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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