Serena and Venus Williams are set to play the AEGON International in Eastbourne, and even though some fans are still finding it hard to believe the sisters will indeed show up, it is highly likely that their comeback is for real. To celebrate the return of the biggest names, the WTA Tour has even made a short video of the Williamses practicing ahead of their first competitive tournament in a long time – Serena hasn’t played since last year’s Wimbledon, which is practically a year, and Venus hasn’t played since January’s Australian Open (while even before that, after Roland Garros 2010 she played only Wimbledon and the US Open). Read more »
Things in tennis are happening fast, the French Open finished just yesterday and the grass is already under players' feet, so let's have a quick look at some Wimbledon whites that the biggest brands of Adidas and Nike prepared for their players. Actually, in the case of Adidas we also have a peek at the US Open dresses.
Adidas Adizero line, worn by Ana Ivanovic and Daniela Hantuchova, will present an Adizero Feather dress with pleats on front of skirt, open back and discreet, light artwork on front of the top part.
After the cut you can see a sneak picture of Ivanovic wearing the dress, and you can also see the dress in pink and blue, most probably dedicated to the US Open. Read more »
Favorites for the Roland Garros title keep falling like crazy, very early into the tournament already, and the latest to be sent home is world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki who was humbled by Daniela Hantuchova 6-1 6-3 in the third round.
In the first set, Wozniacki earned no break points and scored no winners (Hantuchova hit 15) and Hantuchova took the set in 27 minutes. In the second set Hantuchova raced to a 4-0 lead, and even though Wozniacki produced some sort of comeback it was the Slovakian who didn't allow her opportunity to be wasted and broke Wozniacki in the final game to advance to the fourth-round meeting with the 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. Read more »
As you know, our reader Marine has recently started her own tennis blog, Tennis Notebook, and she already guest posted here on Women's Tennis Blog. Here article called Top 5 emotional players in women's tennis attracted a lot of comments and was even referred to in one of the most prestigious Serbian newspapers. Now Marine would like to share with you her experience from last weekend's highly dramatic Fed Cup tie in Bratislava, Serbia vs. Slovakia, especially marked by the doubles match which the Serbian team won 2-6 7-5 9-7 after 3 hours 17 min and a 6-2 5-1 and 30-0 deficit.
As I recently announced I went to see the encounter between Serbia and Slovakia so I wanted to share some of my impressions of the action with you.
The first little adventure was actually getting my tickets which I carefully booked a month before. How big was my surprise when I realized that I was supposed to pick them up within a certain time limit and 16th April they were no longer accessible! So the drama started even before the actual match did. I was frantically looking for help because I did not travel from as far as UK to see nothing at all. Fortunately the help came soon and a few minutes afterwards I was sitting comfortably at the arena which was quickly filling up with excited fans.
On the day one I watched both encounters in full. I preferred the match between Dominika Cibulkova vs. Bojana Jovanovski (4-6 6-3 6-1) not only because it was Dominika who won it but also because from that point I realized that the players came out to show the fans their best tennis. I loved Dominika’s fighting spirit and enthusiasm and Bojana’s performance was great too, she is on a good way to follow in JJ’s and Ana’s footsteps.
The encounter between Daniela Hantuchova and Ana Ivanovic (2-6 4-6) was exciting although quite one-sided because Ana started to dominate soon in the first set and since then never let Daniela steal her momentum. Read more »
Just as promised a few moments ago when I announced the birthday celebration week, here's the first contest and your chance to win valuable and beautiful women's tennis apparel worn by tennis stars such as Daniela Hantuchova, Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova.
Keller Sports, a German company which has a wide selection of the best brands in women’s tennis apparel and equipment, gladly agreed to give me my top choice of tennis outfits. So here's what I picked for you guys:
- adidas Adizero tank and skort – not only that it's worn by beautiful tennis stars Ana Ivanovic and Daniela Hantuchova, the outfit is simply amazing, from top to bottom, and I'm really excited to be able to give it to one of you! Specifications: Adidas W Adizero Skort SS11 (tag inside says it's a German/EU 38, and it's 73 cm around the waist with a length of 23 cm) and the Adidas W Adizero Tank SS11 (tag inside says it's a German/EU 2XS, and it is 74 cm across the ribs).
- Nike Maria Sharapova Oz Open Ace dress – how can I not include the dress worn by the fashion queen of tennis? Not only is the dress made by a top sports manufacturer, it's worn by a tennis champion who also happens to have an outstanding sense of style. Specifications: Size S, which is a German/EU 36.
There will be one winner of the contest and if you are the lucky one you will choose either the ensemble of adidas Adizero tank and skort or Nike Maria Sharapova Oz Open Ace dress.
HOW TO ENTER – there are 2 steps, pretty simple:
Step 1: In the comments below, answer the following question: Which WTA player is giving the most justice to her apparel sponsor? Just write your opinion, there is no right or wrong answer. Please provide your valid email address, so that I can contact you if you win. Also, write your real name, or the one you're using on Facebook, just so that I could identify you in Step 2 of the contest.
Step 2: On the wall of Women's Tennis Fans Facebook group, write which of the two tennis outfits you'd like to receive if you win the contest.
If you complete both the steps, you will become eligible to win the contest. Of those of you who qualify, I will randomly pick one winner.
The contest starts right now and entries are open until Sunday, April 3rd, 1 p.m. CET. Do join and tell your friends as well!
If you have any questions or uncertainties about the rules of the contest, feel free to ask me. My goal is that as many of you successfully complete all the steps and qualify to win the prize. (photos courtesy of Keller Sports and Tidalist)
Update: This contest is closed now. Entries are not being accepted any more.