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Hopman Cup: 1588 Not So Much

Posted by gauloises1 on January 10, 2010

Congratulations to Tommy Robredo and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain, who beat Andy Murray and Laura Robson 2-1 to win the 2010 Hopman Cup.

Timlet and starlet Laura Robson got things off to a good start for Team GB, choosing an excellent time to record her first singles win of the tournament by defeating Martinez Sanchez 61 76.


One might have expected that Andy Murray would clinch the tie, but then one never expects Tommy Robredo. He played a blistering match to even it up, 16 64 63.

Brilliant stuff.

I’d still hit that.

As is always the best in Hopman Cup, the title came down to the mixed doubles and again the Spaniards were too strong, winning in straight sets 63 75.

So a bit of a disappointing anticlimax for Team GB, especially after Robson – who’s been a delight and a revelation this week, to me at least – put them in a seemingly unassailable position after her singles win.

No diamond balls for you, losers.

All credit to Team Spain though. They’ve been brilliant all week and it was nice to see the oft-overlooked Robredo get some glory. Great stuff.

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Saturday OOPs (and an apology)

Posted by gauloises1 on January 8, 2010

So … sorry for the unscheduled lack of updates this week. It turns out that this blog, much like the British transport infrastructure, doesn’t function too well in sub-zero temperatures. I have now made it home, but we’re still buried under about eight inches of snow, have almost run out of food and most worrying of all, are down to our last bottle of red wine. And there’s a hole in my left welly boot.


Centre Court (from 13.00hrs)
1. Doubles Final: Black/Huber vs. Grandin/Granville
2. Singles Final: Flavia Pennetta vs. Yanina Wickmayer (NB 14.45hrs)


Pat Rafter Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Monfils vs. Stepanek
2. ATP: [Roddick or Gasquet] vs. Berdych (NB 12.30hrs)
3. ATP: Blake/Roddick vs. Chardy/Gicquel (after suitable rest)
4. Singles Final: Kim Clijsters vs. Justine Henin (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Doubles Final: Hlavackova/Hradecka vs. Czink/Parra Santonja


Stadium (from 5.10 p.m.)
1. Janko Tipsarevic v Marin Cilic
2. Dudi Sela v Stanislas Wawrinka
3. Yen Hsun-Lu / Janko Tipsarevic v Somdev Devvarman / Sanam Singh
4. Colin Fleming / Ken Skupski v Marcel Granollers / Santiago Ventura


Center Court (6.30 p.m.)
Nikolay Davydenko vs Rafael Nadal

Hopman Cup
9.30 a.m. local
Great Britain v Spain

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Malarkey and What-Not

Posted by gauloises1 on January 4, 2010

Still no video I can find, but here’s the transcript of Murray and Robson’s post-victory on-court interview:

Can you put your hands together for the victors tonight from Great Britain. Fifteen year old Laura Robson, really at home on the big stage, and the world number 4 Andy Murray.

Come over here Laura. Well how’s the heart after that? There was plenty in that, plenty of tension.

(Robson) Yeah. I’m kind of proud of my volleys in the tie-break. Those were the only ones I made, so.

You hit some great winners prior to that, some superb shots before that. You did perform tonight at times.

(Robson) At times? Yeah?

Well just being a realistic observer, but what will you take out of the evening?

(Robson) Um, that I should work more on my serve and that we should communicate more so then he doesn’t hit me.

Now you have some family here this evening, you’ve brought some with you, what relatives are here?

(Robson) Ok, so we’ve got: aunty, cousin, cousin, aunty, uncle, cousin and then there’s Glen and mum of course. And then “Hi Gran and Grandad”, they’re watching at home.

Fifteen, no shortage of confidence really. A question about the expectation though, I might ask Andy about this one – he’s probably given you some advice. Great Britain, they love the winners don’t they? How are you coping with that on the way up because the Wimbledon juniors are crazy, last year was crazy as well. How are you going to cope with that over the next few years?

(Robson) Um, well he hasn’t given me any advice but I don’t really pay attention to any of the media malarkey and what not.


(Robson) That’s the only word I could come up with.

Not bad. It’s going to be a hell of a journey, it is already isn’t it?

