Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Roger Federer lost to Tomas Berdych in the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open

Top seeded male tennis player, Roger Federer, was beaten by 16th seeded Tomas Berdych in the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. After defeating Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, Tomas Berdych moved to the quarterfinal round. In the quarter final, Tomas Berdych will face Fernando Verdasco.

It was a surprise defeat for Roger Federer. He failed to move further in this tournament. His early elimination from Sony Ericsson Open will disappoint his fans. However, this match was full of excitement.

The match between Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych was played for three hours. Tomas Berdych, who hails from Czech Republic, faced a tough challenge in this match. Roger Federer made 62 unforced errors that eventually put him down. He was broken three times by his opponent.

Tomas Berdych saved eight of his ten break points. However, his seven break points came in a tense second set. With this victory, he ended the eight-match losing streak against the Swiss star Roger Federer. Not only that but also he had to loss 11 matches in a row against top-ten opponents. I hope that Tomas Berdych will remember this victory as a sweet revenge.

Fans should be worried about the performance of Roger Federer. Since Australian Open 2010, he did not win any big trophy. Will he retire from tennis?

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Tall Ivo Karlovic was stopped by short David Ferrer at Sony Ericsson Open 2010

Ivo Karlovic has become one of the second tallest players to have been eliminated from the Sony Ericsson Open 2010. He was beaten by David Ferrer of Spain in two straight sets on Sunday. He could not manage a victory despite getting support from rowdy crowd. This match was played on court 2 at Sony Ericsson Open. David Ferrer will face Rafael Nadal in the next match.

The match between Ivo Karlovic and David Ferrer proved that height is not a big factor in the game of tennis.

David Ferrer had a big challenge against Karlovic. He got a 7-6 (7-5) advantage in the first set. However, he ensured his victory in the second set by rolling it 6-3. Karlovic was good in serve. Other than that he had to struggle with almost everything. He had 27 unforced errors to Ferrer's 13 and won only nine of 39 baseline points.

The 29th ranked Ivo Karlovic, who is 6-10, is perhaps the tallest male tennis player in the world. He is one of the eight players in the top 100 who are at least 6-5. On the other hand, David Ferrer is just 5-9.

Another tall player, John Isner of Greensboro, lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero at the same day. Carlos defeated Isner 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. John Isner is just 6-9 while his opponent stands 6-0.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Olivier Rochus made upset against Novak Djokovic

Second seeded male tennis player Novak Djokovic has been left out of the Sony Ericsson Open 2010. He was beaten by Olivier Rochus of Belgium in the second round. Olivier Rochus defeated his opponent by 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4 during a rainy day at Crandon Park. After getting this victory, he has moved through to the third round. It was Djokovic fourth defeat this year. However, luck did not favor him. Surprisingly Rochus got three lives against Djokovic.

It was a closely contested match between them. Rochus won the first set by 6-2. After that, Djokovic made his return in the second set with a victory. The result of this match was secured in a tie-breaker.

No one could expect that Olivier Rochus will win this match. Olivier Rochus came into the match with just 4-8 mark in 2010.

The early elimination of Novak Djokovic has come as a great shock. He again failed to get any big trophy this year.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Wayne Odesnik is facing ban to importing ban drug in Australia

American tennis player Wayne Odesnik is facing a two-year ban to importing drug in Australia. On January 2, 2010, the 24-year-old player was stopped by the custom officers at Brisbane airport. He arrived here to play in the Brisbane International and Australian Open tournaments. Custom Officers found eight vials after searching of his luggage. Each vial was containing of six milligrams of the banned HIGH drug.

The 98th ranked tennis player pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday to importing the banned drug. He was fined $8,000 and ordered to pay $1,142 in costs. It was really very shocking matter. This matter will be referred to the International Tennis Federation (ITF). It is the time to see what ITF announce as a punishment for Wayne Odesnik.

However, he could take part in the Brisbane International tournament and he picked up a $31,500 after reaching to the second quarter of the Australian Open.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Justine Henin defeated Jill Craybas in the first round of Sony Ericsson Open 2010

Former world number one Justine Henin has got her first victory against Jill Craybas at WTA Sony Ericsson Open 2010 tournament on Wednesday. After beating her opponent by 6-2, 6-2, she has moved to the second round. It took her only 28 minutes to win the first set. This victory shows that she has not lost her dominance over the tennis court. Jill Craybas lost to Justine Henin third time.

American contestant Jill Craybas could not make any strong protest against Belgian former No. 1 Justine Henin.

