Svetlana Kuznetsova, Washington 2018

Former world number 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova has fallen to world number 128 due to injuries, but she’s slowing coming back to form, and on Saturday she claimed her 18th title, her first since Moscow 2016.
She had to battle hard in the final and saved four match points in the second set to defeat Donna Vekic 4-6 7-6(7) 6-2. She extended her tournament’s record to 11–0 and returned to the top 100 thanks to this victory.

Ekaterina Makarova was the defending champion, but lost in the first round to Ana Bogdan. Number one seed Caroline Wozniacki withdrew due to a leg injury while number 2 and 3 seeds Sloane Stephens and Naomi Osaka lost in the second round, to Andrea Petkovic and Magda Linette respectively.

Donna Vekic

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Donna Vekic

Donna Vekic, Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Photo credit: Keith Allison

Federer leaves Nike for Uniqlo

There had been speculations for a few weeks, and we had the confirmation today: after 24 years with Nike, Roger Federer signed a clothing-contract with Japanese brand Uniqlo.

Roger Federer leves Nike for Uniqlo

“I am deeply committed to tennis and to winning championships,” Federer said via the press release. “But like Uniqlo, I also have great love for life, culture, and humanity. We share a strong passion to have a positive impact on the world around us and look forward to combining our creative endeavors.”

He may love humanity but I’m sure he really likes the money too: it’s rumored that the deal is worth $300 million and will run for over 10 years.

I read a comment on instagram stating: Federer wearing Uniqlo is like Cristiano Ronaldo wearing Li-Ning.

What do you think of Federer’s signing? As a Federer fan would you buy Uniqlo’s matchwear?

Petra Kvitova and Magdalena Rybarykova, Birmingham 2018

Defending champion Petra Kvitova rallied from a set down to defeat Magdalena Rybarikova 4-6 6-1 6-2 and claim her fifth title of the season.
2-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova didn’t drop a set en route to the final, beating Johanna Konta, Daria Gavrilova, Julia Georges and Mihaela Buzarnescu. She is one of the big favorite to capture the Wimbledon trophy in 3 weeks time.

“I didn’t really expect to win here. I just played match by match, being very happy to be on the grass and the tennis court. For me, I’m surprised.”

It was also a great week for Rybarikova who defeated number 3 seed Karolina Pliskova, Kristina Mladenovic, qualifier Dalila Jakupovic and Barbora Strycova to advance to the second Premier tournament final of her career. The previous one being at the Connecticut Open in New Heaven in 2014 where she was beaten by … Petra Kvitova.

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova & Magda Rybarikova

Petra Kvitova & Magda Rybarikova

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova & Magda Rybarikova

Petra Kvitova & Magda Rybarikova

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova

Photo credit: Peter Menzel

Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos, Birmingham 2018

Winners of the Australian Open in January, Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic defeated Elise Mertens and Demi Schuurs to lift their second trophy of the year, and as a pair.

Timea Babos & Kiki Mladenovic

Timea Babos & Kiki Mladenovic

Timea Babos

Timea Babos & Kiki Mladenovic

Timea Babos & Kiki Mladenovic

Timea Babos & Kiki Mladenovic

Timea Babos & Kiki Mladenovic

Photo credit: Peter Menzel

Novak Djokovic switched from Uniqlo to Lacoste last year and here’s the outfit he’s wearing on the parisian clay courts:

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Novak Djokovic’s Lacoste collection is available online, and also contains shirts, caps and sunglasses:

Novak Djokovic Lacoste shirt

Novak Djokovic Lacoste shirt

Novak Djokovic Lacoste sunglasses

Novak Djokovic Lacoste cap

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