Ana Ivanovic has put on a great show of form in Perth defeating Australian Alicia Molik 6-4, 6-0 to give Serbia a 1-0 lead before Novak Djokovic defeated Lleyton Hewitt. The Serbian pair also defeated the Australians in the mixed doubles for a clean sweep if the matches.
Ivanovic has struggled to recapture the form that took her to the world number one position and won her the Roland Garros title in 2008, however, she’s showing more promise and consistency with her game now – even if she still struggles to produce a decent ball toss. Read more
After Alicia Molik’s 6-4, 6-4 loss to Justine Henin and Hewitt defeated Bemelmans 6-4, 6-3 yesterday at the Hopman Cup, Australia and Belgium were tied one all.
A dramatic doubles tie followed the singles in which the Australia’s squeezed out a 1-6, 6-3, 10-8 victory.
Here’s a flashback to the 2002 Hopman Cup where Lleyton Hewitt and Alicia Molik took on Mirka Vavrinec and Roger Federer.
Mirka and Federer originally met and fell in love at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. You can see at the change of ends how gentle Federer is with Mirka. Read more
Last night players who are participating in Perth’s annual Hopman Cup attended the ‘Peace, Love and Tennis’ ball. Amongst the players arriving, who play for their country, was Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic who were reuniting to play for Serbia.
Lleyton Hewitt who has recently returned to play after suffering from a broken hand also attended the party along with Nicolas Mahut, John Isner and Justine Henin. Read more
Full Name: Samantha Jane Stosur
Turned Pro: 1999
Highest Rank: 4 (February 21 2011)
Current Rank: 5
Plays: Right handed, double handed backhand
Career Prize Money: $10, 379, 252 USD
Website: www.samstosur.com Read more
Posted in Alicia Molik, Australian Open, Elena Dementieva, Francesca Schiavone, Gisela Dulko, Illness, Player Profiles, Roland Garros, Sam Stosur, Serena Williams, US Open, Wimbledon
- Rafael Nadal appears to have changed his strings to promote increase spin. You have to wonder why he needs any more spin when he already gets between 1800-4900 revolutions per minute off his forehand. Federer only gets about 2700 revolutions per minute. When you’ve had issues with injury and confidence why would you change something so important when you have a title to defend? Maybe that explains the few extra stray shots. Read more
Looking at the women’s singles draw for this years AO is like looking at an array of bad ball tosses, psychological problems and comeback queens. Obviously the comeback players are most notably Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin. Others coming back who are less likely to succeed are Alicia Molik, Casey Dellacqua, and to a certain extent Maria Sharapova and her new service motion. Read more