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Indian Wells: Kvitova, Groth, Hewitt Out

Posted by gauloises1 on March 12, 2011

That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s televised from tonight. Thank god. 

The women’s matches were the more interesting last night, as the top seeds were in action for the first time. Almost all cruised through, including Clijsters, Zvonareva and defending champion Jankovic. The highest-profile casualty was Petra Kvitova, who is seemingly intent on proving that she is simply not to be trusted week in or week out; she lost in three sets to Barbora Zahlalova Strycova, thus easing Ivanovic’s draw a little. Andrea Petkovic managed a very tricky opponent in Lucie Safarova, but Jarmila Groth, the 29th seed, lost to Sara Errani and 30th seed Tsvetana Pironkova went down to a dare-we-say-she’s-slightly-resurgent Alize Cornet.

No major names in action on the men’s side yet but plenty of interest. Delightful to see Julien Benneteau getting a straightforward 64 64 win over Feliciano Lopez, and the unseeded Davydenko surviving a potentially tricky encounter with Fognini. Wildcard Bernard Tomic rather battled to a victory over Bopanna, and fellow young gun Milos Raonic- remember him? – is back and beating Marsel Ilhan like it’s going out of style.

Disappointing losses however for Lleyton Hewitt, roundly defeated by Yen-Hsun Lu, and Kei Nishikori, edged in three by Igor Andreev. Never mind boys.

Meanwhile, in a development that is in no way related to next summer’s Olympics, half the men’s field have also been playing doubles and there were wins for Federer (with Wawrinka), Nadal (with Marc Lopez), Melzner, Quisner, Djokovic (with Troicki) and the Murray brothers. And a good time was had by all, I’m sure.

Men

Singles – First Round
[WC] J Blake (USA) d [Q] C Guccione (AUS) 36 63 62
R Mello (BRA) d R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 64 63
P Cuevas (URU) d P Andujar (ESP) 75 63
J Benneteau (FRA) d F Lopez (ESP) 64 64
[WC] B Tomic (AUS) d [Q] R Bopanna (IND) 67(5) 76(1) 64
S Giraldo (COL) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 64 67(5) 63
Y Lu (TPE) d L Hewitt (AUS) 62 63
A Golubev (KAZ) d F Mayer (GER) 62 61
L Kubot (POL) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 76(8) 64
B Becker (GER) d T de Bakker (NED) 62 75
F Serra (FRA) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 64 67(1) 76(4)
N Davydenko (RUS) d F Fognini (ITA) 57 62 64
[WC] M Raonic (CAN) d M Ilhan (TUR) 62 76(4)
[WC] R Harrison (USA) d J Chardy (FRA) 67(5) 76(2) 63
P Petzschner (GER) d D Brown (GER) 64 75
I Andreev (RUS) d K Nishikori (JPN) 64 67(2) 64

Doubles – First Round
R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) d [2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) 61 62
M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) d [4] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 76(5) 76(2)
[5] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d N Almagro (ESP) / D Ferrer (ESP) 36 61 12-10
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d [6] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 36 63 10-8
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) d T Berdych (CZE) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) 46 64 10-8
A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) d M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) 75 36 10-6
N Djokovic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) d J Chela (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) 63 75
J Benneteau (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) d K Anderson (RSA) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 76(4)

Women

Singles – Second Round
(2) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 62 60
(3) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 63 76(4)
(5) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) 62 60
(6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 62 61
(10) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 46 76(5) 63
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (12) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 36 62 75
(14) Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 36 62 62
(15) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (Q) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 26 63 62
(17) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 62 75
(19) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 64 62
(21) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 76(8) 75
(23) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 64 63
(25) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (WC) Sania Mirza (IND) 63 63
Sara Errani (ITA) d. (29) Jarmila Groth (AUS) 75 46 62
(Q) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (30) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 75 36 62
(32) Julia Goerges (GER) d. Sybille Bammer (AUT) 61 63

