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Fed Cup Results: Italy, Russia, Czech Republic & Belgium Kick Ass

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2011

Italy 4 – Australia 1

Jarmila Groth d. Francesca Schiavone, 67(4) 63 63
Flavia Pennetta d. Samantha Stosur, 76(5) 67(5) 64
Francesca Schiavone d. Samantha Stosur, 76(1) 36 75
Flavia Pennetta d. Jarmila Groth, 63 62
Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci d. Anastasia Rodionova / Rennae Stubbs, 26 76(1) 64

Woe for the home side in Hobart as Italy, once again, are just Too Good. Do you really think they’ll lose at all this year? After Jarka Groth’s surprise win over Francesca Schiavone in the first rubber, it was all downhill from there; Sam Stosur’s career writ large as she allowed winnable matches over first Pennetta and then Schiavone to slip away in a series of poor tiebreaks and timidity at crucial moments.

As for the Italians, Pennetta kept the tie rolling and was the backbone of the team, while Schiavone – visibly still suffering the after-effects of her Australian Open run – came up with some inspired play  to see off Stosur in the crucial third rubber.

Warriors. Then Rennae Stubbs bade farewell to Fed Cup. There were tears and a plastic kangaroo.

See you in the commentary box.

Russia 3 – France 2

Alize Cornet d. Svetlana Kuznetsova, 36 63 64
Virginie Razzano d. Maria Sharapova, 63 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova d. Alize Cornet, 36 63 62
Svetlana Kuznetsova d. Virginie Razzano, 64 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova / Svetlana Kuznetsova d. Julie Coin / Alize Cornet, 76(4) 60

Oh, Alize Cornet. What a rollercoaster you are. After slumping horrifically following some agonizing Fed Cup losses, you finally win your first ever live rubber – against Kuznetsova, no less – and go a set up against Pavlyuchenkova, on the brink of victory for your country. Then …

Pavlyuchenkova, subbed in for a possibly-injured, definitely-quite-useless Maria Sharapova, comes back and wins the match, letting Kuznetsova tie it up over Razzano. And then to add insult to insult, they pair up to win the tie in the doubles against … Alize Cornet.

Conclusion: never count on Alize Cornet, Pavs kicks Fed Cup ass, Sharapova’s still on the rocks, and Sveta is god.

Slovak Republic 2 – Czech Republic 3

Quite the performance from team dead-eyed lefty weapons of mass destruction, as I like to think of them. Between them, Safarova and Kvitova demolished Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova (twice) to take an unassailable 3-0 lead with more than a touch of WHAM! SPLAT! KABLAMMO! about it – and I mean that as the highest of compliments. Both were brilliant, so we can forgive them for letting the dead rubbers slide. Slovakia were simply outgunned.

 

 

 

Also, their kits are dead pretty.

Belgium 4 – USA 1

Yanina Wickmayer d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 61 76(6)
Kim Clijsters d. Melanie Oudin, 60 64
Kim Clijsters d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 67(10) 62 61
Yanina Wickmayer d. Melanie Oudin, 62 60
Liezel Huber / Vania King d. Kirsten Flipkens / An-Sophie Mestach, 63 75

We don’t really need to go into it, do we?

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Dubai: Oh Crap, It Started Already

Posted by gauloises1 on February 15, 2010

Main draw action was underway in Dubai today and there have already been some good and not so good results. To the eternal grief of fanboys/girls everywhere, Sorana Cirstea and Maria Kirilenko have already lost, to fourteenth seed Francesca Schiavone and qualifier Regina Kulikova respectively.

Sixteenth seed Zheng Jie also lost early, to comebacker Alicia Molik.

In happier news, Marion Bartoli, Licky, Daniela Hantuchova and Pavs all won. Good stuff.

Dubai

Singles – First Round
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (Q) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 62 60
(14) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 62 75
(Q) Alicia Molik (AUS) d. (16) Zheng Jie (CHN) 63 46 62
Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (Q) Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 61 64
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (Q) Vesna Manasieva (RUS) 64 64
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 61
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 62 61
(Q) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 16 75 62
(Q) Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 62 57 75
(Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 63 64
(Q) Regina Kulikova (RUS) d. (WC) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 63 60

Memphis

Singles – First Round
(5) Petra Kvitova (USA) d. Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) 64 60
(7) Vania King (USA) d. Kathrin Woerle (GER) 63 64
(WC) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. Katie O’Brien (GBR) 62 61

Doubles – First Round
(3) King/Krajicek (USA/NED) d. (WC) Collins/Ondeck (USA/USA) 60 60

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Fed Cup Sunday: World Group II

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2010

So spare a thought for those ladies representing nations just outside the World Group and who spent this weekend battling to get back in – or at least a chance to play one of the World Group proper nations who lost this weekend to get back in. Clear? Good.

