- Andrea Petkovic took over Jon Wertheim's weekly mailbag at SI.com. Here's a preview of her Top 10 reading list:
"I always put it No. 1 because it was the first book that hooked me, and it's The Sorrows of Young Werther, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a German writer. No.2: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Amazing book. No.3 I would put War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. It's just a classic and it's really good to learn about the Russian culture. No.4 I would put Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Really good book as well and you learn so much about whale fishing, it's crazy. No.5 I would go with The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. It was one of the first feministic books and she's very intelligent."
? SI Tennis (@SI_Tennis) August 6, 2015
- Louisa Chirico earned her first WTA main draw win on Monday and followed it up with her first Top 30 win, beating Alizé Cornet, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(4), to advance to her first WTA quarterfinal at the Citi Open. More on Chirico's career week at The Washington Post.
- Sam Stosur, currently riding a seven-match win streak, backs her chances of stopping Serena Williams' quest for the Grand Slam at the US Open.
"I've always actually quite enjoyed playing Serena. I've got a game that disrupts her," Stosur said. "You have to have the game. My game matches up well against Serena. I've got the kind of weapons that can bother her."
- More details on the new iPads developed by SAP for coaches to use during on-court coaching timeouts.
Updated four times every minute, SAP Tennis Analytics provides side-by-side comparisons of a full list of match stats for both players, scoring data, each player's success rate in winning a game while serving, and the number of break points saved. Also tracked are serve direction and placement on the court, contact point for returning a serve, and placement of rally shots.
Stacey Allaster, CEO and chairman of the WTA said SAP's analytics tool is "a game-changer that will not only enhance our athletes' preparation and performance but also the fans' experience when watching women's tennis."
Petkovic loses tough 3rd setter to Barthel, then gives her racquet to a girl waiting for an autograph. Class act. pic.twitter.com/wn0yPHemB5
? René Denfeld (@Renestance) August 5, 2015