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Bali Day One: Licky Goes Down

Posted by gauloises1 on November 5, 2009

So it was the first day of round robin play in the Tournament No-one Can Watch. But it is apparently happening. I have photos.

Two of the top seeds posted straight sets wins in their groups; Marion Bartoli handled Birmingham champ Magdalena Rybarikova with ease, winning 64 64, and Yanina Wickmayer survived a tough first set challenge from Kimiko Date-Krumm to come through, 76(5) 63.

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Fellow top seed Samantha Stosur didn’t have such an easy time of it but came through against another unpredictable talent, Agnes Szavay, 61 in the third. And sadly for me, Licky lost to Aravane Rezai, 16 63 64. Based on that scoreline I’m extrapolating the usual Licky pattern; a dominant first set followed by an unaccountable loss of concentration in the second and an implosion in a morass of unforced errors at a crucial point in the third.

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I like Aravane and think she’s a beautiful ball-striker (and her fashion choices often make me lol). Still, I’m gutted that Licky’s Bali sojourn doesn’t look like it’ll last particularly long.

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WTA Week Ahead: Bali Draw Set

Posted by gauloises1 on November 3, 2009

The draw for the inaugural 12-woman ‘Tournament of Champions’ in Bali was held today. For those not clear what the hell is going on with this one … nobody really knows. It’s for WTA players who have won one or more International-level tournaments and are ranked quite highly, or something.

Anyway, each of the ladies has won at least one International level title and sits around the 10-20 mark in the rankings, except for the wildcards Sabine Lisicki (who in fairness won Charleston and made a Wimbledon quarterfinal) and Kimiko Date-Krumm (who, in fairness, is old). It’s a second-tier Doha, basically, and the field doesn’t look bad.

bali field

Each of the top four seeds – Marion Bartoli, Sam Stosur, Yanina Wickmayer and Sabine Lisicki – heads a round-robin group, and play starts Thursday. The winner of each group advances to the semifinals on Saturday and so on.

These are the groups:

A: Marion Bartoli (Monterrey, Australian Open QF), Shahar Peer (Guangzhou, Tashkent), Magdalena Rybarikova (Birmingham)
B: Samantha Stosur (Osaka, French Open SF), Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Bogota, Bastad), Agnes Szavay (Budapest)
C: Yanina Wickmayer (Estoril, Linz, US Open SF), Anabel Medina Garrigues (Fes), Kimiko Date Krumm (Seoul)
D: Sabine Lisicki (Charleston, Wimbledon QF), Melinda Czink (Quebec City), Aravane Rezai (Strasbourg)

And now have some photos of the players looking lovely.

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Kimiko.

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My girl Licky.

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Agnes Szavay and Marion Bartoli with other people.

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Melinda Czink.

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Wicky, cleaning up nicely …

So that’s Bali.

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LBDs in Osaka

Posted by gauloises1 on October 13, 2009

The laydeez promoting the HP Open in Osaka:

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osaka ladies

I’m assuming the tournament asked them all to show in black, which was a smart move – with some minor hiccups, like whatever it is Schiavs is wearing and Marion’s navy blue – because they look lovely. I even like Caroline Wozniacki’s dress, and Kimiko Date-Krumm looks fab. Like a sexy hairdresser.

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Beijing: Vera, Agnieszka, Marion Into Quarterfinals

Posted by gauloises1 on October 9, 2009

These matches got a bit overshadowed by the drama that was Williams-Petrova, but they did happen, I saw them with my own eyes. Well, not the Marion one, that was a bit early, but she beat Zhang Shuai of Dinara-defeating fame 61 64 to book her place in the quarterfinals.

bartoli beijing china open 2009

Bartoli will face Vera Zvonareva, who defeated Flavia Pennetta in a three-set match that was fairly classic Vera – meaning that she served for it three times, once in the second set, before actually getting it done. And cried. Pennetta required treatment for a back injury in the third set and was I think 52 down, but she didn’t seem to believe that she could lose the match – possibly because of what happened when they played at the US Open. I didn’t see Vera getting it done either, but she did (albeit helped out by some dodgy line-calling in the final game, although the calling was generally terrible throughout the match for both players). Usually I’d say she didn’t have much of a chance against Bartoli, but their H2H is 8-1 in favour of Vera, with Marion’s sole victory coming back in 2006. So there’s that.

Agnieszka Radwanska had a bit of a let-off against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who was up a set and 4-0 before completely imploding. Agnieszka didn’t play her best, but matches like that really do confirm that she doesn’t so much win matches as wait for her opponent to lose them. And she’ll be up against Dementieva and my feeling thereof, so we’ll see how that goes …. 

Singles – Third Round
(13) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (2) Serena Williams (USA) 64 36 76(5)
(7) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. (10) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 63 57 75
(12) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 46 64 62
(14) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (WC) Zhang Shuai (CHN) 61 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Kudryavtseva/Makarova (RUS/RUS) d. (4) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) 26 76(8) 107
Kleybanova/Schiavone (RUS/ITA) d. (1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) 36 76(5) 119
(5) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Pavlyuchenkova/Wickmayer (RUS/BEL) 63 61

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Cincinnati: Consider Clijsters’ Comeback … Kindled

Posted by gauloises1 on August 11, 2009

So Kim Clijsters played her first match on the WTA tour since retiring, procreating and unretiring today. And in a result that would shut my mouth if I wasn’t a blogger committed to keeping it open for the purposes of drooling/saying stupid things, she defeated Stanford champion Marion Bartoli in straight sets, 64 63.

