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.

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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!

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A GDF SUEZ Grand Prix Pictorial

Our photographer Ralf Reinecke is currently attending the GDF SUEZ Grand Prix tournament in Budapest to shoot some amazing photos for us.  And you all may remember Anna Chakvetadze who is currently playing in Budapest.  AnnaChak used to be a top 10 player and even reached the fifth place of the WTA Tour. She dropped after that. Which is really a shame because she was quite good.

You can actually almost say that our photographer Ralf Reinecke is her personal photographer and the photos that follow illustrate why:

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Roger Federer made it the to semis at the Madrid Open beating Ernests Gulbis 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.  Last month Ernests Gulbis turned into Federer’s “bête noir” beating Federer in Rome and Gulbig was looking to repeat. However, Federer got himself together and ensured victory in Madrid.

“I think it’s one of the toughest things in tennis if you lose against a player and you have to play against him in the next couple of weeks,” Federer said. “I was very happy with the way I was able to return and mix up the game a bit, and at the end I thought it was a really great performance.”

The renewal of the rivalry between Federer and Nadal is coming closer with Nadal also reaching the semis. Nadal faced Gael Monfils and beat him 6-1, 6-3.

“In the first set I played at a very high level,” said Nadal, who compared the high-altitude conditions of Madrid with his previous two tournaments.

“In Monte Carlo I played one of the best tournaments of my life on clay. In Rome, I played very well, too. This is the toughest tournament for me. The conditions are the most difficult of the year for me on clay, but I’m fine. Yesterday I played quite well (against John Isner), today better. I’m very happy.”

Roger Federer faces David Ferrer in the semis while Rafael Nadal plays fellow countryman Nicolas Almagro.

Ralf Reinecke was on the scene taking pics of the Roger Federer / Ernests Gulbis match.

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And he keeps sending us stuff! Ralf Reinecke is running around on Madrid and it shows.   Pressconferences and celebrities, noone is safe from his photo camera. And they shouldn’t be.  Ralf’s photography is once again great.

He sent me pics of Melzer, Almagro, Federer, Nadal, Na Li, Andy Murray, Gulbis and as extra bonus shots none other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulino Rubio!

Keep ’em coming and we’ll keep upping them and serve our readers and viewers the best of the best!

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Venus Williams and Lucie Safarova are the first semifinalists in Madrid. Lucie Safarova is getting the reputation of “giant killer” having beaten numerous top ten players in the past few weeks.

Venus Williams will be the world number 2 when the new rankings come out next week and that means the Williams’  sisters are No.1 and 2 on the WTA Tour rankings. This hasn’t happened since 2003.

Venus Williams beat Sam Stosur 6-3, 6-3 while Lucie Safarova beat Nadia Petrova 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.

Our photographer Ralf Reinecke is currently in Madrid and captured  shots of Venus Williams and Lucie Safarova.

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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!!

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So we managed to get credentialed for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament in Stuttgart. We sent in our funky photographer who goes by the name of Rollin’ Ralf Reinecke (guys I just love alliteration) to the tournament and he gave us some really good stuff.

We got photos of Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina at the All Access Hour.

Enjoy the photos! I sure did…

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Ain’t nothing like the real thing…

Our funky photographer, rollin’ Ralf Reinecke, visited the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.  He shot some great photos of Radwanska, Chakvetadze and Ana Ivanovic. Ofcourse I am uploading the pictures because I wouldn’t want to keep you guys from them.  Shouts fly out to Ralf Reinecke and I hope you will enjoy the pics.

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