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Killer Queen

Posted by gauloises1 on May 17, 2010

Last week it was Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez; this week it was the turn of indisputably ’80s Aravane Rezai to capture a big title as an outsider.

I didn’t see the match but I was lucky enough to see some of Rezai’s other performances during the week, where she stuck furiously to her baseline game, didn’t allow herself to be unbalanced, and consistently came up with huge shots when pressed. It really was impressive stuff and a huge win that will put her as the no. 1 Frenchwoman heading into Roland Garros. But she shouldn’t let that ruin the moment for her.

And she’s only five foot five!

Eat your heart out, Justine.

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Posted by gauloises1 on May 17, 2010

And in ‘definitely a thing’ news …

Much of this sort of thing has been happening.

Yep, while I was AWOL Rafa won Madrid for the first time since it became a clay-court event, becoming the first player to win all three clay Masters’ events in one year and the holder of the record for most Masters series titles, pipping previous record-holder Andre Agassi. And just to underline the point, he did it by beating Federer in the final.

It wasn’t the greatest match and I was surprised by how nervous both of them were, although it serves as a good reminder that this rivalry is as real for them as it is for the fans and the media (albeit often friendlier). Rafa made an astute comment after the match that because they know each other’s games so well, the focus becomes breaking down the other person’s game rather than producing glorious tennis themselves. It still makes for a fascinating battle, even if – to me anyway – there only really looked like being one winner.

Have a small picspam.

And a good time was had by all.

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Madrid Tuesday: Er, What?

Posted by gauloises1 on May 12, 2010

A very brief rundown of the notable losses in Madrid yesterday:

36 64 64 to Patty Schnyder.

62 63 to Alona Bondarenko.

61 36 75 to Alexandra Dulgheru.

76(3) 63 to Andrea Petkovic.

67(3) 63 75 to Daniel Munoz-De La Nava. Yeah. You heard me.

The only other thing that could have made this day more of a comedy of unforced errors? A double retirement in the final and most anticipated match of the day between Tomas Berdych and David Nalbandian. Which, of course, happened. Mardy Fish and Michael Russell, anyone? I don’t even care enough to check who won.

A photo of Andrea Petkovic, because I like her.



Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d B Becker (GER) 62 76(4)
[6] F Verdasco (ESP) d I Karlovic (CRO) 76(5) 63

Singles – First Round
[10] M Youzhny (RUS) d L Lacko (SVK) 26 63 61
**[LL] M Fish (USA) d *[LL] M Russell (USA) 62 76(1)
[13] J Isner (USA) d [Q] C Rochus (BEL) 57 62 62
[Q] D Munoz-De La Nava (ESP) d [14] S Querrey (USA) 67(3) 63 75 – saved 1 M.P.
[15] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [WC] M Granollers (ESP) 64 64
[16] T Bellucci (BRA) d [WC] P Riba (ESP) 76(5) 61
P Petzschner (GER) d F Fognini (ITA) 61 46 75
E Gulbis (LAT) d A Montanes (ESP) 75 61
M Baghdatis (CYP) d M Chiudinelli (SUI) 63 64
E Schwank (ARG) d P Mathieu (FRA) 63 63
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [Q] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 63 64
[Q] J Chela (ARG) d P Cuevas (URU) 20 ret. (back)
V Hanescu (ROU) d I Andreev (RUS) 36 65 ret. (right ankle)

*replaced [11] T Berdych (CZE) –  right hip
**replaced [WC] D Nalbandian (ARG) – hamstring

Doubles – First Round
M Granollers (ESP) / V Troicki (SRB) d J Melzer (AUT) / A Roddick (USA) 62 36 12-10 
N Almagro (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d J Chardy (FRA) / G Monfils (FRA) 64 62
J Chela (ARG) / E Schwank (ARG) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 62 75
R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) d [WC] O Hernandez (ESP) / D Marrero (ESP) 76(2) 64 


