Posts Tagged ‘Ana Ivanovic’

Australian Open: Life Reminds Tennis What Really Matters

A DOWN UNDER DAY OF REFLECTION Bill Simons MELBOURNE—Sports are wonderful. They sweep you away to another domain, a zen-like world of wonder – escape and joy. Nothing else matters, only the game. Put on your blinders. Forget your headaches. Don’t sweat that overdue mortgage payment or your nasty boss. All that matters is whether that […]

Australian Open: The Space-Age Chamber That Helps Novak

MELBOURNE—The Bryan brothers shared that as they get deep into their careers, they have been talking with Novak Djokovic, who takes such great care of himself. Djokovic, who is incredibly fit, is known for his gluten-free diet. But the Bryans noted that he “does it all.” The Bryans reported that, Novak “has special chambers [he […]

US Open: Serena and the Grip of History

By Bill Simons It has no smell. You can’t touch it. You can’t see it. It’s silent, but it shouts loud. Pressure. It descends, It grips – an unrelenting vise. There is little you can do, even if you are the greatest. And one other thing. Within this New York arena, one wily veteran, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, […]

BNP Paribas Open: Hot Shots

As final Sunday approaches, it’s time for another installment of Hot Shots at the BNP Paribas Open. All photos below by Brent Bishop, unless otherwise noted. Roger Federer Novak Djokovic Serena Williams (photo by Michael Weinstein) Rafael Nadal Milos Raonic. More Hot Shots after the jump:

BNP Paribas Open: The Buzz—Of Fame, Frogs and Forehands

LUCKY SEVEN: Going into this year’s BNP Paribas Open, German grass stalwart Sabine Lisicki hadn’t won a match at Indian Wells in six attempts. Now she’s in the semifinals after a dramatic marathon win over 2014 champ Flavia Pennetta, in which Pennetta fought off a match point in the second set and Lisicki fought off […]

BNP Paribas Open: Hot Shots

Photographers Brent Bishop and Michael Weinstein are on site working with Inside Tennis at this year’s BNP Paribas Open. Below (and after the jump), we share some of our favorite shots so far at this year’s tournament: Maria Sharapova. Photo by Michael Weinstein. Marin Cilic. Photo by Brent Bishop. Photo by Brent Bishop. Photo by Michael Weinstein. […]

BNP Paribas Open: Jokes and Rants on Media Day

By Bill Simons INDIAN WELLS, Calif.—The media day at Indian Wells is always a hoot. One superstar after another comes into the media area to do TV, sign programs and gear, and field questions from reporters who hover around tables. It’s fun, revealing, silly and free-form. Milos Raonic talks about Impressionism, and also says he’s […]

Australian Open: The Most Blessed and Cursed Star—Ana Ivanovic

By Bill Simons MELBOURNE, Australia—Could it possibly be? Could Ana Ivanovic be both the most blessed and the most cursed female star in tennis? After all, you wouldn’t be all that wet if you claimed that she sports one of the more poignant back stories around. (As a kid, during frigid winters she played in […]

US Open: Petko—”Women Have to be Tougher Than Men”

PETKO—”WOMEN HAVE TO BE TOUGHER JUST TO BE VIEWED AS STABLE”: German Andrea Petkovic, who beat Monica Puig in a third-set tiebreak to reach the third round, is one of the best thinkers in tennis. Here in New York, she reflected on the testy question of women’s emotions, the ways in which female athletes are perceived, and how all […]

She’s Back: Strong and Solid Serena Wins Third Bank of the West Title

Was this the best Bank of the West Classic ever? Maybe so. The tennis world was waiting to see how Serena Williams would recover after Wimbledon—was she okay? Sister Venus Williams, at 34, seemed to drink from the fountain of youth, hitting an incredible 10-stride sprint shot during a straight-set victory over a former No. […]