4-03-12 Source: By Diane Pucin / Los Angeles Times
A perplexing flubbed tap-in putt on the 18th hole from I.K. Kim jumbled the emotions of players and fans alike Sunday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.
Instead of having a triumphant day, Kim’s miss on the 72nd hole of play put her into a playoff with fellow South Korean Sun Young Yoo. And it was the 25-year-old Yoo, who came from behind most of the day, who knocked in an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, the par-five 18th, to win her first major.
Kim had seemed to break away from everyone with back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th holes but then she rimmed out a one-footer that would have given her the win.
It was a moment of extreme discouragement for the 23-year-old who now lives now in Rancho Santa Fe, and on the first playoff hole Kim’s eyes were glazed.
Even world No. 1 Yani Tseng, who had a birdie putt on 18 curl just a smidgen too much or she would have made the playoff, said she ached for Kim. “I feel so bad for her,” Tseng said.
Kim and Yoo each shot a final-round 69 and had four-day totals of nine-under 279.
After Kim missed her tap-in, she threw her hands up and then covered her ears as she walked off the 18th hole. The miss put her into a tie with Yoo while Tseng still was playing on the 18th.
The gallery was chanting “Ya-ni, Ya-ni” as Tseng marched to the green and gave herself a chance with the birdie putt.
The groan was large when she missed, but not as large as when the perplexed Kim jerked her tap-in away from the cup.
In the final 20 minutes of regulation, four players were tied for the lead at nine-under par and none of them was Tseng.
Karin Sjodin, a perpetual smiler from Sweden who has never won on the LPGA Tour and who had started the day tied for the lead with Tseng, was the first to drop back. She missed a five-foot par putt on the 16th hole.
Within the next five minutes, Hee Kyung Seo also bogeyed, and when the 5-foot-3 Kim posted the first of her consecutive birdies, the leaderboard suddenly seemed to gain clarity as she took a one-shot lead over Yoo.
That clarity was suddenly muddled when Kim missed the “gimme.”
Yoo said that after she parred her final hole to be nine under and with Kim standing over that tap-in, she had only one thought. “I thought I.K. was going to make it,” she said. “I thought I had no chance.”
But when her chance came, Yoo made the most of it.r-old from The Woodlands, Texas, said. Then she was off to sign autographs and take some practice swings. She would not need those practice swings when Soo kept putting up birdies.
3.15.2012 SOURCE:Matt Fitzgerald – ATPWorldTour.com
Leander Paes celebrated his 600th doubles match win Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open when he partnered Radek Stepanek to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Spaniards David Ferrer and Albert Ramos in the first round.
ATPWorldTour.com caught up with the the 38-year-old Indian, a winner of 49 tour-level titles, who reflected on the milestone, playing with 87 different partners and the most meaningful win of his career.
You got your 600th victory yesterday. How does it feel to attain another incredible milestone, particularly here at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event?
For me at this stage, I’m playing for the history books and setting new records, so for me to get my 600th win is really special. I’ve got to really thank my whole team over the last 20 years, they’ve made such a difference with me. My yoga master/masseur has been with me 22 years, Sanjay Singh; my fitness trainer Dave Herman has been with me 21 years; and Ricky Leach has been one of my best friends for 19 years and I sure wouldn’t have reached 600 wins without all of them, so I’m really thankful to all of them to get me to this spot.
You were finally able to complete your career men’s doubles Grand Slam at the Australian Open. Was that extra special to clinch that against the top-ranked doubles team that really dominated in Melbourne the past five years?
It was really special, I got to do it with a really good friend of mine, Radek Stepanek. Radek is not only one of the greatest tennis players of all time, but he’s a really dear friend of mine. The way we did it, Radek was ranked at 112 in the world in doubles at the time we entered in, and I told him it’d take him three months to get into the Top 20. Little did I realise what was going to happen. We beat the No. 3 seeds, the No. 2 seeds and the No. 1 seeds en route to winning a Grand Slam. We were unseeded at the time.
Those kinds of things are what I play for. That’s what wakes me up in the morning, pushes me through some hard days, pushes me through some travel. Being on the tour is just a great lifestyle, it’s a very clean lifestyle, it’s a very healthy lifestyle, but at the same time it’s a very lonely lifestyle. To be able to have a great team like that and try and reach those milestones, try to win those big matches, is what it’s all about.