Doubles – First Round
Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) d. (2) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) 16 62 105
(3) Huber/Petrova (USA/RUS) d. Hercog/Hsieh (SLO/TPE) 60 62
(6) Azarenka/Kirilenko (BLR/RUS) d. Llagostera Vives/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) 57 63 119
(7) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Martínez Sánchez/Medina Garrigues (ESP/ESP) 76(4) 67(3) 105
Chuang/Dulgheru (TPE/ROU) d. (WC) Hampton/Oudin (USA/USA) 63 46 106

OOP

Stadium 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Dinara Safina vs. Daniela Hantuchova
2. ATP: del Potro vs. Ljubicic
3. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Sloane Stephens
4. ATP: Nadal vs. de Voest
5. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Maria Sharapova (NB 19.00hrs)
6. ATP: Soderling vs. Berrer (NB 20.30hrs)

Stadium 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Verdasco vs. Berankis
2. Samantha Stosur vs. Laura Pous-Tio
3. ATP: Young vs. Murray (NB 14.00hrs)
4. ATP: Tipsarevic vs. Querrey
5. ATP: Malisse vs. Tsonga
6. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Christina McHale

Stadium 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Devvarman
2. ATP: Karlovic vs. Ferrer
3. Ekaterina Makarova vs. Victoria Azarenka
4. Peng Shuai vs. Li Na
5. ATP: Sweeting vs. Monaco
6. ATP: Bryan/Bryan vs. F.López/Raonic

Court 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Elena Baltacha vs. Flavia Pennetta
2. Alexandra Dulgheru vs. Lucie Hradecka
3. Dulko/Pennetta vs. Jankovic/Pavlyuchenkova
4. Kops-Jones/Spears vs. Mattek-Sands/Shaughnessy
5. ATP: Bellucci/Harrison vs. Cilic/Karlovic

Court 8 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Robredo vs. Zverev
2. Grandin/Uhlirova vs. King/Shvedova
3. ATP: Simon vs. Schuettler
4. ATP: Almagro vs. Russell

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Klara Zakopalova vs. Urszula Radwanska
2. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Iveta Benesova
3. Anna Chakvetadze vs. Maria Kirilenko
4. Sofia Arvidsson vs. Nadia Petrova

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Nieminen vs. Montañes
2. Simona Halep vs. María José Martínez Sánchez
3. ATP: Smyczek vs. Kohlschreiber
4. ATP: García López/Montañes vs. Kubot/Marach

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Aravane Rezai vs. Zhang Shuai
2. Alisa Kleybanova vs. Agnes Szavay
3. ATP: Dolgopolov vs. Hanescu
4. ATP: Bopanna/Qureshi vs. Butorac/Rojer

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Suicide’s Easy (What Happened To The Revolution?)

Posted by gauloises1 on January 21, 2011

After I talked up the chances of young guns Robin Haase and Kei Nishikori against big dogs Andy Roddick and Fernando Verdasco, the inevitable happened.

Nishikori was overpowered and generally blasted off the court by Fernando Verdasco, especially that whole forehand thing he’s got going on. Kei wasn’t at his best – he needed medical attention on his back – but Verdasco beat him 62 64 63, so that’s fairly comprehensive.

Haase made a better fist of it in a weird match which started with him breaking Roddick’s serve and injuring his ankle almost at the same moment, prompting a rash of greatly exaggerated rumours that he had retired on the ever-more-cursed Hisense Arena (Troicki retired there earlier after one set against Djokovic). Whether it was feeling the ankle or just the usual way Robin starts a big match – and I’ll go with the latter – he was absolutely untouchable for the first set, slamming forehands past Roddick and passing the American every time he ventured to net. After taking the set 6-2, he continued to look quite good, but Roddick forced it to a tiebreak. It was one of those moments when you knew with some certainty that the winner of the tiebreak would take the match, and Haase wasn’t quite up to the challenge, throwing in a couple of excruciatingly-timed double faults. After that, the fight went out of him and Roddick won the match in four.

This is the doubt I have with Haase. He’s absolutely unstoppable when he’s on, and I think if he can play like that in a three-set match, he’ll make a lot of noise this year (as long as his body stays in one piece). Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of middle ground between redlining and deflating. If he can learn to take a deep breath before the start of each match and get his efforts a little more under control, he could be a force to be reckoned with. If not, he’s destined to be a flashy loser to top seeds forever.

