Q: You're on a 2 match loosing streak in singles. Any worries in that regard?
SW: Well Paris was a bummer. I was really mad at first and then decided to take some time off. I didn't really want to be in Knokke to be honest so I don't care too much about this loss. I didn't put in much work this week to get my game back on track, so I'm not deceived. I feel I need to improve little by little heading onto Wimbledon. That's the tournament I want to win after all.
Q: Will you be playing Birmingham?
SW: Probably, I don't know yet. Since I lost early here I guess I will in order to perhaps get a seed at Wimby. I don't know.
Q: You still have doubles this week...
SW: Yeah but my partner is badly injured. We might win a round but that's it. I'm not expecting much from that one. Regardless, my mind isn't there so loosing could be a good thing lol.
Q: Are you in a good mood Serena?
SW: Yes I am! I'm just bored by this interview.
Q: What are your goals for the rest of the year after loosing early at the French despite having a great preparation?
SW: Win all the GS left and the Olympics. If I had to choose one, I would pick the Olympics. I'd like to win a GS doubles title and make it to #1. But I'm going one match/tournament/month a time. So no looking ahead too much, but I do have goals for each part of the season.
British star Heather Watson seems to be back on form this week, following a disappointing French Open which saw her bundled out in the second round 6-0 6-0 by Li Na. But today is was Watson's turn to deliver the dreaded "double-bagel" to her opponent, #3 seed Alize Cornet.
The last time the pair played was back in the Miami final earlier this season and Cornet won handily 6-3 6-0 so this was definitely some sweet revenge for Watson.
"I was so upset after Roland Garros but I came to Helsinki early and got back out there on the practice court and worked on a few things. I am feeling great this week and to beat someone like Alize 6-0 6-0 is just incredible, especially after she beat me pretty easily when we played that final in Miami a few weeks back"
"I'm into the semis now and Safarova is up next - she just had a good win over Venus so will be playing with lots of confidence and I am expecting a good match. Hopefully if I play well like today I think I can make the final - I would definitely love to try and win my 4th title of the season for sure"
Watson also plays in the doubles semis tomorrow. She is partnered with Venus Williams as her usual partner, little sister Serena, is playing in Knokke this week.
"It's great to play with Venus as she is #1 in doubles right now - it just seemed to make sense to play with Venus with Serena not here this week. Hopefully I can win my first doubles title this week as it would be fantastic to add that to my collection"
Nov 29th, 2012, 10:21 AM
Interviewer to Watson "How is your ankle feeling?"
Nov 29th, 2012, 11:21 AM
Interviewer to Watson "How is your ankle feeling?"
Watson: Thanks for asking... I had some treatment after Roland Garros and I has been feeling good this week - the doctors told me that I hadn't torn anything which was good news. I still have it heavily strapped but that is more precautionary rather than for any pain.
Dec 1st, 2012, 11:54 AM
Bojana Jovanovski upsets Melanie Oudin in Knokke final
Former world number one Bojana Jovanovski couldn't have marked her comeback to tennis better. After the injury that caused several losses in the first round, Serbian star upset world No. 20 Melanie Oudin 6:0 1:6 6:0 in a match for the title.
It is great feeling to win the title after a long time. As you know after great start of the year I had injury for which I could not train, I was going to tournaments, but I was constantly losing in the first rounds. When I healed my injury I started with hard training but I could not recover pre-injury form. Now the hard work is starting to pay off and I'm happy because of that, Bojana said at a press conference after final.
How do you comment on her claims that she was better in the final and that she deserved the title more than you?
She said that?
Yes, she also added that you are cheater.
You know, anyone who lose have right to be angry.
She also said that ...
Sorry but I do not want to talk about her, she is so irrelevant. Do you have any other questions?
Okay, let's move on other questions.
Score line is very strange, you've won the first set 6:0, then lost the second 1:6 and won third again with 6:0. What happened?
Well you know, I won the first set very easy, as expected since she has no weapons against me. Then I let her win the second set because I know that she is the biggest bitch on tour. I wanted to avoid her comments after the match, but obviously she was still talking nonsense. After that, in the third set, I again raised the level of play and finished the match very easily
You were number one, what are your goals for rest of the season, what you still want to accomplish?
As you said I was number one, but I've never won a Grand Slam. So I will try to win at least one and of course I want to go back to the top.
Dec 1st, 2012, 11:55 AM
How do u upster her when u were fave :lol:
Dec 1st, 2012, 11:59 AM
Because Bojana had a long string of losses :p
Dec 1st, 2012, 12:04 PM
But Bojana played well in QF and SF
Dec 1st, 2012, 04:32 PM
Heck no BoJo you are NOT winning this media war. You'll see :rolleyes:
Establishing her self as a formidable force on the WhoWhatWhere Tour Frenchwoman Mary Pierce aims for Grand Slam success sooner rather than later. Ideally Mary would like to see her name etched into Slam history books at Wimbledon, the tennis world's biggest stage.
Wimbledon is the tournament to win, its like the Slam of Slams, its what everyone wants
Mary has already had courageous victories over the tour's elite including wins over Heather Watson, Bojana Jovanovski, Venus Williams and Alize Cornet, and she aims to make the form that saw her capture these wins a consistent aspect of her power house game, especially on a surface like grass where power players are consistently rewarded.
Kicking off her Wimbledon campaign in Birmingham this week, Mary believes it was important to get adapted to the British conditions as quick as possible.
It was very important for me to get here as soon as possible, to allow for me to get used to the climate and conditions, you know
Pierce opened her campaign with a marathon 7-5 5-7 7-6 victory over Serena Williams in the first round and next up play Serbian Bojana Jovanovski, Pierce won their last match 1-6 6-1 6-1 on her way to her maiden title in Strasbourg and comes in confident of a similar result.
Dec 6th, 2012, 02:09 PM
WATSON OVERCOMES SLUGGISH START TO CEMENT SPOT IN SEMIS
British tennis sensation Heather Watson made her debut on home soil earlier today, playing Ellen Allgurin of Sweden in the last 8 of Birmingham, having received a first round bye.
The #2 seed got off to a poor start, being broken to love to open the match and things didn't get any better for Watson as she quickly lost the first set 6-0 in 16 minutes after a string of loose errors and some good tennis from the Swede. As Watson sailed a backhand long to lose the set she smashed her racquet - murmurs could be heard throughout the crowd as the players sat down at the end of the set, Watson with her head in her towel.
With a new racquet seemed to come a new lease of life for Watson - she held serve to open the set and a huge roar went around the centre court. Watson would not lose another game in fact, wrapping up a 0-6 6-0 6-0 victory and booking her spot in the semi finals.
Heather said: "I don't know what happened in that first set. I hadn't practised much on the grass as I won last week in Helsinki and only got here to Birmingham yesterday. I just couldn't seem to put the ball in court... I thought 'Hey there's no way you are playing this badly in front of your home crowd, get yourself together!' I smashed my racquet at the end fo the set which is completely out of character for me but I was just so annoyed with myself - thankfully I started much better in the next set and never looked back!"
"I play Mary in the semis - she has been playing so well lately so I am expecting a really tough match. Hopefully I can make it through though as I would love to win a title here in the UK."
Watson also won her opening doubles match with partner Serena Williams, trouncing fellow Brits Elena Baltacha and Laura Robson 6-1 6-0. They will play top seeds Kerber & Jovanovski in the semi finals tomorrow.
Q: Serena you won the last two P5 you entered. Any chance you might make it 3 in a row now?
SW: I'd love to say yes, but my immediate answer right now would be no. I was on such a good streak before the French Open...I don't know I just lost that spark I guess. I'm still having the same routine and improving but it's not showing in my results...
Q: You know it's been 3 singles losses in a row right?
SW: Ok yes and...I'm done with that question.
