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Okay, Who is Angelique Kerber – Ranked 92 in the World and in the Semi’s of the U.S.Open


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When you go to her web site these sayings flash onto the screen – “KEEP GOING FORWARD, NEVER LOOK BACK”, “LIVE YOUR DREAM”.

Angelique Kerber is a professional German tennis player. She began playing tennis aged five. Kerber has a career high ranking of No. 45 in the world achieved on 17 January 2011.

CAREER:

2010:
In 2010, Kerber qualified for the 2010 Australian Open where she reached her first third round in a Grand Slam by upsetting Olga Govortsova 6–3, 6–3 and 23rd seed Aravane Rezaï 6–2, 6–3 before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in a close three-setter 3–6, 7–5, 6–4. She the reached her first WTA Tour finals in 2010 Copa Sony Ericsson Colsanitas losing to Mariana Duque Mariño 6–4 6–3 after upsetting top-seed Gisela Dulko 7–5, 6–3 in the semi-finals. She then reached the second round of 2010 MPS Group Championships losing to Varvara Lepchenko. She also reached the third round of 2010 Family Circle Cup losing to Daniela Hantuchová 6–7(6) 7–5 6–3 and the Quarterfinals of the 2010 Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem losing to Renata Voráčová 7–5 6–2. At the 2010 French Open she lost in the second round to Aravane Rezaï 6–2 2–6 6–3. In grass she reached the third round of 2010 AEGON Classic losing to eventual champion Li Na and the first round of 2010 UNICEF Open losing to Justine Henin. She played in the 2010 Wimbledon Championships where she made it in the third round after defeating Sania Mirza 6–4, 6–1 and upsetting 13th seed Shahar Pe’er 3–6, 6–3, 6–4 then losing to Jarmila Groth 6–3, 7–5.

2011:
Angelique reached her first quarter-final of the year at the start of the season at 2011 Moorilla Hobart International before losing to Bethanie Mattek-Sands. That led to a six match losing streak which lasted till the 2011_The_Bahamas_Women’s_Open_–_Singles where she reached final before losing to Anastasia Yakimova. She than reached second round at 2011_Sony_Ericsson_Open_–_Women’s_Singles losing to Francesca Schiavone.

PERSONAL:

Coached by Artur Pawlowski
Started playing tennis at age 3
Mother’s name is Beata (also her manager); father’s name is Slawek; has one sister, Jessica
Speaks German, Polish, English
Enjoys shopping, sleeping, swimming, spending time with friends.

Her WTA Page – CLICK HERE

Her Web Site – CLICK HERE


As a spokes
person for Vitalyte (German)

JJ, The Chicken and The Egg


From “Peter Bodo‘s Tennis World” – Post #2 of 2 for today

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by Bobby Chintapalli

MASON, Ohio – Jelena Jankovic isn’t the reason I’m here, and yet I’ve seen more of her this week than anyone else. That’s the thing about her – whether she’s winning or losing, winning you over or whining again, you can’t look away. So I didn’t. I watched and watched some more, on court and off. And while I was at it, I took a few notes on the former No. 1, who plays Grand Slam winner Francesca Schiavone at the Western & Southern Open tonight.

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Jelena Jankovic likes to ask questions, even when she’s really there to answer them. In her post-match press conference after her match against Zheng Jie yesterday, the tennis player asked a handful of us the rules of tennis.

Explaining how she went on to win the match after losing the first set, Jankovic said she was up 4-1 and lost her focus. She also felt she got a few bad calls in the first set. “I hit an ace and then some lines. And I don’t know what the rule is when the girl calls the ball out during the point and then she continues to play.” (The “girl” being her opponent, who Jankovic also had glowing words for, calling her among other things, “one of the greatest fighters out there.”)

Then Jankovic had some questions for us: “I don’t know if that’s allowed or not? Is that allowed? What are the rules?”

