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Eastbourne: Love is a Battlefield

Posted by gauloises1 on June 15, 2010

Some interesting results from a tournament so loaded it is traditionally total carnage. First up, Aravane Rezai beat Caroline Wozniacki in the Battle of the New Outfits:

Wozniacki’s loss, as defending champion, will put JJ up to no. 3 next week, I hear.

Things did not go a lot better for the almost identically-named Aleksandra Wozniak, who lost in straight sets to plucky young thing Heather Watson in the Battle of Being Nearly the Sole Hope of Your Nation:

C’mon Tim!

The Battle of the Belgians was won by Kim Clijsters in emphatic style, downing the somewhat floundering Yanina Wickmayer 61 61 after returning from her foot injury:

Francesca Schiavone followed in the footsteps of last year’s French Open champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova, in losing in the first round, bundled out by Sorana Cirstea in the Battle of Career Highs at Roland Garros:

Sveta herself, meanwhile, survived the Battle of the Russians, beating Alisa Kleybanova 46 75 62. Then she announced she was playing doubles with Rezai at Wimbledon via twitter. That whacky Sveta.

In younger generation news, Victoria Azarenka took out Agnieszka Radwanska in the Battle of Can I Get Past the Wimbledon Quarters This Year? No:

But she does have amazing hair.

And in the Battle of the Careers Plagued By Injury, Elena Baltacha was left standing for once as Li Na, probably exhausted from her efforts in Edgbaston last week, retired after winning the first set, 76(6):

And that was your WTA wackiness for the day.

Meanwhile, on the ATP side, James Ward and Feliciano Lopez duked it out fiercely to see who could confound expectations the most. Ward looked to have an unassailable lead on that front, as he stunned everyone by not only winning the first set but going up a break in the second. Not to be outdone, however, Lopez abruptly retired at 4-5 down, denying Ward the chance to explode spectactularly when serving for it. A Pyrrhic victory at best, one feels.

ATP – Tuesday’s Results

Singles – Second Round
[5] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d F Fognini (ITA) 62 62
I Marchenko (UKR) d [6] H Zeballos (ARG) 76(2) 63

Singles – First Round
[1] N Almagro (ESP) d L Kubot (POL) 75 76(3)
[WC] J Ward (GBR) d [2] F Lopez (ESP) 63 54 ret. (shoulder)
Y Lu (TPE) d K Beck (SVK) 64 64
R Schuettler (GER) d A Golubev (KAZ) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
[2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d L Friedl (CZE) / D Vemic (SRB) 76(4) 62
[4] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) 63 63
J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) d [WC] J Delgado (GBR) / D Inglot (GBR) 62 62
L Mayer (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d M Emmrich (GER) / A Siljestrom (SWE) 76(4) 62

WTA – Tuesday’s Results

Singles – First Round
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. (1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 64 16 63
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (2) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 75 63
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 76(2) 61
(5) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 61 61
(Q) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (6) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 76(5) 61
(WC) Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. (7) Li Na (CHN) 67(6) ret. (left thigh injury)
Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (Q) Karolina Sprem (CRO) 26 75 76(4)
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 16 61 63
(Q) Heather Watson (GBR) d. (Q) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 63 62
(WC) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 46 75 62

Doubles – First Round
(1) Huber/Martínez Sánchez (USA/ESP) d. Gallovits/Petrova (ROU/RUS) 62 64
Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy (ESP/USA) d. (WC) Keothavong/South (GBR/GBR) 64 36 107
Black/Hantuchova (ZIM/SVK) d. Amanmuradova/Voracova (UZB/CZE) 63 63
Chan/Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. Dushevina/Makarova (RUS/RUS) 75 06 108
Grandin/Spears (RSA/USA) d. Chuang/Govortsova (TPE/BLR) 76(1) 60

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Eastbourne: Welcome Back!

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2010

Look who’s back! Gilles Simon played and won his first match since March, beating Evgeny Korolev 64 in the third.

Tastes like chicken.

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Eastbourne: The New Heather

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2010

Huge congratulations to Heather Watson, who backed up her win over Tsvetana Pironkova by defeating Bojana Jovanovski in three sets to reach the main draw of the AEGON International.

The old new Heather, meanwhile, played her first match since her somewhat saddening loss to Schiavone in the French Open final, beating last year’s Heather, Melanie Oudin, in straight sets.

High school is cruel.

