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Barcelona: Man of the Moment

Posted by gauloises1 on April 25, 2010

Fernando Verdasco d. Robin Soderling, 63 46 63

I’m from Barcelona, let me introduce my enormous trophy.

Rather a nice couple of weeks for Fernando Verdasco, backing up his final in Monte-Carlo by claiming his fifth and biggest career title to date in Barcelona. He did well enough to get to the final, surviving an inspired David Ferrer in three sets to face Robin Soderling, who took out Boss- and Tsonga-killer Thiemo de Bakker in straights.

I didn’t see the final, but I’m not surprised by the result; I had a feeling after Rafa withdrew that this was going to be Verdasco’s tournament. It seems like he’s playing of late with the kind of confidence and focus that we haven’t seen in his game since the beginning of 2009 and it’s not surprising that he’s reaping unprecedented rewards, as well as breaking some personal boundaries. Good stuff all round.

Not quite as bendy as Nole, but it’ll do.

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Barcelona: Wednesday’s Results, Thursday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on April 22, 2010

And the upsets continue, as the triple threat that is Albert Ramos-Vinolas upset Gonzo in three. It seems like Gonzo hasn’t really got off the mark this year, what with knees and earthquakes and swimming with dolphins and the burden that is his quixotic existence. Still, it wouldn’t be Gonzo if you could predict when he was going to turn up, would it? The rocky road to recovery continues to be rocky for Lleyton Hewitt, too, who lost in two sets to Eduardo “I was recently fined for tanking” Schwank.

Among those who notched up excellent wins, however, were Fernando Verdasco in straight sets over Richard Gasquet (I’m starting to think he might win this, you know – Verdasco, that is, not Gasquet; I’m not that delusional), Nose Job (three sets over Victor Hanescu – nice), and Ernests Gulbis, who managed to be slightly less of a loser than Jeremy Chardy. I call that impressive.

I also call this impressive.

Full Results

Singles – Second Round
[3] J Tsonga (FRA) d J Hajek (CZE) 63 62
[Q] A Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [4] F Gonzalez (CHI) 64 67(8) 63 
[5] [WC] F Verdasco (ESP) d R Gasquet (FRA) 75 63
[7] J Ferrero (ESP) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 63 42 ret. (hamstrings)
[8] D Ferrer (ESP) d [WC] M Granollers (ESP) 75 64
[11] J Melzer (AUT) d O Hernandez (ESP) 67(4) 75 75 
E Schwank (ARG) d [12] L Hewitt (AUS) 76(3) 64
[13] T Bellucci (BRA) d V Hanescu (ROU) 62 16 75
[16] F Lopez (ESP) d D Istomin (UZB) 76(7) 75
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [LL] T Gabashvili (RUS) 16 76(5) 64 
[Q] S Bolelli (ITA) d [WC] A Martin (ESP) 76(2) 76(1)
T de Bakker (NED) d [Q] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 76(5) 63
E Gulbis (LAT) d J Chardy (FRA) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
F Polasek (SVK) / A Qureshi (PAK) d [WC] A Martin (ESP) / F Vicente (ESP) 46 62 10-8
N Almagro (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d E Butorac (USA) / M Kohlmann (GER) 63 62
J Kerr (AUS) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d I Andreev (RUS) / J Chardy (FRA) 76(4) 61
C Kas (GER) / J Melzer (AUT) d [WC] G Granollers-Pujol (ESP) / A Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 63 60
J Knowle (AUT) / A Ram (ISR) d P Cuevas (URU) / F Gonzalez (CHI) 64 75

Today’s OOP is brought to you by the Jo-ness of Jo. It’s my favourite thing about him.

Posted in barcelona, jo-wilfried tsonga, juan carlos ferrero, lleyton hewitt | Tagged: , , | 5 Comments »

Barcelona: Tuesday’s Results, Wednesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on April 21, 2010

Further woe for the reduced field as seeds Juan Monaco and Albert Montanes were beaten, while Tommy Robredo trailed a set and a break before being forced to retire.But hey, Jeremy Chardy won a match. It’s not all bad.

