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WTA Tuesday: JJ Survives

Posted by gauloises1 on April 14, 2010

Three seeds fell in Barcelona; Aravane Rezai was taken down by defending champion Roberta Vinci, Regina Kulikova took out Lucie Safarova, and Gisela Dulko was shown the door by Sara Errani – who, by the way, is rapidly developing into someone you don’t want landing in your favourite’s section of the draw come Roland Garros.

Meanwhile in Charleston Elena Vesnina relished her role as the dream-crusher of the day, knocking out Heather Watson (who did incredibly well to qualify) in straight sets.

The Ponte Vedra finalist, Olga Govortsova, was forced to retire with left knee tendonitis; Virginie Razzano’s dismal year continues; and JJ survived a tough challenge from Edina Gallovits to progress in three. Ajde.


Singles – First Round
(1) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Alberta Brianti (ITA) 62 61
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (2) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 63 64
(3) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 64 64
(4) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Masa Zec Peskiric (SLO) 75 61
Sara Errani (ITA) d. (6) Gisela Dulko (ARG) 26 61 76(4)
(7) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (Q) Simona Halep (ROU) 64 36 63
Regina Kulikova (RUS) d. (8) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 63 76(4)
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 61 64
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 61 64
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. (Q) Silvia Soler Espinosa (ESP) 62 61
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 75
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. (Q) Alizé Cornet (FRA) 75 63
(WC) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 64 46 64
(WC) Laura Pous Tio (ESP) d. (WC) Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 46 63 63

Doubles – First Round
(1) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Poutchek/Senoglu (BLR/TUR) 63 64
(4) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Barrois/Olaru (GER/ROU) 76(2) 63
Malek/Petkovic (GER/GER) d. (2) Cirstea/Dulko (ROU/ARG) 63 75
Kondratieva/Shvedova (RUS/KAZ) d. (WC) Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) 60 64


Singles – Second Round
(2) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Edina Gallovits (ROU) 26 64 63
(7) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) 62 60
(12) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. (Q) Catalina Castaño (COL) 62 46 64

Singles – First Round
(10) Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (Q) Heather Watson (GBR) 76(4) 63
(LL) Monique Adamczak (AUS) d. (11) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 46 60 62
(14) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 60 20 ret. (left knee tendonitis)
Michaella Krajicek (NED) d. (15) Melinda Czink (HUN) 76(9) 63
(16) Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. (Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 36 62 64
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Shenay Perry (USA) 63 26 61
Vania King (USA) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 75 60
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (WC) Carly Gullickson (USA) 62 63
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 67(1) 64 75

Doubles – First Round
(4) Peng/Vesnina (CHN/RUS) d. (WC) Ejdesgaard/Wozniacki (DEN/DEN) 06 63 102
Makarova/Pelletier (RUS/CAN) d. Bondarenko/Voskoboeva (UKR/KAZ) 46 64 107

Today’s OOP is brought to you by the whiteness of Patty’s mile.

or it will be when it’s out.


Pista Central (from 11.00hrs)
1. Maria Kirilenko vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
2. Francesca Schiavone vs. Tathiana Garbin
3. Arantxa Parra Santonja vs. María José Martínez Sánchez (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Kristina Barrois vs. Carla Suárez Navarro

Pista 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Sara Errani vs. Alexandra Dulgheru
2. Laura Pous Tio vs. Roberta Vinci
3. Iveta Benesova vs. Sorana Cirstea
4. Regina Kulikova vs. Timea Bacsinszky

Pista 9 (NB 13.30hrs)
1. Kondratieva/Shvedova vs. Malek/Petkovic
2. Errani/Vinci vs. Daniilidou/Woehr


Stadium (from 10.00hrs)
1. Daniela Hantuchova vs. Ayumi Morita
2. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (NB 11.30hrs)
3. Victoria Azarenka vs. Christina McHale (NB 13.00hrs)
4. Vania King vs. Nadia Petrova
5. Marion Bartoli vs. Peng Shuai (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Czink/Fichman vs. Ditty/Gullickson

