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Feb 27, 2010

WTA Malaysian Open 2010: Day 6 Results & OOP for Final Day

It's an all Russian affair final at the WTA Malaysian Open 2010 tomorrow.

Elena Dementieva and Alisa Kleybanova, who have never played each other before, will be looking to make history by becoming the first winner of the inaugural US$220,000 event.


Alisa Kleybanova

In today’s first singles semifinal match, Kleybanova defeated 19 year-old Ayumi Morita 6-4, 6-1.

Meanwhile, in a rain delayed second singles semifinal match, Dementieva beat Sybille Bammer 6-1, 6-3.

Elena Dementieva

The last match of the day saw Alla Kudryavtseva and Galina Voskoboeva take on the first seeded pairing of Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie in the second doubles semi-final.

It was an easy victory for Zheng Jie and Chan who worked together perfectly and sealed their place in the finals with 6-4, 6-0.

They will meet sisters, Anastasia and Arina Rodionova tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s matches will kick-off with the doubles final at 2PM on Centre Court. Following that will be the singles final at 4PM and the prize presentation.

Here's the complete results and OOP for the final day FYI.

(Via Carbon Media)

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The much awaited Shakira's Gypsy video co-starring Rafael Nadal finally made its world premiere yesterday.

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WTA Malaysian Open 2010: Day 5 Results & OOP for Day 6

Alisa Kleybanova

Top seed Elena Dementieva displayed her class and was hardly pushed throughout her two-set encounter with Magdalena Rybarikova.

The Russian triumphed in just 1 hour and 2 minutes to win 6-0, 6-3, setting up an exciting semifinal match against no.6 seed Sybille Bammer,
who overcame Chang Kai-Chen 6-3, 3-6, 3-6.

In another match yesterday, Ayumi Morita played strongly to defeat Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 7-5 and progressed to the other semifinal where she will meet Alisa Kleybanova who defeated Anastasia Rodionova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

In doubles, second seeds Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie booked their place in the semifinals after overcoming Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) and Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 4-6, 4-6.

Here's the complete results for yesterday.

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Today’s singles semifinal matches will see Alisa Kleybanova take on Ayumi Morita at 2pm on Centre Court. That match will be followed by the second singles semifinal featuring Elena Dementieva and Sybille Bammer.

The final match of the day will see a doubles semifinal between the pairing of Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie against Alla Kudryavtseva and Galina Voskoboeva. The winners will play against sisters Anastasia and Arina Rodionova.

Click the following image for the OOP on Day 6.

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(Via Carbon Media)

Feb 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Li Na!

Today is Li Na's 28th birthday and I'm lucky enough to be invited to her surprise birthday bash.

Together with the linesmen, ballboys/ballgirls, media and organisers, we started off by singing the birthday song (Malay version) and followed by the English version.



The bouquet of flowers was from HCFoo's Tennis Blog ;-)

Hope Li Na will have a great year ahead and perhaps win the Grand Slam this year ;)

(Images by HSFoo)

WTA Malaysian Open 2010: Day 4 Results & OOP for Day 5

Magdalena Rybarikova outplayed young Thai star, Noppawan Lertcheewakarn 6-4, 7-5 to book her place in the quarterfinals.

In another match, Tatjana Malek, who pulled off an upset by defeating Li Na on Tuesday, lost to Channelle Scheepers in three sets 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

In doubles, sisters Anastasia Rodionova and Arina Rodionova pulled off an upset by defeating first seeds Alisa Kleybanova and Yan Zi in two sets 6-3, 7-6 (5).

Here's the complete results for Day 5.

Singles
Sybille Bammer (AUT) def. Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) – 6-3, 6-0
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) def. Tatjana Malek (GER) – 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) def. Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA) – 6-4, 7-5
Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) def. Zheng jie (CHN) -6-2, 6-3

Doubles
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) & Arina Rodionova (RUS) def. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) & Yan Zi (CHN) - 6-3, 7-6 (5)
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) & Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) def Sarah Borwell(GBR) & Kops-Jones (USA)
Ekaterina Dzehalevich (BLR) & Tatjana Malek (GER) def Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) & Darya Kustova (BLR)

Tomorrow’s singles feature match will see Rybarikova take on first seed Elena Dementieva at 6pm on Centre Court.

Another match worth watching for is the one between up and coming Chinese Taipei player Chang Kai-Chen who will be meeting Sybille Bammer.

In the doubles match, Vitalia Diatchenko and Chanelle Scheepers will take on Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie.

Here's the OOP for tomorrow.

(Via Carbon Media)

Feb 25, 2010

Li Na, Kimiko Date, Klepac, Kapshay, Marosi, Jurak at Pro-Am Tennis Tourney

Six professional and four amateur players participated in the WTA Malaysian Open 2010’s inaugural Pro-Am this morning at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort.

