Sunday, December 2, 2012
Ana and Maria Sharapova teamed up to defeat Italians Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani 2-1 in an exhibition event in Milan. Ana opened up the tie, putting the international team 1-0 ahead after beating Roberta Vinci 7-6(7-5). Sharapova then defeated Errani 6-3, before Ana and Sharapova lost the doubles rubber 6-4.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Former world number players and grand slam champions Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic team up in Milan exhibition against Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. Four of the players are ranked inside the top 20. Last year's edition featured Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Venus and Serena Williams. Sharapova will take Errani and Ivanovic will take Vinci in their one set singles matches, subsequently the Serbian and Russian duo will take the Italians in the one set doubles match.
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova aims to return to the No. 1 spot in the rankings after a solid season in 2012. Sharapova won the French Open this year to complete the career grand slam. ''Obviously, the goal is always to shoot for top spot and that's always where you want to be and stay,'' Sharapova said. ''It's one thing to reach the No. 1 ranking, another to keep it.'
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Former top-ranked doubles player Gisela Dulko of Argentina has retired from tennis, finishing her career with four singles titles and 17 in doubles. The 27-year-old Dulko said in a statement on her website that she was retiring because she no longer had "the same drive" and is not willing to make "the sacrifices" to compete on the WTA circuit.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Serena and Venus Williams have completed the first leg of visit to Africa, spending three days in Lagos, Nigeria, spreading the message of empowerment to young girls throughout the West African country. Sisters played a singles match against each other in front of about 2,000 fans where Venus beat Serena 6-4,7-5. The pair also signed autographs and were given an honorary membership to the club. The sister will go to South Africa for the second leg of their trip.
Serena Williams won the WTA year end championships beating Maria Sharapova in the final 6-4,6-3. The 31 year old Williams became the oldest player to capture the year-end championships. But she will finish the year ranked No. 3, behind No. 1 Victoria Azarenka and No. 2 Sharapova
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Serena Williams of the USA demolished Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2,6-1 to reach the final against Maria Sharapova at WTA Year End Championship in Istanbul. Sharapova beat Victoria Azarenka, who will finish the year as No.1 in the rankings, 6-4,6-2.Sharapova won her only title at the event in 2004 when she beat Williams, which is the last time the Russian beat the American.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus wrapped up the season ending Number 1 position in the world by beating Li Na 7-6,6-3 on Friday in the WTA Championships. Azarenka also secured a spot in the semifinals and will next play Maria Sharapova of Russia.
"It's kind of difficult to believe that a little girl from Belarus is on that list. It's really incredible achievement. When I started to play tennis I had this big picture in my head that I want to be there. Back then it's so far away. It's like pretty much touching the sky.
I'm here sitting kind of in the sky, so it's really incredible feeling."
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Serena Williams beat 2011 French Open champion Li Na of China 7-6,6-3 for her second win in round-robin matches to close in on the semifinals at the tournament for the top eight players in the world. top-ranked Victoria Azarenka saved two match points before rallying past Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-7 (11), 7-6 (2), 6-4 in her first match at the event. Maria Sharapova also made into the semi finals with a tough three sets victory over Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 5-7,7-5,7-5.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
In her first match since winning the US Open in September, Williams defeated Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-1 to start season ending event featuring the top eight players in the world. In White Group matches, Agnieszka Radwanska defeated titleholder Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-2, and Maria Sharapova defeated Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 in a repeat of the French Open final
Sunday, October 21, 2012
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
(3) Serena Williams (USA)
(5) Angelique Kerber (GER)
(8) Li Na (CHN)
Three grand slam champions are in red group this year. World number one Victoria Azarenka, who won 6 titles including her maiden grand slam title early this year in Melbourne will look forward to clinch her very first YEC title after losing her first final last year to Petra Kvitova. Since losing the US open final to Serena Williams, Azarenka hasn't lost a single match or set in her last three tournaments and is in a 13 match win streak. Serena Williams, the second highest ranked player in red group, has also won 6 titles this year including two grand slams and the Olympics gold medal. (Charleston, Madrid, Wimbledon, Stanford, Olympics, US Open). Williams is 2/2 in YEC finals triumphing in 2001 and 2009. Angelique Kerber is the only player in the group without a grand slam but the German is having a fantastic season with reaching the semi finals of Wimbledon and winning two indoors titles earlier this year (Paris, Copenhagen). Kerber is competing for the first time in YEC. Li Na, former French Open champion, hasn't reached a quarter final stage of any of grand slams this year though she made the cut. Chinese won Cincinnati and is competing for the second time after competing last year.