(Robson) Yeah, well hopefully I’ll keep getting better so then there will be more media stuff to come.

Well congratulations…

(Robson) He’s laughing at me!

… on your performance tonight. Laura Robson, ladies and gentlemen.
Andy Murray, just at the start could I turn your attention to the big screen. I think we’ve got one point up here. Your return to Slava is the biggest return so far at 186kmph. Does that shot constitute un-gentlemanly contact do you think? Is that un-gentlemanly?

(Murray) I missed her. The point before that, Laura gave me some bad looks that I had missed a shot on the point before. She looked over at me like I had done something wrong. So I thought that I better make up for it.

Well you certainly made up for it. You were making a lot of brilliant shots tonight. What would you give yourself out of ten for the singles and the doubles tonight?

(Murray) Oh I don’t know. I was very happy with the way I played in the singles and Laura helped me out a lot in the doubles tonight, so it was good all round. I was obviously happy to win in the end because it was a long day and I look forward to getting some rest.

Yes at 5 – 0 in the first set did you imagine such a finish? It was knife-edge stuff, the heart would have been going strongly.

(Murray) Well I’m going to blame it slightly on my partner. She took the start asking me if I moisturise my hands and I think maybe she lost her concentration a little bit. She’s only fifteen so I’ll let her away with it.

The mixed doubles, you said you hadn’t played too much before tonight, are you now a convert after that excitement there?

(Murray) It was obviously good fun and I really enjoyed it. It gets the adrenaline going when it was really close. The first mixed match I’ve won in a long time, so it’s good.

It was great. Are you ok fitness wise? You were grabbing a couple of body parts here and there, are you alright?

(Murray) Yeah I’m just stiff and she hit me on the back with her racquet as well. I didn’t think I deserved it. It was sore already because I was carrying it.

Give her a hug. Come on give her a hug. Congratulations Great Britain, Andy Murray and Laura Robson.


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Tuesday’s OOP: Auckland, Brisbane, Chennai, Doha, Hopman Cup

Posted by gauloises1 on January 4, 2010


Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Francesca Schiavone vs. Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
2. Alizé Cornet vs. Marina Erakovic
3. Kaia Kanepi vs. Li Na
4. Alberta Brianti vs. Elena Vesnina
5. Tatjana Malek vs. Maria Kirilenko (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Craybas/Spears vs. Vesnina/Zalameda

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Shahar Peer vs. Polona Hercog
2. Virginie Razzano vs. Monica Niculescu
3. Pennetta/Schiavone vs. Gallovits/Peer
4. Cibulkova/Wickmayer vs. Mirza/Ruano Pascual

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Edina Gallovits
2. Stefanie Voegele vs. Sania Mirza
3. Elena Baltacha vs. Ioana Raluca Olaru
4. Coin/Pelletier vs. Uhlirova/Voracova




Hopman Cup

Day session (starts 10 a.m. local)

Australia vs. USA

Night session (starts 5.30 p.m. local)

Spain vs. Romania

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Hopman Cup: Team Tim Win, Are Adorable

Posted by gauloises1 on January 4, 2010

First up in Hopman Cup yesterday, Team Russia edged a 2-1 victory over Germany – but Sabine Lisicki kicked off her 2010 in style with a 64 61 demolition of an out-of-sorts Elena Dementieva. Impressive stuff from Licky, but Igor Andreev randomly decided to become relevant again and beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in three before the Russians took the doubles 64 76(7).

The night session was Tim o’clock, and Laura Robson acquitted herself well for two sets against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan before falling 46 63 60.

Luckily for Laura, big brother was on hand to rescue the situation, demolishing Andrey Golubev 62 62.

After sorting out some important colour co-ordination issues, it was time for the mixed doubles and much to the surprise of many, Team GB won it 63 57 76(10). I haven’t had a chance to watch all the highlights yet, but from what I’ve seen, they were good – a little lucky, but good. And more importantly, adorable.


Love them.

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“The British Are a Lovely People. Not Physically, But …”

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

Team GB hitting the practice courts in Perth in preparation for the Hopman Cup:

Sorry for the overload of very similar photoage, but in this long and freezing winter, these two are warming what passes for my heart.

