Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Australian Open Day 3: Volley Practice

Curtain Call

Player: Regina Kulikova
Age: 21
Nation: Russia
Current Ranking: 114
Notable Conquest: Daniela Hantuchova (28th seed, Slovakia)
Today's Result: loss to Chanelle Scheepers (South Africa) in three sets

Kulikova was born in Kazakhstan but claims Russian citizenship. This is her best-ever finish in Melbourne. Taking out a seed is always nice, too.

Photo via WTA

During the Berdych/Kohlschreiber match, mention was made of the Cara Black volley drill videos on YouTube. Naturally, I had to check them out. Here they are:

I'm particularly impressed by #2, shown here first. Not only is her speed extraordinary but also her control in keeping the ball above the net line.

Catching Up with Old Friends

Rebecca Marino
(Curtain Call, US Open Day 3) - This was Marino's first Australian Open and she matched her US Open success with a second round finish. Plus, she gave sixth-seeded Francesca Schiavone (Italy) a great match, pushing her to 9-7 in the third. She is now Canada's #1 and her career definitely appears headed in the right direction.

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