Tag Archives: Marion Bartoli

Agnieszka Qualifies!!! AND Keeping Up With The Safinas

21 Oct

Since Marion Bartoli pulled out of her quarterfinal match against Elena Vesnina today, Agnieszka Radwanska does in fact qualify for the Tour Championships in Istanbul. Bartoli had a viral illness and explained “I think my whole body needed a break and I was trying till the end, but yesterday during my match I already didn’t feel very good. But I still had a bit of energy left so it was enough.  This morning I had so much pain in my whole body, in my neck. I couldn’t even warm up today. So I knew it would be very difficult. But it has been a very long season and I really tried to play till the very end but that was it for me.”

Yesterday before she pulled out but perhaps knowing her ultimate fate said, “I am absolutely satisfied with this season which I am almost sure to finish in the top-10. Even getting to Istanbul as a substitute is a big achievement at the moment.” Both Marion Bartoli and Andrea Petkovic will be the two alternates in Istanbul, and in recent years the alternates have actually seen round-robin play so they should be prepared.

Agnieszka was relieved to qualify today and stated, “I’m so happy to finally qualify for the Championships as one of the Top 8 singles players. Just a few weeks ago I didn’t think I had a chance of qualifying and am now so happy to end my season in Istanbul.”

In unrelated news, I thought you might enjoy some recent pictures of what the Safin Siblings have been up to. Dinara has not retired like Marat had announced, but she did enjoy some time at IKEA last week. And as you will also see, Marat just keeps flapping his gums to anyone who will listen.

dinara safina ikea

Marat Safin and Davydenko


Agnieszka Radwanska Loses, Bartoli Still Alive For Istanbul

19 Oct

After Radwanska won Tokyo and Beijing back to back, she seemed a shoo-in to qualify as one of the Elite 8 to play in the Tour Championships in Istanbul. With Petkovic injured, the only one who could even think of catching Aga was Marion Bartoli. The Frenchwoman would not only need to go undefeated over the last two weeks of the season, but Agnieszka also had to go winless. With Radwanska not scheduled to play last week, Marion really turned on the pressure when she won the title in Osaka.

No big deal, right? Bartoli would have to win the Kremlin Cup AND Radwanska would have to lose her opening match for Marion to qualify. Not likely. Things got a bit dicier when the draw came out, and Radwanska was not happy to see that she would have to face Lucie Safarova. Not only was Lucie the highest ranked player not seeded, but more importantly she owned a 3-1 record over Aga including their only match this year. The pressure was on.

Radwanska raced to a 3-0 lead, but she clearly looked nervous as the match proceeded. Lucie then began to dominate and won 15 straight points on serve as she came from behind to win the first set. Radwanska’s head was not in Moscow, this match was all about Istanbul. She somehow squeaked out the second despite still looking shaky, but Lucie was able to hang on by a score of 64 46 64.

With Osaka Trophy, Moscow Next?

Marion still needs to handle the pressure of winning the title in Moscow, but what was once a hope and a prayer is now a legitimate chance to make the Elite 8. Both players have never qualified directly for the Tour Championships, and yet both have played and won matches as alternates. Bartoli replaced an injured Serena in 2007 to beat Jelena Jankovic but failed to proceed to the semis due to her 6-0 6-0 loss to Justine who was eager to avenge the Wimbledon loss that year to Marion. Radwanska won both of her round-robin matches with wins over Kuznetzova and Azarenka in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

Who knows, maybe both players will get to hit the court in Istanbul after all.

Wozza Wins Again, Hot Shots Show, and Super Sexy Serena!

21 Mar

Caroline Wozniacki outlasted Marion Bartoli 61 26 63 to increase her stronghold on the #1 ranking in a highly competitive and entertaining final. In the second set, Bartoli seemed to turn the match around with a mix of aggressive groundstrokes and some fun cat-and-mouse play complete with drop shots replies to Wozniacki’s moonballs. While this final showed how Caro has been able to earn the #1 ranking, her defensive style still makes it far from a given that she will be a future Grand Slam winner. Congrats to both Caroline and the team of Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina who won their first doubles title together with a 60 75 win over Meghann Shaugnessy and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Speaking of Bethanie, the fashion-forward American was one of six players announced to be a part of a YouTube reality show called Xperia Hot Shots. I am not yet sure what the point of this program will be other than to sell Sony Ericsson equipment, but Maria Sharapova announced that the six contestants will be Dominika Cibulkova, Sorana Cirstea, Alize Cornet, Sabine Lisicki, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and Heather Watson.

Not to take anything away from the exciting final today or whatever this reality show may be, but Serena as per usual stole the show for me with a single Tweet. The recovering superstar revealed her new commercial for TopSpin 2K. Serena has talked openly about being depressed after her second foot surgery and resulting pulmonary embolism, and that’s what makes it so great to see Serena being Serena in this little video. Please enjoy…

Tommy Robredo who started 2011 back in fine form will also miss the Miami Sony Ericsson Open due to injury, so let’s take a look back at one of Tommy’s video game shoots as we wish both of these sexy players a quick and healthy return. Get well soon, Serena and Tommy. Maybe some time off will be just what both of them need for a run at the Slams this summer. I have a funny feeling we will see Serena at the Miami player party and back in the spotlight in some capacity before she returns on the courts. And TCW will take Serena any way we can get her.

Stay healthy and happy, Serena!