Monday, August 30, 2010

Rafael Nadal is eyeing to hold the US Open 2010

Top ranked male tennis player, Rafael Nadal, is hoping to get his maiden US Open tournament this season in New York as he is yet to get this major crown. The 24-year-old player is not worried about the US Open title victory.

He has already won eight Grand Slam trophies so far in his career- one in Australian Open, five in French Open and two in Wimbledon Open.

He has never been able to go further than semi-final in the US Open in New York. He reached the semi-final round twice in 2008 and 2009 where he was beaten by Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro each time respectively.

The two big arch rivals, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, have faced each other so far on a total of twenty-one occasions, including seven major finals- at least once at each of the other three Grand Slam championships. What is interesting is that they have never faced each other in the US Open tennis tournament.

Commenting on his last two defeats at the US Open, Rafael Nadal said he was physically and mentally worn out. Perhaps, he is more fit and probable player to win the trophy this time. If he can win the trophy at the US Open then he will write his name in the list of players who have won all four Grand Slam trophies.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Serena Williams would play in the Toray Pan Pacific Open

Top-seeded female tennis player, Serena Williams, has said that she want to play in the upcoming Toray Pan Pacific Open that is scheduled to begin on September 26.

Serena Williams did not play any match since last month after cutting her foot that required surgery. So, it is going to be her first appearance since her Wimbledon victory.

Making announcement of her return to the tennis court, Serena Williams has become eight of the world’s top ten players to play in the tournament in Tokyo.

Twenty-eight-year-old Serena Williams has won 13 Grand Slam titles so far. She is also the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion. Her first appearance in the Toray Pan Pacific Open would make a big threat for other player.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Andy Murray became the first back-to-back Rogers Cup champion beating Roger Federer

The highest ranked British player, Andy Murray, has defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland 7-5, 7-5 in the final match of the Toronto Masters. With a victory in the final match, Andy Murray became the first back-to-back champion at the Rogers Cup since Andre Agassi 15 years ago. He also wrote his name as fifth player who has gained the experience of defeating both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the same tournament.

No doubt, it was a closely contested game. Despite playing well, Roger Federer could not avoid straight defeat. However, he could improve his rank one spot up to No. 2 in the men’s tennis ranking after made his position in the final of the Toronto Masters. He was ranked 3rd before the start of this tournament. However, it was his lowest ranking since November 2003.

Twenty-three-year-old Andy Murray is yet to win any Grand Slam titles. However, he was close to win two Grand Slam titles reaching the finals of 2008 US Open and the 2010 Australian Open, finishing runner-up to Roger Federer both times.

On the other hand, twenty-nine-year-old Roger Federer is looking to expand his Grand Slam titles to 20. However, he is much older now.

Fans are waiting to see how long he can continue his sporting career.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Yen-Hsun Lu made into the quarterfinals in Wimbledon Tennis

It is expected that this year Wimbledon will go to Asia. This though came to my mind after seeing Taiwan's unseeded player, Yen-Hsun Lu, to make an upset against one of the top favorite players, Andy Roddick.

Victory against Andy Roddick put Lu into the quarterfinals round. He defeated his opponent in five sets 4-6, 7-6, (7/3) 7-6, (7/4) 6-7, (5/7) 9-7. For the first time he has progressed beyond the third round of a Grand Slam. Before that, Shuzo Matsuoka of Japan was the only player to reach the last eight at Wimbledon in 1995.

Though it was pathetic, Andy Roddick accepted it with good grace. In his statement, he said that his performance was not up to standard as he started to perform at the fifth set.

Another Chinese player, Li Na, is another player who made into the quarterfinals round after beating Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska.

Zhang Shuai is considered to be the future tennis star. That player has been the one to watch after winning the women’s doubles title at the China Tennis Grand Prix in Nanjing last year.

However, tennis fans around the world will be eyeing to see how long Yen-Hsun Lu can go in this ongoing Grand Slam tournament.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Maria Kirilenko upsets defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova at French Open

The early elimination of the defending champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova, has become the great shock as she has been defeated by compatriot Maria Kirilenko in the third round of the French Open at the at Roland Garros in Paris.

The 30th seeded Maria Kirilenko got the victory against 6th seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova with a 6-3, 2-6 and 6-4 margin.

Svetlana Kuznetsova came back from behind after winning the second set 6-2. However, Kirilenko sealed the victory with 6-4 in the decider, following her first set victory with 6-3.

