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
Understanding the new ATP World Tour


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


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


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


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)

Viewing in Malaysia




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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


"These kind of matches are great to pull out"


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 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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Mr & Mrs Federer : love all Roger & Mirka

11 04 2009


click here to link to

For those who don’t believe it, read it again s-l-o-w-l-y  :

“Dear Fans

Earlier today, in my hometown of Basel, surrounded by a small group of close friends and family, Mirka and I got married. It was a beautiful spring day and an incredibly joyous occasion.

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Federer wish all of you a Happy Easter weekend.

Roger ”


So its a Monte Carlo honeymoon. Congratulations former WTA player Mirka Vavrinec & World No.2 Roger Federer from tennis elbow room.

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Tag Maria Sharapova

10 04 2009

Busy girl. Sony Ericsson. Cole Haan. Tag Heuer. Canon.

Its like winning Australia. Paris. Indian Wells. Miami.

Without a shriek. Without a sweat. Clever girl.




check out her official site for latest 2009 tag heuer ad campaign –

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Maria Sharapova parties in LA. Dinara Safina struggles in head. Serena Williams beached in Marbella. So… who’s numero uno again?

9 04 2009

posted by Hollywood TV

Come back Maria, we missed you.

Come back Maria, we missed you.

photo via

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tennis loves twitter. also flutter mockumentary.

8 04 2009

Twitter, the social media phenom has a worldwide following of 10 million in Feb 09. Tennis has almost 23,000 followers, and it is growing daily, rapidly.

The Sports Category has over 2 million followers. Topping the list are :

@THE_REAL_SHAQ and  @lancearmstrong with over 500,000 followers each! Everyone else in Sports splits the 1,000,000+ balance. Is this a monopoly, nonopoly, twitopoly?

On top of the tennis category :

@TennisTV is tops with just over 1,500 followers, followed by @gototennis, @TennisExpress. So its pretty wide open for tennis, game on!

Tennis Elbow Room started twittering in March 09 to be ‘live’ & experience the Tennis Tournaments at Indian Wells & Miami vicariously through fellow tennis twitterers. I loved the experience, its a post still sitting in ‘Drafts’.

@tenniselbowroom has only 80 followers, so c’mon sign up at or just click the twitter icon on the sidebar already. I need 499,930 to get within sniffing distance of shaq & lance, you follow.

Tennis players who twit are @andy_murray, and recently @serenajwilliams. although check out tennis elbow room’s funny twi story of Serena – Click Here!


Ok enough facts! Whats a mockumentary, I hear you say in the background.

Click & find out people…

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Andy Murray of Scotland & Jensen Button of England rule Britannia, well tennis & F1 at least…

6 04 2009

The sports- mad British Isles were jumping with joy at the weekend with 2 big wins in tennis and Formula 1. Scot Andy Murray subdued a resurgent Novak Djokovic to win the Miami Masters. Across the globe, English Formula 1 driver Jensen Button kept his calm through a torrential tropical storm to win the shortened F1 Malaysia Grand Prix. *Cheers to a double britannia*. Men and their trophies.

Andy Murray, Champion Miami Open

Andy Murray, Champion Miami Open

Jensen Button, Champion F1 Malaysia

Jensen Button, Champion F1 Malaysia

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roger federer spins out of control, yet manages to spin the media spotlight on himself again…and again

5 04 2009

Has Roger Federer added a new backhand-ed approach to his game?

Federer’s Oz tears got him more media miles than Nadal’s back-to-back 5-setter marathon runs.

Now in Miami, Federer’s smashed up racquet has literally bagged & zipped the Serb!

Watch the approach next time he loses a big match


outburst no.1 : australian open finals 2009

nadal won but remains in the background



outburst no.2 : miami open semifinals apr 2009

djokovic won but federer’s racquet beat him

after the racquet abuse, federer continues with a water bottle throwing tantrum. watch the ball boys scurrying to collect the 2 bottles…

And all this after winning the ATP World Tour Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship award, just last week in Miami!?


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how serena williams learnt the golden rule of the twit

2 04 2009

the culprit

Serena's Pomegranate Lip Balmer SPF15

Serena's Pomegranate Lip Balmer SPF15


the evidence : tweet tweets 

received serena's tweet during the match *jaw drops at her superior multi tasking skills*

 received serena’s tweet during the match *jaw drops at her superior multi tasking skills*


replied to serena *nervously watching serena's fingers during changeover*

 replied to serena *nervously watched serena’s fingers during changeover*


serena wins. her fans are relieved. *apply extra pomegranate to celebrate*

 serena wins. her fans are relieved. *we apply extra pomegranate to celebrate*


the CSI Miami

are the pomegranates from china?

did roddick decline a sample from serena

Twu Twit Tennis Story at WTA Miami Open during match during match between Serena Williams and Na Li of China. Serena won 4-6, 7-6 but she wasn’t focused!

a shout-out  to fellow tennis twitterers @magzalez @tenisbrasil @TheFanChild. your balm is in the email.

UPDATE : @tenniselbowroom would like to send a tweet to tennis players who twit such as @andyroddick, @Bryanbros, remember the Golden Rule of The Twit… tweet & learn, tweet & learn… @andy_murray, you are the top of the tennis twits! Twitter on, troops!

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april fools gold awards : best on the web : like getting lobbed in tennis!

1 04 2009


tennis elbow room’s ♥ nudge nudge wink wink April Fools Gold award ♥ goes to :

THE GUARDIAN UK : Writer is Rio Palof – *guffaws*

Click here peeps – you must read the full story, my favourite part is about the archives!



Love that its Kodak, “features” of eyeCamera 4.1 include ‘Wink & Shoot Shutter’, ‘Facial Recall Assistant – handy for parties & reunions’ and ‘Integrated lens cover protects in sleep mode’!!!  *sheesh, was thinking of getting one for close-up of nadal!*



MOBA has an actual site at

thanks to @abhimehr for twittering me the bbc classic.


freaking-huge-url-generatorSpecially for the Twitter community 😉




youtube videos – displayed upside down on April Fool’s Day – and the buttons actually work like normal! It was funny!


