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sunday survey: petra pushes for POTY

October 30, 2011

Reigning queen? Kvitova swept her last 10 matches of ’11. (AP photo)

Player of the year? With her triumph over the field in Istanbul this week, Petra Kvitova made a convincing push for winning the title of player of the year for the 2011 season. The Season Ending Championships are often called the “fifth slam” beyond the majors, and Petra is now the only woman to grab two out of those five tournaments. Sure, Miami is often also brought up in the same breath, but Petra beat Miami’s victor, Victoria Azarenka 7-5 4-6 6-3 to nab the SEC title, cementing herself as the cream of the WTA crop to end the season. Sure, there was the blip between Wimbledon and after the USO when the Czech 21 year old went 5-5, but she closed the year winning ten straight matches, including five over five of the best players on the planet. Can anyone edge her out for such an honor? Your picks for player of the year below.

sunday survey: who’s your lady?

October 23, 2011

All roads have led to Istanbul. Or flights, that is. The WTA‘s season will (mostly) wrap up this week in Istanbul, Turkey, with the WTA Championships (some women will compete in the Championships 2.0 event next week in Bali). But after Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli pulled out of Moscow last week the eight-woman field was set, ending the run-off between herself and Agnieszka Radwanska. Radwanska joins Caroline Wozniaki, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka (fresh off a title in Luxembourg), Li Na, Vera Zvonareva and Sam Stosur for the round-robin format. Play begins on Tuesday.

But we’re curious: Who is your pick to win the title this year in Istanbul? Vote below.

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(wednesday’s) sunday survey: striking situation

September 28, 2011

Would these boys really do it? Strike. It’s not something tennis fans really want to think about, and even though Tennis Channel’s James LaRosa does point out some ways that a lack of tennis-playing might make fans’ lives better, we here at TSF would miss the weekly fashions (and trophies!) with great sadness. Andy Murray recently told the BBC that if the tennis bodies don’t step up then the players will, and Rafael Nadal echoed that players could take “strong action.” It doesn’t help that 2011′s king, Novak Djokovic, fell to the ground unable to continue during Davis Cup 10 days ago. Not the best image for the (functional) end of the tennis season, right?

Do you think a players’ strike could really happen? Weigh in below.

(photo by Getty Images)

sunday survey: are the good old days of the young guns gone?

September 20, 2011

Fore! Look out ladies, the girls are comin’ up! Or, are they? Over the weekend, 16-year-old Lexi Thompson shocked the LPGA by winning the Navistar LPGA Classic event in Alabama. She was the youngest winner on the tour by over two years and sparked a whole new conversation in that sport about teenage prodigies, especially seeing that Lexi herself isn’t even a full-fledged pro (not until age 18 on the Lpeedg, y’all). Thompson is filing for membership into the sport’s top body come next week.

But what about the young ladies of the WTA? The tour was once dominated by teens — Tracy Austin, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis — they all had their big start at a young age. But this year on the WTA, as far as TSF can tell, there has been just teenage winner: 19-year-old Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who is now 20. Twenty-year-olds Polona Hercog and Ksenia Pervak have collected titles, as have 21-year-olds Alberta Brianti, Petra Kvitova and Sabine Lisicki. But the teens? Nada. So that has us curious: Are teenage champs a thing of the past? Weigh in below.

Oh right… and it’s Tuesday?! Oops. Call it our AOHO (After Open HangOver.)

(Getty Images photo)

sunday survey: roger’s run done?

September 11, 2011

The final question? Yes, we’ve all been wondering this for almost three years now. Since Roger Federer lost in the Australian Open final to Rafael Nadal in 2009 and broke down in tears on the podium, there has been talk that the so-called GOAT was past him prime. And then came having kids. And turning 30. Queue the weekly retirement questions.

But  after yesterday’s meltdown — yes, it was a match that was Federer’s to win — the question can really be popped: Will Roger Federer ever win another major? Federer added to two abysmal and ultimately un-Federer-like stats yesterday with his loss to Djoko: he lost his second match ever when leading two sets to love (had done so for the first time ever at Wimbledon earlier this summer against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), moving his record to 189-2 in his career and for the second straight year squandered match points in an Open semifinal. Your votes below.

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sunday survey: can anyone come close?

September 4, 2011

Crown her queen. For a set and a half yesterday, Serena Williams absolutely dominated Victoria Azarenka on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Serena had match points at both 6-1, 5-3 and 5-4, coming within a point of absolutely drubbing the world’s 4th-ranked player. But Vika saved four match points and drew the second set into a tiebreaker. And while the Belarussian couldn’t quite nab a set (or the match) from Serena, she made somewhat of a case for the rest of the remaining US Open field.

