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Eastbourne: Love is a Battlefield

Posted by gauloises1 on June 15, 2010

Some interesting results from a tournament so loaded it is traditionally total carnage. First up, Aravane Rezai beat Caroline Wozniacki in the Battle of the New Outfits:

Wozniacki’s loss, as defending champion, will put JJ up to no. 3 next week, I hear.

Things did not go a lot better for the almost identically-named Aleksandra Wozniak, who lost in straight sets to plucky young thing Heather Watson in the Battle of Being Nearly the Sole Hope of Your Nation:

C’mon Tim!

The Battle of the Belgians was won by Kim Clijsters in emphatic style, downing the somewhat floundering Yanina Wickmayer 61 61 after returning from her foot injury:

Francesca Schiavone followed in the footsteps of last year’s French Open champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova, in losing in the first round, bundled out by Sorana Cirstea in the Battle of Career Highs at Roland Garros:

Sveta herself, meanwhile, survived the Battle of the Russians, beating Alisa Kleybanova 46 75 62. Then she announced she was playing doubles with Rezai at Wimbledon via twitter. That whacky Sveta.

In younger generation news, Victoria Azarenka took out Agnieszka Radwanska in the Battle of Can I Get Past the Wimbledon Quarters This Year? No:

But she does have amazing hair.

And in the Battle of the Careers Plagued By Injury, Elena Baltacha was left standing for once as Li Na, probably exhausted from her efforts in Edgbaston last week, retired after winning the first set, 76(6):

And that was your WTA wackiness for the day.

Meanwhile, on the ATP side, James Ward and Feliciano Lopez duked it out fiercely to see who could confound expectations the most. Ward looked to have an unassailable lead on that front, as he stunned everyone by not only winning the first set but going up a break in the second. Not to be outdone, however, Lopez abruptly retired at 4-5 down, denying Ward the chance to explode spectactularly when serving for it. A Pyrrhic victory at best, one feels.

ATP – Tuesday’s Results

Singles – Second Round
[5] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d F Fognini (ITA) 62 62
I Marchenko (UKR) d [6] H Zeballos (ARG) 76(2) 63

Singles – First Round
[1] N Almagro (ESP) d L Kubot (POL) 75 76(3)
[WC] J Ward (GBR) d [2] F Lopez (ESP) 63 54 ret. (shoulder)
Y Lu (TPE) d K Beck (SVK) 64 64
R Schuettler (GER) d A Golubev (KAZ) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
[2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d L Friedl (CZE) / D Vemic (SRB) 76(4) 62
[4] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) 63 63
J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) d [WC] J Delgado (GBR) / D Inglot (GBR) 62 62
L Mayer (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d M Emmrich (GER) / A Siljestrom (SWE) 76(4) 62

WTA – Tuesday’s Results

Singles – First Round
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. (1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 64 16 63
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (2) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 75 63
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 76(2) 61
(5) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 61 61
(Q) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (6) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 76(5) 61
(WC) Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. (7) Li Na (CHN) 67(6) ret. (left thigh injury)
Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (Q) Karolina Sprem (CRO) 26 75 76(4)
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 16 61 63
(Q) Heather Watson (GBR) d. (Q) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 63 62
(WC) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 46 75 62

Doubles – First Round
(1) Huber/Martínez Sánchez (USA/ESP) d. Gallovits/Petrova (ROU/RUS) 62 64
Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy (ESP/USA) d. (WC) Keothavong/South (GBR/GBR) 64 36 107
Black/Hantuchova (ZIM/SVK) d. Amanmuradova/Voracova (UZB/CZE) 63 63
Chan/Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. Dushevina/Makarova (RUS/RUS) 75 06 108
Grandin/Spears (RSA/USA) d. Chuang/Govortsova (TPE/BLR) 76(1) 60

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WTA Week Now: Barcelona, Charleston

Posted by gauloises1 on April 12, 2010

Those damn Mondays do creep up …

Barcelona

Draw here.

Top seeds: Francesca Schiavone, Aravane Rezai, Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez, Maria Kirilenko

Only two matches were completed today due to rain, with Sorana Cirstea and Kristina Barrois both progressing.

Singles – First Round
(5) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 64 76(6)
Kristina Barrois (GER) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 75 62

Suspended due to rain
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) vs. (WC) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 46 64 22

Doubles – First Round
Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) d. Rosolska/Zalameda (POL/USA) 75 60
Benesova/Foretz (CZE/CAN) d. (WC) Cabeza Candela/Pous Tio (ESP/ESP) 76(2) 63

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(3) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (8) Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 60 26 75
Masa Zec Peskiric (SLO) d. Alicia Molik (AUS) 57 64 61
Sílvia Soler Espinosa (ESP) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 64 62
Simona Halep (ROU) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 61 62

Charleston

Happy days. Draw here.

Top seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka, Samantha Stosur, Marion Bartoli, Nadia Petrova, Vera Zvonareva, Daniela Hantuchova

So far: nice win for Christina McHale.

