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WTA Week Ahead: Kuala Lumpur, Monterrey

Posted by gauloises1 on February 28, 2011

Kuala Lumpur

International, Alisa Kleybanova defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Francesca Schiavone, Marion Bartoli, Alisa Kleybanova, Jarmila Groth, Lucie Safarova, Ayumi Morita, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Bojana Jovanovski

Points of interests: Well, top seed Schiavone has already lost, hampered by an ankle injury and upset by Jelena Dokic in the first round. So … Jelena Dokic? Also, say hello to the unseeded Dinara Safina in the draw. She plays Xinyun Han in the first round.


International, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Jelena Jankovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Aravane Rezai, Julia Goerges, Anastasija Sevastova, Sara Errani, Iveta Benesova, Polona Hercog

Points of interest: Well, I’d pay good money to watch first round meetings between Melanie Oudin and Vania King, Simona Halep and Alize Cornet, and Iveta Benesova and Gisela Dulko. But that might just be me. Also: JJ! 

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Three Times For The Ladies, Show Me Some Love

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2011

I just love Fed Cup photos.

Good luck getting the champagne out of your knickers, Kim.

Adorable Pavs.

Joyful Jarmila.

Quintessential Flavia.

Justine Henin: still retiring.

Boom boom pow.

Fed Cup faces.

It must be love.

Always have to do a double-take when I see Yanina smiling.

I could literally post pictures of Alize all day.

But I won’t.

And Sveta has the last word.

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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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Casablanca et al: Wednesday’s Results, Thursday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on April 8, 2010

Rain hit Houston yesterday, postponing Lleyton Hewitt’s first match back from hip surgery but fortunately not interfering with two extremely WTF matches, one being Nicolas Massu’s agonising three-set victory over Ryan Sweeting and the other being Chela v Schwank … on which more later. In Marbella, Tatjana Malek upset new top-20 lady Aravane Rezai and Kim Clijsters won her first match on clay since the Mumback. And in Ponte Vedra Beach, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova made her fourth quarter-final of 2010. Check out little miss consistency.

Full Results – ATP


Singles – Second Round
[2] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d M Granollers (ESP) 63 62
[4] L Kubot (POL) d A Clement (FRA) 64 61
[8] F Serra (FRA) d S Robert (FRA) 26 61 63
P Starace (ITA) d O Hernandez (ESP) 62 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d L Friedl (CZE) / D Skoch (CZE) 62 64
[3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) d C Fleming (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) 62 64
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d S Greul (GER) / P Luczak (AUS) 63 62
P Marx (GER) / I Zelenay (SVK) d T Bednarek (POL) / M Kowalczyk (POL) 61 67(2) 10-7


Singles – Second Round
B Kavcic (SLO) vs [3] S Querrey (USA) – postponed to Thursday
[4] [WC] L Hewitt (AUS) vs [LL] S Devvarman (IND) – postponed to Thursday
J Chela (ARG) d [7] E Schwank (ARG) 61 67(5) 61
N Massu (CHI) d [Q] R Sweeting (USA) 67(5) 76(3) 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) 64 63
H Zeballos (ARG) / M Zverev (GER) d [2] M Fish (USA) / M Knowles (BAH) w/o (Fish – leg)
[3] S Huss (AUS) / W Moodie (RSA) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) / D Young (USA) 63 67(4) 10-8

Doubles – First Round
H Zeballos (ARG) / M Zverev (GER) d S Lipsky (USA) / T Rettenmaier (USA) 75 64

Full Results – WTA


Singles – Second Round
Tatjana Malek (GER) d. (4) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 64 62
(5) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. Alberta Brianti (ITA) 60 62

Singles – First Round
(2) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 63 61
(3/WC) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 64 67(1) 62
(Q) Laura Pous Tio (ESP) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 61 63
(Q) Beatriz García Vidagany (ESP) d. Kristina Barrois (GER) 75 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Domachowska/Rosolska (POL/POL) d. (1) Jans/Uhlirova (POL/CZE) 26 64 119
(3) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Hercog/Martic (SLO/CRO) 76(5) 76(2)

Ponte Vedra Beach

Singles – Second Round
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 63 61
(3) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 63 63
(5) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (Q) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 76(4) 46 62
(6) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. (WC) Ayumi Morita (JPN) 26 63 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Hlavackova/Savchuk (CZE/UKR) d. Dzehalevich/Pelletier (BLR/CAN) 64 46 108

Doubles – First Round
(1) Mattek-Sands/Yan (USA/CHN) d. Grandin/Spears (RSA/USA) 75 62
Dekmeijere/Schnyder (LAT/SUI) d. Ditty/Gullickson (USA/USA) 63 67(2) 107

Today’s OOP is brought to you by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova’s death glare.



