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Chef Pierrick Boyer Serving Taste of Tennis Down Under

Pierrick Boyer

(January 4, 2013) The Australian Open is less than two weeks away and with the anticipation of an upcoming major, Melbourne will play host many pre-tournament soirees. One of the very special events will be the Swisse Taste of Tennis – where the culinary world meets the tennis world to raise funds for charity. This is the sister event to the Taste of Tennis in New York which has kicked off the US Open for the past 13 years.

Some of the tennis players scheduled to participate in the event include Lleyton Hewitt, Max Myrni, Tamira Paszek, Ivan Lendl, Lucia Safarova, Casey Dellacqua, Anastasia and Arina Rodionova, Yaraslava Shvedova and Chanelle Scheepers.

Tennis Panorama News caught up with award-winning international pastry chef, Melbourne resident Pierrick Boyer, who will be one of the featured chefs at Taste of Tennis. Boyer has 21 years in the field working with some of the industry’s most internationally renowned chefs.

Boyer has participated in the event four times. “Let’s not forget it’s a charity event and it is one of my favorite events of the year,” Boyer emphasized. “It is fun, there is beautiful food, we talk about sports and there are great people who want to make a difference. I love giving my time for charities, tennis, food and promoting Melbourne.” Boyer is the Head Pastry Chef of Le Petit Gâteau in Melbourne.

“Yes, I am a big (tennis) fan,” Boyer said. “I’ve been to the Indian Wells Tournament, because I lived nearby for five years and, of course, the Australian Open where, luckily, I did some cooking classes for the tennis players. I had the pleasure to meet Aleksandra Wozniak, Arina and Anastasia Rodionova, Gael Monfils and Henri Leconte, Mansour Bahrami, who are fantastic to see on the court. And I used to play years ago,” Boyer said with a smile.

I asked Boyer if he thought there was a similarity between chefs and tennis players, since both have intense training and travel all over the globe. Also many of players seem to be “foodies.”

“I agree,” said Boyer.” We have this in common with some chefs who travel the world and I am lucky I can do this as well, several countries are already scheduled for my desserts making workshops overseas. But the life of a tennis player is hard as well, loads of traveling and that’s a lot of time away from home.”

As far as which tennis players he thinks would be good pastry chefs, he tips Arina Rodionova and Aleksandra Wozniak. “With a bit of practice Arina Rodionova could be because I know she enjoys my pear and almond tart. She had this for her birthday.”

“Aleksandra Wozniak really enjoyed my signature cake, the brownie passion chocolate crunch, at a previous Taste of Tennis event,” Boyer added.

So what inspired him to launch a career in the world of pastry? “At four or five years old, we were living next to a pastry shop at Croissy Sur Seine, near Saint Germain en Laye! And every time my parents were looking for me, I was next door sampling ice creams, cakes, croissants… hahaha.”

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As far as what special dish he will be preparing for Taste of Tennis, he saidIt’s a gluten free, dairy free, very healthy dessert.”

It’s a Coconut Quinoa organic blueberry, raspberry, coconut crumble. Boyer told me to enjoy it with Gold Label 2011 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay.

The Swisse Taste of Tennis takes place on January 10, 2013 at Grand Hyatt Melbourne from 7pm-10pm with an after party at Silk Road Melbourne. Tickets for the event can be purchased at http://www.swisseactivetasteoftennis.com.au

The event benefits the charities Diabetes Australia-Victoria and National Institute of Integrated Medicine (NIIM), which will receive 100% of the proceeds raised.

Follow @tasteoftennisau for more information and follow Pierrick Boyer on twitter @PierrickBoyer or his website http://www.pierrickboyer.com/.

 

Karen Pestaina is the woman behind Tennis Panorama News

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Scheepers and Oudin Through to Second Round in Night of Twists and Turns

Melanie Oudin

By Curt Janka

CARLSBAD, California – The Tuesday night session of the Mercury Insurance Open produced a number of surprises for the fans and players. The first coming before a ball was struck. Earlier in the day, Sorana Cirstea was forced to withdraw from her scheduled match with Sloane Stephens with a right abductor strain, granting lucky loser Melanie Oudin the chance to play in the main draw. That meant fans would get to see three Americans play under the lights.

Coco Vandeweghe and Chanelle Scheepers took the court first. Scheepers entered the match with one previous win over her opponent, but Vandeweghe came out swinging, holding at love. Early in the rallies it was clear that Vandeweghe would be hitting the bigger balls, but Scheepers seemed comfortable redirecting the power. Scheepers won the first set easily, 6-2, while a frustrated Vandeweghe continued to go for winners unsuccessfully.

The second set was much more competitive as the players stayed on serve until 5-5. They then traded breaks and headed into a tie-breaker. Vandeweghe’s all-or-nothing approach got the best of her in the end as Scheepers won the breaker 7-4.

