martes, 30 de agosto de 2016
Q. What do you think made the difference in the tiebreak today?
ANA IVANOVIC: Probably confidence. You know, I had that set point, you know, and I went for my big forehand and it was quite a bad miss because I was a little bit in two minds what to do with it.
I think it was just, yeah, a little bit of confidence at that moment to close out the set.
Q. How important is it then for you to continue to keep going for it if maybe you're not feeling as confident as you should feel?
ANA IVANOVIC: I think that's what happened in the second set. I tried to go less for it because I tried to make less errors, basically, and I ended up making more.
It was really hard to find the balance between striking and staying in the points. A lot of times in the second set my ball was dropping short of my backhand and she was in control.
Q. How disappointing is it second year in a row going out first round?
ANA IVANOVIC: Yeah, it is very disappointing. You want to try and do best at the biggest events. I really felt I did everything I could. It is very, very sad.
Q. What do you attribute it to?
ANA IVANOVIC: I mean, it's a lot of things. Also, my wrist inflamed again.
Yeah, it's just like I talked about, you know, confidence in these important moments throughout the matches. I feel like I put myself in a position to close out the set or, you know, a break, and then I don't.
This is what has been really frustrating, so this is something that I really have to reassess and work on.
Q. You have been at the height of the women's game. How hungry are you to get back and attain that level?
ANA IVANOVIC: Of course that's what we work for. I really feel like I have a talent to do that. You know, there is a lot of hard work and a lot of health as well involved. This is what I need to do.
I feel like I have been putting a lot of work on court and in the gym over the year. It's been very frustrating not getting anything in return, because I really feel like I invested my heart and also the work.
You know, it's really disappointing in that way, so I really have to try and, you know, stay a little bit positive even if it's very hard.
Ana Ivanovic arrived in New York with her lowest ranking (No. 31) in a half-dozen years. But that didn’t mean the former No. 1 and 2008 Roland Garros titlist didn’t have second-week ambitions in Flushing Meadows, where the 28-year-old Serb has reached the fourth round or better on five occasions, including a career-best run to the quarterfinals in 2012.
But for the second straight year, the No. 29 seed finds herself out of the tournament in the round of 128, having suffered a 7-6, 6-1 loss to 89th-ranked Czech baseliner Denisa Allertova in Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Ivanovic had her chances. She served for the first set at 5-4 and again at 6-5, but her serve let her down time and again. She was hampered by four double faults in the opening set alone, and was simply outclassed in the tiebreak, 7-4.
Broken in the first game of the opening set, Allertova returned the favor in the second, consolidating the break for a quick 2-0 advantage. She would notch two more breaks in the fifth and seventh games to seal the one-hour, 18-minute upset, undoubtedly the biggest win of her young career.
“It’s an amazing feeling right now,” said Allertova, who is making her second main-draw appearance at the US Open. “I’m so happy. It was a tough match. She’s a great player. But I just focused on every point and tried to play my best.”
Simona Halep continued the momentum she has built all summer hard-court season long, routing world No. 56 Kirsten Flipkens, 6-0, 6-2, in the first round on Tuesday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Flipkens matched the 24-year-old Romanian’s ground strokes at times, but too often the veteran Belgian's slice backhands fell short and invited attack. Halep was relentless, pounding two-fisted backhands from every corner of the court to close out a first-set bagel in 24 minutes.
The second set was only a slight improvement for Flipkens. In her off-court interview, Halep admitted that nerves caused her only hiccup of the match: double-faulting away a match point at 5-0, 40-30 in the second set, and then spraying a backhand and forehand to put Flipkens on the scoreboard. The reprieve was short-lived, however, as Halep closed out the match with one of her 22 winners of the match (compared to only 11 for Flipkens) at precisely the one-hour mark.
domingo, 28 de agosto de 2016
Serena Williams took to Macy's Herald Square to kick off the launch Berlei sports bras into the US market 2016
NEW YORK, NY, USA
There was pandemonium on 34th street on Thursday as fans lined up to catch a glimpse of Serena Williams at Macy's Herald Square for the US launch of Berlei. The iconic Australian brand, known for its sports bras, celebrated their launch into the American market for the first time with brand ambassador Serena at the forefront.