Stadium Court – Start 12:00 noon
Dudi Sela (ISR) vs (6) Horacio Zeballos (ARG)
(4) Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs (LL) Somdev Devvarman (IND)
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) vs (3) Sam Querrey (USA)
Not Before 6 p.m.
Xavier Malisse (BEL) vs (2) John Isner (USA)
(1) Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) vs (Q) Kevin Anderson (RSA)

Court 3 – Start 1:00 pm
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) vs Wayne Odesnik (USA)
After Appropriate Rest
(3) Stephen Huss (AUS) & Wesley Moodie (RSA) vs Horacio Zeballos (ARG) & Mischa Zverev (GER)
After Appropriate Rest
Denis Istomin (UZB) & Alessandro Motti (ITA) vs Nathan Healey (AUS) & Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)


Centre Court (from 13.00hrs)
1. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Sara Errani
2. Beatriz García Vidagany vs. Kim Clijsters
3. Laura Pous Tio vs. Flavia Pennetta
4. Victoria Azarenka vs. Estrella Cabeza Candela

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Sorana Cirstea vs. Simona Halep
2. Malek/Sfar vs. Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy
3. Polona Hercog vs. Carla Suárez Navarro
4. Dominguez Lino/Parra Santonja vs. Kondratieva/Shvedova

Ponte Vedra Beach

Stadium (from 11.00hrs)
1. Anna Tatishvili vs. Olga Govortsova
2. Elena Vesnina vs. Julia Goerges
3. Varvara Lepchenko vs. Angelique Kerber
4. Borwell/Kops-Jones vs. Goerges/Zahlavova Strycova (after suitable rest)
5. Peng Shuai vs. Melanie Oudin (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Mattek-Sands/Yan vs. Cibulkova/Morita

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Monterrey: Pavs Takes Maiden Title

Posted by gauloises1 on March 10, 2010

Do you know what? There was a WTA tournament in Monterrey last week that I paid no attention to for a number of reasons. And it’s a shame, because Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won it.

She beat Anna Tatishvili, Polona Hercog, Klara Zakopalova, Anastasija Sevastova and finally Daniela Hantuchova for her first WTA singles title. Great stuff.

And she’s adorable.

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Who’s Out …

Posted by gauloises1 on February 19, 2010

High-profile casualties since we last spoke:

Out to Shahar Peer in Dubai.

Out to Agnieszka Radwanska in Dubai.

Out to Venus in Dubai.

Out to Li Na in Dubai.

Forced to retire against Shahar Peer with back pain.

Out to Vera Zvonareva in Dubai.

Out to Victoria Azarenka in Dubai.

Forced to retire against Lukas Lacko in Memphis after beating Fernando Verdasco.

Lost to Sofia Arvidsson after a promising beginning to the tournament.

And … Radek Stepanek (Memphis), Fernando Verdasco (Memphis), Nicolas Almagro (Buenos Aires), Gilles Simon (Marseilles), Richard Gasquet (Buenos Aires), and probably many more I forgot to mention.

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AO Day Three: Your Day in Picspam

Posted by gauloises1 on January 20, 2010

Condensed bloggage tonight due to time (and timezone) constraints …

It took Marin untold hours and absurd amounts of effort to beat a small child with swine flu.

Not pictured: swine flu.

Aravane was dismissed by Angelique Kerber, thus making the Australian Open 1% more fashionable and at least 3.7% less awesome.

The eternal sad puppy that is Pavs was given a thorough kicking by Kuznetsova.

Gonzo won. In an angry fashion.

Ditto Dinara.

La Monf continued his winning ways.

