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Double the Fun

Posted by gauloises1 on January 10, 2010

Just because these photos warm my heart and include at least one pretty person, I’m going to exercise my right to arbitrarily care about doubles and give some props to Jeremy Chardy and Marc Gicquel for winning the Brisbane men’s doubles title, knocking out Andy Roddick and James Blake in the semis and Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes in the final.

Happy days.

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Roddick Tops Radek in Brisbane

Posted by gauloises1 on January 10, 2010

Please note the management accepts no liability for any unintended double entendres.

Andy Roddick d. Radek Stepanek, 76(2) 76(7)

Can we just pause to acknowledge that this guy is thirty?

Thirty.

Great way for Roddick to start off 2010 with a trophy, particularly after the somewhat disappointing way last season ended for him.

Pretty. Also an apt illustration of just how overly baggy that shirt is.

Is this good or bad? I can’t tell.

Somewhere Linz is smiling beatifically.

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Sunday OOPs: Brisbane, Chennai, Hobart, Sydney

Posted by gauloises1 on January 10, 2010

Brisbane

Pat Rafter Arena (from 1.45 p.m. local)
1. Lukas Dlouhy / Leander Paes v Jeremy Chardy / Marc Gicquel
2. Andy Roddick v Radek Stepanek

Chennai

Stadium (from 5.10 p.m. local)

1. Stanislas Wawrinka v Marin Cilic
2. Yen-Hsun Lu / Janko Tipsarevic v Marcel Granollers / Santiago Venture

Hobart

Centre (from 10.00hrs)
1. Petra Kvitova vs. Kirsten Flipkens (Singles Q Final)
2. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Iveta Benesova (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Alona Bondarenko vs. Sybille Bammer
4. Sorana Cirstea vs. Peng Shuai
5. Lucie Safarova vs. Kateryna Bondarenko

Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Anna Chakvetadze vs. Elena Baltacha (Singles Q Final)
2. Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Magdalena Rybarikova (NB 11.00hrs)
3. Alexandra Dulgheru vs. Alizé Cornet
4. Chuang/Peschke vs. Kudryavtseva/Makarova (NB 15.00hrs)

Court 8 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Roberta Vinci vs. Alberta Brianti (Singles Q Final)
2. Michaella Krajicek vs. Alla Kudryavtseva (Singles Q Final; NB 11.00hrs)
3. Errani/Vinci vs. Govortsova/Poutchek (NB 15.00hrs)

Sydney

Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. Virginie Razzano vs. Daniela Hantuchova
2. Alisa Kleybanova vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Elena Dementieva vs. Francesca Schiavone
4. Dellacqua/Rezai vs. Raymond/Stubbs

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Jill Craybas vs. Urszula Radwanska (Singles Q Final)
2. ATP: Gil vs. Dent
3. ATP: Bogomolov Jr. vs. Mayer

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Vera Dushevina vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Singles Q Final)
2. Chanelle Scheepers vs. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Singles Q Final)
3. Anastasia Rodionova vs. Kimiko Date Krumm (Singles Q Final)

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Timea Bacsinszky vs. Varvara Lepchenko (Singles Q Final)
2. Agnes Szavay vs. Ioana Raluca Olaru (Singles Q Final; NB 13.00hrs)
3. Amanmuradova/Coin vs. Jans/Rosolska

Court 4 (from 13.00hrs)
1. ATP: Matosevic vs. Gimeno-Traver
2. ATP: Sweeting vs. Chela

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Lethal Brissle. Belgian Style.

Posted by gauloises1 on January 10, 2010

So the ‘dream final’ in Brisbane between Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin … happened. And wasn’t all that much of a dream, actually. Except in the sense that it was long and confusing and sweaty and full of inexplicable reversals and ended with a sense of disappointment rather than resolution. So a lot like most of my dreams.

Kim Clijsters d. Justine Henin, 63 46 76(6)

If she was wearing five layers and desperately trying not to drop a cigarette, this would be an accurate impression of me trying to walk down the street this week.

Another great week for Kim, although her tennis at times was less than convincing, but she got the trophy. As for Justine and the Henback / Comebackhandening, after such a long lay-off I thought she looked in pretty good shape, despite having lost the final.

I don’t think she agrees.

Sisters, sisters …

We get it. They’re cute.

Seriously though, they’re cute.

Starting off the year in style.

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Rod vs. Rad, Stan vs. Ma(ri)n

Posted by gauloises1 on January 10, 2010

So tonight / tomorrow’s finals are set in Brisbane and Chennai.

Defending champion Radek Stepanek takes on Andy Roddick in the Brisbane finals after Steps demolished a shoulder-taped Bambi and Roddick survived a tough three-set clash with Tomas Berdych.

Another defending champion in the finals at Chennai, as Marin breezed through over Janko Tipsarevic, 61 63. He’ll face Stan Wawrinka, who battled through against little Dudi Sela in three. Wawrinka is 4-0 in the H2H against my skinny love Marin. Worried face.

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Saturday OOPs (and an apology)

Posted by gauloises1 on January 8, 2010

So … sorry for the unscheduled lack of updates this week. It turns out that this blog, much like the British transport infrastructure, doesn’t function too well in sub-zero temperatures. I have now made it home, but we’re still buried under about eight inches of snow, have almost run out of food and most worrying of all, are down to our last bottle of red wine. And there’s a hole in my left welly boot.