So WHO got lobbed today?

want more? click here for the Museum of Hoaxes’ Top April Fools Day Hoaxes of all time!

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miami dump stars – ana ivanovic, dinara safina, vera zvonereva, marion bartoli, jelena jankovic are out

30 03 2009


jelena jankovic down & out

jelena jankovic down & out


dinara safina wipe out

dinara safina wipe out


all's not well with vera zvonereva

didn't go well for vera zvonereva


ana ivanovic cry babe

ana ivanovic cry babe

photos : getty
Dumpstar Update after Mon 30th March matches
allez me down amelie mauresmo

allez me down amelie mauresmo

elena dementiava kicked out

elena dementiava kicked out


photos : getty

Looks like miami is the sunshine playground of the young pretenders – Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Stusor, Agnes Szavay , Victoria Azarenka, A Kleybanova


‘Stunning’ ‘Upset’ News stories from far and wide

click here to read on the baseline



click here to read ESPNSTAR



click here to read Daily Times of Pakistan



click here to read Channel News Asia

channel news asia website


click here to read The Australian


MIAMI OPEN WISH LIST TO WATCH : Thursday April 2, 2009

[8] S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [11] V Azarenka (BLR) – WTA

[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [6] J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP

[4] A Murray (GBR) vs [8] F Verdasco (ESP) – ATP

[1] S Williams (USA) vs [5] V Williams (USA) – WTA


MIAMI OPEN RESULTS updated daily – click here!

for Malaysians – ASTRO EuroSports will be screening selected matches :

01 Apr 0100 : WTA Quarterfinals
01 Apr 2230 : WTA Quarterfinals (Delayed)
02 Apr 2230 : WTA Quarterfinals (Delayed)
03 Apr 0100 : WTA Semifinals
05 Apr 0030 : WTA Final

No info on ATP Men’s. Suggest you check Guide from your Astro remote. Don’t trust their website.


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kuala lumpur earth hour

30 03 2009


Earth Hour Malaysia

MALAYSIA Global Lights Off 1 Hour 8.30pm Sat 28 Mar









My city Kuala Lumpur . Twin Towers. Lights On


My city Kuala Lumpur . Lights Off


photo : thestaronline


Duration: 0:38 Copyright © 2009 TV SMITH 
Music: Vesti la Giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo (in hi-fi stereo) 
YouTube Link:

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F1 season starts with the Curious Case of Brawn’s Button

29 03 2009

A diversion from tennis to F1 with the season race opener in Melbourne, Australia. Its my next love after tennis. This story is too good a fairy tale.

New F1 team Brawn GP win their debut race with F1 drivers Jenson Button in 1st place AND Rubens Barichello in 2nd place. Team Brawn GP were not even sure they were financially ready to race this season. Virgin signed up as a sponsor just before the official practice session the day before the main race! Team Brawn is helmed by Ross Brawn, formerly of Ferrari and credited for much of their success.

Another reason i’m excited is next F1 race is in Malaysia, and I’m heading out to get me some cool Team Brawn gear. 

Its a long F1 season so lets just hope Jenson Button doesn’t do a Benjamin.


F1 latest team Brawn GP

F1 latest team Brawn GP


Jenson Button wins with Brawn

Jenson Button wins with Brawn



next F1 race : Malaysia April 5

next F1 race : Malaysia April 5

 click here to link to F1 Malaysia official site!

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miami heat : verdasco / camilla belle vs tsonga / dolphin

27 03 2009

What’s Don Juan without the senoritas?

What’s Miami without the dolphins?

Not to poor Tsonga , look at that smile… its a french thing, c’est la vie

So, no touchy feely here.


Then lets heat it up. its spring time for spain’s fernando verdasco and american-brazilian camilla belle… Fer wins hands don, er, down.

*why have my captions turned blue, hmmm*

gonzalez hearts the dolphin!

tsonga is not happy *its big*

i've got my eye on you

tsonga eyes the dolph *its got teeth*

i don't do sushi

i don't do sushi *smiles nervously*


fernando & camilla belle

fernando & camilla belle









photo : & getty

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tennis Miami links rafa ana results Sony Ericsson Open

26 03 2009

Results are after pictures, please scroll down.

tennis elbow room’s link-ups to tennis miami open 2009.

click here to link to Official Site

click here to link to Schedule from official Miami Open site –

click here for LATEST RESULTS from [very quick page link]


this year's rafa-ana miami links

are we flooded yet with el tiger bull and the serbian cocker spaniel? hmm…

Last year women’s tennis blog even had a picture of the love-jet! you gotta love it peeps, i do! kudos to the publicity team.


last year's rafa-ana miami spin

last year's rafa-ana miami air spin



ATP Main Draw Singles – Final

[4] A Murray (GBR) d [3] N Djokovic (SRB) 62 75

WTA Main Draw Doubles – Final

[WC] S Kuznetsova (RUS) / A Mauresmo (FRA) d [3] K Peschke (CZE) / L Raymond (USA) 46 63 10-3

WTA Main Draw Singles – Final

[11] V Azarenka (BLR) d [1] S Williams (USA) 63 61

ATP Main Draw Doubles – Final

M Mirnyi (BLR) / A Ram (ISR) d A Fisher (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) 67(4) 62 10-7


ATP Main Draw Singles – Semifinals : Fri Apr 3

[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d [2] R Federer (SUI) 36 62 63 
[4] A Murray (GBR) d [6] J Del Potro (ARG) 61 57 62

WTA Main Draw Doubles – Semifinals

[3] K Peschke (CZE) / L Raymond (USA) vs C Chuang (TPE) / S Mirza (IND) 76(5) 64 
[WC] S Kuznetsova (RUS) / A Mauresmo (FRA) d A Groenefeld (GER) / P Schnyder (SUI) 76(6) 63




