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Indian Wells has been hard hit by a stomach virus epidemic.

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Frenchman Gael Monfils was the highest-profile victim of the illness – which tournament officials were quick to say had nothing to do with their food service. Monfils was one of six players who have either pulled out or quit a match in the past several days due to the illness. WTA players Vera Zvonareva and Vania Kind were forced to withdraw from their third round matches. Other players have complained of ‘not feeling so good’ including Petra Kvitova. Don’t be surprised to see more withdrawls from competition this week!

“There is currently a Coachella Valley-wide virus, which is resulting in symptoms of nausea and vomiting, fever and subsequent diarrhoea,” the local Eisenhower Medical Centre said. “It is self-limited and lasts between 24 and 48 hours. It is transmitted by air and direct contact and not passed via food.” Hospitals across the area had seen a surge of patients with such symptoms. “At Eisenhower Medical Centre, which provides medical support for the BNP Paribas Open, we have seen increases in overall visits to the emergency department by about 15 per cent over the past week, mostly adults and children with these symptoms,” the statement said. “We have seen fans and players at the tournament experience these symptoms as well.”


Masha off to a strong start at the 2012 Aussie Open.

Sharapova of Russia serves to Dulko of Argentina during their women's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

Maria Sharapova was at her ruthless best as she lost just one game en route to the Australian Open second round. The No.4 seed, who won the title at Melbourne Park in 2008, needed less than an hour to account for Argentina’s Gisela Dulko 6-0 6-1 in stifling conditions on the Hisense Arena. Despite fears over her fitness coming into the tournament following the ankle injury that forced her out of the Brisbane International, Sharapova quickly got into her stride. The Russian wrapped up the first set in just 25 minutes and had rattled off eight games on the bounce before Dulko finally got onto the scoreboard. However despite losing her serve, Sharapova broke back immediately before seeing out the match.

“I knew I had a tough opponent today,” said Sharapova, who registered 14 winners. “I focused on every point and took her time away – she’s a player who loves time on the ball.”

Russian stars Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova were both pushed hard in the opening round of the Australian Open on Tuesday. Both players required three sets to progress in hot conditions in Melbourne, hardly the ideal start to the campaign. Seventh seed Zvonareva took three hours and 15 minutes to see off battling Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru. The former Wimbledon and US Open finalist eventually prevailed 7-6 (7/4) 6-7 (5/7) 6-3. Kuznetsova, who has vowed to be aggressive as she looks to add the Australian crown to previous success at the French and US Opens, was not on court as long, but was still taken to a third set by Chanelle Scheepers. The 18th seed looked in a spot of bother when she lost the second set but she refocused and pulled away in the decider to win 6-3 3-6 6-0. Kuznetsova cracked 39 winners to her opponent’s 15. The two Russians will meet in the last eight if both continue to progress through the draw.






Sam Stosur loses again at home…..must be nerves!


Sam Stosur suffered another setback in her build up to the first grand slam of 2012 as she crashed out of the Sydney International. Fifth-seeded Stosur, who also lost in the second round in Brisbane, will now head into the Australian Open short of match practice following the 6-2 6-4 defeat to Francesca Schiavone. Schiavone, who beat Stosur in the 2010 French Open final, was never troubled as she secured a second-round clash with Daniela Hantuchova, a 7-5 6-2 victor over Roberta Vinci.

Stosur was not the only seed to fall at the first hurdle, though, as sixth-seeded Vera Zvonareva was comprehensively beaten 6-1 6-2 by fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova. Despite the two upsets, defending champion Li Na and fellow seeds Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska and Marion Bartoli all booked their place in the second round.

Li needed just 66 minutes to account for Russian qualifier Ekaterina Makarova 6-0 6-3, while third-seeded Azarenka beat Stefanie Vogele 6-2 6-1. No.7 seed Radwanska overcame her sister Urszula Radwanska 6-1 6-1, while eighth-seeded Bartoli toppled Polona Hercog 6-3 6-3. South African qualifier Chanelle Scheepers set up a second-round showdown with French Open champion Li with a 6-4 6-2 win over Melinda Czink.

Dominika Cibulkova will face No.1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki after a 6-2 4-6 6-4 success against Peng Shuai, while Alexandra Dulgheru routed Sofia Arvidsson 6-1 6-1 and she will now take on Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.




Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia dumped top seed Vera Zvonareva out of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Friday.


The eighth seed overcame the world number five 4-6 6-4 6-4 despite struggling with a knee injury she suffered in her previous match. Both players received medical timeouts during the clash, with Zvonareva struggling with a shoulder problem in the deciding set. The Russian rushed into a 40-0 lead as she served to stay in the match at 4-5 but was unable to convert on each occasion as Cibulkova broke to clinch the win. Zvonareva admitted afterwards that she probably shouldn’t have competed the match due to her injury. “I started having pain in my shoulder in the second set and I started thinking about it and was afraid it would get worse,” the world number five said. “I’ve tried to fight through the pain but just couldn’t get it done. I probably should have stopped. “I have this bad habit – I often keep on playing even when I have an injury and it doesn’t do me any good.” Cibulkova, the world number 20, will take on Russia’s Elena Vesnina in the semi-finals after she received a walkover following the withdrawal of Marion Bartoli through illness. It meant Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska claimed the last available place at the season-ending WTA Championship in Istanbul. Bartoli had to win the Moscow tournament to qualify for the year-end event in Turkey at Radwanska’s expense, the Pole having gone out in the second round. “I’m so happy to finally qualify for the Championships as one of the top eight singles players,” Radwanska said on the WTA website. “Just a few weeks ago I didn’t think I had a chance of qualifying and I am now so happy to end my season in Istanbul.” There was another shock result later in the afternoon when sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was hammered 6-1 6-2 by Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. And on a poor day for the home players, Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic reomoved Vera Dushevina 6-4 6-4 to earn a clash with Kanepi for a place in the final.




Sharapova and Zvonareva will host a tennis clinic for students and an exhibition match against each other.

Photos: Maria Sharapova and Vera Zvonareva attend a press conference in Taipei

Photos: Maria Sharapova arrives to Taipei for tennis exhibition

Maria Sharapova and Vera Zvonareva are in Taipei where they will host a tennis clinic for students and an exhibition match against each other.

Maria was mobbed by her fans at the airport….she’s hard to disguise at blond, beautiful and 6’2″!




“It was a great win for me,” said Pennetta. “I think in the third set I was a little bit nervous when I started to think too much about closing the match, so I’m really proud of my game today.”

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Italy’s Flavia Pennetta sent third seed and former champion Maria Sharapova tumbling out of the US Open with a shock third-round win. Pennetta, the 26th seed, came through 6-3 3-6 6-4 in a dramatic match on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Sharapova had been among the favourites for the title after winning the build-up tournament in Cincinnati last month.

Second seed Vera Zvonareva beat Anabel Medina Garrigues, conqueror of Britain’s Laura Robson, 6-4 7-5.

Romania’s Monica Niculescu thrashed Czech 27th seed Lucie Safarova 6-0 6-1 to set up a surprise last-16 match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber, who beat Alla Kudryavtseva 6-3 6-1. Germany’s Sabine Lisicki, the 22nd seed and Wimbledon semi-finalist, defeated American Irina Falconi 6-0 6-1, while 13th seed Peng Shuai of China beat German 19th seed Julia Goerges 6-4 7-6 (7-1). In the night session, Russian 25th seed Maria Kirilenko ended the run of American hope Christina McHale 6-2 6-3.



Agnieszka Radwanska overcame top seed Vera Zvonareva to claim her first title in over three years with victory at the Mercury Insurance open in Carlsbad.


Radwanska, the third seed, was battling a shoulder problem but never dropped a serve in a 6-3 6-4 victory.  It is the Pole’s first title since Eastbourne in 2008, and her fifth career title. The defeat ended a career-high nine-game winning streak for the Russian Zvonareva. Radwanska pocketed the first set in 30 minutes on the back of a service break in the fourth game. She took control of the second set with a break for 2-1 and carried the margin to the win.

The champion said: “Everything was working. Even though I had two really tough matches in the quarters and semi-finals, I played very well today. “I really wanted to win this tournament so I was really focused from the beginning. Winning a tournament with a lot of great matches against top players is very special.”


Top-seeded Vera Zvonareva will play Agnieszka Radwanska in the Carlsbad final.