Q: I meant like should we expect you to bounce back?
SW: No, I intend on loosing a few more and then retire...Dude you can't be serious. Of course! I'm working hard every week to make sure my results improve. The good news is I know there's a lot of room for improvement and I'm looking forward to every single practice because of that.
Q: How important was it for your confidence to win the doubles title last week?
SW: It did wonders. I'm glad I won that and got extra practice in. With that being said, Birmingham was my first tournament on grass, I still need to adjust.
Q: Knowing you won't be seeded at Wimbledon, does that scare you?
SW: No. I'm not scared of anyone but myself when it comes down to playing tennis. I know I can win and I know I'll have to dust off fierce competition in order to win so yeah...
Q: You decided to skip the Parlermo/Sopot week. Any strategy behind that?
SW: No I'll be taking some time off that's all. Holidays to get my mind off my everyday routine.
Dec 9th, 2012, 04:12 AM
POINTS NOW TO WIMBLEDON
It's time for Christina!
Her latest results show that youngster from America, Christina McHale, isn't in form.
"Yeah, I'm very disappointed for my latest results from very big competitions. I train very hard every day. Grass isn't my good surface, but my hard work must be pay off. We will see." - said frustrated Christina. "Eastbourne is the tournament that I didn't like so much (Surface is grass), but a good chance to came back to the Tour in style." -"Your opponent in 1st round is Vera Zvonareva. Your opinion?" -"Vera is very strong rival. And her form is very good. She was runner-up in Roland Garros. I think it will be very interesting match. It's a very strong test for me, both the psychological as well as in the physical plan."
Dec 10th, 2012, 11:38 AM
Agnes Szavay is ready to take on the grass court
Szavay and her 1st round opponent, Dinara Safina are good friends
At the pre-event press conference for her first grass tournament (AEGON International - Eastbourne), Szavay discusses how she was able to stay focused after the disappointing loss in Den Bosch.
Q: Hi Agnes. Let's talk about your last week. It wasn't your best week of your life.
Agnes: Ohh yes... You know after my Den Bosch loss, I was so frustrated, because I wanted to do well there but I couldn't play my game andI wasn't able to focus. However, it wasn't a good decision to go there, because I was thinking a lot about Eastbourne, Wimbledon and the grass courts during the tournament, because I LOVE playing on grass, I love Wimbledon. When I was a child I always dreamed of being there and playing in front of the British people. There is no wonder that after my loss I decided to leave Den Bosch as soon as possible.
"At least my BFF Mary [Pierce] had a great week, although she lost the final, but she played such a good tennis last week."
Q: How do you feel right now?
Agnes: I feel really good going into these tournaments, and wanting to do really well at Wimbledon and I expect to do well.
Q: What's your schedule for the next weeks?
Agnes: I'm playing Eastbourne, Wimbledon, Sopot, Stockholm and Oslo. After Wimbledon it's gonna be Nordic journey. :)
Q: What's your thoughts about Eastbourne?
Agnes: You know, I want to win some matches, but I'm not going for the title in singles. I just want to get used to the grass court, that's my main goal here in Eastbourne. Of course I wanna do well in dubs.
Q: Are you playing doubles with Mary Pierce?
Agnes: Yes. We are playing Eastbourne and Wimbledon together. She's such a good player and I love her so much and it's a honor to be on the court with her. We haven't talked about our later schedule, but I think we will play together where we can. It depends on our schedule.
Q: You seem to be a good doubles team.
Agnes: That's the same I was thinking about it. We just need to play more matches to reach the top. Hopefully we'll reach it at Wimbledon. ;) :oh:
Q: You play your first match against Dinara Safina in Eastbourne. What do you think about the match?
Agnes: It's gonna be a tough 1st round. She's a good player and she always fights a lot, so it won't be easy. She's a good friend of mine.
Q: Agnes, Good Luck to you.
Agnes: Thank you very much. I'm gonna play my best.
Dec 13th, 2012, 11:05 AM
Mary Pierce, Day 2 press conference
Its been a while since we last spoke, how have you been?
Have we met?
Tough luck today Mary, you still must be happy with your preparations for Wimbledon next week?
Happy? With this? Who do you think I am? This is not good enough, you know, losing to Alice in straight sets...I expect better of myself.
Her name is Alize...
...whatever, I don't think that's important. Its less relevant than her serve.
So your not satisfied with you form coming into Wimbledon?
I am never satisfied
Moving on, you still have doubles to come here, how important is that for you to get more match practise going into Wimbledon?
Well its good knowing I have at least one more match, not that it will help... in case you were unaware, doubles and singles are different games, you need different mentality and different approach.
You seemed almost...distant today Mary, would you say that is a fair assessment?
What are you? Doctor Phil?
I'm just questioning your state of mind at the moment
This isn't an intervention, seriously, stick to what you pretend to know
How long is this going to take :rolleyes: I can't keep my dealer waiting
Uhhh peeler, peeler. The person who peels my potatoes. Peeler.
So, anyway, what do you want to take away from Wimbledon?
A nice dip platter and vase for my new living room :) I feel the singles and doubles trophies will suffice excellently
Good luck with that.
I don't need your false hopes and wishes.
Dec 13th, 2012, 01:55 PM
:oh: I hope this suffices as an article :oh:
*if my photoshop glory doesn't get me full points let me know and I'll write another. I want those Xtra points for slams*
Dec 13th, 2012, 07:30 PM
Oudin to publish blog during Wimbledon and Eastbourne :yeah:
American superstar, Serena Williams, advanced to the Eastbourne quarterfinals yesterday when she defeated comprehensively the world number 8 Na Li 62 61.
Serena who was on a 3 match loosing streak coming in to Eastbourne seems to be steam rolling this week which is a good sign heading into Wimbledon. Her next match will be against Roland Garros Champion, Timea Babos.
Hopefully she gets a lot out of this match and comes up with the win tomorrow!
Serena left some comments before heading back to her hotel.
"I'm so happy I've defeated Na. She's a great player and that gives me a confidence boost ahead of Wimbledon. I think I showed a lot of emotions out there today. This meant a lot to me. I love grass and hopefully I can keep up my level of play. I want to win Wimbledon so bad. It is my dream to win a WWW Grand Slam and hopefully that will happen soon! Reardless it's good to be back."
Serena will also be playing doubles tomorrow with Heather Watson.
They are due to play against the Pierce/Szavay pair.
Dec 14th, 2012, 06:31 AM
:oh: I hope this suffices as an article :oh:
*if my photoshop glory doesn't get me full points let me know and I'll write another. I want those Xtra points for slams*
love it :drool:
Dec 14th, 2012, 10:05 AM
WATSON FIGHTS BACK FOR SPOT IN LAST 4, HAS SHOT AT #1
Home favourite Heather Watson put in a gutsy display earlier today in her quarterfinal match against Frenchwoman Alize Cornet. The first set saw the two women go toe to toe all the way to 4-4 where Watson got broken after an epic game of nine deuces. Cornet held comfortably in the next game to take the first set 6-4.
The second set was a tense affair with Cornet going up a break to lead 3-1 and then Watson stroming back to take a 5-3 lead. Cornet hit back to level things up at 5-5 but faltered whilst serving at 5-6, Watson taking the set with a deft drop shot winner to take it into a final set.
Watson carried her momentum through, opening up a 3-0 lead to start the final set and she didn't look back from there, closing it out 6-3 to seal a spot in the semis where she will play doubles partner Serena Williams.
News was announced after the quartefinals that Watson could vault up from #5 to #1 should she win the tournament, with all the girls ranked higher than her already out of the tournament.
