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Episode 194: Wimbledon a Wimbledud?

July 16th, 2017 · Comments

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Wimbledon 2017 is done with two great champions in Garbine Muguruza and Roger Federer...but why does it still feel unsatisfying? On the letdowns that defined the second week of this tournament too often.

Ben and Courtney talk about what their wins mean, why scheduling remains a crucial variable for both, and other various stories from the undercard draws at Wimbledon. 

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · wta · rafael nadal · victoria azarenka · simona halep · andy murray · roger federer · women's sports · venus williams · garbine muguruza · sam querrey · coco vandeweghe · johanna konta · porsche

Episode 193: Wimbledon Manic Impressions

July 10th, 2017 · Comments

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Second week already? I was just in the middle of a dream (about flying ants, probably).

With four rounds of Wimbledon in the books, Ben and Courtney chat about what has happened and what will at a Wimbledon that hadn't been super eventful, really, until Manic Monday clarified some things. What do we make of Angelique Kerber, who will depart the #1 ranking? Should Bernard Tomic face scorn for his comments? Why is Gilles Muller such a dad? All this and more.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · victoria azarenka · simona halep · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · garbine muguruza · sam querrey · milos raonic · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · coco vandeweghe · sascha zverev · johanna konta · svetlana kuznetsova · jelena ostapenko · bernard tomic

Episode 192: Wimbledon 2017 Preview (From Centre Court!)

July 1st, 2017 · Comments

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Ben and Courtney are full of Wimbledon joy as they inhale the vaunted fumes of Centre Court, where the 2017 tournament will soon start. 

They start breaking down the men's draw by discussing Sasha Bublik, the highly-entertaining Russian-turned-Kazakh who lucked into a spot playing Andy Murray in R1. You'll hear some of his pre-tournament press, then we break down the paths of the top-four seeds, who happen to be the Big 4 again. We both agree on who's tournament this is to lose, which doesn't always happen.

On the women's side, we discuss Angelique Kerber's possible steps in the right direction, Karolina Pliskova's pole position to #1, and Petra Kvitova's improbable (but logical) role as the favorite to win this event in just her third tournament back.

Also, lots of other shenanigans, including a dog. God save Queen. 

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · stan wawrinka · victoria azarenka · simona halep · angelique kerber · agnieszka radwanska · andy murray · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · venus williams · garbine muguruza · milos raonic · karolina pliskova · petra kvitova · alexander bublik · coco vandeweghe · johanna konta · elina svitolina

Episode 188: Cautiously Sliding on Clay

May 23rd, 2017 · Comments

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In our first somewhat normal show together since the European clay swing began in earnest, Ben and Courtney catch up on what has happened in the past several weeks, from Stuttgart to Madrid to Rome.

Firstly, we assess the form and future of Maria Sharapova, the predominant protagonist of those tournaments, even if her runs ended early at the last two. Where does she go from here?

Also, we (again, sorry) wonder if there's any sense to be made of the women's side, and Courtney enjoys that caution actually seems to be the prevailing reaction to any forecasting of what might happen at the French Open.

On the men's side, how big a deal is Sascha Zverev's breakthrough title in Rome, and what should we expect from him from here? Again, we go with caution.

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Tags: tennis · sports · andrea petkovic · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · juan martin del potro · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · simona halep · angelique kerber · andy murray · roger federer · women's sports · venus williams · madrid · french open · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · elina svitolina · stuttgart · 2017 French Open · roland garros

Episode 161: Vika, Zika, Paprika

July 21st, 2016 · Comments

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The week after Wimbledon featured an unexpected bump of news--namely, pregnancy concerns both future and present. Firstly, Victoria Azarenka announced that she is expecting a baby and will miss the rest of the season. What kind of impact will this have on the rest of the WTA season, all of which will take place on the hardcourts which Vika has dominated?
Next, Zika fears have been cited as the reason for the withdrawals of four top players--Simona Halep, Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych, and Karolina Pliskova. What do we make of the decision? Also, how is this rest of the season shaping up narrativewise without any calendar slam intrigue?
Then we take a number, and Courtney plugs in while Ben switches off.

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