Saturday, July 12, 2008

Nickname(s): Danka/Dani
Country: Slovakia
Residence: Monte Carlo
Date of birth: April 23, 1983
Age: 25 years old
Place of birth: Poprad,Slovakia
Height: 5'11 1/4'' (1.81 m)
Weight: 137 lbs. (62 kg)
Plays: Right (two-handed backhand)
Turned pro: May 1999
Career Singles Title: 3
Highest Ranking: No. 5 (August 26, 2002)
Current Ranking: No.12

Hantuchova's game is built around natural timing. She is able to produce "effortless" power from her flowing groundstrokes and possesses a superb down-the-line forehand and backhand. She possesses a heavy serve and has a particularly effective "kick" second serve. Her favourite and most effective construction of a winning point is her flat serve out wide on the Ad-court, followed by a backhand winner down the line. Her volleys are very well-produced and often have the deftest of touch. Due to these attributes she is known as an "All-arounder". A weakness of Hantuchova since she emerged from the juniors was her lack of explosive movement around the court. In recent years, however, this aspect of her tennis has been vastly improved.
She is currently working with a number of coaches who work out of the Sanchez-Casal Academy, primarily Angel Gimenez and occasionally with Eduardo Nicolas.

Other notes about Daniela:

  • likes all-court style of play
  • prefers grass as a surface, and her favorite tournament is Wimbledon
  • father is named Igor, and that he is a computer scientist
  • mother is named Marianna, and that she is a toxicologist
  • 5 yrs older brother is named Igor, and that he is an architect working in Bratislava
  • entire family plays tennis
  • speaks Slovak, English and German and is learning Italian
  • got qualified for top university in Slovakia but deferred it to pursue a career as a professional player
  • other sports interests include skiing, basketball, skating and swimming
  • studied classical piano for eight years until she was 14
  • trained at Bollettieri Tennis Academy between ages of 16 and 18
  • enjoys haute couture, music, guava juice and relaxing on a quiet beach
  • favorite city is Rome and likes to visit Cape Town, South Africa
  • would love to go snow-boarding and water-surfing
  • favorite colour is blue
  • favorite movie is "Love Actually"
  • likes music by Eros Ramazzotti
  • was named 2002 WTA Tour Most Improved Player of the Year
  • was nominated for Laureus World Sports Award as 2002 World Newcomer of the Year fellow nominees: Daniel Nalbandian (tennis), Yao Ming (basketball), Wayne Rooney (football) and Joachim Uytdehaage (speed-skating)
  • WTA Tour mentor was Martina Navratilova in the Partners for Success program, the mentor division of the Professional Development Program.
Here's Daniela with her family:

Source:Wikipedia and

A busy summer season for both Marat and Dani, here's their tournament schedule update:

07/21 Rogers Cup ATP Masters Series (Toronto,Canada)
07/28 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters ATP Masters Series (Cincinnati, USA)
08/04 Countrywide Classic (Los Angeles,USA)
08/10 Legg Mason Tennis Classic (Washington DC,USA)
08/25 US Open Grand Slam (New York,USA)

07/14 Bank of the West Classic (Stanford,CA USA)
07/21 East West Bank Classic (Los Angeles,CA USA)
07/28 Rogers Cup (Montreal,Canada)
08/11 Olympic Tennis Event (Beijing,China)
08/25 US Open Grand Slam (New York,USA)

Just a little creativity, some wallpapers I made a few days ago.

Marat Updates

After having lost at the second round in Catella Swedish Open, Marat returned to Moscow and will travel to Toronto for the Rogers Masters on Friday 18th July. He has been granted a Wild Card into the Main Draws of both Masters Series in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Interview of Daniela in video on Sony Ericsson WTA official website. You will learn that Daniela can't live without tennis, that she is proud to come from Slovakia, that the talent she wishes to have is to be invisible (and to play like Roger Federer :-) ), that she loves crepes with Nutella and that she dreams to meet Georges Clooney.

A former World No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion falls under the Spotlight on the ATP Tennis Show.

Marat Safin

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