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Indian Wells: Bartoli and Wickmayer to Meet in Semi-finals

Posted by gauloises1 on March 17, 2011

And yes, catty people, I would buy a ticket for that match.

OK, maybe I wouldn’t. But that’s mainly because Bartoli’s match with Ivanovic was so dreadful. Marion was clearly having some serious physical issues to the extent that she looked about to die between points, and although she played well, particularly in the first set, it would only have taken a small amount of fortitude from Ivanovic on her serve to take it to a third set, which would have put paid to Marion’s challenge. So a bit of an UFE-fest, all told. But it’s still an encouraging tournament for Ivanovic, who’s so nearly put herself back together, and as for Marion – it’s her third Premier semi-final in different events, and I say allez to that.

A bit of revenge and a first Indian Wells semi-final for Wicky, who beat Peer 63 63. I didn’t see the match – did anyone? – but no doubt Wickmayer’s shorter fourth round match served her well against Peer, who had to battle for hours. I like her chances against Bartoli.

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Indian Wells: Are You Being Serb’d?

Posted by gauloises1 on March 16, 2011

(My thanks to ShankTennis for the title.)

A very Serbian day in Indian Wells today. First of all, we had Novak Djokovic crushing Ernests Gulbis with the ridiculous score of 60 61. Ernie threatened to break in the first game and then did nothing for the rest of the match. I didn’t see it, but one feels I didn’t miss very much.

Djokovic will face compatriot Viktor Troicki after the latter defeated Michael Llodra 63 63. And then we had these two.

Ana Ivanovic beat defending champion Jelena Jankovic 64 62, and she did it by looking to dominate the points whenever she could and not getting down on herself when she missed. Simple, right? You’d think so, but the time it’s taken for her to get back playing this way suggests that’s not the case, despite the fact that she makes it look so natural when she plays as well as she did today. Ivanovic is still too tense and desperate to be relaxing to watch, but there was a real sense of joy in her tennis today. The fact that she managed to win the first set despite only breaking serve once speaks volumes.

JJ … JJ, in a familiar refrain, was disappointing. She had so much success moving Ana from side to side that it was infuriating to watch her squandering the opportunities she got to put width on her shots, she didn’t return at all well and some of her net approaches were frankly baffling. There was simply no spring in her step or, apparently, in her brain.

But the way Ana played today, JJ would have had to be near her best to beat her. The openings to rattle her were there, but she came up with big serves at important moments and went for her shots at the right moments and with conviction. Again, it sounds simple but she has a simple game – simple, but terribly effective when it’s on. Her entire problem is overthinking and she kept that in check today. If she can repeat that against Bartoli, she’ll be in the semi-finals and there will be no repining.

Well, maybe a little bit.

Sssshhhh … JJ 4EVA.

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Women’s R16 Set At Indian Wells

Posted by gauloises1 on March 15, 2011

Since I missed yesterday due to having to do some actual work, let’s take a quick look at the fourth-round match-ups for the women at Indian Wells, now that the third round’s been completed.

(1) Caroline Wozniacki v. (22) Alisa Kleybanova

H2H: 2-0

The world no. 1 is cruising so far in this tournament, taking out former bugbear Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in straight sets on her fourth attempt so far. Kleybanova has had a slightly tougher road but has been equally unruffled, with straight sets victories over Agnes Szavay and, last night, thirteenth seed Flavia Pennetta. Looking at the draw, if Wozniacki is going to be beaten before the semi-finals, it’s going to be here. Best of luck with that, Kleybs.

(9) Agnieszka Radwanska v. (8) Victoria Azarenka

H2H: 2 – 4

Christ on a bike, I love this match-up. Two of my favourite players with plenty of history – two great and very different games – two of the more enigmatic and spiky personalities on tour. Which just makes it all the more frustrating that it’s on court 7 for reasons unknown and therefore won’t be streamed. But OK. Radwanska toiled in her last match against Maria Kirilenko, finally winning 75 in the third after the Russian recovered from a first-set bagel, while Azarenka posted a straight sets victory over Urszula Radwanska, her opponent’s little sis. Game. On.

