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Fed Cup Saturday

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2010

Early rounds of Fed Cup are just such a feast. I saw so much great tennis today.

Ukraine 1 – Italy 1

The Bondarenko girls, carrying the fate of the Ukraine on their shoulders, met with mixed fortunes today. Alona – a.k.a the Blondarenko – demolished a discombobulated Schiavone, 61 64, before Flavia Pennetta steadied the ship and took out the browner-enko in straights, evening up the tie heading into Sunday.

Czech Republic 1 – Germany 1

The intermittently-brilliant Anna-Lena Groenefeld demolished the fairly-invariably-awful Lucie Safarova, 62 62, before Petra Kvitova evened it up against Andrea Petkovic. Kvitova and Petkovic have had a couple of big wins each over the last year or so, but Kvitova was much the steadier against an inconsistent Petkovic. Good tie to keep an eye on tomorrow, I think.

Has a great twitter.

Has a great kit.

Serbia 1 – Russia 1

Woe for the hosts after a decidedly sub-par Ivanovic went down pretty tamely to a B-grade Kuznetsova, 61 64. Luckily for the home nation, foxy JJ in her red dress was up next; after getting in her own way for a set and a bit, she came within a point of going 1-5 down in the second before suddenly finding her feet and reeling off eleven straight games against a staggering Kleybanova to take the match 46 64 60 and leave the tie intriguingly poised (as Robbie and Jason would say).

France 0 – USA 2

Who here misses Alize Cornet? I mean the 2008 Alize Cornet, when emotional intensity was actually coupled to some sort of, you know, game. Now she’s like some psychological cloud of shrapnel, where her opponent’s best chance of beating her is to let her get ahead and then watch her implode, or failing that just turn up. Meaning no disrespect to Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who beat her in straight sets and hockey socks too.

Melanie Oudin gave the US a 2-0 lead by beating Pauline Parmentier, who is inexplicably La Belle France‘s no. 2 player. They’re almost as good as us at eating their own young. Almost.

In World Group II action … Estonia and the Slovak Republic are both 2-0 up over Argentina and China respectively. Poland are 1-1 with Belgium heading in to the Agnieszka Radwanska-Yanina Wickmayer rubber, which I for one am eagerly anticipating. And Australia are 1-1 with Spain after events which I feel can be best demonstrated by the following photos of Casey Dellacqua.

And a good time was had by all.

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AO Day Two: Too Tired To Form Words

Posted by gauloises1 on January 19, 2010

So just have some photos that I really liked from today, will you?

Like my soul during Davis Cup. But, you know, pretty.

The sum total of your 2010 Australian Open Boss action.

I know people that like Daniel Brands. And no, I’m still not clear on why.

The US Open has Will Ferrell. Wimbledon has Ewan Macgregor and Grace Jones. The Australian Open has the host of Deal or No Deal and the ‘Dealettes’.

Stern nursery school teacher, small child.

Someone’s on Ignorital.

Someone’s … not.

Great Britain’s Katie O’Brien is into the second round. She’ll be playing JJ. So … c’mon Tim, or don’t.

Ireland’s Louk Sorenson is into the second round. It’s the first Grand Slam win for an Irish player in the Open era, and the first time an Irish player has qualified for a Slam since 1985. Respect.

Sorana pumps it up.

What Serena is wearing.

What Venus is wearing.

What Lucie Safarova won’t be wearing anywhere you can see her for the next two weeks, thank god.

No, I don’t know.

