Monday, November 30, 2009

Serena Williams was fined for her rude behave

Serena Williams is the world’s best female tennis player. Most of the time, we have seen her covering news with glamour and success. This US tennis star is called the queen of female tennis player. This time we can see different things. She got media coverage but because of her bad behavior. She was fined $175,000. However, it is not enough. She may be suspended from the future U.S. Open. You may be eagerly waiting to know that in which reason she was fined. She yelled at a lineswoman at the New York tennis Grand Slam this year. During the semi-final round against Kim Clijsters, the lineswoman called a foot-fault on Williams. According to the International Tennis Federation’s Grand Slam committee, there is still possibility that Serena Williams’s fine will be decreased to $82,500 if she did not create any more offenses till 2011.

As a fan we can hope that Serena Williams will teach a lesson from this punishment. If she can not control herself then she may be banned from tennis forever.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Juan Martin Del Potro bet Roger Federer in the ATP World Tour Finals

Despite being eliminated two top seeded players, ATP World Tour Finals is still remained exciting and competitive. World number 1 tennis player Roger Federer has been beaten at the hand of US Open Champion Juan Martin Del Potro, who is Argentine player. After winning the match by a superb 3 sets victory, Juan Martin Del Potro has moved to the Semi-Final of the tournament. He bet Roger Federer by 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3. May be you did not expect to see this result. Roger Federer failed to get his sixth trophy. He could not make his unbeaten streak longer for Del Potro.

However, Britain’s top seeded player Andy Murray has been eliminated after being beaten by Roger Federer on Thursday. In his 3 three matches in group round, he won two and lost one.

I am sure that Juan Martin Del Potro will win the trophy if he can maintain his form in the tennis court.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Justine Henin to Return to Tennis with Brisbane International in January 2010

You already know that Justine Henin is going to make a come back to tennis circuit in Brisbane International, starting from 3 January 2010. The former world no. 1 announced her retirement from tennis in 2008, but she has recently announced her comeback. She has already received a wildcard entry in the Brisbane tournament which also has four other former world no. 1 players.


It is expected that Justine Henin would find it very hard as she could possibly face fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters in the first round. Actually, Clijsters’ heroic return this year may have been the source of inspiration for Henin. Moreover, it would be hard for Henin because it is the first tournament she is going to play in almost 2 years. Naturally, she herself may not expect to win the title and a poor performance would not even frustrate her fans too. However, some good display of tennis would definitely boost up her confidence ahead of Australian Open 2009.


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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Roger Federer has become top ranked tennis player again after beating Andy Murray at ATP finals

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has got back his top position after winning two matches at ATP World Tour finals. This great player wants to finish the year with number 1 position. Last he faced Scottish professional player Andy Murray. Despite losing in the first set, he made strong come back in the competition and won the match by 3-6, 6-3 and 6-1. It was the fifth time he won the top ranked. Roger Federer is the current champion in the ATP finals. However, he broke Pete Sampras’s 14 Grand Slam record. Now, it is the time to see if he can continue his dominance in the tennis court. I hope Roger Federer will end this year with top ranked.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Robin Soderling defeated Rafael Nadal in ATP finals

Second seeded player Rafael Nadal has lost his opportunity to win the trophy after being defeated at the hand of Robin Soderling in ATP World Tour finals. It was the second time that he had been beaten by the same opponent this year. It is called the first shock in this tournament. Perhaps this year is a bad time for Rafael Nadal. Recently, he has recovered from injury. He showed illness and physical shortcomings as a reason for his defeat. His opponent Robin Soderling got win straight win. He defeated him by 6-4, 6-4. Robin Soderling got chance after Andy Roddick pulled out last week. I think you can easily understand that it was a competitive game between them. Rafael Nadal could not play well. Now, let us see how long he can proceed.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Is Australian cricket missing the biggest coaches?

