Former tour player Leila Meshki is the director of the Baku Cup tournament.
Alina Jidkova, as expected, has retired from professional tennis. When
she played (and lost in the final) of the U.S. Open qualifying playoffs,
she said it was her last opportunity to play in the U.S. Open. Jidkova,
who defeated Serena Williams in 2004 in Linz, attained her highest
ranking in 2005, when she was ranked number 51 in the world. Her
career-high doubles ranking was number 50. The Russian veteran is
getting married next month. She and her fiance sell fine pearl jewelry.
"I'm not even 20 and there's someone who's 40 who could kick my butt," Rebecca Marino says of you-know-who.
Tennis Channel's latest "Tennisography" feature is about Vera Zvonareva. Using Leo Tolstoy's work as a backdrop, the story of Zvonareva's tennis life--her performance and her feelings--is told by her mother, her coach, and by Zvonareva herself. It sounds a bit cheesy, but it comes off well. What doesn't come off well is Tennis Channel's decision to use white subtitles on a lot of light background--a persistent problem on U.S. television.
And in tribute to Vera, here's the great Joan Armatrading: