News & Press

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dlouhy/Paes Reach Semi Finals

Lukas Dlouhy/Leander Paes (Czech Republic/India) beat Simone Bolelli/Andreas Seppi (Italy) 6-1 7-6(5) placing them in the Semi Finals 5pm Thursday.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Paes-Dlouhy sails into men's double quarters

In the men's doubles there was cheer in the Indian camp when Leander Paes teamed up with his partner Dlouhy to enter the quarter final with a resounding victory over John Kerry and Paul Hanley in straight sets 6-2, 7-5. The Paes - Dlouhy pair domianed the match right from the beginning and broke their opponents with ease in either set.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Paes on a winning run in Australian Open

Top seeds Leander Paes and Cara Black of Zimbabwe overcame a stiff challenge against Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Serb Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.

The U.S. Open champions next play Patty Schnyder of Switzerland and Wesley Moodie of South Africa, who defeated Russian Alisa Kleybanova and Brazilian Bruno Soares 6-3, 6-4.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Horia Tecau and Andrei Pavel move into third round

Andrei Pavel and Horia Tecau, Romania, def. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia, and Jean-Claude Scherrer, Switzerland, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1).

Australian Open: Paes-Dlouhy advance to 3rd round

Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy advanced to the third round of the men's doubles at Australian Open's Melbourne Park on Friday. The Indo-Czech pair defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy and Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-3, 6-4.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Paes-Dlouhy storm in Rd 2

Melbourne, Jan 22: The Indian surge at the Australian Open continued to soar despite the ouster of Sania Mirza as the star pair of Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy won their men’s doubles first round match.
The Indo-Czech pair defeated the duo of Yves Allegro- Fabrice Santoro 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to march into the second round of the first Grand Slam of the year.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Mathilde Johansson in the 2nd round of 2009 Australian Open

After a long 3 set battle, RTM's Mathilde Johansson beat Jill Craybas (USA) 6-2, -1-6, 7-5 and stamped her name in the 2nd round of the first Grand Slam of 2009. Mathilde will now face #19 seed Daniela Hantuchova, from Slovak Republic. This will be the first time they will meet.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Medibank International - Sydney, Australia

Doubles champions Hsieh Su-Wei (L) of Taipei and Peng Shuai of China displayed their trophies in their second effort as a team, maintaining their perfect record. They also won the title in Bali 2008.

Moorilla Hobart International - Hobart, Australia

Argentine Gisela Dulko (L) and doubles partner Flavia Pennetta of Italy posed with the winner's trophies and bouquets. It was their second title teaming up together in eight tries. They also won their initial partnership in 2006 Bogota.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Great start for RTMʼs Goddesses of Tennis in Australia

The WTA circuit started well for RTM players in Australia. In the doubles circuit, Peng Shuai and Flavia Pennetta won titles in Sydney and Hobart, respectively. In the Sydney event, which is a $600,000 tournament, Peng Shuai and her partner Su-Wei Hsieh beat Nathalie Dechy/Casey Dellacqua 6-0,6-1. In Hobart, Flavia Pennetta, playing alongside Gisela Dulko, beat in the finals Alona Bondarenko/Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2,7-6 (4). The Goddesses of Tennis are showing their heat Down Under, getting ready for the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, which starts next week.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Chennai Open 2009 - Dlouhy in quarters

Czech wildcard Lukas Dlouhy entered the quarter-finals without hitting a ball after top seed Nikolay Davydenko withdrew from the Chennai Open injured on a rain-hit Wednesday. Dlouhy was the only player to progress Wednesday after the rest to day's schedule was washed out. In the first round, Lukas beat Go Soeda from Japan 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Today Lukas and his doubles partner Leander Paes will face Bjorn Phau and Rainer Schuettler from Germany in the first round of the doubles draw. The Chennai Open 2009 is a $450,000 ATP Tour tournament, played on hardcourt.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Paes aiming for Australian Open doubles title

Chennai: The Chennai Open ATP tournament gets underway from Monday and apart from featuring international players, the event will see Leander Paes playing a tournament in India after a long time. Paes and partner Lukas Dlouhy of Czech Republic are the second seeds and the Indian is looking forward to a great start to the year."I have got a few goals for this year as far as tennis goes and off the court. My on-court goals this year is to try and win the Masters which is the year-end for top eight in the world and a season end tournament. I will at the same time try and win Australian Open. There are the only two events that I have not won in doubles and that's what I am going after as far as tennis is concerned," says Paes.

