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Eastbourne & Ordina Open: Titlists

Posted by gauloises1 on June 20, 2009

Kind of hard to imagine any of these four (apart from Wozniacki) making a real run at Wimbledon. But hey, splendour in the grass is not to be sneezed at.

Caroline Wozniacki beat Virginie Razzano 76(5) 75 in a really tight straight sets final. It was interesting as Virginie was definitely the better player for large stretches of the match and in fact ended with more winners than UFEs, Caroline having the reverse. Still, Wozniacki did what she is getting really good at; hanging in there and winning for her fifth WTA title and the first on grass.

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Wonder if she can emulate last year’s winner Radwanska and make it to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon?

Cute moment in the ceremony when Razzano forgot her name:

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Ah, those crazy Frenchwomen. They make things fun,

On the men’s side, Tursunov topped Frank “Rhythm is a” Dancevic 63 76(5) for his first title of the year.

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In Den Bosch, Tanasugarn’s bewildering relationship with the Ordina Open continued as she beat Wickmayer 63 75, and German qualifier Benjamin Becker disappointed the home crowd by knocking out the wildcard Sluiter, 75 63 (spooky!) for his first title.

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Becker has a Dali face, that’s what I learned today.

Well done everyone and so forth. Now get your asses to Wimbledon, please. Word has it there’s an opening.

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Eastbourne & Ordina Open: Take a Deep, Drunken Breath

Posted by gauloises1 on June 19, 2009

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As my grandmother would have said, “Ladies don’t do that sort of thing.” Although she also told me that ladies didn’t drink pints, so … as you were, Grandma.

So Wozniacki defeated Makarova (no way. Seriously? The powerhouse that is Makarova?) to set up an Eastbourne semi-final appearance. She’ll meet Wozniak in the hilarious clash-of-the-surnames we’ve all been hoping would happen. Again. On the other side of the draw, defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out by the mercurial Razzano, who’ll meet countrywomen Marion Bartoli.

Penile-wise, Ljubicic was forced to retire after a nasty ankle twist which puts him in doubt for Wimbledon. So it’ll be Santoro-Dancevic and Tursunov-Garcia-Lopez facing off for the right to compete for the maiden ATP title.

At the Ordina Open, Safina survived what would have been a scare had it been anyone on the other side of the net but Daniela Hantuchova, triumphing in three sets to set up a rerun of last year’s final with Tanasugarn who beat Flavia Pennetta. The winner gets either Wickmayer or Schiavone.

On the men’s side, Ferru made a surprise exit to Navarro, who’ll face Raemon Sluiter. And both remaining Frenchmen fell to Germans, so it’ll be a Schuettler-Becker semifinal. Yes, the one everyone dreamed of.

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Eastbourne & Ordina Open: WTA Results

Posted by gauloises1 on June 17, 2009

First things first. Let’s get this out of the way. Momo lost to Ekaterina Makarova 76(8) 76(13). EKATERINA MAKAROVA.

“I have no idea. I don’t have any explanations to give you,” said world No.l7 Mauresmo. “She did just a little better than me. I took chances and it didn’t work. I guess the main thing is to forget about this match and look forward to Wimbledon.”

Please, please let this be one of the times when she loses early and then gets so pissed, she comes out firing at the next tournament and destroy the competition.

And if not … you’re on my list, Makarova.

So what else happened? How about Virginie Razzano taking out Elena Dementieva in three sets? I only saw the first (bagel) set and the beginning of the second, but it was clear that Virginie had a very clear (and clever) game plan, and was focussed on executing it perfectly. Wonderful tennis to watch.

Sadly, Nadia Petrova and Li Na Na Li were forced to retire against Vera Dushevina and Agnieszka Radwanska. Caroline Wozniacki had a good win against Sam Stosur. Well, I *say* a good win. She really had her chances to finish it off in two. Still, Sam’s got some work to do before Wimbledon.

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Wozniak had another good win over Zheng Jie Jie Zheng, and Marion Bartoli put out JJ-killer Anna Chakvetadze. Is anybody else kind of feeling Marion for the title?

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In Den Bosch, things were a little less interesting. A bad day for the Bondarenkos, as Alona and Kateryna lost to Schiavone and Hantuchova respectively, but otherwise no great surprises.

