Category Archives: Sightings

A Personal Rift Between Mirza and Mattek-Sands?

(Update, October 6, 2013:) If there was any rift, it seems fully healed: India’s top female player, Sania Mirza, has played only doubles for the past year, after suffering repeated wrist and knee injuries. Since May 2012, Bethanie Mattek-Sands has … Continue reading

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Zahlavova Strycova Suspended for Doping

The International Tennis Federation has confirmed that, as reported here before, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova has tested positive for the use of a banned substance. While competing in Luxembourg last October, she was found to have taken sibutramine, a synthetic stimulant … Continue reading

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Fed Cup Preview

Federation Cup, the national team competition in women’s tennis, tends to attract less attention than Davis Cup, the men’s equivalent. There’s no good reason for this, and this weekend’s first-round meetings offer plenty of intriguing matchups in charged atmospheres. Some … Continue reading

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Sightings from the Mountain, Sunday

Kirilenko d. Lisicki, 5-7 6-1 7-6(1) in Pattaya Sabine Lisicki struggled to control her backhand right from the beginning of this match, and Maria Kirilenko took advantage of it, hitting hard forehands relentlessly to that side and drawing copious errors. … Continue reading

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Mind and Matter in Melbourne

This year’s Australian Open proves that tennis players’ bodies can break down and make them lose big matches, but to win the biggest matches one needs to be the stronger player mentally. In both the men’s and women’s finals, the … Continue reading

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Murray Beats Federer, Setting up a Tough Final

Murray d. Federer, 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-2 Andy Murray played this match aggressively right from the beginning, hitting harder than Roger Federer from the baseline. This necessarily meant that Murray made more errors than normal, but it also meant … Continue reading

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Li Looks Strongest as Azarenka Courts Controversy

The match between top seed and defending champion Victoria Azarenka and 19-year-old Sloane Stephens seemed straightforward at first. In the first set, both players were content to stay on the baseline, working points patiently. Stephens has the power and speed … Continue reading

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