WTA Indian Wells, 1st Round Preview: Mattek-Sands v Townsend, Barthel v Mladenovic

The Indian Wells draw was released last night with the majority of excitement centering around a potential third round clash between Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka.  There are media reports that Simona Halep may pull out of the tournament due to a family tragedy.  I’m going to hold off from writing a full tournament preview just…

WTA Antwerp, 2nd Round Preview: Bouchard v Barthel, Kerber v Schiavone

Thursday’s schedule in Antwerp is excellent with seven of the eight second round matches still to be played.  On Wednesday, Dominika Cibulkova opened her tournament campaign with a very convincing victory over Kateryna Bondarenko, 6-1 6-2.  It’s always nice when your predicted champion isn’t ousted in the first round!  Antwerp seems to be delivering both…

WTA Australian Open, Day 4 Preview: Williams v Zvonareva, Kvitova v Barthel

No more seeds fell in the bottom half of the women’s draw on day 3 (Halep v Gajdosova still to play at time of writing) after a cull of the seeds on the first day of the 2015 Australian Open.  This nearly wasn’t the case for Maria Sharapova who saved two match points to beat Alexandra…

WTA Luxembourg, Moscow 2nd Round Matches: Barthel v Niculescu, Pennetta v Giorgi

Moscow and Luxembourg are well under way with quite a few typical end-of-season results.  Most notably, a visibly upset Andrea Petkovic was knocked out of Luxembourg by Pauline Parmentier in straight sets.  In other news, Juan Martin del Potro officially announced he won’t be back until 2015, which was a smart move.  Women’s Tennis Blog…

WTA Linz, Osaka, Tianjin 2nd Round Preview: Pliskova v Barthel, Stosur v Gajdosova

The draws in both Osaka and Tianjin have seen few upsets so far, therefore meaning my finalists in both tournaments are still alive! However, Linz has been as unpredictable as they come with just two seeds remaining after completion of the first round and some second round matches.  On Wednesday, Dominika Cibulkova and Sabine Lisicki…