Full Results

Singles – Second Round
[2] R Soderling (SWE) d J Chela (ARG) 75 75
[15] N Almagro (ESP) d S Greul (GER) 61 63
[LL] I Navarro (ESP) d [Q] P Cuevas (URU) 62 64

Singles – First Round
[Q] S Bolelli (ITA) d [9] T Robredo (ESP) 67(7) 64 31 ret. (back)
[Q] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d [10] J Monaco (ARG) 62 36 62
[11] J Melzer (AUT) d [LL] N Lapentti (ECU) 63 63
[12] L Hewitt (AUS) d [Q] M Ilhan (TUR) 64 46 62
J Chardy (FRA) d [14] A Montanes (ESP) 63 76(1)
[16] F Lopez (ESP) d O Dolgopolov Jr. (UKR) 63 30 ret. (illness)
[WC] A Martin (ESP) d A Seppi (ITA) 75 64
D Istomin (UZB) d S Robert (FRA) 76(5) 16 61
[Q] A Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d M Russell (USA) 64 63
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d M Zverev (GER) 46 64 62
E Gulbis (LAT) d P Luczak (AUS) 76(4) 63
V Hanescu (ROU) d A Beck (GER) 61 62

Doubles – First Round
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 76(7) 63
T Bellucci (BRA) / H Zeballos (ARG) d M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 64 62

Today’s OOP is brought to you by Juan Monaco’s apparently ineffective warm-up routine …

… and the dubious pleasure of sitting on Nicolas Almagro’s lap.

Posted in barcelona, jeremy chardy, juan monaco, nicolas almagro, tommy robredo | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

ATP Week Now/The Withdrawal Method: The Other Barcelona

Posted by gauloises1 on April 19, 2010

I have got to get back into Sunday blogging. Anyway, a bit quiet on the vaginal front until the weekend when the ladies will be battling through clouds of ash to Fed Cup it up, but lots of the boys have bravely made it to Barcelona, where judging from tonight’s news, they will now be stuck. Heigh ho.

Barcelona

Draw here.

Please note that this draw has not yet been adjusted to take account of today’s withdrawals; Rafa is out after saying that his body is telling him to rest, while Nalbandian has reportedly suffered a hamstring tear and Berdych is dealing with a right ankle injury. A speedy recovery to one and all. Especially one.

But it’s still a pretty good draw, boasting Soderling, Gonzalez and a full complement of Spaniards, including Boss. Should be fun.

Monday’s Results

Singles – First Round
[13] T Bellucci (BRA) d J Nieminen (FIN) 64 64
[15] N Almagro (ESP) d S Ventura (ESP) 61 62
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [Q] C Rochus (BEL) 57 61 63
[WC] M Granollers (ESP) d L Kubot (POL) 64 63
R Gasquet (FRA) d I Andreev (RUS) 76(5) 64
J Hajek (CZE) d P Starace (ITA) 61 64
O Hernandez (ESP) d I Marchenko (UKR) 67(2) 62 64
S Greul (GER) d [Q] P Riba (ESP) 64 64
M Russell (USA) vs [Q] A Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) – postponed to Tuesday
T de Bakker (NED) d A Falla (COL) 61 60
E Schwank (ARG) d F Fognini (ITA) 61 63
J Chela (ARG) d [WC] F Krajinovic (SRB) 61 64
[Q] P Cuevas (URU) d H Zeballos (ARG) 76(2) 62

Doubles – First Round
L Hewitt (AUS) / M Knowles (BAH) d M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) 64 61

Tuesday’s OOP

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Barcelona: And Franny Makes Three

Posted by gauloises1 on April 19, 2010

Congratulations to Francesca Schiavone on her third career title, beating Roberta Vinci 61 61 in the final.

And that’s all I really have on that.

