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2010-07-26 17:31:00

CARLSBAD, Calif., July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Melanie Oudin, America's tennis sweetheart, will play in the 2010 Mercury Insurance Open Presented by Tri-City Medical Center, tournament officials announced today. The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event is scheduled for July 31 - Aug. 8 at the La Costa Resort and Spa. The 18-year-old Oudin, who was born and raised in Marietta, Ga., burst upon the tennis scene last summer when she defeated 29th seeded Sybille Bammer of Austria, 6th seeded Jelena...

2009-09-29 12:04:53

No. 3-seeded Elena Dementieva was defeated Tuesday at Tokyo's $2 million Pan Pacific Open, which has lost its top six seeds in second-round play. Top seeds Dinara Safina and Venus Williams were among upset victims in Monday's play while Dementieva, No. 4-seeded Carolina Wozniacki and sixth-seeded Vera Zvonareva were out of the draw by the end of play Tuesday. Dementieva was defeated 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1 by qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko. She hurt her chances with 11 double faults and Bondarenko...

2009-08-31 19:24:52

Serena Williams began defense of her U.S. Open crown with an easy victory Monday on the first day of the final tennis Grand Slam of the year. Williams, second seed and three-time champion, posted a 6-4, 6-1 win over fellow American Alexa Glatch as she seeks her third Grand Slam title of 2009. She won the Australian Open, was a quarterfinalist at the French Open, and beat sister Venus in the final at Wimbledon. Former U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters, 26-year-old Belgian, defeated Ukraine's...

2009-08-25 14:55:52

Dinara Safina, ranked No. 1 but still looking for her first Grand Slam title, was given the top seeding for the women's draw of the 2009 U.S. Open tournament. Safina has played well enough to reach the top of the tennis world but is 0-3 in major tournament finals and advanced only as far as the semifinals in previous tournaments at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. That blot on her resume has led some -- notably No. 2-ranked and defending U.S. Open champion Serena Williams -- to doubt Safina's...

2009-08-05 23:41:46

Dinara Safina and Vera Zvonareva, the top two seeds, took different paths Wednesday into the third round of the Los Angeles Women's Open. Safina, the top seed and coming off a tournament victory at the Slovenia Open, recorded a routine 6-2, 6-4 victory over Daniela Hantuchova. That set up a third-round match with Jie Zheng, who ousted Elena Vesnina 6-4, 4-6, 6-0. Zvonareva had a much more difficult time in getting past the second round, but she eventually defeated Shuai Peng 3-6, 6-3, 7-6...

2009-07-28 17:44:08

Top seeds Vera Zvonareva of Russia and Patty Schnyder of Switzerland were upset victims Tuesday at the Istanbul Cup. Ukrainian Mariya Koryttseva defeated Zvonareva, the No. 1 seed, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. Paraguay's Rossana de los Rios beat Schnyder, seeded second, 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-3. In other action, No. 3 Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues ousted Belarusian qualifier Anastasiya Yakimova 6-4, 6-2; No. 5 Russian Vera Dushevina beat Ukrainian qualifier Yulia Fedak 6-1, 6-4; and No. 8 Czech Lucie...

2009-06-26 11:43:33

Second-seeded Serena Williams, showing a strong serve, was a straight-set winner Friday in third-round play of the Wimbledon Championships in London. Williams swept by Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-4 in an efficient 67 minutes. Williams wasn't perfect -- Vinci had two service breaks -- but was clearly the better player. She dropped just five points on her first serve and had 34 winners, including 10 aces. She will have a Round-of-16 meeting Monday against Daniela Hantuchova, who stopped Ai Sugiyama...

2009-06-23 15:45:00

Two-time defending champion Venus Williams was dominant in a first-round win Tuesday at the Wimbledon Championships in London. Williams defeated Stefanie Voegele 6-3, 6-2 in a match in which she had 11 unforced errors and 29 winners. Williams was particularly strong on Voegele's second serve, winning 16 of 19 points in that situation. Her second-round opponent will be Kateryna Bondarenko, who was a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) winner Tuesday over Anastasija Sevastova. Top-seeded Dinara Safina, looking to...

2009-06-19 07:05:00

Serena and Venus Williams were placed in opposite sides of the women's Wimbledon bracket Friday, meaning they could meet in the tournament finals. The Williams sisters have won seven of the last nine Wimbledon titles. The all-time series between the two is tied at 10-10, but Serena owns a 5-1 edge when those meetings are in Grand Slam finals. However, Venus defeated her sister in last year's Wimbledon final. Serena is ranked No. 2 in the world and Venus No. 3, so a true seeding would have...

2009-06-17 12:23:18

Dinara Safina, drawing heat because she's ranked No. 1 despite not having a major title, was installed as the top women's seed for the Wimbledon Championships. The seedings for the 2009 championships were announced Wednesday for the tournament. The first matches are scheduled for Monday and the women's singles final is July 4. Safina is an impressive 20-2 since taking over the No. 1 world ranking in April. Both losses were to Svetlana Kuznetsova and both in tournament finals, including a rout...

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