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 42nd annual United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Hard Court Championships will get underway on Monday, December 1 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, Calif., 92037. The national tennis event will continue through Sunday, Dec. 7.
“Dodo Cheney was one of the most prolific champions in the history of tennis and the personification of tennis truly being a lifetime sport. She played competitively into her 90s, and her remarkable grace, singular class and competitive spirit made her one of our sport’s greatest ambassadors. She will be sorely missed by the sport that she loved.”
Nick Kyrgios was awarded Australia’s top tennis honor, the prestigious Newcombe Medal, at a gala celebration at Crown Palladium in Melbourne. In receiving the award the Canberra tennis ace was formally recognized as Australia’s most outstanding tennis player in 2014.
Andy Murray says he's ready to brush off his crushing end to last season and carry on as planned by playing three exhibition matches halfway around the world as the International Professional Tennis League goes begins the countdown to its fortnight-long season starting this weekend.
Roger Federer has just a few days to changes courses completely in his tennis, as he heads for a quick weekend visit to India. The new Davis Cup winner will play a handful of matches in the new International Professional Tennis League, a 10-day, four-city "league" designed to bring tennis to eager Asian audiences.