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Monday, December 22, 2008

2009 will be good: Paes

Calcutta: Indian tennis ace Leander Paes hopes that the next year will be a great one for him in the doubles circuit saying that the indications were already there.

The 35-year old, who on Monday attended a Bengal Tennis Association (BTA) meeting having beenp elected as one of its vice-presidents in November said: “I think next year will be a great year. Considering the way we (doubles partner Lukas Dlouhy and mixed doubles partner Cara Black) have played in the last six months I feel next year will be a good one for us.

“Finishing at the top rungs was a good achievement… The earlier four months were tough… I switched partners before pairing up with Lukas… The rest is history… We (with Clara Black) were solid at the US Open, and looked great at Wimbledon… That’s a very good sign,” Leander told reporters on Monday evening.

While Leander won the US mixed doubles title this year along with Cara Black, he and Dlouhy reached the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Calling the doubles format a game of strategy, the 35-year old Davis Cupper said: “It’s (doubles) a different ball game altogether… It’s more about strategies and depends more on technicality while singles depends more on power and the physical ability of the player.”

Incidentally, Leander Paes along with Dlouhy will participate in the Chennai Open scheduled from January 5. His Davis Cup partner Mahesh Bhupathi will also feature in the meet with partner Mark Knowles.

According to him, the present seven-week break in the international tennis circuit is essential for the players.

“It’s an advantage… You need it in professional tennis… People need rest otherwise the quality goes down… Off-season is as important as anything… Tennis as well as any other sport is all about fitness, especially for players like me who are in their mid-thirties,” Paes said.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Federico Luzzi - In Memoriam | A tribute to tennis star Federico Luzzi

Monday, December 08, 2008

Monica Niculescu wins national championship

The women's division of the First Edition of National Tennis Championship "Masters Romania" was won by Monica Niculescu, who defeated Irina Begu 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a match that took two hours and 27 minutes. The six-day championship is fitted with prizes consisting of items worth 600,000 euros. Thus, the winners will each receive a house of 245,000 euros. The runners-up will receive all-road SUVs while the ones in third place will receive free flights to all competitions throughout 2009.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Pennetta top seed for Hobart

Italy's Flavia Pennetta will be the top seed for next month's WTA Hobart International, organisers said.

The world number 13 is among three of the WTA's top-20 ranked players to be confirmed for the Tasmanian tournament.

Pennetta will be joined by world number 14 Swiss Patty Schnyder and Russian number 18 Anna Chakvetadze in the January 9-16 event.

The Hobart field consists of 17 of the world's top 50 women, including China's world number 25 Zheng Jie, Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko (33) and Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn (37).

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Lera coasts to third round of Girls 18s at the 2008 Eddie Herr Tournament

Bradenton, FL - RTM's Lera Solovieva passes through her second round match at the Eddie Herr tournament, defeating Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-3,6-4. Lera will face #9 seed Lauren Embree, from Marco Island (FL) in the round of 16. This Thursday Lera will also be in action playing Girls 18s Doubles, together with Russian Karina Pimkina. Seeded #5, they will face in the 1st Round USA's Lauren Herring and Grace Min.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Eddie Herr - Lera Solovieva has a great start after months of injury!

Bradenton, FL - Returning to tournament play after six months of injuries, the Russian Diamond star Lera Solovieva wins her 1st Round match at the Eddie Herr International. Lera beat Sachia Vickery 6-4, 6-3 under Girls 18s division. During the 2008 European Summer ITF Junior Circuit, Lera had to go under a wrist surgery, having to change plans and stay off the court for a few months before returning to action. After a lot of physical therapy and hard work, Lera is finally able to start playing competitively again - and the Eddie Herr tournament is the first test. Lera will also be present at this year's Orange Bowl in Miami, playing under Girls 18s.