tennis malaysia : jawariah nordin featured

11 08 2009

Jawariah beginning to hit the right note

Jawariah Noordin  IT all boils down to self-belief, said national coach S. Selvarajoo who has placed his faith in top national singles player Jawariah Noordin. Jawariah has performed well in several ITF circuits abroad and it is high time for Selvarajoo to raise her level of play.
   

She had a rough start in the US$10,000 (RM35,000) Jakarta tournament. Despite defeating Thai lass Siriporn Phakamad 6-1, 6-1 in Round 1, the Penangite was forced to retire in the next round against host player Sandy Gumulya (3-6, 6-0, retired).

Jawariah’s fortunes changed for the better in the US$10,000 Solo tournament. She first beat China’s Yang Pang 6-2, 6-0 in the first round and later beat fourth seeded Nungnadda Wannasuk of Thailand 7-6, 6-3 in the second. Ranked world No 960, Jawariah’s winning streak came to a premature end when she lost in the quarterfinals to fifth seeded Indonesian Lavinia Tananta 6-4, 6-2. 

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1 Nadal vs 28 ? : sawadekap rafa

9 08 2009

 

 

 

On the same dates, in 2 neighbouring cities in Asia, as part of the same ATP World Tour 250 – Rafael Nadal in Bangkok vs 28 top players in Kuala Lumpur…





Good news for Kuala Lumpur! Sept 26 ATP World Tour 250 is on.

27 06 2009

woo hoo! i’m really pleased for my home city…

but why hold the event at Putra indoor stadium which is not purpose built for tennis when we already have the National Tennis Centre at Jalan Duta? isn’t it like holding Wimbledon at Royal Albert Hall? Upgrading the National Tennis Centre to ATP standards would be a more visionary option since we are hosting the ATP World Tour for 5 YEARS, and the upgrade can be permanently enjoyed by Malaysians for years…

Info from http://www.atpworldtour.com
Understanding the new ATP World Tour

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The 2009 ATP World Tour promises to be an exciting season of men’s tennis. Changes have been introduced to create a healthier schedule for players and to make the sport easier to follow for fans. A number of improvements have been implemented and here’s a look at some of them:

New Structure: New tiers of tournaments have been created — ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP World Tour 500 and ATP World Tour 250 — leading to the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London where the ATP World Tour Champion will be officially crowned. The number represents the points awarded to the winner in each respective tournament.

Understand the new ATP World Tour by clicking here!

 

The full news from bernama & various links below :

June 26th,  2009

KL To Host ATP World Tour M’sian Open

KUALA LUMPUR, 26 June (Bernama) — Malaysia has achieved a milestone in tennis when Kuala Lumpur won the right to host the prestigious ATP World Tour 250 for a period of five years from this year until 2013.

After a highly competitive bidding process against three other cities in Asia, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Friday officially announced that the inaugural Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur would be held at the 16,000-capacity indoor Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from Sept 26 till Oct 4.

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hello Sabine Lisicki – the green clayer slayer of Venus.

16 04 2009

I was grinning to my Cheshire cat self on Stan Wawrinka’s win, after an enjoyable multi-tasking ‘watch-tennis-slash-tweet-tweet-tweet’ session, when Monte Carlo turned Wimbledon with the rain covers preventing Rafa from getting Lapentti in a twist.
Channel switched to rain-free Charleston, South Carolina (repeat with twang please) and the WTA Family Circle Cup. Venus vs Lisicki. Hmpffhh. Ok ten minutes max then its back to Club Med.
But I couldn’t take my eyes of green clayer Sabine Lisicki as she slayed the mighty Venus, playing ‘totally in the zone’ tennis. 6-4, 7-6. It was like watching Maria Sharapova win her first Wimbledon. Germany now has a new Graff.

Sabine Lesicki defeated Venus on the green clay of Charleston

Sabine Lisicki defeated Venus on the green clay of Charleston. And then bageled Vesnina. And outplayed Bartoli. Now in the Finals!

 Link to more info on Sabine Lisicki here

Link to official Family Circle Cup site for Results

UPDATE 1 : Sabine Lisicki swept Elena Vesnina of Russia aside with a 6-4, 6-0 win. I would like to see Sabine win this tournament as I reckon she’s ready to take on the tour!  Go Sabine!

Also the player I picked to win, Vera Zvonereva, retired with an injured ankle during her 3rd round match against V. Razzano. Extremely unfortunate for Vera. Hope she recovers before Roland Garros.

Marion Bartoli of France defeated Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-4,6-1. Now we will have Marion vs Sabine!

UPDATE 2 : Sabine Lisicki outplayed Marion Bartoli in straight sets 6-3, 6-1, to set up a ‘battle of the teens’ with Caroline Wozniacki. Caroline had the tougher match having to fight off a determined Dementieva and her own nerves in 3 sets 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.

This could be the start of new final match-ups in the very near future!

Vera Zvonereva Injury Update via tweets

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Vera Zvonereva injures ankle at Family Circle Cup

Vera Zvonereva injures ankle at Family Circle Cup. Get well real soon.

