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August 1, 2011 | By Matt Stevens
Vera Zvonareva, the top-seeded woman at the Mercury Insurance Open in LaCosta, is sitting comfortably near the top of the WTA rankings as the world's No. 3 player. But one American is starting her comeback, and looking to shake things up. Former world No. 1 Serena Williams won the WTA's Bank of the West Classic on Sunday, cruising past Marion Bartoli in straight sets for her first title in more than a year. Williams is coming off two foot operations and complications from a blood clot that caused her to miss almost a year.
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March 5, 2014 | By Art Spander
She went back to where it all started, to the wall in Sochi. Maria Sharapova, out of boredom really, as a child began smacking a tennis ball while her father played his weekly game a few feet away. "My career started in Sochi," Sharapova said Wednesday, reviewing her trip home and to the Winter Olympics. "Every player starts somewhere. To be able to celebrate that after so many years was special. " Sharapova, the defending champion, and other top women's seeds from the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden spent time with the media while others spent time on court on opening day. For Madison Keys, the young American, that time, brief as it might have been, was worthwhile.
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August 4, 2011
MERCURY INSURANCE OPEN La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad (seedings in parentheses) Stadium Court not before 2 p.m. Sloane Stephens vs. Andrea Petkovic (2) not before 4:15 p.m. Vera Zvonareva (1) vs. Sabine Lisicki (12) not before 8 p.m. Shuai Peng (4) vs. Ana Ivanovic (5)
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August 21, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Michael Weiner , the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Assn., has a brain tumor, the MLBPA announced Tuesday. In a statement, the union said Weiner began treatment Monday. The treatments are expected to last for about a month, with Weiner expected to report to work daily during that time, according to the statement. "He looks forward to making a full recovery," the statement read. Weiner, 50, succeeded Donald Fehr as leader of the players' union in 2009 and negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement last year, helping baseball keep labor peace even as strife hit the NFL and NHL. Weiner is extremely popular within the sport, even among his professional adversaries at the commissioner's office.
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July 2, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Reporting from Wimbledon, England — Serena Williams doesn't engage in avoidance on the tennis court. She looks her opponents in the eye before she pounds one of her massive serves or aims a forehand at the person across the net. She shakes a fist after a big winner and during changeovers, Williams watches everything . Vera Zvonareva is the opposite. She bows her head after hitting winners. She mutters into the ground if she misses a shot, and during changeovers Zvonareva buries her head in a towel as if she doesn't want to see what might happen next.
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June 20, 2011
Today's featured matches Centre Court (beginning at 5 a.m. PDT): Top-seeded Rafael Nadal, the defending champion, faces 33-year-old American veteran Michael Russell; 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, seeded sixth, takes on Jelena Dokic; Britain's great hope Andy Murray, seeded No. 4, plays Daniel Gimeno-Traver. Court 1 (5 a.m.): 20-year-old American Alison Riske plays 2010 finalist Vera Zvonareva, seeded No. 2 this year; in the third match, Andreas Beck faces eighth-seeded Andy Roddick.
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August 7, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Agnieszka Radwanska plays subtle tennis filled with little touches that go unappreciated unless her game is watched closely. It is as if she is wearing an intricate dress and if you are able to sit at her table, you notice the beading, embroidery, a splash of color, a touch of lace. With Radwanska and her tennis racket, there is the ability to play a dainty drop shot, or change an opponent's pace into a softly angled cross-court winner. There is the ability to think about where the ball will land five points later if she hits a spinning serve into the corner, a cross-court forehand, a sneaky volley, a lob that glistens in the sun. Radwanska, a 22-year-old from Poland, who wondered whether she'd make it through the week because her right shoulder ached, discovered 100-mph starter strokes aren't always necessary as she beat the top-seeded and world's third-ranked player, Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-4, Sunday to win the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad.