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And that’s serving at just 49%. It’s hard to know how to judge the match without having been able to watch it, but although it doesn’t look like Marion played great, a straight sets win after god knows how many months away from competitive tennis is no small achievement.

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Welcome back Kim.

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Stanford: Marion Barts

Posted by gauloises1 on August 3, 2009

In what I officially dub “a turn up for the books”, Marion Bartoli beat Venus Williams 62 57 64 for the Stanford title last night.

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It’s a huge victory for Marion, her first WTA Premier title. Well-deserved, too. She said after the match that she feels her mental strength is her greatest asset and that very much came across. It was a sub-par performance from Venus, true, but I think that had a lot to do with Bartoli and the all-out aggression she brought in the first set. She rocked Venus back on her heels and kept up the pressure enough in the second to be serving for the match at 5-4. OK, she couldn’t get it done then and ended up double-faulting the set away, but she came back just as strongly in the third set – despite having played two matches in the quarters and semis that were over two hours long – and took advantage of an inconsistent Venus for the victory, even coming back from 0-30 to successfully serve out the match. Well done indeed.

It is worth noting, however, that Venus was more all over the place than I’ve seen her in a long time. Nothing was really working for her except her backhand, and her serve was spectacularly on the wonk. She was also much more demonstrative than I’ve ever seen her, betraying a lot of negative emotion.

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She cheered up later though when she and Serena won the doubles 64 61 over Chan and Niculescu.

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Stanford: Demmy Dominated

Posted by gauloises1 on August 2, 2009

You have to feel for Elena Dementieva sometimes. She works so hard, plays great to get into the final stages of a tournament, and then – bam! Runs into Venus who kills her, 60 61.

TENNIS-WOMEN/STANFORD

The second semi-final was much more hotly contested. Bartoli played a great first set, taking an early break and clinging on to it. Then Stosur relaxed, started swinging freely, and played a sublime set, completely shutting Bartoli out of the second. But, being Sam Stosur, she totally crumbled in the third and Bartoli wrapped it up 61 in the third to set up a Wimbledon ’07 rematch with Venus in the final.

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Oh, and Venus and Serena rolled over Mattek-Sands and Petrova 62 62 to reach the doubles final. They’ll play Chan and Niculescu. Ouch.

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Singles – Semifinals
(2) Venus Williams (USA) d. (3) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 60 61
(8) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 63 16 61

Doubles – Semifinals
(2) Williams/Williams (USA/USA) d. (3) Mattek-Sands/Petrova (USA/RUS) 62 62
Chan/Niculescu (TPE/ROU) d. (4) Cirstea/Kirilenko (ROU/RUS) 36 63 108

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Saturday in Stanford: Snoozing Serena, Struggling Shazza

Posted by gauloises1 on August 1, 2009

So it was pretty fun in Stanford last night. Elena Dementieva had a fairly routine win over Daniela Hantuchova, 62 64, and then Serena Williams was upset by Samantha Stosur.

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It was a frustratingly typical Serena-outside-a-Slam performance. She just wasn’t into it. She made a better fist of it in the second set, but then lost interest in the third, Stosur won like thirteen points in a row, and that was it. But you know, that’s Serena. It was a really good performance from Stosur, though, who stayed focused and executed a solid game plan throughout.

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Next up was JJ against Bartoli. It may just be because I haven’t seen JJ play in a while, but I thought she looked really good for the first set and a half; attacking when she had the chance and hitting with the kind of conviction that has been sorely lacking. She was also more fired up than I think I’ve ever seen her, probably as a result of the smack-talking; it was almost Shazza-esque in its intensity. She had a break in the second but couldn’t hold it, lost the tiebreak when Bartoli pulled off some excellent shots, and then fell apart in the third, sadly.

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So I guess Marion really does pwn JJ. Shame.

I didn’t see all of the Venus-Shazza match, but it looks to have been a fairly routine win for Venus, who’s now 3-3 with Shazza. What really cost Maria was her serve, which just wasn’t getting it done against a great returner like Venus. And as is customary with her dresses, I liked it from, say, the hips up.

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Venus I thought looked lovely in her Black Mamba outfit. She’ll meet Bartoli in the next round. You have to like her chances.

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Singles – Quarterfinals
Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (1) Serena Williams (USA) 62 36 62
(2) Venus Williams (USA) d. Maria Sharapova (RUS) 62 62
(3) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 62 64
(8) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 36 76(3) 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Chan/Niculescu (TPE/ROU) d. (1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) 75 63

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Eastbourne: What's French for "Handbags"?

Posted by gauloises1 on June 20, 2009

Things were a wee bit testy in Eastbourne today.