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ATP Week Ahead: Eastbourne, ‘Den Bosch

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2010


Random Queens-related comment: I saw Tursunov a couple of days after he’d lost, and he was being a real sweetie about posing for photos and so on for fans. Kudos. Anyway …

Draw here.

Top seeds: Nicolas Almagro, Feliciano Lopez, Gilles Simon, Julien Benneteau, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Horacio Zeballos, Alexander Dolgopolov, Michael Llodra

A bit lightweight compared to the women’s draw, and very heavy on the clay-courters. Still, Gilles is back – yay! – and it will be interesting to see whether Lopez and Llodra can carry across their good Queens form.

‘Den Bosch

Draw here.

Top seeds: Ivan Ljubicic, Marcos Baghdatis, Tommy Robredo, Victor Troicki, Philipp Petzchner, Thiemo de Bakker, Janko Tipsarevic, Arnaud Clement

Sunday’s results

Singles – First Round
S Greul (GER) d [WC] R Haase (NED) 75 76(5)
S Giraldo (COL) d M Chiudinelli (SUI) 62 75
A Falla (COL) d F Serra (FRA) 64 64
P Luczak (AUS) d M Russell (USA) 76(6) 76(3)

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WTA Week Ahead: Eastbourne, ‘Den Bosch

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2010


Draw here.

Top seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Francesca Schiavone, Samantha Stosur, Agnieszka Radwanska, Kim Clijsters, Flavia Pennetta, Marion Bartoli

Eastbourne always has such a ridiculously loaded draw, like Queens, and this year is no exception. If you don’t believe me, take a look at these first-round matches: Wozniacki-Rezai, MJMS-Zvonareva, Radwanska-Azarenka, Pavlyuchenkova-Safarova, Wickmayer-Clijsters, Peer-Zheng, and Kleybanova-Kuznetsova. Amazing stuff.

Congratulations meanwhile to Heather Watson, who beat her first top-1oo opponent in Tsvetana Pironkova to make it to the final round of qualifying. Good girl.

s’Hertogenbosch (hereafter referred to as ‘den Bosch, as a bona fide Dutch person said I could call it)

Draw here.

Top seeds: Justine Henin, Dinara Safina, Maria Kirilenko, Yaroslava Shvedova, Alexandra Dulgheru, Sara Errani, Andrea Petkovic, Anabel Medina Garrigues

Dinara Safina’s woes continue as she has already been shown the door by Magdalena Rybarikova, last year’s Edgbaston champion, and watch out for bizarrely successful ‘den Bosch-er, Tamarine Tanasugarn.

Sunday’s results

Singles – First Round
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (2) Dinara Safina (RUS) 67(4) 64 64
(7) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 63 76(6)
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (WC) Laura Robson (GBR) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
(2) Kirilenko/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. (WC) Arvidsson/Rus (SWE/NED) 61 62

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. (6) Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS) 76(1) 64
(2) Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) d. (7) Greta Arn (HUN) 61 63
(3) Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) d. Anne Kremer (LUX) 63 61
(5) Julie Coin (FRA) d. (4) Tatjana Malek (GER) 46 64 64

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Eastbourne & Ordina Open: Titlists

Posted by gauloises1 on June 20, 2009

Kind of hard to imagine any of these four (apart from Wozniacki) making a real run at Wimbledon. But hey, splendour in the grass is not to be sneezed at.

Caroline Wozniacki beat Virginie Razzano 76(5) 75 in a really tight straight sets final. It was interesting as Virginie was definitely the better player for large stretches of the match and in fact ended with more winners than UFEs, Caroline having the reverse. Still, Wozniacki did what she is getting really good at; hanging in there and winning for her fifth WTA title and the first on grass.



Wonder if she can emulate last year’s winner Radwanska and make it to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon?

Cute moment in the ceremony when Razzano forgot her name:


Ah, those crazy Frenchwomen. They make things fun,

On the men’s side, Tursunov topped Frank “Rhythm is a” Dancevic 63 76(5) for his first title of the year.


In Den Bosch, Tanasugarn’s bewildering relationship with the Ordina Open continued as she beat Wickmayer 63 75, and German qualifier Benjamin Becker disappointed the home crowd by knocking out the wildcard Sluiter, 75 63 (spooky!) for his first title.


Becker has a Dali face, that’s what I learned today.

Well done everyone and so forth. Now get your asses to Wimbledon, please. Word has it there’s an opening.

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Eastbourne: Is He Human Or Is He Dancevic?