Justine Henin got wildcard to take part in this tournament. She was out of tennis game almost 2 years. This tennis legend announced his retirement from tennis in 2008. However, since her return she did not win any Grand Slam trophy or even any big title. I hope that Sony Ericsson Open will create an opportunity to fulfill her dream. Let us see if she can do it or not.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Venus Williams is looking forward to Sony Ericsson Open 2010

American professional female tennis player Venus Williams is eyeing for her 4th WTA Miami title this year. In her opening match, she will face Sorana Cirstea. This match is scheduled to kick off at 25th March Thursday night. Venus Williams is confident about her performance in home ground. She will get support from home crowd and from her family members who will come to see her game. Venus Williams is one of the most top bidding players in this tournament. However, her younger sister Serena Williams can not take part in this tournament because of her knee injury. Serena Williams had to opt out her name from BNP Paribas Open 2010 for her injury. I hope that she will be recovered soon and return back to the tennis courts as early as possible. Last year Serena Williams lost to Victoria Azarenka. Let us see if her elder sister can take revenge for her defeat.

The Sony Ericsson Open is an annual event for both men and women. This tournament takes place at Key Biscayne in Florida. It runs through two weeks. This year it is scheduled to start on 24th March 2010 and it will continue till 4th April 2010. Andy Murray and Victoria Azarenka are defending champions in both Men’s and Women’s category.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Andy Roddick will play against Ivan Ljubicic in ATP Masters 1000 event at Indian Wells

The much anticipated men’s final match at BNP Paribas Open 2010 will be played between American contestant Andy Roddick and Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia. Both of them will face each other in California for the final clash. Fans of tennis game will be watching to see who will win the trophy this year.

Today on 21st March 2010, Andy Roddick will play against Ivan Ljubicic. This match is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

Seventh-seeded Andy Roddick defeated his Swedish opponent Robin Soderling by 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Saturday. Roddick got his first victory over Soderling in three attempts. On the other hand, the 20th-seeded Ivan Ljubicic made an upset against 3rd-seeded player Rafael Nadal. It was an unexpected win for the 31-year-old player Ivan Ljubicic.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal failed to make his place in the final round after losing to Ljubicic by 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1). It was an exciting game between these two players. Ivan Ljubicic showed impressive performance Nadal. Rafael Nadal was remained as the men’s top-seeded player in this tournament as both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic was eliminated early from this tournament.

Who do you think will win in this match: Andy Roddick or Ivan Ljubicic?

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Jelena Jankovic has reached to the final round

Jelena Jankovic will have to wait for one more victory to get her first title in seven month on Sunday. You know that she has reached to the women’s final round of BNP Paribas Open 2010 in Indian Wells. Her victory came against Samantha Stosur in California. She has defeated her opponent in two straight sets 6-2, 6-4. She did not have to struggle hard to get this victory.

It will be watching to see whom Jelena Jankovic will face in the final round. However, she can face either Caroline Wozniacki or Agnieszka Radwanska in the final clash.

After defeating Tommy Robredo by 6-3, 7-5, Andy Roddick has moved to the men’s semi-final round. Today Andy Roddick will face Robin Soderling in the semi-final match.

Men’s top-seeded player Rafael Nadal will play against Ivan Ljubicic in the other semi-final round.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Rafael Nadal advances to the semi-final round after defeating Tomas Berdych

There is good news for Rafael Nadal fans as their tennis player has advanced to the semi-final round of the BNP Paribas Open 2010 tennis tournament. This third-rank Spaniard tennis player has defeated the 19th-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the fourth round by 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. In the semi-final round, he will face 20th-seeded Ivan Ljubicic.

Rafael Nadal had to struggle hard to get victory against Tomas Berdych. However, he got victory after playing 2 hours and 12 minutes. After securing his victory, he has become the top seeded tennis player in the tournament. Both Roger Federer of Switzerland (top ranked) and Novak Djokovic of Serbia (second seeded) have been left out early of this tournament.

On the other hand, Ivan Ljubicic defeated Juan Monaco of Argentina by 4-6, 6-2 and 6-1.

One match is still left in the quarterfinal round. This match will be played between Andy Murray of Britain and American Andy Roddick today.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Agnieszka Radwanska secures her semi-final round for the first time after beating Elena Dementieva at BNP Paribas Open 2010

The fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland has got an easy victory against her Russian opponent Elena Dementieva in the fourth round at Indian Wells WTA hardcourt tennis tournament in California. She has defeated the fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva in two straight sets 6-4 6-3. This victory has helped her to reach the semi-final round for the first time in her career.

On the other hand, this defeat has left Dementieva out of this tournament. It was not a competitive match either. This match result shows that Dementieva could not make any strong protest against her opponent.

Now, tennis fans are excitedly waiting to see if Agnieszka Radwanska can win the title in BNP Paribas Open 2010.

