Anna Kournikova Hitched With Iglesias?

There are many tennis players who continue to be in the limelight not simply because of their playing talent but for their glamor as well.

Anna Kournikova is one such name for several reasons. Recently there have been talks of her rumored marriage with Enrique Iglesias. The rumors are up again as there was a family snap posted on Instagram. This might have been a few months back, but that is still in the news circuits. She has been secretive about the status of her relationship while her career has been on. Today Anna Kournikova has moved on from her tennis playing career at the age of 34. However, she is not forthcoming as much about her relationship still. There was a snap that appeared a few months back of her with her half brother Allan. She was found to be with a large diamond ring in her hands. The snaps have excited rumors about her relationship with Iglesias. The latter is in his forties and it has been reported that both have been in a relationship on and off since the year 2001. Read more »

Maria Sharapova, has expressed her frustration over the timings of the Fed Cup matches

Anna Kournikova’s countrywoman, Maria Sharapova, has expressed her frustration over the timings of the Fed Cup matches.

According to Sharapova, the Fed Cup matches should not take place straight after the completion of the Slams because that makes it very tough for the players.

Sharapova was actually a part of the Russian squad that had featured in the tie versus Poland earlier this year, but, she then withdrew herself from the next tie because of injury issues.

According to the rules of the World Tennis Association, the female players need to play in the Fed Cup thrice or more if they have to fulfil the criteria for the Olympics qualification.

Speaking about the scheduling of the Fed Cup games in an interview, Sharapova said, “The people who are preparing the schedule must take into account the physical efforts that the players have to put in to reach the back end of the Slams. For them to come out of that and go straight in the Fed Cup, it’s really tough.”

“It’s a great competition and I love taking part in it, but, the scheduling makes it a hassle.”

“If it had been a little better scheduled and maybe there’s a year gap in between, it would have proved to be quite a successful.”

Sharapova has to play against the Australian player Samantha Stosur at Roland Garros tomorrow. Read more »

Maria Sharapova is not someone who panics

Anna Kournikova’s compatriot, Maria Sharapova, is not someone who panics that much after her defeats. She rarely admits that she has lost her form even if that is the case.

Most of the times she would say it’s just a bad day and that’s the way it goes sometimes.

The current circumstances are no different. Sharapova has had some pretty poor outings on the court, but, she is not showing any signs of panic.

But, is she really cool inside too? Does she think everything is alright with her game?

It’s not rocket science to see that Sharapova has suffered a dip in her game. But, isn’t she too egoistic a player to address it and start working on it?

She is in the best position to know what’s wrong. It’s being supposed that she is maybe carrying some sort of niggle.

If it is true, then getting knocked out of Miami at the earlier stages can actually prove to be blessing in disguise as it would give her extra time to rest.

Because of the performances that Sharapova has put up recently, she has reached a stage where her no. 2 Status in the world is in danger now. Read more »

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.