News from 21 week 2012 : 20 May 2012 to 26 May 2012

Paris, France (Sports Network) -The reigning Australian Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Djokovic   and former champion Roger Federer were a pair of second-round winners Wednesday at the French Open.

Djokovic lost to Federer in last year’s French semis, which prevented the Serb from reaching his first-ever French Open final and ended a 45-match overall winning streak.

The five-time major champion Djokovic and Federer could meet in the semis here again next week.

The 16-time major champion Federer titled here in 2009 to complete a career Grand Slam and is a four-time French Open runner-up to Rafael Nadal, including last year.

Nadal is 46-1 lifetime at Roland Garros, including an Open-Era-record-tying six titles. He’s currently the reigning two-time champ, including a victory over his great rival Federer in last year’s finale.

The 10-time major champion Nadal lost to Djokovic in the last three Grand Slam finals.

Paris, France (Sports Network) – World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and former runner-up Samantha Stosur landed in the win column, while former runner-up Venus Williams was sent packing in the second round at the French Open.

Azarenka, a quarterfinalist on the famed red clay at Roland Garros last year, is trying for her second straight Grand Slam title. She won the Australian Open in January for her first career major championship.

“Being No. 1 is a difficult job, because everybody want to catch you, everybody want to move you from the spot,” Azarenka said. “Nothing is going to come easy just because you’re No. 1. You actually have more people… motivated trying to beat you.”

The consistent Radwanska dispatched the unseeded Williams 6-2, 6-3 one day after Williams’ younger sister and fellow former No. 1 Serena was a shocking first-round loser at the hands of France’s Virginie Razzano.

Venus lost to Serena in an all-Williams French Open title bout 10 years ago and hasn’t reached the final four here since.

Radwanska will face former top-five Russian star Svetlana Kuznetsova in the round of 32. 

PARIS — Canadian Milos Raonic defeated American qualifier Jesse Levine 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the third round of the French Open.

The 19th-seeded Thornhill, Ont., native, will face a true clay test in the next round when he plays Argentina’s Juan Monaco after the 13th seed defeated Czech Lukas Rosol 7-6 (4), 6-0, 7-6 (5).

The Canadian will be playing for the first time against Monaco, who owns six ATP clay titles, including two this season.

Both men will be bidding to reach the fourth round in Paris for the first time.

“(The preparation) is not really too different,” said Raonic. “I’ve got to take care of my serve and play more forehands, not sit around and let the ball come to my backhand too much.

“I had a few opportunities today where I should have been running around a bit more. I need to do this, stay aggressive and try to control and dictate as much as possible.”

News from 21 week 2012 : 20 May 2012 to 26 May 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Schiavone beats Cornet to win Strasbourg title

Djokovic tries for fourth Grand Slam title in a row

Tipsarevic, Troicki clinch Team World Cup win for Serbia

Radwanska wins Belgian Open after beating Halep


Champion’s point : 6

“At Wimbledon, the ladies are simply the candles on the cake.”

John Newcombe

John Newcombe Biography 
John David Newcombe born May 23 1944 in Sydney Australia was a former World No. 1 tennis champion.
A natural athlete as a boy John Newcombe played several sports until devoting himself to tennis.
He was the Australian junior champion in 1961 1962 and 1963 and became a member of Australias Davis Cup winning team in 1964.
He won his first Grand Slam major in 1965 by taking the Australian Championships doubles title with fellow Australian Tony Roche. That same year the duo won the Wimbledon doubles title. They would team up to win the Australian doubles championship three more times Wimbledon another four times and the US Championships in 1967 the French Championships in 1967 and 1969. Together Newcombe and Roche won 12 Grand Slam titles more than any other mens team in tennis history.
John Newcombes powerful serve and volley was the backbone of his attacking game. To the delight of fans and the surprise of his opponent he frequently came up with a second-serve ace.
His play made him the No. 1 amateur in the world in 1967.
As a pro he was the world number one player in 1970 1971 and 1973.
In singles play he was a two time winner of the Australian Open a three time winner of Wimbledon and the US Open twice.As member of Lamar Hunts World Championship Tennis 

TENNIS : LOVE GAME OF GOD : 20 week 2012

Rome, Italy (Sports Network) –

To win his sixth Italian Open title, Rafael Nadal will have to beat a familiar opponent.

Nadal and Novak Djokovic advanced to the final of the $3.145 million event with straight-set wins Saturday in a star-studded pair of semifinals.

After the second-seeded Nadal knocked off fellow Spaniard Ferrer, world No. 1 Djokovic topped Roger Federer to set up a rematch of last year’s final, won by Djokovic.

He beat Djokovic for one of his five Italian Open titles in 2009.

“Best thing possible after a fantastic time in Barcelona and Montecarlo, to keep playing in clay tournament and then in the final without losing a set is something fantastic and I am happy,” Nadal said.