Men’s Results

[1] R Federer (SUI) d I Andreev (RUS) 46 62 76(2) 60
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 75 63 62
[6] N Davydenko (RUS) d [Q] D Kindlmann (GER) 61 60 63
M Granollers (ESP) d [8] R Soderling (SWE) 57 26 64 64 62
[9] F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] C Ball (AUS) 67(4) 76(1) 75 62
[10] J Tsonga (FRA) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 63 64 64
[12] G Monfils (FRA) d [Q] M Ebden (AUS) 64 64 64
[14] M Cilic (CRO) d F Santoro (FRA) 75 75 63
S Giraldo (COL) d [16] T Robredo (ESP) 64 62 62
[17] D Ferrer (ESP) d F Gil (POR) 60 60 20 ret. (left knee)
[18] T Haas (GER) d S Greul (GER) 67(5) 64 62 61
[19] S Wawrinka (SUI) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 63 62
[20] M Youzhny (RUS) d R Gasquet (FRA) 76(9) 46 76(2) 76(4) 64 
[21] T Berdych (CZE) d R Haase (NED) 60 63 63
[22] L Hewitt (AUS) d [Q] R Hocevar (BRA) 61 62 63
[Q] I Dodig (CRO) d [23] J Ferrero (ESP) 26 16 64 61 61
R Schuettler (GER) d [25] S Querrey (USA) 63 26 64 63
[26] N Almagro (ESP) d X Malisse (BEL) 76(12) 64 26 46 86
[27] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d H Zeballos (ARG) 61 75 61
F Serra (FRA) d [28] J Melzer (AUT) 61 67(3) 64 46 63
[29] V Troicki (SRB) d N Lapentti (ECU) 46 63 61 63
[30] J Monaco (ARG) d E Gulbis (LAT) 63 76(5) 61
[31] A Montanes (ESP) d O Hernandez (ESP) 76(5) 22 ret. (lower back)
D Istomin (UZB) d [32] J Chardy (FRA) 62 62 60
[33] J Isner (USA) d A Seppi (ITA) 63 63 36 57 64
M Baghdatis (CYP) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 62 64 64
J Nieminen (FIN) d N Lindahl (AUS) 62 75 64
M Chiudinelli (SUI) d [WC] M Matosevic (AUS) 76(7) 76(3) 46 63
[Q] A Veic (CRO) D Koellerer (AUT) 64 36 67(3) 61 64
M Berrer (GER) d K Vliegen (BEL) 61 62 61
J Benneteau (FRA) d [Q] D Guez (FRA) 06 64 76(4) 76(2)
V Hanescu (ROU) d J Chela (ARG) 64 63 76(2)
S Robert (FRA) d P Starace (ITA) 63 76(2) 76(4)
J Blake (USA) d A Clement (FRA) 75 75 62
[LL] M Ilhan (TUR) d [WC] S Grosjean (FRA) 64 63 75
[Q] I Marchenko (UKR) d C Moya (ESP) 76(2) 75 63
T Dent (USA) d F Fognini (ITA) 61 63 63
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d J Acasuso (ARG) 61 26 64 62
L Lacko (SVK) d L Mayer (ARG) 64 64 60
B Becker (GER) d [Q] G Zemlja (SLO) 76(5) 75 75
T Bellucci (BRA) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 63 75 46 64
L Kubot (POL) d M Zverev (GER) 63 63 63
A Falla (COL) d M Daniel (BRA) 75 63 61
[Q] D Young (USA) d C Rochus (BEL) 16 75 62 64
E Korolev (KAZ) d D Brands (GER) 62 75 75
J Hajek (CZE) d R Ginepri (USA) 76(2) 75 61
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 62 64 76(3)
[Q] I Sergeyev (UKR) d D Sela (ISR) 63 76(3) 46 76(8)
S Koubek (AUT) d R Ram (USA) 46 63 57 61 63
F Lopez (ESP) d P Cuevas (URU) 61 64 75
M Gicquel (FRA) d S Bolelli (ITA) 76(2) 76(3) 63
M Llodra (FRA) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 63 75 64
[Q] L Sorensen (IRL) d Y Lu (TPE) 64 36 62 61

Women’s Results

Singles – First Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 62 61
(6) Venus Williams (USA) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 62 62
(8) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 64 60
(10) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Tatjana Malek (GER) 61 60
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) 64 61
(13) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (Q) Han Xinyun (CHN) 61 36 62
(17) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 06 75 60
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (18) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 62 63
(19) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Edina Gallovits (ROU) 63 64
(20) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (Q) Shenay Perry (USA) 62 63
(21) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Petra Martic (CRO) 61 64
Vania King (USA) d. (23) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 63 67(5) 75
Karolina Sprem (CRO) d. (25) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 63 62
(26) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Sania Mirza (IND) 64 62
(31) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. (Q) Kathrin Woerle (GER) 62 62
(32) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 75 64
Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. (Q) Zuzana Kucova (SVK) 60 57 75
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (WC) Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 63 26 62
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 62 76(5)
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (Q) Renata Voracova (CZE) 62 64
Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 63 62
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 76(4) 62
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 75 64
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (Q) Regina Kulikova (RUS) 76(5) 67(10) 63
Polona Hercog (SLO) d. (Q) Yuliana Fedak (UKR) 64 60
Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 60 36 61
Julie Coin (FRA) d. (WC) Alicia Molik (AUS) 36 76(4) 63
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 61 75
Kristina Barrois (GER) d. Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 60 76(6)
Katie O’Brien (GBR) d. Patricia Mayr (AUT) 63 63
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 26 75 75
Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) d. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 60 61
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. (WC) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) 61 76(0)
(Q) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 63 63
(WC) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) d. Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) 62 36 64

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Party! (Like You Fell Through a Hole in Time)

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

The Hopman Cup player’s party. Surprisingly respectable ensembles.

I feel like I’ve seen this photo 97,503 times before.

The caption says this is Yaroslava Shvedova. I shall take the caption’s word for it.

The ghost of champions past.

When did Pat Cash become tennis’ creepy barfly?

