short balls: jelena’s new website, santoro to break a record, what happened in singapore, etc.

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Jelena’s website: Jelena Jankovic finally rejoins the 21st century with the launch of her official website. (via WTB)

So, what happened in Singapore? The Maria Sharapova Live! event has come and gone (see Regentville’s review of the event here), and now Singapore is dealing with its effects. To capitalize on tennis-mania, some folks are planning to bring a tourney to the country by 2009. (via WTB)

Lindsay’s GS sched: Lindsay Davenport, this week competing at the ASB Classic, has committed to play only through the U.S. Open, and has announced that she won’t participate in this year’s French Open. (TNZH)

Santoro to break a record: Frenchman Fabrice Santoro, this week playing at the Qatar Open, will break a record he currently holds with Andre Agassi — that of appearing in 61 Grand Slam tournaments. Santoro will participate in his 62nd at the 2008 Australian Open. FYI, his first Grand Slam appearance was at the 1989 French Open. (CNN.com)

Ladies, take notice: Serena Williams came back from the off-season looking fit and trim. This could spell trouble for anyone else trying to win the Australian Open women’s titles (in both singles AND doubles) this year.

Maria’s Mama: We see father Yuri all the time, but never Momma Yelena. She made a rare appearance next to Maria‘s Christmas tree (at her Manhattan Beach pad?). DTL dug up this photo from Masha’s official website.

Plexicushion gets a thumbs down: Players are speaking out against the newly-installed Plexicushion surface at Melbourne Park. But really, Tennis Australia had no choice but to dump Rebound Ace after 20 years of not-so-good results for that country’s tennis future.

In case you’re keeping track: Spaniard Carlos Moya endorses Rolex. (newindpress.com)

…and Andy Murray makes some more additions to his training camp by signing Miles MacIagan (The Guardian)

…and Xavier Malisse does some charity work in between competing at this week’s Chennai Open. (The Hindu)

Enrique’s gift to Anna? Enrique Iglesias, longtime boyfriend of Anna Kournikova spent Christmas Day in a red thong. (Now)

An Australian Open Court: Open Court will leave her Canadian outpost later this month to cover the Australian Open. We can’t wait!

(photo via www.jj-jelenajankovic.com)

for your asb classic reading list: yellowballin'

I should point out that TSF reader R. C. French is writing about his hometown tourneys — the ASB Classic (women) and the Heineken Open (men) — in his blog, Yellowballin’. Make sure to bookmark or RSS the sucker.

Notables from the first day of this Auckland, New Zealand, tournament (the ASB Classic happens first) include sixth seed Tamira Paszek‘s 7-6 (7), 6-1 win over boldly clothed Yanina Wickmayer; and the unseeded Lindsay Davenport‘s defeat of fellow American Laura Granville, 6-2, 6-3. But what I’m really excited about is tomorrow’s line-up: Maria Kirilenko (hopefully) will debut the Spring 2008 line of adidas by Stella McCartney.

(I was also hoping for a peek of Fila‘s 2008 goods for Akiko Morigami, but she lost in her first round match today. Le sad.)

when I'm done freeing kolya…

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Okay, that’s it. When I’m done freeing Nikolay Davydenko (currently in Portland for the DC final) from his match-fixing mess, I will turn my efforts to banning leopard print from tennis. Because for every foxy Jelena Jankovic ensemble that’s on display, there are disasters from Bethanie Mattek, a racquet bag from Vince Spadea, and this dress (above) from Lindsay Davenport.

The Californian (posing with event chair Sean McManus on the left and Billie Jean King on the right) was awarded Sportswoman of the Year at the March of Dimes’ 24th Annual Luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria last night. Hmmm, seeing that she’s only played in three tournaments this year, I wonder how far down Linds was on their ask list?

A healthier-looking Monica Seles presented an award to Ted Forstmann of IMG, while USTA head Arlen Kantarian got this year’s Sports Leader Award. Congrats to all.

(photos by WireImage via DTL)

trophy watch: paris, quebec

This week’s winners were all about the streaks…

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Lindsay Davenport continues her successful comeback campaign with her second title in three tourneys. She beat Julia Vakulenko 6-4, 6-1 at the Quebec City Bell Challenge. She looked good wearing Nike‘s Drop Shot Cable Top from the winter collection.

nalbandian wins paris 2007

If it ain’t broke…: Boo to you, Masters Series Paris. You were in the running for best tennis trophy with your Fanti Tree, and you replace it with this. But hey, it’s better than a silver cup, right?

