epa03424577 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their final match at the China Open in Beijing, China, 07 October 2012. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG |
It’s rare a World No.1 goes six and a half months without winning a WTA title but it happened – but Victoria Azarenka put an emphatic stop to it in Beijing this past week, not losing a set, in fact barely losing any games, en route to the China Open title. She defeated Maria Sharapova handily in the final, 63 61, winning her fifth WTA title of the year and first since Indian Wells in mid-March. She now has 13 career WTA titles.
Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won their first WTA doubles title together, and the Istanbul field was also set in stone,with Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Li Na completing the elite eight.
The Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational, November 22-23 at the Atlantis Tennis Centre on Paradise Island, has an interesting mix of players including Sabine Lisicki, Taylor Townsend, Lucie Safarova, Max Mirnyi, Denis Kudla, Jesse Levine Jean-Julien Rojer and Oliver Marach . The event raises funds supporting a range of local charities on the islands. . .
One-time rival Mark Philippoussis, who faded from the tennis scene quietly only a few years after facing Roger Federer in the Swiss player's first grand slam final in 2003, says that the 17-time grand slam champion remains a tennis threat with chances at least one more major.
Greetings and cheers from London. The team from 10sballs wakes up every morning to see the London Eye staring us in the eye. Yes, it's right outside our windows. Then we look left and see our alarm clock also known as "Big Ben" . Yes , it's truly amazeballs.
30 is the new 20 In tennis. Yes, that's right. The players conditioning , the equipment ( shoes and rackets and STRINGS ) the trainers , physios , fancy tapings , hyperbaric chambers , ice baths , blood spinning , cat scans / MRI. And who knows what else keeps them playing ?