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July 22, 2014 | Staff Report
MANCHESTER, Mass. - The Freedoms (7-4) won four of five matches en route to a 23-21 victory over the Boston Lobsters (1-10) last night. Philadelphia's Frank Dancevic defeated John Isner ( No. 12 in the ATP world rankings), 5-4. In men's doubles, Dancevic teamed with Marcelo Melo to defeat Isner and Rik de Voest, 5-4. In women's doubles, the Freedom's Liezel Huber and Taylor Townsend downed Sharon Fichman and Megan Moulton-Levy, 5-4. And in mixed doubles, Huber and Melo defeated def. Sharon Fichman and Isner, 5-4.  
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January 13, 2013
Two other American tennis players win a lot of doubles tournaments when they are healthy and focused. Asked what it is like to face Venus and Serena Williams on a doubles court, Lisa Raymond said it is just about what it looks like. "It's just a lot of power coming at you," said Raymond, who, with partner Liezel Huber, lost to the Williams sisters in three sets last year in the Wimbledon semifinals after winning the first set. "I think you're playing the best server of all time in women's tennis in Serena Williams, and her sister's not too shabby with her serve.
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September 3, 2012 | From Staff and Wire Reports
NEW YORK - Lisa Raymond bowed out of the U.S. Open on Sunday after the Wayne resident and her doubles partner, Liezel Huber, lost to 16th-seeded Su-Wei Hsieh and Anabel Medina Garrigues, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, in the third round. Defending doubles champions Raymond and Huber were the top seed. The 39-year-old Raymond was competing in her 22d U.S. Open. She has won the doubles competition three times. Huber and Raymond beat Jarmila Gajdosova and Alicja Rosolska, 6-2, 7-5, in the second round.
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January 25, 2012 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Maria Sharapova remains perfect in Australian Open quarterfinals, defeating Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2, 6-3, on Wednesday. Sharapova has won all five quarterfinals she has contested at Melbourne Park and has advanced to the final twice, including when she won the title in 2008. The 24-year-old Russian, who has lost just 21 games in five matches, will play Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the semifinals. Makarova had an upset win over five-time champion Serena Williams in the fourth round.
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October 8, 2011
Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out of the China Open quarterfinals in Beijing by Flavia Pennetta , 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (2), on Friday. Soon after her singles match, the Italian teamed up with Gisela Dulko to break Norristown native Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber 's doubles winning streak at 11 matches. In the men's tournament, top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the semifinals by beating Juan Carlos Ferrero . Top-ranked Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the Shanghai Masters because of a back muscle injury.
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July 25, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Martina Hingis tossed her racket to the ground, frustrated after losing a point in mixed doubles. The racket bounced right back up to her, so she smacked it to the court again. Tennis has been frustrating at times for Hingis since she began a comeback playing doubles in 2013, but World TeamTennis has provided an outlet for success. Wednesday night against the Freedoms at Villanova's Pavilion, Hingis helped the Washington Kastles early before the sport became frustrating again.
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September 12, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Already being outplayed by Sam Stosur in the U.S. Open final, the last thing Serena Williams needed was to lose a game for yelling during a point. That's exactly what happened early in the second set, leading to an argument between Williams and the chair umpire, a scene less ugly than - but reminiscent of - the American's tirade two years ago at the same tournament. In the end, Stosur beat Williams, 6-2, 6-3, Sunday in a surprisingly lopsided upset for her first Grand Slam title.
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June 1, 2012 | Associated Press
PARIS - Used to be that Venus Williams was the one who was highly ranked, the one considered a title contender, the one who would dominate foes so thoroughly that matches would be tidily wrapped up in an hour. Now 31, and figuring out from day to day how to handle an illness that saps her strength, Williams was on the wrong end of a lopsided 60-minute defeat in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday. Williams barely put up any resistance and lost, 6-2, 6-3, to No. 3-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland at Roland Garros.
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September 3, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Maria Sharapova was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the third round Friday after a 3-6, 6-3, 4-6 loss to No. 26 seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy. The defeat was the 2006 champion's first loss in 13 three-set matches this year. Sharapova made 12 double-faults, including two in the last game. She did not look sharp over a 2 hour, 29-minute match that featured plenty of nervous tennis. Sharapova made 60 unforced errors and lost four break points while trailing by 2-0 in the third set. After her loss, defending champion Rafael Nadal was leading, 6-2, 6-2, against Nicolas Mahut when the Frenchman retired with an abdominal injury.
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August 2, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, For The Inquirer
WIMBLEDON, England - Serena Williams was scanning the U.S. tennis roster on Tuesday morning, then stopped when she saw Lisa Raymond's name. She stared at it for a second, focusing on Raymond's birthday, then did some math in her head. "I said to myself, 'Lisa's 38?' " Williams recalled. "There's no way Lisa's 38. " Actually, she'll turn 39 this month. But Raymond's career isn't defined by numbers. At 38 and 11 months, the Wayne native is playing some of her best tennis ever.