David Nalbandian continues his comeback with a 6-4, 6-0 destruction of Rafael Nadal in the finals. This is the second time in the last three weeks that the Argentine has beaten both Roger Federer and Rafa in the same tournament (the other being Madrid, which he also won. Not bad to have your only two titles in 2007 be Masters Series ones, no?). Could this latest streak mean that he’ll take the TMC like he did back in 2005?

Two more looks (one NSFW)…

short balls: keeping up with the joneses

I’ve felt a little out of touch with tennis these last few weeks so I’ve been resorting to some picture-packed posts (some of you aren’t complaining, though…). So for this round of short balls I thought I’d check back in with some real issues.

Better days ahead: Tom Perrotta shrugs off Maria Sharapova‘s shoulder woes as a mere hiccup in what has been (and could still be) a great career. and FYI: to help with her shoulder troubles, former coach Robert Lansdorp had suggested that Masha take her racquet up immediately during her service motion (i.e., no more loop). Let’s hope it helps. (The New York Sun)

Six degrees with Steve Jobs: The challenge? Connect Masha with tech god Steve Jobs. Give it a shot. (macenstein)

Pam Shriver speaks: Pundit Pam Shriver wants match-fixers banned for life. I agree! (Baltimore Sun via On The Baseline)

Race to the Chase: I know it’s not called that anymore (and yes, yes — it’s not Lipton anymore, either), but it just sounds so fun. Serena Williams is the latest to qualify, joining Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Ana Ivanovic. Whodathunk that Sveta would be the first Russian to make it? (The Canadian Press)

Zurich: This week, the women are flocking to Zurich for the last Tier I of the year. And for many, the last chance they’ll have to make the cut for the Year-End Championships. (On The Baseline) The folks next on the list are Chakvetadze, Venus, Masha, Dani Hantuchova, and a Beijing-focused Elena Dementieva. Masha might run into trouble, since she’s the defending champ at Zurich and has pulled out with her shoulder injury. FYI, Martina Hingis has also pulled out because of her nagging hip injury.

The mens: The top two men (that’s Roger and Rafa) return to the courts for the first time since the U.S. Open at the Madrid Masters. R-Fed ponders his 2008 schedule while all eyes are on whether Nadal’s knees have recovered enough to let him vie for this hardcourt title. A look at their year-end tourney — The Masters Cup — will be for another post.

The Hewitt gene: While the tenacity of the Hewitts made Lleyton a top tennis player (hmm, will he make it into the Hall of Fame with two titles, I wonder?), his sister Jaslyn is making her mark in the bodybuilding world. Enjoy. (amaz0ns.com)

Speaking of Hewitt, he’s pushing for Tennis Australia to help fellow Aussie Mark Philippoussis with a wildcard lifeline for the 2008 Australian Open.

Meanwhile, he won’t be playing Madrid doubles with Nadal since he’s withdrawn — along with Andy Roddick — due to injury. (IHT)

Karlovic’s new(er) record: Another for the whodathunk files is Ivo Karlovic‘s latest feat — winning a title on three surfaces in 2007 (carpet in Stockholm, clay at the U.S. Clay Courts, and grass in Nottingham) — is shared only by Roger Federer. (Fox Sports)

On up-and-comers: American Wayne Odesnik looks like Guillermo Canas. (sacbee.com — annoyingly, reg. req’d)

More mushy Davenport stories: We can’t get enough! ESPN’s Bonnie D. Ford writes about Lindsay and Jagger at a WTT event in Villanova, Penn.

(OT) This week’s amazing building: As you can probably tell, I have a little thing for good architecture. My latest pick is the Quinta Real Zacatecas (in Zacatecas, Mexico). Once the Plaza de Toros San Pedro, North America’s largest bullring — it has now been turned into a gorgeous five-star hotel. Check out their website. (UrbanDaddy)

(OT) With mixed feelings, the runner-up: The Green Mountain project in Libya will try to preserve one of the last undeveloped areas of the Mediterranean Coast. It’s ambitious, so I hope they pull it off. Otherwise, they just effed up one of the last undeveloped areas of the Mediterranean Coast. (NYT)

short balls monday: on rafa's sleeveless shirts, mikhail's salute, and lookin for janko pics

(OT) What do gay bars and cropdusters have in common?: I’m sure there’s a pollination joke in there somewhere, but instead we’ll just point you to this interesting article at Entrepreneur.com about the ten businesses that will face extinction within the decade.

