It’s a pretty high-level field in Paris for the GDF Suez, with top seed Maria Sharapova in action Wednesday to write over that Australian Open result. But wasn’t not an easy draw, against veteran Daniela Hantuchova (Update – she schooled her).
Here are this week’s new rankings, in singles and doubles, for the Canadian players.
Of note, Françoise Abanda’s huge jump after winning the $25K event in Port St. Lucie, Florida a week ago. It’s pretty clear that all she has to do is play, to jump up.
It was “just” five spots – and it tells you how hard it is to make a move once you get near the top of the pyramid.
Stanislas Wawrinka won the Australian Open, and moved up five. But it was from No. 8 … to No. 3.
Andy Murray is now No. 6. And the Fed is now No. 8. It’s all just nuts!
As always after a Grand Slam, some big moves in the rankings.
None more significant to Canadians than that of Genie Bouchard, whose semifinal effort vaulted her from No. 31 to No. 19 – in other words, she broke into the top 20.
A smaller leap – but a major milestone – came for Simona Halep of Romania, who only moved up one spot, but it was from No. 11. In other words, she broke into the top 10.
Spare a thought for the tournament director in Pattaya, as his top two seeds went down early in the tournament – without losing an actual match.
MELBOURNE – Perhaps, in the end, it was just Stanislas Wawrinka’s time to shine, his reward for working harder than ever at the relatively advanced age of 28, unsatisfied with merely being one of the better players in the world.
And the Avis of Swiss men’s tennis is the new Australian Open champion, after a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory over a hobbled Rafael Nadal that will have tennis fans talking for a good long while. Continue reading
MELBOURNE, Australia – They were unseeded here, but these days Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and his French partner Kristina Mladenovic are the class of the mixed doubles field.
They proved it again as they strolled to the Australian Open title Sunday.
The 6-3, 6-2 thumping of No. 6 seeds Sania Mirza of India and Horia Tecau of Romania was as routine as most of their five matches this week. They didn’t lose a set.
MELBOURNE – If you’re Fernando Verdasco, and it’s the heat of the Aussie summer, you’re going to practice with your shirt off.
You just are. There’s no debate.
But it’s not as easy as just yanking off your adidas T-shirt.
The final day of the Australian Open kicks off with some Canadian content, as Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and his French partner Kristina Mladenovic won their second major, after last summer’s Wimbledon.
Then, the main event: as Stan Wawrinka tries to win his first major – and beat his opponent, Rafael Nadal, for the very first time.
MELBOURNE – A selection of pics from around the Australian Open on Jan. 11
MELBOURNE – Obviously, Genie Bouchard was the star of the week, reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open in singles (and the third round in doubles, too).
Daniel Nestor has quietly done his thing. He and renewed partner Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia lost in the men’s doubles semis. But he and mixed doubles partner Kristina Mladenovic are in the final of the mixed here Sunday against Sania Mirza of India and Horia Tecau of Romania.
Meanwhile, there were other Canadians in action around the world. Continue reading
MELBOURNE – With the departure of president and CEO Michael Downey to a big job with the British Lawn Tennis Association, Tennis Canada had to fill his shoes.
On Friday, they named Kelly D. Murumets, who has an impressive resumé and also seems to be a jock on top of that, to the job.
She starts March 1.