Kuznetsova could get early elimination from the tournament she if failed to survive against German Andrea Petkovic whom she defeated 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Serena Williams and Common separated

World No. 1 tennis player, Serena Williams, has come in the centre of media attention because of her break up new along with rap star boyfriend, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, who is also known as Common. However, I have not found any reason of their break up.

It is reported that this couple have been dating since 2008, but a close source revealed to the America’s In Touch Weekly: 'They just grew apart.'

Though this break up has made Serena Williams very much upset, she didn’t let it show as she has defeated Swiss player Stefanie Voegele in the first round of the French Open on Monday.

Thirty-eight-year-old, Common, told chat show host, Ellen DeGeneres, his planning to get married with Serena Williams and have kids. He told it two weeks before his break up.

Common made his appearance in some Hollywood films with roles in Smokin' Aces, American Gangster and Date Night and got success and popularity.

It will be interesting to see how he would become emotionally involved when he will watch his former girlfriend’s game on the court.

He said: 'I sit there, and I’m just tense… and people try and talk to me, and I tell them to be quiet. I was sitting next to Richard Branson and I didn’t pay attention. I don’t care who is there. I’m focused on this tennis match.'

Common is not the only her boyfriend. In the past, he had relationship with actor, Jackie Long, and was linked with to filmmaker, Brett Ratner.

Let’s see how long she will stay single.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Justine Henin is leading the betting list following Serena Williams in the second position

French Open is the second Grand Slam of the year. This tournament will start from 23rd May and will play until 6th June 2010. It will take place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.

Gamblers are now busy to make a list of probable players who can win the title this year in clay court.

Former world No. 1 tennis player, Justine Henin, has been listed as the favorite on the women’s side at the Roland Garros. She made her return to the competitive tennis after two years or break. Now, she is ranked 23rd in the WTA ranking.

Justine Henin is also known as great Grand Slam player as she has won nine major titles including four at the French Open. She was the wildcard holder in the Australian Open and finished the tournament as runner-up. She is eyeing for fifth Roland Garros title this year.

It is believed that top-seeded player, Serena Williams, will make a tough competition in this event. Recently, she has recovered from injury, but she has not got back her previous form. It is also thought that she may not snatch the title and get early elimination from the tournament.

Jelena Jankovic is considered to be another intriguing contender of this tournament. She is currently ranked fourth. She will try hard to win her maiden French Open title this year as she has never reached the final of Roland Garros.

Venus Williams is also another probable player who will fight for the trophy. This second-seeded tennis player has never won the French Open but made her one final appearance to her credit in 2002.

Prediction is always full of uncertain. It is not sure who will win the title. Anyone can win the title. Even, French Open title may be won by any host contenders.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Aravane Rezai made upset against Venus Williams at the Madrid Open final

Former No. 1 tennis player, Venus Williams, was beaten by the unseeded player Aravane Rezai at the final of Madrid Open on Sunday.

Aravane Rezai got her third career WTA title with a 6-2, 7-5 straight-set victory over Venus Williams.

She also made upset against Justine Henin in the first round and Jelena Jankovic in the quarterfinals of this tournament. She won her two previous titles last year at Strasbourg and Bali. With these victories, she improved to 3-2 all-time in WTA finals.

Aravane Rezai is currently ranked 24th in the WTA ranking. It is hoped that she would progress into the top 20.

Aravane Rezai could easily move into the final round as Lucie Safarova rook took retirement after the first set with a thigh injury.

Venus Williams failed to achieve her third title of 2010 and fell to 2-2 in finals this year. She won titles at Dubai and Acapulco but lost to Kim Clijsters in the Miami final.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Rafael Nadal beats Roger Federer in the final of Madrid Masters

Rafael Nadal has defeated Roger Federer 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the final of Madrid Masters and won his 18th Masters title on Sunday. He moves one Masters title ahead of Andre Agassi and two in front of Federer.

Rafael Nadal will make his place in the second position of men’s ranking which will be announced on Monday. With this victory, he dodged questions about being the favorite at the French Open which is scheduled to kick off on May 23, 2010.

Rafael Nadal reversed the result of 2009 after defeating his rival opponent Roger Federer. He and Federer faced each other last time in the Madrid Masters final which Federer won. Nadal has become the first player to have won three titles in clay court in a single year.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Roger Federer takes on Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Masters Final Today

Final match of Madrid Masters Open will be played between two top ranked players Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal today (16th May 2010).

World No. 1 tennis player, Roger Federer, defeated Spain’s David Ferrer 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 on Saturday’s semifinal match. On the other hand, second seeded Rafael Nadal took on Nicolas Almagro in the 2nd semifinal of this tournament.

