Elbow injury may rule Djokovic out of US Open, reports say

LONDON: Former women's tennis world number one Ana Ivanovic admitted Saturday (Dec 31) she retired this week because she felt both physically and mentally unfit to carry on after years of battling injuries. The 29-year-old Serbian - whose sole Grand Slam success came in the 2008 French Open one of her 15 WTA titles - added she wanted to retire while she still loved the sport. "The last few years have been a struggle with injury," Ivanovic told The Times newspaper on Saturday. "It was always a fight coming back and so much work on the court, off the court, and then not sometimes being in the best shape. "For me, the IPTL (International Premier Tennis League who hosted events in Singapore and India recently) was a last test. I didn't have the feeling in my body and in my heart that I should push more. "It's never easy to step back from something you love, but I wanted it to remain my love rather than something that I have to do or end up despising because it hurt." Ivanovic, who also reached the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open finals, said she would not classify her career as being one of under-achievement. "I think it's hard to say that someone has overachieved or underachieved," said Ivanovic, who won the season-ending WTA Tournament of Champions title twice. "Even though I look back and think maybe I could have done a little bit more, it all happens for a…... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Vietnamese top tennis player Lý Hoàng Nam eased into the second round of the Thailand F5 Futures in Huahin today. World No 653 Nam beat Oleksandr Bielinskyi of Ukraine, world No 759 6-0, 6-1 in 56 minutes. Nam, who won the 2015 boys doubles Wimbledon Championships with Indian partner Sumit Nagal, will met Jeong Young-Hoon of South Korea in the next round. The other Vietnamese representative in this event, Trịnh Linh Giang, lost to No 3 seed Igoshin Alexander of Russia of 1-6, 2-6. - VNS... [read more]

By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Vietnamese tennis fans can watch four top international players play for US$80,000 in prize money at Phu Tho Indoor Sports Center in HCMC at the Heineken Stars 2010 on October 1 and 2. David Nalbandian of Argentina, ranked 33rd in the world; world No. 252 Tommy Haas of Germany; world No.22 Sam Querrey and world No.102 Robby Ginepri of the U.S. will play in two playoff matches for places in the final. David Nalbandian, former World No. 3, currently ranks 33rd in the world. He was champion in ATP Tour Washington 2010 and he was runner up in the 2002 Wimbledon Championships and winner of the Tennis Masters Cup in 2005. Tommy Haas, who reached a career-high ranking of world No.2 in 2002, currently ranks 252nd in the world. The German player was a 2009 Wimbledon quarterfinalist. Sam Querrey is a professional American tennis player. As of August, he was the fourth-highest ranked American. This year he reached his career high as No. 19. Querrey, currently seeded 22nd in the world, was winner of the Serbia Open 2010. Meanwhile, Robby Ginepri, currently 102nd in ATP rankings was the winner of the ATP Tour Indianapolis 2009. He reached a career-best of world No.15 in 2005. After the first two round knockout matches at 5p.m. on Friday, the two finalists will battle for the title at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, the organizers told a press conference in HCMC on Wednesday. The champion…... [read more]

AFP: Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber are joined by friendship, Polish roots and cosy coffee chats, but on Thursday (Sep 8) they'll be ruthless in pursuit of a place in the US Open final. It's an intriguing semi-final clash between a former world number one who has never won a Grand Slam title and the current number two who claimed a first major at the Australian Open in January. "We are similar in that we are both hard working. I think that hard work pays off. She's obviously very passionate," said Wozniacki. "Angie's had a great year and I'm happy for her." The two friends' paths have been heading in dramatically different directions this year. A right ankle injury sidelined 26-year-old Wozniacki for the best part of three months and her enforced absence from the French Open ended a streak of 36 successive appearances at the majors. Her ranking coming into New York was 74. In contrast, Kerber has appeared in two of the three Slam finals, her success in Melbourne followed by defeat to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon championship match. The German, two years older at 28, could be number one in the world next week, five years after Wozniacki last held the position. Wozniacki, Kerber as well as sisters Agnieszka and Urszula Radwanska have all grown up on the tour, all boasting Polish blood. The Radwanskas are Polish-born. Kerber has a Polish father and German mother. POLISH ROOTS Piotr and Anna Wozniacki left Poland to settle in…... [read more]

