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Squat a winner: Agnieszka Radwanska
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Ladies (WTA Tour) // Another strong line-up at Devonshire Park will see former Eastbourne champion Agnieszka Radwanska provisionally head the seedings.

The 24-year-old Pole has been a regular favourite at the AEGON International and amongst the large Polish community in the seaside town.

Ex-Eastbourne winner, and briefly the world no1, Caroline Wozniacki returns to the AEGON International keen to sharpen her grass court skills ahead of The Championships at SW1.

Czech ace Petra Kvitova knows how to win on grass, having been crowned Wimbledon champion but failing to then crack the world’s top three as predicted by experts and former players.

Rising star Sara Errani of Italy and seasoned professional Marion Bartoli of France are among other big guns who will be fired up for a shot at glory.

The players set to compete at the 2013 AEGON International are:

  1. Agniezka Radwanska (Poland)
  2. Sara Errani (Italy)
  3. Angelique Kerber (Germany)
  4. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)
  5. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
  6. Nadia Petrova (Russia)
  7. Maria Kirilenko (Russia)
  8. Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
  9. Marion Bartoli (France)
  10. Roberta Vinci (Italy)
  11. Sloane Stephens (USA)
  12. Ekaterina Makarova (Russia)
  13. Klara Zakopalova (Czech Republic)
  14. Sorana Cirstea (Romania)
  15. Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)
  16. Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)
  17. Tamira Paszek (Austria)
  18. Alize Cornet (France)
  19. Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
  20. Elena Vesnina (Russia)
  21. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)
  22. Laura Robson (Great Britain)
  23. Su-Wei Hsieh (Taipei)
  24. Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium)
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Top 20 aces to grace Eastbourne

Ana Ivanovic, Legends, News, WTA Players

by Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd

anaKEBAlthough there have been some truly greats to have played singles at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park, there have been so many doubles experts as well as well-known crowd-pleasers who failed to make a real impact despite all the hype.

Fans have been extremely vocal towards the stars that have shone in the annual event, held a stone’s throw from the seafront at the ppular British resort. with Russian babe Anna Kournikova especially popular with both male and female fans despite never winning a singles title throughout her career.

And although fans have adored these aces, there have been a number of tennis stars who were due to play at the prestigious Devonshire Park International Tennis Centre and disappointed the crowds with their non-appearance.

ana-ivanovicIn recent years, both Russian ace Maria Sharparova and Serbian starlet Ana Ivanovic have been pencilled in to play at Eastbourne. Sharparova won the Edgbaston event so skipped Eastbourne and went on to win become a Wimbledon champion.

Ivanovic pulled out of making her Eastbourne debut last year, partly because of injury and partly because of exhaustion following her unexpected French Open triumph, missed out on playing at Devonshire Park in 2005 because of an injury but is set to make it third time lucky in 2009 despite not being the force she was.

Appreciative fans have been treated to superb strokes and thrilling matches as well as a number of upsets on both Centre Court and the intimate No1 Court.

We have served up what we believe is the ultimate top 20 aces to grace Devonshire Park in terms of results, commitment to playing the pre-Wimbledon tournament and how the fans really reacted to their presence.

Our leading ladies | listed alphabetically

Tracy Austin, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Chris Evert, Justine Henin, Martina Hingis, Andrea Jeager, Anna Kournikova, Conchita Martinez, Amelie Mauresmo, Martina Navratilova, Jana Novotna, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Monica Seles, Pam Shriver, Betty Stove, Virginia Wade, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

tracey-austinatEastbourneTracy Austin

Ex-world no1 American teenage prodigy who exploded onto the sport aged 14. In 1979, aged 16, Austin became the youngest player to win the US Open. She added the 1981 US Open for 30 career titles, but never got further than the semi-finals of Wimbledon. Retired aged 21, made two comebacks and now works as a commentator for American TV. Austin’s record in the UK was pretty impressive, with two Eastbourne titles and became Wimbledon’s youngest ever competitor aged just 15.