Flavia was shown the door.

But by Wicky, so it was OK.

Florent Serra backed up his upset of Jurgen Melzer by beating Jarkko Nieminen.

Despite having no legs.

Has Marion been wearing the same kit for about three years, or what?

The Passion of the Nose Job.

I love this outfit. I don’t know why, because it’s disgusting. Anyway, she won.

Have an attractive photo of Rafa. No hate mail for me today!

Like looking into a mirror. And having your reflection repeatedly beat you.

Men’s Results

Singles – Second Round
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d L Lacko (SVK) 62 62 62
[4] J del Potro (ARG) d J Blake (USA) 64 67(3) 57 63 108
[5] A Murray (GBR) d M Gicquel (FRA) 61 64 63
[7] A Roddick (USA) d T Bellucci (BRA) 63 64 64
[11] F Gonzalez (CHI) d [LL] M Ilhan (TUR) 63 64 75
[12] G Monfils (FRA) d A Veic (CRO) 64 64 64
[14] M Cilic (CRO) d [WC] B Tomic (AUS) 67(6) 63 46 62 64
[19] S Wawrinka (SUI) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) 63 62 62
E Korolev (KAZ) d [21] T Berdych (CZE) 64 64 75
[24] I Ljubicic (CRO) d A Golubev (KAZ) 63 36 62 63
[27] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d W Odesnik (USA) 64 36 63 62
F Mayer (GER) d [29] V Troicki (SRB) 46 64 76(2) 61
[33] J Isner (USA) d [Q] L Sorensen (IRL) 63 76(4) 75
F Lopez (ESP) d R Schuettler (GER) 63 26 63 62
F Serra (FRA) d J Nieminen (FIN) 36 64 57 76(4) 75 – Saved 2 M.P.
I Karlovic (CRO) d J Benneteau (FRA) 26 61 63 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d M Berrer (GER) / S Greul (GER) 64 75
[2] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [WC] S Groth (AUS) / J Kubler (AUS) 76(5) 63
[5] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d J Chela (ARG) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 67(1) 63 61
[7] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) 64 26 76(4)
[8] M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d [WC] M Ebden (AUS) / B Klein (AUS) 62 64
A Clement (FRA) / J Erlich (ISR) d [10] J Knowle (AUT) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 67(3) 64 64
A Montanes (ESP) / M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) d J Acasuso (ARG) / S Prieto (ARG) 64 64
L Mayer (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d [12] M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) 76(3) 64
[WC] R Junaid (AUS) / P Luczak (AUS) d [15] J Levinsky (CZE) / T Parrott (USA) 46 76(5) 62
[17] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d M Lopez (ESP) / A Ventura (ESP) 64 61
C Fleming (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) d Y Lu (TPE) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) 75 64
L Arnold Ker (ARG) / H Tecau (ROU) d W Moodie (RSA) / M Youzhny (RUS) 46 76(4) 75
[WC] P Amritraj (IND) / S Devvarman (IND) d J Cerretani (USA) / T Rettenmaier (USA) 57 64 75
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) d [Alt.] A Falla (COL) / S Giraldo (COL) 62 63
[WC] K Hensel (AUS) / G Jones (AUS) d [Alt] P Lorenzi (ITA) / C Rochus (BEL) 76(3) 36 76(2)
R De Voest (RSA) / S Lipsky (USA) d R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 46 61 76(6)
P Marx (GER) / I Zelenay (SVK) d [WC] N Lindahl (AUS) / M Reid (AUS) 63 64

Women’s Results

Singles – Second Round
(2) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 64
(3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 62
(WC) Justine Henin (BEL) d. (5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 75 76(6)
(8) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Katie O’Brien (GBR) 62 62
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) 64 64
(Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 76(2) 61
(15) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 63 63
(19) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 64 64
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (24) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 26 62 63
(Q) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (26) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 62 63
(27) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 64 63
Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. (30) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 62 75
(31) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 64 75
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 62 63
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 63 61
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Vania King (USA) 76(7) 75

