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trophy watch: the ladies in auckland, gold coast

January 6, 2008

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Li Na made a triumphant return to the SEWTA Tour with a win in the finals of the Australian Women’s Hardcourts over Victoria Azarenka on Saturday. Li defeated the Belarusian 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in her first tournament after a six-month layoff due to a rib injury. She took out seventh seed Sybille Bammer, top seed Nicole Vaidisova, and pesky lefty Patty Schnyder.

Unfortunately, she’s already back to the sidelines with a right knee injury, and has pulled out of next week’s Medibank International in Sydney.

FYI: Na is her first name, Li is her last name. She’s listed as Na Li on the SEWTA website. The Chinese naming system puts the last name first, so she’s called Li Na when not on the court.

FYI, part two: This is the last year that the tournament will be played in Gold Coast. It will merge with the men’s tournament in Adelaide for a combined event in Brisbane.

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And in doubles, Dinara Safina and partner Agnes Szavay took out Zheng Jie (left) and Yan Zi (second left) 6-1, 6-2.

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Here’s Lindsay Davenport with her singles trophy after beating Aravane Rezai of France 6-2, 6-2, at the ASB Classic in Auckland. It goes without posting that there are also plenty of photos with Lindsay holding both her trophy and son Jagger.

(via WTB; photos by Getty Images)

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yellowballin’ shows us whites, limes, and colors of the rainbow

January 5, 2008

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Belgian Yanina Wickmayer (above, left) didn’t make it past the first round of the ASB Classic — losing to the hyped Tamira Paszek 6-7 (7), 1-6 in the first round — but at least she went out in style, reviving this rainbow-striped top and skirt from Le Coq Sportif. This same outfit was worn by Marion Bartoli in her pre-Nike days.

The wires had no photos of Wickmayer (likely because all lenses were on Paszek), so thanks to RC at Yellowballin’ for telling us about her fun look. He also pointed out that Kirilenko didn’t debut her spring 2008 adidas gear just yet, instead reviving the white/lime combo from this past fall.

At least until we see Sharapova‘s pleated dress at the Australian, Yanina’s is in the running for “best so far” this year.

(photos via Yellowballin’)

asb classic’s podcasting

January 1, 2008

If you want to mix up your ingestion of tennis media, consider the podcasts coming out of the ASB Classic. Kevin Sinnott and James McOnie — the ASB Wildcards — chat with the women participating in the tourney about everything under the sun.

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They interviewed Camille Pin on Day 1, and we find out about her love of scuba diving. (SEWTA did a photo shoot with her during last year’s Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, above.)

And on Day 2 they talked to a very engaging Tamira Paszek about New Zealand’s coffee, Austrian cuisine (apparently, Kässpätzle is delicious), and her rusty hairclips.

Listen: You can keep up with the podcasts here or subscribe via RSS.

for your asb classic reading list: yellowballin’

December 31, 2007

I should point out that TSF reader R. C. French is writing about his hometown tourneys — the ASB Classic (women) and the Heineken Open (men) — in his blog, Yellowballin’. Make sure to bookmark or RSS the sucker.

Notables from the first day of this Auckland, New Zealand, tournament (the ASB Classic happens first) include sixth seed Tamira Paszek‘s 7-6 (7), 6-1 win over boldly clothed Yanina Wickmayer; and the unseeded Lindsay Davenport‘s defeat of fellow American Laura Granville, 6-2, 6-3. But what I’m really excited about is tomorrow’s line-up: Maria Kirilenko (hopefully) will debut the Spring 2008 line of adidas by Stella McCartney.

(I was also hoping for a peek of Fila‘s 2008 goods for Akiko Morigami, but she lost in her first round match today. Le sad.)


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