Popular female tennis players of current era

Simona Halep

Simona Halep – Halep is a Romanian tennis player who holds third spot currently in the World ranking.  She made her place in top 50 for the first time in the year 2012, top 20 in August 2013 and then reached top 10 in January 2014.  Year to date she has bagged one WTA single title and in her career till now title totals to nine.

Petra Kvitova – Czech superstar is best known for her mighty left handed shots and variety. Kvitova has in her kitty two career single titles including two Grand slam titles at Wimbledon. He current WTA ranking is 4th  and winning 1 year to date WTA Title and total of 15 in career till now.

Agnieszka Radwanksa –  The Might and thoroughly skilled player from Poland is current number 6th and achieved career highest ranking of number 2 in 2012.  In her career till date she has clinched 14 titles and year to date has failed to win any.

Angelique Kerber – Kerber is a German player and is of Polish origin. She has won three titles in singles and eleven singles and three doubles on the ITF tour during her career.  In singles, Kerber is ranked 10th in the World and in doubles she holds the 407th rank.

Ekaterian Makarova – This player belongs to Russia and holds number 2 spot in the country at present. Makarova reached to number 10 spot in January 2015 which is also her career high ranking. Her current worldwide ranking is number 9 and doubles ranking is 8th.  Year to date Makarova has won no titles and in her career till now she has won 2 titles in all.

Dominika Cibulkova – Cibulkova who belongs to Slovakia is popular for her quick and aggressive style of shots. Currently, she is at number 18 spot in World and in doubles her ranking is 221. There are four WTA single titles with Cibulkova and year to date there is none. She has qualified for four careers in all four Grand slam tournaments.

Flavia Pennetta – She is Italian professional player and became first woman from Italy to be ranked in top 10 female single players along with first Italian player to be number one in doubles. At present she is number 14th in the WTA ranking and at number 10 position in the doubles. Till now in his career she has won 10 titles and year to date she has not won any title.

Andrea Petkovic – The German tennis player is a baseliner whose best shot is forehand and prefers to play on the clay court. Petkovic holds 12th spot in the career singles at WTA ranking and in doubles she ranks to 58. In her career till now she has won 5 titles and year to date she has not win any title yet.

Sara Errani – The skilled Italian player is the current number 2 Italian player. Errani’s favourite shot is forehand and favourite surface is clay court.  In singles WTA ranking Errani is at 13th spot and in doubles she ranks number 1st. she has bagged total 7 titles in her career and year to date has not won any.

Lucie Safarova – Professional Czech player is fond of playing on the clay court. Safarova has won 5 WTA career titles in singles and 5 in doubles. The admirer of Steffi Graf and Lindsay Devenport is number 15th in the WTA ranking for singles and in doubles she holds 22nd position. Born on February 4, 1987 she has once reached the quarterfinals of Australian Open in 2007.

Carla Suarez Navarro – This Spanish tennis player loves to play on the clay court and fond of hitting crosscourt backhand shot. In her WTA single career she has won one title till now and 1 in doubles. In singles WTA ranking she stands on 17th spot and in doubles she holds 15th spot. Her career highest ranking is 14th which she attained on September 16th, 2013.

Alize Cornet – Cornet is a French professional player, who has bagged total of four single titles in WTA tour during her career and two double titles in WTA tour. Her favourite surface is clay and favourite shot is backhand. She holds 19th rank in the singles WTA tour and 170 in doubles. Her most popular performances are defeating number 1 as well as 18 times Grand slam winner Serena Williams three times.

Garbine Mugurza – A Venezuelan-Spanish professional tennis player who holds the ranking of 24th in the singles and 18th in doubles assigned by the Women’s tennis association. In her career has won single title. Muguruza is known for her aggressive shots and her favourite surface is hardcourts. Favourite shot of Muguruza is serve.

