Monthly Archives: October 2011
Last week witnessed WTA Championships, $4,900,000 year-finale, and two ATP tournaments – in Saint Petersburg, Russia and Vienna, Austria.
It is interesting to note that the top favorites of both ATP Tournaments were – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic the players with high hopes to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals, and showing more than solid play in recent weeks.
Former No 1 ranked tennis player Marat Safin has admitted he plans to run for lower house of Russia parliament this December.
Safin, known for his outbursts and high temper, will try to use his energy and argumentative skills in politics, as he aims to secure one of the 450 seats in State Duma in several weeks.
“I am running for a place in Federal Parliament in Russia,” Safin revealed. “The elections are held on December 4th so I will find out soon.”
In the final day of round-robin play at the WTA Championships, we saw three spectacular and dramatically different battles.
In the first math of the day, U.S. Open champ Samantha Stosur demolished, Li Na, Roland Garros winner, 6-1 6-0 to qualify for the semi-finals of the year-finale in Istanbul for the second year in a row.
Li Na returned to her winning ways ending Maria Sharapova’s quest for the year-end No.1 ranking, defeating the ailing Russian in a tight two-setter 76(4) 64.
Having been defeated in all her matches since US Open, the Chinese first-ranked player game was back at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, showing strong display of one of the most powerful opponents, Maria Sharapova. She went from being down 2-4 to equal the set and get it to a a tie-break, where she once again showed her competitive spirit, winning the first set from 0-4. In the second set, Li managed to held off resurgent Sharapova, stopping her run from 2-5 to 4-5 and 40-30 before finally clinching the victory.
Top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic beat fellow Serbian and defending title holder Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-2 in the first all-Serb ATP final in open era to take the Kremlin Cup title by storm on Sunday, whereas Slovak Dominika Cibulkova won the first career WTA title, going from a set down to beat Kaia Kanepi 3-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5 ending the season of a high note.
Cibulkova caused major upset of the tournament beating top seed and home favorite Vera Zvonareva in quater-finals in almost a three-hour-long battle, and went all the way to her first ever title.