Singles – Second Round
Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. (2) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 62 63
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. (6) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 61 36 75
(8) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 76(2) 64
Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. (9) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 36 64 64
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. (12) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 62 60
(13) Li Na (CHN) d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 62 36 75
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (14) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 76(3) 63
(16) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 75
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 76(4) 60
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. (Q) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 63 75
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 46 62 75

Doubles – Second Round
(1) Williams/Williams (USA/USA) d. Rosolska/Shvedova (POL/KAZ) 76(4) 62
Rodionova/Schnyder (AUS/SUI) d. (3) Petrova/Stosur (RUS/AUS) 46 64 106
(8) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. (WC) Safina/Szavay (RUS/HUN) w/o (Szavay: right thigh injury)
Kirilenko/Radwanska (RUS/POL) d. Chan/Zheng (TPE/CHN) 76(2) 36 107

Doubles – First Round
(6) Raymond/Stubbs (USA/AUS) d. (WC) Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) 62 64
(8) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) 63 76(3)

Today’s OOP is brought to you by Shahar and her glossy band of well-muscled minions.


Manolo Santana (from 12.00hrs)
1. Ana Ivanovic vs. Jelena Jankovic
2. ATP: López vs. Roddick (NB 14.00hrs)
3. ATP: Dolgopolov Jr. vs. Nadal (NB 16.00hrs)
4. ATP: Ferrer vs. Baghdatis (NB 20.00hrs)
5. Lucie Safarova vs. Alexandra Dulgheru (NB 21.30hrs)

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (from 12.00hrs)
1. Huber/Medina Garrigues vs. Chuang/King
2. Arantxa Parra Santonja vs. Peng Shuai (NB 14.00hrs)
3. ATP: Almagro vs. Soderling
4. ATP: Murray vs. Chela
5. ATP: Tsonga vs. García-López

Stadium 3 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Dekmeijere/Kleybanova vs. Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez
2. ATP: Youzhny vs. Gulbis (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Francesca Schiavone vs. Venus Williams
4. Serena Williams vs. Nadia Petrova (NB 17.30hrs)
5. Peer/Schiavone vs. Raymond/Stubbs (after suitable rest)

Court 4 (from 12.00hrs)
1. ATP: Schwank vs. Cilic
2. ATP: Bellucci vs. Mónaco
3. ATP: Mayer vs. Wawrinka
4. Dulko/Pennetta vs. Rodionova/Schnyder

Court 5 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Mattek-Sands/Yan vs. Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy
2. ATP: Petzschner vs. Monfils
3. ATP: Karlovic/Vemic vs. Knowle/Ram
4. ATP: López/Verdasco vs. Kohlschreiber/Petzschner
5. ATP: Almagro/López vs. Cermak/Mertinak

Court 6 (from 12.00hrs)
1. ATP: Hanescu vs. Muñoz-de la Nava
2. ATP: Isner vs. Giraldo
3. ATP: Melzer vs. Fish
4. ATP: Bellucci/Soares vs. Isner/Querrey
5. ATP: Fyrstenberg/Matkowski vs. Fish/Knowles

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Madrid Monday: Dinara, Vika Out

Posted by gauloises1 on May 11, 2010

Sad days: Victoria Azarenka was forced to retire for, what, the third time in four tournaments? The problem seems to be the same right thigh strain. I don’t know what she was thinking attempting to play through the injury, but she’d better come to her senses quick. And Dinara Safina suffered a painful 76(1) 76(3) defeat against Klara Zakopalova, eventually double-faulting away the match after having served for the second set twice. It was fairly heartbreaking to watch, actually; count yourself lucky there are no photos. She had all the fight and determination and effort in the world, but absolutely no control over her game, and her anguish was clear. And she will probably drop to no. 9 after this week. Not happy times.

Fortunately for the tournament, though, both Williams sisters came through tough matches. Venus scored an excellent win over Vera Zvonareva in straight sets and will face Francesca Schiavone, who took out Sybille Bammer.

