Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sweeping the Court

Tokyo champion Petra Kvitova has reached the quarterfinals of the China Open. Kvitova's next opponent will be Li Na. In doubles, Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie reached the quarterfinals when they upset 3rd seeds Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua,

Here is WTA Backspin's second annual list of MVPs, and yes--something very scary is in the top 3.

There are some good photos in the Beijing players' party gallery.

The Australian Open has increased prize money by 10 percent.

Daniela Hantuchova shows us the Porsche Design Sport collection from Addidas.

And here's little Francie rocking some striped shorts.


Anonymous said...

Petra was tough against Sara. It was a match of crazy swings, with amazing points followed by silly mistakes from both. Errani did her worst,, to distract Petra by moving around like a Mexican jumping bean while waiting to receive serve on some big points. It worked once and got a little disgusted grimace from Petra on another. Errani is an amazing retriever, not quite as good at it as Kerber, but impressive nonetheless. Nothing was certain until the last three games. Petra hit something like 65 winners to subdue li'l ol' Sara, playing the big points well enough to win. The slow courts, big racquets and fancy strings favor the opportunistic players. I'd like to see 'some' of the courts faster and racquet head size restricted to a maximum of 95 square inches, even more so for the men than the women. Dream on.

Jim Lumpkin said...

Facing Li Na (I'm still surprised that we here put her surname first, as if we were in China), in the final IN China is going to be tough for both girls. It should be a very good match. Na is one of the few who handles Petra's power well.

Jim said...

Correction: ' of the few who handle...'

Diane said...

I got to see only the final set but it was worth it. Good to see Sara getting back on track. I wish Petra would learn to make those bouncy court adjustments; it would make her life so much simpler.