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Nov/20

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Barty, Hsieh Finish as WTA No. 1s

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty wrapped up her second year in a row as the WTA Year-End World No.1. 11-3 in 2020, Barty did not win a Grand Slam title but did win Adelaide and reached the semis in Melbourne and Doha. Her total number of weeks at the top ranking is not an even 50 weeks. […] Continue to read full article...

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Nov/20

5

Facing Greatness: Lisa Bonder-Kerkorian

Former WTA top ten player Lisa Bonder is next in our new series “Facing Greatness” as she contemplates the question of which were the two best matches ever played against her on a tennis court, during her career which spanned from 1981 to 1991 and was highlighted by four WTA singles titles and a no. […] Continue to read full article...

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Jun/20

8

Kuznetsova Implies WTA Is Regressing

Two time major title winner Svetlana Kuznetsova made an interesting comment this week: “No offense but the WTA Tour has become shallow. There used to be more actual top players. Now I sometimes don’t even know who’s Top 10, there’s a very high turnover. And not because mid-ranked players raised their level to reach the […] Continue to read full article...

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Apr/20

27

Two Sets Vs A WTA Pro

With one public park open in Bradenton and Sarasota and two main hitting partners both afraid to play because of fear of virus and fear of being arrested, I am starving to play some real tennis instead of hitting on a wall or driving over an hour to Tampa where a friend plays at open […] Continue to read full article...

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May/19

14

Biofile: Barbora Krejcikova Interview

@scoopmalinowski biofile interview with @bkrejcikova at Innisbrook ITF $80,000 tournament in Palm Harbor Florida after her singles victory. #barborakrejcikova
By Scoop Malinowski
Status:  WTA  129. Achieved world no. 1 ranking in doubles last year. After this interview in Tampa, FL after her second round win vs. Sanaz Marand, Barbora gained some good luck and she won 13 singles matches in a row and three ITF singles titles in Tampa, Pelham, Alabama and Weisbaden, Germany.
DOB:   December 18, 1995 In: Brno, Czech Republic
First Tennis Memory: Tough question...are you going to ask me all these tough questions [smiles]? First memory...well, I was little and I just started to attend the tennis courts in my city. And having a chance to start hitting on the court. Because when I was little, I only had a chance to hit on the wall.
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Apr/19

10

Biofile Nicole Gibbs

  Gibbs WMQ14 (4) (14420596247).jpg By Scoop Malinowski Status: WTA no. 125. Won NCAA titles in both singles and doubles at Stanford in 2012 (only third player in history to do it - Linda Gates, Keri Phebus, then repeated as singles champion the following year. Ht: 5-6 DOB: March 3, 1993 In: Cincinnati, Ohio First Tennis Memory: Playing with my dad (Paul) as a girl, back in Cleveland, Ohio. Tennis Inspirations:  My dad [laughs]. And then also I think the Williams sisters really paved the way for American tennis. Continue to read full article...

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Mar/19

6

Which players do the pros cheer for?

About ten years ago I got the idea to ask several WTA and ATP players at the US Open who would they cheer for if they were not in the tournament? Who would they like to see win? Here are the interesting results of the unofficial poll. Should I do another one of these at Miami Open? Danai Udomchoke: "I could imagine the picture of Roger Federer capturing the trophy, I want him to make the record. I want him to win the French Open also. He's a good guy. He's a very good guy. (You know him a long time?) Yes. Because we are same age and then we play junior together. Once I play him, but in doubles, when we were like 16 or 17. He won. He's a very nice guy. He talk to everyone and he remember everyone." Continue to read full article...

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Nov/18

25

Biofile: Danielle Collins Interview

  By Scoop Malinowski Status: WTA ranking 35. DOB: December 13, 1993 in St. Petersburg, FL Height: 5-10 First Tennis Memory:  "Crawling on the court when my dad (Wally) would play his league matches. (age?) Probably like one or two." Tennis Inspirations:  "Hingis. The Williams sisters. Kournikova. Who else...Wozniacki. Sharapova." Last Book Read:  "Ghosted." Continue to read full article...

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Jan/18

31

Larcher De Brito Returns after six month hiatus

Former teen sensation Michelle Larcher De Brito returned to action this week in the $100,000 Midland Michigan ITF event but she lost in the first round of qualifying rounds to Usue Maitane Arconada 57 64 46. The 25 year old Larcher De Brito, born in Portugal but based in Bradenton, FL, last played in July of last year, losing 36 46 to Ellen Perez in Gatineau, Quebec. Continue to read full article...

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