Archives for November 2012

2012 Year End Review: The women ranked Nos. 41-50


Cornet reached No. 11 in 2009 but she hasn’t recovered from harrowing loss to Safina at the Aussie Open


We continue a review of the top 50 singles players on the ATP and WTA Tours. Every day for the next 10 days we will look at 10 new players. We continue with the women ranked Nos. 41 -50.

41. Sofia Arvidsson

Considered one of the WTA

2012 Top 50 Breakdown: the men, Nos. 41-50


Nicolay was once a top 3 player but he’s fallen back to the pack.

Thus begins a review of the top 50 singles players on the ATP and WTA Tours. Every day for the next 10 days we will look at 10 new players. We begin with the men ranked Nos. 41 -50.

41: Jarrko Nieminen

The never-say-retire Fin remains a cagey and threatening all court player at the age of 31. No he poll: WTA Coaches of Year Candidates

Who got the most out of their players in 2012?

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Sam Sumyk for Victoria Azarenka
The Positives: After working diligently with the talented yet sometimes erratic Belarussian for a little over two years, Sumyk finally got her to a place where her fitness was excellent, she wasn’t as predictable with her game planning and she only went for winners when balls were firmly in her wheelhouse. For the first quarter of the year, the balls always seemed to be right where she wanted them. Azarenka snared her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne with a very impressive run, grabbed the No. 1 ranking and played lights out until April. She pushed Serena Williams harder than anyone did during the summer in a big match in the US Open final. As she said, he helped her mature and to learn to take her destiny into her own hands.

The Question Marks: She failed to beat Serena Williams even once in five big meetings and did not win title on clay or grass. While she ended the year ranked No. 1, losing to Williams and Maria Sharapova at the WTA Championnships put her in a questionable position heading into 2013.

Thomas Hogstedt for Maria Sharapova

The future of their relationship was very much in doubt after she started 2011 slowly, but she kept the faith in the veteran Swedish coach and he in her. With a steady hand, he convinced her to work the points more and

The Question Marks: World No. 2 Sharapova seems to have almost conceded that she

Good year or bad year

Maria needs a win over Serena & no blowout losses

Will Murray be Sports Personality of the Year?

In the UK, punters love a novelty bet. One of the most intriguing special bets markets around at the moment is the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

This takes place each December and the winner is the sportsman or woman who is deemed to have achieved the most in sport each year

The worm turns up a Davis Cup hero

Radek was all heart and know-how

In the end, it was the old man of Czech tennis who proved to have the strongest legs, the biggest heart and a world of know.

For the first time since 1980, the Czech Republic is raising the Davis Cup trophy after edging powerhouse Spain 3-2 in the final. After Spain

Davis Cup Final: Czechs take 2-1 lead


Berdych and Stepanek served wonderfully.

Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez put on a doubles clinic in the first set of their Davis Cup match against Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek, but then big serving and clutch returning took over Czech

Berdych barely snaps weak link

Almagro pushed Berdych to 5 sets.

Nicolas Almagro proved to Tomas Berdych that he

ATP World Finals: Djokovic seals Player of Year honors


By Douglas Robson

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ATP World Finals: No. 1 vs No. 2


Roger is looking to win his 7th ATP Finals.

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