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Episode 242: Australian Open 2020 Draw Preview

January 17th, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney dive into the first Grand Slam of the 2020s with some Big Decade Energy, breaking down the paths for the top women and men in Melbourne.

We start with the women, where Ash Barty is the top seed and hometown hope, and where many contenders clustered in the top half, particularly in the second quarter (Osaka, Serena, and an R1 between Venus and Gauff).

On the men's side, we like the paths for the top four, and appreciate the pruning of the plant to inspire new growth. Or something like that. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · rafael nadal · novak djokovic · serena williams · australia · maria sharapova · simona halep · australian open · roger federer · caroline wozniacki · nick kyrgios · women's sports · venus williams · garbine muguruza · karolina pliskova · dominic thiem · petra kvitova · grigor dimitrov · sascha zverev · denis shapovalov · elina svitolina · daria kasatkina · sloane stephens · kevin anderson · frances tiafoe · naomi osaka · diego schwartzman · anastasia pavlyuchenkova · stefanos tsitsipas · danielle collins · felix auger aliassime · marketa vondrousova · felix auger-aliassime · coco gauff · alison riske · hubert hurkacz · daniil medvedev · jannik sinner · matteo berrettini · fabio fognini · sofia kenin

Episode 241: Battles in Brisbane; Serena Wins a Title

January 12th, 2020 · Comments

Ben and Courtney wrap up the week that was in Brisbane, where a loaded women's field produced four in-form semifinalists (Karolina Pliskova, Madison Keys, Petra Kvitova, Naomi Osaka) who all look to be in great shape for Melbourne.

Also, who is currently the best player without a Grand Slam title? We think it's probably a Brisbane finalist, and we discuss.

We then shift to Serena Williams, who won her first title in three years in Auckland. The field there wasn't the toughest, but Serena still impressed, and may have gotten past an important mental block?

We wrap up with some closing thoughts on the first ATP Cup, featuring a win by Serbia and Novak Djokovic, and losses in the composure of many players. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · atp · wta · novak djokovic · serena williams · australia · brisbane · nick kyrgios · women's sports · karolina pliskova · petra kvitova · sascha zverev · madison keys · naomi osaka · danielle collins · bianca andreescu · ash barty · felix auger-aliassime · alison riske · barbora strycova

Episode 239: Barbora Strycova

January 6th, 2020 · Comments

Kicking off our *NINTH* season, NCR is thrilled to be joined by one of our favorite people on tour, Barbora Strycova.

From the grounds of the Brisbane International, Ben and Courtney chat with Barbora about her life in tennis and her unique game, as well as topics ranging from fashion to figure skating. Also, hear why Maria Sharapova was jealous of her when they were teenagers, and how she explains her enigmatic doubles partner Hsieh Su-wei. 

As Australia has been our home every January for nine years now, we wish everyone here the best through the terrible fires, and encourage you to donate to fire relief efforts if you're able.

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Tags: tennis · wimbledon · sports · andrea petkovic · wta · maria sharapova · women's sports · dominika cibulkova · hsieh su-wei · barbora strycova

Episode 238b: Top 10 Defining Female Players of the Decade

December 24th, 2019 · Comments

Ben and Courtney wrap up the decade with our choices for the 10 most defining players of the 2010s in women's tennis.

Tough decisions had to be made! Just counting women with 2+ Slams in the 2010s already gets you to 10, and what fun is that? So to be representative and interesting, we had to make some tough, tough snubs along the way.

Agree? Disagree! Please share your own lists!

Thank you for joining us all decade long and into 2020! Happy New Year!

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Tags: tennis · sports · andrea petkovic · wta · serena williams · victoria azarenka · maria sharapova · simona halep · angelique kerber · agnieszka radwanska · caroline wozniacki · women's sports · garbine muguruza · petra kvitova · jelena ostapenko · genie bouchard · naomi osaka

Episode 237: Tennis Power Plays with Lindsay Gibbs

December 3rd, 2019 · Comments

NCR is delighted to welcome back Lindsay Gibbs, creator of Power Plays, for a wide-ranging discussion of sexism in sports, anchored (obviously in tennis).

Ben and Lindsay start with the massive symbolic importance of the mega millions on offer to the WTA Top 8 in Shenzhen, what that signals for women's sports, but also how that signal might be muddled by the relative lack of coverage or attendance at the event.

We also compare the WTA to the LPGA, talk about how athlete activism can be built, and much more. 

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Tags: tennis · sports · wta · women's sports · journalism