Posted by gauloises1 on June 20, 2009

The Canadian wildcard progressed to the finals of Eastbourne today, beating Emperor Fabulous 64 64.



I want to watch him eat a sandwich.

Dancevic will meet Dmitry Tursunov, the only seed now left in the draw, who beat eighth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 62 62 for his place in the finals.


What’s “C’MON TIM!” in Canadian?!

I really want Dancevic to win, if only so I can title tomorrow’s result-blogging post “Rhythm is a Dancevic”.

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Eastbourne: What's French for "Handbags"?

Posted by gauloises1 on June 20, 2009

Things were a wee bit testy in Eastbourne today.

Wozniacki-Wozniak went to three sets, the Dane winning in the end. But both were visibly frustrated with the wind. And honestly, I throw up a little in my mouth whenever I see Caro chase a ball back and then throw up that defensive lob, or moonball ridiculously when she could attack or at least trade blows (it wasn’t THAT windy). And can she *please* not get her dad on all the time? How’s she supposed to go deep in Slams with that kind of thing going on? Can it be a coincidence that a good run at a Slam is what’s really missing from her resume?

Although she’s young. Anyway, great win for her. On to her fourth final of the year.

woz woz

Whatever went on in this match though paled into insignificance with the all-Frenchwoman clash of Marion Bartoli and Virginie Razzano. Razzano won a tight first set 6-4 when Bartoli called for the trainer to get her thigh strapped up. She dropped the first game of the second set and abruptly retired.




So far, so Marion. But when Razzano came over to shake her hand, Marion wasn’t having a bar of it.

I was really surprised, but then I discovered that Virginie had said the following to L’Equipe about Marion:

“You get the impression that on court it’s okay by her to use any means to win: calling on the trainer, crying, limping.”

Marion obviously felt this went a bit too far and said as much in her presser:

“To say what she said yesterday in the French newspaper, that is not really brilliant. I guess that is just the way she is.”

Obviously feeling like the best defence is a good retaliation, Virginie then made her point once again in her presser:

“She tries to do things to make your concentration drop. She can try anything to win. When you play Marion you need to prepare for everything.”

Hmmm. While there’s no denying that Marion takes an awful lot of injury breaks, I tend to feel that her problem is similar to Nole’s – that what’s wrong in the mind, she feels in the body. Some people are just more prone to others than feeling not-rightness as a physical issue rather than a mental one – aren’t they? Anyway, that’s the sense I get from her. Not cynical gamesmanship, but that she’s a bit messed up.

But then I’m of the school that gives players the benefit of the doubt.

Anyway, so it’ll be Wozniacki-Razzano in the final. It could be tight or very … not.

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Klein Fined

Posted by gauloises1 on June 19, 2009

Australian player Brydan Klein has been fined 10,000 euros and suspended from Tennis Australia’s player development program following an incident during an Eastbourne qualifying match.


Klein was accused of using a racial epithet against his South African opponent Raven Klaasen, as well as spitting at Klaasen and Klaasen’s coach. He has been given the maximum penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

And quite right too.

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Eastbourne & Ordina Open: Take a Deep, Drunken Breath

Posted by gauloises1 on June 19, 2009

c woz

As my grandmother would have said, “Ladies don’t do that sort of thing.” Although she also told me that ladies didn’t drink pints, so … as you were, Grandma.

So Wozniacki defeated Makarova (no way. Seriously? The powerhouse that is Makarova?) to set up an Eastbourne semi-final appearance. She’ll meet Wozniak in the hilarious clash-of-the-surnames we’ve all been hoping would happen. Again. On the other side of the draw, defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out by the mercurial Razzano, who’ll meet countrywomen Marion Bartoli.

Penile-wise, Ljubicic was forced to retire after a nasty ankle twist which puts him in doubt for Wimbledon. So it’ll be Santoro-Dancevic and Tursunov-Garcia-Lopez facing off for the right to compete for the maiden ATP title.

At the Ordina Open, Safina survived what would have been a scare had it been anyone on the other side of the net but Daniela Hantuchova, triumphing in three sets to set up a rerun of last year’s final with Tanasugarn who beat Flavia Pennetta. The winner gets either Wickmayer or Schiavone.

On the men’s side, Ferru made a surprise exit to Navarro, who’ll face Raemon Sluiter. And both remaining Frenchmen fell to Germans, so it’ll be a Schuettler-Becker semifinal. Yes, the one everyone dreamed of.

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