Samantha Stosur – Popularly known as Sam, Stosur is an Australian player who was formerly holding number one ranking for consecutive 61 weeks. At present she holds 25th spot and in doubles she is on the 64th spot. Stosur has won 6 career titles in her WTA career till now and 24 double titles.

Shuai Peng – She is a Chinese professional player to attain the ranking of number 1 in the WTA doubles by the Women’s Tennis association. Peng’s favourite surface is hard court and favourite shot is forehand. Peng is still to win any single titles although she has won 17 titles in doubles. Peng has immense stamina and prefers to play with both hands and takes flat shots.

Karolina Pliskova – This Czech tennis player has won 3 WTA career titles till now and 4 double titles. She has achieved 22nd spot assigned by WTA in singles and 41 spot in doubles. Her best single ranking was number 20 that she achieved on January 19th 2015.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – A Russian tennis star who has won various junior grand slam championships. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached her career high ranking of Number 13th on July 4th 2011. Her favourite shot is forehand down the line and favourite court is surface clay court. In singles she holds 39th rank and in doubles it is 34. In her career till now Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has won 7 titles ad in doubles she has won total of 4.

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova – She is a professional tennis player who achieved her career high ranking of number 23 on 19th January 2015 and holds current single ranking of 23. In doubles she holds ranking of 26.  Till now in her career Barbora Zahlavova Strycova has won 1 WTA single titles and in doubles she has bagged 17 titles.

Sabine Lisicki – Lisicki is a German professional player and achieved a breakthrough in her career when she qualified for the Wimbledon Championship. Her current WTA ranking is 28 and in doubles she has ranking of 43. In WTA single titles she has won 4 titles and in doubles she holds 4 titles in total.

Australian Open winners and runner-ups (female): From 1980-1989

Steffi Graf, Australian Open winners and runner-ups female, From 1980-1989

Open Era has been a treat for some the female players in the Australian Open as they got the chance to win the Australian Open championship in straight sets. Not every player has been successful in achieving this landmark. Some of the players who won the Australian Open final in straight sets include the names of; Margaret Court in 1970 and 1973, Evonne Goolagant in 1975, 1976 and 1977, Chris O’Neil in 1978, Graf in 1988, 1989 and 1994, Mary Pierce in 1995, Martina Hingis 1997, Davenport 2000 and Sharapova in 2008. The female winners and runner-ups of Australian Open from 1980-1989 are:

Australian Open Tennis- 1980

  • Australian Open winner (female): Hana Mandilkova
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Wendy Turnbull

Australian Open Tennis- 1981

  • Australian Open winner (female):  Martina Navratilova
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Chris Evert

Australian Open Tennis- 1982

  • Australian Open winner (female): Christ Evert Lloyd
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Martina Navratilova

Australian Open Tennis-1983

  • Australian Open winner (female): Martina Navratilova
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Kathy Jordan

Australian Open Tennis- 1984

  • Australian Open winner (female): Chris Evert Lloyd
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Helena Sukova

Australian Open Tennis-1985

  • Australian Open winner (male): Martina Navratilova
  • Australian Open runner-up (male): Chris Evert

Australian Open Tennis-1987

  • Australian Open winner (female): Hanna Madlikova
  • Australian Open run ner-up (female): Martina Navratilova

Australian Open Tennis-1988

  • Australian Open winner (female): Steffi Graf
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Chris Evert

Australian Open Tennis- 1989

  • Australian Open winner (female): Steffi Graf
  • Australian Open runner-up (female): Helena Sukova

