Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Serena is a Glamour Girl

Gossip Girl:
Serena Williams and Tyra Banks at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York, which were held in the Carnegie Hall.

Serena went back home with an award in her pocket along with stars like - Rihanna, Stella McCartney and Michelle Obama. It's a good company for the REAL world No.1 like Serena :P


Bepa will undergo surgery

Vera Zvonareva will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove scar tissue on her right ankle, her agent says. She is expected to return in time for the beginning of next season.

Zvonareva, who badly hurt her ankle during her 3rd round encounter in Charleston against Virginie Razzano, couldn't find her amazing form since the incident. She reached several big finals at the end of last year (including the Season Ending Championships), continuing her great form into this year. At the Australian Open, she reached the semis (which she never done before) and then went on to win two titles - the Premier Mandatory Indian Wells and Pattaya.

Coming into Charelston as the top seed and the season's second player (Race Standings) she was a strong favourite to win the title. The Russian came back at Wimbledon. After struggling to win matches, ahe reached the third round, where she had to pull out - ironically - once again against Virginie Razzano. The rest of the season was shettered by the not fully healed ankle, which caused more struggles on court.

Let's keep our fingers crossed, Bepa will comeback strong in 2010!!!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sharapova and her boyfriend

Some paparazzi took a picture of Maria Sharapova holding hand with Sasha Vujacic. It seems like Maria is finally in a real relationship. Vujacic plays in NBA in Los Angeles Lakers. The two are dating for a couple of weeks.


Polish girls on holidays

Agnieszka Radwanska, Urszula Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber went for holidays to Mauritius. Agnieszka, who is recovering after operation of finger seems to enjoy her free time. Caroline enjoyed herself so much that she even took off her bra to sunbath without stripes from the swim suit...


I want your money back!

Marat Safin, who is still alive in Paris Masters 1000 after saving 3 match points in his first round victory over Thierry Ascione, criticised Andre Agassi. Playing his last tournament of his career, Marat insisted that Agassi should give money back to ATP...

"OK, so he feels guilty? Then he should give back his titles, his money and his Grand Slams. If he's about fair play, he should go all the way. You know, the ATP have a bank account, he can pay them back if he wants to." said Safin.

"I guess I have to retire and then after a few years I'll write an autobiography with some confessions." he joked.


The sufferings of a Grand Slam champion

"I imagined in perfect detail that a Grand Slam victory would require a lot physicially and mentally, but I was not prepared for the aftermath... I hardly saw my mother and my sister. Only in the plane to Tokyo could I rest a bit."

- Juan Martin Del Potro on how difficult it is to recover mentally after a Grand Slam win. Delpo, you drama queen - just imagine how Steffi Graf must have felt, when she picked the winners trophy 22 times...


Monday, November 9, 2009

Oudin explains why she sucked at Fed Cup

"I wanted to come here. I wanted to play for my country. Other people choose different things. Some people I guess didn't want to play as badly as I did.But I think that the team that we had here really wanted to be here. You don't want people here that don't want to be here. Even if you lose, if you give it everything you have, then that's the best you can do."

- Melanie Oudin on the privilege of playing Fed Cup. If you read between the lines, you can easily sense she's criticizing the Williams sisters' attitude towards the Fed Cup.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Wickmayer & Malisse banned for 1 year

US Open tennis semi-finalist Yanina Wickmayer and her Belgian compatriot Xavier Malisse were handed one-year bans for falling foul of doping regulations, the Belga news agency reported.

Wickmayer, the world No.18, was suspended by the Flemish Doping Tribunal (VDT) for failing to fulfill the controversial "whereabouts rule" while Malisse was also punished for missing a drugs test.

Both players can appeal their suspensions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The suspension was announced despite 20-year-old Wickmayer currently playing in the Tournament of Champions event in Bali where on Friday she would be attempting to reach the semi-finals.

Wickmayer was accused of failing on three occasions to fulfill the ADAMS (Anti-Doping Administration and Management System) under which athletes are obliged to tell national anti-doping authorities where they will be at a chosen hour each day for a three-month period.
The sanctions came as a surprise - only last month, it was expected that the two players would escape with just a reprimand.

Malisse, 29, is currently 95 in the world, having been at 19 in 2002. He has won three titles in his career.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Haas with swine flu

Tommy Haas admitted he has contracted swine flu, which has forced him to withdraw from this week's Davidoff Indoors in Basel. The German is hoping to be back in action next week at the tournament in Paris.

The world No 17 dropped out of the Stockholm Open last week after he felt he was suffering from flu. However, the German had tests and it was confirmed that he had contracted the H1N1 virus.

"I did a test because I suspected I had swine flu and the test was positive," he said. "It was obviously a shock for me. I was really bad for three days and I couldn't leave my hotel room. I felt really bad." - Haas explains.

"I am quite relaxed because I know that swine flu is a particularly strong form of flu but when you are in a good physical condition like I am, then you can quickly beat it."