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And Nobody Died.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 28, 2011

Congratulations to Gisela Dulko and David Ferrer, who took home the trophies in Acapulco this weekend.

I have to say, I did not call Gisela standing there with that trophy as she’s been uninspiring in singles recently, but maybe that Australian Open win (and no. 1 ranking) in doubles with Flavia Pennetta, although presumably that’s not the new love that Clijsters was referring to. She beat sixth seed Arantxa Parra-Santonja 63 76(5) in the final.

As for the men’s side, I’m absolutely gutted that I missed David Ferrer’s final against Nicolas Almagro (it was on at like five in the morning!). Almagro was going for the Golden Swing sweep, having already won in Santiago and Buenos Aires, while Ferru was the defending champion and it appears to have been kind of a classic:

If you didn’t watch that, Ferru won 76(4) 67(2) 62, and he was pretty happy about it.

That’s a 500 and a Grand Slam semifinal and it’s still February. Or as I’m now thinking of it, Ferruary.

Anyway, they also looked cute in hats.



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WTA Week Ahead: Acapulco, Doha

Posted by gauloises1 on February 21, 2011


International, Venus Williams defending (but not); draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Julia Goerges, Polona Hercog, Greta Arn, Gisela Dulko, Simona Halep, Arantxa Parra Santonja, Carla Suarez Navarro, Olga Govortsova

Points of interest: Polona Hercog and Simona Halep disappointed me in Bogota. Will they do it again?! Probably, and Polona was a finalist here last year, so she’ll have no excuse. Melanie Oudin and a literal pair of Pliskovas (transitioning juniors, thigh tattoos) are also bimbling about in the draw.



Premier, defending … well, this tournament hasn’t been played since 2008, when Maria Sharapova won it before it was superseded by the Year-End Championships, so she’s sort of defending; Alisa Kleybanova also won a tournament this week last year; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Francesca Schiavone, Li Na,  Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Shahar Peer

Points of interest: This is basically Dubai-lite with no number 1 ranking on the line. Still a pretty good draw with some exceptional first-round matches: Flavia Pennetta-Zheng Jie, Lucie Safarova-Agnieszka Radwanska, Alisa Kleybanova-Marion Bartoli, Svetlana Kuznetsova-Shahar Peer (who probably still won’t be allowed to play where people can see her), Azarenka-Hantuchova. It’s going to be insanity from day one. Enjoy.

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ATP Week Ahead: Acapulco, Dubai, Delray Beach

Posted by gauloises1 on February 21, 2011


500, David Ferrer defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, Nicolas Almagro, Stanislas Wawrinka, Albert Montanes, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Juan Monaco, Juna Ignacio Chela

Points of interest: How about a first-round meeting between Thomaz Bellucci and Fernando Verdasco? There’s also the question of how new kid on the block Milos Raonic, due to play Carlos Berlocq in the opening round, will respond after his astonishing last couple of weeks – and on a different surface too. And, you know, Ferru.

Oh, and there’s always the question of whether everyone will make it out alive, particularly after this.


500, Novak Djokovic defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Mikhail Youzhny, Ivan Ljubicic, Viktor Troicki, Marcos Baghdatis, Ernests Gulbis

Points of interest: This was the first title Novak had ever defended in his career, but he’s got a tough road to make it a third year in a row; starting off with Michael Llodra, match-tough from Marseilles.  In contrast, Federer’s quarter looks rather lightweight. Keep an eye out for an unseeded Nikolay Davydenko lurking about, and note the first-round meeting of qualifier Grigor Dmitrov and Richard Gasquet. Battle of the Baby Feds …

Delray Beach


250, Ernests Gulbis defending (or not, given that he’s opted to go and lose in the first round of Dubai instead); draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, John Isner, Kevin Anderson, Janko Tipsarevic, Benjamin Becker, Adrian Mannarino

Points of interest: Another American hard court tournament in spring, another brace of Americans, none of whom (with the exception of Roddick, who is clearly ill and may or may not play) particularly impressed last week in Memphis. But there’s a lot of interest in this draw: Dudi Sela, due for a rematch with Roddick; Julien Benneteau and Ivo Karlovic, both making their way back from injury, starting off with Ivan Dodig and Janko Tipsarevic respectively; former champion Kei Nishikori; and of course Delpo, Delpo, Delpo and Delpo, who will be playing Richard Berankis in the first round. Fair warning: he will probably lose to Berankis, who’s an infuriating bundle of counter-punching energy. Unfair warning: if he does, I’m cliffing myself.  