Despite losing the first set, Nadal made his strong come back and secured a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory. He is the most probable player to win the final match as he won the titles in Monte Carlo and Rome.

Both of the players will face each other first time since their last year’s decider in Madrid which was won by Federer.

Roger Federer made into the final of any tournament since the Australian Open in January.

Tennis fans at last can enjoy an exciting Madrid Masters final match between top ranked Roger Federer and second seed Rafael Nadal. Their match means always something special to the fans.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Kim Clijsters will not play in French Open 2010

Former World number one tennis player, Kim Clijsters, has withdrawn her name from French Open 2010 which will start from May 23, 2010.

Kim Clijsters said that she could not play this upcoming tournament because of her ankle problem and inhibiting pain.

She was one of the most favorite contestants of this tournament. She was two-time finalist in Roland Garros. Her consistent performance made her one of the top players in almost all betting lists.

Though she is feeling better, she does not want to take any risk as there is still fluid around the ankle.

The absence of Kim Clijsters will make the tournament less entertaining. But other contestants will feel happy as they will not have to face Kim Clijsters in the title race.

Fans will hope that Kim Clijsters will be recovered soon and come back in the tennis court.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Serena Williams and Venus Williams have return to the top position of WTA ranking

It is a matter of great pleasure that both Serena Williams and Venus Williams have moved into the top of the WTA ranking together for the first time in seven years.

According to the WTA tour, Venus Williams is assured of moving up to No. 2. On the other hand, her younger sister, Serena Williams, is leading the ranking with top spot.

It will be the 46th week overall that the siblings have been seeded number 1 and 2. Since 2003 they could not continue their dominance and lost their top positions. They were first appeared at Nos. 1 and 2 in June 2002. Venus Williams was the hold the top spot followed by Serena Williams.

Ahead of the French Open 2010, which is scheduled to kick off on May 23, both sisters will be seeded 1-2.

It will be interesting to see how long they can continue their form and top position in the WTA ranking. They will have to face a tough time when they will head to play at Roland Garros.

Recently, Serena Williams made her return from injury. She has not got back her prime form. It is expected that she will be eliminated early from this upcoming tournament.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Nadia Petrova defeated Serena Williams at the Madrid Masters

Serena Williams, who is the top ranked tennis player in the WTA ranking, recently lost to Russian opponent Nadia Petrova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 at the Madrid Masters.

It was an exciting game as both players fought hard for a victory. Serena Williams won the first set and took the control of the match, but Nadia Nadia Petrova clinched the victory after winning the last two sets.

Serena Williams made 41 errors while the 16th seeded Nadia Petrova had 10 aces on Wednesday.

Serena Williams made her return in the tennis court after suffering from injury. That is why, she looked out of form. Her match against Vera Dushevina on Tuesday was one of the longest matches of her career as it lasted 3 hours and 26 minutes.

Last year, Williams made her first appearance at the Madrid Masters and had been eliminated early after being beaten in the opening round.

However, elder sister Venus Williams moved into the fourth round by beating Francesca Schiavone 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Fans may worry about Serena Williams’ performance in the clay court which will kick off at the end of this month. It will be interesting to see if Serena Williams can grab another Grand Slam title this year.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Roger Federer is expected to get back his form in Spain

The performance of defending champion, Roger Federer, was questioned because of his poor performance this year. Even his defeat at the Estoril Open raised question about his possibility to hold the trophy in clay court. However, this world number one tennis player proved his ability with a round two win at the Madrid Masters and warned that he would recover his best form.

Twenty-eight-year old Roger Federer won the Australian Open at the end of January. After that he could not make his place in the final round of any tournament. He was supposed to break this tradition in the Estoril Open tournament but world number 34 Alberto Montanes beat him in the semi-finals.

Recently, Roger Federer has beaten Germany’s Benjamin Becker 6-2, 7-6. It took him only 81 minutes to win the match. This victory will increase Roger Federer’s boost and encourage him to continue his form in the upcoming tournament.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Roger Federer is hopeful for his good performance in French Open 2010

Despite his poor performance in this season, the world number one tennis player, Roger Federer, is not worried for the upcoming French Open 2010. Defending champion Roger Federer will be eyeing to defend his title. But it seems that his fans will not take him as the most probable winner as he lost to Alberto Montañés in the semi-final of the recently concluded Estoril Open in Portugal.