Singles – First Round
(4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 62
(7) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (WC) Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) 62 60
(9) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Kristina Kucova (SVK) 62 60
(16) Li Na (CHN) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 62 60
(22) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) 36 61 75
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. (28) Elena Vesnina (RUS) 76(5) 64
(29) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 67(5) 62 61
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. Stéphanie Dubois (CAN) 63 62
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 75 62
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) 64 62
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 75 67(5) 97
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 60 36 63
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 64 64
(Q) Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. (WC) Jarmila Groth (AUS) 62 46 64

Doubles – First Round
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Malek/Petkovic (GER/GER) 64 64
(2) Williams/Williams (USA/USA) d. (WC) Ferguson/Moore (AUS/AUS) 61 61
(3) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Dokic/Kvitova (AUS/CZE) 75 60
(4) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Goerges/Parra Santonja (GER/ESP) 63 64
(6) Raymond/Stubbs (USA/AUS) d. Koryttseva/Kustova (UKR/BLR) 64 61
(8) Mattek-Sands/Yan (USA/CHN) d. Flipkens/Oudin (BEL/USA) 63 62
Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) d. Molik/Shaughnessy (AUS/USA) 26 75 64
Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. Chakvetadze/Paszek (RUS/AUT) 64 63
Chan/Niculescu (TPE/ROU) d. (WC) Adamczak/Kriz (AUS/AUS) 63 61
Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) d. Medina Garrigues/Wozniacki (ESP/DEN) 64 64
Coin/Pelletier (FRA/CAN) d. (WC) Groth/Rogowska (AUS/AUS) 63 75

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WTA Auckland, Brisbane: Pennetta, Ivanovic, Pavlyuchenkova Win

Posted by gauloises1 on January 4, 2010

Oddly – can’t think why – I expected high-profile seeds to be tumbling left and right in the tumultuous, tremulous early days of the season. No such thing. Auckland top seed Flavia Pennetta knocked off Jill Craybas 62 64. And wore purple.

When I am Flavia, I shall wear purple.

Ana Ivanovic survived a topsy-turvy encounter with Jelena Dokic which, judging from the photos, I’m sorry I missed.

The only seeds to fall, in fact, were fifth seed Alisa Kleybanova courtesy of a good win for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Auckland eighth seed Anabel Medina Garrigues at the hands of Magdalena Rybarikova.

Oh Pavs. You do take winning hard.


Singles – First Round
(1) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 62 64
(3/WC) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 63 75
(7) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 64 63
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (8) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 62 63
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 60 63
(WC) Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 61 62

Doubles – First Round
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. (WC) Erakovic/Hercog (NZL/SLO) 63 76(6)
Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) d. Goerges/Malek (GER/GER) 46 62 108
Grandin/Granville (RSA/USA) d. Barrois/Kondratieva (GER/RUS) 63 62

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(4) Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. Stéphanie Dubois (CAN) 63 61
(7) Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Rebecca Marino (CAN) 64 16 63
(8) Edina Gallovits (ROU) d. Julia Schruff (GER) 63 57 62
Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) d. Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 61 26 64


Singles – First Round
(WC) Justine Henin (BEL) d. (2) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 75 75
(3) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Jelena Dokic (AUS) 75 16 63
(4) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (Q) Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS) 61 67(5) 61
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (5) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 64 26 62
(6) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. (Q) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 62 62
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 67(5) 64 61
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 57 64 62
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 64 26 62
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. (Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 64 76(3)
(Q) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) d. (WC) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 62 06 76(1)

Doubles – First Round
Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) d. (2) Groenefeld/King (GER/USA) 75 46 1210
Czink/Parra Santonja (HUN/ESP) d. (4) Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) 64 61
Koryttseva/Kustova (UKR/BLR) d. (WC) Dellacqua/Molik (AUS/AUS) 64 62

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Where the Wild Things Are

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

It’s the time of year where we always get photos of players posing with animals in the run up to the Australian Open. Don’t ask me why, it just happens. So far we’ve had Jelena Dokic with koalas and kangaroos …

… Ana Ivanovic with a – what is that, a sea lion?

… Flavia with a horse …

… and Pavs with Baggy. (Don’t tell me he’s not a wild thing.)

But it’s not all fun and games and cute animals. There is also Serious Cultural Learning going on, as evidenced by Virginie Razzano and Francesca Schiavone with members of a Maori group in Auckland …

… and Maria Sharapova hanging out with some monks in Thailand.

