Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Ana Ivanovic says that she overtrained last year, and overtraining caused her to become injured. She is now working with Damian Prasad on her fitness in preparation for the Australian Open; her fitness work with Mark McGrath ended after two weeks. She is also back with former coach Sven Groenefeld.

Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison has purchased the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, and has also purchased the complex where the tournament is held.

Justine Henin says she expects to be a better player this year than she was before.

Vera Zvonareva is in Florida working with Scott Byrnes following her rehab from surgery.

James LaRosa calls Dinara Safina the most compelling tennis character of 2009. I think I agree.

I don't usually find the "funny" items on blogs and websites very funny at all, but--partly because I so dislike the "Looking For a Hero" slogan and campaign--I cannot stop laughing over the Marion Bartoli Fan Site's take on it. If you're a Marion fan, then you know this is also the perfect tribute.


Sunny said...

Is it my imagination, or does Ivanovic seem to change coaches and/or trainers relatively frequently. I just seem to remember a couple times recently where she parted from somebody, then parted again etc. As far as being overtrained-she has said different things over the last 1 1/2 years to try to explain to the public and possibly to herself why she is having problems. I hope she finally figures things out. The more women who are real contenders, the better. I don't mean parity per se, but players playing good and giving us some excitement.

brandon knight said...

Ana is absolutely gorgeous, but unlike Anna Korunikova, she is also a very talented and accomplished tennis player.

Diane said...

Yes, Ivanovic is constantly changing coaches and trainers these days, but she isn't the only one. There's a lot of that going around.

Brandon, I think Kournikova was a very talented player. Things didn't go well for her--I have my theories about that--but I never doubted the talent.

Roi said...

Being in the top 10 without titles is enough to recognice a great player, it was a short career though.

Happy 2010 Diane!

Diane said...

You too, Roi!

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