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.
In November 2000, eight months before he finally won Wimbledon, Goran Ivanisevic made history of a different kind when he became the first player ever to retire from a match due to, in the words of chair umpire Gerry Armstrong, ‘lack of appropriate equipment’. In Brighton, England, he was trailing Hyung-taik Lee 5-7, 7-6, 1-3 when he smashed the third and final racquet he had in his bag.
Dawn’s light crawls up the Santa Catalina’s mountains’ pale red rocks. A lone crow caws into the morning’s chill. As the Sonoran desert heats up, hundreds of amateur athletes lace up their sneaks and descend onto the newly-paved courts. This is the second annual US TENNIS CONGRESS, now taking place at El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Arizona.
Bernard Tomic's first tournament with Xavier Malisse in his coaching corner continued on Friday with a 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open. At the Kremlin Cup, meanwhile, Ernests Gulbis also prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker. The Latvian held off Andreas Seppi 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-6(3) to reach the semis.