And Serena survived injury problems and an inspired Vera Dushevina to edge through in a third set tiebreak. I didn’t see the match, but from what I hear, Vera had the match on her racquet and couldn’t close it out. Do you agree or is there more to it?

Regardless, I think we can agree Serena was rather happy to get through. Other seeds progressing included Wozniacki, Stosur, Pennetta, Petrova and Li Na, who as C Note can tell you would be a worthy winner this week for more than one reason. Sadly her pint-sized warrior compatriot, Zheng Jie, fell in three sets to clay veteran Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Her My Little Pony-esque get-up apparently inexplicably failed to strike fear into her enemy’s heart.

Nothing too earth-shattering on the men’s side, except for a criminally unphotographed three-set Horseface victory over Julien Benneteau, and a pair of upsets for Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. and Santiago Giraldo, Boss’ conqueror in Rome.

ATP – Full Results

Singles – First Round
[12] G Monfils (FRA) d S Robert (FRA) 62 75
F Lopez (ESP) d L Kubot (POL) 63 63
B Becker (GER) d [WC] C Moya (ESP) 60 62
[Q] O Dolgopolov Jr. (UKR) d A Seppi (ITA) 63 64
[Q] S Giraldo (COL) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 16 62 63
N Almagro (ESP) d V Troicki (SRB) 61 76(3)
J Melzer (AUT) d [Q] K Anderson (RSA) 62 26 64
L Mayer (ARG) d J Benneteau (FRA) 67(9) 75 64

Doubles – First Round
M Fish (USA) / M Knowles (BAH) d [WC] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) / I Navarro (ESP) 63 61

WTA – Full Results

Singles – Second Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 67(2) 76(5) 76(5)
(4) Venus Williams (USA) d. Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 75 63
(15) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (WC) Sybille Bammer (AUT) 62 61

Singles – First Round
(2) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (Q) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 62
(Q) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. (3) Dinara Safina (RUS) 76(1) 76(3)
(8) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 76(3) 75
(WC) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (10) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 30 ret. (right thigh strain)
(13) Li Na (CHN) d. (Q) Beatriz García Vidagany (ESP) 60 62
(14) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 61 16 61
(16) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 46 62 63
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (Q) Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 63 62
Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 52 ret. (right thigh injury)
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 36 63 62
(WC) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. (WC) Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
(7) Mattek-Sands/Yan (USA/CHN) d. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) 67(6) 62 101
Kirilenko/Radwanska (RUS/POL) d. Dushevina/Makarova (RUS/RUS) 63 62
Peer/Schiavone (ISR/ITA) d. Garbin/Kops-Jones (ITA/USA) 61 62
Rosolska/Shvedova (POL/KAZ) d. Cirstea/Peng (ROU/CHN) 60 63

Tuesday’s OOP is brought to you by these nice young ladies and their doubles win.


Manolo Santana (from 12.00hrs)
1. Patty Schnyder vs. Agnieszka Radwanska
2. Samantha Stosur vs. María José Martínez Sánchez (NB 13.30hrs)
3. ATP: Federer vs. Becker (NB 16.00hrs)
4. ATP: Verdasco vs. Karlovic (NB 20.00hrs)
5. ATP: Nalbandian vs. Berdych

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Fognini vs. Petzschner
2. ATP: Gulbis vs. Montañés (NB 14.00hrs)
3. ATP: Granollers vs. Wawrinka
4. ATP: Youzhny vs. Lacko
5. Klara Zakopalova vs. Aravane Rezai

Stadium 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Andrea Petkovic vs. Flavia Pennetta
2. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Chiudinelli (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Marion Bartoli vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues
4. Alona Bondarenko vs. Caroline Wozniacki (NB 17.00hrs)
5. Alexandra Dulgheru vs. Elena Dementieva

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Mathieu vs. Schwank
2. ATP: Bellucci vs. Riba
3. ATP: García-López vs. Gimeno-Traver
4. ATP: Muñoz-de la Nava vs. Querrey
5. ATP: Isner vs. Rochus (NB 17.00hrs)