ATP Main Draw Singles – Quarterfinals : Thurs Apr 2

[6] J Del Potro (ARG) d [1] R Nadal (ESP) 64 36 76(3)
[4] A Murray (GBR) d [8] F Verdasco (ESP) 61 62

WTA Main Draw Singles – Semifinals

[1] S Williams (USA) d [5] V Williams (USA) 64 36 63
[11] V Azarenka (BLR) d [8] S Kuznetsova (RUS) 63 26 75


ATP Main Draw Singles – Quarterfinals : Wed Apr 1

[2] R Federer (SUI) d [5] A Roddick (USA) 63 46 64
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d [10] J Tsonga (FRA) 63 64

WTA Main Draw Singles – Quarter Finals

[1] S Williams (USA) d N Li (CHN) 46 76(1) 62
[5] V Williams (USA) d [26] I Benesova (CZE) 61 64

ATP Main Draw Singles – Fourth Round : Tues March 31

[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [16] S Wawrinka (SUI) 76(2) 76(4)
[2] R Federer (SUI) d [Q] T Dent (USA) 63 62
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d [21] T Berdych (CZE) 63 62
[4] A Murray (GBR) d V Troicki (SRB) 61 60
[5] A Roddick (USA) d [9] G Monfils (FRA) 76(2) 64
[6] J Del Potro (ARG) d [11] D Ferrer (ESP) 63 62
[10] J Tsonga (FRA) d [7] G Simon (FRA) 67(4) 63 62
[8] F Verdasco (ESP) d [18] R Stepanek (CZE) 62 62

WTA Main Draw Singles – Quarter Finals : Tues March 31

[8] S Kuznetsova (RUS) d [13] C Wozniacki (DEN) 64 67(5) 61
[11] V Azarenka (BLR) d S Stosur (AUS) 61 60


Back to the Miami Open tournament, tennis elbow room is nudging these players on :

ernestly you can do better!

ernestly you can do better!


na li of china

na li of china










randy lu yen hsun

rendy lu yen hsun

yung jan chan

yung jan chan









Other Asian players at Miami – Yuki Bhambri (current Australin Open Boys Singles Champ), Sania Mirza, Ai Sugiyama, Tamarine Tanasugarn & Ayumi Morita.

1st Round Update : MIAMI OPEN

Mathilde Johansson of France won a 1-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (10/8) 1st round match over Sania Mirza, who received a wild card in Miami. The girls played for 2 and a half hours with 19 service breaks. Johansson faces Dinara Safina in second-round. Let’s hope Dinara has shaken all that desert sand off her.

Maria Kirilenko is also through after a 3 setter against Katerina Bondarenko. Maria Kirilenko should work at winning more matches, especially with fellow Russian namesake at her crossroads now.


mathilde johanson

mathilde johansson of france

maria kirilenko

maria kirilenko of russia





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miami open to idea that american auto industry needs a whack-up call

25 03 2009
murray the octo-scot whacks the auto industry!   




murray the octo-scot is up for the task!



venus:"why can't we just switch off for earth hour?"

 Sony V : “wouldn’t it be easier to just switch off for earth hour?”


thanks to LanaGTP for the tweet-up about the photos. Getty Images.


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nadal storms thru desert wind, leaves murray in the, well…, dust

23 03 2009

location: desert country, indian wells, southern california. cue spaghetti-western music…

rafael nadal had a win-wind plan for the finals today. and it worked a storm, leaving murray in his dust trail 1 and 2. ahhh…raaafaaaa…

andy – we are looking forward to the next adventures of murray the octo-scot though.



nadal vs murray finals 6-1 6-2


rafael nadal champion bnp paribas open indian wells

photos : getty

a tennis elbow room shout-out to tennis bloggers who have been sharing their Indian Wells! been doing desert tennis vicariously thru these blogs…as here in malaysia we get only some of the matches live, some delayed or not at all if there’s an english premier league soccer match on. and we don’t get to wonder around the tennis grounds…ahh safin!

note to self : indian wells definitely has a chill vibe – 2010 maybe?

Forty Deuce



GoToTennis Indian Wells Practice Court Babes


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shh…vera zvonereva winds up champion in indian wells

23 03 2009

Quietly under cover of her towel, unsuspecting to her opponents, Vera Zvonereva has won the PNB Paribas Open at a wind-blown Indian Wells. Vera employed the same towel disguise tactic to win the Pattaya Open in Thailand in Feb. And preferring us not to recall the Australian Open, where she quietly littered some ‘bagels’ (in Malaysia we call it J&Co) on her stealth-run to the semis.

well done vera! tennis elbow room has been rooting for you since the Qatar finals against Sharapova & the bronzie Beijing Olympics, but we’ve kept it under wraps…world domination secret plan next.

psst…vera also won the doubles at indian wells with victoria azarenka

Beijing Olympics Tennis Womens Singlesvera-zvonereva-towel-ao09

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no maria in miami

19 03 2009


maria returns in doubles at Indian Wells March 09

maria sharapova returns at indian wells but withdraws from miami. photo reuters.

Maria Sharapova feels she’s not ready for Miami after her ‘doubles wild card’ return at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California with fellow Russian Elena Vesnina. At least Maria got 3 sets of match play and a tie-break before losing out to Ekaterina Makarova and Tatiana Poutchek, 6-1 4-6 10-7.

maria sharapova & elena vesnina doubles indian wells 09

maria sharapova & elena vesnina indian wells 2009

maria doing autographs at Indian Wells

working hard off-court




                     Sharapova’s injury woes

Maria, a three-time Grand Slam champ(lest we forget), withdrew because of a shoulder injury (a torn rotator cuff, ouch!) and has not played a singles tournament since the Rogers Cup in Montréal in July 2008. In that last singles outing, Sharapova won her second round match in 3 sets, 3 hours and committed 17 double faults! She then withdrew from Montreal.

More withdrawals followed – the Beijing Olympics in Aug 2008, the US Open 2008, the Australian Open 2009, GDF SUEZ in Paris and the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships. And now the Sony Ericsson Miami Open in March 2009.

