Canadian tennis star Leylah Fernandez said she expected a very tough meeting versus Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova but still entered the match wanting to play freely and without putting too much pressure on herself. On Monda,y world No.
18 Fernandez made a positive start to her Rome campaign, beating Pavlyuchenkova 1-6 6-2 6-2. After easily losing the first set, Fernandez claimed a total of five breaks in the rest of the match to create a comeback and advance to the Rome second round.
“She’s an incredible player and she’s very comfortable on clay. I knew it was going to be tough,” Fernandez said. “The first set, I made a few mistakes and she just took advantage of it. In the second set, I just wanted to play a little more freely, just letting go of my arms.
“Even though I lost the first game, I think it helped me to get into the match. Afterwards, my balls were just going in. I’m just glad that I was able to keep attacking, keep being on the offensive, even though I was making mistakes, and I still kept trusting myself”.
Fernandez plays Daria Kasatkina next
Fernandez beat a Russian in her Rome opener and now she will have to beat another Russian in order to progress into the Rome last-16. Meanwhile, rising American star Cori Gauff was also in action on Monday and joined Fernandez on the winners’ circle.
Gauff, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 15 in the world, beat former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber 6-1 6-4. “We had a lot of close games even though the first set went, 6-1, a lot of games went to deuce or 30-30,” Gauff said.
“Footwork and movement against her was crucial. She can change direction on some balls that a lot of players can’t, so you don’t really expect it. I felt like I was off-footed a lot, but I think what came through today is really how I handled myself”.
Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua Will Happen Promoter Warren Vows
Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has promised to ensure fans’ yearning for a unification bout with Anthony Joshua happens this year telling the BBC that “we will make it happen” in response to fans’ wishes.
All heavyweight titles now reside in Britain for the first time in history after Fury, 31, stunned Deontay Wilder, 34, on Sunday to claim the WBC title.
Joshua, whose last fight was in Saudi Arabia, holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn had earlier stated his wish to make the fight happen in the aftermath of Fury’s stunning 7th round stoppage of Wilder and reiterated his stance on Monday.
“Of course we want to see the fight,” Warren told BBC Sport. “We’ve been trying to make it for two years.”
“Hearn kept saying was it’s got to be 70/30 [the purse] in favour of AJ and so on and so fourth.
“The tables have turned now. I have no problem with 50/50. I think Tyson would deserve more but 50/50, no problem.
“This is about the boxers and more importantly the fans. If they want to see the fight we will make it happen.
“In the meantime, Eddie Hearn is acting like the guy standing outside your house with his nose pressed up against the window and keeps spouting off about Tyson.”
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn speaking to Sky Sports on Monday said he would do everything possible to agree a deal, and both sides would be “clowns” and “idiots” if the fight which could be the biggest in the history of the sport failed to hold.
“Everybody is very clear on this. Everybody wants this fight — Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, MTK, Top Rank, Frank Warren, Matchroom,” said Hearn, referring to those involved on both sides.
“There are some hurdles to overcome on the broadcasting, but nothing too much.
“I promise you this fight will happen.”
Any prospects of a fight between the British heavyweights hinges on the fact Wilder has the option of a rematch with Fury and has 30 days to invoke a clause in his contract.
Hearn says if that happens then Joshua, 30, will face Kubrat Pulev in a mandatory IBF bout, with the promoter in talks to hold the fight at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 20 June.
Jelena Djokovic is the wife of Novak Djokovic and has been supporting the 20-time Grand Slam winner for a long time
Novak Djokovic is one of the top tennis players in the world and is on course to break several records in his career.
The Serbian is now tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slams under his belt. Djokovic is also the best placed to break this record and more but there is a rock that supports him outside of the tennis court.
Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena Djokovic during an event conducted by their charity organisation, the Novak Djokovic Foundation. (Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Djokovic is regularly cheered on during most of his matches by his wife Jelena – but who is she and what do we know about her?
Who is Novak Djokovic’s wife?
Jelena Djokovic and Novak started dating back in 2005, two years after the Serbian turned pro and have been together since then.
According to sources the pair met each other at school and got engaged in 2013 and married within the next year.
A huge fan of Instagram, Jelena regularly shares photos of her loved ones and husband on her personal feed.
Djokovic’s wife Jelena Djokovic seen supporting her husband during one of his games. (Getty Images)
She is also the director of their charity, the Novak Djokovic Foundation, which aims to help children in Serbia realise their dreams by enhancing the country’s education system. Some might not know, but Jelena is also an avid blogger and shares a lot of personal stories and advice.
How many children do they have?
The couple have two children as of now. They both became parents to a baby boy named Stefan, who was born in October 2014 and three years later Djokovic confirmed that he once again.
This time it was a daughter. They welcomed the arrival of their daughter Tara in September 2017, when Jelena was visibly absent from her husband’s matches during the Wimbledon matches that were happening at the moment.
Djokovic’s wife Jelena Djokovic seen with their Stefan during a match. (Getty Images)
Is Jelena Djokovic always accompanying Novak to Grand Slams?
