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Auckland of the Giants

Posted by gauloises1 on January 17, 2010

Congratulations to John Isner, who beat Arnaud Clement 63 57 76(2) for his maiden ATP title in Auckland last night.

I care about this to the exact extent that the law requires.

But congratulations and so forth.

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Saturday’s OOP: Auckland, Hobart, Sydney

Posted by gauloises1 on January 16, 2010


Centre Court (1.00 p.m.)
1. Marcelo Melo / Bruno Soares v Marcus Daniell / Horia Tecau
2. John Isner v Arnaud Clement


Centre (from 12.00hrs)
1. Singles Final: Alona Bondarenko vs. Shahar Peer
2. Doubles Final: Chan/Niculescu vs. Chuang/Peschke


Ken Rosewall Arena (4.30 p.m.)
1. Daniel Nestor / Nenad Zimonjic v Ross Hutchins / Jordan Kerr
2. Richard Gasquet v Marcos Baghdatis (not before 7.30 p.m.)

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Posted by gauloises1 on January 16, 2010

In a matter of … soon, John Isner will be facing Arnaud Clement for the Auckland title after he defeated Albert Montanes and Clement took out Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Possibly because he’s now playing entire matches with his eyes closed. Who knows?

Big Johnny I is bidding for his first ever ATP title, and that’s all I have to say about that.

Really, I’ve got nothing.

Singles – Semi-finals
A Clement (FRA) d [5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 76(2)
J Isner (USA) d [8] A Montanes (ESP) 62 76(5)

Doubles – Semi-finals
[WC] M Daniell (NZL) / H Tecau (ROU) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 36 76(4) 10-8

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Friday’s OOP: Auckland, Hobart, Sydney

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010


Centre Court (from 12.00)
1. John Isner v Albert Montanes
2. Philipp Kohlschreiber v Arnaud Clement
3. Marcus Daniell / Horia Tecau v Johan Brunstrom / Jean-Julien Rojer


Centre (from 12.00hrs)
1. Sara Errani vs. Shahar Peer
2. Chuang/Peschke vs. Errani/Vinci (NB 14.00hrs; after suitable rest)
3. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Alona Bondarenko (NB 19.00hrs)
4. Hsieh/Peng vs. Chan/Niculescu


Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Hutchins/Kerr vs. Aspelin/Hanley
2. ATP: Nestor/Zimonjic vs. Andreev/Korolev
3. ATP: Gasquet vs. Benneteau
4. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Fish
5. Singles Final: Serena Williams vs. Elena Dementieva (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Doubles Final: Black/Huber vs. Garbin/Petrova


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ATP: Semifinals Set in Sydney, Auckland

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

Marcos Baghdatis and Richard Gasquet are keeping their resurgences going in Sydney, as they both made it through to the semifinals yesterday. Gasquet saw off the not-to-be-mocked Potito Starace to set up a semifinal encounter with Julien Benneteau, who beat Leonardo Mayer with a bagel, no less.

Well done, Lamb. IRTTY now hates you.

It was Baggy who had the really impressive win, though, backing up his victory over Troicki by knocking out fourth seed Lleyton Hewitt. He’s so much more likeable when he’s playing well, isn’t he?

Oh, and Mardy Fish won. Hands up who is pleased. Seriously, I’d like to take a count.

In Auckland, only one Spaniard remains out of the bazillion who entered, and that’s … Albert Montanes, who beat qualifier Michael Lammer to book his semifinal spot.

Sixth seed Jurgen Melzer was knocked out by Arnaud Clement, and Tommy Robredo fell to John Isner 64 in the third. I feel this merits a mini-picspam.


Singles – Quarter-finals
J Isner (USA) d [1] T Robredo (ESP) 76(5) 36 64
[5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d M Gicquel (FRA) 63 61
A Clement (FRA) d [6] J Melzer (AUT) 62 75
[8] A Montanes (ESP) d [Q] M Lammer (SUI) 63 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) d T Bellucci (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 75 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) d R Wassen (NED) / H Zeballos (ARG) 61 75


Singles – Quarter-finals
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [4] L Hewitt (AUS) 46 62 63
M Fish (USA) d [WC] P Luczak (AUS) 76(5) 62
R Gasquet (FRA) d P Starace (ITA) 63 76(7)
J Benneteau (FRA) d [Q] L Mayer (ARG) 64 67(5) 60

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) 62 46 10-5
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d [WC] C Ball (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) 36 76(5) 10-8
I Andreev (RUS) / E Korolev (KAZ) d [Alt] B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) 75 10 – ret. (Becker – arm)

