Genie Bouchard back in the Semi’s

Genie Bouchard is back in the semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament as she defeated Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-3. Bouchard becomes the first player since Dianara Safina in 2009, to qualify for a spot in the semifinals of the in the first three major tournaments (Australian open, French open & Wimbledon). Bouchard has progressed by leaps & bounds since a year ago. Entering the 2013 Wimbledon Tournament, the young Canadian was ranked No. 66 in the world; next week she will reach a world ranking of at least No. 8.  Bouchard is set to face Romanian, Simona Halep, who is ranked No. 3 in the world & is having a fabulous year as well. Below is a quote from Bouchard tweeted by Wimbledon’s official twitter account. Also take a look at the outfit Bouchard is wearing during the Wimbledon tournament. 


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Wimbledon 2014 Seeds

Men Wimbledon Seeds

1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia (2)
2. Rafael Nadal, Spain (1)
3. Andy Murray, Britain (5)
4. Roger Federer, Switzerland (4)
5. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland (3)
6. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic (6)
7. David Ferrer, Spain (7)
8. Milos Raonic, Canada (9)
9. John Isner, United States (11)
10. Kei Nishikori, Japan (12)
11. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria (13)
12. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia (10)
13. Richard Gasquet, France (14)
14. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France (17)
15. Jerzy Janowicz, Poland (24)
16. Fabio Fognini, Italy (15)
17. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia (16)
18. Fernando Verdasco, Spain (23)
19. Feliciano Lopez, Spain (25)
20. Kevin Anderson, South Africa (18)
21. Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine, (19)
22. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany (27)
23. Tommy Robredo, Spain (22)
24. Gael Monfils, France (21)
25. Nicolas Almagro, Spain (26)
26. Andreas Seppi, Italy (34)
27. Marin Cilic, Croatia (29)
28. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain (28)
29. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain (31)
30. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia (33)
31. Marcel Ganollers, Spain, (30)
32. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia (32)

 

Women Wimbledon Seeds

1. Serena Williams, United States (1)
2. Li Na, China (2)
3. Simona Halep, Romania (3)
4. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland (4)
5. Maria Sharapova, Russia (5)
6. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic (6)
7. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia (7)
8. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus (8)
9. Angeliq ue Kerber, Germany (9)
10. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia (10)
11. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia (11)
12. Flavia Pennetta, Italy (12)
13. Eugenie Bouchard, Canada (13)
14. Sara Errani, Italy (14)
15. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain (15)
16. Caroline Wozniaki, Denmark (16)
17. Samantha Stosur, Australia (17)
18. Sloane Stephens, United States (18)
19. Sabine Lisicki, Germany (19)
20. Andrea Petkovic Germany (20)
21. Roberta Vinci, Italy (21)
22. Ekaterina Makarova, Russia (22)
23. Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic (23)
24. Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium (24)
25. Alize Coronet, France (25)
26. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia (26)
27. Garbine Muguruza, Spain (27)
28. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia (28
29. Sorana Cirstea, Romania (29)
30. Venus Williams, United States (30)
31. Klara Koukalova, Czech Republic (31)
32. Elena Vesnina, Russia (32)

 

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Serena Stunned at Roland Garros

Serena Williams will be packing her bags earlier than expected as she was upset by 20 year old Spaniard, Garbine Muguruza in the 2nd Round of the French open, 6-2, 6-2.  The win over Serena marks the first in the modern era that the top 2 women’s seeds have been eliminated before the 3rd round.  Number 2 seed, Li Na, lost in the first round of the tournament yesterday to Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

Serena struggled the entire match, only winning four games which is the fewest games won by Serena in 288 grand slam matches. Although Serena played poorly throughout the match, she was impressed by Muguruza’s game telling her at the net, “if she keeps playing like this, she can win the tournament.”

Photo Credit: Corinne Dubreuil

Photo Credit: Corinne Dubreuil

Novak Djokovic’s great moment at Roland Garros

The number 2 seed, Novak Djokovic, shares a drink & a laugh with one of the ball boys at Roland Garros.  Djokovic ended up winning his match versus the Portuguese, Joao Sousa, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in the 1st round of the French Open at Roland Garros.  Moments like these make Novak a very special player.

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Staff Picks!

First Edition of Staff Picks featuring Kacie!

Kacie’s top apparel pick this month that the fashion forward tennis star cannot miss out on is the Nike Premier Maria Tank.  This tank is being worn by the likes of WTA pro’s, Maria Sharapova and Genie Bouchard during the 2014 clay circuit including the French Open.

This top features a supportive built in bra in a fun contrast color, with a perforated mesh back for ultimate breathability.  Kacie’s favorite element of this product is the fit! This top while being fitted in the bust has a body skimming aesthetic on the torso which is comfortable while playing in the summer months!