Will we continue having withdrawal symptoms? Will she come back or will she kournikova it … after all maria has worked hard both on-court and off, and made a fab career over the years. She absolutely gets tennis elbow room’s ♥ nudge nudge wink wink ♥ award for best tennis glamazon in black and white.

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tennis elbow room’s pain-killer video : Top Ten Reasons to Sack Your Tennis Coach!

16 03 2009

tennis elbow room’s shout out to paul gold – i’m glad i stumbled upon your video. flove it! watch out coaches!!!

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bali – tennis combo : Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions Nov 4-8, 2009

14 03 2009

Received a newsletter from a top asian tennis tournament, explaining the new format of the popular Bali tournament – Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions. I like the ‘Road to Bali’ concept involving the winners of 6 tournaments in Mexicio, USA & Europe.

Trivia : before Bali, the tournament was held in Surabaya, Indonesia for 4 years from 1994 to 1997. Then it was held in KUALA LUMPUR for 2 years in 1999 and 2000. Malaysia doesn’t seem keen on ‘owning’, branding & developing an annual repeat tournament, unlike Bali and Thailand with their Pattaya Tournament. Malaysia boleh only the big names – big time – hit & run one-off EXHIBITION matches eg Federer vs Sampras, Borg vs McEnroe.

I’m packing my sarong & booking my ticket to Bali… 

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Federer soon to be a tennis dad – alpha or beta version?

13 03 2009

Tennis Elbow Room’s take on tennis daddy-dom – here are 2 versions of daddies in tennis.

version 1 : alpha

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Alpha Tennis Daddy Richard Williams congratulates daughter Venus after she won the finals against Italy’s Flavia Pennetta at the WTA Zurich Open tennis tournament on Oct 19, 2008.


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Tennis Dad Richard Williams hugs independently alpha tennis papa Dr Walter Bartoli, father of Marion following the Women’s Singles final match between Marion Bartoli of France and Venus Williams of USA at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships on July 7, 2007. Williams won 6-4, 6-1. Richard won priceless brownie points.


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Alpha family of Tennis – Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf and future grand slammers!


version 2 : beta

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from – January 06, 2009

TENNIS brat Lleyton Hewitt named his son Cruz after his favourite Christina Aguilera song. He, wife Bec and their children, Mia and Cruz, have posed for a high-priced exclusive photoshoot with OK! magazine.

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The 37-year-old former World No. 1 tennis player Pete Sampras says he’s focusing on being a full time father now. Pictured here with wife, two boys and starbucks.

congrats & good luck to mirka and roger – your tennis will never be the same again, not even an iota.

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tennis videos : how to edit a hot tennis tournament video promo

2 03 2009


tennis elbow room’s  ♥ nudge nudge wink wink ♥ award for best video promo for a tennis tournament using existing footage and available cool music!!!

kudos to the video editors in monterrey…

uhmm…where’s monterrey? Its in Mexico, just 2 hours by car from the Texas border.

mexico map

monterrey, mexico


Eventual Tournament Winner : Marion Bartoli of France defeated Na Li of China 6-4, 6-3. This is Marion’s fourth career singles title on the WTA Tour & her first for 2009. Marion won in Auckland, Tokyo and Québec City in 2006. Since then, Marion’s reached her first Grand Slam final and made it into the Top 10.

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hi, my name is nadal and i’m a sleeve to fashion

19 02 2009


tenniselbowroom hearts candy coloured rafael nadal

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tennis elbow room hearts candy coloured rafael nadal. thinks he puts the ‘ass’ into sleeve, style and spins! check out his latest nike gear.

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Players in party mode

12 02 2009

sydney 2009 from tennisvideosatpwta

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Sania Mirza, Bhupathi nets grand slam buzz

4 02 2009


The two Indian wildcards rebounded from their loss in last year’s Australian Open final to beat Nathalie Dechy of France and Israel’s Andy Ram 6-3, 6-1 at Melbourne Park.

Mirza, 22, had already achieved a series of firsts for Indian women tennis players, including the highest ranking of 18, and is seen as the nation’s hope for success in the future.

She became the first Indian female to capture any grand slam title when she partnered Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova to win the 2003 Wimbledon junior doubles then in 2005 she became the first Indian woman to win a WTA event when she won at Hyderabad.

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Why Neil Harman is my fave sports writer

2 02 2009
Reproduced From 
February 2, 2009

Defeat leaves Roger Federer a broken man

by Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent, in Melbourne

Three years ago, on the identical spot, Roger Federer wept in Rod Laver’s embrace, having won his seventh grand-slam tournament. Yesterday, as Federer broke down in uncontrollable sobs at the prize-giving, the record-equalling fourteenth title as far away as ever, Laver was standing a yard from him, not knowing what to do.

Actually, no one knew whether they should look at Federer or look away. It required Rafael Nadal to walk on to the court and throw his sturdy left arm around the Swiss to prevent any more shuffling of feet and wringing of hands. It was the Australian Open’s version of the Duchess of Kent and Jana Novotna at Wimbledon in 1993, but without the mawkishness.

Federer was unable to speak because Nadal, in winning his first Open at Melbourne Park – his first hard-court grand slam title, the one it was reckoned might forever elude him – had dashed another presumptuous theory. Having prevailed in five hours and 14 minutes on Friday night and into Saturday morning to defeat Fernando Verdasco, his compatriot, Nadal gave Federer a 24-hour head start to recover from his semi-final and had the stamina, the brutish game, the willpower and the absolute faith to wear the great Swiss down 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 in another sapping four hours and 23 minutes.

Has there been a player like this piece of Majorcan granite? Of 15 matches in which he has been forced to play the full five sets, he has won 12. Federer’s record is 13-12, which indicates a frailty in his make-up that might yet prevent him from securing the record held by Pete Sampras, the American. For as long as Nadal is around, that is. And he knows it.

