Wednesday, September 30, 2009

'Rena's on a Red Carpet Roll

Serena Williams looked magnificent when she attended the "Whip It" premiere in LA last night, along with Hollywood powerhouses Drew Barrymore, Ellen Page and Shenae Grimes. S shut the place down rocking a Gryphon racer back tank top, black blazer and cropped black pants.

Party in the U.S.A..........ESPANA

Rafael Nadal may be injured, but that won't keep him away from the clubs. The Spaniard hit up a party with companion Feli Lopez recently. This doesn't look like the Nadal that is supposedly set to propose to his GF of several years. BTW, who's that whore blonde chick?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Is This a Joke?

This is becoming comedic and it almost hurts to cover women's tennis right now. Dinara Safina, Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova lost their opening matches at the Toray Pan Pacific Open yesterday, but just when you thought the state of women's tennis could not get any worse, the number three, four and six seeds go out and play horrific tennis today. That leaves the resident WTA drama queen, Jelena Jankovic, as the highest seed remaining. Elena Dementieva and Vera Zvonareva both lost tough three setters to Kateryna Bondarenko and Alisa Kleybanova, respectively while fourth seeded Caroline Wozniacki was about to be bageled in the first set before she retired against Aleksandra Wozniack. Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Jankovic and Na Li all advanced, thank God.

HCFoo's Interview w/ Nando

Blogger HCFoo scored a great candid interview with Fernando Verdasco. Check out her fantastic blog

Monday, September 28, 2009

Ana, Venus, Svetlana, Flavia and Dinara All out in Tokyo

The WTA (Whining Tennis Association) has been extremely embarrassing as of late. The world number 1, Dinara Safina, has lost two matches in a row, both to players ranked outside the top 100. The number 3 player in the world, Venus Williams, has lost in the first or second round of six events this year. Ana Ivanovic, a former number 1 and 2008 French Open champion, has lost three consecuive matches and has made it past the fourth round of just one event all year. Not surprisingly, those three dissapointments, and Svetlana Kuznetsova and Flavia Pennetta, all lost their opening matches at the Toray Pan Pacific. Safina cried a river while doing it.

Women's Singles-First Round

Roberta Vinci def. Flavia Pennetta (9) 6-1, 6-2
Lucie Safarova def. Ana Ivanovic (10) 6-4, 7-6 (7-1)
Samantha Stosur (12) def. Alexa Glatch 7-5, 6-0
Nadia Petrova (13) def. Ai Sugiyama 6-0, 2-1 retired
Marion Bartoli (14) def. Sorana Cirstea 6-3, 6-0
Na Li (15) def. Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-0
Iveta Benesova def. Virginie Razzano (16) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-0
Vera Dushevina def. Alona Bondarenko 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
Aleksandra Wozniak def. Kimiko Date Krumm 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
Jie Zheng def. Sania Mirza 5-7, 6-2, 6-3

Women's Singles- 2nd Round

Kai-Chen Chang def. Dinara Safina (1) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-5
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Venus Williams (2) 7-6 (8-6), 7-5
Andrea Petkovic def. Svetlana Kuznetsova (5) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Date Krumm wins Korea Title at 38

Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan captured the Hansol Korea Open on Sunday at the not-so-tender age of 38, becoming the oldest lady since Billie Jean King to win a title. Date Krumm defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-3 to win her eight career title. The Japanese was previously ranked as high as number 4 over a decade ago, but she quit tennis from '96 til '08. Kimiko turns 39 tomorrow. What a birthday present!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fed Pulls Out of Tokyo & Shanghai; Attends Versace Fashion Show

Roger backstage w/ Giorgio Armani

Roger at Versace

Roger Federer has pulled out of the upcoming tournaments in Tokyo and Shanghai, which I don't find surprising, considering the twinnies do need SOME attention. Mr. Fed posted this statement on his website.

Dear Fans

I am disappointed that I have to withdraw from Tokyo and Shanghai as they are two of my favorite cities in the world and the fans have been great to me over the years. After consultation with my team and doctors, I decided to take the difficult decision to withdraw from both tournaments so that I can give my body a chance to rest, rehabilitate and fully recover from a physically challenging year.

Kind regards,


Sharapova Launches CH line in Tokyo; Manages to Pull Off All Fall '09 Trends....At Once

Maria Sharapova, looking stunning as always, headed to Japan to comepete in the Toray Pan Pacific Open, but MUCH more importantly, the Russian fashion goddess was promoting her line with Cole Haan, a top American fashion designer. The 3-time GS champion was donning black over-the-knee boots, metallic high-waised shorts and a black silk top. And I think we can all make the assumption that her earrings were Tiffany. Sharapova's quarter at the TPP contains world number 1 Dinara Safina and Vera Zvonareva.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Roger Attends Armani and Prada Show with Mirka and Anna W. at Milan Fashion Week

Roger Federer, with wifey Mirka and bestie Anna Wintour, attended Giorgio Armani and Prada's Spring/Summer 2010 shows at Milan fashion week. “Giorgio is a real class act,” Federer the NY Daily News. “He’s just a legend. We didn’t expect the show to be such a spectacle but I had a week off, so why not? And Giorgio saw me play (for) my country, now I’m in his.” Oh, and word is that Miss Wintour, who needs to be present before any designer can start their shows, held up the Prada presentation because she wanted to introduce Roger to fashion's elite. Nice being queen, eh?

