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Lowlights and Faults: The Worst of Tennis – 2014

2014 certainly had its highlights. But here’s a look back at some of those less than stellar moments we’d like to forget. And yes, there’s a reference to a famous outburst from tennis in the above track if you listen long enough. Continue reading

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Ana Ivanovic Proves Her Value Despite Roller Coaster Year.

Sony Ericsson WTA Tour CEO Stacey Allaster must be breathing a sigh of relief after hearing the news that Ana Ivanovic won her first title in two years yesterday defeating Patty Schynder 6-1, 6-2 in Linz. Ivanovic, who will now rise to No. 26 in the rankings, has been quietly playing out of the more intriguing storylines of the 2010 season where every tournament she’s played at has earned her both praise and scorn, not only just for her own game, but for the entire WTA Tour itself as if Ivanovic was the poster child for everything wrong with the women’s game. Although Ivanovic’s many fans are in sheer heaven, they will be the first to tell you that a long road remains ahead if the uber-popular Serb has a chance to contend again for Grand Slam titles. But the fact remains, no matter what the state of Ivanovic’s game is, her presence is not only welcomed, but absolutely essential. Continue reading

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Is Ana Ivanovic’s Marquee Status in Jeopardy?

The summer hard court season is set to kick off again and this year’s WTA events could see some intriguing storylines develop before the women converge on New York in late August. Last summer, many thought Elena Dementieva would finally win her maiden Slam based on her title run in Toronto. Instead the Russian got upended by a “kid” in Melanie Oudin who would have been the story of the summer had she not been trumped by the “comeback mom”, Kim Clijsters, who shocked the tennis world by winning the U.S Open. But this summer’s biggest story may well be how the current world No. 65, Ana Ivanovic, fares on the hard courts. If it turns out to be another summer of struggle for the Serb, will her value as a marquee player remain or fade into memory? Continue reading

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Ivanovic’s Fist Pump: Confidence or Overkill?

Although the story yesterday should have been about Ana Ivanovic losing 3-6, 0-6 to Alisa Kleybanova and how the former French Open champion continues to struggle with her form, it seems like all anyone really wants to talk about is the ongoing feud between her and fellow Serbian tennis star Jelena Jankovic, especially over how Jankovic, after defeating Ivanovic in Madrid, appeared to mock Ivanovic’s now trademark fist pump.

I use the word trademark because the gesture appears as part of the logo for Ivanovic’s website. It’s not clear yet if this graphic will become a brand logo at some point, but Ivanovic may want to rethink that as her fist pump seems to be bringing her more attention, but of the unwanted kind. Continue reading

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Did Jankovic Cross the Line With Mock Fist Pump of Ivanovic?

Jelena Jankovic has found herself involved in another online video controversy. Just days after being part of Serena Williams’s “I’m Not Justine” comment at the Italian Open, Jankovic, after winning her match today over Ana Ivanovic at the Madrid Open, was caught by cameras off-court apparently mocking Ivanovic’s now trademark fist pumps. Continue reading

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Venus Wins “Tennis Night in America”.

I’m not going to go into much detail over the BNP Paribas Billie Jean King Cup event held at Madison Square Garden other than the fact that Venus Williams won it over Kim Clijsters 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Despite its attempt to showcase some of the best women players, it looks like the event was half-filled, probably due to the recent snow that hit New York City and the hit the event took when Serena Williams pulled out due to her ongoing leg issue.

The only real interesting thing to watch was the return of Ana Ivanovic who played surprisingly well against Kim Clijsters in the first semifinal. Continue reading

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Does Verdasco Really Put the “X” Back in Sex?

With Ana Ivanovic getting lots of press, both good and bad, for her pictorial in the recent swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated, it seems only fair to show Ivanovic’s former boyfriend and fellow adidas teammate, Fernando Verdasco, in his own suggestive ad campaign for Calvin Klein’s new line of underwear simply called “X”.

The question for Verdasco, and any male tennis player for that matter, is can they really sell underwear, or anything, to anybody? Continue reading

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