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WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN: Li Na’s new coach pays dividends

Angelique Kerber, Li Na (photo credit Sam Fahmi

China’s Li Na has been in four finals on the WTA Tour this year, including Montreal two weeks ago and has lost.

Li Na (photo credit Sam Fahmi)

But in Cincinnati last week, she finally won to earn a check for $385.000 and became at age 30, the oldest woman to win the tournament across the street from Kings Island amusement park at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Li Na, who also goes by Na Li, rallied from a very poor start to run talented German Angelique Kerber off the tennis court, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the final round.

A coaching change has certainly helped Li Na. She recently began working with Carlos Rodriguez, the former coach for Justine Henin.

Angelique Kerber (photo credit Sam Fahmi)

Li Na won the French Open in 2011.

Currently ranked in the world at #9, Li Na has won 73.31% of her matches with a record of 432-162 and has 6 WTA titles to her credit.

Clijsters unable to defend title in Cincinnati due to injury


Kim Clijsters winning 2010 Cincinnati Open ( photo)

Defending Western & Southern Open champion Kim Clijsters will not be able to defend her title at next week’s tournament due to an injury she suffered playing this week at the Rogers Open in Canada.

The #2 ranked player on the WTA Tour, Clijsters was aiming to be the first woman to repeat as champion of the Western & Southern Open since the WTA returned to Cincinnati in 2004. The last player to repeat in the Queen City was Peaches Bartkowicz in 1966-67.

Clijsters retired from her second round match Tuesday in Toronto against Jie Zheng after suffering a left abdominal strain.

The 28-year-old Belgian’s withdrawal will affect the seeding for the 2011 tournament as each seeded player will move up one spot, helping Marion Bartoli the smost as she will become the #8 seed and have a first round bye.


Info courtesy of WTA Tour & Western & Southern Open

Venus Williams misses Cincinnati WTA event second year in a row


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

31-year-old tennis star Venus Williams has been slowed and limited to three tournaments this year due to injuries and illnesses.

People in the Cincinnati, Ohio area wanted to see her play this year but that will not happen.

Williams has pulled out of the WTA Tour’s Western and Southern Open tournament, due to a viral illness, organizers of the tournament announced on Friday.

This is the second straight year that she has withdrawn from the Cincinnati, Ohio event. She skipped out in 2010 with a sore knee.

This week she had to withdraw from the Rogers Cup in Toronto with the same illness.

Williams currently is ranked #34 in the world.


Info compiled from the WTA Tour and the Western & Southern tournament

Serena Williams returns from injury with win


Serena Williams (file photo)

Venus Williams returned to the court a few days ago and now her sister Serena has returned as well.

Serena made her return on Tuesday after having blood clots in her lungs and two foot surgeries. She slipped and fell in the final game of the match at Eastbourne, England.

Serena, a 13-time Grand Slam champion recovered from a slow start to win her first match after nearly a year off the WTA Tour, rallying to beat Tsvetana Pironkova 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round.


compiled from WTA Tour news

Clijsters claim 500th win at Sony Ericsson Open


Kim Clijsters (photo by Slawek via wikipedia commons)


WTA Tour star Kim Clijsters earned her 500th career win by beating Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Clijsters, a two-time winner of the tournament in 2005 and 2006, advanced to the fourth round despite not playing well at all with 39 unforced errors.

Clijsters is #2 in the world.

compiled from WTA news

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