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10
Mar
10

Aussie Women will play on clay against Ukraine in April’s Fed Cup.

The Australian Fed Cup team will play on clay against Ukraine in its World Group play-off tie in April.

Australia will meet the No. 7 seed, Ukraine, in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas on the 24 and 25 April at the Palace of Sports “Lokomotiv” in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

The indoor stadium has already hosted three Ukrainian Fed Cup home ties where the Ukraine team has won two, against Israel in 2009 and Belgium in 2008.

The two wins were on hard court and claycourt indoor with the Bondarenko sisters, Alona world No.24 and Kateryna world No.32 winning the doubles in both to take the ties 3-2.

“At present Samantha Stosur, who is ranked No.11 and Rennae Stubbs, who is No.7 in doubles have been named in the squad but there are two remaining places yet to be named.

“With Jelena Dokic, Anastasia Rodionova, Jarmila Groth, Casey Dellacqua and Alicia Molik all available for the World Group play-off tie, the Ukraine’s selection of clay, as the court surface, and the girls’ upcoming results will play a major factor in who makes the team.”

Stosur currently holds a 2-0 head-to-head record over Alona Bondarenko and a 0-1 head-to-head record against Kateryna Bondarenko.

Stosur and Stubbs last played the Bondarenko sisters in doubles in Dubai in 2009 when they won 3-6 6-3 12-10.

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23
Jan
10

Look for several upsets on Sunday (Day 7).

Day 7 at the 2010 Aussie Open might be remembered as the day of upsets that became the defining moment for many players.  There are 8 matches scheduled to be played, and none of them are easily predictable. Perhaps the easiest to predict will be the meeting between Ukranian Alona Bondarenko and Jie Zheng. I happen to believe that from her performance in winning last week in Hobart and the devastating way in which she destroyed Jankovic, Bondarenko is the best player in the tournament, and the probable finalist from the bottom half of the draw!

The other 3 Women’s matches are too close to call. I won’t be surprised if Wickmayer outlasts Henin, or if Petrova upsets fellow Russian Kuznetsova. but I think Safina may prove to be too experienced for Maria Kirilenko.

On the men’s side Nadal will have to find a way to break the serve of Karlovic or else he will be sitting on the sidelines, the same goes for Andy Murray against Isner, but Murray is a better returner of the ball than Nadal and should contain the big American. Andy Roddick will have to elevate his game to defeat Gonzalez, if this one goes to five sets then Fernando could be the eventual winner. The two big young guns, Cilic and Del Potro is a toss up. On paper Del Potro looks like an easy winner, but unless he shows more than he has in earlier matches he could easily go down to defeat.

All in all Sunday might be the most interesting day so far!

21
Jan
10

WOW! Watch out for Alona Bondarenko!

In an awesome display of remarkable ground strokes, court coverage, overheads and sheer guts, Alona Bondarenko ran Jelena Jankovic off the court. Jankovic did not play that badly, but today she ran into a buzz saw in the shape of Bodarenko, who if she can repeat this performance will be a legitimate contender for a spot in the top ten. This match had everything, and maybe the best quality match by two energetic women seen so far this year.

The score was not close, and there was little that Jankovic could do to slow her opponent down. The final result was a straight set win 6-2, 6-3.

Next up for Bondarenko will be unseeded Chinese player Jie Zheng.

She also caused a shock on Friday, coming from a set down to take out 11th seed Marion Bartoli 5-7 6-3 6-0.

16
Jan
10

Bondarenko wins her second WTA title.

Alona Bondarenko has secured her second Sony Ericsson WTA Tour career title, winning the Moorilla Hobart International today.

Bondarenko, the tournament fourth seed, defeated No.2 seed Shahar Peer in the final 6-2 6-4.

“I have waited a couple of years for this title and I’m happy I won. I hope it’s not the last for this year,” Bondarenko said.

“She (Peer) played great, we have played already a couple of time[s] and I have lost and I have won … today was my day and I won.”

It was a case of fifth time lucky for Bondarenko who has contested the tournament each year since 2006, with her next best result being a quarterfinal appearance in her first year.

The 24-year-old Ukrainian’s only other Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title came in 2006 in Luxemburg.

Bondarenko will now set her sights on the Australian Open, where she is drawn to play a qualifier in the opening round.

“I’m feeling good, and I hope I can play well in Melbourne,” Bondarenko said.

Peer, though disappointed with the loss today, will be confident heading into the Australian Open after a great start to 2010. As well as the final in Hobart she reached the semifinals in Auckland last week.

“I am happy with my year, I played semifinal (Auckland) and the final this week, next week I will need to raise my level of course and I hope to play better from the first match,” Peer said.

15
Jan
10

Shahar Peer and Alona Bondarenko into Moorilla final.

Alona Bondarenko has upset top seed Anabel Medina Garrigues to progress to a final showdown with hard hitting Israeli Shahar Peer.

Bondarenko recovered from a set down to beat the Spaniard 4-6 6-3 6-4, claiming afterwards that she was always confident of her chances despite her early difficulties.

“I was not worried about being down in the first set because you have two more sets to win the game,” Bondarenko said.

Peer was far more impressive in her semifinal win, the second seed crushing unseeded Italian Sara Errani 6-2 6-0.

Peer holds a 3-2 head-to-head advantage over Bondarenko heading into the final, with the latter winning their last meeting on clay.

20
May
09

Sharapova will be tested against Bondarenko.

WARSAW OPEN 2009Maria Sharapova will face a reality check when she faces Alona Bondarenko in her next match at the Warsaw Open. She has looked surprisingly good in her first two matches, and today in an easy win, over a player from Belarus who was probably excited to be on the same court as Maria, she looked to have a better rhythm to her new abbreviated serve.

After her first match in almost 10 months she told reporters that her shoulder was not a problem, and she said that she was pain free. Only her mental ability is in question, and against Bondareko she will have to focus and concentrate on every point. But win or lose it will only be a matter of time before we see her in the top ten.

Sharapova stressed she still faces a long road back to championship form.

“I think I still need match play, and being in different situations in the matches is going to give me that feeling back and that experience back,” she said.

14
May
09

Alona Bodarenko is on the rise…

_alyona-bondarenko-tennisThey didn’t attract much attention outside of their home country but Ukraine did advance to the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group for the first time with an emphatic 5-0 win over Argentina in the coastal resort of Mar del Plata.

The Ukrainian team promised themselves two years ago that they would reach the World Group. Now they have done it, and their No. 1 player Alona Bondarenko says their dream is to win it. But do they have what it takes to do so?

The Bondarenko sisters, who won the Australian Open doubles title back in 2008, lead a nicely balanced group of players. Alona Bondarenko is a regular Top 50 player, having even reached No. 19 in the world, while her sister Kateryna and Mariya Koryttseva are regular Top 100 players, and Olga Savchuk is barely outside the Top 100 in the world.

Since her two victories in the Fed Cup Alona Bondarenko has been playing back to the form that she had when she climbed to #19 in the world in 2008. She has reached the QF in Madrid with 3 impressive wins, two of them against players ranked considerable higher than she is. She easily defeated Serano Cirstea 6-2, 6-2, then upset Svetlana Kuzvetsova 6-3, 6-2, and then went on to win over Anna Chakvetadze 6-0, 2-6, 6-3.




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