Fortune Favors the Brave and Miami Thursday Preview

Few Sharapova fans have forgotten her epic victory over Venus Williams in the 2007 Miami tournament, during which she courageously overcame not only the three-time champion but her aching shoulder deep in the third set.  This afternoon, Henin displayed a different type of fortitude when…

Prescient Fingers and Miami Wednesday Preview

It was supposed to be a straightforward match capsule in praise of the GOAT with the inevitable “Pick:  Federer” looming at the conclusion.  Instead, our fingers somehow typed the heretical words “Pick:  Berdych” at the end of the sentence, a unforced error that went unnoticed…

Eyes on the Prize: Miami Tuesday Preview

A tournament generally turns a corner when it reaches the round of 16, at which time the atmosphere intensifies as players eye the final weekend with the intensity displayed by Ivanovic above.  While the women rounded that bend yesterday, the men reach the intersection today. …

Weekend Warriors: Third-Round ATP / WTA Miami Preview

Half of the women’s third-round encounters were played today, and regrettably one of them witnessed the demise of the smiling Serb pictured above.  Nevertheless, Ivanovic pushed Radwanska deep into both sets during a match from which she can extract some encouragement.  After a dismal start on…