43rd title for the recent winner of Wimbledon is definitely worth celebrating. By winning easily at Stanford, Serena Williams joined her sister Venus in terms of titles won. A true lioness.
You’ve got the look
Coco Vandeweghe is nobody. However, at 20 years old, the 120th
ranked player in the world has found her way to the final in Stanford against Serena Williams. So far, so good. Except that the young American woman was had come through from the qualifiers. Better still, she was added back in after the defection of Bojana Jovanovski. She is the first “lucky loser” to reach the final since Melinda Czink in 2005, in Canberra. Bad luck for her though, as in the final the Yankee had to bow to Serena's law (7-5, 6-3). It was a victory that gave to the younger Williams sister her 43rd title on the women's tour. Just like her sister, Venus. So original.
The picture : the fitting session of Vesnina
Elena Vesnina is beautiful, busty, sexy and appetizing, but she also plays tennis. It's her job, actually. While her colleagues in the WTA Tour will be taking it easy during the Olympics, the Russian will be part of the scene in London. She even posted pictures of her Olympic outfit on Twitter. Yummy.
US Open, always more
It is the fashion this year. Each Grand Slam embarks in the race to have the largest prize fund. After Roland Garros (7%) and Wimbledon (10%) it was the turn of the U.S. Open 2012 to announce an increase of 11% (18% on average over the first three rounds, Editor's note) to reach the record total earnings of $ 25.5 million. The winners of the U.S. Open singles crowns will each take home $1.5 million while the losing finalists will receive 780,000 euros. It's fun, tennis, actually.
Rafael Nadal (highly) desired
We know pretty much everything about Rafael Nadal. His prize list, his mannerisms, his left bicep, his footballer uncle, his love for Real Madrid, his bandana, his "Vamos
". However, we didn't realise that the Spaniard also has an incredible sex appeal. According to a survey by a Spanish hotel chain, the lefty was voted the most desirable celebrity partner to share a night in a hotel by his female compatriots. The Mallorcan collected 24.1% of the vote, far ahead of the 17.8% of American actor Brad Pitt and the 13.4% of Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. To say that Rafa does it on the first date...
The number : 11
Missed again. It's a little chorus that David Ferrer must be singing to his mate Nicolas Almagro. The world number five easily took out his compatriot for the eleventh time in eleven confrontations in the finals of Bastad, Sweden, and this in just over an hour (6-2, 6-2). Taking advantage of his psychological edge over Almagro, he chalks up his fifth title of the year.
Maria can wait
Great news, the beautiful Maria Sharapova is still on the market. Well, not for much longer because the Russian is engaged to the basketball player Sasha Vujacic, but the two lovers can't seem to find a date for their marriage based on their respective schedules. For the umpteenth time, their wild party has been postponed. It should be held early November in Istanbul. A very private celebration, though. Sigh....
The video: Bartoli keeps Sampras warm
Marion Bartoli has realized her childhood dream: to challenge Pete Sampras. The French took advantage of an exhibition match in the US to play against the former world number 1.
The tweet: Gisela eats well-cooked
Gisela Dulko has wonderful legs, and a smoldering gaze. To flirt with her, just take her to eat a good steak. Well grilled. The lady is a fan of barbecues. The proof.
The freestyle of the week
Alexandr Dolgopolov has benefited from the presence of the sublime Dominikovic Matea, a Croatian singer, to release a duet on "I love the way you lie" by Rihanna and Eminem at the Croatia Open Umag. Definitely, the player sings as well as he swings. Enough to make him forget his defeat in the semi-finals against the eventual winner Marin Cilic (7-5, 6-2). The Croatian will do with an eighth trophy in his cabinet, the second in 2012 after the disqualification at Queen's of the Argentine David Nalbandian.
The useless but big news
Jennifer Capriati (36 years) and Gustavo Kuerten (35 years) have been inducted into the International Tennis Federation Hall of Fame at the Newport tournament. Been there,done that.
The winner of the week
Janko Tipsarevic took a while but the Serb has finally won a title this year. Amongst the members of the Top 10, Janko was the only one without a gong. This monkey is now off his back after his victory in the final of the Stuttgart tournament against Juan Monaco (6-4, 5-7, 6-3).
One who had already smiled frequently since the beginning of the season is Sara Errani. After her victories in Acapulco, Barcelona and Budapest, the Italian has won on clay once again by taking advantage of the Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in straight sets (6-1, 6-3). At 25, the Lilliputian (1m64) is in the shape of her life.
"This title is huge for me, this is the first time in my career that I have retained a title and I'm very happy to have done so against such an opponent, in my opinion one of the best in history".
That's John Isner, the 6’ 7” lad, savouring his victory in Newport. The American has indeed won for the second consecutive year in the final. In the last game, he made short work of the returning Lleyton Hewitt (7-6 , 6-4), the former World No. 1, who now languishes beyond 200th place and had not previously made it to a final since 2010.
What happened to respecting your elders?
By Mathieu Faure