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Bad Day for JJ, Petko and Kolya.

Posted by gauloises1 on July 23, 2010

Not a great day in some ways. The slumping Alize Cornet knocked out top seed, defending champion and fantastic blogger Andrea Petkovic 62 75 in Bad Gastein. Then JJ rolled her ankle against Anastasia Yakimova and was forced to retire 1-0 down in the third set.

In Hamburg, Kolya was pretty much taken to the woodshed by Andrey Golubev, 64 64. The scoreline doesn’t look as terrible as it was, from what I saw.

Have a classically ridiKolyous photo to make up for it.

Kolya’s loss means that there are just three seeds left in Hamburg after last week’s things Almagro and Montanes also lost. Luckily for me, two of said three seeds are Boss and Nose Job …

Bad Gastein

Singles – Second Round
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (1) Andrea Petkovic (GER) 62 75
(WC) Patricia Mayr (AUT) d. (7) Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 63 64
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Mariya Koryttseva (UKR) 62 75
Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 75 75

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Klemenschits/Sevastova (AUT/LAT) 64 61
(3) Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) d. (WC) Hofmanova/Hrdinova (AUT/CZE) 62 26 105
(4) Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) d. Dzehalevich/Poutchek (BLR/BLR) 75 61


Singles – Third Round
A Golubev (KAZ) d [1] N Davydenko (RUS) 64 64
[3] J Melzer (AUT) d J Chardy (FRA) 75 76(4)
[6] J Ferrero (ESP) d J Nieminen (FIN) 62 36 64
[7] T Bellucci (BRA) d [10] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 75 64
F Mayer (GER) d M Gonzalez (ARG) 76(1) 60
A Seppi (ITA) d F Fognini (ITA) 64 64
D Istomin (UZB) d [WC] J Reister (GER) 36 63 76(3)
P Starace (ITA) d [Q] P Riba (ESP) 46 64 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[WC] A Beck (GER) / C Kas (GER) d [3] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 62 76(7)
M Lopez (ESP) / D Marrero (ESP) d [4] W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) 67(4) 64 10-7
J Chardy (FRA) / P Mathieu (FRA) d S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) 63 10 ret. (Aspelin – neck)
M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) d F Polasek (SVK) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(5) 64


Singles – Second Round
(Q) Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) d. (1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 16 63 10 ret. (left ankle injury)
(3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) 63 60
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 75 61
Ksenia Pervak (RUS) d. (Q) Alexandra Panova (RUS) 62 75

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(2) Kondratieva/Uhlirova (RUS/CZE) d. (WC) Bovina/Klepac (RUS/SLO) 76(4) 63
Chakvetadze/Erakovic (RUS/NZL) d. Hercog/Martic (SLO/CRO) 64 63

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The Austro-Hungarian Empire. Famous for Fuck All.

Posted by gauloises1 on July 22, 2010

All they did was slowly collapse like a flan in a cupboard, as many important historians have said. Although they did indirectly lead to two of my favourite things: Embers by Sandor Marai, and now the best set of player party photos since Linz (not that one).

I mean, it’s pretty hard for tournaments these days to really stand out, especially if they aren’t a big name like Indian Wells, or don’t have any striking local indigenous fauna. So frankly, all credit to the people at Bad Gastein for taking the little-used approach of hearkening back to their history as a fashionable spa resort in the nineteenth century. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

Alize. Sweet as a little pie.

Probably should have taken off the wristbands though.

For a good few minutes, I was trying to understand why I didn’t remember Sorana playing this tournament. Sorry, Julia Goerges.

There are a few unfortunate tan lines going on here.

Petkorazzi practices her royal wave.

Not another evening among the ton listening to the latest on-dits, Patricia Mayr seems to say.

It’s not that I don’t like Timea Bacsinszky. It’s just that whatever you dress her in, she always looks like she’s just been dragged out of a crack den. By her hair. Through a hedge.

I’m not going to lie, I don’t know if this is a player or a random bit of muslin, but I really want that dress.

And saving the best until last …

Khader Nouni. Officer. Gentleman. Possible doorman. 

God among men. 

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WTA Week Ahead: Bad Gastein, Portoroz

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2010

Less mental confusion for the ladies, who are dividing their energies between clay and hard courts, but staying firmly rooted in Europe. Despite this, various websites are referring to them as ‘beginning their US Open campaign’. Taking a hell of a run-up if that’s the case, I’m just saying.

Bad Gastein

Amazing to think there was a time when I didn’t know who Andrea Petkovic was. And yet I have no memory of this event whatsoever, so there’s the proof.

