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Sania fails to clear "Jankovic" hurdle yet again

Sandeep | 9 August 2006, 2:46pm

Sania lost 2-6, 6-7 to Jankovic at the JP Morgan Chase WTA tournament in Los Angeles. This is the third consecutive time Sania is losing to the Serbian when ever these two women faced each other. There is nothing much to rave about a match where an Indian lost in the first round. First set was a cake walk for Jankovic with Sania facing problem with almost every department of her game. Second set was a different story though. Sania infact broke back Jankovic at a crucial time when Jankovic was serving for the match at 5-4. Sania also squandered four set points and the set moved into a tie breaker (or shall I call it a heart breaker!). Jankovic easily won the tie break, the set and the match. Sania's weak first serve is significantly hampering her progress. She has to do something about it. But as we know. serve is the most difficult part of the tennis game and can't be changed overnight. In the mean time as sinciere fans let us cheer and hope for Saniamaking waves again. Go Sania

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Current Music: Kolo kolamma - Kondaveeti Donga

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Sania Vs Jankovic

Sandeep | 8 August 2006, 3:47pm


Sania is going to play Jelena Jankovic tonight at JP Morgan Chase in Los Angeles. The picture says it all. Sania played Jankovic twice and both the times she lost very easily. Once in Dubai (when Sania was on high after beating Kuznetsova) and the other time in Brimingham. But both the matches were played a year ago and both the players have changed their games a little bit in the mean time. Sania though is improving day by day is on a low this year due to her lacklusture performances in some of the tournaments. While Jankovic beat the then Wimbledon Champion Venus williams at Wimbledon and is on high. A very tough match but as we know WTA tour is brutal and Sania has to overcome it. I am not very positive about the matchup but hopefully Sania will be lucky third time and will beat Jankovic tonight. Go Sania, the whole India is with you.

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Magnificient Maria wins Acura classic

Sandeep | 7 August 2006, 5:54pm

What a great start for Maria before the U.S.Open to win the Acura Classic beating current world No.2 Kim Clijsters 7-5 7-5. The talented girl from Russia has finally got rid of the monkey from her back of not beating a top 5 player for a long long time! Maria for some reason has the mental block against the Belgians (Justin Henin and Clijsters) and it is good to see her overcome that just before the U.S.Open which should do wonders to her budding career. Very impressive win. Watch out for her at the U.S.Open. She is definitely going to be a hot hot favourite there if she continues to play the way she did on sunday night

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Current Music: Naatho vasthava - Amma Cheppindi

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Sania back to form

Sandeep | 4 August 2006, 3:17pm

Sania is slowly coming back to form. After a bad first half, she is all set to amend things in the coming tournaments. Reaching the third round of Acura classic confirms that. As you must be knowing Sania lost to Dementieva in three close sets. Ofcourse lot of people are upset about her loosing, but we need to understand that Dementieva has been on tour now for almost 5 to 6 years and is a very ecperienced player. She has twice reached the finals of grandslams (US Open and French Open) and is a top 10 player. Sania player her thrice this year and she gave her a tough fight all the three times.

Sania infact, changed some of the people associated with her. Employing Narendranath as her new travelling coach/hitting partner is a welcome move. It just shows that Sania wants to be the boss. She wants to get the things done in her own way. Ofcourse, this attitude of hers took her to top 50 in WTA tour and helped her scale those peaks which oher Indian women can only dream of (as of now). In future, I am sure we will produce better champions. Many try to find reasons why Sania is not opting for a top class coach? One needs to understand that Sania indeed tried stint at Tony Roche (Federer's coach), and also employed an American travelling coach. Things didn't workout and she steadily slipped through the ranking ladder.

Anyways, too much analysis is also not good. For starters, I am a very big fan of Sania and has been following her career from the time she was 11 years old. Hard courts season is back and so is Sania. Let us hope for a bright second half (2006) and may god bless her.

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