You probably have the best court sense of anyone on tour. Would you consider that your greatest asset in contributing to your career-long success?
I would just consider that you’re being too kind. (laughs)
What do you think has enabled you to do so well, find longevity and continue to stay in the top?
My team. My passion for life, my passion for the game. It’s about finding the right partners. I’ve played with so many different partners now. Wikipedia actually posted on the net that I had 87 different men’s doubles partners alone, or 78, I can’t remember which one now. I think after about seven or eight you start losing track, let alone 78 or 87. But I think just having to adapt my personality to different partners and make them work most of the time is kind of the game for me. It’s fun, it keeps it challenging.
With your victory in Melbourne, you’re almost assured a place in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. How satisfying is it to be the frontrunner this early in the season?
As satisfying as you just said it. It’s amazing how in the first month of the year you already know your goals are done. And now just try and reset the goals and keep trying to achieve more. For me, I play for the Grand Slams, I play for the Olympics, I play for the big events like Masters [1000s].
Last year I didn’t win a Grand Slam and this year I’ve come in and won the first one, so now I’m really kind of working hard to keep improving every day and to keep actually driving it home and keep winning as many Grand Slams as I can, and keep pushing that bar up. It’s like a pole vault, where you do a certain height, you want to push it up another inch. You do that, and you push it up another six inches, you do that and you do it another inch. I just feel like a pole vaulter, trying to raise that bar.
Speaking of goals, the Bryans, Nestor and Zimonjic have been the only ones to claim the No. 1 ranking the past four years. You have a great opportunity during the clay court season and the middle two Grand Slams to really pick up some points. Where is getting back to No. 1 on your radar? Is that something you can pull out?
Can I pull it off? Sure. Am I interested in pulling it off? I’m not so sure. I don’t play a full calendar anymore. I don’t play 25 weeks, 29 weeks like most of the guys. I generally do 16-17 weeks. So for me, at this stage of the game where I’ve been No. 1 for so many years already, plus at the same time I’m doing so many multi-tasking things. I’m acting in movies, I’m doing graphic novels, I’m doing my business at home, designing real estate. I’m also trying to be a tennis player while I go, so I’m not so sure that’s one of the big goals as far as I’m concerned. If come around the US Open time, I feel we’re kind of pushing that limit, then definitely I’ll go for it, but winning Grand Slams is what it’s all about. I figure if you win Grand Slams you’re going to get to No. 1 anyway.
Talking about your career aspirations, you mentioned acting on the big screen. If you had the opportunity to co-star with any actor, who would it be and what would be the movie genre?
I got so many actors in mind right now. One of my all-time favourites was Denzel Washington. Another one was Clint Eastwood. Another one was Keanu Reeves; he’s phenomenal. You can see the genre I’m going after, a lot of action, a lot of serious kind of drama movies. I love that kind of stuff. More action driven, more martial arts driven. More undercover spy agent driven. Those actors are so versatile. All three of them. Another one of my favourites is Leonardo DiCaprio. At the moment he’s my all-time favourite because he’s just so versatile and does so many different types of roles that it’s fun.
On the women’s side, there are so many great actresses out there and I’m just talking about Hollywood right now. I’m trying to make my mark in Bollywood back home. There are a few great actors back home, like Shahrukh Khan is amazing. Amitabh Bachchan is amazing. Aamir Khan does great versatility work. These are the kind of actors I have a lot of respect for and try to learn from.
And finally, out of your first 600 wins, which one stands out and why?
This Australian Open would have to be one of the most special, not only because it’s the most recent and freshest in my memory, but it’s also the way we did it. To beat the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 seeds en route to winning the whole thing and it was the only Grand Slam I hadn’t won to complete a career Grand Slam playing with my 87th partner. All those things really kind of summed it up and made it special.
Third seeds Leander Paes and Janko Tipsarevic won the Aircel Chennai Open title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over fourth-seeded Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.
Paes lifted the Chennai title for the sixth time with his 48th tour-level doubles trophy, while Tipsarevic made up for defeat in the singles final (l. to Raonic) by capturing his first team title.
