Posts Tagged ‘Daniela Hantuchova

14
Nov
11

Daniela’s new 2012 calendar will support Cambodian hospital for orphans.

Daniela’s new calendar is going to be out very soon – you can get it from Tennis Warehouse on November 18th. The photo shoot for the calendar was a lot of fun because we did it in Monte Carlo, where I live. The whole team was great once again and it was more fun than work, because we all knew it was for a great cause…

All money from the calendar goes to the hospital in Cambodia where we are treating and taking care of orphans who are HIV positive. The improvement we have seen in their health the last few years has been incredible and it keeps us motivated to work even harder and help as much as we can. It’s all about making a difference in their lives.

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26
Oct
11

Eight ladies head to Bali for the year ending tournament.

Marion Bartoli

The line-up for the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions has been finalised. The event takes place in Bali, Indonesia, during 3-6 November. Ana Ivanovic is the defending champion. She is one of two wild card entrants into the event – the other being China’s Shuai Peng. The six women that gained entry by virtue of being the highest ranked players to have won International Series tournaments this year are Marion Bartoli, Sabine Lisicki, Roberta Vinci, Daniela Hantuchova, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Nadia Petrova. Ana won’t be seeded, thus she will face Bartoli, Lisicki, Vinci or Hantuchova in the opening round of the knock-out event.

“We are delighted to have such a strong player field in what will be the final year of operating the Tournament of Champions in Bali. We look forward to welcoming them and I know that everyone in Bali is looking forward to an exciting event,” said Kevin Livesey, tournament director of the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions.

14
Sep
11

Top seed Daniela Hantuchova survived a second-set slump to advance to the second round of the Bell Challenge in Quebec.

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Hantuchova stormed through the opening set against Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic without dropping a game, only to suffer a major lapse in concentration and lose the second 6-2. However, the Slovakian recovered her composure to win the decider and seal a 6-0 2-6 6-4 victory. Third seed Tamira Paszek went through a very similar experience in beating American qualifier Ashley Weinhold 6-0 4-6 6-2, but second seed Lucie Safarova enjoyed a much easier victory, beating American Jill Craybas 6-2 6-1. Eighth seed Anna Tatishvili was the biggest casualty, winning the first set 7-5 but losing the next two 6-4 to bow out at the hands of French qualifier Julie Coin.

05
Aug
11

Young Sloane Stephens is into the quarter finals in Carlsbad.

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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.

28
Jul
11

Sharapova and Serena on track to meet in the semifinals.

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Maria Sharapova battled to a 6-2 2-6 6-4 win over Daniela Hantuchova to book her place in the quarter-finals of the Bank of the West Classic – and a possible meeting with Serena Williams. The Russian, who had a bye in the first round, was straight into her stride and, despite a blip in the second set, held off Hantuchova to progress. Next up will be either WIlliams or Maria Kirilenko.

Third seed Marion Bartoli found life a litter easier against Canada’s Rebecca Marino, the Frenchwoman claiming a 6-4 6-3 win. Also through to the qaurter-finals are fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska and eighth seed Dominika Cibulkova.

27
Jul
11

“No. 1 is great but I really want to play well,” Williams said. “Maybe this whole thing is teaching me to be patient.”

Daniela Hantuchova beat qualifier Rina Fujiwara of Japan, 6-0, 6-2 to set up a second-round meeting with second-seeded Maria Sharapova, who had a first-round bye.

Serena Williams made her belated return to WTA Tour play in the United States by cruising past Anastasia Rodionova 6-0, 6-0 at the Bank of the West Classic on Tuesday. Williams, ranked 169th, moved smoothly on the court against the overmatched, 105th-ranked Australian, who has lost five straight. “It was me being focused,” Williams said. “I’ve always said if I play my best no one can beat me. Hopefully I can get back to that level.” She will play further tournaments in Cincinnati and Toronto before stepping back onto the big stage at the U.S. Open.

Williams’ opponent in the second round will be Russia’s Maria Kirilenko, who had a surprisingly comfortable 6-2, 6-3 win over sixth-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany. The 25th-ranked Kirilenko, who reached the quarterfinal of this event last year, snapped a 13-match losing streak against the top 20 with her victory over Goerges, but faces a tough task against Williams. “She’s coming back and she’s winning again,” Kirilenko said of Williams. “I need to be focused every minute.”

Germany’s Sabine Lisicki defeated Romania’s Simona Halep, 6-1, 6-2 and will take on Samantha Stosur in the second round; the Australian fourth seed also had a bye. Also getting free passage to the second round was top-seeded Victoria Azarenka. Her opponent will be qualifier Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, who beat Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson, 6-2, 6-1.

 

24
Jun
11

Victoria Azarenka shined brightest thru a rain delay on Wimbledon’s Centre Court to clinch a three-set victory over Daniela Hantuchova.

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The match was tied at one set all and with Hantuchova serving at 2-1 down when the rain came, forcing the players off court while the roof was closed. When play resumed, Azarenka was clearly fired up and pounced on Hantuchova’s serve to claim what proved to be the decisive break. Azarenka, the highest-ever ranked Belarusian woman, won 6-3 3-6 6-2 and will meet Nadia Petrova in the fourth round. “(The rain break) probably was to my advantage but I am actually really glad I stayed so composed, I went out there very motivated and focused. That was important,” said Azarenka. “Daniela is in big form right now and it was a tough battle. We had a lot of great rallies and she serves big so I had to stay tough, keep fighting and take the first chance I got.”

 

16
Jun
11

Daniela Hantuchova continues her best form with her first win over Venus.

Venus Williams’ hopes of securing a title on her return from injury were ended today as she was beaten by Daniela Hantuchova in the quarter-finals of the AEGON International at Eastbourne. Williams, who has this week returned to the game after a spell on the sidelines with knee and hip problems, had impressed in reaching the last eight but her Slovakian opponent proved too strong as she secured a 6-2 5-7 6-2 success. The American, seeded 23 for Wimbledon, struggled badly during the opening set and conceded two breaks of serve to lose it 6-2. She appeared to be on the verge of a straight-sets defeat after being broken again early in the second set but she rallied valiantly from 4-2 down to force a decider. But her serve let her down as she won just 38% of first serve points in the final set to allow Hantuchova to prevail in a match lasting almost two and a half hours.

Williams’ sister Serena, herself returning from injury, went out to Vera Zvonareva in the second round yesterday.

 

 

13
Jun
11

Lisicki upsets Hantuchova to win her 2nd. WTA title.

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Unseeded German Sabine Lisicki upset the odds again as she lifted the AEGON Classic title in Birmingham. Lisicki had already toppled the third seed Shuai Peng of China to reach the final in the midlands. And she continued her good run by overpowering Daniela Hantuchova, seeded fourth, 6-3 6-2 in the rain-delayed final. The 21-year-old, currently ranked 100th in the world, broke Hantuchova once in the opening set and then twice again to seal her second WTA Tour title.

 

12
Jun
11

A typical British summer’s day!

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The AEGON Championships final between Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has been delayed. Organisers had brought the final forward two hours to 1200 BST in a bid to beat forecast rain but the wet weather arrived early this morning to ensure the covers were kept firmly on the west London court. Tournament director Chris Kermode said organisers would “wait as long as we can” in a bid to get the final played on Sunday, although the forecast is not good. That brings the prospect of a Monday final into play. “We’re talking to Andy and Jo on a half-hour basis,” he told BBC Sport. “If we don’t get any play today at all we will play the final tomorrow (Monday) at 1230.”

The same situation prevails in Birmingham at the Aegon Classic where the final has been postponed.

 




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