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A sad birthday message from Alisa Kleybanova….we wish her a fast, complete recovery.

Hello everyone,

It’s my birthday today and I want to thank all of you for the wonderful messages. I haven’t written anything for a long time about why I haven’t been on tour, so that’s why I’m writing this today. It’s not an easy time for me right now. I’ve been a bit unlucky with my health. I have Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer. I’ve been having treatment in Italy and it has been going well, but it takes lots of patience and I’ve had to be really strong to go through this. The good news is after I do treatment for a few more months, if I feel well, there’s a chance I’ll be able to play tennis again. I really miss playing – I miss seeing fans and friends around the world, I miss hitting the ball, I miss everything. Tennis has been my life for the last 15 years.

There are a few reasons I’m undergoing treatment in Italy. First, I have a training base and many close friends here, so it’s like home. Second, they have a really great hospital here that specializes in this problem; I’ve been going there since the problem started, so the doctors know me well. It’s the best place for me to be – the surroundings help me stay strong. I am a strong person. I’ve shown it before. Obviously this is different than anything I’ve ever experienced, but after this is over my life will be even better than before. This is the toughest time in my life, and I hope it always stays the toughest time in my life. I’m sure I’ll be able to overcome this – it’s just a matter of patience and time. When this is over, everything will be even better than before.

Of course, even though I’m in treatment, I hope I’ll have a fun birthday today 🙂 I’m really happy I have the best and most important people with me here today. My family and best friends are all here. They’re here all of these days and weeks helping me get through this.

Anyway, I wanted to write to you all because it has been a long time… I won’t be on tour for a little while, but I will see you all again soon 🙂





Seeded players exit in the first round of 2011 Medibank Int.

In the opening round of the 2011 Medibank International, French Open champion Francesca Schiavone crashed out, Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova seeing off the fifth-seeded Italian 6-7 (5/7) 6-1 6-2 in two hours and 12 minutes.

Sixth seed Jelena Jankovic also made an early exit as France’s Aravane Rezai beat the Serbian 7-5 2-6 6-3.

Australia’s Sam Stosur, the fourth seed, beat Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 7-5 6-4,

Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka, seeded seven, came from a set down to see off Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 2-6 6-2 6-4 and eighth seed Li Na of China was a 6-1 6-2 winner over Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova.


Sally Peers scores an upset on dy one!

Wild card Sally Peers caused an upset in the first match of the 2011 season as the Australian defeated seventh seeded Russian Alisa Kleybanova 3-6 6-4 6-3 in the first round of the Brisbane International at the Queensland Tennis Centre. Peers, ranked 154 in the world, recovered from a set and a break down to defeat her 25th-ranked opponent. Also in the first round, Serbian Bojana Jovanovski beat Australian Anastasia Rodionova 2-6 6-2 6-3.

Another naturalised Australian, world number 42 Jarmila Groth, reached the second round with a 6-2 7-5 victory over Spaniard Arantxa Parra Santonja. Number five seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated fellow Russian Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 and Czech world number 30 Lucie Safarova beat Uzbek Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3 3-6 6-2.

In the men’s first round sixth seed Feliciano Lopez, of Spain, beat Germany’s Philipp Petzschner 6-4 7-6 (11/9). Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin was a winner over Thiemo de Bakker, of the Netherlands, by a 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 score.


Ivanovic wins her 2nd title of the year, and moves up to #17!

Ana Ivanovic produced a magnificent performance to capture the 2010 Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions title. She defeated Russian Alisa Kleybanova 6-2, 7-6 in a pulsating final – the last match of the WTA Tour season. 

In an unseeded final, Ivanovic broke a head-to-head tie with Alisa Kleybanova, defeating her fellow hard-hitter for the fourth time in seven career meetings with a straight set win, 62 76(5). After trading breaks early in the second set, the two players held serve right until the tie-break; they were even for much of that too, but a Kleybanova double fault at 3-3 gave Ivanovic the edge she needed, and the former No.1 rode that mini-break to the title, firing a big ace to finish it off. “I’d like to congratulate Alisa for a great week, and a fun week too. She gave me a really tough match today,” Ivanovic told the crowd after the match. “Thanks to all of you who show up every day and give us big support all season. We’ve all had a lot of fun in Bali and I really hope to see you all next year.”

As a result of the victory Ana is projected to climb to No.17 in the WTA Rankings, which are published tomorrow.


Ivanovic will face Kleybanova in Bali final.

Birthday girl Ana Ivanovic(23 today) won a thriller against Kimiko Date Krumm to reach the final of the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions. She will now play Alisa Kleybanova, who will bid for her third Asian title this year after easing to a 6-3 6-1 win over Daniela Hantuchova. The battle between Ivanovic and Date Krumm was a match of the highest quality, with several twists and turns before the Serb emerged with a 7-5 6-7 6-2 victory. There were surprises right from the start as Ivanovic lost her opening service game at love, and then her second. In between, Date Krumm fought off three break points as her first service game went to deuce seven times and she eventually held on her sixth game point. In all, Date Krumm managed to hold off nine of 10 break points before Ivanovic began to turn things around. Date Krumm led the first set 5-3 when she held two set points, but Ivanovic fought back to win the next four games. The second set was just as thrilling as Ivanovic twice broke serve, only for Date Krumm to break straight back. The first exchange came at 1-0, and Ivanovic broke a second time to lead 5-3. But she failed to serve out the match, and she also failed to take advantage of a match point at 6-5 before Date Krumm edged the tiebreak 7-5.

