Tennis Buzz #1, the tennis week in review

From now on, a new series of posts: Tennis Buzz, the week in review, with all the latest tennis news and a preview of next week action.

This week’s biggest news was of course Elena Dementieva‘s retirement.
She announced her retirement following a 6-4, 6-2 loss to French Open champion Francesca Schiavone at the WTA Championships in Doha.
The 29-year-old Russian reached two Grand Slam finals, won the singles gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 16 WTA singles titles.

An offensive baseline player with powerful groundstrokes, she was able to play well on any surface. Her biggest weaknesses were her serve and her inability to win big matches. She will now and forever be a candidate for the title of Best Player Never to Win a Major.
She will be truly missed for her class, her work ethic and also her smile. Thanks Elena and all the best for the future.

Speaking of classy player, Pat Rafter has been unveiled as Australia’s new Davis Cup captain, following the news that John Fitzgerald announced his retirement from the role after 10 years at the helm.
Rafter will work with reappointed Cup coach Tony Roche to recapture Australian tennis’ “glory days” and guid Australia back into the elite 16-nation World Group.
But their biggest challenge will be to put an end to the feud between aussie players Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic. The feud dates back to last year’s Wimbledon championship where Tomic allegedly snubbed Hewitt over a practice hit request.

Jim Courier is new US Davis Cup captain. He was hired to replace Patrick McEnroe, who resigned last month.
Four time Grand Slam champion Jim Courier was part of a phenomenal generation of U.S. talent that also included Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Michael Chang.

Another vet and former number one returned to the tour. 1995 French Open champion Thomas Muster made a comeback to the ATP World Tour this week, losing 6-2, 7-6 to Andreas Haider-Maurer in the first round of the Vienna tournament. The 43 yr old had played his last professional match on the ATP World Tour in 1999.
Boosted by his win over Muster, Mauer reached the final but was defeated by French Open semi-finalist Jurgen Melzer.
I must say I don’t understand this comeback. What do you think of this return to the tour?

Kim Clijsters is tennis comeback queen, and her “second career” is even more successful than the first one: she defeated world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the WTA championships in Doha.
In the absence of Serena Williams , this season’s 4 best players reached the semifinals: Clijsters, Wozniacki, Zvonareva and Stosur.
Ironically, the only Doha semi-finalist who didn’t reach a Slam final this year is the new number one: Caroline Wozniacki.

Tournaments results:
Doha: Clijsters def Wozniacki 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
Vienna: Melzer def Mauer 6-7(10), 7-6(4), 6-4
St Petersburg: Kukushin def Youhzny 6-3, 7-6(2)
Montpellier: Monfils def Ljubicic 6-2, 5-7, 6-1

To follow this week:
– the Fed Cup final between USA and Italy
– Bali WTA tournament
– Valencia and Basel ATP tournaments

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