Daniela Hantuchova Is Happy At Academia Sanchez-Casal
epa03192670 Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova returns the ball to Spain's Lourdes Dominguez during their Fed Cup World group playoff match in Marbella, southern Spain, 22 April 2012. Hantuchova won 6-0, 6-7 (4) and 6-4. EPA/JORGE ZAPATA |
After starting the year with Claudio Pistolesi as her coach, former top 5 player Daniela Hantuchova is working out at the Academia Sanchez-Casal in Barcelona with coach Eduardo Nicholas. Hantuchova experienced a stress fracture in her foot during 2012 and saw her ranking drop to No. 32 by year end.
“We are focusing on her mobility on the court so that Daniela can make the best use of her technical talent,” he told La Marca.
Hantuchova worked with Nicholas in 2007 and said she enjoyed the experience.
“I feel very comfortable training with Eduardo, and with Angel Eduardo Gimenez or Emilio Sanchez Vicario. I am very grateful for all I’ve learned with them.”
After winning Pattaya City in February, the Slovak lost her way and even when she returned after her foot trouble couldn’t rediscover her form. In 2012, she suffered 10 first round losses. She will turn 30 in April, but she still thinks she can make an impact on tour.
This past week's ATP title winners have a combined 39 years--13 each--of experience on the professional tour. Richard Gasquet, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, and Victor Estrella Burgos triumphed on Sunday and all three of them turned pro back in 2002.
In terms of quantity, no month on the tennis schedule is busier than February. And things really heat up this week in Rotterdam, Memphis, and Sao Paulo. Rotterdam is especially loaded, with Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych, and Stan Wawrinka all on board.
The Canadian Fed Cup team has lost its first-ever tie in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play, falling 4-0 to Czech Republic in the first round on Sunday. Playing at PEPS on the campus of Laval University in Quebec City, the Czechs entered the day leading 2-0 and officially earned the sweep thanks to Karolina Pliskova’s 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa) in the third rubber of the tie.
Please find below Sunday’s results from the 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 7-8 February. In the World Group semifinals, on 18-19 April, Russia will be at home to Germany, while France will be away to Czech Republic.