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The Women Who Hit Hard: The Making of…

One of the things that I like about the US Open is the media buzz and thanks to one of my Facebook friends I found a great article created especially for the Open. You can find it here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/08/29/magazine/womens-tennis.html

The video features Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Elena Dementieva, Kim Clijsters, Jelena Jankovic, Samantha Stosur and Vera Zvonareva. The video is produced by the best newspaper in the world: The New York Times.

The article that goes with it is about the hard hitters in tennis. The article can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/08/29/magazine/tennis-hard-hitters.html

Photo shoots don’t come much bigger than this. Bright lights, incredible cameras and glitter-laden tennis balls awaited Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Elena Dementieva, Vera Zvonareva, Sam Stosur, Jelena Jankovic and Victoria Azarenka on the set of the New York Times photo shoot ahead of this year’s US Open. Decked out in glamorous fashion attire, the players looked incredible for photographer Dewey Nicks.

The making of the video  can be watched here:

The Prince And Caroline Wozniacki

After a week long in Portoroz, our photographer Ralf Reinecke traveled to Denmark bringing his photo equipment for the next tournament.  In some ways this reminds me of the movie “The Prince and me”  with the always goodlooking Julia Stiles.  Yah it’s a chick flick  and yes my girlfriend made me watch that. Just like she made me watch Ghost Whisperer.

Anyhow thank Ralf Reinecke for capturing Caroline Wozniacki and the Prince of Denmark.

Did you guys know that the Prince of Denmark invested in Wozniacki’s career? Yes, he did. Like a true Prince, he is also a very noble one.

Another Prodigal Pictorial: Anna Chakvetadze Graces Portoroz

So for the second time this week I have a prodigy on my plate. Anna Chakvetadze once held the number five position of the world but has fallen to 111. Though many of us are waiting for a prodigal return of Anna to the top 10,  I don’t see it happen for now.  She is only 23 so keep in mind that she could bounce back at any point but I am not holding my breath.

And even though I don’t expect a comeback anytime soon, she still looks good on photo. And photographer Ralf Reinecke thinks so too.

The Prague Picture Post

Another week another tournament. And another tournament where we find our glorious photographer Ralf Reinecke. What can I say? The guy is just all over the place.

Some great photos inside here. Enjoy and feel free to reply with a comment to give our photographer Ralf Reinecke a thumbs up!

THE UNICEF OPEN PICTORIAL – PART 2

So more photos are coming in from our photographer at the scene, Ralf Reinecke.  Great shots this time of Benjamin Becker, Anastasia Rodionova and the Henin and Kerber match.

Great photos of one of the best tennis photographers in the world: Ralf Reinecke!

THE UNICEF OPEN PICTORIAL – PART ONE

Photographer Ralf Reinecke is currently attending the UNICEF Open in The Netherlands for TennisGrandstand. This means lots of photos of lots of good players in the next few days.

And I will start off right here with a whole bunch taken yesterday in sunny Rosmalen. Justine Henin, Dominika Cibulkova, Dinara Safina and Anastasia Rodionova and more all feature in this wonderful pictorial!

Thanks Ralf Reinecke and keep ‘em coming!

GREEN ON RED CLAY: JELENA JANKOVIC IN MADRID

Our photographer Ralf Reinecke has done it again! He managed to capture the best players in the world, who are currently participating in Madrid, on camera and makes them look good.

He sent me pics today of Jelena Jankovic. The girl in green. It makes her look like the She-Hulk and that means that I think she’s sexy in green!!

GISELA DULKO GOES PORSCHE

A few years ago I talked to a guy who ran the Gisela Dulko website.  It was a site in plain HTML and lots of pics and in three languages. They had several editors and newsposters. Which was quite unique actually for a website at that time. It’s become more and more regular now. But that aside. It was also the time where I just fell in love with Gisela Dulko.

Last week our photographer Ralf Reinecke  was in Stuttgart and I asked him to send me some extra pics of Gisela Dulko. And he came through. So here we go: Gisela Dulko pics of her solo and with doubles partner Flavia Penetta.

Enjoy!

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA DEFEATS ANA IVANOVIC IN STUTTGART

Ana Ivanovic continues her free fall by losing in the first round of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart. But saying that would mean not giving credit to a well deserved victory for Agnieszka Radwanska.

In another first-round match, fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland defeated former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Radwanska led 4-1 before Ivanovic pulled even to force the tiebreaker. But the less error-prone Radwanska won it and also took the second set. Ivanovic has dropped to No. 57 in less than two years since winning the French Open.

Photos by our photographer Ralf Reinecke.

DINARA SAFINA QUITTING? I HOPE NOT!

More photos from Stuttgart. Our photographer, Ralf Reinecke, attended the opener of the Porsche Grand Prix last night in Stuttgart. He came back with gorgeous photos of Gisela Dulko, Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Victoria “Vika” Azarenka and many more.

Now I am wondering with so much beauty gracing the courts in Stuttgart this week, will we ever have a dull moment? I think not!  And I think many would agree with me here.

However there are some concerning reports from Stuttgart. Dinara Safina is thinking of quitting the WTA Tour if her injuries persist.  I do share the concerns of Dinara Safina’s but I sincerely hope that she will remain pain free this week and enjoys the game. It would be bad for her to quit now. But then again a certain Belgian, Kim Clijsters, quit a few years ago as well citing the many injuries as one of the reasons of retirement and she made a succesful come back.  Perhaps Dinara Safina can pull a Kim Clijsters as well and, might she retire, make a come back in a few years.

“I am glad to be here, this is my first big test after having come back from my injury,” Safina said. “My physio is here and I really want to take it step by step. I only started playing on court again on April 3.

“Everybody, including my brother Marat (Safin), told me to take my time but it was really difficult because I wanted to come back on court so badly.

“Right now I feel safe and comfortable, but I need to watch closely that it stays that way.

“My back injury is the worst you can get, because if things go wrong again, that might be it for my professional career altogether.”

Safina was the world number one exactly a year ago, when she reached the final in Stuttgart, but 12 months on she now realises how much she loves the game after her enforced lay-off.

“There is no way that you can go easy on a lower back injury,” she added.

“With a broken arm or leg, you can rest it, but with your back it is almost impossible. It has made me realise how much I love tennis.

“I just want to get back on court. Regarding things like rankings, titles, defending points – who really cares?”

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