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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Williams to face Pennetta in Mexican Open final

Acapulco, Mexico (Sports Network) - Italian Flavia Pennetta is one victory away from capturing her third Mexican Open, but will have to overcome top- seeded American Venus Williams in the final on Saturday.

Pennetta, the reigning champion, secured a berth in her sixth Mexican Open final on Friday as the second seed blew past 2004 champion Iveta Benesova 6-3, 6-3 in the first semifinal bout on the red clay at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. The Czech Benesova, seeded fourth this week, beat Pennetta in the 2004 finale here.

The reigning Wimbledon champion Williams, last week's titlist in Dubai, breezed past unseeded Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-0, 6-3, in the second semifinal.

Pennetta, who beat France's Alize Cornet in last year's finale here, also captured this event in 2005 and was the runner-up in 2004, 2006 and 2007. The 27-year-old, who celebrated a birthday here on Wednesday, will appear in her 15th career final, seeking a seventh title. This marks her first final of 2009.

As for Williams, she'll be after her 41st career title.

Pennetta is 3-2 all-time against Williams, but she lost the last encounter in straight sets, falling in the final of an event in Zurich last year.

The 2009 Acapulco champion will earn $37,000.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Flavia

The RTM team and fans around the world want to wish Flavia a Happy and successful Birthday.

Pennetta rolls in Acapulco opener

Acapulco, Mexico (Sports Network) - Reigning champion Flavia Pennetta was an easy first-round winner Tuesday at the $220,000 Mexican Open.

The second-seeded Pennetta pasted Ukrainian Mariya Koryttseva 6-3, 6-1 on the red clay at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. The five time Mexican Open finalist Pennetta beat France's Alize Cornet in last year's final here, also captured this event in 2005 and was the runner-up in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lammer wants to repay Federer's faith

Dubai: Michael Lammer is a guest of former world No 1 and four-time Dubai champion Roger Federer. And today, he wants to repay this hospitality to one of the world's best players by advancing "as far as possible" in the main draw of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships.

"Roger is a good friend and he has allowed me to stay at his apartment here. I hope I can compensate this gesture by going as far as possible in the main draw," Lammer told Gulf News after winning 6-1, 6-3 against Jonathan Dasnieresde Veigy of France yesterday.

"You cannot compare anyone to Roger, and I cannot replace him here. But I hope I will do well in the main competition," the Swiss said.

The 26-year-old is Federer's contemporary on court, seizing every opportunity to learn about tennis from his more gifted countryman.

"A player like Roger comes once in a lifetime. We've had some great sportspeople, but Martina (Hingis) and Roger definitely stand out. Roger is always there to help any of us any time. And besides, he is such a great friend too," Lammer said.

Switzerland received another bonus when Marco Chiudinelli went through 7-6 (1), 6-4 in his match against Paolo Lorenzi of Italy to make it two Swiss players in the main draw.

Currently ranked after 400, Chiudinelli made it to the qualifiers after receiving a wild card as the winner of the annual Aviation Cup, held at the end of the year.

Also advancing to the main draw of the competition were Laurent Recouderc with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Rik De Voest. Italy's Flavio Cipolla defeated Marsel Ilhan of Turkey 6-2, 6-4 to advance into the main competition, which starts at 2 pm today.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Paes-Dlouhy in Rotterdam semifinals

New Delhi (PTI): Tennis ace Leander Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy whipped Russian-Polish pair of Igor Andreev and Marcin Matkowski in straight sets to storm into doubles semifinals of the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on Thursday.
The second seeded Indo-Czech pair hardly broke a sweat as they won their quarterfinal match 6-2, 6-1 in the euro 1445,000 hard court event.
Paes and Dlouhy next play the winner of the last eight match between French duo of Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra and the Austrian-Israeli pair of Julian Knowle and Andy Ram.
For Paes, it would be his third semifinal of the year and second with Dlouhy.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Peng reaches Pattaya Open quarters

In an earlier second round match, fifth-seeded Peng Shuai of China reached the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (4), 6-0 victory over Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan.
Peng, ranked No. 35 in the world, struggled early but found momentum in the latter part of the match, advancing to the last eight for the second time in Pattaya.
"I've never played her so the first set was a bit tough for me," said Peng, who reached the Pattaya semifinals in 2007.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Leander Paes & Lukas Dlouhy get past the first hurdle in Rotterdam

In the doubles draw, Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy earned a rather tough second round spot with a 7-6(4), 5-7, 10-3 win over Germans Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Peng Shuai advances to 2nd round

PATTAYA, Thailand: Fifth-seeded Peng Shuai of China reached the second round of the Pattaya Open on Monday when Mara Santangelo of Italy retired with an ankle injury despite leading.

Peng won 3-6, 5-2 after Santangelo injured her ankle while attempting to hit a backhand in the third game of the second set. She called for a trainer and completed four more games before retiring.

"I started a bit nervous and tight and got broken one game which cost me the first set," Peng said. "In the second set, I was a bit more relaxed after I talked to my coach."

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

A Star on Ice

Marta has been featured on the cover of the February issue of TENISKLUB! Inside the magazine there is an article "Marta - A Star on Ice" with photos of her from the ice rink. Marta met journalists one evening and took them on a tour through the shopping center, talking about her family, friends and tennis.