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Posts Tagged ‘Australian Open.’

Nadal with an easy match, advances at BNP Paribas Open

 

Rafael Nadal in 2009 (photo by Alex Lee via wikipedia commons)

25-year-old Rafael Nadal, the world’s number-2 tennis player, is playing singles for the first time in six weeks.

On Sunday, the left-handed Spaniard advanced to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer in Indian Wells, California.

Nadal now has a record of 550-188, winning 82.34% of his matches. He has 46 total titles.

Nadal had not played since losing to the world’s number-1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic in a six-hour final at the Australian Open which almost went 6 hours on January 29.

 

 

Info compiled from ATP Tour

Wozniacki fires Sanchez after 2 months as personal coach

 

Caroline Wozniacki at 2008 U.S. Open (photo by Charlie Cowins via wikipedia commons)

It did not take long for former number-one tennis star Caroline Wozniacki to fire her tennis coach of two months, Ricardo Sanchez of Spain.

Wozniacki’s father, Piotr told a media publication that Sanchez simply did not inspire his daughter with any new drive or new impulses during his short tenure.

Sanchez was hired in early December, but she was defeated by defending champion Kim Clijsters in the quarterfinals of the recently completed Australian Open and thus losing her #1 ranking and is now ranked fourth.

She has never won a Grand Slam event.

Wozniacki’s dad will go back to his role of coaching his daughter, which was his role before Sanchez was hired.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Tennis news reports

Venus Williams not playing in Australian Open

 

Venus Williams at 2009 French Open (photo by Yann Caradec via wikipedia commons)

Venus Williams has withdrawn her name from the Australian Open, prolonging her absence from competitive tennis due to an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue and joint pain.

The seven-time Grand Slam winner says that she be able to return to the tour in February.

The 31-year-old tennis star hasn’t played competitvely since August 29 at the U.S. Open.

Williams is a former number-1 player but is ranked 100th in this week’s WTA rankings.

 

Info compiled from WTA Tour, Radio & TV news

Murray, looking for answers to slump, hires Lendl

 

Andy Murray in 2011 (photo by Christopher Johnson from Tokyo Japan via wikipedia commons)

Tennis star Andy Murray has hired Ivan Lendl, the winner of eight Grand Slam titles as his coach in a bid to win a major tennis title.

Murray, who is from Scotland, will begin working with Lendl, who is from Czechoslovakia in preparation for the Australian Open, which starts on January 16.

Murray, who is 24, spent all of last season ranked in the top four but ended 2011 without a Grand Slam title.

Murray has reached the finals of Grand Slam tournaments before but always finishes second.

 

Info compiled from ATP Tour, Radio, TV & Internet news

Woods falls out of lead after rough start in Australian Open

 

Tiger Woods (Joel Torres & Columbus Wired photo)

This week is the two-year anniversary of Tiger Woods’ last win, at the Australian Masters in Melbourne.

He is currently playing in the Australian Open and he is trying to get back to that level of two years ago.

Tiger started the day in the lead at the Open but three bogeys knocked him out of the lead.

It was the first time in almost a year that Tiger had lead in a tournament, but the three bogeys left him three shots back of Jason Day of Australia.

 

info compiled from Radio, TV & golf news

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