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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.

Posted in alicia molik, alize cornet, auckland, caroline wozniacki, dinara safina, dominika cibulkova, hobart, jelena dokic, jelena jankovic, juan monaco, marcos baghdatis, serena williams, svetlana kuznetsova, sydney, thomaz bellucci, zheng jie | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

WTA Auckland, Brisbane: Pennetta, Ivanovic, Pavlyuchenkova Win

Posted by gauloises1 on January 4, 2010

Oddly – can’t think why – I expected high-profile seeds to be tumbling left and right in the tumultuous, tremulous early days of the season. No such thing. Auckland top seed Flavia Pennetta knocked off Jill Craybas 62 64. And wore purple.

When I am Flavia, I shall wear purple.

Ana Ivanovic survived a topsy-turvy encounter with Jelena Dokic which, judging from the photos, I’m sorry I missed.

The only seeds to fall, in fact, were fifth seed Alisa Kleybanova courtesy of a good win for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Auckland eighth seed Anabel Medina Garrigues at the hands of Magdalena Rybarikova.

Oh Pavs. You do take winning hard.


Singles – First Round
(1) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 62 64
(3/WC) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 63 75
(7) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 64 63
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (8) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 62 63
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 60 63
(WC) Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 61 62

Doubles – First Round
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. (WC) Erakovic/Hercog (NZL/SLO) 63 76(6)
Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) d. Goerges/Malek (GER/GER) 46 62 108
Grandin/Granville (RSA/USA) d. Barrois/Kondratieva (GER/RUS) 63 62

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(4) Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. Stéphanie Dubois (CAN) 63 61
(7) Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Rebecca Marino (CAN) 64 16 63
(8) Edina Gallovits (ROU) d. Julia Schruff (GER) 63 57 62
Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) d. Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 61 26 64


Singles – First Round
(WC) Justine Henin (BEL) d. (2) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 75 75
(3) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Jelena Dokic (AUS) 75 16 63
(4) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (Q) Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS) 61 67(5) 61
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (5) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 64 26 62
(6) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. (Q) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 62 62
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 67(5) 64 61
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 57 64 62
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 64 26 62
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. (Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 64 76(3)
(Q) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) d. (WC) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 62 06 76(1)

Doubles – First Round
Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) d. (2) Groenefeld/King (GER/USA) 75 46 1210
Czink/Parra Santonja (HUN/ESP) d. (4) Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) 64 61
Koryttseva/Kustova (UKR/BLR) d. (WC) Dellacqua/Molik (AUS/AUS) 64 62

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Where the Wild Things Are

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

It’s the time of year where we always get photos of players posing with animals in the run up to the Australian Open. Don’t ask me why, it just happens. So far we’ve had Jelena Dokic with koalas and kangaroos …

… Ana Ivanovic with a – what is that, a sea lion?

… Flavia with a horse …

… and Pavs with Baggy. (Don’t tell me he’s not a wild thing.)

But it’s not all fun and games and cute animals. There is also Serious Cultural Learning going on, as evidenced by Virginie Razzano and Francesca Schiavone with members of a Maori group in Auckland …

… and Maria Sharapova hanging out with some monks in Thailand.

I don’t even know any more.

And that completes your lightning round-up of recent WTA promotional activities.  

Posted in ana ivanovic, anastasia pavlyuchenkova, auckland, brisbane, flavia pennetta, francesca schiavone, jelena dokic, marcos baghdatis, maria sharapova, virginie razzano, WTA | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

USO Day One: Under the Lights

Posted by gauloises1 on September 1, 2009

Drama, drama, drama. Venus Williams flirted with defeat against Vera Dushevina, but eventually pulled it out, 6-3 in the third. She got off to a slow start and called the trainer after three games for attention to her knee; according to twitter, it’s an old injury rather than one which was incurred during the match. It didn’t slow her down too much and she probably would have pulled out the first set, had she not been called for a foot fault. (She was eventually called for foot faults seven times). Still, it’s Venus.


Awful, AWFUL dress.

vera d

Tough loss for Vera, but I thought she played very well. She hit some beautiful winners off the backhand side and hung in there until the very end.

After all that, it was time for Rrrrroddick, who rolled over Phau without too much trouble, 61 64 62. Nice homecoming.


Oh, and sadly Jelena Dokic lost in straight sets to Kirsten Flipkens. She’s still trying to put herself back together after suffering from mono.


Can this woman catch a break?

Full men’s results here, women’s here.

Posted in andy roddick, jelena dokic, us open, venus williams, vera dushevina | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

RG Day Five: WTA Round-Up

Posted by gauloises1 on May 29, 2009

Disappointment for the home country as two of the remaining Frenchwomen in the draw went out today.

barts garbin

Thirteenth seed Marion Bartoli lost to Tathiana Garbin, and then Alize Cornet lost to Sorana Cirstea – which on the bright side, gave her a chance to display some of her classic facial expressions.