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Shahar Peer vs. Alisa Kleybanova
2. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Nadia Petrova
3. Williams/Williams vs. Rosolska/Shvedova
4. Li Na vs. Dominika Cibulkova
5. ATP: Melzer/Roddick vs. Granollers/Troicki

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Cuevas vs. Chela
2. ATP: Hanescu vs. Andreev
3. ATP: Cuevas/Mónaco vs. Knowle/Ram
4. ATP: Chardy/Monfils vs. Almagro/López
5. ATP: Brunstrom/Rojer vs. García-López/Montañés
6. ATP: Hernández/Marrero vs. Lindstedt/Tecau

Court 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Lucie Safarova vs. Olga Govortsova
2. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja vs. Raymond/Stubbs
3. Dulko/Pennetta vs. Peschke/Srebotnik (after suitable rest)
4. Kirilenko/Radwanska vs. Chan/Zheng
5. Rodionova/Schnyder vs. Petrova/Stosur

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La Monf Jumps Ship, Lands In K-Swiss

Posted by gauloises1 on May 10, 2010

Yeah, I was going for some sort of ‘K-Swiss Family Robinson’ joke but it just didn’t happen and I’ve had way too much caffeine to worry about it.

Anyway, K-Swiss announced today that it had signed Gael Monfils away from Nike. He’ll join such luminaries as Tommy Haas, Sam Querrey, Vera Zvonareva and the Bondarenko sisters.

La Monf debuted his new threads today during a 62 75 win over Stephane Robert.

The colour’s OK, I guess, but La Monf just should be sleeveless. He just should. Apart from the fact that he looks great that way, who’s going to wear all the clothes we should have been seeing Delpo in over the next however many months?

I don’t think so. Not when you’re losing 60 62 to Benjamin Becker, the angel of imminent retirement.

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WTA Madrid: Sharapova, Henin Out Already

Posted by gauloises1 on May 10, 2010

Remember when I said this shit was going to be bananas? And then that it already was? Well, further credence has been leant to that theory.

Maria Sharapova’s first match since Indian Wells didn’t go so well, as she was shown the door by Lucie Safarova, 64 63. Given that Maria was making her comeback from her surgery about this time last year (Warsaw, if memory serves), it’s a bit worrying that she hasn’t really seemed to kick on from what she achieved in 2009. But Safarova is a tough draw and as usual, Sharapova displays nothing but good sense, determination and a healthy sense of propotion (and I’m actually not being sarcastic):

After this setback, she started with the usual platitudes about being too slow off the mark; wishing she had more matches under her belt and moving forward.

Then someone asked her if it was a pain for her to have to change her travel arrangements because of this early loss. Weren’t the logistics a bit difficult?

“That’s why we get paid so well,” she shot back and then went on to reveal a little about her philosophy of life.

“We don’t get paid because everything is brought to us on a gold plate every single day. We don’t wake up in the morning with someone brushing the clay off our shoes. We go out there and we work as many hours as we need to become better. There’s no real secret to success. People ask you why you won this and why you became that. I don’t know. That’s the way life goes. Why is this a difficult period for me? I don’t know. It’s a lesson.

“I still have to go out tomorrow and change my flights and it’s not a big deal – I mean it is a big deal but it’s just another thing. The bottom line is that you rely on a strong family back home. Because realistically a tennis match is a tennis match. We hit a yellow tennis ball with a racket and it’s actually quite funny when you think about it. But that’s my life at the moment and I enjoy doing it and I know what comes with it.”

(Confession: I can’t find the article that this came from – I found it courtesy of thedoublebagel‘s twitter. But I liked the quotes too much not to use it.)

Things didn’t go much better for Justine Henin, who was shown the door by Aravane Rezai in a match that included a third-set bagel. Henin was suffering from a cold but it’s still a huge win for Rezai, who’s a big favourite of mine. Good stuff from her.

