By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic no longer sees winning grand slam titles or staying top of the men’s ATP rankings as a priority in his tennis career, Serbia’s world number one said on Friday. “I don’t want to think about winning titles and being the number one any more in order to avoid putting pressure on myself,” Djokovic, the winner of 12 major tournaments, told reporters. “I put too much pressure on myself after winning this year’s Roland Garros and I didn’t like it," the 29-year-old added.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova dropped just three games to dismiss Simona Halep in two sets in the semi-finals at the Wuhan Open Friday. The Czech displayed the tennis that once saw her two match wins from ascending to world number one as she beat Halep 6-1, 6-2 to reach her second final at the $2.6 million hard court event in China. The Romanian fourth seed denied Kvitova her first match point with an unusual backhand volley, taking the second set to 5-2, but was unable to swing the momentum of the game in her favour.
Professional tennis gets played all year round all over the globe, but only one tournament can lay claim to having its very own song: the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. It’s the first day of the Wuhan Open, a women’s tennis Tour event held in the central Chinese hometown of Asia’s first grand slam singles champion Li Na, and 200 schoolchildren line up inside the huge new stadium to perform a flawlessly choreographed dance complete with tennis rackets to the tournament’s official song. Although tennis is a relatively new sport in China – some 15 million people play regularly compared with 300 million for the national sport of table tennis – cities such as Wuhan, in central Hubei province, but also Shanghai and Beijing compete with each other to see who can build the most lavish facilities.