Think of three recent examples: the Italian Open final of 2006, when Federer had two match points against Nadal and tossed in two astonishingly poor forehands; the matchless Wimbledon final last year when the Swiss came back from two sets down to take it into a decider and missed a forehand on match point as twilight fell; and the last, and surely the most destructive, which came yesterday as Federer collapsed, his mind frazzled and his right arm failing him as Nadal dug in and refused to countenance defeat.

Federer put a lot of it down to serving poorly and in the middle of the second set, a long way away from the finality of defeat, he missed 11 consecutive first serves. In the third set, which Nadal won by playing a near-faultless tie-break, Federer had break points – two lots of three in consecutive games. Everything was a terrible chore.

But that is what makes Nadal such a champion. Put it into his head that he cannot win – and the schedule here, with one semi-final taking place a full day before the other, is something tennis at this level ought not to tolerate – and he accepts the challenge head on. When the world No1 lost the fourth set, which he really should have won, having allowed five break points to slip through his fingers for a 3-2 lead, one assumed the momentum was with Federer. But that was never the case. At the match’s end, and although it took three match points to see Nadal home, Federer was visibly coming apart at the seams.

When he beat Juan Martin Del Potro, the sixth-best player in the world, for the loss of three games in the quarter-finals, Federer said that as the contest drew to a close, he was simply happy to put the Argentinian “out of his misery”. Five days later, and he knew how that felt. Not at all nice.

The crowd, as it always seems to be anywhere other than Spain, was firmly in the Swiss’s corner. “Everyone’s favourite player,” as he was introduced at the post-final ceremony, just before he could not hold back the tears. “Not everyone,” a lone voice responded and it must have felt to Nadal that lone voices were all he could call on.

But to look at his support team yesterday – uncle Toni, his coach, Sebastien, his father, and Rafael, his physical trainer – in the front row, was to be privy to something intriguing. Even when their boy was down, when to the rest of us he had to be playing on fumes rather than adrenalin, they could not stop smiling. We know that this is the Spanish disposition, but it was as if they knew something those outside the circle required four hours, 23 minutes to ascertain. That Nadal would be holding new silverware.

They know what makes him tick, why he is such a special individual, why he owns a 13-6 lead over Federer. Coming into this final, Nadal had won 18 sets and lost two; Federer the same. Nadal had won 123 games and lost 68; Federer’s figures were 123-67. They may have been that close statistically, but yesterday came down to one man getting inside the other’s head and turning it into mush. Hence the breakdown later.

Discussing it, Federer could barely raise his eyes from beneath the rim of the cap pulled low. “In a fifth set, anything can happen,” he said. “That’s the problem. Not usually the better player always wins. It is just a matter of momentum sometimes. Maybe I should have never been there in the first place. I played a terrible fifth set. I kind of handed it over to him.”

If one may presume to quibble with Federer, he did not so much hand it over to Nadal as it was ripped it from him – there is a difference. In the first four sets, there were ten occasions in which Nadal was 15-0 down on his own serve and won the game. As Ivan Lendl, the remarkable Czech who won eight grand-slam singles titles (Nadal now has six and surely no one will be able to stop him winning a fifth French Open in June), once said: “There are two important points in tennis, the first one and the last one.”

The last one and the final word went to the champion. He said sorry to Roger and wished him good luck for the rest of the year. He will need it.

(Reproduced From 

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Aust Open 2009 week 2: Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi, Yuki Bhambri, Alcantara & Hsieh grand slams it for Asia!

1 02 2009


Sania Mirza grand slams it for Asia!

India's Sania Mirza & Mahesh Bhupathi hold  the trophy  after beating  France's Nathalie Dechy & Israel's Andy Ram  in the Mixed doubles final match at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, Feb 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)

India's Mixed Doubles Slam - Sania Mirza & Mahesh Bhupathi raise the trophy after beating France's Nathalie Dechy & Israel's Andy Ram at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Feb 1, 2009. AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill.

sania – where’s the bollywood film already?


Serena Williams hugs the trophy after beating Russia's Dinara Safina in the Women's singles final match at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Jan. 31, 2009. Win is also Serena's 10th Grand Slam victory! AP Photo/Rick Stevens.

Serena u r a 10!

Serena Williams hugs her trophy after beating Russia’s Dinara Safina in the Women’s singles final match at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Jan. 31, 2009. Win is also Serena’s 10th Grand Slam victory & 4th Australian Open Singles! phew…    AP Photo/Rick Stevens.

serena – where’s the hollywood film already? could be a mashup of serena/sania hollywood/bollywood – you heard it here first!!!


Asian Juniors grand slam it at the Oz Open

Alcantara & Hsieh - boys AO 09 doubles championsBoys Doubles Champions Australian Open 2009.

Cheng Peng Hsieh (Taipeh) & Francis Alcantara (Phillippines) & koalas sharing trophy but not hairstyles.  

Junior Boys’ Doubles Champions are Cheng-Peng Hsieh of  Taipeh & Francis Casey Alcantara of Phillippines who defeated Mikhal Biryukov of Russia & Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan 6-4, 6-2.

Yuki Bhambri of India - Boys Singles Champion Australian Open 2009

Yuki Bhambri of India - Boys Singles Champion Australian Open 2009

Junior Boys’ Singles Champion is Yuki Bhambri of India who defeated Alexandros-Ferdinandos Georgoudas of Germany 6-3, 6-1


Tennis Elbow Room eyes

Lu Yen Hsun in action Aust Open 09

Lu Yen Hsun celebrates Oz Open 09


Carla Suarez Navarro in action at Aust Open 09

Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in quarter final action







Obama fever at Aust Open 09

Obama fever at Aust Open 09


another cool outfit by Venus' Eleven

another cool outfit by Venus' Eleven



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Ice Cold Nadal




The Arrival of Fernando Verdasco

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ANTA a Chinese brand goes to the Slams!

