In a day of surprises at Flushing Meadows the biggest came from the announcement that Venus Williams was withdrawing from her second round match against Sabine Lisicki with an unspecified illness. Later Venus released a statement saying she had recently been diagnosed with Sjögren’s Syndrome which explains some of her recent illness issues. Read more
Ana Ivanovic has beaten an injured Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-2 after an hour and seventeen minutes of play in Carlsbad, Peng unable to combat the attack of Ivanovic. Ivanovic has been returning to the top of the women’s game as she works her way to better form.
In the semifinal Ivanovic will face Vera Zvonareva who beat Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 despite six double faults and a slow start. “I think I started off a little slow but then I think I picked it up and it was a little bit better, a little bit cleaner than the previous one.”
Serena Williams has officially announced her return to the top of tennis by comfortably taking the title at West Classic in Stanford by beating Marion Bartoli 7-5, 6-1. Throughout the tournament Serena looked dominant and in good shape leading up to the US Open. Williams is now a firm favourite at her home Grand Slam.
Along her road to victory Serena pummeled Maria Sharapova, Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli all in straight sets despite entering the tournament as worl number 169 due to her extensive injury time out. Read more
People have been watching Petra Kvitova all year and wondering when she would really break through and move deep into a Grand Slam and it has happened at Wimbledon. Tomorrow Kvitova will face Maria Sharapova for the Wimbledon title. Read more
In a match that was overwhelmed by the elements, an exhausted Marion Bartoli was beaten by Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 for a place in the semi finals at Wimbledon where she will play Maria Sharapova.
After trading opening breaks Lisicki broke against for a 3-1 lead as the thunder cracked so loudly the Lisicki actually ducked. The storm outside was so loud that the players had trouble hearing the sound of the shots off the racket which is a huge component of playing tennis. Read more
It was a quieter than usual Serena Williams who took on a very intense Marion Bartoli today. Bartoli stayed focused and extremely determined throughout the match, chasing down everything despite having some marathon matches in earlier rounds. Ultimately it was Bartoli who upset Serena 6-3, 7-6. Read more
You would’ve thought Serena Williams would have been happy to just survive her second round encounter but instead she has attacked Wimbledon organizers for not putting her or Venus on the main show court.
“They like to put us on Court 2, me and Venus, for whatever reason. I haven’t figured it out yet. Maybe one day we’ll figure it out. I don’t know.” Read more
Posted in Injury, Li Na, Lleyton Hewitt, Media, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Robin Soderling, Roger Federer, Roland Garros, Sabine Lisicki, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Wimbledon
After winning Roland Garros Li Na has failed to follow up her ground breaking win by going deep into the second week of Wimbledon. Instead Li was beaten in the second round by Sabine Lisicki who entered Wimbledon on a wildcard. Sabine, who struggled with an ankle injury for much of last year, eventually triumphed 3-6, 6-4, 8-6 in a tightly contested battled. Read more
We knew Bethanie Mattek-Sands was planning some sort of tennis ball meets Lady Gaga inspired dress but we weren’t sure when it was going to appear. Bethanie has stunned, and not in a good way, the tennis community at the pre-Wimbledon party overnight. The American recently played at Roland Garros with war stripes painted under her eyes.
Other more fashion friendly players such as Maria Sharapova looked fabulous on the night. Meanwhile Serena Williams’ appearance at the players party fueled speculation that the American superstar has undergone plastic surgery during her year long injury time out.
Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic may have looked better, and Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova may have had the most horrendous tan lines on display, but Mattek-Sands was definitely the undisputed worst dressed for the evening (and probably forever) Read more
Posted in Alize Cornet, Ana Ivanovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Andrea Petkovic, Anne Keothavong, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Laura Robson, Maria Sharapova, Player Party, Sabine Lisicki, Serena Williams, Vania King, Yaroslava Shvedova