Wozniacki-Wozniak went to three sets, the Dane winning in the end. But both were visibly frustrated with the wind. And honestly, I throw up a little in my mouth whenever I see Caro chase a ball back and then throw up that defensive lob, or moonball ridiculously when she could attack or at least trade blows (it wasn’t THAT windy). And can she *please* not get her dad on all the time? How’s she supposed to go deep in Slams with that kind of thing going on? Can it be a coincidence that a good run at a Slam is what’s really missing from her resume?

Although she’s young. Anyway, great win for her. On to her fourth final of the year.

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Whatever went on in this match though paled into insignificance with the all-Frenchwoman clash of Marion Bartoli and Virginie Razzano. Razzano won a tight first set 6-4 when Bartoli called for the trainer to get her thigh strapped up. She dropped the first game of the second set and abruptly retired.

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So far, so Marion. But when Razzano came over to shake her hand, Marion wasn’t having a bar of it.

I was really surprised, but then I discovered that Virginie had said the following to L’Equipe about Marion:

“You get the impression that on court it’s okay by her to use any means to win: calling on the trainer, crying, limping.”

Marion obviously felt this went a bit too far and said as much in her presser:

“To say what she said yesterday in the French newspaper, that is not really brilliant. I guess that is just the way she is.”

Obviously feeling like the best defence is a good retaliation, Virginie then made her point once again in her presser:

“She tries to do things to make your concentration drop. She can try anything to win. When you play Marion you need to prepare for everything.”

Hmmm. While there’s no denying that Marion takes an awful lot of injury breaks, I tend to feel that her problem is similar to Nole’s – that what’s wrong in the mind, she feels in the body. Some people are just more prone to others than feeling not-rightness as a physical issue rather than a mental one – aren’t they? Anyway, that’s the sense I get from her. Not cynical gamesmanship, but that she’s a bit messed up.

But then I’m of the school that gives players the benefit of the doubt.

Anyway, so it’ll be Wozniacki-Razzano in the final. It could be tight or very … not.

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Eastbourne & Ordina Open: WTA Results

Posted by gauloises1 on June 17, 2009

First things first. Let’s get this out of the way. Momo lost to Ekaterina Makarova 76(8) 76(13). EKATERINA MAKAROVA.

“I have no idea. I don’t have any explanations to give you,” said world No.l7 Mauresmo. “She did just a little better than me. I took chances and it didn’t work. I guess the main thing is to forget about this match and look forward to Wimbledon.”

Please, please let this be one of the times when she loses early and then gets so pissed, she comes out firing at the next tournament and destroy the competition.

And if not … you’re on my list, Makarova.

So what else happened? How about Virginie Razzano taking out Elena Dementieva in three sets? I only saw the first (bagel) set and the beginning of the second, but it was clear that Virginie had a very clear (and clever) game plan, and was focussed on executing it perfectly. Wonderful tennis to watch.

Sadly, Nadia Petrova and Li Na Na Li were forced to retire against Vera Dushevina and Agnieszka Radwanska. Caroline Wozniacki had a good win against Sam Stosur. Well, I *say* a good win. She really had her chances to finish it off in two. Still, Sam’s got some work to do before Wimbledon.

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Wozniak had another good win over Zheng Jie Jie Zheng, and Marion Bartoli put out JJ-killer Anna Chakvetadze. Is anybody else kind of feeling Marion for the title?

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In Den Bosch, things were a little less interesting. A bad day for the Bondarenkos, as Alona and Kateryna lost to Schiavone and Hantuchova respectively, but otherwise no great surprises.

Eastbourne

Singles – Second Round
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. (1) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 60 36 76(4)
(6) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 61 57 61
(Q) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. (7) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 57 10 ret. (right low back injury)
(8) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Li Na (CHN) 31 ret. (left abdominal strain)
Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 75 63
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 76(3) 63
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Sybille Bammer (AUT) 61 75
(Q) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) 76(8) 76(13)

Doubles – Quarterfinals
King/Zheng (USA/CHN) d. Dushevina/Voskoboeva (RUS/KAZ) 62 75
Amanmuradova/Sugiyama (UZB/JPN) d. (WC) Borwell/Keothavong (GBR/GBR) 76(3) 63

Doubles – First Round
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. (WC) Ivanovic/Lisicki (SRB/GER) 61 62
Husarova/Kirilenko (SVK/RUS) d. Craybas/Kudryavtseva (USA/RUS) 62 57 1917

Ordina Open

Singles – Second Round
(1) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. (Q) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 63 63
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (5) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 46 75 63
(6/WC) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 26 62 61
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Nathalie Dechy (FRA) 61 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(3) Dekmeijere/Kops-Jones (LAT/USA) d. Camerin/Coin (ITA/FRA) 64 76(5)
(4) Dechy/Pelletier (FRA/CAN) d. Lefèvre/Védy (FRA/FRA) 62 63
Errani/Pennetta (ITA/ITA) d. Cirstea/Safina (ROU/RUS) 76(4) 61
Krajicek/Wickmayer (NED/BEL) d. Cetkovska/Uhlirova (CZE/CZE) 61 76(1)

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