Still Roger Federer has the highest possibility to hold his title in this competition. Though he was not in good form, he is able to get back his form in the in clay court through his career. His 23rd consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals make him the most remarkable player in this competition. Such kind of performance makes him tough contender in the clay court.

Until the Estoril Open in 2010, Alberto Montañés could not defeat Roger Federer in his previous three attempts. He may not do it ever if Federer did not make 48 unforced errors.

It is believed that Roger Federer will continue his dominance.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Albert Montanes defend his Estoril Open title second time

Defending champion, Albert Montanes, defend his title for the second consecutive time after defeating home favorite, Frederico Gil, in the final match of Estoril Open on Sunday.

For the fourth seed tennis player, Albert Montanes, it was not an easy victory as he struggled hard in the second set but he could manage to come back in the competition and seal the victory with 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 7-5.

Frederico Gil made his entrance in this tournament as an unseeded. He is also the first Portuguese player to reach the final in Estoril. He made a convincing start after winning his first game in his without losing a point. But he could not continue his dominance as he lost to Montanes in the final match.

Albert Montanes defeated top-ranked male tennis player, Roger Federer in the semi-final game. This victory encouraged him to continue his winning streak in this recently concluded tournament. He is now eyeing to play on Roland Garros and continue his form in clay court. May be, he will develop his position in the ATP rank. Albert Montanes is now currently ranked 34th in the world.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Roger Federer was knocked out by Albert Montanes of the Estoril Open semifinals

Roger Federer’s performance in Portugal questioned his ability to defense the title. He is the defending champion in Roland Garros which was his maiden Grand Slam in this court. It is thought that he cannot hold his title for the second consecutive year. The only reason is that he is not in good form. French Open 2010 is coming closer. It is scheduled to start at 23rd May 2010. May be, he will be back in the clay court with skill and strength.

Recently, Roger Federer was beaten by Albert Montanes 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the semi-final round of the Estoril Open. Albert Montanes is the defending champion. His victory against world best placed put him in the final round and boost him to hold the singles title once again.

Roger Federer 48 unforced errors, mostly on his backhand. He was more consistent in the second set but could not win the match.

Not only that but also he lost to Ernests Gulbis at the Rome Masters. Ernests Gulbis is ranked 40 in ATP players list.

The question is that if Federer can play well or will be upset by someone.

Six weeks ago, Roger Federer broke Pete Sampras’ all time record of holding No. 1 position in 286 weeks.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Rafael Nadal looks to be the favorite to win the French Open 2010

Rafael Nadal, who is now 3rd seeded in Men’s tennis, looks favorite to regain his French Open title. The question is why Nadal looks to be the favorite to win the event. It is known to all that he is a best player in clay court. He has won most of his Grand Slams in this court. However, he could not keep his dominance last year and his title went to top seeded player, Roger Federer.

Rafael Nadal is now in good form. He made his return to the professional tennis and won his 17th Masters level tennis. It will give him boost to continue his winning streak.

It is also said that Roger Federer may not hold this trophy this year. The reason is that he has claimed just a single victory on clay. His victory came against world number 138 Bjorn Phau of Germany.

May be, Roger Federer will store his energy and skill ahead of the Roland Garros. Fans also think that if Rafael Nadal fails due to his inherent knee injury, Roger Federer could achieve the calendar Grand Slam. I can not see any player who can make strong protest against them. I hope that Rafael Nadal will take the dominance and retain his trophy once again.

However, French Open 2010 is almost near at hand. It will kick off at 23rd May 2010.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Roger Federer is the second best player to win French Open 2010

World No. 1 player Roger Federer has been registered as the second best player to have won the French Open 2010 title. Naturally one question can come up to your mind- Who is the most favorite to win the Grand Slam title? Of course, the answer is Rafael Nadal. Rafael Nadal is called the best player in clay court. He has won many Grand Slams in this court. May be, he will repeat his success once again.

No doubt, Roger Federer is considered to be the biggest threat for Rafael Nadal. Roger Federer will be eyeing to hold his title and continue his winning streak.

Roger Federer recently has not been in fantastic form and it will be hard for him defeating his old enemy Rafael Nadal.

Roger Federer has recently lost to Ernests Gulbis, Tomas Berdych, and Marcos Baghdatis. On the other hand, Rafael Nadal in now in buoyant form after getting a victory in Masters level. He has been recovered from injury.

I am expecting to see a tough competition in this event. I also hope to see a final match where Roger Federer will face Rafael Nadal. If it happens then I will be happy. Most of the betting company enlisted Rafael Nadal as an expected winner.

