Sunday, December 18, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Spain vs Argentina 3 - 1
Rafael Nadal def Juan Monaco
6 -1, 6 - 1, 6 - 2,
David Ferrer def Juan Matin del Potro
6 - 2, 6 - 7, 3 - 6, 6 - 4, 6 - 3
David Nalbandian / Eduardo Schwank
def Feliciano Lopez / Fernando Verdasco
6 - 4, 6 - 2, 6 - 3
Rafael Nadal def. Juan Martin del Potro
1 - 6, 6 - 4, 6 - 1, 7 - 6
Monday, November 28, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been voted WTA's Player of the Year following a season in which she claimed her debut Grand Slam title, steered the Czech Republic to Fed Cup glory and shot up 32 places in the world rankings.
The Czech, who ended the year ranked second, picked up four prizes in total on Monday following a remarkable 12 months in which she won six titles and chalked up a 6-0 record in Fed Cup singles.
"This season has been simply a dream," the 21-year-old said after being voted to the top prize ahead of world number one Caroline Wozniacki.
"It is an incredible honour to win the Player of the Year award and join the ranks of some of the best players that have ever played the sport, especially Martina Navratilova.
"I will always cherish the 2011 season and look forward to building on it."
Kvitova also bagged the Most Improved Player award and the fair play prize, while fans voted her the Breakthrough Player of the Year.
Sabine Lisicki of Germany scooped the Comeback Player of the Year honour.
The 22-year-old was out of action for five months last year with a horrific ankle injury and by March this year, she had toppled out of the top 200.
However, by the end of the season, she had clawed back into the top 15 thanks to triumphs in Birmingham and Dallas and by charging into the semi-finals at Wimbledon despite entering the tournament with a wildcard.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Kveta Peschke/Lucie Hradecka (CZE) def Maria Kirilenko/ Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Anastasia Pacluchenkova (RUS) def. Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Petra Kvitova (RUS) def Svetlana Kutnetsova (CZE)
4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Svetlana Kutnetsova (RUS) def Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) def Maria Kirilenko (RUS)
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Shortlist for 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or
Eric Abidal (France), Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Karim Benzema (France), Iker Casillas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Dani Alves (Brazil), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Diego Forlan (Uruguay), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Thomas Mueller (Germany),Nani (Portugal), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Gerard Piqué (Spain), Wayne Rooney (England), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), Luis Suárez (Uruguay), David Villa (Spain), Xabi Alonso (Spain), Xavi (Spain).
Shortlist for 2011 FIFA World Coach of the Year
Vicente Del Bosque (Spain/Spain national team), Alex Ferguson (Scotland/Manchester United FC), Rudi Garcia (France/Lille OSC), Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Barcelona), Juergen Klopp (Germany/Borussia Dortmund), Joachim Loew (Germany/Germany national team), Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Real Madrid C.F.), Oscar Tabarez (Uruguay/Uruguay national team), Andre Villas-Boas (Portugal/FC Porto, Chelsea FC), Arsene Wenger (France/Arsenal FC).
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Shell Advanced Malaysian Grand Prix
Sepang International Circuit, Sepang
Marco Simoncelli has died from the injuries he sustained in a crash on the second lap of the Malaysian Grand Prix. He was 24.
Simoncelli was fighting for fourth with Alvaro Bautista when he lost the front of his bike and slid across the circuit, into the path of Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi, both of whom appeared to hit the Honda.
Simoncelli lay stricken on the track after the crash, his helmet having come off during the incident.
He was taken by ambulance to the circuit's medical centre, but at 4.56pm local time it was announced he had succumbed to his injuries.
The death was the first fatality in MotoGP since Daijiro Katoh, also a Gresini rider, passed away as a result of injuries sustained in the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix. The last fatal accident in the world championship series came when Moto2 rider Showa Tomizawa was killed at Misano last September.
Simoncelli had established himself as one of the most exciting new stars in MotoGP this season, his second year at the top level with the Gresini Honda team.
A former European 125cc champion, Simoncelli was a race winner and frontrunner during three years in world championship 125cc racing before coming to the 250cc series in 2006.
He spent four seasons with the Gilera team, with the breakthrough coming in 2008 when he not only became a winner for the first time, but charged to the title, beating Alvaro Bautista.
Simoncelli stayed on in 250cc to defend his title in 2009, although he narrowly lost the crown to future Gresini MotoGP team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama after an early-season injury left him playing catch-up.
He secured a MotoGP seat with Gresini for 2010 and became ever more competitive as his rookie season went on.
That earned him a factory specification Honda this season, and he took full advantage to get among the frontrunners from the outset.
Pole positions at Catalunya and Assen came amid a run of six straight front row starts, although incidents in races meant he could not deliver the results his speed promised - and led to rows with other riders.
But Simoncelli calmed his style as the season progressed, finally taking his maiden MotoGP podium at Brno, and achieving a career-best second in Australia just a week ago. He had also secured works Honda equipment again with Gresini next season, ensuring he would have started 2012 as a potential MotoGP winner.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York City
(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) def (2) Rafael Nadal (ESP)
6 - 2, 6 - 4, 6 - 7, 6 - 1
(9) Samantha Stosur (AUS) def (28) Serena William (USA)
6 - 2, 6 - 3
(4) Liezel Huber (USA)/ Lisa Raymond (USA) def
(3) Vania King (USA)/ Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
4 - 6, 7 - 6(5), 7 - 6(3)
(8) Jurgen Melzer (AUT)/ Philipp Petzschner (GER) def
(6) Marius Fyrstenberg (POL)/ Marcin Matkowski (POL)
6 - 2, 6 - 2
Melanie Oudin (USA)/ Jack Sock (USA) def
(8) Gisela Dulko (ARG)/Eduardo Schwank (ARG)
7 - 6, 4 - 6, 1- 0 (10 - 8)