Sloane Stephens back into form after Injury

After the form Sloane Stephens had shown back home a few days ago against some top players, she was being considered a title contender in Hubei considering that she had to face relatively easier opponents there than she had faced at Flushing Meadows, but she surprisingly fell in the opening round itself.


Stephens reckons whenever she takes part in a tournament in the subcontinent, she tends to struggle and the reason behind that is that she finds it difficult to settle down in these sorts of weather conditions which are obviously pretty different from the weather conditions in USA and also there is a huge clock difference between the subcontinent and USA. So that’s another factor too.

Talking about her recent glory in New York, Stephens says that it’s quite a massive feat for her and she will always look back at it and cherish, but she is not going to just sit on it and get complacent. Read more »

SHAPOVALOV MAKING HIS MARK GRADUALLY

At the Coupe Rogers, we saw how Denis Shapavalov made a nice impression, saving whopping four match points in the game against Rogerio Dutra Silva.


The South American veteran pushed the Canadian star to the limits but the #NextGenATP man used the opportunity to earn more fans with his display.

The scores ended 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 with the North American earning praises all over. His style of play was energetic and consistent as he enjoyed a brilliant run to the last four at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Montreal. The youngster sent Juan Martin delPotro, Rafael Nadal and Adrian Mannarino packing at the tournament. His display drew the notice and admiration of enthusiasts of the game all over the world. Read more »

TENNIS CHEERS AS AZARENKA RETURNS

Victoria Azarenka is back to the game of tennis. After an extended break due to childbirth, the star is back to where it all began.


She was pictured in Belarus at the wall – that was her tennis ‘companion’ – alongside her infant son and a new coach.

The wall is at the tennis facility in Minsk at a small gym. Azarenka trained there a short walk from her parent’s two bedroom apartment. Her mother used to work at the tennis centre so she got the opportunity to train there.

“It was the best hitting partner, because it never misses, never complains, she said.

“I started with 40 kids hitting against the wall, and if you missed, you had to wait five minutes to hit another ball. So you made sure you didn’t miss,” she added, recalling fond memories of the wall. Read more »

WILLIAMS FAVOURITE AT INDIAN WELLS

World number one Serena Williams is set to feature in the Indian Wells when the WTA event begins from March 9-19.


The 2017 Australian Open champion would be lining up against a host of stars but she is clearly the favourite to lift the title. The California desert would be the centre of attraction for the Premier Mandatory event.

The 35-year old would be having a go at the tournament after five weeks when she won in Australia. Her technical and emotional balance works to her advantage, and she would be hoping to make a mark. She boycotted the tournament for over a decade before returning in 2015. She reached the final but lost to an impressive Victoria Azarenka in 2016. She won the singles title in January, beating her sister Venus but she has not played since. Read more »

GORDON REID TO END YEAR AS WORLD NUMBER ONE

Gordon Reid has emerged as the fourth British tennis player to complete 2016 as World’s Number One, following Andy and Jamie Murray and Andy Lapthorne.


Scotland’s Reid beat Stephane Houdet in the semi-finals of the NEC wheelchair masters to verify his status. The 25-year-old, who received singles gold and doubles silver at the Rio Paralympics, gained 6-2 6-1 at the Olympic park in London has this to say:

“It feels incredible to be world number one.

“It has been the best year of my career and to come here in the last tournament of the year and take the number one spot off Stephane shows I have earned it.

“Tomorrow’s final is bonus territory.”

Reid got into his match having only dropped one set in his three round-robin games and he was in super form against the Frenchman, who occupied the pinnacle spot entering the season-finishing occasion. He raced right into a 4-0 lead inside the first set and with Houdet struggling to address his strength and speed; he fast wrapped up victory over the 46-year player. Read more »

Jelena Jankovic backs Professionals

Jelena Jankovic says once the professional career of the players start, they give all the importance to the game only and not to the life in general. It’s all about touring, practicing and competing and in all that, they ignore the dangerous signals their bodies might be sending them.

A while back, Jankovic found herself in a situation where she had been left wondering if she was suffering from cancer because she had been told by a specialist that it might be the case as she had a tumour of abnormal size.

The samples of her blood were taken and were sent to the pathological laboratory to be examined so that it could be confirmed if it indeed was the first stage of cancer. It took about a week or so for the reports to arrive. However, when the reports arrived, she came to know that fortunately it was not cancer and was a tumour of different nature.

Though the period she went through fearing for the worst taught the 26th ranked WTA player how dangerous it can be if one is careless regarding the condition of one’s health and remains ignorant about the body. Read more »