The long awaited English memoir for former world number one and ten-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, titled RAFA, will be released on August 23 and certainly had me interested being a huge Nadal fan.
His memoir doesn’t disappoint. Does it drag on at times about the finer details of the Wimbledon 2008 final? Sure, but everyone still talks about that match and remembers it fondly and clearly so does Rafa. What is more interesting is the insights gained into his family and team dynamics as well as the little idiosyncrasies that make differentiate Rafael from Rafa. Read more
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Ana Ivanovic pushed Vera Zvonareva in their semifinal in Carlsbad but with Vera tightening her service games up it was the higher ranked Russian who came out on top in the close 5-7, 7-4, 6-4 match. Read more
Ana Ivanovic has beaten an injured Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-2 after an hour and seventeen minutes of play in Carlsbad, Peng unable to combat the attack of Ivanovic. Ivanovic has been returning to the top of the women’s game as she works her way to better form.
In the semifinal Ivanovic will face Vera Zvonareva who beat Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 despite six double faults and a slow start. “I think I started off a little slow but then I think I picked it up and it was a little bit better, a little bit cleaner than the previous one.”
Ana Ivanovic’s confidence was visibly growing as she thumped Eleni Daniilidou from Greece 6-3, 6-0 to book her place in the third round. The two women traded multiple early breaks before a sloppy game from Eleni gave Ivanovic a 4-3 lead that then forced Eleni to try to serve to stay in the first set which she failed to do. Read more
We knew Bethanie Mattek-Sands was planning some sort of tennis ball meets Lady Gaga inspired dress but we weren’t sure when it was going to appear. Bethanie has stunned, and not in a good way, the tennis community at the pre-Wimbledon party overnight. The American recently played at Roland Garros with war stripes painted under her eyes.
Other more fashion friendly players such as Maria Sharapova looked fabulous on the night. Meanwhile Serena Williams’ appearance at the players party fueled speculation that the American superstar has undergone plastic surgery during her year long injury time out.
Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic may have looked better, and Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova may have had the most horrendous tan lines on display, but Mattek-Sands was definitely the undisputed worst dressed for the evening (and probably forever) Read more
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The Williams sisters have made a triumphant return to tennis. Despite the fact that Serena lost her second round match at Eastbourne today she was positive about the result, especially given she took world number two Vera Zvonareva to three sets. Read more
After Ana Ivanovic beat Anna Tatashvili 6-1, 6-0 in the opening round of the Aegon Classic she has spoken to media, talking about her love of clay, her desire to win Wimbledon and her search for a new coach. Ivanovic’s forehand and serve were working well in the match, a promising sign at this early stage in the tournament.
Since winning the 2008 French Open Ivanovic has struggled to consistently find the shots that helped propel her towards the end stage of the tournament, let alone the form that saw her take the number one ranking. Read more
Ana Ivanovic may have improved since her ranking plummeted to well beyond the other side of 50 but she still has a long way to go. The Serbian star has failed to win a match that should have been hers against Johanna Larsson but it was the plucky Swede who held tough and came out with the win 7-6, 0-6, 6-2 over the former world number one.
Ivanovic should have been preparing to go back to her hotel when she lost the match because it should have been over in two sets. The first set saw Ana with multiple set points that she was repeatedly unable to close out before she lost the tie break. Read more
Try as I might I will never be able to pick a top ten that pleases everyone.
Over time we’ve had some pretty good looking tennis players to watch on our screen, both male and female. Sure in the 80′s there were some good looking players we may not have noticed because they had the fluffy hair, scary eyebrows and strange fashion sense but some things get better with age (think George Clooney).
So here’s my top ten men and women of all time .
To all those out there like my mum who harbour a deep unending love for Stefan Edberg… I’m sorry. Read more
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