Heather Watson and Laura Robson Bite the Bullet in Birmingham

  By Tumaini Carayol (June 12, 2013) BIRMINGHAM, UK - Kicking off the day's play on Wednesday at the AEGON Classic was the pride and joy of Britain, Heather Watson and Laura Robson, back to back. Considering the later slots are usually … [Read more...]

Serena Williams Thinks Her Way Into Madrid Final

  By Tumaini Carayol (May 11, 2013) When Serena Williams opened with an effortless forehand winner before a statement opening service hold, one could be forgiven for assuming this was an indication that she intended to put right what had … [Read more...]

Quotable Quotes: Serena, Sharapova, Nadal and Berdych March On

By Tumaini Carayol (May 10, 2013) Madrid - First to book her place in the final four was Serena Williams, but it wasn’t in the manner expected. The tournament and majority of onlookers had firmly resigned themselves to a routine straight-setter to … [Read more...]

Sharapova Extends Clay Court Winning Streak to 23

By Tumaini Carayol (May 9, 2013) Up first on Central Court, Maria Sharapova continued her undisputed reign on the red dirt with a hard-fought straight  sets victory over Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 7-5. Despite the one-sided first set scoreline, the … [Read more...]

Crowd Sours Atmosphere In Madrid

By Tumaini Carayol (May 8, 2013) MADRID - Seven years ago, the differences were palpable. Both sets of hair were considerably longer, the biceps were bigger, the courts were bluer but without any controversy thanks to the hardness that complimented … [Read more...]

Djokovic Falls to Dimitrov in Second Round of Madrid

By Tumaini Carayol (May 7, 2013) MADRID - Under the burning lights and brash crowd of the Manolo Santana court, Grigor Dimitrov finally justified his "showtime" moniker, stealing the show by capturing the greatest victory of his career in a mammoth … [Read more...]

Serena Williams Responds to Sloane Stephens’ Quotes: Stephens Takes Blame on Twitter

By Tumaini Carayol (May 7, 2013) MADRID - As the traveling tennis circus rolled into Madrid, the tennis world was immediately consumed by shocking off-court happenings that left the actual tennis firmly in the shadows. The first alarm bells rang as … [Read more...]

Before the Curtain Rises on the Madrid Open Sharapova, Azarenka and Li Na Meet The Press

  By Tumaini Carayol (May 3, 2013) MADRID - In grand pursuit of their fabled holy grail – an extension to a two week event that would mark it a true equal of the Miami and Indian Wells events – the organizers of the Madrid Open have pushed … [Read more...]

Sharapova Defends Stuttgart Title with Victory Over Li Na

By Tumaini Carayol (April 28, 2013) STUTTGART - Maria Sharapova arrived in Stuttgart as merely the defeNding champion. One Porsche mega-deal later, the Russian had almost assumed home-crowd support as fans and staff alike cheered the Russian on … [Read more...]

Sharapova Survives Another Three-Set Match to Move into Stuttgart Final

By Tumaini Carayol (April 27, 2013) STUTTGART - In a world where the phrase "counterpuncher" has become maimed and warped beyond reason and measure, Angelique Kerber epitomizes the word in its simplest form. The difference between Kerber and the … [Read more...]