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From The Heart.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, with her two dramatic three set wins, and an impromptu haircut now seen around the world, has become the breakout star at this week’s WTA Finals in Singapore. A fact made more impressive given that she is actually the oldest player, at age 31, in the draw. But if anyone was perhaps due an exciting final act in what has been a career of stellar highs and stunning lows, it is Kuznetsova.

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Raising The Roof

The US Open starts next week. The last major of the season is looking ahead to the future with a mixture of excitement and perhaps, reluctance. While the long awaited and much needed roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium is now in place ready for use, New York’s favorite player won’t be there to play underneath it. Continue reading

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Making The Best of It

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It’s been a tough week in Cincinnati. But even organizers weren’t expected it to be this tough.

The combined ATP and WTA event was already dealing with several big names not being in the draw before things got started. That included defending champion Roger Federer who is out for the rest of the season.

Then defending women’s champion Serena Williams, who surprised everyone when she accepted a wildcard into the event, proceeded to withdraw after one practice session on-site. Williams, who continues to deal with shoulder inflammation, now might see Angelique Kerber claim the WTA top ranking if the German wins the title outright.

Adding to the tourney’s woes, mother nature decided to play havoc with the schedule. Torrential rain on Monday and Tuesday cancelled many matches. As I write this, another rain delay is underway.

Away from the courts, the tournament’s parking lot – in this case the lawns of a nearby golf course – quickly turned into a soggy mud field equivalent almost to quicksand. That left many parked cars trapped in the mud. Drivers that thought their cars could maneuver through the mud soon found themselves, as I did, trapped as well. It was only with the help of several volunteers pushing my car that I finally made it out.

If drying courts with squeegees and pushing cars out of muddy fields were Olympic sports, the volunteers in Cincinnati would be medal contenders for the Summer Games in Tokyo next time.

Star names are the draw here in the Midwest. But fans have to hurry to see them before they exit. Rafael Nadal, admitting to being worn out after a week in Rio, barely managed to win four games against Borna Coric in their third round match. Coric himself retired due to injury in his next match to fellow Croatian Marin Cilic.

The women’s event has held up a bit better. In addition to Kerber, several top seeds remain including Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, and Agnieszka Radwanska.

With the US Open Summer Series coming to a close (though the opening event in Stanford felt like months ago) it’s hard to know if the results from this year’s North American hard court swing will matter come time for New York. The Olympics added basically another Major to the season.

Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig and silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro didn’t earn any points but certainly raised their profiles before the US Open. If they translate Olympic success into more in New York remains to be seen. Add in the lack of big names like Serena and Novak Djokovic not playing during the series as well, it ends up being one of those years that only happens every four years.

As I finish this post, a massive rainbow appeared over the stadium with bright sunshine in the distance. A sure reminder to everyone here at the Cincinnati tournament that despite a soggy start, and a rainy middle, a sunny ending including with a new No. 1 player just might be on the horizon.

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The Big Questions Before Roland Garros.

 

Roland Garros is just days away. With a lot riding for many players heading into the second major of the year, here are some of the big questions still lingering after the European clay court swing. Continue reading

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Highlights and Aces – The Best of Tennis 2015

 

Since the clock is close to running out on 2015, here’s a very quick look back at the players and moments that stood out to me the most this year. Continue reading

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Dancing With The Stars

Another Wimbledon is now in the history books, especially this year’s edition that saw several players achieve more significant chapters to their already legendary careers. Plus, we saw a few young players take the next step in their careers while others took quite a noticeable stumble Here’s some final thoughts on the memorable fortnight. Continue reading

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2015 French Open Preview: Deja vu or Breakthrough?

Once again the French Open draw provided tennis watchers with a clear favorite on the men’s side and a plethora of potential winners for the women. Yet, for the first time in a decade, Rafael Nadal is not the man most everyone is picking to hold the trophy again.
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