Lisicki fairy tale ends, Ivanovic finds new coach and Virtua Tennis 4 goodies for the win!

Sabine Lisicki’s amazing run at Wimbledon

I have to say that I was amazed by Sabine Lisicki’s performance at the 2011 edition of Wimbledon. Her serve is one of the most powerful ones on the women’s tour and she has one of the cutest smiles too. But Lisicki has been pretty impressive so far this season with the AEGON Classic win and reaching the quarters at the Porsche Grand Prix Open in Stuttgart after overcoming a longterm injury.

Ofcourse her wildcard caused some controversy after reading that you can only get four of them per calendar year. For more on the controversy read Charlie Bricker’s full article on World Tennis Magazine.

Find some great photos of Lisicki and her memorable semi finale match versus Maria Sharapova after the jump.

Ana Ivanovic finds herself a new coach

I am not at all disappointed by Ana Ivanovic’ performance at Wimbledon this year. She reached the third round and that is a lot better than I, and I am sure a lot of you readers, expected from former champion Ivanovic.  I was very happy to read the announcement that  her quest to find a fulltime coach has been completed.  Nigel Sears, former head coach of British women’s tennis, has signed on to coach the Belgrade great.

“I couldn’t be happier,” said Ivanovic, who was runner-up at Roland Garros in 2007 and at the 2008 Australian Open. “I’ve admired Nigel for some time now and I can’t wait to start working with him on court.

“It was important that I waited for the right coach, and we are both excited about the challenges ahead.”

Ana is currently taking a well deserved break but I can’t wait to see what Nigel Sears and her will come up with in the coming months.

The past month or so has been pretty intense and now I’m going to enjoy a week off. It’s important to recharge before my training for the hard courts begins. When I return from my holiday I hope to be a lot closer to appointing a new coaching team and I’ll let you know about that soon!

Caroline Wozniacki is on the buss

And again Caroline Wozniacki didn’t win a Grand Slam tournament. Despite the absence of Kim Clijsters, the lack of match rythm of the Williams sisters, Wozniacki was ousted in the fourth round by Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 5-7. I am beginning to think that Wozniacki is letting things get to her. The pressure of having to win a Grand Slam is, I think and I am just speculating here, having a bigger effect on her than she realizes. She is only 20 years old but we have seen younger girls winning Grand Slam tournaments.  Maria Sharapova (17) and Martina Hingis for instance (16).  Some day I am sure she will win it. Just hoping for sooner rather than later.

And obviously she was disappointed as well.

Hi everyone, just wanted to say thank you for your support at Wimbledon. Dominika played really well yesterday. Saw this ad on a London bus which cheered me up! Now back to the practice courts!

Victoria Azarenka, so close yet so far

And that’s pretty much my analysis of Victoria Azarenka. She just needs that little push to make it to a Grand Slam finale and win it. At the moment I don’t think anyone on the tour deserves it more than she does. Ofcourse , she will have to keep working on improving and she already vowed to bounce back stronger. So that is good to read, especially when you survive a scare after reading that Azarenka pondered on retirement earlier this year. I sure hope we will get to see Azarenka for many years to come and then some.

I have to say that Azarenka looking like Blake Lively isn’t exaggareted at all.

And look at this amazing shot from. You can’t retire when you make shots like these!

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Maria Sharapova in 3D

With the Wimbledon green and strawberry red I am sure you can imagine Avatar 2 just a little. Or is that too much of a stretch? Congratz to Sharapova for making it to her second Wimbledon final in her already impressive career.

Sony however contacted us today to let us know about the following:

From the 1st July 2011, for the first time in 125 Championships of this prestigious tournament… the best tennis action will be aired live – in 3D – at cinemas across the globe.  The men’s and women’s final plus the men’s semi-final, all screened in glorious 3D.  Never before has it been possible to have such an immersive tennis experience. It’s time to feel every serve, every net-cord and every near miss. It’s time to really feel part of the action.

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Virtua Tennis 4 contest

And together with Sega, we at TennisGrandstand, have created a little quiz with some serious goodies.  The goodies are a bag, a sweatband, an awesome Virtua Tennis 4 shirt, a cap and a bidon AND….a copy of Virtua Tennis 4 for the PS3 (not on photo).  So how do you like DEM apples?

If you want to win then just answer this question:

Who did Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat to reach his first ever Wimbledon semifinals? And what was the score?

First come = first serve!

As promised!!

And now for the Sabine Lisicki photos as promised!

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