It’s no secret that there is an “eye candy” component to tennis as a sport. By that we mean that there are plenty of players that even non-fans of the actual game will tune in to check out.
Often the players at the very top of the game are making huge sums of money but those lower down, even in the top thirty, can struggle to make ends meet by the time they’ve paid coaches and trainers as well as covering travel and accommodation costs. There are a huge number of lower ranked players who make most of their money through sponsorship/appearance deals of various kinds. Read more
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Ana Ivanovic is showing some signs of consistent improvement under the watchful eye of Nigel Sears. While there is still more than a few issues with her ball toss to iron out, Ivanovic showed some guts and focus as she fought back from a set down to beat Julia Goerges 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Since she won the French Open in 2008 Ana has failed get beyond the fourth round in any Grand Slam. To break this streak and make the quarterfinals Ana will have to make her way past the noisy Victoria Azarenka. Read more
To raise money for thyroid cancer for the Mariposa Ball we have collected some tennis memorabilia and put it on eBay.
Here are some of the reasons we’re working to raise money for thyroid cancer:
- One in seven Australian’s will be diagnosed with some form of thyroid disease.
- In patients with thyroid cancer 20% will experience local recurrence and10% will have distant metastases at the 10 year mark
- For those with recurrence there is currently no other treatment apart from surgery and further exposure to radioactive iodine which increases the risk of side effects like leukemia. Read more
The slow motion replay of Serena Williams rolling her left ankle at the Brisbane International today is not pretty. The sprain has forced Williams to withdraw from her quarter-final with Daniela Hantuchova.
Later, after hobbling to her media interviews, Serena said, ”I have been to hospital and it has been confirmed that I have a left ankle sprain that I probably shouldn’t play on. I’m going to take a couple of days off – not too many – and see how I feel. I’m still hopeful of playing the Australian Open.” Read more
It was a shame for tournament organisers that Kim Clijsters and Ana Ivanovic were scheduled for a meeting in the second round of the Brisbane International. It was Clijsters who came out on top 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in a strange match that saw Kim come out swinging.
Kim initially came out throwing huge bombs at Ivanovic who had no idea how to handle the barrage of shots. After the first set Nigel Sears, her coach, came down to whisper instructions in her ear and it worked. When Ana came back out she was on fire as Kim seemed to simultaneously implode. Read more
Ana Ivanovic has claimed her first win of the season against Australian Tamira Paszek in Brisbane, taking just 84 minutes to win the 6-3, 6-3 match.
With partner Adam Scott in the crowd supporting her Ana seemed to be in the best form she has been in for some time.
The popular Serb said she hoped she would be able to replicated her successful Australian summer season of 2008.
“Also this year on my schedule is Sydney as well. I haven’t played there since ’08 and that was the year I made the final at the Aussie Open so hopefully now it will be a good summer here again.”
Ana next faces another Aussie favourite, Kim Clijsters.
On Monday night Ana Ivanovic stepped out with her renewed love golfer Adam Scott. The two attended The Presidents Cup Gala dinner at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
Ana and Adam previously split in mid 2010. Read more
It‘s amazing what can happen to a player after they win their first Grand Slam. Novak Djokovic took a while to get going again, Ana Ivanovic completely lost her way, Petra Kvitova has struggled to maintain her level and it seems Li Na has totally lost confidence in her ability.
The latest defeat for Li came at the China Open where she was then accused of cashing in on her French Open win to the point of not committing to her tennis sufficiently. Li was crushed in the first round by Romanian qualifier Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-0 Read more
Serena Williams has beaten Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-4 in conditions that were so windy both players were forced to play a conservative match. While Serena’s form continues to improve, the American superstar said that the conditions forced her to play well below her level.
“It was crazy. I didn’t even go for winners at any point. I just tried to get it over because it was so windy. It was like, Wow. It was definitely tough. But you just have to win in all kinds of situations.” Read more
18 year old Sloane Stephens’ run at the US Open has been ended by Serbian former world number one Ana Ivanovic. The 6-3, 6-4 win puts Ivanovic into the fourth round where she faces the formidable Serena Williams who thumped Victoria Azarenka in the first set of her straight sets win over the wold number five.
Ivanovic, at times, looked good. Not Grand Slam winning good, but Ana good. There weren’t too many muffed ball tosses (until she tried to serve the match out) and she seemed to have her emotions in check. Ana managed Sloane’s home crowd well and produced some great shots but still has a way to go if she wants to really compete with the likes of Williams again. Read more