pondelok, 19. mája 2008
Despite the academic success of her parents, Daniela's career was always going to be tennis. Whilst her entire family were keen players, Daniela was probably inspired most by her grandmother Helena, a former Czechoslovakia national player, who introduced Daniela to the sport at the tender age of three.
Aware of her granddaughter's potential, Helena signed her up at Slavia STU, a prestigious tennis club in Bratislava, where the young Daniela was instructed by Joseph Bulko.Aged thirteen, Daniela started to spend the winter months at the Bollettieri Academy in Florida, a tennis club with an enviable record for developing talents of the future. Two years later Daniela joined the ITF circuit and went on to win two ITF Challenger titles in 1999, aged just sixteen. By now, Daniela had turned professional and tennis observers were starting to take notice.
Ivanovic was born in an ethnic Serb family. Her mother, Dragana, a lawyer, attends her daughter's matches all season along, while Ana's father, Miroslav, who is a self-employed businessman attends as many events as he possibly can. Ana has a younger brother, Miloš, with whom she loves to play basketball.Other hobbies include shopping, watching movies and playing Sudoku. Ivanovic's uncle is a former football player and her coach although she chooses not to have a permanent coach.Aside from her tennis career, Ivanovic also studies finance and Spanish at a university in Belgrade.One of her uncles lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her inspiration to begin playing was Monica Seles, and she also admires Roger Federer.
The Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986 compelled Sharapova's parents, Yuri and Yelena, ethnic Russians, to move from Gomel, Belarus, to the town of Nyagan in Siberia, Russia to live with Yelena's father.Maria was born the following year.Sharapova started playing tennis at the age of four. Her father brought her to the United States when she was seven years old, to attend the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida.Her mother, Yelena, could not come with them because of visa restrictions, and followed two years later.Sharapova has lived in the United States since then, but retains her Russian citizenship.She has a home in Manhattan Beach, California.
Maria Kirilenko won the junior event at the 2002 Canadian Open, as well as the 2002 US Open junior tournament. In December 2004 she played in a tennis exhibition in Tampa, Florida to raise money for the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund.
In 2006, she was selected to be the face of Adidas by Stella McCartney tennis range, designed by noted British fashion designer Stella McCartney. Since the 2006 Australian Open, Kirilenko has played in adidas clothing and footwear designed by Stella McCartney at all upcoming tournaments.
She has had some success at the singles game, reaching #8 in the world in 2000, but her specialty has been doubles, where she has at times been the world's No.1 doubles player. With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002. Kournikova's major-league tennis career has been curtailed for the past several years, and possibly ended, by serious back and spinal problems.
Kournikova was born in Moscow in the former Soviet Union to Alla and Sergei Kournikov; she and her mother later emigrated to the United States. Currently, she resides in Miami Beach, Florida, and plays in occasional exhibitions and in doubles for the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis.
Jankovic learned her first tennis skills in Tennis Club 'Red Star'. As a nine-and-a-half year old she was introduced to tennis by her elder brother and fitness coach Marko. She was later trained at the Tennis Academy of Nick Bollettieri. As a junior she won the 2001 Australian Open. In 2001, she started to play on the WTA Tour; she reached the second round at her first tournament at the Indian Wells Masters.Jankovic is often regarded as one of the fittest and toughest players in recent years of women's tennis for her great defensive abilities and footwork, which classifies her as a counterpuncher.
Dementieva is a fast, powerful and aggressive baseliner known for her outstanding offensive and defensive abilities off the ground. Her forehand in particular is a fearsome weapon due to the power and placement of the shot and her ability to flatten it out. However, her serve is very inconsistent and considered one of the worst on the WTA Tour, especially in tight situations.
Dementieva was the seventh-seeded player at the Tier I Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin but reached the final, where she lost to thirteenth-seeded Dinara Safina. Dementieva defeated fourth-seeded Janković in the quarterfinals and second-seeded Ivanović in the semifinals. Dementieva's win over Ivanović was her fourth in four career matches with Ivanović.
Vaidišová is a face of Reebok and has been featured in their "I Am What I Am" and "Run Easy" campaigns. She also endorses Citizen Watch Co., Ltd and its Eco-Drive design. An avid reader, Vaidišová is part of the "Get Caught Reading Campaign" to encourage people to read more. She has taken part in other philanthropic causes, such as becoming an ambassador for PlayPumps International, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to African children. She is represented by Olivier van Lindonk of IMG.