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Indian Wells Runs Dry

Posted by gauloises1 on March 17, 2011

Bit of a damp squib, today’s day session as Wozniacki and del Potro both progressed to the semi-finals without playing a whole match.

Azarenka played a hotly-contested first two games with Wozniacki, went down an immediate break after having chances to break in the first game, and then was 30-0 down in the third when she pulled up mid-point as her left leg buckled under her. She hobbled off court, returned after an injury timeout and, limping, finished out the game. Her coach Samuel Sumyck advised her to “be wise” and retire, and she did. Really sad, a great disappointment and a worrying sign for the rest of the season, given that a left thigh problem troubled her for much of 2010 and prevented her getting any rhythm. Apparently the injury is to the left hip flexor. Get better soon, Vika. I’m sadfacing all over the place for you.

It was particularly poignant after Wozniacki brought a Japanese flag on to the court and asked for a minute’s silence to mark the events there, apparently something she and Vika had cooked up together.

I know I disparage Wozniacki a lot, but really, the WTA couldn’t hope for two nicer women than her and Vika.

Hot on the heels of that particular crapfest, Tommy Robredo was forced to pull out due to what I’ve heard reported as a left abductor injury, which was troubling him during his previous match with Querrey and reportedly has been a worry for some time. Robredo said he has a strain in two different places and is risking a tear. Absolutely right for him to pull out, but it’s a shame – for him, for the ticket-holders, the fans, everybody. I hope he recovers quickly.

About the only person it doesn’t entirely suck for is JMDP, who can probably go back to bed now as he is in the semi-finals, which should be happy but really isn’t under these circumstances. He will play the winner of the Nadal-Karlovic match later on tonight.

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Indian Wells: Warriors & Wet Blankets

Posted by gauloises1 on March 16, 2011

In addition to the Ivanovic-Bartoli clash, there’s a few more exciting quarter-finals on tap in the next few days.

It’s Wozniacki against one of her many best friends again after the world no.1 recovered from dropping the first set to Alisa Kleybanova to win quite comfortably in three. Vika, on the other hand, is never comfortable. Radwanska served for the match twice against her in the third set before Vika somehow squeaked it out. Which doesn’t exactly bode well for this particular clash.

Also battling was Shahar Peer, who took what I clocked as ‘forever’ (roughly) to maintain her hard-court dominance over Francesca Schiavone, triumphing eventually 64 36 76(3). She last met Yanina Wickmayer in Dubai where the Israeli prevailed, but both these girls have been off the radar so far this tournament, so who knows …

Maria Sharapova was deadly and dominating against Dinara Safina. I have a feeling Peng Shuai might prove a little trickier.

No surprises on the men’s side, unless you count Richard Gasquet winning a match. He beat Jurgen Melzer, but the men’s draw has yet to get really interesting. We’ll see tonight maybe.

Men

Singles – Third Round
[2] R Federer (SUI) d [29] J Chela (ARG) 60 62
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d [31] E Gulbis (LAT) 60 61
[7] T Berdych (CZE) d [26] T Bellucci (BRA) 63 62
[8] A Roddick (USA) d [30] J Isner (USA) 75 62
[18] R Gasquet (FRA) d [10] J Melzer (AUT) 61 63
[12] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [17] M Cilic (CRO) 75 63
[16] V Troicki (SRB) d [24] M Llodra (FRA) 63 63
[WC] R Harrison (USA) d [WC] M Raonic (CAN) 76(1) 46 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) d L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Hanley (AUS) 75 67(3) 10-7

Doubles – Second Round
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) d [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) 75 67(9) 10-7
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d [3] M Bhupathi (IND) / L Paes (IND) 63 64
M Knowles (BAH) / M Mertinak (SVK) d [WC] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) 63 64

Women

Singles – Fourth Round
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (22) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 26 63 61
(15) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (2) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 36 31 ret. (right shoulder injury)
(10) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (5) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 64 36 76(3)
(19) Ana Ivanovic d. (6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 64 62
(8) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (9) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 46 63 76(3)
(16) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Dinara Safina (RUS) 62 60
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (18) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 64 57 63
(23) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (25) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 75 75

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(6) Azarenka/Kirilenko (BLR/RUS) d. (WC) Jankovic/Pavlyuchenkova (SRB/RUS) 64 75
Mirza/Vesnina (IND/RUS) d. Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) 64 61