Agnieszka Radwanska and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova both notched up solid wins too over Maria Kirilenko and Daniela Hantuchova respectively. And streaming starts from tomorrow …


Singles – First Round
(4) Venus Williams (USA) d. (Q) Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 64 62
(9) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 62 62
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (11) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 64 63
(15) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (Q) Alizé Cornet (FRA) 62 62
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Justine Henin (BEL) 46 75 60
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (Q) Iveta Benesova (CZE) 62 62
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 64 76(2)
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. (LL) Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 75 62
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 61 ret. (left shoulder injury)
Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. (Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 62 61

Doubles – First Round
Chan/Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. (5) Black/Vesnina (ZIM/RUS) 60 76(6)
Chuang/King (TPE/USA) d. Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) 60 64
Rodionova/Schnyder (AUS/SUI) d. Govortsova/Kudryavtseva (BLR/RUS) 16 76(1) 105
Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy (ESP/USA) d. (WC) García Vidagany/Soler Espinosa (ESP/ESP) 63 76(6)
(WC) Safina/Szavay (RUS/HUN) d. Amanmuradova/Hsieh (UZB/TPE) 26 63 108


Manolo Santana (from 12.00hrs)
1. Serena Williams vs. Vera Dushevina
2. ATP: Robert vs. Monfils (NB 14.00hrs)
3. ATP: Kubot vs. López (NB 16.00hrs)
4. ATP: Moyá vs. Becker (NB 20.00hrs)
5. Dinara Safina vs. Klara Zakopalova (NB 21.30hrs)

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (from 11.00hrs)
1. Zheng Jie vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues
2. Virginia Ruano Pascual vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja (NB 14.00hrs)
3. ATP: Dolgopolov Jr. vs. Seppi
4. ATP: Kohlschreiber vs. Giraldo
5. ATP: Almagro vs. Troicki (NB 17.00hrs)
6. ATP: Gimeno-Traver vs. Fish/Knowles

Stadium 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Peng Shuai vs. Victoria Azarenka
2. ATP: Anderson vs. Melzer (NB 14.00hrs)
3. ATP: Mayer vs. Benneteau
4. Petra Kvitova vs. Caroline Wozniacki (NB 17.15hrs)
5. Vera Zvonareva vs. Venus Williams

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Elena Vesnina vs. Nadia Petrova
2. Sorana Cirstea vs. Flavia Pennetta
3. Samantha Stosur vs. Gisela Dulko
4. Cirstea/Peng vs. Rosolska/Shvedova (after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Mattek-Sands/Yan vs. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova
2. Francesca Schiavone vs. Sybille Bammer
3. Li Na vs. Beatriz García Vidagany
4. Garbin/Kops-Jones vs. Peer/Schiavone (after suitable rest)

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Akgul Amanmuradova vs. Alisa Kleybanova
2. Agnes Szavay vs. Patty Schnyder
3. Dushevina/Makarova vs. Kirilenko/Radwanska (after suitable rest)

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ATP Week Now: Madrid

Posted by gauloises1 on May 10, 2010

Weird to remember I didn’t even bother watching last year’s final because the Wimbledon Centre Court celebration was on at the same time and I was so sure of the result.

Draw here.

Notable absences: Novak Djokovic (pollen), Juan Martin del Potro (right wrist), Nikolay Davydenko (left wrist), Juan Carlos Ferrero (knee tendonitis)

Quarters: Federer-Roddick, Murray-Cilic, Soderling-Verdasco, Nadal-Tsonga

And how about David Nalbandian-Tomas Berdych as a first round to watch …?

Main draw play kicked off today with three matches. Dr Ivo, who’s been somewhat quiet this year, beat Korolev to set up a second-round meeting with Fernando Verdasco; Pico beat Simon Greul to face the winner of Nose Job/Pere Riba; and a certain David Ferrer beat Jeremy Chardy. He’ll face the winner of Marcos Baghdatis-Marco Chiudinelli in the next round, and I could really live with getting some more of this …

Because this? Is working for me.

