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2009-11-09 08:00:00

Gifted young athletes are under increasing pressure to play only one sport year round. But a new Loyola University Health System study of 519 junior tennis players has found that such specialization increases the risk of injury. Researchers who analyzed 3,366 matches in United States Tennis Association junior competition found that players who specialized in only tennis were more likely to withdraw from tournaments for medical reasons, typically injuries. Also, players who had experienced an...

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2009-09-22 13:05:05

Belgian tennis star Justine Henin, who retired last year at the top of the game, said Tuesday she's coming back. Henin, a 27-year-old seven-time Grand Slam event winner, will play exhibition matches in Dubai and Belgium before embarking on a full WTA Tour schedule in 2010, Sky Sports reported. I am moved, and very relieved as well, because it is true that I have wanted to share this with the public for a few weeks, Henin told Belgian broadcaster RTL. It is a decision which makes me happy. It...

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2009-06-08 08:06:36

Svetlana Kuznetsova's French Open title moved her back into the Top 5 in the world in the women's tennis rankings released Monday. Kuznetsova took out No. 1-ranked Dinara Safina in straight sets Saturday for her second major tournament title. She is the only player to have beaten Safina since Safina took over the No. 1 ranking in April. The win moved Kuznetsova, who reached No. 2 in the rankings in September 2007 when she placed second in the U.S. Open, to No. 5 in the world. The top of the...

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2009-06-05 10:34:24

Dinara Safina has one loss since she took over the No. 1 ranking and that was to her French Open championship opponent, Svetlana Kuznetsova. Safina and Kuznetsova won semifinal matches Thursday and earned a shot at the French Open title. Safina owns an 8-5 advantage over Kuznetsova in their careers but their last two meetings, both tournament finals, were split. Kuznetsova won the final in Germany but Safina avenged that in the title match at Rome. Both of those matches were on clay courts,...

2009-05-23 18:32:05

Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru picked up her first WTA Tour title Saturday with a three-set win over Alona Bondarenko in the Warsaw Open. Dulgheru, a 19-year-old ranked 201st in the world, posted a 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-0 victory over Bondarenko. She became the fifth player with a ranking higher than 200 to win a WTA singles title. It's something unbelievable; I'm speechless about it, said Dulgheru. All I can say right now is that it gives me confidence to go on, to keep improving for the...

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2009-03-26 08:43:01

Kim Clijsters, who was the top-ranked women's player in 2003, ended her two-year retirement from competitive tennis Thursday at a news conference in Belgium. The hunger is back. I look forward to the challenge, she said. The decision was hardly a surprise. Clijsters said earlier in the week she was having the news conference and had agreed before that to play for St. Louis of the World Team Tennis league this summer. She also said she'd play in a series of exhibitions scheduled in May to...

2009-03-25 13:37:25

Former World No. 1 women's tennis player Kim Clijsters is on the verge of returning to the circuit following her unexpected retirement in May 2007. Clijsters, 25, has scheduled a Thursday news conference in Belgium. She earlier said she would play this summer for the St. Louis Aces in the Advanta World Team Tennis Pro League. The native of Belgium married American Brian Lynch shortly after retiring and gave birth to a daughter, Jada, in February 2008. She was the top-ranked player in women's...

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2009-01-11 18:38:24

Defending champion Maria Sharapova says she won't play in the Australian Open because she's not fully recovered from a shoulder injury. The open, first Grand Slam event of the year, begins Jan. 19 in Melbourne. I am very sorry to announce that I am not going to be able to defend my title at this year's Australian Open, Sharapova said on her Web site. My shoulder is doing great, but I just started training a few weeks ago and I am just not near the level I need to be to compete at the highest...

2008-08-14 12:00:32

By EHUD ZION WALDOKS Hadash MK Dov Henin announced Monday at a press conference in Tel Aviv that he would be running for the top spot of the City4all (Ir Lekulanu) list and subsequently for mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo if elected to head the list. Internal elections for the list's candidates for city council and mayor will be held on Thursday. Henin told The Jerusalem Post Monday afternoon that while he did not feel that he had accomplished all that he could at the Knesset, he could also...

2008-07-05 09:00:02

By Stuart Bathgate IT CAN be stated politely or bluntly, hinted at or blurted out. You can say: "It must be terribly hard for sisters to give their all against each other." You can call it "a family decision" and decline to say what you really mean by that phrase, or you can simply assert what so many people seem to believe, that matches between Venus and Serena Williams are fixed. Like other allegations of match-rigging, the problem for the sisters is that they can never dispel the...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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