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
Both Kim Clijsters and her ex-fiance Lleyton Hewitt recently returned to play after serious foot/ankle injuries, both returning arguably too soon and now both are struggling after re-injuring themselves in the first round at Eastbourne.
Romania Oprandi defeated Clijsters 7-6, 6-3 after working Kim with drop shots to test he still troubled ankle. “I think maybe she was not 100 per cent and I tried drop shots. It came out good for me.” Read more
Lleyton Hewitt’s comeback is over before it really began. It’s over before Wimbledon (he’s in doubt for participation). The latest injury set back for the Australian saw him retire mid match against Olivier Rochus when he was down 1-6, 0-2 when he felt stabbing pain in his foot.
Hewitt had foot surgery back in March and foot and ankle problems forced him to withdraw at the last minute from the French Open, although realistically he was trying to return to play too quickly, and now the foot has flared up again. Read more
Ahead of her Wimbledon comeback Serena Williams has talked about how truly unwell she was with her recent issues with multiple pulmonary emboli, saying she was not only close to losing her career but also close to death. A pulmonary embolism can cause a stroke and Williams was luck to be able to avoid that but did have to have surgery to remove a haematoma that was created by her blood thinning daily injections. Read more
The two most successful players from the women’s side at the French Open, Sam Stosur and Francesca Schiavone, have bombed out of Wimbledon in their first round matches.
Despite seemingly transitioning well on to grass after a respectable showing at Eastbourne, Stosur was no match for her opponent losing 6-4, 6-4 to Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi. Stosur lost on day two of play. Stosur attributed the loss to both her opponents play, her own poor form and to the fact she was playing on her least favourite surface. “Maybe it was the grass, maybe it wasn’t but you can’t change the surface you are on at Wimbledon. I knew I was going out to play on that surface, it is not an excuse. You have got to prepare yourself to do it every day. I tried my best, I just didn’t win… Looking at the whole picture I have got to be very happy with what I have achieved over the last few weeks and I will go home pretty happy. I want to kick on from where I was before the last two weeks. I’m really looking forward to the US summer, I am on surfaces that I really like to play.”
Just a day earlier Schiavone also fell, albeit after more of a battle, against Vera Dushevina in a match that lasted almost 3 hours with a 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 scoreline. Vera commented after the match that Francesca is a different player on grass. “Francesca is champion at Roland Garros, but there’s a lot of difference between clay and grass. I was the junior champion of Wimbledon and I know how to play on the grass. It’s much harder to play her on clay than grass. Now I really want to win more matches here and stay for the second week.”
The faulty PA system on Schiavone’s court randomly released the scoreline of the Davydenko/Anderson match and after 10 minutes of interruptions, Schiavone refused to continue play until the issue was resolved.
Schiavone had also lost in the first round of Eastbourne.
Posted in Clay courts, Eastbourne, Francesca Schiavone, Grass Courts, Kaia Kanepi, Kevin Anderson, Nikolay Davydenko, Roland Garros, Sam Stosur, Vera Dushevina, Wimbledon
In what seems to be the season of injuries, more players have withdrawn themselves from Wimbledon, not a tournament players will withdraw from with minor niggles.
While Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina have all been seen on the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon practicing from the biggest tournament of the year, the injury list has continued to grow. Read more
Posted in Ana Ivanovic, David Nalbandian, Dinara Safina, Eastbourne, Injury, Ivo Karlovic, Maria Sharapova, Mario Ancic, Nicolas Almagro, Rafael Nadal, Richard Gasquet, Roger Federer, Wimbledon
Conqueror of Rafael Nadal, and soon-to-be father Feliciano Lopez, has retired against British wild card James Ward in the Eastbourne match citing a shoulder injury. Ward was understanding when Lopez retired at 3-6, 4-5 with two match points against the Spaniard. Read more
Gilles Simon has registered his first win of the season after not playing since March and barely playing since the US Open last year. Simon improved his season record to 1-4 at Eastbourne after the 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 victory over Evgeny Korolev.
Simon had been ranked inside the top ten before struggling with an injury to the patella tendon (on top of tendinitis) that was stubborn to heal. The Frenchman had said earlier in the year he was just going to have to learn to play through the pain, before sitting out nearly 3 months of play.
Gilles played without his usual heavy taping.
James Blake, also returning after a knee injury, slipped outside the top 100 after his extensive time off the tour, not playing since March. Blake was not as lucky as Simon, losing to Julien Benneteau 7-6, 7-5.