The pro players were Li Na, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Andreja Klepac, Veronika Kapshay, Katalin Marosi and Darija Jurak. The amateur players including Y.Bhg. Dato’ Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister of Youth and Sports and renowned local singer Ning Baizura.

Local celebrity Ning Baizura getting signatures from Jurak and Kimiko.

After the match, my sister managed to take picture with her idols Li Na and Kimiko.

Ain't Li Na cute with that smiley face? And Kimiko sure knows how to pose for an elegant shot ;)

(Images by Carbon Media, HSFoo)


WTA Malaysian Open 2010: Day 3 Results & OOP for Day 4

Ayumi Morita

Elena Dementieva and Alisa Kleybanova seeded first and fourth respectively, maintained their winning form and progressed to the next round of the Malaysian Open 2010 at Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Club today.

Dementieva proved too strong an opponent for Bojana Jovanovski, winning comfortably 6-2, 6-3.

Kleybanova had a tougher match however, as she was pushed to three sets by Alla Kudryavtseva nder the sweltering afternoon heat, but prevailed in the end with a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 4-6 score.

In another mamatch Yan Zi, who knocked out fifth seed Melinda Czink in the first round, lost to Ayumi Morita 6-2, 6-1.

In doubles, second seeds Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie booked their place in the next round against Vitalia Diatchenko and Chanelle Scheepers after defeating Yayuk Basuki and Yurika Sema 1-6, 6-3, 10-3.

Check out the complete results below and followed by today's OOP.
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Today's singles feature match will see promising youngster Chang Kai-Chen take on third seed Zheng Jie at 6pm on Centre Court.

In doubles, first seeds Alisa Kleybanova and Yan Zi will face the pairing of Anastasia Rodionova and Arina Rodionova.

(Via Carbon Media)

WTA Malaysian Open 2010: Taste of Tennis in Kuala Lumpur

Yesterday, the WTA players including Veronika Kapshay, Ksenia Palkina, sisters Anastasia and Arina Rodionova and Ekaterina Ivanova had the opportunity to learn about Malaysian cuisine.

In a cook-along session, held at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Club the players learned how to make local food such as roti canai and roti jala.

(Image by Carbon Media)

Amanmuradova, Kustova, Scheepers, Zhang Shuai, Kimiko Date, Grandin & Diatchenko visit children's home

Seven players from the WTA Malaysian Open 2010 visited the Taman Megah’s Handicapped & Disabled Children’s Home yesterday, bringing smiles to the underprivileged kids living there.

They were Akgul Amanmuradova, Darya Kustova, Chanelle Scheepers, Zhang Shuai, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Natalie Grandin and Vitalia Diatchenko who handed out oranges and goodie bags to the kids.

Chanelle Scheepers handing out oranges to people at the Home.

Kimiko Date-Krumm handing out goodie bags.

(Images by Carbon Media)


Feb 24, 2010

Zheng Jie on 全体育 (All Sports) magazine

The petite looking Zheng Jie was recently featured on the 全体育 (All Sports) magazine.

She looks great in these pictures but the photographer could have improved on the lighting.

Currently Zheng Jie is in my country for the WTA Malaysian Open.

(Images via sports.sina.com.cn)


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WTA Malaysian Open 2010: Day 2 Results & OOP for Day 3

Newly crowned world no.10 Li Na crashed out of the Malaysian Open after losing to Tatjana Malek (GER) 1-6, 7-5, 2-6.

Top seed Elena Dementieva and no.3 seed Zheng Jie both progressed to the second round after her easy defeat over Russians Ekaterina Bychkova and Elena Bovina respectively.

Other singles matches saw young Asian players like Chang Kai-Chen and wildcard recipient Noppawan Lertcheewakarn move into the next round.

Here's the complete results for Day 2 at the Sony Ericsson WTA Malaysian Open:

Singles

Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) def. Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 6-0, 3-0 (ret)
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) def. Stefanie Voegelle (SUI) 6-2, 6-1
Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) def. Zhang Shuai (CHN) 7-6 (4) 7-5
Magdelena Rybarikova (SVK) def. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 7-5, 6-3
Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA) def. Ksenia Pervak (RUS) 6-1, 6-4
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) def. Yurika Sema (JPN) 6-3, 6-2Zheng Jie (CHN) def. Elena Bovina (RUS) 6-4, 6-3
Sybille Bammer (AUT) def. Anna Gerasimou (GRE) 7-5, 6-4Tatjana Malek (GER) def. Li Na (CHN) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
Elena Dementieva (RUS) def. Ekaterina Bychkova (RUS) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) and Arina Rodionova (RUS) def. Yuliya Beygelzimer (UKR) and Yuliana Fedak (UKR) 7-6 (4), 4-6, 10-6
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) and Yan Zi (CHN) def. Melinda Czink (HUN) and Natalie Grandin (RSA) 6-2, 6-1
Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) and Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) def. Trang Huynh Phuong Dai (VIE) and Jawairiah Noordin (MAS) 6-4, 6-2
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) and Darya Kustova (BLR) def. Olga Govortsova (BLR) and Ipek Senoglu (TUR) 6-3, 7-5