I know how difficult it is mentally to play two finals on the same day,” said Paes. “The way he [Tipsarevic] prepared for both the finals, it was impeccable. He epitomises what an athlete should be.”
Tipsarevic admitted, “I had a very hard pre-season. I have that every year. Fitness in general is one of my strength. I love playing with someone who loves to ask me something but also to give something.”
The Indian-Serbian team share $21,800 in prize money and 250 ATP Doubles Team Rankings points, while Erlich and Ram earn a cheque for $11,480 and 75 points.
Paes and Tipsarevic took a 3-0 lead, with two breaks of serve. They won 18 of their 28 service points in the 35-minute first set.
The teams exchanged breaks of serve at the beginning of the second set. Ram lost his serve to 30 at 4-4, which handed Paes an opportunity to close out victory in 74 minutes.
First baseman Tyler Benzel and pitcher Gus Schlosser were named to the 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove South Region Team announced May 25.
Benzel, a senior, led the Moccasins with a .387 average and has seven home runs to go with 43 RBI. In the field Benzel had a .990 fielding percentage, committing only 4 errors. In 24 conference games Benzel had a .995 fielding percentage, while hitting .398 and driving in 19.
Schlosser, a senior, was Moccasins top starting pitcher going 7-1 with a 2.90 ERA and 82 strikeouts. He had a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000, going 96.1 innings without an error. He went 5-0 in conference play with 53 strikeouts.
Also named to the Gold Glove team were second baseman Mike Diorio and catcher Dane Derstine from Lynn, shortstop Brandon Brewer and outfielder Greg Pron from West Florida, third baseman Eric Grabe from Tampa, outfielder Gavan McCauley from Southern Arkansas, and outfielder Matt Johnson from Arkansas Tech.
Leander Paes defends at the 2011 Sony Ericsson Doubles Championship with partner Mahesh Bhupathi and take over the #1 doubles world ranking. Formally the #1 ranked team in 1999, the Indian duo unite together in 2011 to reclaim the top spot! Congratulations Leander and Mahesh!
With the tennis Championship secure, Athletes Training athletes claim 3 consecutive back to back to back weekend WINS starting with Gary Woodland on PGA Tour and then Sandra Gal on the LPGA tour.
Were stretching right into spring with two huge back to back WINS by GARY WOODLAND and SANDRA GAL. With the Launch of SuperFlex bands it was an Amazing 2 weeks. We had a feeling it was going to be an awesome year when LEANDER PAES and MAHESH Bhupathi picked up the first WIN of the season at the ATP World Tour event in Chennai, India.
Congratulations Gary! Congratulations Sandra!
GWOOD finished with his first WIN on the PGATour at The Traditions Championships last week. The win moved GARY up to 3rd on the Fed-X Cup standings list and with the win an invitation to next weeks MASTERS in Augusta.
SANDRA oh SANDRA backed up GARY yesterday with her first LPGA WIN at the Kia Championships. Her wedge shot into 18 to win was one of the Best Shots we’ve ever seen! WoW!
So at last SuperFlexBands.com has been launched! It took a long time and lot of energy but it was well worth the wait. Were coming with a lot of exciting resistance band exercises, programs, training and latest technology to share with you so check us out!
Our AthletesTraining Programs keep evolving while this in-season we’ve moved into a Series of Pre-hab based programs including dynamic warm-ups, dynamic stretching, full body strengthening , endurance and light load- high speed training. Our focus is on getting our athletes and keeping our athletes out of pain!! A pain free athlete is happier, performs better, and maintains the program more consistently which creates winning results by maintaining longer periods of peak performance.
Almost all of our Athletes begin their day with Living Fuel shakes. What we’ve found is that there is a boost to the immune system which is resulting in less time lost from viruses and bugs picked up during travel. They are rich in fruits, vegetables, and proteins. They are also fortified with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and probiotics.
Speaking of Living Fuel, We want to personally ‘Thank’ all the Living Fuel staff, KC, Monica, Jeff, Mark and Katie for all their help and support with the successful Launch of SuperFlexBands.com. Also thanks for getting the product out so quickly to the athletes. You are the model for customer service!
