Sunday, November 25, 2007

Heard Around



by Savannah

Shahar Pe'er is now being coached by Gabriel Urpi, who will still be working with Flavia Pennetta, and The Moonball Princess Conchita Martinez. Shahar made the decision after what is being called an intensive three weeks of training in Spain. First reaction? What the hell does Conchita know about attacking tennis? She's the main reason I was so turned off women's tennis for a long time. The link is in Hebrew. Shahar's New Coaches

Fernando Gonzalez is going to be playing an exo in Chile on December 6 along with Gisela Dulko, Carlos Moya and Martina Navratilova. Click here for a nice fan blog about Fernando.

I have to give it to Martina Hingis fans. Despite everything many are holding out hope that somehow things will be reversed and she'll be back in the good graces of the WTA tour. One fan, when told that Martina's ranking had been removed from the WTA site said that was because she had retired forgetting that what usually happens is that the players ranking is allowed to fall after retirement until they're no longer on the ranking chart.

I don't say this to gloat. As I've said before I've never been a fan of Miss Motormouth but she has her place among the greats of women's tennis. To blow it all, literally, is a shame not only for her but for women's tennis.

Sportingo has a nice look at Jelena Jankovic's career and what she needs to do going forward.

Kevin Kim of the Unites States beat John Isner 6-2, 6-2 and followed that up by beating Jesse Levine this week. Levine had won back to back Challenger events, one over Donald Young. Mr Levine you will remember is the young man Roger Federer summoned to Dubai to hit with.

Speaking of Roger his fans are going to Rovian (as in Karl Rove) lengths to spin his loss as meaningless in the context of Roger's World. True, it was an exhibition match. True, Pete had to win one or why bother with any future exhibitions. But if you get a chance, watch this highlight film from the second exo. Never a big fan of Pete but watch the shotmaking and movement. Once a great tennis mind always a great tennis mind I say. Pete was gaining confidence here. And Roger was rattled.



Read The Rest and See Savannah's 2007 Best Photos

6 comments:

Karen said...

Hey Savannah, hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. I watched 2 of the exos, decided to pass on the third. I have to say that I was quite impressed with Sampras' ability to still serve out of his mind tennis over the 2 exos that I watched. From what I saw, I decided to forego the third, not because Roger lost (that was perhaps one of the reasons) but I was just not impressed with the level of play from either player. I guess I have become spoilt to seeing Roger perform his magic on the court and against Sampras there was just no magic. There was hardly any shotmaking, everything was taken up with who could serve bigger and out aced the other. Not sure if I really fancied that sort of game at all. In any event, I dont think anyone is reading too much into these exos. Like I said did not watch the third match as the other 2 really did not live up to all the hype surrounding it. And this from a Fed KAD

The Tennis Hacker said...

Nice report. (Though I must give it the Totally Unrelated Photo Award.)

Savannah said...

The photo(s) of Venus are related to my "Best of 2007 Pics - WTA Series" Tennis Hacker. If you follow the link you'll see the rest of them are scattered throughout the post. ^_^

Savannah said...

Karen I hope you had a great Thanksfiving as well. If you don't celebrate I hope your weekend was great.

I only saw the hightlight clips posted. There is video of all of them floating around via Megaupload but even in this clip you could see Sampras was putting it together.

Des said...

[One fan, when told that Martina's ranking had been removed from the WTA site said that was because she had retired forgetting that what usually happens is that the players ranking is allowed to fall after retirement until they're no longer on the ranking chart.

I don't say this to gloat.]

The player can request their ranking to be removed when they retire.

tangerine said...

Thanks for posting that highlights video. Personally, I was surprised that Pete beat Roger in straight sets in their last exo match. It appears that he made some adjustments and gained more confidence going from their first exo match to this last one. I'm sure Roger must've been mentally and physically tired too.

Savannah wrote: "Speaking of Roger his fans are going to Rovian (as in Karl Rove) lengths to spin his loss as meaningless in the context of Roger's World."

Federer fans always protest too much over nothing. For a player who's been sitting on top of the world for the past four years a lot of his fans still get insecure about the occasional loss, however meaningless it was.