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Kirilenko Win Sets Up Fourth Round Match Against Serena Williams

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By Jaclyn Stacey

( January 19, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Fourteenth seed Maria Kirilenko triumphed in a tight encounter against Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 7-6(4), 6-3 on Super Saturday at the Australian Open and progressed into the round of 16 where she will play Serena Williams.


It was a bizarre start to the morning as Kirilenko was asked to remove her visor because it featured two brands on it. The visor had both the Adidas and Stella McCartney logos featured. She obliged and switched to a headband she had handy in her bag.


The twentieth seed Wickmayer lead 2-0 in the first set before the Russian was able to figure out her opponent’s tricky groundstrokes and break immediately back to level. The set then remained on serve, forcing a tie-break situation which Kirilenko edged out 7-6(4) to claim the first set.


The two swapped breaks early on in the second set until Kirilenko managed to hold serve in the fifth game. From there she dominated the match, breaking Wickmayer again and closing out the match 7-6(4) 6-3.


The statistics showed just how close the encounter was, Wickmayer actually creating more winners with 28 compared to 21 from Kirilenko, but also committing more errors than her Russian opponent.


Kirilenko was happy after the match and flashed the engagement ring from her NHL star fiancé Alex Ovechkin for the crowd.


She will face Serena Williams in the fourth round on Monday. The American goes into the match with a 5-0 head-to-head over the fourteenth seed. Kirilenko was in good humor when asked what she needs to do to beat Williams.


“Play over the net, everything done on the lines, every time serve aces and return winners and then I’m going to win this match.”


And more seriously she said, “I’m going to have a rest day tomorrow and I’m going to practice and concentrate on the things I need. It’s going to be good fun for me.”


“It’s gonna be of course a difficult match for hopefully for both of us and she is on fire now, she is winning everything and it’s tough to say with this kind of match. I’m playing well as well so we’ll see.”


Jaclyn Stacey is a Melbourne based freelance journalist covering the Australian Open tournament as media for Tennis Panorama News.  Follow her Australian Open updates on @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal twitter @JackattackAU.


Wozniacki, Kirilenko and Robson “Reflecting” on Their Form Ahead of Australian Open – on a Mirrored Court

By Melinda Samson

(January 13, 2013) MELBOURNE, Australia – On Sunday adidas launched the first “adidas by Stella McCartney” barricade collection of tennis apparelto be worn by tennis players Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Kirilenko and Laura Robson.

The players featured their new outfits on a court of a different kind. Instead of the grass, clay or the hardcourt surfaces they are used to playing on, the collection was unveiled in the world’s first mirror court. The court offered a living kaleidoscope of moving reflections, and allowed the new collection to be showcased from the front, back and sides, all at the same time.


Inspired by the ready to wear collection, the range plays on Stella McCartney’s use of feminine lines that flatter and enhance the female form on court.


The tennis players will wear the range during 2013 Grand Slams, showcasing its leading design qualities, standout aesthetic and performance functionality.


“I always play better when I feel good, that is very important to me,” says Caroline Wozniaki.


“The new adidas by Stella McCartney barricade range makes me feel secure and comfortable on court. The bright color blocking and advanced technology presented in each item I’m wearing gives me the confidence to focus solely on my own performance on court,” said Wozniacki.


To see the new range on court at the Australian Open, watch first round matches between Caroline Wozniaki and Sabine Lisicki, Maria Kirilenko against Vania King and Laura Robson versus Melanie Oudin.


Melinda Samson lives in Melbourne and runs the site Grand Slam Gal. Follow her on twitter @Grandslamgal.

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Five Questions with Ana Ivanovic Before the Australian Open

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Melbourne, Australia – January 14, 2011 – Ana Ivanovic took time out to answer a few questions for Tennis Panorama News. Ivanovic, along with coaches from the adidas development program  were at the Albert Reserve Tennis Centre in Melbourne to help launch adidas’ new Adizero shoes.

Tennis Panorama News: Congratulations on your performance at the Hopman Cup last week, it’s a shame you had to pull out. How are you feeling physically before the Open?

Ana Ivanovic: Physically I’m feeling great, my stomach feels good. It’s unfortunate that I had to pull out last week, but unfortunately these things happen and we cannot avoid that.

TPN: How did you find playing with Novak last week? You guys have really good chemistry between you.

AI: It was so much fun. We’ve known each other for a long time and we are really reat friends. And we joke around and we’re never serious. He’s also a funny guy and I really really enjoy playing with him.

TPN: Have you looked at the draw for the Open yet? How do you think it will go?

AI: Yeah I had a look just before when I was walking off the court. I’m focused just on my first round match (against Makarova), because she’s a tough opponent. Last year I played her just at the US Open actually, so I think it’ll be a tough first round match and I’m looking forward to it.

TPN: What are your goals for the rest of the year, in terms of grand slams and other tournaments?

AI: I’d love to win a slam. I think I can achieve that, and that would be really good.

TPN: Have you traveled around other parts of Australia?

I travel a bit, I would like to do it a bit more but it is hard with tennis tournaments.

The interview was conducted by Julie Zhou covering the adidas Adizero launch in Melbourne for Tennis Panorama News. She is the author of All I Need is a Picket Fence.


Ivanovic Helps adidas Launch Adizero Shoes

Melbourne, Australia – With the Australian Open due to begin on January 17, adidas launched a new promotion featuring Ana Ivanovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Fernando Verdasco, who had their ultra-light Adizero shoes “stolen.”

Fans were given clues on Melbourne’s local radio as to the whereabouts of the shoes. Three lucky listeners who found the three pairs of shoes had the chance of personally delivering them back to the players at a special launch of the Adizero tennis range ahead of the 2011 Australian Open.

Wild weather conditions disrupted Kooyong scheduling and prevented Tsonga and Verdasco from attending, but Ana Ivanovic, as well as coaches from the adidas Player Development Program, Darren Cahill, Sven Groeneveld and Mats Merkel, were on-site to provide advice and hit with budding Australian tennis juniors.

Article and photos by Julie Zhou. She was covering the adidas Adizero launch in Melbourne for Tennis Panorama News. She is the author of All I Need is a Picket Fence.


“Let ’em Eat Cake“ Ivanovic, Henin, Murray, Tsonga and adidas Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary of the Barricade Shoe

New York, NY – August, 27th, 2010 – adidas Store at 610 Broadway In Manhattan – The celebration for the 10th anniversary for the adidas Barricade. Along with some historical product displays and a brief presentation, special guests  Justine Henin, Ana Ivanovic, Andy Murray and Jo Wilfred Tsonga made appearances and spoke about their experiences with the Barricade shoe.

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