Watson said: "Alize is always so tough to play. I'm glad I managed to hang tight when down a set and a break. The crowd were amazing today and really helped me to dig deep and fight. I play Serena next - it's always tough playing a good friend but we have to just forget about that when we step out on to the court. She beat me the last couple of times and is playig really well again this week, so I will really have to bring my best game to win."
"I had no idea I even had a shot at #1 this week - that would be an amazing achievement, especially as I am only ranked #5 for now. I really feel that #1 is where I belong though and be it this week or later in the season, I want that top spot!"
Dec 14th, 2012, 05:15 PM
Dec 14th, 2012, 10:42 PM
FUN INTERVIEW WITH BOJANA JOVANOVSKI
It's rare that people in the sports industry get the opportunity to show their true personalities. However, people associated with professional tennis get to show their humorous side quite often.
This week we were in Eastbourne and we took the opportunity to do an interview with tennis star Bojana Jovanovski.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Honest, Sarcastic, and (then she asks her agent what the 3rd thing would be and she says...) Big Sense of Humor.
What is your biggest passion outside of tennis?
My biggest passion is probably art in any kind of way. I like to read, to listen to music, to go to art galleries and just you know watch movies and get my head outside of tennis, and I think art is the best way to forget everything around you. It’s sort of like tennis because in tennis you are in a zone and you forget everything around you. Art gives me that in a different kind of way.
What was the last thing that you read?
The last thing I read, I’m reading right now Thoughts of an Emperor by Marcus Aurelius. He was a Roman Emperor like 5000 years ago and he was a philosopher and I am reading this, and I am reading Don Quixote by Cervantes. It is a Spanish book but I am reading it in Serbian. No Spanish for me.
What is the first thing you would buy if you won a 250 million dollar lottery?
If there was a fire and you could only save one thing, not a person, what would you save?
Only one thing? I would save probably my iPad because I have ten thousands of books there.
And if you could have one superhero ability what would it be?
I would be Jessica Alba and seduce all men. [Laughter]
If you were stranded on an island and you could only bring one thing, and then one player with you that would help you get off the island, who and what would you bring?
Do I have reception at the island?
Do I have a charger for my cell phone?
Sure, you can have a charger.
But no reception?
Hmmm....Ok, well if I need to get off the island, then I guess a small boat. [Laughter] And then I would probably take Serena Williams because she is the strongest player and could probably row it well so I would probably pick her. [Laughter]
Dec 15th, 2012, 10:32 AM
love it as well :oh: you also get the full 20
i love the part where it says 'Serena can match Zvonareva's photoshop skills' :lol:
Dec 18th, 2012, 01:43 AM
Angelique Kerber ready to conquer Wimbledon
How are you feeling?
I feel good, ready for the tournament to start
Have you seen your draw, if so your thoughts?
Yes I have, I see I play a British wildcard so it will be tough because you guys think she has the game to do damage, so I have to be on my game from the first round on. I see I play Serena if she wins second round and it will be really tough because I never beat her before and she just won last week, but I feel I can win if I play my best.
Have you seen any of the sites in Wimbledon yet?
Not yet, been training and practicing for this tournament. I might go see if I lose early
You also are a top ranked doubles player, what compels you to play doubles week in week out?
It is good practice for singles and it is with my bff on tour Bojo. We don't really talk about strategy during the match we usually talk about out boyfriends, shopping, and other things.
You could become #1 in the world this tournament. how does that feel?
If it happens it happens, I won't be devastated if I don't get, but if I do I will be happy. I know it won't get handed to me, so I just have to play like the #1 to get it.
Home favourite Heather Watson, seeded #5 at this week's Championships, thrilled the home crowd on Centre Court earlier today, beating Belarus' Victoria Azarenka in the second round to book her spot in the quarterfinals.
Watson stormed through the first set 6-1 in just 21 minutes much to delight of the fans. The second set, however, was a trickier affair. Azarenka began painting the lines, coming up with some spectacular winners. Both women held on to their serves throughout the set and the two women headed into a tiebreak. Azarenka got a crucial mini break at 4-4 and won both of hervice points to win the tiebreak 7-4 and send the match into a deciding set.
The crowd were anxious as the two women got up from their chairs ready to start the third set but Watson quickly alleviated any fears, breaking Azarenka straight away. Watson never looked back from there, going on a tear of six games in a row to serve up a nice piping hot fresh bagel to Azarenka.
Watson now goes on to the quarterfinals where she will face Agnes Szavay, a 6-3 6-7 6-0 winner over #4 seed Alize Cornet.
Watson said: "I started really well out there today. The first set was great, I was playing well and moving Vika around. She really played well in that second set though and came up with some great shots, especially in that tiebreak. I'm just happy I had a good start to the third set, that was definitely the key."
"It feels great to be in the last eight and have a shot at being #1 again. I play Agnes next - she just beat Alize so she must be playing well. It will be a very tough match but I would love to be in the semis here."
Watson also opens her doubles campaign tomorrow with partner Serena Williams, also a winner in her second round match today.
Dec 20th, 2012, 08:21 PM
Dec 21st, 2012, 03:42 AM
We haven't died yet from doomsday :oh:
Let Wimbledon continue :rocker2:
Dec 21st, 2012, 03:54 AM
We havent experienced doomsday in the states. Only 1 hour left...:lol: :p :oh:
Dec 21st, 2012, 03:55 AM
Its 3PM, December 21st here.
Nothing so far :oh:
Dec 21st, 2012, 03:58 AM
11pm [thursday] here on the east coast...
Dec 21st, 2012, 07:08 AM
It is true !!!!! The end begins !!!!
Dec 21st, 2012, 07:20 PM
Jelena Jankovic will begin her WWW tour in Sopot. She know she's bit late, but who knows.
Jelena Jankovic stayed already in London, where her colegue from Fed Cup representation, Bojana Jovanovski plays the final match with Timea Babos, Hungarian winner of RG!
"After Wimbledon, we will know new Grand Slam champion, but we know who is the new and old No.1! She is Bojana Jovanovski! When I heard that, I was really happy for Bojana has done in London. Serbia is very small country, but has really good tennis players. I will watch this final with enjoyment. And I want to play this game, too!" - said Jelena Jankovic for "British news".
- "I am really nervous about my start. I know if I will start great in the tour, I have chance to catch up other tennis players. I have really big chance to win this tournament, like other player. That is women tennis. (Laughter) Therefore, you didn't know when will you play match, and you must be ready every time."
Jelena will after ceremony of the winners instantly get a fly to Sopot, when she will meet other players, but priority train for her start in WWW tour.
In her third tournament back, Flavia Pennetta of Italy reached the semifinals of the MM Stockholm Open beating out former #1 and Australian Open champion Misa Krajicek 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 and current #1 Bojana Jovanovski 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. She said, “Yes, I’m happy to have played two good matches against two great players. Who cares about Grand Slams when you can win in events like Stockholm and Vina Del Mar?” :hearts:
Flavia loses again in Miami going 3/3 in first round losses after Fed Cup
In the early parts of the season Flavia showed great form and signs of being a consistent top force on the WWW tour winning the event at Vina del Mar, making the semifinals of the Australian Open, and helping lead Western Europe into the Fed Cup semis. However, after the 9th event of the year in Miami, Flavia didn’t play another event missing the entirety of the clay season. She said, “Yes, after Miami I lost motivation to train and I also had some small injuries here and there. I think I spoke with the tour manager and told him that I haven’t officially retired, that I’ll come back once I’m ready.”
