Wimbledon Babolat 2014

Babolat has now partnered with the All England Lawn Tennis Club to produce a line of racquets, bags, footwear and accessories that bear the Wimbledon brand. Rather than rolling out what could have been a stodgy white/gold line of products (as quite happens with other product lines “inspired by Wimbledon”) Babolat has taken a bolder approach in
offering some exciting takes on the green, purple and white themes of Wimbledon. The advertising graphics for this line even take a cue from the London punk scene of the late 1970′s with its Sex Pistols inspired font and grass mohawk treatment of the Propulse and Pure Drive, just to let you know that this collection is meant to have a bit of an edge to it.

The Pure Drive is updated with a bright green, white and black graphic and keeps the playability expected from this legendary model unchanged. Same for the Aeropro Team (the lightweight counterpart to Nadal’s Aeropro Drive.) Expect to get some attention on court with the look of these frames. The Team Line bag collection also gets the black and green Wimbledon treatment in the 12 racquet bag and tennis backpack configurations. Fans of the top of the line Propulse 4 shoe will be happy to know that there is another striking color in this shoe, with this all-green update with Wimbledon logo and purple trim.

The kids have not been forgotten either, with a Pure Drive junior racquet and smaller version of the Propulse also being options in this line.

Babolat’s Wimbledon collection still honors and respects the tradition of Wimbledon, but brings a fresh edge to this classic tournament. Cheers!

 

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The Queen of Clay?

Maria Sharapova French Open Gear

Maria Sharapova has reached her third straight finals at Roland Garros after defeating 20 year old Canadian, Genie Bouchard, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.  Sharapova has won 19 of her last 20 matches at Roland Garros, her only loss came at the hands of Serena Williams in the finals last year. Sharapova is trying to relive some of the magic she found in 2012, after she marched through the field at Roland Garros & achieved the allusive career grand slam (wins at all of the major tournaments) and first title at the French Open.  Sharapova won the title in 2012 after defeating the crowd favorite & one of France’s own, Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-2.

Sharapova’s road to the finals this year drew clear after the World No. 1 & defending French Open Champion, Serena Williams, was upset in the 2nd round.  Before the tournament started, many fans had penciled in a Williams vs. Sharapova quarterfinals matchup.  That potential matchup could have been a gigantic hurtle to overcome for Sharapova, who is winless versus Williams since 2004 and holds a 2-16 career record against Serena.

The match between Sharapova and Bouchard for a chance at a finals berth was a clear example of Sharapova’s clay dominance. Sharapova has proved to be the “Queen of Clay” over the past 3 years, partly due to her charm and grace on and off the court, but particularity due to the impressive 53-4 record Sharapova holds on clay since 2010. Sharapova took her normal, not necessarily good, “slow start” approach to this match, dropping the first 6-4 to Bouchard. Sharapova battled back resiliently in the next two sets, fight off the 20 year old, 7-5 in a well contested 2nd set. In the 3rd set, Sharapova started to mix in her proven experience at grand slams to go along with her overall talent on the clay surface, asserting her dominance over the future star from Canada, 6-2 in the 3rd.

Sharapova will take on 22 year old & soon to be World No. 3, Romanian, Simona Halep in the finals on Saturday. Sharapova holds a 3-0 record versus Halep. These two last met in the finals of Madrid Open in early May in which Sharapova won 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.


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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

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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 2nd Round Results

Men’s ATP 2nd Round Results (March 21st, 2014)

Novak Djokovic defeats J. Chardy 6-4, 6-3
Andy Murray defeats M. Ebden 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Roger Federer defeats I. Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga defeats A. Mannarino 6-2, 6-4
J. Benneteau defeats E. Gulbis 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
David Ferrer defeats T. Gabashvili 6-4, 6-0
Grigor Dimitrov defeats A. Montanes 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3
Kei Nishikori defeats M. Matosevic  6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3
T. Robredo defeats D. Thiem 6-4, 7-6 (8)
Richard Gasquet defeats A. Gonzalez 7-6 (7), 6-4
T. de Bakker defeats Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5)
M. Baghdatis defeats Philipp Kohlscreiber 3-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5)
Kevin Anderson defeats H. Zeballos 6-4, 6-3
F. Mayer defeats I. Dodig 6-3, 6-2
F. Lopez defeats J. Vesely 6-2, 7-6 (3)
Andreas Seppi defeats R. Stepanek 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-4

 

Sony Ericsson Open - Day 7

 

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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

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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

 

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

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