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Eastbourne: Love is a Battlefield

Posted by gauloises1 on June 15, 2010

Some interesting results from a tournament so loaded it is traditionally total carnage. First up, Aravane Rezai beat Caroline Wozniacki in the Battle of the New Outfits:

Wozniacki’s loss, as defending champion, will put JJ up to no. 3 next week, I hear.

Things did not go a lot better for the almost identically-named Aleksandra Wozniak, who lost in straight sets to plucky young thing Heather Watson in the Battle of Being Nearly the Sole Hope of Your Nation:

C’mon Tim!

The Battle of the Belgians was won by Kim Clijsters in emphatic style, downing the somewhat floundering Yanina Wickmayer 61 61 after returning from her foot injury:

Francesca Schiavone followed in the footsteps of last year’s French Open champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova, in losing in the first round, bundled out by Sorana Cirstea in the Battle of Career Highs at Roland Garros:

Sveta herself, meanwhile, survived the Battle of the Russians, beating Alisa Kleybanova 46 75 62. Then she announced she was playing doubles with Rezai at Wimbledon via twitter. That whacky Sveta.

In younger generation news, Victoria Azarenka took out Agnieszka Radwanska in the Battle of Can I Get Past the Wimbledon Quarters This Year? No:

But she does have amazing hair.

And in the Battle of the Careers Plagued By Injury, Elena Baltacha was left standing for once as Li Na, probably exhausted from her efforts in Edgbaston last week, retired after winning the first set, 76(6):

And that was your WTA wackiness for the day.

Meanwhile, on the ATP side, James Ward and Feliciano Lopez duked it out fiercely to see who could confound expectations the most. Ward looked to have an unassailable lead on that front, as he stunned everyone by not only winning the first set but going up a break in the second. Not to be outdone, however, Lopez abruptly retired at 4-5 down, denying Ward the chance to explode spectactularly when serving for it. A Pyrrhic victory at best, one feels.

ATP – Tuesday’s Results

Singles – Second Round
[5] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d F Fognini (ITA) 62 62
I Marchenko (UKR) d [6] H Zeballos (ARG) 76(2) 63

Singles – First Round
[1] N Almagro (ESP) d L Kubot (POL) 75 76(3)
[WC] J Ward (GBR) d [2] F Lopez (ESP) 63 54 ret. (shoulder)
Y Lu (TPE) d K Beck (SVK) 64 64
R Schuettler (GER) d A Golubev (KAZ) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
[2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d L Friedl (CZE) / D Vemic (SRB) 76(4) 62
[4] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) 63 63
J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) d [WC] J Delgado (GBR) / D Inglot (GBR) 62 62
L Mayer (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d M Emmrich (GER) / A Siljestrom (SWE) 76(4) 62

WTA – Tuesday’s Results

Singles – First Round
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. (1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 64 16 63
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (2) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 75 63
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 76(2) 61
(5) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 61 61
(Q) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (6) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 76(5) 61
(WC) Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. (7) Li Na (CHN) 67(6) ret. (left thigh injury)
Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (Q) Karolina Sprem (CRO) 26 75 76(4)
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 16 61 63
(Q) Heather Watson (GBR) d. (Q) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 63 62
(WC) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 46 75 62

Doubles – First Round
(1) Huber/Martínez Sánchez (USA/ESP) d. Gallovits/Petrova (ROU/RUS) 62 64
Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy (ESP/USA) d. (WC) Keothavong/South (GBR/GBR) 64 36 107
Black/Hantuchova (ZIM/SVK) d. Amanmuradova/Voracova (UZB/CZE) 63 63
Chan/Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. Dushevina/Makarova (RUS/RUS) 75 06 108
Grandin/Spears (RSA/USA) d. Chuang/Govortsova (TPE/BLR) 76(1) 60

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Ward Tapped Up By Nadal, Broady Making ITF Strides

Posted by gauloises1 on December 14, 2009

On a night when both Andy Murray and Roger Federer lost out at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards (to Ryan Giggs and Usain Bolt respectively), it’s always good to see a Tim get an accolade. James Ward will be spending the next two weeks as Nadal’s practice partner in Mallorca.

He once took a set off Marat Safin, you know.

Cabbies’ son Ward is an alumni of the Juan Carlos Ferrero tennis academy and mentored by Greg Rusedski and Toni Colom, who worked with Rafa during his junior career. Ward also served as a practice partner for both Nadal and Federer during the WTFs.

 “The intensity Rafa brought to the court is something very special,” Ward said. “There would be 45-minute bursts without a break, very serious stuff. Roger, on the other hand, would be happy after half an hour and then be very chilled. But you see why both of them are as brilliant as they are. They have a tremendous attitude.”