Oh, and one more:

I say he’s hot, damnit.

Team GB will be hitting the courts against Kazkhstan in the first night session, starting 5.30 p.m. local time. The day session is Russia vs. Germany (Dementieva/Andreev vs. Licky/Kohlschreiber). Fun!


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Party! (Like You Fell Through a Hole in Time)

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

The Hopman Cup player’s party. Surprisingly respectable ensembles.

I feel like I’ve seen this photo 97,503 times before.

The caption says this is Yaroslava Shvedova. I shall take the caption’s word for it.

The ghost of champions past.

When did Pat Cash become tennis’ creepy barfly?

Team Romania are rapidly becoming my favourites. Look at them, manfully working the Dracula/Bride Of look.

Well played, Laura. Not sure about the dress, but she looks adorable.

I don’t care what anyone says; Andy Murray is hot.

Just because Jez’s choice of footwear is making me giggle.

Melanie and her BFG.

In the interests of self-preservation, I’ve decided to enjoy Sabine’s fashion sense rather than despair at it.

Posted in andy murray, elena dementieva, hopman cup, john isner, laura robson, melanie oudin, sabine lisicki, samantha stosur, sorana cirstea, tommy robredo, victor hanescu, yaroslava shvedova | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Spain 3, USA 0

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

Day two of the Hopman Cup saw Team America get shut out (or in, I can never remember which one it is) by Spain after multi-named tricky lefty Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez beat last year’s girl Melanie Oudin 64 64 to kick off the tie.

Partner and former champion Tommy Robredo did his bit by recovering after the loss of the first set to clinch a tough match against John Isner – who, in case you didn’t know, is very tall – 67 63 76(4).

‘When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun …’

We have noted in the past Robredo’s poetic aspirations and he did not disappoint, describing facing Isner’s serve as ‘a bit like the casino, red or black’.

Not just a pretty face.

All of this meant that the mixed doubles was a dead rubber, giving everyone plenty of time to concentrate on the real matter at hand, i.e. the difference between Isner and Oudin’s heights.


Despite averaging out at the height of one normal person, Isner and Oudin lost to Robredo and Martinez-Sanchez 46 57 – who between them probably average out to one person whose boobs don’t disquiet me vaguely.

All of which makes Tuesday’s Spain vs. Romania clash quite intriguing, no?

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Two Bears Fighting Over a Pineapple

Posted by gauloises1 on January 2, 2010

Come to Romania, ladies and gentlemen, where wild animals will steal your fruit and they have some quite good tennis players. Sixth-seeded Team Romania upset the Australians in both senses of the word in the first session of the Hopman Cup to take an early lead in Group A.

Sam Stosur looked to be well in charge of her match against Sorana Cirstea, outplaying the Romanian to take the first set 63, but Cirstea’s tenacity paid off in the second set and Stosur eventually wobbled just enough to give up the match. Lleyton Hewitt evened things up by coming from behind to beat Victor Hanescu 36 63 76(2), but the visitors took the mixed 75 61 and the tie with it.

 And they’re so cute. Get in.

Spain-U.S.A tonight.

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ITF Week Ahead: Hopman Cup

Posted by gauloises1 on January 2, 2010

I think I had more than enough mixed doubles last night. HOTCHA! (to quote IRTTY). Still, it all kicks off in Perth tonight.

The draw:


(1) Australia – Samantha Stosur & Lleyton Hewitt
(4) Spain – Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez & Tommy Robredo
(6) Romania – Sorana Cirstea & Victor Hanescu
(7) USA – Melanie Oudin & John Isner


(2) Russia – Elena Dementieva & Igor Andreev
(3) Great Britain – Laura Robson & Andy Murray
(5) Germany – Sabine Lisicki & Philipp Kohlschreiber
(8) Kazakhstan – Yaroslava Shvedova & Andrey Golubev

You can find a full schedule here.

Home nation hopes Hewitt and Stosur will be facing Victor Hanescu and Sorana Cirstea in the first tie tonight, which is actually tomorrow at 10 a.m. local, but is probably in about 1 hour or so. (I suck at time zones.) I have no idea who’s going to win, so I now hand things over to the patron saint of mixed doubles.

Captain Jack approves this event.  

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