Surprise! Surprise! Viewing in Malaysia

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Monte Carlo Clay-Dohs : Roger Federer, Marat Safin, del Potro, Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils……

16 04 2009

RESULTS OF MONTE CARLO ROLEX MASTERS

Clay-Dohs of Round 1 :

Gael Monfils & Gilles Simon. We expected more from our croissants.

Clay -Dohs of Round 2 :

Juan Martin del Potro lost to Ljubicic

Marat Safin shouldn’t have, but lost to Nicholas Lapentti

Clay-Dohs of Round 3 :

Roger Federer lost to bff Stanislas Wawrinka. A swiss roll in the clay!

Daveed Ferrer lost to an in-form don juan Verdasco

 

All hail the season’s new Clay Slayers

Stan da man (you so need a new bff)

Fabio Fognini (voted my albert of monaco), who raced to a 5-0 lead against Murray.

Simone Bolelli who defeated Janko Tipsaravic

 

*that's for not inviting me to the wedding* ^strikes off stan from our baby name list^

*that's for not inviting me to the wedding* ^strikes off stan from our baby name list^

del potro couldn't squeeze out a win

del potro couldn't squeeze out a win

gilles simon *merde is clay*

gilles simon *merde is clay*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

marat safin *can't win against la pantie*

marat safin *can't win against la pantie*

 

fabio fognini *I almost pasta-ed murray, then i fogged up*

fabio fognini *I almost pasta-ed murray, then i fogged up*

As I post this Fabio Fognini is still not a slayer nor a clay-doh-er because his match with andy murray was rained off after the 1st set tie-breaker which andy won 7-6.

UPDATE : The Scot found his way out of the fog. Andy Murray won 76(11), 64. 

tennis by the mediterranean

tennis by the mediterranean

 

Link to official Monte Carlo Rolex Masters site for full Results

Saturday, 18 April / Samedi 18 Avril

Singles – Semi-finals / Simples – Demi Finales
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [4] A Murray (GBR) 62 76(4) 
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d [13] S Wawrinka (SUI) 46 61 63

Doubles – Semi-finals / Doubles – Demi Finales
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [3] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) 67(3) 63 14-12 – Saved 1 M.P.
[2] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d N Djokovic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) 36 61 10-5

ORDER OF PLAY :  SUNDAY, 19 APRIL, 2009

start 2:00 pm local Monaco time
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [3] N Djokovic (SRB) 
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [2] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

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Sania Mirza out of Family Circle in 3 sets to Venus. Shuai Peng moves up.

16 04 2009

Sania Mirza, currently ranked 100th, dug in and took Family Circle Cup second seed Venus Williams to 3 sets in an exciting 2 and a half hour Round 2 match.
Venus Williams : “These kind of matches are great to pull out, I’ve been in these situations before, so I rely on that.”

While Williams struggled, it was a big day for fellow American Melanie Oudin, who advanced to the third round with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over No 29 Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada, seeded ninth. Oudin will face 13th-ranked Marion Bartoli of France in the next round of the $1 million Family Circle Cup.

No. 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki defeated Alla Kudryavtseva 6-3, 6-3, while Patty Schnyder, the No. 8 seed, was eliminated by Elena Vesnina 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5. No. 10-seeded Shuai Peng advanced with a 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 victory over Akgul Amanmuradova.

Click here to link to official Family Circle Cup site

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"These kind of matches are great to pull out"

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Sania Mirza - Singles ranked 100th, but Doubles up to 59th after winning the doubles at MPS C'ships w Chinese Taipei's Chia-Jung Chuang

tennis elbow room is nudging Shuai Peng to go far

tennis elbow room is nudging Shuai Peng to go far in the Family Circle

 

The Family Circle Cup  Tournament is held at the Family Circle Tennis Centre on Daniel Island, Charleston in South Carolina. Here’s  a pic of with the main 10,000 seat stadium.

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maria sharapova & pepsi deal goes flat. May play clay.

16 04 2009

Latest news on Maria Sharapova Inc

Bloomberg.com reports today that PepsiCo & Maria Sharapova have not renewed their two-year endorsement deal. Sharapova dropped out of the top 50 because of her on-going  shoulder injury.

In January 2007, Maria Sharapova became the first tennis player to represent PepsiCo’s Gatorade sports drink and Tropicana fruit juice brands worldwide. That contract was signed after the Russian won the 2006 U.S. Open and has expired at the end of last year. It is rumoured that the deal is worth close to US$1 million annually.

Small change to the highest-paid female athlete in the world I guess. Maria’s other endorsement deals are with Tag Heuer, Nike, Tiffany & Co and Cole Haan. What about Canon, I wonder.

Click for Bloomberg story here.

Russia Today also ran a story that Maria Sharapova is hoping to return to play clay in Roland Garros in May, with one or two tune-up tournaments before Paris.

I wait without a pepsi.

Click for Russia Today story here


Here’s a Maria Pepsi commercial from 2007!!!

 

and a Maria Gatorade commercial 2007! Hmm…is that YOU I hear in the background?

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