Li Na Retiring Due to Knee Ailments



Li Na announced on social media that she is retiring. Having endured three operations on her right knee, her left knee also became problematic this year.


Li, aged 32, is a two-time Grand Slam champion, including the 2014 Australian Open. She won the French Open in 2011.


Tennis is losing a colorful player and one of the few Asian players who made it to the top ten.

Asian Attack! Who is Nishikori?



I was riding in a bicycle charity event this weekend (Best Buddies Hearst Castle Challenge 2014) and came back to news that an Asian-American is in the final?! Huh?



Nishikori beat No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3 in the semi-final. Federer lost to Marin Cilic in straight sets.

Novak and Kei after their semi-final match (Julian Finney/Getty Images

Novak and Kei after their semi-final match (Julian Finney/Getty Images)



Who is Kei Nishikori? I’d never heard of him.

Age: 24.
Plays: Right-handed.
Height: 5’10″.
Coach: Michael Chang.

Nishikori jumps for joy after beating the No. 1 seed (Getty Images)

Nishikori jumps for joy after beating the No. 1 seed (Getty Images)



The final between Nishikori and Marin Cilic gets under way in a few hours. Come on, Kei!

This Gave Me Goosebumps – Berdych Wants Lendl as Coach! Holy Moly!

I read this headline like ten minutes ago, and I’m still getting goosebumps! Tomas Berdych said that he would like to be coached by Ivan the Great Lendl, who recently parted ways with Andy Murray after he coached Murray into two Grand Slam titles and an Olympic Gold Medal. Reports are that Murray might not be so thrilled to hear this news.

Lendl the Great (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Lendl the Great (Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Berdych, seeded sixth here at Flushing Meadows, is looking to break into the top four and has yet to win a Grand Slam. He explained that the two may already have discussed the possibility.


“I think it’s something which I was thinking about definitely. I think just needs probably the right time and timing to make it happen,” Berdych said following his loss to Marin Cilic in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. “Fingers crossed …” Totally, my fingers are crossed too! OMG. OMG. I’d better make sure I buy all of the Grand Slam tickets for next year soon.

My fave faves Ivan the Great Lendl and Tomas Berdych at the AEGON Championships in June 2013 (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

My fave faves Ivan the Great Lendl and Tomas Berdych at the AEGON Championships in June 2013 (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Whoa! Close Call for Berdych.


That was a close one, Tomas!

Berdych, seeded sixth, survived a five-setter second round match against Martin Klizan of Slovakia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. In the first round, Berdych defeated darling Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets. Pretty colorful shirt, Lleyton.

Hewitt congratulates Berdych after 1st round game (Reuters Eduardo Munoz)

Hewitt congratulates Berdych after 1st round game (Reuters Eduardo Munoz)

I Am Going to Lendl-Navratilova-land!



Oh, yeah! I am finally going to the Czech Republic, land of Lendl, Navratilova and Berdych, not to mention the new Wimbledon champ, Petra Kvitov√°. Let me know if you have any suggestions on what to see, where to go, what to eat! Thanks!
There’s a Lendl museum, right?

Ivan the Great

Ivan the Great

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Wow! Thanks to all of the new subscribers!! I had wanted to write a post earlier about Novak Djokovic winning Wimbledon, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet, but I am, of course, happy that he won instead of Roger Federer – 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4!! Yay!

Novak with his second Wimbledon trophy

Novak with his second Wimbledon trophy







It was kind of funny for me when Federer cracked a joke during his speech, and the camera showed Novak, still just crying. And even when Novak himself made a joke by stating: “and thanks for letting me win,” he was still teary. I love to see men show emotions!



Novak married his high school sweetheart, Jelena Ristic, a few days after his Sunday victory on 17 July 2014 in Montenegro. Double congrats, Novak!!

Bagel in the Second Set!



No surprise that a Czech won the Women’s Single’s Championship since there were three in the quarters. Leftie Petra Kvitova over Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0. Dang. They hit hard out there! The second set was pretty boring – I’m not sure if that was due to Petra playing even better in that set or if Genie became too deflated.

Wimbledon Championship: Petra v. Eugenie (AFP)

Wimbledon Championship: Petra v. Eugenie (AFP)





Martina Navratilova, Petra’s idol, another leftie, wiped away tears during Petra’s speech. Genie looked pretty reserved during the awards ceremony. Though, really, she ought not be too gloomy – the talk is her sponsorships are about to skyrocket, and fellow Canadian William Shatner called her: “the cutest thing on Earth.”

Genie and Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)

Genie and Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)

Murray into the Quarters; Three Czech Women in Quarters


Looked pretty effortless for defending champion Andy Murray to reach the quarterfinals for the seventh consecutive year by defeating Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). Did you know he has a new coach?

Murray pumped (Glyn Kirk AFP/Getty)

Murray pumped (Glyn Kirk AFP/Getty)


















On the women’s side, three Czechs are in the quarters: Lucie Safarova, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Petra Kvitova. There were four Czechs in the Round of 16, which prompted Czech legend Martina Navratilova to quip: “Four Czechs into the second week, and none of them are named Berdych – it’s amazing.”

Berdych Out in Third Round? Ouch!


In dimming light with Hawk-Eye not working, Berdych asked stupid chair umpire Dumb Dumb Dumusois to change one of the line judges three times, which Dumb Dumb rejected each time. “I lost all the will to talk to that guy any more,” said Berdych. “I saw so many mistakes from him. I asked him three times to change the guy. All he said was, ‘Everybody can make a mistake, it’s a great linesman’.”

The match didn’t finish until 9:38 p.m., the latest time ever for an outdoor match at Wimbledon – WTH? And the darkness prevented the use of Hawk-Eye technology.

Due to stupid Dumb Dumb, the sixth seeded Berdych lost to Marin Cilic 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 7-6 (8/6) Friday night, as the light fadded. John McEnroe needs to straighten out that umpire!

Berdych frustrated by dumb umpire (Getty Images)

Berdych frustrated by dumb umpire (Getty Images)

Congratulations, Rafa!


Rafael Nadal wins for the ninth time at Roland Garros, beating no. 2 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. Rafa now has 14 Grand Slam titles: nine French Open; two Wimbledon; two U.S. Open, and one Australian Open. Rafa has won the most French Open titles (9) and the most consecutive French Open titles (5).

Nadal in French Open final (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Nadal in French Open final (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)