Thursday, October 31, 2013

Year in Review: Serena Williams

All hail Serena Williams, Queen of Tennis, Duchess of Clay, Countess of Hard Courts. She reigned supreme throughout the year earning 2 major titles at Roland Garros and at the US Open. 

Two years after fearing that she would never play again, Serena Williams, 32, is the #1 player in the world and was the last woman standing at the 2013 WTA Championships in Istanbul. 

Serena won 11 tournaments all over the world and closed out the year holding 17 major titles. 

Here's a look back at Serena's dominant 2013: 


JANUARY 
  • Won 47th WTA title at Brisbane (d. Pavlyuchenkova in final); 
  • Reached QF at Australian Open (l. to Stephens). 

FEBRUARY 
  • Runner-up at Doha (l. to Azarenka in final).

MARCH 
  • Won 48th WTA title at Miami (d. Sharapova in final). 

APRIL 
  • Won 49th WTA title at Charleston (d. Jankovic in final)

MAY 
  • Won 50th WTA title at Madrid (d. Sharapova in final); 
  • Won 51st WTA title at Rome (d. Azarenka in final); 
  • Won 16th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros (d. Sharapova in final). 

JUNE
  • Reached 4r at Wimbledon (l. to Lisicki). 

JULY
  • Won 53rd WTA title at Bastad (d. Larsson in final). 

AUGUST

  • Won 54th WTA title at Toronto (d. Cirstea in final);
  • Runner-up at Cincinnati (l. to Azarenka in final); 
  • Won 17th Grand Slam title at US Open (d. Azarenka in final). 
SEPTEMBER 

  • Did not play. 
OCTOBER 

  • Won 56th WTA title at Beijing (d. Jankovic in final).
  • Won 57th WTA title at Istanbul (d. Li in final). 



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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Year in Review: Li Na

Li Na was the runner up at this year's WTA Championships. She went undefeated in round robin play and beat Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals before losing to Serena Williams in the championship match.

Na will finish the year as the #3 women's tennis player in the world. Her ranking has been on an upswing since joining forces with coach Carlos Rodriguez in 2012.

Na won her 7th WTA title in January and went on to be the runner-up at the Australian Open later that month and at the WTA Championships in October.


Na also continued to charm the press. She was a cover girl in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential people in the world. Na was also featured in a great NY Times piece in the days leading up to the US Open, see Li Na's China's Tennis Rebel.


Here's a recap of her year on tour:


JANUARY 
  • Won seventh WTA title at Shenzhen (d. Zakopalova in final);
  • Reached SF at Sydney (l. to A.Radwanska); 
  • Runner-up at Australian Open (l. to Azarenka in final).


FEBRUARY

  • Did not play.
MARCH 
  • Reached QF at Miami (l. to S.Williams). 
APRIL 
  • Runner-up at Stuttgart (l. to Sharapova in final). 
MAY 
  • Lost in the 1st round at Madrid (l. to Keys); 
  • Reached 3rd round at Rome (l. to Jankovic); 
  • Reached 2nd round at Roland Garros (l. to Mattek-Sands).


JUNE 
  • Reached QF at Eastbourne (l. to Vesnina);
  • Reached QF at Wimbledon (l. to A.Radwanska). 


JULY 
  • Did not play. 
AUGUST 

  • Reached SF at Toronto (l. to Cirstea); 
  • Reached SF at Cincinnati (l. to S.Williams);
  • Reached SF at US Open (l. to S.Williams).

SEPTEMBER 
  • Reached QF at Beijing (l. to Kvitova). 
OCTOBER
  • Runner-up at the WTA Championships at Istanbul (l. to S. Williams)




Saturday, October 26, 2013

Year in Review: Vika Azarenka

Its a wrap for Vika Azarenka's 2013 season. She won 3 titles including her second major at the Australian Open in January. Vika went on to win in Doha and Cincinnati showing off her hard court excellence. She ended up as runner-up at the US Open, losing to Serena Williams in a three-set final.

Here's a look back at her year and her styles on and off the court.

JANUARY 
  • Reached SF at Brisbane (withdrew prior to match w/right toe injury); 
  • Won second Grand Slam title at Australian Open (d. Li in final).


