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Hobart: Peer, AMG, A Bondarenko Through

Posted by gauloises1 on January 14, 2010

Shahar Peer kept her impressive early-season form going today, surviving a tough challenge from Carla Suarez-Navarro to progress to the semifinals, 46 76(4) 75.

You don’t make her angry.

Next up for Shahar is Sara Errani, who beat qualifier Kirsten Flipkens to make the semis. In the top half of the draw, Anabel Medina Garrigues faces Alona Bondarenko after victories over Gisela Dulko and Zheng Jie respectively.

Top seed. Somehow.

The day didn’t get any better for Dulko and Zheng, who were then beaten by Chan and Niculescu in the doubles. Time to head to Melbourne, methinks.

Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. (8) Gisela Dulko (ARG) 61 57 61
(2) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (5) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 46 76(4) 75
(4) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. (7) Zheng Jie (CHN) 75 75
Sara Errani (ITA) d. (Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 63 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Chan/Niculescu (TPE/ROU) d. (3) Dulko/Zheng (ARG/CHN) 63 64

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WTA Wednesday: Semifinals Set

Posted by gauloises1 on January 13, 2010

And on we go. As aforementioned, Aravane Rezai is the sole unseeded player in the semifinals lineup, crushing Flavia Pennetta 63 60. Her reward? A meeting with Serena Williams, who disposed of Vera Dushevina 62 62.

Without even standing up.

In the bottom half of the draw, Elena Dementieva is in with an excellent chance of defending her title, defeating Dinara Safina 62 63.

She’ll face sixth seed Victoria Azarenka, who played her third three-set match (out of three) against resurgent Dominika Cibulkova, eventually triumphing 75 in the third.

Fasten your seatbelts; 2010’s going to be a bumpy ride.

In Hobart, qualifier Kirsten Flipkens is quietly doing her part for the Belgian resurgence, reaching the quarterfinals after disposing of sixth seed Aleksandra Wozniak, while third seed Kateryna Bondarenko fell to Sara Errani. And hometown hopes Alicia Molik and Jelena Dokic fell to Carla Suarez Navarro and a ruthless Shahar Peer.

Great to see Shahar back on song after all the crap she’s had to put up with of late, isn’t it?


Singles – Second Round
(2) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Jelena Dokic (AUS) 62 62
Sara Errani (ITA) d. (3) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 76(8) 64
(5) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (WC) Alicia Molik (AUS) 76(3) 36 63
(Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. (6) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 75 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Medina Garrigues/Rybarikova (ESP/SVK) 57 63 108
Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (2) Mirza/Ruano Pascual (IND/ESP) 63 75
Chuang/Peschke (TPE/CZE) d. Benesova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 76(5) 63


Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 62 62
(5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. (2) Dinara Safina (RUS) 62 63
(6) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 26 62 75
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 63 60

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Dushevina/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) 63 46 108
Garbin/Petrova (ITA/RUS) d. (WC) Dellacqua/Rezai (AUS/FRA) 61 64

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Bali Day Two: Rezai Into Semifinals

Posted by gauloises1 on November 6, 2009

Give it up for Aravane Rezai, who won her second round robin match today, defeating Melinda Czink 63 75 to solidify her position as the Group D semifinalist.

aravane rezai

Sadly this means that Licky’s last match of the season will be a meaningless round-robin against Czink tomorrow, but them’s the breaks.

None of the other groups have a semifinalist yet, meaning that there’s a lot riding on the final day of round-robin play. Magdalena Rybarikova is out of Group A after losing to Shahar Peer in straight sets today. Peer will face Bartoli to decide the semifinalist. 

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Similar situation in Group B, where Agnes Szavay lost her second round-robin match to Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez, 46 64 60. Martinez Sanchez (who won the doubles title last week in Doha) will take on Samantha Stosur tomorrow.

maria jose martinez sanchez

In Group C, the situation is a bit up in the air after Kimiko Date-Krumm pulled off the upset against Anabel Medina Garrigues today.

kimiko date krummanabel medina garrigues

Date-Krumm and Wickmayer both have one win, and Wickmayer has a match in hand, so if she (or alternate Vera Dushevina, quite possibly) can beat Medina Garrigues tomorrow, then into the semis Wicky/Vera will go. If Medina Garrigues wins, then … well, then maths of some fashion is done, I believe.