Unlike most of the other times, Jelena did not accompany her husband a couple of years back in the Australian Open as she was busy taking care of other work.
The fact that Djokovic was missing his family was very evident in his words when he said he was looking forward to meeting his family after being separated from them for more than five weeks due to the tour.
She was also not visible during his Wimbledon campaign prior to the AO despite being in London. She was looking after their daughter Tara while their son Stefan was seen in the Centre Court with Djokovic’s parents.
Djokovic and Jelena during an award ceremony last year. (Getty Images)
It seems she is not in Australia for the 2021 Australian Open. However, Jelena was quick to show her support to her husband. Novak has been going through a tough time in Australia over his Covid-19 vaccination status. The 20-time Grand Slam had been detained in a hotel but has since been released and allowed to participate in the tournament, for now.
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Rafael Nadal’s Belgian ‘childhood Love’ Blasts Media For Hyping Their Past Relationship
Rafael Nadal got married to his longtime partner Xisca Parello in October last year and so far the couple is really going strong in their married life.
Belgium tennis star Kirsten Flipkins have recently made a shocking revelation that she was involved in a childhood relationship with World No.2 Rafael Nadal. The revelation was made by the women’s World No.77 while talking on a Dutch TV show. Rafael Nadal got married to his longtime partner Xisca Parello in October last year and so far the couple is really going strong in their married life.
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The 2013 Wimbledon women’s singles semi-finalist is currently participating in De Container Cup, a reality program in Belgium, where she was adjudged the top tennis athlete on May 6. Flipkens occupies the 12th position overall in the competition, having been the best performer in the golf category.
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Kirsten Flipkins on her relationship with Rafael Nadal
Kirsten Flipkins revealed that due to being born in the same year (1986), she used to be a lot around Rafael Nadal when they played in the junior circuit. She further disclosed that when she was 14, she had a huge crush on Rafael Nadal, but since he didn’t speak English at the time, both of them couldn’t go further than being hand-in-hand and a kissing. Her comments not only became a headline but also left her surprised that this news had got fans so interested, considering that was a childhood affair for the two.
Djezus.. this is such a old news 😅 Is this even news?! We were 14 (!) years old 🙈
— Kirsten Flipkens (@FlipperKF) May 13, 2020
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Who is Kirsten Flipkens?
Kirsten Flipkens is a 34-year-old Belgian tennis star, who is currently ranked 77th in the world. Kirsten Flipkens has had a solid career as a professional tennis player and even reached the career-high ranking of 13 in the world. She participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and had a remarkable victory against Venus Williams. Recently she was fined by the police during a cycle ride after unknowingly riding across the border, entering the Netherlands and paid the price for the violation.
Also read: Novak Djokovic’s Wife Reveals World No.1 Nearly Quit Tennis After Devastating 2018 Loss
Rafael Nadal wife: All you need to know about Xisca Parello
Currently, Rafael Nadal’s wife Xisca Parello is under self-isolation inside the Rafael Nadal house in Spain. Parello has been one of the pillars of strength behind Rafael Nadal and his success as she constantly provides support to her husband in his tough times. According to reports, Rafael Nadal’s wife left her job in insurance to become the project director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation, the charity he founded nearly ten years ago.
Rafael Nadal house: How much is it worth?
Coming to the Rafael Nadal house in Spain, the Spaniard has two homes, one in Mallorca and the other in the other in the Dominican Republic. The Rafael Nadal house in Porto Cristo, Mallorca cost him a fortune, with the Spaniard paying $4.3 million for 7,000 square metres of land in 2013. The house is a quintessential Majorcan stone chalet by the coast in Porto Cristo and was owned by the heirs of the people who established the Caves of Drach.
Tokyo Olympics: Simone Biles reunites with boyfriend back in Texas at NFL practice
Simone Biles reunited with boyfriend Jonathan Owens back in Texas as she attended his NFL team’s practice in Houston.
The Olympic great on Thursday arrived back in the United States from Tokyo, where she won a bronze medal in the beam after pulling out of a string of other events to concentrate on her mental health.
Ms Biles was greeted by her family and hundreds of cheering fans as she arrived back at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport from the Tokyo 2020 games.
She spent the day at the training camp and even posted a picture of their pair together on Instagram
“Morning with bae,” she wrote on on e social media post, while on another she said, “open practices aka bring your girlfriend to work day.”
Ms Biles lives near her parents and currently dates Mr Owens, a defensive player who is on a two-year contract worth $1.39m with the Texans.
“He would say I slid into his DMs,” Ms Biles told The Wall Street Journal.
“I saw him and I was like, ‘Oh, he’s pretty cute,’ so I said hi … and then I saw that he was in the Houston area, so we started chatting a little bit, and then we went to hang out a week or two later.”
Her sister eventually interrupted a FaceTime call and invited Mr Owens on a lake house trip, to which he brought his English bull dog Zeus, and Ms Biles took along her French bulldog, Lilo.
Mr Owen has told Texas Monthly that he did not know who Ms Biles was when they first met, despite her international success and fame.
Ms Biles, 24, won four Olympic gold medals at Rio 2016 in the team event, the individual all-around, the vault, and the floor exercise, as well as a bronze medal in the balance beam.
