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American tennis greats Andy Roddick and Venus Williams served up some proof of their relevance in the sport at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayn, Florida yesterday. Andy Roddick defeated Roger Federer while Venus Williams came out victorious over Ana Ivanovic.
The tournament was Williams’ first since the 2011 U.S. Open. She will go on to play Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland.
Roddick, who is seeded at 31st place, will go on to play Juan Monaco in an attempt to rise up in the ATP rankings.
Tonight, Serena Williams will take on former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki after she, she like her sister, came out victorious last night in front of a record crowd. Also on tonight’s agenda: Juan Martin del Potro will challenge David Ferrer.
Photo: Brock Miller/Splash News
Caroline Wozniacki stopped to sign a fan’s tennis ball on her way out of the Fox Studios in New York City earlier today.
Wozniacki was ousted from the Dubai Tennis Championships last week after losing in the semifinals.
The tennis star will be flying into Florida tomorrow to cheer on her golfer beau Rory McIlroy attempt to move up in the rankings at the Honda Classic.
Photo: Splash News
Navratilova will be dancing with Tony Dovolani, and competing against other stars who include: “Family Matters” star Jaleel White, Maria Menounos, singer Gladys Knight, “The View” star Sherri Shepard, and country singer Gavin DeGraw.
The show returns for its fourteenth season March 19 on ABC. Check out the full line-up here.
Shaquille O’Neal hosted the Second Annual Carton Network Hall of Game Awards over the weekend in Santa Monica. The show, which hands out awards in categories ranging from “That’s How I Roll” to “We Got Game” will air tonight on Cartoon Network at 4 pm PST.
Cam Newton got the award for “Gnarliest Newb.” Other football stars who won awards: Victor Cruz beat out Novak Djokovic for the “Dance Machine” award. Tim Tebow got the “Captain Clutch” award and Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson won the “Dynamic Duo” award.
Always one to make us say, “Awww,” Tim Tebow brought a special date. Presli Collins, a 9-year-old from Colorado with a genetic tumor disorder, got to walk to “green” carpet with the Broncos star.
Photos: Andrew Evans / PR Photos
The 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition has hit shelves, and we were glad to see they didn’t leave all the eye candy for the men.
A special section of the magazine titled “Bar & The Boys” shows model Bar Refaeli posing with Chris Paul, Michael Phelps, and Rafael Nadal. Chris Paul’s segment had shots of the two jumping on a trampoline, while Michael Phelps got to get close to the supermodel in some pretty sultry shots.
The shots of Rafael Nadal and Refaeli were pretty sultry as well; Refaeli is wearing a Herve Leger swimsuit but covers up her topless frame in some shots.
The segment was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York.
You can check out all the photos here.
Novak Djokovic, who walked down the red carpet with his lovely girlfriend Jelena Ristic, won the top honor of sportsman of the year at last night’s Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony in London. Kenyan distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot won the sportswoman of the year award.
Other awards given away included best team, awarded to Barcelona for winning the Spanish league and Champions league in 2011. Irish golfer Darren Clarke won comeback of the year, while the young Irish golfer Rory McIlroy won breakthrough of the year.
Bobby Charlton, who survived the Munich air disaster 54 years prior that killed eight of his Manchester United team won the lifetime achievement award.
The awards are voted on by the 47 sports stars who make up the Laureus sports academy.
Other athletes at the event:
Former No. 1 tennis player, Boris Becker and his wife Lilly Becker.
Former No. 1 womens tennis player Monica Seles.
Celebrities in attendance included British socialite Tamara Ecclestone, model Bar Refaeli, Clive Owen and Thandie Newton. Actor Luke Wilson was there with his girlfriend, former basketball star Meg Simpson, also.
Photos: Away! / PR Photos
According to the Daily Business Review, retired tennis star and ‘Biggest Loser’ coach Anna Kournikova has sold her water-front Miami mansion for $7.43 million.
The original asking price for the 7-bedroom home was $9.4 million. The home, on Miami Beach’s Sunset Island and only a short boat ride away from Gloria Estefan’s Star Island home, features a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, a 2-story guest house, and a large dock. The 6,000-square foot mansion was purchased by Kournikova in 2000. Kournikova seems to be consolidating her own assets, perhaps to prepare to take things to the next step with boyfriend Enrique Iglesias? Kournikova and Iglesias, who have been together for about 10 years now, are reportedly building a new home in an undisclosed waterfront island location.
Photo: Art Seitz / Splash News
Former tennis star and Biggest Loser trainer Anna Kournikova covered the Russian magazine Tatler this month. For the cover photo, Kournikova is sporting a Bottega Veneta swimsuit and loads of accessories, make-up, and probably some airbrushing too (not that she needs it.) The styling feels overdone, but we’re loving some of the playful looks featured inside the magazine. Kournikova got decked out in clothing from Fendi, Prada and Anna Sui, with jewelry and accessories by Lorrain Schwartz, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Chopard. Check out the photos below:
Tennis star Lindsay Davenport and her husband, Jonathan Leach, welcomed their third child. a little girl on Monday, January 16th.
Lindsay posted the exciting news on her Twitter feed saying, “We are so excited to say our third child arrived this a.m.,” and described the new edition as “a big, beautiful, healthy baby girl … 10 lbs!!! Everyone is doing great.”
The couple have yet to pick out a name for their newborn daughter. Lindsay and Jonathan have two other children, Jaggar Jonathan (4 1/2 years old) and Lauren Andrus (2 1/2 years old).