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Old 01-10-2013, 07:31 AM   #31
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It's crazy to me Toray is moving to Wuhan. Now there is only one event in Tokyo. Just a few years ago there was 3 and 2 of them were back to back in the same stadium.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:11 PM   #32
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It's crazy to me Toray is moving to Wuhan. Now there is only one event in Tokyo. Just a few years ago there was 3 and 2 of them were back to back in the same stadium.
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China rules baby!!!
Oh yes, China likely is very good at greasing the palms of some WTA Gee Gee's. (Wall Street 1987).
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:50 PM   #33
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I am with both of you on this. Also, remember that in April they will announce where the new city (starting in 2014) for the WTA Tour Championship will be...don't be surprised to see that also in China...although I would love for that to come back to New York City. I went to the Chase Championships, as they were called when I went, and loved it. I prefer watching sports on tv, but if the WTA Championships came back to NYC, I'd be there!
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:49 AM   #34
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more pics, video and scores on my blog: WTA Wrap-Up 1.12.2013: Elena Vesnina (Hobart), Agnieszka Radwanska (Sydney) Fairways and Forehands

Elena Vesnina wins Hobart 2013


One of the biggest thrills I get when I watch sports, particularly tennis and the LPGA, is when a player breaks through to win their first event. That’s particularly true if there was a level of expectation surrounding that player. I remember the joy in seeing Natalie Gulbis and Michelle Wie finally win their first event on the LPGA. A few years ago in 2009, Elena Vesnina was a top 25 player possibly on the verge of greater stardom. She had the game. She had the looks. If she could climb into the top 15 she would be a marketing agent’s dream. But like many before her, she slippped back to the pack. While she had a loyal following among tennis die-hards, she became more of a doubles specialist, winning titles and reaching finals in doubles. She came into Hobart with 6 singles finals under her belt, but no titles. Well, the shut-out is over. Elena broke through with her first WTA singles title, beating Mona Barthel in the final, 6-3 6-4. I hope this is the first of many.



Agnieszka Radwanska wins Sydney 2013


A player on the opposite side of the spectrum is Agnieszka Radwanska, who picked up her 12th career title, and 2nd of 2013 already, at the Sydney International. And boy did she do it in emphatic fashion, thumping the dangerous Dominika Cibulkova, 6-0 6-0, the dreaded double bagel. That’s a 9 match winning streak the for the 4th ranked player in the world heading into 2013 Australian Open. If there is a nit to pick, and this would be nitpicking, it’s that the best player she’s face is Li Na in the Sydney semifinals, a great but streaky player. Everybody else, will all due respect, she should have beaten and did. How will she do at the Australian Open if the player on the other side of the net is Vika, Masha or Serena?



Madison Keys


A couple of Americans also put a smile on my face this week. Madison Keys is a very powerful up and coming talent. She took out Lucie Safarova in the first round at Sydney. Then she followed up with another upset, this time of Zheng Jie, a former Australian Open semifinalist. And she beat both players rather handily, even dropping a bagel on Zheng in the first set. Madison also had Li Na on the ropes, winning the first set and going into a second set tie-break before Li regrouped to survive, 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-2. Keep an eye on Madison Keys.

Sloane Stephens


Sloane Stephens, another up and coming American, reached the Hobart semifinals before falling to eventual champion Elena Vesnina. Sloane beat another rising star, Laura Robson, in the first round. In fact, this was the second week in a row that Sloane looked good before meeting the eventual tournament winner, as she reached the quarterfinals in Brisbane before running into Serena Williams. Already a top 30 ranked player, Sloane Stephens is on the verge of big things. She is now where Elena Vesnina was in 2009. Let’s hope Sloane stays on her upward trajectory.

Elena Vesnina






Agnieszka Radwanska




Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik (Sydney doubles winners)


Garbine Muguruza and Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (Hobart doubles winners)
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:24 PM   #35
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more pics and video on my blog: Victoria Azarena Defeats Serena Williams, Wins 2013 Qatar Total Open Title Fairways and Forehands

Victoria Azarenka


This time Vika closed the show. Last year in the 2012 US Open Women’s Singles Final, Victoria Azarenka battled Serena Williams to 5-3 in the 3rd and final set. With the championship on her racquet, Vika served for the title. She couldn’t hold serve. Not only that, she didn’t win another game as Serena reeled off 4 straight games to defeat Azarenka 7-5 in the 3rd. We’ve been waiting for Vika and Serena to face each other in 2013. They were to play in the Brisbane semis but Azarenka pulled out with a toe injury. Serena won Brisbane. At the Australian Open, Serena fell to Sloane Stephens before a potential semifinal with Vika. Azarenka won the Australian Open. Finally, fans of women’s tennis were treated to the match we wanted to see at the 2013 Qatar Total Open (Doha).

Vika


Once again they fought for 3 sets, with momentum swinging like a pendulum. Once again Vika found herself up 5-3 and serving for the match. She had been denied a match point at 5-2 with Serena serving. On this day, Vika would finish what she started. Azarenka would quickly get her 2nd chance at victory at 40-0 triple match point up. Serena was able to erase one of those match points with a sizzling up the line return of serve but would yank a cross court return of serve wide on the next point, sealing the win for Vika.

Vika


This win was good for the sport. Not because Serena lost. Serena is great for the game, particularly for American interest in the women’s game. However, with Maria Sharapova seemingly unable to get over the hurdle of facing Serena and potential talents like Petra Kvitova not always playing their best, it was up to Vika to make the competition interesting. But while Masha has now lost 10 straight to Serena, Vika came in having lost 9 straight to Serena. Still, like last year’s US Open, Vika was much more competitive against Serena than Sharapova. Still, at the end of the day there are no moral victories. Either you win or you don’t. With this win, Azarenka knows that at her best she can beat anybody, including Serena. Now there is more intrigue going into the Majors. It’s not just about how Serena does. There is a serious challenger to her now, even though Williams will return to #1 on Monday regardless of this loss. The question is, with Vika undefeated in 2013 and playing like she did at the beginning of 2012 when she had a similar undefeated streak, how long will it be before Azarenka reclaims the top spot in women’s tennis?



