French Open – Stosur v Cibulkova

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.

Stan is the Man – Wawrinka Reaches First Grand Slam Final

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?

Australian Open Upsets Continue

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.

 

 

Ana Ivanovic Upsets Serena Williams at Australian Open

Photo of Ana Ivanovic at Hopman Cup 2011Before 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.

Time Flies and the Summer of Tennis Australia 2014

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.

Interviews and Highlights from 2011 Medibank International Tennis – January 10

Here are some interviews and highlights from the Medibank International tennis tournament held in Sydney, Australia. The tournament includes the women’s world no. 1 and 2 players.

Marcos Baghdatis talks after his withdrawal from the tournament due to a groin injury. He was the defending champion.

World no. 2 Vera Zvonareva talks ahead of her match at the tournament. Last season she reached two major finals and climbed to no. 2 in the rankings.

World no. 6 ranked tennis player and local favourite talks about her win in round 1. She also talks about dealing with the expectations of being the top Australian female player.

China’s Li Na talks after her round one win over Australian wildcard Anastasia Rodionova. She was a semi-finalist at the 2010 Australian Open.

Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro about his three-set win over Feliciano Lopez in the first round of the Medibank International Sydney.

Highlights from the Sam Stosur and Yanina Wickmayer round one match. Stosur won the match 7-5, 6-4.

Highlights from the match between world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs Dominika Cibulkova (SVK). Cibulkova pulled off an upset with a 6-3, 6-3 win.

Interviews from 2011 Medibank International Tennis – January 9

Bernard Tomic talks after getting through qualifying to reach the main draw of the Medibank International. He won three matches.

Jelena Dokic talks about her first round loss to Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Svetlana Kuznetsova in her press conference following her round one victory against Australia’s Jelena Dokic.

Kim Clijsters discusses things after her round one win.

Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro meets the press ahead of his first-round match at the Medibank International Sydney. This is his first tournament since Tokyo in September.

WTA world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki talks to the press ahead of the Medibank International. She is hoping to take the next step to win a Grand Slam sooner rather than later.

Tennis Express Products Show Powered by Tennis Week #120

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