Archives for February 2013

Barry MacKay: The last of the independents


No. 1 not so far off for Serena anymore, who seizes it back

Serena has only lost five matches in 2012

Serena has only lost five matches in 2012

I am continually amazed by Serena Williams, not just by her level, which can be the highest ever seen on the WTA Tour when she

The biggest stories of his life

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FROM THE SAP OPEN IN SAN JOSE – Tommy Haas, who is 34, doesn’t want to even think about playing until age 40. He

The Continuing Education of Stevie J



Johnson has his eyes on the top 100





Don’t let the cart bang you in the knee

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Isner needs a good late winter and early spring.


FROM THE SAP OPEN IN SAN JOSE: In some ways John Isner

Out of sight, out of mind

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Donald has won more matches in the past 6 weeks than he won in all of 2012.

Matches twist and turn on dozen of types of shots, some hair-raising, many eye-popping, others sleight of hand. The role of luck in tennis is often debated and when balls find the funniest places at the most critical moments, there is reason to pause and consider the role of fortune.

That was the case in Michael Russell

Bryan Bros.:

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Bob: ‘Emotions were running high’ MAL TAAM PHOTO



Gauging prospect Ryan


Harrison is trying not to be impatient with his lack of strong results.

FROM THE SAP OPEN IN SAN JOSE – With the young U.S. women like Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Jamie Hampton getting world attention with their fine recent play, the young U.S. men have been somewhat left in the dust to start the year.

Ryan Harrison, 20, has had a decent win or two, but he hasn’t had an outstanding 2013 tournament yet. After focusing on his fitness in the off season, the frequently injured Jack Sock, also 20, got hurt in his opening round of qualifying at the Australian Open and then didn’t play another match until the first round of the SAP Open in San Jose, where he lost 7-6, 6-1 to Marinko Matosevic.

Harrison did a little better than Sock, except that he was favored to win his match against Benjamin Becker, whom he had beaten two times last year, but he did not, falling 6-7, 7-5, 6-3. He


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Uncle Toni and his nephew still have a lot of work to do

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Fed Cup: Lepchenko comes up big for US, tied with Italy 1-1

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A happy Varvara hung in tough in the 3rd set

Varvara Lepchenko had been waiting for years to show off her game on the big stage for the United States and she can through in dramatic fashion grabbing a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Roberta Vinci to even the US Fed Cup tie with Italy 1-1.

The crucial victory came after Sara Errani has cracked Jamie Hampton 6-2, 6-1 in a contest that the young American was never in. Errani dictated for much of the match while Hampton was often wild and unsure of herself.

But that was not the case with Lepchenko, who never fell under Vinci