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Going Loco in Acapulco. Seriously.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 18, 2011

The ATP has reportedly warned players about next week’s tournament in Acapulco, where recent killing sprees have been linked to organised crime.

‘The ATP’s warnings caused a little fear,’ Uruguayan player Pablo Cuevas told the German Press Agency dpa in Buenos Aires.

[…] The ATP asked players, among others, to get to the tournament as late as possible and to leave Acapulco as soon as they can once they are out of the running, Cuevas said.

‘I’ve been hearing a bit about the situation in Acapulco. The ATP informed us by sending us several emails. They acted quite well on that,’ Argentine player Juan Monaco told dpa.

‘They told us that there were problems, that things were not easy there because there have been several kidnappings, murders and that kind of stuff,’ Monaco said.

The Pacific resort city of Acapulco, like other Mexican cities and towns, is frequently the scene of murders and shootouts between rival drug gangs who seek domination of the area to control drug trafficking.

Cuevas noted that he knew of several players who opted out of the tournament.

‘Those who had doubts as to whether or not to go, that was a reason to opt out,’ he said.

Monaco said the ATP advised players to remain as much as possible in the hotel where they are to stay and to play their matches.

‘They told us not to go out,’ he said.


Worrying stuff. I’m sure everybody will be fine, but it’s good to see the ATP taking steps to ensure the safety of their people.

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Further Adventures in Acapulchitrude

Posted by gauloises1 on March 1, 2010

Because they’re too cute not to.

(gratuitously via fuckyeahdavidferrer)

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Posted by gauloises1 on March 1, 2010

Well, my semi-final lineup of sex went a bit wrong after Juan Monaco was forced to retire a set down to Boss on Friday night. But we still got an awesome bromance final featuring David Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero. The Buenos Aires match-up ended differently with Ferru triumphing 63 36 61, ending Boss’ streak of fourteen straight wins.

Still pretty.

Unfortunately, Boss hurt his knee during the final and has been forced to withdraw from next weekend’s Davis Cup tie. He’ll be replaced by Almagro. Boo.

But that said … David Ferrer, ladies and gentlemen. It feels like ages since my second-favourite Spaniard (granted, not a huge accolade, but still) won a title – Valencia in 2008 – and it was really nice to see him lift a trophy.

Even if it is a giant pear thing.

Also enjoying the kitsch fruits of her labour in Acapulco? Venus Williams, who albeit with some bizarre lapses, beat Polona Hercog 26 62 63 to defend her title.

It’s so random that Venus plays this tournament, but it’s well worth it for these photos.

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This Is How I Like My Semis Served

Posted by gauloises1 on February 26, 2010

… Drenched in hotness.

Juan Monaco. Juan Carlos Ferrero. Fernando Gonzalez. David Ferrer. And all on filthy red clay. Acapulco, frankly, has proved to be the sex.

Special props to Boss, notching up his thirteenth straight win and defeating Nicolas Almagro, the two-time champion; and to Juan Monaco, who took out top seed Fernando Verdasco in his biggest win since the same opponent was forced to retire against him in Bastad last year. Semi-finals to come later tonight, and it’s worth nothing that all four semi-finalists will be featuring prominently in Davis Cup ties this time next week.

On the women’s side, Carla Suarez Navarro upset Gisela Dulko but is currently a set down to Polona Hercog, while Venus Williams came *this* close to losing to Laura Pous Tios, ranked over three hundred points below her, but survived to face Edina Gallovits later tonight.