Famous Swedish male tennis player: Mats Wilander

Famous Swedish male tennis player: Mats Wilander

Famous and legendary male tennis player, Mats Wilander is a Swedish tennis player born on August 22, 1964. His exemplary and impeccable game play helped him endeavor the World No. 1 rank. From 1982-1988, Mats Wilander with his top-notch performances won seven Grand Slam singles titles and one men’s double Grand Slam title. In year 1988, Mats Wilander won three of the four Grand Slams and ranked World No. 1.Although Mats never won the Wimbledon singles title, but he did win the Australian Open title twice when it was still being played on the grass court. For this reason, Mats Wilander is one of the five men (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors) who won the singles titles on hard courts, grass courts and clay courts. Rafael Nadal and Mats Wilendar are the only two tennis players to have won at least 2 Grand Slam singles’ titles on each of 3 surfaces. Windler won his fourth tennis Grand Slam singles title at the age of 20 which made him the youngest tennis player to achieve this milestone in the history of tennis. Some other career highlights and records of best Swedish male tennis player, Mats Wilander are:

1)      Major titles won by Mats Wilander are:

  1. Australian Singles titles: 1983, 1984, 1988
  2. French Singles titles: 1982, 1985, 1988
  3. US Singles titles: 1988
  4. Wimbledon doubles: 1986

2)      Davis Cup, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 with a record 36-14 in singles and 7-2 in doubles.

3)      Singles record in the Grand Slams: Australian (36-7), Wimbledon (25-10), French (47-9) and US (36-11)

4)      Mats Wilnder is the only player to have achieve the World No. 1 rank after winning the most number of Grand Slams.

5)      Mats Wilendar shares the record of appearing in three consecutive Australian Open finals with Ivan Lendl

Best male tennis players: Bjorn Borg

Best male tennis players: Bjorn Borg

Tennis history is filled with precocious championships and achievements but none has been as impressive as Bjorn Borg who in his brief career was able to play outstanding tennis. His seemingly emotionless personality no wonders had the right amount of zeal and dedication for this game. Famous tennis player, Bjorn Borg was born on June 6, 1956 in Sodertalje, Sweden. His fascination for tennis is routed to the tennis racket which is father won as a prize in a ping-pong tournament. Bjorn Borg was a player with endurance and great strength and had an unorthodox and distinctive style. Borg used to battle from the baseline along with ground strokes in long rallies. Although his serve was not very impressive at first but he somehow managed the game beautifully with his volleying throughout the game. Due to his excellent playing skills, Bjorn Borg became the youngest champion of his time at the age of 20 (later Boris Becker claimed this record by becoming the champion at the age of 17 in 1985). Bjorn Borg was known as the King of Clay as he holds the record of winning the most French Open titles. It took him sometime to settle at grass but he did so by winning 5 Wimbledon titles.

Some of the career highlights and record of Bjorn Borg are:

1)      Bjorn Borg won 62 singles out of 88 finals and four double titles including Masters of 1979-80.

2)      Bjorn Borg won six French Open singles titles (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)

3)      Borg won 5 Wimbledon singles titles (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980).

4)      Bjorn Borg won Davis Cup in years 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979 and 1981. He holds the record of 37-3 single wins and 8-8 in doubles.

5)      Bjorn Borg played all four tennis Grand Slams with the following final win-lose statistics:

  1. Australian Open tennis championship (1-1)
  2. French Open tennis championship (49-2)
  3. Wimbledon (51-4)
  4. US Open tennis championship (40-10)

Interesting and fun facts of French Open tennis tournament

Interesting and fun facts of French Open tennis tournament

French Open or Roland Garros is one of the biggest tennis tournaments and is the only one to be played on clay court. Roland Garros is the name given to stadium after Roland Garros, who was the aviation pioneer and was the first to fly Mediterranean. Some of the interesting facts related to Roland Garros or French Open tennis tournament are:

1)      The French Open tennis tournament is 110 years old. The first Roland Garros tournament took place in 1891 as a national championship and got the international status in year 1925.

2)      Born Borg has won the French Open tennis tournament championship for men’s single a record six times.

3)      Suzanne Lenglen in 1926 won the women’s French Open title in 27 minutes.

4)      Althea Gibson, an American player was the first black tennis player to win the French Open in year 1956.