If Rog and Mirka's twinnies don't turn out to be dominant in the tennis world, you know they could pull an "Olsen twin" and design their own lines. We know daddy would be supportive of it for sure.

Brad Pitt Inspired by RF?

Well, Brad Pitt is known for looking dapper in his Tom Ford suits accompanied by Angie and their six little bundles of joy, but when the Inglorious Basterds star stepped out in Spain to promote his new movie, it looked like he drew some inspiration from the always fashionable Roger Federer. Check out those kicks.

Serena Really Hates Getting Her Period

Let's all hope mother nature doesn't show up for S at Wimbledon (all white dress code)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Flavia Looking Fierce

Flavia Pennetta strutted the runway in Milan to show off some of Pin Up Star's Spring 2010 collection. Why no bikini Flavia?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It's Official: Henin is Coming Back

Justine Henin announced today, Tuesday, that she will return to the WTA Tour after almost a year and a half off. Henin left the tour as the number one player in the world, and cited a lack of passion as her reason for the abrupt retirement. The Belgian was all smiles as she told the tennis world of her return, which was much anticipated. “The last 15 months I’ve been able to recharge the batteries, emotionally as well,” Henin said. When asked if Kim Clijsters' miraculous comeback played a part in Justine's decision, she responded “Subconsciously, it might have had an impact, but it certainly was not the most important reason.” Henin is a seven time Grand Slam champion and was ranked number one for all but seven weeks from November 13th, 2006 until her retirement.


Well, that's the word on the street, accoring to numerous Belgian newspaper reports, including La Derniere Heure and Le Soir. The 7-time GS winner will reportedly announce her return to tennis after a year and a half off, TODAY! I've always been a huge Williams sisters fan, but I must admit, I have been missing Justine ever since her first French Open off. She was the last legitimate number one, and her vid was never filled. Maybe her good friend and US Open Champion Kim Clijters talked her ino it. After all, the way Kim was playing in New York, Mama Clijsters needed some tougher competition. According to Tennis' Tom Perrotta, the Belgian will announce her return today, but will start competing again in 2010. I wonder how miss Serena Williams feels about this. Henin ousted the American in three consecutive GS quarters in 2007.

I say Justine reaches number 1 and stays there. What do you guys think?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Spain and the Czechs to Square off in DC Final

After both Spain and the Czech Republic claimed both singles matches on Friday, the two countries each took their respective doubles matches as well to advance to the prestigious Davis Cup final, which will take place in Spain, in December and most likely on clay courts. The doubles pairing of Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek, who each won grueling five stters the previous day, dominated the Croation team of Marin Cilic and Lovro Zovko, while the Spaniard's doubles team, consisting of Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Robredo, defeated Jonathon Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel in four sets.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wait? Did You Say....78?

Yes, I did say 78. The number of aces Ivo Karlovic dropped down on Radek Stepanek in the two's Davis Cup match on Friday. Oh, the best part is, Stepanek, representing the Czech Republic, won, saving four match points. In 5 hours and 59 minutes the two fought out arguably the best match of the entire year, with Stepanek overcoming the heroic effort from Dr. Ivo, who was representing Croatia. In the other match between the two countries, Tomas Berdych defeated Marin Cilic in five grueling sets to give the Czechs a 2-0 advantage. Fighting for the second spot in the final is Israel (Happy Rosh Hashanah!) and Spain. The Spaniards came out firing, and now have a 2-0 lead after David Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero demolished Harel Levy and Dudi Sela, respectively.

Spain leads Israel 2-0

David Ferrer (Spain) bt. Harel Levy (Israel) 6-1 6-4 6-3
Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain) bt Dudi Sela (Israel) 6-4 6-2 6-0

Czech Republic leads Croatia 2-0

Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) bt Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (2-7) 16-14
Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) bt Marin Cilic (Croatia) 6-3 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-3

In the 2nd Group, the section of countries that aren't eigible to win the Davis Cup, but are fighting for a spot in the World Group next year, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka cruised to victory to give Switzerland a 2-0 advantage over Brazil. Serbia and Belgium both jumped out of the gate with 2-0 leads, while the France/Netherlands and Sweden/Romania matches are split at 1.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Serena Attends Gucci FAWN Event In NYC. Sashay!

Serena Williams, decked out in a Gucci 2009 embellished Fall mini, was looking absolutely stunning as she made her way down the red carpet at the F.A.W.N (Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now) event at the Gucci Store in New York City. One way to help redeem yourself from complete losing control and revolting in a rediculous tirade is looking good. And Serena looked really darn good.

S with Mary J. Blige (Left) and Alicia Keys (Right)

S with Mr. Donald Trump, who is rockin' his hair plugs

S with LeBron James

Which one do you think looked hottest on the carpet?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

U.S. Open Report Card

What was the biggst storyline of the action-packed U.S. Open? Well, with PLENTY of choices, that's for you to decided. From Kim Clijsters' incredible return, to Juan Martin del Potro's first Grand Slam, to Melanie Oudin's stunning breakthtough to Serena Williams' less-than-stunning meltdown, this year's Open didn't cease to amaze.

