Caroline Wozniacki wins opening match at Dubai Tennis Championships

Caroline Wozniacki defeated Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 7-5 in their first round matchup at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Monday. After the two players split the first four sets to begin the match, Wozniacki reeled off four straight games to clinch the first set, 6-2. The second set was tightly contested, but Wozniacki pulled off several great points in the match to end any comeback...
Via Excelle Sports
5 hours ago

When will the unstoppable Big Four fall?

For the last decade plus, there has been a “Big Four” in men’s tennis. These four, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal, have dominated the scene. Between 2005 and 2014, all but one of the Grand Slams were won by a member of the Big Four. In that time span, no one held a candle to these players. At the beginning of 2014, this trend started to change...
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Tennis: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ends drought with title in Rotterdam

France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Belgian David Goffin in Rotterdam on Sunday to clinch the final of the World Tennis Tournament. It was an overall successful tournament for Tsonga, which saw him record his 401st career win in the final. Tsonga, currently ranked World No. 14, had not won a title since Metz in September 2015 and had to fight back in this final after falling behind...
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Dubai Championships: Pliskova upsets Vinci, Kerber not focused on No. 1 ranking

On Sunday, Krystyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic (No. 58) upset Roberta Vinci of Italy (No. 25) to advance to the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Pliskova may have beat the Italian 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, but she struggled to take the lead, at first. “I was trying to fight the whole match, but sometimes you play bad games,” Pliskova told media after the match. ...
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1 day ago

Krystyna Pliskova upsets Vinci to reach 2nd round in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Krystyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic came from a set down to upset 16th-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Sunday. The 58th-ranked Pliskova, who played under the watchful eye of her twin sister, second-seeded Karolina Pliskova, was facing defeat as Vinci served for the match at 6-3, 5-4. But Pliskova...
Via Associated Press
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Nishikori upset by Dolgopolov in final in Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Top-seeded Kei Nishikori was beaten 7-6 (4), 6-4 by Alexandr Dolgopolov on Sunday in the final of the clay-court Argentina Open. Dolgopolov won his third ATP singles title and his first in five years. It was also the Ukrainian's first victory over his Japanese opponent after losing their previous five head-to-head matches. Nishikori, who is No. 5...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kerber focuses on form, not top spot, in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Top-seeded Angelique Kerber has a chance to reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams by winning the Dubai Tennis Championships, which started Sunday. Despite Williams not being in action this week, second-ranked Kerber is determined to focus above all on finding the form that put her top in the first place. ''For me it's important to play...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tsonga beats Berdych to reach World Tennis Tournament final

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrated his 400th career win in style by beating fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final of the World Tennis Tournament on Saturday. The sixth-seeded Frenchman was dominant on serve, hitting 10 aces, winning 88 percent of his points on first serve, and not conceding a single break point against the hard-hitting...
2 days ago

Genie Bouchard goes on date with guy from Twitter bet

Nobody could blame Genie Bouchard for believing the Atlanta Falcons, who once were up by as many as 25 points in Super Bowl LI, were well on their way to beating the New England Patriots on Feb. 5.So when a Twitter user bet her a date that the Patriots would win, the Canadian tennis star accepted. As you probably know by now, she ended up losing the bet because New England had one...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni to step down as his coach after season

Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni will step down as the coach of the tennis player after the season, the uncle told an Italian magazine in an article publicized over the weekend.Toni Nadal, who has coached Rafa throughout his entire career and helped turn him into a 14-time grand slam champion, feels like he has been marginalized by some of the people on Rafa’s team. That includes Carlos...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

USTA apologizes for playing Nazi Germany-era anthem

Mistakes with national anthems are rare. Which is great, as when they happen they’re incredibly offensive. The United States Tennis Association made a big one on Saturday.The US was hosting Germany in a Fed Cup match played in Hawaii, and prior to the first match when Alison Riske played Andrea Petkovic, the USTA goofed big time and played a stanza of the anthem that dated back...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

10 takeaways from the Australian Open

The first major of the 2017 tennis season is in the books, and for many it represented a throwback to the old days.Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer met in the men’s finals, while the Williams sisters faced each other in the women’s final.It was a big tournament for the 30-plus crowd as many veteran greats showed a resurgence, while some of the previous top players in the world...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Jordan sent Serena Williams a surprise for winning her record 23rd major title

In a throwback tennis weekend, Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus Williams in straight sets to win the Australian Open early Saturday morning. For sisters that first squared off in the event back in 1998, their meeting in the championship round 19 years later is equal parts improbable and a testament to each’s longstanding success.In addition to the incredible nature of...
Via The Comeback
23 days ago  |  Discuss

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