Dinara Safina v. (16) Maria Sharapova

H2H: 3-3

Seriously, someone is doing this on purpose. Two contemporaries who have been playing each other since 2004, the only two Russians who have ever been ranked no. 1, and both struggling back from injuries that have decimated their careers (to different extents, I grant you, but still). Sharapova had a good win over Rezai yesterday, but who really thought Dinara would be here?! She beat the fourth seed Stosur last night in straight sets, a match that I didn’t watch but C Note did, and apparently while Stosur was fairly woeful, Dinara was brilliant. Remember when she was good? I mean, really good? That might be happening again. I’m so excited.

Not to worry though, she’s still Dinara.

(18) Nadia Petrova v. Peng Shuai

H2H: 2-1

I keep telling people how much Peng Shuai has improved (OK, it might be Shuai Peng), but will anyone listen? She backed up her defeat of Li Na by beating Lucie Hradecka, who took out Alexandra Dulgheru in the previous round. It did take her three sets, but then it took Nadia three sets to beat American wildcard Christina McHale. I think Peng’s going to win this one.

(5) Francesca Schiavone v. (10) Shahar Peer

H2H: 1-3

Another really great match-up. Schiavone has definitely had an easier time of it so far, beating Zuzana Ondraskova and Alize Cornet in straight sets, but from what I’ve seen her performances have been a bit erratic. Peer has had to go three sets with two tough opponents, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, but she’s beaten Schiavone every time they’ve played on hard courts. Fun times.

(23) Yanina Wickmayer v. (25) Dominika Cibulkova

H2H: 1-2

Sorry for the pictures, for some reason these ladies haven’t been photographed much. Anyway. Cibulkova of course has scored arguably the biggest upset of the tournament so far, defeating third seed Vera Zvonareva 46 76(4) 64, and has consequently been rewarded with angry mama and personal fave of mine Yanina Wickmayer, who put paid to the hopes of whipping girl Melanie Oudin and then took out fourteenth seed Kaia Kanepi. Happy days.

(6) Jelena Jankovic v. (19) Ana Ivanovic

H2H: 3-6

Whichever tennis god is doing this, I’m converting. No love lost between these Serbian former no. 1s who are both engaged in struggling out of prolonged and intermittent slumps. JJ has had a smooth ride so far against Coco Vanderweghe and Julia Goerges, and while I haven’t watched Ana’s matches, straight set wins over Date-Krumm and Zahlalova Strycova are a bit more impressive. So evidence would suggest she’s the form player so far – but then, as anyone who remembers the absolutely hilarious horror show that was their last match in Madrid will attest, reason and logic doesn’t always come into it with these girls.

(15) Marion Bartoli v. (2) Kim Clijsters

H2H: 0-3

 

Rather a tough ask for Marion, you might think, given that Kim has beaten her all three times they played. But then Kim looked pretty dreadful in her match against Sara Errani, taking three sets to subdue the Italian with a serve and forehand misfiring all over the place, while Bartoli beat a tough opponent in Andrea Petkovic in straight sets last round. So maybe it’s the Frenchwoman’s moment. Allez, I say.

And that is your WTA round of sixteen at Indian Wells. Put bluntly, if you’re not having fun with this, then you’re not paying attention.

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RG Day Five: So … Bye, Then.

Posted by gauloises1 on May 28, 2010

I feel a bit like I did recently when I ran into my ex at a party, went out of my way to be friendly and nice, took it well when dismissed me with a promise of finding me for a chat later, only for him to leave without bothering to say goodbye. Well, screw you then.

Sorry. My stuff. What I meant to say is that we’ve unceremoniously lost some of the top ladies without me even having time to really get to grips with the fact that they were there.

Yaroslava Shvedova added another big Slam scalp to her resumee, echoing her defeat of JJ at last year’s US Open by taking out Agnieszka Radwanska in straights. And in an eerie echo of that day when JJ and Licky lost to Shvedova and Rodionova within literally seconds of each other … Vera Zvonareva lost to Anastasia Rodionova.

Whatever.

Alisa Kleybanova, meanwhile, had a crushing 63 60 win over Ana Ivanovic. Frankly I blinked and missed it, but it seems to have been a day to forget for the pumping one.

On you go, Kleybs.

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Serbian Semi-finals in Rome

Posted by gauloises1 on May 7, 2010

Yes, it’s still happening. Ana Ivanovic won a fourth consecutive match against a high-quality opponent, defeating Nadia Petrova 62 75. I didn’t see the match, but the result speaks for itself. And if it didn’t, C Note would.

Yep, we’re back to this.