Full Results

Singles – Quarter-finals
[7] J Monaco (ARG) d [1] [WC] F Verdasco (ESP) 75 63
[2] F Gonzalez (CHI) d [Q] E Schwank (ARG) 36 63 75
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) d P Cuevas (URU) 75 64
[4] J Ferrero (ESP) d [6] N Almagro (ESP) 61 57 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d P Cuevas (URU) / F Gonzalez (CHI) 64 62
F Fognini (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) d [2] M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) 62 36 10-7
J Monaco (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d [WC] S Gonzalez (MEX) / N Massu (CHI) 75 61

Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Venus Williams (USA) d. (Q) Laura Pous Tio (ESP) 46 63 75
(8) Polona Hercog (SLO) d. (2) Agnes Szavay (HUN) 64 01 ret. (left adductor strain)
(5) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (3) Gisela Dulko (ARG) 61 76(4)
Edina Gallovits (ROU) d. Sharon Fichman (CAN) 75 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. (WC) Cirstea/Cornet (ROU/FRA) 57 75 106
(2) Uhlirova/Voracova (CZE/CZE) d. Fichman/Washington (CAN/USA) 75 61
(4) Hercog/Zahlavova Strycova (SLO/CZE) d. Osterloh/Tatishvili (USA/GEO) 75 62

Order of Play

Central Court (from 15.00hrs)
1. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Polona Hercog
2. ATP: Monaco vs. Ferrero (NB 17.00hrs)
3. Venus Williams vs. Edina Gallovits (NB 19.00hrs)
4. ATP: Ferrer vs. González (NB 21.00hrs)

Cancha 2 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Hlavackova/Hradecka vs. Errani/Vinci
2. ATP: Kubot/Marach vs. Damm/Polasek (NB 17.00hrs)
3. Hercog/Zahlavova Strycova vs. Uhlirova/Voracova
4. ATP: Monaco/Zeballos vs. Fognini/Starace

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WTA Week Ahead: Acapulco, Kuala Lumpur

Posted by gauloises1 on February 22, 2010

Two Internationals for the women this week …


Draw here.

Top Seeds: Venus Williams, Agnes Szavay, Gisela Dulko, Sorana Cirstea. If Venus doesn’t defend here, too … Christ on a bike.

Kuala Lumpur

A new tournament, this. Draw here.

Top Seeds: Elena Dementieva, Li Na, Zheng Jie, Alisa Kleybanova 

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ATP Week Ahead: Dubai, Acapulco, Delray Beach

Posted by gauloises1 on February 22, 2010

A 250 and two 500s this week …


Draw here.

With Federer out, Tommy Robredo now takes his place in the draw, opening against Marseilles finalist Julien Benneteau. Third seed Andy Murray’s half looks, consequently, a little bit easier, although much will depend on how Marin Cilic makes his return to the courts after his dazzling start to the year as he could well be Murray’s semi-final opponent. Mikhail Youzhny is a possible quarter-final opponent; he’s been playing really well, but also suffering some serious injury difficulties. All in all, this half looks like a great opportunity for Murray to bounce back from his heartbreaking loss in Melbourne … I’ve just jinxed him, haven’t I?

The bottom half looks a little more loaded, although unless Gilles Simon can find some fitness and form, it’s hard not to see Kolya in the semi-finals. Djokovic has drawn wildcard Tsonga in his quarter, but Tsonga in turn has drawn Marseilles champion Michael Llodra in the first round. If both play as they’ve done in the past week, I wouldn’t count on Tsonga getting through that one. Kolya-Nole semi-final and a big cheer for Nole …


Draw here.

Top Seeds: Verdasco, Gonzo, Ferru, Boss, Isner, Almagro, Pico, Montanes … a veritable who’s who of clay courters. Apart from Isner. WTF?

Delray Beach

Draw here.

Definitely the least interesting of the three. Top Seeds: Tommy Haas, Ivo Karlovic, Benjamin Becker, Jeremy Chardy

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The Return of the King Aborted Again

Posted by gauloises1 on February 19, 2010

A bit how like the film had constant fake endings, but this one with fake beginnings: after winning his first two matches at his first tournament since last May, beating Potito Starace and Daniel Gimeno-Traver, David Nalbandian has been forced to withdraw from Buenos Aires with a right leg injury.

“I felt something in my abductor (muscle)… My trainer said perhaps I should not play on but I can’t do that in Buenos Aires with this crowd that gives me so much support,” Nalbandian said courtside.

Had he been playing anywhere else he would have pulled out on the spot, he added later.


The injury will also keep him out of Acapulco and Davis Cup. Do I have to spell it out that this fucking sucks?

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