La Vainqueur: Krejcikova Is A Solo Champion

STRASBOURG/WASHINGTON, May 29, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) On the eve of Roland Garros, a significant battle on the terre battue of Strasbourg in northeastern France took place, where 61st-ranked Sorana Cirstea and No. 38 Barbora Krejcikova fought for the singles […]

Strasbourg Comebacks Unite Cirstea, Krejcikova

STRASBOURG/WASHINGTON, May 28, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Sorana Cirstea has been lights out on clay this season, while Barbora Krejcikova is enjoying a career-best singles ranking after establishing herself as a Grand Slam doubles champion. Each has put together a […]

Cirstea Plays Once, Wins Twice In Strasbourg

STRASBOURG/WASHINGTON, May 27, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Sorana Cirstea arrived at the Tennis Club de Strasbourg on Thursday knowing that if she could win her second-round match, it would catapult her directly in the semifinals of the WTA 250-series Internationaux […]

Alexandrova Embraces Strasbourg Opportunity

STRASBOURG/WASHINGTON, May 26, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) As play began at the Internationaux de Strasbourg in northeastern France following a two-and-a-half rain delay Wednesday afternoon, with both the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds gone, Ekaterina Alexandrova found herself as the […]

Cornet Worried: ‘I Hear A Big Crack In My Hip’

STRASBOURG/WASHINGTON, May 26, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) “I hear a big crack in my hip,” Alizé Cornet explained to Tennis TourTalk, the only English-as-a-first-language media to speak with the grand dame of French tennis, after she retired in pain from […]

Andreescu Wins, Withdraws From Strasbourg

STRASBOURG/WASHINGTON, May 25, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) World No. 7 Bianca Andreescu had just won two clay-court matches at the WTA-level for the first time in her career. By the end of her 65-minute, 6-1, 6-4 victory over 259th-ranked qualifier […]

Garcia Thriving Before Her French Fans, Again

STRASBOURG/WASHINGTON, May 24, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Caroline Garcia knows firsthand what it is like to win a title at the Internationaux de Strasbourg in this northeastern French city. The 27-year-old from Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, delighted her legion of fans when […]

Andreescu On Clay: ‘Let’s See What I Can Do!’

STRASBOURG/WASHINGTON, May 24, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) This week’s Internationaux de Strasbourg, in the capital city of the Grand Est region in northeastern France, represents the last chance to tune up for next week’s French Open in Paris. It’s also […]

Rybakina, Cornet Finding Positive Results in Strasbourg

WASHINGTON, September 21, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Elena Rybakina reached four WTA finals at the start of the season, compiled a 21-4 win-loss record and won a hardcourt title at Hobart. Yet, a month after the tour’s relaunch, the 18th-ranked Russian-born […]

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: ‘I Focus On Me And My Game’

WASHINGTON, September 21, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) While Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova, the World’s No. 2 and No. 4 players, respectively, diligently worked their way toward semifinals victories on clay in Rome Sunday afternoon, thus setting up a championship showdown […]