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April 10, 2018 — The Volvo Car Open, staged at the Family Circle Cup Stadium and site, has come and gone. However, as at all of the 45 years this prestigious tournament has operated, history was made. Kiki Bertens became the first woman from the Netherlands to win the women’s singles title. She was far and away the stronger player, both mentally and game-wise, the entire week. Her love of clay, red and green, buoyed her performance as if it intuitively guided her to the title. She played through injury, cool weather, and the uncommon demand on players to compete in more than one match in a day — especially the most difficult: semifinal and final. To read all the stories from the week at Daniel Island, please click here.   

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Kiki Bertens lifts the trophy that represents her biggest career title. Her record in finals improves to 5-1, as a result of her victory over Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-1.
Photo credit Leslie Billman tennisclix.com.


The Miami Open ends a 34-year-run at Crandon Park Tennis Center, Key Biscayne, Fla., this year. In 2019 the tournament relocates to Dolphins’ Stadium about an hour north of Miami. More courts. More player and fan amenities. More parking. Seems appropriate, then, that for its last year at the tropical site there was an all-American sweep: John Isner won his first ATP Masters 1000 singles title; Sloane Stephens also won her first Miami title; Bob and Mike Bryan won their fifth Miami doubles crown and 37th ATP Masters 1000; and, finally the women’s doubles team of American CoCo Vandeweghe and Aussie Ashleigh Barty won their first Miami title. 

To read all the coverage from the 2019 Miami Open, please click here. Scroll down to enjoy some photos — from tennisclix.com


John Isner can’t quite believe he’s done it, won his first ATP Masters 1000 singles title by defeating number-four seed Alexander Zverev 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4. The German was the highest seed remaining in the draw.
Photo credit Karla Kinne tennisclix.com. 

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Americans Bob and Mike Bryan won the men’s doubles competition Saturday, defeating the Russian duo of Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-4. The 39-year-old twins captured their fifth Miami Open title, 37th ATP Masters 1000 title and their 115th career title overall. Photo credit Karla Kinne tennisclix.com. 

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Sloane Stephens shows off her shiny new trophy, after winning her first Miami Open today at Crandon Park Tennis Center, Key Biscayne, Fla. The American defeated Jelena Ostapenko 7-6(5), 6-1. Stephens is now an impressive 6-0 in finals and is the current U.S. Open singles champion. Ostapenko is the reigning French Open singles champion. The men’s singles final is tomorrow. American John Isner faces Alexander Zverev, the number-four seed and highest remaining in the men’s singles draw.  
Photo credit Karla Kinne tennisclix.com.

The BNP Paribas Open has come and gone in California’s Coachella Valley, as players move on to The Miami Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. 

To catch up on all the stories from Indian Wells, please click here. Top photos are below.

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Juan Martin del Potro won his first ATP Masters 1000 on Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open, defeating top-seeded Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7(8), 7-6(3). Federer had three championship points, which Del Potro batted away late in the third.
Photo credit Mal Taam tennisclix.com.

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Naomi Osaka won her first career title Saturday, defeating fellow 20-year-old Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2, at the BNP Paribas Open. Ranked number 49 at the start of the tournament, Osaka rose to No. 22 on Monday.
Photo credit Mal Taam tennisclix.com.

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Feliciano Lopez (No. 28) zeros in on a slice backhand, during his loss to American Sam Querrey (No. 18) in the fourth round, 6-3, 6-3.
Photo credit Mal Taam tennisclix.com. 

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Former top-ten player Milos Raonic squeaked a seed into the men’s singles draw at the BNP Paribas Open: N0. 32. The Canadian left the game in the fall  and struggled to perform earlier this year. However, the Canadian finds himself in the quarterfinals, after Marcos Baghdatis withdrew with an unspecified illness today. Raonic meets American Sam Querrey (No. 18) tomorrow. Photo credit Mal Taam tennisclix.com. 

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The Williams’ sisters meet at the net last night after Venus defeated her younger sister Serena 6-3, 6-4, in a third-round clash at the BNP Paribas Open. This was Venus’s first win against the 23-time Grand Slam champion since 2014. “I’m just lucky that I’ve played more matches than her right now,” Venus said afterward, an obvious nod to the love and devotion she holds for her sister. “I definitely know her well, but she definitely played a little bit better than she normally does,” Serena confessed. “She just did everything great.”
Photo credit Mal Taam tennisclix.com. 