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS)
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
(6) Petra Kvitova (CZE)
(7) Sara Errani (ITA)
Maria Sharapova won three titles this year, all of them on clay, including French Open. Sharapova completed the career grand slam by winning the French Open but narrowly missed the chance to complete the career golden slam as she lost in the Olympic final to Serena Williams. Sharapova's last two defeats come from Azarenka's racket (US Open and Beijing). Agnieszka Radwanska is also having the best year of her career achieving the highest rank and reaching the first ever grand slam final at All England Club. More over she won Dubai, Miami and Brussels coming into her 4th YEC as the 4th seed this year. The defending champion Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic will start her title defense in white group as the 6th seed this year. Kvitova won last year's title without losing a match. Former Wimbledon champion couldn't get her self into grand slam winning circle this year although she won Montreal and New Haven to clinch the US Open series.Kvitova passed the fourth round stage of first three grand slams of this season. Sara Errani of Italy is the surprise package of among the field as the Italian is having a breakthrough season. Errani won four international clay titles (Acapulco, Barcelona, Budapest, Palermo) and reached the final of French Open. Also She reached the quarter finals of Australian Open and the Semi finals of US Open. Errani also competes in the doubles event along with Robreta Vinci.
Samantha Stosur of Australia and Marion Bartoli of France are the two alternates.
Caroline Wozniacki claimed her 20th career title by beating top seed Samantha Stosur 6-2 4-6 7-5 in a thrilling Kremlin Cup tennis final on Sunday. Dane trailed Stosur 1-3 in the third set but rec
overed from the deficit, then broke the Australian in the 12th game to clinch her second title of the season after winning the Korea Open few weeks ago. Russian duo Eketerina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won the women's doubles event.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Ana Ivanovic and Samantha Stosur won in straight sets Friday, to set up a semifinal showdown at the Kremlin Cup. Ivanovic beat Vesna Dolonc 6-4,6-1 of Serbia and Stosur defeated Klara Zakop
alova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-3. Caroline Wozniacki knocked out the defending champion Dominika Cibulkova 6-2,6-7, 6-1 meanwhile Sofia Arvidsson backed up her victory over Marion Bartoli in the second round by beating Maria Kirilenko, the only Russian left in the women's draw, in straight sets 6-3,6-3 to reach the semi finals.
Venus Williams beat top seed Roberta Vinci of Italy 7-6,6-4 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Luxembourg Open. Williams will face Andrea Petkovic of Germany, who defeated Ksenia Pervak of Kazak
hstan 6-3,6-2. Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain 7-5,6-0 to set up the other semifinal against Monica Niculescu of Romania, who defeated Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-0,6-4.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Heather Watson won the Japan Open title after a marathon 3 hour 12 minute battle with Chang Kai-chen. The match saw Watson hold match points before Chang came back and won the second. Chang went up a break and had multiple match points at 5-4 before Watson broke and won a final-set tiebreak. Watson won by a score of 7-5, 5-7, 7-6. With this win, Watson attained a top fifty ranking for the first time in her career, at the same time overtaking compatriot Laura Robson as the British number one. Heather also became the first Brit to win a WTA Singles Title in 24 years.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Quarter finalists for China Open, last premier mandatory event of the year, are set. Top two seeds Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova comfortably reached the last eight stage thanks to straight sets vic
tories over Elena Vesnina and Polona Hercog. The defending champion and the third seed Agnieskzka Radwanska of Poland struggled little a bit in her third round encounter against Lourdes Dominguez-Lino of Spain but came through in three sets 2-6,6-1,6-4. Angelique Kerber outlasted two year's ago champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-1,2-6,6-4 meanwhile Li Na beat Peng Shuai in three sets to reach the quarter finals after the all Chinese third round clash. Carla Suarez Navarro and Romina Oprandi are the surprise quarter finalists in the draw and Oprandi made into the last eight after beating the former world number one Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and Suarez Navarro upset 4th seed Petra Kvitova and former world number one Jelena Jankovic of Serbia on the way to the last eight.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Li Na of China thrashed ex-French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy in straight sets 6-2,6-3. Li, who has never won the China Open, needs a strong showing this week to qualify for the WTA Championships in Istanbul next month. Meanwhile Andrea Petkovic, last year's runner up to Agnieszka Radwanska, lost to her own doubles partner Jelena Jankovic of Serbia. Former champion Jankovic beat the German 6-2,6-4. Unseeded Monica Niculescu, last year's surprise semi finalist, off to another good start to the tournament when she upset the Czech Republic's 16th seed Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-0. Ayumi Morita of Japan knocked out Spain's Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-3, 6-0 and China's Peng Shuai beat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Ana Ivanovic def. Andrea Hlavackova 6-3,2-0 ret.