5)      In the final match of 1966, Istvan agreed to delay the match for 24 hours so that Tony Roche would get over his ankle injury. This agreement on Istvan’s part however allowed Tony to win the title.

6)      As of 2006, the last six men’s Roland Garros tournaments were won by the tennis players who won no other grand slams.

7)      Michael Chang became the youngest French Open tennis champion when he defeated Stefan Edberg 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the age of 17 years, 3 months in 1989.

8)      Monica Seles is the youngest women to have won French Open tennis championship when she defeated Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-4 at the age of 16 years 6 months.

Monica Seles also holds the record. tied with Henin to win the French Open consecutively for three years.

 

French Open winners and runner-ups (male)-From 1999-1990

Jim Courier, French Open winners and runner-ups (male)-From 1999-1990

The era of 1999-1990 in men’s French Open tennis tournaments hasn’t been dominated by one player but many best tennis players claimed the French Open trophy. Playing at clay hasn’t been very easy for every player which definitely highlights Sampras who failed at winning a single title in his glorious tennis career. The era of 90’s couldn’t produce any king of clay like Bjorn Borg who bagged 6 French Open titles and held on to this record till Nadal took over the clay court and equalled 6 French Open Grand Slam record. 

The tennis legend, Jim Courier won the French Open championship twice during this period. The list of male winners and runner-ups of French Open tennis championship during 1999-1990 is as follow:

Year 1999-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Andre Agassi
  • Runner-up: Andre Medvedev

Year 1998-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Carlos Moya
  • Runner-up: Alex Corretja

Year 1997-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Gustavo Kuerten
  • Runner-up: Sergi Bruguera

Year 1996-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Yevgeny Kafelnikov
  • Runner-up:1996: Michael Stich

Year 1995-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Thomas Muster
  • Runner-up: Michael Chang

Year 1994-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Sergi Bruguera
  • Runner-up: Alberto Berasategui

Year 1993-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Sergi Bruguera
  • Runner-up: Jim Courier

Year 1992-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Jim Courier
  • Runner-up: Petr Korda

Year 1991-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Jim Courier
  • Runner-up: Andre Agassi

Year 1990-French Open Tennis

  • Winner: Andres Gomez
  • Runner-up: Andre Agassi
American Andre Agassi somehow managed to make it to at least the runner-up. Hard court and grass court provide a reasonable pace and speed to the players however clay court slows down the pace which is why many hard court and grass court champions were left clueless on the clay, leading to single or no French Open titles.

How to serve like Serena Williams?

How to serve like Serena Williams?

One of the desirable components of tennis is a powerful serve which is in the arsenal of a tennis player. In the present tennis world, greatest female tennis player Serena Williams has come up with a superior serve that she demonstrates in almost every game. You cannot exactly duplicate her serve but learning some of her tricks will help you develop a superior serve. Here are tips to help you serve like famous female tennis player Serena Williams:

1)      Toss the ball pointing upwards with open fingers. Tossing a ball with hands spread like an open flower is one technique that not every player uses. This also helps you keep the ball out of alignment and release the ball into air straight up.

2)      To harness power from your legs, bend your knees and add that power to your serve. Keep your focus on the ball as you reach up before hitting it. By the use of the deep knee bend, Serena thrusts herself upwards in order to deliver the powerful serve.

3)      Serena uses only her upper body to practice serve. This has given her a fast arm as well, which allows her to throw a serve of 90 miles per hour. You can practice the upper body part session by asking someone else to toss the ball for you.

4)      While serving, hold the racket with loose wrist. Use only your index finger and thumb to hold the racket as it will tell you how much tension you will need in order to serve.

5)      Be confident and study the game of tennis players you admire.

How to serve like Andy Roddick?

How to serve like Andy Roddick?

