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12:28PM

'In a Great Place,' Wozniacki Wants to Win

by JAMES HENRY

CINCINNATI – No longer the ingénue of the WTA, former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is learning with age comes wisdom. And, more importantly, she is putting that knowledge to good use.

“I’m in a great place right now, and I feel like I have been working really hard. You know, this is the part of the season I really like. I love playing on grass. I love the U.S. Open Series,” she said after her first-round win at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

“It’s definitely a part of the season I play well in. It’s definitely a confidence boost. I won Istanbul and kind of went from there.”

The 24-year-old Dane defeated Magdaléna Rybáriková of Slovakia: 6-2, 6-3. She next will play China’s Zhang Shuai, who beat Great Britain's Heather Watson: 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

“I felt good out there today. I felt like I played really well,” Wozniacki said. “I managed to kind of keep my head cool, and I felt like I was pressuring her back. You know, she had to run a lot. I felt like I was in charge of the points.”

She said her goal for the rest of the season is simple: Win.

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2:40PM

Jack Sock Has a Message for Tennis

by JAMES HENRY

CINCINNATI – It all started with a simple text message.

About a month before the Wimbledon Championships, American Jack Sock texted Canadian Vasek Pospisil to see if he would compete with him in doubles.

“I knew him a little bit, but not too well,” Sock said during the draw ceremony for this week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. “I’m just very thankful that he decided to play.”

The duo advanced round after round after round, eventually reaching the final, looking over the net at Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, the winners of a record 15 Grand Slam titles.

The young guns – Sock is 21, and Pospisil is 24 – upset the legendary twins, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

“We went through a bunch of good teams and then to be able to beat the best team of all time on Centre Court in the final was an unbelievable experience and I’ll cherish it forever,” Sock said.

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2:15PM

On The Go With Ivo Karlovic

I noticed during the presser that most of the questions were about when you were going to retire. Do those kinds of questions bother you?
No, not, not really. They are normal at my age and I don’t feel that they are overused because I begin later than everybody else so I am not like used up. (big smile) 

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever heard about yourself in the press?
It was in 2006 and there was a story that I didn’t want to play Davis Cup because there was an issue with the Federation and the distribution of money. Every day it was harder because it was like, one idiot writing and then everyone else would copy that. 

What is the last gift you received?
It was here the tournament and they gave me wine. 

But you haven’t opened it yet, right?
No, not yet but soon. (another big smile)

What is the last gift you gave?
I usually give a lot of little gifts when I come home but I think the last gift was for my daughter – a hat and dress from Wimbledon. 

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12:09AM

Common Dishes On Serena Williams

Common and Serena Williams haven't been an item since 2010, but that hasn't stopped the rapper from continuing to talk about her. 
                                                           
According to tennis.com , Common has once again spoken to the media about Serena. In his latest ramble, he mentions the beef he has with Drake, which started after rumours of Serena and Drake surfaced, (again, a very long time ago). Common and Drake have not resolved the feud and have regularly taken stabs at each other in their raps. 
                                            
“Me and Serena was together. We broke up. I don’t know specifically her and Drake, it felt like obviously something was going on [after we broke up], I ain’t dwell on it too much. I ain’t have no problem with that, you do what you do. After a while I felt like in some of Drake’s songs he was saying stuff that was subliminal to me. And I was like, you just don’t know nowadays cats be doing them sneak disses and after a while it was like I’m just going to come out and say what I need to say. It was a show I was at and I left and Drake said something out to the crowd, some tough stuff. So then I was like, ‘aight, it was that time’ because I knew he was directing it to me. We kept it on record and after that it was squashed.”
                                         
Two questions. One, who talks about their ex this much? Common has been single since 2011... maybe he's still holding out for Serena? And two, why does Drake keep cropping up in tennis articles??!!
12:01AM

Taylor Townsend Plays Doubles... Without A Partner

Not sure we will be seeing this again anytime soon. In World Team Tennis, which Taylor Townsend only elected to play after her friend Vicky Duval was diagnosed with lymphoma, Taylor was left on her own in a doubles match after an unfortunate injury that Taylor herself caused. After Taylor accidentally hit her doubles partner Liezel Huber in the back of the head off a crosscourt forehand, Taylor was forced to play Martina Hingis and Anastasia Rodionova all by herself! Talk about punishment! Taylor was not allowed to return serves from Huber's side and obviously lost the bizarre match. 
According to Ben Rothenberg, Taylor won three points on her serve against her two opponents.
Good on her for toughing it out, but I'm not sure this will encourage her to return to WTT anytime soon!
9:01PM

Maria Kirilenko Is No Longer Engaged

Maria Kirilenko has ended her engagement to NHL hockey player Alexander Ovechki. The two were dating for a year before they became engaged in 2012. In her statement, Maria made it sound like the decision was her's.

"I have made a decision to break up our engagement,” Kirilenko said in an R-Sport interview. “There are a lot of reasons, but I wouldn’t want to go in detail. I’ll say just that our relationship is over, but I respect Sasha as a person and an athlete."
While we're sorry these two didn't work out, I've got no doubt there are plenty of men out there secretly pleased that Maria is back to being single. 
7:18PM

Maria Sharapova Leans on Mayweather, Snubbed By Drake at ESPYs

Maria Sharapova won the Best Female Tennis Player award at the ESPYs yesterday, but that wasn't the highlight for Maria fans. When she joined boxer Floyd Mayweather to present the award for Best Game both took the opportunity to make fun of their height difference leading to this totally adorable GIF. 

Maria was introduced by Drake who said, "And from tennis, or whatever, Maria Sharapova." Maria gave some sass back to ther rapper, saying "Wow. Where was my introduction?" Drake hasn't had a good run with tennis lately...

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