jueves, 14 de diciembre de 2017

Victoria azarenka has been awarded a wildcard to the first Grand Slam of 2018

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.”

Simona halep blog. #Training

Lucie Safarova blog. The original pic's

lunes, 11 de diciembre de 2017

Ana Ivanovic blog. The original pic

Petra kvitova in press conference. Wta insider

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?
KvitovaFor 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? 
KvitovaThis 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. 

miércoles, 6 de diciembre de 2017

Barbora Strycova announced she would pair with famed Czech David Kotyza

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.

Ana Ivanovic by intimissimi official. The original pic

martes, 5 de diciembre de 2017

Petra kvitova blog. The original cover. #Diamonds

Elina Svitolina has sent pulses racing during her intimate photoshoot for Ukrainian magazine XXL

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.

sábado, 2 de diciembre de 2017

Alizé Cornet, mona barthel and Elise Mertens. Hobart 2018

“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.”

Wta 2018 calendar.

martes, 28 de noviembre de 2017

Maria Sharapova and simona halep in Shenzhen open 2018

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.

petra kvitova at the funeral of jana cepelova

lunes, 27 de noviembre de 2017

Maria Sharapova blog. The original pic

Aryna Sabalenka conquer's of the L & T Mumbai open 2017

It was a day to celebrate for Aryna Sabalenka, as the Belarusian teenager claimed the biggest title of her career on Sunday with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Slovenia's Dalila Jakupovic in the final of the L&T Mumbai Open, a WTA 125K Series event.

sábado, 25 de noviembre de 2017

New grand Slam rules to be introduced in 2018-19

Grand Slam Board, the board of the four Grand Slam chairmen and executives as well as ITF President David Haggerty, announced this week that several new rule changes will come into effect over the next two years.

From the Australian Open 2018, a shot clock will be utilized in between points, and the time permitted increased to 25 seconds - in line with WTA tournaments.

Main draw players forced to withdraw through injury after the Thursday preceding the start of the tournament, but before start of play, will receive 50% of first-round losers' prize money - with the replacement Lucky Loser taking the other half of the purse.

From 2019, Grand Slams will also revert to 16 seeds from the current 32 - going back to the system that was in place until Wimbledon 2001. That year, both the Australian Open and Roland Garros had seen the No.2 seed pitted against the World No.25 in the first round, with Lindsay Davenport beating Jelena Dokic in three sets in Melbourne and Venus Williams falling to Barbara Schett in Paris.

The 32-seed system has seen little effect on unseeded players progressing to the latter rounds of Slams. Over the 10 Slams preceding the switch to 32, there were 19 unseeded players who reached the quarterfinals or better - the same number as in the last 10 Slams under 32 seeds.

Indeed, the 16-seed system could still lead to an all-seeded quarterfinal lineup (such as the 2001 Australian Open and 1998 US Open). Meanwhile, over the 16 years of the 32-seed system, there have been 18 unseeded semifinalists, two unseeded finalists (Justine Henin at the 2010 Australian Open and Roberta Vinci at the 2015 US Open) and even four unseeded champions (Serena Williams at the 2007 Australian Open, Kim Clijsters at the 2009 US Open, Jelena Ostapenko at Roland Garros in 2017 and Sloane Stephens at the 2017 US Open).

Order of play. 25 November 2017. Hawaii open

jueves, 23 de noviembre de 2017

Ana Ivanovic and husband Bastian Schweinsteiger have announced that they are expecting their first child

Ana Ivanovic and footballer husband Bastian Schweinsteiger have announced that they are expecting their first child.

The former World No.1 revealed the news on Twitter - by sharing a photo of three pairs of matching shoes, and expressing the couple's delight at the imminent addition to their family.

"Couldn't be more happy!" wrote the 30-year-old.