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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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Miami: Mixed Fortunes

Posted by gauloises1 on March 25, 2010

Three Timettes in action. One won. Elena Baltacha notched up another great win, beating Iveta Benesova 62 64. Brilliant stuff.

You know when you’ve been Bally’d.

No suck luck for the others, though. Anne Keothavong, still struggling to build any momentum after her long injury layoff, fell to Tamira Paszek in straights. And Delpo fangirl Heather Watson lost to Pironkova 64 62 – which is not too shabby for her first WTA main draw match.

Next time, ladies.

It was a mixed bag for the wildcarded sentimental faves returning from injury/illness, too. David ‘El Rey’ Nalbandian disposed of Kubot with nae bother, 63 62, but Mario Ancic turned out to be about the one person Jeremy Chardy can beat these days, falling 64 64. Back to the Futures tour for him.


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Indian Wells Day One (Was Yesterday)

Posted by gauloises1 on March 11, 2010

So Indian Wells is upon us, and I’m already behind. Stupid timezones. The WTA played first round matches yesterday to ease us in with a minimum of surprises – unless it’s a surprise that Sorana Cirstea actually won a match, her second of 2010. Mixed fortunes for the British girls, though: Keothavong fell to Chakvetadze in three sets, but Elena Baltacha beat wildcard Alexa Glatch after playing her way through qualifying.

Bally should crack the top 50 with this result. Great stuff. Badass grandma Kimiko Date-Krumm had a good win over Melinda Czink, Alicia Molik beat Tatjana Malek, and that Justine Henin person opened up her Indian Wells account with a straightforward beating of Magdalena Rybarikova.

Seriously? That’s what you’re wearing?

Women’s Singles – First Round
P Schnyder (SUI) d T Garbin (ITA) 61 62
V Dushevina (RUS) d J Dokic (AUS) 60 63
[WC] J Henin (BEL) d M Rybarikova (SVK) 62 62
[Q] E Baltacha (GBR) d [WC] A Glatch (USA) 63 67(3) 64
V King (USA) d [WC] C Mchale (USA) 75 63
A Chakvetadze (RUS) d A Keothavong (GBR) 26 63 61
[WC] A Molik (AUS) d T Malek (GER) 61 63
J Craybas (USA) d [WC] E Daniilidou (GRE) 60 75
K Date Krumm (JPN) d M Czink (HUN) 62 62
P Hercog (SLO) d I Olaru (ROU) 75 64
S Cirstea (ROU) d K Kanepi (EST) 67(1) 63 64
[LL] T Tanasugarn (THA) d [Q] E Gallovits (ROU) 62 63
O Govortsova (BLR) d I Benesova (CZE) 60 46 76(8)
S Peng (CHN) d E Makarova (RUS) 61 26 64
V Razzano (FRA) d K Barrois (GER) 63 64
K Flipkens (BEL) d T Bacsinszky (SUI) 76(4) 67(5) 61

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[1] C Black (ZIM) / L Huber (USA) d S Errani (ITA) / S Peer (ISR) 36 62 11-9
[5] A Kleybanova (RUS) / F Schiavone (ITA) d [WC] M Oudin (USA) / S Perry (USA) 64 75
[6] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / Z Yan (CHN) d M Krajicek (NED) / M Niculescu (ROU) 76(2) 62
A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) d M Koryttseva (UKR) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) 63 76(5)
K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d A Bondarenko (UKR) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) 64 61
Y Chan (TPE) / J Zheng (CHN) d [7] C Chuang (TPE) / S Hsieh (TPE) 63 63

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Fed Cup: Things Are Happening

Posted by gauloises1 on February 2, 2010

I don’t know if it is a slow tennis news day or I just feel like it is because there are no new Marin/Gorin photos. Anyway, the draw was made today for the Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 Playoffs in Lisbon:

Group A


Group B


Group C


Group D

Great Britain
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tough draw for Team GB, as Belarus (Azarenka/Govortsova) are probably one of the toughest teams out there. Still, if you think about the players that are there, this must be an amazing tournament to attend. You can follow naughtyT on twitter as he uses his ill-gotten press credentials to stalk the players in between mojitos if you like, or just follow along with the burgeoning estromance between Wozniacki and Azarenka. Or just glumly wish you were there, like me.

Anyway. Go Team GB!

(via Elena Baltacha’s twitter

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AO Day Five: The Brits

Posted by gauloises1 on January 22, 2010

Can’t we reserve this sort of thing for Wimbledon?

Elena Baltacha’s Australian Open run came to an abrupt end today, as she was efficiently dismantled by Dinara Safina.

Elena may be a beautiful striker of the ball – and she is – but Dinara demonstrated exactly how far away she is, and probably always will be, from competing with the top girls. Still, she fought hard and expected a lot from herself which is always good to see. If she can somehow stay healthy for the rest of the year and maintain this level, she could have some nice runs at the International level.

Andy Murray, on the other hand, was relatively untroubled against Florent Serra, winning 75 61 64. He did pick up a bit of a back strain at one point, but blamed it on ‘sticky courts’. In fact, mentioning this match is really just an excuse to let me post some of the pictures I really liked from today.

