Category Archives: Gisela Dulko

Sam Stosur Sent Packing In Paris

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 »

10 Hottest Tennis Players Of All Time

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 »

WTA Beauties: Ivanovic, Dulko, Wozniacki, Clijsters, Li And More

These ladies prove that the WTA campaign Strong Is Beautiful is true with these amazing photographs
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Player Profile: Sam Stosur

Sam Stosur

Full Name: Samantha Jane Stosur

DOB: 30.03.84

Height: 175cm

Weight: 65kg

Turned Pro: 1999

Highest Rank: 4 (February 21 2011)

Current Rank: 5

Plays: Right handed, double handed backhand

Career Prize Money: $10, 379, 252 USD

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>What Happened Today? Roland Garros Round 1…

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- Janko Tipsarevic was handily send packing 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 by Alejandro Falla.

- Mikhail Youzhny looked sharp and powerful against Michal Przysiezny 6-1, 6-0, 6-4.

- Gisela Dulko, who hadn’t won a game on clay leading up to Roland Garros, wiped the floor with Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka has recently been forced to retired from 4 separate tournaments with various injuries, mostly a recurrent thigh issue. Dulko hit a lot of high looping balls that Azarenka struggled to control. Azarenka also appeared to struggle to keep her shots within the lines, much to her annoyance, as Dulko raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set.

As per normal for Dulko, she struggled to close out the match, suddenly changing things up, allowing Azarenka easy passing shots. Eventually Dulko did close it out 6-1, 6-2 in just 72 minutes.

- Marin Cilic survived a second set blip against Ricardo Malla, eventually winning 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. Cilic has struggled to maintain his form since his blistering performance at the Australian Open earlier this season.

>Hit For Haiti In Indian Wells – The Ladies Come Out To Play

>The second Hit for Haiti was held today in Indian Wells, the follow up to Federer’s brainchild on the eve of the Australian Open. The event raised a guaranteed $1 million for Haiti, who was struck by a 7.0 earthquake on January 12th leaving over 200,000 dead and a country crippled by the aftermath.

Today’s event featured the ladies in the opening match, and 94 Grand Slam titles between them. It was a double match, first to 8 games to lead by 2, no Ad scoring with Justine Henin and Martina Navratilova taking on Steffi Graf and Lindsay Davenport. Justine had lost earlier that day but in her second round match against Gisela Dulko, but had said that there was no way she would withdraw from the charity event. However, she was fairly quiet throughout play with Navratilova stealing the spotlight from her younger counterparts.

Navratilova is arguably the greatest doubles player of all time, and the greatest women’s volleyer ever but was still nervous at the start of the match, even though she’s more active that Graf or Davenport. Davenport, mother of two, responded to questions about a comeback by saying “Better left for the charity matches.”

The ladies got off to a comedic start with Navratilova complaining that Graf hits the ball too hard and Graf joking to the male official who helped her gaffa tape her microphone to the inside of her skirt “Oh you’re gonna get it from Andre”. Henin and Navratilova got off to a flying start, breaking Graf to take a 4-1 lead with Navratilova unbeatable at the net. It was the first time in the tournament history that the night match session had been sold out.

After Navratilova cheekily told a lines person to be quiet after they called a fault on her serve, Davenport found her range and touch to get back on serve at 5-4. As the match continued Graf’s signature forehand was on display with Navratilova showing the world one more time why she is hailed on of the best volleyers in the world.

Navratilova’s dominance was too much for Graf and Davenport, with Navratilova and Henin taking the tie 8-6. Martina was satisfied with her performance, saying “It’s not about winning, it’s about not embarrassing yourself.”

When Graf was asked to go into more detail about what she had said earlier in the match about her children (with Andre Agassi) showing no real interest in tennis she explained that, particularly for eldest child Jaden who saw the tail end of dad’s career that they were put off by their parents careers and preferred baseball and horse riding. “They just haven’t showed any interest in it… His association with tennis was that it took Daddy away, so he never really had a good association with it.”

Martina Navratilova                                                   Steffi Graf
Age: 53                                                                       Age: 40
Turned Pro: 1975                                                       Turned Pro: 1982
Titles:  167                                                                 Titles: 107
Weeks at number 1: 332                                            Weeks at number 1: 377
Grand Slams: 18                                                         Grand Slams (singles): 22
Career Prize $: $21,626,089                                        Career Prize $: $21,891,306
Win-Loss: 1442-219                                                    Win-Loss: 902-115

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Justine Henin                                                             Lindsay Davenport
Age: 27                                                                       Age: 33
Turned Pro: 1999                                                       Turned Pro: 1993
Titles:  41                                                                   Titles: 55
Weeks at number 1: 117                                            Weeks at number 1: 198
Grand Slams (Singles): 7                                            Grand Slams (Singles): 3
Career Prize $: $20,352,606                                        Career Prize $: $22,144,735
Win-Loss: 503-109                                                      Win-Loss: 753-194

>Clijsters And Henin On Course For Finals Show Down At Indian Wells

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With the women’s action starting at Indian Wells today (Wednesday), much attention has been on Kim Clijsters and assessing her form since being sent packing in the third round of the Australian Open by Nadia Petrova. Clijsters didn’t duck her head and run from Australia after the loss, staying an extra two days for some fun with her family. “I didn’t want to leave with unhappy memories. I wanted to return to Melbourne next year and think of good things.”

The other thing people are talking about, beside Clijsters’ ability to balance playing with family life, is a potential show down with Justine Henin, which would only occur if both ladies made the finals. It’s a mouth watering, and possibly prospect with both Williams sisters boycotting the event. Henin, as she did in Australia, is a dangerous floating wild card on the opposite side of the draw to Clijsters. Henin will most likely face Gisela Dulko in the second round. She should easily dismiss Dulko who has a nasty habit of getting nervous when in front or serving for matches against big players.

Henin will also participate in the WTA Hit for Haiti.

“Things are totally different now. Before, everything was based around me. Now, when I come home from practice I have to make sure I’m home for lunch, pick up food from the supermarket, spend time with Jada.” - Kim Clijsters

Meet Fernando Gonzalez’s Girlfriend

Chilean Fernando Gonzalez debuted his new girlfriend on a ‘romantic’ Yarra River in Victoria cruise attended by the media. Daniela Castillo has been the first significant girlfriend Gonzalez has had since parting ways with fellow tennis player Gisela Dulko last year, she is also a pop singer and actress.

Dulko and Gonzalez had an occasionally on-off relationship over 2008/9, with Dulko apparently still sporting a ‘Fernando’ tattoo. Read more »

What Happened Today?

- No surprises, Federer moved into the third round beating Victor Hanescu 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. He will next play Spaniard Albert Montanes.

- Carla Suarez Navarro will attempt to do what she did last year except against Serena Williams in this years third round.

- Ana Ivanovic continued her stream of poor results, losing to Gisela Dulko 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, after her serve once again abandoned her. Ivanovic has failed to have a solid result in a grand slam since she won Roland Garros in 2008. Also true to form, Dulko had trouble serving for the match. Read more »