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Posts Tagged ‘Grand Slam.’

5th-seeded Radwanska upsets #2 Sharapova to win Sony Ericsson Open


Agnieszska Radwanska (2011 photo by Christopher Johnson via wikipedia commons)

Agnieszska Radwanska, who is ranked fifth, upset #2 Maria Sharapova 7-5, 6-4, over the weekend to win the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, for the first time ever.

The 23-year-old Radwanska is from Poland and has a record of 306-137 in singles play with 9 WTA titles to her credit.

Radwanska, ranked a career-best fourth in the world, earned her fourth title since last summer.

Sharapova, a three-time Grand Slam champion, is winless in four attempts in the Sony Ericsson finals. The Russian tennis star was also the runner-up in 2005, 2006 and 2011.



Info compiled from WTA Tour, Radio & TV news

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Venus Williams has withdrawn her name from the Australian Open, prolonging her absence from competitive tennis due to an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue and joint pain.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

Kvitova upsets Sharapova in Wimbledon women’s final


Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova was definitely the favorite to win this year’s women’s Wimbledon final. But her serve never came around and it led to her downfall and eventual loss.

The three-time Grand Slam champion was outplayed by 21-year-old Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic.

Kvitova beat the fifth-seeded Russian 6-3, 6-4.

Petra Kvitova in May 2011 at Roland Garros (photo by Carine06 via wikipedia commons)

Kvitova, who started the Wimbledon matches at #62 in the world will move to a projected seventh when the new rankings come out this week.

The 6’0 Kvitova, who turned pro in 2006, was the first woman from the Czech Republic to claim a Grand Slam trophy since Jana Novatna won the title in 1998. It was only fitting that Novotna and Martina Navratilova were in the stands to witness Kvitova’s win.

Kvitova’s career record is 184-89, with 5 WTA titles and 7 ITF titles.

Sharapova finished the match with six double-faults, including three in a row over two games in the first set.


Info courtesy of WTA Tour, TV & Radio news

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