But who — really — can give Serena a true challenge in the final four rounds of the Open? Among Ana Ivanovic, Francesca Schiavone and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (her fourth round and potential quarterfinal match-ups, respectively), the three women hold a 2-7 (and 4-14 in sets) record against Serena in nine matches. So, who has the best shot? Tell us who you think below.

More: The women’s remaining 16

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sunday survey: your USO winners

August 28, 2011

Grab that crystal ball. It seems as though it might be a little easier to pick a men’s champion than women’s at the year’s US Open. But you really never know. Perhaps Andy Roddick could shockingly come out of the wood work and finally nab a second Slam to add to his lone trophy — though we really doubt that happening. With the Open less than 24 hours away, we invite you tell us who you think is going to win this year’s final Major on both the men’s and women’s side. And: did we leave anyone out?

Bracketology: Our picks for the men | And women

(Photo by stinkerbell1 via flickr.)

sunday survey: who will go furthest?

August 21, 2011

Who’s got next? Oh, how the tables have turned! Mardy Fish is having an Andy Roddick-like summer (think 2003, when the Austin native was 20-1 prior to the Open), Fish winning a US Open Series title while making the final of two more and was red-hot this week in Cincinnati. Fish will no doubt be the highest-ranked American in the draw (Roddick is due to fall out of the top 20 next week), but will he go the furthest at Flushing?

You never know what will happen in New York. And have you noticed? Summer has been quite the season for Ryan Harrison, Alex Bogolomov Jr. and James Blake. While it’s unlikely, any of those three fellas have a legit shot at making a run at the year’s final major. Why not?! So this week, we wonder: Which American will have the best US Open? Vote below and argue your case in the comments.

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sunday survey: is this the end of jelena?

August 14, 2011

All finished? We’ve all watched the slow, painful sinking of the ship known as Jelena Jankovic. The former world no. 1 is a poor 28-15 in 2011 after posting a 38-23 campaign last year. So is she done? This week in Toronto, Jankovic fell to up-and-coming German Julia Goerges 6-1 6-3, a loss described by Ben Rothenberg on SBNation.com: “A shockingly uncompetitive effort from Jelena Jankovic, who was the No. 1 seed at this tournament only a year ago. Her year has been extremely disappointing, to say the least, with back-to-back first round losses at Wimbledon and now Toronto.”

TSF Vault: Jelena Jankovic | Sunday Survey

So will the losses just become less shocking and more run-of-the-mill for JJ? Or can she see through a semi revitalization of her career a la countrywoman Ana Ivanovic? Your votes below.

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sunday survey: punishable offense?

August 7, 2011

Over and out: Just a day before main draw play was set to get started at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Venus Williams pulled out of the WTA event. While the tournament suffers — as has San Diego and other events this year — Venus doesn’t take much of a hit on her pull out. Sure, there might be an appearance fee that goes unpaid, but is that much to Miss V? Not really. So that has us curious: Should players owe more than just their apologies when pulling out of tournaments last minute?

Weigh in on this question in the comments section.

(Image via Getty)

sunday survey: ryan’s on the rise

July 31, 2011

Ryan’s rise: We noted last week that Ryan Harrison‘s run in Atlanta might mean something in the bigger picture and the Louisiana native continued his impressive streak by making his second straight ATP semifinal in Los Angeles this week. Mardy Fish stopped the 19-year-old both times, winning at the Farmers Classic yesterday in a tight 6-0 4-6 7-6 (3) semi. Fish noted both on court and in his press conference that is he could, he’d “buy stock” in Harrison. Which makes us curious: How high can this kid’s stock climb? Weigh in below.

(TSF photo)

sunday survey: fashion follow: girls or boys?

July 23, 2011

Either or: Here’s something that just popped into our head: Who do you follow more, fashion-wise? The men or the women? Sure, the ladies naturally gravitate toward the stuff because it’s (mostly) their side of the table, but the guys hold their own. From Serena to Maria to Caroline Wozniacki and Venus — the girls have their hands in what they wear. But do you find yourself checking out the guys’ threads just to check in and see how the clothing companies get creative with the good ol’ shorts and tee number? Rafa, Roger and Novak have undoubtedly brought along a certain amount attention to Euro chic with their rise to the top, no? Your votes below.

(Getty images/TSF illustration) 

 

 

sunday survey: martina’s next move?

July 17, 2011

More tennis from Martina? Martina Hingis has spent the last few months playing tennis, something she hasn’t really done in years. She’s re-kindled her friendship with old rival Lindsay Davenport, helped lead the New York Sportimes during the World TeamTennis season, announced her own clothing line with Canada-based Tonic and mulled an Olympic mixed doubles bid with Roger Federer in 2012. So it got us wondering here at TSF: what’s Martina’s next move? Choose from our choices below. | TSF Vault: Martina Hingis

(Getty Images photo)

sunday survey: what’s your favorite part of the summer sched?