Right now, Australia does not have that many talented players in tennis. In the past, they had some outstanding players who could dominant the world at least who could play in top level of tennis. Now, there are some concerns in the country that they are not getting the services of the top coaches in the country. Australia could consistently produce some of the finest coaches in the world and the best five of them are not related to tennis Australia, the national body for tennis. This has raised some concerns and sports administrator has urged them to get these best coaches and this way arrange the upcoming players to get some direct coaching from these best coaches.

However, it seems that tennis Australia is not too much eager at this moment. Of course, one of the problems is perhaps they don’t have enough money or they thing that they don’t need top coaches. I think that Australian government can come forward in this regard. They can easily allocate some money or they can try to convince the officials of tennis Australia to change their mind and appoint the top five coaches of the country. If it happens then the players and specially the teenagers will get a lot of support from thoroughly world class coaches.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Roger Federer is ready to face tough challenge in the ATP World Tour Finals

ATP World Tour finals will start just after two days. Best players from different countries take place in this tournament. Swiss tennis star Roger Federer is one of them. Former top-seeded player Roger Federer said that this year he will face a tough challenge as all of the contestants are in good form and they all have possibility to win the trophy. In the last six years, Federer won this title. This matter may create extra pressure on his shoulder. But he is thinking that he will have to face a tough challenge to keep his form and title. Eight players will fight for one title. Federer lost his top place and another great player Rafael Nadal can not make any dominance in the tennis court. Young players are continuously performing well. I want to remind you one thing is that Roger Federer was beaten at the hand of Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open and Rafael Nadal was defeated against Robin Soderling at Roland Garros. Novak Djokovic is always a strong contestant in any title.

However, I think that Roger Federer should want to regain No. 1 position after winning the title. Fans should eagerly wait to see this competition between the great tennis players.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Andy Murray will play against Juan Martin del Potro in ATP Tour Finals

Scottish professional tennis player Andy Murray is going to face Argentine young tennis star Juan Martin del Potro in the ATP World Tour finals campaign. They will be seen to face each other on Sunday. With this match Andy Murray will start his ATP tour. He has been scheduled in group A round in UP Open.

Juan Martin del Potro is in good form. He is now currently number fifth position. He defeated top seeded Roger Federer in the US final. So, it is sure that Andy Murray will face a tough challenge against him. He should try hard to remain his position in the tennis ranking. In the recently announced tennis power ranking Roger Federer has been slipped from his top position. This veteran player will be seen to play against Fernando Verdasco of Spain at London’s O2 Arena.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sam Querrey returns from injury

There is good news for American fans that their Tennis star Sam Querrey has made his return to the tennis court after major arm injury. This tennis start is expected to make his return with ATP tour. He had to go under surgery. Now, Sam Querrey is fit enough to play tennis and he is practicing hard to take part in the ATP tour. Recently, he is the 25th ranked tennis player. Now, American fans will be happy to see him in the tennis court. He needed 25 stitches to get recovery. I hope that will not gain such kind of injury ever.

Andy Roddick had to opt out from the final round of ATP tour because of his knee injury.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Kim Clijsters Diasspointed at the Doping Ban Imposed on Fellow Belgians Yanina Wickmayer & Xavier Malisse

US Open champion Kim Clijsters has revealed her utter disappointment at the one-year ban imposed on compatriot Yanina Wickmayer and Xavier Malisse for their failure to fulfill the "whereabouts rule". Wickmayer failed to complete the ADAMS (Anti-Doping Administration and Management System) on three occasions, while Malisse did the same twice and miss a dope test. That is why, both of them were given one-year bans by the Flemish Doping Tribunal (VDT).

Kim Clijsters thinks that they were handed a punishment that they do not deserve as they were not tested positive in the doping test. However, US Open semi finalists Wickmayer and Malisse can still appeal against the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Initially, it was thought that the two young Belgians would only be given some warning for their mistakes. So, the one-year suspension came as a big surprise. Now, let us see if Court of Arbitration for Sport overturns the verdict given by VDT.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Serena Williams Finishes the Year at No. 1 in WTA Ranking

Serena Williams is definitely the most successful women’s singles player for the year 2009. Winning two out of four grand slam titles, this American has now finished the year as top ranked WTA player. However, she got involved in a controversial battle with the line judge during a US Open match against the eventual champion Kim Clijsters. That incident is still under inspection and Serena could still be suspended for that unfortunate event.

