“She has worked fantastically during the time since we met. When we started in November she lost to the number 42 in Canada and a month ago she beat the Canadian number one,” said Hogstedt. He also defeated other number one ranked players like Pat Rafter, Jim Courier, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Guillermo Vilas. He won the US Open Junior event in 1981 and reached a career-high ranking of number 38 in the world. “Zoe plays an aggressive game from the baseline, but she can play with high spin and angles. She also likes to come to the net and serves well, so she has a great all-around game and has a liking for all surfaces,” he said. Looking ahead, he said: “I took Wozniacki, Li Na and Sharapova to the top. Next it will be two young sisters from South Africa, Zoe and Isabella Kruger, who I will make Grand Slam champions for South Africa.” He then discovered that Kruger, who comes from Pretoria, had an equally talented younger sister, Isabella, who is just eight years old. “I saw from the first day I could transform Zoe Kruger into one of the best players in the world,” Hogstedt said in a statement on Wednesday. Thomas Hogstedt, one of the world’s leading tennis coaches, has identified two South African sisters as potential future Grand Slam champions and has taken them under his wing. “Isabella reminds me of Martina Hingis. She plays a very fast, flat game and has great feel for the ball. Her favourite shot is the volley, but she also hits a very good drop shot.” Hogstedt comes to South Africa whenever he is able to, but has a coaching team who work with the girls when he can’t travel. The girls also go to his facility in Sweden for training camps and he and his coaching team travel with the girls when they play on the international circuit. His almost three-year coaching relationship with Maria Sharapova came to an end in July this year. The Swede, who has guided the likes of Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Caroline Wozniacki to the pinnacle of their careers, was invited by Tennis South Africa to conduct a clinic in Stellenbosch last November. At the clinic, he came across then 10-year-old Zoe Kruger, who immediately caught his eye. Zoe also helped South Africa to a third place finish in the under-12 team championship in Canada. Hogstedt knows what it takes to play at highest level of the game. In his 14-year professional career he managed wins over all three Swedish players who were ranked number one in the world at some stage during their careers: Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg. Uncanny abilityHogstedt has an uncanny ability to recognise what it takes to turn a pre-teenager into a champion, as he proved when coaching Wozniacki as a 13-year-old. He took her to number one in the world. SAinfo reporter One of the bestIsabella is already regarded as one of the best eight-year-old players in the world. She reached the final of the highly regarded Little Mo tournament in the under-eight age group when she was just seven and lost the final in three sets to Russia’s number one player. 26 September 2013 Coaching careerAs a coach he has worked with some of the top names in the sport, including Germany’s Tommy Haas and Nicolas Kiefer. Hogstedt also coached three top Swedes Jonas Bjorkman (career high world number 4), Magnus Norman (ranked 2) and Thomas Johansson (ranked 9). No peersZoe has no peers in her age group in South Africa, which she demonstrated by winning the SA National Under-12 Championship when she was just 10 years old. Last month she reached the final of an under-12 tournament in Canada, winning five of her six matches.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015 Ohio State Fair is underway and Ohio soybean farmers invite fairgoers to have fun, learn more about soybeans and meet some of the men and women who grow them. The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and soybean checkoff are presenting sponsors of the fair, as well as presenting sponsors of the 2015 Junior Livestock Shows, the O’Neill Swine Building, Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center and Rabbit & Poultry Pavilion.The Ohio Soybean Farmers’ booth in the Nationwide Donahey Ag and Hort building will feature a virtual reality tour of soybean fields and the Ohio River to highlight soybean exports and international markets. There will also be an opportunity for friends and family to race each other in a mechanical pig race, showcasing animal agriculture, the number one customer of soybeans.“We are very excited about the 2015 Ohio State Fair and proud to be a presenting sponsor once again,” said Patrick Knouff, OSC Chairman and Shelby County soybean farmer. “This event gives us a unique opportunity to meet with people, have fun and show them how farmers do what we do.”On Saturday, Aug. 8, OSC will host Soybean Day at the Ohio State Fair. Samples of soy-based bioproducts and fun, interactive games will be available. Several Ohio soybean farmers will be at the Cardinal Gate entrance to greet fairgoers and explain what soybean farmers in the state are doing to sustain the lives of people and animals, while taking great care of the environment around them.
After 14 days of fasting, 25-year-old Hardik Patel on Friday was admitted to hospital as his health deteriorated, necessitating hospitalisation. He was rushed to hospital on the advice of a team of doctors after he had stopped water intake also on Thursday.“He has been admitted and is currently being monitored by a team of three doctors,” said a health bulletin issued by Civil Hospital in Sola, Ahmedabad.In last 14 days since he began indefinite fast to press for his twin demands of quota for his Patidar community and a waiver of farm loans, Mr. Patel had stopped drinking water after his ultimatum to the BJP government to hold talks with his Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) within 24 hours elapsed.Condition worsens“We have admitted him to the hospital because his health worsened on Friday,” said Manoj Panara of PAAS. He added that the agitation for quota and farm loan waiver will continue because the Gujarat BJP government was non-committal on the issues.Before his hospitalisation, a key leader of the Patidar community Naresh Patel, held a meeting with PAAS leader and urged him to end his fast but continue his agitation on the issues.