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Wimbledon Day 7: Auf Wiedersehen, Brands Adonis

Posted by gauloises1 on June 29, 2010

Sadly, today saw the end of Wimbledon virgin and all-round bronzed sex god, Daniel Brands, at the hands of Tomas Berdych in four sets out on court 12. I didn’t see the match, and never got the chance to pay proper tribute to such a fine young mannschaft, so have some pictures.

This is the wonderful thing about tennis, however; even as it takes away with one hand, it gives with the other, because Tomas Berdych is in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Yay.

Berdych takes on Federer next, who he’s never beaten in a Slam. So I’d like to wish him luck in my own special way by commending his excellent iteration of the ‘argh no’ maneouvre, first made moderately famous in my pants by a certain Juan Martin del Potro:

Well played.

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Wimbledon Manic Monday Preview: Gentlemen

Posted by gauloises1 on June 28, 2010

I’ve decided the best way to sum up Friday and Saturday’s action at Wimbledon is to look forward to Manic Monday, a.k.a. the greatest day of tennis in all the year, when the entire R16 – men and women – play on the same day.

Roger Federer v Jurgen Melzer

H2H: 0-0

Roger’s got his Wimbledon back on track with a straight sets victory over Arnaud Clement, a good match-up for him at the best of times. Jurgen Melzer toiled slightly more with a four-set win over Feliciano Lopez. Doubles partners in the juniors, these two have unbelievably never played on the senior tour. Melzer can be a tricky opponent and knocked out Novak Djokovic at the French Open, and Roger has obviously looked wobbly, but I reckon he’s found his feet now. Prediction: Roger in four.

Winner to meet …

Tomas Berdych v Daniel Brands










H2H: 0-0

Daniel Brands has, for me, been one of the surprises of the tournament; after beating Igor Andreev, Nikolay Davydenko, and Victor Hanescu (albeit in circumstances which bear examination, more on that later), he’s now through to the round of sixteen in his very first Wimbledon. And that’s not something that every bronzed sex god can pull out of the bag (I saw him at several points during Wimbledon, and he is.) He’s been excellent in tiebreaks and high-pressure situations, but Berdych certainly should be a bridge too far; he won his first two matches in straights and did get taken to five by Denis Istomin – but Istomin has been having some very good results of late. Definitely the hottest match of the day, anyway … Prediction: Berdych in three.

Novak Djokovic v Lleyton Hewitt

H2H: 3-1

Probably the most eagerly anticipated match-up of the day on the men’s side, what’s surprising to me is that Nole has won both of their previous meetings on grass; once at Queens in 2008, and once at this stage during Wimbledon in 2007. Since that time, however, Nole has been floundering – not least at Wimbledon – and Lleyton is arguably riding a great wave of confidence, coming off a win against Federer in Halle and a very decent Wimbledon last year. Everyone seems to be giving the edge to Hewitt, who’s had a good run including a straight sets defeat of Gael Monfils in the third round; Nole, on the other hand, seemed to make progress in his defeat of Taylor Dent, but laboured to a victory over a dreadful Montanes. I’m going with Nole, however, in the hope that that will Make It True. Prediction: Nole in five.

Winner to meet …

Andy Roddick v Yen-Hsun Lu













H2H: 3-0

Please. Despite many predictions of an early exit, Roddick has withstood inspired tennis from Michael Llodra and Philipp Kohlschreiber to be in the fourth round. When he does go out, it won’t be to Lu – no disrespect to the player from Chinese Taipei, who I saw putting paid to Horacio Zeballos in the very first round. Prediction: If it isn’t Roddick in three, something’s gone seriously wrong somewhere.

Julien Benneteau v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga










H2H: 3-3

Neither of these two have had a very smooth route through, but through they are as part of a stellar showing for France at this year’s Championships. Benneteau has played fourteen sets in beating Vliegen, Beck and Fognini’s eyebrows, while Jo was stretched to the limit by the artist formerly known as Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. in the second round. I’m surprised their head-to-head is so evenly balanced, but Jo won their only other meeting on grass, and I’d be surprised if it didn’t go the same way – especially since Benny has had to work so hard to get here. I just hope it isn’t a total disappointment, as it is all too often when the French play each other. Prediction: Jo in three.

Winner to meet …

Sam Querrey v Andy Murray

H2H: 0-3

Sam has never taken so much of a set off Andy in their previous meetings. And Andy has yet to drop a set at this year’s championships. I think both these things might be about to change. Murray has yet to be seriously tested – and now has the full weight of our nation’s expectations back on his shoulders after the abysmal performance of England’s footballers at the World Cup today – while Sam has had two tough matches against Malisse and, er, Ivan Dodig. He also has his famously laid-back attitude (when he’s not storming back off to the States in a snit) which serves him well on an occasion like this. Still, I think Andy will win. I have to believe that when Andy loses here, it won’t be to Sam Querrey, Queen’s champion though he might be. Prediction: Murray in five.

Robin Soderling v David Ferrer

H2H: 5-2

Two of my favourite players still in this year’s draw. I’m excited. But not that excited, because Robin has looked in fearsome form and while that sometimes means a player is ripe for an upset, especially when they’re being tipped as a strong contender, it’s not going to come from Ferru (bless him), who narrowly escaped defeat at the hands of Jeremy Chardy last round when the latter enacted what I don’t think it’s unfair to describe as a massive choke. Will Ferru prove me wrong and deny everyone a Nadal-Soderling quarterfinal? No. Prediction: Robin in straights.

Winner to meet …

Rafael Nadal v Paul-Henri Mathieu

H2H: 9-0

You’ll notice Paul-Henri Mathieu is pictured running into a wall. There’s a reason for that. Rafa encountered a spot of bother in his last match, courtesy of an inspired and determined Philipp Petzchner, eventually triumphing in five sets during which he called the trainer more than once and was warned for coaching. However, Rafa says the knee (for which he called the trainer – also, something in the armular region, possibly) is not an issue, and while Mathieu has been on a good run, most impressively beating Mikhail Youzhny, it ends here. Honestly, we all know Mathieu is frantically talented, but does anyone really think he’ll keep it together enough to seriously challenge Rafa? Prediction: Rafa in straights.

What do you think?

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Wimbledon Daze: Upsets

Posted by gauloises1 on June 23, 2010

Stick with me while I attempt to catch up on everything that I missed at Wimbledon while I was there. (And yes, I know I may be stretching the definition of ‘upset’ somewhat with some of these …) This is who we’ve lost so far that we wouldn’t have expected to …

Sam Stosur and Francesca Schiavone crashed out to Kaia Kanepi and Vera Dushevina respectively. That’s an entire French Open final gone right there. You’d almost think it was played on a different surface or something.

Verdasco lost to Fognini in five. And still needs a haircut.

Damn Croatians. You’re supposed to be the reliable one, Marin! Although why anyone thinks that, I don’t know. Anyway, I watched this match. It made me sad.

Oh, Boss.

Please don’t let that be your last Wimbledon, OK?

Grass is not Shahar’s best ever surface, it must be said. She lost to Angelique Kerber in three. Still, I’ve been vaguely touting Kerber as a thing-in-waiting, so there’s that.

Big win for bronzed god Daniel Brands, who took out Kolya in straights. Kolya is another one who doesn’t thrive on the grass at all, though. Plus that whole fractured wrist thing.

If a result doesn’t upset anyone, is it still an upset? I’ve decided that this qualifies on the basis that Robin Haase did the upsetting, which means he actually won a match. Shock face.

Not sure what’s the bigger not-really-a surprise, Mel losing in the second round or the fact that she made it.

And how about a big hand for our upsetters …

What depth.

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RG Day One: Mixed Fortunes for the French

Posted by gauloises1 on May 24, 2010

Mixed bag for the home players today at Roland Garros. While Clare Feuerstein, Mathilde Johansson and Stephanie Foretz all lost in straight sets, the new queen of French tennis, Aravane Rezai, absolutely steamrollered Heidi El Tabakh of Canada 61 61 on Philippe Chatrier. Maybe she really isn’t intimidated by the prospect of playing at home.