22 01 2009

post-olympics sport crazy china now have jelena jankovic to carry their home-grown brand, ANTA, to the grand slams of the world… go JJ, go China

Check out ANTA Sports website – Signed World No.1 Women’s Tennis Player Jelena Jankovic as the First Female Endorsed Player for its Tennis Series


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Australian Open 1st grand slam 2009 : week 1

21 01 2009

was trying to insert the Australian Open Live Score widget here – but it keeps coming up blank. Guess wordpress does not accept shockwave flash widgets. anyway i successfully added it to my 10 year old daughter’s blog (which is on blogger) – so if you wanna get live scores click Tennis Attack Zone by zulimaria.


to add to your igoogle page, blog, facebook etc, just go to Tennis Attack Zone & click on 'GRAB IT'.

Tennis Elbow Room’s  pick of movers & crashers :

Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei shocks David Nalbandian (10th seed) in a 5-set thriller! Lu’s previous biggest win was the 1st Round defeat of Andy Murray at the Beijing Olympics ’08. Lu will next face Tommy Robredo.
My faves Marat Safin & Vera Zvonevera are thru to the 3rd Round!
Ai Sugiyama of Japan def Nathalie Dechy of France (2nd Round).
Russian Evgeny Koralev def  Carlos Moya 6-3,6-1,7-6. Now faces Federer in the 2nd Round. 

Ernest Gulbis of Latvia def Albert Montanes of Spain 6-3,6-2,6-3.
Jie Zheng of China def Camille Pin of France 6-3, 6-3.
Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan def Melanie Oudin of USA 6-1, 6-4 to move to the 2nd round.

Russian Evgeny Koralev def  Carlos Moya 6-3,6-1,7-6. Now faces Federer in the 2nd Round.

Evgeny Koralev wants his 15 minutes of fame when he faces Federer, dudes!


akgul amanmuradova

akgul amanmuradova from Uzbekistan



Sania Mirza of India lost to Russian Nadia Petrova in the 2nd Round.
Kei Nishikori of Japan lost to Jurgen Melzer of Austria (1st Round).



Candy coloured eye candy

Candy coloured eye candy

lookin good V!

Looking Good V!

andy, the haggis wrestler

andy, the haggis wrestler

The Arrival of Ana and Departure of Verdasco

ana ivanovic arrives for Australian Open

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Tennis Asia : Hong Kong 2009

15 01 2009

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Tennis Tournament Alert! nudge me…

21 12 2008

nudge me, pinch me at the amazing number of tourneys this coming 2009! these ones are worth pda-ing for…

Qatar Open, Doha, Jan 5 – 11, 2009

nadal, fed, roddick & defending champ murray kick off 2009 in this mega prize money event! worth a trip i’d say, just to set up a decent website for the organisers…

 read about Nadal,Federer to open 2009 at Qatar Open 

 read about the Qatar Open Tournament Profile here 

JB Group World Team Challenge, Hong Kong, Jan 7-10, 2009!

Hong Kong’s glam team tennis event has attracted very cool captains to head up Team Russia, Team Americas, Team Europe & Team Asia Pacific.  

 read about the power packed World Team Challenge Hong Kong  here 

Dubai Tennis Championships Feb 2009 : Women’s Feb 15 – 21  &  Men’s Feb 23 – 28

Slowly but surely the desert sands of UAE are becoming the hot tennis capital of the world

 read about the Dubai Tennis Championships here 


Need more alerts to fill your new christmas pdas… 

 sonyericsson wta women’s tournaments tournament juniors tournaments 

 time to get tickets for wimbledon 

 future planning –  

Girls you can be Sania Mirza!

12 12 2008

From The Economic Times/India Times :


Honorary Dr: More the Merrier

13 Dec 2008, 0222 hrs IST

India’S 22-year-old Sania Mirza wanted to study medicine but opted for a tennis career instead, turning professional at the age of 17.  click for full story from economictimes.indiatimes ‘Honorary Dr : More the Merrier’


From The Times of India : 

Tennis ace Sania honoured with a doctorate

11 Dec 2008, 0043 hrs IST, Prajwal Hegde,TNN

You can call her ‘Doctor’. That’ll be an option after the Dr MGR University in Chennai decorates tennis star Sania Mirza with a doctorate. click for full story from timesofindia ‘Tennis Ace Sania honoured with a doctorate

if sania plays in malaysia, would it be in malacca?

if sania plays in malaysia, would it be in malacca?

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Tennis Malaysia – Port Dickson Open 2008 : sunsets & sea breezes

2 12 2008

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its been a long while since i had so much fun in port dickson… the sunsets & windsurfing flashbacks never disappoint…

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Abdul Hazli shocks Yew Ming

ABDUL Hazli Zainuddin stunned National number one Si Yew Ming for the second successive time to cruise into the men’s singles final of the Port Dickson Open at the Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club yesterday. Abdul Hazli, who beat Yew Ming to win last week’s National Circuit third leg, extended his winning streak over him with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 victory. Abdul Hazli’s opponent in today’s final is 13-time winner V. Selvam. NST online 29 Nov 08  •  click here for full story

TENNIS : Yew Meng, Selvam through to last four

TOP seed Si Yew Meng and V. Selvam cruised into the men’s singles semi-finals with ease in the Port Dickson Open at the Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club yesterday. Yew Meng thrashed Mohd Faizal 6-0, 6-1 and next plays Abdul Hazli Zainuddin, who outplayed Marco Sitepu 6-1, 6-3, in his semi-final today. Yew Meng will be desperate to avenge his surprise loss to Abdul Hazli in last week’s National Circuit third leg final in Kuala Lumpur. NST online 29 Nov 08  •  click here for full story

Easy win for Abdul Hazli

FORMER national player Abdul Hazli Zainuddin eased past Mak Pee 6-0, 6-1 in his opening round match of the Port Dickson Open at the Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club yesterday. NST online 28 Nov 08  •  click here for full story

Enjoy the top shot photos below. To view the complete photo album (& download your faves), just click :


How about in 2009 we allow the mixed doubles to be the finale?

