Saturday, February 4, 2012

Passing shots

Great Britain's Fed Cup team, under the leadership of new captain Judy Murray, has reached the World Group II playoffs. The British team won against Portugal, The Netherlands and Israel, and then defeated Austria to secure a spot in the playoffs. The winning team is comprised of Anne Keothavong, Elena Baltacha, Heather Watson, and Laura Robson. Baltacha beat Israel's Shahar Peer in straight sets.

The qualifying draw of the Family Circle Cup has been expanded from 32 to 48 players. This means that 16 qualifiers, rather than 12, will advance to the main draw. Tournament prize money has also been increased.

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario reveals, in her upcoming book, Arantxa, Vamos!, that her parents took all of her earnings and that she has no relationship with anyone in her family.

Paola Suarez is coming out of retirement to play doubles with Gisela Dulko at the Olympic Games. Suarez, who--with Virginia Ruano Pascual, won seven majors, will have to obtain special permission to play in the Olympics. She and Dulko have entered the tournaments in Bogota and Acapulco.

Sania Mirza says she will focus on doubles for the rest of the year. The often-injured Mirza plans to play singles again if she can.

Regina Kulikova has announced that she will take an extended break from tennis in order for her back injury to heal.


Daniel said...

Venus has entered Charleston....I can go ahead and write your post "Venus withdraws from Charleston" if you'd like ;)

Diane said...

You know, I had a feeling Venus was going to enter. And yes, I have that "other" feeling, too :(

Roi said...

I LOL'ed so hard at that ^

About Mirza, is funny how she says will focus on doubles but now is in the quarterfinals at Pattaya. I guess the declaration took all the pressure off.

Now for a quick update on mexican Ximena Hermoso: she reached her first $100,000 ITF main draw in Colombia via lucky loser and then lost in first round against Teliana Pereira (whom she beat at the Panamerican Games last year). Some good seven points for the ranking!

Diane said...

I don't know what's going on with Mirza. That forehand is so great--but her wrist problems have caused her so much trouble. I would like to see her continue in singles.

Thanks, Roi, for the update on Hermoso.

Daniel said...

I guess I should expand my earlier post to include "Serena withdraws from Charleston" haha