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Sunday Titlists: 2007 Again For Baggy and Schiavone

Posted by gauloises1 on October 25, 2009

At least it was for two of today’s finalists, Francesca Schiavone and Marcos Baghdatis, who both won their first singles title since 2007.

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Baggy won 61 75 over Olivier Rochus, who admitted he was tired after playing back-to-back three setters to reach the final. It’s really good to see Baggy back in the winner’s circle on the tour; looks like dropping down to Challenger level for a while paid dividends.

Also turning back the years was Francesca Schiavone, who defeated Olga Govortsova 63 60 for the WTA Kremlin Cup.

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Amazing face.

Francesca’s last title came in Bad Gastein in 2007, and before today she was 1-10 in finals. Plus she’s adorable. It’s all good.

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Posted in francesca schiavone, kremlin cup, marcos baghdatis, olivier rochus, stockholm | Tagged: , , | 4 Comments »

Sunday’s Finals Set

Posted by gauloises1 on October 24, 2009

Busy day of semi-finals today and at the end of all things we have four finals set for tomorrow.

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How about that Olga Govortsova? Under the radar, she’s been having an incredible tournament, taking out Martinez Sanchez, Dushevina and now Alisa Kleybanova 62 61 to make her first final of the year. She’ll face Francesca Schiavone, who beat Alona Bondarenko to make her third final of the year. The Italian will be heavily favoured to win, so expect a crushing Govortsova victory.

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Tipsy vs. Mischa on the men’s side, as they beat a pair of qualifiers easily to make the final. Good opportunity for Youzhny to pick up his first title of the year (may not be true, but I can’t face tackling the ATP website to check).

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Another great win for Olivier Rochus. The pocket-sized Belgian beat Thomaz Bellucci 63 in the third to reach the final, where he’ll meet Marcos Baghdatis after Robin Soderling was forced to withdraw with the same elbow injury he’s been struggling with ever since Wimbledon or thereabouts.

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Sad face. Get well soon, Robin.

Luxembourg offered a pair of high-quality three-setters in the semis, but at the end Timea Bacszinsky and Sabine Lisicki defeated Yanina Wickmayer and Shahar Peer respectively to make the final.

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Licky gets two pictures because she’s pretty and I *really* want her to win tomorrow.

Auf gehts.

Posted in francesca schiavone, janko tipsarevic, kremlin cup, luxembourg, mikhail youzhny, olga govortsova, olivier rochus, robin soderling, sabine lisicki, stockholm, timea bacsinszky | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Friday In Pictures

Posted by gauloises1 on October 24, 2009

I’ve got no energy tonight. Let’s make it snappy. Lots of pictures, light on the words …

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Big wins for Schiavs and ClayBARNova, as we’re apparently now calling her. Thanks, Eurosport commies.

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Bad day for these ladies.

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Scotty from Brothers & Sisters celebrates. As he should. He beat Jarkko Nieminen 61 in the third.

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A gratuitous abs flash? For me? Oh Robin, you shouldn’t have.

He beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in straights.

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Bendy. Nose Job is rocking slightly longer hair and beat Joachim Johansson to make the semis.

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Baggy will face Soderling. Will Robin get tango’d?

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My girl. Schnyder got licked.

She’ll meet Shahar Peer in the semi-finals.

Luxembourg

Singles – Quarterfinals
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (4) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 62 76(4)
(5) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 76(1) 46 61
(6) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 64 62
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 67(3) 61 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Uhlirova/Voracova (CZE/CZE) d. (1) Groenefeld/Schnyder (GER/SUI) 62 63
(2) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. (WC) Clijsters/Flipkens (BEL/BEL) 36 63 105
Shaughnessy/Srebotnik (USA/SLO) d. (3) Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) 63 63

Moscow

Singles – Quarterfinals
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (2) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 64 63
(8) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 63 62
Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. (Q) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 63 63
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 63 60

Doubles – Semifinals
(3) Kirilenko/Petrova (RUS/RUS) d. A.Bondarenko/Voskoboeva (UKR/KAZ) 60 60
Kondratieva/Zakopalova (RUS/CZE) d. (4) Amanmuradova/Niculescu (UZB/ROU) 36 62 119

Singles – Quarter-finals
[3] M Youzhny (RUS) d [Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR) 63 63
[Q] M Kukushkin (KAZ) d [5] P Cuevas (URU) 46 61 64
[6] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d R Ginepri (USA) 63 63
[Q] I Marchenko (UKR) d E Korolev (RUS) 06 62 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] P Cuevas (URU) / M Granollers (ESP) d [2] E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) 64 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
R Bopanna (IND) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) d A Golubev (KAZ) / E Korolev (RUS) 76(1) 75

Stockholm

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] R Soderling (SWE) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 76(4) 64
O Rochus (BEL) d J Nieminen (FIN) 63 26 61
T Bellucci (BRA) d [WC] J Johansson (SWE) 76(4) 63
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [Q] A Clement (FRA) 64 64

Doubles – Semi-final
[2] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d A Beck (GER) / C Kas (GER) 61 62

Posted in alisa kleybanova, francesca schiavone, jelena jankovic, kremlin cup, luxembourg, marcos baghdatis, maria kirilenko, olivier rochus, robin soderling, sabine lisicki, stockholm, thomaz bellucci | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Image is Everything: D Cup Sunday

Posted by gauloises1 on September 20, 2009

I can’t believe it’s time for my final Davis Cup picspam. God, I love this event so much. It should be played every weekend.

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“My work here is done,” he seems to say.

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Happiness is a champagne-soaked Belgian.

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I’m a sucker for behind-the-curtain photos.

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I’m also a sucker for Jo.

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Back to the dustbin of tennis history with you, Thiemo de Bakker.

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Allez Les Bleus.

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Murray searches for an escape hatch to another country.

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Pole dance.

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That’s pretty much how I reacted to the GB-Poland results.

Except without the laughing. And my hair’s not as shiny.

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If there was a Crazy Cup, Serbia would win it hands down.

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I feel as if I’ve interrupted Robin’s dance routine.

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Gratuitous ass shot #1.

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Gratuitous ass shot #2.

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Bless you, Somdev.

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Yuki’s eyebrows really deserve a picspam of their own.

Posted in andy murray, christophe rochus, davis cup, janko tipsarevic, jerzy janowicz, jo-wilfried tsonga, julien benneteau, michael llodra, michel przysieny, nenad zimonjic, novak djokovic, olivier rochus, robin soderling, roger federer, somdev devvarman, steve darcis, thiemo de bakker, tomas berdych, viktor troicki, yuki bhambri | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »