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Maria Sharapova defend her title of Queen of Rome to get today in the final of the Italian capital, winning 6-3 6-4 to Germany’s Angelique Kerber, eleventh racket in the world.
The Russian, who last year proclaimed champion of the tournament in Rome to beat Australia’s Samantha Stosur, will play defending champion at Roland Garros, China’s Li Na, who now advanced to the final after the withdrawal of his rival, American Serena Williams by a back problem.
The world number two had little trouble in beating the German, although it showed some of his shots that deserve to be among ‘top 10′ ranking on the WTA Tour, arriving next week thanks to her performance in Rome
The two players began earning his service, but after serving Kerber, Sharapova had four break points’ that missed, and finally the German took his serve.
“Masha” very determined finally got the service break his opponent in the sixth game doing a good tennis, doing much to move to Germany and to benefit his powerful serve, which led her to close the first set in 42 minutes.
The second set started like the first with both players who held his serve, but after the world number two broke serve in the third set.
But the German, who came from a surprise in the quarter to beat the world number four, the Czech Petra Kvitova did not want to give up and returned the ‘break’ to the Russian.
The best Sharapova has been seen so far in the tournament, where the U.S. has eliminated Christina Mchale, to Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic in second round, and Venus Williams in the quarter, was 4-2 on the scoreboard and the game encarrilo.
The Russian and the German had met only twice, both this year and while Sharapova had won the Australia Open (6-1, 6-2), Kerber won by a double 6-4 in Paris.
In the last game these two came to a 30-30, but two spectacular Russian parallel contrapié footed his opponent ended the match in 1 hour and 29 minutes and gave statistics that 68 percent of points earned its first service.
Now Sharapova will defend his title against China’s Li Na, who reached the final ranking number seven, and which has fought ten times, with a record of 6-4 victories for Russia.
The last time they faced off in the quarter was Miami, where the world number two rolled the champion of Roland Garros for a 6-3, 6-0.
A generation of players away from the glitz that once fired Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Conchita Martinez faces this weekend the conquest of a new Fed Cup for Spain, to encourage the new winds blowing in women’s tennis.
EFE Despite the distance away to the Spanish shoe moments of substance of the big tournaments on the circuit, all captained by Miguel Margets overlooking the Federation Cup success, the most important team competition of the season. Davis Cup is the women’s tennis.
Anabel Medina, Nuria Llagostera, Carla Suarez and Virginia Ruano veteran, who represents the generational transfer, play tennis against female main factory of the world: Russia. The team led by Shamil Tarpischev monopolizes the top women’s tour, the ratio of cup successes of recent seasons tournaments each year and plans to handfuls of talent willing to exercise dominion in each competition. The Russian history is reduced to three Federation Cups. Two less than Spain. But the trio of trophies was acquired in the last four years. In any agreed the quartet chosen by the master.
Spain, however, won their last trophy ten years ago, in 1998, when Arantxa and Conchita stormed Geneva, when Martina Hingis was the queen of the circuit. And not in a final since 2002 when Catalan and Aragonese gave its last legs in the world of tennis and fell in Gran Canaria against Slovakia. Russia is in Madrid without much of their racquets media. Maria Sharapova continues injured. Elena Dementieva, the Olympic champion, Dinara Safina, one of Russia’s fitter time semifinalist at the U.S. Open and silver in Beijing 2008 or Anna Chakvetadze have come to the appointment. Shamil Tarpischev has convened two ‘top ten’ Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva and fourth, and ninth Olympic bronze in the world, and to two pretenders: Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova Spain has lost four of their five matches he has played against Russia over the history of Fed Cup . the more valid reference was the last year. In the first round. Kuznetsova and Vesnina Only one match remaining in Moscow claimed that the local 5-0.
Anabel Medina, Spanish currently closest to the highest ranking is the 26 and Nuria Llagostera, were also part of the prominence of that appointment. The sixth Fed Cup crown after those obtained in 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1998, the fruit of eleven finals, the search for Spain in Madrid on clay in the center court erected in the Club de Campo, the first major tennis event that the city will host. Then comes the Davis Cup semifinal.
The table is 2.74 m by 1.52 m, with the upper surface at a height of 76 cm of soil. The table is divided into two tracks separated by a network of 15.24 cm in height and a white stripe that goes through the center of the table from one extreme to another and used in doubles matches. The standard table top is made of five layers of wood, so that the elasticity of the same let a ball when dropped from a height of 30.5 cm, its rebound a depth between 22.2 cm and 24,8 cm. The white ball is hollow celluloid, has a diameter of about 3.81 cm and weighing approximately 2.5 g. Snowshoes can be any shape but are usually oval, are made of wood and surfaces of the faces are made of rubber or sponge smooth or rough.