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Thursday’s OOP: Auckland, Hobart, Sydney

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010



Centre (from 11.00hrs)
1. Alona Bondarenko vs. Zheng Jie
2. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Sara Errani (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Gisela Dulko
4. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Shahar Peer (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Dulko/Zheng vs. Chan/Niculescu


Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Nestor/Zimonjic vs. Kas/Norman
2. Serena Williams vs. Aravane Rezai (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Victoria Azarenka vs. Elena Dementieva
4. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Hewitt (NB 15.00hrs)
5. ATP: Fish vs. Luczak (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Black/Huber vs. Granville/Spears

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Starace vs. Gasquet
2. ATP: Benneteau vs. Mayer
3. ATP: Aspelin/Hanley vs. Ball/Huss
4. ATP: Becker/Lipsky vs. Andreev/Korolev
5. Groenefeld/King vs. Garbin/Petrova

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ATP Action: Lagging Behind

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

The men, meanwhile, have only got as far as quarterfinals but only one seeded player remains in Sydney – Lleyton Hewitt, who demolished Andreas Seppi 60 62.

Please. Someone. Take his hair gel away.

It was a good day for two of NB’s unsung heroes, Julien Benneteau and Leonardo Mayer – or Lamb and Horseface to you. Benneteau caught a lucky break when Stanislas Wawrinka was forced to withdraw with a neck injury, but overcame lucky loser Taylor Dent by the skin of his teeth in a third-set tiebreak, while Mayer beat Pablo Cuevas in straights. And Tomas Berdych was accounted for by wildcard Peter Luczak.

You probably do not need to remember this face.

And two men on the comeback trail, Marcos Baghdatis and Richard Gasquet, both posted encouraging victories. Good stuff.

Auckland, meanwhile, strenuously resists any attempt to make it interesting after Juan Carlos Ferrero rolled his ankle and was forced to retire just 4 games into his match with Michael Lammer. The injury may or may not put him out of the Open:

“It’s disappointing to get injured in the first tournament and I have some doubts about the tournament in Australia. I will try to recover but I don’t know,” Ferrero told reporters.

“They say it’s not too bad, I will have to wait three or four days with some ice, take some anti-inflammatories and see how it goes.

“I want to play over there so I will do everything in my power to make it, but we’ll see. I cannot tell you now.”


Isner put out Pico, Arnaud Clement beat Ferru, and Philipp Kohlschreiber accounted for Nose Job. Hey ho.

But Tommy continues to win.


Singles – Second Round
[1] T Robredo (ESP) d S Greul (GER) 76(1) 76(2)
A Clement (FRA) d [2] D Ferrer (ESP) 75 64
[Q] M Lammer (SUI) d [3] J Ferrero (ESP) 31 ret. (right ankle sprain)
M Gicquel (FRA) d [4] N Almagro (ESP) 60 63
[5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d T Bellucci (BRA) 64 61
[6] J Melzer (AUT) d [WC] S Grosjean (FRA) 62 67(5) 76(1)
J Isner (USA) d [7] J Monaco (ARG) 57 64 63
[8] A Montanes (ESP) d [WC] J Statham (NZL) 76(6) 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) d [2] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) 62 63
[WC] M Daniell (NZL) / H Tecau (ROU) d [3] M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 36 76(5) 10-8
R Wassen (NED) / H Zeballos (ARG) vs M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA)
T Bellucci (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d L Arnold Ker (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) 75 64


Singles – Second Round
[WC] P Luczak (AUS) d [2] T Berdych (CZE) 16 64 62
J Benneteau (FRA) d *[LL] T Dent (USA) 63 57 76(2)
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [6] V Troicki (SRB) 75 63
[4] L Hewitt (AUS) d A Seppi (ITA) 60 62
R Gasquet (FRA) d [8] B Becker (GER) 62 76(4)
M Fish (USA) d E Korolev (KAZ) 61 62
P Starace (ITA) d [LL] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 63 32 ret. (leg)
[Q] L Mayer (ARG) d P Cuevas (URU) 64 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) d [3] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) 76(3) 61
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) vs [WC] C Ball (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) 00 – postponed until Thursday

Doubles – First Round
**[Alt] B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) d [4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 63 76(4)

* [LL] T Dent (USA) replaced [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) – neck muscle strain
** [Alt] B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) replaced J Erlich (ISR) / F Lopez (ESP) – (Erlich – right rib)

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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?


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.


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.


