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Aravane Rezai Takes Bali Title

Posted by gauloises1 on November 9, 2009

Could you make it up? Probably. Aravane Rezai takes the Bali title after her opponent Marion Bartoli retired with a left quad strain, 57 down. Shame for the last WTA action of the year to end with a retirement, but there you are. In Marion’s defence, she was clearly in genuine distress.

marion bartoli

If I had a wishlist for 2010, it would definitely include Marion doing whatever it is that’s needed to sort her body out. Still, huge congratulations to Rezai, who’s had a great year and will finish inside the top 30 thanks to this win. Well deserved. You can find a nice piece on her, including life on tour as a Muslim, here.

aravane rezai celebrates

aravane rezai bartoli trophy

And it just wouldn’t be Aravane if she didn’t dress for the occasion ….

aravane rezai trophy

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French Final Set In Bali

Posted by gauloises1 on November 8, 2009

Marion Bartoli and Aravane Rezai are set to face off in tomorrow’s final in Bali after defeating semi-final opponents Kimiko Date-Krumm and Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez respectively. Both have gone undefeated in the tournament so far.

marion bartoliaravane rezai

It should be an interesting meeting; both are huge ball-strikers, and Marion doesn’t seem too popular with her compatriots (based on Razzano’s comments c. Eastbourne, anyway). Allez to both.

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Friday’s OOP: Bali, Basel, Valencia

Posted by gauloises1 on November 6, 2009


Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Samantha Stosur vs. María José Martínez Sánchez
2. Sabine Lisicki vs. Melinda Czink
3. Marion Bartoli vs. Shahar Peer (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues


basel oop


valencia oop

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Bali Day Two: Rezai Into Semifinals

Posted by gauloises1 on November 6, 2009

Give it up for Aravane Rezai, who won her second round robin match today, defeating Melinda Czink 63 75 to solidify her position as the Group D semifinalist.

aravane rezai

Sadly this means that Licky’s last match of the season will be a meaningless round-robin against Czink tomorrow, but them’s the breaks.

None of the other groups have a semifinalist yet, meaning that there’s a lot riding on the final day of round-robin play. Magdalena Rybarikova is out of Group A after losing to Shahar Peer in straight sets today. Peer will face Bartoli to decide the semifinalist. 

magdalena rybarikovashahar peer

Similar situation in Group B, where Agnes Szavay lost her second round-robin match to Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez, 46 64 60. Martinez Sanchez (who won the doubles title last week in Doha) will take on Samantha Stosur tomorrow.

maria jose martinez sanchez

In Group C, the situation is a bit up in the air after Kimiko Date-Krumm pulled off the upset against Anabel Medina Garrigues today.

kimiko date krummanabel medina garrigues

Date-Krumm and Wickmayer both have one win, and Wickmayer has a match in hand, so if she (or alternate Vera Dushevina, quite possibly) can beat Medina Garrigues tomorrow, then into the semis Wicky/Vera will go. If Medina Garrigues wins, then … well, then maths of some fashion is done, I believe.

Round Robin – Day 2
Group A: Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 61 76(4)
Group B: María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 46 64 60
Group C: (WC) Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 64 63
Group D: Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 63 75

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Thursday’s OOP: Bali, Basel, Valencia

Posted by gauloises1 on November 5, 2009


Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Shahar Peer vs. Magdalena Rybarikova
2. Melinda Czink vs. Aravane Rezai
3. María José Martínez Sánchez vs. Agnes Szavay (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Kimiko Date Krumm


basel oop


valencia oop

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Bali Day One: Licky Goes Down

Posted by gauloises1 on November 5, 2009

So it was the first day of round robin play in the Tournament No-one Can Watch. But it is apparently happening. I have photos.

Two of the top seeds posted straight sets wins in their groups; Marion Bartoli handled Birmingham champ Magdalena Rybarikova with ease, winning 64 64, and Yanina Wickmayer survived a tough first set challenge from Kimiko Date-Krumm to come through, 76(5) 63.

marion bartoli serveyanina wickmayer

Fellow top seed Samantha Stosur didn’t have such an easy time of it but came through against another unpredictable talent, Agnes Szavay, 61 in the third. And sadly for me, Licky lost to Aravane Rezai, 16 63 64. Based on that scoreline I’m extrapolating the usual Licky pattern; a dominant first set followed by an unaccountable loss of concentration in the second and an implosion in a morass of unforced errors at a crucial point in the third.

aravane rezaisabine lisicki

I like Aravane and think she’s a beautiful ball-striker (and her fashion choices often make me lol). Still, I’m gutted that Licky’s Bali sojourn doesn’t look like it’ll last particularly long.