Gymnasts have described the predicament as a mental block where the athlete’s body feels disconnected from their brain and they do not know where they are in the air.
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Roger and Mirka Federer Have His & Hers Rolex Watches
Roger and Mirka Federer were probably at home enjoying another picturesque morning in Valbella, Switzerland, boning up on their King James Bible, when they stumbled on this line in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12: “Two are better than one.” Because, earlier this week, the Federers lived the maxim when they were both spotted wearing top-notch Rolex watches. For if one Rolex fails, the other one will keep on ticking for its fellow. This is the type of attitude expected
from GQ’s Most Stylish Man of the Decade. The honor isn’t earned through an inward, self-centered devotion to dressing well, but from a mindset that permeates everything around him—if Mr. Federer is wearing a great Rolex, Mrs. Federer surely needs to have one on her wrist as well. And what a week in watches it was: Jay-Z is back with another icon, and everyone else unleashed their best bling.
MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA JANUARY 30 Roger Federer of Switzerland speaks during his post match press conference on day eleven…
A silver rolex with a black dial
Switzerland’s Roger Federer’s wife Mirka Federer takes pictures after Federer defeated Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic during…
A silver rolex with a diamond encrusted rainbow dial
Roger Federer’s Rolex Day-Date II and Mirka Federer’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Rainbow”
Apologies to Roger, but he must hold two Ls this week. The first is for falling to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at the Australian Open. The second is about watches. Because Rog’s Day-Date II is nice and all, but pales in comparison to the watch his wife wore while watching the match from the stands. Her Rolex Daytona, with a spectrum of sapphires circling around the bezel, is aptly nicknamed the “Rainbow”—fitting not just for the obvious reason, but because every time one appears it’s a day-brightening treat. Mr. Federer is a longtime Rolex ambassador; we’d suggest the brand sign up his wife, too.
BEVERLY HILLS CALIFORNIA JANUARY 25 JayZ performs onstage during the PreGRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons…
A square watch with a gold dial and body
Jay Z’s Jaeger LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin “Tribute 1931”
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Jay-Z had already hit Watch Bingo. He wore a reversible $2.2 million Patek Philippe, a super-modern Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, a $2.5 million completely unique Richard Mille, plus—and this one was a toughie—he used $40,000 Rolex Daytonas as invites to his gala. But last weekend at the Grammys, Jay-Z showed that his watch knowledge goes deeper than the biggest names in timepieces. He wore yet another watch with a flippable case, this time the iconic Reverso from Jaeger-LeCoultre. It was first released in 1931 and Jay is wearing the rose-gold 80th-anniversary edition—one of only 500 in the world.
LOS ANGELES CA JANUARY 26 Trevor Noah attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26 2020 in Los…
A gold watch with a red and blue diamond dial and a diamond encrusted face
Trevor Noah’s Rolex GMT Master-II
In 1993, the world was introduced to a revolutionary new product. It bucked the norms of how we expected it to appear—as it had appeared for many decades—by spilling out into your cup as a completely clear liquid rather than the bubbly brown cola people were accustomed to. This product was Crystal Pepsi, and it was not long for this world. In 2020, Trevor Noah brought to Music’s Biggest Night another revolutionary new product. This new product, released in the spring of 2019, is also a twist on a classic, but we think this one has the power to stick around forever. And, for what should be obvious reasons, it only makes sense we would also call this the “Crystal Pepsi” Rolex.
Former NBA star and owner of Charlotte Hornets team Michael Jordan looks on as NBA commissioner Adam Silver addresses a…
A silver rolex with a blue face
Michael Jordan’s Rolex Sky-Dweller
Indefatigable, a global icon, ruthlessly competitive, an innovator, made for flying: these are just a few words and phrases I would use to describe the Rolex Sky-Dweller. Oh, and Michael Jordan, too, last seen pumping up the NBA’s game in Paris between his Charlotte Hornets and the Milwaukee Bucks. His Sky-Dweller, like the GMT, was made for exactly this type of world travel, allowing its wearer to see the time in two different places at once. (Funnily enough, this watch’s reference number starts with the number “32,” which, flipped around is—well, you know!)
LOS ANGELES CA JANUARY 24 Mark Wahlberg is seen on January 24 2020 in Los Angeles California.
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Mark Wahlberg’s Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5271P
Mark Wahlberg’s watches are always a step or two or 100 above what the situation calls for. The actor wears Patek Philippe’s Nautilus during a day on the beach and even swims in the ocean with it. It only makes sense he would need a watch set with 52 emeralds for a casual night out.
LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA JANUARY 26 DJ Khaled and John Legend emrbace during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES…
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John Legend’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Typically an Audemars Piguet guy, John Legend busted out something special and different for the Grammys Sunday night. Legend’s version of the Rolex Daytona is so blinged out it makes even Federer’s Rainbow edition look humble and understated. This is what we talk about when we talk about “iced-out” watches: there are 437 diamonds on this piece alone. Amazingly, they are all factory set, meaning it’s the work of Rolex rather than an after-market jeweler.
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