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Monday, February 20, 2012


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Illness Forces Kvitova Out of Dubai

World no.2 Petra Kvitova has been forced to make a late withdrawal from this week’s $2 million Dubai Duty Free Championships after falling prey to a virus infection over the weekend.

Wimbledon and WTA Championship winner Kvitova, who was forced to withdraw from last week’s Qatar Total Open in Doha because of an Achilles Tendon injury, had been handed a first round bye and was likely to face Slovak Dominika Cibulkova in the second round.

German Sabine Lisicki has been handed Kvitova’s place in the draw while another Czech, Petra Cetkovska, gains direct entry into the 28-strong main draw. Kvitova last played as she earned two victories in Fed Cup the week after the Australian Open.

Meanwhile fourth seeded Samantha Stosur will be looking to extend her fortune.  2012 has largely been a disappointment for the US Open champion with the ignominy of a first round exit at the Australian Open the undoubted low point.

Things appear to be looking up although she was completely outplayed in Sunday’s Qatar Total Open final clash with world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, but the 27 year-old’s exploits in Doha ensured she has become the first Australian woman to earn $US10 million in career prize money.


Querrey Hires Gilbert as a Part Time Coach

After Sam Querrey decided major change was needed to rejuvenate his career that is on the point of dropping outside the world’s top 100 for the second time in six moths, the tall Californian has turned to Brad Gilbert for new coaching advice and signed a new racket deal with French brand Babolat.

Querrey, aged 24 and currently ranked a disappointing 99th on the ATP World Tour computer, has only managed to win one match this year and last week was dumped out of the first round of the SAP Open in San Jose by Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.

The three and a half year coaching partnership with South African-born David Nainkin has suffered because of the losing run that followed from being sidelined from the tour for three months last year after suffering elbow problems and subsequent surgery during his attempt to defend the AEGON Championships at London’s Queen’s Club.

Querrey missed both Wimbledon and the US Open last year and the player whose ranking peaked at no.17 early last year approached Gilbert in San Jose to see if the former coach of Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray would be interested in helping out.

Gilbert is understood to have informed Querrey he was available on a part-time basis, as he did with Japan’s Kei Nishikori last year. The 50 year-old from San Rafael, California, currently sees his main occupation as an analyst with the ESPN commentary team that currently works at all four majors. However he is more than willing to assist on a week-to-week basis.

Querrey, a long time Prince man when it came to rackets also felt the time was right for a change in that department. He said: I am thrilled to be part of the Babolat team. I think with this racket in my hand I can make a quick rise back to the top.

Clearly Babolat’s executives think the same. With key American Andy Roddick continuing to drop down the rankings (this week he’s at 27th position, a ten year low), Seth McKinley, Babolat International sports marketing manager, said: Sam is a natural fit for Team Babolat. Not only is he a remarkable talent, but he is also the type of well-rounded, well-respected individual we seek to represent the Babolat brand.


Soderling Ponders His Tennis Future

After nearly seven months away from tennis and with a one-time Top Five ranking now in freefall on 24th and dropping, Robin Soderling is starting to wonder if he will ever again have a career in tennis.

The 27-year-old Swede has not put foot on an ATP court since last July, when he won his home Bastad event on clay before being diagnosed with the glandular fever which remains with him to this day.

A clearly depressed Soderling told Stockholm's Svenska Dagbladet that he is unsure of when he might be able to make a tentative return to the sport where he beat Rafael Nadal on clay at Roland Garros and played 2009 and 2010 finals at the clay-court major.

He told the newspaper that he should have stopped playing the moment he got his diagnosis but foolishly decided to play on in 2011. "In hindsight, I did wrong. I've always been bad at listening to my body.

"Maybe I pushed myself too hard when I had glandular fever. It may be the reason why I have not made a quick recovery."

Soderling has no idea when he can return. "I try not to worry because it does not make things better, maybe it makes things worse. But I realize that anything can happen. I could feel good enough for another three years, but that might be too late."


Back Injury Forces Li to Skip Dubai

The continuing back-injury crisis of Li Na has forced the defending French Open champion to cancel her participation in the Dubai WTA event, the Chinese news agency Sina says.

The 29-year-old is due to take treatment at her training base in Munich.

The world No. 9 has enjoyed just an average competitive year so far, losing to Kim Clijsters as the Belgian made a huge comeback in their Australian Open quarter-final clash, winning three Fed Cup rubbers but forced to retire hurt in the second set of her opening match at the Paris Indoors.

The Dubai tournament, which is headed by new world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki, who was beaten in the first round in Doha and will be hoping to make amends at the event she won a year ago when she stood world No. 1.


Snow Elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame

Wheelchair tennis superstar and three-time Paralympic medalist Randy Snow has been elected for induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2012. He will be honored posthumously for his remarkable wheelchair tennis career during which he achieved the world No. 1 ranking in singles and doubles and won 22 major titles, as well as for his immense contributions to growing the sport worldwide.

Snow is the second wheelchair tennis player in history to be honored with induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, joining Brad Parks, the pioneering founder of the sport, who was inducted in 2010.

He passed away on November 19, 2009 in El Salvador while volunteering at a wheelchair tennis camp.


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Buenos Aires



Delray Beach

Kuala Lumpur



Singles - Final
(1) R Federer def. (3) J del Potro 6-1 6-4
Doubles - Final
(2) Llodra/Zimonjic def. (3) Lindstedt/Tecau 4-6 7-5 16-14 (Match TB)

Sao Paulo
Singles - Final
(1) N Almagro (WC) def. F Volandri 6-3 4-6 6-4
Doubles - Final
(1) Butorac/Soares def. (4) Mertinak/Sa 3-6 6-4 10-8 (Match TB)

San Jose
Singles - Final
(3) M Raonic def. D Istomin 7-6(7-3) 6-2
Doubles - Final
(4) Knowles/Malisse def. Anderson/Moser 6-4 1-6 10-5 (Match TB)




Singles - Final
(1) Victoria Azarenka def. (3) Samantha Stosur 6-1 6-2
Doubles - Final
(1) Huber/Raymond def. Kops-Jones/Spears 6-3 6-1

Singles - Final
Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino def. Alexandra Panova 6-2 7-5

Singles - First Round
(7) Johanna Larsson def. (Q) Irena Pavlovic 4-6 6-4 7-5
(Q) Jamie Hampton def. (8) Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6(9-7) 6-0
Alberta Brianti def. Mirjana Lucic 7-6(7-5) 5-7 6-1
Olga Govortsova def. Vesna Dolonts 6-1 7-5
Evgeniya Rodina def. Irina Falconi 6-1 6-3


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