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Wednesday’s OOP: Bali, Basel, Valencia

Posted by gauloises1 on November 4, 2009


Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Sabine Lisicki vs. Aravane Rezai
2. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Kimiko Date Krumm
3. Marion Bartoli vs. Magdalena Rybarikova (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Samantha Stosur vs. Agnes Szavay


basel oop


valencia oop

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WTA Week Ahead: Bali Draw Set

Posted by gauloises1 on November 3, 2009

The draw for the inaugural 12-woman ‘Tournament of Champions’ in Bali was held today. For those not clear what the hell is going on with this one … nobody really knows. It’s for WTA players who have won one or more International-level tournaments and are ranked quite highly, or something.

Anyway, each of the ladies has won at least one International level title and sits around the 10-20 mark in the rankings, except for the wildcards Sabine Lisicki (who in fairness won Charleston and made a Wimbledon quarterfinal) and Kimiko Date-Krumm (who, in fairness, is old). It’s a second-tier Doha, basically, and the field doesn’t look bad.

bali field

Each of the top four seeds – Marion Bartoli, Sam Stosur, Yanina Wickmayer and Sabine Lisicki – heads a round-robin group, and play starts Thursday. The winner of each group advances to the semifinals on Saturday and so on.

These are the groups:

A: Marion Bartoli (Monterrey, Australian Open QF), Shahar Peer (Guangzhou, Tashkent), Magdalena Rybarikova (Birmingham)
B: Samantha Stosur (Osaka, French Open SF), Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Bogota, Bastad), Agnes Szavay (Budapest)
C: Yanina Wickmayer (Estoril, Linz, US Open SF), Anabel Medina Garrigues (Fes), Kimiko Date Krumm (Seoul)
D: Sabine Lisicki (Charleston, Wimbledon QF), Melinda Czink (Quebec City), Aravane Rezai (Strasbourg)

And now have some photos of the players looking lovely.

kimiko date krumm


sabine lisicki

My girl Licky.

szavay bartoli

Agnes Szavay and Marion Bartoli with other people.

melinda czink

Melinda Czink.

yanina wickmayer

Wicky, cleaning up nicely …

So that’s Bali.

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Do You Have a Flag, Shahar Peer?

Posted by gauloises1 on November 2, 2009

After the kerfuffle surrounding the denial of a visa to Israel’s Shahar Peer to compete in Dubai at the beginning of the year, the WTA must have heaved a sigh of relief when she was granted a visa for Bali, despite the lack of diplomatic ties between Israel and Indonesia.

However, the Israeli flag will apparently not be displayed during the tournament as is customary; the Indonesian foreign ministry has released a statement saying that no ‘Israeli objects’ will be displayed if they have anything to do with it.

Poor Shahar. She did so well, winning Guanghzou and Tashkent to qualify. Still, it gives me an excuse to post this video from one of my favourite comedians during his glory days …

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Sunday Titlists 2: 2008/Never Again For Youzhny and Bacsinszky

Posted by gauloises1 on October 25, 2009

Mikhail Youzhny’s last ATP singles title was in 2008 in Chennai. I don’t even remember that. But he’s back to winning ways, beating maiden ATP finalist Janko Tipsarevic 67(5) 60 64 for the Kremlin Cup. It’s the sixth straight year that it’s been won by a Russian. At this point I will try not to say anything about British tennis.

mikhail youzhny salute kremlin cup moscow

mikhail youhzny janko tipsarevic kremlin cup moscow trophies

mikhail youzhny kremlin cup moscow trophy

And the fourth final ended with a first-time winner, Timea Bacsinszky, who defeated Sabine Lisicki 62 75 for the Luxembourg title.

timea bacsinszky luxembourg open celebrates

Obviously I was rooting for Licky, but I thought Bacsinszky played a very solid match. She backed up her great performance against Wickmayer in convincing style and completely outplayed an out-of-sorts Lisicki. Well done.

sabine lisicki timea bacsinszky luxembourg open trophy

timea bacsinszky luxembourg open trophy

Sadly, Lisicki’s loss means she won’t qualify for Bali (that other year-ending championships), with Aravane Rezai taking the final spot. Hopefully she’ll knock up a fetching number for the occasion.

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