FEBRUARY 

  • Won 16th WTA title at Doha (d. S.Williams in final); 
MARCH 
  • Reached QF at Indian Wells (withdrew prior to match w/right ankle injury)




APRIL 
  • Did not play
MAY
  • Reached 2r at Madrid (l. to Makarova); runner-up at Rome (l. to S.Williams in final); reached SF at Roland Garros (l. to Sharapova). 



JUNE 
  • Reached 2r at Wimbledon (withdrew prior to match w/right knee injury).



JULY 
  • Runner-up at Carlsbad (l. to Stosur in final). 
AUGUST 
  • Won 17th WTA title at Cincinnati (d. S.Williams in final); runner-up at US Open (l. to S.Williams in final). 
SEPTEMBER 
  • Dropped opener at Tokyo (after 1r bye, l. to V.Williams in 2r);
  • Fell 1r at Beijing (l. to Petkovic)
OCTOBER
  • Defeated Errani in round robin play at the WTA Championships in Istanbul
  • Lost to Jankovic at the WTA Championships in Istanbul
  • Lost to Li at the WTA Championships in Istanbul

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Year in Review: Aga Radwanska

Aga Radwanska went 0-3 in Round Robin matches at the 2013 WTA Championships in Istanbul.

Aga won 3 titles this year - she started the year off strong in Australia, winning Auckland and Sydney. She bookended the strong start by winning Seoul in September. The Asia-Pacific region has been good to Aga.

Here's a look back at her year on the tour.


JANUARY :
  • Won 11th WTA title at Auckland (d. Wickmayer in final); 
  • Won 12th WTA title at Sydney (d. Cibulkova in final); 
  • Reached QF at Australian Open (l. to Li). 


FEBRUARY 
  • Reached SF at Doha (l. to Azarenka); 
  • Reached QF at Dubai (l. to Kvitova). 


MARCH 
  • Reached 4r at Indian Wells (l. to Kirilenko); reached SF at Miami (l. to S.Williams). 

APRIL 
  • Did not play. 


MAY 
  • Reached 2r at Madrid (l. to Robson); 
  • Dropped opening match at Rome (after 1r bye, l. to Halep in 2r);
  • Withdrew from Brussels w/right shoulder injury
  • Reached QF at Roland Garros (l. to Errani). 


JUNE 
  • Fell in the first round at Eastbourne (l. to Hampton); 
  • Reached SF at Wimbledon (l. to Lisicki). 


JULY 
  • Runner-up at Stanford (l. to Cibulkova in final); 
  • Reached QF at Carlsbad (l. to Stosur). 


AUGUST 
  • Reached SF at Toronto (l. to S.Williams); 
  • Reached QF at Cincinnati (withdrew prior to match w/personal reasons); 
  • Reached 4th round at US Open (l. to Makarova).




 SEPTEMBER 

  • Won 13th WTA title at Seoul (d. Pavlyuchenkova in final);
  • Reached QF at Tokyo (l. to Kerber); 
  • Reached SF at Beijing (l. to S.Williams). 
October
  • Lost round robin match to S. Williams in Istanbul at the 2013 WTA Championships
  • Lost round robin match to Kvitova in Istanbul at the 2013 WTA Championships
  • Lost round robin match to Kerber in Istanbul at the 2013 WTA Championships

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Glam Spin Style Court: WTA Championships 2013

The top ranked women broke out their best stylish duds for the Player Party at the WTA Championships 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Can you imagine going from town to town all over the world for about 40 weeks of the year and getting dressed up for a random party with corporate sponsors? Welcome to the life of a WTA player.

Screaming Winners:

Serena Williams looks amazing in red. Hope her Nike kit for the tournament is in a similar shade. Also, her latest curly blond-highlighted weave looks really good.
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Aga Radwanska looks fantastic from head to toe in a deep purple. She keeps it classy in the sheer sleeves and the shoes are to die for!


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Li Na looks good from head to mid-calf...... Get thee some self-tanner with those pale feet! Otherwise, I appreciate the effort and actually admire that Na barely looks recognizable.





















Ace:
Honorable mentions go to Petra Kvitova (wow, she's wearing flats in the pic and is the tallest in the photo) and Jelena Jankovic.

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Vika, Sara, Angelique.....ummm.....good luck at the tournament.

Here are the top 8 ladies:


Istanbul: Breaking Down The Groups