Australia 3 – Spain 2

After Sam Stosur took both her singles rubbers but neither Alicia Molik nor Casey Dellacqua could manage one between them, it came down to a live doubles rubber to decide the tie. Which is, as we all know, where scary Stubbsy lives and breathes. They won 6-4, 6-2.

Cute … although does anyone else think that Rennae is quite possibly the reason that Sam always looks ever-so-slightly scared?

Seriously want to go for a beer with this lot.

Poland 2 – Belgium 3

I said this match was one to look forward to. And I love being right. Wicky won it in the end, 16 76(6) 75, saving two match points to do it, but it was a proper epic contest. Radwanska was playing as well as I’ve ever seen her (and it’s good to be reminded just how well she can play when she wants to), but Yanina found her feet just enough in the second set to start causing Radwanska real problems, and the Pole was in the end powerless to figure out just how to deconstruct Wicky’s game when she was playing it with that much heart. Great stuff from them both but a truly courageous win for Yanina. I wonder if the ITF know exactly what they’ve created yet?

The tie, you would have thought, remained well within Poland’s reach, but Kirsten Flipkens had other ideas. She took down Marta Domachowska 63 76(6) to seal the tie for Belgium and put them within reach of the World Group in 2011.

Kim and Justine who?

Slovak Republic 3 – China 2

Didn’t watch a hit of this one, I’m afraid. All I know is that it ended the way it was kind of bound to, with no Li Na or Zheng Jie. And that Dominika Cibulkova’s on her way back.

And that Dani’s hair looks seriously silly.

Estonia 4 – Argentina 1

Where the hell was Gisela Dulko?

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Fed Cup Saturday

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2010

Early rounds of Fed Cup are just such a feast. I saw so much great tennis today.

Ukraine 1 – Italy 1

The Bondarenko girls, carrying the fate of the Ukraine on their shoulders, met with mixed fortunes today. Alona – a.k.a the Blondarenko – demolished a discombobulated Schiavone, 61 64, before Flavia Pennetta steadied the ship and took out the browner-enko in straights, evening up the tie heading into Sunday.

Czech Republic 1 – Germany 1

The intermittently-brilliant Anna-Lena Groenefeld demolished the fairly-invariably-awful Lucie Safarova, 62 62, before Petra Kvitova evened it up against Andrea Petkovic. Kvitova and Petkovic have had a couple of big wins each over the last year or so, but Kvitova was much the steadier against an inconsistent Petkovic. Good tie to keep an eye on tomorrow, I think.

Has a great twitter.

Has a great kit.

Serbia 1 – Russia 1

Woe for the hosts after a decidedly sub-par Ivanovic went down pretty tamely to a B-grade Kuznetsova, 61 64. Luckily for the home nation, foxy JJ in her red dress was up next; after getting in her own way for a set and a bit, she came within a point of going 1-5 down in the second before suddenly finding her feet and reeling off eleven straight games against a staggering Kleybanova to take the match 46 64 60 and leave the tie intriguingly poised (as Robbie and Jason would say).

France 0 – USA 2

Who here misses Alize Cornet? I mean the 2008 Alize Cornet, when emotional intensity was actually coupled to some sort of, you know, game. Now she’s like some psychological cloud of shrapnel, where her opponent’s best chance of beating her is to let her get ahead and then watch her implode, or failing that just turn up. Meaning no disrespect to Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who beat her in straight sets and hockey socks too.

Melanie Oudin gave the US a 2-0 lead by beating Pauline Parmentier, who is inexplicably La Belle France‘s no. 2 player. They’re almost as good as us at eating their own young. Almost.

In World Group II action … Estonia and the Slovak Republic are both 2-0 up over Argentina and China respectively. Poland are 1-1 with Belgium heading in to the Agnieszka Radwanska-Yanina Wickmayer rubber, which I for one am eagerly anticipating. And Australia are 1-1 with Spain after events which I feel can be best demonstrated by the following photos of Casey Dellacqua.

And a good time was had by all.

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AO Day Two: The Upsets That Weren’t

Posted by gauloises1 on January 19, 2010

A tip of the hat to those who came close to rocking the boat … First up, Alize Cornet, who bagelled Francesca Schiavone before losing the second set 57 and being bagelled herself in the third.

Alicia Molik came very close to being this year’s Jelena Dokic, leading Julie Coin 63 41 before capitulating 62 in the third.

Fernando Verdasco dropped the first set to inspired fellow lefty Carsten Ball. I actually saw some of this and Ball was playing some great tennis. What, you thought I was going to make a pun? Would I?

Ballsed it up.

Samantha Stosur lived dangerously against Xinyun Han, dropping the second set before taking the third and the match, 62. What do you expect if you put the poor girl on Rod Laver?

But the “THIS close” award of the day has to go to Igor Andreev, who played (by all accounts) brilliantly to take a set off Federer, was a break up in the third and shipped three set points before losing in four.