Far from seeing new faces in the round of sixteen, then, we’ve got Roddick facing Stanislas Wawrinka, whose whole midlife crisis-inspired departure from wife and child to focus on tennis seems to be working out pretty well for him so far, and Verdasco taking on Tomas Berdych in a match that could be glorious, or hideous.

Probably both.

But it’s not over until Tomic and Berankis lose, which should be later tonight. So stay tuned.

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Young Guns Go For It

Posted by gauloises1 on January 20, 2011

I’m pretty sure I’ve used this title before, but that was in my “first career”, OK? It’s all different now.

So amid the Delpo loss and the general malaise that attends me when everyone bangs on about how well Fedal are playing (and they are), there’s reasons for optimism about keeping it interesting as a crop of young players are into the third round, stacking up good wins, and generally making some noise.

Say hello to adorable, curly-topped Canadian qualifier Milos Raonic, who beat twenty-second seed Michael Llodra 76(3) 63 76(4). I’ve been interested in Raonic since I watched him play the sadly-missed Gonzo a couple of years ago in … somewhere in Canada, a match in which the kid had matchpoints, and although he was sidelined in 2009 by injury, he’s definitely back and in the mix. He played a fantastic match against Llodra and kept a cool head despite some dramatics from Llodra, a failed attempt to serve for the match and an extremely dodgy line call. He’s got a massive serve, flashy groundstrokes and a certain “tonight we dine in HELL!!!” quality on the court, which I find irresistibly appealing. He plays Mikhail Youhzny next.

The newly anglicized “Richard”, nee Ricardas, Berankis is also into the third round after David Nalbandian retired down 16 06 02. So there’s a certain amount of good fortune in getting Nalbandian when he’s self-confessedly “empty” after his marathon efforts against Lleyton Hewitt in the first round, but Berankis had an excellent 2010 on the Challenger tour that saw him break the top 100. He plays a much mature game than his 20 years would suggest, and while I think David Ferrer is a bad match-up for him in the next round, I’m sure we’re going to hear his name a lot in 2011. Because he’s good … you know, for a short Lithuanian.

I know, I know, Bernard Tomic is a brat and stole Mahut’s wildcard and pretended to have swine flu to get out of practicing with Lleyton Hewitt and is generally the devil incarnate. But with all the reasons to dislike him personally, you can’t deny he’s a pretty talented young man. And a sneaky little bit of me loves, not just his game, but his self-assured demeanour on the court. He beat Feliciano Lopez 76(4) 76(3) 63 and while I’m sure 99% of tennis fans will rejoice to see him getting the inevitable beatdown from Nadal in the next round, I’ll be sad. Because after years of watching young British ‘prospects’ fold like a house of cards in their home Slam, I’m both amused and fascinated to watch someone owning the spotlight so far. What can I say? I like a bastard. And it seems like Tomic has enough personal and familial demons to keep his career interesting for all concerned.

Technically I should have blogged about this yesterday, but time unexpectedly became an issue (have you ever tried to assemble an IKEA wardrobe?!). And technically Nishikori isn’t really a new face or new name – he’s won an ATP title and been to the fourth round of the US Open, after all. But after struggling with injury and hooking up with Brad Gilbert, it seems like he’s on his way back to where he should be, beating Florian Mayer 64 63 06 63 (I was watching, and we’ll call the bagel a blip) to make it into the third round and set up a meeting with Fernando Verdasco. Nishikori’s compact game and speed around the court often do well for him against big hitters. Verdasco of course plays well in Australia, but regardless of the outcome, we should be seeing Special Kei and his flying forehand on the main stages a lot more from now on.

I know, I’m really stretching the definition now. I just wanted to point out that big-hitting Robin Haase beat Juan Monaco to set up a meeting with Andy Roddick tonight. I find a lot of joy in Haase’s aggressive game and think he has a good chance against Roddick. We’ll see …

Anyway, if either of this four pull off an upset and make it to the round of sixteen, it could be pretty cool. I’m just saying.

