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Women’s R16 Set At Indian Wells

Posted by gauloises1 on March 15, 2011

Since I missed yesterday due to having to do some actual work, let’s take a quick look at the fourth-round match-ups for the women at Indian Wells, now that the third round’s been completed.

(1) Caroline Wozniacki v. (22) Alisa Kleybanova

H2H: 2-0

The world no. 1 is cruising so far in this tournament, taking out former bugbear Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in straight sets on her fourth attempt so far. Kleybanova has had a slightly tougher road but has been equally unruffled, with straight sets victories over Agnes Szavay and, last night, thirteenth seed Flavia Pennetta. Looking at the draw, if Wozniacki is going to be beaten before the semi-finals, it’s going to be here. Best of luck with that, Kleybs.

(9) Agnieszka Radwanska v. (8) Victoria Azarenka

H2H: 2 – 4

Christ on a bike, I love this match-up. Two of my favourite players with plenty of history – two great and very different games – two of the more enigmatic and spiky personalities on tour. Which just makes it all the more frustrating that it’s on court 7 for reasons unknown and therefore won’t be streamed. But OK. Radwanska toiled in her last match against Maria Kirilenko, finally winning 75 in the third after the Russian recovered from a first-set bagel, while Azarenka posted a straight sets victory over Urszula Radwanska, her opponent’s little sis. Game. On.

Dinara Safina v. (16) Maria Sharapova

H2H: 3-3

Seriously, someone is doing this on purpose. Two contemporaries who have been playing each other since 2004, the only two Russians who have ever been ranked no. 1, and both struggling back from injuries that have decimated their careers (to different extents, I grant you, but still). Sharapova had a good win over Rezai yesterday, but who really thought Dinara would be here?! She beat the fourth seed Stosur last night in straight sets, a match that I didn’t watch but C Note did, and apparently while Stosur was fairly woeful, Dinara was brilliant. Remember when she was good? I mean, really good? That might be happening again. I’m so excited.

Not to worry though, she’s still Dinara.

(18) Nadia Petrova v. Peng Shuai

H2H: 2-1

I keep telling people how much Peng Shuai has improved (OK, it might be Shuai Peng), but will anyone listen? She backed up her defeat of Li Na by beating Lucie Hradecka, who took out Alexandra Dulgheru in the previous round. It did take her three sets, but then it took Nadia three sets to beat American wildcard Christina McHale. I think Peng’s going to win this one.

(5) Francesca Schiavone v. (10) Shahar Peer

H2H: 1-3

Another really great match-up. Schiavone has definitely had an easier time of it so far, beating Zuzana Ondraskova and Alize Cornet in straight sets, but from what I’ve seen her performances have been a bit erratic. Peer has had to go three sets with two tough opponents, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, but she’s beaten Schiavone every time they’ve played on hard courts. Fun times.

(23) Yanina Wickmayer v. (25) Dominika Cibulkova

H2H: 1-2

Sorry for the pictures, for some reason these ladies haven’t been photographed much. Anyway. Cibulkova of course has scored arguably the biggest upset of the tournament so far, defeating third seed Vera Zvonareva 46 76(4) 64, and has consequently been rewarded with angry mama and personal fave of mine Yanina Wickmayer, who put paid to the hopes of whipping girl Melanie Oudin and then took out fourteenth seed Kaia Kanepi. Happy days.

(6) Jelena Jankovic v. (19) Ana Ivanovic

H2H: 3-6

Whichever tennis god is doing this, I’m converting. No love lost between these Serbian former no. 1s who are both engaged in struggling out of prolonged and intermittent slumps. JJ has had a smooth ride so far against Coco Vanderweghe and Julia Goerges, and while I haven’t watched Ana’s matches, straight set wins over Date-Krumm and Zahlalova Strycova are a bit more impressive. So evidence would suggest she’s the form player so far – but then, as anyone who remembers the absolutely hilarious horror show that was their last match in Madrid will attest, reason and logic doesn’t always come into it with these girls.

