Has there ever been a greater fall from grace than that of Lance Armstrong? Doubtful.
The disgraced cyclist made headlines today for finally admitting to various kinds of doping before and after his cancer diagnosis, saying he never doped again after his first retirement in 2005. Lance also discussed the ways in which doping was performed in cycling.
Tennis players have long been vocal about the doping control they are subjected to. They must provide a time and location for a possible test for every single day of the year twelve months in advance. Now the players are speaking about Lance Armstrong’s scandal… and here are some of their thoughts. Read more »
32 year old Venus Williams, who has battled serious injuries over the last two seasons, was thumped by Maria Sharapova today. Sharapova booked her place in the fourth round of the Australian Open with the 6-3, 6-1 win, having previously won her matches in 6-0, 6-0 style.
In 2011 Venus was forced out of the Open with a psoas tear – a uncommon and difficult injury to treat. It was then revealed that Venus has been diagnosed with an auto-immune disease and since then she has struggled to re-find any sort of form that captured her multiple Grand Slam trophies.
‘I really wanted this victory. I was 5-1 up and made a couple more errors than I would have liked so I was very pleased to have served it out.’
Sharapova, who completed a career Grand Slam at the French Open last year, will face Kirsten Flipkins in the next round.
Novak Djokovic famously struggled when he first switch to HEAD rackets but now the world number one is unveiling the HEAD Graphene™ Speed. Novak showcased the benefits of his new HEAD Graphene™ Speed tennis racquet today by hitting a HEAD ATP tennis ball that traveled faster than an Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car at Melbourne’s Sandown racetrack.
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 »
2006 US Open champion Maria Sharapova was sent packing today by Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. It took two hours but Sharapova, who hasn’t played particularly well this week, was unable to maintain her intensity and accuracy for long periods.
In the last few months Sharapova’s game has been littered with a huge number of unforced errors and today’s tally of 60 was no different. Maria later said, “I didn’t feel comfortable with most of my game today.”
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!
Maria Sharapova is working herself into form ahead of the US Open and has won the title she should have won last year. In 2010 in Cincinnati, Maria failed to convert three match points in a final against Kim Clijsters. This year, with Clijsters out injured, Maria battled Jelena Jankovic who’s form has fluctuated this season.
Sharapova won 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 eventually but let go of a 4-1 lead in the first set. Despite 11 double faults in the match Sharapova worked hard to stay in the match, earning her second title this season.