Rafa’s legacy: Screw his three consecutive French Open titles — why worry about that when there’s more pressing matters at hand? And by pressing matters we mean Rafael Nadal as the poster boy for singlets (aka the sleeveless tank). British GQ‘s Dylan Jones hates ‘em, thinks that Rafa would look equally good in a traditional polo, and blames Spanish men for the shirt’s ubiquity. (via Daily Mail)

Davenport heads to Mill Valley: Big-hittin’ mama Lindsay Davenport will lead a pack of great names — Mary Joe Fernandez, Conchita Martinez, Jana Novotna, Todd Martin, and the Jensen brothers — at the Esurance Tennis Classic. The charity benefit will raise money for breast cancer research, prostate cancer support, and helping tennis youth through the Harbor Point Charitable Foundation. (Marin Independent Journal)

Youzhny’s salute?: Tennis Planet asks about the best (and worst) victory dances in the sport. I say the Korda scissor kick tops the worst, Mikhail‘s salute is the oddest, and Venus‘s smiley twirls are the most sincere.

A call for photos: “I’m looking for Janko [Tipsarevic] in Moscow, Kremlin Cup. All the sites I scanned have nothing. I need new Janko.” Can someone help out this tipsy fan before she goes into withdrawal?

This really is Savannah’s Word: And we consider ourselves lucky that we can live in it.

trophy watch: sunfeast is in the running

Congrats to the Sunfeast Open for being in the running for Most Innovative Trophy of 2007. Winner Maria Kirilenko received this traditional Indian painting (unveiled last week by Sania Mirza). Runner-up Mariya Koryttseva received her doorstop. The scoreline: 6-0, 6-2.

But the cabal behind all these stuffed tournament mascots needs to take a break. Don’t overdo it, people. Calcutta had the yellow sun, and Beijing had its own lime green version below…

In doubles, Vania King and Alla Kudryavtseva beat Koryttseva and Alberta Brianti 6-1, 6-4.

At the China Open, Jelena Jankovic got a little karmic lecture when she lost in the finals to current hot potato Agnes Szavay (again dressed in her cute Marta Makany outfit). Szavay came from behind to defeat Jankovic 5-7(7), 7-5, 6-2.

As you may remember, Jankovic took out Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-5 in the semis and accidentally hit her with a ball. How funny that it was Lindsay who bore the brunt, since she channeled her fair share of Eeyore back in the day.

And on the other side of the world, Tatiana Golovin gets back to being match tough by winning against Katarina Srebotnik 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Slovenia. I love the orange Lacoste skirt!

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party pics: china open serves up the ladies

The top crop of ladies vying for the China Open title this week — Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic, Amelie Mauresmo (welcome back!), Elena Dementieva, Lindsay Davenport, and Martina Hingis — were all present at this promo event which had them clad in cheongsams (traditional Chinese dresses). All except for Lindsay, who was wearing her LBD. I wonder why?

This is the first off-court dress I’ve LOVED on Amelie. As usual, Jelena and Elena were looking good.

Best dressed award goes to Hingis, though. Maybe it’s the dress + the curly hair + devilish smile? Whatever she did, it worked!

Who do you think dressed best? Tell us!

(photos by O Sports)

trophy watch, b-list ed.: beijing, bali, bucharest

Don’t kiss the trophy — it might have lead!: Chilean Fernando Gonzalez defeated Tommy Robredo at the China Men’s Open Tennis Tournament in Beijing. Gonzalez needed three sets — 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 — to clinch his first title of 2007 (after a title-less 2006).

And the BCR Open Romania also produced a three-set final. Frenchman Gilles Simon (right) down local fave Victor Hanescu 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to earn his second career singles title.

Golden doorstop: New mom Lindsay Davenport won in her first singles tournament back from maternity leave by beating Dani Hantuchova 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. But what’s $32,000 when you have a cute baby like Jagger?

And in Bali Open doubles, Shengnan Sun, left, and Chunmei Ji took the crown.

We’ll save Fed Cup (congrats, Russia!) for another post.

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davenport beats scrunchified jankovic

There’s no question that Lindsay Davenport will have a spot in the Top 10 (Top 5, even?) if she goes back to playing as a full-time pro.

She beat a flustered Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in the quarters of the Bali Open.

Typical Jelena though… she gets down on herself and gets distracted too easily. But hey you don’t get to No. 3 in the world without doing something right.

Jelena wore the pink Reebok separates she brought out at the U.S. Open, but added some pearl drop earrings and A SCRUNCHY. (Reminds me of that fight Carrie had with Berger in SATC.)