Svetlana Kuznetsova bagged a position in the final sixteen of the French Open after beating Petra Kbitova. The score post the face off was 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 9-7, while the tournament lost its 5 top seeds. Talking about her win Kuznetsova commented that she is extremely happy about entering in the top 16 players of the season. This three hour thirteen minutes match, the longest one in women’s section, Kuznetsova the 2009 winner took maximum advantage of the Kvitova’s unforced errors and double faults and hence set up a 4th round clash against Lucie Safarova, a Czech national.
Kvitova was a former champion of Wimbledon and back in the year 2012 was a semi finalist. She enjoyed a career edge of 3-0 over the ace Russian, and stepped into the clash on Saturday. However her efforts were weakened by medical timeouts she needed for treating her back injury, twice. 2 match points were saved in 12th decider game, nevertheless her inconsistent game play made her fail in the third set.
This season is Kuznetsova’s 12th consecutive season of the French Open, where she is going to next face off Safarova, Kvitova’s teammate in the Fed Cup. Safarova put out Ana Ivanovic, the 11th seed and also the champion of 2008 with a score of 6-3, 6-3. This was Ivanovic’s 5th consecutive defeat against Safarova as the latter booked a spot in the final 16 of French Open, for the 1st time after 2007.
Simona Halep, the 4th seed also made it through the final sixteen of French Open. Maria Torro-Flor of Spain was brushed aside by the 22 year old with the score of 6-3, 6-0 as she next takes on Sloane Stephens, the 15th seed. In all 3 rounds in Paris, Halep has lost a total of 11 games.
Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias have been in a relationship since more than a decade, but, the latter’s father who is also a renowned personality is yet to meet the former.
Yes, you read that right. Julio Iglesias, the Spanish singer, has never ever interacted with Kournikova face to face. He revealed that in one of his interviews last week.
Talking to a Spanish newspaper, Julio said, “Yes, there is 100% truth in the stories that I have never had a meeting with Anna. I can’t find any specific reason behind it. It might be because of the fact that I spend a lot of time travelling and Enrique is also a superstar who remains busy in his own commitments, but, I had a chat with him on this topic and I congratulated him.”
Julio who is 70 years of age at the moment has no hesitation in admitting that neither of his sons seeks his advice.
The singer/songwriter said, “You know as a father you always have that urge to sit with your son and have discussion about his career and things like that, but, when your son is as capable and talented as Enrique is, you don’t need to advice him anything.”
All of Julio’s sons are famous people and they rarely visit him. But, that doesn’t bother Julio at all. Having gone through a similar phase during his life, he understands his sons’ professional compulsion. But, he hopes that when he gets a little older, his sons start visiting him regularly.
Julio who has been active in the field of music since 1968 has released albums in various languages and most of them have been super hits. He still attracts huge crowd whenever he performs. His next show is going to be in London.
David Nalbandian’s countryman, Juan Martin Del Potro, will take on Feliciano Lopez of Spain in his opening match in the BNP Paribas Open. It will be a second round match.
There have been concerns over Del Potro’s fitness. His wrist has not been in a perfect condition in the last 10 days or so and there had been speculations in the last few days that he might decide to pull himself out of the Indian Wells event, but, he hasn’t released an official statement regarding that yet. So, it is believed that he would take part in the competition.
Del Potro’s performance in the 2014 season has been a little up and down. He lifted the trophy at Sydney right at the start of the season and thus, entered the Australian Open as a strong contender, but, as a few other top players, he also had to get knocked out pretty early from there and it was in that tournament that his wrist began giving him a few problems.
The Argentinean took part in a couple of events even with that wrist trouble, but, he was far from his best and in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, he had to leave his match against Somdev Devvarman in between.
As far as Lopez is concerned, his form has been very poor this season. But, in his first match at Indian Wells, he secured a comfortable victory in straight sets. So, he would have been confident about taking on Del Potro who is coming back from a short break.
Del Potro is clearly the favourite, but, the chances of him being in rhythm are not that good because he had been giving his wrist some rest and thus, has not trained that much before this tournament.