“People are expecting me, and it’s a pleasure,” said the player who is based at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy just outside Paris and regularly practices with Britain’s Laura Robson. “I like this feeling. I like to be expected by people, and I want to do the best I can. I want to fight every day, and I want to please them.

“However it’s not pressure at all. I have a personality like a fighter. I like to fight on the court and enjoy it. But that’s my character. I think that’s the best way to improve, and that’s what I do all the time.” […]

“I’m in my bubble; I’m doing what I should, and I don’t think I can have a better preparation than to win a big tournament before Roland Garros,” she concluded. “I feel confident, but I know that won’t suffice for winning matches at Roland Garros. I’m going to have to erase all that and look ahead and try to forget what happened, because I’m going to start fresh like all the players in the tournament. But I’m going to battle like I did in Madrid.”


Destiny awaits. Or crushing disappointment. One of the two.

On the men’s side, things were similarly up-and-down, with Laurent Recourdec and Stephane Robert losing in straight sets to Robin Soderling and Tobias Kamke respectively, while Olivier Patience was on the wrong end of a pretty thrilling four-set encounter with Thiemo de Bakker.

Eduardo Roger-Vasselin of Delpo-beating fame beat Kevin Anderson 61 in the fifth, while Josselin Ouanna, the shy Frenchman who beat Marat Safin at his final Roland Garros last year, beat Poland’s Lukasz Kubot in four.

But apart from Julien Benneteau’s aforementioned victory over Ernests Gulbis, the real fireworks of the day were provided by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who found himself embroiled in a five-set contest with Daniel Brands of Germany on Philippe Chatrier. Reportedly not feeling well, Jo really had to dig in and let the crowd help him in surviving some really inspired play from Brands. I’ve followed Brands a bit – mainly unwillingly and entirely due to whitelinefervor, who adores him and thinks he’s a thing – but I was really impressed by how well he played and kept playing even after going two sets to one down. Had he not wobbled crucially right at the end, things might have been very different.

Still, I’m glad Jo survived and I hope he makes the most of his rest day(s) before his next match. I know his celebrating gets up some people’s noses, but I find his exuberance heartwarming and I love his game. I also love the clear affection he has for Roland Garros – a tournament he’s often been prevented from playing through injury.


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AO Day Two: Too Tired To Form Words

Posted by gauloises1 on January 19, 2010

So just have some photos that I really liked from today, will you?

Like my soul during Davis Cup. But, you know, pretty.

The sum total of your 2010 Australian Open Boss action.

I know people that like Daniel Brands. And no, I’m still not clear on why.

The US Open has Will Ferrell. Wimbledon has Ewan Macgregor and Grace Jones. The Australian Open has the host of Deal or No Deal and the ‘Dealettes’.

Stern nursery school teacher, small child.

Someone’s on Ignorital.

Someone’s … not.

Great Britain’s Katie O’Brien is into the second round. She’ll be playing JJ. So … c’mon Tim, or don’t.

Ireland’s Louk Sorenson is into the second round. It’s the first Grand Slam win for an Irish player in the Open era, and the first time an Irish player has qualified for a Slam since 1985. Respect.

Sorana pumps it up.

What Serena is wearing.

What Venus is wearing.

What Lucie Safarova won’t be wearing anywhere you can see her for the next two weeks, thank god.

No, I don’t know.

