General Buzz, Miscellany, Uncategorized

Coach Heidi?

Awhile ago a little birdie told me about a rumor that my all-time favorite player, Heidi El Tabakh, was starting to coach tennis professionally, and was working with Canada’s latest prodigal tennis talent, sixteen year old Carson Branstine, who elected to play under the Canadian flag owing to the fact that her Mother was born in Toronto.

If this rumor is true, then perhaps it is also true that Heidi played some part in the French Open junior girls doubles title won by Branstine and fellow Canadian Bianca Andreescu last Saturday at Roland Garros. Which would be a real feather in her cap, professionally.

Even if it’s not true, it makes for a good story.

In any event, congrats to the young Canucks on their second straight junior grand slam title as a doubles team.


For Heidi

You know how you always hope there’s a day you can summon the courage to tell the Girl of your Dreams how much she has meant to you? Well, since I’m no good at letters….

I don’t much like myself. I am ugly and not nearly as smart as I thought I was, and I have failed more times at more things than I can remember. But She is an ethereal ray of sunlight that casts away the darkness, and when I catch a glimpse of her eyes in one of her photos, or in one of my dreams, I forget the darkness for just a little bit.

So thank you, Heidi el Tabakh, for that specialness you’ve shared with the world. With me. With your smile. And those eyes. Though you wouldn’t really know me from a hole in the ground, unwittingly, you brightened my life in ways you can’t possibly imagine. My great regret in life is that a someone like me can never meet a someone like you anywhere but in a dream. That’s OK, though, because I’ll always have a place in my heart for you.

General Buzz, Miscellany

Congratulations, Heidi!

A shout out to my favorite player today, as Canadian Heidi El Tabakh won Sunday’s final in the $25,000 Ascension Project Women’s Challenger in Redding, California, prevailing in straight sets over France’s Sherazad Reix, the tournament’s fifth seed, 6-1 6-3.  The title, El Tabakh’s seventh ITF singles title, is her first since May of 2014, when she won in Raleigh, North Carolina.

During the week, El Tabakh dropped just one set in her five wins.

Congratulations, Heidi, you earned it and you deserve it!


General Buzz, Miscellany

El Tabakh, Reix in Final of Redding, California Ascension Project Women’s Challenger!

It’ll be a friendly matchup between suddenly resurgent Canadian Heidi El Tabakh and France’s Sherazad Reix who square off in today’s $25,000 Ascension Project Women’s Challenger in Redding, California.  In Saturday’s semifinals, Reix, who’s been on quite an impressive run as of late, winning 21 of her last 25 singles matches, including a singles title in Les Contamines-Montjoie, France, dismissed Brazilian Paula Cristina Goncalves in straight sets, 6-4 6-4, while El Tabakh, making steady progress in her return from a long hiatus due to injury, held on for a 7-6 2-6 6-1 win over Vania King.

Good luck to both women in today’s final!



General Buzz, Miscellany, Tournament Match Reports

Comeback Kids King, El Tabakh to Clash in Redding, California

American Vania King and Canadian Heidi El Tabakh meet today in the semifinals of the $25,000 Ascension Project Women’s Challenger, a USTA Pro Circuit event in in Redding, California.  Both are on the comeback trail from injury.

Once ranked as high as number 50 in the world in singles and number 3 in doubles, King suffered a herniated disc in her back and has since slipped outside the top 400 in singles.  Her rehab has taken over eight months.  En route to the semis, King beat top seed Jennifer Brady, wildcard Julia Jones and sixth seed Caitlin Whoriskey.

El Tabakh, whose career high singles rank is 146, was similarly out for nearly six months after retiring with a back injury at an ITF tournament in Toronto last October.  Heidi’s path to the semis included straight set wins over former Wimbledon semifinalist Alexandra Stevenson, Nadja Gilchrist and Klaartje Liebens.

For both players, a return to some past form must surely be welcome.  In any event, it’s great to see both of them playing well again after struggling so long with injury.

In the tournament’s other semifinal, fifth seed Sherazad Reix of France meets seventh seeded Paula Cristina Goncalves of Brazil.

Good luck to all of the ladies in their bid to take the title in Redding this week!  But GO HEIDI! 😉