But, having battled so hard, the 40-year old from Japan began to fade in the deciding set. Ivanovic broke to lead 1-0 and gave up only one point in the first two games, and a further break at 4-2 all but ended the contest. “Kimiko makes you work really hard for your points. She’s not going to give it to you and you have to take it,” said Ana, who was serenaded by the spectators with ‘Happy Birthday’ as she warmed up for the match. “It was a really tough match mentally and physically and I’m really pleased I used the opportunities in the third set.”

The second semi-final lacked the drama of the first, as after an even start Kleybanova took control. Two late breaks of serve earned her the first set, and a break for 2-0 after Hantuchova had held three game points gave her the start she wanted in the second. Another break for 5-1 followed. “I think one of the keys was my serve, because it really helped me today on important points in the first set. I felt very good with it in the second set as well. I was able to mix it up and hit some aces. Definitely when you have a big serve it puts pressure on the opponent,” said Kleybanova, who won the first two titles of her career this year in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. Hantuchova admitted she had been overpowered by a stronger opponent.

“She really didn’t give me too much of a chance and was much more aggressive than I was,” said Hantuchova. “I felt like I started well. I was reading her shots pretty well and was moving fine, and then she just started going for it even more and really put me under pressure from her first shot.”


‘Surfs Up’ for WTA players in Bali.

The Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions has yet to begin its on-court activities however starting today a few of the players participated in the surfing lessons with Rip Curl as part of the off court activities hosted by the tournament. The lessons were conducted on the beachfront of The Westin Resort in Nusa Dua, Bali, Senin (1/11).

The players who took the opportunity to learn a little about surfing were Yanina Wickmayer, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Alisa Kleybanova under the guidance of Jonny Deaker (instructor/owner of Rip Curl Bali). Deaker introduced the sport to the players through a brief introduction of the surf board, followed by a few surfing positions and paddling techniques on the board. He also shared a few tricks on how to balance their bodies whilst on the board, besides informing them on how to handle the surf.

“I understand a lot of people come to Bali especially to surf, and this is a magnificent experience for me” said Wickmayer. Whilst Pavlyuchenkova who during the session slipped of her board into the ocean as she lost balance, admits she had a really fun time. She expressed that she really liked watersports activities on the beach. Kleybanova also said the same and was enthusiastic jumping in the ocean with her board.


Kleybanova wins her second WTA title in Korea.

Alisa Kleybanova won the Korea Open after a straight-sets victory over Klara Zakopalova in the final in Seoul.

The fifth-seeded Russian beat her Czech opponent 6-1 6-3 in one hour 12 minutes to claim her second title.

Kleybanova was on the front foot from the off as she raced into a 5-0 lead in the first set and her dominance continued throughout the match.

Kleybanova converted six of her seven break point opportunities and saved three of the five she faced.

The victory was the Russian’s first over Zakopalova in their second career meeting.

She will meet Ana Ivanovic in a first round match on Tuesday in Tokyo. Ivanovic defeated the last time they played but Kleybanova holds a 2-1 edge in matches played.


Ivanovic just can’t get a break, but Sharapova has a ‘dream’ draw.

Ana Ivanovic takes on Russian nemesis Alisa Kleybanova in the first round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, which begins in Tokyo on Sunday. The clash between the pair will be their fourth encounter this year, with Kleybanova holding a 2-1 head-to-head advantage. However, Ana won their most recent meeting in July, when she beat Kleybanova 6-3, 6-2 during the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.

If Ana beats the world No.28 she will face either Yanina Wickmayer from Belgium or 11th seed Marion Bartoli in round two. Eighth seed Victoria Azarenka is a possible third round adversary, while Samantha Stosur or former world No. 1 Dinara Safina could await in the quarter finals.

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki and sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska are potential semi-final opponents.

The bottom half of the draw includes Wimbledon and US Open finalist Vera Zvonareva, third seed Jelena Jankovic, French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, seventh seed Elena Dementieva and 12th seed Maria Sharapova, all of whom Ana cannot face until the final.


Petrova into the final four, but Safina loses out.

Nadia Petrova swept past Kirsten Flipkens to seal her place in the semi-finals of the Korea Open in Seoul.

The top-seeded Russian cruised to a 6-2 6-1 success over her Belgian opponent on Friday.

Petrova broke serve five times on her way to victory in just over an hour.

Alisa Kleybanova, the fifth seed, was an equally comprehensive winner, seeing off fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 6-2.

Kleybanova will now play Agnes Szavay, who made it three seeds in the last four as the eighth-seeded Hungarian saw off Japan’s Kimiko Date Krumm 6-2 6-7 (3/7) 6-3.

Klara Zakopalova, of the Czech Republic, was a 7-5 6-3 winner over wildcard and former world number one Dinara Safina in the other last-eight tie.


Jankovic, Safina, Oudin all out in San Diego!

Top seed Jelena Jankovic suffered a straight-sets loss in the second round of the Mercury Insurance Open in San Diego.

The former world number one was beaten 7-5 6-2 by Alisa Kleybanova in one hour 52 minutes in the evening game, her first appearance at the tournament following a first-round bye.

The shock result came after second seed Samantha Stosur, fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska and seventh seed Shahar Peer had all secured their passage to the last eight.

Radwanska claimed a 6-1 6-3 victory over former world number one Dinara Safina in one hour six minutes.

It was her first win in three meetings against the Russian.

The Pole said: “The match was closer than the score looked.

“I’m really happy with this win.”

Peer defeated Yaroslava Shvedova 7-5 6-4, while Stosur beat Melanie Oudin 6-4 6-4.

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