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Li Na unhappy with Chinese Players playing Tennis

Li Na is gutted about the fact that since the time she has hung her kitbag, no player from China has been able to lift a major trophy.

As per Li, it doesn’t give her a lot of pleasure that tennis fans in China are remembering her achievements and haven’t found someone else to talk about.

It shows that the Chinese tennis isn’t going in the right direction and hasn’t developed much.

When she was bidding adieu to the game, she had expected another name to burst onto the scene pretty soon and become the centre of discussion among the fans.

But sadly it has not been the case and it still happens to be her only whom the fans talk about and while it should have been pleasing for her, it’s actually not.

She would ideally have preferred to have gone out of the minds of the fans and a new player to take her place.

Li reckons one of the problems with Chinese players of today is that they don’t rate themselves as highly as they should. They think they are not efficient enough to tackle tough opponents. Read more »


Since 1988, no tennis champ has been able to dominate the game to the extent of lifting the four Grand Slams of a single season. It remains a dream but one that might never happen. Steffi Graf was brilliant in her days.

She won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and French Open and then despite the fears she repeated the feat at the 1988 US Open to become one of the greatest tennis figures of all time.

The first to shock the tennis community with such unbridled dominance was Don Budge. Maureen Connolly, Rord Laver and Margaret Court also achieved the highly impressive feat. Laver even did it twice.

Graf had to see off Gabriela Sabatini to join the elite record. She moved a distance above her peers by winning the 1988 Olympic Gold, earning her the ‘Golden Slam’ label. Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams have all Grand Slam titles and clinched the Olympic gold medal but not in one calendar year like Graf. Read more »


For Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the peaking of older women is hinged on diet,equipment,maturity, recovery, mental and physical strength.

MarketaVondrousova, who won the inauguralLadies Open Biel Bienne on Sunday was awed by the$40,000 prize money that came with winning the title. At the age of 17, Vondrousova, a Czech teen became the youngest title winner of the WTA in almost two years.

So far, a lot of prodigies have been seen in women’s tennis such as Charlotte Dodd who in 1887 won the Wimbledon at the age of 15 and also Martina Hingis who was 16 years old when she came off victorious at the Australian Open in 1997.

However, in recent years, such successes being achieved at a young age are quite fewer and far between.

In 2004, Svetlana Kuznetsovaat the age of 19,won the US Open title and it’s been 13 years ever since then. Kuznetsova’s win came soon after the triumph of Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon at the age of 17. Read more »


Venus Williams with her active wear line, EleVen by Venus Williams, in collaboration with Vince Camutoof Men’s Sportswear Division of Fashion Brand,will be partneringwith the BNP Paribas Showdown to outfit event personnel at the Madison Square Garden.

Monday 6th of March will see the 10th Anniversary edition of the annual tennis event taking place at The Garden. This event also coincides with the activities lined up for the World Tennis Day.

The female tennis superstar’s active wear line will be responsible for outfitting all female personnel, including ball persons and event staff, and with the latest installment of her Spring Summer 2017 line, Intrepid. The male personnel at the event will be dressed by legendary men’s fashion brand, Vince Camuto.

The idea behind the creation of EleVen by Venus Williams was to motivate and empower women, helping them feel confident and allowing them express their individuality whilst enjoying the fitness journey.

The Intrepid Collection was launched on February 16th and has been created to be bold, smart, and at the same time, resonating with the tennis and fitness client. Read more »


Recalling her days on the court, the former tennis champion and winner of the 1990 US open Gabriela Sabatini has said she lost a great deal of her matches in her youth to escape public scrutiny and avoid interacting with press reporters.

During the peak of her career, the former player was widely known and regarded as one of the most gifted, charismatic and talented players to have graced the tennis court in the 1980s and the 1990s. In recent comments published, the world former number three from Argentina said: “when I was younger and thought that I had to talk after winning a tournament, I often lost in the semi finals so I did not have to. It was that bad.” Sabatini was reported to have told the popular argentine newspaper la nacion.

While the star showed great skill and resilience during her time on the track, it was hardly evident that she avoided the attention of the public. A true lioness in her day, she said “I was very introverted; I had some issues at school because I was very inward looking.”

Known for her tactical and competitive nature, the 43-year old currently has a line of perfumes named after her. In further talks, she said her shyness was her major shortcoming, “I got very nervous at times, but at the same time, I was very competitive and I got frustrated when I did not win. I might lose the first set and give up on the match just because I was so angry that I could not bear having lost the first set.” Read more »

Gabriela Sabatini quit playing tennis

Its 19 years since Gabriela Sabatini quit playing tennis. She does not have any association to the game these days. She has turned herself into more of a businesswoman. She has a perfume business which she devotes most of her time to. But, she has not lost that fierce competitiveness.

Sabatini has to take on one of her old time rivals Monica Seles in an exhibition fixture coming up and she says that the adrenaline is pumping inside her for that game.

The rivalry between Sabatini and Seles used to be quite intense during those days in the nineties. These two players would draw a huge crowd to the arena whenever they were up against each other and they are again expected to do so in a week’s time even though they are not active players anymore.

Talking about the upcoming exhibition match, Sabatini said, “I am motivated for sure. It’s always a special venue for me, the Madison Square Garden. The crowd over there are so loud and intense. You would not get to see that sort of atmosphere at any other venue in the world. It pumps you up immensely. You tend to put in a bit of an extra effort just because of the support and backing that you get there.” Read more »