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Top-seeded Simona Halep dug deep to dismiss wildcard and 19-year-old American Caroline Dolehide yesterday at the BNP Parisbas Open, 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-2. Halep won this title last in 2015. She plays Qiang Wang in the fourth round. Photo credit Mal Taam tennisclix.com

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Always entertaining Gael Monfils knocked out John Isner (No. 15) yesterday in a 3-set tussle, 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 7-5. The Frenchman is not seeded in Indian Wells, making him a dangerous floater. He’ll meet Taro Daniel in the round of sixteen. Daniel scored his biggest win yesterday, upsetting 5-time Indian Wells champion Novak Djokovic. Photo credit Mal Taam tennisclix.com

Federer’s "Match For Africa" Raises $2.5 Million

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Roger Federer and Bill Gates enter the stadium in San Jose for “The Match For Africa 5,” held yesterday. Photo credit Mal Taam tennisclix.com. 

March 6, 2018 — Roger Federer knows how to make money for people other than himself. He proved it last night during the “Match for Africa” exhibition and fundraiser held in San Jose, Calif. Bill Gates, in his second appearance for Federer’s foundation, played alongside the current number-one in a doubles match against opponents Jack Sock and Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s “Today" show. The event sold 15,000 tickets and raised another $2.5 million. The Roger Federer Foundation supports education for children in Africa. Federer’s mother, Lynette, was born and raised in South Africa. The family’s frequent trips back to her home elevated Roger’s awareness of and love for the children there. 

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Savanah Guthrie and Jack Sock join Federer and Gates in the exhibition match yesterday in San Jose, Calif. Photo credit Mal Taam tennisclix.com.

Tennis News by Jane Voigt at TheSportsHaven.com 

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An elated John Isner, after winning the BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, Calif. It was his first ATP Masters 1000 singles title. Photo credit Karla Kinne tennisclix.com.

All-American Sweep Marks Last Miami Open for Key Biscayne
April 3, 2018

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Roger Federer, BNP Paribas Open, 2017. Federer has 1000 points to defend his at this Indian Wells Masters tournament, which begins March 8, 2018.

Transcending Tennis: Roger Federer Ascends to No. 1, Again
February 20, 2018

Roger Federer: Tennis’s Miracle at the Australian Open and Beyond.
January 29, 2018 

Tennis Thoughts: Can The Big Four Bounce Back? December 1, 2017

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Rafael Nadal (left) and Roger Federer, during the awards ceremony at Indian Wells, 2017. Federer beat Nadal to win his 5th title in the desert. 

By Jane Voigt

December 1, 2017 — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had spectacular seasons. They each won two Grand Slams; and, they ended the year ranked one and two respectively for the eighth time in their careers. However, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray skirted almost half the season due to injuries. Can they pick up where they left off and help lift the Big Four to its acquired status? If not, will we see the Golden Era of Men’s Tennis come to a close? 

Jana Novotna: Smooth and Graceful on Court; Dead at 49. November 22, 2017

By Jane Voigt

November 23, 2017 — Jana Novotna’s grace and brilliance in doubles won her the Wimbledon Singles Championship in 1998. But five years earlier, she had come within two games of that same title, losing her direction and the match only to create one of the most enduring moments in sport during the 1990s: She cried on the shoulder of The Duchess of Kent, during the awards ceremony. Novotna died three days ago of cancer. She was 49.

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Sloane Stephens celebrates her U.S. Open title, after defeating friend and fellow American, Madison Keys
6-3, 6-0. This was Stephens’ first Grand Slam victory. 

WTA Triumph: Women’s Tennis Won Big in 2017. November 10, 2017

By Jane Voigt

November 10, 2017 - You may have watched more men’s tennis matches in 2017 just because it was so darn hard to find women’s matches on television or through any other electronic means. However, when compared, nothing surpassed the drama, athleticism or heartwarming comebacks witnessed on the WTA Tour this year. Photo credits Leslie Billman tennisclix.com. 

Singapore’s WTA Finals Drenched with Drama, Missed by Millions. October 30, 2017

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By Jane Voigt

October 30, 2017 — Caroline Wozniacki (right) won her biggest title at the WTA Finals in Singapore, October 29, defeating Venus Williams, whom she had never beaten in 7 attempts. Too bad thousands and perhaps millions of tennis fans couldn’t see it. That tragedy rests directly on the shoulders of the WTA. Photo credit Karla Kinne tennisclix.com. 

