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Women’s Semis Preview: Sharapova overwhelming favourite, Lisicki immediate threat


Maria Sharapova at 2009 Roland Garros, Paris, ...

Has women’s tennis turned the Williams corner?

The quarter-finals dawned with not a Williams in sight. No Serena, No Venus.

Yes, they had both returned from injury. They had adequate warm-ups before the championships but not the desired results for bookies to up the ante.

Yet it all seemed business as usual, past the first week.

The odd-makers re-installed Serena as queen over the weekend.

It was not to be. Serena could not stop a rampaging, charged-up Marion Bartoli.

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Maria Sharapova: What she said, really meant and definitely did not


Maria Sharapova at the 2009 US Open

What she said:

"I don’t have any regrets about being 24."

Maria Sharapova is enjoying her status as one of the elder stateswomen on the WTA tour.The Russian has won three majors in her eight years and is one of the favourites for this year’s Wimbledon.

What she really meant:

“I’m 24 and I’m old. So what?”

What she definitely didn’t:

“I feel like I’m a 100 years old.”

 

Wimbledon 2011: Maria Sharapova favoured to clinch her fourth major


Maria Sharapova practicing in Indian Wells, Ca...

Wimbledon, the Williams and Caroline Wozniacki.

The trio of Ws coming together could generate more than enough hype and hoopla to keep sports writers busy for the next 14 days.

Maria Sharapova is making headlines—not for her fashion sense, boyfriends or her clothing line—but for her tennis. A fabulous run at the French Open reminded players and fans alike why she was considered one of the most exciting talents to burst onto the WTA tour at 17.

Li Na—her first ever major at Roland Garros—and a billion-plus Chinese fans ignited a Marco Polo-like rush to discover the next Chinese star.

The withdrawal of Kim Clijsters—an aggravation of her ankle injury—means that the Belgian is—for all practical purposes—-hobbled in her farewell year.

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Li Na: What she said, really meant and definitely did not


Chinese Tennis player Li Na on the opening day...

What she said:

“I’m not old. Why do you think I’m old? I feel I’m still young."

Li Na is not old—according to her—on the WTA Tour.

What she really meant:

“Age is a state of mind.”

What she definitely didn’t:

“I’m a spring chicken.”

French Open 2011: A realm of possibilities in the women’s section


Svetlana Kuznetsova at 2009 Sony Ericsson Open...

No Kim Clijsters, no Caroline Wozniacki, no Samantha Stosur.

The women’s round of 16 has a threadbare appearance.

Three big upsets in the first week tells a tale of the unpredictability visited on the WTA tour—absent the Williams sisters.

Fans are so used to seeing Serena Williams perched atop the rankings that they failed to note the depth in the lower rungs.

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Maria Sharapova conquers Rome and Samantha Stosur: Paris awaits


Maria Sharapova at 2009 Roland Garros, Paris, ...

Up until the 15th of May 2011, Maria Sharapova had two clay court titles under her belt.

Strasbourg 2010 and Amelia Island 2008 were her only clay court trophies of 22 on the WTA Tour.

But not now. With her victory over Samantha Stosur at Rome on Sunday, the Siberian staked her claim to the French Open this year.She stalked her adversaries and crept up on her prey, unsuspecting. Beware—Maria, the huntress, is on the prowl.

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Of Sania Mirza, almost a Swiss miss and Four consecutive slams (maybe)


Sania Mirza at the 2007 Australian Open

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The WTA Tour may have shut down shop for the year. But the International Tennis Federation show rolls on. And doesn’t Sania Mirza know it.

The 24-year-old won the $75,000 Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge knocking over Serbian Bojana Jovanovski in the final 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

The little known Serb is her nation’s No. 3. Her favourite book: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.

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Of Sania, Somdev , Federer’s run and Nadal’s tendinitis


Switzerland's Roger Federer kisses the trophy after winning the final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel November 7, 2010.  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (SWITZERLAND - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Sania Mirza’s comeback to the WTA tour may not have quite taken off on the singles circuit but she’s certainly holding her end up in doubles.

Sania failed to secure a second doubles title this season . She and her partner Hsieh Su-wei lost 2-6 4-6 to third seeds Chang Kai-Chen and Chuang Chia-Jung in the summit clash of the ITF $ 1,00,000 tournament in Taipei.

Sania also missed out on the gold medal at the CommonWealth Games in New Delhi in the singles draw — battling all the way.

Somdev Devvarman will be representing India at the Guangzhou Asian Games from November 12 to 27,2010. Somdev was top seeded at the recently concluded CommonWealth Games and was one of the few elite Indian athletes who fulfilled expectations by clinching gold.

Roger Federer is enjoying a good run following his failed bid at a 17th Slam at the US Open. Two tournament victories in quick succession and a red-hot Federer jets into Paris seeking his 18th Masters hoping to equal Rafael Nadal’s record.

"I’m a bit worn-out, I’ve had a lot of matches, I’m hoping my mind and body hold up. But I don’t play until Wednesday and there will be time to recover. I’m confident that my form will carry me through."  said the champion.

Nadal, his nemesis, has pulled out citing shoulder tendinitis. But he hopes to be ready for the season-ending World Tour Final in London.

Nadal had a fantastic 2010 reeling off three Grand Slams in quick succession to bring his haul to nine. This includes a Career Slam.

The World Tour Finals will be eagerly awaited; the only possibility of the two great champions facing off once more this year comes at this premier event.

Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.

Audrey Hepburn

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