Experience trumps youthful bravado

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati Men’s Semifinal: [CR3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [CR7] Milos Raonic (CAN) Despite establishing himself as an elite top ten player since April of this year, Raonic still has not discovered the secret to defeating Federer.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of, Federer is a difficult opponent to conquer even when…

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Battling her demons

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati It’s not just the player across the net that [CR1] Serena Williams (USA) battles each time she steps on court, no disrespect to the other player, it is her self-imposed perfectionist demands that make her matches so unpredictable. Serving for the match at 5-1, Serena was broken at love.  She did not even…

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Speaking quietly with his racquet

Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati [CR55] Steve Johnson (USA) has been steadily working his way up the ranks, quietly taking care of business.  He had a nice win tonight at the Western & Southern Open against the talented, yet unpredictable [CR13] Ernests Gulbis (LAT). In their previous encounter, Johnson had taken the win in a four setter at the…

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It was not to be

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati [CR125] Taylor Townsend (USA) could not duplicate her feat of two days ago.  She was denied her revenge against  [CR14] Flavia Pennetta (ITA).  Though she gave a valiant effort, it was all in vain as she lost once again in the 2nd round to the Italian.  Unlike their last encounter, this was…

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Unexpected battle

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati That’s what [CR1] Serena Williams (USA) had today against [CR22 ] Samantha Stosur (AUS). A week ago at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Serena dismantled Stosur’s game and won the match in the 2nd round fairly comfortably, 6-0, 6-2. Today was a totally different story; who would have believed that Serena would have to…

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As flat as a pancake

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati That was how Tsonga came out today against [CR25] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS).  Thus, it was no surprise that he lost 1-6, 4-6. Despite the 50% probability of winning based on their past history, [CR 10] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) just was not in the moment.  He did show some interest when Youzhny…

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