Luckily for les Bleus, Virginie Razzano made it through, notching up another good win over eighteenth seed Anabel Medina Garrigues 62 62. Sadly for the tournament and its upset-missingness, Jelena Dokic was forced to retire after straining her back when she was a set up on Elena Dementieva.

demmy dokic

Seriously, does that lady deserve some luck or what?

Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Svetlana Kuznetsova all made it through in straight sets. Kuznetsova’s performance was particularly devastating, although you wouldn’t know it from the photos.



 And after yesterday’s shenanigans, so did Venus Williams, who bested Lucie Safarova 7-5 in the third. A tough loss for Lucie, but a great win for Venus.


Also through (deep breath): Martinez Sanchez, Jarmila Groth, Samantha Stosur, Agnieszka Radwanska, Dominguez Lino, Alexandra Wozniak and Kateryna Bondarenko.

Oh, and JJ and her hilarious hamster cheeks.


Pineapple-headed JJ FTW.

Posted in alize cornet, elena dementieva, french open, jelena dokic, jelena jankovic, marion bartoli, serena williams, svetlana kuznetsova, tathiana garbin, venus williams | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

RG Day Three: WTA Round-Up

Posted by gauloises1 on May 27, 2009

I’m not going to lie, blogging is *slightly* getting on top of me this week. So sorry if I’m missing interesting stuff. There’s so much actual tennis it’s hard to keep up with everything around the tennis …

Anyway, here’s my half-assed attempt to round up everything I missed on the vaginal side of things.

In addition to Serena’s previously-discussed win, two other top-tenners were in action today. Jelena Jankovic in her new blue ANTA outfit (which I’m not sure I like) dismissed Petra Cetkovska with nary a blink other than that caused by a rain delay.


Blow, wind, and crack thy cheeks.

I definitely like Zheng Jie Jie Zheng’s outfit better, but this is a gorgeous colour on JJ, and let’s face it, the woman is always going to look good on clay.


Elena Dementieva went down a break initially to Chanelle “jeepers creepers, where’d you get those peepers?” Scheepers, but steadied the ship to win in straight sets with only a modicum of drama.


In what felt like it should have been a upset but actually wasn’t, homegirl and dangerous floater Virginie Razzano took out Daniela Hantuchova.



Anabel Medina Garrigues faced a tough challenge from recent two-time finalist Ekaterina Makarova, but took care of business in the end with a third-set bagel, and Svetlana Kuznetsova took out French wildcard Feuerstein. In pink, no less.


On the less seedy side of things, Czink, Rybarikova, Bammer, Kutuzova, Cirstea, Wickmayer, Martic, Stosur and Wozniak all advanced. Ruano Pascal knocked out Nicole Vaidisova in straights, and Jelena Dokic made it through to the next round over fading Croatian hope (and typist’s nightmare) Karolina Sprem:


Oh, and a shout out to Galina Voskoboeva (or Voskybosky, as I like to think of her), who kept me in the suicide pool by knocking out Sania Mirza.


The thanks of a grateful nation to you, Vosky.

Posted in daniela hantuchova, elena dementieva, french open, galina voskoboeva, jelena dokic, jelena jankovic, svetlana kuznetsova, virginie razzano | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Damir Dokic Detained Over Violent Threats

Posted by gauloises1 on May 6, 2009

OK, in case you didn’t get it the first 457899866 times, Damir Dokic is a total breadbasket.


Jelena Dokic’s father is in police custody following a bomb threat he made against the Australian embassy in Belgrade.

After Jelena gave an interview to Sport & Style in which she claimed he physically abused her, Damir made a phone call to the Australian embassy in which he threatened to “fire a rocket” at the ambassador’s car unless a formal investigation was launched into his daughter’s claims.

He also attempted to defend his treatment of Jelena in Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti, saying:

If I was ever a little bit more aggressive towards Jelena, it was for her sake,” said Damir. “When I was young, I was beaten by my parents, and I am now thankful to them for that, because that helped me to become the right person.

Somebody needs to tell this asshat that there isn’t anything right about him.

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Jelena Dokic: Physically Abused

Posted by gauloises1 on May 4, 2009

In an interview with Sports & Style, Australian tennis player Jelena Dokic reveals further details of her troubled relationship with her sick puppy of a father, including the revelation that she was physically abused.

I’ve been through a lot worse than anybody on the tour. I can say that with confidence … When you go through stuff like that, playing a tennis match is a pretty easy thing to do. When I win today it’s so much more satisfying.

Dokic credits her boyfriend (the one that her father once claimed had kidnapped her) with supporting her through years of mental turmoil as a result of “the situation”.

She also mentions the support of Mary Pierce, another tennis player with a breadbasket for a father.

Everyone has a different situation, different problem. No one really knows what I dealt with. I don’t know what others deal with. … Whatever has happened, good or bad, will always stay there. It makes you what you are. But I think it’s a little bit selfish [to feel sorry for yourself] … you see a person in a wheelchair and you can’t help feel, ‘Well I’m pretty lucky to be here … we are healthy, we still have our lives ahead of us … Then you feel lucky.”

What a tough cookie. You go, Jelena.

Damir Dokic reportedly hung up on when he was contacted via phone by a reporter.

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