Nausea or nerves?

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Women’s Semifinal: [CR6] Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs. [CR11] Ana Ivanovic (SRB) Hard to tell, as it seems that everything was at play in this semifinal match between Ivanovic and Sharapova. There was no doubt that something was amiss; Ivanovic took the first set 6-2 and was leading 4-0 when everything…

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Dashed hopes

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Men’s Semifinal: [CR6] David Ferrer (ESP) vs. [CR41] Julien Benneteau (FRA) Benneteau saw his dreams of winning his first singles title disappear today, losing to  Ferrer in the semifinal round at the Western and Southern Open. He fought valiantly, but the fatigue was apparent in his game.  His weary legs were just a…

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Play to win

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Women’s Semifinal: [CR1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [CR12] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) You cannot approach anything in life, and that includes the sport of tennis, with a fear of losing.  It is the belief in self that ultimately tips the scale in one’s favor.  When you play fearing loss rather than anticipating a win,…

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Worthy of a final

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Thus was the quarterfinal match between Federer and Murray at this year’s Western and Southern Open, at least on paper. Both members of the famed “top four club” for many years; the other members being Rafa (Rafael Nadal-ESP) and Nole (Novak Djokovic-SRB). The once dominant top four seems to be a thing…

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Unwelcomed rematch

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Preview Though they are best friends on tour, I doubt that Caroline and Serena enjoy hanging out this way.  Sure the competitor in each of them will probably deny that, but the obvious tension in their quarterfinal match at last week’s Rogers Cup, Canada was a testament of how undesirable they find…

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Stan was not the man today

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati It was not surprising given Stan’s history of erratic play, plus he had lost two of their three previous matches. [CR41] Julien Benneteau (FRA) as a player is an enigma; he does not have that one shot that can put players away, yet he has gained some impressive wins throughout his career. It appeared that [CR4] Stanislas…

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