Two-time champion and No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka was forced to withdraw from the Sony Open in Miami on Friday with a right ankle injury, the same injury that forced her out of her quarterfinal match with Caroline Wozniacki in Indian Wells. “It's just I wanted to give my 100% possibility to play, and today was my last test. It's just, you know, the last two days I tried to … [Read more...] about Victoria Azarenka Withdraws from Miami
Outside of the US Open, the back-to-back two-week hard court events in Indian Wells and Miami are the biggest tennis events in the United States. As a result, every year around this time, the same tedious debate arises between fans and pundits alike; is tennis ready for a “fifth slam” and if it is, where should it be held? Everyone has their own opinions about which tournament … [Read more...] about Which Juan is the Fifth Slam?
“So I'm just enjoying, you know, to play out there.” Perhaps Maria Kirilenko has enjoyed playing tennis under the scenic desert skies of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden just a bit too much. Kirilenko won her fourth consecutive three-set match at Indian Wells against Petra Kvitova on Wednesday, advancing to the semifinals of a WTA Premier Mandatory event for the first time. In … [Read more...] about Kirilenko's Career Week
Flavia and Francesca. While the two might be in the wrong business to be known by a single stage name, there is no doubt that Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone have been the faces of Italian women's tennis for the better part of a decade. Despite having contrasting styles, each brings something unique to women's tennis. Schiavone, no doubt the flashier of the two, is the … [Read more...] about My Friend, My Foe, My Countrywoman
There are players on both the ATP and WTA Tours who are naturally talented; as we know, some don't work as hard as others, and their results attest to that. Others are not as naturally gifted athletes, but push themselves to the limits and work themselves hard every day to maximize every bit of their potential. However, there are a small, select few that don't fall completely … [Read more...] about The Curious Case of Magdalena Rybarikova