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A&P Tennis Team Invitational Kuala Lumpur : brand new prize money

19 10 2008

Tennis is on a roll in KL! A new tournament , the A&P Tennis Team Invitational was held at the National Tennis Centre in Jalan Duta on Oct 17th to 18th, 2008.

What or who is A&P? Reliable sources tell me its Andrew & Paul.

The tournament started out of love for tennis & also a spirit of competitiveness but with the idea of keeping it to the age group of the organisers & friends…

Eleven teams took part with Philippines, Indonesia & Thailand providing the Asian level  component. The doubles matches were really fast & exciting!

Kudos to the organisers; Terrence, Wilson Khoo, Souren, Wai Yaw, Marco Sitepu. With support from Tune Hotels & LTAM.

How about a mixed doubles in the team line-up guys?

Enjoy the top shot photos below. To view the 2 complete photo albums (& download your faves), just click :

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tennis elbow room ♥ nudge nudge wink wink  award for ‘best effort to look like a team’ goes to Thailand for their branding effort to be in similar t-shirts, white shorts AND caps!

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World’s Top Tennis Players go Sheik! players party at the Dubai Tennis Championships feb 25, 2008

21 03 2008




can you recognise sheik rafael nadal, andy roddick, novak djokovic?

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Novak wins Australia with his imitation of Maria! hilarious, must watch!

30 01 2008

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Australian Open 2008 Winners

Men’s Singles Final
(3) Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

Women’s Singles Final
(5) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (4) Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

Men’s Doubles Final
(8) Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) d. (7) Arnaud Clement/Michael Llodra (FRA)

Women’s Doubles Final
Alona Bondarenko/Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. (12)Victoria Azarenka/Shahar Peer (BLR/ISR)

Mixed Doubles Final
(5) Tiantian Sun/Nenad Zimonjic (CHN/SRB) d. Sania Mirza/Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)

Boy’s Singles Final
(5) Bernard Tomic (AUS) d. (10) Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE)

Girl’s Singles Final
(14) Arantxa Rus (NED) d. Jessica Moore (AUS)

Boy’s Doubles Final
Cheng Peng Hsieh/Tsung-Hua Yang (TPE) d. (2) Vasek Pospisil/Cesar Ramirez (CAN/MEX)

Girl’s Doubles Final
(1) Ksenia Lykina/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Elena Bogdan/Misaki Doi (ROU/JPN)

Tennis Forecast for 2008 Quiz by Jon Wertheim

8 01 2008

Brain alert! Here’s an interesting quiz by Jon Wertheim of to kick off the 2008 tennis year. Remember to come back at the end of 2008 & check if your predictions were in or way out!

click & quiz yourself : TENNIS FORECAST for 2008 QUIZ


happy 2008 from tennis elbow room, kuala lumpur!

31 12 2007


happynewyear 2.jpg I love fireworks
and sharp new year resolutions.

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Sharapova next door in Singapore

31 12 2007

posted on youtube by markusa51

sharapova girl next door in singapore

oh by the way, Anna Chakvetadze (who?), WTA ranked 6th, was also in Singapore. Both Russians played an exhibition match at the city’s Indoor Stadium. Sharapova won 6-0, 7-6 (12-10).

Sharapova says Singapore will be great Youth Olympic Games host
SINGAPORE : Tennis sensation Maria Sharapova feels Singapore would make a good host for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010.
This is despite the fact that the Russian would prefer Moscow to win the bid. 29 Dec 2007 : click here for full story

is sharapova swinging for singapore?

(note to 18 year old son : happy now?)

tennis kuala lumpur : Ayam A1 National Hardcourt Championship, Dec 27th-30th 2007

31 12 2007


RESULTS : (Finals only)

Men’s singles: Si Yew Meng bt V.Selvam w/o.

Men’s Doubles: Si Yew Meng-Adam Jaya bt B.Kanagaraj-Razlan Rawi 7-6(7-0), 6-3.

Women’s Singles: Jawairiah Noordin bt T.Neesha 6-0, 6-2.

Women’s Doubles: Jawairiah Noordin-Choo Lyn See bt Sia Huey Ting-Toi Sieu Minn 6-0, 6-0.

Boy’s Singles: Marcus Chee bt Low Ken Ji 6-2, 6-1.

Boy’s Doubles: Low Ken Ji-Marcus Chee bt Wei Jiunn Ng-Wee Gen Ng 6-1, 6-4.

Girl’s singles: S. Theiviya bt Siti Nursyahirah Hassan 6-0, 7-6 (7-5).

Girls Doubles: Siti Nursyahirah Hassan-Siti Nursyafiqah Hassan bt Kimberly Leong-Stefanie Chen 6-1, 6-4.

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What a low-key final
Yet it failed to deliver an exciting finale, leaving tennis enthusiasts to look to a more challenging year. Sadly, the same names reappear within the circle of winners, giving the national players little opportunity to display their potential.
The Malay Mail 31 Dec 2007 •
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Yew Meng dethrones Selvam
V. SELVAM will finally have to stop crowing that he is the National No 1 — at least for a while. Though it was Yew Meng’s turn to rule the roost, he was in no mood to be ahead of the pecking order in this manner.
The New Straits Times 31 Dec 2007 •
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Yew Meng hopes to be third time lucky


IT will be a clash between experience and fitness when National No 1 V. Selvam plays the much younger Si Yew Meng in the men’s singles final of the Ayam A1 National Hardcourt Championships at the National Tennis Centre in Kuala Lumpur today.
The New Straits Times 29 Dec 2007 •
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Kanagaraj ends Los Santos’ giant-killing run

NATIONAL player B. Kanagaraj prevented another giant-killing act from Juan Los Santos at the National Hardcourt Championships Men’s Open when he handed the youngster a straight sets defeat at the National Tennis Centre in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
The New Straits Times 28 Dec 2007 •
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Los Santos in third round
UNSEEDED Juan Los Santos proved that age is no barrier when he reached the National Hardcourt Championships Men’s Open third round at the National Tennis Centre in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
The New Straits Times 27 Dec 2007 • click here for full story