Ana has a winnable match against tricky but unpredictable Maria Jose Martinez-Sanchez next, and could be in the final of her first WTA event since Indian Wells in 2009. It’s happening.

But I want to talk about the match I did see, which was JJ defeating Venus, 60 61. That’s Venus’ worst defeat in her career, and – as the result suggests – a huge, huge performance from JJ.

I’m familiar with the ‘Venus is not what she was’ arguments, and the second set was certainly fairly woeful from her. But she played well in the first set, and it simply didn’ t make a difference. This JJ, and the one that beat Wickmayer, didn’t wear her opponent down or outlast her or rely on unforced errors. She overwhelmed Venus, and rendered what she was doing more or less irrelevant. I’m not saying she’s going to be able to sustain this form; I’m just saying it was a reminder of what she can do, and a revelation too. If she can bring this kind of game to Roland Garros …

Tough times tomorrow, though, as she’s playing Serena Williams, who overwhelmed Maria Kirilenko today and isn’t going to want to lose to JJ.

Excellent tournament for Maria Kirilenko though, who beat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dominika Cibulkova on her way to this quarterfinal. Solid work.

Still, no disrespect intended to anyone else left in the draw, but I really want JJ to win tomorrow. Not to get to the final; just to see more of the way she’s been playing. It’s been, simply, the sex.

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What’s the Opposite of ‘Slump’?

Posted by gauloises1 on May 5, 2010

Today felt a bit like 2008 again, except with more disbelief. First of all, Jelena Jankovic put in a near-flawless performance against Yanina Wickmayer, demolishing her 62 60 in 52 minutes. My jaw was quite literally on the floor at how she played. She simply couldn’t miss; even when she was hitting the ball out or coming up with the scratchiest of scrambled defensive lobs, it went in. Wicky didn’t play badly, but she couldn’t do a thing; she served at 76% and still only won 28 points to JJ’s 53. It was a sight to see, as any match where JJ serves multiple aces in more than one service game and ends up with 22 winners and 7 unforced errors would be. Watching, I found myself really dealing with the fact that this woman earned the no. 1 ranking.

And all without chipping her nail varnish.

Then JJ’s fellow former no. 1 and sister from really another mother pumped her way back into the conversation in some style, backing up her straight-sets defeat of Victoria Azarenka by defeating Elena Dementieva, 61 76(6). Yes, that’s back-to-back top 10 wins, and yes, I am talking about this woman.

Honestly, I thought Dementieva’s performance left rather a lot to be desired, but Ana stayed strong and served strong even when under pressure and in a winning position. Her forehand imposed as it used to do and she – well, what’s a nice way of saying ‘didn’t implode’ in a tone of extreme surprise?

Best not to get ahead of ourselves, but successive wins over top 10 players – something she hasn’t managed since 2008 – justifies a little excitement, I think. Anyway, genuine congratulations to Ana fans and rooters. It would be hard to think of many other players with such a loyal following and while I may not be a fan of Ana, I’m a big fan of C Note and all her ilk. So … ajde, I guess. (Remember when we used to say that?)

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Stuttgart, Fes: Tuesday’s Results, Wednesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on April 27, 2010

I absolutely love Stuttgart. The draw is ridiculously loaded so you get great match-ups right from the start, and they have night sessions so I get to watch after work. It’s all good. Anyway, the first full day’s play already threw up some interesting results. Agnes Szavay outlasted Andrea Petkovic in a marathon night session, 75 in the third; after Petkovic found her range, she played with by far the greater energy and commitment, but fell at the final hurdle. It’s a tough loss after a tough Fed Cup weekend, especially at home, but Szavay did well to get herself together and will face Dinara Safina in the second round. Shahar Peer also battled against Polona Hercog, but all the seeds came through in straights, including Svetlana Kuznetsova against Katarina Srebotnik and Li Na against tough clay-courter Sara Errani.

Most people had their eyes on Agnieszka Radwanska against Ana Ivanovic, however, which ended pretty much the way you would expect.

Obligatory photo of Ana’s dress. You won’t be seeing it again in Stuttgart.

I hear that Ana played and particularly served a lot better than she has done in living memory, so. Onwards and upwards, as she herself would say.

