Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Injury rules Kim out of Paris

Injuries have plagued the Belgium mother for almost the entire 2011 and now what looks to be the entire 2012 seasons. This time the hip troubles Kim Clijsters, the same problem which she retired with in Brisbane at the start of the year, however this time Kim won't be skipping a small event - she will be withdrawing from the entire clay court season, including Roland Garros.

Since returning to professional tennis in August of 2009 Clijsters has only played two tournaments on clay - Marbella in 2010 and the French Open in 2011. The injury that will sideline her this time was re-aggravated in Miami.

Unfortunately for Clijsters injuries have been a constant in her life, especially in during 2007 - her first final year, where she called quits early frustrated by ongoing injuries. And since 2011 Kim has hit by ankle, foot, abdominal  and now hip injuries.

We wish Kim a speedy and successful career and hope that she can reach her goal of playing in the London Olympic Games. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Yes, this is post worthy.

Fed Cup week is normally pretty boring waiting for play, luckily Maria Sharapova provides the biggest bombshell. The Russian world number two has cut her hair. Gasp. Her long blonde pony tail that has been ever present through her career is no more.

Work it.

Fed Cup seriously cannot come soon enough.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

You got fight

For the 11th time in 2012 Angelique Kerber was pushed to three sets and for the 11th time in 2012 Angelique Kerber has won a three set match. There is no denying that she is, now, one of the biggest fighters on tour. In four of those 11 matches the US Open semi finalist has saved multiple match points. Today she fought from 2-5 down in the third set to defeat compatriot Mona Barthel 6-2 0-6 7-5, saving two match points.

The match was full of momentum swings as the pair took turns in playing well. With Kerber serving down 4-5 in the third both decided they would give it their best at playing well at the same time and the result was some great point play from both players and great rallies for the crowd to enjoy, which unfortunately was just a handful of people as it has been always in Copenhagen unless Wozniacki is on court.

Kerber's opponent in her semi final will be former world number one Jelena Jankovic who bounced back losing the first set against Kaia Kaneppi 4-6 to eventually win 4-6 6-1 6-3. Jankovic seems to be picking her game in time for the clay season, where she has found consistent success in the past years.

In the quarter final between the two unseeded players, Bojana Jovanovski and Petra Matic. Both young emerging talents on the tour split the first two sets 6-4 while in the third set Matic got the advantage and prevailed 6-4 4-6 6-3.

The only quarter final not to go the distance featured top seed and twice defending champion, Caroline Wozniacki and she breezed passed Alize cornet 6-0 6-3 to improve to 14-0 in Copenhagen.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Aga wins big time in Miami. Oh and I'm back, just in case you were wondering.

Agnieszka Radwanska has continued her impressive start to 2012 by winning arguably the biggest title of her career, the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne. Radwanska did not drop a set all tournament which included wins over Venus Williams, Marion Bartoli an finally Maria Sharapova in the final.

Radwanska has been impressive in 2012, the only player to have beaten her being world number one Victoria Azarenka, on four occasions. While Sharapova remains consistent with appearances in the later stages of tournaments she now, more than ever, seems really Russian having lost  nine out of her last 14 final appearances all since returning from shoulder surgery in 2009.

Just one service break in each set was enough for Radwanska to deny Maria Sharapova a maiden Miami title following four previous final berths. A strong serving performance and her trade mark craftiness around the court saw Radwanska hoist the Miami trophy for the first time which is her second, but most prestigious Premier Mandatory event title following her first which came in Beijing at the end of last year.

Defending just 630 points going into the clay season and in the form that Radwanska is in it poises her nicely for a possible accent to the top of the rankings.

And yes I have returned from over three months abroad. To be honest I was tempted to remain couch surfing through Europe for a little while longer with the beloved one when I remembered I that Uni and Work are kind of important.