July 10, 2011

Summer tennis is here. So while Serena Williams might be off her seat and back onto the court, the summer season marks the one time of the year when a big majority of American tennis fans get to actually watch top-notch, professional tennis. From World Team Tennis to the US Open Series to the year’s final Slam, tennis will stretch from Newport to Vancouver to Washington, D.C. and St. Louis this summer. So we’re curious: which is your favorite? First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters seem to be digging WTT, but what about you. Tell us below.

(Image by Donald Bowers Photography via Flickr)

(tuesday’s) sunday survey: your thoughts on the wimbledon that was

July 5, 2011


Say so long, y’all! While we’re a little teary-eyed that Wimbledon is all finished and shuttered for the year, there is this to mull over: at this time next year, the Championships will be wrapping up and the Olympic Games — which will be held at the All England Club — will be just three weeks away. Yeah. Three. It’ll be glorious and strange all the same.

For all you Brits out there: The 2012 Olympics tennis jobs are up. Apply!

There’s so many moments to love from the last two weeks. But which was your fave? Pick one below and leave behind a comment, too, if you so please.

(Image by MOLIBLOG via Flickr.)

sunday survey: wimbledon … for which williams?

June 26, 2011

Sister act, 2011: Venus and Serena have both made their way through the first week of Wimbledon with their respective bumps — we’ll call it “character building” — and are currently on track to meet in the championship match at Wimbledon for the first time since 2009 (they met in the finals in 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009). While both would have to win an impressive three more matches each to get to the finals, they certainly have proven to be unpredictable before, and long layoffs for each has put their games into a realm of unknown.

So, what do you think: which Williams can win Wimbledon? Tell us below.

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sunday survey: andy’s slam?

June 19, 2011

Question this: We figure that with the ladies trying to get their druthers about them, we’ll wait until next Sunday to let you weigh in on who’s going to run home with the title. But for the fellas, let’s check out who the TSF nation thinks is going to hoist high the Wimbledon trophy come July 3. Is it finally Andy Murray’s year?

TSF on Wimbledon: Men’s preview | Women’s preview

(adidas Murray image via Tennis Buzz/Flickr)

sunday survey: an omen for a-rod?

June 12, 2011


A bad sign? In the semifinals of Queen’s Club on Friday Andy Roddick was absolutely drubbed by Andy Murray, 6-3, 6-1. Should the American worry? He doesn’t think so. “Everything he touched turned to gold,” Roddick said after the match. “He played great. I felt like I hit the ball well.” But no matter what the American said, it couldn’t have felt great to be run off the court by Murray after his long layoff, that saw Roddick miss the French Open. Should Roddick take special meaning in his loss to the world no. 4? Tell us below.

(Image via Getty)

(tuesday’s) sunday survey: the channel slam

June 7, 2011

Just over the net. Another year, another batch of players proving the French Open and Wimbledon are just too close together on the calendar. Roger Federer‘s groin needed a rest after his run to the Roland Garros final, while Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic all seemed to half-heartedly make the train ride up from Paris to London for Queen’s Club this week. Meanwhile, Maria Sharaova opted out of Birmingham. So what’s the answer? It’s your call below — and remember! — the tennis governing bodies check TSF religiously. So obvi this vote will change the future of tennis…

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sunday survey: week one’s 1-2 punch

May 29, 2011

Fabulous Franny: There’s been no stopping the Italian at this year’s French — so far. (Getty)

Era’s first. For the first time in the Open era the women’s no. 1 and no. 2 seeds are out of the tournament before the second week has even begun. For Kim Clijsters it was a dismal performance against unheralded Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus (who was promptly dispatched in the next round by Maria Kirilenko 1 and 1, thank you very much), in which she blew second-set match points. And for top seed Caroline Wozniacki it was an almost-as-bad showing against the always-lurking Daniela Hantuchova, bowing out 1-6 3-6.

But what was the biggest story line of the first week of the year’s second Slam? Novak Djokovic continued his impenetrable run through the men of the tour — a run not even 2009 US Open champ Juan Martin del Potro could stop. Roger and Rafa looked to be in all-right form thus far, though last year’s semifinalist Tomas Berdych continued his downward slide in a first-round loss to a French qualifier. And what about Francesca Schiavone? The defending champ that no one gave a chance was work-lady-like in her week one at Roland Garros, finding a spot in the QFs with a convincing 6-4-in-the-third win over Jelena Jankovic. And has everyone already forgotten about Sam Stosur??

What was the biggest story of week one? Your pick, below.

 


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