Team Romania are rapidly becoming my favourites. Look at them, manfully working the Dracula/Bride Of look.

Well played, Laura. Not sure about the dress, but she looks adorable.

I don’t care what anyone says; Andy Murray is hot.

Just because Jez’s choice of footwear is making me giggle.

Melanie and her BFG.

In the interests of self-preservation, I’ve decided to enjoy Sabine’s fashion sense rather than despair at it.

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Spain 3, USA 0

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

Day two of the Hopman Cup saw Team America get shut out (or in, I can never remember which one it is) by Spain after multi-named tricky lefty Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez beat last year’s girl Melanie Oudin 64 64 to kick off the tie.

Partner and former champion Tommy Robredo did his bit by recovering after the loss of the first set to clinch a tough match against John Isner – who, in case you didn’t know, is very tall – 67 63 76(4).

‘When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun …’

We have noted in the past Robredo’s poetic aspirations and he did not disappoint, describing facing Isner’s serve as ‘a bit like the casino, red or black’.

Not just a pretty face.

All of this meant that the mixed doubles was a dead rubber, giving everyone plenty of time to concentrate on the real matter at hand, i.e. the difference between Isner and Oudin’s heights.

 

Despite averaging out at the height of one normal person, Isner and Oudin lost to Robredo and Martinez-Sanchez 46 57 – who between them probably average out to one person whose boobs don’t disquiet me vaguely.

All of which makes Tuesday’s Spain vs. Romania clash quite intriguing, no?

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Fed Cup Final: Forza Italia!

Posted by gauloises1 on November 9, 2009

No last-minute miracle for Team U.S.A. Flavia Pennetta clinched the tie 3-0 by beating Melanie Oudin, 75 62, and Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani beat Vania King and Liesel Huber for a perfect 4-0 scoreline. Let’s hear it for the ladies bringing home Italy’s second Fed Cup. Not bad for a country who celebrated its first WTA top-tenner this year.

italy fans

(My Italian dream involves climbing trees to shout ‘Courage and love!’ and then getting kissed in a field of violets on a Tuscan hillside, but each to their own.)

I didn’t see the match in its entirety, but on watching the highlights, it seems to me that Pennetta just turned in a dominating performance. Credit to Oudin, who fought hard, but Flavia simply didn’t let her in to the point where she could dictate the match. It’s no mean feat, especially as her reaction afterwards showed how much the victory meant to her.

flavia pennetta celebrates

flavia pennetta

flavia pennetta italian flag

Fantastic for Flavia to seal the deal, but it was a team effort and it seemed like everybody there knew it.

team italy

A lot of teeth in that team.

pennetta schiavone vinci

Flavs and Schiavs warm my heart.

italian victory lap

This should be painted in oils.

corrado barazzutti

Give it up for Corrado Barrazzutti, the man with the unspelleable surname and solid teamwork ethic.

francesca schiavone flavia pennetta

I’m told they’re running away from champagne. This concept eludes me.

flavia pennetta and father oronzo

It wobbles my lip that Flavs brought on her dad.

team usa trophies

Melanie’s not impressed. But Vania’s just happy to be included.

team italy trophies

pennetta schiavone trophy

Love.

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Fed Cup: Italy Take 2-0 Lead

Posted by gauloises1 on November 8, 2009

The U.S.A’s chance of an upset would seem to be vanishingly small after Italy won both their opening singles rubbers to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. But then, stranger things have happened …

italy and the us line up

First up, Alexa Glatch against Flavia Pennetta. Glatch was the one who knocked out Flavia Pennetta in the opening round of Roland Garros (and I remember commenting then that it was quite the impressive Fed Cup audition). However, Pennetta was reportedly sick on that occasion and it was a different story today as Flavia was on totally dominant form, smacking down Glatch 63 61 for the first point.

flavia pennetta

alexa glatch mjf

flavia pennetta celebrates4

pennetta celebrates with teammates

It was the turn of Melanie Oudin and Francesca Schiavone next, and the youngster made an impressive start, quickly breaking Schiavone to go 4-2 up when the skies opened and the match was rained off for some time. After the break, Oudin started slowly, allowing Schiavone to break back and take it to a tiebreak in which the Italian looked by far the stronger player, winning it 7-2 with a backhand return ace. The second set was a more exaggerated version of the first as Oudin broke Schiavone in the opening game, but unforced errors cost her the break back and when Schiavone held and then broke to love in the next game to go 3-1 up, it was pretty much over with Oudin winning just one more game.

francesca schiavone slide

melanie oudin

I know the Italians were heavy favourites, but it isn’t easy to go out there and do what you’re supposed to against opponents with nothing to lose when there’s so much on the line. I thought Pennetta and Schiavone were both great, particularly Francesca who wasn’t on great form but fought her way to a convincing win. And it gave her the chance to show off her fantastic range of celebratory expressions.

francesca schiavone

francesca schiavone

francesca schiavone

I call this one the ‘Popeye’.