Full Results

 Singles – First Round
[9] D Ferrer (ESP) d J Chardy (FRA) 63 76(2)
I Karlovic (CRO) d E Korolev (KAZ) 64 76(5)
J Monaco (ARG) d S Greul (GER) 61 61

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Take the National Express When Your Life’s In a Mess

Posted by gauloises1 on May 9, 2010

Newly-appointed mascot David Ferrer went on a bus in Madrid today.

That is all.

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WTA Week Now: Madrid

Posted by gauloises1 on May 9, 2010

Draw here.

Top Seeds: Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Dinara Safina, Venus Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic, Samantha Stosur

Notable absences: Kim Clijsters (foot), Yanina Wickmayer (elbow surgery)

First-round matches to watch: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova-Daniela Hantuchova, Maria Sharapova-Lucie Safarova, Justine Henin-Aravane Rezai, Sorana Cirstea-Flavia Pennetta, Samantha Stosur-Gisela Dulko, Agnieszka Radwanska-Maria Kirilenko

Yep, this shit is going to be bananas. In fact, it already slightly is. Fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova lost to Shahar Peer in three sets (including a bagel), Elena Dementieva dropped just one  game against Aleksandra Wozniak, and Andrea Petkovic beat Sara Errani (who I have been talking up recently, so that’s probably why) 75 in the third. Oh, and Vera Zvonareva won a match in straights. Against Melanie Oudin.

Buckle up.

Singles – First Round
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (5) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 63 26 60
(6) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 60 61
(12) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 36 64 64
Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 63 64
Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 26 61 64
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 67(3) 61 75
(WC) Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 64 36 63

Doubles – First Round
Dekmeijere/Kleybanova (LAT/RUS) d. Grandin/Spears (RSA/USA) 64 64

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(2) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. (12) Alberta Brianti (ITA) 64 75
(9) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (3) Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 36 75 61
(5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (13) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 75 61
(7) Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 64 76(3)
(8) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Karolina Sprem (CRO) 63 62
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) d. (14) Ayumi Morita (JPN) 63 62
(WC) Beatriz García Vidagany (ESP) d. (15) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 57 76(3) 63
(16) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. Mariana Duque Marino (COL) 46 62 64


Manolo Santana (from 11.00hrs)
1. Maria Kirilenko vs. Agnieszka Radwanska
2. Maria Sharapova vs. Lucie Safarova
3. Justine Henin vs. Aravane Rezai
4. ATP: Ferrer vs. Chardy (NB 17.00hrs)
5. Stefanie Voegele vs. Venus Williams

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Alcaide vs. Muñoz-de la Nava
2. Francesca Schiavone vs. Alizé Cornet (NB 11.00hrs)
3. Safina/Szavay vs. Amanmuradova/Hsieh
4. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Daniela Hantuchova
5. Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy vs. García Vidagany/Soler Espinosa

Stadium 3 (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Chela vs. Cipolla
2. ATP: Korolev vs. Karlovic
3. ATP: Mónaco vs. Greul
4. Chan/Zheng vs. Black/Vesnina
5. Errani/Vinci vs. Chuang/King

Court 4 (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Dolgopolov Jr. vs. Fish
2. ATP: Rochus vs. Hernández (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Iveta Benesova
4. Govortsova/Kudryavtseva vs. Rodionova/Schnyder (after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Anderson vs. Navarro
2. Olga Govortsova vs. Tathiana Garbin (NB 11.00hrs)
3. Vera Dushevina vs. Kirsten Flipkens
4. Alexandra Dulgheru vs. Melinda Czink

Court 6 (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Giraldo vs. Volandri
2. ATP: Russell vs. Gimeno-Traver

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The Withdrawal Method: Screw You, Nature

Posted by gauloises1 on May 9, 2010

Novak Djokovic was forced to retire against Filip Krajinovic in the quarterfinals of the Belgrade Open on Friday, and has now been forced to withdraw from the Madrid Open next week, putting his Roland Garros preparations in doubt.

Nole was suffering with allergies in Belgrade and obviously feels he’s in no shape to compete this week. Which basically sucks. Get better soon, Nole, we love you.

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