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RG Day Two: The Things That Happened

Posted by gauloises1 on May 25, 2010

A brief round-up of the things I found noteworthy today …

JJ won 60 64 against Alicia Molik. She looked pretty.

Remember Project 45, Special Kei Nishikori? He’s back after a protracted injury lay-off, using his protected ranking to enter the main draw after winning consecutive Challengers, and putting it to good use, beating Santiago Giraldo 64 in the fifth. Good stuff.

Gonzo is back. And still Gonzo.

La Monf is also back, winning in four and confirming he is still himself.

As is Nole.

We lost Tommy Robredo to Viktor Troicki. Is that an upset? It doesn’t feel like one.

This is Benoit Paire. He’s 21 and he lost to Olivier Rochus in four. I watched, and I think he’s a thing. Watch this space.

Nose Job won and took his shirt off (not necessarily in that order).

And all was well in the land.

ATP – Full Results

Singles – First Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d P Luczak (AUS) 64 61 62
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d E Korolev (KAZ) 61 36 61 63
[4] A Murray (GBR) d R Gasquet (FRA) 46 67(5) 64 62 61
[12] F Gonzalez (CHI) d T Alves (BRA) 62 46 64 64
[13] G Monfils (FRA) d *[LL] D Kindlmann (GER) 63 75 67(5) 62
[14] I Ljubicic (CRO) d Y Lu (TPE) 76(5) 75 63
[15] T Berdych (CZE) d J Aguilar (CHI) 76(7) 63 61
[17] J Isner (USA) d A Golubev (KAZ) 64 63 62
[19] N Almagro (ESP) d R Haase (NED) 64 36 46 76(3) 64
[20] S Wawrinka (SUI) d J Hajek (CZE) 61 63 63
V Troicki (SRB) d [21] T Robredo (ESP) 64 64 63
[24] T Bellucci (BRA) d M Llodra (FRA) 64 62 62
[25] M Baghdatis (CYP) d J Witten (USA) 63 64 63
J Reister (GER) d [27] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 61 76(5) 62
[31] V Hanescu (ROU) d O Hernandez (ESP) 61 16 64 63
O Rochus (BEL) d B Paire (FRA) 36 76(4) 64 75
M Granollers (ESP) d P Mathieu (FRA) 36 63 30 ret. (digestive problems)
T Dent (USA) d N Lapentti (ECU) 63 64 76(3)
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d D Tursunov (RUS) 61 61 61
C Ball (AUS) d P Petzschner (GER) 36 67(4) 62 75 97
Y Schukin (KAZ) d R Ram (USA) 36 64 62 64
K Nishikori (JPN) d S Giraldo (COL) 26 46 76(3) 62 64
O Dolgopolov Jr (UKR) d A Clement (FRA) 36 76(5) 36 63 63
P Andujar (ESP) d S Bolelli (ITA) 76(2) 64 62
A Beck (GER) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 46 63 62 62
L Mayer (ARG) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(4) 63 62
M Fish (USA) d M Berrer (GER) 57 64 36 61 63
S Darcis (BEL) d K Vliegen (BEL) 61 64 64
L Lacko (SVK) d M Yani (USA) – 46 76(5) 76(4) 67(5) 12-10

*replaced F Mayer (GER) – illness

WTA – Full Results

Singles – First Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 76(2) 62
(3) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 60 63
(4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Alicia Molik (AUS) 60 64
(5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Petra Martic (CRO) 61 61
(7) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (Q) Simona Halep (ROU) 75 61
(8) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Elena Baltacha (GBR) 60 75
(11) Li Na (CHN) vs. (WC) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 75 63
(17) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Regina Kulikova (RUS) 57 63 64
(24) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Jelena Dokic (AUS) 62 62
(27) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 67(3) 63 64
(28) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Mariya Koryttseva (UKR) 62 61
(31) Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 76(1) 46 63
(32) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 61 62
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 61 75
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Tatjana Malek (GER) 62 63
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 63 63
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 75 62
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 63 63
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 67(2) 63 62
Polona Hercog (SLO) d. (Q) Misaki Doi (JPN) 63 60
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. Kristina Barrois (GER) 16 76(7) 63
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. (Q) Kurumi Nara (JPN) 62 62
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 75 62
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 62 63
Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 76(2) 63
(Q) Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 63 61
(Q) Sophie Ferguson (AUS) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 16 62 62
(WC) Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) d. Stéphanie Dubois (CAN) 67(3) 61 63

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Nishikori Out of French Open

Posted by gauloises1 on May 19, 2009

Kei Nishikori has withdrawn from Roland Garros due to his persistent elbow injury.

kei

Boo.

