Not only Tennis players have a beautiful game, but they do have beautiful girlfriends and wives. Let’s look at the top 10 Wags of Tennis Stars.
10: Rebecca Cartwright:
Cartwright is an Australian singer and actress. She was engaged to Lleyton Hewitt after ending her relationship with her fellow co-star Beau Brady. In 2005, she was married to Hewitt.
Doha, Jan 5 (IANS) Spaniards Fernando Verdasco and Nicolas Almagro qualified for the Qatar Open quarter-finals, beating Belgium’s David Goffin and Germany’s Philip Kohlschreiber, respectively.
Verdasco won 6-1, 7-6 (6) against Goffin here on Wednesday, who came from losing to Rafael Nadal in the final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, reports Efe.
Almagro beat Kohlschreiber with a 7-6, 7-6 scoreline.
In another pre-quarterfinal match, Czech Radek Stepanek beat Belgian Arthur de Greef 6-3, 6-2.
Moscow, Jan 5 (IANS) Russian star Maria Sharapova may play at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpishchev has said.
The Russian player is now eligible to officially return to tennis courts starting April 26, reports Tass.
“Sharapova may play for the Russian team and is able to win gold at the 2020 Olympics. The sole question here is her wish,” Tarpishchev said on Wednesday.
“In late April, Sharapova is returning to participation in tournaments. We’ll see how quickly she will be able to return to the high level. The world of sports is not standing idle and is moving quickly but we all know that Sharapova is a professional and everything depends on her herself,” he added.
In early March, Sharapova was the first to announce that her doping tests revealed the presence of the performance enhancing drug meldonium in the body system.
Following the announcement the former World No. 1 was provisionally suspended from all tennis-related activities.
Sharapova filed an appeal on June 9 with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against her two-year suspension, which was officially announced on June 8 by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Tribunal over anti-doping violations.
In October, the CAS cut the term of Sharapova’s suspension, allowing the tennis star to perform at official sports events from April 26, 2017.
Due to the imposed ban, Sharapova, the silver Olympic medalist of the 2012 Games in London, had to miss the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, held in August in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.
Chennai, Jan 4 (IANS) Top seed Marin Cilic was stunned 6-7 (5), 7-5, 5-7 by Jozef Kovalik in the second round of the Chennai Open tennis tournament here on Wednesday.
World No.6 Cilic was heavily tipped to win the hard court tournament but he was below his best against the 117-ranked Slovakian, going down in 2 hours 49 minutes at the Stadium Court.
Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, started on the wrong note, losing the first set in the tie-breaker against the qualifier.
It was always going to be a battle for Cilic after surrendering the first set. But he was expected to break Kovalik’s serve.
The Croatian pulled level claiming the second set but his inspired rival withstood intense pressure to which he was subjected.
Kovalik grew in confidence as the match progressed and snatched the deciding set 7-5 to claim a memorable victory.
Also on Wednesday, Indian men’s doubles tennis pair Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan won their first round clash, beating Brazil-Croatian pairing of Marcelo Demoliner and Nikola Mektic 6-4, 6-4.
But India’s other pairing of N.Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan were beaten by Swedish duo of Johan Brunstrom and Andreas Siljestrom 6-2, 6-4.
Bopanna-Nedunchezhiyan took 60 minutes to complete the victory at Court 1.
The Indian pair safely negotiated all the five break points on their serve and won two of the six break points they received.
Bopanna and Nedunchezhiyan will play against the American-Austrian pairing of James Cerretani and Philipp Oswald in the quarter-finals.
Auckland, Jan 4 (IANS) American tennis sisters Serena and Venus Williams were beaten but Danish Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the quarter-finals of the Auckland Classic tennis tournament on Wednesday.
Serena, 35, failed to defeat Madison Brengle, who won 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, reports Efe.
Venus withdrew from her match against Naomi Osaka of Japan after she sustained an injury to her arm.
Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki continued her campaign and managed to defeat the American Varvara Lepchenko 6-3, 6-3.
She will play against Julia Goerges of Germany, who defeated Britain’s Naomi Broady 7-5, 6-4.
Chennai, Jan 4 (IANS) With as many as 956 young champions clustered at a tennis training session with players and coaches here, India attempted to break a record of “the largest tennis lesson”.
The current such Guinness World Record was made in 2015, with 803 people. It was by Northern Vision (Britain) in Liverpool, Merseyside.
In India, the record attempt was powered by Boost, one of GSK’s leading brands in the Health Food Drinks category, which associated Aircel Chennai Open 2017. The children congregated at SDAT Stadium here on Tuesday evening as part of the brand’s communication platform of ‘Play A Bigger Game’, wherein they got to play with the leading tennis players like Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna.
“While the Guinness World Records may take up to some time to decide, the participants are confident that they have set a record and successfully put India on the world map for this achievement,” read a statement issued by Boost.
