Monday, February 20, 2012
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Kvitova Out of Dubai
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
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.
Gilbert as a Part Time Coach
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
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
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.
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.
His Tennis Future
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
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
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