Althea Gibson (from 10.00hrs)
1. Vera Dushevina vs. Chang Kai-Chen
2. Michelle Larcher de Brito vs. Patty Schnyder
3. Sophie Ferguson vs. Melanie Oudin (NB 13.30hrs)
4. Sofia Arvidsson vs. Elena Vesnina
5. Oudin/Perry vs. Mattek-Sands/Yan

Court 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Michaella Krajicek vs. Evgeniya Rodina
2. Alona Bondarenko vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
3. Angelique Kerber vs. Monique Adamczak

Court 4 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Dzehalevich/Savchuk vs. Raymond/Stubbs

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USO Day Three: Taking Care of Business

Posted by gauloises1 on September 2, 2009

I’ve heard it suggested that Flavia Pennetta has acquired a new ruthlessness since she broke the top 10. I don’ t know about that, but she was not in the mood to do Sania Mirza any favours, knocking her out 60 60 in under an hour.


“Hmm … Shall I let her get a game?”


“…. Nah.”

Li Na was in no humour to hang around either, wrestling Michelle Larcher de Brito into submission 61 63. I do like de Brito, she’s such a firecracker to watch, but her erratic stroke production cost her dearly in this match.


Elena Vesnina withstood a determined challenge from Jill Craybas in the first set, clinched the tiebreak and then raced away with the second set. And Magdalena Rybarikova made heavy weather of it against qualifier Kai-Chen Chang, but came through 62 in the third. Women’s third round is shaping up really nicely, yes indeed.

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New Haven: Wozniacki, Verdasco, Rain

Posted by gauloises1 on August 30, 2009

So rain played absolute havoc with the last couple of days in New Haven at the overly-sponsored tournament presented by capitalism. Or is that the one that’s about to happen in New York?

Anyway, Caroline Wozniacki successfully defended her title, beating Elena Vesnina 62 64 in the final.


Mind you, Vesnina beat Momo in the semis, so we don’t feel too bad for her. Still a great run for the Russian.

ves caro

Also a great weekend for the Adidas Player Development Program, which works with three out of the four finalists and had a hand in both fist-pumping titlists.



Fernando Verdasco picked up his first title of the year, beating Igor Andreev and then Sam Querrey back-to-back in two tight matches. Great stuff.


Point of interest: he apparently had 12 family members travelling with him, many of whom were wearing ‘FeVer’ hats. Shudder.

Tough night for Querrey, who demolished Jose Acasuso in straights but started fatally slow in the final. He came back well in the second set, recovering from being on the brink of going a double break down to take it to a tiebreak in which he led for most of the time, but Verdasco was better in the end.

sam qsam q2

Never mind. On to New York.

Posted in caroline wozniacki, elena vesnina, fernando verdasco, new haven, sam querrey, titlists | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

New Haven: Argies Still Alive

Posted by gauloises1 on August 27, 2009

Yes, a certain Horseface and Chucho move into the quarterfinals in New Haven, having defeated Simone Bolelli and Igor Kunitsyn respectively. Kolya, Verdasco, Querrey, Andreev, Melzer and Serra advanced as well.

On the women’s side, Wozniacki and Pennetta rolled over Pavlyuchenkova and Benesova in straight sets, while Kuznetsova survived another tough three-setter, this time against NB favourite Yanina Wickmayer.


Next time, Wicky.

Two upset wins were scored, however. Qualifier Magdalena Rybarikova had evened it up at one set apiece and was up a break in the third before Marion Bartoli was forced to retire with a left abductor strain. Hope she’s OK for the Open. And Elena Vesnina beat Samantha Stosur in three sets, so, you know … Stosur. What can you say?



