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Ana Ivanovic visits children’s hospital in Miami

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Ana Ivanovic isn’t  just amazing us with her spectacular tennis and stunning beauty but is also actively involved as  UNICEF ambassador.  And for the UNICEF she visited a hospital in Miami .

“It’s really nice to come and visit, especially the kids, and try to give them something in return, and try to cheer them up a little bit,” Ivanovic said, after visiting a number of children and sharing autographed tokens from the Sony Ericsson Open. “You see a lot of sad things and injustices as well for a young kid to be sick or hurt. It’s hard.”

And I have to say that I really enjoy watching the big stars using their public profile for the good of mankind. Raising awareness for such causes can do a lot for , in this case, Ana’s “School without violence”.  Ana who says she loves the kids and works mostly with the younger kids says she enjoys helping others.

“I am in charge of ‘School Without Violence’ for mainly primary schools and also in high schools. So, I always try to help in any way I can.”

We wish her the best of luck in her endavours and that she may help many more little children now and in the future.

And what did you guys think of Ana’s performance at the Sony Ericsson Open 2011? I really enjoyed it. I know she burst into tears when she failed to cash in on the five match points in her match versus Kim Clijsters but she has made substantial progress. I mean about a year ago I wouldn’t have dared to predict for her to come so far in Key Biscayne.  It gives me hope that Ana will be back on top soon. Ajde Ana! You can do it!

And here are the photos of the hospital visit:

 

THE WIMBLEDON MEGA PHOTO POST

After one week of Wimbledon and I am simply buried under the large quantity of photos. Photos of Maria Sharapova,  Jelena Jankovic, Caroline Wozniacki and extra bonus pics of the UNICEF Open of Maria Kirilenko and Ana Ivanovic.

Finding some privacy to sort out the photos is like looking for a quiet place in South Africa during a World Cup match! But I managed  and as a result I have selected the following pics:

Maria Sharapova – You just gotta see that dress. I think it’s the best looking dress of this Wimbledon. Well she is also very pretty ofcourse.

Caroline Wozniacki – Check Caroline supporting the Danish team earlier this week  by showing them how it’s done!

Jelena Jankovic -  Jelena doing her warming up before the match. Crucial for any athlete to have a proper one before you start a match.

Ana Ivanovic and Maria Kirilenko at the UNICEF Open were added as an extra bonus. Why? There is no party without the two of them. So I just added them to complete this mega photo  post of Wimbledon.

HENIN REACHES SEMIFINALS AT THE UNICEF OPEN PICTORIAL

Justine Henin has reached the semifinals of the UNICEF Open in the Netherlands.  Henin is preparing for the Wimbledon tournament which kicks off next  Monday.

Henin beat German Kristina Barrois in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 before moving to the next. Henin next faces Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania who beat her opponent in three sets: 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Ralf Reinecke was on the scene to capture magnicifent photographs of Henin and many others.

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!

It’s Official: Justine Henin Makes Comeback To The WTA Tour

Justine Henin makes comeback!

Former world No. 1 Justine Henin is returning to competitive tennis, making the announcement barely a week after Kim Clijsters capped her comeback from retirement with a second U.S. Open title.

Henin had been retired for just over a year, but at 27 says she has the fire and physical strength to compete for an eighth Grand Slam title. Her announcement on VTM television capped an about-face that went from her “definitive decision” to retire last year, to weeks of no comment to a smiling admission Tuesday that she truly missed the game too much.

She wants to play two exhibition tournaments, in Charleroi, Belgium, and Dubai, to hone her skills ahead of a competitive return next year with plans to compete in the next Grand Slam, the Australian Open.

“The fire within burns again,” Henin said. “I want to come back in January.”

Henin officially retired on May 14, 2008, initially rejecting any thought of a comeback with a dogged determination that had come to mark her play throughout a decade-long career that yielded seven Grand Slam titles and one Olympic gold medal.

At 27, it certainly is not too late for a comeback. As Clijsters proved, breaking back into the top tier at short notice is far from impossible. She won the U.S. Open in her third tournament since announcing her return.

“Subconsciously, it might have had an impact,” Henin said of Clijster’s successful comeback. “But it certainly was not the most important reason.”

Like Clijsters, Henin is still in her prime and has been able to rest her body for over a year. Throughout her retirement, during which she became a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Henin looked fit enough to immediately step back onto a court.

As recently as May, she complained about the old injuries that still gave her pain in the mornings and the dreaded life of living in a bubble as she was shuttled around the world chasing victories.

“The last 15 months I’ve been able to recharge the batteries, emotionally as well,” Henin said.

Henin said coming face to face with the world’s misery on UNICEF trips to places like eastern Congo widened her horizons like tennis never could.

Henin has won nearly $20 million in prize money and had been ranked No. 1 for all but seven weeks since Nov. 13, 2006, until her retirement. When she retired after a string of early tournament exits just ahead of Roland Garros, she felt the fire no longer within and gave in.

It was the first time in a life totally centered around her prodigious talent for whipping backhands past hapless competitors. She became the first woman player to retire as No. 1.

Then, suddenly, this summer the craving came back.

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