Who will win the French Open 2010?

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Can Roger Federer hold his French Open title in 2010?

French Open 2010 is almost knocking at the door. The second Grand Slam of the year is going to start from 23rd May 2010 and it will continue till 6th June 2010. It will be an exciting event as top ranked players will fight for this prestigious title. World No. 1 male tennis player, Roger Federer, is the defending champion of this event. He won his maiden Grand Slam in clay court. Now, this year, he will try his best to hold the trophy second time and continue his winning streak. He will start his campaign at the Estoril Open Portugal on Wednesday.

Roger Federer lost to Ernests Gulbis in Rome last month, but could make his strong come back against German journeyman Bjorn Phau as he triumphed 6-3, 6-4 in the third-tier ATP Tour event.

Roger Federer is now in good form but he is expected to face a tough challenge against Rafael Nadal. You should know that Rafael Nadal is the most experienced and successful player in clay court. Rafael Nadal was suffering from injury. However, he is now totally fit. His victory in the Rome Masters 1000 will encourage him to not only retain his trophy but also poised to be a biggest obstacle in the success of Roger Federer.

Croatian second seed Ivan Ljubicic has withdrawn from this tournament because of his stomach strain. It ended the world No. 14’s campaign in Rome. His absence has made the path easier for Federer’s journey to a second success in Estoril.

It will be interesting to see if Rafael Nadal can retain his title once again.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Who can win French Open 2010?

French Open 2010 is the second Grand Slam of this year. It is scheduled to start from 23rd May 2010 and it will continue until 6th June 2010. Top seeded players around the world will take part in this tournament.

Roger Federer is the defending champion of this event. He won his maiden title in Roland Garros last year after beating Robin Soderling in straight sets in the final.

On the women’s side Svetlana Kuznetsova won her first ever French Open title as she defeated Russia’s Dinara Safina.

Now, some betting companies have already started betting. In their betting list, world number three Rafael Nadal will be the most probable player to have won the trophy this year. Recently, he has got victory in the Rome Masters and equaled the record of 17th Masters title set by Andre Agassi. Rafael Nadal is called the king in clay court. He has already won five Grand Slams in this clay court and will be eyeing for another one. However, he will have to face a tough challenge as he has struggled a lot went on without any title in other surfaces. I can not see anyone who can handle him with due courage and caliber.

On the women’s side Justine Henin is perhaps the most likely player who can regain the trophy again. She has been performing well in the Masters level. Recently, she has won the Porsche Grand Prix after beating Samantha Stosur in the final match. I hope that she will continue her form and become world number one tennis player in WTA ranking. Perhaps Serena Williams will be a tough competitor for her. Another player is Kim Clijsters. She is now in good form. However, we can not certainly tell anyone that she can win the trophy. But it is sure that fans can enjoy can exciting tournament this year.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Rafael Nadal equaled Andre Agassi’s 17th Masters title record

The world number three, Rafael Nadal, defeated his Spanish compatriot 13th-seeded David Ferrer 7-5, 62 at the Rome Masters 1000 at the Foro Italico on Sunday. After achieving the victory, he equaled the record of 17th Masters title set by Andre Agassi. The difference is that Andre Agassi won his last single title when he was 34 while the Spaniard is still just 23. So, he still has a lot of opportunity to improve his record.

Match was interrupted by rain and started late. Final match between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer was played four and a half hours. David Ferrer played well and tried hard to get another single title. However, he said that he is in great shape ahead of the French Open which will kick off on May 23.

French Open is the second Grand Slam of the year which plays in clay court. Rafael Nadal is the King in clay court. I hope that his last victory will inspire him to keep his dominance in this court.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Justine Henin won her first title at the Porsche Grand Prix

Justine Henin defeated Samantha Stosur 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 on Sunday in the final match of the Porsche Grand Prix. It was the first tournament win for Justine Henin since her return from retirement. She played in five tournaments before reaching such impressive record.

Justine Henin became the second most active players with most titles won after grabbing her 42nd career title with an impressive showing against Stosur. Venus Williams is in the top position with 43 career titles.

The former world number one, Justine Henin, is now currently ranked No. 23 in the world. It is expected that she will move into the top 20 after this victory.

Henin made her place in the final round of both her first two tournaments since returning last fall. However, she lost to both Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Justine Henin reached at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Finals

Professional Belgian tennis player, Justine Henin, has reached into the final round in clay court at Stuttgart on Saturday. She will face seventh seeded Samantha Stosur in the final match for the title.