Caught a bit short, were we, Andy?

Ha ha … “short”.


“And for my next trick, I shall … win a Grand Slam!”

Only joking.

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Ao Day Three: It’s All Gone Brits Up

Posted by gauloises1 on January 20, 2010

Elena Baltacha is into the third round courtesy of a brilliant straight sets victory over Kateryna Bondarenko.

I thought she played absolutely brilliantly and, although crushing disappointment is sure to follow as it always does with Tims, Bally’s had so many struggles and health issues that it’s awesome to see her healthy and playing well. Our Heroine is the first British woman to make it to the third round of  a Slam since Keo at the 2008 US Open and the first in Melbourne since, well, herself in 2005.

Unfortunately she plays Dinara next and we all know what happened last time a Safina met a Tim.

Katie O’Brien was fairly demolished by JJ, 62 62, but Andy Murray cruised over Marc Gicquel in straight sets. That’s two Tims in the third round. Count them … one Tim, two Tims.

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Toronto: Kim Tops Tim, Venus in Bond-age

Posted by gauloises1 on August 19, 2009

Hahahaha … no? Anyway, Venus Williams lost in three sets today to Kateryna Bondarenko. Yeah. This girl.


Bondarenko actually played a good match, doing particularly well to hang in there after losing the first set 16, and serving out the match at the first time of asking. But really, there’s no way that Venus should ever have lost to her unless she was on particularly dreadful form, and funnily enough …


I’m beginning to wonder if even the ‘Slam factor’ will be enough to rescue Venus’ play from the depths it seems to have plummeted to since Wimbledon. Anyway, well done to Bondarenko. At least she was pretty cool about it.


Or not. In other news, the Kimmy Komeback continues, with the Belgian rolling over Elena Baltacha (she’s brave, you know) in straight sets.


Seriously, how did she even get in this tournament?

Azarenka, Pennetta, Ivanovic and Cibulkova all recorded wins today too.


Singles – Second Round
(Q) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. (3) Venus Williams (USA) 16 75 64

Singles – First Round
(9) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 63 63
(11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (Q) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 26 63 62
(12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (Q) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 63 63
(16) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 64 62
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 67(3) 60 62
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 63 62
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 64
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (Q) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 64 46 76(4)
(Q) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 64 76(3)
(Q) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 76(1) 76(4)
(Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. (Q) Julie Coin (FRA) 26 61 76(6)
(WC) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. (Q) Elena Baltacha (GBR) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
(6) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. King/Niculescu (USA/ROU) 61 75
Dushevina/Rodionova (RUS/RUS) d. (7) Groenefeld/Schnyder (GER/SUI) 36 76(1) 108
Kleybanova/Makarova (RUS/RUS) d. (8) Mattek-Sands/Petrova (USA/RUS) 62 62
A.Radwanska/Wozniacki (POL/DEN) d. Yan/Zheng (CHN/CHN) 64 46 107
Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) d. (WC) Fichman/Wozniak (CAN/CAN) 16 76(5) 104

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Wimbledon Day Two: Bally Good Show

Posted by gauloises1 on June 24, 2009

Yeah, I’m getting in there before The Sun does …

Elena Baltacha d. Alona Bondarenko, 36 63 64


On a day of woe for the Tims – Georgie Stoop and Josh Goodall both losing their held-over matches in the final set, Bogdanovic slumping to yet another first-round defeat, and Anne Keothavong exiting abruptly to Patricia Mayr and being reduced to tears afterwards – Elena Baltacha provided the sole bright spot, defeating world no. 33 Alona Bondarenko in a mesmerising, come-from-behind win in growing darkness.

I didn’t see the first set and a half (trapped cat in bus engine, it was a whole thing), but from what I did see, Baltacha was playing as well as I’ve ever seen her. She really relishes the big stage at Wimbledon, and I think we get to see flashes of the career she might have had, were it not for a lot of really bad luck with injuries and illness. Not to sound like an insane Bogdanovic apologist or anything …

Anyway. C’MON TIM! Bally did us proud today.

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Brits R Balls: Bally Wins, Evans Is The New Murray

Posted by gauloises1 on April 27, 2009

Obligatory British tennis update …

Elena Baltacha picked up her first singles title of 2009 at the $25,000 event in Changwon, Korea, beating Japan’s Junri Namigata 6-3, 6-1 in the final. Good show, Bally.

baltacha korea

And Acegroup, the company that Murray left for 19, has quickly signed the next big thing – or is it the next best thing? – Dan Evans.

dan evans

Evans is the 18 year-old who was reprimanded by the LTA last year for attending a party the night after he lost in the boys’ doubles at Wimbledon. However, he’s since won two grass-court future events and a Challenger in Jersey, and is now no. 5 in the domestic rankings – and the highest-ranked 18 year old on the ATP tour. Acegroup must reckon he has some potential – or are they just desperate to replace Murray?

(via the Times Net Post)

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