Feats and Feet of Clay (IX): French Open Day 9 Preview

Extended over three sets and two days, Henin and Sharapova contributed another worthy entry in a rivalry no less classy than it is classic.  Despite the almost unparalleled intensity of both competitors, the Belgian and the Russian demonstrated their mutual respect with the gracious, sincere handshake above as well as courteous comments aplenty in prematch […]

Start Your Engines: WTA Stuttgart Preview

The cliche says that a girl’s best friends are diamonds, but the entry list for the Porsche event in Stuttgart suggests that WTA stars must be very good friends with splashy sports cars as well.  Even after the withdrawals of Venus and Clijsters, the 30-player field is saturated with talent to the extent normally associated […]

5 (+1) Plotlines to Ponder: ATP Miami Edition

Novak Djokovic enjoys pondering the countless curiosities in life, whether it be the delicate art of balancing his racket, the stylish brunette nibbling strawberries in the front row, or the aforementioned strawberries themselves.  Consequently, he serves as the poster boy for our discussion of the five potential narratives that could emerge from the men’s tournament.  […]

5 (+1) Plotlines to Ponder: WTA Miami Edition

Maria has a brief respite from the eternal conundrum of “to challenge or not to challenge,” but our wheels are turning rapidly as we contemplate the WTA draw.  We’ll mention five potential narratives, any or all of which could define the women’s tournament, before inserting a sixth “narrative” for your amusement. 1)  How much will we […]

Smashing: ATP Miami Preview

It seems like a long time ago now, but you might remember the ill-fated weapon that Federer destroyed during his frustrating semifinal loss to Djokovic here last year.  The ATP draw looks smashing in a different way, for notable Indian Wells absentees such as Gonzalez, Youzhny, and Wawrinka return to competition here.  After the bizarre […]

Making a Statement: WTA Miami Preview

Maria made a dual statement here in 2006 by showcasing a sleek, Bond girl-inspired outfit and by slashing her way to the final with the icy composure of 007.  She fell to her compatriot Kuznetsova (never thought of Sveta as Dr. No), now the top seed in a Serena-less draw.  Who is ready to capitalize […]