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Thursday, February 9, 2012

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Djokovic Passes on Davis Cup Participation Because of “Packed Agenda”

Novak Djokovic is the most obvious missing face from the Serbia team that hosts Sweden in the opening round of the Davis Cup’s World Group this weekend and the world no.1 has issued a warning that his absence could extend throughout 2012.

 

 

Federer Leads Switzerland in Davis Cup Tie vs. USA

Roger Federer leads the charge for Switzerland against the US in Davis Cup first round play - the only member of the ATP Top 4 who will step onto court this weekend. Missing the from the competition will be No. 1 Novak Djokovic for Serbia, Spain's Rafael Nadal and Britain's fourth-ranked Andy Murray, all either resting or nursing injuries from the Australian Open.
 

 

Even With an Injury, Hewitt Will Play Davis Cup

While three of the world’s leading four men (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray)  have declared Davis Cup off-limits this weekend, Lleyton Hewitt’s commitment to serving his country shows no signs of diminishing, and despite a chronically injured toe, will represent Australia at both singles and doubles in the Asia-Oceania qualifying tie against China.

 

Spain is Furious Over a French Video

While the Spanish Tennis Federation is furious with a French TV comedy video that suggests that Rafael Nadal is guilty of doping and that it will sue Canal France Plus, his uncle and coach is not taking the matter so seriously.

The TV station has issued an apology.
 

Williams is Looking for an Olympic Mixed Doubles Partner

After securing a likely London Olympic place at the last possible moment by winning a pair of Fed Cup matches over under-powered Belarus, Serena Williams has now embarked upon a fresh search for a London 2012 Olympic mixed doubles partner. The over-30 American had long planned to play with fellow veteran Andy Roddick at the big event, but with Roddick's long-term fitness questionable at best after a thigh injury in the Australian Open second round, 13-times major winner Williams is casting around for other options.
 

Russia is Loaded With Women’s Olympic Potentials

The Olympics is approaching, but not every player who deserves to be there will be eligible. Russia in particular has so many players who are highly ranked, in singles as well as doubles, that even being ranked in the top 20 is no guarantee of a place. Vera Zvonareva has just won the Australian Open with Svetlana Kuznetsova, but that could count for nothing when entries are confirmed a few weeks before the Games.

 

 

Williams Wants to Play Tennis, But Doesn’t Know When She Can

She hasn’t played a competitive singles match since the US Open, and although she was included in the squad for the USA’s Fed Cup tie against Belarus last weekend she did play doubles. Now, Venus Williams still has no date for her return as she tackles Sjogren's syndrome. "I'm not sure what my plans are," Williams said. "Honestly, I'm going to play next week in terms of going home and start training, really try to hone in on my singles game, see how I'm covering the court, that kind of thing. For me it's kind of week by week, just see what happens.
 

 

Zvonareva is Playing at Pattaya City; Why?

This is Vera Zvonareva’s fourth time competing in the PTT Pattaya Open, and it is unusual for such a world-class player to repeatedly contest in what is a modest International Series event. She may have been encouraged by the fact that she won it in 2009 and 2010 before giving up the title last year to Daniela Hantuchova, but there is more to it than that.


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THIS WEEK

MEN
Davis Cup

WOMEN
Paris
Pattaya City

NEXT WEEK

MEN
Rotterdam
Sao Paulo
San Jose

WOMEN
Bogota
Doha

RESULTS - MEN

WEDNESDAY
No matches played

RESULTS - WOMEN

WEDNESDAY
Paris

Singles - First Round
(7) Roberta Vinci def. Simona Halep 6-4 6-4
(WC) Pauline Parmentier def. (8) Anabel Medina Garrigues 2-6 6-3 6-3
Yanina Wickmayer def. (LL) Jill Craybas 6-1, retired (Upper Right Leg Injury)
Monica Niculescu def. Jarmila Gajdosova 6-1 4-6 6-4
Christina Mchale def. (LL) Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 7-5
Klara Zakopalova def. (WC) Alize Cornet 6-3 6-1
(Q) Bethanie Mattek-Sands def. (Q) Kristina Barrois 7-6(7-3) 6-2
Singles - Second Round
(1) Maria Sharapova def. Chanelle Scheepers 6-3 6-1
(6) Julia Goerges def. Petra Cetkovska 6-1 6-4
Doubles - First Round
(1) Huber/Raymond def. Kondratieva/Lefevre 6-4 4-6 10-6 (Match TB)
Kichenok/Kichenok def. (3) Gajdosova/Mattek-Sands 6-2 6-2
Groenefeld/Martic def. Bogdan/Marosi 3-6 6-1 10-7 (Match TB)

Pattaya City
Singles - Second Round
(1) Vera Zvonareva def. Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3 6-3
(4) Maria Kirilenko def. Anastasia Rodionova 2-6 6-3 7-6(7-3)
(7) Sorana Cirstea def. Misaki Doi 6-2 6-2
Tamarine Tanasugarn def. (Q) Chang Kai-Chen 7-6(9-7) 6-3
Doubles - First Round
(1) Mirza/Rodionova def. Bremond/Garcia 6-0 6-2
(2) Daniilidou/Tanasugarn def. Doi/Zhou 6-3 6-2
(3) Amanmuradova/Date-Krumm def. Klepac/Pivovarova 3-6 7-6(7-1) 10-4 (Match TB)
(4) H.Chan/Y.Chan def. C.Chan/Jeflea 4-6 6-4 10-5 (Match TB)
Wongteanchai/Wongteanchai def. Cibulkova/Husarova 6-2 6-3
Lertcheewakarn/Sema def. Abduraimova/Buyukakcay 6-2 6-1
Cirstea/Keothavong def. Chang/King walkover (Chang: illness)

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