Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sandra Zahlavova won Delhi

Sandra Zahlavova
In Delhi, Zahlavova beat Moulton-Levy and then beat Jovanovski in the final. 16 year old Bojana Jovanovski had a good run but Zahlavova took her apart it seems. Good win for Sandra Zahlavova who has been hovering around the 200 ranking point for a couple of years and going nowhere while talented, younger girls scoot past her. Hopefully she can qualify for some tournaments in Australia.

Meanwhile Mary Pierce emerges from seclusion to defy retirement rumours and Jankovic is the second best European Sportswomen of 2008 (behind Yelena Isinbayeva who is a Russian pole vaulter) and 8th overall best European athlete for the year in votes by the European press. Imagine how high she would be if she actually won an important tournament. Rafael Nadal, who did win two majors was number one.

Tournament wars in Oz as the legits take on the exos. Currently the exhibitions are winning...

Ana Ivanovic is now using Yonex racquets. "The Yonex gives me a lot more spin, which helps with my backhand. I can hit through it (ball) more freely and control it better,” she said. Brisbane tournament organisers have already confirmed that Ivanovic will be playing Monday night, January 5.

Mirjana Lucic and Kimiko Date-Krumm get wildcards for Auckland, but no Kiwis as yet since Sasha Jones declined the offer and decided to stay in Florida and do whatever promising young players do when they turn down free ranking points. Michaella Krajicek already has one. New Zealand’s only decent player continues to be Marina Erakovic who will play Auckland unless she is injured. Obviously it must be the utter lack of useful and / or upcoming NZ players that allows a wildcard policy of handing starts to anyone who fancies a comeback, no matter the quality.

Prakash Amritraj can’t represent India in Davis Cup since India has passed a new law barring non-natives from representing India. This also bans Sunitha Rao and sisters Shikha and Neha Uberoi as they are all US citizens – though this ruling might lead some to turn in their US passports.

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