OOP

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[21] S Querrey (USA) vs [25] T Robredo (ESP) – ATP
Not Before 1:00 PM
[19] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [15] M Bartoli (FRA) – WTA
[16] V Troicki (SRB) vs [3] N Djokovic (SRB) – ATP
[8] A Roddick (USA) vs [18] R Gasquet (FRA) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [Q] S Devvarman (IND) – ATP
[WC] R Harrison (USA) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
[32] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP
[7] T Berdych (CZE) vs [12] S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP
[23] A Montanes (ESP) vs I Karlovic (CRO) – ATP
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) vs A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
[10] S Peer (ISR) vs [23] Y Wickmayer (BEL) – WTA

STADIUM 3 start 12:30 pm
D Hantuchova (SVK) / A Radwanska (POL) vs [4] V King (USA) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) – WTA
[3] L Huber (USA) / N Petrova (RUS) vs [8] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / M Shaughnessy (USA) – WTA
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) vs N Djokovic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) – ATP – After Suitable Rest

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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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Consolidation.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 20, 2011

Rising a spot in the rankings isn’t any good unless you’re going to sink your teeth into it and make it yours. Enter Caroline Wozniacki and Robin Soderling.

What I like about Wozniacki is that she wants to be no. 1. She’s only ever reached the third round in this tournament before, but with the ranking on the line, she not only beat the woman who beat her last year, but recorded back-to-back victories over Jankovic and Kuznetsova, beating the latter 61 63 in a composed and assertive performance which showed her terrier-like mentality as the weapon it is. Due respect.

Kuznetsova was pretty disappointing, I thought; a great tournament and a collapse in the final. But she still looks on course to do something big this year, if you ask me. Wimbledon champion 2011?

Speaking of doing big things, Robin Soderling further justified his claim to the world no. 4 spot by winning his second title in two weeks at the Open 13 in Marseilles, beating Marin Cilic 67(8) 63 63. It was far from his best match, but what was very impressive was the way that he dug deep, battled himself and his own demons and got through it with a resounding win. That’s his third title in 2011, and if anybody out there still thinks he’s a one-trick pony, then I don’t know who you’re watching. I think he looks more like a major contender than he ever has before.

As for skinny love there, it wasn’t his best but it was so far from his worst. One woeful game in the third set was pretty much all it came down to, and he showed a lot of heart and confidence that’s been missing for the last year or so. He called it a “good start” in his post-match interview and said that he hoped to build on it in Indian Wells and Miami. I’ll drink to that.

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False Alarm.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 19, 2011

Svetlana Kuznetsova and Caroline Wozniacki both won in straight sets today, so they’ll face each other in the Dubai final. Kuznetsova can win, of course. But she probably won’t.

Singles – Semifinals
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 75 63
(16) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (11) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 64 64

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. (4) Azarenka/Kirilenko (BLR/RUS) 62 61

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Hot Potato.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 18, 2011

And so the mixed curse and blessing that is the WTA no. 1 ranking drops back into Caroline Wozniacki’s lap merely one week after she relinquished it to Kim Clijsters, courtesy of a 62 64 victory over Shahar Peer in Dubai.

Good luck with that, Caro.

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One Match Away.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 17, 2011

Hold on to whatever you haven’t already shed in despair: Caroline Wozniacki is one win away from taking back the no. 1 ranking in Dubai.

She benefitted from a dramatic collapse from Anna Chakvetadze in the second round, who was suffering from the aftereffects of gastroenteritis, just when the Russian looked to be making an impact in the match:

Wozniacki then beat Ayumi Morita today after the Japanese qualifier upset Petra Kvitova in the opening round. She’ll play Shahar Peer in the quarterfinals. It was Peer who beat her in the third round last year, but she had a tough third-round match against Yanina Wickmayer, so I suspect that no. 1 trophy is headed back Wozniacki’s way, and why not.

Still, let’s not forget the conditions Peer is playing under to even be allowed to participate in this tournament. I hope she goes on winning just to stick it to them. It’s absurd and cynical that the WTA even has a tournament under these conditions, no matter how good the field is. Anyway.

