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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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

 

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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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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

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click here to read ESPNSTAR

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click here to read Daily Times of Pakistan

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click here to read Channel News Asia

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click here to read The Australian

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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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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 http://www.sonyericssonopen.com

click here to link to Schedule from official Miami Open site – http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/1/en/schedule/oop.asp

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

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this year's rafa-ana miami links

are we flooded yet with el tiger bull and the serbian cocker spaniel? hmm…rafanana..nana..no?

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

 

RESULTS UPDATE : MIAMI OPEN 2009

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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