Aug 11

Venus Beats Little Sister Serena in The Semi Finals of The Rogers Cup

Venus Williams defeats her little sister, World Number 1 Women’s Tennis Serena Williams with a three-set game last Saturday and she will be moving onwards to the Roger’s Cup Finals in Montreal. This is her second time to defeat her sister after winning against her in a 2009 semi-finals in Dubai.

Their meetings in court have become rare since the 2009 Tour Championships.

Serena Williams tweeted about her loss, congratulating her sister and wrote a sentimental line saying “Big sister taught little sister a lesson…”

According to Venus, the level they were playing was very high as she and her sister served well, moved well and it showed competitiveness from both sisters.

Serena had more aces against Venus, but Venus performed very well during the first part of the game until Serena managed to catch up with a 3-3 score.

Serena said that her sister moved very well and her aces were defeated by good serves and returns from her older sister.

Meanwhile, Venus will wait until the winner of  the other semi-final match between Polih Agnieszka Radwanska and Russian Ekaterina Makarova is decided.


Jul 08

Novak Djokovic Says Thank You To Federer for Letting Him Win Wimbledon

In an astounding 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-4 match, Novak Djokovic takes the number one spot from Rafael Nadal after winning his most recent Grand Slam title in Wimbledon against Roger Federer.  A great recovery following his three major final mishaps this year, he said that “I needed this win a lot.”

During his speech at the awarding ceremony in Britain, he thanked Roger Federer for letting him win as he acknowledged the fact that the entire match was tight and difficult. Nerves were rattling and the first one to give up between them was to lose the match.

Djokovic had world number four Roger Federer into very long rallies, having Federer peak on his stamina, but Federer took advantage of his weakness in net approaches. Djokovic’s specialty is defensive tennis. Federer said “I think Novak tried as much as he could to play offensive as well.”

Federer had more winning shots and aces than Djokovic in the entire game. However, his stamina was his weakness.

Djokovic had shed tears following his recent Grand Slam win. He dedicated his win to his family, his training team and his future wife Jelena Ristic, who is with child. He also dedicated it to his early childhood tennis coach Jelena Gencic, who had passed away last year.


Jun 09

Rafael Nadal Takes 9th Win in French Open

Tennis World Number One Rafael Nadal wins his 9th French Open after winning his match against World Number Two Novak Djokovic. The Serbian fought against the master of clay courts in a match that looked to Nadal at 3-6, 7-5, 6-2,6-4. The match lasted for 3 hours and 31 minutes, making it one of the most commendable matches of the season.

According to Rafael Nadal, playing against World Number two is always a great game. It challenges him because every score and point is very difficult. Nadal wore down Djokovic, who was ostensibly tired after his difficulty to balance himself and his deep breaths.

At the age of 28, Rafael Nadal now owns 14 Grand Slam titles. He is now on par with Pete Sampras, who was only second place to Roger Federer, who has 17 Grand Slam Titles.

Nadal said to the World Number Two that he will win in the French Open in the future and he does not doubt Djokovic’s capabilities to win and play. Djokovic in turn congratulated Nadal for his victory, and that he will be coming back to the French Open to make another run for his title.

Nadal said that his victory in the French Open is his comeback from failing to win in the Australian Open after his back injury gave him so much pain during his crucial match.


May 08

Nadal Reaches New Milestone After Latest Win In Open

Rafael Nadal’s first win in the Mutua Madrid Open had him reach a new milestone with a 6-1, 6-0 score against Juan Monaco from Argentina. The Spaniard had converted six of 10 break points, which had him finish the match in 69 minutes, with a match service of 79% of the time.

Now, Nadal’s Win/Loss record is at 684-134, which surpasses Arthurs Ashe’s 683-225 Mark, achieving him a milestone. He is now set to surpass Boris Becker and his 713 wins to be part of Tennis’ All-Time Players List.

Nadal said that he was very happy to be compared to Arthur Ashe as being on the same level with a tennis legend is a great satisfaction for him.

Stanislas Wawrinka, who had also won the Madrid Trophy in 2005 and 2010, had great difficulty getting back up the Madrid Open after being defeated in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

Nadal must now face off with Finnish Jarkko Niemenen, who had won against Igor Sijsling with a 6-3, 62 set. Niemenen said that it was the biggest challenge for him to face off against the Tennis World Number 1 and he is looking forward to their match.


Apr 08

Davis Cup Sees Federer Land Semi Finals Position in Years

Roger Federer gives Switzerland its 3-2 win against Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup as he lands a spot in the semi-finals for the country in 11 years. Federer won against 64th Seed Andrey Golubev, giving him a chance at a first Davis Cup Title.  The set of 7-6 (0), 6-2,6-3 ensured Switzerland’s spot in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Australian Open Champion Stanislas Wawrinka further improves Switzerland’s standing in the cup as he defeated Mikhail Kukushkin by 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Federer last reached the semi-finals of the Davis Cup in 2003, but the Swiss team lost to Australia under the leadership of Lleyton Hewitt. He won his first match point against Golubev with a good serve that aced through. He won against Kukushkin in the opening singles with straight sets.

Federer said “we’re very relieved and very happy. It was a long weekend with a lot of tennis.” In a court-side interview, Federer said that he was very happy that Stanislas Wawrinka gave him a chance to play again and have a shot at the Davis Cup title.


Mar 27

Djokovic Wins Sony Open Quarter Final against Andy Murray

Sony Open announced Djokovic’s win against Andy Murray after Murray lost a dispute about an erroneous call from Djokovic. The World Number 2 won 7-5, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open.

