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.
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 »
To say it has not been an impressive year from Bernard Tomic is an understatement. The cocky teenager was all talk months ago about his chances of reaching the top ten and yet he has seen his ranking plummet to number 48 after a series of disappointing performances.
He started the year with legal troubles and accused police of targeting him in relation to his excessively powerful BMW (here). He then tried to have his dad ejected from his match in Miami (here). Tomic has failed to show any ability to maintain consistently good form in 2012, a challenge that many of the games elite were keen to see if Bernard would rise to. Read more »
The issues Rafael Nadal has had with his knees, and his treatments and injury time outs, have been well documented over the years. It seems with each injury period the media starts talking retirement – but I have to say it is an unusual situation and even Federer has said it’s “big surprise, these two pullouts. I’m sad for him. I hope he’ll be back for the Open.”
Nadal made no secret that his goals for the 2012 season were Roland Garros and the Olympics. Ultimately, after losing early at Wimbledon, Rafa went home for some R&R – and apparently another PRP injection. Read more »
At the Hopman Cup behind the scenes Mardy Fish was irritable and demanded answers from his team as to what he could do to lift his level and find some form as his body seemed to refuse to do what he wanted.
Just a few months later word was that Fish was struggling with a serious health issue but there was not a lot of information about what the issue was. Good friend Andy Roddick jumped to his defense when it was suggested that the American players were avoiding the European clay. Read more »
Ana Ivanovic is showing some signs of consistent improvement under the watchful eye of Nigel Sears. While there is still more than a few issues with her ball toss to iron out, Ivanovic showed some guts and focus as she fought back from a set down to beat Julia Goerges 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Since she won the French Open in 2008 Ana has failed get beyond the fourth round in any Grand Slam. To break this streak and make the quarterfinals Ana will have to make her way past the noisy Victoria Azarenka. Read more »
Rafael Nadal has now won more Roland Garros titles, more Grand Slam titles at one tournament, than any other player in history. Nadal claimed his seventh French Open title 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 and wept in elation and disbelief as he finally conquered an unhindered Novak Djokovic.
The final restarted with Nadal ahead but with Novak making a very strong comeback and a 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2 scoreline. Read more »
In their rain delayed and controversial mens final, defending champion Rafael Nadal leads 6-4, 6-3,2-6, 1-2 against Novak Djokovic.
In the cool and heavy conditions Rafa ripped his forehand from the first point, quickly finding triple break point. On his fourth break point Nadal converted. Vicious forehand down the line winners gave Rafa two more break points in the third game and ultimately a 3-0 lead as Djokovic repeatedly miss-fired off both wings. Read more »