Draw here.

Top seeds: Andrea Petkovic, Timea Bacsinszky, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Klara Zakopalova, Sybille Bammer, Barbora Zahlalova Strycova, Tathiana Garbin, Anastasija Sevastova

Big Question of the Week: how did Timea Bacsinszky get seeded ahead of Medina Garrigues?


Oh, Dinara.

Draw here.

Top seeds: Jelena Jankovic, Petra Kvitova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sara Errani, Dominika Cibulkova, Vera Dushevina, Polona Hercog, Sofia Arvidsson

Big Question of the Week: Just how much is Portoroz paying these women in appearance fees? 

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Friday OsOP: Portoroz, Bad Gastein, Hamburg, Indianapolis

Posted by gauloises1 on July 24, 2009


Centre Court (from 16.30hrs)
1. Goerges/Uhlirova vs. Daniilidou/Woehr
2. Safina vs. Camerin (NB 18.30hrs)
3. Errani vs. Martic

Court 1 (from 17.00hrs)
1. Brianti vs. Pin
2. Voegele vs. de los Ríos
3. Govortsova/Karatantcheva vs. Pin/Zakopalova

Bad Gastein

Centre Court (from 11.30hrs)
1. Groenefeld vs. Petkovic
2. Meusburger vs. Shvedova
3. Cornet vs. Zahlavova Strycova (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Koryttseva/Olaru vs. Malek/Petkovic

Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Olaru vs. Rybarikova

Hamburg here.

Indianapolis here.

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Wednesday OsOP: Portoroz, Bad Gastein, Hamburg

Posted by gauloises1 on July 22, 2009


Centre Court (from 16.30hrs)
1. Hercog/Martic vs. Daniilidou/Woehr
2. Safina vs. Pervak (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Camerin vs. Dushevina

Court 1 (from 17.30hrs)
1. Safarova vs. Voegele
2. de los Ríos vs. Vinci

Court 2 (from 17.30hrs)
1. Barrois/Garbin vs. Pin/Zakopalova
2. Frankova/Palkina vs. Errani/Zec Peskiric

Bad Gastein

Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Parmentier vs. Rybarikova
2. Malek vs. Meusburger
3. Groenefeld vs. Hladikova (NB 14.00hrs)
4. Hlavackova/Hradecka vs. Klemenschits/Meusburger
5. Cornet/Groenefeld vs. Borwell/Fichman

Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Shvedova vs. Peer
2. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova vs. Krauth/Nooni
3. Domachowska/Grandin vs. Koryttseva/Olaru
4. Brozda/Kiszczynska vs. Malek/Petkovic

Hamburg here. (Pico-Chucho!)

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Gilles, Tommy, Stan, AMG Out. But Pico Won!

Posted by gauloises1 on July 21, 2009

Pico won. That’s really all you need to know.

You want more?! OK, well, Portoroz second seed Anabel Medina Garrigues went out to qualifier Vesna Manasieva, just to make it really embarrassing if Dinara doesn’t win the thing, and Vera Dushevina had a good win over last week’s Palermo semifinalist Tathiana Garbin.



Alize Cornet won a match in Bad Gastein – ssssh! – but apparently it seems to be a rule that only one French slumper can win a match on any given day, as Gilles Simon lost in Hamburg to wildcard Daniel Brands. I promised I would honour this victory with photos of Brands. So … yeah.

International German Open Hamburg 2009brands

Auf gehts, Fragman.

It’s got to the point now where one doesn’t even bother speculating about a Gilles loss. One just sucks it up and grimly carries on.

Anyway, he wasn’t the only seed to fall in Hamburg today. Tommy Robredo lost to Ivan Navarro in straight sets, so, yeah, good luck winning anything for the rest of the year, Tommy. And Stanislas Wawrinka, also on his best surface, lost to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 62 64. I’d care, but I don’t. Did I mention Pico won?


