Exotic beaches take a back seat this WTA off-season: Muguruza climbs Kilimanjaro, Sharapova meets African wildlife

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Garbine Muguruza's crazy Kilimanjaro climb inspired me to write this post. WTA players typically choose luxury beach vacations for the off-season, but there are those who prefer to keep themselves active, or even extremely...
Generali Ladies Linz 2019 Players' Party

WTA players travel back to 1920s at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz players’ party

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As the qualifying rounds completed on Monday, the Upper Austria Ladies Linz hosted a 1920s-inspired players' party and the WTA players responded to the theme in their own ways. Gold dominated the setting of the...
Karolina Pliskova Wuhan

Wuhan Open PHOTOS: Barty, Pliskova, Svitolina, Halep move into the third round

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Tuesday's schedule at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open was super busy with 14 second-round matches in singles. Our photographer Jimmie48 not only attended most of these singles matches, he also shot some doubles action, Donna Vekic's...
Petra Kvitova

Wuhan Open PHOTOS: Kvitova makes a winning return, Wozniacki & Kerber upset

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The 2014 and 2016 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open champion Petra Kvitova victoriously opened her 2019 campaign after a first-round bye, while Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber both fell to unseeded opponents in the first...
Belinda Bencic US Open 2019

Belinda Bencic seals spot in her first major semifinal with US Open win over Donna Vekic

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Switzerland's Belinda Bencic recorded her best result at a Grand Slam so far by defeating Croatia's Donna Vekic in Wednesday's quarterfinals at the US Open. After eliminating world No.1 and defending champion Naomi Osaka, the...
Naomi Osaka

Cincinnati PHOTOS: Barty, Osaka, Pliskova move into quarterfinals

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The quarterfinal field was defined on Thursday at the Western & Southern Open, as eight players won their third-round matches, with mixed results for the seeds. Top seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia overcame 49 unforced...
Ashleigh Barty

Cincinnati PHOTOS: Barty’s win over Sharapova marks successful second-round Wednesday for the seeds

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Unlike yesterday, when only one seeded player progressed, Wednesday's second-round action was absolutely successful for the seeds at the Western & Southern Open and our Jimmie48 thoroughly covered another busy day in Cincinnati. Top seed...
Venus Williams Cincinnati 2019

Cincinnati PHOTOS: Venus upsets defending champ Bertens, Keys the only seed to advance on Tuesday

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On a day when back injury sustained in Toronto forced Serena Williams to withdraw before her second-round match at the Western & Southern Open, Venus Williams upset defending champion Kiki Bertens to reach the...
Maria Sharapova

Cincinnati PHOTOS: Sharapova gets past Riske, Peterson & Swiatek make upsets

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Monday's schedule at the Western & Southern Open featured twelve first-round matches and our Jimmie48 attended three of them, plus several practice sessions, doubles matches, press conferences and a WTA video shoot. Maria Sharapova rallied...
Barbora Strycova

Cincinnati PHOTOS: Strycova gets WTA Doubles World No.1 trophy, Osaka all smiles during practice

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In terms of competitive tennis, Sunday at the Western & Southern Open was all about the second round of qualifying, but that was just a fraction of what was going on at the tournament,...