It seems Serena Williams’ foot injury dramas are not totally behind her after she withdrew moments before her second round match at the Western & Southern Open after winning two tournaments, most recently the Rogers Cup. Apparently Serena’s big toe, which was injured which has been well documented, has been swollen and sore after her recent activities and she has decided (wisely) to play it safe and rest her foot. Read more
It’s been a little while since Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy were outed as a couple but photos of the two are now doing the rounds as Rory was seen courtside at one of the world number one’s practice sessions in Cincinnati. It seems the two, who have been dating for some weeks, are happy to be seen with each other despite the media’s watchful eye.
I almost don’t believe it. The headliner names at this years Rogers Cup in Montreal and Toronto have been all but culled in their opening matches. The first to roll out the door was defending champion Andy Murray. Murray was comprehensively beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Kevin Anderson.
Then came the huge shock that Ivan Dodig had beaten Rafael Nadal 1-6, 7-6, 7-6. Juan Martin del Potro fell easily to Marin Cilic in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Read more
Posted in Andy Murray, Caroline Wozniacki, Injury, Ivan Dodig, Kevin Anderson, Kim Clijsters, Marin Cilic, Montreal, Rafael Nadal, Rogers Cup, Roland Garros
Retired tennis player Elena Dementieva is a step closer to having the family she talked about when she retired. On July 16 Elena married hockey champion Maxim Afinogenov at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow.
The ceremony was held on the roof of the building and birds were released at the end of the ceremony. The reception, inside the Ritz, hosted such famous tennis players as Vera Zvonareva, Dinara Safina, Sveta Kuznetsova, Maria Kirilenko and her partner Igor Andreev. Vera Dushevina caught the bouquet while Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova looked on. Read more
Posted in Caroline Wozniacki, Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva, Igor Andreev, Kim Clijsters, Maria Kirilenko, Media, Roger Federer, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Dushevina, Vera Zvonareva
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
Posted in Alize Cornet, Ana Ivanovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Andrea Petkovic, Anne Keothavong, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Laura Robson, Maria Sharapova, Player Party, Sabine Lisicki, Serena Williams, Vania King, Yaroslava Shvedova
Caroline Wozniacki will have to deal with criticism of her being number one in the world without having ever won a Grand Slam title for a little while longer after she was handily beaten 6-1, 6-3 by Daniela Hantuchova.
Hantuchova played a smart match and hit 15 winners in the first set. Embarrassingly Wozniacki did not hit a winner in the first set. Read more
Last years runner up Samantha Stosur has been knocked out in the third round of Roland Garros by world number 51 Gisela Dulko. Argentine Duko has scalped the odd big name from time to time but has had the most success in doubles, winning this years women’s doubles at the Australian Open. Today Dulko beat one of the tournament favourites 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. Read more
Caroline Wozniacki has beaten Peng Shuai 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to take the Brussels Open ahead of the French Open. The match was just over two and a half hours and according to Wozniacki is perfect preparation for the Roland Garros.
There were some questions as to why Wozniacki, the top seed, would play Brussels so close to the beginning of a Grand Slam but the Dane has been firm in her belief that she needed the matches both for her confidence and her game. “I needed this tournament to finalise my preparations for Roland Garros.”
During the match Wozniacki had her left thigh attended to by physios but says it’s nothing serious.
“It is fine, there are no big problems. It was a small pain, I just didn’t want it to get bigger. I feel in good shape. I don’t feel tired at all. I am full of confidence.”
These ladies prove that the WTA campaign Strong Is Beautiful is true with these amazing photographs
Posted in Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Daniela Hantuchova, Dominika Cibulkova, Gisela Dulko, Kim Clijsters, Li Na, Lucie Safarova, Rebecca Marino, Sorane Cristea, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Victoria Azarenka