Kim ClijstersKim Clijsters

Ex-world no1 Belgium who won the 2005 US Open. Finished runner-up at the Australian Open and the French Open although never got further than the semi-final stage at Wimbledon despite her runner-up spot at junior Wimbledon in 1988. Retired from the sport aged 24 in 2007 and had a baby the following year but is going to give it another shot on the Sony Ericssson WTA Tour after 2009 Wimbledon.

lindsaydavenportatEBLindsay Davenport

Ex-world no1 American who has won all the grand Ssam titles except the French Open, including the 1999 Wimbledon Championships. Took a 11-month break from the sport to give birth to her son, Jagger, in 2007. Is expecting her second child in 2009, and is unlikely to ever return to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

chris-evertatEastbourneChris Evert

Ex-world no1 American in 1976 became the female athlete to win over $1m in career earnings. Evert won 18 grand slams, comprising seven French Open titles, six times a winner of the US Open, a trio of Wimbledon triumphs and two Australian Open successes. Retired in 1989, runs her own tennis academy in the USA and is almost as famous for her many marriages – to British tennis no1 John Lloyd but is currently married to veteran golfer Greg “The Shark” Norman.

JHenin2007EBsemiJustine Henin

Ex-world no1 Belgian who in 2007 became the first sportswoman to earn over $5m a year in prize money. Henin won her fourth French Open and second US Open in 2007, adding to her 2004 Australian Open title. She reached all four grand slam finals in 2006 but only won the French Open. Made shock retirement aged 25 in 2008.

MHingisEBMartina Hingis

Ex-world no1 from Switzerland who dominated the sport in 1997 by winning three grand slam titles and added two more grand slams in her career. The prodigy, named after Martina Navratilova, retired between 2002 and 2006 following injuries. Hingis was banned for two years from January 2008 after testing positive to cocaine during 2007 Wimbledon but is unlikely to return to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

andrea-jaegeratEastbourneAndrea Jaeger

American whose promising career was curtailed by shoulder injuries, but won 11 titles. Jaeger reached two Grand Slam finals, the 1982 French Open and Wimbledon in 1983. Retired aged 22 in 1987, and in 2006 took the vows to become an Anglican Dominican nun so is now known as Sister Andrea.

anna-kournikovainsunnyeastbourneAnna Kournikova

Russian doubles specialist who was famous for never winning a singles title. In 1997, she became only the second woman – following Chris Evert – in the open era to reach the semi-final on her Wimbledon debut. Retired from the WTA Tour in 2004 but still plays in high-profile celebrity matches for charity.

Hana MandlikovaEastbourneHana Mandlikova

Czech Republic ace who played in four consecutive grand slam singles finals, from the 1980 US Open to Wimbledon in 1981, Mandlíkova won all the grand slam titles except Wimbledon, and finished runner-up in four grand slam singles events. Retired aged 28 after struggling with injuries.

conchita_martinez_mylife-retConchita Martinez

The only Spanish woman to have won the Wimbledon, after shocking Martina Navratilova in the 1994 final. Finished runner-up at the 1998 Australian Open and 2000 French Open. Became the only player to win the Italian Open singles title in four consecutive years (1992-1996). Retired from the WTA Tour in 2006.

AMauresmo2007EBQFAmelie Mauresmo

Ex-world no1 French ace who won her only two grand slam titles in 2006, the Australian Open and Wimbledon, following the disappointment of losing the 1999 Australian Open final to Martina Hingis. One of only three women to be crowned world no1 without first winning a grand slam singles title. W,on the 2009 Paris Indoors event. Won Eastbourne once and finished runner-up once.

