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STEPHENS WINS US OPEN TITLE, KEYS COULDN’T BREAK BARTOLI’S RECORD

US tennis youngster Sloane Stephens made an epic comeback as she defeated compatriot Madison Keys at the 2017 US Open event.


She is the latest Grand Slam champion in the singles category following the 6-3 6-0 mauling of someone she considers a ‘real’ friend.

In the Open Era, this was the seventh time two first time finalist were competing at the majors. It is the first time all Americans would be competing in the US Open since the Williams sisters back in 2002. Stephens has now defeated both Williams sisters at a Grand Slam event: she defeated Serena back in 2013 at the Australian Open to reach the semis though she lost eventually to Victoria Azarenka. This time she defeated Venus to reach the semis.

The 24-year old made a comeback from injury after being on the sidelines for 11 months due to foot injury. She did her surgery on January 23rd before making a comeback at the Wimbledon event. She reached the semis in Toronto and Cincinnati though. She becomes the third player to win the US Open title outside the Top 10 ranked stars since 1975. Read more »

RUSSIA’S PAVLYUCHENKOVA AND FRANCE’S GARCIA ADVANCE IN MONTERREY

The duo of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the No. 2 seed and Russia’s tennis player, and her French counterpart, Caroline Garcia, the No. 3 seed, went on to win their opening matches at the Monterrey Open.


With this victory, they have thus been able to advance into the second rounds of the hard-court event in northern Mexico.

On the side of Pavlyuchenkova, she only had to pummel Tatjana Maria of Germany, 6-1, 6-3, to advance. On the other hand, Garcia toppled RenataZarazua, Mexican teenager to go on to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Monday.

Pavlyuchenkova, a 25-year-old three-time champion in Monterrey, needed no more than 70 minutes to win her match. Thus, she would face whoever wins in the between Kristie Ahnof America and Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova in the second round.

In the world rankings, Garcia sits at No. 24 and will be out to face the winner of the contest between Madison Brengle of America and Nadia Podoroska of Argentina. Read more »

STARS OF THE GAME WHO LIVE IN DUBAI

Dubai didn’t just start out of the sky.


The oil rich country made it a point of duty to invest in something more than oil to complement for the revenue coming in and to serve as a secondary source of income should anything happen to their oil.

Over the years, Dubai has established itself on the map as one of the best places of interest for travelers and tourists as well as for those looking for a place of abode. It has gone on to make a name for itself and a privileged residence for stars of the tennis game.

With skyscrapers crisscrossing a desert of fine sands, palm trees, luxury cars, marinas and artificial islands, Dubai is truly a place to reside in. In recent years, a lot of tennis players have made it their place of residence or vacation spot. Read more »

BARTOLI RECOVERING FROM VIRAL INFECTION

Marion Bartoli has tweeted a picture of herself undergoing treatment in an Italian clinic.


The retired French star checked herself into a hospital after most of her fans took to social media to express their concern for her continued loss of weight.

Previously, she had vehemently defended her physique claiming it was a result of her obsession with physical work out. She said in an interview:

“I’m completely gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, salt free and everything organic. I eat steamed vegetables, salads.”

Many of her fans have disregarded her claims and begged her to eat more or stop whatever she was doing to remain so thin. She revealed that the reason for her shrinking figure was a virus that prevented her from eating well.

Forty-eight hours after the Wimbledon Ladies Invitation Doubles was withdrawn, she revealed: “I have a virus that my body is fighting. That’s why I can’t eat anything. I am going to have to go to a clinic, in Italy, at the end of Wimbledon.” She added that she believed being in a hospital would be “a good experience.” Read more »

Marion Bartoli reckons Rafael Nadal is not able to generate the same amount of power

Marion Bartoli reckons Rafael Nadal is not able to generate the same amount of power that he used to generate some time back and that’s the reason his game has gone downhill.

According to Bartoli, pace is a vital aspect of Nadal’s game and he will have to do something to make sure he hits the ball as hard as he did in the past.

Speaking as an expert on a television channel a few days ago, Bartoli said, “Rafael’s shots are just not that powerful anymore and thus, as an opponent, you are not hurried up.”

“If you have a look at the speeds at which he has been serving of late, it’s only around 115 miles which is not enough. It’s desperately needed for him to find that old speed from somewhere.”

When asked if she would still like to keep Nadal in Big 4, Bartoli said, “Well, the kind of game he is playing right now, I would definitely say no. But, what he has done in the past, you have to take that into account as well. He has been absolutely brilliant on the tour over a number of years.”

However, in the views of another former player Pete Sampras, Nadal’s struggle at the moment is more mental than anything else.

In Sampras’ words, “Nadal appears to be anxious when he steps onto the court these days. He is not confident enough and thus, his intimidating capability is slowly fading. The players are now not afraid to take him on.” Read more »

Marion Bartoli fan to return soon

If you are a Marion Bartoli fan and you had started anticipating the return of the Frenchwoman after her recent tweet, you are in for a bit of a disappointment.

Bartoli has no plans to make her way back on the tour.

One of the posts on Bartoli’s Twitter account a few days ago suggested she was missing the game and was looking to come out of retirement.

That post read, “What’s the thinking of you guys? A comeback would be good for me or not?”

A lot of Bartoli’s fans responded to that post of her with some of them urging her to make the comeback, while, the others telling her that she did well by quitting in her prime.

According to Bartoli, it was just a random post and did not mean anything substantial. She was just looking to see what the opinion of the fans was and she got to see that.

Speaking in an event, the veteran said, “You see more people were of the view that I should stay away and I agree to them. Once you retire, it’s over. The idea behind that tweet was just to give the fans the opportunity to express what their point of view is.” Read more »