Men’s Results

[1] R Federer (SUI) d I Andreev (RUS) 46 62 76(2) 60
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 75 63 62
[6] N Davydenko (RUS) d [Q] D Kindlmann (GER) 61 60 63
M Granollers (ESP) d [8] R Soderling (SWE) 57 26 64 64 62
[9] F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] C Ball (AUS) 67(4) 76(1) 75 62
[10] J Tsonga (FRA) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 63 64 64
[12] G Monfils (FRA) d [Q] M Ebden (AUS) 64 64 64
[14] M Cilic (CRO) d F Santoro (FRA) 75 75 63
S Giraldo (COL) d [16] T Robredo (ESP) 64 62 62
[17] D Ferrer (ESP) d F Gil (POR) 60 60 20 ret. (left knee)
[18] T Haas (GER) d S Greul (GER) 67(5) 64 62 61
[19] S Wawrinka (SUI) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 63 62
[20] M Youzhny (RUS) d R Gasquet (FRA) 76(9) 46 76(2) 76(4) 64 
[21] T Berdych (CZE) d R Haase (NED) 60 63 63
[22] L Hewitt (AUS) d [Q] R Hocevar (BRA) 61 62 63
[Q] I Dodig (CRO) d [23] J Ferrero (ESP) 26 16 64 61 61
R Schuettler (GER) d [25] S Querrey (USA) 63 26 64 63
[26] N Almagro (ESP) d X Malisse (BEL) 76(12) 64 26 46 86
[27] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d H Zeballos (ARG) 61 75 61
F Serra (FRA) d [28] J Melzer (AUT) 61 67(3) 64 46 63
[29] V Troicki (SRB) d N Lapentti (ECU) 46 63 61 63
[30] J Monaco (ARG) d E Gulbis (LAT) 63 76(5) 61
[31] A Montanes (ESP) d O Hernandez (ESP) 76(5) 22 ret. (lower back)
D Istomin (UZB) d [32] J Chardy (FRA) 62 62 60
[33] J Isner (USA) d A Seppi (ITA) 63 63 36 57 64
M Baghdatis (CYP) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 62 64 64
J Nieminen (FIN) d N Lindahl (AUS) 62 75 64
M Chiudinelli (SUI) d [WC] M Matosevic (AUS) 76(7) 76(3) 46 63
[Q] A Veic (CRO) D Koellerer (AUT) 64 36 67(3) 61 64
M Berrer (GER) d K Vliegen (BEL) 61 62 61
J Benneteau (FRA) d [Q] D Guez (FRA) 06 64 76(4) 76(2)
V Hanescu (ROU) d J Chela (ARG) 64 63 76(2)
S Robert (FRA) d P Starace (ITA) 63 76(2) 76(4)
J Blake (USA) d A Clement (FRA) 75 75 62
[LL] M Ilhan (TUR) d [WC] S Grosjean (FRA) 64 63 75
[Q] I Marchenko (UKR) d C Moya (ESP) 76(2) 75 63
T Dent (USA) d F Fognini (ITA) 61 63 63
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d J Acasuso (ARG) 61 26 64 62
L Lacko (SVK) d L Mayer (ARG) 64 64 60
B Becker (GER) d [Q] G Zemlja (SLO) 76(5) 75 75
T Bellucci (BRA) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 63 75 46 64
L Kubot (POL) d M Zverev (GER) 63 63 63
A Falla (COL) d M Daniel (BRA) 75 63 61
[Q] D Young (USA) d C Rochus (BEL) 16 75 62 64
E Korolev (KAZ) d D Brands (GER) 62 75 75
J Hajek (CZE) d R Ginepri (USA) 76(2) 75 61
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 62 64 76(3)
[Q] I Sergeyev (UKR) d D Sela (ISR) 63 76(3) 46 76(8)
S Koubek (AUT) d R Ram (USA) 46 63 57 61 63
F Lopez (ESP) d P Cuevas (URU) 61 64 75
M Gicquel (FRA) d S Bolelli (ITA) 76(2) 76(3) 63
M Llodra (FRA) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 63 75 64
[Q] L Sorensen (IRL) d Y Lu (TPE) 64 36 62 61