Vera Zvonareva of Russia won the first four games of the third set, then held on for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in the semifinals of the Mercury Insurance Open on Saturday night. The top-seeded and third-ranked Zvonareva, who won a hardcourt event last week in Azerbaijan, will play Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in the finals. Radwanska beat Andrea Petkovic of Germany, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4, in the other semifinal. “At the end, I came up with the good shots when I needed to,” Zvonareva said.

Zvonareva raised her game substantially as she won the first four games of the third set after losing a tough first set, then needing seven set points to finish off the second. But trailing 5-1 in the third, Ivanovic came back to win three straight games and force Zvonareva to serve for the match. The Russian, who had a match point on her serve at 5-3, finally closed the match when Ivanovic netted a forehand. “I started to play more aggressive,” Zvonareva said. “I felt like sometimes I was going for some crazy shots and making some wrong decisions. But I knew that I had to push myself to keep trying them. They didn’t work in the first set, then they started slowing working and it helped me to win the match.”

Zvonareva, the two-time Grand Slam finalist, reached her third final this season and increased her winning streak to a career-high nine matches. She forced a third set after squandering six set points before finally hitting a backhand winner to nail down the second set. The Russian broke Ivanovic’s serve in the first game of the match. The pair then held serve until Ivanovic broke back in the 10th game to even the set at 5-all. After Ivanovic held serve, she won the set when Zvonareva double-faulted on set point. “I had chances in the second set despite that she was playing well,” Ivanovic said. “She played well and she got a lot of balls back. In the third set, I struggled a little bit physically in the beginning. I started to feel better a little too late. “My arms, my legs, I just started feeling a little fatigued.”

Radwanska, seemingly still bothered by a right shoulder injury, rebounded from losing the first set by winning 10 straight games to win the second set and jump ahead 4-0 in the third. Petkovic revealed she was sick to her stomach when she took the court, and that it got worse as the match wore on. Petkovic eventually sprinted off the court during the second set to go to the bathroom so she could vomit. “Is it more embarrassing running off the court like a maniac or throwing up on court and being on SportsCenter for the next 25 years?” Petkovic asked. “Yeah, running off the court is better, so that’s what I did.” Radwanska took advantage of the situation and raised her game while Petkovic dealt with her issue. “I think I was more relaxed,” Radwanska said about losing the first set. “I just thought I have really nothing to lose. She’s playing well, this is the semifinal. I was really starting to play much better, playing aggressive, pretty much no mistakes.”

Radwanska reached her first championship match since she lost here last year to Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova. She will be seeking for her first title since 2008 and her fifth overall.


Top seeds advance to the Carlsbad semifinals.

Ana charges into semis

Four of the top five seeds will contest the semi-finals at the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad. Three of the four quarter-finals went to the form guide to set up some intriguing semi-finals.

Top seed Vera Zvonareva overcame Sabine Lisicki, seeded 12th, 6-3 3-6 6-4 to set up a final four meeting with fifth seed Ana Ivanovic, the only player to eliminate a higher seed today as she knocked out number four Shuai Peng 6-4 6-2.

The other semi-final will see second seed Andrea Petkovic face number three Agnieszka Radwanska. Petkovic beat wildcard Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-1 while Radwanska recovered from a woeful opening set to beat number eight Daniela Hantuchova 0-6 6-4 6-4.


Young Sloane Stephens is into the quarter finals in Carlsbad.


The Mercury Insurance Open continues to stick close to the form book as the top seeds dominated in the third round. Number one Vera Zvonareva brushed aside fellow Russian Vera Dushevina 6-3 6-0, while second seed Andrea Petkovic was leading 6-2 3-0 when Virginie Razzano retired hurt to clear her path. Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded third, was a 6-1 6-0 winner over Christina McHale though fourth seed Shuai Peng had to come from behind to beat 15th seed Sara Errani 4-6 6-2 7-6 (9-7). Ana Ivanovic, seeded fifth, cruised past Alberta Brianti 6-1 6-2, while eighth seed Daniela Hantuchova saw off Jie Zheng 6-2 4-6 6-4.

In the final match of the day, 12th seed Sabine Lisicki saw off Coco Vandeweghe 6-4 6-3. However, there will be one wild-card in the quarter-finals as Sloane Stephens progressed when Tamira Paszek retired hurt from their match. Stephens was leading 5-3 at the time.

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