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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Women's World Cup Tennis 2014 Updated (after Wimbledon)

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 French Open points have been released.  Only 16 teams will be invited into the main tournament.

#1


USA 48
Serena Williams
Sloane Stephens
Venus Williams

#2

RUSSIA 48
Maria Sharapova
Ekaterina Makarova
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

#3

ITALY 51
Flavia Pennetta
Sara Errani
Roberta Vinci

#4

CZECH REPUBLIC 52
Petra Kvitova
Lucie Safarova
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova

#5

GERMANY 61
Angelique Kerber
Sabine Lisicki
Andrea Petkovic

#6

SERBIA 61
Jelena Jankovic
Ana Ivanovic
Bojana Jovanovski

#7

CHINA 96
Li Na
Zhang Shuai
Peng Shuai

#8

SLOVAKIA 83
Dominika Cibulkova
Daniela Hantuchova
Magdalena Rybarikova

#9


ROMANIA 96
Simona Halep
Sorana Cirstea
Irina Camelia-Begu

#10

SPAIN 104
Carla Suarez Navarro
Garbine Muguruza
Maria Teresa Torro-Flor

#11


FRANCE 163
Alize Cornet
Caroline Garcia
Pauline Parmentier

#12

AUSTRALIA 181
Samantha Stosur
Casey Dellacqua
Olivia Rogowska

#13

BELGIUM 193
Kristen Flipkens
Yanina Wickmayer
Alison Van Uytvanck

#14

CANADA 196
Eugenie Bouchard
Sharon Fichman
Aleksandra Wozniak

#15

JAPAN 208
Kurumi Nara
Kimiko Date-Krumm
Misaki Doi

#16

SWITZERLAND 209
Stefanie Voegele
Belinda Bencic
Timea Bacsinszky

#17

KAZAKHSTAN 212
Yaroslava Shvedova
Zarina Diyas
Galina Voskoboeva

#18

AUSTRIA 226
Yvonne Meusberger
Patricia Achleitner-Mayer
Tamira Paszek

#19

POLAND 227
Agnieszka Radwanska
Urszula Radwanska
Kataryzna Piter 

 #20

BELARUS 246
Victoria Azarenka
Olga Govortsova
Aliaksandra Sasnovich




















Friday, July 4, 2014

Novak Thwarts Dimitrov: Not Yet Your Time


Old guard 1. New guard 0. While Dimitrov breezed through Andy Murray, he ran into a brick wall which Novak built a tad bit higher for the very talented Dimitrov to climb over. But it was very close.
However, I believe, it's just a matter of time before these up-and-coming players can win over ALL the Big 4 in just one tournament.
Great job Novak!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Eugenie Bouchard Leads the Subtle Changing of the Guards in the 2014 Wimbledon


Hayyy! To be young, pretty and twenty - a great age to be ambitious, with everything in life just laying at your feet. That pretty much sums up Eugenie Bouchard from Canada, who I think has a really good chance of winning Wimbledon this year!

If she does, it would usher in a very subtle changing of the guards in the women's game, something that happens every ten years or so. For avid tennis watchers, you could feel it happen in last month's French Open, where several new faces like Eugenie, just went deep into the tournament. Now, they have one of them in a grand slam final, with a chance to raise the trophy itself.

Petra Kvitova: Second Wimbledon Final in Four Years!


It's great to see Petra Kvitova in the finals of Wimbledon again, 3 years after she claimed her first title. It's a joy to watch her play freely as the balls just zip by with such flatness.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Julian Reister: Player Ranked Outside the Top 100 Who Reached the Second Round of Wimbledon 2014


Julian Reister of Germany (#110) reached the second round of Wimbledon for the third time in his career. He was able to achieve it in 2010 and last year. 

He was invited into the main draw this year and promptly won his first round match against American veteran, Michael Russell (#94). He lost to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan (#45) in the second round.