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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Wednesday’s OOP: Auckland, Hobart, Sydney

Posted by gauloises1 on January 12, 2010


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
J Ferrero (ESP) vs  M Lammer (SUI)
J Statham (NZL) vs A Montanes (ESP)
T Robredo (ESP) vs S Greul (GER)
M Gicquel (FRA) vs N Almagro (ESP)

Not Before 7:30 PM
J Chardy (FRA) or A Clement (FRA) vs D Ferrer (ESP)
R Wassen (NED) / H Zeballos (ARG) vs M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA)

COURT 4 start 2:30 pm
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) vs L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND)
T Bellucci (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) vs L Arnold Ker (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) – After Suitable Rest
M Daniell (NZL) / H Tecau (ROU) vs M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) –

COURT 6 start 12:00 noon
P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs T Bellucci (BRA)

Not Before 1:00 PM
J Isner (USA) vs J Monaco (ARG)
J Melzer (AUT) vs S Grosjean (FRA)


Centre (from 11.00hrs)
1. Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Kirsten Flipkens
2. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Alicia Molik
3. Sara Errani vs. Kateryna Bondarenko
4. Jelena Dokic vs. Shahar Peer (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Errani/Vinci vs. Mirza/Ruano Pascual

Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Benesova/Hradecka vs. Chuang/Peschke
2. Hsieh/Peng vs. Medina Garrigues/Rybarikova (NB 15.00hrs)


Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Gasquet vs. Becker
2. ATP: Troicki vs. Baghdatis
3. ATP: Seppi vs. Hewitt
4. Serena Williams vs. Vera Dushevina
5. Elena Dementieva vs. Dinara Safina (NB 19.30hrs)
6. ATP: Aspelin/Hanley vs. Ball/Huss

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Cermak/Mertinak vs. Erlich/López
2. ATP: Korolev vs. Fish
3. Flavia Pennetta vs. Aravane Rezai
4. Victoria Azarenka vs. Dominika Cibulkova
5. Garbin/Petrova vs. Dellacqua/Rezai (after suitable rest)

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Gimeno-Traver vs. Starace
2. ATP: Hutchins/Kerr vs. Kubot/Marach
3. ATP: Luczak vs. Berdych
4. Black/Huber vs. Dushevina/Rodionova (NB 17.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 12.00hrs)
1. ATP: Cuevas vs. Mayer
2. ATP: Wawrinka vs. Benneteau

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Monday OOPs: Auckland, Hobart, Sydney

Posted by gauloises1 on January 10, 2010



Centre (from 11.00hrs)
1. Melanie Oudin vs. Sara Errani
2. Jelena Dokic vs. Elena Baltacha
3. Olivia Rogowska vs. Shahar Peer
4. Alicia Molik vs. Sania Mirza (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Hsieh/Peng vs. Bondarenko/Bondarenko

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Sophie Ferguson
2. Melinda Czink vs. Gisela Dulko
3. Tamira Paszek vs. Roberta Vinci
4. Grandin/Woehr vs. Medina Garrigues/Rybarikova (NB 16.00hrs)

Court 8 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
2. Kaia Kanepi vs. Zheng Jie
3. Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Ekaterina Makarova

Court TBC
1. Dulko/Zheng vs. Dekmeijere/Senoglu (NB 16.00hrs)


Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Lopez vs. Gasquet
2. Samantha Stosur vs. Flavia Pennetta
3. ATP: Lindahl vs. Baghdatis
4. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Li Na
5. Victoria Azarenka vs. Sabine Lisicki

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Agnes Szavay vs. Jelena Jankovic
2. Elena Vesnina vs. Vera Zvonareva
3. Black/Huber vs. Kirilenko/Safina
4. Vera Dushevina vs. Casey Dellacqua
5. ATP: Ball/Huss vs. Fish/Knowles

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Matosevic vs. Seppi
2. ATP: Llodra vs. Cuevas
3. ATP: Luczak/Nieminen vs. Aspelin/Hanley
4. Nadia Petrova vs. Kimiko Date Krumm

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Jill Craybas vs. Agnieszka Radwanska
2. María José Martínez Sánchez vs. Varvara Lepchenko
3. ATP: Starace vs. Gil
4. ATP: Mayer vs. Andreev

Court 4 (NB 14.00hrs)
1. Kleybanova/Schiavone vs. Pennetta/Zahlavova Strycova
2. Vesnina/Voskoboeva vs. Granville/Spears

Court 8 (From 11.00hrs)
1. Timea Bacsinszky vs. Dominika Cibulkova
2. Aravane Rezai vs. Anna-Lena Groenefeld
3. ATP: Hutchins/Kerr vs. Butorac/Ram
4. Uhlirova/Voracova vs. Groenefeld/King


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