Tennis News Net Notes for December 23, 2011

Danielle Rossingh  of  Bloomberg News reports that Sony Ericsson will not renew their sponsorship of the WTA tour when their contract expires at end of next year.

“After seven years partnering with the WTA, we have decided not to renew the partnership,” said Sony Ericsson spokeswoman Graciela Pineda said in an interview with Bloomberg. “We feel that after seven years our brand has evolved and our business as well.”

“They have been a great partner and we will miss them,” the WTA Tour said in a statement emailed to Bloomberg News. “We look forward to the next phase of growth with our existing and future partners.”


Maria Sharapova has pulled out of Brisbane with an ankle injury. She expects to be ready to play theAustralian Open.  “I do expect to be ready for the year’s first Grand Slam and I am really looking forward to competing on court,” said Sharapova.



Swedish player Lucas Renard has been suspended for six months and fined $5000 dollars for breaching an article of the anti-corruption program that says: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event,” the unit said in a statement to media.

Renard ranked 882nd in the world admitted to the offense. Four of six months of ban will be suspended.



Evonne Goolagong Cawley has been honored with the women’s singles trophy at the Brisbane International being named after her.

Goolagong Cawley said: “I have won a few trophies in my time but I have never had a major event name their trophy after me.”

The Brisbane International tournament begins January 1st .



French players Jeremy Chardy and Aravane Rezai have been awarded wildcards into the Australian Open under a reciprocal agreement between the two tennis federations.


Craybas, Davis, Stephens and Rezai are Among the US Open Women’s Wildcards


Americans Jill Craybas, USTA Girls’ 18s Champion Lauren Davis, Jamie Hampton, Alison Riske, and teenager Sloane Stephens, along with Australia’s Casey Dellacqua and France’s Aravane Rezai have been granted main draw wildcards into the 2011 US Open Tennis Championships:   The 2011 US Open will be played August 29 – September 11 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

One more main draw wildcard will be awarded to the winner of the 2011 US Open Wild Card Playoff held by USTA Player Development at the Junior Tennis Champions Center, one of the USTA Certified Regional Training Centers, in College Park, Md., this week.


The US Open qualifying wild cards are: 2011 Wimbledon girls’ singles champion Ashleigh Barty (15, Ipswich, Australia); 2008 Orange Bowl champion Julia Boserup (19, Newport Beach, Calif.); 2010 US Open girls’ singles champion Daria Gavrilova (17, Moscow, Russia); two-time USTA Girls’ 18s finalist Nicole Gibbs (18, Santa Monica, Calif.), a rising sophomore at Stanford; 2010 Easter Bowl champion Krista Hardebeck (16, Santa Ana, Calif.); Madison Keys (16, Boca Raton, Fla.), who won her first professional title on the USTA Pro Circuit in June, 2010; Jessica Pegula (17, Boca Raton, Fla.),  and Taylor Townsend (15, Stockbridge. Ga.), who reached the semifinals at last week’s USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships.


BNP Paribas Open Day Six: “No Ruffling” for Wozniacki, Nadal, Sharapova

Photo courtesy of Tennis Served Fresh

Hardly a ruffle for Wozniacki

One can argue about the much talked about Caroline Wozniacki’s latest designer tennis dress,  but there was no dispute about her play on Monday at the BNP Paribas Open. Despite a career 0-3 record against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, the World No. 1 took apart the Spaniard 6-1, 6-3.

Keys to victory said Wozniacki,“It was important to move my feet, try to get as many returns back, and it helped me a little bit that she didn’t get too many first serves in so I could go in and dictate the game.”


More cupcakes for Nadal

Rafael Nadal continues his smooth sailing in the desert by dispatching qualifier American Ryan Sweeting 6-3, 6-1. Nadal won 95 percent of his first serve points.

“I didn’t play nothing really impressive, but I played solid. I didn’t have big mistakes,”  said Nadal. “The more positive thing is I finished much better than the beginning of the match. So improve during the match always very good news, no?”

His benevolent draw will continue as he‘ll face his third qualifier in a row in the fourth round – Somdev Devvarman who stopped Xavier Malisse.


Winning Ugly

Sixteen double faults does not a pretty match make, but Dinara Safina will take it. The determined Russian toppled fourth seeded Samantha Stosur 7-6, 6-4. The slumping Safina notched her first win over a top five player in almost two years.


Birthday bad luck, Concern for Japan

Maria Sharapova gave no gifts to Aravane Rezai celebrating her 24th birthday.  The Russian pushing aside the Frenchwoman 6-2, 6-2. Sharapova appeared to be trying to adjust to a new service stance.  Sharapova on Rezai –” She had a lot of errors. I returned a lot better, and served a lot better in the second set.”

During her news conference, Sharapova wore a T-shirt commemorating Chernobyl’s 25th anniversary. She’s a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Development  Fund and contributed money  to aid victims of Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Her family left the area that was part of Russia a year before she was born.

She spoke about the recent natural disasters in Japan, “It opens your eyes, and obviously puts a lot of perspective in your life. It’s a country where I have very great memories from. I started playing there when I was very young and I always loved my experiences there.”


Upset Special

World No. 4 Robin Soderling said he should have never taken court against Philipp Kohlschrieber due to a left foot injury, but did so anyway. “I lost the match when I decided to go on court,” Soderling said. He had been in bed for five days before the tournament with a fever.  The Swede paid the price and was stopped by the German 7-6 (8), 6-4.


Dangerous Floater Moves on

Juan Martin Del Portro was in a first set dog fight with the Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov but finally took control in the second set surviving for 7-6, 6-3 victory. He’ll face Philip Kohlschreiber next. He could be on a semifinal collision course with Rafael Nadal.


Back to Earth

It happens so many times, a player gets a “career” win and then fails to back it up in the very next match. Latest victim Donald Young, who took out No. 5 Andy Murray on Saturday, but was destroyed on Monday by veteran Tommy Robredo 6-0, 6-4.


Twitter Curse?

Eleventh -seeded Nicolas Almagro just joined the world of twitter on Sunday (@NicoAlmagro) and was taken out of the tournament on Monday by Spanish compatriot Alberto Montanes 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.


Surviving ruffles and wearing ruffles

A woman known for wearing a ruffle or two or three or more, Russia’s Nadia Petrova found herself in a battle with young American Christina McHale. Petrova held off McHale 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.


Getting a groove back?

Sam Querrey has strung a couple of good wins together this week at the BNP Paribas Open.  He was victorious over Janko Tipsarevic on Saturday and Monday night he outgunned ninth seeded Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-4.  The American advances to the fourth round and will  face Verdasco’s countryman Tommy Robredo.