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
Sergei Bubka Jr has been seriously injured after falling from the third floor of a hotel in Paris. The Ukrainian world number 186 fell from a window after getting locked in his bathroom.
Sergei, boyfriend to Victoria Azarenka, was trying to reach the next room through the window when he lost his balance and fell sustaining multiple fractures. 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
Victoria Azarenka has crushed Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 to claim her maiden Grand Slam at the Australian Open in one hour and 22 minutes. With the trophy comes the number one ranking on Monday.
Apart from a nervous start where she was broken in her opening service game Azarenka was completely dominant, absorbing the power of Sharapova and spreading the court effectively. Read more
Petra Kvitova has won the second most important title of her career, defeating Victoria Azarenka in the WTA year ending championship 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. In the almost two and a half hour match Kvitova used her powerful serve and flat hitting to come out on top of the number four seed. Read more
18 year old Sloane Stephens’ run at the US Open has been ended by Serbian former world number one Ana Ivanovic. The 6-3, 6-4 win puts Ivanovic into the fourth round where she faces the formidable Serena Williams who thumped Victoria Azarenka in the first set of her straight sets win over the wold number five.
Ivanovic, at times, looked good. Not Grand Slam winning good, but Ana good. There weren’t too many muffed ball tosses (until she tried to serve the match out) and she seemed to have her emotions in check. Ana managed Sloane’s home crowd well and produced some great shots but still has a way to go if she wants to really compete with the likes of Williams again. 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
You would expect with the restrictions on outfits at Wimbledon that the players couldn’t really go wrong with their fashion choices…. You’d be wrong.
This year there have been some shockers so lets take a look at some of the worst. Read more
Maria Sharapova, far from a clay court goddess, handed out a thumping clay court lesson to Andrea Petkovic. The German youngster had nothing to dance about after Sharapova, who is looking to complete a career Grand Slam this year, trounced her 6-0 in the first set in just 32 minutes. Sharapova was clearly not messing about, relentlessly thumping her shots and teaching the (at times) cocky young Petkovic what champions are made of. Read more