Kourtin’ Karen’s tennis week in review for the week ending February 5, 2012
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Caro’s Coaching Carousel
Caroline Wozniacki’s new coach is now her old coach. Ricardo Sanchez is out as the Dane’s coach. Sanchez left Jelena Jankovic in December to work with Wozniacki.
Sanchez told the Ekstra Bladet daily newspaper that the split was due to differences with Wozniackiâ€™s father. â€œI have great respect for Piotr, who has never played tennis himself, and for the work he has done,â€ said Sanchez. â€œBut he has his way of doing things, and I have mine. The Spaniard said â€œCaroline was just confusedâ€ by having two coaches â€œwho wanted different things.â€
Nadal and the Taxes
Rafael Nadal admitted to creating local companies to take advantage of tax shelters and was up-to date on all of his tax obligations. Nadal was responding toÂ Spanish website Primeran who claimed the World No. 2 set up companies to cut his tax bill.
Venus and Serena Williams participated in Fed Cup this past weekend as the US played Belarus in Worcester, Ma. Serena won two singles matches while Venus paired up for a doubles win with Liezel Huber and the US shutout and Victoria Azarenka-less Belarus 5-0.
Azarenka had to pull out of her Fed Cup matches with a back problem.
Andy Roddick expects to be back on the court for the SAP Open in San Jose on February 15. Roddick said on a conference call on Thursday that an MRI exam showed a partial tear in the tendon after he hurt his leg in a match against Lleyton HewittÂ on January 19 at the Australian Open.
â€œI havenâ€™t hit a ball since Australia. Weâ€™ve just been working on different types of treatment trying to get it right. The MRI came back probably not as good as we were hoping. Iâ€™m hoping to be hitting balls for the first time next Monday, and that should get me. I fall goes well there, that should be plenty of time to be ready.â€
All my parents left me was….
Tennis Hall of Famer Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario says in her upcoming book “Arantxa, Vamos! Memoirs of a struggle, a life and a woman” that her parents took nearly all of her earnings. Sanchez-Vicario told the magazine La Otra Conica “My parents left me with nothing and now I am indebted to the [IRS} and I will not be quiet,” she said.
A Bryan makes her debut
Bob BryanÂ and wife Michelle welcomed their daughter Micaela Brooke Bryan into the world last Tuesday at 7:31 p.m.
â€œMicaela Bryan was born last night, January 31, during the most amazing experience of my life,â€ Bryan stated on his twitter account. â€œShe is sooo beautiful just like her mother. Both my girls are doing great!Â Thanks for all your nice messages.Â We can’t thank you enough for your love and support!â€
Ad-out of Hall of Fame
The Bradenton Herald-Tribune reported that coach Nick Bollettieri was not elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Bollettieri was nominated in the contributor category. The official results of the voting have yet to be released
Anna Kournikova has sold hero Miami Beach propertyÂ for $7.4 million dollars. The property’s asking price was originally $9.4 million back in May.
During the Fed Cup tie between the US and Belarus, TPN’s own Jennifer Knapp posed this question to Serena Williams:
Q. A little bit ago we talked to some of the ATP players about who they would like to play mixed with in the Olympics. Your name came up unanimously. The Bryans, Andy Roddick, John Isner.
SERENA WILLIAMS: A girl loves to have choices (laughter).
I don’t know. Obviously the Bryans are like the world’s best doubles players. Andy and I are super, super close. Personally I love John. You’re not going to break the guy. It’s an automatic I don’t know how many games.
I think it’s so hard to choose. I don’t know if you just throw everyone’s name in a hat and figure out what happens next. Regardless, we want to do really well and take home a medal for the country. That’s what it’s all about.
Australian Bernard Tomic is headed to court to deal with to traffic violations which took place during Australia day.Â The 19-year-old was fined twice for driving his BMW M3 but allegedly would not stop when asked to pull over a third time. He has a court date set for February 14.
Tomic has a special exemption allowing him to drive his V8 car “pertaining to his career.”Â Tomic claims that police are targeting him because of his European background.
Game, Set, Match and Winners
WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND
RUSSIA defeated SPAIN 3-2
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, RUS (hard â€“ indoors)
Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 61
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 63 61
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Nadia Petrova (RUS) 60 63
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 46 63
Nuria Llagostera Vives/Arantxa Parra-Santonja (ESP) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova/Nadia Petrova (RUS) 63 ret. (Kuznetsova foot injury)
SERBIA defeated BELGIUM 3-2
Venue: Spiroudome, Charleroi, BEL (hard â€“ indoors)
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 75 75
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 64 64
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 61 60
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 62 64
Bojana Jovanovski/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Alison van Uytvanck/Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 76(2) 46 61
ITALY defeated UKRAINE 3-2
Venue: Lauretana Forum, Biella, ITA (clay â€“ indoors)
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 62 63
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 61 62
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 67(6) 75 64
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 61 3-0 ret.
Flavia Pennetta/Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Olga Savchuk/Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 75 06 61
CZECH REPUBLIC defeated GERMANY 4-1
Venue: Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, GER (hard â€“ indoors)
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 26 64 62
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 36 63 108
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 67(2) 64 61
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 64
Iveta Benesova/Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. Julia Goerges/Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 63 76(4)
WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND
USA defeated BELARUS 4-0
Venue: DCU Center, Worcester, MA, USA (hard â€“ indoors)
Christina McHale (USA) d. Anastasia Yakimova (BLR) 60 64
Serena Williams (USA) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 75 60
Serena Williams (USA) d. Anastasia Yakimova (BLR) 57 61 61
Christina McHale (USA) d. Darya Kustova (BLR) 60 61
Liezel Huber/Venus Williams v Darya Kustova/Anastasia Yakimova (BLR)
JAPAN defeated SLOVENIA 5-0
Venue: Bourbon Beans Dome, Hyogo, JPN (hard â€“ indoors)
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 26 64 62
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Nastja Kolar (SLO) 26 64 63
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 36 76(6) 61
Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Petra Rampre (SLO) 64 64
Rika Fujiwara/Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Nastja Kolar/Petra Rampre (SLO) 63 57 60
SLOVAK REPUBLIC defeated FRANCE 3-2
Venue: Aegon Arena, Bratislava, SVK (hard â€“ indoors)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 57 61 97
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 64 64
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 64 63
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Alize Cornet (FRA) 63 64
Kristina Mladenovic/Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. Jana Cepelova/Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 61 62
AUSTRALIA defeated SWITZERLAND 4-1
Venue: Forum Fribourg, Fribourg, SUI (clay â€“ indoors)
Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 62 75
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 60 67(8) 86
Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 63 62
Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) d. Amra Sadikovic (SUI) 63 36 86
Casey Dellacqua/Jelena Dokic (AUS) d. Belinda Bencic/Amra Sadikovic (SUI) 75 64