However, in one of the remaining quarter final matches Australian Samantha Stosur will play against Spain's Maria Jose Martinez. In another match Serbian Jelena Jankovic will take on Russian Alisa Kleybanova.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Marcos Baghdat defeat Roger Federer in the third-round of BNP Paribas Open 2010

Tennis fans could see an exciting match between Roger Federer and Marcos Baghdatis. If you watch this match live on TV then you should know that Marcos Baghdatis made an upset against top-seeded player Roger Federer after crashing him out of the Masters 1000 tournament at Indian Wells. After playing this match two hours and 22 minutes, he has snatched the victory in the third-round on Tuesday night. The world No. 1 player was beaten by his Cypriot opponent 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(4). The result of this match was ensured in a tie-break round. Federer took the control of the match after winning the first set. However, Baghdatis made his come back in the second set and forced Federer to fight in the third round. Luck did not favor Roger Federer so far. So, he got early elimination of this tournament.

Marcos Baghdat has made a history after beating Roger Federer in any tournament. However, he will face Spanish opponent Tommy Robredo in the fourth-round.

I am not sure about the rank of Marcos Baghdat because I have found his two different ranks in two websites. Some wrote that his rank is 27th and some said that he is 33rd ranked player. Whatever it is, it does not matter. The main thing is that fans will be watching to see how long he can move on in this tournament.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have moved to the fourth round at BNP Paribas Open 2010

Both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have kept their dominance in the tennis court after getting victory in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open 2010. Now, they have moved through to the fourth round.

Third-seeded Rafael Nadal is the defending champion. He is struggling hard to regain his title again. However, he has got an easy victory against Mario Ancic. Mario Ancic was beaten by Nadal 6-2, 6-2. The duration of this match was 65 minutes. Nadal said that he is pleased with this victory.

On the other hand, second-seeded player Novak Djokovic had to struggle hard to get victory against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets. He eliminated Philipp Kohlschreiber by 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Despite losing in the second set, he never forgot to win the match in the third set. This match was played two-hour, 35-minute.

It is thought that both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have possibility to face each other in semi-final round. Before that Djokovic will have to face the 20th-seeded Croatian veteran Ivan Ljubicic in the next round. Ivan Ljubicic defeated Argentine qualifier Brian Dabul 6-2, 6-3.

On the other hand, Nadal will face the winner of Monday’s late match between the Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey.

The excitement of this tournament has risen. Let us see what will happen next.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Maria Sharapova was beaten by Zheng Jie at BNP Paribas Open 2010

Zheng Jie of China has made an upset against Russian female tennis player Maria Sharapova in the third-round of BNP Paribas Open 2010 at Indian Wells. Maria Sharapova was beaten by Zheng Jie 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. This match took up 2 hours and 43 minutes. This match was full of excitement. Each of the players had possibility to win the match but at the end Sharapova had to receive her defeat. No doubt, it was the match of the BNP Paribas Open.

Maria Sharapova was suffering from aches and pain. While she was leading the final set by 3-2, she called a trainer because she needed to message her aching right arm. After that she did not win any point.

This match has turned into a thrill while Sharapova made her return after winning the second set. However, she could not hold the dominance for long time as her opponent won the final set by 6-3.

It was very pathetic to see Maria Sharapova losing early from any tournament. However, we hope that she will come back soon after recovering from injury.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Carla Suarez Navarro upset Svetlana Kuznetsova in Indian Wells

The early exit of Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia was a big upset at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Hardly anyone could expect that she will be eliminated in her opening match of this tournament. This top-seeded player was defeated by Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. It was an exciting game. Luck did not favor Kuznetsova. However, her opponent Suarez Navarro did not anything impressive to win the match other than stay safely behind the baseline and keep putting balls over the net. Suarez Navarro made upset for Venus Williams at the 2009 Australian Open.

Svetlana Kuznetsova made some silly mistakes that put her down. In the second-round match, she made seven double faults and no aces. He also dropped her serve six times.

Justine Henin was the first upset in this tournament. She was beaten by Gisela Dulko in the second round. Her defeat broke the heart of tennis fans. Let us see who will be the next upset of this tournament.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Justine Henin losses in the second round at Indian Wells

Tennis fans had a lot of expectation about Justine Henin. Many fans thought that Justine Henin will win the title in this tournament. Even there was not any strong opponent like Serena Williams or Dinara Safina who could make protest against her. However, her early exit from second round at the Indian Wells has broken her fans heart.

This 27-year-old player, who got wild card to play in this tournament, lost to 31st seeded Argentine player Gisela Dulko in a much-competitive match. The match result was 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.

Justine Henin looked simple in front of Dulko. She seemed technically underdog against her opponent Dulko. Fans saw that how simple mistakes put veteran player down. It was bad luck for Justine Henin that she could not precede further despite being a first favorite player in this tournament. I think that other players will teach lesson from this match and they should take their opponents with much importance.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Carlos Moya and Mardy Fish won the first round of BNP Paribas Open 2010

Carlos Moya, a wild card holder in the BNP Paribas Open 2010 at Indian Wells, got victory in the first round against American qualifier Tim Smyczek. He has beaten his opponent in two straight sets. Carlos Moya won the match by 7-6, 7-6. It was an excited match between them. He had to play two hours and 20 minutes to ensure the victory. After getting a victory against 295th-ranked Smyczek, the former world number one has moved to the second round. No doubt, Tim Smyczek will feel sad for his defeat. It is sure that he played well but could not snatch the victory.