Vietnam’s top tennis player Ly Hoang Nam has dropped seven places from world No 862 to No 869 in the latest ATP rankings. Nam fell due to his recent defeat to Indonesia’s Christopher Rungkat in the first round of the Men’s Futures F2 in the southern province of Binh Duong. In the men’s doubles rankings, thanks to making the Men’s Futures F2’s semi-final, Nam rose up 306 steps to world No 1332 and Nguyen Hoang Thien increased 219 steps to world No 1319. Nam was the first Vietnamese tennis player to win a Grand Slam title after he won the boys’ doubles final at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. VNS... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Viet Nam's top tennis player Lý Hoàng Nam has dropped seven places from world No 862 to No 869 in the latest ATP rankings. Nam fell due to his recent defeat to Indonesia's Christopher Rungkat in the first round of the Men's Futures F2 in the southern province of Bình Dương. In the men's doubles rankings, thanks to making the Men's Futures F2's semi-final, Nam rose up 306 steps to world No 1332 and Nguyễn Hoàng Thiên increased 219 steps to world No 1319. Nam was the first Vietnamese tennis player to win a Grand Slam title after he won the boys' doubles final at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. - VNS... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Việt Nam's top tennis player, Lý Hoàng Nam, dropped four places from world No 870 to 874 in the ATP rankings, which were released on Monday. Nam fell due to his recent defeat by Kittipong Wachiramanowong of Thailand in the men's singles match at the Davis Cup. At present, the southern province of Tây Ninh-born player has 18 points. The 20 year-old was the first Vietnamese tennis player to win a Grand Slam title after he won the Boys' Doubles final at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. - VNS... [read more]

LONDON: Serena Williams powered into her 12th Wimbledon quarter-final as the defending champion celebrated American Independence Day with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Russian 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova on Monday. World number one Williams hit 43 winners and served 14 aces as she won the last nine games on Centre Court to remain on course for a record-equalling 22nd major title and a seventh Wimbledon crown. The 34-year-old, an eight-time Wimbledon finalist, will play Russian 21st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for a place in the semi-finals. Williams leads their career series 5-0. Williams' 301st Grand Slam match victory moved her within five of Open era record holder Martina Navratilova. "She has played really well against me in the past and she beat me earlier this year so I know that I had to play really well to win this," Williams said. "It was really tricky out there because even though it wasn't raining hard, it was dewy on the grass and you can fall really easy." Due to bad weather, Williams will have played three days in a row by the time she finishes Tuesday's quarter-final, but she is unconcerned about the demanding schedule. "Usually in order to win a tournament, you have to play quarters, semis, final back to back. I thought, 'Serena, you've done this many times', so for me it's an easy transition," she said. Beaten in the Australian and French Open finals this year, Serena's attempt to equal Steffi Graf's Open era record of 22 Grand Slam…... [read more]

LONDON: Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Serena Williams cruised into the Wimbledon last eight on 'Manic Monday' (Jul 4) as Dominika Cibulkova pondered cancelling her wedding following her shock run to the quarter-finals. Murray racked-up his 50th Wimbledon match win while Federer reached the quarter-finals for the 14th time as the top two remaining seeds edged closer to a dream title match. Second seeded Murray, the 2013 champion, eased to a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 win over fiery Australian Nick Kyrgios and will next face French 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Federer went equal with Jimmy Connors' mark of 14 quarter-finals at Wimbledon and tied Martina Navratilova's all-time Slam record of 306 match wins by seeing off Steve Johnson of the United States 6-2, 6-3, 7-5. Kyrgios, the 15th seed who defeated Rafael Nadal at the tournament in 2014, did not force a break point on Murray's serve as he slipped to his fifth loss in five meetings against the world number two. "The first set was very tight. I managed to get the break at 6-5 but it was very tight up to that point," explained Murray. Kyrgios condemned his own performance. "The first set was OK but after that it was pathetic," said the 21-year-old. Seven-time champion Federer, the third seed, next takes on Croatia's Marin Cilic for a place in the semi-finals. Cilic, the ninth seeded Croat, progressed to his third successive Wimbledon quarter-final when Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori pulled out of their last-16 clash with a rib…... [read more]

LONDON: Serena Williams needed just 51 minutes to clinch the 300th Grand Slam win of her career on Sunday (Jul 3) as the defending champion made the Wimbledon last 16. The 34-year-old American brushed aside Germany's world number 43 Annika Beck 6-3, 6-0 on the back of 25 winners and seven aces and goes on to face long-time Russian rival Svetlana Kuznetsova. "I thought it was good. I still want to get out to a little bit of a faster start but I was really focused and calm," said Williams, who is just six wins short of Martina Navratilova's Open era record of 306 Slam wins. Williams has now won 82 matches at Wimbledon as she remains on course to equal Steffi Graf's Open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles with her seventh Wimbledon crown. Williams took the starring role as play was held on the middle Sunday for only the fourth time in Wimbledon history, and the first time since 2004, as organisers tried to clear the backlog caused by days of rain. Nick Kyrgios, the Australian 15th seed, booked a last-16 clash with world number two Andy Murray after beating Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-4 in another tie held over from Saturday at one set all. Murray, the 2013 champion, is the top seed left in the draw after world number one Novak Djokovic was knocked out by Sam Querrey on Saturday. "I definitely have the tools to beat Andy, but saying that, he's probably…... [read more]

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