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Roland Garros Women’s Draw Analysis

It’s slam time again, and tennis writers and fans have been poring over drawsheets in anticipation. While many focus on which top-seeded player falls in which other seed’s quarter, I prefer to focus first on the early rounds, where fans … Continue reading

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Fed Cup Semifinals Preview

It’s Fed Cup time again, and time I got back to blogging. I have a few more posts in the pipeline, so watch this space. Here are my predictions for this weekend: World Group Semifinals Czech Republic at Italy (Palermo) … 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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Australian Open Women’s Draw Analysis

After four long months, it’s grand slam time again, and the draws are out. First, I analyze the women’s draw, where exciting upsets tend to be plentiful. For each eighth of the draw, I’ve listed the seeded players and a … Continue reading

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Sightings from the Mountain, Friday

Pavlyuchenkova d. Tsurenko, 4-6 6-1 6-2 in Brisbane Whether it was due to nerves in her first Premier semifinal in two years, or to underestimating her opponent, Pavlyuchenkova made a tentative start. In the first set, she played with neither … Continue reading

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Sightings from the Mountain, Thursday

Pavlyuchenkova d. Kvitova, 6-4 7-5 in Brisbane Petra Kvitova started the match making a lot of errors, which isn’t unusual for her. Late in the first set, she started to play better, but fed too many easy balls near the … Continue reading

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