Radwanska will play Kuznetsova after the former beat Bartoli and Svetlana reprised her Melbourne epic with Francesca Schiavone. Six match points went begging again before the Russian closed it out this time. Azarenka flattered to deceive in one of her patented pointless comebacks, taking Pennetta to a third set before losing.

Pennetta will face Alisa Kleybanova, who surprised Vera Zvonareva in straight sets earlier, but the Italian needed an MTO in her singles match and withdrew from her doubles with a leg strain, so maybe don’t expect too much. The remaining quarterfinal will be Sam Stosur against Jelena Jankovic, who came back from losing the first set 2-6 to Kaia Kanepi to win 7-5 in the third. Yay.

Singles – Third Round
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (Q) Ayumi Morita (JPN) 61 60
(15) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (2) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 63 62
(16) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (3) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 16 60 75
(4) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 63 64
(6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (12) Kaia Kanepi (EST) 26 63 75
(11) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (7) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 63 67(2) 64
(8) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (10) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 63 62
(9) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 36 64 61

Doubles – Second Round
(1) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Dushevina/Peng (RUS/CHN) 75 62
(2) Huber/Martínez Sánchez (USA/ESP) d. Groth/Zakopalova (AUS/CZE) 64 64
(WC) Kuznetsova/Zvonareva (RUS/RUS) d. (3) Chan/Zheng (TPE/CHN) 63 75
(4) Azarenka/Kirilenko (BLR/RUS) d. Kleybanova/Yan (RUS/CHN) 64 64
(6) Mattek-Sands/Shaughnessy (USA/USA) d. Pennetta/Schiavone (ITA/ITA) w/o (Pennetta: left lower leg muscle strain)
(7) Raymond/Stosur (USA/AUS) d. Niculescu/Peer (ROU/ISR) 75 57 107
Hantuchova/Radwanska (SVK/POL) d. Diatchenko/Poutchek (RUS/BLR) 61 61
Mirza/Vesnina (IND/RUS) d. Dulgheru/Sfar (ROU/TUN) 62 46 1210

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One in the Eye.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 4, 2011

Great Britain’s Fed Cup team, led by mini powerhouse Heather Watson, have successfully avoided becoming any worse at Fed Cup. Hooray!

Team GB faced Denmark today in a bid to avoid a relegation play-off in the Europe/Africa Group I tie in Eilat. Both teams had lost to Switzerland (led by Patty Schnyder and Timea Bacsinszky), so the loser of this tie had to face a relegation play-off. Amazingly, said team is not Great Britain. After Anne Keothavong lost to Wozniacki 60 62, Watson came back to beat Karen Barbat (no. 543), and then Watson teamed up with Jocelyn Rae to beat Wozniacki and her compatriot Mai Grage 57 75 75 in the deciding doubles – during which, apparently, Watson managed to hit Wozniacki rather hard in the eye, incurring an MTO. UPDATE: courtesy of Miss Wozniacki’s own twitter, there is video here.

Fortunately Wozniacki’s main concern as expressed via twitter seems to be the possibility of a black eye, so I think we can assume she’s OK. Unfortunately Serena is on the case. I hope our Heather doesn’t get a bad rep for this one.

You can catch up on the full results so far from Eilat here. As I understand it, Switzerland will take on the Netherlands, and Poland will take on Belarus in the semi-finals. (Thanks Christina.)

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Business End of Slams Can Be a Bit Dull.

Posted by gauloises1 on January 25, 2011

Too good.

Too focussed on tennis.

Too …. fond of sleeping?

Too outclassed.

Too fucking epic for this Slam.

That concludes your pictorial round-up of a slightly boring day nine at the Australian Open.

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Well Played, Caroline.

Posted by gauloises1 on January 21, 2011

And I’m not talking about her straight sets revenge win over Dominika Cibulkova last night, which was pretty painful to watch. I’m talking about her press conference, where she turned the tables on the assembled journalists by first answering their questions (before they had a chance to ask them) and then soliciting more interesting questions from the floor. It’s a savvy way to win over the press, and it’s great reading. Check it out.

Also, she played cricket at the MCG. And yes, that’s Peter Siddle. If she had a plan to win over the press, especially the British and Australian sections of it, she’s going the right way about it.  She’ll face Anastasija Sevastova in the round of sixteen after the Latvian saw off qualifier Vesna Manasieva in straight sets.

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