Return at Wimbledon
She made her return at the 21st event at Wimbledon, no longer a seeded player on the tour losing to Jovanovski where she served a breadstick, but also ate two bagels. In this event at Stockholm, she also was unseeded having to play two top 10 and #1 players back to back. She commented, “I’m surprised I’m still #13 after missing so many events. I also kind of like being a dark horse in the draw, so everyone should watch out.” :oh:
Handshake after Kerber won
In the semis, she will play 3rd seeded Angie Kerber. Flavia said, “Angie is obviously a really good player and usually I have trouble with her coach’s strategies in all games. Actually I remember I played her in the Australian Open semis. I think before our match I lost only 4 or 5 games coming in. I took the first set 6-1 and I kept thinking to myself I would be in the final. The next thing I know I lost the next sets so fast and she was waving #1 in the air. I’m actually not feeling a good result, but hopefully my gut is wrong. :oh: At the least I’ll have boost for next week (bonus points for an article :oh:).”
In her second final, Victoria Azarenka finally came out on top at the 2013 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford this week. On the way to the final, Azarenka only lost one game.
Her first round opponent, Maria Sharapova, was seemingly nonexsistant throughout the whole match. Azarenka sent Sharapova to the bakery with a 60 60 double bagel victory. Victoria's QF round opponent was 2nd seed Angelique Kerber. Kerber was plagued with unforced error after unforced error. Azarenka won 60 60.
In the Semi-final, Venus Williams did something that no one had done that week - win a game! Azarenka looked to have another double bagel cooking, but decided to give Venus a breadstick with her loss. At 60 50, Venus broke Azarenka, but that didn't matter as Vika had 3 match points off of Willimas' serve. Azarenka took them and won 60 61.
In the final, it was Serena Williams looking to get revenge for Venus. The first 3 games of the 1st set all went to deuce, with Azarenka eventually winning them all. Victoria then didn't lose a point to take the set 60. Serena came out firing in the second, running out to a 40 lead. Azarenka got it back to 4-4, then was broken. Victoria ended a up breaking Serena's serve, and then both players held serve to go to the tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Williams won it easy taking it 7-1.
In the third set, Serena's confidence kept building winning the 1st game without dropping a point, but Azarenka wasn't letting this chance pass by. Azarenka got it to 5-1, then the nerves crept in. Serena was serving to stay in the match. Victoria had 2 match points at 40-15. Ace by Serena to get it to 30-40. Serena hit a easy first serve, but Azarenka shanked it and hit the umpires chair. Azarenka calmed down and took the advantage and then the match.
This is Azarenka's first title on the Who?What?Where? Tour. Azarenka also won the doubles title with Vera Zvonareva of Russia. They beat the top seeds Kerber/V.Williams 63 63.
Coming off her capturing her second singles title and fourth doubles title this week in Porotz, Mary Pierce believes she is more ready than ever to brake through on the big stage at the forthcoming London Olympic Games.
Mary Believes that the oppourtunity to represent her country mixed with her form provides the perfect opportunity for success at a major tournament for the first time,
You know, I've just mainly been having my success at the smaller tournaments. I feel as if I am ready to have a deep run at a big tournament, it may not be a slam but it's the Olympics, you know, it's just as special.
The feisty Frenchwoman comes to London as outsider, with minimal expectation, what ever she lacks in other people expectations she for sure makes up with it with an abundance of her own self belief and and pressure, Mary is ready to embrace her underdog status,
For me, I doesn't matter that people on expect third round, quarter final, whatever from me, because to me he only thing that matter is what I expect from me and what I think I can do, nothing else matters.
The very talented athlete will be, as usual, spreading her talents around the Olympic park. Mary was selected as a key member of the French Olympic Swimming Team, with record breaking performances across all disciplines of the sport. Mary will be represented her country throughout freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and medley events.
Mary Pierce at the French swimming trials
Despite such a full schedule at the Olympic Games Mary has just one thing on her mind, and that's gold.
I know there is so much to do (laughter), but if anyone can do it its me, and it doesn't bother me...much. I have 10 events this week and I want 10 gold medals (laughter)
Mary Pierce will begin her tennis campaign against Australia's Samantha Stosur and if successful will play world number one, Bojana Jovanovski in the second round.
Jan 26th, 2013, 10:30 AM
Agnes Szavay says she's going for a medal at the Olympic Games in London
Q: We haven't talked for a long time.. Let's talk about your last tournaments..
A: Ohh.. I could say I played one of my best tennis in Stockholm, where I won my first WWW title, but after that victory I couldn't stay focused and I was playing so bad.. I mean I was terrible during the Fed Cup.. Just don't talk about this please.. I'm not here for this..
Q: How do you feel right now? Are you injury free?
A: I feel so good in spite of that I lost my first round match in Portoroz against Cornet.. But I'm glad because I have such an amazing doubles partner and she always gives me a lot of advice and she helps me to be able to focus on the court during our dubs matches. That's why we could win the title In Portoroz.. I wish we could play together at the Olympics. I definitely mean the amazing Mary Pierce! :)
I think I'm ready to be here and I'm going for a medal for sure.. That's my goal..
Q: Do you play doubles with Babos, don't you?
A: Yes, I'm playing doubles with her.. She's so confident and such a great champion.. After the way I played during our doubles match at the Fed Cup, I'm so happy that she still wants to play with me.. She's a nice girl.
Q: Who is here with you in London?
A: My coach, my team, my friends from Hungary.. So that's why I wanna play so well here..
You know when I was child I always dreamed of playing here.. It's an amazing feeling when your dream comes true.. I wanna do my best, I will fight till the last point..
Q: Let's talk about your dreams..
A: Ohh gosh.. I love talking about my dreams. First of all I always dreamed of winning a Grand Slam, being the number one in the world. These are my main dreams and GOALS.. and I believe I can achive my dreams one day.. :)
Q: You are a Grand Slam Champion in doubles.. How can you describe this feeling?
A: It's such an amazing feeling.. I have never thought that I will my first doubles Grand Slam at my second Grand Slam of my life.. It's Cooooooool! :bounce:
Q: Are you playing mixed doubles?
A: No I don't. I'm not a huge fan of mixed doubles..
Q: You play your first match against Veronica Cepede Royg..
A: Well.. I mean.. She's useless.. If I lose more than 1 game I'm gonna be disappointed.. I don't even know who is she.. Is she a professional tennis player??
Q:Yes she is. She's from Paraguay..
A: well.. ok.. she must be proud to be able to be here.. we'll see.. (laughing)
Q: Thanks for joining us today. Good Luck!
A: Thank you!
Agi during today's practice
Jan 27th, 2013, 01:39 PM
Oudin ready for Olympic Games - Ready to Represent the USA
Here Oudin is seen practicing at the US Open site before heading overseas to Melbourne for the upcoming Olympic Games to be held at the Wimbledon Venue.
Oudin burst onto the tennis scene last year winning both titles in singles and doubles, however, has not been impressive since. Reports and photos of weight gain and lack of competitive fire have been experienced for the young 21 American. Oudin claims those days are over, and that she "will definitely show up to represent and support her country." In the first round Oudin is set to meet young Brit Laura Robson in which should be a comfortable victory, unless the crowd really throws her off. Despite recent outbursts on twitter and a negative attitude towards the press, the WWW Tour, and multiple players, Oudin says she has learned to be respectful and always give her best at anything she does.
Here are two tweets released by Oudin in the past few weeks:
@m_oudin Just lost 5 pounds!! Now down to 175 #skinny #imastick
@m_oudin People still training? #wow #lame Food is the way to go #fat #getatme
Oudin claims that these were only to throw her competition off and she admitted to intentionally tanking the tournaments leading up to the Olympics to let her opponents belief she is a walking bye. Oudin thus released this tweet earlier this morning while getting ready to leave for her flight to London...
@m_oudin I am thoroughly sorry to all of the fellow WWW Tour players and the tour in general for my lack of respect shown in the last few weeks. I, however, am set for the Olympics and wish every player and nation the best of luck. :) #pumped
At the airport Oudin said that she "ran into some other players", and she was able to "chat with them and get to know them on a better and more friendlier, rather than professional level."
