Victoria Azarenka has successfully defended her Australian Open title by defeated the injured Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
After shooting herself in the foot in the semi finals when she called for a lengthy injury time out for a rib/breathing issue and later repeatedly made it sound like she was choking and needed the time out for anxiety purposes, Vika was sure to be fighting for the crowds support. Her opponent, Li Na, has long been adored by the Australian crowd for her good sportsmanship and hilarious post match interviews. Read more
Coming into his match with Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka had been in great form but few really anticipated that he would provide much resistance against Novak, let alone keep him on court for five hours and almost beat him.
Ultimately Novak won 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 12-10 but Wawrinka is bound to now be a crowd favourite for years to come much the same way Fernando Verdasco became after his 2009 match against Rafael Nadal.
Wawrinka was simply impressive. He hammered 16 aces down compared to Djokovic’s 9 and didn’t serve a double fault until the fourth hour of the match. He punished 69 winners to 51 from Nole but was ultimately undone but his error count. Read more
After working out in the gym with buddy Falvia Pennetta, who is recovering from a wrist injury, it has been announced the Rafael Nadal will return to competition on the South America clay courts.
Nadal is scheduled to appear February 11th in Sao Paulo followed by Acapulco at the end of February to find his feet on his beloved red clay.
After an issue with a stomach virus a decision was made in Team Nadal to preserve the knees and avoid the Australian Open in preference to returning to a smaller stage best of three sets tournament – a wise choice.
Rafa will continue his gym rehabilitation and his clay court training over the coming weeks.
A nasty fall in her first round match saw Serena Williams lying on her back with her hands covering her face. Despite heavy strapping to her ankle – both ankles and feet have repeatedly troubled Serena over the last two seasons – Serena was forced to take a medical time out.
Her opponent Edina Gallovits-Hall rushed over to Serena’s side as the physios appeared on court. The injury didn’t stop Serena from gaining a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Read more
Juan Martin del Potro played an impressively aggressive match against Adrian Mannarino dismissing him 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in just 76 minutes.
After the match Delpo was not shy about saying he feels he has regained the form that crowned him US Open champion in 2009 after a long period out with a wrist injury. Read more
Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt and bad boy Bernard Tomic are off to a great start in 2013 with their preparation for the Australian Open, which starts tomorrow, with both capturing trophies in the first fortnight of play.
Veteran Hewitt defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 6-4 for the Kooyong Classic crown with his young family watching on. Hewitt is enjoying a great start to what could be his final year on the tour.
Clearly comfortable with his current form, Hewitt appears at ease with yet 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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Injury plagued Andrea Petkovic has had a disastrous start to her 2013 season after withdrawing from her first match of the season in tears after suffering a medial meniscal tear.
Meniscal tears usually occur when there is a twisting vector or force placed on the knee and will require surgery to fix it – hopefully just clipping of the torn part. Potentially this could mean that Andrea is out of action for up to three months.
Even more unfortunately the injury happened on the same knee she has previously had a reconstruction of her ACL and meniscus already. You have to wonder if her movement needs some serious work, if the people controlling her rehab are missing something causing problems elsewhere or if she’s just unlucky. Either way her knee is quickly following the story of Mark Philippoussis… never the same after multiple surgeries. Read more
‘My knee is coming along okay, but a stomach virus has left me unable to get ready in time to tackle the rigours of a grand slam.
Because of the virus, I have been unable to get any match practice and simply would not be doing myself or my friends in Australia justice if I went down there so unprepared.
You need your body to be at its best for the Australian Open. Read more
Rafael Nadal has made the smart decision to withdraw from the Australian Open. Rafa’s recent injury issues have been well documented as has his need to hit a lot of balls to find his groove.
Recently a stomach virus has kept Rafa from training as he would like and as a result he withdrew from Abu Dhabi which was scheduled to be his first tournament back.
While the Abu Dhabi tournament organisers scrambled to replace Rafa’s after his last minute withdrawal (and after they had snubbed Roger Federer) the Australian Open looked to be in doubt. Read more