Justine Henin made her third final appearance in fourth months since her comeback from a two-year break after defeating Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-2 in her semi final match.

On the other hand, her opponent Samantha Stosur defeated Russian qualifier Anna Lapushchenkova 7-5 6-3.

Wild card holder, Justine Henin, is now eyeing to perform at Roland Garros for the first time since her return in the competitive tennis game. She has already won four French Open title. She has already reached the finals at Brisbane and the Australian Open but could not win any title yet. She hopes that she can easily beat Samantha Stosur in the final round and win her first title after making her return in January.

Samantha Stosur is not an easy opponent. So, fans can enjoy an exciting game.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Justine Henin defeated Jelena Jankovic in Stuttgart

Former world number one tennis player, Justine Henin, who managed wild card to play in the in Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, has defeated fourth seed Jelena Jankovic 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 in a charismatic display of high quality tennis. Winning this match, Justine Henin has secured her place in the semi final of this event in Stuttgart, Germany.

It was an exciting game. Seventh time Grand Slam champion, Justine Henin had to face a tough challenge against her opponent in the quarterfinal round. It shows that she has got back her prime form and also proves that two years hiatus from tennis game did not affect her career.

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Fernando Verdasco defeated Novak Djokovic at the ATP Rome Masters quarterfinal match

World number two male tennis player, Novak Djokovic, faced a tough challenge against sixth seeded Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinal at the ATP Rome Masters on Friday. Fernando Verdasco made upset against Novak Djokovic by defeating his opponent 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-4 in a 3hours and 18 minutes game. No doubt, it was a marathon game.

It was Verdasco’s second consecutive victory over the second-seeded Serbian from the Monte Carlo semi-finals two weeks ago. Fernando Verdasco is now trailing Djokovic 5-4 in career head-to-head after winning the match. He has moved into the semi final where he will face either seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or 13th seed David Ferrer. It will be interesting to see if he can make into the final second time.

It was a pathetic defeat for Novak Djokovic. He tried hard but could not win the match.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Justine Henin will be taking preparation for French Open at Roland Garros

Justine Henin, who is the former world number one tennis player, is now focusing on Roland Garros that is scheduled to be held next month. It will not be an easy challenge for her to win this title fifth time as she was two years away from the clay court. Recently, she has beaten Julia Goerges of Germany in a competitive match in the first round of the Stuttgart WTA tournament on Wednesday. It was her first game on clay court since announcing her retirement in May 2008.

Justine Henin was suffering from broken finger. She wore a splint to protect her broken finger which she suffered in training last week. She was playing in aggressive mood and took the control of the first set in 53 minutes after Julia Goerges forced a tie-breaker.

Despite Justine Henin’s two years break from clay court, she did not forget to show her dominant form once again as she took the control of the second set for 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 victory.

Before taking preparation to play in the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, she will play in the WTA tournament in Madrid which will start on May 8, 2010. Let’s see if she can get anymore trophy or not.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Andy Murray gets recover from mental fatigue after a victory against Andreas Seppi

The good news is that Britain’s No 1 tennis player, Andy Murray, has got back his strength after getting victory against Andreas Seppi of Italy. His 6-2, 6-4 victory over the home favorite helped him to make his place at the ATP Rome Masters. Due to his poor performance, he was slipped from second seed to fifth seed in the world ranking.

Andy Murray started the year 2010 well and moved to the Australian Open final. Since then he has been going form less. He suffered two back-to-back defeats and suffering from mental illness due to this reason. He lost at the quarterfinal in Indian Wells and got early elimination from Miami and Monte Carlo.

Andy Murray lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-1 in Monaco. It prompted him to return to Barcelona to try to iron out the flaws which had crept him into the game. However, his recent victory has helped him to get recover from mental tiredness. Let’s see if he can continue his winning track.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Andy Murray is hoping to make his comeback with Rome Masters

Scottish tennis player, Andy Murray, is now hopeful about his participation at the Rome Masters which is scheduled to start this week in Italy. To secure his place in this event, he will face home favorite, Andreas Seppi, who is now ranked 43.

However, Andy Murray is now suffering from frustration because of his two back-to-back defeats at the Masters level. Now, he wants to snap the negative trend with the performance in Rome.

Despite being defending champion of the Miami Masters, he was beaten by Mardy Fish in the second round of this event. Afterwards, he was beaten by Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. It will be interesting to see if he can remove his frustration and gets back his prime form.

