Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top Sporting Moments of 2011

The year 2011 witnessed quite a few sporting success and surprises... Here are some of the top sporting moments in the year 201, according to me.

1. India's World Cup Cricket Triumph

First and foremost being India winning the Cricket World Cup 2011 beating Sri Lanka in Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on 2nd April, 2011. This was India's second World Cup after Kapil Dev's team led India to their first World Cup way back in 1983. Sachin Tendulkar achieved his World cup dream after six attempts playing in World Cups.

2. New Zealand's All Black Team winning Rugby World Cup

The New Zealand men's national rugby union team - the All Blacks winning the Rugby World Cup beating France 8-7 to lift the Rugby World Cup for the second time in Auckland on October 23rd 2011. The first time they won was way back in 1987 which was the inaugural Rugby World Cup.

3. Tennis World Number One Novak Djokovic showing his supremacy in 2011

The world no. One Serbian Novak Djokovic dominated this tennis season with a 70-6 win-loss record, which saw the Serbian winning 10 ATP titles, including three of the four Grand Slams - Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open. His 43-game unbeaten streak from the start of the season was an ATP tour record, surpassing John McEnroe's 42-game mark in 1982.
He had a phenominal 2011 where both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal lost their ground to this Serbian star.

4. Formula One Champion Sebastian Vettel's amazing 2011 season

German Formula One star Sebastian Vettel claiming his second successive Formula One Championship representing the Red Bull Racing team. It was a strong dominant season of 2011 for Sebastian Vettel as claimed a record 15 pole positions, eclipsing Nigel Mansell's 1992 record. Vettel won 11 races out of the 19 F1 Grand Prix races. He also finished on the podium in 18 of the 19 races he completed. The young German (just 24 years old) is the fast on the rise to be an efficient successor of Michael Schumacher.

5. Virender Sehwag scoring double century (219) surpassing Sachin Tendulkar's 200 in ODI Cricket

Virender Sehwag of India scored a double century against West Indies to become the second batsman in the world, after the Maestro Sachin Tendulkar, to score a double-ton in the 50-over game.
The Nawab of Najafgadh became the highest scorer in an ODI innings with 219 runs.

6. French Open Grand slam champion Li Na of China becoming Asia's first singles Grand Slam winner 

Asia's first singles grand slam winner Li Na - the French Open Women's Champion in 2011. China's Li Na becomes Asia's first-ever Grand Slam title champion when she beat the Italian Francesca Schiavone to win the women's title at Roland Garros.

7. England Cricket Team lifting Ashes beating Australia 3-1 in Australia

English Cricket Team winning Ashes in Australia

The England cricket team winning the Ashes series 3-1 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 7, 2011. England claimed their a first series triumph in Australia in nearly a quarter of a century. The English team dominated the tests in 2011 and ended the year as Number one test team deservingly.

There were many more such sporting moments.. to name a few.. 
1. Lionel Messi taking Barcelona to the 2011 UEFA Champions League title beating Manchester United 3-1
2. New Zealand cricket test team beating Australia in a test match in Australian soil after 26 long years
3. Samantha Stosur winning the US Open Grand Slam 2011 title and thus becoming the first Australian woman to win a Grand Slam since Evonne Goolagong in 1980.
4. The Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova winning her first Grand Slam title in the form of Wimbledon 2011. This year saw three new women's grand slam tennis winners.

Wish You All A Happy New Year 2012. Hope the year 2012 will bring many more such sporting moments...

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Rafael Nadal models for Armani...

Top tennis star and current world no. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain is the current model for Armani for their fall collections, following the footsteps of the soccer players David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Rafael Nadal modeled for Armani Jeans and Emporio Armani Underwear for the Italian designer Giorgio Armani.

The 25-year-old Spanish tennis star Nadal posed for the advertisements as part of the Fall 2011 campaign for the brand earlier this year and the following pictures are taken as part of those advertisements that Nadal modeled for.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal models for Armani Jeans and Emporio Armani Underwear

Top tennis hunk Nadal in Armani Jeans photo shoot

Rafael Nadal of Spain models in an Armani photo shoot

Tennis stud Nadal showing his six-pack abs in an Emporio Armani Underwear

Rafael Nadal shirtless posing in an underwear for Armani

Tennis mens world no. 2 Rafael Nadal photo shoots for Armani Underwears

Rafael Nadal advertisement for Emporio Armani Underwears with his six-packs abs

Rafael Nadal models for Armani Jeans advertisement

Armani said that he selected Nadal this year because he is the ideal image and he represents a healthy and positive model for young people...

Photo credit: Armani and their photo shoots..