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March 5, 2014 | By Art Spander
She went back to where it all started, to the wall in Sochi. Maria Sharapova, out of boredom really, as a child began smacking a tennis ball while her father played his weekly game a few feet away. "My career started in Sochi," Sharapova said Wednesday, reviewing her trip home and to the Winter Olympics. "Every player starts somewhere. To be able to celebrate that after so many years was special. " Sharapova, the defending champion, and other top women's seeds from the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden spent time with the media while others spent time on court on opening day. For Madison Keys, the young American, that time, brief as it might have been, was worthwhile.
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September 8, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
It was all about the wind Wednesday at the U.S. Open. Caroline Wozniacki had to make a mid-match hairstyle adjustment, going from ponytail to braid so she could see where the ball was sneaking off. Novak Djokovic waved his racket in the air after a shot he missed because the wind made the ball disappear from his sight. And yet when the day was done, it was the favorites who conquered the conditions and advanced. Especially Roger Federer. The five-time U.S. Open champion and the draw's second-seeded player blew away fifth-seeded Robin Soderling, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. And arriving at the men's semifinals to meet Federer once again is third-seeded Djokovic.
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August 1, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
LONDON — The current king and queen of tennis were up bright and early here Wednesday. No leisurely breakfast, no lingering over a second cup of coffee. Roger Federer was out on Court 1, Serena Williams on Centre Court. What an idea. Olympic tennis at Wimbledon. It was noon — that's the crack of dawn for marquee tennis players — and the fans who had taken a second mortgage on their homes to purchase tickets were scurrying to seats so they wouldn't miss the day's big show.
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July 15, 2012 | By Andrew L. John
A year removed from what could be considered a low point for the Mercury Insurance Open, the once premier women's tennis tournament appears to be on an upswing. A $50-million renovation of the host site at La Costa Resort and Spa at Carlsbad has certainly helped. While the resort was upgraded, tournament organizers oversaw changes to the tennis facilities that are primarily in an effort to attract the best WTA players, many of whom have skipped the event in recent years. This year's event began Saturday and goes through Sunday.
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September 5, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Seedings in parentheses; all times PDT ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM Beginning at 8 a.m. Andy Murray (4) vs. Donald Young; Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Gilles Muller. Beginning at 4 p.m. David Ferrer (5) vs. Andy Roddick (21) LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM Beginning at 8 a.m. Gilles Simon (12) vs. John Isner (28); Flavia Pennetta (26) vs. Angelique Kerber; Vera Zvonareva (2) vs. Samantha Stosur (9).
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September 2, 2011
U.S. Open featured matches Seedings in parentheses; all times PDT. ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM Beginning at 8 a.m.: Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Vera Zvonareva (2); Flavia Pennetta (26) vs. Maria Sharapova (3); Nicolas Mahut vs. Rafael Nadal (2). Beginning at 4 p.m.: Christina McHale vs. Maria Kirilenko (25); Andy Roddick (21) vs. Jack Sock. LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM Beginning at 10 a.m.: Robby Ginepri vs. John Isner (28); Robin Haase vs. Andy Murray (4)
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August 6, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Pancho Segura, 90, once ranked No. 1 in the world and wise in the ways of tennis, considered the 2-hour 10-minute semifinal match he watched Saturday afternoon between Agnieszka Radwanska and Andrea Petkovic, which featured Radwanska compensating for a sore right shoulder and Petkovic running to a bathroom mid-game to throw up. Segura smiled. "There was some excellent tennis played today," Segura said from his seat at the La Costa Spa and Resort tennis court, under an umbrella.
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August 5, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
It's a matter of experience as much as talent, a battle in the brain as much as on the tennis court sometimes. Sloane Stephens is 18 years old and has played only 10 WTA-level matches. Andrea Petkovic is 23 and has been a pro since 2006, and when you play against the best more often you learn things. For example, Stephens made a crucial mistake in the first set, in the sixth game of her quarterfinal match Friday at the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, when she and Petkovic had traded service holds and the match seemed destined to stay competitive.
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