Women’s Results

Singles – First Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 62 61
(6) Venus Williams (USA) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 62 62
(8) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 64 60
(10) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Tatjana Malek (GER) 61 60
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) 64 61
(13) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (Q) Han Xinyun (CHN) 61 36 62
(17) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 06 75 60
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (18) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 62 63
(19) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Edina Gallovits (ROU) 63 64
(20) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (Q) Shenay Perry (USA) 62 63
(21) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Petra Martic (CRO) 61 64
Vania King (USA) d. (23) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 63 67(5) 75
Karolina Sprem (CRO) d. (25) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 63 62
(26) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Sania Mirza (IND) 64 62
(31) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. (Q) Kathrin Woerle (GER) 62 62
(32) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 75 64
Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. (Q) Zuzana Kucova (SVK) 60 57 75
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (WC) Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 63 26 62
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 62 76(5)
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (Q) Renata Voracova (CZE) 62 64
Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 63 62
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 76(4) 62
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 75 64
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (Q) Regina Kulikova (RUS) 76(5) 67(10) 63
Polona Hercog (SLO) d. (Q) Yuliana Fedak (UKR) 64 60
Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 60 36 61
Julie Coin (FRA) d. (WC) Alicia Molik (AUS) 36 76(4) 63
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 61 75
Kristina Barrois (GER) d. Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 60 76(6)
Katie O’Brien (GBR) d. Patricia Mayr (AUT) 63 63
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 26 75 75
Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) d. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 60 61
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. (WC) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) 61 76(0)
(Q) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 63 63
(WC) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) d. Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) 62 36 64

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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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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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Friday Results: Munich, Estoril, Belgrade

Posted by gauloises1 on May 8, 2009

Yeah, I’m combining the men into one post. You know why? They weren’t as interesting as the women today, and that’s the fact of the matter. You want equal column inches, then you be equally compelling and watchable. I can’t be having with this New Age equal-rights-for-the-ATP nonsense.

Oh yeah, and pretty much everyone I wanted to win today … didn’t.


Makarova beat Groenefeld fairly straightforwardly for her second straight final, where she will play the Belgian Sharapova (apparently) after Peer was forced to retire after three games. And on the ATP side; Blake won, Gilles lost. Are you getting the ‘today sucks’ theme yet?


An apt pictorial representation of Gilles’ season thus far.

Singles – Semifinals
(6) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (8) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 63 61
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (7) Shahar Peer (ISR) 30 ret. (right foot injury)

Doubles – Semifinals
(3) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Coin/Pelletier (FRA/CAN) 36 75 103
Fichman/Marosi (CAN/HUN) d. Diatchenko/Dzehalevich (RUS/BLR) 64 46 107

Singles – Quarter-finals
[7] A Montanes (ESP) d [1] [WC] G Simon (FRA) 57 64 76(4) – saved 1 M.P.
[2] N Davydenko (RUS) d [6] M Fish (USA) 64 63
[4] J Blake (USA) d [8] F Serra (FRA) 64 61
P Capdeville (CHI) d O Hernandez (ESP) 46 61 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
E Butorac (USA) / S Lipsky (USA) d [3] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 63 63
[4] M Damm (CZE) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) 64 46 10-7


Thanks for nothing, Marin. At least Chardy’s pretty. What’s your excuse, Rusty Potatoes?



Singles – Quarter-finals
J Chardy (FRA) d [2] M Cilic (CRO) 36 75 64
[4] T Berdych (CZE) d [WC] L Hewitt (AUS) 46 63 76(4)
M Youzhny (RUS) d [7] P Mathieu (FRA) 75 36 63
[WC] D Brands (GER) d P Starace (ITA) 64 11 ret. – right hamstring

Doubles – Semi-finals
[2] A Fisher (AUS) / J Kerr (AUS) d [4] R Bopanna (IND) / T Parrott (USA) 76(2) 64


At the Nole Serbia Open, Karlovic, Seppi and Nole all progressed to the semis. In even LESS interesting news … can someone explain to me how Kubot is still in the tournament? Seriously?


Posting a picture of Kubot would only encourage him in his sinister plans for world domination.

Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] I Karlovic (CRO) d [Q] F Cipolla (ITA) 63 63
[4] A Seppi (ITA) d M Daniel (BRA) 64 75
[LL] L Kubot (POL) d K Vliegen (BEL) 76(6) 63
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [5] V Troicki (SRB) 63 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d [WC] N Ciric (SRB) / D Savic (SRB) 64 36 10-8
R Wassen (NED) / I Zelenay (SVK) d [4] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) 64 64
M Granollers (ESP) / S Ventura (ESP) d [3] S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR) 76(4) 16 10-7
[WC] M Djokovic (SRB) / D Madjarovski (SRB) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO)

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