Rafael Nadal is currently going through a tough time as he is nursing a sore shoulder and his practice for the Australian Open 2012 grand slam is going to take a hit... He has hinted that he'll be taking a break for a month after the Australian Open for his shoulder to heal. Wishing him good luck.. May the best man win :)

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Maria Sharapova's Modeling pictures - Part 7

Its time for the next set of the Russian tennis star and super model Maria Sharapova's pictures... this set is the various pictures of the tennis beauty Maria Sharapova's modeling pictures....

For those who missed the previous posts on Maria Sharapova, catch those in the following links...

Part 1 - Sharapova Offcourt Pictures
Part 2 - Maria Sharapova Wallpapers
Part 3 - Sharapova Magazine Cover Pictures
Part 4 - Modeling & Endorsement Pictures 1
Part 5 - Sharapova's Endorsements and Modeling Pics 2
Part 6 - Sharapova's Pretty Smile

Check out the latest set of pictures on the Russian blonde tennis star Maria Sharapova's modeling assignments and fashion trends...

Top women's tennis player Maria Sharapova modeling for Tiffany & Co.

Russian beauty Maria Sharapova in a bikini modeling photo shoot

Sharapova modeling for a photo shoot

Maria Sharapova models for Cole Haan Women's Handbags

Russian blonde Maria Sharapova posing for a modeling assignment

Russian beauty Sharapova posing on a hotel top.. amazing shot and well posed by Sharapova

Sharapova models for a fashion wear

Russian tennis player Sharapova makes a style statement in this snap

Modeling and style - Maria Sharapova scores strong points in this picture

Fashionista Maria Sharapova makes a strong style statement

Brand Ambassador Maria Sharapova models for Sony Ericsson

As always, thanks to the abundant Sharapova fans across the world wide web for these pictures :)
Come back for more... till then cya.. 

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Novak Djokovic's Christmas in Abu Dhabi

Current World No. 1 tennis star Novak Djokovic spent his Christmas in Abu Dhabi. He tweeted and facebooked (if tht can also be used as a verb ;)) about his time in Abu Dhabi with his brother riding on Santa Camels :)

Check out the Serbian Djokovic's shirtless photo posing with his tennis-playing brother Marko with a Santa Camel in Abu Dhabi...

Serbian star Novak Djokovic posing shirtless with brother Marko in Abu Dhabi
Here are some photos from preparation for new season. Enjoy : -)”, said the top ranked Serbian star on his WhoSay page.

Novak Djokovic riding a camel with his brother Marko in Abu Dhabi for Christmas 2011

Credits and thanks to Novak Djokovic site and Djokovic's facebook page

Djokovic also updated his Twitter and Facebook status with the following message:

"I love the Camel photos,and on most of the photos(as most of you guessed) i am with my brother Marko @DjokoMare ! We are having great time together and working hard. We miss our youngest brother Djordje @djole_djokovic ! Abu Dhabi is cool place,they even have"Monte Carlo Beach Club" :-)"

Wishing Novak Djokovic a great 2012 year too and hope his rivalry with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray makes the game interesting in 2012 too... good for tennis and good for we fans :)

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ana Ivanovic's Rolex and Vanidades Photoshoots

Serbian tennis star and top ranked women's player Ana Ivanovic modeled for Rolex watches and also did an amazing cover shoot for the Vanidades magazine recently.

Ana Ivanovic's Rolex photo shoot pictures as posted on her website and Ana Ivanovic's Facebook page

Serbian Ana Ivanovic's Rolex Photo Shoot

Ana Ivanovic models for Rolex watches

As per the Serbian star's website, Ivanovic did a photo shoot for Vanidades magazine cover. These pictures of Ivanovic were taken by renowned Hollywood photographer John Russo at Red Rock in Las Vegas.

Ivanovic's Vanidades magazine cover shoot 2011

Ana Ivanovic models and poses for Vanidades magazine in Las Vegas

Hope you enjoyed these pictures... Looking forward to an improved 2012 for Ana Ivanovic starting with the Australian Open Grand Slam.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Outfits for 2012 Australian Open Grand Slam Event

As the 2011 year draws to closure, we get ready to watch a New year unfold and with it a new season of brand tennis...  The new season starts with Australian Open next year in January 2012 and everyone has started talking about the outfits that the players would be wearing for the Australian Open 2012 grand slam event.