Dinara Safina who was also no. 1 for a brief period during the year now finished second in the year-ending ranking. She did not win any grand slam title, but reached the finals of Australian and French Open. Svetlana Kuznetsova follows Safina in the third place as the Russian won her second grand slam title in French Open defeating fellow Russian Safina in the tournament final.

Dane Caroline Wozniacki comes fourth in the ranking as she has done something unprecedented this year in her career. She reached the final of US Open which is her first ever appearance in a grand slam final.

Kim Clijsters made a dream return to tennis by winning the US Open title just after playing 2 tournaments following her return to international circuit. Though she now stands at no. 18 in the ranking, her recent form indicates that the Belgian is one of the strong contenders of the no. 1 position next year.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Ana Ivanovic: Will the Former No. 1 Make a Strong Come Back in 2010?

Ana Ivanovic is undoubtedly one of the brightest talents of recent time in women’s tennis. The Serbian is considered to have the true mettle, skill and talent to become a future great, but now it seems that she is gradually losing her ground since picking up a leg injury last year. She failed to live up to the expectation following her triumph in French Open 2008. Moreover, she suffered a leg injury and did not see much success in 2009. Now, her fans are expecting a strong come back from the Ivanovic in 2010.

One must possess strive for getting success and winning matches. A player who wants to become a legend must know the fact he or she must improve his or her game constantly. I can still remember that Ana Ivanovic worked really very hard to shed off her extra weight during the off-season of 2007, and her hard work brought the French Open title next year. I do not know if Ana Ivanovic sill possesses that strive and working hard mentality, but one thing is for sure that she must have that attitude if she wants to retain her no. 1 rank.

Novak Djokovic Reached Paris Masters Final Defeating Nadal in the Semi Final

Serbian star Novak Djokovic put on a dominating performance in a clash with Rafael Nadal at the semi final of Paris Masters. The Serb defeated the Spaniard 6-2, 6-3 to reach the tournament final for the first time. Throughout the game, Djokovic dominated over Nadal who later on revealed that his Serbian opponent was perfect and undefeatable that day.

With this victory, Novak Djokovic has now improved his overall record against Nadal to 6-14 and the victory was his second in a row against Nadal. Djokovic will now face Gael Monfils in the tournament final on Sunday with whom he has 3-0 overall record.

No doubt, Djokovic was in tremendous form against Nadal but it is also true that the world no. 2 was not at his best against the Serb. Nadal lost 14 points in a row when he was serving, and thus, losing 7 straight games.

Novak Djokovic may not have won any grand slam titles so far this year, he was consistent most of the time. In fact, Paris Masters would be his 10th final of the year. You perhaps already know that Djokovic recently defeated world no. 1 Roger Federer in Swiss Indoors final.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Serena Williams Finishes the Year at No. 1 in WTA Ranking

Serena Williams is definitely the most successful women’s singles player for the year 2009. Winning two out of four grand slam titles, this American has now finished the year as top ranked WTA player. However, she got involved in a controversial battle with the line judge during a US Open match against the eventual champion Kim Clijsters. That incident is still under inspection and Serena could still be suspended for that unfortunate event.


Dinara Safina who was also no. 1 for a brief period during the year now finished second in the year-ending ranking. She did not win any grand slam title, but reached the finals of Australian and French Open. Svetlana Kuznetsova follows Safina in the third place as the Russian won her second grand slam title in French Open defeating fellow Russian Safina in the tournament final.


Dane Caroline Wozniacki comes fourth in the ranking as she has done something unprecedented this year in her career. She reached the final of US Open which is her first ever appearance in a grand slam final.


Kim Clijsters made a dream return to tennis by winning the US Open title just after playing 2 tournaments following her return to international circuit. Though she now stands at no. 18 in the ranking, her recent form indicates that the Belgian is one of the strong contenders of the no. 1 position next year.