Djokovic, who also won this event in 2008, fended off six aces to beat the third-seeded Federer 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) in 99 minutes.

The winner of the final will earn $595,000.

Rome, Italy (Sports Network) –

Reigning champion Maria Sharapova and Li Na of China will meet in Sunday’s title match at the $2.168 million Italian Open tennis event, a clay-court French Open tune-up.

Li advanced to her second final of the year without having to play a match on Saturday, as American Serena Williams withdrew prior to their scheduled semifinal match due to a lower back injury.

“Everyone. I’m soooo sad and sorry I had to pull out of what has become my favorite tournament in Rome,” Williams said on her Twitter account. “Everyone has become so nice here in Rome and the tournament Director is amazing. I will be here next year for sure.”

Williams said that she will be ready for the French Open, which is just eight days away.

Li will do battle with Sharapova in Sunday’s title match.

The second-seeded Russian beat German Angelique Kerber, the No. 12 seed, 6-3, 6-4 to reach her fourth final of 2012.

The three-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova beat reigning U.S. Open champ Sam Stosur in last year’s finale in Rome.

“Coming back to a place where you have accomplished so much, and to be in a position to regain that success, makes me very happy,” Sharapova said. “It was a tough match today and I’m looking forward to another tough one tomorrow.”

Sharapova is 6-4 lifetime against Li.

The 2012 Rome titlist will collect $385,000.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Tennis Australia says two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt and rising star Ashleigh Barty have been awarded wild cards into the main draw of the French Open.

Tennis Australia said in a statement Wednesday that Hewitt, who had foot surgery in February, has made a speedier than expected recovery and has been training well on clay. He won the U.S. Open singles title in 2001 and Wimbledon the following year.

The 16-year-old Barty is the 2011 Wimbledon junior champion and was a first-round loser at this year’s Australian Open.

A reciprocal agreement between the French Tennis Federation and Tennis Australia allows the Australian group to select two players for the French Open, which starts May 22 at Roland Garros. 

News from 20 week 2012 : 13 May 2012 to 19 May 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Canadian Bouchard wins Futures Rising Star title in Sweden

Nadal to face Djokovic for Italian Open title

Serena withdraws; Sharapova, Li Na reach Italian Open final

Champion’s point : 5

“The next point — that’s all you must think about.”
Rod Laver

Rodney George “Rod” Laver MBE (born 9 August 1938) is an Australian formertennis player who holds the record for most singles titles won in history of tennis, with 200 career titles.

He was the World No. 1 player for seven consecutive years, from 1964 to 1970 (from 1964 to 1967 in the professional circuit)

. He is the only tennis player to have twice won the Grand Slam (all four major singles titles in the same year) – first as an amateur in 1962 and second as a professional in 1969. He is the only male player and was the first player, male or female, to have won the Grand Slam during the open era (in 1988 Steffi Graf also achieved this feat).

Within his slams there are also 6 in doubles and 3 in mixed doubles.

Laver won a total of twenty major tournaments, including eleven Grand Slamtournament titles and nine Pro Slam titles. In 1967, Laver also won theProfessional Grand Slam. In addition he won nine Championship Series titles (1970–75) the precursors to the current Masters 1000. Laver won and excelled on all the surfaces of his time (grass, clay and wood/parquet), and was ranked as the best professional player in the world during the five-year period he was excluded from the Grand Slam tournaments.

Rod Laver is the second and last male player to win each major title twice in his career. Only Roy Emerson and Margaret Court had won all four Grand Slam tournaments twice before Laver in the history of tennis.

Laver is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.   Within his slams there are also 6 in doubles and 3 in mixed doubles.

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TENNIS : LOVE GAME OF GOD :19 week 2012

 MADRID, Spain —

Roger Federer will play for his third Madrid Open title in the final after cruising past Janko Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday.

The Swiss star advanced to meet Tomas Berdych, who edged Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) in the other semifinal.

“It’s going to be a tough match,” said Federer. “Berdych is playing well himself. It’s quick conditions and he can be a big threat in the finals like that.”

On the women’s side, Serena Williams will meet top-ranked Victoria Azarenka in the final after they dispensed with their rivals in straight sets.

Williams beat Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (5), 6-0 and Azarenka ousted fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4.

The ninth-seeded Williams will play for her second title of the season. Azarenka has won four tournaments so far.

“Victoria has been so consistent in her game this year,” said Williams. “She is so consistent, so amazing and so, just nearly perfect. I am going to the final with nothing to lose.”

“She’s one of the best players in the world and one of the toughest opponents to play against so we’ll see, but as I said it’s going to be a different story,” Azarenka said.

