Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Maria Sharapova Has Eye on More Success This Season

After playing in the Australian Open this year, Sharapova had to deal with a virus that kept her out of tournament play until late March.

Since coming back, however, Sharapova has had impressive back-to-back showings in the Indian Wells Masters event, where she reached the semifinals and the finals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

Even though Maria Sharapova fell to Victoria Azarenka in the Sony Ericsson finals in Miami this weekend, her recent performance has been strong enough to see her rise in the WTA rankings.

For the first time in over two years, the Russian-born Sharapova is back in the Top 10. A big reason for her surge is that she appears to be finally healthy.

Now that she's starting to show the form that once made her the world's No. 1 tennis player, Sharapova may finally be back.

Could a French Open win come this season?

Paul Higham of Sky Sports says that the 23-year-old Grand Slam tournament in mind. Higham writes, "...another aim was to win the French Open - the only grand slam title to so far evade her grasp and on a surface that has not seemed to suit her game over the years."

Sharapova's game is trending upwards. Now that she's playing healthy, building momentum and ranked in the Top 10, this could be the year she finally makes a breakthrough in the clay courts of the French Open.

She's so close to that career Grand Slam, she can smell it.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


World No. 2 Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week’s Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters due to a knee injury. Following back-to-back ATP World Tour Masters 1000 victories in Indian Wells and Miami, the Serb said that he would not contest the opening tournament of the European clay-court swing, which begins Sunday. Djokovic has reached the Monte-Carlo semi-finals three consecutive years, including 2009, when he pushed Rafael Nadal to three sets in the final.

Top seed and World No. 1 Nadal, who finished runner-up to Djokovic in Indian Wells and Miami, will be chasing a record seventh consecutive title in Monte-Carlo and a 19th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown. Three-time finalist Roger Federer seeks his first Monte-Carlo title and first clay-court title since he won Roland Garros in 2009.

Djokovic said on his official website: "It is a very sad moment not only for this tournament and my fans, but also for myself. This is my favourite tournament and one of my two home events. Monte Carlo is where I spend most of my time away from the circuit and this is my club where I practise and train all year long. Unfortunately I had to take this decision to withdraw and I would like to thank Tournament Director Zeljko Franulovic for his understanding and support."

Elaborating further on his Facebook page, Djokovic said: "This time I had to prioritise my health and rest of the season, for which I have high ambitions. I believe I will be recovered and ready for upcoming events on clay courts."


CHARLESTON: Family Circle Cup Tennis Championship Elena Vesnina make into semifinal after down one set to world no.35 Julia Georges. the hard hitting German was overpowered by the Russian 62 62 in last two set.

Vesnina fired 9 doubled fault to Goerges 2 somehow proved that she has the games to win this match. At a stage in the third set Vesnina face three break point but she able to recover then she save three more to take 42 lead. That should be the turning point if Goerges able to convert the break point but she fail to make it after give a huge opportunity by her lower ranked opponent.

Vesnina said in a interview that she got all the strength after winning double tittle at Indian well, her first title in any kind in three years.

Talking about double she also move into semifinal to face Chinese duo Peng and Zheng. Peng who beat Mirza(vesnina partner)in quarterfinal will also content in single semifinal. it will be intriguing semifinal because Vesnina and Peng are up against each other in both single and double semifinal.

Monday, April 4, 2011

azarenka win Miami

In the final of the Sony Ericsson Open, Victoria Azarenka's powerful tennis made Maria Sharapova's error-prone game surface and the Belarus went first to a 6-1 4-0 lead, and then all the way to a 6-1 6-4 victory for her second title at the tournament in three years.

Sharapova made 43 unforced errors and held serve only once in the entire match. However, after the match Azarenka pointed out how her good selection of shots forced Sharapova to make mistakes: "I think I had the right tactics. She likes to swing big and when she has time it's very heavy and coming fast. So I was trying to take time away and not let her do that… I think she was missing a lot because of my game."

By virtue of winning the $4,5-million event, Azarenka earned $700,000 and a return to her career best ranking of No.6. Sharapova will be back in Top 10, from her current No.13.

Azarenka has won her sixth career title, while Sharapova now has a 0-3 win-loss record in the finals of Miami. However despite the losses Sharapova prove that she still can improve and back as a major contender again.

on double Hantuchova Radwanska secure their first title together following win over Huber Petrova on sunday