WILL THE BIG THREE KEEP DOMINATING TENNIS?

With the Big Two in Roger Federer and RafaNadal sharing the spoils for the 2017 majors, there are questions on how long the duo would remain at the top level.


Federer has 19 majors while Nadal follows with 16. Novak Djokovic has 12 majors and after an underwhelming year, he is set to return with a bang next year.

Since 2003, 47 Grand Slams have been shared by the Big Three while the rest on the ATP tour have won 11 total. The Big five if Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are included have dominated the game for long. They are all in their 30s now but they have remained in shape despite the modern adaptation requiring physical strength.

Federer, 36, was all set to end his career but he came back to lift two majors. He added other ATP Masters events as well. Former Wimbledon champ Pat Cash says he would bet his money on the Swiss if he remains fit next year. Cash opines that 36-37 year old Federer will still overcome rivals to add to his majors next year. Read more »

JANKOVIC CONSIDERING REST OF THE YEAR SHUTDOWN

Former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic says she is considering shutting down for the rest of the year after her latest injury concern in the first round of the Citi Open in Washington.


The veteran is seeking to get her career back on track but the injuries seem to hinder her.

Jankovic lost 4-6 6-3 2-0 to fifth seed OceaneDodin– her sixth loss in seven games. The 32-year old dismayed player said after the game she seriously considered a shutdown for the rest of the year.

“I will see how it’s going, but I will probably end the season soon. It’s not working. I haven’t made my decision yet. Maybe I will [in the US Open tournament]. I will give myself another chance to recover, but we’ll see,” she said.

The player, ranked no. 69 now, had high hopes for the Washington even rehabbing vigorously. She stopped for a few weeks to fully recover and was reportedly set to feature in a District game for the first time. However, it seems her persistent back injury got in the way again, as usual. Read more »

STOSUR BEATS JANKOVIC TO ADVANCE IN CHARLESTON

The Volvo Car Open event saw Samantha Stosur in a victorious win of the battle of former Charleston champions as she swept past Jelena Jankovic, former No.1 in straight sets.


With her victory thus far, Stosur advanced into the third round of the event in Charleston. Speaking after the match, she stated some of the sacrifices she had made to ensure her success and how it wasn’t easy to defeat Jelena.

“I’ve had eight hours of practice on clay courts, so all in all, I’m pleased with how I started the match and got through it in straight sets,” she said after the match.

“That’s not easy to do against Jelena; we’ve had some really long matches in the past, so I was glad to get through.”

The game ended in 6-1, 6-3, in favour of Stosur thus securing her place in the event’s third round.

The Serbia is coming off a solid run to the round of 16 at the Miami Open and faced a tough test in the person of Jankovic. The latter had previously led their head-to-head 7-2 and at the 2013 French Open, she had won their most recent encounter. Read more »

VOLVO CAR OPEN: 5 FORMER CHAMPIONS TO PLAY IN 2017

For its 2017 tournament holding from the 1st of April to the 9th of the same month, the Volvo Car Open will welcome back no less than five of its past champions for the competition holding at the Volvo Car Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina.


In the field currently are the likes of Venus Williams (’04), JelenaJankovic (’07) and Samantha Stosur (’10). The last two making up the five are Caroline Wozniacki (’11), and Andrea Petkovic (’14).

Speaking in readiness for the tournament, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager, Eleanor Adams wished all champions best of luck as they prepared to compete and hoped to meet them all soon.

“Our patrons have rallied behind our Charleston champions year-after-year, and have become their lifelong fans. We wish each champion the best of luck in the competition and can’t wait to welcome them home.” Read more »

JANKOVIC FACES DEFEAT AT HONG KONG OPEN SEMIFINAL

The Serbian queen of the court in her last game has been unable to contain an energetic and inspired opponent Caroline Wozniacki.


The defending champion Jelena Jankovic lost against her opponent to the dismay of a hungry and expectant crowd. There was much disappointment for her fans as the umpire confirmed that the decision of the game was not in favor of the reigning champion. As the game progressed, Jankovic could probably point out her moment of realization when the much coveted open crown slipped from within her reach.

The game ended in a 6-3, 6-4 semi final loss. It was obvious that the Serbian former defending champion put much effort into the match and threw all she had at her opponent Wozniacki but yet the Danish lady was an unstoppable force. In moments preceding that one, it may have been predicted that the 31-year old was slowly beginning to lose her grip on the Hong Kong championship title. Read more »

Jelena Jankovic And Her Fashionable Presence In Court

The Italian Open has proven to be challenging for Jelena.


But challenges are what build a champion and her fans can look forward to her other performances in many upcoming matches and tournaments. The Italian Open saw Jelena faces Eugenie Bouchard. It was tough as the first round it saw Eugenie get the better of Jelena. However, it is not to be forgotten that Jankovic won this very tournament in clay courts in the two subsequent years, 2007 as well as 2008. She needs to spruce up her skills in order to reach quarter final levels.

Jelena is known to be a strategist in the court as she handles the balls as well as serves them. Hence, Eugenie had to go aggressive against her opponent in order to get a win. At the recent Italian Open Jelena might not have gotten her day in court, but her dress certainly did. Sponsored by Fila, it was a unique dress that stole the show.

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