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Is This Thing On?

Posted by gauloises1 on May 5, 2010

Sorry for the long hiatus in posting. It was a bank holiday here in the UK and that means a lot of, well, not sitting in front of a computer. Then I was too depressed to blog. But I’m here, my sexual orientation is none of your business, and let’s have a look at what I missed over the weekend, shall we?


Rafa won the Rome Masters for the fifth time in six years. This is the sort of thing that happens. It’s his 17th Masters title, equalling Andre Agassi’s record. That sort of thing happens more rarely. And it’s Madrid next week, so who wants to take bets on how long that record is going to stand? Anyone?

Spare a thought for Ferru, though, who beat Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (thanks to AmyLu for the reminder!) and Fernando Verdasco to reach the final, only to be soundly beaten … again.

Just go hang out with Boss, David. At least he buys you dinner when he beats you.

While we’re thought-sparing, how about Fernando Verdasco? He outlasted Djokovic in a three-set epic, only to run out of gas against Ferru – understandably, after his excellent showings in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. Nobody’s going to want him anywhere near them in the draw in Madrid – or Paris.

The same (ish) goes for Ernests Gulbis, who backed up his win over Federer by reaching the semis and becoming the first player to break Rafa’s serve or take a set from him all week. Can we consider him tennistically resurrected?

Hope so.

Meanwhile in Stuttgart, other oddly familiar things were afoot.

Justine Henin beat Samantha Stosur for the first title of her comeback. I can’t quite figure out how I feel about Justine these days. But that’s by the by to a hearty well done. Going to give a shout-out though to Sam Stosur – she really can play on clay, if that Roland Garros semi-final didn’t clue you in already – and Anna Lapushchenkova, who qualified into the draw and beat Govortsova, Azarenka and Safarova on her way to the semi-finals. The jury’s out on whether she’s a thing, but I thought she played really well all week.

On the subject of people who might be things, the de-boobed Simona Halep reached the finals of Fes in only her third tour event.

She lost to Iveta Benesova, but still.

And that is what happened while I was on a bender. I think.

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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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Tokyo: JJ, Shazza, Li Na, A-Rad Into Semis

Posted by gauloises1 on October 1, 2009

Good day of tennis in Tokyo today and at the end of all things, we have Jankovic-Li Na and Sharapova-Radwanska to look forward to in the semis. JJ kicked things off by knocking off current nemesis (one of many) Marion Bartoli in straight sets, 64 63. Good stuff.



Million-dollar smile. Love her.

In perhaps the day’s most predictable result, inasmuch as anything is predictable with Sharapova these days, Shazza knocked off Benesova of the short shorts 64 75. She’ll face Agnieszka Radwanska, who knocked her out of the U.S. Open early in 2007, after the Pole took care of Magdalena Rybarikova also in straights.

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The best match of the day however was that between Li Na and Victoria Azarenka, which Li Na won 76(4) in the third. It really exemplified what is so great and so frustrating about Azarenka; she was 5-1 up in the first, only to lose it in the tiebreak. She then went 0-3 down in the second and battled back, only to lose it at the very end. I don’t know what the issue is; I thought her serving, which is often a bit rocky, was great today (confession: haven’t looked at the match stats) and although she was shipping errors on the forehand side, it didn’t seem excessive. Obviously she has a tendency to lose control of her emotions, but I don’t know if that’s something she needs to seriously work on, or something she’ll grow out of. Who knows. I do get the feeling that she wants to win more than anybody else out there on a daily basis, and maybe that’s the problem, that she wants it too much. Anyway, I would like to see her winning more titles, so I hope she gets it together. And she looked cute in her shorts.


Oh, and you’ll be happy to know that Ai Sugiyama is still kicking about, yukking it up with Daniela Hantuchova in their last doubles appearance. They’re into the semi-finals.

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Singles – Quarterfinals
(7) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (14) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 64 63
(15) Li Na (CHN) d. (8) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 76(7) 46 76(4)
(11) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 61
Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 64 75

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Hantuchova/Sugiyama (SVK/JPN) d. (2) Medina Garrigues/Ruano Pascual (ESP/ESP) 76(5) 36 107
Kleybanova/Schiavone (RUS/ITA) d. Kirilenko/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) w/o (Vesnina: left thigh strain)

Doubles – First Round
Kleybanova/Schiavone (RUS/ITA) d. (3) Stosur/Stubbs (AUS/AUS) 62 76(3)

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WTA Sunday Titlists: Forza Flavia, Schiavs Fails

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2009

Flavia Pennetta d. Sara Errani 61 62

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Flavia cruised over fellow Italian and defending champion Sara Errani to win her first ever title on home soil. And looked gorgeous. That’s really all there is to say. Go girl.

Sybille Bammer d. Francesca Schiavone 76(4) 62


Quite the day today in Prague. First of all, the two finalists had to see off their semi-final opponents in held-over matches from yesterday.