This tank is available in 3 fashionable colors; lilac, geranium and the go-to white! The Nike Maria Athlete Tank is also available in junior sizes! It can be purchased at your favorite tennis shop Midwest Sports!

 

Photo Credit: Valentina Alemanno (Flickr Creative Commons)

Photo Credit: Valentina Alemanno (Flickr Creative Commons)

WTA Sony Open 4th Round Results

Women’s WTA 4th Round Results (March 24th, 2014)
Serena Williams defeats Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-1
Maria Sharapova defeats Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
Petra Kvitova defeats Ana Ivanovic  3-6, 6-0, 6-0
Dominika Cibulkova defeats Venus Williams 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
Agnieszka Radwanska defeats Elina Svitolina 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-2
Li Na defeats Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-2
Angelique Kerber defeats Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Caroline Wozniack defeats Vavara Lepchenko 6-0, 6-1

 

Serena Williams performs the splits during her 4th round match at the Sony Open in Miami, Florida

Serena Williams performs the splits during her 4th round match at the Sony Open in Miami, Florida

Photo Credit: Sony Open Tennis

ATP Sony Open 3rd Round Results

Men’s ATP 3rd Round Results (March 24th, 2014)
Stanislas Wawrinka defeats E. Roger-Vasselin 7-5, 6-4
John Isner defeats Nicolas Almargo 7-5, 6-3
Rafael Nadal defeats D. Istomin 6-1, 6-0
Tomas Berdych defeats J. Sousa 6-2, 6-4
Fabio Fognini defeats R. Bautista Agut 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Milos Ranoic defeats G. Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2
Alexandr Dolgopolov defeats D. Lajovic 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5)
B. Becker defeats A. Bedene 6-3, 7-5

 

Sony Ericsson Open - Day 6

Rafael Nadal lunges for a ball versus Denis Istomin in the 3rd round of the Sony Open in Miami, Florida.

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Sony Open Day 2 – 1st & 2nd Round Results

Men’s 1st Round Results

L. Hewitt defeats R. Haase 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Ryan Harrison defeats F. Delbonis 6-2, 6-4
Sam Querrey defeats S. Stakhovsky 7-6 (2), 6-3
R. Bautista Agut defeats S. Johnson 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Jack Sock defeats G. Pella 6-3, 6-4
D. Young defeats C. Berlocq 6-2, 6-2
E. Roger-Vasselin defeats I. Sijsling 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3)
D. Istomin defeats N. Mahut 7-6 (8), 7-6 (2)
G. Garcia-Lopez defeats B. Klahn 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
J. Sousa defeats P. Carreno Busta 6-4, 7-6 (3)
S. Robert defeats A. Bogomolov Jr. 7-5, 6-4
Y. Lu defeats M. Mukushkin 6-1, 3-1 (Retired)
A. Bedene defeats J. Wang 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
J. Nieminen defeats B. Tomic 6-0, 6-1
L. Lacko defeats K. De Schepper 6-4, 6-4
D. Gimeno-Traver defeats K. Khachanov 6-7 (8),  6-1, 6-1

Women’s 2nd Round Results

Serena Williams defeats Y. Shvedova 7-6 (7), 6-2
C. Garcia defeats K. Zakopalova 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3)
C. Vandeweghe defeats A. Pavlyuchenkova 7-6 (7), 7-5
Samantha Stosur defeats K. Bertens 6-3, 6-2
Sara Errani defeats P. Mayr-Achleitner 6-1, 6-4
E. Makarova defeats R. Peterson 6-1, 6-1
T. Pironkova defeats S. Cirstea 6-3, 6-3
Angelique Kerber defeats S. Peng 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5)
Maria Sharapova defeats K. Nara 6-3, 6-4
L. Safarova defeats V. King defeats 6-3, 7-6 (2)
Kirsten Flipkens V. Razzano 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Sabine Lisicki defeats Nadia Petrova 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Ana Ivanovic defeats L. Davis 6-1, 6-1
O. Govortsova defeats F. Pennetta 6-3, 6-3
D. Vekic defeats S. Kuznetsova 7-6 (5), 7-5
Petra Kvitova defeats P. Ormaechea 6-3, 6-4

 

Maria Sharapova serves to Kurumi Nara in the 2nd Round of the Sony Open in Miami, Florida

Maria Sharapova serves to Kurumi Nara in the 2nd Round of the Sony Open in Miami, Florida

Photo Credit ( Sony Open Photos)

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Men’s ATP Sony Open Day 1 – 1st Round Results

