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 Post subject: WTA Tour 2016 Season
PostPosted: 26. January 2016 00:55 
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Australian Open quarter-finals

Serena Williams v Sharapova
Radwanska v Suarez Navarro
Azarenka v Kerber
Konta v Zhang



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 Post subject: Re: WTA Tour 2016 Season
PostPosted: 26. January 2016 01:03 
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Stosur interview ahead of Fed Cup next month

"Destroyer of Sloveniek" Samantha Stosur are afraid our winter
Yesterday | 19:00 MELBOURNE - Exactly two weeks in Bratislava begins the first round of Fed Cup meeting II. World of Slovakia - Australia. Procedure for the home team may not be possible without at least one victory over Samantha Stosur. Twenty-seventh player of the world but has a reputation of "destroyers Sloveniek".

Samantha Stosur says that we have a stronger team than Australia, but the chances estimated fifty to fifty
Our top three tennis players built against it in nine matches neuhrali not set! Deblových former world number one, The single winner and four singles at the US Open in 2011 revealed in an interview with the daily newspaper Sport that was a little worried temperature differential between Australia and the Slovak. While in Melbourne is currently summer with temperatures over thirty degrees in Bratislava gauge shows a minus value.

What do you expect from the match in Bratislava?
"It will be very difficult meeting. Slovakia has a very good team and can pick and choose from multiple player wore. Our grueling enroll in the arena who are very familiar. For us it will be a new environment. On the other hand, we also We have the quality and Slovakia will not be under such pressure both in domestic battles. I expect a tough weekend. "

Have you ever been to Slovakia?
"Not waiting for me the first visit."

What do you know about our country?
"There will be a decent winter ... Unfortunately, I do not know much about Slovakia, but I sort of talked about it with Daniela Hantuchova. She told me that it's a beautiful country, but in February staying with you very cold . We'll be in Bratislava throughout the week, so I believe I'll find the time to stroll around the city and get to know him a little bit. "

Your balance against Slovak tennis player is impressive. Are you one of najneobľúbenejších súperiek Dominika Cibulkova. Sure you won all five matches, two of them at Roland Garros. How do you remember the duels against it?
"My style is true to the game, but not all fights are easy. The closest may all turn out differently. Dominika is a great fighter and his portrait starts to hit the ball that was hard. I will try it again a little scatter Variable game. Cibulková is not great toy and can not be said in advance that it withstand the sixth time. "

Cibulková causing huge problems with your service high jump. It frustrates her that with his height of 161 cm on the ball by your administration reached. Obviously this will be your greatest weapon against it, and this time ...
"It is possible. Hard surface in the lobby but can be treacherous, and the substrate will be prepared, Slovaks. Undoubtedly will seek to prepare concrete, on which the ball bounced to a minimum. After a first training in Slovakia will I know if I will be in Bratislava able to rely on this weapon against Dominica. If not, I'll have to think about other ways in their service receive Shaman. "

Recipe you find in the previous two games or our current unit Anna Carolina Schmiedlová. As decided in your favor?
"Last year in Bad Gastein I was with her ​​had a lot of work. In the second set Schmiedlová even led 5: second belongs to the new generation tenistiek. He's a good player, because she got already among the thirty best. Even against it However, I feel that my strengths are valid on its weaknesses. That made ​​me a little favor. At home, we will want to pull out, but the Fed Cup matches in front of their own fans at the same time bring pressure. "

From our tenistiek know best Daniela Hantuchova. The first duel at the Australian Open in 2003 have indeed lost, but then you have the revanšovali seven victories ...
"Seriously, there were only seven Interview with you is to start charging the self confidence, the very best ... 'Dani' I know for many years. Last year we the three tournaments have joined forces in doubles. Recently we played against each other in Sydney. In this fight, I demonstrated very good performance. In the case of our combat in Bratislava, however, it may be open. Really a lot will depend on the surface. "

Remember the duels against Magdalene Rybarikova that you also defeated in both cases?
"These victories I have achieved relatively long time ago. But I know Rybáriková has a very good service and clever hands. My tactic against it? Causes her the most stir. From our last duel, however, achieved some good results and it is possible to improve. "

Although the Slovak Jana Čepelová to yarrow foot, she just gave you most take ...
"Yes, I lost her two years ago in Doha, and a few weeks ago in Brisbane it was very difficult. In the third set, I turned from 0: 3. Čepelová the team moves is really fast. I noticed, however, that her forehand is weaker and it is not always in control. The results of our matches only confirm that it is a great fighter. If I play against her, I have to prepare difficult to match. "

It Čepelová for you the most distressing nemesis of Sloveniek?
"We played only two matches. It is difficult, therefore, to say whether I would oppose it be more difficult than against Dominica and Daniele. One thing I know for sure: The Bratislava I must be concentrated and showcase good performance. If I do not succeed, wins. "