Like in tennis, this is about to hit the ball from one field to another on the network until one player misses the ball or hits the net or off the table in each of these cases, the opponent scores a point. For good service, a player holding the ball in the palm of his hand, driving up into the air and hits the lower and must bounce the ball first in the area of the serving table, then the game continues as in tennis except that the ball must bounce on the table before being returned by a player. When a service hits the net but lands in the opponent is called a let and not worth the play. One player serves until they have scored five points, after which the contrary served during the following five points. A game is won by the first player to get 21 points. If the game is tied at 20 points, the service changes each point until one player gets a lead of two points, thus winning the game. Players change sides after each game (and also when a player reaches 10 points in the deciding game of the match). Balls that touch the net or the edges of the table are valid. Where in the opinion of the referee a ball touches one side but not an edge of the table the player taking the shot misses the point. Read the rest of this entry »
Tennis is a game beautiful and glamorous. There has been some feelings like John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf. In addition to these veterans, the game is always in the news with the beautiful power play by Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Serena and Venus Williams today. Everyone follows the game with great interest and galleries overflow spectators during the final. The game is pretty easy, so that everyone can understand and play. But it does require a lot of fitness and stamina to run around the big pitch and hit the ball with powerful acceleration. Let’s find a way to play tennis, what are the necessary equipment and the scoring model.
First, you need a tennis court to play the game. At least two people can play the game and up to 4 people. The equipment required is a tennis racket, a tennis ball and net. You can buy these or make the rent. Also need to be placed in the appropriate shirt and shorts with tennis shoes on his feet.
Let’s take a look at the structure score. Most games start at 0 and then proceed to 1, 2 or 2, 4 and so sucesivamente.Pero tennis is different in that it has an initial rating of love, which is equivalent to zero. If two players, the game begins with love, everything. When the server gets a point, it becomes 15-love and love-15 if vice versa. After 15, the following points are 30, 40 and game.
If both players are tied on 40 points, then a player must win two consecutive points to win the game. Called the devil, when a player wins a point, it is called advantage (the player). If again wins another point, then wins the game. But if the opponent wins the point, the game returns to deuce. Again, one player will try to win two consecutive points and win the game.
There are 5 states that the games will be played in the games men and 3 women’s games. Each set can be won by a player when he wins at least 6 games and has a margin of two games with his opponent. For example, a player can win 6-4, ie, 6 games to four in a set. The winning party has to win 3 sets to enter the next round of the event or winning the championship. If both players win 6 games in a set, then the set is a set of tie and the player wins 7-6.
The serve is the main part of the game of tennis. The ball must be thrown in the air with the player’s feet placed at the desired point. The player has to hit the ball when it comes to land diagonally across the court. After each game, the players change sides of the court. Players are allowed 90 seconds of rest between sets and 2 minutes rest between sets, but only after the third game is over.
The game of tennis can also be played by four players and is called a double play. Men and women can play a game of mixed doubles as well. The rules and scoring model is almost the same.
It is important to hold the racket in a particular way. Tennis racquets and balls are also made for the player can handle without much problem. Shoes and socks are also constructed to provide protection to the feet and absorb sweat and keep the dirt. Since feet are vital to the operation around the court, must be well protected.
These are the basics of how to play tennis with ease. Once you enter the court and handle the racket and ball, you feel excited and learn the game and with the help of his entrenador.En short time, you learn to play like a pro.
With Bettina Fulco as a coach, the Argentine team of Fed Cup became champions of the American zone in the final against Colombia, with the participation of Argentina’s best player on the circuit, Gisela Dulko , a cornerstone of the national assembly. Argentina won the right to play in the playoffs from 16 to 17 April before losing one of the countries of the World Group II , to ascend to the second largest area in the Fed Cup.
This first step is intended to be only the beginning of a long road to the repositioning of women’s tennis in Argentina through the project led by Bettina Fulco, which aims to implement a development policy from 3 to 5 years, so that the female our courts may resemble that golden age in which shone Gabriela Sabatini , and many others (including Bettina) managed to be among the top 100.
The former player who was born in Mar del Plata was always restless. From the stage of active tennis player, was always more. And when the career of a professional athlete just said, appeared as a strong vocation, the need to teach and guide. But not only was devoted to tennis school (now in Kimberley and phones ), but also chose to leave the world to prepare girls for the future. In that sense, has always pursued the idea of improvement, and to speak several languages including English, French, Portuguese and Italian.
Among his students was stressed the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka (junior world champion in 2005), Ukraine’s Katerina Bondarenko (winner of the Wimbledon title in 2004), the Indonesian Angelique Widjaja (won Wimbledon 2001 and Roland Garros 2002), and Finland’s Emma Laine . All are ranked among the top 100 in the world of professional ranking. Read the rest of this entry »
A final unexpected, was the one orchestrated yesterday by Serbian Novak Djokovic and Briton Andy Murray, who after making a major campaign in the tournament, every drop of sweat left on the court to lift the title and provide a show the highest level of making us forget the absence of voceados always, Federer and Nadal.
While the party was filed on behalf of the Serbian who won in three sets with partial flawless 6-4, 6-2, 6-3, could be seen a lot of delivery, although this was not enough for Murray got at least one set to favor.
