Everyone’s favorite Maria on the practice court with coach Sven Groeneveld at the Australian Open on Jan. 12, 2014
Sometimes, at the top of the hour when there players change on the practice courts, the transfer goes by with barely an acknowledgement.
But then, not everyone is the handsome, charming Frenchman Jérémy Chardy
Trying to clean out the laptop of pics from the Oz Open, impossible down there due to Betsy the Macbook being as slow as my grandma chasing down a dropshot.
Here are some from Jan. 12.
Li Na’s effort in Doha, even though she didn’t win, and Victoria Azarenka’s absence combined to lift the Australian Open champion to No. 2 – a career high just a week shy of her 32nd birthday.
To start, let’s just say that not all 250-level ATP Tour events are created equal.
There’s Marseille, where the tournament director says fans have gotten used to top-10 players. Then there is … Memphis. And others.
The Buenos Aires semis turned out just fine, despite the absence of Rafael Nadal and even though attendance has been a struggle. Of the three tournaments this week, in fact, it probably suffered the least carnage; the top two seeds made it to the final.
No. 6 vs. No. 7 at a Premier tournament final isn’t supposed to happen. But it did.
Genie Bouchard in action in Dubai qualifying.
Genie Bouchard got back on the winning track Saturday in Dubai.
She defeated her Australian Open doubles partner, Vera Dushevina of Russia, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of qualifying.
Sharon Fichman is the only Canadian still alive this week (Genie Bouchard’s Dubai effort, technically, is next week).
She’s in the Midland doubles final. Gabriela Dabrowski lost a total heartbreaker today in California. Continue reading
Czech Tomas Berdych, since his new association with H&M, has received a lot of flack for the, well, the lameness of his court kits.
And quite rightly.
All it takes to add a Tennis Canada Excellence Award to your seniors resumé is to win a seniors world championship.
Piece of cake 🙂
Four seeds made the semis. You might have expected Li Na and Petra Kvitova. But no.