Mar 5, 2010

Rendy Lu Yen-hsun poses for Adidas photo shoot

Asia's top tennis player Rendy Lu Yen-hsun was at the National Taiwan University today for training plus Adidas promo photo shoot.

Rendy is far from boring when it comes to photo shoot.

Currently ranked at 103, Rendy is looking set to bounce back into the top 100.

He'll fly to Indian Wells tomorrow to play in the ATP Masters 1000 qualifying round.

(Images by Elvis Dai via Facebook)

Mar 2, 2010

Fernando Gonzalez saddened by Chile quake

Chilean Fernando Gonzalez posted in his official Twitter account on Monday saying that he has been attempting to return to his family in Santiago following an 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck early Saturday morning.

He also posted a message on his official website:
"Hello friends. I was watching TV and I found out about the earthquake. I’m so sad for the victims and families. I’m at Mexico City. This night I’ll fly to Lima to try to get a new flight to Santiago."

"Thank God I could talk with my family after the earthquake. I watched TV all the time and I’m so sad with the news. It’s tough I can’t be in Chile. I’m praying. I would like to help with the reconstruction of my country."

"I hope to see them again as soon as possible."

"A big hug for everyone and ¡Fuerza Chile!"
Gonzalez and his Chilean Davis Cup team are scheduled to host Israel in first round World Group action beginning Friday in Coquimbo.

The Chilean tennis federation would like the tie to go ahead as planned.

Mar 1, 2010

Ernests Gulbis ruins Ivo Karlovic's birthday bash, captures maiden title

Ernests Gulbis crashed Ivo Karlovic's 31st birthday bash at the Delray Beach International Championships final on Sunday by defeating the Croation 6-2, 6-3 to win his first ATP title.
“Everything I do it’s the first for my country,” Gulbis said.
Thanks for the birthday gift, Ernie!

The world no.72 will move to a top 40 ranking next week.

Meanwhile, defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan won their 58th career title at the tournament after a 6-3, 7-6(3) victory over Philipp Marx and Igor Zelenay.

The Bryans are four titles away from surpassing the 61 titles record (most doubles titles in the Open Era) held by Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde.

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Juan Martin del Potro awakened by Chilean earthquake

Juan Martin del Potro recalled being awakened by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Such great force was felt in the neighbouring city of
Buenos Aires, Argentina where he is currently recovering from a right wrist injury.
“I was sleeping when at approximately 3:30am I started feeling dizzy and also hearing loud noises. The first thing I thought was that I had left the windows open and the wind was making the noise when it hit against the walls. I live on a high floor of an apartment building so I didn't think this was out of the ordinary."

"The noise was quite loud and it woke me up, so I decided to see what was happening. I was feeling very dizzy and soon realised it wasn't the wind making all the noise. Everything in my apartment was shaking and when I walked into my living room, the curtains and the decorations on the walls were shaking as well. This went on for 5-6 minutes."

"I am very saddened that the second natural disaster has taken place in such a short amount of time in the Americas, affecting so many people. I have traveled to Chile many times in my life and love the people and the country.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Chile today and I pray that as many people as possible will escape this terrible disaster safely.”
(Via ATP website; Image via

Djokovic retains Dubai title

Smooth sailing for Djokovic in Dubai... maybe not...

Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Dubai Championships title after defeating Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in a rain-affected final.

Leading 7-5, 2-0 before rain suspended play, Djokovic was made to work hard to win his 17th career title in a match that lasted 3 hours, 21 minutes at the Aviation Club.

Djokovic is now $383,000 richer and he gains 500 ranking points for his victory.

(Image via Yahoo! Sports)

Feb 28, 2010

David Ferrer, Venus Williams win in Acapulco

David Ferrer gets the pear.

David Ferrer defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero to end his fellow Spaniard's 14-match winning streak yesterday.

Ferrer who lost to Ferrero at the Copa Telmex last week in Buenos Aires got a sweet revenge with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory in Acapulco.

Ferrero's winning streak had included ATP titles in his last two tournaments, in Brazil and Argentina.

Venus Williams gets the hat.

Meanwhile, Venus Williams defended her Mexican Open title after beating Slovenian Polona Hercog 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 for her second consecutive title - here on clay and on hard courts in Dubai last week.

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Kleybanova, Chan Yung-jan/ Zheng Jie win WTA Malaysian Open

Alisa Kleybanova won her first WTA title at the Malaysian Open today after beating favourite Elena Dementieva 6-3, 6-2 in an all-Russian final.
“It has been a tough week with many tough sets and matches. I’m just so happy to finally claim my first title,” the fourth-seeded Kleybanova said.

“I’ve been waiting so long for this moment, training hard and playing in many tournaments. Everything came together in the final and I would like to thank Elena for the good match.”

Meanwhile, Zheng Jie and Chan Yung-jan defeated sisters Anastasia and Arina Rodionova 6-7(4), 6-2, 10-7 to win the doubles title.

This is their first title in just their second event together and earned $11,000 each for the victory.

Personally, I had a blast through the entire week at the WTA Malaysian Open. Hope to see more players in action again next year!

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

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