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2012-08-12 23:01:06

Experienced player amazed to see his forehand speed surpass 90 mph after just 12 minutes on the Somax Power Hip Trainer. Tiburon, CA (PRWEB) August 12, 2012 Somax Performance Institute (web http://www.swing-speed.com), the world leader in analyzing and improving stroke mechanics, has just posted a new video that shows a Swiss tennis player increasing his forehand racquet speed 19 mph in 12 minutes with the Somax Power Hip Trainer ( http://www.swing-speed.com/tennis.php ) The reason the...

2006-08-05 18:42:28

By Matthew Cronin SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Second seed Maria Sharapova stormed into her first Acura Classic final with a hard-fought 7-5 6-4 victory over Patty Schnyder on Saturday. Sharapova moved well, played consistent tennis and served superbly to reach her first WTA tour final since March in a match lasting one hour 39 minutes. "Each point she 100 percent focused and never gives you a breath," Schnyder told reporters. "She hits a lot of winners and is a really complete player....

2006-06-28 08:23:10

LONDON (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova marked her return to her favorite hunting ground at Wimbledon by thrashing Israel's Anna Smashnova 6-2 6-0 in the first round on Wednesday. The 2004 champion signaled her title aspirations by condemning Smashnova to her 10th first-round exit here in 12 visits. Russian Sharapova, 19, opened her campaign a day later than expected because of Monday's rain but wasted little time in outclassing her opponent with bludgeoning groundstrokes and claimed the...

2006-05-04 09:22:22

WARSAW (Reuters) - Venus Williams battled to a dramatic 4-6 7-5 6-4 victory over Martina Hingis on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Warsaw Cup. American Williams, who has been taking medication for a throat infection, suffered cramps in the final set and could barely move at the end. Hingis had every opportunity to win the two hour 38-minute battle and the nightmare of her struggle to get the better of the Williams sisters, which many in the game believe played a part in...

2006-03-05 20:42:10

By Matthew Cronin LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - James Blake recorded a shock 7-5 2-6 6-3 win over top seed Lleyton Hewitt in the final of the Tennis Channel Open on Sunday. American Blake relied on big forehands, pinpoint service returns and solid net play to defeat the Australian for the first time in seven attempts. "I'm happy to finally get a win against one of the best players of all time," the fifth seed told reporters after scooping his fifth career title. "It was big hurdle. We had...

2006-02-04 02:24:32

By Alastair Himmer TOKYO (Reuters) - Martina Hingis stunned top seed Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-1 at the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday to reach her first final since coming out of retirement. The former world number one, a Tokyo winner in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002, outclassed defending champion Sharapova in every department to stake a place in her seventh Pan Pacific final. Hingis will face another Russian opponent -- either second seed Elena Dementieva or number four Anastasia Myskina --...

2005-11-20 05:02:14

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Roger Federer won the opening set of the season-ending Masters Cup final on Sunday edging Argentine David Nalbandian 7-6. The Swiss world number one must win the best-of-five-set showpiece - his 85th match of the year - to secure a third consecutive Masters Cup crown and match John McEnroe's professional-era record for a season tally of 82-3 set in 1984. Only Ilie Nastase (1971-73) and Ivan Lendl (1985-87) have won three in a row at the season-ending...

2005-11-14 07:55:56

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Andre Agassi was swept aside 6-4 6-2 by Russian Nikolay Davydenko at the season-ending Masters Cup on Monday. The former world number one was completely outplayed in Shanghai in his first match since losing to Roger Federer in the U.S. Open final two months ago. Davydenko secured a double break in the second set with a backhand pass to go 5-2 up and raced through the final game to love when a frustrated Agassi dumped a forehand into the net. The 35-year-old...

2005-10-09 08:01:00

By Barry Wood FILDERSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Lindsay Davenport claimed the 50th singles title of her career on Sunday when she defeated Amelie Mauresmo of France 6-2 6-4 in the final of the Filderstadt Grand Prix. The victory by Davenport denied third-seeded Mauresmo her 400th career singles victory. The two women met in last year's final when Mauresmo retired after the first set. The top-seeded Davenport has now won five titles this year, following victories in Dubai, Amelia...

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2005-09-10 09:25:00

Humans are heading back to the Moon. Tennis, anyone? NASA -- They call him the "Rocket Man." Tennis pro Andy Roddick holds the world's record for fast serves: 155 mph. By the time opponents realize where the ball is going, very often, it's already gone. Ace! Roddick's serve is much-feared around the US Open, which began this week in New York. His groundstrokes are like rockets, too. And, believe it or not, that can be a problem. Balls hit so hard want to go long, flying straight out the back...