I took a day off yesterday what with it being Easter and having some company over. I ended up watching Golf's Masters and seeing Tiger Woods lose the tournament on the 17th hole while watching Lleyton Hewitt defeat Wayne Odesnik on the PC via a feed I subscribe to. There are certain players I can't watch play and Hewitt is one of them.
Juan Carlos Ferrero returned the the place he won his first ATP title and showed that his tennis life is not over. Appearing to be healthy physically now he maintained his focus and defeated France's Florent Serra. I saw the beginning and the end of the match. He won't be playing in Monaco this week but he has been gratnted a Wild Card into Barcelona.
With all the seeds out by midweek the final at Houston was played between first time finalist Wayne Odesnik and tour veteran Lleyton Hewitt. Hewitt was the odds on favorite going into this match and he didn't disappoint his fans.
With a hobbled Serena Williams crashing out early Marbella was Jelena Jankovic's to lose. She faced local favorite Carla Suarez Navarro in the final and needed three sets to beat her. This is Jankovic's first title this year.
Caroline Wozniacki romped to the title at Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida winning easily against Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak. It's her fourth WTA title.
Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska were the winning team in Marbella.
Chuang, Chia-Jung and Sania Mirza won the doubles title at Ponte Vedra Beach.
Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach took home the doubles crown in Casablanca
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan won the doubles championship in Houston.
Elena Dementieva is the top seed in Charleston this week. This is a Premier WTA event but it comes on the heels of Indian Wells, the SonyEricsson Open and the new tournaments at Marbella and Ponte Vedra. Elena was granted a wild card into the tournament.
The other WTA event is in Barcelona and features young French star Alize Cornet as the top seed.
The European clay season got underway yesterday in what I still say is the most beautiful venue in tennis Monte Carlo. All of the top ten are there with one exception, American Andy Roddick. He will not suffer any penalty thanks to what the Europeans call the "American Rule" that applies this Master's event making it "Special". Andy is not the only man taking advantage of the rule though. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, James Blake, Fernando Gonzalez, Mardy Fish and Dmitry Tursunov are all skipping what is normally a required event without penalty. Andy Roddick is said to be getting married this weekend so he does have an excuse no?
Why are so many of Roger Federer's fans looking for reason's why he got married this past weekend in a private ceremony? Do we really need labored analysis of Swiss marriage and birth patterns? Did they think he was going to dump Mirka for someone more appropriate in their eyes? I just don't get it.
As every woman knows when the going gets tough the tough go shopping. Serena Williams is no exception to that rule. I love these candids I found posted on the Great Tennis Photo's blog.