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Wednesday, February 8, 2012


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Venus' Olympic Hopes Could Cause Chaos

The sight of Venus Williams striking balls again during  the United States 5-0 whitewash of Belarus in Fed Cup was heartening to her fan base as the seven-time major champion has struggled mightily to get back on court after revealing at the US Open that she is contending with the autoimmune disease, Sjogren's syndrome.

But after she and fellow American Liezel Huber walked off court in victory in doubles, Williams said that her main goal this year is to qualify for the Olympics, which could complicate things mightily for other US women players.

A Disappointed but Enthusiastic Murray is Preparing a Bounce Back

For the last two years February has seen Andy Murray hide away from tennis, the Scot’s dismay at losing Australian Open finals propelling him on a spiral of disappointment and dejection. But just a few weeks in the company of new coach Ivan Lendl has caused Murray to now maintain he definitely has what it takes to win that elusive major title.


Injuries Are Popping Up Early in The Season

Big names are buckling to the physical ravages of the WTA as Jelena Jankovic made a late withdrawal from the Open GDF Suez at Paris’s Stade de Coubertin and Li Na was unable to complete her initial match.



Fed Cup Captain Murray Off to a Good Start

Britain’s newly appointed Fed Cup captain Judy Murray received a glowing endorsement from her players after a 100% successful passage through the first competitive week of her new job with the team securing a World Group II play-off in April after beating Portugal, Netherlands, hosts Israel and Austria in Eilat.

Murray and Co. now await the outcome of the draw for the play-off on April 14 with a match-up with Belarus, and quite possibly new world no.1 Victoria Azarenka, a possibility.


Seles Says She Never Grunted on Purpose

Whenever the tennis debate centers on the thorny subject of ‘noise emitted on court’ former world no.1 Monica Seles is habitually cited as the player who started the trend and necessitated the need for a ‘grunt-ometer’.

Now the 38 year-old winner of nine majors singles titles between 1990 and 1996 has warned the likes of current day world no.1 Victoria Azarenka, beaten Australian Open finalist Maria Sharapova and the legion of other shriekers that it might just be time to quiet them down if it satisfies the demands of fans.


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Davis Cup

Pattaya City


Sao Paulo
San Jose



No matches played



Singles - First Round
Tsvetana Pironkova def. (3) Li Na 7-6(7-5) 3-2 retired (Back Injury)
(6) Julia Goerges def. Shahar Peer 6-1 6-3
(9) Angelique Kerber def. Lucie Safarova 6-2 7-6(7-3)
(Q) Mona Barthel def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3 6-2
Petra Cetkovska def. (LL) Alberta Brianti 6-3 6-3
Chanelle Scheepers def. Polona Hercog 6-2 6-2
Petra Martic def. Greta Arn (Q) 6-4 6-4
Doubles - First Round
Craybas/Zahlavova Strycova def. (2) Grandin/Uhlirova 7-6(8-6) 2-6 10-6 (Match TB)
(4) Niculescu/Rosolska def. Hrdinova/Pliskova 6-4 5-7 10-6 (Match TB)
Brianti/Cornet def. Bratchikova/Jurak 7-5 6-2
(WC) Coin/Parmentier def. Dekmeijere/Klemenschits 1-6 7-5 10-6 (Match TB)

Pattaya City
Singles - First Round
(1) Vera Zvonareva def. (Q) Varatchaya Wongteanchai 6-2 7-5
Anne Keothavong def. (2) Dominika Cibulkova 6-4 6-1
(3) Daniela Hantuchova def. Nungnadda Wannasuk (WC) 6-2 6-0
(4) Maria Kirilenko def. Casey Dellacqua 4-6 7-6(8-6) 6-3
(Q) Hsieh Su-Wei def. (5) Zheng Jie 6-3 6-2
Tamarine Tanasugarn def. (6) Galina Voskoboeva 6-3 4-2 retired (Illness)
(8) Vania King def. Heather Watson 6-4 6-2
(Q) Chang Kai-Chen def. Eleni Daniilidou 7-5 6-1
Alla Kudryavtseva def. (Q) Zhou Yi-Miao 6-1 7-5
Misaki Doi def. (WC) Noppawan Lertcheewakarn 6-1 6-3
Urszula Radwanska def. Anastasia Pivovarova 6-4 6-1
Kimiko Date-Krumm def. (WC) Nicha Lertpitaksinchai 6-1 6-1
Akgul Amanmuradova def. Laura Robson 5-2 retired (Back Injury)
Sania Mirza def. Ayumi Morita 3-6 6-1 6-2

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