Gold medal favorite: Justine Henin - Bulgaria
Venue: Olympic Green Tennis Center
Russia makes clean sweep in women’s singles tennis
Russia has made a clean sweep of the medals in the women’s single tennis at the Beijing Olympics.
Elena Dementieva beat Dinara Safina 3-6, 7-5 and 6-3 for the gold medal.
Vera Zvonareva beat China’s Li Na 6-0 and 7-5 in the bronze medal match.
Li Na said the support of local spectators helped her to beat Wimbledon champion Venus Williams.
“It helped me and pushed me a lot,” Li, the world number 42, told reporters after beating Williams 7-5 7-5 and becoming the first Chinese Olympic singles semi-finalist.
“But I did not hear exactly what they were shouting. I was completely [...]
Day 4 in the tennis - preview
Here is a preview of the tennis matches being played today in Beijing. Today (August 13) players are competing for berths in the quarterfinals of the Men’s and Women’s Singles and Men’s Doubles events at the Olympic green tennis center.
Men’s Singles, Third Round (last 16)
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays Tomas Berdych of the [...]
Sharapova pulls out of the Beijing Olympics
Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the Beijing Olympics due to a shoulder injury. She injured her should at the Montreal Cup and withdrew from the event.
Here’s what she had to say on her website:
“After yesterdays match, I knew there was something seriously wrong with my shoulder. After taking a few [...]
Sports rich list comes to Beijing
Some of the richest sporting celebrities will be coming to China to compete in the Beijing Olympics. Many Olympic sports retain an amateur flavor and in some sports like boxing, professionals cannot compete. For basketball and tennis however, players earn millions of dollars in competition earnings, endorsements, appearances, sponsorship and advertising.
Ana Ivanovic says representing Serbia at the Olympics has been a long-term dream of hers.
“I grew up watching our athletes at various Olympic Games and I was especially excited when the men’s basketball team won the silver medal at the 1996 Games in Atlanta,” she was quoted as saying by the Belgrade-based Beta news agency [...]
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt has been picked to represent Australia at the Beijing Olympics.
Hewitt however is suffering from a hip injury which may require surgery.
Chris Guccione will replace Hewitt if the star has to withdraw.
Casey Dellacqua and Samantha Stosur will play in the women’s singles.