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The WTA Tour Goes Samurai Style at the Toray Pan Pacific!

Anyone ever noticed the similarities between tennis and Samurai sword fighting? It both takes a lot of skill to begin with.  With powerful swings and skill and elegance you try to find a way to tear down your opponents defense while at the same time you give nothing away.

That’s what I was thinking of when I saw the pics of the ladies at the Toray Pan Pacific tournament.

Gisela Dulko, Jelena Jankovic both participated.

The Toray Pan Pacific always has a strong field and this year isn’t any different.  US Open runner up Vera Zvonareva, US Open semifinalist Caroline Wozniacki as well as former winners Maria Sharapova, Dinara Safina and Kimiko Date-Krumm will also play in Tokyo.

Serena Williams retracted from the Toray Pan Pacific tournament due to the slow recovery process of her right foot that forced her out of the US Open as well as other events.

We wish her the best.

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Extra bonus pics of Maria Sharapova practicing in Tokyo:

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JELENA DOKIC COMEBACK IS RIGHT ON TRACK

I have been  follower of Jelena Dokic career ever since she caused that great upset by defeating Martina Hingis in straight sets at Wimbledon back in 1999.

After a long absence from the tennis courts, mostly because of family problems, I was happy to read that she was working on a come back. And it’s a work in progress. She stated that 2009 was going to be her last attempt at a come back. And luckily for us, it worked out. She’s still playing and ocassionally swaying the courts.

In 2010 she is preparing for the Australian Open in Hobart.  She proved too strong for Elena Baltacha beating her in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. She will now meet Shahar Peer in the next round.

“I feel like I’m fitter this year and hitting the ball better,” Dokic told reporters.

Now that sounds good and hopefully she will be able to get far at the Australian Open. Just like she did last year when she reached the Quarterfinals on a wild card.

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