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WTA Tuesday: JJ Survives

Posted by gauloises1 on April 14, 2010

Three seeds fell in Barcelona; Aravane Rezai was taken down by defending champion Roberta Vinci, Regina Kulikova took out Lucie Safarova, and Gisela Dulko was shown the door by Sara Errani – who, by the way, is rapidly developing into someone you don’t want landing in your favourite’s section of the draw come Roland Garros.

Meanwhile in Charleston Elena Vesnina relished her role as the dream-crusher of the day, knocking out Heather Watson (who did incredibly well to qualify) in straight sets.

The Ponte Vedra finalist, Olga Govortsova, was forced to retire with left knee tendonitis; Virginie Razzano’s dismal year continues; and JJ survived a tough challenge from Edina Gallovits to progress in three. Ajde.

Barcelona

Singles – First Round
(1) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Alberta Brianti (ITA) 62 61
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (2) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 63 64
(3) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 64 64
(4) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Masa Zec Peskiric (SLO) 75 61
Sara Errani (ITA) d. (6) Gisela Dulko (ARG) 26 61 76(4)
(7) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (Q) Simona Halep (ROU) 64 36 63
Regina Kulikova (RUS) d. (8) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 63 76(4)
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 61 64
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 61 64
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. (Q) Silvia Soler Espinosa (ESP) 62 61
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 75
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. (Q) Alizé Cornet (FRA) 75 63
(WC) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 64 46 64
(WC) Laura Pous Tio (ESP) d. (WC) Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 46 63 63

Doubles – First Round
(1) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Poutchek/Senoglu (BLR/TUR) 63 64
(4) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Barrois/Olaru (GER/ROU) 76(2) 63
Malek/Petkovic (GER/GER) d. (2) Cirstea/Dulko (ROU/ARG) 63 75
Kondratieva/Shvedova (RUS/KAZ) d. (WC) Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) 60 64

Charleston

Singles – Second Round
(2) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Edina Gallovits (ROU) 26 64 63
(7) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) 62 60
(12) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. (Q) Catalina Castaño (COL) 62 46 64

Singles – First Round
(10) Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (Q) Heather Watson (GBR) 76(4) 63
(LL) Monique Adamczak (AUS) d. (11) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 46 60 62
(14) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 60 20 ret. (left knee tendonitis)
Michaella Krajicek (NED) d. (15) Melinda Czink (HUN) 76(9) 63
(16) Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. (Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 36 62 64
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Shenay Perry (USA) 63 26 61
Vania King (USA) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 75 60
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (WC) Carly Gullickson (USA) 62 63
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 67(1) 64 75

Doubles – First Round
(4) Peng/Vesnina (CHN/RUS) d. (WC) Ejdesgaard/Wozniacki (DEN/DEN) 06 63 102
Makarova/Pelletier (RUS/CAN) d. Bondarenko/Voskoboeva (UKR/KAZ) 46 64 107

Today’s OOP is brought to you by the whiteness of Patty’s mile.

or it will be when it’s out.

Barcelona

Pista Central (from 11.00hrs)
1. Maria Kirilenko vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
2. Francesca Schiavone vs. Tathiana Garbin
3. Arantxa Parra Santonja vs. María José Martínez Sánchez (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Kristina Barrois vs. Carla Suárez Navarro

Pista 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Sara Errani vs. Alexandra Dulgheru
2. Laura Pous Tio vs. Roberta Vinci
3. Iveta Benesova vs. Sorana Cirstea
4. Regina Kulikova vs. Timea Bacsinszky

Pista 9 (NB 13.30hrs)
1. Kondratieva/Shvedova vs. Malek/Petkovic
2. Errani/Vinci vs. Daniilidou/Woehr

Charleston

Stadium (from 10.00hrs)
1. Daniela Hantuchova vs. Ayumi Morita
2. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (NB 11.30hrs)
3. Victoria Azarenka vs. Christina McHale (NB 13.00hrs)
4. Vania King vs. Nadia Petrova
5. Marion Bartoli vs. Peng Shuai (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Czink/Fichman vs. Ditty/Gullickson