Martina-NavratilovaHSMartina Navratilova

Ex-world no1 Czech-born American who dominated the women’s tennis in the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1982, she became the first player to win over $1m in a single year. Reached Wimbledon final 12 times, including nine consecutive years from 1982 through 1990, and won the title a record nine times. Won Eastbourne a remarkable 11 times, though was disappointed by having to play the qualifying event at Devonshire Park in 2004.

jana_novotnaJana Novotna

Doubles specialist from the Czech Republic whose only grand slam success was the 1998 Wimbledon Championships. Twice finished runner-up at Wimbledon, in 1993 and 1998. Famously burst into tears at SW19 after she narrowly lost to Steffi Graf, and was comforted by the shoulder of the Dutchess of Kent.

arantxa-sanchez-vicarioArantxa Sanchez Vicario

Ex-world no1 Spaniard who won four grand slam titles, which included a hat-trick of French Open victories in 1989, 1994 and 1998. Finished runner-up in eight grand slams, including the 1995 and 1996 Wimbledon finals and three French Open finals. Retired from the WTA Tour in 2001.

monica-selespracticeatEBMonica Seles

Former world no1 American-Yugoslavian who collected seven grand slam titles between 1990 and 1992. Forced out of the sport for two years after a crazed fan of rival Steffi Graf stabbed her in the back on court. On her return Seles won the 1996 Australian Open and retired after the 2003 French Open but suffered weight problems until 2008.

pamshriverPam Shriver

American doubles expert who reached just one grand slam singles final, the 1978 US Open, where as an unseeded 16-year-old amateur she beat Martina Navratilova but lost to Chris Evert. Currently is a sports presenter for television stations in the United States.

BettyStoveBetty Stove

Dutch doubles specialist who failed to win any singles titles throughout her career, but came closest in her 1977 Wimbledon final defeat to Virginia Wade. After she retired she coached Hana Mandlikova for 10 years from 1980.

virginia-wadeEBVirginia Wade

Last British player to win a Wimbledon singles title, brilliantly triumphing during the centenary year of the Championships in 1977 in front of Queen Elizabeth II. Captured three grand slam titles during a 26-year career, which included the end of the amateur era. Works as a tennis commentator for BBC TV.

Serena-WilliamsatEastbourne-Serena Williams

Ex-world no1 American who helped revolutionise women’s tennis with her powerful style of play. Is the most recent player to hold all grand slam titles simultaneously and has an incredible tally of nine grand slams to her credit, including Wimbledon in 2002 and 2003. Still a major force on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and believes that she is really the world no1.

venus-williamsatEastbourneVenus Williams

Former world no1 American who has help redefined the women’s game with her sheer strength and athleticism. Collected seven grand slam titles, including a remarkable set of five Wimbledon triumphs in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008. She was the voice who championed equal prize money for men and women at both the French Open and Wimbledon. Still on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and a true champion on and off the court with her genuineness and stylish plat.

New coach journey for Simon

Gilles SIMON
ATP Tennis

Gilles Simon has started working with a new coach, German Jan de Witt, who replaced Frenchman Thierry Tulasne.

De Witt previously worked with Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen before moving on to work with 28-year-old Simon, who reached world no6 in 2009 but is now a top 20 player.

Eastbourne-bound Simon, who reached three semi-finals – Rotterdam, Marseille and Bucharest – this year, will be expecting to gradually move closer to a return to the top 10.

De Witt has a tough task at 2013 Roland Garros, as the French ace has a win-loss ratio of 8-7 in Singles at the French Open and yet to impress in his home slam.

Tennis speak

2013 AEGON International

anna and martina ebNew to tennis or simply interested in knowing the tennis lingo? We have included a collection of the words and expressions that you need to know about … net, set, go!

ACE | Serve that is neither touched nor returned by the receiving player.

ADVANTAGE | First point won following deuce. When the server wins this point it is called advantage. If the non-serving player wins the point, it becomes break point.

ALLEY | The lane between the singles and doubles sidelines, which is out of bounds in singles.

ATP | Association of Tennis Professionals, which runs the men’s professional circuit

BACKHAND | The stroke when the player turns so that the shoulder of the racket-bearing arm faces the net before the player brings the racket forward and across the body to meet the ball.

BACKSPIN | Undercutting of the ball with the racket to make the ball bounce back towards the net. Opposite of top spin.

