Monday, 20 February 2012

Today's Ace

1. Vika wins Qatar Total Ladies Open,2012:

Victoria Azarenka notched up her third title of the year in Doha by beating Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-1, 6-2. She is on a roll in 2012 who is yet to face a loss this year.  If there is one thing that has hugely improved over years for Azarenka is her mental stability. She has hugely worked on her physical fitness too which was exhibited when she fought back in the semi finals against Agnieszka Radwanska even after injuring her ankle. She was playing fluently last night without showing any kind of pain. One of the most amazing fact about Vika is she is playing with huge confidence these days.

2. Serena Williams out of Monterrey Open:

Serena Williams has pulled out from Monterrey Open citing an ankle injury. She was invited into the tournament and was offered a huge amount of money to participate. But injury kept her away from the tournament. While she is in Monterrey, she has decided to have fun. She was seen playing an exhibition match against Gisela Dulko on a tennis court on water.

3. The power couple of tennis in Las Vegas:

Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf were at the Keep Memory Alive foundation's 'Power of Love Gala' celebrating Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday in Las Vegas.

4. Best ambassadors of the game:

The semi finals in Doha was highly dramatic due to on court injuries that happened. In the first semi final, Bartoli hurt herself in the second set and was forced to pull out from the match. Sam Stosur was very kind enough to inquire about her opponent's injury condition.

In the second semi final, Azarenka got injured in the second set. Her ankle was then strapped and she continued to fight back with pain and eventually won the match. Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska are considered to be one of the good friends in women's tennis. During Australian Open, a huge debate was brought on the grunting issue and Aga had come out in support of Vika's grunting. With all this background, it was rather surprising to see the semi finals end with a cold handshake from Aga.

These two semis showed a contrasting kind of attitude. The oldies showed a great spirit while the younger generation need to take a lesson from the oldies.

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