Men’s 1st Round Results

M. Baghdatis defeats S. Giraldo 1-6, 6-2, 7-5
J. Chardy defeats J. Monaco 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (5)
A. Mannarino defeats N. Davydenko 6-4, 7-5
H. Zeballos defeats D. Goffin 7-5, 6-3
M. Ebden defeats L. Kubot 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
R. Stepanek defeats D. Brands 6-3, 6-0
D. Thiem defeats L. Rosol 7-6 (6), 6-4
I. Karlovic defeats P. Mathieu 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5)
J. Benneteau defeats K. Edmund 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2
T. Gabashvili defeats M. Granollers 6-4, 6-3
A. Gonzalez defeats M. Jaziri 7-6 (9), 6-1
M. Matosevic defeats M. Falla 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6)
A. Montanes defeats M. Przysiezny 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3
J. Vesely defeats F. Volandri 6-4, 7-6 (1)
T. de Bakker defeats V. Hanescu 6-3, 6-2
I. Dodig defeats A. Golubev 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

 

Baghdatis

Marco Baghdatis hitting a forehand against Santiago Giraldo in the 1st round of the Sony Open in Miami, Florida.

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Prince 2014 Tennis Racquets

With Prince being below the radar for the past several years, they have returned with a vengeance for 2014.  Making up for lost time, there are a myriad of choices in the new 2014 Prince tennis racquets line.  Prince has released a new collection of 6 different racquet series featuring new racquet technology. The performance racquet selection features three different racquet silos: the Prince Premier (115L ESP115 ESP105 ESP, 105L ESP), Prince Warrior (100 ESP, 100L ESP, 100, Pro 100) & Prince Tour (95, 98, 98 ESP, Pro 98, Tour 100 (16×18), Tour 100 (18×20), Tour 100T ESP, Tour 100T, Tour Pro 100). Prince has made key improvements to their franchising of the racquets reducing from four to three cutting the Thunder series. Prince also has released updates to the Classic series, O3 Series, & the Hornet series.  Now lets take a look deeper into some of the nuances of these new racquet frames.

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Prince Premier

  • Focused on the comfort & power aspects of tennis.
  • Game improvement collection, designed for shorter slower stroked players who are looking for maximum power in a lightweight frame.
  • L Frame = Designates Lighter weighted frames
  • Replace EXO3 frames (Silver 115, Blue 110, Pink 105 & Red 105)
  • Each racquet within this series features three new technology updates:
  1.  EXO3 Technology: Enhances response & performance on the string bed. 54% bigger sweet spot.
  2. ESP Technology: “Extreme String Pattern” – Delivers an aggressive (14×16) string pattern designed to deliver up to 30% more spin.
  3. Double Bridge Technology: Dampens not only the frame but also the strings.

 

Prince Warrior

  • “Tweener” racquets focus on blending the perfect amount of power & spin.
  • Tailored for players with moderate to full strokes.
  • 3 different styles of the Warrior (ESP, EXO3 & Pro) meet the needs of today’s modern player
  • Warrior 100 ESP & 100L ESP feature EXO3 tech, ESP tech & Double Bridge tech.
  • Warrior 100 & Pro 100 feature 16×19 string patterns to go along with a heavier feel than the 100ESP & 100L ESP models.
  • “Pro” series tradtional grommet technology made for the players looking for the most pure feel & comfort.
  • Warrior 100L ESP replaces the EXO3 Tour Lite 100 & the Warrior 100 replaces the EXO3 Warrior 100.
  • Warrior 100 is John Isner’s racquet of choice

 

Prince Tour

  • The Tour series is best suited for players with long full swings looking for precise control.
  • The Yellow Tour models replace the “Rebel” series — these racquets feature smaller headsizes, thinner beams & are more control oriented than the orange & black Tour 100 models
  • Orange & Black Tour models (Tour 100T ESP, Tour 100T, Tour 100, Tour Pro 100) are all “Mid-Plus” frames.
  • Yellow Tour models (Tour 98 ESP, Tour 98, Tour 95, Tour Pro 98) are all “Mid-Size” frames.
  • Tour 100T replaces the EXO3 Tour Team 100 & the Tour 100 replaces the EXO3 Tour 100.
  • T (Team) frame = Lighter Frame
  • Tour 100 (16×18) is David Ferrer’s racquet of choice

 

Prince Classic

  • Traditional styled racquets. Not a lot of jazz with these racquets, just overall the classics are premium performance racquets.
  • Ideal for players looking for classic feel.
  • Ultimate racquets for feel & stability make all of these racquets classic frames.
  • Classic Response 97 features “Double Bridge Technology”

 

LS Series

  • Updates the O3 racquet series
  • Ideal racquets for power & comfort within oversized maneuverable frames.
  • LS = Large Sweetspot
  • Full of O3 construction around perimeter of frame hoop.
  • 4 head sizes (118″, 110″, 105″, 100″)

 

ES Series

  • ES = Expanded Sweetspot
  • 2 head sizes (110″, 100″)
  • O3 Construction at 12:00 only
  • 100% Graphite