Whoops.

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WTA Wednesday: Semifinals Set

Posted by gauloises1 on January 13, 2010

And on we go. As aforementioned, Aravane Rezai is the sole unseeded player in the semifinals lineup, crushing Flavia Pennetta 63 60. Her reward? A meeting with Serena Williams, who disposed of Vera Dushevina 62 62.

Without even standing up.

In the bottom half of the draw, Elena Dementieva is in with an excellent chance of defending her title, defeating Dinara Safina 62 63.

She’ll face sixth seed Victoria Azarenka, who played her third three-set match (out of three) against resurgent Dominika Cibulkova, eventually triumphing 75 in the third.

Fasten your seatbelts; 2010’s going to be a bumpy ride.

In Hobart, qualifier Kirsten Flipkens is quietly doing her part for the Belgian resurgence, reaching the quarterfinals after disposing of sixth seed Aleksandra Wozniak, while third seed Kateryna Bondarenko fell to Sara Errani. And hometown hopes Alicia Molik and Jelena Dokic fell to Carla Suarez Navarro and a ruthless Shahar Peer.

Great to see Shahar back on song after all the crap she’s had to put up with of late, isn’t it?

Hobart

Singles – Second Round
(2) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Jelena Dokic (AUS) 62 62
Sara Errani (ITA) d. (3) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 76(8) 64
(5) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (WC) Alicia Molik (AUS) 76(3) 36 63
(Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. (6) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 75 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Medina Garrigues/Rybarikova (ESP/SVK) 57 63 108
Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (2) Mirza/Ruano Pascual (IND/ESP) 63 75
Chuang/Peschke (TPE/CZE) d. Benesova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 76(5) 63

Sydney

Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 62 62
(5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. (2) Dinara Safina (RUS) 62 63
(6) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 26 62 75
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 63 60

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Dushevina/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) 63 46 108
Garbin/Petrova (ITA/RUS) d. (WC) Dellacqua/Rezai (AUS/FRA) 61 64

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The Jokes Write Themselves, Really

Posted by gauloises1 on January 13, 2010

Australian cricketers Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson popped up in Hobart to play some doubles with Alicia Molik and Sania Mirza. And presumably recruit them for the national side.

I’m not saying anything.

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What Happened So Far

Posted by gauloises1 on January 12, 2010

So, I’ve been a little bit out of the loop since Sunday. What’s been going on?

Auckland

David Nalbandian pulled out with an abominal injury that may keep him out of the Australian Open.

Leaving many of us feeling like this.

But hey, Pico’s back! As is Nose Job.

Possibly having had another nose job.

Hobart

Alicia Molik keeps on keeping on, beating Sania Mirza; Carla Suarez Navarro next.

Zheng Jie beat Peng Shuai.

Jelena Dokic beat a Tim.

And Alize Cornet continues determinedly divesting herself of what remains of her points.

Sydney

JJ’s back!

She lost.

So did Caro.

So did Svetlana.

But hey, Dominika Cibulkova’s back!

So is Victoria Azarenka. In the really … Victoria Azarenka sense. She’s struggled through two three-setters so far, one against Sabine Lisicki and one against, um, Kimiko Date Krumm.

Hey, remember her? She won a match! In straight sets, too.

So did she. It may or may not be on.

The men have been boring. Have a photo of Baggy anyway.

This concludes your round-up.

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Brisbane: Molik, Clijsters Set to Meet

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

Little to report on the men’s side from Brisbane as heavy rain postponed the scheduled main draw matches. James Blake and Andy Roddick did manage to make it through in the doubles, though.

On the women’s side, Andrea Petkovic put out eighth seed and all-round unreliable Iveta Benesova, but the biggest news was wildcard Alicia Molik, making her return to the tour, who defeated Ekaterina Makarova 64 16 64.

I watched Alicia playing not long ago on livestream and was struck by just how much I love her game. It’s great to see her back on the tour and winning matches – albeit probably not for long this week, as she faces Kim Clijsters next who disposed of Tathiana Garbin 62 61. Clijsters and Molik are long-standing contemporaries and friends, as their post-match pressers demonstrate (Kim’s is here, Alicia’s here). I’m excited.

Bring it on.

Full Results:

Singles – First Round
(1) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 62 61
(7) Melinda Czink (HUN) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 36 63
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (8) Iveta Benesova (CZE) 67(6) 62 61
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 64 61
Vania King (USA) d. Sybille Bammer (AUT) 64 61
(WC) Alicia Molik (AUS) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 64 16 64

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(3) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. Madison Brengle (USA) 64 64
Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) d. (7) Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 64 36 76(4)
(8) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) d. Heidi El Tabakh (CAN) 46 20 ret. (left ankle sprain)
Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS) d. Kathrin Woerle (GER) 61 61

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