Also thanks to two victories against Slovenke you this season even balance - after three wins and losses. In what form do you feel?
"Dropping out within the first round of the Australian Open with Kristyna Pliskova has been a great disappointment. In Brisbane and Sydney, however, I played solid and overall I feel good. I believe in Melbourne still achieve the most victories in doubles and mix so I came to Bratislava with the largest self-esteem. "

What is the atmosphere in the Australian team?
"All team members play for our country very happy. We understand each other and always on a common week looking forward. We are proud that we can represent. Captain Alicia Molik is good the leader and the team is cool. Trainings are always good and even when they laugh together well. "

You have in their showcase Grand Slam title, Fed Cup triumph but missing you. Do you believe that you can still get it?
"Hope I have not lost yet, even though I do not know with which team will come to Slovakia ... The problem with the composition of teams accompany us in the long term. Injury or illness we are only a couple of times boarded in full force. That is why important to have a broad cadre in which the players behind you can fill in. Every Fed Cup meeting is in fact very difficult. In Bratislava even more matches I will give everything of themselves and if once I became a Fed Cup champion, that would be great. "

Jarmila Wolfe, maiden Gajdošová, from Slovakia, but represents Australia. How they fit into the Fed Cup team?
"Very well. In Australia lives a long time and is a regular part of the cooperative. We are happy to have her. We believe that Slovakia will help on the court and off it. I hope that fights can take. It for it seems a bit strange not to play in Bratislava in Slovakia, but for Australia. "

Who do you consider as the favorite meeting?
'Clear favorite is not, although on paper, Slovakia has a stronger team. I'm our only player in the first hundred, you're in it you have four tennis players. Nevertheless, I still think we have a good chance. I see it fifty at fifty. "

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 Post subject: Re: WTA Tour 2016 Season
PostPosted: 8. March 2016 01:32 
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I may be cynical but would we have heard about this at all if Sharapova hadn't held a press conference to announce she's failed a drug test. We only found out that Marin Cilic failed a test when the news was leaked to the Croatian media and an umpire banned for gambling violations worked at the US Open last year. Makes me wonder about the extended absences that some players have had.



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 Post subject: Re: WTA Tour 2016 Season
PostPosted: 4. April 2016 19:58 
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Tennis world shuddered positive doping finding Maria Sharapova to Meldonium. What do you say to this case and Ruskii reputation Disagreeable tennis players in the players' locker room?
"I was surprised by the predominance of diplomatic reactions, as all you actually mean something completely different. I did not express the will to do, I would not be the only one who openly says his opinion on the case. I say only so much that Sharapova is not at all sorry and I do not miss the circuit. She is utterly unsympathetic man. Arrogant, cocky and cool person. When I sit next to her in the locker room, not say hello. "

Dominika Cibulkova gets ripped into Shazza.
I think Domi & Kristina Mladenovic would like to re-enact Murder on the Orient Express with Shazza.

which is actually a pretty good interview.



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 Post subject: Re: WTA Tour 2016 Season
PostPosted: 22. April 2016 05:54 
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In an ITF tourney last week in the burgeoning metropolis that is Pelham, Alabama, one-time-next-big-thing Taylor Townsend won a qualifier in a double bagel. Her opponent, Gail Falkenberg, is 69 years old. This is not a misprint or a late April Fool's joke. There's an annual USTA U.S. Open National Playoffs event where any Josephina Shmoe can play, and she won a match last year, which gave her 12 ranking points, placing her at #329 in the USTA open ranking system. That allows her to enter ITF qualies.
This is laughable, but it renews the sadness I feel that Daniela has to be connected in any way, shape or form to ITF events.



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 Post subject: Re: WTA Tour 2016 Season
PostPosted: 2. May 2016 19:30 
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Louisa Chirico just beat Ivanovic in Madrid and played really well so it does put Daniela's loss to her in Stuttgart into some perspective as Chirico looks like she'll be a top player. Most of Daniela's recent losses have been to teenagers on the rise like Kasatkina, Ostapenko, Dodin and Chirico.



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 Post subject: Re: WTA Tour 2016 Season
PostPosted: 8. June 2016 17:40 
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Maria Sharapova, Who Was On So Many Pills, Banned Two Years For PED Use

An independent tribunal just handed tennis star Maria Sharapova a two-year ban from the sport for testing positive for meldonium, a substance that Sharapova has been taking for a decade but wasn’t added to the WADA’s list of banned substances until last year.