Singles – First Round
(Q) Vesna Manasieva (RUS) d. (2) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)
63 16 75
(4) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (WC) Nastja Kolar (SLO) 62 60
(7) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 60 63
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. (Q) Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 61 46 63
Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) d. (Q) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) 61 64
Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 75 64
Camille Pin (FRA) d. Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 63 ret. (upper respiratory infection)
(Q) Ksenia Pervak (RUS) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 64 46 62

Doubles – First Round
Daniilidou/Woehr (GRE/GER) d. (2) Hrdinova/Voracova (CZE/CZE) 63 63

Bad Gastein

Singles – First Round
(1) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Mariana Duque Marino (COL) 46 76(3) 64
(3) Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. (LL) Nathalie Vierin (ITA) 75 64
(4) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 76(5) 63
(6) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Mariya Koryttseva (UKR) 63 61
(7) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) d. (Q) Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) 64 63
Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) d. (8) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 62 62
(9) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (WC) Tina Schiechtl (AUT) 64 63
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. (Q) Lenka Jurikova (SVK) 61 60
Patricia Mayr (AUT) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 63 63
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) d. (Q) Carmen Klaschka (GER) 61 61
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) 61 26 64
(LL) Tereza Hladikova (CZE) d. (WC) Melanie Klaffner (AUT) 64 26 64
(WC) Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. (Q) Sharon Fichman (CAN) 64 63

Doubles – First Round
Malek/Petkovic (GER/GER) d. (2) Senoglu/Shvedova (TUR/KAZ) 46 75 106
(4) Koryttseva/Olaru (UKR/ROU) d. Anderson/Chakhnashvili (RSA/GEO) 60 64


Singles – Second Round
[WC] D Brands (GER) d [1] G Simon (FRA) 36 64 63
I Navarro (ESP) d [4] T Robredo (ESP) 75 76(2)
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [5] S Wawrinka (SUI) 62 64
[8] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [Q] P Starace (ITA) 62 46 64
[Q] P Cuevas (URU) d [9] J Melzer (AUT) 76(5) 63
[10] V Troicki (SRB) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 36 62 64
[13] P Mathieu (FRA) d [Q] P Riba (ESP) 61 26 76(3)

Singles – First Round
J Benneteau (FRA) d J Chela (ARG) 64 16 61
J Monaco (ARG) d M Youzhny (RUS) 76(4) 63
[WC] F Mayer (GER) d R Schuettler (GER) 67(3) 63 63
F Fognini (ITA) d I Minar (CZE) 64 62

Doubles – First Round
[2] W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) d J Chardy (FRA) / P Mathieu (FRA) 36 63 10-7
[4] L Dlouhy (CZE) / D Skoch (CZE) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 76(5) 76
J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 64 62
M Melo (BRA) / F Polasek (SVK) d [WC] K Krawietz (GER) / N Langer (GER) 60 64
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) vs [WC] M Stich (GER) / M Zverev (GER)

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Tuesday OsOP: Portoroz, Bad Gastein, Hamburg

Posted by gauloises1 on July 21, 2009


Centre Court (from 16.00hrs)
1. Manasieva vs. Medina Garrigues
2. Kolar vs. Vinci
3. Brianti vs. Hercog (NB 20.00hrs)
4. Errani vs. Rus

Court 1 (from 16.00hrs)
1. Voegele vs. Tatishvili
2. Goerges vs. Pervak
3. Voskoboeva vs. Kvitova
4. Daniilidou/Woehr vs. Hrdinova/Voracova

Court 2 (from 16.00hrs)
1. Diatchenko vs. Pin
2. Garbin vs. Dushevina
3. Karatantcheva vs. Camerin
4. Diatchenko/Manasieva vs. Kolar/Majeric

Bad Gastein (defending champion relegated to Court 2? Harsh)

Centre Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Domínguez Lino vs. Mayr
2. Cornet vs. Duque Marino
3. Meusburger vs. Fichman
4. Bammer vs. Sevastova
5. Klaffner vs. Hladikova

Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Dulgheru vs. Benesova
2. Llagostera Vives vs. Hradecka
3. Groenefeld vs. Ondraskova
4. Schiechtl vs. Peer
5. Malek/Petkovic vs. Senoglu/Shvedova

Court 2 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Zahlavova Strycova vs. Zahlavova
2. Shvedova vs. Jurikova
3. Koryttseva vs. Rybarikova
4. Parmentier vs. Klaschka
5. Anderson/Chakhnashvili vs. Koryttseva/Olaru

Indianapolis here.

Hamburg here.

Please note: Pico vs. Youzhny, Potito vs. PEHK, Simon vs. Brands and Gabashvili vs. Troicki. Should be a good day, if only ’twere streamed …

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A Bad Day to Be KK. Or CSN. Or British.

Posted by gauloises1 on July 20, 2009

Actually, that could be pretty much any day, couldn’t it?