Singles – Second Round
(1/WC) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 64 57 76(2)
(2) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 64
(3) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 76(1) 64
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. (5) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 36 64 ret. (right hand injury)
(Q) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (6) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 16 76(5) 20 ret. (left adductor strain)
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (9) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 36 63 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Senoglu/Shvedova (TUR/KAZ) 62 61
(3) Craybas/Raymond (USA/USA) d. Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) 63 62
(4) Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) d. Cornet/Gallovits (FRA/ROU) 63 75

Singles – Third Round
[1] N Davydenko (RUS) d [15] F Santoro (FRA) 75 63
[2] [WC] F Verdasco (ESP) d [16] A Seppi (ITA) 76(3) 62
[6] S Querrey (USA) d B Phau (GER) 75 63
[7] I Andreev (RUS) d [Q] F Gil (POR) 64 64
[11] J Melzer (AUT) d [8] V Hanescu (ROU) 76(5) 46 61
J Acasuso (ARG) d [14] I Kunitsyn (RUS) 36 76(3) 63
L Mayer (ARG) d S Bolelli (ITA) 62 64
F Serra (FRA) d [WC] R Ram (USA) 46 76(6) 75

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d C Kas (GER) / P Petzschner (GER) 76(2) 46 10-8
[2] B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) d J Chardy (FRA) / F Santoro (FRA) 61 76(3)

Doubles – First Round
[3] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d W Moodie (RSA) / H Tecau (ROU) 76(4) 46 10-7
[4] M Damm (CZE) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d [WC] R Kendrick (USA) / S Lipsky (USA) 75 64
M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR) 75 63


Stadium (from 10.30hrs)
1. Bondarenko/Bondarenko vs. Benesova/Hradecka
2. ATP: Davydenko vs. Querrey (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Virginie Razzano vs. Caroline Wozniacki
4. Amélie Mauresmo vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (NB 19.00hrs)
6. ATP: Acasuso vs. Serra

Grandstand (from 10.30hrs)
1. Anna Chakvetadze vs. Elena Vesnina
2. ATP: Andreev vs. Mayer
3. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Flavia Pennetta (NB 16.00hrs)
4. ATP: Melzer vs. Verdasco (possible court change)

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. ATP: Hanley/Kerr vs. Martin/Ram
2. ATP: Cermak/Mertinak vs. Melo/Sa
3. ATP: Hanley/Kerr or Martin/Ram vs. Damm/Lindstedt (after suitable rest)

Posted in elena vesnina, magdalena rybarikova, new haven, yanina wickmayer | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »

Friday the Thirteenth: Part Doubs

Posted by gauloises1 on June 6, 2009

So I guess some Spaniards did do well at Roland Garros this year …

Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascal picked up the women’s doubles title, beating Victoria Azarenka and Elena Vesnina 61 61.

amg vrp

amg vrp aza vesnina

Love Vesnina’s headband and her cheeky grin. I also love that Azarenka plays so much doubles. Go girl.

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Roland Garros Results: WTA Day One

Posted by gauloises1 on May 25, 2009

Just two seeds lost today – nineteenth seed Kaia Kanepi went down to Yaroslava Shvedova, the Queen of Qualifying. And as aforementioned, Momo lost 😦 Otherwise, all else proceeded fairly calmly.


Defending champion Ana Ivanovic made it through a fairly testing match with tricksy Sara Errani, and Li Na Na Li, Nadia Petrova and Victoria Azarenka fairly breezed through.


Julie Coin had a good win over Llagostera Vives, who pushed Daniela Hantuchova hard in Warsaw last week. Kudryavtseva, Barrois and Benesova progressed, and Gisela Dulko notched up a good win over Tamira Paszek.


Loving the Lacoste, by the way.

Sadness for home faves Johansson (l. to Diatchenko), Olivia Sanchez (l. to Rus), Loit (l. to Bacsinzky) and Bremond, who lost to Vesnina … also rocking the Lacoste,


All in all, good show, ladies.

Full results here.

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