Victoria Azarenka d. Serena Williams, 7-6 (6) 2-6 6-3







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Old 02-19-2013, 12:30 PM   #36
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thought some Caro fans might enjoy this: Caroline Wozniacki Visits Wild Wadi Waterpark Prior To 2013 Dubai Championships Fairways and Forehands

Caroline Wozniacki (click pic to enlarge)


Former world #1 Caroline Wozniacki had a splashing great time at the Wild Wadi Waterpark prior to starting her run at the 2013 Dubai Duty Free Championships. She seemed to be right at home on the wave simulator, glowing and smiling from ear to ear. Caro is a bright light for the WTA Tour. Hopefully, she can bounce back this year and regain the form that guided her to the top of women’s tennis.

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Old 02-22-2013, 11:38 PM   #37
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Didn't have the video earlier when I posted about Caro:

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Old 03-08-2013, 01:52 AM   #38
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more pics on my blog: 2013 BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) All Access; WTA Launches 40-Love Campaign | Fairways and Forehands

Maria Sharapova


Whew…haven’t posted for a while. Not because of disappointment with Ariya Jutanugarn not winning in Thailand, just swamped with work from my real job. Anyway, getting back to tennis and the LPGA, let me start up again with the ladies of the WTA at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. The WTA tends to do various marketing campaigns each year (for example, the “Strong Is Beautiful” campaign) to promote both the organization and its players. This year I am very pleased to see the “40-Love” campaign, using a tennis score to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the WTA. Of course, women have been playing tennis at high levels long before that, but it was really the WTA that has evolved to arguably make tennis the most visible and lucrative sport for female athletes as a whole. In a recent Forbes list of the top 10 women athletes in the world based on pay, 7 of the 10 were tennis players, led by Maria Sharapova, estimated to earn around 27.1 million dollars, Li Na, estimated to earn 18.4 million dollars and Serena Williams, estimated to earn 16.3 million dollars. Forbes made those calculations based on a 12 month period between July 2011 and July 2012. Here’s to another great 40 years of the WTA promoting women’s tennis!





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Old 03-09-2013, 02:51 AM   #39
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Petra Kvitova


Welcome back to America, Petra Kvitova! I say this especially in relation to Petra because she has had her ups and downs playing in the United States. The biggest problem for her is her asthma flaring up when she comes here, which affects her play. This has led to some inexplicable losses to players nowhere in her universe. And so it was that she needed 3 sets to overcome the game Olga Govortsova, 6-4 3-6 6-3. But in the end, a win is a win. And let’s remember that she comes in off winning Dubai. In fact, not only did she win Dubai, she had to go through Daniela Hantuchova, Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Sara Errani. That’s the Petra Kvitova I hope to see more of as her career and game develops.

Maria Sharapova


No problems for Maria Sharapova, as the reigning Roland Garros champion handled former Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone in straight sets, 6-2 6-1. Masha was the champion in Indian Wells in 2006 and comes in looking to improve on last year’s result as she did make it to the final, however ultimately falling to Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. It might come down to Masha and Vika again this year. But that’s jumping the gun. There are a lot of matches still to be played.

Players Party (this is a mixed event, so both ATP and WTA players interviewed)


Top 8 women's seeds quizzed about each other


Masha


Dominika Cibulkova and Petra Kvitova at Players Party


...by the way, while Petra is 6 feet tall, she's not quite as tall as she appears in the above picture...Dominika is one of the shorter players on tour, so the disparity between them makes it look like Petra is in the 6'2" type range of Maria Sharapova...
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:41 AM   #40
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more pics and videos on my blog: Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka Advance On Day 4 Of 2013 BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) | Fairways and Forehands

Ana Ivanovic


Taylor Thompson is one of a handful of promising up and coming American female tennis players that includes Sloane Stephens, Christina McHale and Madison Keys, among others. However, on Day 4 of the 2013 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells she was given a lesson in experience from former world #1 Ana Ivanovic, 6-1 6-2. The 2008 Indian Wells champion was just too much for the young Thompson. I hate to ever make too much of physical fitness of players, but one big difference between the two players was Ana’s movement. Taylor has all the shots, but her movement would greatly improve through more training. Ana isn’t a Jelena Jankovic (in her prime) or Serena Williams-like mover, but in this match she looked like an Olympic sprinter by comparison. I don’t want to come down hard on a great young American. In fact, despite the lopsided score, you can see the potential in Taylor. I sat watching thinking if her footwork and movement were better, Ana would have a problem on her hands. But not today.



Victoria Azarenka


Coming into their Indian Wells showdown, Daniela Hantuchova actually had a 2-1 career advantage over world #2 Victoria Azarenka. And Daniela started the match looking like she was on her way to making it 3-1 as she quickly jumped up on Vika, 4-1 in the first set. However, Vika didn’t reign as #1 nor win back to back Australian Opens by wilting under pressure. After bouncing her racquet of the hard court after falling behind 1-4, Vika blitzed Hantuchova, winning 11 of the next 12 games to dismiss the challenge, 6-4 6-1. What looked like an upset brewing quickly became a routine victory for defending Indian Wells champion Azarenka.

...btw, welcome back to the hard courts, Rafa!


Vika


Kimiko Date-Krumm


Elena Vesnina
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