When asked whether she would play doubles Oudin responded with, "Well there are only three Americans participating at the Olympic Games and Venus and Serena will most likely play together as they are sisters ya know." (laughs) The director of tennis for the Olympic Games has recently stated to the players, "People who don't have a partner just say so and I'll sort something out." Oudin was very relieved about this and was thinking about possibly pairing with new Stanford champion Victoria Azarenka as they had been friendly earlier in the year.
When asked about her chances of medaling at the Olympics Oudin responded, "I definitely think that I can medal, no matter what the color, however, I am just looking to play my best tennis yet and make my country proud. If anything, I simply hope that one of us American girls can medal and hopefully take home the gold!!" (smiles)
Oudin has become a household name in the last few months on tour and says "pressure has gotten to me a little, but Im learning to deal with it and I know that people aren't expecting much from me at the games so Im just gonna go for it."
Fans were seen lining up for multiple players that were at their appropriate airports these past few days, however Melanie had only a couple to sign. She responded gratefully with, "I am pleased I have a few set of dedicated fans." Then she laughed and said, "Its actually good this way my hand won't cramp up. Haha." ;)
Interviewers and the press have stated how Oudin has become such a "sweetheart" these past few days and wish her the past of luck for the Olympic Games.
Jan 27th, 2013, 06:13 PM
Loads of articles. Article on the way for me too :)
Jan 27th, 2013, 06:50 PM
American tennis superstar, Serena Williams, gave USA Today an insightful interview after loosing to Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Bank Of The West Classic tournament in Stanford California. As Serena describes the last few months as the darkest months in her already illustrious career.
I: Serena walk us through the last few months. When did that all started?
SW: Well, It all started when I lost in the first round of Roland Garros. I was really steaming and streaky coming into Roland Garros. I was winning basically every match I was playing. I had high hopes of winning that Grand Slam. Being crushed the way I was against Bojanovski was just very painful. It took a while for me to recover from that lost. I must have been on a 3-4 matches losing streak up until Eastbourne. It was what it was and it was hard.
I: What happened in Eastbourne?
SW: I got motivated by the fact that Wimbledon was right on the corner. I didn't want to come into a grand slam not having won a match for the past two months. I really just told myself to be super relax and enjoy my time out there. I really had that nothing to lose feeling.
I: You just said: "I really had that nothing to lose feeling". Does that mean sometimes you pretend having nothing to lose when you actually have something to lose.
SW: I'm not even in the top 10, so why would I feel like I have something to lose. I'm never really expected to win a tournament right?
I just felt coming into Eastbourne that things couldn't be worse so I might as well just go with it and just do it!
I: Then Wimbledon? What happened?
SW: Well there's not much to say about Wimby really. I didn't come in hoping to win despite winning Eastbourne. I just wanted to do well there and maybe win a grand slam. It didn't happen. It sucks. But I still made the quarterfinals which is ok I guess.
I: You looked pissed after that loss though...
SW: I hate loosing early in Wimbledon because after that we have to go through a bunch of MMs I don't really care about. So if I don't win Wimbledon, I feel like I have to wait an eternity before I start caring again with no big trophy to comfort me :sad: :lol:
I: What's been the turning point since then? You seem to be playing a little better and it would appear to me that you're game is evolving for the best.
SW: I just hired a coach. Patricia Moragloutou and she's been super supportive and she has taught me to become more relaxed on the court and enjoy myself out there. We've also been working a lot on my footwork and just being more steady of the ground. I don't know, I felt like I needed some change so I called her right before Stanford in hopes of seeing a change in time for the Olympics. I really care about the Olympics and I would love to win a medal there ! It's just so exciting :hearts: !
She may not have won but Mary Pierce is pleasantly surprised with her performance this week in Toronto. The world number 13 continues a charge to the top 10 with an impressive run to the final.
Mary was pessimistic coming into this week following a round 1 loss at the hands of Samantha Stosur in the Olympics and then what she described a "horror" preparation for the tournament
I had an awful time getting here, I had a shocking practise everyday, nothing was going right...I was getting ready for another first round loss
Mary avenged her loss to Stosur with a first round double bagel and from there went from strength to strength defeating World number one Jovanovski, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and Olympic champion Babos and then third ranked Venus Williams. To make it all the more impressive each win was with out the loss of a set.
I don't quite know [how it happened], but hopefully I can keep this up and have a real chance in New York...fingers crosses
In the final Mary came up against compatriot Alize Cornet and lost in a match of many moment swings. Cornet prevailed with a score line of 6-1 1-6 6-0 and now takes a 4-2 all time head to head lead against Pierce.
Mary has also continued an excellent burst of doubles form. Mary continues to establish her self a formidable force on the doubles court winning a sixth title for the year.
Q: First Grand Slam as a seed...How does that feel?
SW: I'm not getting too excited about the seeding. To win a Grand Slam you need to be the best of all the players in the draw. It's not about a number, but about an occasion and making the best out of that occasion so that's what I look forward to do.
Q: What do you think of your quarter of the draw ?
SW: I didn't bother checking the draw. I know I'm playing Scholl in the first round but that's about it.
Q: You might potentially have to face Mary Pierce in the second round and Venus in the quarters.
SW: She's a really tough player. I've played with her in doubles before, we did great. She's definitely a dangerous floater. Goes to show that the seeding is not always relevant.
And Venus is such an amazing player. She's been doing so well all year in singles and doubles. She beat me last time we faced. I hope I win this time !! Sister fire (laughs).
Q: You think Babos will snatch this title once again ?
SW: She won the French Open, Wimbledon and the Olympics and defeated me last week...I'd be mad to say no. She's a big moment player. Hopefully, I'll be better than her this time if we have to play.
Q: You feel like a favorite coming in to the event?
SW: I don't actually, but I know I can beat all these players when at my best. I believe I'm the best player of all players. Coming in though I haven't had the best preparation and results. I've doing good but not great. I'm just going to do my best and hope my game comes together. I've been training hard and doing alot of off-court work. I feel like I've done the best I could as far as preparation is concerned.
Q: What have you been doing, outside of tennis, to prepare?
SW: I'll keep that between Patrick and I :p.
SW: U really need a hint? Starts with S. Ends with Ex.
World No 5 Heather Watson seems to have found her form again after what can only be described as a dismal US hardcourt season. The British player failed to make it past the quarterfinals in any hard court event in the lead up to the US Open and bombed out in the second round in Flushing Meadows.
Watson opened up her week in Stuttgart with a tough matc against home favourite Andrea Petkovic, sqeuaking through 7-6 in the final set.
Heather said "It is always tough making the transition on to a different surface but I came here a couple of days early to practice and get used to the clay. It's difficult playing a player in front of their home crowd as they have 99% of the support for them so I was glad I was able to come through such a tight match. I am pretty annoyed with myself for my performance over the past few weeks so I am hoping to get back on track here in Stuttgart."
Up next for Watson was her good friend and doubles partner Serena Williams. Watson wason fire from the off, breezing through the first set 6-0 in just 17 minutes. Serena seemed to wake up in the second set and both women produced some high quality tennis. It was Watson, however, who held strong in the crucial moments, breaking Serena at 5-5 and then serving out the match to book her spot in the semis.
Watson said "It's never easy playing a friend and your doubles partner but you have to just leave that at the side of the court. Serena beat me the last few times we played so it defintiely feels good to get one over on her today! Hopefully we can win the doubles this week though as we somehow still haven't won a title together!"
Watson faces another home favourite, Julia Goerges in the semifinal tomorrow, whereas the other semfinal see the unseeded duo of Victoria Azarenka and Mary Pierce go head to head.
