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Friday, September 19, 2014

You'll Be Missed Li Na!



One of the funnier and endearing players in the women's tour, Li Na will be sorely missed! 
We will miss you Li Na! You brought so much inspiration and joy to your fans and you definitely brought a new dimension to the women's game. Good luck on your retirement plans!

Women's World Cup Tennis 2014 Updated (after US Open)



Here is an updated list of the top 20 women's teams working for a spot in the Women's World Cup 2014.  This is after the US Open points have been released.  Only 16 teams will be invited into the main tournament.


#1
RUSSIA 41
Maria Sharapova
Ekaterina Makarova
Svetlana Kuznetsova

#2
USA 47
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Sloane Stephens

#3
CZECH REPUBLIC 49
Petra Kvitova
Lucie Safarova
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova

#4
GERMANY 49
Angelique Kerber
Sabine Lisicki
Andrea Petkovic

#5
SERBIA 60
Ana Ivanovic
Jelena Jankovic
Bojana Jovanovski

#6
ITALY 70
Sara Errani
Flavia Pennetta
Camila Giorgi

#7
SLOVAKIA 104
Dominika Cibulkova
Magdalena Rybarikova
Jana Cepelova

#8
ROMANIA 115
Simona Halep
Monica Niculescu
Irina Camelia-Begu

#9
CHINA 128
Peng Shuai
Zhang Shuai
Zheng Jie

#10
AUSTRALIA 141
Samantha Stosur
Casey Dellacqua
Jarmila Gajdosova

#11
FRANCE 148
Alize Cornet
Caroline Garcia
Pauline Parmentier

#12
SWITZERLAND 172
Belinda Bencic
Stefanie Voegele
Timea Bacsinszky

#13
BELGIUM 180
Kristen Flipkens
Yanina Wickmayer
Alison Van Uytvanck

#14
JAPAN 210
Kurumi Nara
Kimiko Date-Krumm
Misaki Doi

#15
KAZAKHSTAN 223
Zarina Diyas
Yaroslava Shvedova
Yulia Putintseva

#16
CROATIA 241
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Ajla Tomljanovic
Donna Vekic

#17
CANADA 248
Eugenie Bouchard
Aleksandra Wozniak
Sharon Fichman

#18
UKRAINE 260
Elina Svitolina
Lesia Tsurenko
Maryna Zanevska

#19
BELARUS 250
Victoria Azarenka
Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Olga Govortsova

#20
AUSTRIA 273
Yvonne Meusberger
Patricia Achleitner-Mayer
Tamira Paszek










 


































Men's World Cup Tennis 2014 Updated (after US Open)


Here is an updated list of the current running total of the top 20 teams for the Men's World Cup Tennis 2014 after the points of the US Open.  Only the top 16 teams will be invited to join the finals in December 2014.

#1
SPAIN 22
Rafael Nadal
David Ferrer
Roberto Bautista Agut

#2
FRANCE 50
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Gael Monfils
Richard Gasquet

#3
CZECH REPUBLIC 76
Tomas Berdych
Lukas Rosol
Radek Stepanek

#4
ARGENTINA 97
Juan Martin del Potro
Leonardo Mayer
Federico Delbonis

#5
CROATIA 103
Marin Cilic
Ivo Karlovic
Ivan Dodig

#6
USA 113
John Isner
Steve Johnson
Donald Young

#7
GERMANY 125
Philipp Kohlschreiber
Tommy Haas
Benjamin Becker

#8
ITALY 142
Fabio Fognini
Andreas Seppi
Simone Bolelli

#9
RUSSIA 158
Mikhail Youzhny
Teymuraz Gabashvili
Dmitry Tursunov

#10
AUSTRALIA 165
Lleyton Hewitt
Nick Kyrgios
Bernard Tomic

#11
SWITZERLAND 170
Stanislas Wawrinka
Roger Federer
Marco Chiudinelli

#12
CANADA 171
Milos Raonic
Vasek Pospisil
Peter Polansky

#13
COLOMBIA 197
Santiago Giraldo
Alejandro Falla
Alejandro Gonzalez

#14
JAPAN 219
Kei Nishikori
Tatsuma Ito
Go Soeda

#15
KAZAKHSTAN 234
Andrey Golubev
Mikhail Kukushkin
Aleksandr Nedovyesov

#16
AUSTRIA 250
Dominic Thiem
Jurgen Melzer
Andreas Haider-Maurer

#17
SERBIA 265
Novak Djokovic
Dusan Lajovic
Filip Krajinovic

#18
SLOVAKIA 270
Martin Klizan
Lukas Lacko
Norbert Gombos

#19
NETHERLANDS 290
Robin Haase
Igor Sijsling
Thiemo de Bakker

#20
POLAND 314
Jerzy Janowicz
Michal Przysiezny
Lukasz Kubot




























Saturday, September 6, 2014

Marin Cilic Emphatically Trumpets that the Next Ones Have Finally Arrived


It's amazing to note that since the Australian Open 2005, each of the succeeding grand slam finals had either Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the final.  That's an incredible nine long years of consistency from the three guys - who have really dominated men's tennis for a decade or so.

I am actually surprised myself that it happened in this particular US Open, long a bastion of these three guys, that finally, their combined stronghold is broken.  

Well, it has happened several times in the women's game, when the two finalists aren't any of the top four seeds. I think the last time it happened was when Marion Bartoli lifted the Wimbledon crown last year, after demolishing Sabine Lisicki.  Once in a while, in the women's game, some of the lower seeds just assert themselves and play their best tennis on the big stage of a grand slam.

It has finally, it happened in the men's game - and I am quite excited!

That it is Marin Cilic who is the other participant is also another big surprise!  Marin has been the bridesmaid of so many quarterfinal matches, so for him to finally break it through the final, in a breathtaking three set demolition of Roger Federer was spectacular to see.


Fun Pictures: Milos Raonic




I must say Canadian player Milos Raonic really looks handsome nowadays.  Kung sa Tagalog pa, mamang mama na siya. (In Tagalog, he has really become a man!).  It's funny though that I haven't checked out any shirtless pictures of him......until now and boy does he look great!  

Not only does he play great, he also is certainly yummy!  I really hope I can fly to Kuala Lumpur in two weeks so I can see him in person!  I am very, very excited!