This is the second consecutive year that Britain reached the final but wins the title. As for Djokovic, this is her second Grand Slam in oceanic land, after defeat to Tsonga, when he was just 20 years.
Djokovic qualified for the final after beating Federer
Roger Federer cannot defend his title in Australia, after losing in the semifinals Thursday against the Serbian Novak Djokovic, third seed.
Djokovic, who was champion of the Australian Open in 2008, displayed an excellent game throughout the match, and gave little choice to the Swiss player.
Federer, second seed and heavy favorite for the title, lost to Djokovic in a final score of 7-6 (3), 7-5, 6-4.
The first set was crucial to the proceedings of the meeting, where Djokovic was able to close the first quarter with a 7 / 3 in the tie-break, giving him peace of mind to play the remaining sets.
In the second set, Federer took the set in his hands taking 5-4, but Djokovic rallied and took the second set by 7-5 to the dismay of Basel.
Thus Djokovic will now wait for the winner of that will be held on Friday the Spanish Albert Ferrer and Andy Murray in the other semifinal of the Open to be played at Melbourne Park.
Ferrer is in great run in this early season, and it comes after eliminating none other than world number one Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals.
Roger Federer began the year celebrating the title in Doha
Roger Federer opened the year with its first title after winning the Doha Open Championship in Qatar.
The world number two won the decisive match Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko, the defending champion, by a scoreboard of 6-3 and 6-4 after 69 minutes.
For Federer it was his third title in Doha, after those obtained in 2005 and 2005.
The Swiss player also gets the title number 67 on the ATP circuit, and starts the season the best way, that within a few days will have the first major challenge in the Australia Open.
United States wins Hopman Cup
United States took the Hopman Cup tennis tournament played in mixed mode after winning the final match against Belgium.
The tie seemed uphill United States after the victory of Justine Henin, the former world number one, 7-6 and 6-3 to the young Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
The giant John Isner was asked to put the 1-1 victory thanks to his 6-3, 6-4 to Ruben Bemelmans, so everything should be set in the doubles.
There, the couple made up of Isner and Mattek-Sands ran over Henin and Bemelmans, winning by a clear 6-1, 6-3, to thus obtain their fifth title in this tournament held in Perth (Australia), and going in the honors to Spain, last year’s winner.
Maria Sharapova won in Auckland
The Spanish Lourdes Dominguez-Lino fell in the first round of the Auckland (New Zealand), after falling in three sets to Czech Renata Voracova 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-0.
Despite having led the first round, the player Galician could not close the match in the second set, falling 10-8 in the tie-break, and in the third set came down emotionally falling into outright.
The first tournament favorite, Maria Sharapova had no problems to beat Italy’s Alberta Brianti 6-2, 6-3.
His compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded third, also agreed to the second round with 6-4 6-2 victory against New Zealand’s Sacha Jones.
Peer Stosur and win in Brisbane
Australia’s Samantha Stosur and Israeli Shahar Peer, the first and second favorite tournament Brisbane (Australia), advanced to the second round after saving their respective debuts with hits.
Beat Stosur 7-6 6-1 to Czech Lucie Hradecka, while Peer won 6-4, 6-2 to Australian Sophie Ferguson.
The surprise of the days starred in the Czech Petra Kvitova, who overcame a 7-6, 6-3 to Russia’s Nadia Petrova, seeded third.
Rafael Nadal is today Nikolay Davydenko in the semis as the last obstacle to repeat finalist Plaza Doha and, therefore, successfully defending the 150 points I got in this same tournament in 2010. The party is at the same time, a rematch of the final a year ago, the Russian dominated after canceling two separate match points for Nadal. Face to face Davydenko beats Nadal: 5-4.
Yesterday, Nadal beat Latvian Ernests Gulbis: 7-6, 6-3. On the first set tiebreak (7 / 3 to Nadal) chose the game. Rafa commanding 4-1 in the first set, but Gulbis, subtracting butt, forced the 4-4 and 0-40 was on Nadal’s serve. With great difficulty, Rafa kept this game (5-4), well managed sudden death, and, as in the second set, broke twice Gulbis service, which ruled 6-3 to the second set and match. Nadal made 11 unforced errors. Gulbis, 31. But the Latvian served 12 aces, four of Nadal hit 61% of first serves. Rafa sought medical care after the first set 5-4, and excessive sweating. In Doha was 26 degrees, ranging to 90% relative humidity. Nadal recovers from a process catarrhal fever. Carers advised maximum hydration with water and liquids. “You always have to play well to beat Gulbis,” summed up Rafa.
The first semifinal (14:30 pm) measured at Federer with Tsonga, who won the dual 7-6 to García López. Then Nadal-Davydenko. And then, Nadal still has the doubles final alongside Marc Lopez. In the semis, Rafa and beat Marc-Kohlschreiber to Gabashvili (6-4 and 6-4). In the final the Italians expect Bracciali and Seppi, winners and Zelenay Fognini 6-1, 4-6 and 11-9.