Imitating Nadal, Federer

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By Mark Jenkin, The Reporter In the blazing heat of the afternoon sunshine, two tennis players are competing ferociously on a clay court. As the dust flies up, the way they exchange long rallies, contest every point and show respect for each other, evokes comparisons of Rafael Nadal taking on Roger Federer at the French Open. But this is not the famous Roland Garros professional tournament which...

China Open: Serena powers through her opener

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US Open Champion Serena Williams powered through her opener at the $5.4 million China Open Monday, with the women’s No 1 crushing her opponent after being 5-0 down. Serena Williams © Gallo Images Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa looked to be cruising to a memorable victory against the power-hitting American in Beijing as she raced to a five-game advantage within twenty minutes. But Williams’...

Klaasen, Butorac claim title in Memphis

South African tennis star Raven Klaasen continued his outstanding start to 2014 when he and partner Eric Butorac (USA) teamed up to capture the doubles title at the US National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis, USA, on Sunday. Raven Klaasen (wikipedia.org) Seeded second, Butorac and Klaasen upset the top seeds and world number one pairing of Bob and Mike Bryan 6-4 6-4 in the final. Second successive...

Serena powers past Jankovic for 10th title in 2013

Serena Williams © Gallo Images World No 1 Serena Williams bagged her 10th title of the year with a 6-2 6-2 thrashing of Jelena Jankovic in the final of the China Open on Sunday. The top-seeded American broke the eighth-seeded Serb twice in the first set and three times in the second to register her 73rd win of the season. Williams appeared in pain after serving an ace during the third game...

Rafael Nadal returns to world No 1

Rafael Nadal (Photo: zagsblog.com) Rafael Nadal will return to the top of the world rankings after Tomas Berdych retired with a back injury during their China Open semifinal on Saturday. Serb Novak Djokovic, who will lose top spot when the new rankings are announced on Monday, brushed aside Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-2 in the other semifinal to set up a mouth-watering final against arch-rival...

Israel Tennis Centers Elevates ITC Coach To Key Development Position

Ethiopian Dvorah Marsha Hired As Development Manager in ITC’s NY Office. New York, NY - Israel Tennis Centers’ Vice President of Development Jacqueline Glodstein announced today that Dvorah Marsha, coach at the Israel Tennis Centers in Tel Aviv and Ramat Hasharon, Israel, would be moving to New York to take over the role of Development Manager in the ITC Foundation’s...

Djokovic sets up Wawrinka duel

Novak Djokovic (Photo: AFP) New York – Defending champion Andy Murray crashed out of the US Open on Thursday as Stanislas Wawrinka pulled a shocker to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final, a match-up with world number one Novak Djokovic. Swiss ninth seed Wawrinka stunned the Olympic and Wimbledon champion 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, to book a last-four date with Djokovic, the 2011 winner from Serbia who...

Murray says hard to get fired up after Wimbledon glory

Andy Murray (Photo: Getty Images) Andy Murray, who suffered a surprise straight sets loss to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the US Open quarterfinals on Thursday, conceded he has struggled to fire himself up after his Wimbledon triumph. The two-time grand slam winner has not looked at his best since his emotional win over Novak Djokovic at the AllEngland Club in July and he conceded that he has since...

Serena heads elite Toronto field

Toronto, Canada - World No 1 Serena Williams is eager to test herself against the world’s best, including Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, at the WTA Tour’s Rogers Cup that starts on Monday. Williams won the tournament the last time it was held in Toronto in 2011. It shifted to Montreal last year, where former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova defeated China’s Li Na in the final. Now...

Maria Sharapova tops Forbes’ rich list of female stars

Russia’s Maria Sharapova heads the list of highest paid female athletes for year ending in June, banking $US29 million, according to Forbes. Tennis stars have dominated the list of the world’s 10 best-paid female athletes, Forbes magazine says. But the magazine says it also highlights the yawning earnings gap with their male counterparts in most sports. Russia’s Maria Sharapova headed...