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Andy Murray is hopeful about his comeback in the Rome Masters

The Rome Masters is knocking at the door. It is scheduled to start from April 30 to May 8, 2010 in Italy. This tournament will be played in clay court. Top ranked players around the world will take part in this prestigious tournament. Scottish tennis player, Andy Murray, is one of them. He is optimistic about his chance at the Rome Masters. However, his performance in international tournament is not good. The former world no.2 has lost his position because of two back-to-back defeats and slipped to no.5 position. Despite the fact, he is looking ahead. Ahead of the match against world no.47, Italian Andreas Seppi, Andy Murray is practicing hard round the clock. He is now giving all focus in his upcoming match.

Let’s see if he can make his place at the Rome Masters tournament.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Roger Federer hopes to get his second title at the clay court

The current world number one Swiss tennis player, Roger Federer, is feeling good after making his enter to the clay-court season. He is taking preparation to play both singles and doubles at the Rome Masters this week. He will take a lot of confidence from his last year’s French Open victory, which was his record breaking Grand Slam title. Perhaps he will hope to repeat his performance in the clay court once again and try to win his second trophy in this venue.

Roger Federer is now feeling refresh. He is still considered as the top rival of Rafael Nadal in the clay court after the Spaniard’s dominant performance at last week’s Monte Carlo Masters. Fans are excitedly waiting to see if Roger Federer can keep his dominant form.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Lleyton Hewitt will play Davis Cup next month

After recovering from injury, the former world number one tennis player, Lleyton Hewitt, has confirmed that he will play in Davis Cup against Japan next month. He went under hip surgery in January that he sustained in the Australian Open. Injury forced him out from fourth round at the Australian Open which took place beginning of the year. Two-time Grand Slam champion played in the European court and lost to Taiwan 5-0 in March. He was knocked out of the Barcelona Open by Eduardo Schwank of Argentina on Wednesday. He also played the U.S. Clay court championships in Houston earlier this month.

Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald is happy as Lleyton Hewitt is back for Asia-Oceania zone second round clash. His presence will inspire the whole country. Hewitt is the most successful Davis Cup player with 39 wins in singles and doubles. I hope that he will continue his performance as long as possible.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Jo Wilfried Tsonga has reached to the quarterfinal round in Barcelona Open

Jo Wilfried Tsonga is one of the promising tennis players in modern days. He is improving his seeds in the ATP ranking. May be, he will one of the leading tennis players in future. This 25 year-old-player is now showing his best form in Barcelona Open. Recently, he has made his place in the quarterfinal round of this tournament. He had defeated his opponent Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday. Now, Jo Wilfried Tsonga will face top ranked Dutch tennis player Thiemo de Bakker on Friday.

For the first time, Jo Wilfried Tsonga is playing the clay event. He will have a tough time to face the 21-year-old Thiemo de Bakker. Bakker is currently ranked 67th in the world. It will be interesting to see if Jo Wilfried Tsonga can win this trophy.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sania Mirza has arrived in her husband’s country Pakistan

The wedding news of Indian tennis ace, Sania Mirza, and Pakistan cricket player, Shoaib Malik, was one of the hot topics in media for long time. A lot of controversies were created around them. But nothing could stop them from their marriage. At last, this couple got married. Now, they are now spending happy time. This sensational couple has caught the media attention again. Recently, they arrived at Karachi airport and they would take another flight to go to Islamabad. In Islamabad, they would be treated as state guests. They are expected to meet with the Indian High Commissioner and some other high officials in the capital city. For the first time, Sania Mirza has come to the metropolitan city. She feels great after arriving here in Pakistan.

Shoaib Malik will stay with his wife one week before traveling to West Indies to play in T20 World Cup 2010. Their arrival in Islamabad has created a happy moment in Pakistan.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the the Conde de Godo tournament in Barcelona

The former world number one tennis star, Rafael Nadal, has been suffering from knee injury. Because of his knee injury, he has withdrawn from the Conde de Godo tournament in Barcelona. It has not been so long that he made his return to winning ways after winning in Monte Carlo. But tendonitis in his knee forced him out of the Barcelona competition. It seems that he needs rest for few more days. Last year, he could not play at Queens, Wimbledon or take part in the final match of the Davis Cup due to the same problems.

Spanish tennis star, Rafael Nadal, feels sorry because he can’t play in Barcelona. However, he will focus on recovering his knee so that he can take part Rome Masters, Madrid Masters and French Open.