Anyway, remember Kaia Kanepi? Remember when she went quite deep in Dubai and was quite good? No, me neither. She fell to Olga Govortsova 61 62, and Lucie Safarova accounted for token Tim Katie O’Brien. Still needs a sandwich though.

olga govortsova


Tatjana Malek accounted for Carla Suarez Navarro, the fifth seed in Bad Gastein. And it was a good day for the Germans in Hamburg, with no less than four making it through to the second round (the sole objection being Bjorn Phau). Wildcards Daniel Brands and Simon Greul had a particularly good day, accounting for Victor Crivoi and Janko Tipsarevic respectively. Auf gehts and all that.


This might be Brands. I’m honestly not sure.


Singles – First Round
(1) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. (WC) Tadeja Majeric (SLO) 60 64
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. (3) Kaia Kanepi (EST) 61 62
(6) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Katie O’Brien (GBR) 64 64
Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) d. Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) 57 64 76(6)
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. Masa Zec Peskiric (SLO) 62 64
(WC) Petra Martic (CRO) d. Kristina Barrois (GER) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
(1) Dushevina/Voskoboeva (RUS/KAZ) d. Kucova/Stoop (SVK/GBR) 64 62
(3) Goerges/Uhlirova (GER/CZE) d. Bovina/Kanepi (RUS/EST) 64 67(4) 103
Ivanova/Tatishvili (RUS/GEO) d. Rodionova/Voegele (RUS/SUI) 60 75
Hercog/Martic (SLO/CRO) d. Brianti/Camerin (ITA/ITA) 76(7) 16 106

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(8) Ksenia Pervak (RUS) d. (1) Kristina Kucova (SVK) 64 46 76(0)
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) d. (2) Angelique Kerber (GER) 63 62
(3) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) d. Ana Vrljic (CRO) 62 61
(5) Vesna Manasieva (RUS) d. (4) Regina Kulikova (RUS) 41 ret. (right ankle sprain)

Bad Gastein

Singles – First Round
Tatjana Malek (GER) d. (5) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 26 62 64
Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) d. Marta Domachowska (POL) 57 64 63
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Sandra Kloesel (GER) 64 63

Doubles – First Round
Domachowska/Grandin (POL/RSA) d. Kondratieva/Lefèvre (RUS/FRA) 61 61
Brozda/Kiszczynska (POL/POL) d. Jidkova/Klaschka (RUS/GER) 75 76(5)
Kloesel/Tvaroskova (GER/SVK) d. (WC) Klaffner/Sevastova (AUT/LAT) 62 76(5)

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(2) Carmen Klaschka (GER) d. (7) Nathalie Vierin (ITA) 75 64
(3) Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) d (5) Tereza Hladikova (CZE) 60 61
(8) Sharon Fichman (CAN) d. Natasa Zoric (SRB) 60 61
Lenka Jurikova (SVK) d. Lenka Tvaroskova (SVK) 61 64


Singles – First Round
T Gabashvili (RUS) d A Seppi (ITA) 63 61
[WC] D Brands (GER) d [Q] V Crivoi (ROU) 46 64 61
[Q] P Cuevas (URU) d B Phau (GER) 76(0) 64
I Navarro (ESP) d S Darcis (BEL) 64 64
P Petzschner (GER) d F Serra (FRA) 76(3) 62
[Q] P Riba (ESP) d [Q] E Korolev (RUS) 76(3) 62
[Q] P Starace (ITA) d M Gonzalez (ARG) 57 64 63
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d C Rochus (BEL) 64 62
J Hernych (CZE) d [WC] K Krawietz (GER) 60 46 63
[WC] S Greul (GER) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 26 63 63
[Q] M Granollers (ESP) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 64 64
A Beck (GER) d O Hernandez (ESP) 67(3) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) vs [4] L Dlouhy (CZE) / D Skoch (CZE)

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WTA Week Ahead: Portoroz, Bad Gastein

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2009



Draw here.

No question who should win this tournament, as Dinara Safina is the top seed by quite some way. Really, there’s no-one who should trouble her in her half unless Kaia Kanepi unexpectedly finds some form again. Tathiana Garbin, who reached the semis in Palermo this week, is hanging around in her quarter, but really, yeah, I’m reaching. The bottom half of the draw is anchored by Lucie Safarova and Anabel Medina Garrigues. Safarova has token Tim Katie O’Brien in the first round, so look for the Czech in the quarters at least. Medina Garrigues has defending champion Sara Errani in her quarter, but Errani might well be knackered out from her exploits in Palermo last week.

I predict Safina vs. Medina Garrigues in the final, at which point this might get interesting.

Bad Gastein


Draw here.

All I can say about this is that it’s probably not a good sign when Alize Cornet is the top seed.

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