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.
After a quarter century of questionably-successful exploits, the USTA Player Development (PD) division is, once again, making a change. Patrick McEnroe no longer sports the PD crown, and the National Board has begun the search for a successor. Having spent the last two decades watching regime after regime take the PD division’s reigns – only to drop them a few years later after effecting policies that have yet to produce a US Champion – I’m inclined to offer some thoughts...
When I was a young girl, my Mother would take me to a Shoe store to buy my One yearly pair of shoes. I only got one pair because that was all she could afford. She always bought an expensive pair of Saddle Oxfords that had no style but endured forever! I know "Forever" because no matter how I abused them, they would not scuff, and they would not wear out!
The 2007 Wimbledon mixed doubles Champion Jamie Murray, and former British Davis Cup player Ross Hutchins will team up in the doubles field at the Statoil Masters Tennis, the IMG-owned and staged event which will be held at the Royal Albert Hall from 3-7 December.