Althea Gibson (from 10.00hrs)
1. Vera Dushevina vs. Chang Kai-Chen
2. Michelle Larcher de Brito vs. Patty Schnyder
3. Sophie Ferguson vs. Melanie Oudin (NB 13.30hrs)
4. Sofia Arvidsson vs. Elena Vesnina
5. Oudin/Perry vs. Mattek-Sands/Yan

Court 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Michaella Krajicek vs. Evgeniya Rodina
2. Alona Bondarenko vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
3. Angelique Kerber vs. Monique Adamczak

Court 4 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Dzehalevich/Savchuk vs. Raymond/Stubbs

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WTA Week Now: Barcelona, Charleston

Posted by gauloises1 on April 12, 2010

Those damn Mondays do creep up …

Barcelona

Draw here.

Top seeds: Francesca Schiavone, Aravane Rezai, Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez, Maria Kirilenko

Only two matches were completed today due to rain, with Sorana Cirstea and Kristina Barrois both progressing.

Singles – First Round
(5) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 64 76(6)
Kristina Barrois (GER) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 75 62

Suspended due to rain
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) vs. (WC) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 46 64 22

Doubles – First Round
Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) d. Rosolska/Zalameda (POL/USA) 75 60
Benesova/Foretz (CZE/CAN) d. (WC) Cabeza Candela/Pous Tio (ESP/ESP) 76(2) 63

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(3) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (8) Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 60 26 75
Masa Zec Peskiric (SLO) d. Alicia Molik (AUS) 57 64 61
Sílvia Soler Espinosa (ESP) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 64 62
Simona Halep (ROU) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 61 62

Charleston

Happy days. Draw here.

Top seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka, Samantha Stosur, Marion Bartoli, Nadia Petrova, Vera Zvonareva, Daniela Hantuchova

So far: nice win for Christina McHale.

Singles – First Round
(9) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Julie Ditty (USA) 64 62
(12) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Lilia Osterloh (USA) 63 76(9)
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Sharon Fichman (CAN) 75 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (WC) Alison Riske (USA) 62 64
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 61 62
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Mariana Duque Marino (COL) 64 75
Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 16 62 63
Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) d. Vesna Manasieva (RUS) 62 46 63
Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) d. (WC) Mallory Cecil (USA) 60 64
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) d. (Q) Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS) 64 61
Edina Gallovits (ROU) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 63 63
(Q) Catalina Castaño (COL) d. (Q) Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 75 62
(Q) Christina McHale (USA) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 36 76(4) 63

Doubles – First Round
Grandin/Spears (RSA/USA) d. Goerges/Zahlavova Strycova (GER/CZE) 63 64
King/Krajicek (USA/NED) d. Dekmeijere/Schnyder (LAT/SUI) 62 61

Tuesday’s OOP brought to you by Sorana’s rain dance.

Barcelona

Centre (from 10.00hrs)
1. Andrea Petkovic vs. María José Martínez Sánchez
2. Stefanie Voegele vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja (tbc)
3. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
4. Francesca Schiavone vs. Alberta Brianti
5. Simona Halep vs. Carla Suárez Navarro
6. Medina Garrigues/Suárez Navarro vs. Daniilidou/Woehr (after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Roberta Vinci vs. Aravane Rezai
2. Laura Pous Tio vs. Lourdes Domínguez Lino
3. Maria Kirilenko vs. Masa Zec Peskiric
4. Malek/Petkovic vs. Cirstea/Dulko
5. Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez vs. Poutchek/Senoglu

Court 7 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Gisela Dulko vs. Sara Errani
2. Sílvia Soler Espinosa vs. Alexandra Dulgheru
3. Timea Bacsinszky vs. Alizé Cornet
4. Lucie Safarova vs. Regina Kulikova