Mar 9th, 2013, 07:02 AM
Serena Lands in Quebec City
American tennis icon, Serena Williams, landed earlier today in the beautiful french-speaking city of Quebec, one of Canada's most beautiful city. A few hours after landing and unpacking in Quebec's greatest hotel, Le Château Frontenac, Serena made it to the Laval University complex to have a hit with doubles partner and recent Filderstadt champion, Heather Watson and to meet with the media. Here is what she had to say.
Q: Serena it's been a while since you last won a title? Is this concerning to you ?
SW: Yes and no. I haven't been doing awful, like I can't remember last time I had a very bad lost. But yeah I definitely want to keep getting titles. Heather and I had a hit just an hour ago and she told me about how winning Filderstadt really did light up her spirit. So I'm hoping I can make it happen in Quebec City this week and power through what's left of the season. I feel like there are still lots of great events left to look forward too.
Q: Any particular goal for the end of the season ?
SW: Well you guys know I'm insatiable so I guess winning all my matches would be the ultime goal. But realistically, I'm trying hard to stay in the top 8 to make the Year-End Championship. This is the single most important event left in the calendar. Otherwise, Heather and I are really working hard on our doubles as we hope to win our very first doubles title together (laughs). Making it to the finals of the Us Open kept us from changing partners. I feel like we played so well at the Open. We definitely have a shot this week at winning the doubles event.
SW: Yeah! I really look forward to visiting the Old Port. It is amazing apparently. Full of small boutiques and nice restaurant. And folks speak french, so hopefully I can practice my french there too. I love Quebec. It's a great city.
Q: What do you think of next year's calendar ?
SW: I love it. I would love to see more events in the USA obviously. I liked that they kept a lot of events in Australia at the beginning of the season. I hope they keep the European Indoor Swing at the end of the season with all those tennis tournaments in Stuttgart, Filderstadt, Moscow, Leipzig, Zurich. These tournament are vintage. I love 'em and I hope they stay cuz they're a part of tennis history. Obviously, he'd be great to see an awesome tournament like Quebec City being given a promotion to Premier status. You never know ... (smiling).
American superstar Serena Williams has qualified for the YEC event held in NYC this week despite joining the WWW tour in Indian Wells and skipping the very first Grand Slam of the year. Her stellar results and amazing abilities made her the 8th and last qualifier for what promises to be hell of a tournament. Here is a look at some of her stats for the year.
Singles Record: 56-23, 4 titles and 5 finals.
R1: Brussels, Roland Garros, Birmingham
R2: Indian Wells, Toronto
QF: Miami, Strasbourg, Knokke, Wimbledon, Oslo, Us Open, Quebec, Filderstadt, Zurich, Philadelphia
SF: Hamburg, San Francisco, New Haven
F: Amelia Island, Belgrade, Olympics, Stanford, Milan
W: Berlin, Rome, Eastbourne, Palermo.
Serena's Berlin title.
Singles Record by Category:
Premier Mandatory: 3-2
Premier 5: 18-1
Grand Slams: 4-3
Serena recalls winning the Silver in Singles at the Olympics as being her best memory this year. She said she lives for these Olympic moments and hopes to be able to get gold next time! Serena's year has been stellar and she hopes to do even better next year. She as expressed how sad she was not to be able to play with Heather at this year's YEC as she was a really good friend and her doubles partner for most of the year!
Serena at the Olympics.
Following the conclusion of the season one Year End Championships of the Who? What? Where? Tour, French powerhouse Mary Pierce will end her career as we have come to know it. It was a short stint on the circuit for her but her brief time was impressive as she established her self as a singles threat to anyone when she played her best and she rose to supremacy on the doubles rankings capturing and impressive 9 doubles titles.
Mary wont be leaving the tour completely, she is just going under extensive remolding to try and find herself. For reason still unknown Mary will undergo extensive surgery and a change of name and nationality, an issue the French Tennis Federation is in uproar about. The most questionable element of the odd procedure will be the questionable move to extend her height by two inches
Its probably hard to understand, but you know, the extra height will mean I can get up to my serve more, and increase the power which will hopefully be a key to future success.
Mary's new chosen nationality will be the Czech Republic, to fit in with her new homeland she will also be changing her name, an interesting but reasonable move
Mary Pierce is not really a Czech name you know [laughter] I've met with the Czech president and he gave me a list of names, I decided Nicole Vaidisova. I like the sound of that
An artists interpretation of what Mary, uh...Nicole will look like.
Mary will be competing in the doubles competition with her long time friend Agnes Szavay, the pair have teamed up to win a combined six titles, Mary's three other titles have come with Serena Williams, Melanie Oudin and her current career highlight of winning the Olympic Gold medal with Alize Cornet.
Alize has been one of Mary's fiercest rivals throughout her career, the pair have faced off 10 times and Alize leads the the head to head 6-4 in what has included some very memorable matches.
Mary, commonly known as Mahree, is cofident that she and doubles partner Agnes Szavay have what it takes to win the Year End Championships and end this chapter of her career on a high note. Mahree is also hopefully injury or illness will strike down one of the singles players and she can enter the competition as an alternate and have a chance at claiming the two titles.
Either way is sure to be an emotional farewell to the tour for the charismatic French power house. We will miss you, Mary.
Mary has assured us that she will maintain strong relations with absolute best friend Beyonce Knowles Carter, and her pressence will still be found in Mary's Nicole's box.
New York City
Venus Williams is preparing for the tough event in Madison Square Garden between the top 8 players on tour throughout the yet. The format is Round Robin and as the 2nd ranked player in the world, Venus was drawn into Group B. Amongst her in Group B are rivals Bojana Jovanovski, Na Li, and Serena Williams. When asked about her draw, Venus Williams said, "That is an insanely tough draw. Bojana had beaten me a few times earlier in the season, Na had beaten me a few times in the end of the season, and then Serena is always tough to play. They are all in great form and will be tough for me to even make it to the Semifinals here, but I am looking forward to the matches and giving it my all in each."
"It will be especially tough to play Serena and Na because of the mental battle of facing both my sister and occasional doubles partner, and also my good friend and permanent doubles partner, Na. I mean it's a tough mental battle because I love both of them and want them to win, but at the same time, I want to win."
Venus has had an amazing year in both the singles and doubles competition. She has been #1 in doubles for 27 weeks, while partner Li Na has only 7 weeks due to a few results where they didn't partner together. A quick look at her season highlights:
Singles Titles (4): International Sydney, International Memphis, Premier Amelia Island, Premier Zurich.
Singles Finals (6): Premier Charleston, International Strasbourg, Premier Oslo, International Bangkok, International Seoul, International Dorado.
Singles Slam Performances: Australian Open QF, Roland Garros QF, Wimbledon R2, US Open SF.
Doubles Titles (15): Premier Mandatory Indian Wells (w/ Li), Premier Mandatory Miami (w/ Li), Premier Amelia Island (w/ Li), Premier Belgrade (w/ Li), Premier 5 Berlin (w/ Li), International Strasbourg (w/ Serena), International Helsinki (w/ Watson), International 's-Hertogenbosch (w/ Babos), Premier 5 Eastbourne (w/ Li), International Sopot (w/ Li), International Stockholm (w/ Li), International Bangkok (w/ Li), International Seoul (w/ Li), International Dorado (w/ Nara), Premier Zurich (w/ Li).
Doubles Finals (5): Premier 5 Rome (w/ Li), Roland Garros (w/ Li), Wimbledon (w/ Li), Premier Stanford (w/ Kerber), Premier 5 San Francisco (w/ Li).
Doubles Slam Performances: Roland Garros Final, Wimbledon Final, US Open QF.
Venus then took part in the pre-tournament interview and here is the transcript:
-What are your feelings about your season thus far?