Eastbourne

Singles – Second Round
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. (1) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 60 36 76(4)
(6) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 61 57 61
(Q) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. (7) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 57 10 ret. (right low back injury)
(8) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Li Na (CHN) 31 ret. (left abdominal strain)
Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 75 63
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 76(3) 63
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Sybille Bammer (AUT) 61 75
(Q) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) 76(8) 76(13)

Doubles – Quarterfinals
King/Zheng (USA/CHN) d. Dushevina/Voskoboeva (RUS/KAZ) 62 75
Amanmuradova/Sugiyama (UZB/JPN) d. (WC) Borwell/Keothavong (GBR/GBR) 76(3) 63

Doubles – First Round
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. (WC) Ivanovic/Lisicki (SRB/GER) 61 62
Husarova/Kirilenko (SVK/RUS) d. Craybas/Kudryavtseva (USA/RUS) 62 57 1917

Ordina Open

Singles – Second Round
(1) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. (Q) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 63 63
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (5) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 46 75 63
(6/WC) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 26 62 61
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Nathalie Dechy (FRA) 61 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(3) Dekmeijere/Kops-Jones (LAT/USA) d. Camerin/Coin (ITA/FRA) 64 76(5)
(4) Dechy/Pelletier (FRA/CAN) d. Lefèvre/Védy (FRA/FRA) 62 63
Errani/Pennetta (ITA/ITA) d. Cirstea/Safina (ROU/RUS) 76(4) 61
Krajicek/Wickmayer (NED/BEL) d. Cetkovska/Uhlirova (CZE/CZE) 61 76(1)

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Eastbourne & Ordina Open: Brits Out

Posted by gauloises1 on June 17, 2009

The two remaining Brits crashed out of Eastbourne today. James Ward lost a tight first set to Frank Dancevic, and then Dancevic remembered how to play tennis. 76(6) 64. And Alex Bogdanovic did what he does best.

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Suck and fail.

But not just straightforwardly suck and fail. Oh no. First of all he had to play brilliantly for a set and a half just to get everybody’s hopes up, get awfully close to winning and then collapse like the Austro-Hungarian empire. And then get it together again, take to a third set tiebreak, and flake at the crucial moment.  Thank you Dmitry Tursunov for putting me out of my misery. 67(2) 64 76(5).

Leonardo Mayer beat Julien Benneteau 64 64 and Sam Querrey went down to Denis Istomin, 36 76(3) 64. No, I can’t explain it either.

In den Bosch, as I’ve been told I can call it or something, the big story of the day was probably Marcos Baghdatis having to be stretchered off court after twisting his knee. Typical. All the seeded players progressed, so that’s Schuettler, Ferrer and Chardy in the quarterfinals …

Raemon Sluiter (NED) d. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 4-3 (ret.)
(4)Rainer Schuettler (GER) d. Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 6-3 7-6(3)
(3)David Ferrer (ESP) d. Oscar Hernandez (ESP) 6-4 6-3
(7)Jeremy Chardy (FRA) d. Dick Norman (BEL) 3-6 6-3 6-3

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ATP Week Ahead: Eastbourne, Ordina Open

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2009

Last chance to fine-tune those games ahead of Wimbledon, guys! Or pick up some points before you go crashing out in the first round. Whatever.

Ordina Open

What, you think I’m actually going to type “s-Hertogenbosch” every time I need to refer to this tournament? This isn’t The Guardian.

TENNIS

Dishevelled Ferru FTW.

Draw here. It’s anchored by Verdasco and Robredo, with Ferru in Robredo’s half.

Verdasco gets another clay dog in the first round in the form of Pablo Andujar and also has Florent Serra (who nearly upset Djokovic in Halle), Michael Llodra and Mischa Zverev in his quarter. The Schuettler-Chardy quarter is wide open, but I’d be surprised if Ferrer doesn’t make it to the semis, given that his quarter mainly seems to be populated by clay-dogs. And there’s a big potential upset in the first round, where second seed Robredo faces Marcos Baghdatis. Or is that giving Baggy too much credit?

I’m picking Ignor Kunitsyn to win here, for no better reason than if he does win, I will look remarkably savvy, while if he loses, I’ll look really no stupider than normal.

Eastbourne

For the first time ever, the WTA will be joined by the ATP. Who, presumably, will be belching, drinking lager, talking about football and telling fart jokes all over the pristine lawns of Devonshire Park. Shocking.

Draw here. I’m not being funny, but when the top seed is Igor Andreev and the draw features three British wildcards (one of whom is a doubles specialist, albeit hot) AND Alex Bogdanovic as a qualifier, that’s when you know you’re going to have a hard time being THAT interested in the results.

Seriously, if Bogdanovic doesn’t get to at least the second round, I think we should put him in a cannon and attempt to fire him back to Serbia. Who’s with me?!

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