After a hard fought win in Beijing over Austrlalia’s Sam Stosur, Petra Kvitova is one win away from moving to number 2 on the WTA tour rankings. This will match her career high.
Kvitova reached the no. 2 spot on 31 October, 2011. This was the year she won Wimbledon for first time. Again boosted by a Wimbledon win she is headed for the no. 2 spot in women’s tennis.
Kvitova will face Maria Sharapova in the final of the China Open on Sunday.
China’s Li Na recently announced her retirement from tennis. In this video you can find out why and listen to her talk about her career and what she will do in the future.
Li Na will of course be remembered for becoming the first Asian female to win a Grand Slam singles title after winning the French Open a few years ago before adding the Australian Open title to her trophy cabinet.
How will you best remember Li Na?
The 2014 Wimbledon tennis tournament is underway at perhaps the most famous tennis venue on the planet. Below is a preview video for the tournament.
Who is are your tips for the 2014 Championships?
I am going for a repeat for Andy Murray and think maybe Maria Sharapova will claim the ladies title.
Australia’s Samantha Stosur def. Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-4. The win sent her through to the fourth round at the French Open. Stosur was a beaten finalist in 2010 and next will play Maria Sharapova. Below is a video from the press conference following Stosur’s impressive win.
Stosur has been most consistent over the years at the French Open having three times reached the semis. Stosur won the US Open in 2011.
Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard def. Johanna Larsson from Sweden 7-5, 6-4 in the third round of the 2014 French Open. Genie looks to back up her impressive Australian Open performance by going deep into the final week in Paris. In the video below she talks about her win.
Stanilas Wawrinka has followed up his huge five set win over Novak Djokovic with a solid four set defeat of Tomas Berdych. The 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 win sees him advance to a grand slam final for the first time. He awaits the winner of the Rafael Nadal / Roger Federer match to be played Friday night.
Wawrinka play solid tennis to overcome the 7th seeded Berdych. The Czech threw in some bad double faults at key times, such as in the third set tie breaker. Wawrinka on the other hand just did what he needed to win.
Both players used their big serves to stay solid on serve and there was only one service break all match. That came in the first set as Wawrinka set himself up to take the first set.
After having played for four hours exactly in a tough match against Djokovic it was interesting to see how the Swiss player would backup. He had no problems and has booked his spot in the final.
Do you think we will see an all Swiss final? Or will Nadal line up for another shot at a Grand Slam title?
On Wednesday 22 January the upsets continued at the Australian Open. The biggest of the upsets saw two time defending champion Victoria Azarenka defeated by Agnieszka Radwanska. The Polish no. 5 seed started strong winning the first set 6-1. Second seed Azarenka came back to win the second 7-5, before Radwanska took control and closed out the match with a 6-0 third set.
Radwanska will now face the pocket rocket Dominika Cibulkova who easily accounted for Simona Halep, 6-3, 6-0. Cibulkova had taken out Maria Sharapova in the previous match. The good new for Radwanska is that she is 5-1 in the head to head matchup, although in 2013 they split the two matches they played with Cibulkova winning a final in Stanford.
In the men’s quarterfinals we saw Rafael Nadal get pushed by rising star Grigor Dimitrov. Nadal won 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-2. Dimitrov blew a set point when he had the entire court to hit into but managed to miss. Nadal was hampered by strapping on his hitting hand due to a nasty looking blister.
In the night match Roger Federer turned back the clock to put in a fantastic performance to see off Andy Murray and book himself a meeting with Nadal. The final score was 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. Federer could easily have won in straight sets after serving for the match at 5-4 in the third.
Before going into the fourth round match against world no. 1 Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic had not won a set against the dominant player from 2013. The head to head record stood at 4-0.
That has all changed. After losing the first set the world no. 14 has pulled off the upset of the tournament so far winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
There was talk ahead of the match that Serena was suffering from a back injury. In her interview after the match she did admit to this. Here is some of the exchange where the back problem was raised.
Q. You have been struggling with your back in practice?
SERENA WILLIAMS: And how do you know that?
Q. That’s my job to know that.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, it’s okay, you know. It wasn’t the best, but, you know, it was all Ana today. I thought she played really well.
The combination of Serena not being quite at the top of her game and Ivanovic playing inspired tennis it was enough to give the popular Serbian the win.
Serena had 22 winners and 31 unforced errors compared to Ivanovic who had 33 winners and 27 unforced errors.
Ivanovic now awaits the winner of the match between Australia’s Casey Dellacqua and Eugenie Bouchard from Canada who was voted the Rising Star on the WTA tour for 2013. Whoever wins that match will advance to their first grand slam quarter final.
Wow, I was just looking at the last post I did on this blog and it is from this time three years ago!!! Where did all that time go. Back then my son was just a few months old.
Now in Australia it is a new summer of tennis. Just last night I was watching Serena Williams defend her Brisbane International title after defeating Viktoria Azarenka in the final.
Next up is a classic final with the two former number one’s, Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt facing off in the final. It will be interesting to see how Hewitt pulls up after a tough semifinal in oppressive Brisbane heat. It got over 40 C yesterday. Federer also had a tough match winning as Hewitt did in three sets against Jerome Chardy. Hewitt had defeated Nishikori in tough conditions.
Now onwards to the final and soon the Australian Open down in Melbourne.
In the video above Roger Federer meets some koalas.