Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Oh, the CRAY CRAY worlds of tennis stars.
Monday, March 29, 2010
We all knew that soon after Kim Kardashian's sudden break up with Reggie Bush, the hot reality tv star would be scouting out new men. Girlfriend doesn't like to stay single for long.
BTW......forgive me for not doing a results post today. The family passover dinners wear me out.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The tournament's 3rd seed, Andy Murray, stormed out of the tournament 6-4, 6-4 after Mardy Fish played the match of his life behind rocket serves and huge forehands. Fernando Gonzalez won by the same score over Randy Lu. Fernando Verdasco earned an easy win over Dudi Sela of Israel 6-1, 6-2 and Jurgen Melzer took out Alejandro Falla, also in straights. Florent Serra and Phillip Petzschner also won.
Ana Ivanovic's losing ways continued when 5th seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated the Serb 7-5, 7-5. Yanina Wickmayer and Marion Bartoli also won in straight sets over Petra Martic and Gisela Dulko, respectively, while Yaroslava Shvedova defeated Andrea Petkovic 6-0, 5-7, 7-5 in a dramatic 3-setter.
"If he pled guilty, there’s nothing worse than that. I’m normally the one to give people the benefit of the doubt. If that’s the case, what we read today, that’s just plain cheating and they should throw him out of tennis," the world number 8 said at the Sony Ericsson Open "There’s just no room for it. I was shocked. We don’t need stories like that. I know that’s the minority. If that’s the case, I have zero sympathy.”
Other Americans such as Sam Querrey and James Blake have also commented. Querrey said,"Hopefully he'll learn his lesson… It's pretty easy to not cheat. I don't know why some guys do." Blake added, "If I didn't get there (to the finals of tournaments), I wasn't going to do anything to my body first of all to be unfair to the other players, unfair to the sport that I love and possibly to do harm to my body in the future.''
“HGH is the one in every sport where I hope they come up with a test and I hope they start just slamming guys,” said Roddick. “I hope when they do come up with a test for it they don’t tell anybody and they just implement it and start picking people off…. We don’t need that stigma. I take a lot of pride in what we have to do on a daily basis and how responsible we have to be for one jackass to ruin it for the rest of us.”
Friday, March 26, 2010
The tournament's 4th seed, Rafael Nadal, earned a solid victory over Taylor Dent, 6-4, 6-3, while fellow Spaniards David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo also advanced. Ivo Karlovic and David Nalbandian reached the 2nd round with 3 set victories.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
On Wednesday the WTA and it's top stars gathered to announce the winners of the 2009 awards. Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters each took home two awards while some of the tour's up-and-coming talents took home the others.
“2009 was one of the best seasons of my career and winning the Player of the Year award for the third time is a great achievement for me,” said Serena. “2009 will always be memorable for me not just for my singles accomplishments, but because Venus and I won four titles together and I am thrilled to be sharing the Doubles Team of the Year award with my sister.”
Clijsters was also awarded the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award for the seventh time for her top-notch conduct and graciousness.
Wimbledon semifinalist Elena Dementieva took home Fan Favorite Singles Player of the Year, an award voted on through the WTA website.
Liezel huber won the Player Service Award for a 4th time due to her constant effort outside of the tennis community to help those less fortunate.
“I love playing doubles with Serena as we have so much fun on the court together,” said Venus. “At the beginning of the 2009 season Serena and I decided to put a lot of emphasis on doubles and I am thrilled that we were able to achieve so much together.”
Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic teamed up with Jay Sean and Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), respectively, in an exhibtion dubbed "Glam. Set. Match" at the Sony Ericsson open pre-tournament festivites. Ana and pop-star Sean were crowned the champions in front of the barely-there crowd.
You'd think the PR peeps over At Sony Ericsson would've gotten the word out. Guess not. There's def no more than 50 people there.
Above, Venus Williams looked great in what I THINK is a 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2010 frock. She paired her look with black peep-toe heels.
I don't even know what to say. Caroline Wozniacki usually looks great, but on this occasion the entire look is absolutely heinous.
Agnieszka Radwanska looked sultry and sexy in a white leopard-print mini, paired, once again, with black heels.
Jelena Jankovic proved less is more in a glittery LBD.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Caroline Wozniacki is the headliner here as the number 2 seed, and like good friend Azarenka, has a daunting task ahead of her. Justine Henin and Elena Dementieva, who will probably meet in a blockbuster 2nd round match, are both capable of derailing Wozzi, and Vera Zvonareva, Francesca Schiavone and Alisa Kleybanova all turn in their best results at the spring hardcourt events. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Schiavone could create an entertaining 3rd round match of contrasting styles, while Russians Zvonareva and Kleybanova are headed for a clash in that same round.
It's anyone's call.
Quarterfinal: Kleybanova def. Wozniacki
Semifinals: Williams def. Wickmayer, Jankovic def. Kleybanova
Finals: Williams def. Jankovic
p.s. this woman next to me is orange and needs SPF 70 ASAP.
Monday, March 22, 2010
“It was really a mind game,” Ljubicic, who at 31 is the second oldest IW winner ever, said. “When you have two big serves, not a lot of rallies happening, it’s a very mental match. I was fortunate enough to be more relaxed by the end of the match.”
“I felt like I was winning my fair share of the rallies once we got into them,” Roddick, was was aiming to become the first American to win the BNP Paribas Open since Jimmy Connors, said. “I just ran into a guy who served great on the big points. Unfortunately that’s probably the one thing that I don’t have control over out there.”
On Sunday in the finals of the BNP Paribas Open, Jelena Jankovic really took it to Caroline Wozniacki, dictating all the rallies with a constant aggression that the soon-to-be world number 2 could not match. “I wanted to be really aggressive, but at the same time patient, and not really go for too much or go over the limit with some balls,” said Jankovic following the 6-2, 6-2 win. “I waited for my opportunities, and when I had them, I took them.”
When the errors were flying and the first serves weren't hitting, Wozniacki called her coach, also known as dad, onto the court for strategic support, but it was no use as Jankovic, who will improve her ranking to 8th next week, was simply too good.
The win is Jelena's first since August 2009, and she plans on keeping it up, telling the press, "I’m looking forward to playing some good tennis and really doing the right things out there, and if I’m doing that, I’ll be winning big titles and the ranking will come on its own. I’m looking to do well in the big events."