Tennis stars, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick feel that the off-season is not long enough for players to rest and recover from competition. “It’s impossible to play 1st of January and finish 5th of December,” said Nadal. “It’s impossible to be here playing like what I did the last five years, playing a lot of matches and being all the time 100 per cent without problems.”
After pointing out the fact that Federer skipped the Shanghai Masters due to fatigue, Roddick added: “It’s ridiculous to think that you have a professional sport that doesn’t have a legitimate off-season to rest, get …read more
Australia’s Samantha Stosur claimed the title at the Japan Women’s Open yesterday after defeating Italy’s Francesca Schiavone 7-5, 6-1. This is Stosur’s first WTA singles title so I’m sure she’s very excited. Stosur advanced to the finals after eliminating top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday.
The pairing with Schiavone was pretty good since Stosur was the third seed and the Italian was fourth but, really, there wasn’t much competition here. Stosur dominated for most of the match and was able to seal the deal in just one hour and eight minutes.
Juan Martin del Potro stunned Roger Federer and won the U.S. Open but he was eliminated from the Shanghai ATP Masters. The third-seeded player lost to Jurgen Melzer after a wrist injury led him to quit early.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both advanced to the next round. Nadal took on James Blake and walked away with a 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 victory on the hardcourts at Qi Zhong Tennis Center. This was a virtual repeat of the pair’s meeting in Beijing last week. Nadal will next face fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo.
Meanwhile, Djokovic easily beat Fabio Fognoni 6-3, 6-1. Other …read more
Tennis star, Serena Williams, has endorsed a lot of different things but I do have to admit that I was surprised to see her Tampax Tampons commercial. It was funny and creative but a little gross – and I’m pretty open about natural body processes!
In the ad, Serena takes on Mother Nature (they each hold a press conference to talk about Serena’s impending period) and I’m guessing the tennis great is triumphant since she not only is shown wearing white but menstruation clearly doesn’t slow her down.
Honestly, you just have to see it to believe it.
France’s Amelie Mauresmo is thinking about hanging up her racket and retiring from tennis. The former No. 1 is currently ranked 20th in the world but has decided against participating in her last two tournaments this season in Linz and Luxembourg.
At 30 years old, Mauresmo has won two Grand Slams – the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006 – which is a great accomplishment. On her website she wrote: “Since I came back from the U.S. Open, I’ve been trying to practice but I can’t find again the desire to come back to competition. I don’t want to rush or …read more
It might not have been the glamorous victory that she wanted but after opponent Jelena Jankovic bowed out due to an arm injury, Maria Sharapova captured the title at the $2 million Pan Pacific Open. She won the event back in 2005.
It’s not like she was given the win, though. She was already ahead 5-2 in the first set when the match was abruptly halted by Jankovic. This is the first time Sharapova has won a title since Amelia Island in April 2008 since she was forced to take 10 months off due to a shoulder injury.
Sharapova collected $350,000 with …read more
Both Dinara Safina and Serena Williams easily advanced to the next round at the 2009 China Open after winning in straight sets earlier today. The first round also allowed other seeded players including Russians Elena Dementieva, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva to move on.
Safina took on Roberta Vinci and ended up taking a 6-4, 6-4 victory while Williams beat Kaia Kanepi 7-5, 6-4.
Williams will next face unseeded Ekaterina Makarova with Safina battling local favorite, Shuai Zhang. The first round will conclude tomorrow while the second round begins.
Third-seeded Venus Williams is expected to play in the second round against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
The …read more
The battle between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick at the 2009 Wimbledon men’s final was epic, lasting four hours and 16 minutes. Roddick appeared to be in top form against the Swiss great and right until the very last point, it really could have been anyone’s match but, in the end, it was Federer who won the title.
Although, it was later revealed that Roddick had suffered an injury during the match, it was clearly a historic day for tennis since Federer became the great men’s champion ever by capturing his 15th Grand Slam title (edging out Pete Sampras who sat …read more
It was a day of upsets among the female tennis players at the 2009 Tokyo Open . All kinds of top-seeded players were eliminated opening the way for up-and-comers to steal the spotlight.
While Maria Sharapova, who went into the event unseeded, managed to make it to the next round, big names like top-seeded defending champion Dinara Safina, second-seeded Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova were sent packing.
Safina lost her match against qualifier Kai-Chen Chang (pictured celebrating above) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-5 which lasted 2 hours and 44 minutes. Wow!
Meanwhile, Williams couldn’t get past yet another qualifier, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and lost 7-6 …read more
Yesterday, France’s Gael Monfils took on Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber and took home the crown at the Open de Moselle after earning a 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-2 victory in just over two hours.
It was a pretty exciting match since they were the top seeds and this is just Monfils’ second lifetime final victory and his first this season.
“[I am] very happy about winning this second title; I’ve been waiting for it for a long time,” said Monfils. “Being in France, this title is even more special to me, as I won it here in front of my family and friends.”
“I was …read more