Archive for July, 2007

Davenport may be back after all

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Another update from Lindsay, who is giving more and more hope to her fans.

Lindsay Davenport’s retirement from tennis could turn into one of the shortest on record as the former number 1 toys with the idea of a return.

Ten months after playing her last match, the new mother said that she would now consider a return to the WTA.

“I hope so,” the 31-year-old said Tuesday, regarding her possible reversal during a teleconference promoting her participation in the summer World TeamTennis league, playing for Sacramento.

The three-time Grand Slam champion had her child less than six weeks ago.

“Things have healed really quickly,” she said. “I’ve had a great recovery. For about two and a half weeks, I’ve been pretty active, been able to practice now the last week at a very high per centage. I’m glad there were no complications.”

Davenport said that she has been hitting with her stockbroker husband at the family home in southern California.

“As it went in the later part of my pregnancy, I thought if I stay healthy, it would be just great to be able to come back and play some as a mother,” she said. “I haven’t made any final decisions yet, but it’s a small goal in the back of my mind (that) I’m working towards.” The Nation



Clijsters: married and pregnant

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Well, Kim Clijsters and Brian Lynch did the wedding thing a few days ago. You can check out her wedding photo pictures at www.kimclijsters.com - it is worth a glance to see some crappy wedding photogrpahy. Let’s hope they had a few photogs there. (Note: I might be cranky about the site and photos because the site tries to read info you have cut and pasted into your clipboard, which results in annoying pop-ups for me. Lame.)

Also, she’s pregnant. She says in her online diary we won’t be hearing from her for awhile, so I guess the updates will be infrequent until the honeymoon is over.

She’s almost caught up to Lleyton now - married, with a kid on the way.



Maria’s Fed Cup pull out costs her

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

I know, I’m behind on the news yet again, but I’m working on catching up.

Maria Sharapova has been dropped from the Russia team for the Fed Cup final against Italy in Moscow in September.
The world number two angered Russian tennis officials after pulling out of last week’s semi-final at the last minute, saying she was not fit.

“I feel it just wouldn’t be right to invite Sharapova this time,” said Russia team captain Shamil Tarpishchev.

Asked if he would pick Sharapova next year, Tarpishchev said he would review the situation at the end of the season.

Florida-based Sharapova is yet to make a Fed Cup appearance for her native country. BBC

When will she just admit she should be playing for the US anyway? And did anyone think she would actually play? After that Wimbledon loss, I was just waiting for the news she wasn’t going to play.


Hewitt and Roche team up in an ongoing desperation bid

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Guess Roche is still in need of some income after being fired by Federer.

FORMER world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt will link with Australian tennis legend Tony Roche in an attempt to recharge his career and boost his ranking from its current low of No. 21.

The US Open at Flushing Meadows will be the pair’s first event together as they pursue their goal of restoring the baseliner to the top of the pile. But it’s the Australian Open that they see as the jewel in the crown.

“He’s won the US Open so he knows how to do it and the real big goal would be, at this stage, winning the Australian Open,” Roche said.

“It’s about time an Aussie won the Australian Open. It’s been too long. I think you’ve got to shoot for the top and I wouldn’t be doing this job if I didn’t think Lleyton had a chance of winning a grand slam.”

Hewitt ranked his appearance as a finalist in the Australian Open two years ago as “one of the biggest moments of my career” and restated his desire to become the first Australian to win the tournament since Mark Edmondson in 1976.

“There’s still that trophy missing from my cabinet and I’d love nothing more than to win the Australian Open before I retire and we’ll try and do it,” Hewitt said.

Roche, a free agent since parting company with current No. 1 Roger Federer, is relishing the challenge of reviving Hewitt’s career, one which he considers as vital for the sport in this country. “Right now, it’s probably the most important thing for Australian tennis. We’re struggling, there’s no question, with the numbers we have in the top 100 and I think if Lleyton can get back and win majors and obviously do well in the Davis Cup, then it’s got to help Australian tennis,” Roche said. The Age

So NOW he is excited about Australian tennis?


Kuznetsova and the cornrow hairstyle

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Unbelievable. Sveta apparently tried out a new cornrow hairstyle.

Kuznetsova said that Williams, who famously wore braids with colorful beads as a teenage phenom, had given her advice about maintaining the hairdo. But she admitting she was having trouble getting used to the sensation, as well as keeping the look tidy.

“If you’re not used to it, it’s getting dirty faster,” said Kuznetsova, 22. “You cannot really wash it good because otherwise your hair goes outside. It’s been hurting me a little bit, but it’s okay.” Washington Post

You know the women’s game is a bit weak when players discuss how much their hairstyle hurts them rather than their bodies. Here’s a picture for those of you masochists out there.

Washington Post's Site



Bartoli gets flowers from Pierce Brosnan

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Marion Bartoli apparently used Brosnan as inspiration to win her semifinal match - too bad he couldn’t show up today for her.

Bartoli had stolen overnight headlines,not just because she had ushered No 1 seed Justine Henin from the premises. Blithely, she had told us that she had determined to improve her game, after losing the first set in a blur because she wished to impress Pierce Brosnan, who was watching from courtside. Bartoli invited the former 007 actor to return to SW19 yesterday.

Brosnan could not oblige as he had to attend a wedding — yet with the style associated with such a lady killer as Bond he arranged for a bouquet of flowers to be delivered to Bartoli.

“He left me flowers with a letter in my locker room,” said Bartoli. “That was really nice.” This is London

I wonder if she’ll think Pierce being at the event is her lucky charm now?



Feds and Nadal fight it out tomorrow

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Well, I’ll be up at 6AM Pacific Time again tomorrow, as Nadal and Federer will once again be battling it out in the Wimbledon final. I saw both semifinal matches today (time delayed, boo) and neither was particularly exciting. You could see in their opponents that the unbroken days of playing match after match really wore them down. Djokovic retired with a foot injury, and Gasquet just looked like he didn’t have three sets in him.

Tomorrow it seems like every advanatge goes to Federer, but I have my hopes held out for Nadal to improve upon his performance last year. I’m not sure I expect much of either one though - I’m in the camp that this Wimbledon has been a total mess due to all of the rescheduling, and that we’re unlikely to see any spectacular tennis tomorrow.



Venus takes home fourth Wimby title

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

I watched the match between Venus and Bartoli this morning - 6AM Pacific Time, ugh. Predictably, Venus was able to pull off the win, which she seemed pretty happy about (as did sister Serena, who watched with their mom). Bartoli put a lot of pressure on herself to win, which became obvious in post-match interviews. All of the interviewers kept stating how happy she should be to have made it, but she did seem downright miserable.

Mary Carillo was talking about the training regimen her coach and dad uses with her, which just sounds crazy to me. He tapes tennis balls to the bottom of her shoes and she walks around in them. She practices her service motion on her knees using a fishing rod. Personally, I think I’d fire the guy even though this apparently helped her defeat the #1 women’s player and make it to the Wimbledon final.



More Djokovic impersonations

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

This includes a repeat of the last video I posted - but many other imitations, starting with Roddick, Hewitt, then Nadal, a dead-on Sharapova, Sampras, Goran I…




Djokovic imitates Nadal’s serve

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

In case you haven’t seen this re-run during Wimbledon…very funny!