2009 U.S. Open champion also leaves him in doubt for the...
Via AP on Fox
January 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Injured Azarenka pulls out of Wuhan Open

WUHAN, China (AP) Wild card entry Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Wuhan Open with an injured right foot and will miss the rest of the season. The two-time Australian Open champion says ''unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season.'' Azarenka said she had been trying to improve each day ''but that does not appear to be the best...
Via AP on Fox
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Kerber reaches quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open

TOKYO (AP) Ana Ivanovic stalled Victoria Azarenka's comeback from a foot injury with a 6-3, 6-4 win to make the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals on Wednesday. In the match between the former major champions and No. 1s, Azarenka committed seven of her nine double faults in the first set and her serve was easily read by Ivanovic. Ivanovic prevailed for her first win over Azarenka since...
Via AP on Fox
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

U.S. Open Women’s Final Sees Lower Overnight, But Still Strong

Airing for the final time on CBS, the U.S. Open women’s final delivered solid numbers Sunday afternoon. The Serena Williams/Caroline Wozniacki U.S. Open women’s final drew a 4.0 overnight rating on CBS Sunday, down 18% from Williams/Victoria Azarenka last year (4.9) but up a tick from Williams/Azarenka in 2012 (3.9). The 4.0 overnight is the [...]
Via Sports Media Watch
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Ekaterina Makarova beats Victoria Azarenka to reach U.S. Open semis

  Ekaterina Makarova describes herself as a person who prefers ''to stay in the shade.'' At the U.S. Open, she finally believes she deserves to play under the brightest lights. The 26-year-old Russian reached her first Grand Slam semifinal Wednesday, beating Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-2 at the U.S. Open. Makarova lost her previous four major quarterfinals. ''Before maybe I didn't...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Ekaterina Makarova Moves into her First Major Semifinal

  (September 3, 2014) Ekaterina Makarova reached her first major semifinal, beating two-time major winner and US Open finalist Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday at the U.S. Open. It still has not hit the Russian that she’s in a major semifinal when the 26-year-old was in press. “I am feeling the same like the matches before. Of course I’m happy that I’m came through...
Via Tennis Panorama
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Makarova reaches first Grand Slam semis with U.S. Open win over Azarenka

Ekaterina Makarova reached her first Grand Slam semifinal, beating Victoria Azarenka in straight sets Wednesday at the U.S. Open. The 26-year-old Russian won 6-4, 6-2 after losing her previous four major quarterfinals. "I'm feeling amazing," she said. "Finally I'm in a semifinal." Azarenka's manager said she had food poisoning Tuesday. Unusually subdued for most of the match, Azarenka...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Makarova beats Azarenka to reach US Open semis

NEW YORK (AP) Ekaterina Makarova reached her first Grand Slam semifinal, beating Victoria Azarenka in straight sets Wednesday at the U.S. Open. The 26-year-old Russian won 6-4, 6-2 after losing her previous four major quarterfinals. ''I'm feeling amazing,'' she said. ''Finally I'm in a semifinal.'' The players were 16th and 17th in the seedings but came in with very different resumes...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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