Sunday, December 30, 2012

Passing shots

Bad news: Andrea Petkovic injured her knee--yes, that knee--in the first round of Hopman Cup play. Petkovic retired against Ashleigh Barty.

Caroline Wozniacki is wearing a diamond ring on her "engagement ring" finger, and the rumor--certainly not unfounded--is that she and Rory McIlroy will be married.

Li Na defeated Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 2-6. 10-7 in exhibition play in Thailand. Redfoo was with Azarenka in Hua Hin.

Petra Kvitova just keeps popping up in cute and amusing photos. Here's her first column for the Courier Mail.

Flavia Pennetta, who had wrist surgery in August, will wait until after the Australian Open to return to the tour.

Sloane Stephens talks with ESPN W.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Passing shots

Julia Goerges is now able to see clearly.

My cat Tarzan will never let the rest of us forget that he was "chosen" by Citizen Anna. How many cats (or people) can say that say that?

Vera Zvonareva has withdrawn from the Australian Open. The Russian star is dealing with the same shoulder injury that caused her to withdraw from the 2012 French Open. She missed the U.S. Open because of a viral illness.

Meanwhile, Serena Williams recently had minor surgery performed on both of her big toes. And Maria Sharapova has a collarbone injury.

Nadia and Lulu make a cute team.

Sugarpova is on its way to candy stores in Australia!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Passing shots

2011 Australian Open U.S. wild card playoff winner Madison Keys has done it again. Keys defeated Mallory Burdette (and can you think of two players you'd rather see in the final?) to get her second straight wild card into the Melbourne main draw. Also winning a wild card was Bojana Bobusic, who won the Australian playoffs.

Dave Taylor has resigned his post as Australian Fed Cup captain so that he can focus solely on his other position--coaching Sam Stosur.

L'Equipe has named Serena Williams 2012's Sportswoman of the Year.

Sugarpova hits the West Coast.

A $125,000-purse WTA clay court tournament will be held in Cali, Columbia in February.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Passing shots

The WTA website has a new look.

You can get to know Eugenie Bouchard and Annika Beck.

Or you can spend some time trying to solve the puzzle of The Radwanska. (Caution: You may become confused and frustrated, but would you expect anything else?)

Speaking of frustration, here's a look back at the Lisicki vs. Kerber Wimbledon quarterfinal.

Taylor Townsend ended 2012 as the top-ranked ITF junior in the world.

Here is Kim Clijsters saying farewell in Belgium (Venus Williams is there, too).

Petra says "thank you" to her fans.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Passing shots

Petra Kvitova is featured on the latest installment of Tennis Channel's Tennisography series.

Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci, Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic recently paid a visit to the Armani Cafe in Milan.

You can take a look back at Dominika Cibulkova's 2012 Lacoste outfits.

The Shenzhen Open, an International WTA event, will debut in January of 2013, and will be headlined by Li Na and Marion Bartoli. Also competing are Jelena Jankovic, Laura Robson, Hsieh Su--Wei, Klara Zakopalova, and Peng Shuai.

Not content with just introducing Eugenie Bouchard and Laura Robson's "Gangnam Style" video, Maria Sharapova recently threw down a little of her own Gangnam--but just a little.