Djokovoic’s charged forward and short ball helped him win a 5-6 set. However, Andy Murray and TV replays argued that he should have won the point because Djokovic’s racket hit the tennis net when he struck the short ball. Chair umpire Damian Steiner did not change his call.

Murray discussed the matter with Djokovic, who said that his racket was over the net. However, Djokovic said that he crossed the net with the racket but he did not touch the net. Steiner had ruled that crossing over the net is a valid move, which had Murray frustrated and distracted and had cost him the game.

He said that he would have conceded the point if the rules indeed said crossing over the net was illegal.

Djokovic is set to play on Friday against Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori

In other games, Dominika Cibulkova won against Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets despite having lost three match points having overturned Chair umpire calls.  She will be playing against Li Na or Carloine Wozniacki after the match of the two players Wednesday night.


Mar 04

World Tennis Day Has Former and Current Tennis Greats

In celebration of the Second World Tennis Day, former and current tennis superstars participate in exhibition games that aim to promote tennis to the world and expand the number of participants in the world today. According to the International Tennis Federation, 60 nations are taking part in the celebration of this day.

StarGames had organized three events for the World Tennis Day. In the Hong Kong Velodrome, the BNP Paribas Showdown will highlight Lleyton Hewitt, Li Na, Tomas Berdych and Samantha Stosur. In the World Tennis Day Showdown at London’s Earl Court, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Pat Cash and Ivan Lendl will face off against each other. Novak Djokovic, Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan and Andy Murray will be taking part at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The 60 nations taking part in the celebration of the sports day will promote the 2007-born Tennis Play and Stay campaign, which promotes tennis as an easy, fun and healthy sport. The nations will provide beginner courses for those wanting to try and play tennis by using non-professional equipment, such as slower and less-bouncing balls, shorter and lighter rackets, and smaller courts.

According to the ITF, the World Tennis Day had always been a successful initiative in using such events to bring the world’s attention to the developments of the sport in different parts of the world from 2007. March 3rd will always be an important day for Tennis.


Jan 23

World Tennis Top Halves Not Present in Australian Open Finals

The Australian Open 2014 continues to be an exciting match for tennis fans as the biggest upsets in contemporary tennis history had recently happened. Women’s Tennis two-time champion Victoria Azarenka falls to her knees against Agnieszka Radwanska following a gruelling match set in Australia’s Rod Laver Court scoring 1-6 7-5 0-6. She will then play in the final four for the quarter finals.

World Number one for Women’s Tennis Serena Williams had also lost to Ana Ivanovic after she served Williams with consistent point-for-point returns. However, Ivanovic had lost to Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who is now the first Canadian tennis player to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Another recent upset was Novak Djokovic losing to five sets against Stanislas Wawrinka with 6-2 4-6 2-6 6-3 7-9, ending the former’s Australian Open winning streak in a precision-laden match that a minor error can cost one the entire game. The entire set had gone on for four hours.

Remaining on top of his game, World Number 6 Roger Federer comes from the ashes of his inconsistent performance in 2013 to win against Andy Murray with 6-3 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3. Murray blames his lack of time spent doing match practice because of his back surgery recovery.

Dec 31

Djokovic Kicks Off with a Bang

Novak Djokovic continued where he left off at the end of last season by successfully defending his Mubadala World Tennis Championship title in Abu Dhabi. Starting the final as the heavy favourite with Betfair, the Serb picked up his first title of the new season courtesy over a 7-5 6-2 win over Spain’s David Ferrer.

1Ferrer, who had beaten his fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals to reach the final, took an early 3-1 lead in the first set before Djokovic battled back to take the set 7-5. The Serbian star then wasted little time in taking the victory in the second set, continuing his run of winning five straight tournaments.

While the tournament is an unofficial event, five of the world’s top-10 players were among the field in Abu Dhabi. World number-one Nadal responded from the surprise defeat at the hands of Ferrer by beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 7-6 6-3 in the third-place play-off.

The tournament was Djokovic’s since linking up with new coach Boris Becker, and the world number two admitted he was pleased with how things had started.

“I’m very satisfied with the way I played and I always enjoy coming back here. I have to say I’m really glad to have Boris joining our team. It’s great we’ve started by winning this trophy here. Hopefully we can continue like this during the year.”

Djokovic will be hoping to continue his winning run in the lead-up to the Australian Open. The four-time champion will be looking to defend his title once again in Melbourne, and the Serb is the current favourite to win a fifth title in the season’s first grand slam. Despite his recent dominance in the tournament, however, Djokovic is only a narrow favourite with Betfair ahead of current world number one Nadal.

Dec 30

Djokovic and Becker Partnership Comes as a Shock to Federer

The Swiss Tennis Hero Roger Federer expresses his surprise that Boris Becker is joining Novak Djokovic’s coaching team. He did not express disappointment but rather appreciation saying that the move is the best for the game.

Roger Federer will be playing in the Brisbane International this week before moving on for the Australian Open. As Djokovic partners with Becker, Federer announced that he will be joined by Stefan Edberg in a partnership.

Federer said that Becker’s appearance in the modern tennis world is exciting and it is a good thing that they are encouraging the new breed of tennis players to learn from what they had learned over the course of Becker and other former tennis professionals’ careers.

Stefan Edberg is renowned as a “net-rusher” who plays highly aggressively against his opponents. Experts said that bringing Edberg on board the Federer team signified a need for Federer to play more aggressively.

Federer had admitted that Edberg is is Tennis idol. Edberg will be joining as a part time consultant for Federer’s training. Federer said that he is interested in what he thinks and how he could play more aggressively coming to the net or back. He said that at least 10 or 12 weeks with Edberg might give him something fresh or inspiring for a good tennis play.


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