Archives for Tennis
In her first full season in the professional ranks, Eugenie Bouchard made a strong impression, rising from 114th to 32nd in the world. Athlete of Westmount has logically been proclaimed MVP in the country in 2013.
Bouchard, aged 19, was noted at Charleston tournament in April, when she played the quarterfinals after eliminating the passage rising star Laura Robson and Samantha Stosur, while the 9th World.
At her first appearance at a major Grand Slam at Roland Garros table, she lost in the second round against Maria Sharapova. Then at Wimbledon, she scored a victory at the expense of Ana Ivanovic (12) and went to the third round. …continue reading
The Czech Republic beat Serbia 3-2 and retained the Davis Cup, its third in total, after the victory of Radek Stepanek on Dusan Lajovic, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1, when the last singles played Sunday in Belgrade in the classroom on hard.
Czech veteran defeated 117th player in the world 6-3, 6-1, 6-1, confirming its victory on his first match point by performing a perfect fly. Thousands of Czechs move to Belgrade Arena then erupted in joy, blowing trumpets and beating drums to celebrate the event.
Stepanek became the first player in the history of the tournament to seal the end of two consecutive finals in the fifth game. He had done the same time the Spaniard Nicolas Almagro last year. …continue reading
Roger Federer was revived in the race for the semifinals of the Masters in London on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-3 in the French Richard Gasquet, who can begin to pack her bags.
Beaten by Serbian Novak Djokovic in the opening, the Swiss will play qualification Saturday against Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro, while Gasquet has only a slim hope of reaching the last four.
His last hope might even flying on Thursday night if Del Potro beat Djokovic in the second game of the day. After resisting for Del Potro in three sets Monday, the number one French appeared less fit to Federer in a scrappy match between two players capable of beating sublime but also guilty of striking absences. …continue reading
Quebec’s Eugenie Bouchard reached on Saturday for the first time in her career, a final of a WTA tournament in Osaka, Japan. The Montreal aged 19 was easily prepared in one hour and 26 minutes of the Japanese Kurumi Nara in two identical sets of 6-2.
“I tried to play to destabilize and be combative. She played well I think. It has changed her balls. It was difficult to predict where they would go. So I tried to return the favor and move on the court. When I did that, I’ve had success”, summed Bouchard press conference.
She thus became the first Canadian to qualify for the final of the WTA since Rebecca Marino in 2011, in Memphis, United States. …continue reading
Aleksandra Wozniak has been eliminated in the first round of the HP Open in Osaka, while she was defeated by the ninth head of the tournament series, Kristina Mladenovic. This defeat 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the Blainvilloise is her last game of the season. Wozniak will take a few days off before beginning training for the next campaign.
Toronto’s Sharon Fichman also suffered disposal, account 6-2, 6-1 against China’s Zheng Jie. Quebec’s Eugenie Bouchard will play her second-round match Wednesday, when it will face Thai Luksika Kumkhum.
In other matches played Tuesday, Germany’s Sabine Lisicki has fared better than South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers and has become 7-5, 7-6 (1). …continue reading
The Argentine Juan Martin del Potro ended Sunday in Tokyo to the beautiful series of the Canadian Milos Raonic was left on a coronation in Bangkok and reached the final, lost 7-6 (7/5), 7-5, without losing the lower handle.
The duel between two of the largest services of the circuit was as tight as expected with a broken panting equality in the first set and a second round decided on a gamble Del Potro.
To win his third title of the year, the 16th of his career, the Argentine giant had to serve (7 aces, Raonic against 17 to 73% of the first ball), well back and above all take risks. …continue reading
The Argentine tennis player David Nalbandian in Buenos Aires announced today that he will retire after clashing with the Spanish Rafael Nadal, on display next November 23 in Argentina. “It’s a difficult day because I leave the activity that gave me everything”, said one of the most successful Argentine players recently at a press conference.
“The shoulder does not give me more, I responded well. And so I can not compete”, he said. David Nalbandian, of 31 years, underwent surgery on his right hip and suffered four years ago last February an injured right shoulder which was operated and could not play the semifinal of Davis Cup which the Argentine team played against Czech Republic.
“The images that make me tear up are the Davis Cup. Affection of the people, the atmosphere that live there do not live anywhere, maybe that’s a thorn, but he well”, he said. …continue reading
Milos Raonic did not even need an hour to have Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-3 Friday and reach the semi-finals of the Thailand Open.
The Canadien ranked 11th in the world and seeded third in the tournament won in 59 minutes at the expense of sixth-seeded and 25th player in the world. He does not face any break point, and then he managed 19 aces and 86% of his first serves, in addition to getting the point in 89% of cases in this context.
“I feel I have played very well. I was able to control most of the points from the beginning, commented Raonic. Overall, I think I have done well”. …continue reading
The Belarusian Victoria Azarenka met today with the forecasts to be installed for the second consecutive year in the semi-finals of the US Open to the defeat by 6-2 and 6-3 to the Slovak Daniela Hantuchova. Her opponent will be the revelation of the last Grand Slam tournament of the season, the Italian Flavia Pennetta, who got rid of her compatriot smoothly Roberta Vinci 6-1 with a double.
The other semifinal will play the box the current champion, Serena Williams, and China’s Li Na, seeded fifth. Azarenka, seeded second, stopped on the way to Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic and France’s Alize Cornet.
The Belarusian, 24, needed just an hour and 16 minutes today to ensure her pass to the semifinals. The match had some equality only at the beginning when Hantuchova, former number five of the world, endured with her physique the blow by blow proposed by Azarenka. …continue reading
The Swiss tennis player Roger Federer wasn’t without problems his commitment to first round at the U.S. Open, the fourth and final ‘Grand Slam’ of the season, to overcome in three sets (6-3, 6-2, 7-5) to the Slovenian Grega Zemlja, which just might disturb the five times champion in New York. Federer, seventh head of series, went to the Arthur Ashe Stadium prepared to not waste time, after that the rain should postpone his premiere on the first day.
And the Slovenian Zemlja served as ‘sparring’ before the hurricane of the Swiss. The tennis player of Basel decided when and how to achieve the ‘break’ in each sleeve, in the final stretch of the first and at the beginning of the second half, to strike the blow hard moral more imaginable to his rival, who could not stand. In just 48 minutes the Swiss had won two sets without barely breaking a sweat, dominating placidly from the bottom and serving at a high level.
His sensations, unbeatable, contrasted with the suffering of the Slovenian to earn points, either with his pull or the rest, when Federer pressed. The third set, somewhat longer, repeated context. Federer broke in the second part of the set and served for 5-3. Zemlja However, the edge of the abyss, caste pulled shut to prevent the match Federer again in the fast lane. He managed his only ‘break’ the game and continued his duel. …continue reading