MADRID, Spain — Novak Djokovic joined Rafael Nadal in declaring he won’t play again on the new blue-clay court at the Madrid Open after losing 7-6 (2), 6-3 to Janko Tipsarevic in an all-Serb quarterfinal on Friday.

It was Tipsarevic’s second win in five matches against Djokovic, who last lost at this stage in November at the Paris Masters.

Nadal was beaten by Fernando Verdasco on Thursday. He later said he wouldn’t return unless the tournament reverts to red clay.

The top-ranked Djokovic said the same.

“I want to forget this week as soon as possible and move on to the real clay courts,” Djokovic said. “Here you can’t predict the ball bounce or movement. They can do whatever they want, but I won’t be here next year if this clay stays.”

On the women’s side, Serena Williams brushed aside second-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals along with top-ranked Victoria Azarenka.

MADRID, Spain — Canada’s Daniel Nestor and partner Max Mirnyi failed to advance to the Madrid Open doubles final Saturday as the world’s No. 1 team were defeated by Poland’s Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6), 12-10.

The loss was the first since Nestor and Mirnyi took over the top ATP ranking at the start of the week.

“It was a tough loss, we had our chances but didn’t manage to take them,” said Nestor. “Max and I fought hard but they were too good.

“It’s tough to lose to these guys twice in just a few weeks — and both times in Spain. We need to lift next week for Rome if we want to be ready for the French Open.”

News from 19 week 2012 : 6 May 2012 to 12 May 2012 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Federer to face Berdych; Azarenka takes on Serena in Madrid

Canada’s Nestor, partner Mirnyi knocked out in Madrid semis

Champion’s point : 4

I will tell you King’s First Law of Recognition:

You never get it when you want it, and then when it comes, you get too much.

Billie Jean King 

( Billie Jean King (née Moffitt; born November 22, 1943) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. She won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. King has been an advocate against sexism in sports and society )

King is the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, the Women’s Sports Foundation, and owner of World Team Tennis

TENNIS : LOVE GAME OF GOD :18 week 2012

OEIRAS, Portugal — Kaia Kanepi of Estonia won the Estoril Open after saving two match points to beat Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the final on Saturday.

“I’ve won a few matches from match points down but I’ve never won a final like this,” Kanepi said. “I’ll remember this final in a good way for a long time.”

Defending champion Juan del Potro of Argentina beat third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets and will meet Richard Gasquet in the men’s final on Sunday.

Del Potro didn’t surrender a break-point chance in winning 7-6 (2), 6-4.

The second-seeded Gasquet of France had to rally from a set down to outlast Albert Ramos 2-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5 in the first men’s semifinal.

It will be Gasquet’s first final since July 2010.

MUNICH, Germany — Third-seeded Marin Cilic beat German veteran Tommy Haas in straight sets on Saturday to reach the final of the BMW Open, where he will face 2007 winner Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Cilic, the 2010 finalist, dropped just five points from his own serve as the 23-year-old Croat defeated Haas 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour, 15 minutes.

The 34-year-old Haas was once ranked as high as No. 2 but has dropped to No. 134. He was playing in his first ATP semifinal since August 2009 after receiving a wild card into the clay-court tournament.

The fourth-seeded Kohlschreiber beating second-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-4.

The 28-year-old German is hoping to lift his first trophy on Sunday since winning the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany last year.

The Munich tournament is one of the warm-up events for the French Open.

MADRID, Spain — Venus Williams held off a late surge by Simona Halep to win 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (6) in the first round of the Madrid Open on Saturday.

“On the last match point I went for it. I wanted to leave it all out there on the court,” said Williams, playing just her third tournament following a seven-month absence due to illness.

“A match like that can be good. We hit a lot of balls and I was able to get that clay-court mentality right away. I have to keep remembering I’m on clay.”

Earlier, fifth-seeded Sam Stosur also needed three sets to beat Petra Martic.

Stosur saved six break points to claim the tight contest from the Croatian, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (5).

Stosur will next face American Christina McHale, who converted five of 14 break points to beat Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson 6-4, 7-5.

“She’s an up-and-coming young player who hits the ball well and is a great athlete,” Stosur said. “I will have to be prepared and be on my game.”

Also, eighth-seeded Li Na off China hit seven aces to ease by Gabrine Muguruza Blanco of Spain 6-2, 6-4.

Sorana Cirstea of Romania came from behind to upset seventh-seeded Marion Bartoli 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-3, while Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic brushed by 10th-seeded Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-2.

Other winners included Mona Barthel of Germany, Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic, and local favourite Silvia Soler-Espinosa.

News from 18 week 2012 : 29 April 2012 to 5 May 2012

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Venus Williams beats Halep in Madrid Open first round

Kanepi saves two match points to win Estoril Open

Italy’s Errani wins Budapest Grand Prix final

Second-seeded Seppi to face Paire in Serbia Open final

Cilic beats Haas to reach BMW open final for second time