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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Robin Soderling Progressed to the Paris Masters

Robin Soderling has kept his hopes of making it to the ATP World Tour Finals alive by defeating Nikolay Davydenko in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in Paris on Thursday. With this victory, the Swedish has progressed to the quarter finals of the ongoing Paris Masters tournament.


He will now face either Novak Djokovic or Arnaud Clement in the quarter final in pursuit of clinching one of the two qualifying spots available for the year-ending tournament ATP World Tour which will be held in London. However, to quailify for the tournament, Robin Soderling must reach the final of the Paris Masters.


Well, it would be easy to make it to the final because Novak Djokovic has been in superb from recently and most probably he would have to face the Serbian in quarter final. Soderling has to give his best to reach the tournament final, and thus, ensuring his qualification into the prestigious ATP Masters Final.


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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic Seeing Each Other?

Former world no. 1 Tennis star Maria Sharapova is now reportedly dating with Los Angles Lakers basketball player Sasha Vujacic. The two were recently seen hugging each other. So, speculation is rife in the media that the two are seeing each other. However, neither Sharapova not Vujacic has confirmed their relationship yet.


In the recent past, Lakers fans have seen another high-profile relationship when Lamar Odom, a Lakers player, married TV personality Khloé Kardashian. So, you can not rule out the possibility of Sharapova and Vujacic being involved in a romantic relationship.


Slovenian Sasha Vujacic is not as big a star as Sharapova has been through her success on the court as well as her appeal in the glamour world. The interesting thing is that both of them are currently struggling on their respective sports. Sharapova could not yet get her form back after coming back from shoulder injury. Similarly, Vujacic is not going through good time in terms of his recent performance. Now, let us see if this relationship affects their performances, be it positively or negatively.


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Monday, November 9, 2009

Roger Federer Holds on to No. 1 in ATP Ranking

Roger Federer is still the no. 1 male tennis player in the world. The updated ATP ranking publish on Monday shows that the Swiss tennis great has been successfully held on to his no. 1 position in the ranking, despite his failure to defend the hometown tournament Swiss Indoors, losing to Novak Djokovic in the tournament final. Federer has 10,340 points at this moment.


The second play is still occupied by Rafael Nadal with 8,845 points. However, he must be feeling the breath of Djokovic on his shoulder as the Serbian has decreased his difference with Nadal to only 545 points. Djokovic has now 8,300 rating points after winning his fourth ATP title in 2009 recently in Basel. Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro are occupying the fourth and the fifth place in the ranking respectively.


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Sunday, November 8, 2009

New Zealand in Search of a New Coach

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is now looking for a new coach to appoint for the New Zealand national cricket team. Recently, Andy Mole stepped down as the New Zealand coach and the team is now being coached by his assistant. NZC chief Justin Vaughan has said that the board is not in a hurry to appoint a coach because they want to take time in order to ensure that the right person gets the appointment. He has also said that the board is now setting up the requirement they will be looking for from the new coach.


After that they will start having conversation from the probable coaches. Justin Vaughan has also added that a number of coaches have personally expressed their desire to take up the job, but NZC has not decided yet over the matter. John Wright, former India coach, has also revealed his wish to guide the Kiwis in international circuit.


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Saturday, November 7, 2009

India vs Australia Sixth ODI: Will it be Another Run Feast Affair?

You know that the fifth ODI of the ongoing seven-match ODI series saw almost 700 runs in Hyderabad. Now, the question is if the upcoming match scheduled to take place in Guwahati will be another run-feast. There is unpredictability over the nature of the wicket in Guwahati.


The pitch curator earlier said that team batting first could make a 300 plus total on the board. However, comments on the nature of the wicket have been different from the players. Indian captain Dhoni has said that it looks like a classic sub-continental wicket, while Australian batsman Michael Hussey finds it a slow wicket without having any bounce. So, he does not think that it would be another very high-scoring game in Guwahati. Moreover, there are some uncertainties over the selection of the teams on both camps.


