viernes, 15 de diciembre de 2017
jueves, 14 de diciembre de 2017
Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka has been awarded a wildcard to the first Grand Slam of 2018.
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley confirmed in a media release that the tournament is eager to provide support for its former champion.
The Belarusian returned to the WTA for two tournaments in 2017 after giving birth to son Leo last December, reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon, but has been kept out of competitive action since then due to an ongoing family matter.
“Vika’s current situation is obviously very difficult for her and we have reached out to offer any support we can," Tiley said.
“As a two-time Australian Open champion we’ve awarded her a wildcard, and look forward to seeing her back on court in Melbourne in January.”
lunes, 11 de diciembre de 2017
WTA Insider: You've been awarded the Sportsmanship award by the other players in six of the last seven years. That must feel pretty good.
Kvitova: When I found out this news I was very happy because I really didn't expect it. I know I got it a few years before, but this year it's more special than other years. I don't know why,maybe it's because I missed the first half of the season. It's really nice of the players and I really appreciate it. It's important to me to behave well, to be the one who they voted for. For me it's natural, so it's not that tough (laughs). So it's good.
WTA Insider: What does sportsmanship mean to you?
Kvitova: For me, it's about on and off the court behavior, the respect for each other on the court and off the court. I'm always one who wants to fight on the court, but off the court we're just normal people. I just love saying hi to everyone and smiling, not cross anyone. For me, it's just nice to have those people. I'm just happy to see them.
It's about respect and appreciating each other. We need each other. We are fighters, we are opponents, but we are colleagues as well.
WTA Insider: In an interview we did earlier this year, you said that being away and coming back made you feel thankful for the tennis family. Does this award do that as well?
Kvitova: This kind of award doesn't remind me as much as this year when I came back. It was the biggest love from the players that I've ever [experienced]. They were hugging and smiling, asking how I am, and welcoming me back. It was so nice. I really felt like we are a big tennis family, which is just amazing. When I think about that, it's always so nice and it always makes me smile.
sábado, 9 de diciembre de 2017
viernes, 8 de diciembre de 2017
jueves, 7 de diciembre de 2017
miércoles, 6 de diciembre de 2017
Barbora Strycova announced she would pair with famed Czech coach David Kotyza ahead of the 2018 season. Kotyza was Petra Kvitova's longtime coach, and worked with Karolina Pliskova through her rise to WTA World No.1 last year.
martes, 5 de diciembre de 2017
Elina Svitolina has sent pulses racing during her intimate photoshoot for Ukrainian magazine XXL.
Svitolina, who has won five WTA titles this season, conducted a variety poses. Including ones featuring her topless. On the front cover of the magazine, Svitolina is seen holding a tennis racket and wearing a white sports bra. The photo has been created with the illusion that she is not wearing anything covering her bottom half.
domingo, 3 de diciembre de 2017
sábado, 2 de diciembre de 2017
“The Hobart International is the oldest tournament on the WTA calendar that has never had a repeat winner – so it is exciting to have former champions Alize Cornet, Mona Barthel and our most recent winner Elise Mertens returning in 2018. All are popular here in Hobart, so I’m sure they will get plenty of support again as they try to make history.”
viernes, 1 de diciembre de 2017
jueves, 30 de noviembre de 2017
miércoles, 29 de noviembre de 2017
martes, 28 de noviembre de 2017
The tournament celebrates its sixth anniversary in 2018, and will once again run at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center from December 30 to January 6. It continues to be the richest International Series tournament on the WTA Tour. The 2018 singles champion will earn US$163,260 while the runner-up will collect US$81,251.
“The 2018 Shenzhen Open is shaping up to be the best women’s tournament to be staged in the city,” read a joint statement from the Chinese Tennis Association, the Shenzhen Municipal Government, the Longgang District Government, Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Culture, Sport and Tourism, the Bureau of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Longgang District, Gemdale and Kaisa, the tournament’s leading sponsors.