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Blondarenko Takes Hobart Title

Posted by gauloises1 on January 17, 2010

No ‘Peerless’ pun today, as Alona Bondarenko beat Shahar Peer 62 64 for the Hobart title.

I’m not a huge fan of the blonder ‘enko, but this was an absolutely fantastic tussle (despite the scoreline) and she played quite brilliantly. Kudos.

Shame about the trophy though.

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Saturday’s OOP: Auckland, Hobart, Sydney

Posted by gauloises1 on January 16, 2010


Centre Court (1.00 p.m.)
1. Marcelo Melo / Bruno Soares v Marcus Daniell / Horia Tecau
2. John Isner v Arnaud Clement


Centre (from 12.00hrs)
1. Singles Final: Alona Bondarenko vs. Shahar Peer
2. Doubles Final: Chan/Niculescu vs. Chuang/Peschke


Ken Rosewall Arena (4.30 p.m.)
1. Daniel Nestor / Nenad Zimonjic v Ross Hutchins / Jordan Kerr
2. Richard Gasquet v Marcos Baghdatis (not before 7.30 p.m.)

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Hobart: Peer Pressure

Posted by gauloises1 on January 15, 2010

(I had to. I’m also saving ‘Peerless’ and, for the day when I see a photo of Shahar with a member of her family, ‘Peer to Peer’. Just so you know to never, ever visit here again.)

Anyway, she of the pun-friendly surname is into the finals of Hobart, beating Sara Errani 62 60. She’ll face Alona Bondarenko, who toiled against top seed Anabel Medina Garrigues but triumphed, 46 63 64.

Singles – Semifinals
(4) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. (1) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 46 63 64
(2) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 62 60

Doubles – Semifinals
Chan/Niculescu (TPE/ROU) d. (1) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) 76(5) 46 108
Chuang/Peschke (TPE/CZE) d. Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) 63 62

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Friday’s OOP: Auckland, Hobart, Sydney

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010


Centre Court (from 12.00)
1. John Isner v Albert Montanes
2. Philipp Kohlschreiber v Arnaud Clement
3. Marcus Daniell / Horia Tecau v Johan Brunstrom / Jean-Julien Rojer


Centre (from 12.00hrs)
1. Sara Errani vs. Shahar Peer
2. Chuang/Peschke vs. Errani/Vinci (NB 14.00hrs; after suitable rest)
3. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Alona Bondarenko (NB 19.00hrs)
4. Hsieh/Peng vs. Chan/Niculescu


Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Hutchins/Kerr vs. Aspelin/Hanley
2. ATP: Nestor/Zimonjic vs. Andreev/Korolev
3. ATP: Gasquet vs. Benneteau
4. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Fish
5. Singles Final: Serena Williams vs. Elena Dementieva (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Doubles Final: Black/Huber vs. Garbin/Petrova


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Hobart: Peer, AMG, A Bondarenko Through

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

Shahar Peer kept her impressive early-season form going today, surviving a tough challenge from Carla Suarez-Navarro to progress to the semifinals, 46 76(4) 75.

You don’t make her angry.

Next up for Shahar is Sara Errani, who beat qualifier Kirsten Flipkens to make the semis. In the top half of the draw, Anabel Medina Garrigues faces Alona Bondarenko after victories over Gisela Dulko and Zheng Jie respectively.

Top seed. Somehow.

The day didn’t get any better for Dulko and Zheng, who were then beaten by Chan and Niculescu in the doubles. Time to head to Melbourne, methinks.

Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. (8) Gisela Dulko (ARG) 61 57 61
(2) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (5) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 46 76(4) 75
(4) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. (7) Zheng Jie (CHN) 75 75
Sara Errani (ITA) d. (Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 63 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Chan/Niculescu (TPE/ROU) d. (3) Dulko/Zheng (ARG/CHN) 63 64

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Thursday’s OOP: Auckland, Hobart, Sydney

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010



Centre (from 11.00hrs)
1. Alona Bondarenko vs. Zheng Jie
2. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Sara Errani (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Gisela Dulko
4. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Shahar Peer (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Dulko/Zheng vs. Chan/Niculescu


Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Nestor/Zimonjic vs. Kas/Norman
2. Serena Williams vs. Aravane Rezai (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Victoria Azarenka vs. Elena Dementieva
4. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Hewitt (NB 15.00hrs)
5. ATP: Fish vs. Luczak (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Black/Huber vs. Granville/Spears

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Starace vs. Gasquet
2. ATP: Benneteau vs. Mayer
3. ATP: Aspelin/Hanley vs. Ball/Huss
4. ATP: Becker/Lipsky vs. Andreev/Korolev
5. Groenefeld/King vs. Garbin/Petrova

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WTA Wednesday: Semifinals Set

Posted by gauloises1 on January 13, 2010

And on we go. As aforementioned, Aravane Rezai is the sole unseeded player in the semifinals lineup, crushing Flavia Pennetta 63 60. Her reward? A meeting with Serena Williams, who disposed of Vera Dushevina 62 62.