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Queens Wildcards: Grigor, Kei

Posted by gauloises1 on May 13, 2009

So how stoked am I about this?

Queens wildcards have been handed out to Grigor Dimitrov (of Hengor fame) and Kei Nishikori, as well as token old I-thought-you-were-retired / had-totally-forgotten-your-existence Sebastian Grosjean, he of the big jean.

grigor

Just don’t lose before I can see you, kthanx.

There are two wildcards left, which I fully expect to go to local no-hopers.

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Kei Nishikori Raking In The Green

Posted by gauloises1 on May 11, 2009

Interesting article from ESPN here about how Kei Nishikori is already earning Grand Slam champion-worthy cash in endorsement deals in Japan, despite being relatively low-ranked, young and currently out injured.

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He’s also set to earn further bonuses from sponsors should he rise to no. 45 or higher in the rankings to become the highest-ranked Japanese player of all time.

He could be earning Serena Williams-style. That tells you something about the sheer hunger for a tennis champion in that part of the world – and about how level-headed Kei is going to have to be to deal with all that pressure.

Plus, he’s featured in EA Sport’s Grand Slam Tennis for the Wii in Japan, so have a picture of him looking cute playing it:

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Quick Hits: Kei On Kourt

Posted by gauloises1 on April 29, 2009

Nick Bollettieri’s blog is reporting that Kei Nishikori is back training for the clay-court season.

For the first time in five weeks, Japanese tennis sensation, Kei Nishikori, took the court to practice. Nishikori hasn’t played an ATP tournament since Indian Wells and hasn’t practiced due to the arm injury. This morning he was on the red-clay court at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy with his coach Glenn Weiner preparing for the European clay-court season. It was great to see Kei back out on the court, and you could tell by his smile that he is happy to be back!

Kei is also on the entry list for the Serbian Open.

For more info, go here.

(thanks to greenhopper for the heads up)

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Quick Hits: Kei to play Serbia Open?

Posted by gauloises1 on April 24, 2009

Some stuff from Blic about preparations for the Djokovic family’s Serbia Open in Belgrade, scheduled to begin on May 2nd. Apparently, Nole will be the only top-10 player appearing, although Hewitt, Baghdatis and Gaudio are said to be interested in wildcards.

This caught my eye:

Apart from the latter two players, the Belgrade home crowd will be able to watch and support 19-year-old Japanese player Kei Nishikori, who was named the breakthrough player of 2008.

Huh? Will he be playing by then?

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Special K Staying Positive

Posted by gauloises1 on April 23, 2009

It’s clearly that season again when all the players update their blogs …

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Kei Nishikori has checked in via his blog on his official website with some news from Florida, where he’s rehabbing the arm injury he suffered at the Australian Open.

The news doesn’t sound particularly positive and there’s no news as to when he’ll be back. Sounds like it’s a tough time for him:

Because it’s been a considerable amount of time since I haven’t played tennis at all, it feels pretty strange to me.
 
I feel a bit uneasy that I won’t be able to play like I used to before, because I have never experienced not holding a racket for such a long time.
 
Sometimes I think it’s OK to take a rest for this long period, and sometimes I don’t. Every day I change my mind.
 
I actually appreciate training these days.  It is still hard for me, but not such a burden anymore.
 
I’m learning just how important training is for me.
 
I wasn’t really a big fan of training until recently, lol.
 
But now I can encourage myself to do it by thinking positively on every level.

Check the “lol” … consider yourself pwned, JJ.

Anyway, here’s hoping Special K gets well soon and Project 45 gets back on track.

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