A former cricketer in Ashleigh Barty has claimed her first WTA singles title in Malaysia after she made the move to return to her first love.
Barty is a former Wimbledon junior champion but decided to take a break from the game during her teenage years.
Barty decided to re-commit herself to the sport after a long time out. After more than a year, she has started receiving dividends of the decision by winning her first professional tennis tournament. She saw off six players before making it to the final. She defeated Japan international Nao Hibino in the final to lift the title in Kuala Lampur.
“I think it was very unexpected going into the week, we just wanted to come here and play some good tennis and maybe squeak out three-five matches, including doubles. Even if we didn’t walk away with a title, it would have been a fantastic week. Continue reading →
In an outstanding display of skill and power, opponent Karolina Pliskova knocked female tennis player Serena Williams out of the recent US open tournament.
The Czech player brought an outstanding package to the game as she attained a glowing reputation for successfully making it to the US open semi final, and to further enhance her progress, she defeated popular top seed fan favorite Williams in an impressive showdown.
The crowd was silenced as Williams incurred a double fault on match point during the second tiebreaker of the game. With the match score line ending at 6-2, 7-6(5), Pliskova ensured her graceful passage to the final after a particularly intense 86 minutes match session against Williams. The match brought a sad turn for Serena Williams as not only did the outcome cost her the number one ranking which she had held on to since January 2013, but also a good chance at obtaining a history making 23 grand slam title to surpass Steffi Graff’s mark.
This loss marks the second consecutive year where Williams has been defeated just before making history at a major season ending event. It was a surprising turn of event, as the slender Czech player was widely known for her underperformance in previous matches. Continue reading →
The 2015 season was just limited to two tournaments for Juan Martin Del Potro and during that curtailed season, he was not at ease with the rackets he had to use.
The company which manufactures rackets for Del Potro stopped manufacturing his favourite model last year and instead came up with a new model which he did not like much. He did try it, but, was surely not comfortable enough to go into the games with it.
And, since the company could only provide that model, he had no option, but, to bring out the rackets he had already used previously, the old ones. However, the problem was that those rackets were deteriorating in quality quickly having been used enough already. After each practice session or even after a little knock ahead of his matches, De Potro would feel as if the strings of the rackets had to be changed. Continue reading →
Martina Hingis says she had not expected herself to have the kind of season she has had this year.
Hingis emerged the winner of as many as 5 Slam trophies, all partnering with the Indian players.
She clinched the Australian Open, the Wimbledon and the US Open mixed doubles titles with Leander Paes and the Wimbledon and the US Open doubles title with Sania Mirza.
The Swiss veteran is currently in India to take part in a team event and she took time out of her busy schedule for an exclusive interview to a newspaper.
She spoke heartily of India and also expressed her love for the food that she has had there.
In the words of Hingis, “It’s a beautiful country, India. The thing which is the most impressive over here is the food. The sweets, I absolutely love them. Gulab jamun, I’ve been ordering on a daily basis.”
When asked if there is any particular historical place she has visited in India or has planned to visit, Hingis said, “No, not yet. But, I have heard a lot about Charminar. So, I would like to go and have a look.”
On her grand success in the professional circuit this season, Hingis admitted that she had not foreseen herself clinching so many titles. Continue reading →
Kei Nishikori absolutely smashed Leonardo Mayer of Argentina to move forward in Citi Open which is going on in the American Capital Washington DC.
Nishikori, who has been seeded 2nd in the tournament, toppled Mayer in the straight sets by 6-4, 6-4.
After the shocking defeat that Andy Murray suffered, Nishikori is now being seen as the topmost favourite in the singles category in the tournament.
And, if he keeps on playing the way he did against Mayer, there would not be too many obstacles in his way to the title.
The man waiting in the next round for Nishikori is a young Aussie Sam Groth whom the Japanese does not know much about as he suggested in his interview post the first game.
Talking about Groth, Nishikori said, “It’s going to be my first game against him. So, I don’t have that much of idea to be honest. I have heard that he is somebody who serves huge.”
“It’s always tricky to face players like these. But, I am in good form and hitting the ball well. So, I must back myself and concentrate on what my strengths are rather than thinking about what he can do.”
When enquired if his girlfriend is really pregnant as he has been reported, the 25-year old wore a surprising expression on his face. Continue reading →
Victoria Azarenka has probably been the only player in the recent times who has matched Serena Williams in terms of class and ability.
But, Azarenka has not been as lucky as Serena fitness wise. She has had to go through an enormously grieving period with injuries continuously haunting her. Not only did she lose her no. 1 status because of injury issues, she just kept on slipping southwards and currently, finds herself outside top 30 in the rankings. Continue reading →
Roger Federer feels that it’s his tendency to control his workload due to which he has managed to play top tennis for a long time.
Generally, when the tennis players happen to be at the peak of their career, they opt to play in as many tournaments as possible and that does affect their long term prospects.
Their career gets shortened by a year or two as their body surrenders under the pressure of the huge amount of workload that they keep on taking.
Having seen some of the former players retiring in their early thirties because of fitness problems, Federer had decided pretty early that he did not want to go that way.
Right back in 2004 when Federer had achieved the World no. 1 status for the first time, he had made the call that he would not be taking part in more than 20 competitions in a season.
According to Federer, there is always a temptation to chase the cash as a tennis player. The more you play, the higher your chances are as far as grabbing the prizes is concerned, but, playing continuously, you are not going to survive long. Continue reading →