BAGEL | The winning of a set without dropping a game, which is 6-0. A overall victory without dropping a game is called a double bagel (6-0, 6-0) or triple bagel (6-0, 6-0, 6-0).

BALL BOY/GIRL | The person, male or female, who retrieves tennis balls from the court that have gone out of play.

BASELINE | Boundary on either end of the court representing the outer limits of the length of the court.

BASELINE PLAY | Only hitting long ground strokes from the baseline through the game.

BREAK OF SERVE | When the non-serving player wins the game.

BREAK POINT | When a non-serving player has the scoring advantage and is only one point away from winning the game.

CROSSCOURT SHOT | When a ball is hit diagonally across the tennis court on a baseline ground stroke.

DEUCE | When opponents are tied in a game from ’40’ onwards, as a game must be won by a two point margin.

DOUBLE FAULT | When both serving attempts fail to land inside the service court, meaning the opponent wins the point.

DOWN THE LINE | Hitting the ball straight and down the line of the opponent’s court.

DROP SHOT | A lightly hit, spinning return that drops softly over the net, forcing the opponent to approach the net.

FAULT | When a serve fails to land in the service court, or is deemed an illegal serve.

FOOT FAULT | When the server steps across the baseline prior to hitting the ball.

FORCED ERROR | When a player is out of position and unable to return a strong shot by an opposing player.

FOREHAND | When a player pivots the body so that the shoulder of the non racket-bearing arm faces the net and then the player swings the racket forward to hit the ball.

GAME, SET & MATCH | The words used by an umpire when the match has been won.

GOLDEN SLAM | Winning the Grand Slam and the tennis Olympic gold medal in one calendar year

GRAND SLAM | The name of the four major tournaments in a calendar year. It starts with the Australian Open, then the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

GROUND STOKE | A forehand or backhand shot that is executed after the ball bounces once on the court.

HOLDING SERVE | When a serving player wins their own service game.

LET | When a served ball touches the net cord and lands within the service court, which means the player serves again.

LOB | When the ball is lifted high above the net and over an opponent who is close at the net.

LOVE | Means no points.

MATCH | Refers to the overall contest and is made up of games and sets.

MATCH POINT | When a player a single point away from winning the match. Double and triple set points describe when a player has a two or three point lead in a game that would decide the match in their favour.

NO MAN’S LAND | The backcourt area between the baseline and the net.

OVERHEAD SMASH | A overhand volley shot.

PLAYING THE NET | When players approach and position themselves at the net in order to cut down on the court size and make return volleys.

PUT AWAY | When the ball has been hit hard past an opponent who has no chance to return the ball.

RALLY | When players trade strokes on a single point.

RECEIVER | The player who receives the ball from the server.

SERVE | This begins every point of a match, with a game initiated by one player.

SERVE AND VOLLEY | The quick approach to the net by the serving player after a serve who hits the ball on the volley from the return shot.

SERVICE COURT | The area of the court between the net, the singles sideline, and the service line where the ball is served.

SET | The grouping of games in a match. Each set is played until one side wins a total of six games by a margin of at least two games, unless the set reaches six games each and sometimes a tie break is played to decide the set winner.

SET POINT | When a player a single point away from winning the set. Double and triple set points describe when a player has a two or three point lead in a game that would decide the set in their favour.

SLICE | Similar to backspin in that it is a way of striking the ball so that it doesn’t bounce well for the opponent.

SLICE SERVE | Serving the ball and causing it to spin away from the opponent, usually used on a second serve.

STRAIGHT SETS | Winning a match without losing a set.

STROKE | A player’s motion when hitting the ball.

TIEBREAK | When players are tied at six games each in a set, a tiebreak can be used to determine the winner of the set. Players alternate serving until one player reaches seven points by a margin of at least two points.

TOP SPIN | When the player brings the racket over the ball and strikes it so that it spins from low to high as it travels forward. Opposite of back spin.

UNFORCED ERROR | When a player loses a point because of an error on a ball that should not have occurred.

VOLLEY | When a player strikes the ball before it bounces.

