Anna Kournikova’s countrywoman, Maria Sharapova, has said that there is nothing wrong between her and Serena Williams.
While being in England for the Wimbledon Championships earlier this year, Serena had made a controversial statement about Sharapova’s personal life.
That statement of Serena had not pleased Sharapova at all and the Russian superstar had expressed her unhappiness in a press conference. She had said that Serena should be worrying about her own life rather than making statements about somebody else’s life.
But, in one of her recent interviews, Sharapova has made it clear that both the players have put that incident behind them.
Sharapova said, “I haven’t talked a lot to Serena about that incident, but, there is no heart feeling between the two of us. We have left that incident behind.”
Although, Sharapova and Serena are not the best of friends but Sharapova hailed the American legend for the way she has performed on the tennis court over the years.
Mentioning Serena’s achievements in the game, Sharapova said, “Serena is one of the greats of the game. The kind of tennis that she has played over the years is fantastic. She has already won 17 Grand Slams and she is still going strong even at the age of 32. That’s incredible.”
Sharapova has been out of action since quite a while because of her shoulder injury. This is the second time in her career that she has picked up a major shoulder injury. She is expected to make her comeback in the first half of the next season.
Recently on her Facebook page, Sharapova requested her fans to come and support her in the BNP Paribas Open next year. The Russian superstar will be defending her crown in that tournament which takes place at Indian Wells, California.
Anna Kournikova’s countryman, Mikhail Youzhny, has defeated the Australian superstar Lleyton Hewitt in the 4th round of the ongoing US Open. Youzhny won the match in 5 sets by 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-5.
This was a great opportunity for Hewitt to make it to the final 8 at Flushing Meadows after a long gap of 7 years. He seemed to be doing that with ease as he was ahead by 5-2 at one point of time in the decider. He was even serving for the set in the 9th game, but, things suddenly fell apart for him towards the end. He lost the last 5 games on the trot and ended up getting knocked out of the tournament.
Talking to the reporters in the post match interview, Hewitt said, “I tried everything I could and that’s all you can do.”
“I think he was the one who played better during crucial moments. He didn’t hand me easy points.”
When asked if he thinks that he would be featuring at Flushing Meadows after a couple of years, Hewitt said, “I don’t have any idea how long I will continue mate.”
On the other hand, Youzhny was delighted with his outing. The Russian said, “It was a tough match. I need to recover from it quickly though as I have to face another great player in the next round.”
“I think I am in a great frame of mind at the moment and I am up there physically too. It’s definitely a good time to hit top form.”
In the quarter final round, Youzhny will take on the no. 1 player in the world Novak Djokovic who made his way into the final 8 with a clinical win over Marcel Granollers of Spain.
Anna Kournikova’s countrywoman, Maria Sharapova, has announced that she has appointed the former American player Jimmy Connors as her new coach.
Sharapova hasn’t been at the top of her game off late. In the recently played Wimbledon Championships, she suffered a shocking defeat in the second round.
After that, the Russian superstar decided to part ways with her Swedish coach Thomas Hogstedt and secured the services of Connors.
This is not the first time that Connors is going to coach a professional tennis player. He has already worked with the American superstar Andy Roddick for a couple of years.
Connors was a real superstar when he was playing the game. He won a total of 8 Grand Slams in his career out of which 5 were the US Open. He won the Australian Open once and the Wimbledon Championships a couple of times.
Connors was a fantastic hard court player. There were times when he looked absolutely unbeatable on hard courts. So, it’s the perfect time for Sharapova to get him as her coach. The hard court season is coming up and the 60 years old American can help Sharapova a lot at this point of time.
Announcing the appointment of Connors as her new coach, Sharapova said, “I am delighted to inform you all that I have decided to hire Jimmy Connors as my new coach.”
“Jimmy is well known to me. We have worked together earlier as well. Just before the Australian Open in 2008, he had helped me for a few weeks.”
“I am looking forward to working with Jimmy on a permanent basis. It will be wonderful to be guided by a great player like him. Hopefully, our partnership will prove to be a successful one.”
Sharapova is expected to be back in action in the upcoming Stanford Classic hard court tournament.