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.

lunes, 20 de noviembre de 2017

Maria Sharapova blog. The original pic

2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai. The best moments

Tennis writer Mark Hodgkinson reflects on the remarkable career of Jana Novotna who died on Sunday, aged 49.

No doubt you'll mostly remember Jana Novotna for a flagrant breach of royal etiquette - for weeping on the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent in the moments after losing the 1993 Wimbledon final to Stefanie Graf. 

Tears are expected in the aftermath of every Wimbledon final - it's almost part of the post-match choreography on Centre Court - but this was something quite different, and Novotna gained the lasting affections of the British tennis public, and of the millions watching around the world. And she also gained a friend in the Duchess, who couldn't have cared less what the etiquette was. 

domingo, 19 de noviembre de 2017

Belinda bencic conquer's of the Taipei OEC Open 2017

TAIPEI, Taiwan
Belinda Bencic's rich vein of form at the end of the year continues, as she defeated Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, 7-6(3), 6-1, in the championship match of the Taipei OEC Open on Sunday.

sábado, 18 de noviembre de 2017

Maria Sharapova blog. The original pic

Serena and Alexis Ohanian are practicing their first dance. 16 November 2017.

Serena Williams wed fiancé Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans on Thursday, and Vogue magazine released all the details of the star-studded soiree.

It’s 3:00 p.m. the day before their wedding, and Serena and Alexis Ohanian are practicing their first dance one last time with a choreographer in the depths of their venue, the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. Outside, paparazzi are ensconced across the street hoping to catch a glimpse of the tennis superstar, and vendors are quickly working to build the French ball–themed, Beauty and the Beast–style decor, complete with a gold arch of flowers at the end of the aisle, long tables covered in lamé fabric, and lots of surprises. Inside, Serena is a calm, cool, and confident bride, dressed in leggings and a black baseball cap, just trying to nail her steps for when she and her husband take their first spin on the dance floor to “Tale as Old as Time” tomorrow.

viernes, 17 de noviembre de 2017

Maria Sharapova blog. Training

20 questions with ana Ivanovic. #Darling

Angelique kerber blog. Wim Fissette will succeed her compatriot Torben Beltz in her coaching camp

Angelique Kerber will look to rebound from a trying 2017 season in 2018 with a new coach by her side.

The German announced on social media on Thursday that Belgian Wim Fissette will succeed her compatriot Torben Beltz in her coaching camp.

The two-time Grand Slam champion saw her ranking drop from World No.1 to begin the season to outside the Top 20 for the first time in five years, seeing a resurgent Julia Goerges pass her for German No.1.

"We share the best memories of my career so far and you’ve not just been a coach, but also a true friend and that won’t change," Kerber tweeted of Beltz.