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Bad Day for JJ, Petko and Kolya.

Posted by gauloises1 on July 23, 2010

Not a great day in some ways. The slumping Alize Cornet knocked out top seed, defending champion and fantastic blogger Andrea Petkovic 62 75 in Bad Gastein. Then JJ rolled her ankle against Anastasia Yakimova and was forced to retire 1-0 down in the third set.

In Hamburg, Kolya was pretty much taken to the woodshed by Andrey Golubev, 64 64. The scoreline doesn’t look as terrible as it was, from what I saw.

Have a classically ridiKolyous photo to make up for it.

Kolya’s loss means that there are just three seeds left in Hamburg after last week’s things Almagro and Montanes also lost. Luckily for me, two of said three seeds are Boss and Nose Job …

Bad Gastein

Singles – Second Round
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (1) Andrea Petkovic (GER) 62 75
(WC) Patricia Mayr (AUT) d. (7) Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 63 64
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Mariya Koryttseva (UKR) 62 75
Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 75 75

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Klemenschits/Sevastova (AUT/LAT) 64 61
(3) Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) d. (WC) Hofmanova/Hrdinova (AUT/CZE) 62 26 105
(4) Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) d. Dzehalevich/Poutchek (BLR/BLR) 75 61


Singles – Third Round
A Golubev (KAZ) d [1] N Davydenko (RUS) 64 64
[3] J Melzer (AUT) d J Chardy (FRA) 75 76(4)
[6] J Ferrero (ESP) d J Nieminen (FIN) 62 36 64
[7] T Bellucci (BRA) d [10] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 75 64
F Mayer (GER) d M Gonzalez (ARG) 76(1) 60
A Seppi (ITA) d F Fognini (ITA) 64 64
D Istomin (UZB) d [WC] J Reister (GER) 36 63 76(3)
P Starace (ITA) d [Q] P Riba (ESP) 46 64 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[WC] A Beck (GER) / C Kas (GER) d [3] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 62 76(7)
M Lopez (ESP) / D Marrero (ESP) d [4] W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) 67(4) 64 10-7
J Chardy (FRA) / P Mathieu (FRA) d S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) 63 10 ret. (Aspelin – neck)
M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) d F Polasek (SVK) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(5) 64


Singles – Second Round
(Q) Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) d. (1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 16 63 10 ret. (left ankle injury)
(3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) 63 60
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 75 61
Ksenia Pervak (RUS) d. (Q) Alexandra Panova (RUS) 62 75

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(2) Kondratieva/Uhlirova (RUS/CZE) d. (WC) Bovina/Klepac (RUS/SLO) 76(4) 63
Chakvetadze/Erakovic (RUS/NZL) d. Hercog/Martic (SLO/CRO) 64 63

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The Withdrawal Method: Ferru Out of Hamburg

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2010

David Ferrer has been forced to withdraw from Hamburg with a shoulder injury. Which is annoying.

To compensate, have some belated video (thanks kefuoe) from Bastad, where they like to shoot their interviews really, really close up:

And some bonus tongue. Never say I don’t give you anything.

Gael Monfils has also withdrawn from Hamburg due to the ankle injury suffered during the Stuttgart final.

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ATP Week Ahead: Atlanta, Hamburg

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2010

The tour gets schizophrenic again this week as some of it heads off to hard courts to get a head start on the US Open series, while the rest of it clings doggedly to clay.


OK, so Robby Ginepri isn’t technically the defending champ, but I’m pretty sure this is the tournament that used to be Indianaopolis. And I like to scare you all every so often by reminding you that if you’re not careful and fail to maintain constant vigilance, Robby Ginepri will win things.

Draw here.

Top seeds: Andy Roddick (WC), John Isner, Lleyton Hewitt, Horacio Zeballos, Janko Tipsarevic, Mardy Fish, Xavier Malisse, Benjamin Becker

Big Question of the Week: Do they really have mermaids in Atlanta?


Draw here.

Top seeds: Kolya, Ferru, Jurgen Melzer, Gael Monfils, Nicolas Almagro, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Thomaz Bellucci, Albert Montanes

Big Question of the Week: Can babydaddy Gilles Simon start drawing down the green? If not, can Ferru or Boss or Nose Job please win this thing? Thanks.

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Hamburg: KOLYA WINS!, gets silver desk fan

Posted by irefusetotellyou on July 26, 2009

Kolya WINS!

Appropriately ecstatic

On Saturday, everyone’s favorite (non-Safin) Russian, Nikolay Davydenko, beat Paul-Henri Mathieu to win the Hamburg title, 64 62.



Despite falling behind a bit early in the first set (3-1), Kolya managed to reign victorious, and had some pretty impressive statistics (78% first serves.)

Says Kolya: “”When you win the tournament then you always say it’s the best week because before I did not win any tournaments. It was semi-finals, quarter-finals and once I got to the final and won the tournament. It’s a very good week for me.”


Not so victorious

The only questions that remain: What the hell is up with that solar-powered-windmill-trophy (and/or desk fan)? Why haven’t I noticed how cute Mathieu is? And how great was it to see how excited Kolya was?