Some interesting results in the criminally unphotographed Fes today; the top two seeds both dropped a set but came through, Medina Garrigues served up a double bagel, and unlikely winners Alize Cornet, Bojana Jovanovski and Simona Halep upset Petra Martic, Barbara Zahlalova Strycova and Lucie Hradecka respectively. Fed Cup and boob reductions. I’m just saying. And a pair of Tims won. C’mon!

Results

Stuttgart

Singles – First Round
(3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 61 62
(5) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 76(4) 64
Li Na (CHN) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 61 61
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 63 36 61
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 63 26 75
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. (Q) Tatiana Poutchek (BLR) 62 62
(Q) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. (LL) Margalita Chakhnashvili (GEO) 63 64
(Q) Anna Lapushchenkova (RUS) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 64 61

Doubles – First Round
(1) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. Kostanic Tosic/Sfar (CRO/TUN) 64 62
(3) Black/Peer (ZIM/ISR) d. Birnerova/Birnerova (CZE/CZE) 63 64

Fes

Singles – First Round
(1) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Anna Floris (ITA) 61 57 61
(2) Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. (Q) Greta Arn (HUN) 46 75 61
(3) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. (WC) Lina Bennani (MAR) 60 60
Renata Voracova (CZE) d. (4) Melinda Czink (HUN) 64 76(5)
(5) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (WC) Fatima Zahrae El Allami (MAR) 60 61
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (6) Petra Martic (CRO) 76(3) 64
(Q) Simona Halep (ROU) d. (8) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 75 61
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. Vesna Manasieva (RUS) 26 63 63
Katie O’Brien (GBR) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 62 46 63
Anne Keothavong (GBR) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 63 06 64

Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 61
(Q) Laura Pous Tio (ESP) d. Jarmila Groth (AUS) 60 76(4)
(Q) Claire de Gubernatis (FRA) d. (WC) Nadia Lalami (MAR) 76(1) 63

Doubles – First Round
Coin/Cornet (FRA/FRA) d. (3) Savchuk/Zalameda (UKR/USA) 76(3) 76(1)
Manasieva/Zakopalova (RUS/CZE) d. Kondratieva/Lefèvre (RUS/FRA) 63 26 103

Wednesday’s OOP is brought to you by Sveta’s feet of clay.

Stuttgart

Center Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Gisela Dulko vs. Jelena Jankovic
2. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Shahar Peer (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Flavia Pennetta vs. Victoria Azarenka (NB 15.45hrs)
4. Justine Henin vs. Julia Goerges (NB 18.20hrs)
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Li Na (NB 20.15hrs)
6. Jans/Uhlirova vs. Peschke/Srebotnik

Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Marion Bartoli vs. Samantha Stosur
2. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Francesca Schiavone
3. Selima Sfar vs. Lucie Safarova
4. Huber/Jankovic vs. Marosi/Scheepers

Fes

Center Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Laura Pous Tio
2. Arantxa Parra Santonja vs. Alizé Cornet
3. Ioana Raluca Olaru vs. Patty Schnyder
4. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Anne Keothavong

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Angelique Kerber vs. Bojana Jovanovski
2. Claire de Gubernatis vs. Iveta Benesova
3. Simona Halep vs. Olga Savchuk
4. Kosinska/Thorpe vs. Czink/Parra Santonja

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Katie O’Brien vs. Renata Voracova
2. Kerber/Védy vs. Hradecka/Voracova (after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Cabeza Candela/Pous Tio vs. Bovina/Klepac (after suitable rest)

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Fes, Stuttgart: Monday’s Results, Tuesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on April 27, 2010

Very little actually happened today. In Stuttgart, the biggest occurrence was probably first-time doubles pairing Ana Ivanovic and Andrea Petkovic losing to veteran British doubles specialist Sarah Borwell and her partner Rachel Kops-Jones, while in Fes … er, really nothing. Except Anne Keothavong and Katie O’Brien both won doubles matches. So a good day to be a Tim playing doubles.