Martina Hingis Retires From Tennis, Again

By Jane Voigt

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Chan Yung-Jan (left) and Martina Hingis during the 2017 U.S. Open. They won the title, defeating Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova. Photo credit Leslie Billman tennisclix.com.

October 26, 2017 — Martina Hingis announced today she would retire from tennis at the conclusion of the WTAFinals in Singapore, October 29. 

Her career was marked with two other 'retirements'. The first was due to a heel injury Hingis blamed on her Adidas tennis shoes. The second was a two-year suspension by the International Tennis Federation, after testing positive for cocaine in 2007. 

“I think now it’s definite,” Hingis said, according to The New York Times. “It’s different now. I walked away [before], thinking I might come back. I think it’s the right thing to do."

Nonetheless, the 37-year-old always bounced back and will end her career with a total of 43 WTA singles titles and 64 WTA doubles titles. She holds the honor of being the youngest Grand Slam champion in history, having won women's doubles at Wimbledon when she was 15. She won a silver medal in doubles at the 2016 Olympics, as well. 

“Looking back now,” Hingis wrote on her Facebook page, “it’s hard to believe that almost exactly 23 years ago I made my professional debut."

Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013, then reentered the game as an exclusive doubles player. Over the last four years, she's won 10 Grand Slam titles in that category. Most recently, she won five consecutive doubles titles over four months alongside Chan Yung-Jan. The duo is in action in Singapore, having been one of eight teams with the best performance record for 2017. They are seeded number one and have progressed to the semifinals. 

Most remarkably, Hingis will retire having reached the number-one ranking in singles 20 years ago and the number one ranking in doubles today. 

“I’m definitely not going to miss that day-in, day-out grind, practicing, waking up,” she said, according to The New York Times. "And the traveling, it’s also one thing at the start I definitely won’t miss anymore. Octagon, Hingis's sports and entertainment agency, wrote in a publicity release that she will "use her free time to pursue her passions including horseback riding and skiing." 

Here is a list of all Jane Voigt's articles published at TheSportsHaven.com

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The familiar and decades-old rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (above left to right) has resurfaced in 2017. Last week at The Shanghai Masters tournament, Federer beat Nadal in the final, winning his 94th career title. ("Roger Federer Proves Himself Twice at Shanghai Masters") The win was Federer’s 5th consecutive victory over Nadal. Both have won 6 titles for the year and split the Grand Slams. Federer won the Australian Open and Wimbledon; Nadal won Roland Garros and The U.S. Open. 
Photo credit Jane Voigt. 

Roger Federer Proves Himself Twice at Shanghai Masters. October 16, 2017

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Billie Jean King steps up to the mic, during the opening ceremonies of The U.S. Open last year. Photo credit Leslie Billman tennisclix.com.

Billie Jean King’s Enduring Contribution: Tolerance. October 3, 2017

King’s Court: Billie Jean’s Battle of the Sexes Continues. September 20, 2017

Breakthroughs, Normalcy, and Resurrections at the 2017 U.S. Open. Sept. 12, 2017

Here it Comes Again The Big Brash U. S. Open. August 24, 2017

The Future of Tennis You Might Not Want to See. August 16, 2017

Birthday Boy: Roger Federer Still Leads the Pack at 36 Years Old. August 10, 2017

Does Novak Djokovic Deserve Criticism for Taking Rest of Year Off? July 27, 2017

Roger Federer Soared, But Did Wimbledon? July 17, 2017

Bernard Tomic’s Latest Transgression Spells Trouble for the Tennis Star. July 8, 2017

McEnroe Is Still Out of Touch. June 28, 2017

ATP Ascension: ATP’s Top Spot Up For Grabs at Wimbledon. June 23, 2017

Faces of Tennis Familiar and Fresh after 2017 French Open. June 13, 2017

Novak Djokovic Experiencing Breath of Fresh Air with Andre Agassi. June 1, 2017

Roland Garros Gusto: 2017 French Open Preview. May 24, 2017

Sharapova Stunned by French Tennis Federation. Wild Card Denied. May 17, 2017

Why Is It so Hard to Watch Women’s Matches? May 10, 2017

Comeback Trail: Tennis’s Top Players Exercising Spirited Rejuvenation. May 3, 2017

Sharapova Wins First Match Back, Stays Neutral in Suspension Debate. April 27, 2017

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