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Episode 207: Nadal’s 11th, Halep’s 1st

June 18th, 2018 · Comments

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Together in Birmingham, Ben and Courtney look back on the French Open, which ended with creative destruction.

But before the "demolition party," there was Rafael Nadal's as-planned crushing of Dominic Thiem. How do we appreciate dominance while not being bored by the inevitable? What progress did Thiem show by reaching his first final? And why should no one be overly impressed by Sascha Zverev's run to the quarterfinals?

On the women's side, what does Simona Halep's break through say about her previous struggles? What has made Sloane Stephens into a perennial contender? And how do we assess Serena's grass prospects?

Then, lots and lots of rants. 

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · andrea petkovic · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · juan martin del potro · maria sharapova · simona halep · roger federer · women's sports · french open · garbine muguruza · media · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · sascha zverev · sloane stephens · marin cilic · 2018 french open · marco cecchinato · diego schwartzman

Episode 206: Draw Me Like One of Your French Opens, 2018

May 25th, 2018 · Comments

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Ben and Courtney rendezvous in Paris once again to discuss the women's and men's French Open draws, which set up two very interesting tournaments (or maybe one and a half?)

The women's side is full of intriguing and relevant match-ups throughout, especially the highly anticipated section with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Karolina Pliskova. What can we expect from Garbine Muguruza? Can lightning strike twice for Jelena Ostapenko (or has she become a more stable generator?) And can Elina Svitolina reach her Slam potential.

On the men's side, Ben posits why the super lopsided draw is actually perfect for the tournament, as all the best players who aren't Nadal get to battle amongst themselves for a spot in the final. He also defends his advocacy for John Isner, and Courtney explains her new devotion to Lil' David Goffin.

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Tags: tennis · sports · ernests gulbis · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · stan wawrinka · juan martin del potro · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · simona halep · andy murray · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · venus williams · french open · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · gael monfils · dominic thiem · dominika cibulkova · petra kvitova · sascha zverev · denis shapovalov · elina svitolina · svetlana kuznetsova · roland garros · jelena ostapenko · bernard tomic · sloane stephens · john isner · caroline garcia · elise mertens · 2018 french open

Episode 204: Osaka and Delpo Feel Their Moment

March 26th, 2018 · Comments

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Back from Indian Wells, Ben and Courtney start with a discussion of surprise champ Naomi Osaka, who won her first title at any level in emphatic fashion against a murderer's row of opponents. What caused her breakthrough now, and what should we expect for Naomi going forward? Also, it was the big stage (and press room) emergence of the runner up, Daria Kasatkina.

Before that, what to make of the comeback of Serena Williams so far (including a loss to Naomi in Miami), and is it at all concerning that Venus hasn't been able to close out titles?

On the men's side, we discuss the breakthrough of Juan Martin del Potro, who at last won a Masters title. Also, checking in on the slumps of Karolina Pliskova and Maria Sharapova, as well as the how to minimize the distraction of stadium music.

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · serena williams · juan martin del potro · maria sharapova · roger federer · women's sports · indian wells · venus williams · karolina pliskova · grigor dimitrov · madison keys · daria kasatkina · naomi osaka

Episode 203: Fights and Fakes in February

February 28th, 2018 · Comments

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Frequently frantic, February fades out with the latest chat between Ben and Courtney, who have lots to catch you up on.

Topics covered include Frances Tiafoe's first title, Wozniacki-Niculescu beefing, Federer reaching #1, Serena Williams' long road ahead, Tennis Twitter falling for Darko Grncarov, Harrison-Young ugliness, the rise of Acapulco, and more!

Lastly, a celebration of Logan Lucky and a defense of Cool Runnings against attacks.

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · serena williams · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · daria kasatkina · jelena ostapenko · frances tiafoe · ryan harrison · donald young

Episode 201: Australian Open Wrap

February 6th, 2018 · Comments

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Ben and Courtney fled to opposite corners of the globe after the Australian Open, so just now bring you this show on the Grand Slam that was, in which second seeds Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki won their 20th, and first, respectively. 

First, on the men. Why was closing the roof a correct, obvious decision? And indoors or outdoors, has it all gotten a bit too easy for Roger Federer at an age when it shouldn't? And on the flip side, does Rafael Nadal have grounds to complain as much as he does about schedules and surfaces and such? 

Also, we delve into the Tennys Sandgren saga, what parts of it were fair and not, and what lessons there are to be learned.

Then, onto the women, where champion Caroline Wozniacki may have somehow had the least impressive tournament of any of the semifinalists? On her breakthrough, what we learned about Simona Halep, the joys of Hsieh Su-wei and the underwhelming major results of Elina Svitolina. 

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