Jun 8, 2012

Victoria Azarenka puts French Open loss behind her with a new haircut

Victoria Azarenka quickly puts her shocking French Open fourth round loss behind her with a new haircut.

I don't think she will pull a Sharapova and announce that it's a wig later.

Updated: It was a fake one!

(Image via Victoria Azarenka's Facebook fan page)

Chefs for a day

Looks like Fabio Fognini and Janko Tipsarevic turned chefs for a day after a not-too-amazing run at the French Open.

The Italian made the pizza while the Serbian on the barbecue pit (I read about how popular barbecue is in Serbia).

The guys are enjoying themselves before the grass season starts.

(Images via Fabio's Twitter page and Janko's Facebook fan page)

Maria Sharapova bounces back to no.1, one step away from the French Open title

Maria Sharapova is back at the no.1 spot in the WTA rankings following her victory in the women's semi final match against Petra Kvitova at Roland Garros.

She first captured the top rank in 2005.

''It's a long road back; it's a long process. It's a lot of days of frustration and uncertainty, not knowing if you'll ever get there, not knowing how much you want it, not knowing whether (there) would be a moment like that for you again,'' Sharapova said at the press conference with the WTA's glass vase signifying her no. 1 status sitting inches away.

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Jun 7, 2012

Pink clay on Court 1 at Roland Garros

In conjunction with the Women's Day celebration, Court 1 at Roland Garros received a makeover.

The clay court turned pink for a day! Isn't that a bright idea?

(Image via @carole_bouchard)

UNICEF Ambassador Ana Ivanovic promotes Olympic values in school violence prevention

UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia Ana Ivanovic met up with pupils from Belgrade primary and secondary schools for the “School without Violence” programme yesterday.

During the event, Ivanovic talked to the children about the importance of nurturing Olympic values and spirit in sport and in life alike, respect for others and friendship.

“Sport and the values that characterise it are important for children and young people in developing self-esteem, commitment to teamwork, problem-solving, respect each other and nurturing friendships. Adopting these fundamental values can also help decrease violence and bullying in schools and create a better and more enabling environment for children and youth,” Ivanovic said.

(Images via Mondo)

The WAGs are here but where is the fiancé?

Tennis WAGs Xisca Perello and Kim Sears were spotted at the French Open quarterfinal matches yesterday.

Xisca at Rafael Nadal's match

Kim Sears watching Andy Murray's match

However I've been questioning the presence of Maria Sharapova's fiancé Sasha Vujacic who is missing from the Roland Garros this year.

There were talks about them getting married in November. The "rumour" was started by the Turkish media who mentioned that the nuptial will take place at Istanbul, where Vujacic is currently based.

Sharapova and Vujacic in Paris last year

Perhaps he has a busy schedule with his club, Anadolu Efes. However to miss the semifinal or even the final match where Sharapova could be playing would be devastating.

No doubt that Sharapova is at the top of her game right now and winning the French Open (and becoming the new world no.1) is highly possible. So, getting married at the peak of her career?   I have doubt until the marriage really take place.

(Images via Yahoo! Sports)

Jun 6, 2012

ITF honours Novak Djokovic, Petra Kvitova, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

The World Champions Dinner was held last night to celebrate the achievements of the 2011 ITF World Champions.

Among the recipients were Novak Djokovic (who collected his award straight after his quarterfinal match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), Petra Kvitova and Bob and Mike Bryan.

Petra Kvitova

The Bryan brothers and little Micaela

Wheelchair champion Esther Vergeer accepted her trophy for a record 12th year.

Spanish tennis star Arantxa Sanchez Vicario received ITF’s highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award.

(Images via French Open Facebook fan page)

Rafael Nadal visits Babolat's staff and fans at Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal used his off day yesterday to meet Babolat's staff and fans at the sponsor's space at Roland Garros.

Also present at the event was Carlos Moya.

Today, he will play against fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro to determine a place in the semifinals.

(Images via Babolat's Facebook fan page)

Dominika Cibulkova: Sam Stosur played like a man

Dominika Cibulkova who was beaten 6-4, 6-1 by Sam Stosur in the quarterfinals at the French Open says that facing the Australian is like playing against a man.

"Her topspin and her serve, I mean, she played like a man, and it's really hard to play against a man," Cibulkova said. "It was driving me crazy on the court today. So it was really, really hard."

I totally understand her frustration especially after beaten the world no.1 Victoria Azarenka but only to fall easily after that. However, by passing that kind of remark is just cheap, bitch!

Go win that title, Sam!

(Images via Sina tennis)

Jun 5, 2012

Sam Stosur is not much of a party goer

Reading Sam Stosur's interview is fun although the questions are very ordinary ones.

Besides saying that she would like to have Rafael Nadal's tenacity in the latest interview on the Roland Garros' official website, Stosur revealed that she's not a party goer as she doesn't hangout late at night.

The Australian also mentioned that she has a Swiss yodelling song, which she sang awfully to with the members of the Fed Cup team after a win.

(Image via French Open's official website)

Caroline Wozniacki launches her own underwear line

Caroline Wozniacki announced on her website yesterday that she was partnering with JBS Underwear, a Danish clothier to release a line of lifestyle and leisure underwear.

The line named "This is Me" is set to be released worldwide in September.

The undergarments which include low hipsters, g-strings and bras were designed with "Caroline's personal input to reflect her individual style and desired level of comfort."

Now Rory McIlroy can make this picture his new desktop wallpaper:

(Images via Caroline Wozniacki's official website)

Jun 4, 2012

Dominika Cibulkova would choose Scarlett Johansson or Jessica Alba to play her on big screen

When asked which actress would she pick to play her on the big screen, Dominika Cibulkova has no doubt that it's Scarlett Johansson or Jessica Alba. Good pick, isn't it?

In the interview published on the French Open official website, Cibulkova also said that she will never have enough of handbags.

Currently, Cibulkova is having an amazing run at the French Open pulling off a major upset against the world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round.

(Image via French Open official website)

Jun 3, 2012

Rafael Nadal's 26th birthday celebration

Rafael Nadal turns 26 today!

However, just like every other year, it falls on the French Open tournament week and he has little time to celebrate.

"I'd like to focus for the round of 16, and I'll practice, as usual. I will have my treatment, as usual," Nadal said. If "something has been prepared for me, a cake or a very quick celebration ... If this is the case, I'll be very happy."

(Images via Sina tennis)

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