Maria Sharapova wants new Players to avoid Media

Maria Sharapova reckons a young player should never pay too much attention to what is being said about her in the media and whom she is getting compared to because that would only put pressure on her.

Sharapova herself faced that situation when she started her professional career. Because of her beauty and her Russian background, people started comparing her to the then superstar Anna Kournikova.

Sharapova has now spent more than a decade on the tour and has made her own identity. Still, at times, in the press conferences, she gets asked about the similarities between her and Kournikova. Read more »

Andy Murray fantastic form continues

Andy Murray is in fantastic form at the moment and there is a great chance of him being able to clinch the Australian Open for the first time ever.

Australian Open is one of the two Grand Slams missing from Murray’s CV, but, with the kind of preparation he has come with this time around, he should make a strong case for himself in the tournament.

The Scot already has a title to his name this season. He won the tournament on the Emirates turf after his opponent in the final, Novak Djokovic, withdrew himself due to sickness.

Djokovic was surely a higher ranked player than Murray there, but, if that game had taken place, it would have gone real close.

Murray had been playing some fantastic tennis before the final and he could well have managed to topple Djokovic in that sort of rhythm

Murray has really flourished in the last few months. The latter half of the last season was brilliant for him.

Under Amelie Mauresmo, his coach, he has started to know his game better than before and has started playing on his strengths now.

Murray seems to be getting quite better temperamentally as well.

Murray has reached Australia a few days before the Australian Open. He would first participate in the Hopman Cup.

That’s good for the 26-year old. The summer is in full swing in Australia at this time of the year and for somebody who is coming from a cold country like Scotland; it would take a bit of time to get acclimatized.

Murray, himself, admitted that coming to Australia early would help him.

Speaking to the reporters yesterday, the World no. 6 said, “These are unfamiliar conditions for me surely. I am not used to such hot weather. But, as days go by, I would adapt myself.”

Gasquet Advances To Round Of 8

Richard Gasquet has made it to the round of 8 in the ongoing Aegon Championships. He got better of the Australian player Bernard Tomic on his birthday yesterday and went one step closer to the title. The Frenchman won the match in three sets by 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

This is Gasquet’s best performance in the three tournaments that he has participated in recently. After getting rid of his back injury, he had featured in the French Open and the Gerry Weber Open, but, had suffered defeats in the earlier stages in both those tournaments. So, he would be quite relieved to reach the quarter final round here at Queen’s Club. He would want some success under his belt before the Wimbledon Championships start.

The match between Gasquet and Tomic went on for about 100 minutes and the Frenchman was on top for the most parts. His serve during the whole match was good and that’s clear indication that he is getting his form back.

Gasquet has been the champion at Queen’s Club on a couple of occasions before. He had won the title consecutively here in 2005 and in 2006. He would not mind at all lifting his third trophy at the venue this time around as that would get him into a great shape for the Wimbledon.

Tomic, on the other hand, couldn’t excel in all departments of the game. He was also good on his serve like his opponent, but, his return shots were not bang on and he had to pay the price for that.

Speaking in the post match interview, the 21-year old Aussie, “To win matches, it’s important to convert the break points, but, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do that today.”

Tomic is currently outside top 80 in the world rankings.

Delbonis Considers Victory Over Federer Best Moment

David Nalbandian’s countryman, Federico Delbonis, has said that getting better of Roger Federer in a match of the German Open last year has been the best moment of his career so far.

That tournament was played in Hamburg and Delbonis had beaten Federer in the semi final round there and that too in the straight sets. Although both of those sets had gone into the tie breaker and could have gone either way but, the credit can’t be taken away from the Argentinean by saying this. His concentration was absolutely phenomenal on that day and the way he carried himself through those two tie breakers suggested a lot about him. He was up against one of the legends of the game, but, he didn’t get panicked even for a moment.

Delbonis didn’t go to win that tournament though as in the final he suffered defeat against the Italian player Fabio Fognini, but, the tournament had already become memorable for him because of the victory that he secured against Federer.

In one of his interviews recently when Delbonis was asked which has been the best moment of his short professional career till now, the 23 year old player said, “It was in Hamburg last year when I had managed to win against Roger Federer. That was like dream come true.”

When asked which has been the worst day that he has come across in his career so far, Delbonis said, “It’s a little bit hard to answer. I have had a number of bad days in my career and I can’t pick one out of them to be the worst.”

Delbonis has been one of the best emerging players on the tour in the last one year or so. He has risen up very quickly in the world rankings. Currently, he is ranked 45th in the world.

Novak Djokovic into semi finals of the French Open

Novak Djokovic in through into the semi finals of the French Open after taming the feisty Milos Ranoic and seems all set to bag the title of the tournament. Djokovic at present is number 2 in world and won the match against Ranoic with the score 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 and finally made it to the semi finals.

This season would be the 22th semi final and 6th Roland Garros for Djokovic. He will be facing off Ernest Gulbis of Latvia in the semi finals.  If he bags the final title on Sunday, he would be the 8th man to go down in history to have completed the Grand Slam career.

The twenty seven year old had quite the journey to the semifinals where he took on Joao Sousa in the first round with the score 6-1 6-2 6-4, while the score in the 2nd round was6-1 6-4 6-2 against Jeremy Chardy. The 3rd round was great as well where he faced off Marin Cilic with a score of 6-3 6-2 6-7 (2-7) 6-4. The 4th and the quarter finals were against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic with the score of 6-1 6-4 6-1 and 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 respectively.

Talking about his upcoming semifinals, Djokovic commented that he prefers to keep his focus only on the upcoming match and not think much about the finals. This helps to keep him focused. All he wishes to think about at present is Gulbis, since he is playing quite well of late and seems most confident.

The twenty seven year old further added that although Gulbis is playing well but he will still take his chances since he has had a great past few weeks. Couple of days off might just work more in his favor and will help him recover and concentrate on his practice.

Enrique Iglesias Talks Relationship

The Spanish singer and Anna Kournikova’s boyfriend Enrique Iglesias doesn’t think that something like perfect relationship exists. He reckons that difficult times come in every relationship and the couple involved just needs to get through those times.

Enrique was answering the questions in one of his interviews recently. When he was asked what the main reason is behind the smooth running of his relationship with Kournikova for more than a decade, he said, “I don’t think there is any specific reason. It’s just that we have not let the difficult times ruin our relationship. We have tried to get through such periods and I would suggest every couple to do the same. Because when the happy times come, you would enjoy them to the fullest.”

When asked why Kournikova has been her girl friend over such a long period of time, the 39 years old who is also a songwriter said, “I don’t find a cooler girl than her in the whole world. She laughs on my stupid jokes, she really understands me very well. She is always ready to let me concentrate on my work rather than force me to spend time with her and that’s something that I really like about her.”

When asked about his qualities which prompted Kournikova to fall in love with him, Enrique said, “I have no idea to be honest with you. It’s not that I am hugely romantic, that’s not the case. It’s only my songs which have romance in them. That’s it. So, I guess you will have to ask her why she loves me this much.”

Kournikova and Iglesias had met each other for the first time in 2001 when the former was an active professional tennis player. They have been a couple since that time.