Vandeweghe seems to consistently go for too much when under pressure. She can hit with great topspin and Scheepers struggled with the few off pace balls Vandeweghe hit. She has the strokes, the mentality seems to be lagging behind her talent.

The crowd was definitely buzzing about the all-American match up between Stephens and Oudin. While carrying a 2-0 record against Oudin into the match, Stephens was coming off a first round exit last week at Stanford.

Stephens started the match on fire, winning the first 4 games before letting her opponent on the board. Both players were hitting very aggressively, but Stephens’ speed seemed to give her an extra edge as she slapped multiple on-the-run winners. She closed the set out at 6-1 without blinking. Stephens even got the early break in the second set, but just when she was looking unstoppable, double faults crept into her service game and she was broken. Stephens definitely had her chances in the second set going up 4-2 and even held two match points in the tie-breaker. But Oudin found her rhythm and began mixing up the pace of her shots. Once Oudin came back to with the second set breaker 8-6, all the fight seemed to leave Stephens. Oudin quickly won the third set 6-0 to surprise the crowd with a come-from-behind victory.

Asked how she turned the match around, Oudin said “My plan going into the match was trying to stay with her the whole time. The first set didn’t work that well. I felt like I was controlling a lot of the points—I was just missing.” She said her “forehand started working” after being down 4-2 in the second set and then everything seemed to fall into place. In the end she said “I played one of the best sets I’ve played in a while.”

It seems winning those eight matches in Birmingham to claim her maiden title helped her find her mojo again. She said, “The biggest thing is confidence. When I walk on the court I really do think I can win these matches now. I’m finally finding my game again. I think I can be even better than when I was 30 in the world.”

For now she has her sights set on peaking at the U.S. Open where she hopes to be awarded a wild card entry. A strong run here this week will certainly help her cause.

Curt Janka is covering the Mercury Insurance Open for Tennis Panorama News as media. Follow his updates on twitter at @TennisNewsTPN.  Follow his personal twitter @CurtJanka.

 

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Serena Williams through to the semis at the Bank of the West Classic

 

By David Sweet

STANFORD, California - Serena Williams was visibly tired when she took the court against Chanelle Scheepers in the first night match.  She was still on European time – she admitted in her follow up news conference.  This allowed Scheepers to keep pace with Williams through the first set, but after trading a few breaks Williams found her form.

She then won the next seven games.   Really, she steamrolled through them.  The second set bagel seemed like déjà vu, as Sonara Cirstea bageled Dominika Cibulkova in their final set.

When asked about her sluggish at her press conference, Williams said that she had woken up at 1am.  What did she do with her time?  She finished a marathon of her favorite TV show Desperate Housewives.

Williams will face Sorana Cirstea in the first Saturday night match at 7pm.

David Sweet is covering the Bank of the West Tennis Classic at Stanford University for Tennis Panorama News July 9 -15, 2012. Follow his live updates on @tennisnewsTPN and personal twitter account @davidsweetphoto, and ‘like’ his Facebook page “David Sweet Photography.” ‘Like’  the Tennis Panorama News Facebook page.

BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC
Stanford, CA, USA
July 9-15, 2012
$740,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Friday, July 13, 2012
Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (6) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 64 60
(5) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (2) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 63 62
(9) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (3) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 67(5) 62 60
(LL) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 64 64

Order Of Play – Saturday, July 14, 2012
Stadium (from 13.00hrs)
1. Coco Vandeweghe vs. Yanina Wickmayer
2. Gajdosova/King vs. Chan/Chan
3. Serena Williams vs. Sorana Cirstea (NB 19.00hrs)
4. Grandin/Uhlirova vs. Erakovic/Watson

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Scheepers Wins First WTA Title

 

Chanelle Scheepers (Photo from WTATennis.com)

Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa won her first WTA title by defeating Magdalena Rybarikova of the Slovak Republic 6-2, 6-2 to capture the Guangzhou International Women’s Open.

 

The road to the final saw Scheepers save a match point in her second round match to Hsieh Su-Wei. She also upset No. 1 seed Maria Kirilenko in the semifinals.

 

Scheepers is the first South African to win a WTA title since Amanda Coetzer won Acapulco in 2003.
“All of my other matches were tough,” said Scheepers, “but today was the day it all clicked. I thought I was hitting my groundstrokes well. I was really consistent and tried to move her around. I didn’t give her a lot of mistakes.

“The title means a lot to me because I’ve worked so hard – to finally win one is really rewarding. Being the first since Amanda Coetzer is the cherry on the cake.”

 

 

WANLIMA GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S OPEN
Guangzhou, China
September 19-24, 2011
$220,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Saturday, September 24, 2011
Singles – Final
(7) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. (8) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 62 62

Doubles – Final
Hsieh/S.Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. C.Chan/Han (TPE/CHN) 62 61

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