Without even standing up.

In the bottom half of the draw, Elena Dementieva is in with an excellent chance of defending her title, defeating Dinara Safina 62 63.

She’ll face sixth seed Victoria Azarenka, who played her third three-set match (out of three) against resurgent Dominika Cibulkova, eventually triumphing 75 in the third.

Fasten your seatbelts; 2010’s going to be a bumpy ride.

In Hobart, qualifier Kirsten Flipkens is quietly doing her part for the Belgian resurgence, reaching the quarterfinals after disposing of sixth seed Aleksandra Wozniak, while third seed Kateryna Bondarenko fell to Sara Errani. And hometown hopes Alicia Molik and Jelena Dokic fell to Carla Suarez Navarro and a ruthless Shahar Peer.

Great to see Shahar back on song after all the crap she’s had to put up with of late, isn’t it?


Singles – Second Round
(2) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Jelena Dokic (AUS) 62 62
Sara Errani (ITA) d. (3) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 76(8) 64
(5) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (WC) Alicia Molik (AUS) 76(3) 36 63
(Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. (6) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 75 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Medina Garrigues/Rybarikova (ESP/SVK) 57 63 108
Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (2) Mirza/Ruano Pascual (IND/ESP) 63 75
Chuang/Peschke (TPE/CZE) d. Benesova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 76(5) 63


Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 62 62
(5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. (2) Dinara Safina (RUS) 62 63
(6) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 26 62 75
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 63 60

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Dushevina/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) 63 46 108
Garbin/Petrova (ITA/RUS) d. (WC) Dellacqua/Rezai (AUS/FRA) 61 64

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The Jokes Write Themselves, Really

Posted by gauloises1 on January 13, 2010

Australian cricketers Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson popped up in Hobart to play some doubles with Alicia Molik and Sania Mirza. And presumably recruit them for the national side.

I’m not saying anything.

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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?


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.


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.


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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Wednesday’s OOP: Auckland, Hobart, Sydney

Posted by gauloises1 on January 12, 2010


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
J Ferrero (ESP) vs  M Lammer (SUI)
J Statham (NZL) vs A Montanes (ESP)
T Robredo (ESP) vs S Greul (GER)
M Gicquel (FRA) vs N Almagro (ESP)

Not Before 7:30 PM
J Chardy (FRA) or A Clement (FRA) vs D Ferrer (ESP)
R Wassen (NED) / H Zeballos (ARG) vs M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA)

COURT 4 start 2:30 pm
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) vs L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND)
T Bellucci (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) vs L Arnold Ker (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) – After Suitable Rest
M Daniell (NZL) / H Tecau (ROU) vs M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) –

COURT 6 start 12:00 noon
P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs T Bellucci (BRA)

Not Before 1:00 PM
J Isner (USA) vs J Monaco (ARG)
J Melzer (AUT) vs S Grosjean (FRA)


Centre (from 11.00hrs)
1. Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Kirsten Flipkens
2. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Alicia Molik
3. Sara Errani vs. Kateryna Bondarenko
4. Jelena Dokic vs. Shahar Peer (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Errani/Vinci vs. Mirza/Ruano Pascual

Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Benesova/Hradecka vs. Chuang/Peschke
2. Hsieh/Peng vs. Medina Garrigues/Rybarikova (NB 15.00hrs)


Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Gasquet vs. Becker
2. ATP: Troicki vs. Baghdatis
3. ATP: Seppi vs. Hewitt
4. Serena Williams vs. Vera Dushevina
5. Elena Dementieva vs. Dinara Safina (NB 19.30hrs)
6. ATP: Aspelin/Hanley vs. Ball/Huss

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Cermak/Mertinak vs. Erlich/López
2. ATP: Korolev vs. Fish
3. Flavia Pennetta vs. Aravane Rezai
4. Victoria Azarenka vs. Dominika Cibulkova
5. Garbin/Petrova vs. Dellacqua/Rezai (after suitable rest)

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Gimeno-Traver vs. Starace
2. ATP: Hutchins/Kerr vs. Kubot/Marach
3. ATP: Luczak vs. Berdych
4. Black/Huber vs. Dushevina/Rodionova (NB 17.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 12.00hrs)
1. ATP: Cuevas vs. Mayer
2. ATP: Wawrinka vs. Benneteau

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