(15) Marion Bartoli v. (2) Kim Clijsters

H2H: 0-3

 

Rather a tough ask for Marion, you might think, given that Kim has beaten her all three times they played. But then Kim looked pretty dreadful in her match against Sara Errani, taking three sets to subdue the Italian with a serve and forehand misfiring all over the place, while Bartoli beat a tough opponent in Andrea Petkovic in straight sets last round. So maybe it’s the Frenchwoman’s moment. Allez, I say.

And that is your WTA round of sixteen at Indian Wells. Put bluntly, if you’re not having fun with this, then you’re not paying attention.

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The Withdrawal Method: The Couple That Pulls Out Together …

Posted by gauloises1 on April 12, 2010

Former sweeties Dominika Cibulkova and Gael Monfils have withdrawn from their respective tournaments, adding to an impressive out-with-injury roster. Cibulkova remains troubled with a groin injury that prevents her playing Charleston, while La Monf apparently hurt his hand playing Davis Cup.

Why can’t these crazy kids just work it out? They’re clearly perfect for each other.

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Fed Cup Sunday: World Group II

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2010

So spare a thought for those ladies representing nations just outside the World Group and who spent this weekend battling to get back in – or at least a chance to play one of the World Group proper nations who lost this weekend to get back in. Clear? Good.

Australia 3 – Spain 2

After Sam Stosur took both her singles rubbers but neither Alicia Molik nor Casey Dellacqua could manage one between them, it came down to a live doubles rubber to decide the tie. Which is, as we all know, where scary Stubbsy lives and breathes. They won 6-4, 6-2.

Cute … although does anyone else think that Rennae is quite possibly the reason that Sam always looks ever-so-slightly scared?

Seriously want to go for a beer with this lot.

Poland 2 – Belgium 3

I said this match was one to look forward to. And I love being right. Wicky won it in the end, 16 76(6) 75, saving two match points to do it, but it was a proper epic contest. Radwanska was playing as well as I’ve ever seen her (and it’s good to be reminded just how well she can play when she wants to), but Yanina found her feet just enough in the second set to start causing Radwanska real problems, and the Pole was in the end powerless to figure out just how to deconstruct Wicky’s game when she was playing it with that much heart. Great stuff from them both but a truly courageous win for Yanina. I wonder if the ITF know exactly what they’ve created yet?

The tie, you would have thought, remained well within Poland’s reach, but Kirsten Flipkens had other ideas. She took down Marta Domachowska 63 76(6) to seal the tie for Belgium and put them within reach of the World Group in 2011.

Kim and Justine who?

Slovak Republic 3 – China 2

Didn’t watch a hit of this one, I’m afraid. All I know is that it ended the way it was kind of bound to, with no Li Na or Zheng Jie. And that Dominika Cibulkova’s on her way back.

And that Dani’s hair looks seriously silly.

Estonia 4 – Argentina 1

Where the hell was Gisela Dulko?

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What Happened So Far

Posted by gauloises1 on January 12, 2010

So, I’ve been a little bit out of the loop since Sunday. What’s been going on?

Auckland

David Nalbandian pulled out with an abominal injury that may keep him out of the Australian Open.

Leaving many of us feeling like this.

But hey, Pico’s back! As is Nose Job.

Possibly having had another nose job.

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Alicia Molik keeps on keeping on, beating Sania Mirza; Carla Suarez Navarro next.

Zheng Jie beat Peng Shuai.

Jelena Dokic beat a Tim.

And Alize Cornet continues determinedly divesting herself of what remains of her points.

Sydney

JJ’s back!

She lost.

So did Caro.

So did Svetlana.

But hey, Dominika Cibulkova’s back!

So is Victoria Azarenka. In the really … Victoria Azarenka sense. She’s struggled through two three-setters so far, one against Sabine Lisicki and one against, um, Kimiko Date Krumm.

Hey, remember her? She won a match! In straight sets, too.

So did she. It may or may not be on.

The men have been boring. Have a photo of Baggy anyway.

This concludes your round-up.

