Archive for January, 2008

Ivanovic finds Hantuchova’s behavior disappointing

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Look who just got called the sexiest player in women’s tennis!

The world’s sexiest tennis player, who will be making her second appearance at the Dubai Tennis Championships next month, is, however, upset at the behaviour of her semi-final victim Daniela Hantuchova, who called her sporting nature into question after the match when she accused Ivanovic of putting her off with squeaky shoes.

“I was disappointed to hear that. I thought we played a great match and I’m a little hurt that she made those comments, which were completely untrue. I think this shows how difficult it is to be friends with other tennis players,” she told XPRESS following a barbecue party in Melbourne for her uncle’s birthday on Saturday, which helped take her mind away from what had happened in the final.

“It was a lovely evening. There were many people there and we all had a good time. They cooked many different meats and there was even some singing,” she said before reverting back to her on-court exploits.

So, how different was this final from the French? “I was more experienced this time round. I knew how it felt to be in a Grand Slam final, so I wasn’t too emotional or excited. I was obviously very nervous, but I didn’t take that into the match. It was a much better approach than in Paris, it’s just unfortunate I wasn’t able to play my best tennis,” she said.

She may not have a Grand Slam title yet, but Ivanovic is happy at her rapid rise in the rankings. “Just nine months ago I was No 16, so I’ve made great progress. I’ve improved a lot, and that’s very pleasing. Of course I feel disappointment about the final, but there are so many positives to take out of the fortnight,” she said. Xpress4me



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Tsonga planning a move to Switzerland

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Well, it isn’t Monaco…

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is looking into moving to Switzerland, officials in the state of Vaud said Tuesday.

The Frenchman, who defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinal of the Australian Open last week, requested residence papers to settle in the village of La Rippe, near the southwestern town of Nyon, said Philippe Pareaz, the president of the village.

The papers have not been signed yet, he added. But Pareaz said the 22-year-old player has taken a lease on a studio in La Rippe.

If Tsonga moves to Switzerland he will join a sizeable community of former and current French tennis players to settle here, including Amelie Mauresmo, Marion Bartoli, Richard Gasquet, Arnaud Clement, Fabrice Santoro and Guy Forget. SI



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Safin expected to play Davis Cup

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

This is probably one of the more interesting match ups…

Russian Davis Cup skipper Shamil Tarpishchev will recall Marat Safin, currently ranked 64th in the world, into the squad to face Serbia in a first round tie here next month.

“Safin will definitely be in our team,” Tarpishchev said on Tuesday.

The 2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open champion Safin missed last year’s final against the United States after a loss of form.

Tarpishchev also included world number four Nikolay Davydenko, Mikhail Youzhny, who is eighth in the ATP rankings and Dmitry Tursunov, who is ranked 34th, in the Russian squad. DNA



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Serena and Schnyder confirm for Bangalore Open

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

In my mind, Serena is always a strong contender for the no-show category - she often pulls out of tournaments at the last minute with injury or illness. She pulled out of the Bangalore Open last year due to illness.

World No. 14, Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, has confirmed her participation in the $600,000 WTA Bangalore Open which gets underway here from March 3. Schnyder is the second top 20 player, after Serena Williams, to officially confirm her entry. The Hindu

I’ll believe it when I see it. And, oddly enough, I might actually be in India when this is going on, although it will be a trip to Mumbai, not Bangalore. I’d love to show and photogrpah it though…hmmm…


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US Davis Cup teams remains the same

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Will Andy the Jerk show up?

The Americans, who beat Russia in December to win their record 32nd Davis Cup title, will use Andy Roddick, James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan when they face Austria on indoor clay in Vienna on Feb. 8-10. CBS



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Novak Djokovic called arrogant

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

This is another underreported story that developed during the Australian Open - quite a few commentators took issue with the interview responses made by Novak Djokovic stating that he was proud of himself. Mary Carillo (with ESPN2’s broadcast) outright called him arrogant. I think we’ll see this pop up more and more in television broadcasts…

While I myself don’t think arrogant is the word to describe Novak, I can see how years and years of quiet Federer domination has the old guard a bit rankled.

I may be saying the same thing about Novak by the end of this year, but for now, I think tennis needs a change.


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Photos I took: Ana Ivanovic in Miami

Monday, January 28th, 2008

You can click on each photo for a larger version on my flickr site.


Ana Ivanovic
Originally uploaded by -robynw-



Ana Ivanovic
Originally uploaded by -robynw-




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Hantuchova undecided on her Fed Cup participation

Monday, January 28th, 2008
Slovakia captain Mojmir Mihal will definitely be able to call on Dominika Cibulkova, Magdalena Rybarikova and doubles specialist Janette Husarova for the clash in Brno on February 2 and 3.

But he is still sweating over the participation of the country’s star player.

Hantuchova told www.tenis.sme.sk: “I had a hard programme in Melbourne - physically and mentally - so I am tired.

“Another thing is the problem with my injured heel. I was seeing the doctor throughout my stay in Australia because of it.

“I am hoping for some kind of a miracle which will improve my condition.

“Everything is up in the air right now and I will probably decide shortly before the match in Brno.

“I do not want to play, for example, only one match in Brno. I want to play at 100% in every match I will play there. On the other hand, I have to be 100% sure I can play at full pace.” Sporting Life



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Photo: Novak likes to take his shirt off

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Getty / TMZ

Apparently Novak is so hot TMZ has forgotten all about Andy Roddick…



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Bartoli and Mauresmo not playing Fed Cup

Monday, January 28th, 2008

France have selected Alize Cornet and Pauline Parmentier in place of newly-dethroned Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo and top-ten compatriot Marion Bartoli for their Fed Cup encounter with China in Beijing next weekend.

Both Mauresmo and Bartoli had declined their invites for the squad but French captain Georges Goven initially said he would expect to be able to count on both as well as Virginie Razzano and Nathalie Dechy.

“The French team defends its values and principles and has to come first,” Goven insisted last week, adding he wanted to select the strongest team possible. AFP



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