Commenting on it, Prashant Pandey, executive vice president – Marketing, GSK Consumer Healthcare, said: “We are extremely overwhelmed with the participation that the activity witnessed and are hopeful to beat the world record.”
Shenzhen (China), Jan 4 (IANS) Romanian tennis star Simona Halep conceded a shock defeat to the Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova 3-6, 6-4, 5-7 in the second round of the WTA Shenzhen Open here on Wednesday.
The deciding set became a tit-for-tat battle as they broke each other during the first five games, and the Czech took the upper hand at 4-2 by holding her own for the first time in the sixth game. Then the second seed also held her game for 4-3 and broke again for 4-all, reports Xinhua.
After both kept their games to 5-all, the 20-year-old Siniakova broke world No.4 Halep again in the 11th game and took a commanding 6-5 lead.
Although the Romanian survived the first match-point, the 52nd-ranked Siniakova grabbed her second chance and sealed the match in 124 minutes when Halep returned into the net.
“I think she played really well. She is a strong player, I never played before against her. I think she has good shots, very powerful, so she deserves to win today,” said the Romanian.
Halep, the winner here in 2015, started off slowly as she fell behind 0-4 in the first set and quickly lost it.
“I was struggling, I didn’t feel very good to my game. There is no excuse about that, she managed to be stronger on court and that’s why she could win,” Halep told the post-match press briefing.
The 2015 former champion gradually bounced back and won the second set when she held her game to 5-4 before Siniakova failed in her effort and conceded it 6-4 with an unforced error on return.
Brisbane, Jan 4 (IANS) Spaniard David Ferrer lost to Australia’s Jordan Thompson in the second round of the Brisbane International tennis tournament here on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Aussie achieved success with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 result after two hours and 38 minutes against the veteran, reports Efe.
Thompson will now face Japanese Kei Nishikori, who defeated American Jared Donaldson 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Chennai, Jan 3 (IANS) Indian tennis player Yuki Bhambri defeated compatriot and local boy Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-1, 6-1, but Saketh Myneni’s was beaten 4-6, 3-6 by seventh seeded Mikhail Youzhny in the Round of 32 matches of the 22nd Chennai Open here on Tuesday.
Myneni fought hard but the 57th-ranked Russian was too much for the 192 ranked Indian who succumbed in 1 hour and 256 seconds.
The Russian managed to convert two of the eight break points received to pocket the match, winning 72 of 131 (55 per cent) total points played.
Bhambri displayed a compact, all-round game to overwhelm wild card Ramanathan in just 53 minutes at the SDAT Stadium.
The 24-year-old broke Ramanathan thrice in the first set and twice in the second, not giving him any chance to even put up a fight.
He played solidly from the back of the court, but kept looking for opportunities to rush towards the net to set up easy winners.
“I just didn’t take my foot off the gas. I knew that Ram is a tough guy to play, especially in Chennai, and I didn’t want to give him anything to fight back with,” said Bhambri.
“I am match sharp. But I need to be more consistent on the court. So the plan is to get more matches under my belt, do more preparation for the tougher games ahead,” he added.
Commenting on the game, Ramanathan said: “Bhambri played a smart, aggressive game. He got all his first serves in, while I had a very bad match. It was a bad day for me.”
“I started off badly, losing my first game itself. I got a whiff of a chance in the first game of the second set but Bhambri put pressure on me while I was defensive,” he added.
Earlier in the day, world No. 101 Aljaž Bedene of Great Britain pulled off a minor upset by defeating Spain’s No. 70 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-3 to keep the opening day trend of lower-ranked players ruling the roost.
Slovenia-born Bedene, who was the last player to gain direct entry into the main draw following the injury-induced withdrawal of Tommy Robredo, exhibited a compact, all- round game to get the better of the lanky Spanish veteran, once ranked World No. 23, in one hour 14 minutes.
Argentina’s Renzo Olivo and Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu, however, broke the trend by romping to facile victories.
Olivo stormed past the tournament’s youngest player Casper Ruud 7-6 (3), 6-2 in just over 1 hour and 19 minutes, while Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan thumped Radu Albot of Moldova 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour.
Auckland, Jan 3 (IANS) American tennis star Serena Williams began her Auckland Classic tennis tournament campaign with a win over France’s Pauline Parmentier here on Tuesday.
The American player easily defeated Parmentier 6-3, 6-4 in 75 minutes, reports Efe.
Serena had not played since last September due to physical problems.
She will face her compatriot Madison Brengle, who defeated fellow American Jamie Loeb 6-4, 7-6 (5).
Danish Caroline Wozniacki also easily advanced to the second round after beating American Nicole Gibbs 6-1, 6-0 in just 51 minutes.
Dutch Kiki Bertens was beaten by America’s Lauren Davis 7-6 (3), 6-4.