WTA | Women’s Tennis Association, the women’s professional circuit.

Tennis jokes

EXCLUSIVE, News, Visitors

tennisjokespictureShort shots | To the point

Where do ghosts play tennis? ”
On a tennis corpse!

How many tennis players does it take to screw in a light bulb?”
What do you mean it was out, it was in!

What did one tennis ball say to the other tennis ball?”
“See you round…”

Why is tennis a noisy game?”
Because each player raises a racket.

Why are fish never good tennis players?”
Because they don’t like getting close to the net.

Where is the first tennis match mentioned in the Bible?”
When Joseph served in Pharaoh’s court.

Why should you never fall in love with a tennis player?”
Because to them ‘love’ means nothing.

What is James Bond’s favourite sport?”
(Scottish accent) Oh-Oh-Tennish.

Long shots | Volley funny

Two tennis players were fed up in a restaurant and decided enough was enough, it was time to speak out about the ‘double fault’ there – namely the poor ‘service’ and noisy ‘racket’. But they did give the waiter a ‘backhand’ complement as they ‘set’ off home.

A jogger stumbled across a brand new tennis ball while out in the park early one morning. As no one was around, he slipped it into the pocket of his shorts to take home for his dog – Martina – to play with.

Later, on his way home, he stopped at the pedestrian crossing, waiting for the lights to change.

A blonde girl on her way to the office stood next to him and couldn’t stop staring at the large bulge in his shorts and quickly asked “What’s that?

“Tennis ball,” replied the exhausted jogger.
“Oh dear,” added the blonde sympathetically.
“That must be really, really painful, I remember being in agony when I had tennis elbow last year!”

MARTIN KLIZAN

2013 AEGON International, Martin KLIZAN
Klizan, MartinKlizan, Martin

 
Birthplace:
Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Residence
Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Height
6’3″ (190 cm)
Weight
170 lbs (77 kg)
Plays
Left-handed
Turned Pro
2007

Martin Klizan is nicknamed is “Klizko” and speaks Slovak, English, Czech, Croatian, Polish and a sprinkling of Russian.

His sister Natalia played tennis until the age of 12 and now works in London, England.

He began playing tennis aged three with this father and went on to claim the 2006 Roland Garros junior title on his favourite surface of clay.

His cousin Radovan Kaufman won a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics in track cycling.

KEVIN ANDERSON

2013 AEGON International, Kevin ANDERSON
Anderson, KevinAnderson, Kevin

 
Birthplace:
Johannesburg, South Africa
Residence
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height
6’8″ (203 cm)
Weight
197 lbs (89 kg)
Plays
Right-handed
Turned Pro
2007
 
The South African started playing when he was six and spent the formative years of his tennis career in the USA. He played for the University of Illinois team and was crowned doubles champion of the NCAA.
 
In 2007 he was proclaimed champion in his first ever Challenger tournament in New Orleans, and in 2008 completed a good season by playing in his first ATP final in Las Vegas.

That year he made his debut appearance in a ATP Masters Series, getting to the third round in Miami, representing his country in the Davis Cup and also playing in the Beijing Olympics.

In 2010 he added a few more Challenger trophies to his collection and saw out the year by breaking into the ATP top-70 ranked players for the first time in his career.

The following year he won his first and only ATP title to date when he lifted the ATP World Tour 250 in his hometown of Johannesburg. In October of that same year he also climbed to his highest ever position in the rankings (no30).

At the beginning of 2012 he got as far as the third round of the Australian Open, equalling his best result in a Grand Slam (already getting to the same stage in the US Open in 2010 and 2011).

FABIO FOGNINI

2013 AEGON International, Fabio FOGNINI
Fognini, FabioFognini, Fabio

 
Birthplace:
San Remo, Italy
Residence
Arma di Taggia, Italy
Height
5’10” (178 cm)
Weight
163 lbs (74 kg)
Plays
Right-handed

Italy’s Fabio Fognini was born in San Remo on 24 May 1987. He broke into the ATP top 100 (no.94) in 2007, four years after turning pro. He maintained his good form in 2008 and finished the season as Italy’s second best tennis player, just behind Seppi.