And a Super sincere “Thank you Chet” at CoolFish Web design for the AWESOME SuperFlexBands.com website. It’s so hot!
So remember if your looking for a breakthrough performance. Train out of Pain!
Stay Stretched and SuperFlexed!
Big win for Leander and teammate Jurgen Melzer today in Shanghai. It’s LP first doubles win in the 2010 season and could not have come at a better time. When I spoke to Leander this morning immediately following the win he was sitting in a chair in Shanghai getting a foot/ankle massage. We joked about how he felt like Kung Fu Panda out on the court carrying a little extra weight around his mid–section. Not to worry though because San Jeev Javia (Jeevers) is in the process of designing LP’s nutrition program for him to follow over the next 3 weeks with a goal to drop 8-10 lbs. Lee will begin shooting his movie on Wednesday while going through an intensive nutrition and training program for the next three weeks to prepare him for the season ending Barclay ATP World Tour Finals and movie roles. He said at the movie shoot he will have access to a pool, gym, and will have all his bands (SuperFlex Bands- follow us on twitter @SuperFlexBands) to work with. He said he uses his bands everyday for his warm-up to keep his shoulder loose and strong.
Leander Paes and Jurgern Melzer of India pose for photographers with trophies after their victory. The Austrian-Indian duo had ended the 20-match winning streak of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the semi-finals and, in the final defeated on Marcus Fyrstenberg and Matkowski. Matkowski of Poland during day seven of the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters at the Shanghai Qi Zhong Tennis Center on October 17, 2010 in Shanghai, China.
We’re a couple of weeks away from the start of summer and it’s already RED HOT! Our Rising Star Yueer Cindy Feng and Pro Track Star Ty Tryon have both qualified for the US Open Golf Championships! Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy just finaled in the French Open men’s doubles championships this past weekend, but fell a little short after winning the event in 2009. Skip Kendall finished 7th in Nationwide Tour event in Maryland and has had several solid performances on both the PGA and Nationwide tours. Cindy Feng successfully defended her 2009 Thunderbird Championship title with another victory there last month, and our Motin Yeung had a solid top 11 finish. Sandra Gal is back at it this week at the LPGA State Farm and Suzann returns to tour next week in Atlantic City. Trevor Immelman starts his big summer run at Pebble Beach next week.
Were headed into the middle of a competitive phase for all the athletes. With many of the golf and tennis majors just around the corner our focus shifts to STAYING LOOSE and RECOVERED. Dynamic band stretching integrated with stretching through 3-planes of motions will be primary tools this summer as the athletes increase and maintain flexibility through this challenging competitive period. Recovery through nutrition and supplements are vital to decrease muscle and joint soreness, ward off injuries and maintain consistent levels of performance through summer’s intense heat.
After trips to the Men’s and Women’s US Open Golf championships, it’s off to Washington in July as Leander and Rennae Stubbs go sleeveless for the 2009 World Team Tennis defending champs the Washington Kastles. At the end of summer we’ll head up to Portland with the LPGA Tours and then over to the US Open Tennis Championships in late August to watch Leander and Rennae make their runs for doubles titles.
Tyler Benzel has been on fire and here’s the link to some of TB’s recent baseball action. http://floridaleague.com/PressRoom/RecentNews/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/36/Benzel-Strikes-Lightning-Four-Times.aspx
Just a shout out ‘Great work’ to Bucky Maler on getting his 60 yard dash time to 6.85. Proud of you Auto! Also, Athlete’s Training is excited to reconnect with tennis’s young gun Jake Kolb out of Melbourne, Florida. Let’s go Jake! Kristina Wong rolls back into Orlando for the summer training next week and Terrance Zhang is prepped to strike. Were also excited to add a new addition, Ailin Li to the rising stars program.
Special thanks goes out to San Jeev Javia (Jeevers) for all his help and guidance with many of our athletes’ nutrition and supplementation programs. Jeevers is currently the Director of Health, Fitness and Nutrition as well as the Director of the Musculoskeletal Institute at the Steadman/Hawkins Clinic in Greenville, S.C.
So until the next blog…
Stay LOOSE and be Recovered!