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The Withdrawal Method: Cibulkova Out Of USO

Posted by gauloises1 on August 26, 2009

Everybody’s favourite pint-sized player- the putative sixteenth seed – has been forced out of the US Open with a rib injury.

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Her withdrawal will put Alberta Brianti into the main draw.

Get better soon, Bulky.

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Domi: Do I?

Posted by gauloises1 on June 6, 2009

I can’t decide if I like Dominika Cibulkova or really dislike her, and this video doesn’t help me make up my mind …

Where do you people stand on the Domi debate? (that I’m having with myself).

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RG Day Twelve: Kuzsanefina … It's On

Posted by gauloises1 on June 5, 2009

Sounds like a dinosaur, doesn’t it?

Still, we have our finalists.

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On the surface, they seem to have taken wildly differing paths; Dinara defeated Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets, 63 63, whereas Kuznetsova got past Samantha Stosur in three, 64 67(5) 63. Still, I get the impression that it was a tight match for both – tighter than one might have imagined, given they were facing virgin Slam semi-finalists.

Still, here we are with our French Open finalists. The no. 1 seed and the no. 7 seed, facing off. While their overall H2H stands at 8-5 for Dinara, of their 8 meetings on clay, Dinara’s won 4 (including their recent meeting in the finals of Rome) and Sveta’s won 4 (including their recent meeting in the finals of Stuttgart).

Any way you look at it, this is finely poised and set for a humdinger of a final. Go girls.

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And how about a hand for our gallant semifinalists, Cibulkova and Stosur? Great runs for both of them. And is anybody else wondering how Stosur’s game will work on grass? I remember seeing her at Eastbourne and wondering how she hadn’t made more of an impression. If she can sustain this momentum, she could be causing a few upsets on the hallowed lawns … What do you think?

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RG Day Ten: Cibulkova Into the Semis

Posted by gauloises1 on June 2, 2009

So along with Soderling, we have a second first-time Slam semi-finalist; Dominika Cibulkova, who ended Maria Sharapova’s comeback run by demolishing her 60, 62.

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One to forget for Shazza. From what I saw, she could barely find the court and had no idea what to do against an aggressive Cibulkova.

Yes, I did say an aggressive Cibulkova. She served really well, moved Shazza round the court, and apart from a slight wobble when she served for the match, kept her level up throughout. And her reaction was utterly heartwarming.

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Watching Cibulkova always reminds me of that episode of Doctor Who with the cat nuns where Cassandra takes over Rose’s body and says “Goodness … it’s like living inside a bouncy castle.”

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RG Day Eight: Gonzo, Domi First Quarterfinalists

Posted by gauloises1 on May 31, 2009

And we have our first quarterfinalists.

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Fernando Gonzalez cruised through with a 62 64 62 victory over Victor Hanescu. He’ll face the winner of Murray-Cilic in the quarterfinals – which right now looks like it’s going to be Murray, who’s up a set and a break.

Representing for the cause of terrible tennis were Dominika Cibulkova and Agnes Szavay first up on Lenglen. Cibulkova won 62 64.

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Agnes was clearly gripped by nerves from start to finish and was playing very, very badly. Cibulkova was actually the more aggressive and had an easy time of it until she got nervous serving for the match at 5-2 and was broken. She managed it on the second time of asking to proceed to her first Slam quarterfinal.

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RG Day Six: Ana, Domi, Asshat Through

Posted by gauloises1 on May 29, 2009

Ana Ivanovic has now secured her best Slam finish since last year’s Roland Garros, beating Iveta Benesova 6-0, 6-2.

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I didn’t see much of this as there was much more compelling stuff going on elsewhere, but from what I did see, it looked like Ana was playing excellent tennis, attacking the net often and to good effect. Great stuff from her.

And Dominika Cibulkova will play Agnes Szavay in the fourth round after defeating Gisela Dulko in straight sets.

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And Fernando Verdasco beat Nicolas Almagro in straight sets, albeit taking ten match points to do it.

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Whatever. From what I saw (as little as possible), this match seemed to be played in great spirit.

That stupid volatility of Nico’s though. Gah.

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Absmagro.

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