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 »
Regardless of how Victoria Azarenka tries to explain her meltdown in Rome it doesn’t look good. In the last six tournaments she has played she has either made it to the final 50% of the time or retired the other 50% of the time. Since 2010 she has had ten retirements. Clearly she has some physical issues she needs to get on top of and then fix before returning and retiring again. Read more »
Victoria Azarenka has been in great form winning two singles titles, one doubles title, and including Madrid, she has made one final and a quarterfinal. Vika was the favourite coming into her match against 18th seed Petra Kvitova today but it was Kvitova who won her first clay title and moved inside the top ten with her 7-6, 6-4 win. Read more »
Dinara Safina was forced to retire against Victoria Azarenka in Marbella on Friday with a recurrence of her back pain. Safina, who is struggling to return after two spinal stress fractures and a ruptured muscle, is trying to prevent the problem ending her career and has since changed her service motion. Sadly on Friday she felt pain in her back while playing and then again in the last day when she tried to warm up. Read more »
The match didn’t sound pretty that’s for sure but when the two famed screechers, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, took to the court to play their finals match in Miami and it was Azarenka who walked away with a straight sets victory and the trophy.
Azarenka had a hip problem that forced her to retire last week in Indian Wells and there was some doubt as to if she would even play in Miami, let alone win. Vika stepped up and confidently thrashed the former world number one 6-1, 6-4. Read more »
Victoria Azarenka has followed Tommy Robredo to the physiotherapy rooms after withdrawing from a match against Caroline Wozniacki after just 28 minutes. The injury occurred in the third game. Azarenka will now have a scan to see how serious the injury is and determine if she will be able to play in Miami. Read more »