Some nuggets from the week gone by

Jul 30, 2009


It appears as though Maria Sharapova is getting back into her swing. Sharapova beat world No. 10 Nadia Petrova, although ‘beat’ may be a bit of an understatement. The word ‘thrashed’ has been thrown around with some justification: 6-1, 6-2. She has now reached the quarter-finals of the Bank of the West Classic in California. The Russian has been steadily improving since her long absence from the sport after a shoulder injury; this includes slowly climbing the rankings. She’s now ranked 62nd. This match, number 17, was also only her second successful one in the time since her return.

Elena Dementieva, Daniel Hantuchova and Samantha Stosur also made their way through to the quarter finals at Stanford, California.

Sharapova goes on to play the winner of the Venus Williams vs. Alla Kudryavtseva, and it seems like would be more than happy at a chance to play the American again. 



He’s back people: Andy Roddick is returning from his period of injury to play at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic tournament in Washington. He’s already missed the Indianapolis Championships as well as a United States vs. Croatia Davis Cup match which the Americans went on to lose.

Roddick announced on his Twitter account that: “I keep getting asked when my next tourney will be. I will see all of u in Washington in two weeks.”

This all comes after an injury during the final of Wimbledon 2009, where Andy Roddick was put through the mill by Roger Federer. The American put up a spectacular fight but was ultimately heartbroken when he couldn’t quite take that last step to get his second Grand Slam title.

Still, now the waiting period is over and we get to see him back in action in the lead up to the US Open.



Disappointment for British tennis fans as Anne Keothavong was injured at the Bank of the West Classic tournament whilst trying to avoid a fence. In an attempt to get back a drop shot she had to swerve to avoid a fence around the court, and the awkward motion badly hurt her knee. Keothavong has had to pull out of the rest of the season and rehabilitate her knee.

Another disappointment for British tennis, coming from the unfortunate hand of fate which appears to love blighting the country’s sport, particularly tennis….


- SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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