Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams break World Record

9 07 2010

A world record was broken yesterday during a tennis exhibition in Belgium. Kim Clijsters beat Serena Williams 6-2 6-3, while 35681 viewers watched in the King Boudewijn Stadium in Brussels. The match was umpired by Martina Navratilova.The previous record was set in 1973 between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs ,30472. Originally Henin was to play Clijsters, but she injured her elbow at Wimbledon. Serena had a foot problem so was not running optimal either, Fran Schiavone was there as a back-up. Also proves people love to watch women’s tennis.

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Wimbledon final Zvonareva-S.Williams

2 07 2010

Serena Williams in the final of Wimbledon is about as expected as anyone ever, just like maybe Martina Navratilova in her hey-day or Steffi. Vera Z. on the other hand is a huge surprise. I have always thought she has major potential. Great groundstrokes,good service, great feel for the ball, moves well .Except mentally it just never came together .Until this fortnight at Wimbledon that is. Her being there tomorrow on Centre Court is about as big of a surprise as  my fav Francesca Schiavone was at Roland Garros, really out of the blue, but both capable players. I like Vera a lot and seen her play often too, in Stanford, the U.S Open en Charleston and she is so entertaining to watch. Her opponent yesterday Pironkova played a great first set winning 6-3, but then it was over and she made too many mistakes. Zvonareva played super solid again like against Kimmie and won the last 2 sets 6-3 6-2. Serena made an end to the fairytale of young Czech Kvitova winning 7-6 6-2. Kvitova played a great first set though and shows there is much for her in store in the future. I think Serena will win tomorrow but if Vera keeps her nerves under control it might be a tight match.

Other news yesterday showed that the fall Justine Henin suffered against Kim in the quarter-final was a lot worse than first expected. She tore something in her elbow and it out for 2 months meaning she also misses the U.S Open and the Battle of the Belgians next week. This was gonna be the tennis match with the most spectators in history and now she is being replaced by Serena Williams and will be called Battle of the World. Hope and think people will still show up and hope Justine heals quickly. I love seeing her play.Serena WilliamsZvonareva-Dementieva in Charleston





Wimbledon day 2

23 06 2010

It has been a disastrous 2 days for British women’s tennis. All 5 ladies bowed out in the first round. Youngsters like Watson and Robson played decent and will have plenty of time in the next few years. Baltacha and Keothavong though, who are both top 75 level choked away their matches, Baltacha being up a set and 5-3 on monday and Keothavong 4-0 in the third yesterday. Media will have a field-day with them. Being in the final of Roland Garros was not a good sign here either, Schiavone lost monday and yesterday it was Samantha Stosur. Her game just does not translate well to grass, mainly her forehand. On clay it is a huge weapon, here in London is was a liability. With her big serve and net-game you would think she could play well on grass but no… Kanepi played very well to beat her though. Only other seeded player that lost was Safarova but against Cibulkova that was not a huge surprise. Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Vika Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki all won in straight sets. A fun match was Kuznetsova against giant Amanmuradova. With her manly build and way of playing Amanmuradova can beat a lot of players on grass. She hit tons of aces and made it very difficult for Svetlana to pass her at the net. Kuzzie is not in great form lately but scraped by 6-2 6-7 6-4 and I hope she will do good at Wimbledon for a change this year. Her serve is good and so is her game at the net. Maybe too much spin on the forehand like Stosur but also mentally better. she could make the quarterfinals.





Justine wins on the grass

20 06 2010

At the only dutch female tournament on the WTA tour, Justine Henin was the best of the field. The Belgian beat German Andrea Petkovic in an exciting finale. 6-3 3-6 6-4. The tournament in Rosmalen is one of only 4 tournaments on grass and a great preparation for Wimbledon.It is close to the Belgian border so most people watching were Belgians. The Netherlands had to play their second match at the World cup so most people were somewhere else. In Eastbourne Russian qualifier Makarova was the surprising finalist with wins over Pennetta, Petrova, Kuznetsova, Stosur and Azarenka in the final. A sign that on grass anything can happen. Tomorrow Wimbledon starts and I just had a look at the draw. My predictions for the round of 16 will be Serena Williams- Maria Sharapova, Na Li- A Radwanska, Wozniacki- Azarenka, Penetta(Rezai)- Stosur, Clijsters-Henin!!!, Wickmayer-Jankovic, Bartoli-Schiavone, Ivanovic-Venus Williams. I bet many will be wrong because that is the thrill of Wimbledon.





Tennis, Grass Court Season

16 06 2010

After a long clay season it is always fun to see how many early upsets there are in the second biggest grass court tournament of the year in Eastbourne. This year is no different. Yesterday and today in the first and second rounds Wozniacki, Petrova Pennetta and Roland Garros champ Schiavone lost. All did great at the clay of Roland Garros but showed playing on grass is something else. Kim Clijsters though, who came back after a few months of injury timeout, proved she is a class above the others just mentioned and beat fellow Belgian Wickmayer(with icy handshake by Wickmayer) and Safarova 6-1 6-1 and 6-1 6-0. Hope this is a good sign for Wimbledon for Kimmie.





Yes!!!! Francesca Schiavone wins Roland Garros

5 06 2010

What a surprise!! I had been a fan since I first saw her play  6 years ago at the tennis tournament in Stanford, CAFran Schiavone but never expected her to win a grandslam tournament. Schiavone played a great match winning 6-4 7-6 against Sam Stosur. It was their first slam final but they did not start nervous. With great spin and slice they made it a great fight. The difference probably was mental, Schiavone is just a little stronger in that area and she excelled in the tie-break. Super happy about this.





Roland Garros day 12

4 06 2010

Wow, what a finale. Italy’s Francesca Schiavone against Aussie’s Samantha Stosur. While maybe before the tournament started, some people might have picked Sam as a dark horse, after her draw with first Henin and then Serena, most people probably picked someone else. And Schiavone is of course a total surprise, but what a happy one for me. Even though I like Stosur as well, I am definitely rooting for Francesca. She played a good match against Elena Dementieva, but not as great as against Wozniacki. Elena D had to give up after losing the first set 7-6 with a leg injury. She had been playing and winning a few matches in a row with it but yesterday the opponent and the injury just were too much. Stosur had no problem at all with Jankovic. With great serving and her beastly forehand she gave Jankovic no chance whatsoever. I wonder who will win the final?,I am going with Stosur but if it gets tight I think Schiavone is mentally the strongest one. We will see, I hope it will be a good match