It isn’t quite done and dusted yet, but all Italy need is one more point and you have to consider Pennetta vs. Oudin and Schiavone vs. Glatch as heavily tilted in the home team’s favour. Unless they choke or the U.S. finds something truly special from somewhere, it’s hard to see this ending well for the U.S.

francesca schiavone corrado barrazzutti

schiavone celebrates with teammates

Forza.

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Fed Cup OOP: Saturday

Posted by gauloises1 on November 7, 2009

The draw for today is out. Play starts at 10 a.m. GMT in Reggio Calabria.

Flavia Pennetta (ITA) vs. Alexa Glatch (USA)

alexa glatch flavia pennetta

Francesca Schiavone (ITA) vs. Melanie Oudin (USA)

melanie oudin francesca schiavone

team usa

Best of luck, US.

francesca schiavone flavia pennetta

Don’t screw it up, Italy.

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Fed Cup Final: Fighting Words

Posted by gauloises1 on November 6, 2009

With the draw for the Fed Cup final being held tomorrow, both teams held press conferences in Reggio Calabria.

team italy

Team Italy (captain Corrado Barrazzutti, Francesca Schiavone, Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta).

Italy has never beaten the U.S. in nine attempts, but captain Barrazzutti seems pretty confident:

“The players have the right spirit for this type of competition. When they play in Fed Cup, they give something more,” added Barazzutti. […] “When they play, they don’t play for themselves, they play for their country, for Italy. That makes the difference […]”

“The fact that the Williams sisters aren’t here won’t change anything. We will be concentrating on the players that are here, not the players that aren’t here,” said Barazzutti, insisting that Italy is ready for the job in hand.

pensive schiavs

vinci errani pennetta

flavs schiavs

Barrazzutti’s crack team.

team usa

Team USA (Liezel Huber, Melanie Oudin, Vania King, Alexa Glatch, team captain Mary-Joe Fernandez)

Fernandez seemed cheerful enough, although she did take a moment to address the Williams question in a not-totally-USA-AOK kind of way:

Fernandez spoke of her “tough week” when she received two separate calls from world No. 1 Serena and No. 6 Venus Williams informing her of their decision not to travel to Italy and responded to questions about the impact of their absence on the result this weekend.

“It would have been a big bonus having them here. But having said that, this is the team I know the best and the team that got us here. You want your players to have the same amount of pride as everyone else but you can’t force it on anyone.”

Well …. OK. Anyway, obviously a lot of attention will be focussed on Melanie Oudin, who seems to have committed the unforgivable sin of not winning everything since the US Open.

“Everyone expects me to win everything now after I did good in one tournament. Everyone has ups and downs and I happened to be up at the US Open,” said the smiling Oudin. “I’m playing well again and I’m ready for the psych-up this weekend. We’ve gone through so much and we’ve fought so hard together as a team, so winning this final would mean a lot to me.”

melanie oudin

alexa glatch vania king

I’m genuinely excited about this one. I think we could get some unexpected drrrrama. Hope there’s a good crowd in.

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Hopman Cup Lineup Increasingly Marvy

Posted by gauloises1 on October 4, 2009

If they would just hold the damn thing in a part of the world that’s in a civilised timezone, it would be the best tournament ever. Because get this: in addition to Hewitt and Stosur for Australia and Andreev and Dementieva for Russia, Romania will be represented in the 2010 Hopman Cup by Sorana Cirstea and Victor Hanescu, while Sabine Lisicki will be returning and this time accompanied by Philipp Kohlschreiber. I also seem to have missed the news that Melanie Oudin and John Isner will be representing for the U.S.A.

hopman cup germany sabine lisicki philipp kohlschreiber

usa hopman cup melanie oudin john isner

romania hopman cup sorana cirstea victor hanescu

I am completely stoked about this. In case you’ve missed the memo, my love for Licky is rapidly reaching Momo proportions (and when will she play Hopman Cup with Kuznetsova and win the whole damn thing for Eurasia, eh?). And I’m anything but unfond of Sorana and Melanie Oudin as well. There’s a little less wattage for me on the male side, but they’re all fun players capable of great tennis. And there are three more teams to be confirmed. Can’t wait!

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Beijing: Learning Curve

Posted by gauloises1 on October 2, 2009

Tough on the tour day-to-day. Melanie Oudin – remember her? – lost in qualifying for the China Open in Beijing. In happier news for the United States, the girl who unseated her is also a promising young American, Alexa Glatch – remember her from Fed Cup?

melanie oudin beijing china open qualifying

Just to let you know we won’t be seeing her on the courts in Beijing.

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