On the vaginal side, give it up for Naomi Broady. Best known up till now for losing her LTA funding after being caught out on Bebo posting updates of which the LTA did not approve, Naomi has won three ITF titles in a row, dropping one set and racking up 15 successive victories, a British record.

Good girl. 

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Wimbledon Day One: Just Stop It Now, Please

Posted by gauloises1 on June 22, 2009

I hate Fernando Verdasco. And not only does he not seem to mind, he basically goes out of his way to actively encourage it.

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I mean, the hair. That hair is just fucking with me. And stop trying to make yourself look bulgy like Gilles. We can all see that’s a ball.

And OH YEAH thanks for beating James Ward, who looks a bit like a kind-hearted alien stranded on this planet by mistake, 61 63 64.

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Seen celebrating the only point he won.

Seriously, would someone beat him now? Please? Quickly?

I don’t want to look at that hair any more.

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Eastbourne & Wimbledon Qualies: It's All About The Brits

Posted by gauloises1 on June 15, 2009

It’s that time of year again. I could fight it, but I’m going to go with it. C’MON TIM!

First up, I have to mention John Milton, Dan Cox, Marcus Willis and Alex Slabinsky, all of whom won their first-round match in the Wimbledon qualifying at Roehampton. (I have to not mention Chris Eaton, Richard Bloomfield and Dan Smethurst, all of whom lost.) Milton and Willis did the best, overcoming huge ranking disparities to beat Alexandre Sidorenko (last seen pushing Marat Safin in the first round at Roland Garros) and Amer Delic respectively. Please bear in mind that these are Brits who were too shit to get a wildcard. Wrap your heads around that concept.

In fairness, the AELTC was too busy handing out wildcards to those who are proven failures (see: Bogdanovic, Alex) to spare any for those who are as yet unknown qualities. But come on you boyos! You only need to win two more matches and then you can lose in the first round of Wimbledon!

In Eastbourne, an entire three – count them, three – British players are into the second round. Wildcard Josh Goodall beat Japan’s Tatsuma Ito in straight sets.

AEGON International 2009 Joshua Goodall

Wildcard James Ward had an even more impressive victory, against someone I’ve actually heard of; he defeated Victor Crivoi 61 63.

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He once took a set off Marat Safin, you know.

And in “this asshat’s just fucking with me now” news, Alex Bogdanovic defeated Ivo Minar 64 76(3).

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I hate him so much it gives me energy.

Hot doubles specialist Colin Fleming was not so lucky, bowing out to Lu 76(2) 16 63, and Mel South fell to Dushevina 64 62 in the final round of qualifying. But wildcard doubles pairing Keothavong and Borwell beat Jans and Rosolska and looked very nice and pretty doing it.

borwell and keo

Go girls.

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Brits R Balls: Robson Returns, Ward Wins, RG Qualies

Posted by gauloises1 on May 19, 2009

After Keo’s win in Warsaw today, I thought it was probably time for another obligatory British tennis update.

laura robson

First up, Laura Robson is back. The British junior appears to have recovered from her leg injury, and today beat Malou Ejdesgaard 26 64 61 at a top-level junior event in Milan. Take it slowly, Laura. No rush.

Secondly, congratulations are due to James Ward, who won the Sarasota Challenger in Florida. That makes him the first British player since Henman (14 years ago) to win a challenger on clay.

james ward

People who are me will remember that James is the son of a London cabbie and once took a set off Marat Safin at Queens … Anyway, Ward’s ranking should go up to around 215 (pauses for astonished gasps – yes, the rankings go that low), which will make him eligible for a wildcard into Wimbledon, where he can get soundly beaten. It’s the way we do it.

But wait! … There’s a cute story:

It is hard to imagine Novak Djokovic offering Rafael Nadal a lift to a tournament in which they were about to meet in the semi-finals and then, as happened on Saturday, losing 7-6 in a heartbreaking final set before dropping him off back at his hotel. A couple of hundred steps down the ladder, though, and such unlikely incidents do occur.

Britain’s James Ward did not have transport to his match against American Michael Yani in Sarasota last Friday, Yani threw open the passenger door, took him to the court, Ward triumphed 7-5 in the deciding tie break, waited for his driver to play doubles, then hitched a ride home.

Nice stuff. James Ward for Heartwarming British Failure 2009!

In other news, there are three Brits into the main draw for the French Open – Murray, Keothavong, and Mel South – and five more competing in qualifying; Goodall, Bogdanovic, Katie O’Brien, Elena Baltacha and Georgie Stoop.

Serious question. I keep hearing about Georgie Stoop, but has anyone ever actually SEEN her?

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