Another winner is American contestant Mardy Fish. He has beaten Germany's Michael Berrer by 1-6 6-1 6-3 in an evening match. He performed well and got the victory despite losing the first set.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Justine Henin gets an easy victory against Magdalena Rybarikova in BNP Paribas Open 2010

Justine Henin has moved to the second round after getting an easy win in the first round of BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday. She has successfully beaten the 21-year-old Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia by 6-2, 6-2. The duration of this match was 1 hour, 8 minutes. Justine Henin did not have to struggle hard to get victory against 53rd seeded as she ensured her victory in two straight sets.

Justine Henin got wild card to play in this tournament at Indian Wells. It is her third tournament after since her come back from 18-month retirement. Her inclusion in WTA tour has increased the excitement. She is the most favorite contestant in this title race. May be, she will win the trophy.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Justine Henin is the first favorite for BNP Paribas Open 2010

Tennis bidders think that this time Justine Henin has the most probability to win the BNP Paribas Open 2010 event which will take place at Indian Wells. According to the betting odds, we can see that Justine Henin has got the favorite team in this tournament. This former world no. 1 tennis star has returned to the competitive tennis after a two-year retirement. Other contestants in the WTA tour will have to face a tough challenge against her. Who could protest her in this tournament was top-seeded player Serena Williams. Because of her injury she can not play this year. Even second-seeded player Dinara Safina is also out of this tournament. No doubt, Justine Henin will not face any strong protest in this tournament. Even she has no suitable successor who could face her with equal courage and beat her successfully.

However, Justine Henin’s compatriot Kim Clijsters is likely to be the second favorite player. If anyone can beat Justine Henin then it will be Kim Clijsters.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Justine Henin and Carlos Moyá in BNP Paribas Open 2010

The former world number one female tennis player Justine Henin has got wild card to take part in the 2010 BNP Paribas Open. 2010 BNP Paribas Open will start on Monday with qualifying rounds at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The 27-year-old tennis player made after a nearly two-year retirement. She took part in the Australian Open 2010 which was her first big tournament after retirement. She played in the final round of this tournament. However, she lost to Serena Williams 4-6, 6-3, 2-6 in the final.

Another player who has got wild card is Carlos Moyá. He won the French Open in 1998.

Women’s main-draw will begin on 10th March while men’s main-draw will start on 11th March. It will continue till March 21.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Sania Mirza will make her return at the Commonwealth Games 2010

It has been long time that we have not seen Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza playing more games in any tournament in 2010. Because of career-threatening waist injury, she has ruled herself out from the upcoming Dubai Open which will start in February 2010. It will take her long time to be fit and take part any of the tournaments. No doubt, she is suffering from dangerous injury and it can cut short her glorious career. However, she is expected to make her strong come back at the Commonwealth Games which is scheduled to start in October 2010 in India. Making return in the Commonwealth Games is her only main goal now. She has give importance in Commonwealth and the Asian Games. I hope that she will be recovered soon.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Venus Williams has taken of her younger sister’s avenge after defeating Kim Clijsters in Billie Jean King Cup

Venus Williams won the Billie Jean King Cup after defeating Kim Clijsters in the final match at Madison Square Garden by 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. With this victory elder Sister Venus Williams has taken avenge of her younger sister Serena Williams’ defeat in the U.S. Open against Kim Clijsters. Serena Williams has the opportunity to take the revenge but her leg injury left her out of the tournament. However, her sister Venus Williams took care of this job and finished it. This match was played in three sets. Kim Clijsters made her come back after winning the second set. Match result was ensured in the third set.

Venus Williams missed his younger sister a lot. Perhaps she wanted to celebrate this victory with Serena Williams. More than 11,702 people came to see this match.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Novak Djokovic defend his Dubai Championships title again

In a rain delayed final match, the second-seeded male tennis player Novak Djokovic defend his Dubai Championships title once again on Sunday after defeating his Russian opponent Mikhail Youzhny by 7-5, 5-7, 6-3. The Serbian won his 17th ATP single title in this tournament. It is thought one of the lengthiest games. This match lasted 3 hours and 21 minutes at the Aviation Club. You should know that bad weather interrupted this match and delayed it when Novak Djokovic was leading the match 7-5, 2-0. Venue was not suitable to continue the match anymore. However, match result was ensured in the reserve day. No one thought that Novak Djokovic can win the match. However, he showed that nothing is impossible for him. I would like to congratulate him for his success.

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