Round Robin – Day 2
Group A: Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 61 76(4)
Group B: María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 46 64 60
Group C: (WC) Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 64 63
Group D: Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 63 75

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Do You Have a Flag, Shahar Peer?

Posted by gauloises1 on November 2, 2009

After the kerfuffle surrounding the denial of a visa to Israel’s Shahar Peer to compete in Dubai at the beginning of the year, the WTA must have heaved a sigh of relief when she was granted a visa for Bali, despite the lack of diplomatic ties between Israel and Indonesia.

However, the Israeli flag will apparently not be displayed during the tournament as is customary; the Indonesian foreign ministry has released a statement saying that no ‘Israeli objects’ will be displayed if they have anything to do with it.

Poor Shahar. She did so well, winning Guanghzou and Tashkent to qualify. Still, it gives me an excuse to post this video from one of my favourite comedians during his glory days …

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Tashkent, City of LOLs

Posted by gauloises1 on September 28, 2009

Shahar Peer won her second title on the trot in Tashkent this week, beating Akgul Amandurova 63 64.


This is not the funny part. This is the funny part.

shahar costume

Every tournament should do this.

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Sunday Titlists: Guangzhou, Quebec

Posted by gauloises1 on September 21, 2009

So I have massively shortchanged the two WTA International-level tournaments going on this week, mainly by not mentioning them at all. But they happened!


shahar trophy guangzhou

Shahar Peer picked up her first title since Istanbul 2006, defeating first-time finalist Alberta Brianti 63 62 for her fourth singles title.

brianti guangzhou dejected

Well done to both girls. And that’s all I have to say about that.


czink trophy quebec

A maiden singles title for Melinda Czink, who took out Aleksandra Wozniak in the semi-finals and benefited from the defending champion Nadia Petrova’s retirement in the quarters due to viral illness.

nads quebec retirement

Czink did really well though, beating Lucie Safarova 46 63 75 in an all-lefty final.

safs czink trophies quebec

And I’m out of things to say about this. Oh – wait – those trophies look seriously crappy. OK, now I’m out.

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USO Day Two: Murray, Maria Shine

Posted by gauloises1 on September 2, 2009

Two solid performances by big names on Arthur Ashe last night. Maria Sharapova fairly destroyed Tsetvana Pironkova, 63 60, and I thought she looked pretty good doing it.


I kind of love the dress. And the shiny silver headband. It’s a bit glam rock.

Andy Murray followed up with a great performance over Ernests Gulbis, winning 75 63 75. Ernie actually played the best I’ve seen him play for ages. His game and his charisma really make a mockery of his ranking. Get it together, man! I want to see that more often!

muzz ernie

Love love love that Fred Perry shirt on Murray, and it was a good opener for him, just testing enough. I thought he played great and looked nicely focussed and relaxed.


He doesn’t smile like this at Wimbledon, no sir. He also celebrated victory by doing an indescribable kind of dance step on the court, which I demand youtube footage of but have yet to find. It was heartwarming.

Elsewhere, what else happened I haven’t mentioned yet? Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Julia Goerges in straight sets in a slightly fabulous retro outfit.


Can’t you just see Martina in that shirt? Great stuff. Melanie Oudin of Wimbledon fame beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets. OK, Pavs couldn’t find the court, but still a solid win for Melanie. And Shahar Peer upset the thirty-second seed Agnes Szavay, also in straights.


And how about a hand for Josselin Ouanna, who came through qualifying to beat Rajeev Ram in four sets?


Get in.

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Madrid Results: Serena, Peer Withdraw

Posted by gauloises1 on May 11, 2009

Another top seed was lost today from the Mutua Madrid Open as Serena Williams wss forced to retire against Francesca Schiavone with a knee injury. Shahar Peer was also forced to retire against Caroline Wozniacki, probably still suffering from whatever’s wrong with her feet that caused her to have to retire in Estoril.



But all was not lost, and I’ll tell you for why. Dementieva cruised against Dominguez Lino, winning 3 and 2; eighth seed Nadia Petrova survived a determined challenge from Anna-Lena Groenefeld, winning in a third-set tiebreak, and a somewhat resurgent Chakvetadze continues to be somewhat resurgent, taking out Sam Stosur in three.

And oh yeah … something else … what was it …?



