May 26, 2017

Li Na Turns the Tables on Laura Robson in Third Round of US Open

10062012 China Open Li Na in press 2

(August 30, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Last year a feisty No. 89 Laura Robson dismissed Li Na at the US Open in the third round. This year the No. 6 player in the world turned the tables on the young Brit who is the 30th seed, with a 6-2, 7-5 victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday to move into the round of 16.

Li Na dominated, but Robson hurt herself by making 30 unforced to only seven winners on Friday morning.

“I thought she played really well,“ Robson said.  “She didn’t give me too many chances in the rally, so I never felt I got a rhythm going with my groundies.

“It’s always tough.  Yeah, I thought she played a really good match.”

“I’m disappointed about today, for sure, and I thought I could have played a lot better, “ Robson continued.  But, you know, I always knew it was going to be a tough match.

“All in all, I guess it was an average week.”

“Still far away to win the tournament,” said the Chinese No. 1.  “Now just beginning of the second week.  I just in the second week, so still have a lot of matches.  I have to improve myself.

“So, yeah, I will try the best on court.”

Li will play Jelena Jankovic for a place in the quarterfinals.

Agnieszka Radwanska took down Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (1) to reach the fourth round at the US Open.

“I’m very happy that I won another match in two sets.” The Polish No. 3 seed said.  “Of course it was tough, two tight sets.  Actually the first one, and the second one, it was just by a couple points.

“But definitely I played very good in the tiebreak.  I was really focused from the beginning, and I just wanted to win the tiebreaker very much.

The third seeded Radwanksa won in 73 minutes. She will play Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova in the round of 16 for a place in the quarterfinals.


Former Nationally Top Ranked Junior and Collegiate Tennis Player and World Ranked Player who lived life in the closet as a Gay athlete and Coach Announces Book and Foundation

By Karen Pestaina

(August 29, 2013) NEW YORK, NY – Former top US Junior, collegiate player and ATP World Tour player Bobby Blair who lived in the closest as a gay athlete announced his upcoming book “Hiding Inside the Baseline,” in addition to hi LBGT foundation at the Roger Smith Hotel on Thursday morning.


In attendance to speak and support Blair were his former coach Nick Bollettieri, LZ Granderson of ESPN, co-author of his book – Barry Buss and friend and former tennis academy classmate Carling Bassett-Seguso and Luke Jensen.


Blair was an American professional tennis player in the 80s and ranked in the top five tennis players in the United States Nationally in the Boys 18 and under, was a member of the 1983 US Junior Davis Cup Team reaching the finals of The USTA Boys 18 and under National Clay Courts Championships in the summer of 1983 where he lost a three-set marathon match to future top 10 player in the world Aaron Krickstein.


Blair was one of the first top-ranked players who were developed at the  Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.  Blair was an All American at the University of Arkansas in 1986 and was ranked among the top 5 Division One singles players in the United States, a member of the 1986 US Junior Davis Cup College Team and participated in Russia as a member of the American team in the US Goodwill Games.


Blair founded the US Rookie Professional Tennis Team in 1988. In 1990, Blair was hired to serve as the head coach for Billie Jean King for the World Team Tennis Franchise Wellington Aces for the 1990 & 1991 season. In 1992, Blair was hired as head coach and general manager of the World Team Tennis Franchise Tampa Bay Action. In 1992 Blair started his own Tennis Academy with a World Tennis Magazine “collectors edition” feature story “Will Bobby Blair Be The Next Nick Bollettieri?”  Blair was hired in 1996 as a USTA National Coach.

Listen to the news conference below: