Mar 242018

Jelena Ostapenko proved to be once again the source of delightful moments on the tennis court. The Roland Garros champion revealed deft piece of footwork at Miami Open during the match against Timea Babos whom she defeated 6-4, 6-4.

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Jelena Ostapeno (pic: wikimedia commons)

When her opponent served, Ostapenko moved like she was following some dance rhythms, fact which was also noticed by her new coach, David Taylor, who tried to make some suggestions during an on-court coaching.

Taylor: “When returning stay calm”
Ostapenko: “But I wanna do this (“making dancing moves”)

In the end the coach had to get used to the idea that she likes to dance and there’s nothing he can do about.

Photo credit: By Carine06 from UK (Jelena Ostapenko) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sep 122016

Angelique Kerber is officially the newest leader of the WTA hierarchy, the German athlete dethroning Serena Williams who lost the leading role after 186 consecutive weeks.

At the age of 28, Kerber is the oldest player climbing on top of the WTA rankings, as the previous record had been held by Jennifer Capriati who became WTA no. 1 when aged 25 years and 200 days.

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Angelique Kerber is WTA no. 1 (pic:

WTA rankings: top 10 positions
1. Angelique Kerber (Germany) 8730 points
2 Serena Williams (USA) 7050
3. Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) 5830
4. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 5815
5. Simona Halep May (Romania) 4801
6. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 4425
7. Venus Williams (US) 3815
8. Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) 3330
9. Madison Keys (USA) 3286
10. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 3250

Road to Singapore
1. Angelique Kerber (Germany) 7801 points
2. Serena Williams (USA) 7050
3. Simona Halep March 4259
4. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 3877
5. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 3701
6. Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) 3458
7. Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) 2965
8. Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) 2948
9. Madison Keys (USA) 2946
10. Johanna Konta (UK) 2675
Top-earning female tennis players in 2016:
1. Angelique Kerber (Germany) $ 8,565,772
2. Serena Williams (USA) 7,675,030 million
3. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 3,281,028
4. Simona Halep (Romania) 3,146,587
5. Garbine Muguruza (Spain) 2,894,412
6. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) 2,651,080 million
7. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 2,034,833
8. Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) 1,838,737
9. Venus Williams (USA) 1,775,980 million
10. Elena Vesnina (Russia) 1,770,949

Feb 212014

Simona Halep of Romania will move up two places in Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings on Monday becoming No 7 in the world and equaling the best performance of a Romanian female player.

Halep won the “Qatar Open 2014” title in Doha last Sunday but two days later was forced out from Dubai Championships after suffering an Achilles tendon injury in the first round match against Alize Cornet of France.

Why does Simona Halep climb in the WTA? Serbian Tennis woman Jelena Jankovic was defeated 6-2, 6-2 by the WTA leader Serena Williams at the Dubai Open on Thursday. That turned out to be beneficial for Halep who didn’t have to do much to be ranked a career high number seven starting next week, thus leveling the best position ever attained by a Romanian tennis athlete.

Website specialized in points calculation for women tennis world hierarchy, revealed that the Romanian rising star will secure the 7th spot in the standings with 4,435 points, slightly ahead Jankovic who has 4,380.

In three days from now, Halep will enjoy the best WTA performance among Romanians which has been held so far by country fellow Irina Spirla since 1997.

Feb 162014

An amazing Simona Halep of Romania won the women’s tennis tournament Qatar Total Open 2014 after defeating 6-2, 6-3, World’s no. 9 Angelique Kerber of Germany in the final clash in Doha. (scroll down for video highlights)

Simona Halep Qatar 2014 results

Results and victories achieved by Simona Halep at WTA Qatar 2014

WTA no.10 and seventh-seeded Halep served up three shocks in three days as she made her way to the title by eliminating with a sequence of two-set wins the rivals ranking 7, 4 and 9 and the Women’s Tennis Association.

In Friday’s quarterfinals, the Romanian tennis player forced Italian Sara Errani (WTA 7) out of the competition to meet in the semifinals WTA 4 and second seeded Agnieszka Radwańska of Poland whom she beat in two straight sets 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday.

In the final match on Sunday, Halep stunned Kerber (WTA 9) with a 6-2 6-3 victory to claim the Qatar 2014 Title.

With today’s success and her career’s seventh title, Simona Halep will go up in the WTA rankings and become World’s no. 9. The tournament in Doha represents the first Premier-5 category tennis title earned by Halep.

VIDEO: Simona Halep retires from Dubai Open 2014 after Achilles injury

Follow also the “Related Posts” links below to watch highlights and VIDEO with Simona Halep’s quarter / semifinal victories over Sara Errani and Agnieszka Radwańska!

Video: Simona Halep Vs Angelique Kerber, highlights 1st set WTA Doha Final 2014

Video: Halep V Kerber, 1st setpoint and 2nd set highlights, WTA Doha Final 2014

Jul 072013

French athlete Marion Bartoli, seeded 15th, won Wimbledon tennis tournament on Saturday.

Marion Bartoli

Marion Bartoli wins her first Grand slam at Wimbledon 2013 (Wikimedia CC0)

Bartoli claimed her first Grand Slam title after defeating 6-1, 6-4 the 23rd favorite German Sabine Lisicki in the final match.

Interesting is the fact that the French woman becomes thus the first tennis player who wins the Wimbledon trophy without having any opponent in the Top 15. That’s indeed a clear example of luck.

Bartoli has defeated opponents who were 82, 70, 93, 104, 17, 20 and 24 in the WTA rankings.

At the start of the competition, bookmakers listed Marion Bartoli with little chance of winning the tournament.

Mar 182013

Maria Sharapova has claimed the Indian Wells women tennis tournament for the second time in her career.

Maria Sharapova won Indiana Wells 2013 (pic: Valentina Alemanno via Wikimedia)

Maria Sharapova won Indiana Wells 2013 (pic: Valentina Alemanno via Wikimedia)

The Russian athlete managed to beat 6-2, 6-2 Danish Caroline Wozniacki in the final match.

In the semifinals Sharapova showed off great shape against Maria Kirilenko and continued her performance also in the final. World’s number three played nearly flawless and hit one winner after another.

Wozniacki fought for what she was worth, but in fact she was surpassed even in her specialty (long rally).

Sharapova won the match point after an hour and 21 minutes and thus grabbed her 28th title.