Sharapova’s defense was that she was prescribed meldonium in 2005 for legitimate health reasons, and only went on taking it after it was put on the banned substances list because she didn’t pay close enough attention to the updated list. The tribunal didn’t buy that argument, determining that Sharapova went out of her way to keep her meldonium intake secret—she stopped seeing the doctor who prescribed it to her in 2013, and failed to tell her newer doctors that she was still taking the drug—and only used it because of the physical advantages it offered. From the report:

But from 2013 onwards Dr. Skalny was no longer her doctor. She has no excuse for failing to disclose her use of Mildronate or to seek advice from a specialist doctor as to whether its continued use in competition was permissible. The tribunal finds it hard to credit that no medical practitioner whom she consulted over a period of 3 years, with the exception of Dr. Yasnitsky, would, in accordance with standard medical practice, have asked her what medications she was taking. In any event Ms Sharapova should have disclosed that she was regularly using Mildronate in case there was a possibility of adversely affecting another treatment prescribed.

That leaves the issue as to why Ms Sharapova was systematically using Mildronate before matches, and in particular at the Australian Open in 2016. In the tribunal’s view the answer is clear. Whatever the position may have been in 2006, there was in 2016 no diagnosis and no therapeutic advice supporting the continuing use of Mildronate. If she had believed that there was a continuing medical need to use Mildronate then she would have consulted a medical practitioner. The manner of its use, on match days and when undertaking intensive training, is only consistent with an intention to boost her energy levels. It may be that she genuinely believed that Mildronate had some general beneficial effect on her health but the manner in which the medication was taken, its concealment from the anti-doping authorities, her failure to disclose it even to her own team, and the lack of any medical justification must inevitably lead to the conclusion that she took Mildronate for the purpose of enhancing her performance.



Even more interesting than the tribunal’s conclusion, however, is the look this report gives us at the incredibly shady shit that goes down with Russian athletes. Sharapova first visited the doctor who put her on meldonium in 2005, when she was just 18 years old, and he prescribed her 18 medications and supplements that were meant to develop “the optimal individual plan of medical and physiological monitoring and targeted correction of functional reserves, and its implementation in the practice of the athlete’s preparation and maintain the proper functional regime.”

Sharapova continued to receive care from this doctor up until 2013, and by that time his list of recommended medications and supplements had grown from 18 to 30. Sharapova eventually cut the doctor loose, in part because she was overwhelmed by all of the pills she had to take, but she continued taking three substances that he had recommended, including meldonium.




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 Post subject: Re: WTA Tour 2016 Season
PostPosted: 9. June 2016 00:04 
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Daniela will not end up with a major singles title on her record. She will never have anything like this on her record, either. I will take that 24/7/365.

Oh, by the way, Ms. Sharapova, exactly which court will now be your house? :haha:



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 Post subject: Re: WTA Tour 2016 Season
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Tribunal verdict shreds Maria Sharapova defence

By 2010 the list of drugs Sharapova was taking – none of them on the banned list until meldonium was added on 1 January 2016 – had swollen to an extraordinary 30 that alongside Mildronate also included magnerot and riboxin. In 2013, Sharapova parted ways with Dr Skalny but decided to carry on taking those three substances. “That decision to continue to use those three substances from Dr Skalny’s list of 30 was taken without the benefit of any medical advice, either from Dr Skalny or from any other medical practitioner,” it said.

“So Ms Sharapova did not seek any advice about the therapeutic need to continue using Mildronate, nor the possible side-effects of doing so. She did not know the ingredients of Mildronate and had not read the manufacturers’ instructions for use.”

While the rest of her team knew about other vitamins and medications she was taking, responsibility for ensuring those three drugs were not on the banned list fell to Eisenbud. Which is where an excuse to rival Richard Gasquet’s “cocaine kiss” and Denis Mitchell’s bedroom prowess in the list of tall tales advanced in doping cases down the years comes in. Eisenbud claimed that while in previous years he had printed off the banned list and taken it to the Caribbean to consider by the pool, in 2015 he had not taken his annual vacation because he had split up with his wife. Hence, he argued, he never checked whether meldonium had been added – as it had in light of growing concerns that it was being taken for performance-enhancing reasons by huge swathes of athletes.

“His evidence did not explain why with that lack of understanding and expertise he was prepared to accept the important responsibility of checking whether Mildronate was prohibited, why he did not delegate this task to his assistant who could easily have made the necessary enquiries, or why it was necessary to take a file to the Caribbean to read by the pool when one email could have provided the answer,” it ruled. “The absence of any documents or records evidencing Mr Eisenbud’s system speaks for itself. Critically he does not explain why the three substances inherited from Dr Skalny’s regime were treated so differently from all the other medications and supplements which were vetted by the player’s medical team, not by him, and recorded in emails and medical records.”




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 Post subject: Re: WTA Tour 2016 Season
PostPosted: 15. August 2016 19:34 
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Help me out, guys. I just can't get over the crushing disappointment of Kerber losing the gold medal to Puig.



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PostPosted: 22. September 2016 06:59 
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Did Kerber really win two Grand Slams? :mrgreen: It means Grand Slams are important, I know.


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