Wozniacki Leads Semis, Final of WTA Montreal to be Played Monday
The last two rounds of the Rogers Cup in Montreal will be decided on Monday after rain washed out the weekend. Future US Open No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki will take on Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Victoria Azarenka will take on Vera Zvonareva in the first match on Monday to see who will get the chance to raise the Rogers Cup on late Monday.
“The weather has not been very nice to us. But at least I got to watch a movie and relax,” Wozniacki told the WTA, even playing soccer with Kuznetsova on court. “Svetlana and me were a little bored and wanted to play, so first we played tennis with our left hands and then I said, ‘I have a small ball, why don’t we play a little bit of foot tennis?’ We enjoyed it, the fans enjoyed it, it was a good time.”
Zvonareva says she appreciates the fans sticking around for the final (and semifinal).
“We play tournaments every week and it’s our job,” Zvonareva said. “We are used to it, so that doesn’t matter. But it’s difficult for the fans. We see a lot of people walking around with umbrellas. We really appreciate them coming and trying to watch us play. They have been great all week, so supportive of all the players. We can only imagine how disappointing it has been for them.”
TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
HENIN DONE FOR THE YEAR — Former No. 1 Justine Henin made her comeback from retirement last year after fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters showed how easy it is to win a Slam when the Williams sisters are sidelined with injury. In 2010 she was kicking ass with two titles in four finals until she fell and injured her elbow at Wimbledon in June. “I took several medical examinations and it is going in the right direction,” Henin said. “But it is still a slow recovery, so I need to be patient again until the end of 2010.” The 28-year-old star now says her next event will be the Hopman Cup exhibition in January 2011.
CRAZY DANI SUSPENDED — KIND OF — Austrian and career Challenger-level player “Crazi” Dani Koellerer was reportedly given a suspended three-month ban after he admitted he used his personal website to facilitate betting on tennis matches, according to the Tennis Integrity Unit. The 27-year-old also received a “suspended” fine of 15,000 euros ($19,250) which, like the ban, he will have to uphold if convicted of a similar offense in the future. Crazi Dani’s manager, Manfred Nareyka, was also reportedly disciplined. Koellerer’s website had a link to a gambling site that enabled fans to place bets on matches. “Tennis Integrity Unit investigation found that Mr. Koellerer’s personal website carried details of betting odds on tennis matches and provided links to allow users to place bets,” said a statement by The Tennis Integrity Unit, which is not a made-up Matrix-like group that travels around in trench coats and sunglasses, but is rather a partnership between the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the ATP and WTA tours to attempt to keep the sport clean from corruption and betting scandals.
MISC — Four sponsors are reportedly lined up bidding to replace Pilot Pen as the sponsor for the New Haven tournament in 2011. One is Tennis-X, and the other is the movie Kick Ass, which would rename the event the Kick Ass Open. Though those could be rumors…Defending champs Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan won their eighth tour title of the season with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi in the final of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati on Sunday. They are 8-0 in final this season…Mardy Fish pulled from New Haven citing fatigue, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova pulled with a hip injury…Roger Federer says, in case you thought he didn’t have any confidence, or in case he thought he didn’t have any confidence and just wanted to hear himself say it: “I’ve been playing well the past couple weeks, and today was just another proof that I’m playing really well. I thought I played an excellent match today. I had huge belief that I was going to win today from the first point until the end. That sometimes can make a bit of a difference. Then I was positive all the way through because I felt I was playing well, even though I lost the first set. So I never got down on myself and doubted myself.” — OK, we get it, you think you’re playing well and everybody else should too. Sheesh…Goran Ivanisevic beat Pat Cash for the Knokke seniors title.
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