He enjoyed the best season of his career in 2009, recording 20 victories and reaching the quarterfinals in six tournaments, including Monte Carlo (where Cilic knocked him out) and the Roland Garros. He also got to the semi-finals in Stuttgart. 

In 2010 he got to the third round in the Roland Garros (beating local favourite Monfils in five sets before falling to Wawrinka) and to the same stage in Wimbledon, a Grand Slam where he eliminated Fernando Verdasco, the tournament’s ninth seed.

Although his greatest achievement in a Grand Slam came in the Roland Garros of 2011, when he reached the quarter-finals, he was not able to play the match due to an injury he picked up while defeating Spain’s Albert Montañés in the previous round.

To date he is yet to win an ATP singles title, although he was crowned champion in Umag in 2011 along with his partner, Simone Bolleli, in the mixed doubles event.

PHILIPP KOHLSCHREIBER

2013 AEGON International, Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER
Kohlschreiber, PhilippKohlschreiber, Philipp

 
Birthplace:
Augsburg, Germany
Residence
Altstaetten, Switzerland
Height
5’10” (178 cm)
Weight
154 lbs (70 kg)
Plays
Right-handed
Turned Pro
2001 

Born on the 16th of October, 1983, this German tennis player reached the Top 100 in the ranking at 21 years of age. He steadily grew and progressed and ended 2007, his most successful year in terms of matches won, having moved 28 positions up the list at 32nd in the world, notching up 33 victories in the process.

In 2008 he became the German No.1 and on the 28th of September of 2009 he reached the highest point in his career when he played in the final in Metz and the semi-finals in Halle and Vienna, moving him up into the No. 22 spot in the ATP rankings.

In 2010 he finished up among the 35 best in the world for the fourth consecutive year and had become a regular on the men’s circuit.

He has won three singles titles in his career (Munich in 2007, Auckland in 2008 and Halle in 2011), but his true expertise is in doubles, a category in which he has won six tournaments, despite the fact that he’s never had a permanent partner.

He has played alongside Burgsmuller, Koubek, Youzhny and Kas and between 2005 and 2009 has always come away with a men’s doubles trophy.

His best result in a Grand Slam tournament has been getting through to the last sixteen, which he has achieved on three occasions: twice at the Australian Open (2005 and 2008) and once at the Roland Garros (2009).

JUAN MONACO

2013 AEGON International, Juan MONACO
Monaco, JuanMonaco, Juan

 
Birthplace:
Tandil, Argentina
Residence
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height
6’1″ (185 cm)
Weight
169 lbs (77 kg)
Plays
Right-handed
Turned Pro
2002

The Argentine began playing tennis when he was seven and turned pro in 2002, although it wasn’t until 2004, when he broke into the ATP top 100, that he established himself on the world stage. That year he won the Sao Paulo Challenger and made his Roland Garros debut. In 2005 he reached his first ATP final in Casablanca.

After a relatively quiet 2006, in which he still managed to climb into the top 75 in the rankings, he enjoyed an incredible 2007 by picking up three ATP titles on clay (Buenos Aires, Portschach and Kitzbuhel), as well as advancing to the last sixteen in the Roland Garros, all of which resulted in him being catapulted to number 23.

In 2008, and despite not winning anything, he achieved his highest ever position in the ATP ranking table (14) after reaching the latter stages of a number of different tournaments. That year he lost the Viña del Mar final which kick started a terrible run of misfortune that would see him lose seven consecutive finals. During this drought he reached the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 in Shanghai (2010) and the quarter-finals in Rome, Indian Wells and Paris.

He finally broke the curse in February 2012, picking up the fourth title of his career by beating fellow countryman Carlos Belocq in, quite aptly, the final of the Viña del Mar. Monaco is also an accomplished doubles player, a category for which he has been bestowed with two titles. He represented Argentina in the Davis Cup final in 2011, where the South Americans lost out to Spain in Seville.