CNN-IBN: How are you feeling in Chennai?

Leander Paes: It is great to come back to Chennai. I grew up here for five years, I learnt my tennis here and it is a city that is one of my favourite hunting grounds especially at this stadium where I have done well in singles in 1998 when I got to semis and lost to Rafter. I won doubles here four times and it speaks about how comfortable I am here. Coming with Lukas for the first time is a new experience. Come with a new partner is a new experience and that is always a great challenge. The crowd here has been always very supportive and they been very vociferous for us. So am looking forward to that too.

CNN-IBN: Is it going to be a little different this time?

Leander Paes: Ya! I think every partnership brings something new and the fact that Lukas and myself have done so well is no reason that we can't win it here. Being the first week of the year, a lot of teams are looking for rhythm and so are we. This is a great positioning for the tournament in the ATP calendar because coming in the first week of January is a real preparation for the Australian Open which is really my goal for this year.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Flavia Pennetta named best female athlete in Italy - behind Juventus football player Del Piero on the overall poll

Flavia Pennetta picked second on the overall poll of Best Athletes in Italy during 2008. Within female Italian athletes, she was voted the best. Please find below the overall poll: 1 - Alex Del Piero (Juventus - football) 31% 2 - Flavia Pennetta 25% 3 - Marco Simoncelli (motorcycle world champion) 12% Flavia will be in action this coming week in Perth, Australia playing for Italy in the Hopman Cup, alongside with Simone Bolelli. Their first round match will be against Russia, which will be represented by the siblings Marat Safin and Dinara Safina. Flavia will use the Hopman Cup as preparation for Hobart, a $220,000 event where Flavia is the #1 seed. Following Hobart she will be in action at the 1st Grand Slam event of the year, the Australian Open.

Peng, Benhabiles Team Up

Peng Shuai, one of three Chinese players in the Top 50 of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Singles Rankings, announced on New Year's Day a brand new partnership with world-renowned tennis coach Tarik Benhabiles, as she begins taking her game to the next level. The pair began training last month in Florida, and they will continue to work together full-time throughout 2009. Peng has quietly become an international tennis sensation over the last few years, best known for her two-fisted groundstrokes and coming up with particularly excellent results on hardcourts. In 2005 she defeated a slew of Top 10 players - including handing Kim Clijsters her only loss in 23 summer hardcourt matches - and made it all the way up to No.31 in the world herself, which at the time was the highest ranking ever for a Chinese player (it has since been surpassed by Li Na and Zheng Jie). In 2008, Peng reached two singles finals and won two doubles titles on the Tour, eventually finishing the season ranked No.40. But coaching has been an issue in the past for the 22-year-old since she split with former coach Zhang Depei; aiming for a positive breakthrough in 2009, Peng has been looking for another committed cooperation with a new coach - and she seems to have found it. Benhabiles, a former professional tennis player himself, reached a career-high of No.22 on the ATP World Tour Rankings and represented France in Davis Cup. He captured the Roland Garros junior singles title in 1981 and the French National Championships in 1986. He ended his playing career in 1992 and started to coach a young Andy Roddick, taking the American superstar into the Top 10 in 2003. Besides a strong relationship with Roddick, Benhabiles has worked with other top players, including Benjamin Becker, Ivo Karlovic and Gael Monfils. He is also the founder of the Tarik Benhabiles Tennis Academy, an elite tennis school in Florida that helps create and train future tennis stars. "Peng Shuai is a disciplined player with many weapons and superior internal strengths," Benhabiles said. "She is a girl of destiny and I expect her to be in the top group of the rankings by year's end."