China’s Li Na has won her second Grand Slam and first Australian Open titles after two previous attempts. Tonight Li beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-6,
Cibulkova was broken in the opening game and again faced break points in the third game. Despite the break and previous Grand Final experience it seemed that Li Na was the more unsettled of the two players.
With only 12% of first serves in two consecutive double faults saw Li Na broken and the score leveled at 3-3 as the Slovakian started to find her rhythm. Read more
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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Just out of curiosity I had a look at the WTA rankings today to have a look at how many players with ‘ova’ as the last three letters of their surname were in the top 100. There were 19 – and that’s not even counting Barbora Zahlavova Strycova twice! That means almost one in every five players in the top 100 is an Ova!
4 – Maria Sharapova Read more
In a match that was overwhelmed by the elements, an exhausted Marion Bartoli was beaten by Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 for a place in the semi finals at Wimbledon where she will play Maria Sharapova.
After trading opening breaks Lisicki broke against for a 3-1 lead as the thunder cracked so loudly the Lisicki actually ducked. The storm outside was so loud that the players had trouble hearing the sound of the shots off the racket which is a huge component of playing tennis. Read more
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
Earlier this week it was announced that Slovakian player, and former French Open finalist Dominik Hrbaty was retiring after the exhibition match he played with Thomas Muster, Dominika Cibulkova and Anna Kournikova.
Hrbaty’s wife is due to give birth to their child in December and the former pro has said he wants to spend more time with the new edition.
“I’m looking forward to a new chapter. I want to spend more time with my family, we’re expecting a baby late December.”
Hrbaty achieved a career high ranking of number 12 in 2004 and won 6 ATP titles.
Serena Williams showed no mercy against Dominika Cibulkova, defeating her in straight sets 6-0, 7-5. Williams came out and quietly went about her business of dismantling Cibulkova’s game and making her look like a novice. After just 12 minutes Serena had worked her way in a 4-0 lead, creating incredible angles, and returning the ball as fast, if not faster, than the speed at which it was served. The set was over in 18 minutes with Serena winning 100% of points when her first serve was in.
After running away with the first set Williams continued to serve incredibly well, with 75% of her serves being un-returnable. The crowd cheered loudly when Cibulkova finally got back on the board at on all in the second set. Once Cibulkova got used to absorbing the pace off the Williams racket, Serena had to start working a little harder as Dominika managed to get into a few games, even serving an ace.
Dominika was in trouble in the eight game before producing and incredible forehand passing shot with Serena smothering the next – an extremely difficult person to pass. As the match became more competitive Serena started grunting, willing her balls in. Cibulkova managed to fend off one break point and level the score at 5-5. When Williams got another match point, she mad no mistake about it but seemed irritated with herself and unimpressed with the win.
Over the years Serena has showed a skill that is only exceeded by Roger Federer’s… the ability to peak for the Grand Slams. Serena has, for some time now, shown little interest in smaller tournament instead enjoying life off the court or trying different things in weekly play. Not only does this attitude preserve her body and aid her longegivity in the game, it gives her what she wants most, the chance to accumulate as many Grand Slam titles as humanly possibly.
Serena is peaking at just the right time once again, dominating all those who come in her path on her quest to defend her Wimbledon title.
Serena will likely face Maria Sharapova next.
Serena is also playing in the doubles with Venus, attempting to defend their title from last year as well as take a step towards a calender year Grand Slam in doubles. The sisters are the current title holders in the women’s doubles for Wimbledon (2009), USO (2009), Australian Open (2010), Roland Garros (2010).