Court 9 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Petra Kvitova vs. Iveta Benesova
2. Lucie Hradecka vs. Tathiana Garbin
3. Errani/Vinci vs. Barrois/Olaru (NB 13.00hrs)
4. Kondratieva/Shvedova vs. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja
5. Niculescu/Shaughnessy vs. Jans/Uhlirova

Charleston

Stadium (from 10.00hrs)
1. Shenay Perry vs. Peng Shuai
2. Chanelle Scheepers vs. Patty Schnyder
3. Edina Gallovits vs. Jelena Jankovic
4. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Samantha Stosur
5. Jill Craybas vs. Melanie Oudin (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Huber/Petrova vs. Rodionova/Rodionova

Althea Gibson (from 10.00hrs)
1. Heather Watson vs. Elena Vesnina
2. Julia Goerges vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
3. Rossana de los Ríos vs. Vera Zvonareva
4. Peng/Vesnina vs. Ejdesgaard/Wozniacki

Court 3 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Monique Adamczak vs. Virginie Razzano
2. Vera Dushevina vs. Olga Govortsova
3. Anastasia Rodionova vs. Vania King
4. Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Catalina Castaño

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. Carly Gullickson
2. Melinda Czink vs. Michaella Krajicek
3. Bondarenko/Voskoboeva vs. Makarova/Pelletier

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ATP Injury Count Rises

Posted by gauloises1 on April 7, 2010

First, the worst: Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from Monte Carlo and Barcelona because the tendonitis in his right wrist still won’t allow him to train properly. After spending Easter in Tandil he’s gone to Rochester, Minnesota (the town where I was born! OK, not important) to consult a specialist called Dr Richard Berger, and been diagnosed with a ‘small residual tendonitis’. So … more rest until Rome at the earliest? I don’t even know what to say any more.

I’m starting to seriously wonder if we’re ever getting him back. And seeing as how I’m a hollow shell of a woman and this blog is a shallow facsimile of a hollow shell of a woman’s blog without Delpo, that really isn’t good news for anyone except my enemies. And I hate those guys.

OK, enough Futurama references. Life goes on. Except not really if you’re any one of these guys: Gilles Simon, who will be out for a month with his ongoing knee problems and may miss Roland Garros; Robin Soderling, whose S&M-style knee strapping in Miami was the result of a knee strain that will keep him out of Monte Carlo; or Radek Stepanek, who’s out for a couple of months with exhaustion (in the interests of gender equality, we really should start talking about how Nicole Vaidisova is clearly ruining his career). And I haven’t heard any further update on Fernando Verdasco’s back problem either.

Can we just call the tour off for a couple of weeks? Maybe a month?

We could call it an ‘off season’.

Posted in barcelona, fernando verdasco, gilles simon, juan martin del potro, monte carlo, radek stepanek, robin soderling, the withdrawal method | Tagged: | 12 Comments »

Delpo To Play Barcelona, Likes Tournaments

Posted by gauloises1 on February 11, 2010

Marca.com confirmed that Juan Martin del Potro is planning to play Barcelona in April. That’s the tournament that Rafa has won for the last bazillion years. One of them, anyway.

Shiny.

Apparently, Delpo plans to try really hard and play his best in Barcelona. You heard it here first.

He also found time to witter on about being in Dubai for the first time:

“I know it’s a great tournament, great city,” he said of Dubai in a press statement yesterday. “It has tall buildings like Manhattan, so just maybe the setting will mean I can play similar tennis in Dubai as I did in New York,” he added.

… Yeah. That’s exactly how it works.

(credit to this Rafa blog, where I found the photo …)

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Barcelona Results: Thank God That's Over

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2009

Rafael Nadal beats David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2 for his fifth successive Barcelona title.

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Still hasn’t learned to hold that trophy without looking like an idiot, though.

Seriously, what is there to say? The man is awesome right now. Annoyingly, undeniably awesome.

rafa ferru barca

David Ferrer gets an ass-whipping and a small plate.

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