Sunday, September 28, 2008

Robson into older men

“No, apart from [Marat] Safin.”
- Laura Robson answering a question about whether she had an eye on a companion to accompany her to the Champions' Dinner. As you would imagine this is the perfect match knowing that Marat Safin turned 28 this year and is twice as old as Robson is.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Verdasco and Ivanovic now a couple

There's something about Ana Ivanovic and the Spaniards. First we connected her with Rafael Nadal, after the World No.1 offered Ana a flight in his jet. Then there were rumors she was dating Tommy Robredo and now we have strong evidence, that the serbian hottie is dating Fernando Verdasco. The Spanish No.3 himself has been romanticly linked with other WTA eye-catchers like Marta Domachowska or Gisela Dulko (for the love of God - who hasn't had Gisela on their list?).

Fernando is there for Ana, when she trains...

He supports her during her matches...

They are being seen together at party's...

They hang out together...

And he even gets along with her mother!!!

After all this, we wonder, if the true reason for Ana's slump after the French Open are the injuries, or is it just that love has closed her eyes on tennis...?


Friday, September 26, 2008

What's going on between Kuzy and Ferru?

Are we in for a new tennis-pairing?

Svetlana Kuznetsova and David Ferrer made it seem like there was something going on...

Unfortunately this is just the way the paparazzi's create rumors. Here's the proof...


The Serbians in new realationships

Serbian superstars Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic showed, how to turn disappointment into succes. After both of them didn't win the gold medal at this year's Olympics, they brought something completly diffrent from Beijing - new relationships.

Novak is dating Leryn Franco, a track and field athlete from Paraguay. They have been seen walking around hand in hand in the Olympic village leaving no doubt the athletic duo are in love.

“Djokovic looks to his new partner as if she were a trophy,” an Argentine athlete told La Nacion newspaper. “Is it official? Yes, of course. They go hand in hand everywhere,” he added.

Leryn, a part-time model and bikini contestant, and Djokovic, who was seeded No. 3 in tennis at the 2008 Olympics, have also been seen in a restaurant near the Olympic village where athletes reside during the Games.

Current World No.2 and this year's US Open finalist Jelena Jankovic is dating Mlađan Janović, a waterpolo player from Montenegro. The tennis star openly talks about her new found love:

“Yes, there is a guy from Montenegro… Before I met Mladjan in Beijing, I was single for a couple of months. He plays water polo for the Montenegrin representation, he is 24 years old and his name is Mladjan Janovic”


Canas robbed

Argentine tennis player Guillermo Canas was robbed in the early hours of Tuesday, as he left his parents' house in the La Matanza suburb of Buenos Aires.

Two armed attackers - who reportedly did not recognise Canas - threatened the player and took one racket he was carrying, along with his identity documents, credit cards, some cash and a chain he wore.

They fled in Canas' convertible.

Over the weekend, the tennis player had been part of the Argentine team that beat Russia in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup in Buenos Aires.

When he was attacked, Canas was leaving his parents' home after dinner.


Kirilenko named Most Beautiful Tennis Player

Maria Kirilenko beat them all and from now on in can be named the sexiest female tennis player on earth. This is the opinion of The Sun readers. She made it past a strong opposition consisting of the likes of Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic.

Here are the end results of the voting:

1 Maria Kirilenko (Russia)
2 Maria Sharapova (Russia)
3 Ana Ivanovic (Serbian)
4 Caroline Wozniacki (Danish)
5 Nicole Vaidisova (Czech)
6 Sania Mirza (Indian)
7 Ashley Harkleroad (American)
8 Gisela Dulko (Argentinian)
9 Samantha Stosur (Australian)


Bolelli banned by Italian Tennis Federation

Italian tennis player Simone Bolelli was banned by his federation from national team events for skipping last weekend's Davis Cup matches with Latvia.

The 45th-ranked Bolelli instead chose to play tour events in Bangkok, Thailand, and Tokyo this week and next.

Monday's ban prevents Bolelli from playing in the Davis Cup and the Olympics and getting wild cards from his federation for certain tournaments.

Bolelli said he told Italy captain Corrado Barrazzutti well in advance of the Davis Cup that he preferred to work on his fast-court game in Asia.

Italy beat Latvia 3-2 in a Europe-Africa zone relegation playoff in Montecatini, led by 28th-ranked Andreas Seppi, No. 72 Fabio Fognini and No. 76 Potito Starace.


Harkleroad pregnant

After posing nude for Playboy on the August 2008 cover, Ashley Harkleroad shocked the tennis world once again. The American confessed she was pregnant. Harkleroad, who lives with her boyfriend and coach, former ATP pro Chuck Adams in L.A. is said to be thrilled about the prospect of becoming a mother.

Well, the Argwus Team wishes Ashley all the best. We hope to see the Fed Cup heroine as soon as possible on the courts competing again. Just look, how a birth helped Bammer's, Davenport's and De Los Rios's career. They all found new streanghts. It's only a pity, that for the next 9 months we won't see Ashley that skinny anymore...


Friday, September 5, 2008

Molik hungs up her racquet

It's always a sad story when true champions have to depart not on their own terms.
Alicia Molik is unfortunately one of those examples. After years of struggling with the concequences of an inner-ear infection the 5'11 Aussie decided to call it a career.
And what a career it has been...

Molik has reached top ten as well in singles as in doubles.
She has won 5 singles and 7 doubles titles (two of which has been won at the Grand Slam level).
Her biggest win in terms of tournament level came at the Tier 1 event in Zurich, where she beat Maria Sharapova in the final. After having sort of a breakthrough year in 2004, winning 3 titles and winning the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Athens (eliminating Elena Dementieva and Anastasia Myskina), Molik followed it up with winning Sydney and straight afterwards with her best run at a Grand Slam event reaching the quarterfinals stage at the Australian Open 2005 beating Venus Williams along the way. She lost 7/9 to the eventual Runner-Up Lindsay Davenport on that occasion.

Just as things were starting to look fantastic for the powerfull Aussie, came the inner-ear infection that through her whole career off-balance. After her comeback she only managed to win one of the eleven matches she contested in. Since that infection Molik never looked the same player she was earlier, which eventually made her throw the towel and quit with tennis.

"It's tiring and it's very draining but I guess it's a number of things culminating," Molik said. "I've spent a lot of time thinking. I did have a huge setback three years ago, with my middle ear problem. It took a while to get back, and since then I've just struggled with a few more things that I never imagined would come along the way. But that isn't the only thing. I think I'm still young enough to focus my energies on something that I feel is again challenging."

The former Aussie number one will surely be missed by all her fans and although she didn't have the chance to end her career on her terms, she will be remembered for having a devastating serve, strong forehand and especially for her genuine smile...