"I've had an amazing year. I am so proud of myself. Mid season I got a bit tight and sloppy because on a few occasions I was one win away from #1, but I let it slip by me. That is my biggest regret; not getting #1. It still pains me to this day, but I am not letting it hurt me or distract me in any way. I am the #2 player in the world, and I do have a shot at #1 here this week again. I want to say I was #1 in Singles too, even if it were just for a week. I want it bad."
-You didn't win a slam, but went deep in most of them. How did you think each slam went?
"I did well in the Slams, which I am happy about. In Australia, I was in great form. I did lose in the QFs, but to Michaella Krajicek, who went on to win the title and I had taken her to 7-6 in the third and was the closest to beating her. I was upset about losing that tight ending, but I was happy that I gave her the toughest match. At Roland Garros, I was in such a depressed mood. I had let #1 constantly slip by in the weeks prior and came here in a sour mood. I had low confidence, lost sets to Azarenka and Stosur before getting crushed by Babos. I was lacking the confidence to do well there. But once again, Babos went on to win the title, so I can't complain about losing to the eventual champion. What hurt the most was Wimbledon. As I said my confidence was shaky mid season and sadly it was during my favorite slam. I lost in my 2nd round match to Zvonareva 7-5 in the third. I cried for a few days because of my confidence struggles and how much I wanted to do well there, but I couldn't. I redeemed myself for the US Open though. Li and I weren't sure if we should enter doubles because both of us wanted to do better in singles. We entered late and lost in our 1st match for doubles. We focused on singles and it payed off, both of us made the SFs. I was happy because despite being one of the more consistent players on tour, I had finally made the SFs of a Slam and in my home country! I had beaten Dinara and Serena, both of whom had given me tons of trouble in the past. I lost to Cornet in an extremely tight match, but I was happy with how I ended my slams. Overall, my slam performances were good and I am happy with, but I will be determined to go deeper at each slam next season."
-Speaking of next season, what do you want to improve upon results wise.
"I was happy with my season this year, but next season I want to do better. Also, the season isn't over, I have a lot more winning I want to do this week in New York. But the fact that Li and I dominated doubles, but haven't won a slam bothers me. Definitely won to take home this doubles title! And also I love playing for my country, so losing in Fed Cup and leaving London without a medal makes me sad. But all my sadness and all my regrets this season will make me hungrier for this YEC, to train hard during the off season, and to kick ass next season. I want to become more consistent in singles, and maybe win a slam in singles and doubles. Winning Fed Cup next year would be great too."
-You have had a lot of struggles this season in singles and then great success in doubles. How would you characterize your season as a whole?
"I would characterize my season as being strong in singles in the beginning and towards the end of the season, and then consistent during my slump. My singles highlights don't look that great, but that's because I had a VERY big habit of constantly losing in SFs of the big events sadly. It was like a rollercoaster. Ups and downs. But by far my stand out results have come in the Doubles with Na. I've won some titles with my rivals in singles and doubles like Serena, Watson, Babos which has helped me to sit at Doubles #1 all alone. Sadly Na couldn't get the same results with other partners as I did when we went to different tournaments the same week. I really do think we got to #1 together and should share it, but she can still say she's been #1 for 7 weeks though, so I don't feel too bad."
-What week during the season was your favorite?
"My favorite week this season AS OF NOW is a toss up between winning Indian Wells and Miami doubles with Na. It was the first two weeks of doubles and we started off with a BANG by winning both titles. And also winning singles and doubles titles in the same week like Amelia Island and Zurich. It makes me feel good that I can excel in both disciplines. But hopefully this week will be better than these two examples."
-What has been your worst and least favorite week?
"My least favorite week. As I said before, losing in Fed Cup and not bringing home any medal hurt a lot. I love playing for my country, I was determined to win both, but it sadly didn't happen. Week in, week out losing in singles and choking away the chance of being #1 sucked too:lol:"
-Talk to us about this week some more.
"This week will be tough though. I am training hard, preparing myself for each tough battle. I need to be in great shape in order to achieve my goal of winning both the singles and doubles titles here."
Apr 14th, 2013, 06:52 PM
^^^ nara's first mention in the media room! thanks vee! :hearts:
World #7 Heather Watson in in New York this week for the season ending championships, an eight-player event which will see the elite of the WWW Tour battle it out to be crowned champion.
Watson put together a decent season overall, posting a 45-27 record and the following results:
W – Indian Wells, Charleston, Lucerne, Helsinki, Filderstadt
RU – Tokyo, Memphis, Miami
SF – Birmingham, Eastbourne, Stockholm
QF – Dubai, Sydney, Wimbledon, Oslo, Stanford, Quebec City, Zurich
R2 – Australian Open, Belgrade, Berlin, Rome, Roland Garros, Olympics, Toronto, San Fransisco, New Haven, US Open
R1 – Amelia Island, Sopot, Dorado, Philadelphia
Watson has been drawn in Group A, along with Alize Cornet, Vera Zvonareva and Angelique Kerber. Unfortunately she missed out on qualifying for the doubles YEC by just 5 points.
Heather said: "To qualify for the championships is a dream come true. I am pretty happy with my season, winning 5 titles was just amazing - it has been a long season but it's not over yet - one big final push here this week against the top girls. We all want this title so badly and the crowds should really be in for some great tennis this week!"
"I was gutted to miss out on playing in the doubles, especially by just 5 points. I really wanted to play with Serena but guess I will cheer her and Vera on if I don't get to play as an alternate"
"I haven't been playing that well the last few weeks so I hope I can perform well here in New York. I definitely have room for improvement over the off-season and it will be nice to play a full season, having joined the tour a few weeks in this season"
"I'm also aiming to do do much better at the Slams next year - three 2nd round losses and a 1/4 final at Wimbledon isn't good enough really"
After a second round lost in last weeks Bali International, Zheng did something different than normal. Normally she goes home and makes Ramen and chows down at Chik Fil-A but after a disappointing loss to Li Na Jie went on the practice court with her dear friends Bojana and Varvara.
" My new friends are really nice and have taught me a lot about the tour. Bojana is the worlds best player and even better friend. She showed me how to stay low to the bar in order to drive the ball past the slower players."
Jie said this about the tournament at Beijing so far
" I looked at my draw and realized I was playing Serena. Serena !!!! The girl goes by one name!!!! how am I supposed to beat her? I won the first set 60 and got so nervous I could barely walk and she hits so hard! She didn't miss! I was able to squeeze it out but having to play Alize is unreal! It was a similar story, I just get so nervous after my matches! I have to play Venus Williams tomorrow, it's going to be so tough!!!! She has a bad back lately though, maybe I will get lucky! I'm hoping to play Bojana in the finals!!! But playing my doubles partner wouldn't be bad too. Varvara is new too, and is a fantastic doubles partner when she does well!"
About China In the WWW Future
" We have 2 of us, and Shuai Zhang used to play too. We do well, I think we win Olympics for sure!!! Li Na is a sweetheart. Also a junior Ayaka Okuno might go to china in pros! So let's hope too!!!
Thank You Jie
Aug 10th, 2013, 09:22 PM
Serena Arrived in Melbourne
World Number 6, Serena Williams, arrived in Melbourne a few hours ago looking really fit and relaxed. Serena admits being eager to grab her first Grand Slam title, here, in Melbourne, a city she really enjoys for it's laid back and very parisian atmosphere. Serena has already made two finals this year. The first one which she lost in Kuala Lumpur against Bojana Jovanovski and the second one which she won in Adelaide a week ago.
"It was definitely a great move for me to ask for a wildcard in Adelaide. I decided to jump on a plane at the very last minute after having mixed results the previous weeks. Patrick and I have been working on a new strategy and it's been great so far." When asked about her performance in Hobart, Serena admitted feeling really tired and never really involved in the match.