The 2010 season is off to a bang with a big win down under. Leander Paes wins the Mixed Doubles Championship at the Australian Open with Partner Cara Black. This is LP’s 11th Grand Slam title, tying for the Indian record. CONGRATS LEANDER and CARA!!!
We are moving out of the off-season into tournament play for Athletes Training’s professional golfers. Suzann and Sandra head out this week, and Trevor’s getting ready to go! Skip is down under on the Nationwide, and we are following his scores closely. As we transition into competitive phases, the workouts will change and the players will shift to maintain their conditioning with on the road programs that focus on cardio, core, and bandwork.
In my last blog I mentioned I would share specific information about breath work. Simple breathing techniques can help you BE FOCUSED, push away the negative distractions, and put you on the pathway to the ZONE! Below are a couple of links to some great information that I use to introduce breath work to my athletes. I hope you find this helpful.
Special thanks to Mathais Lillieheim of the Norwegian Olympic Center for teaching some great new core methods and exercises to the AT athletes and myself. Also, many thanks to leading sports biomechanist JJ Rivet of Biomecaswing for introducing us to his innovative golf specific training methods and drills. Athletes Training is also proud to announce JJ Rivet to the AT advisory board. Thanks again for your support JJ!
A quick congrats goes to Yueer ‘Cindy’ Feng for her continued record breaking winning streak on the Florida Junior Golf Tour with another Win in January. Way to go Cindy! We’re also very excited to have the 2009 Optimist and US World Kids Champ Terrance Zhang in the full time rising stars program.
So until the next blog…
Stay disciplined and BE FOCUSED!!!
I cannot remember a year in the past that I have been more excited for. The Athletes Training Team is ready to ATTACK in 2010! Everyone is healthy, relaxed and getting physically EXPLOSIVE!
Most athletes are moving through the off-season (preparation) phase into a pre-competitive phase. Training days will now become longer, due to the fact that the athletes will spend a larger percentage of the day working on their sport specific technical skills.
Just a quick ‘GREAT JOB!’ shout out to the David Leadbetter coaches (Dave, Sean, Kevin and Andrew) for their world-class instruction with many of AT’s golfers. The relaxation effect the players are showing comes from the confidence they are feeling with their swings.
Leander and Rennae begin their 2010 season next week in Australia preparing for the Australian Open tournament in mid-January. We’ll be following them closely and waiting for Coach Ricky Leach’s return to Leander’s camp. So hustle back Coach Leach!
Athletes Training will utilize two key techniques, Breathwork and Balance, to prepare our athletes for breakthrough performances and Championship WINS in 2010! Stay tuned to the next blog where we will utilize some important breathing exercises that will help you to get through those tough moments.
With winter season on us, the theme is ‘CARDIO AND WEIGHTS’. This is the time of the year when the workouts get longer and muscle soreness takes notice. Longer aerobic intervals and free weights take center stage to build endurance and strength. Off-season training is so ‘ON’ and we’re going HEAVY! Read more »
By winning her 2nd AJGA Invitational of the season, the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Invitational , Cindy moves to a career high #4 in the US Polo Junior girls rankings. Go Cindy!!!
With a number of close 2nds this past spring and earlier summer, Kristina found a way today with her first WIN of the 2009 season at the New York State Amateur. Read more »
17 year team member Leander Paes and 10 year team member Rennae Stubbs both S5Bands users move into Finals of Wimbledon 2009. Read more »
17 Year team member Leander Paes and his doubles partner Lukas Dlouhy beat the unseeded pair of Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman to win the 2009 French Open Men’s Doubles Championship. Read more »
In the Girls Division, Yueer “Cindy” Feng jumped to an early lead with an opening round of one-under par 70 for a two-stroke lead over Carlton Kuhlo. Read more »
Athletes Training Jhared Hack won his first professional tour event today on the EGolf Professional Tour. His first win came at the Snap Fitness Open. With an opening round of 64 followed by 67 on day two, Hack posted a -2 70 to win by 1 stroke. CONGRATULATIONS Jhared!!!
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Yueer Cindy Feng continued her outstanding play finishing 2nd with at final round 68 at the Mizuno Classic today at Innisbrook.
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AthletesTraining Superstar Trevor Immelman works hard on his fitness with the New S5 Green Band.
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