The questions weren’t rhetorical. She said that a few times Zheng called a ball out but, when the umpire didn’t say anything, continued playing. Jankovic though perhaps stopped or slowed down and, as a result, went on to lose the point. Jankovic asked the umpire about this, she said, and the umpire said it’s up to her (the umpire), not her opponent.

Jankovic likes to talk, sure, but it’s more than that – she likes to converse. In press it’s not unusual for her to ask, perhaps to assess the level of detail with which to reply, whether you saw the match. (She asked me that yesterday when I asked if she thought Zheng may have gotten bad calls too. For the record I watched the last two sets and, as I told her, I did think Zheng got a bad call later on.)

In many ways Jankovic is an interviewer’s delight. She can be open and insightful and, yes, verbose, all without prodding. A Q&A I did with her in Charleston was likely the easiest I’ve ever done; it had less to do with my preparation than my subject. Even when she says she won’t give you an answer, she rarely sounds cold or dismissive the way, say, Maria Sharapova sometimes can when she doesn’t like a question or simply isn’t in the mood. After her semifinal loss to Caroline Wozniacki in Charleston, I asked Jankovic about her strategy for the match. “Why would I say it now?” she asked. “It doesn’t make sense. You guys write everything in the paper. So it’s like I tell you, like the whole world knows.” Then she laughed. It’s not that Sharapova doesn’t laugh. It’s that Sharapova laughs when she wants to, whereas Jankovic seems to laugh with you.

And Jankovic is more illuminating than, say, Caroline Wozniacki. In Wozniacki’s defense she isn’t, with press at least, the person she was before this year. In the past her answers were more forthcoming and fun, but in the past questions were about what she has (wins, game, ranking) more than the one thing she doesn’t (a Grand Slam title – have you heard?!).

I asked former No. 1 Jankovic if she empathizes with current No. 1 Wozniacki, who’s been under a lot of pressure this year and who was upset by American Christina McHale yesterday. “It’s tough to say,” she said, before saying 300 words on the matter. She said Wozniacki’s young and has achieved so much already, has time to achieve even more. She said perhaps she hasn’t gotten enough matches and is, as a result, lacking rhythm and confidence. She said in the end she’s playing for herself, no one else. She eventually wrapped up with this: “It’s not like she’s the only one or I’m the only one. That’s part of the sport. It’s just a matter of how you get back…”

Read the whole posting HERE

Will Roger Federer Ever regain World No.1 and surpass Pete Sampras


Federer is one week shy of tying Pete Sampras for the record, for most weeks as #1.  This is a good article on the subject:

By now, you all know it. For the first time since Roger Federer won his first Slam at Wimbledon 2003, he’s no longer the defending champion at any one of the game’s four most heralded titles.

Even worse, he hasn’t even made it to the finals in any of the past four Slams.

Two semis and two quarters were all he made it to.

For any normal tennis players, this would be great. Being among the top-eight two times and the top-four times speaks of consistency and stability in the top. The only other two who can boost of similar consistency in the last four Slams are Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

But as opposed to Federer, they both made it to the finals as well and won three and one respectively.

Roger Federer not holding any Grand Slams would have to come at some point. But him not even being a runner-up coming at the same time? The fall from the sky seems so abrupt and complete.

In order to appreciate that, we need to remember that only a year ago, Roger Federer being in a Slam final was the safest bet you could make in tennis—or any other sport for that matter.

After all, he had made it to a mind-blowing 18 finals out of the last 19 counting from Wimbledon 2005 to Australian Open 2010, both included.

CLICK HERE to see the entire article

Indian Wells non coverage nonsense


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From Shank Tennis
Posted on March 11, 2011 by Steve

Stadium Court, Indian Wells

I’m not a marketing expert by any means so I could be way off here, but bear with me for a minute.

Yesterday when I went online looking for my daily tennis fix, the magical world of internet streams presented me with three options: Challenger tennis from Sarajevo, Challenger tennis doubles from Santiago or Has-been tennis from Zurich (aka the Champions’ tour)

The glaring omission from the probably illegal site’s list of streams was Indian Wells. Continue reading →

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