A few pics of Daniela Hantuchova who dismantled world number one Caroline Wozniacki today 6-1 6-3.

Daniela Hantuchova

Daniela Hantuchova

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Fernando Verdasco

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Au revoir Patty

Former number 7 Patty Schnyder played the last match of her career yesterday. She was defeated by Sorana Cirstea in straight sets 1-6 3-6.

A talented left-hander, she has won 11 WTA singles titles and 5 WTA doubles titles, and reached the Australian Open semifinals in 2004.

A few pics of Patty training at Roland Garros on Sunday.

Patty Schnyder

Patty Schnyder

Patty Schnyder

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This article is part of our Italian Week on Tennis Buzz.

Gianluca Quinzi

If you haven’t heard the name Gianluigi Quinzi yet, it is just a question of time.
This fall, at only 14, he won 4 consecutive 18-under ITF events in 4 weeks without dropping a set. He also won the Boys 14s European Championships earlier this summer.
Quinzi has been training at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy since he was nine years old and is coached by Eduardo Infantino and Eduardo Medica.

Gianluigi is currently only 15 years old and some tennis experts predict him a bright future in the pros and some already see him as the next Adriano Panatta, the last male Italian player to capture a Grand Slam title (1976 French Open).

Here is a video of Gianluca practicing at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in October 2010.

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Giacomo Miccini

This article is part of our Italian Week on Tennis Buzz.

A couple of years ago, Giacomo Miccini was seen as the next big thing for italian tennis.

Miccini was part of the italian team which claimed the world junior championships in 2006, was ranked in the juniors top 20 at only 15, and was seen as a brilliant prospect by Bollettieri himself.

But of course, good results in juniors doesn’t mean success on the ATP tour. The transition from juniors to pros is never easy (unless your name is Nadal): who remembers Brian Dunn, Federico Browne or Kristian Pless all junior world champions?
Italian players like Nargiso and Pistolesi for example were really promising at a young age but failed to have a big impact on the ATP circuit:
Diego Nargiso won the junior Wimbledon championship in 1987 and reached his highest ranking at 18 (number 67)
Claudio Pistolesi, junior world champion, whose best ranking was 71

Whereas Ryan Harrison and Bernard Tomic, his former rivals in the juniors (born in 92 like Miccini), are starting to make a name for themselves, Giacomo has decided to attend the University of Arizona to mature as a person and as a player and eventually turn pro in 3 or 4 years.

All we can wish for him is the same success as John Isner who spent 4 years in college before turning professional. But I seriously doubt it… he could perhaps follow the footsteps of fellow italian Davide Sanguinetti who attended UCLA, captured 2 ATP titles and reached the top 50.