"After Adelaide, I felt like withdrawing from Hobart, but I knew all the players would be showing up there, so I thought why not give it a try. This could be some really good practice. But you know after like 5 weeks of intense tennis, I just needed a break. I'm here now and this is where I want to make it count. I've had really average results so far in Grand Slam tournaments and I want to change that tendency."
Serena was also asked about her potential QF matchup against sister Venus. "This is so far ahead. Gotta go one match at a time. Anything can happen really. It's such a competitive tour. First up is Vekic and she's a really good up and coming player. I'll be ready. I'll make sure I am. If both Venus and I make it to the QF, it's awesome. This means one of us will have a good shot at a final appearance. This is what we play tennis for. Grand Slam finals. Venus has a shot this week at number 1. I really hope she gets it! I've beaten her recently, so that's a really good omen for me coming in!"
Venus Williams claimed both titles in Hobart this week and sits atop both the ranking charts, giving her some extra confidence heading into the first slam of the season tomorrow; the Australian Open.
In the first round, Venus Williams received a bye to give her some extra rest time before starting off against Anastasia Myskina. Venus started slow, but found her game losing just one game after being down 0-5 in the first set, capturing the win 2-6 6-0 6-0. Venus looked fierce as she slapped winners left and right after a cold first 20 minutes of the match. In the QFs, Venus beat up and comer Azarenka with ease. Venus continued her strong form in this match once again with winners left and right for a 6-1 6-2 victory. Another up and comer stood in Vee's way in the SFs; Sloane Stephens. Sloane had done Venus an enormous favor by taking out Bojana Jovanovski and to show her gratitude, Venus destroyed Sloane 6-0 6-3. Heading into the final, Venus knew that #1 ranking was at stake. Standing in her way was Andrea Petkovic. Petkovic had taken out Pennetta and Zvonareva. Two good wins and good form would lead to an incredible final showdown. The first set Venus started off strong breaking to start the match. Venus led 5-3 before Andrea showed her fighting spirit and grinded Venus down to take the first set 7-5.
"Andrea played a great end to that first set. I played well to get to 5-3, but she played better to take it 7-5. She stopped missing. She wasn't pushing the ball though, she was getting everything back, but with pace right back at me. It was tough to try to figure out how to deal with that as she started hitting lines and I started making a few too many errors."
Start of the second set saw the same result as the end of the first set; Andrea not giving up anything. Andrea led 4-2 before Venus got the break right back with 4 monster winners that seemed to have shaken Andrea. Venus took control of the set and closed it out 7-5.
"I never think negatively that 'Oh I am going to lose this', but at 2-4 down I had doubt that I could pull of this win with how she was playing. But I quickly regrouped and four amazing winners shot off my racket to give me the break back. I closed that set out perfectly. I started to assert myself again in the match and it payed off."
Third set would be one of the best sets of tennis in the history of the tour. Both players were hitting huge power shots, running down everything, giving the crowd what they came to see. Both players held serve until a tiebreak was necessary.
"We both kept holding serve. There were so many breaks in the opening two sets, but we both just played our service games better in that third set."
Neither player has match points leading to the tiebreak, but there were tons of missed chances in the tiebreak. Venus jumped out to a 4-1 lead after some flawless tennis from Venus which included an amazing stretch backhand drop volley winner to get the minibreak. The minibreak was short lived as Andrea got it right back for 4-4 after Venus hit the cross court forehand into the net. Andrea would then take the lead with another minibreak and a minihold for 6-4. First match point saw a tight Andrea double fault. She quickly regrouped as a lengthy rally commenced, where Andrea hit a forehand DTL that looked like winner, but Venus chased it down and slapped a backhand cross court that Andrea could barely get a racket on to save the second match point. Venus brought down a 121 mph serve for a service winner to lead 7-6. Andrea hit a good first serve that received a short return from Venus that she easily put away for 7-7. Andrea then hit a backhand winner to go up 8-7. Venus brought down yet another bomb of a first serve, this time 124mph and received yet another service winner for 8-8. Venus hit a second serve that got a forehand cross court bitchslap from Andrea for the winner to serve it out once again at 9-8. Andrea missed her first serve and the tension was felt. A tight second serve got the spanking it deserved once again, this time from Venus with a backhand DTL winner for 9-9. Venus would then miss a backhand cross court to go down 10-9. Venus missed her first serve barely and the pressure was on for her now. A 59mph second serve got crushed by Andrea down-the-line, but Venus got to it this time and threw up a lob, to which Andrea smashed it to the middle of the court where Venus then smacked a backhand cross court passing shot to level it 10-10 as the crowd went insane over that winner. Venus brought out yet another huge serve this time for a down-the-tee ace to go up 11-10 and get her 2nd match point. A long point ensued and Andrea came up clutch with a ballsy drop shot winner. The crowd went insane again as Andrea nailed that risky shot to save another championship point. 11-11 saw Andrea hit her hardest serve of the match, but it came back even harder at her feet courtesy of a Venus backhand to draw the error and Venus' 3rd championship point. This match point was lengthy with both girls hitting their cross courts beautifully, but Andrea went DTL with a backhand and it clipped the net and sat up easy for Venus to hit the forehand cross court winner. Venus jumped for joy as she won her 6th tour title and finally had the chance to say she held the #1 ranking.
"Being down 4-6 in the tiebreak I thought, this can't be happening. Don't let this happen, come on, Vee. This is your victory, not hers. I just fought my ass off. My serve proved to be so crucial in that tiebreak though. I didn't give her a chance to play a point thanks to my power and placement, she couldn't even get the returns to the net let alone over the net. It was an amazing match, she played incredible; a little tight, but so was I. She had 5 match points, but I just played the big points better today. She has a great future on the tour if she can keep up this level, just needs a bit more experience."
Venus Williams has finally risen to the World #1 ranking in Singles, after numerous failed chances last season when one match away from obtaining the coveted position. Venus has been dominant on the doubles scene since its existence on the WWW tour, having been #1 for all 34 weeks, but now she can finally say she was singles #1 for a week.
"There was a lot of pressure mid season last year. I felt like I was always a win away from #1 and would flop. I had a horrible clay season through to the US Open because practically each event I had kept getting openings to snag the #1 rank. Krajicek, Cornet and Jovanovski kept winning that one extra match to hold me off too, and it was frustrating and made me feel like my window of opportunity was slipping. But now I have the #1 ranking, there is no more pressure except to just keep doing what I have done to get there, win most of my matches. Even better is that while some top players like Babos and Serena have tons of points to defend between the clay and US Open, I hardly have any. So I am feeling good and confident heading into the Australian Open and clay season. I just won my 2nd singles event out of the 6 events so far this season and 6th total singles title; my game is feeling great."
"It just feels amazing to get this off my back. I did not think I would ever achieve this feat to not only be #1 in Singles, but to simultaneously hold both the Singles and Doubles #1 Rankings. Rather than put pressure on me, it makes me feel incredibly confident and relaxed."
"It has been a rough season in doubles though. But Na and I have been trying to focus on our singles games and our doubles games have suffered. We racked up practically every title last season except a slam. So we are practicing everyday together now to ensure that we take home that doubles title next week."
Venus Williams has had her singles game sharp to start the season with results consisting of 2 Wins, 2 Finals, 2 SFs. With her four losses coming to Jovanovski twice, Zvonareva, and Serena.
"I have had a great season so far. I have only lost to top 6 players so far this season and players that have always given me a hard time. I am very much looking forward to the Australian Open. I love these Australian courts. I have won in Sydney twice, I won here in Hobart, and now the goal is to leave Melbourne with some winner's trophies."
Azarenka and Serena loom in Venus' quarter, her thoughts:
"I will not underestimate either of them. Azarenka has been in great form despite our result this week and Serena has beaten me this season. I will be focused and try to bring out my best tennis, the #1 tennis for this event."