Which Bammer did in fine style, taking out Benesova (the remaining Czech hope) 60 75. Schiavone had a tougher time with Bacsinzsky, eventually prevailing 62 46 75. Whether that had much of an impact on her final performance I’m not sure, but it was a straight-sets win for Bammer for her first WTA title since A.D. 47. And then she brought her little daughter on again. Bless.

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Oh, and the Bondarenko sisters won. So expect a celebratory blog update on their boyfriends and the health of their dogs some time in the next few hours.

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Friday WTA Results: Palermo, Prague

Posted by gauloises1 on July 18, 2009

A good day of action in Prague and Palermo today, and we have our semifinalists.

In Palermo, top seed Francesca Schiavone made short work of Kateryna Bondarenko, who was sliced, diced and pulled about in a way that was painful to see. It was more fun, in a hideous sort of way, watching the three-set epic between Sybille Bammer and Lucie Hradecka; three hours, over one hundred unforced errors, and fifteen breaks of serve. At the end, after Bammer managed to hold it together to serve out the match at her 4679th attempt, her little daughter ran on the court to congratulate her, which somehow made it all worth it. Qualifier Timea Bacsinszky put out Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets, and Benesova avoided a potential banana skin by defeating the fifteen year-old wildcard Zarina Diyas. (I was, by the way, reasonably impressed by Diyas; great forehand and a reasonable understanding of the game.)



How can JJ not still be with Reebok? Imagine the fun if they’d started cutting bits out of her clothes. She’d have whipped out a pair of scissors and done it herself on changeovers.

In Palermo, Flavia Pennetta defeated Aravane Rezai in two tight sets. She’ll be joined in the semis by Garbin and Errani, with Groenefeld the sole representative of the rest of the world after Schnyder retired due to the whiteness of her mile.


Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 61 61
(2) Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. (7) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 75 57 75
(3) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. (WC) Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 64 61
(Q) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. (4) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 64 64

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. (3) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 16 61 1210
(2) Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) d. Rybarikova/Voracova (SVK/CZE)
64 75

Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (7) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 64 64
(5) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 62 75
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. Olga Govortsova 62 61
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) d. (2) Patty Schnyder 43(ret.)

Doubles – Semifinals
(2) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) 61 62

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Image is Everything: Benesova Wears Short Shorts

Posted by gauloises1 on May 4, 2009


“Iveta Benesova, from the Czech Republic, puts on shorts after the referee asked her to change, saying the ones she was wearing were too small”


Is this a thing that happens?

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Fed Cup Semifinals Preview

Posted by gauloises1 on April 24, 2009

So … belatedly previewing this weekend’s Fed Cup semifinals.

Russia vs. Italy


Russia: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anna Chakvetadze, Nadia Petrova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. (Captain: Shamil Tarpishev.)

Italy: Flavia Pennetta, Francesca Schiavone, Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci. (Captain: Corrado Barrazzutti.)

Defending champions Russia take on home side Italy at Castellaneta Marina on red clay. I think there’s a strong chance for an upset here. Russia are without injured Vera Zvonareva or new world no. 1 Dinara Safina. Although Kuznetsova is currently on an 8-match Fed Cup winning streak, her form and results so far this year have not been great, and Chakvetadze has won just 4 matches in 2009. Vinci just won her first title in Barcelona, Pennetta should be able to cause anyone problems on clay (if she can refrain from making obscene gestures at the umpire), and Schiavone’s a total Fed Cup warrior. It will be interesting to see how debutante Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova gets on, however – and never underestimate Shamil ‘the fox’ Tarpischev.

Prediction: Italy. Yeah, I went there.

R1 (Saturday): Flavia Pennetta vs. Anna Chakvetadze (1-0)
R2 (Saturday): Francesca Schiavone vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (3-8; 0-1 in Fed Cup)
R3 (Sunday): Flavia Pennetta vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (0-1)
R4 (Sunday): Francesca Schiavone vs. Anna Chakvetadze (1-4; 0-1 in Fed Cup)
R5 (Sunday): Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova / Nadia Petrova

 Czech Republic vs. U.S.A


Czech Republic: Iveta Benesova, Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Kveta Peschke (Captain: Petr Pala)

U.S.A: Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Liesel Huber, Melanie Oudin, Alexa Glatch (Captain: Mary-Joe Fernandez)

Definitely the potentially less interesting semi-final, this one will be held in Brno on indoors hard courts. I can see the US coming out with a win here, actually. Mind you, the Czechs do have Safarova, frustrating and inconsistent though she is, that they could tap. And Kvitova and Benesova do have good Fed Cup records.

Prediction: Czech Republic, why not 

R1 (Saturday): Petra Kvitova vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (0-0)
R2 (Saturday): Iveta Benesova vs. Alexa Glatch (o-o)
R3 (Sunday): Iveta Benesova vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (1-0)
R4 (Sunday): Petra Kvitova vs. Alexa Glatch (o-o)
R5 (Sunday): Iveta Benesova / Kveta Peschke vs. Liesel Huber / Bethanie Mattek-Sands

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