Posts tagged: Sabatini

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 »

CAN THERE EVER BE ANOTHER CALENDAR GRAND SLAM WINNER?

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 »

VICARIO:OUR CHAMPIONS WERE VERY

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 »

ELEVEN BY VENUS WILLIAMS TO OUTFIT BNP PARIBAS SHOWDOWN STAFF

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 »

SABATINI LOST MATCHES ON PURPOSE TO AVOID THE PRESS

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 »

Svetlana Kuznetsova not Allowed to Book Flat in Rio

Svetlana Kuznetsova was looking to book a flat somewhere in Rio for the time she had to be there for the Olympics, but, she was told by the members of organizing committee that if she stayed at a place other than the players’ village, she herself would be responsible for her security and nobody else would take the responsibility of that. So, she cancelled that plan.

However, she is not shying away from letting out her annoyance. She has been lambasting the organizing committee on a daily basis for the past week or so. There is not a single thing the Russia native seems to be happy with.

According to her, ahead of her previous match, she was not provided a court where she could practice. When her coach went to the officials and asked for one, they told him that the only practice court which was there was already booked for some other player. How could that be logical that a player couldn’t practice as someone else had booked it?

Kuznetsova also complained about ball boys saying that even they had been lazy and not discharging their duties properly. She says she has noticed the ball boys and none of them moves quickly to collect the ball and instead wait for the other one that maybe he would go and do the job. Read more »