From what I could gather, here are the speculated outfits that some of our top women players are wearing for Australian Open 2012:

Ana Ivanovic's Australian Open 2012 Dress:

Ana Ivanovic had released this picture in her Facebook fan page of her wearing the outfit designed for Australian Open 2012 grand slam event.
Ana Ivanovic's Australian Open 2012 Dress

Serbian Ana Ivanovic's Adidas Outfit for Australian Open Grand Slam 2012

Maria Sharapova's Australian Open Dress:
Maria Sharapova is supposed to go for white with green details for the Australian Open next season. Official confirmation is yet to come.. 
Maria Sharapova's Nike Dress for Australian Open 2012

Li Na's Australian Open Polo Top:
China's Li Na is supposed to wear this Nike Polo top for Australian Open 2012 Grand Slam

Serena William's Dress for Australian Open:

Serena William's 2012 Australian Open dress got leaked and seems like Nike is going for a similar trend that they've been following in recent years for Serena Williams by going for simple designs with mainly one predominant color. Again... official confirmation is yet to come..

We'll see more once the official confirmation comes out for the outfits for the 2012 Australian Open Grand slam event....

Btw... Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the readers :)

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Caroline Wozniacki plays cricket at MCG - Photos Part 1

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark is the current top ranked women's tennis player in the WTA rankings... Starting a new series of the pretty Dane Caroline Wozniacki showcasing collection of pictures of special events, fashion, oncourt, offcourt pictures...

Wozniacki is known for her chubby and cheerful attitude which she showed during the Australian Open 2011 at the start of this year by trying her hand at cricket.

World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki playing cricket at the MCG

World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark traded her tennis racquet for a cricket bat when she was introduced to the national Australian game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground by Victorian Bushrangers Peter Siddle and Aaron Finch earlier this year during the 2011 Australian Open Grand Slam tournament.

More pictures of Caroline Wozniacki playing cricket with the Victorian Bushrangers Peter Siddle and Aaron Finch at the MCG Cricket ground in Melbourne.

Top Women's Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki posing with Victorian Bushrangers team Peter Siddle and Aaron Finch of Australia

Caroline Wozniacki being trained to bowl by Peter Siddle of Australia

Caroline Wozniacki bats with Peter Siddle watching from behind

Caroline Wozniacki enjoyed playing cricket with the Bushrangers Finch and Siddle

The Pretty Dane Caroline Wozniacki laughs playing cricket at MCG

Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki chats with Peter Siddle and Aaron Finch about cricket 

Caroline Wozniacki in a Victorian Bushrangers T20 team t-shirt

Caroline Wozniacki playing cricket at MCG Cricket Ground in Australia

Caroline Wozniacki posing with Aaron Finch and Peter Siddle at the MCG Cricket Ground

Finch showed Wozniacki how to bat and the blonde Wozniacki often had trouble connecting with the ball, laughing at her many failed attempts. When she eventually worked out how to bat, she nearly cleaned up the cameraman and couldn't hide the huge grin off her face. Siddle then showed the in-form Dane how to bowl.

The Danish beauty knew very little about cricket, infact she had never played or watched the sport until today and was particularly amazed by the size of the MCG. Good to see her being a good sport and trying out new things.. ofcourse its an endorsement event.. but still :)

More to come in pictures of Caroline Wozniacki at special events, fashion events, endorsements, oncourt, offcourt pictures... Stay tuned :)

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Shirtless Rafael Nadal - The Hunk in pictures :)

Spaniard Rafael Nadal is a phenom in the tennis circuit already.. with his amazing power hitting and wonderful agility to be able to retrieve balls from anywhere in the tennis court...

The Spaniard Rafael Nadal's hunk look.. showing off his abs in style

Rafael Nadal, currently ranked 2nd in the ATP rankings after Novak Djokovic (who happened to have an amazing 2011) is known for his physique and amazing body.. Nadal is a hunk in his own standards... and a handsome one too.. the ladies would agree :)

Here are some more of hunk Rafael Nadal's shirtless and toned looks.. with his washboard abs..

Rafael Nadal - The Hu'n'k in Pictures (pun intended) :P

Rafael Nadal modeling for Armani showing off his washboard abs and his hunk looks

Rafael Nadal hits the beach in his shorts... nice candid capture of Nadal's shirtless look

Young Rafael Nadal with his cool hairstyle

Top tennis star Rafael Nadal showing off his washboard abs on court

Handsome Hunk Nadal in New York Fashion magazine cover

Athletic Rafael Nadal showing off his toned body in this shot 

Rafael Nadal's shirtless look.... as a teen ager looking quite the hunk

Tennis star Nadal graces the cover of Men's Health magazine

Pics courtesy: Various internet sites..

Hope you enjoyed this set of pictures (esply for the ladies) of the Spaniard Nadal's hunk pics ;)

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