Friday, 2 March 2012

Today's Ace

1. Voting opens for 2012 Fed Cup Heart Awards. The shortlist has been compiled by the Heart Award judging panel consisting of ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti and a mixture of former players and members of the media.Voting runs from 1st March to 22nd March.You can vote for 1 player from each of the following four categories HERE

The nominations are

World Group/World Group II Zone: Daniela Hantuchova (SVK), Christina McHale (USA), Samantha Stosur (AUS) and Roberta Vinci (ITA)
Europe/Africa Zone: Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) and Elena Baltacha (GBR)
America Zone: Catalina Castano (COL) and Florencia Molinero (ARG)
Asia/Oceania Zone: Li Na (CHN) and Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

All four winners will receive a silver Baccarat bracelet and a cheque to be donated to their chosen charity.

2. Caroline Wozniacki was in spotlight all day long yesterday promoting her exhibition match against Maria Sharapova on Monday at Madison Garden Square, NY. She first appeared in "Today" show for NBC and then in "Good Day New York" show.


3. Heinz Guenthardt, who had worked with players like Steffi Graf, Ana Ivanovic and Andrea Petkovic,  will captain Swiss Fed Cup team. Guenthardt replaces Christiane Jolissaint, who stepped down after a 4-1 loss to Australia last month.

4. Couple of days back, it was announced that Martina Navratilova will be participating in Dance With The Stars show. Monica Seles, Martina Hingis and Justine Henin are the other tennis players who had participated in similar kind of dance shows.

Monica Seles on ABC:

Martina Hingis on BBC:

Justine Henin on a Belgian TV show:

5. 35 years old and still going strong as Paola Suárez joins the 500-doubles-match-wins group:

Paola Suárez, 35-year-old, announced her comeback to professional circuit in February 2012 sighting an Olympics gold medal in doubles. Paola, eight time grand slam champion, retired in 2007. On Wednesday, Paola registered her 500th doubles match career win in Acapulco.

Other players in this elite group are:

773 - Lisa Raymond
708 - Liezel Huber
656 - Cara Black
520 - Katarina Srebotnik
500 - Paola Suárez

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