Meanwhile
here's the OOP and event highlights for Day 3:

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11AM-12PM: Players’ visit to Taman Megah Handicapped and Disabled Children’s Home

1PM: Start of main draw
3PM: Malaysian Cuisine Cooking session with players at Bukit Kiara Equestrian Resort
4.30-5.00PM: Autograph session
6.00PM: Feature Match of the day
7.30-8.00PM: Autograph Session

(Via Carbon Media; Li Na's image by Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters)

Kimiko Date-Krumm out of Malaysian Open but in for the spa

Kimiko Date-Krumm may have pulled out from the Malaysian Open 2010 due to ankle injury but she is still committed to the tournament's promotional event.

Together with Andreja Klepac, they spent a relaxing day at The Golden Horses Health Sanctuary yesterday's afternoon, receiving
pampering foot reflexology spa treatment.

(Images by Carbon Media)

Feb 23, 2010

Maria Sharapova serves yummy chocolate chip cookies

Want to bake like Maria Sharapova?

Here's the recipe:

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(Images via tennisforum.com)

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WTA Malaysian Open 2010 officially kicks off!

I had a soaking wet yet awesome time at the Malaysian Open 2010 yesterday. Met a lot of friends whom I got to know from ATP Malaysian Open last year.

Especially thanks to Dunlop Sporting Goods director Mr Alan Tang who gave me tickets for the entire tournament week. Now I have a lot of ticket allocation job to be done so that most friends, if not all have the opportunity to witness this inaugural tournament.


It was really hot at the tournament site. So my advice is don't dress in black, wear a cap and bring mini towel, umbrella and enough WATER!

So, yesterday, the four qualifier spots in the main draw of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Malaysian Open 2010 were decided today at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Club.

The singles matches of the main draw also kicked off in the afternoon, even though there was a brief delay due to rain.


Ksenia Pervak, Anna Gerasimou, Yurika Sema and Elena Bovina all overcame their opponents in the final round of qualifying and will continue to battle in the US$220,000 tournament.

Check out the complete Main Draw singles here.

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In yesterday's earlier singles Main Draw, Anastasia Rodionova defeated 8th seed Belarusian Olga Govortsova 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 while another Belarusian Darya Kustova fell to Ekaterina Ivanova, also in three sets.


The Official Opening Ceremony of the event also took place yesterday evening on Centre Court with Y.Bhg. Dato’ Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister of Youth and Sports, in attendance as the Guest-of-Honour.

He officially opened the tournament after a lion dance performance and a short sparring session with Kimiko Date-Krumm as his partner against China’s Li Na and Yan Zi.

Today's
singles matches will feature the tournament’s 1st seed Elena Dementieva and 2nd seed Li Na in action.

Check out the OOP for Day 2 below.

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Other highlights for today include a players’ visit to The Mines Resort & Golf Club at 11AM as well as two autograph sessions which will be held at 4.30PM and 730PM in the Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort Sponsors Village.

(Images by Carbon Media)


Feb 21, 2010

WTA Malaysian Open 2010: Main draw & OOP unveiled

The main draw for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Malaysian Open 2010 was held on Saturday afternoon and was attended by Elena Dementieva and Ekaterina Ivanova.

Both Zheng Jie and Li Na are placed in the opposite sides of the draw; setting up a potential all-Chinese final between the two.

Check out the complete Main Draw Singles and OOP below.

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And here's the Doubles Main Draw.
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Too bad many players did not turn up at this tournament, which includes crowd-puller at the recent Asia/Oceania Fed Cup Kimiko Date-Krumm, Sania Mirza, Sabine Lisicki and Jelena Dokic.

(Image by Carbon Media)

Czink, Molik, Voskoboeva, Kai-Chen, Yan Zi, Lertcheewakarn visit to the Kassim Chin Humanity Foundation

Melinda Czink, Alicia Molik, Galina Voskoboeva, Chang Kai-Chen, Yan Zi and Noppawan Lertcheewakarn took time out to visit to the Kassim Chin Humanity Foundation this morning.

Melinda Czink hands out Mandarin oranges and a red packet to the children.

Alicia Molik with the children from the Kassim Chin Humanity Foundation.

The players were greeted by more than 60 children from the Foundation.

Malaysian Open 2010's 5th seed Czink said, “We players, lead a privileged life and it is great and necessary for us to give back to the kids who are not as privileged. It helps put things into perspective and I hope we can try and motivate and encourage them through this visit today. It is important for them to know that they can achieve what they want through hard work and perseverance.”

Interacting with the kids, Molik said, “These small gifts that we have are great. It obviously means a lot to them and it is great to see the smile on their faces. If I would bring a gift from Australia, I would bring Vegemite, which is something traditional to Australia”.
Thanks to Carbon Media for the press release.

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