The hottest tennis player, Andy Roddick, is famous for his strong serve. Famous male tennis player Andy Roddick holds the record for serving the fastest serve with a speed of 149mph.Since then, no other tennis player has been able to break Andry Roddick’s fastest serve record. Anyone would love to serve like hot Andy Roddick. The tips to serve powerfully like tennis player Andy Roddick are the following:

1)      Andy Roddick’s serve comes from a strong base. You should begin with good practice tactics by putting your weight on the front foot by keeping it an angle of 45-degrees to the baseline.

2)      Toss is the most critical part of a good serve. The tennis experts advise the players to hold the balls by using all five fingers with their tips. The beauty of Roddick’s serve is that he shifts the majority of his weight into his back foot and releases the ball with his arm extended fully upwards. During this action he makes sure that he tosses the ball in front of him slightly. After this, he throws his racquet behind him, arches his back and bends his knees while transferring his weight to the front foot.

3)      Roddick’s physical strength allows him to create immense power in throwing actions. Roddick swings the ball from low to high and uses both of his feet for jumping forward along with ball. Roddick makes sure that he hits the ball at the peak of his toss to generate more power in his serve.

4)      The power in Roddick’s serve comes from the largest groups of muscles: the hips, legs and shoulders. Allow your body weight to throw forward when striking the ball and do not take your eyes off the ball.

How to play tennis like Andre Agassi?

How to play tennis like Andre Agassi?

One of the greatest tennis players, Andre Agassi is the tennis players who won all four Grand Slam titles in tennis. To accomplish such a feat you need to have a wide range of skills and talent. If you desire to play like famous male tennis player Andre Agassi then develop and practice the following skills:

1)      You need to hone your talent. Agassi possessed amazing eye and hand coordination in the history of tennis. Agassi was one player who could return the winners by returning the half volleys from the baseball. You can also practice this talent. In case you have a solid forehand down the hall, you can use it to your advantage. Agassi’s game was usually built around his baseline strokes.

2)      Even though Agassi’s game was very powerful, he wasn’t able to maintain his shape. When Agassi’s tennis ranking fell, he took the services of Gil Reyes to maintain his shape. The better your physical condition is, the better you will be able to play. Keep your reflexes and focus in control along with physical fitness.

3)      Play maximum percentages. Although Agassi had amazing talent in playing shots from off the ground, he never based his play on these shots. As the court is wider, the ball would travel in the lower parts of the net which would make it less apt to go out. This overall will create big points. Try to play shots with topspin.

4)      Always play your best shots. Agassi had the talent of returning serves. You need to know what your best shot is.

How to play a tennis forehand volley?

by on January 20, 2011
in General Information

How to play a tennis forehand volley? Roger Federer

A volley is a shot which is played in tennis before the ball actually bounces on the ground. The volley is mostly played when the player is closer to net but there are instances when the volley is executed from a distance as well. The volley is sometimes executed near the baseline or even in the middle of tennis court. The main purpose of a volley in tennis is to go offensive on the player and cut the reaction time of the opponent. The opponent will have much less time to respond and chase the ball in volley. Playing volley is not that difficult. All you need is control and practice. Here are the instructions to play volley in tennis:

1)      To play a volley, position yourself from the net about three feet. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart.

2)      Hold your racket with a continental grip. Keep your head pointing up and racket in front of you. You must make sure that the bottom of the handle is even with your belly button. Use your non-dominant hand’s fingers to lightly hold the top portion of the racket. Bend your knees slightly to put some strain on your thighs.

3)      Now move your left foot (or right in case you are left-handed) towards the ball as the ball probably would be hitting towards you above the waist level. Now turn your shoulder slightly to the right (left) till you bring your racket back even with your right (left) shoulder. Keep this motion smooth.

4)      Use your racket in a forward motion to meet the ball by using a quick punch. Keep your head vertical and make the racket contact the ball with your right/left shoulder. Now move your racket hand slightly so that the ball faces your palm upon the contact.

5)      Follow through with your swing. You should know that the follow through for a volley is shorter compared to the regular ground stroke. Your racket should be in control and not pass the front of your body.

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