Photos: Kremlin Cup Players Party

Here are some familiar faces partying before the start of the Kremlin Cup. My special “hello” goes to one and only Marat Safin. You may find more photos here.

Kremlin Cup Party - Kuznetsova

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Russian Tennis Chief Insults Williams Sisters

Dementieva Urgant show

[Update: WTA fines, suspends Shamil Tarpischev for comments about the Williams sisters, that we reported earlier this week.]

Russian tennis star Elena Dementieva and Shamil Tarpischev, the head of the Russian Tennis Federation, were the guests of the Evening Urgant show– something similar to the Late-Night Show.

During the interview, the host asked, “How it feels to play against one of the…hmmm…? “Williams brothers,” helped Tarpischev. Urgant continued: “Look at our athletes–elegant and beautiful. I have tremendous respect for them [Williams sisters], but once one of the sisters passed next to me, and I found myself in her shadow for about forty seconds. They are so physically powerful. Weren’t you afraid to play against them?” Dementieva didn’t seem particularly amused by the conservation. The full video in Russian is here.

(photo: livesport.ru)

Rafael Nadal in Kazakhstan

   Rafael Nadal in Kazakhstan

Oh.. look who is in Kazakhstan taking photos with the President.  The 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal won the exhibition match against the French top player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The initiative is a part of the development of tennis in Kazakhstan and a push for an effort to promote the sport in this Asian country.

(Photo: gotennis.ru)

Wimbledon: Maria Sharapova’s interview

Maria Sharapova’s interview after her forth round defeat to German Angelique Kerber. (Source: wimbledon.com)

Q.  You were the favorite after Serena exited.  Does it make the loss today more difficult to take?MARIA SHARAPOVA:  I always consider myself one of the favorites because I’ve won Grand Slams before; been No. 1 in the world.  It’s absolutely normal for people to have high expectations of me doing well in Grand Slam stages.

I certainly do, as well.  Today could have gone either way, and it didn’t go my way.

Q.  What do you think the difference was in the match, and what will you take from the way you saved all those match points?

MARIA SHARAPOVA:  I think there were a few little key moments in each set actually that I can learn from.  You know, I was up in the tiebreaker and didn’t follow through.  You know, it was great to come back in that second.

Had a really slow start in the third.  She rode with that confidence.  It was just a few points in the end of that.  Maybe things would have been different if I won that game, but in the end I didn’t. Read more »

Watch Wimbledon 2014 online: live and free

It is Wimbledon time. And in certain countries, you don’t get to see it on TV unless you specifically pay for paid sports channels. To watch Wimbledon live online and free, try the following site.

Maria Sharapova: the Highest-Paid Female Athlete in the World in 2014

Maria-Sharapova-highest-paid-rich-athlete

Russia’s Maria Sharapova yet again is the world’s highest paid female athlete in 2014. In recently released list of the highest paid athletes in the world, Forbes ranks Sharapova at No. 34 with earnings  of $24.4 million ($22 million from endorsements).

China’s Li Na ranks No. 41 at $23.6 million ($18 million from endorsements).  Serena Williams ranks No. 55 with $22 million in earnings equally divided between prize money and endorsements/appearance fees.

(Photo: Forbes Russia 2013)

Novak Djokovic to marry in July

Novak Djokovic wedding

Serbian media site Blic reports that current world number 2 player Novak Djokovic and his fiancée Jelena Ristic have set a wedding date - July 9. The wedding will take place in Montenegro, right after Wimbledon. The rumored guest list includes Viktor Troicki, Janko Tipsarevic, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Andy Murray, and Maria Sharapova.

Recently Djokovic also announced on his Facebook and Twitter pages that they are expecting their first child together:

“My dear friends, You’ve been with me through many tough and good times in my career. I’ve been blessed to travel the world, play the most beautiful sport that brings me a lot of excitement and joy; I am happy, loved and healthy. Jelena and I are truly blessed to soon become parents! My love is pregnant!”

(Photo: usatoday.com)

Maria Kirilenko at Sochi Olympics

Maria Kirilenko was spotted with her ice hockey player fiancé Alexander Ovechkin at Sochi Olympics. The couple was in the stands to watch the figure skating competition.  I am obviously not keeping up with the tennis dating scene, since I was still under the impression that Maria is still dating fellow tennis player Igor Andreev. Aparently the couple broke up in 2011, and ever since she has been dating Ovechkin.

Maria Kirilenko Ovechkin at Sochi Maria Kirilenko Ovechkin at Sochi

Maria Sharapova’s intervew in New York Times

In an interview with The New York Times, Maria Sharapova discusses her shoulder injury, how much she respects Serena Williams, her renewed ambition, and her relationship with boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov.

Novak Djokovic: The Philanthropist

Novak Djokovic Foundation

Dreams do come true. Read Novak Djokovic’s article on Huffington Post’s Impact section. Also watch his girlfriend Jelena Ristic’s intervew. She serves as Executive Director of Novak Djokovic Foundation.