Auckland

Centre Court (from 13.00hrs)
1. Doubles Final: Black/Huber vs. Grandin/Granville
2. Singles Final: Flavia Pennetta vs. Yanina Wickmayer (NB 14.45hrs)

Brisbane

Pat Rafter Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Monfils vs. Stepanek
2. ATP: [Roddick or Gasquet] vs. Berdych (NB 12.30hrs)
3. ATP: Blake/Roddick vs. Chardy/Gicquel (after suitable rest)
4. Singles Final: Kim Clijsters vs. Justine Henin (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Doubles Final: Hlavackova/Hradecka vs. Czink/Parra Santonja

Chennai

Stadium (from 5.10 p.m.)
1. Janko Tipsarevic v Marin Cilic
2. Dudi Sela v Stanislas Wawrinka
3. Yen Hsun-Lu / Janko Tipsarevic v Somdev Devvarman / Sanam Singh
4. Colin Fleming / Ken Skupski v Marcel Granollers / Santiago Ventura

Doha

Center Court (6.30 p.m.)
Nikolay Davydenko vs Rafael Nadal

Hopman Cup
9.30 a.m. local
Great Britain v Spain

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Tuesday’s OOP: Auckland, Brisbane, Chennai, Doha, Hopman Cup

Posted by gauloises1 on January 4, 2010

Auckland

Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Francesca Schiavone vs. Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
2. Alizé Cornet vs. Marina Erakovic
3. Kaia Kanepi vs. Li Na
4. Alberta Brianti vs. Elena Vesnina
5. Tatjana Malek vs. Maria Kirilenko (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Craybas/Spears vs. Vesnina/Zalameda

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Shahar Peer vs. Polona Hercog
2. Virginie Razzano vs. Monica Niculescu
3. Pennetta/Schiavone vs. Gallovits/Peer
4. Cibulkova/Wickmayer vs. Mirza/Ruano Pascual

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Edina Gallovits
2. Stefanie Voegele vs. Sania Mirza
3. Elena Baltacha vs. Ioana Raluca Olaru
4. Coin/Pelletier vs. Uhlirova/Voracova

Brisbane

Chennai

Doha

Hopman Cup

Day session (starts 10 a.m. local)

Australia vs. USA

Night session (starts 5.30 p.m. local)

Spain vs. Romania

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ATP Brisbane, Chennai, Doha: Gasquet Mans Up

Posted by gauloises1 on January 4, 2010

Loads going on but not too much to report, although I really enjoyed the match betwen Jarkko Nieminen and Richard Gasquet in Brisbane. Both played really well but Gasquet was outstanding and – despite the seemingly unavoidable wobbles – kept it together in the end for a solid 63 46 64 win.

Also winning in Brisbane? Defending champion Radek Stepanek, Nose Job, and Andy Roddick – who didn’t take the Gasquet route of removing his cap, but seemed to have forgotten to remove something from his cap.

Sadly Jeremy Chardy fell by the wayside at the hands of Alejandro Falla, seemingly setting fair to make 2010 as inconsistent as 2009.

In Doha, with the big guns relaxing, two lesser seeds were knocked out; Ernests Gulbis is on track for a second-round loss, having beaten sixth seed Albert Montanes, and Sergiy Stakhovsky knocked out Mikhail Youzhny.

And in Chennai, Marin Cilic opened his title defence with a straightforward victory over Igor Kunitsyn, 62 64. Get in.

Brisbane

Singles – First Round
[1] A Roddick (USA) d P Luczak (AUS) 76(5) 62
[2] R Stepanek (CZE) d [WC] J Millman (AUS) 64 60
A Falla (COL) d [7] J Chardy (FRA) 64 64
[8] T Bellucci (BRA) d J Chela (ARG) 63 36 61
R Gasquet (FRA) d J Nieminen (FIN) 63 46 64
W Odesnik (USA) d A Clement (FRA) 64 76(2)
M Gicquel (FRA) d P Petzschner (GER) 63 61
H Levy (ISR) d M Llodra (FRA) 62 60

Doubles – First Round
A Fisher (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) d [WC] K Hensel (AUS) / B Tomic (AUS) 46 63 10-6
J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) 62 62

Chennai

Singles – First Round
[2] M Cilic (CRO) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) 62 64
[4] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [WC] C Moya (ESP) 63 76(2)
J Hajek (CZE) d [6] S Greul (GER) 36 62 64
T de Bakker (NED) d [8] R Ram (USA) 61 61
S Giraldo (COL) d B Phau (GER) 64 67(6) 63

Doubles – First Round
[2] M Granollers (ESP) / S Ventura (ESP) d M Kohlman (GER) / R Schuettler (GER) 76(5) 63
[WC] S Devvarman (IND) / S Singh (IND) d [4] R de Voest (RSA) / S Lipsky (USA) 62 75

Doha

Singles – First Round
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [4] M Youzhny (RUS) 76(11) 62
[5] V Troicki (SRB) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 61 75
E Gulbis (LAT) d [6] A Montanes (ESP) 62 75
[7] I Karlovic (CRO) d F Fognini (ITA) 64 64
O Rochus (BEL) d [WC] A Hajji (QAT) 61 60
M Chiudinelli (SUI) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 75 63
P Starace (ITA) d F Gil (POR) 62 60
E Korolev (RUS) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
[2] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d [WC] R El Amrani (MAR) / M Ghareeb (KUW) 60 60
[4] C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) d S Bolelli (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 63 36 10-6

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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.

Auckland

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

Brisbane

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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Most Gratuitous Use of the Word ‘Belgium’

Posted by gauloises1 on January 4, 2010

After Kim Clijsters’ storming start over Tathiana Garbin, all eyes turned to Justine Henin in Brisbane last night and she did not disappoint, beating unluckiest second seed ever Nadia Petrova 75 75 in her First Match Back (TM).

And in Auckland, Yanina Wickmayer won her first match back from her suspension in convincing style, taking out Julia Goerges 63 75.

All in all, a good day for these guys and their ilk.

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