Results

Stuttgart

Doubles – First Round
Dulgheru/Szavay (ROU/HUN) d. Chakhnashvili/Schruff (GEO/GER) 64 63
Goerges/Woehr (GER/GER) d. Dekmeijere/Poutchek (LAT/BLR) 75 76(5)
Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) d. Ivanovic/Petkovic (SRB/GER) 75 36 106

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Ivana Lisjak (CRO) 64 64
(3) Anna Lapushchenkova (RUS) d. Margalita Chakhnashvili (GEO) 62 62
Tatiana Poutchek (BLR) d. (WC) Julia Kimmelmann (GER) 64 61
Selima Sfar (TUN) d. Tina Schiechtl (AUT) 62 63

Fes

Singles – First Round
(7) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 60 64
Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 64 26 64
Olga Savchuk (UKR) d. Patricia Mayr (AUT) 64 76(0)

Doubles – First Round
(1) Benesova/Medina Garrigues (CZE/ESP) d. Martic/Schnyder (CRO/SUI) 62 62
Groth/Keothavong (AUS/GBR) d. (WC) Bennani/Rassif (MAR/MAR) 61 60
O’Brien/Olaru (GBR/ROU) d. (WC) El Allami/Lalami (MAR/MAR) 60 63

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Simona Halep (ROU) d. (7) Estrella Cabeza Candela (ESP) 61 61
(8) Greta Arn (HUN) d. (3) Corinna Dentoni (ITA) 64 62
(5) Laura Pous Tio (ESP) d. (4) Silvia Soler Espinosa (ESP) 76(5) 76(3)
Claire de Gubernatis (FRA) d. (6) Beatriz García Vidagany (ESP) 75 63

OOP

Stuttgart

Center Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Katarina Srebotnik
2. Li Na vs. Sara Errani (NB 16.30hrs)
3. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Ana Ivanovic (NB 18.20hrs)
4. Agnes Szavay vs. Andrea Petkovic (NB 20.15hrs)
5. Barthel/Klaschka vs. Govortsova/Rosolska

Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Margalita Chakhnashvili vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
2. Polona Hercog vs. Shahar Peer
3. Olga Govortsova vs. Anna Lapushchenkova
4. Dulko/Pennetta vs. Kostanic Tosic/Sfar
5. Black/Peer vs. Birnerova/Birnerova
6. Tatiana Poutchek vs. Alexandra Dulgheru

Fes

Center Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Angelique Kerber vs. Fatima Zahrae El Allami
2. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Lina Bennani
3. Greta Arn vs. Patty Schnyder
4. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Anna Floris
5. Claire de Gubernatis vs. Nadia Lalami

Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Renata Voracova vs. Melinda Czink
2. Alizé Cornet vs. Petra Martic (NB 11.30hrs)
3. Vesna Manasieva vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. Bojana Jovanovski
2. Laura Pous Tio vs. Jarmila Groth
3. Lucie Hradecka vs. Simona Halep

Court 5 (from 11.30hrs)
1. Anne Keothavong vs. Julie Coin
2. Katie O’Brien vs. Pauline Parmentier

Court/Time TBA
1. Kondratieva/Lefèvre vs. Manasieva/Zakopalova

Court/Time TBA
1. Savchuk/Zalameda vs. Coin/Cornet

Court/Time TBA
1. Cabeza Candela/Pous Tio vs. Bovina/Klepac

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Venus Wins Shiny Thing, Much Cash

Posted by gauloises1 on March 2, 2010

So that made-up exo thingy I was talking about was last night – sorry, the BNP Paribas Showdown of Champions in Madison Square Garden for the Billie Jean King Cup – and Venus won it. Well done. She beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 64 before facing Kim Clijsters, who defeated Ana Ivanovic 76(2), and beating her 64 36 75.

Venus just wears winning so well. What a great month for her. Of course, she couldn’t have done it without the help of her supporting cast who each reportedly showcased their special talents.

Sveta emoted.

And Ana … well, you know.

And a good time was had by all. Or possibly not. I hear that the event was fairly sparsely attended but that the tennis was good. Linz, are you out there? What did you think?

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Girls, Giggles & Garters

Posted by gauloises1 on February 10, 2010

So Ana Ivanovic is featured in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition (a thing that I, incidentally, have some problems getting my head around) and looks, well, like a very, very gorgeous woman.

It’s unfortunate timing, coming so soon after her disastrous Fed Cup weekend, but when coupled with her lifetime Adidas deal hitting the headlines, it’s a powerful statement of, well, enduring marketability. So there that is.

Frankly, I’m more concerned with the somewhat ’50s vibe of the shoot. It’s all nudges and permissiveness; I feel like there should be a beach ball in there somewhere. I actually feel like FHM did a better job, artistically. And I’m not going to lie, that sentence scares me.

Brooklyn Decker, incidentally, graces the cover.

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