Vlog – U.S. lose Fed Cup as Serena stays away

November 8, 2009

Italy clinched their second Fed Cup final with a 4-0 victory over the United States on Sunday.

Safin signs off in Beijing with advice for Safina

October 10, 2009

Safin of Russia holds up a Chinese personal seal spelling his name that was presented to him as a gift after he lost his quarter-final match against Nadal of Spain at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

Marat Safin and his sister Dinara Safina both made emotional departures from the China Open this week but for very different reasons.

Think Clijsters is world’s most famous Belgian? Not so fast…

September 14, 2009

tintinI was very disappointed to log on to FamousBelgians.net this morning and see nary a mention of Kim Clijsters. How much more famous can a Belgian get?

Serena outburst: was there any excuse?

September 13, 2009

TENNIS-OPEN/OK, don’t shoot me down for saying this, but can anyone see Saturday’s double-fault storm at the US Open from Serena Williams’s point of view?

Hit with Maria? A perk of the job for China’s leaders

September 11, 2009

Maria Sharapova of Russia speaks at news conference in Beijing.

As mayor of Beijing for most of the period running up to the 2008 Olympics and now Vice Premier of China with responsibility for financial and economic affairs, Wang Qishan has been a very busy man over the last few years.

A tale of two draws at Flushing Meadows

September 5, 2009

roddickIt has been a tale of two draws at the U.S. Open, with the men’s seeds advancing full steam ahead and the women’s field in disarray.

Lay off Dinara Safina

September 4, 2009

Safina reacts during her match against Barrois at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New YorkI have had enough of the unfair abuse she is getting so I’m starting the ”lay-off Dinara Safina” campaign.

Why is your nose so red? The wacky world of Wimbledon

July 7, 2009

With hundreds of members of the international press descending on the All England Club every year to cover Wimbledon, players inevitably face a range of questions in their post-match news conferences as reporters seek to find a new or quirky angle for a story.

Does women’s tennis offer value for money?

June 30, 2009

lisickiNow is not a good time to compare the men’s game with the women’s and the question of value for money, both for the people who hand out the prize money and for those who buy the tickets, has come up again.

From the sublime to the ridiculous at Wimbledon

June 30, 2009

The trouble with a match as riveting as Andy Murray’s against Stanislas Wawrinka is that it’s very hard to find something good enough to follow it … and women’s quarter-final day at Wimbledon was singularly unable to do so.