(January 7, 2013) NEW YORK, NY – Kourtin’ Karen’s brief review of the previous week in the world of tennis, on and off-court.
Murray Dedicates win to Hutchins
Maria Sharapova withdrew from Brisbane nursing a right collarbone injury
John Isner withdrew from Hopman Cup with a knee injury.
Andrea Petkovic underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee the result of an injury in her first Hopman Cup match.
Swear I don’t swear
“I was doing an interview over the phone. I got asked about swearing on the court. I said ‘obviously I don’t mean to do it. I don’t want to do it. Sometimes you get frustrated and you do and obviously I will try to stop.’
“I didn’t make any promises or guarantees that I was going to.
“Then it came out that I’ve said this year I will stop swearing. What I also said was that a lot of players swear on the court and a lot of people say a lot worse things than me – in other languages. It doesn’t get picked up the same.
“So where I would obviously love to stop doing it, I try not to. But I can’t guarantee it.”
I’m relly boring now
Serena and Venus Williams in an iPhone commercial
Beware of Pedicures
No. 1 Victoria Azarenka blamed “a bad pedicure experience” forced her to pull out before her semifinal match in Brisbane against Serena Williams. Thirty minutes before the match Azarenka said she had undergone a small procedure to correct an ingrown toenail of her right big toe.
Walking with “Sunshine”
Caroline Wozniacki and boyfriend golfer Rory McIlroy took to Sydney’s Skywalk
The ATP is cracking down on the time taken by players between points this year. Players including Andy Murray say they agree with the concept but 25 seconds between points is not enough.
On the market, back off the market?
Recently, ESPN’s Darren Rovell “confirmed” that 25 year-old Maria Sharapova is indeed dating 21-year-old Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov dubbed “Baby Fed” for his similar playing style to Roger Federer. At the end of last year tennis journalist Colette Lewis reported this on her twitter account. Sharapova had split up with her fiancé to basketball player Sasha Vujacic back in the spring.
Australain Open Wildcards
|Wu Di (CHN)||Asia Pacific Wildcard Play-off||Yuxuan Zhang (CHN)||Asia Pacific WildcardPlay-off|
|Benjamin Mitchell||AO Play-off winner||Bojana Bobusic||AO Play-off winner|
|Rhyne Williams||US Open Reciprocal||Madison Keyes||US Open Reciprocal|
|Josselin Ouanna||French Open Reciprocal||Caroline Garcia||French Open Reciprocal|
|Luke Saville||Discretionary||Olivia Rogowska||Discretionary|
During a a match versus Dustin Brown in Doha, top seed David Ferrer made a hole in the court. Play had to be stopped to fix the court.
Tennis Queen becomes bowling queen
Billie Jean King now the celebrity owner o of the New York City WTT KingPins, joining Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and former NFL stars Jerome Bettis and Terrell Owens as celebrity owners in the Professional Bowlers Association’s inaugural PBA League.
Game, Set, Match and Champions
Serena Williams captures her 47th WTA title by defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1 to win the Brisbane International in Brisbane, Australia.
Andy Murray defeated Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(0), 6-4 to win the Brisbane International for his 25th ATP World Tour title.
Richard Gasquet rallied from a set and a break down to beat Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 to win the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.
Li Na beat Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 to win the inaugural Shenzhen Longgang Gemdale Open in Shenzhen, China.
Janko Tipsarevic over surprise finalist Roberto Bautista-Agut 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to win the Aircel Chennai Open in Chennai, India, his 4th career title.
Agnieszka Radwanska over Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-4 to win the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand
Spain upsets Serbia 2-1 to win the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.