Madrid Masters will start on May 9 and it will continue till May 16, 2010. On the other hand, French Open will be played in between May 23 and June 6, 2010.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Samantha Stosur won the Family Circle Cup trophy

Samantha Stosur of Australia got an easy victory against Russia’s Vera Zvonareva in the final match of Family Circle Cup. The 26-year-old player had defeated her opponent 6-0 6-3 to claim her first triumph on clay. However, it was her second career WTA title.

It took Samantha Stosur only 52 minutes to ensure her victory. She won the first set 6-0 in 18 minutes. After that, she took the lead of the second set with 5-3 before finishing out the match.

Samantha Stosur earns $107,000 as the first-place prize money. This victory would propel the 11th ranked Stosur back into the top 10.

Vera Zvonareva could not play well in the final match. She tried hard to make her come back in the second round but failed. However, she moved into the final round as her opponent Caroline Wozniacki was forced to take retirement due to an ankle injury.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Caroline Wozniacki took retirement from semi-final after suffering by ankle injury

It is very pathetic to see the top-seeded female tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki, to take retirement from her semi-final match against Caroline Wozniacki at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. Caroline Wozniacki was troubled by an injured ankle. She was forced to take retirement for her ankle injury.

Caroline Wozniacki suffered the injury while she slid for a drop shot and her foot caught on the clay surface. She was trailing by 4-2 in the first set. She made her return after undergoing treatment. But she could not stay longer. After Zvonareva took the control of the match 5-2, Wozniacki retired after a double faulted at 15-15.

Final match will be played between Zvonareva and Samantha Stosur. Samantha Stosur defeated Daniela Hantuchova, 6-3, 7-6 (2).

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Caroline Wozniacki advanced into the semi-final round of the WTA Family Circle Cup

Top seeded tennis player Caroline Wozniacki is now performing well in the WTA Family Circle Cup. She is now much closer from the title. Recently, she advanced into the semi-final round of this tournament. She had beaten Nadia Petrova of Russia in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to secure her place in the semi-final round. Now, she will face seventh-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva to get ticket into the final round. Vera Zvonareva defeated American Melanie Oudin 7-5, 6-2.

However, second seeded Jelena Jankovic received an upset defeat in the quarterfinal round. She was beaten by Daniela Hantuchova 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Jankovic won the first set but she could not continue her dominant. As a result, Daniela Hantuchova won the match and reached to the semi-final berth.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Jelena Jankovic defeated Edina Gallovits in Family Circle Cup

Jelena Jankovic moved up to the third round of the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament. To secure her position in the next round, she had to defeat the unseeded player Edina Gallovits of Romania 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the green clay at Family Circle Tennis Center on Tuesday. She achieved her victory in two hours with the help of five service breaks.

Jelena Jankovic of Serbia is currently the second-seeded female tennis player. She got a tough win against Edina Gallovits. She beat her opponent despite losing the first set. Jankovic won the last two sets that helped her to get this victory.

Jelena Jankovic won the Charleston champion in 2007. If she can win the title then she will get $700,000 as prize money.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Serena Williams will make her return from injury at the Italian Open

The world number one female tennis player, Serena Williams, is expected to make her return from a knee injury. She is now hopeful about her join at the Italian Open, which will kick off in the next month. She will be at the Italian Open from 2nd May to 8th May 2010. She obtained a wild card to take part in this competition. It is going to be her first appearance in any tournament since winning the Australian Open in January 2010. After that, she had to suffer a major knee injury. Injury did not allow her to play in any tournament.

Italian Open will start from 3rd May. It will be interesting to see if Serena Williams can make her successful return from injury.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Will Sania Mirza make partner with Pakistan tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq?

No doubt, Sania Mirza has become the most searched topics on net this year. People from both countries are searching about her. Her impending marriage with Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik has given her much media publicity. You should know that this sports star couple has been surrounded by a lot of controversy. People are curious to know more about them. The latest news of Sania Mirza is that she may partner young Pakistani player Aisam-ul-Haq in mixed-doubles matches.

Aisam-ul-Haq is confident about his improvement and makes partnership with Sania Mirza. He has been performing well in mixed double events in the recent past. He could be playing with Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza if he improves his ranking. When he was asked about Sania Mirza’s wedding with Shoaib Malik he said that he was happy for this couple and he wished them luck.

Some news paper or media reported that Sania Mirza will play for Pakistan in the future.

Senator Dilawar Abbas, Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) chief, said he would request Sania to take up Pakistan nationality and represent the country in future. However, it has been confirmed by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) that Sania Mirza would continue to represent India at the international level. Let us see what will happen next.

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