Let’s hope this signals that Kolya is back in form and ready to win some more titles again …

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Friday OsOP: Portoroz, Bad Gastein, Hamburg, Indianapolis

Posted by gauloises1 on July 24, 2009


Centre Court (from 16.30hrs)
1. Goerges/Uhlirova vs. Daniilidou/Woehr
2. Safina vs. Camerin (NB 18.30hrs)
3. Errani vs. Martic

Court 1 (from 17.00hrs)
1. Brianti vs. Pin
2. Voegele vs. de los Ríos
3. Govortsova/Karatantcheva vs. Pin/Zakopalova

Bad Gastein

Centre Court (from 11.30hrs)
1. Groenefeld vs. Petkovic
2. Meusburger vs. Shvedova
3. Cornet vs. Zahlavova Strycova (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Koryttseva/Olaru vs. Malek/Petkovic

Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Olaru vs. Rybarikova

Hamburg here.

Indianapolis here.

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Wednesday OsOP: Portoroz, Bad Gastein, Hamburg

Posted by gauloises1 on July 22, 2009


Centre Court (from 16.30hrs)
1. Hercog/Martic vs. Daniilidou/Woehr
2. Safina vs. Pervak (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Camerin vs. Dushevina

Court 1 (from 17.30hrs)
1. Safarova vs. Voegele
2. de los Ríos vs. Vinci

Court 2 (from 17.30hrs)
1. Barrois/Garbin vs. Pin/Zakopalova
2. Frankova/Palkina vs. Errani/Zec Peskiric

Bad Gastein

Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Parmentier vs. Rybarikova
2. Malek vs. Meusburger
3. Groenefeld vs. Hladikova (NB 14.00hrs)
4. Hlavackova/Hradecka vs. Klemenschits/Meusburger
5. Cornet/Groenefeld vs. Borwell/Fichman

Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Shvedova vs. Peer
2. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova vs. Krauth/Nooni
3. Domachowska/Grandin vs. Koryttseva/Olaru
4. Brozda/Kiszczynska vs. Malek/Petkovic

Hamburg here. (Pico-Chucho!)

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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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Tuesday OsOP: Portoroz, Bad Gastein, Hamburg

Posted by gauloises1 on July 21, 2009


Centre Court (from 16.00hrs)
1. Manasieva vs. Medina Garrigues
2. Kolar vs. Vinci
3. Brianti vs. Hercog (NB 20.00hrs)
4. Errani vs. Rus

Court 1 (from 16.00hrs)
1. Voegele vs. Tatishvili
2. Goerges vs. Pervak
3. Voskoboeva vs. Kvitova
4. Daniilidou/Woehr vs. Hrdinova/Voracova

Court 2 (from 16.00hrs)
1. Diatchenko vs. Pin
2. Garbin vs. Dushevina
3. Karatantcheva vs. Camerin
4. Diatchenko/Manasieva vs. Kolar/Majeric

Bad Gastein (defending champion relegated to Court 2? Harsh)

Centre Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Domínguez Lino vs. Mayr
2. Cornet vs. Duque Marino
3. Meusburger vs. Fichman
4. Bammer vs. Sevastova
5. Klaffner vs. Hladikova

Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Dulgheru vs. Benesova
2. Llagostera Vives vs. Hradecka
3. Groenefeld vs. Ondraskova
4. Schiechtl vs. Peer
5. Malek/Petkovic vs. Senoglu/Shvedova

Court 2 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Zahlavova Strycova vs. Zahlavova
2. Shvedova vs. Jurikova
3. Koryttseva vs. Rybarikova
4. Parmentier vs. Klaschka
5. Anderson/Chakhnashvili vs. Koryttseva/Olaru

Indianapolis here.

Hamburg here.

Please note: Pico vs. Youzhny, Potito vs. PEHK, Simon vs. Brands and Gabashvili vs. Troicki. Should be a good day, if only ’twere streamed …

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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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ATP Week Ahead: Hamburg, Indianapolis

Posted by gauloises1 on July 20, 2009



Draw here.

It may not be a Masters’ series any more, but it’s still a pretty fun draw for the last-gasp clay tournament of the season. Gilles, Kolya, PEHK and Ferru are the top four seeds, and recent titlists Jeremy Chardy and Robin Soderling are also knocking about. Sadly I don’t think Pico will be getting very far, as he has Youzhny in the first round. With Gilles and Kolya slumping and Soderling presumably fatigued from Sweden, I’m betting on Ferru to take the title.



Draw here.

So the bad news is, the draw is somewhat weak. The good news is Sam Querrey, Is-He-Human-Or-Is-He-Dancevic, Ernie, Baggy, I-Really Ouanna, and Dudi Sela (nickname redundant) are all playing, and irefusetotellyou will be sporadically attending, stalking and hopefully reporting. Oh and this year’s junior Wimbledon semifinalist and Davis Cup blogger Devin Britton. So we’ll see who kicks off a Simon-like run through the hard court season with a title here … right?

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