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We have received a tip that Li Na will be announcing her retirement from tennis on the 19th of September. The announcement will be happening on CCTV-5, a sports channel owned by state broadcaster China Central Television.

She is reportedly retiring because she is unable to continue competing due to her physical condition.

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Only 6 weeks left until the New York marathon and Caroline Wozniacki is still in heavy training mode. Although she had some time for a quick selfie in central park while training.

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So we are into the Asian swing, the last part of the tennis year, where the big names can gain any extra points they need to try and qualify for the World Tour Finals in London.  Andy Murray is currently WR 11 and quite low in the race, however, he was out for the last part of last year having gone through back surgery.  This means that he has no points to defend in his general rankings and can make up points on other people in the Asian swing.  It was known he was going to play Shanghai as that is an ATP 1000 masters event and a mandatory event.  His fans have been worrying about his ranking ever since Wimbledon and his exit at the quarter final stage of the US Open didn’t help with the ranking (although, he defended the points he had last year, he has only slipped because the finalists were non of the “big four” which he is still part of, even though his current ranking doesn’t give him this)

Andy seems to have realised he needed to do something as he has entered two tournaments prior to Shanghai, by taking  Wild Cards into Shenzhen (a new ATP 250 event) and also into the China Open in Beijing (ATP 500), he is currently on 400 points behind David Ferrer so a good run at these tournaments and Shanghai will see him rise up the rankings back to his rightful place amongst the top 4 players in the world.  Personally speaking I am glad he has opted to play a couple of events prior to the mandatory Shanghai event, and I really hope he adds at least one more before London.  It would be great for Andy to make London as he had to withdraw last year due to his injury, so the 9th player in the race got his place.  He has never won the WTF event and it would be a great way to end this year, as he has not had a great year back.  He has reached at least the quarter finals of every slam this year, and the only other player to achieve that (male or female) is Novak Djokovic, so overall it has not been a bad season.  Andy will not be satisfied with his season though as he has not yet won a title this year.

Reaching a final and even winning one of the end of the year events would be a huge boost to Andy, he has been playing well since coming back as we saw with his performances at the US Open (when you ignore the curse of Armstrong), especially the one against Novak Djokovic, which saw him play some fantastic shots and in this writers opinion showed he was very nearly back to his best.

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Andy Murray is at Flushing Meadows for the last grand slam of the year.  He has progressed to the second round of this years tournament, but it has not been an easy road.

Whenever Andy has to play on Louis Armstrong court (by his own admission, not one of his favourite courts) he struggles.  In his first round match he was on this court, and got off to the best start by taking the first 2 sets, however it was clear he was beginning to feel unwell and struggle.  Set 3 proved this in that he could barely moved, looked in a lot of pain and hunched up a lot.  He was clearly injured or suffering, but he did not call the trainer.  He lost that set by a breadstick, something that had not happened to him for a while.  The 4th set was going pretty much the same way, although by now his opponent was also struggling with an injury and did call for the trainer.  Somehow, Andy survived this match and served out for the win.  He revealed later that he was suffering badly with cramps and this is why he did not call for the trainer as you can’t for cramp.

His 2nd round match was on Arther Ashe a much better court for Andy.  This match was much more straight forward and he won in straight sets without any issues.  However, his 3rd round match was back on Armstrong, and again, he started off well again and was 2 sets up again.  He then struggled again in the 3rd set and lost that 4-6.  He did come through the match again in 4 sets so is now up against Tsonga in the 4th round – this has been scheduled for Ashe tomorrow (thankfully).

This may just be me, but it does seem that Armstrong is a cursed court for Andy as he always appears to struggle here.  I am not sure what causes this, I just hope that at some time in the future he is able to break the curse of Armstrong.

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If you haven’t heard Roger Federer has just launched his official Instagram account – http://instagram.com/rogerfederer

Here is his first and only shot:

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ana ivanovic team selife at the us open 2014

Ana Ivanovic thought she would share a selfie of her team as they were heading to the US Open 2014.

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Head and (RED) are partnering to help fight for an AIDS free generation. HEAD stars Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Sloane Stephens, Marin Cilic and Richard Gasquet show their support for the good cause.

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Ana Ivanovic 2014 US Open Dress / Outfit from Adidas

August 24, 2014

Adidas announced what Ana Ivanovic would be wearing at the 2014 US Open. Here it is!

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Caroline Wozniacki is Fit! New York Marathon Has Got Nothing

August 7, 2014

The New York marathon is getting very close. Caroline Wozniacki has been training to run the marathon, so after her match today she went for a 10km run.

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Roger Federer Testing His New Racquet RF97 – Its Bad Ass!

August 1, 2014

Roger Federer has just announced he will be using his new racquet at the US Open. Here is the cool intro video. Enjoy.

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Ana Ivanovic Shopping and Promoting Her Friends Lipstick

July 31, 2014

Ana Ivanovic was doing some shopping in the USA yesterday and thought she would stop and take a selfie showing the world her friends lipstick. Very weird.

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Sabine Lisicki Hits WTA World Record Fastest Serve for a Female| 131mph

July 30, 2014

Sabine Lisicki Hits WTA World Record Fastest Serve for a Female| 131mph. She played it so cool.. and didnt even notice!

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Novak Djokovic Back on Court Getting Ready for US Open Series

July 30, 2014

Novak Djokovic is back on court getting his fitness levels up and ready for the US Open series.

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Donna Vekic Looking Sexy at the Beach in Her Bikini

July 29, 2014

Donna Vekic seemed to be having fun at the beach (Cote d’Azure). Showing us her bikini body.

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Neil Harman Resigns from ITWA After Admitting to Plagiarism

July 29, 2014

In an email to ITWA members on Wednesday, he admitted to plagiarizing material for the official Wimbledon Yearbook, which he was hired to write by the LTA: I am writing to you as co-President to inform you that I have decided to resign from ITWA and do so with a heavy heart but it is [...]

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Sabine Lisicki Looking Cute as she walks along the beach

July 29, 2014

Sabine Lisicki enjoys a last walk on the beach before tournaments. Shame … cant always have the good life. Dont worry Sabine you can do a lot more of this after you stop playing tennis

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Ana Ivanovic was Invited as a Guest Speaker at Google Today

July 29, 2014

Ana Ivanovic shows off her guest speaker badge after a visit to Google today.

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