Serena has worn Berlei bras in every match she's played for the last 10 years, but it's the first time they'll be available in the United States.
"As a female athlete, I know how important a good bra is," Serena said. "As my tennis regimen includes tons of high performance exercises, I'm always running, bouncing and jumping, and I need to be confident there is both comfort and support - especially on court. I am excited to help introduce these bras globally; I haven't looked back since my mom introduced me to Berlei."
Tennis Pro Serena Williams attends Taste Of Tennis New York on August 25, 2016 in New York City. - Taste of Tennis New York
NEW HAVEN, CT, USA
Radwanska survived a late challenge from No.10 seed Elina Svitolina on route to claiming her first title in new Haven, 6-1, 7-6(2).
The World No.4 Radwanska took a wildcard into the New Haven event looking for some last-minute tune up ahead of the US Open. She'll now leave the tournament having claimed the 19th WTA title of her career, and her second title of the 2016 after opening the season with a win at Shenzhen.
"Thank you so much to the tournament director Anne [Worcester], for giving me that wildcard," Radwanska laughed in her winner's speech. "I definitely appreciate it, and I'll be back next year for sure."
After cruising through a 29-minute first set, Radwanska looked set for a quick day at the office in New Haven. Svitolina won just four points on her serve all set long and didn't bring up a single break point. But the Ukrainian hit the reset button in the second set, raising her intensity and making it a much more even encounter against the top seed.
viernes, 26 de agosto de 2016
TIER: Grand Slams
PRIZE MONEY: $0
DIRECTOR: David Brewer
Queens, New York, is the site of the tennis calendar's fourth and final Grand Slam, the US Open.
Although perceived by some to lack the history and tradition surrounding Wimbledon and the French Open, the inaugural US Open, then known as the United States National Championships, was staged way back in 1881 on the grass courts of the Newport Casino in Rhode Island.
Since then, the tournament has enjoyed a further three homes and two surface changes, taking in the Westside Tennis Club, the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia before finally settling in its current locale, the grandiose USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows in 1978.
Early years saw an American dominance of the tournament, with only six players from outside the US capturing the title during the amateur era. This dominance continued as the Open Era was ushered in, with Billie Jean King, Tracy Austin and Martina Navratilova all victorious on multiple occasions.
However, none were more dominant than Chris Evert. Between 1975 and 1982, the all-time great triumphed in New York on a staggering six occasions, setting an Open Era record that was not equaled until Serena Williams did so in 2014.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the honor roll was given a cosmopolitan makeover, as Gabriela Sabatini, Monica Seles, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Steffi Graf and Martina Hingis were among those crowned, while recent years have seen 21st century stars such as Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters follow in their footsteps. Navratilova has the Open Era doubles record with nine titles.
jueves, 25 de agosto de 2016
Kristina Kucova established herself as one of the biggest breakout stars of this summer, but she’s now looking to make the US Open her coming out party at a Grand Slam.
The 26-year-old Slovak is the top seed in this year’s US Open qualifying. Facing off against scrappy American Sachia Vickery on Wednesday, Kucova regrouped after a mid-match surge from her opponent and raced to a 5-0 lead in the final set before moving into the second round, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
“After the second set, I took a break and just told myself to relax,” said Kucova. “We played once before and it went three sets, so I knew it was going to be a tough match. I’m just really happy that I was able to get through in the end.”
Everything that the borough of Queens has to offer was on full display during the US Open’s third annual Queens Day on Wednesday, fusing the world’s best players with some of the world’s best cultural and entertainment attractions.
A variety of Queens-based performances, ranging from interactive Zumba to Ecuadorian dancing, could be found throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Kids took part in exhibitions and family-friendly activities throughout the day, while the Queens Economic Development Corporation and Chamber of Commerce offered information for local fans and visitors on how to utilize everything the borough has to offer.
“There was something for us to do or see pretty much everywhere we turned,” said Brooke Goldberg, of Astoria, N.Y., who came to Queens Day with her two kids. “I’ve seen a lot of the performers here throughout Queens over the years, so it was great to see them all in one place.”