Enthusiasm vs. Indifference

Toray Pan Pacific Open, Japan Women’s Semifinal: [CR8] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. [CR10] Ana Ivanovic (SRB) Kerber gives the impression of indifference in her matches, yet you know she wants to win as badly as her opponent.  She is unable to play from a winning platform; her forehand goes astray, her serve becomes predictably attackable,…

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Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Donfeng Motor Wuhan Open, China [CR222] Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) is back on court, playing in the qualifying rounds at the 2014 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. The flamboyant player has been missing from action since April due to left hip injury.  Her career has been marred by injuries; however, each time she comes back fighting to achieve…

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New additions

[23] Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) has been away from the game since July due to left knee injury, which may require surgery. His multi-dimensional and unconventional game will be missed.  We hope to see him back on court soon. [28] Nicolas Almagro (ESP) underwent left foot surgery at the end of June.  We wish him a speedy…

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No title defense

Moselle Open, France [11] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) was knocked out of contention for his title defense by [45] David Goffin (BEL), 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-5. Tsonga looked in control of the match, taking the first set easily.  Goffin was not deterred and has become an unexpected obstacle for many players recently.  He is a fighter who moves very freely…

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Leaving on her own terms

I applaud Li Na and although I cannot comprehend the degree of emotion behind her decision, I recognize how difficult it was to make that decision to walk away from her career as a professional tennis player. She is absolutely correct in stating that “all good things must come to an end.” Change is the one…

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Hoping to defend his Moselle Open Title

Moselle Open, France [CR11] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) began his campaign to retain his Moselle Open title and his opponent was [CR66] Gilles Muller (LUX). On paper it should have been an easy victory for Tsonga; however, Muller has the game that can give opponents trouble when he is on.  He has a good serve, which is aided…

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