On the penile side, Nicolas Almagro continued to slump, Ivan Ljubicic made a strong case for his name being bolded on my hate list as he took out Teimuraz Gabashvili, and wild card Juan Monaco beat Feliciano Lopez in the only match of the day I got to see. Dale!

I don’t know whether Tsonga-Safin lived up to its billing, but I can’t imagine it was dull.





Singles – Second Round
(8) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (Q) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 46 76(3) 76(5)
Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 62 64
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 16 62 76(4)
(Q) Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 75 63

Singles – First Round
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (2) Serena Williams (USA) 64 ret. (knee injury)
(9) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 54 ret. (right foot injury)
Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) d. Ai Sugiyama (JPN) 62 64
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 76(2)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 76(7) 61
(Q) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (WC) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 46 62 64
(Q) Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 76(12) 57 61

Doubles – First Round
(5) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) 76(5) 62
Hsieh/Husarova (TPE/SVK) d. (6) Kirilenko/Pennetta (RUS/ITA) 43 ret. (Pennetta: right thigh strain)
(7) Hantuchova/Sugiyama (SVK/JPN) d. Dechy/Santangelo (FRA/ITA) 64 63
Azarenka/Vesnina (BLR/RUS) d. (8) Groenefeld/Schnyder (GER/SUI) 62 76(3)
Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) d. Amanmuradova/Tanasugarn (UZB/THA) 36 61 106
Mattek-Sands/Petrova (USA/RUS) d. Kleybanova/Peng (RUS/CHN) 64 61
Kudryavtseva/Makarova (RUS/RUS) d. Cirstea/Uhlirova (ROU/CZE) 26 76(2) 103
King/Niculescu (USA/ROU) d. Dushevina/Voskoboeva (RUS/KAZ) 63 75

Singles – First Round
[9] J Tsonga (FRA) d M Safin (RUS) 64 75
[11] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [Q] M Crugnola (ITA) 62 60
[12] D Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] G Canas (ARG) 62 62
[WC] O Hernandez (ESP) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 63 63
M Fish (USA) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 76(3) 64
F Serra (FRA) d R Schuettler (GER) 62 64
[WC] I Ljubicic (CRO) d [Q] T Gabashvili (RUS) 63 62
R Soderling (SWE) d *(LL) I Navarro (ESP) 64 62
S Bolelli (ITA) d [Q] J Chela (ARG) 75 76(3)
[Q] T Haas (GER) d E Gulbis (LAT) 62 57 75
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d N Almagro (ESP) 63 64
[WC] J Monaco (ARG) d F Lopez (ESP) 64 75

*(LL) I Navarro (ESP) replaced I Andreev (RUS)

Doubles – First Round
F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) 62 75
S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR) d [WC] P Andujar (ESP) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 46 75 10-7

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Fes Results: Pavs, Peer, Vinci Out

Posted by gauloises1 on April 29, 2009

Three seeds fell today – Peer, Vinci and Pavlyuchenkova. I thought Peer might have got a bit of a performance bump from Visa-gate, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Vinci clearly feels that beating anyone outside the top 100 is now beneath her, and Pavlyuchenkova – well, who knows, although she did withdraw from her doubles match citing ‘heat exhaustion’. Or that could have been just an excuse not to be seen on the same court with Rezai’s outfit.

Anyway, Kleybanova, Medina Garrigues and Makarova all rolled. Be nice for Kleybanova to get the title, wouldn’t it?


Singles – Second Round
(1/WC) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 16 76(1) 63
(2) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Jarmila Groth (SVK) 64 61
Melinda Czink (HUN) d. (3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 76(1) 36 63
(6) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Akiko Morigami (JPN) 60 61
(Q) Polona Hercog (SLO) d. (7) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 64
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. (8) Shahar Peer (ISR) 64 61
Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) d. Anne Keothavong (GBR) 46 75 63
Marta Domachowska (POL) d. (LL) Eva Fernández-Brugues (ESP) 64 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Cirstea/Kirilenko (ROU/RUS) d. Czink/Keothavong (HUN/GBR) 61 57 107

Doubles – First Round
Ani/Vinci (EST/ITA) d. (3) Cetkovska/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 62 64
Groth/Zakopalova (SVK/CZE) d. Domachowska/U.Radwanska (POL/POL) 64 64
Hercog/Olaru (SLO/ROU) d. Pavlyuchenkova/Rezai (RUS/FRA) w/o (Pavlyuchenkova: heat illness)

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