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July 25, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Martina Hingis tossed her racket to the ground, frustrated after losing a point in mixed doubles. The racket bounced right back up to her, so she smacked it to the court again. Tennis has been frustrating at times for Hingis since she began a comeback playing doubles in 2013, but World TeamTennis has provided an outlet for success. Wednesday night against the Freedoms at Villanova's Pavilion, Hingis helped the Washington Kastles early before the sport became frustrating again.
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July 22, 2014 | Staff Report
MANCHESTER, Mass. - The Freedoms (7-4) won four of five matches en route to a 23-21 victory over the Boston Lobsters (1-10) last night. Philadelphia's Frank Dancevic defeated John Isner ( No. 12 in the ATP world rankings), 5-4. In men's doubles, Dancevic teamed with Marcelo Melo to defeat Isner and Rik de Voest, 5-4. In women's doubles, the Freedom's Liezel Huber and Taylor Townsend downed Sharon Fichman and Megan Moulton-Levy, 5-4. And in mixed doubles, Huber and Melo defeated def. Sharon Fichman and Isner, 5-4.  
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July 17, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Victoria Azarenka threw her arms into the air when her mixed-doubles team clinched the match for the Freedoms as if she were celebrating a win at a major. The 10th-ranked women's singles player in the world looked rusty early Tuesday during her one-match stint with the team while she rounds into form after a left-foot injury, making her late-match heroics even sweeter. Azarenka, 24, was drafted by the Freedoms in the league's marquee draft to play one match for the team. The move worked as her presence jolted the Freedoms to victory at Villanova's Pavilion.
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July 16, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
WHEN THE FREEDOMS take the court at the Pavilion on Villanova's campus tonight, the tennis team will feature a Grand Slam winning doubles tandem in the organization. Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond won the 2011 U.S. Open women's doubles tournament, and each won Wimbledon, the French and the Australian Open with other partners. The only difference this year is Huber will take the court with her Freedoms teammates, while Raymond will cheer from the stands. Raymond took on a front-office role with the team this season, as director of player personnel.
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July 12, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
THE PAVILION at Villanova had some star power on the court for the first time since March. The hardwood was replaced by a tennis surface, and 2003 U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick took the court for the Springfield Lasers against the Philadelphia Freedoms in a World Team Tennis match. The Lasers took an early lead, and built on it through three sets. The Freedoms mounted a vigorous comeback in the fourth and fifth sets to send the match to overtime, but eventually fell, 23-20. The Freedoms dropped l to 0-3. The Lasers are 2-1. "It was a tight match," Freedoms coach Josh Cohen said.
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February 11, 2013
In Viña del Mar, Chile, Rafael Nadal lost to Horacio Zeballos in three sets in the VTR Open final on Sunday, settling for a runner-up finish in his first tournament after being sidelined for seven months with a left knee injury. He also dropped a decision in the doubles final. Nadal was an overwhelming favorite shooting for this 37th singles title on clay. But Zeballos took a 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-4 win for his first title on any surface, looking every bit the equal of the seven-time French Open champion.
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January 13, 2013
Two other American tennis players win a lot of doubles tournaments when they are healthy and focused. Asked what it is like to face Venus and Serena Williams on a doubles court, Lisa Raymond said it is just about what it looks like. "It's just a lot of power coming at you," said Raymond, who, with partner Liezel Huber, lost to the Williams sisters in three sets last year in the Wimbledon semifinals after winning the first set. "I think you're playing the best server of all time in women's tennis in Serena Williams, and her sister's not too shabby with her serve.
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September 3, 2012 | From Staff and Wire Reports
NEW YORK - Lisa Raymond bowed out of the U.S. Open on Sunday after the Wayne resident and her doubles partner, Liezel Huber, lost to 16th-seeded Su-Wei Hsieh and Anabel Medina Garrigues, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, in the third round. Defending doubles champions Raymond and Huber were the top seed. The 39-year-old Raymond was competing in her 22d U.S. Open. She has won the doubles competition three times. Huber and Raymond beat Jarmila Gajdosova and Alicja Rosolska, 6-2, 7-5, in the second round.
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August 2, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, For The Inquirer
WIMBLEDON, England - Serena Williams was scanning the U.S. tennis roster on Tuesday morning, then stopped when she saw Lisa Raymond's name. She stared at it for a second, focusing on Raymond's birthday, then did some math in her head. "I said to myself, 'Lisa's 38?' " Williams recalled. "There's no way Lisa's 38. " Actually, she'll turn 39 this month. But Raymond's career isn't defined by numbers. At 38 and 11 months, the Wayne native is playing some of her best tennis ever.
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June 29, 2012 | By Molly Eichel and Daily News Staff Writer
WAYNE-BORN and -bred Lisa Raymond was named to the U.S. Olympic tennis team Tuesday, playing doubles. For the 38-year-old veteran, medaling in the Olympics is the one major tennis honor she has not achieved. "To see it official and in writing and to actually see it all come to fruition … It had been such a goal of mine and ours to make this Olympic team and be a part of something so much bigger than the both of us," Raymond said, referencing her doubles partner, Liezel Huber, who will join her in London.
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