Australia is yet to take a final decision over the inclusion of Mitchell Johnson in the first eleven, while India is now planning to play an extra specialist spinner in Amit Mishra in place of pacer Munaf Patel, but it is not yet decided.

Australia is leading the series 3-2 with two matches left in the series. Another victory would ensure their series win, while India must win the rest of the two games in order to retain the title.


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Friday, November 6, 2009

Ijaz Butt: India and Pakistan Could Play in a Neutral Venue in 2010

You know that there is a deadlock in the cricket ties between India and Pakistan at this moment. However, the situation could improve very soon and cricket fans could see India-Pakistan series again in 2010 at a neutral venue as it was indicated by PCB chairman Ijaz Butt. Upon returning from a eight-day India tour, Mr. Butt told the media that the current deadlock between the two cricket boards could melt down in the near future and indicated that a India vs Pakistan series at a neutral venue could be very possible in 2010. He also added that his talks with the BCCI officials were very positive and the outcome of his visit could result into Pakistani players being allowed to take part in Indian Premier League (IPL) from next year.


Sify.com reported:

"God willing a series between Pakistan and India will be held at a neutral venue next year as my meetings with the Indian cricket officials as well as government officials will bring good results," The News quoted Butt, as saying.

Butt said during his meeting with BCCI officials, he also urged them to let Pakistani cricketers participate in the Indian Premier League's (IPL) next season.


Butt also revealed that ICC had shown interest in organizing an India-Pakistan series in United States in an attempt to promote the game in the country. However, he is not yet sure if USA has enough facility to organize a series of this sort as the country has only one stadium in Florida.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dinara Safina will participate in Brisbane International 2010

This is perhaps old news but I am writing it because at this moment, I could not find any new news about Safina. She is a good player and she has a good future. One thing that attracts me a lot about her is that she is focused on her game. While many of the top female players are concerned with being hot or sexy. Dinara is totally focused on being a better player. It is a nice thing to see her play. Anyway, she is going to take part in Brisbane International 2010 that would take place in first week of January just before Australian Open Tennis 2010.  

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tommy Haas Suffering from Swine Flu

Swine Flu became epidemic a few months ago in various parts of the world and many people became very afraid. Some people died and thousands of people across the world got infected. We have not seen any high profile or celebrity player getting infected by it. So, from this point of view Tommy Haas is perhaps an exception. I don’t know of any other Tennis player who got this disease.

BBC reported:
The 31-year-old consulted his doctor after suffering flu symptoms and was diagnosed with the H1N1 strain.
"I did a test because I suspected I had the swine flu and it was positive," this year's Wimbledon semi-finalist told the Bild newspaper.
Haas also withdrew from the Stockholm Open in October because of flu.

Let us hope that he will become ok quickly.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Serena Williams has broken Justin Henin’s prize money record

American tennis player Serena Williams is in buoyant form. It seems that 2009 is perhaps the luckiest year in her tennis career. This year she has won the number one position in the WTA ranking. No doubt, she will feel lucky that she can finish the year 2009 with top position. Serena Williams has made a new record for single-season prize money. After getting $6.5 million in 2009 she has topped Justin Henin. Justin Henin earned 5.5 million from 2007.

As a fan of Serena Williams I feel happy for her success. I hope she will continue her success and give us more entertainment in the tennis court. The question is that how long she can continue her career.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

James Hopes Ruled out for the Rest of the ODI Series against India

Australia’s injury list seems to be getting larger day by day. Earlier, Tim Paine and Brett Lee fell in injury, and now, all rounder James Hopes has been ruled out of the remainder of the seven-match ODI series against India. The all rounder has picked up a hamstring injury recently and would have to return home.

Cricket Australia (CA) has called up Victoria pacer Clint McKay as Hopes’ replacement and would fly to India to join the Aussie squad. Well, Australia may not feel the absence of the all rounder as Moises Henriques will stay with the team for the rest of the series. India is currently leading in the series 2-1 as India won the third ODI by 6 wickets on Saturday. The fourth ODI of the series will take place on 2 November at Mohali.

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