Beyond the Baseline this week


One of the best tennis blogs is Sports Illustrated’s “Beyond the Baseline ” blog by Courtney Nguyen.  Here are some of this weeks highlights and links to the blog.


Aussie Open crowd serenades Kerber

Angelique Kerbe@AngeliqueKerber

Thats my birthday cakes !!!🎂pic.twitter.com/MgOcbhbII

There’s more – HERE


Sharapova vs. Venus headlines Day 5; Keys faces test at Australian Open

• Rivalries revisited: In intriguing third-round matches, Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams headline the night session on Rod Laver Arena, while Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic turn back the clock (hopefully) to resurrect the rivalry that once determined the No. 1 ranking. “You certainly know what she’s capable of,” Sharapova said of Williams. “But when you’re out on the court, you’re not thinking how many titles she’s won or how experienced she is. You’re thinking about what you need to do to step it up in a certain situation and win as many points as you can.”

Lots More – HERE


Then there is the “Daily Bagel” posts which feature links and briefs descriptions of tennis from all over the web.

• Video: The Australian Open asks the top players which qualities they would like to have from other players. Among the answers: Novak Djokovic wants Rafa’s Rafter’s volleys, and Agnieszka Radwanska wants Sam Stosur’s serve.

• Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic have buried the hatchet. Time heals all wounds.

• From CNN: How women cracked the tennis glass ceiling.

CLICK HERE for lots more great tennis from this post

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