Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Passing shots

Serena Williams returns to the tour next week when she plays in Eastbourne. This will be the first time the former world number 1 has played since she won Wimbledon last year.

Chris Evert will be in the ESPN broadcast booth for both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. For many years, Evert was a commentator for the French Open.

Katie O'Brien, Laura Robson, Heather Watson, Naomi Broady, and Emily Webley-Smith have been given wild cards into the main draw at Wimbledon. Other wild cards will be announced soon.

Maria Sharapova and French Open champion Li Na will be part of a Nike ad campaign shot by Annie Leibovitz.

Sharapova is ill, and had to withdraw from the tournament in Birmingham. She is reported to have said that she will not seek a wild card into Eastbourne. Marion Bartoli also withdrew from Birmingham. Sharapova and Bartoli were both semifinalists at the French Open.

Caroline Wozniacki has advanced to the second round in Copenhagen. The top seed defeated Irina Falconi, who lost to Wozniacki in the second round in Charleston.

Ana Ivanovic is once again looking for a coach, and says that this time, she wants the coaching relationship to last. She has stipulated that the person must be a man, able to "commit," and able to travel.

CCTV in China has estimated that 110 million Chinese residents watched the women's French Open final.

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