Selvam: I’m still the best
VETERAN V. Selvam is still riding high in local tennis and he intends to keep his status as the national No 1 intact in the Ayam A1 National Hardcourt Championships which start at the National Tennis Centre in Kuala Lumpur today.
The New Straits Times 26 Dec 2007 • click here for full story

Six confirm participation in Ayam A1 tennis championships
SIX internationals have confirmed their participation in the Ayam A1 National Hardcourt Tennis championships to be played at the National Tennis Centre in Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur, from Dec 27 to 30. The six are Adam Jaya, Si Yew Meng, Jawariah Nordin, V. Chellapriya, Dorothy Chong and Sia Huew Teng. All six represented Malaysia in the recent SEA Games in Korat. Chellapriya, Chong, Sia and Jawariah were members of the Malaysian women’s team that won a bronze medal. 20 Dec 2007 . click here for full story

Jawariah: The top-ranked women’s player in Malaysia

to all tennis elbow room readers

24 12 2007

Tournaments in SouthEast Asia (2)

17 12 2007


The 24th South East Asian Games, better known in the region as the SEA Games was held in Korat, Thailand from 6th to 15th December 2007.

SI Yew Ming, Malaysia’s best chance for a bronze medal in the men’s tennis singles, lost to Elbert Sie of Indonesia at King’s 80th Anniversary Tennis Centre, Korat.

Yew Ming resisted Sie for two hours before the Indonesian claimed a 7-6 (4),7-5 win in the quarter-finals.

In the women’s doubles first round, V. Chellapriya-Jawairiah Nordin lost 6-0, 6-0 to Indonesia’s Wynne Prakusya-Angelique Widja in the women’s doubles.

However, Razlan Rawi-B. Kanagaraj defeated Lsavad-Siahvasouy from Laos 6-2,6-3 in the men’s doubles first round.

In the mixed doubles quarter-finals, Philippines’ Cecil Mamit-Dy defeated Adam Jaya-Jawairiah 6-3, 7-5.

(NST online 2007/12/12)

MALAYSIA’S challenge in tennis came to a tame end when the players suffered a thrashing in the men’s and women’s doubles quarter-finals at the King’s 80th Anniversary tennis centre in Korat.

In the men’s doubles, B. Kanagaraj-Razlan Rawi were beaten 6-1, 6-2 by Cecil Mamit-Frederick Taino of the Philippines.

Women ’s doubles Dorothy Chong-Sia Huey Teng were hammered 6-2,6-0 by Sandy Gumulya-Romana Tedjakusuma of Indonesia.

(NST online 2007/12/14)



Men’s Singles Gold Medal : Cecil Mamit of Philippines

Women’s Singles Gold Medal : Sandy Gumulya of Indonesia

Men’s Doubles Gold Medal : Sanchai Ratiwatana-Sonchat Ratiwatana of Thailand

Women’s Doubles Gold Medal : Tamarine Tanasugarn -Napaporn Tongsalee of Thailand

Mixed Doubles Gold Medal : Sanchai Ratiwatana- Napaporn Tongsalee of Thailand

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SEA Games 2007 Men’s Singles Gold Medalist Cecil Mamiit of Philippines
(photo Michael John)

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Tournaments in SouthEast Asia (1)

10 12 2007

The top 8 Asian players were invited to decide the inaugural Asian Masters at the LG Asia Cup in Bangkok, Thailand from 28 Nov to 2 Dec 2007.

1. Danai UDOMCHOKE (THA) (110*)

2. Kyu-Tae IM (KOR) (224*)

3. Denis ISTOMIN (UZB) (226*)

4. Gouich MOTOMURA (JPN) (291*)

5. Mohammed GHAREEB (KUW) (437*)

6. Ashutosh SINGH (IND) (541*)

7. Vivek SHOKEEN (IND) (674*)

8. Weerapat DOAKMAIKLEE (THA) (767*)

* ATP Ranking

An Under-16 Mixed Junior Championship was also held at the same time. Teams from Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Pakistan, Vietnam, India, Singapore, Korea, Indonesia, Uzbekistan & Thailand took part.

And the Asian Masters title goes to :


Danai Udomchoke of Thailand won the USD100,000 Asian Masters title at LG Asia Cup in Bangkok, Thailand. (photo ATF)

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Duta Junior Tennis Academy of Kuala Lumpur

9 12 2007

The Duta Junior Tennis Academy has been around for ages! The Academy has a good group of coaches, headed by former Malaysian player V. Selvam, and they really make tennis fun and exciting. No membership is required and rates are affordable. The Academy is open to all and is conveniently located within the National Tennis Centre (Gelanggang Tenis MSN) in Jalan Duta.

Raising a racquet at the Duta Junior Tennis Academy!

Group Lessons are offered everyday from Monday to Friday from 5pm to 7pm and on Sat mornings from 8am to 10am. Just for December, extra sessions on Wed & Fri MORNINGS 9.30am to 11am.
First come for the free trial that is offered. Then decide how many times a week you want to send your child. My 8 year old daughter Zuli ‘M’ started in July 07 with two lessons a week.
The great thing is you can replace days you miss and it is easy to do so as lessons are on Mondays through to Saturdays. Attendance is taken at the lessons.

Hit the ball early!

Forehand! Backhand!

Lessons are conducted on 3 courts by 3 or 4 coaches.
The 2 hours whiz by as the kids do warm-ups, tennis drills & fun games. The kids also pick up very fast when they learn in a group. This holidays Zuli ‘M’ has progressed to one private lesson & one group lesson a week.

The next stage is the Elite Programme for advanced players.

Lessons for adults are also offered. I am currently taking a group lesson for doubles with Coach Rama.

For more info, click here to visit their website or call 603-62015496 or email

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Coach Rama handling the juniors
Coach Rama went supermarket shopping!

Coach Trini with the starter group
Coach Trini “Hit the ball over the net y’all!”

Coach ? with the ready-to-move-on-to-elite group
Coaching the soon-to-move-on-to-Elite group!