Venus Williams Wins Ten Games in a Row to Make Florianópolis’ Semifinals

By Barbara Galiza (February 28, 2013) FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil –A nearly packed stadium welcomed Venus Williams, the tournament’s star, last night in Florianópolis. The top favourite had a slow start, going down 2/4 against the Slovakian Magdalena … [Read more...]

Brazilian Teen Beatriz Maia Debuts Big Game and Personality in Florianópolis

By Barbara Galiza (February 28, 2013) FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil - Big game and big personality. That’s how one could describe Beatriz Haddad Maia, the 16 year-old Brazilian wildcard. Bia, as she’s known, got to Florianópolis’ second round, until wasting … [Read more...]

Del Potro Reaches Semis in Dubai

( February 28, 2013) DUBAI - Juan Martin Del Potro reached the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for a second straight year on Thursday when he defeated qualifier Daniel Brands 6-4, 6-2.   The pair had met just once … [Read more...]

Nadal and Ferrer Advance Easily in Acapulco

(February 27, 2013) Rafael Nadal moved into the quarterfinals of the Mexican Open on Wednesday as the Spaniard topped Argentina's Martin Alund 6-0, 6-4 in just 85 minutes. He’ll face another Argentine next in Leonardo Mayer. Nadal’s countryman, top … [Read more...]

Venus Williams Holds off Muguruza in Brazil

(February 27, 2013) Playing her first match since losing in the third round of the Australian Oepn, No. 20 Venus Williams fought off No. 96 Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the Brazil Tennis Cup on Wednesday in … [Read more...]

Junior Roland Garros Champion Annika Beck is Learning to Adapt to the WTA Tour

By Barbara Galiza   (February 27, 2013) FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil - Ten months ago, Annika Beck was lifting the junior version of the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, having just won the girls’ singles’ Roland Garros title. Now, at 19, after a fast … [Read more...]

Hewitt, Blake and Nalbandian Named Sony Open Men’s Wildcards

  MIAMI, Fla. (www.sonyopentennis.com) – The 2013 Sony Open has announced three men’s wildcard entries featuring former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, former World No. 4 James Blake and former World No. 6 David Nalbandian.   The women’s … [Read more...]

Flipkens Talks About Relationship with Clijsters

By Barbara Galiza (February 26, 2013) Florianópolis - This week, at 27, Kirsten Flipkens reached the highest ranking of her career - 31st - and became Belgium’s No. 1 tennis player for the first time. Her happiness, however, was short-lived. … [Read more...]

After 24 Hour Trip and Lost Luggage, Mladenovic Survives First Round in Florianópolis

By Barbara Galiza (February 26, 2013) Florianópolis - The young French hope Kristina Mladenovic had to endure a few setbacks before playing her first round match in Florianópolis today. The 19-year-old arrived yesterday in Brazil, after a 24 hour … [Read more...]

BNP Paribas Open – Pre-Qualifier Begins

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Feb. 25, 2013 – The 2013 BNP Paribas Open Pre-Qualifying tournament begins today, Monday, February 27, and will run through Saturday, March 3. From fast-rising young stars to talented local players, the pre-qualifying draw … [Read more...]