Juan Martin del Potro

Not only did this Argentine pull off a seemingly impossible upset over Roger Federer in his first Grand Slam final, but it was well deserved, because no one hit the ball with more pace or as cleanly as this Argentine did. Obliterating Rafa? Excellent. Followed up with a win over Roger? Marvelous.


Kim Clijsters

Back in June, Mama Clijsters announced she would return to tennis. Immediately after, she asked for a wildcard in to this year's Open. Well, look how that turned out. The Belgian plowed through the field, defeating five seeded players in seven matches. She defeated Venus, Wozniacki, Bartoli, Li and Serena, and became the first wilcard to ever win the Open. After 2 1/2 years of retirement, her new ranking is 19.


Melanie Oudin

The 17 year old American amazed the New York crowd with unexpected victories over powerhouses such as Elena Dementieva, Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova. She has proven to be one of the most mentally strong women in tennis, and was not effected by the contagious serving woes of the ladies' tour. The sky is the limit for this youngster.


Roger Federer

The Swiss reached his 22nd consecutive Grand Slam semifinal, piece of cake. He also breezed past Robin Soderling, Tommy Robredo and Novak Djokovic, piece of cake. He then faced 6'6 Juan Martin del Potro and his monstrous forehand in the final, not so piece of cake. The Swiss served brilliantly the entire tournament, but hit a fork in the road in the final. He hovered at 50 % first serve and played a poor fifth set. Fed's tweener in the semis against Nole, though, was brilliant.


Caroline Wozniacki

The Danish beauty used her passive game and incredile athleticism to reach her first GS final. Her conservative play proved flawed when she came up against Clijsters who moved Wozniacki around until she could barely run any longer. Caroline has a very bright future and her victories over Oudin and Svetlana Kuznetsova were great kick-starts.


John Isner
The giant American proved that the future of American tennis isn't as dark as it once seemed. Isner took out Andy Roddick in a thrilling five setter, but then suffered a letdown against Fernando Verdasco. Overall, a very solid tournament.


Serena Williams

Based on her play, Serena deserves an A because of her dominant peformances up until the Clijsters match. Based on the way she handled herself in the second set after a controversial footfault call at 5-6, 15-30, Serena deserves an F. And not the F she used extensively towards the line judge. The F that stands for fail. Fortunately, Serena captured the doubles with sister Venus and apologized twice for her actions. That'll bump 'er up.......a little.


Andy Murray

Murray came into the Open as the favorite, and he left with more unasnwered questions than ever. The Scot proved that his passive game doesn't match up with many of the big hitters on the tour, and he was ousted easily by Marin Cilic in the fourth round.

The Ladies' Serves

Serving continued to be one GIGANTIC problem for the women of the WTA Tour. Dinara Safina, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka, Vera Zvonareva and Maria Sharapova all struggled immensely with all elements of their serve, and not surprisingly, they all bowed out earlier than expected. Thankfully, Serena, Clijsters and Venus were able to hold their service games.


The Linesman and Chair Umpires

Serena's footfault incident, which will surely never be forgotten, highlighted a dismal two weeks of lines calls and controversies. Federer, Nadal and many others all had problems with the officiating crew this year as well.


Monday, September 14, 2009

The Open's Best Moments in Vids

Serena's CRAZY Outburst

Federer's Incredible Tweener vs. Djoko

Nadal Gets a Smooch From a Fan

Fed Pulls a VERY mini Serena

Nadal and Monfils' Incredible Point

Del Potro Beats Fed in 5; Captures 1st Grand Slam Title

Juan Martin del Potro stunned tennis fans around the world, defeating 5-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer in an enthalling 5-set epic. The 20 year old Argentine won his first Grand Slam title 3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 with a lot of help from his marvelous forehand. Del Po smacked 57 winners to Federer's 56. The key stat though, ws JMDP's 1st serve percentge of 65, to Federer's poor 50. Congrats del Po!

Serena Issues 2nd Apology

Here is Serena's newest apology, through the WTA. It is much improved from the one yesterday.

Hey guys!!!I want to amend my press statement of yesterday, and want to make it clear as possible - I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lines woman, Kim Clijsters, the USTA, and tennis fans everywhere for my inappropriate outburst. I'm a woman of great pride, faith and integrity, and I admit when I'm wrong.

I need to make it clear to all young people that I handled myself inappropriately and it's not the way to act -- win or lose, good call or bad call in any sport, in any manner.

I like to lead by example. We all learn from experiences both good and bad. I will learn and grow from this, and be a better person as a result.



Kimmie Completes Marvelous Comeback; Captures the Title at the Open

Kim Clijsters capped off her inspiring run at the US Open with an incredible performance in the final. Clijsters, who has been off the tour for 2 1/2 years and defeated 4 seeds en route to the finals, defeated 9th seeded Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-3 for her 2nd GS title. Congrats Mama Clijsters! You deserve it.