I don’t even know any more.

And that completes your lightning round-up of recent WTA promotional activities.  

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Beijing: Deja Vu All Over Again

Posted by gauloises1 on October 5, 2009

It was for Venus Williams, anyway; she lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 36 61 64 for her second successive defeat to the Russian teenager in as many weeks. Yay Pavs.

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Tignor reckons that Pavs is following a familiar pattern and could make a strong run here. I don’t know about that, but I do know that I like the way she talks in her press conferences:

Q: What was the secret of your success today?

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: I think the secret was that I just went today and I just wanted to enjoy the match and enjoyed playing out there. I have nothing really to lose and I just win with that spirit on court. I wanted to show good tennis my best and, especially we played last week, so I thought if I’m going to get any thoughts through my mind and if I’m going to start to think about her, about the score, and things, I’m not going to make it. I just tried to avoid all that stuff going through my mind and just started playing and enjoy it.

Q: What is the secret to beating Venus Williams two weeks in a row?

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: I don’t know. There are no secrets, I guess. The first time- it actually was the second time in Tokyo- I didn’t think about anything actually. I was just playing and playing, and point by point. I was just trying to move her as much as I could. I just tried to hit shot by shot, more and more. Hit more than her. I just wanted her to play more and move, because I remembered the first time we played and I lost by 6-0, 6-1 in the beginning of the year. I was just rushing and I was just trying to do something unbelievable, I guess. I just tried to play as simple as I can. Today I just tried to do the same thing. She started out way aggressive today. Especially the first set. She was playing much better. She was already preparing for this match more than she probably was last week. She wanted to kill me I guess. She was playing really well, actually in all the match. I’m quite happy.

Go Pavs. Anyway, with the exception of the first and third seeds, the rest of the top ladies fared pretty well. Kuznetsova steamrollered Medina Garrigues 62 61, Li Na survived a tough challenge from the erratic Safarova,  and Nadia Petrova took out compatriot and very occasional giant-killer Kudryavtseva 62 in the third. In unseeded news, Wozniak beat Cornet (Coneback on hold), Hantuchova took out Suarez Navarro, Kleybanova put out the wild card Wicky 63 in the third, and sadly Licky was forced to retire down 06 01 to Francesca Schiavone. Sad faces for Licky, people.

On the men’s side, who are just getting started, no real surprises. Boss beat Almagro (yay!), PEHK beat Karlovic, and Cilic disposed of Andreev 64 64 (yay again). Nole seems to have made slightly heavy weather of it against Hanescu, but came through in the end, 63 75. Good man.

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Singles – Second Round
(WC) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. (1) Dinara Safina (RUS) 75 76(5)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (3) Venus Williams (USA) 36 61 64
(6) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 62 61
(16) Li Na (CHN) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 46 60 64
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 76(0) 64
Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 63 63

Singles – First Round
(13) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 61 57 62
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 75 62
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 60 10 ret. (GI illness)
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (WC) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 57 63 63
(LL) Vania King (USA) d. (LL) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 64 63

Doubles – First Round
(5) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Senoglu/Shvedova (TUR/KAZ) 62 62
(6) Groenefeld/Schnyder (GER/SUI) d. Govortsova/Poutchek (BLR/BLR)
46 76(3) 104
Szavay/Vinci (HUN/ITA) d. Cirstea/Mirza (ROU/IND) 63 63
Kleybanova/Schiavone (RUS/ITA) d. Azarenka/Zvonareva (BLR/RUS) 63 46 107

Singles – First Round
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d V Hanescu (ROU) 63 75
[8] [WC] M Cilic (CRO) d I Andreev (RUS) 64 64
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d I Karlovic (CRO) 76(6) 46 61
J Ferrero (ESP) d N Almagro (ESP) 75 76(3)
T Robredo (ESP) d B Becker (GER) 62 61
J Benneteau (FRA) d M Daniel (BRA) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
L Dlouhy (CZE) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [3] W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) 67(1) 63 10-8
M Knowles (BAH) / A Roddick (USA) d [WC] H Lee (TPE) / T Yang (TPE) 63 64

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