Ayumi Morita def. Sorana Cirstea 6-2,3-6,6-2
Jelena Jankovic def. Yanina Wickmayer 6-3,6-3
Jamie Hampton def. Caroline Garcia 6-2,6-2
Nadia Petrova def. Peng Shuai 6-1,6-4
Petra Martic def. Andrea Petkova 0-6,6-3,6-4
Dominika Cibulkova def Anabel Medina 6-3,7-6
Roberta Vinci def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4,4-6,7-5
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Former world number one Serena Williams of USA beat the current world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-2 2-6 7-5 in a dramatic US Open final on Sunday to win her fourth title at Flushing Meadows and her 15th career grand slam.
Azarenka broke and led 5-3 in the final set, and was two points away from the championship with Williams serving to stay alive however Williams dominated in next four games to seal the victory
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Vicotira Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Sara Errani are the remaining players in the women's draw of 2012 US Open as they came through from the quarterfinal stage to semi final stage in different styles. Azarenka knocked out the defending champion Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-1,4-6,7-6 in a very close match. Azarenka will play Russian Maria Sharapova to place in her first final in Flushing Meadows. Sharapova came through after a slow and rain delay start to book her semi final spot by beating Marian Bartoli of France 3-6,6-3,6-4 in another close match. Serena Williams and Sara Errani also earned their semi final spots as they beat Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and Roberta Vinci of Italy respectively
Monday, September 3, 2012
Serena and Venus Williams were handed a surprise defeat by the Russia pair Maria Kirilenko and and Nadia Petrova in the third round of the doubles event. Reigning Wimbledon and Olympics champions were demolished in straight sets 6-1,6-4. Kirilenko and Petrova captured the Bornze medal at the Olympics.
Italian Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, the doubles partners, each won a fourth round singles match in a straight set upset. Vinci beat Wimbledon runner up Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1,6-4 meanwhile Errani saw off Angelique Kerber,last years semi finalist, 7-6,6-3. The 29 year old Vinci had never before reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal
Three time US Open and fourteen time grand slam champion Serena Williams won by a 6-0,6-0 score for the first time in 62 career victories at US Open to reach quarterfinals. Hlavackova had never been past the second round in singles at a major tournament before this year's US Open. Williams will next face former world number one Ana Ivanovic of Serbia
Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in four years, and first ever at the US Open, when she defeated Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova 6-0,6-4 in a fourth round match. Ivanovic's last major quarterfinal came on the way to her one and only Grand Slam triumph at the 2008 French Open
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was beaten by former Wimbledon runner up Marion Bartoli in the fourth round of US Open. Kvitova, the US Open series winner was knocked out by the French women in three sets 1-6,6-2,6-0. Bartoli will face the reigning French Open champion Maria Sharapova, who beat Nadia Petrova 6-1,4-6,6-4 in an all Russian fourth round battle
Defending champion Samantha Stosur ended the run of 18 year old Briton Laura Robson with a 6-4 6-4 win in the fourth round of the US Open on Sunday. Seventh seeded Stosur advanced to a quarter final clash with an opponent she has never beaten, World Number 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who ousted Georgia's Anna Tatishvili 6-2, 6-2
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Former Number 1 Ana Ivanovic ended American Sloane Stephens' run at the US Open for the second consecutive year. The Serbian beat Stephens 6-7(4),6-4,6-2 in the third round Saturday
night. Ivanovic eliminated Stephens at the same stage at Flushing Meadows in 2011. Angelique Kerber, Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci and Agnieszka Radwanska also earned easy straight sets victories in their third round matches
Wimbledon and Olympic champion Serena Williams of USA beat Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-4,6-0 in the 3rd round of US Open. Makarova beat Williams at the Australian Open in January.
Serena will play Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic in fourth round to place in the last eight of the tournament. Hlavackova beat Maria Kirilenko of Russia 5-7,6-4,6-4 to clash the encounter against 14 time grand slam champion
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Kim Clijsters began the last tournament of her career by winning her 22nd consecutive US Open match, beating 16 year old American wild card Victoria Duval 6-3,6-1 in the first round. US Open series champion Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic started her US Open campaign beating Polona Hercog of Slovania 7-6,6-1. The top seed Victoria Azarenka easily past Alexandra Panova of Russia 6-0 6-1 in the opening round. 16th seed Sabine Lisicki and 18th seed Julia Goerges were surprisingly beaten in the opening round by Sorana Cirstea and Kristyna Pliskova respectively
The defending champion Samantha Stosur of Australia crushed talented Croatian Petra Martic 6-1 6-1 in just 51 minutes to reach the second round of US Open. The defending champion picked up right where she left off 12 months ago. 2006 champion and former world's number one Maria Sharapova of Russia also made into the round 2 after beating Hungary's Melinda Czink 6-2, 6-
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Petra Kvitova claimed her second title of the season by beating Maria Kirilenko 7-6,7-5 in the final of the New Haven Open. Kvitova has secured the top spot in the US Open Series standings as a result of her performance in the tournaments heading into the final Grand Slam of the season