Volvo Car Open, 2018

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Two Semis and Final Highlight Last Sunday at Volvo Car Open, as Kiki Bertens Wins Biggest Title of Career.

By DownTheTee | April 8, 2018

By Jane Voigt Bertens Beats Keys in First Semifinal of Day Daniel Island, S.C., April 8, 2018, 2 p.m. — Madison Keys was disappointed, but not dejected after losing an ever-so-close semifinal match to Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-7(2), 7-6(5).  “In the first set I played a sloppy first game,” Keys told the press. “That early break could…

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Play Has Been Suspended for the Day

By DownTheTee | April 7, 2018

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, S.C., April 7, 2018 — For the first time in its 18 years of presenting this tournament on Daniel Island, S.C., both women’s semifinal matches were cancelled this afternoon forcing them to be played, along with the final, tomorrow.   Before the Volvo Car Open officially announced the cancellation, which was around 5…

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Goerges Takes Out Defending Champ Kasatkina at Volvo Car Open

By DownTheTee | April 6, 2018

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, S.C., April 6, 2018 — Julia Goerges hasn’t played the Volvo Car Open for four years. The break seems to have been worth it. Today, she defeated defending champion Daria Kasatkina. Goerges moves into her first semifinal here and becomes the fifth consecutive German to make the semifinals at this tournament. …

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When Things Go Wrong on Tour

By DownTheTee | April 5, 2018

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, S.C., April 5, 2018 — Gone was the shy, smiley Naomi Osaka who lit up social media with sound bites that baffled and entertained us earlier this spring. Today, after her third-round loss to Julia Goerges, the 20-year-old phenom could hardly compose herself for ten minutes in her post-match press conference.…

Tennis Vernacular

By DownTheTee | April 4, 2018

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, S.C., April 4, 2018 — Every sport has them. Code words that make you out as an insider. Tennis has them, too. Here’s a short list. Got more? Send them to janevoigt@downthetee.com. Or, add them to comments at the bottom of the page. What Tennis Neophytes Say        …

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Naomi Osaka’s Excellent Clay Adventure

By DownTheTee | April 4, 2018

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, S.C., April 4, 2018 — Naomi Osaka didn’t get much attention during last year’s Volvo Car Open. This year she’s in the crosshairs. But as much as her rise in the rankings and her first-ever title from Indian Wells precede her, Osaka is still a study on clay.  “Well in 2016 I would…

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College Tennis Hits the Pro Circuit

By DownTheTee | April 3, 2018

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, S.C., April 3, 2018 — Taking the college route to professional tennis is not a well-worn path. If you’re good and you’re ready to compete, most amateurs grab the gusto and hit the trail, casting risk to the wind. However some have waited and have had success. Most recently three names…

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All-Women’s Volvo Car Open Loved by Players

By DownTheTee | April 2, 2018

By Jane Voigt Daniel Island, S.C. April 2, 2018 — At the point where the Wando and Cooper Rivers diverge lies Daniel Island, home of the Volvo Car Open. Locals call the tournament ‘the tennis’, the Women’s Tennis Association calls it ‘Charleston’, and the all-women group of players assembled here this week call it a welcome…