Singles – First Round
(9) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Julie Ditty (USA) 64 62
(12) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Lilia Osterloh (USA) 63 76(9)
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Sharon Fichman (CAN) 75 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (WC) Alison Riske (USA) 62 64
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 61 62
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Mariana Duque Marino (COL) 64 75
Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 16 62 63
Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) d. Vesna Manasieva (RUS) 62 46 63
Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) d. (WC) Mallory Cecil (USA) 60 64
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) d. (Q) Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS) 64 61
Edina Gallovits (ROU) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 63 63
(Q) Catalina Castaño (COL) d. (Q) Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 75 62
(Q) Christina McHale (USA) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 36 76(4) 63

Doubles – First Round
Grandin/Spears (RSA/USA) d. Goerges/Zahlavova Strycova (GER/CZE) 63 64
King/Krajicek (USA/NED) d. Dekmeijere/Schnyder (LAT/SUI) 62 61

Tuesday’s OOP brought to you by Sorana’s rain dance.

Barcelona

Centre (from 10.00hrs)
1. Andrea Petkovic vs. María José Martínez Sánchez
2. Stefanie Voegele vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja (tbc)
3. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
4. Francesca Schiavone vs. Alberta Brianti
5. Simona Halep vs. Carla Suárez Navarro
6. Medina Garrigues/Suárez Navarro vs. Daniilidou/Woehr (after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Roberta Vinci vs. Aravane Rezai
2. Laura Pous Tio vs. Lourdes Domínguez Lino
3. Maria Kirilenko vs. Masa Zec Peskiric
4. Malek/Petkovic vs. Cirstea/Dulko
5. Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez vs. Poutchek/Senoglu

Court 7 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Gisela Dulko vs. Sara Errani
2. Sílvia Soler Espinosa vs. Alexandra Dulgheru
3. Timea Bacsinszky vs. Alizé Cornet
4. Lucie Safarova vs. Regina Kulikova

Court 9 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Petra Kvitova vs. Iveta Benesova
2. Lucie Hradecka vs. Tathiana Garbin
3. Errani/Vinci vs. Barrois/Olaru (NB 13.00hrs)
4. Kondratieva/Shvedova vs. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja
5. Niculescu/Shaughnessy vs. Jans/Uhlirova

Charleston

Stadium (from 10.00hrs)
1. Shenay Perry vs. Peng Shuai
2. Chanelle Scheepers vs. Patty Schnyder
3. Edina Gallovits vs. Jelena Jankovic
4. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Samantha Stosur
5. Jill Craybas vs. Melanie Oudin (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Huber/Petrova vs. Rodionova/Rodionova

Althea Gibson (from 10.00hrs)
1. Heather Watson vs. Elena Vesnina
2. Julia Goerges vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands
3. Rossana de los Ríos vs. Vera Zvonareva
4. Peng/Vesnina vs. Ejdesgaard/Wozniacki

Court 3 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Monique Adamczak vs. Virginie Razzano
2. Vera Dushevina vs. Olga Govortsova
3. Anastasia Rodionova vs. Vania King
4. Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Catalina Castaño

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. Carly Gullickson
2. Melinda Czink vs. Michaella Krajicek
3. Bondarenko/Voskoboeva vs. Makarova/Pelletier

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Dubai: Oh Crap, It Started Already

Posted by gauloises1 on February 15, 2010

Main draw action was underway in Dubai today and there have already been some good and not so good results. To the eternal grief of fanboys/girls everywhere, Sorana Cirstea and Maria Kirilenko have already lost, to fourteenth seed Francesca Schiavone and qualifier Regina Kulikova respectively.

Sixteenth seed Zheng Jie also lost early, to comebacker Alicia Molik.

In happier news, Marion Bartoli, Licky, Daniela Hantuchova and Pavs all won. Good stuff.

Dubai

Singles – First Round
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (Q) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 62 60
(14) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 62 75
(Q) Alicia Molik (AUS) d. (16) Zheng Jie (CHN) 63 46 62
Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (Q) Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 61 64
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (Q) Vesna Manasieva (RUS) 64 64
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 61
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 62 61
(Q) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 16 75 62
(Q) Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 62 57 75
(Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 63 64
(Q) Regina Kulikova (RUS) d. (WC) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 63 60

Memphis

Singles – First Round
(5) Petra Kvitova (USA) d. Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) 64 60
(7) Vania King (USA) d. Kathrin Woerle (GER) 63 64
(WC) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. Katie O’Brien (GBR) 62 61

Doubles – First Round
(3) King/Krajicek (USA/NED) d. (WC) Collins/Ondeck (USA/USA) 60 60

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Fed Cup Did Somebody Good

Posted by gauloises1 on February 10, 2010

In the battle of last year’s big/somewhat-a-things, Melanie Oudin pwned Sorana Cirstea 63 60 in Paris today.

This, in the trade, is known as ‘upwards momentum’ for Mel. Sorana, on the other hand, would do well not to let that sophomore slump grow too severe.

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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.

Posted in andy murray, elena dementieva, hopman cup, john isner, laura robson, melanie oudin, sabine lisicki, samantha stosur, sorana cirstea, tommy robredo, victor hanescu, yaroslava shvedova | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Two Bears Fighting Over a Pineapple

Posted by gauloises1 on January 2, 2010

Come to Romania, ladies and gentlemen, where wild animals will steal your fruit and they have some quite good tennis players. Sixth-seeded Team Romania upset the Australians in both senses of the word in the first session of the Hopman Cup to take an early lead in Group A.

Sam Stosur looked to be well in charge of her match against Sorana Cirstea, outplaying the Romanian to take the first set 63, but Cirstea’s tenacity paid off in the second set and Stosur eventually wobbled just enough to give up the match. Lleyton Hewitt evened things up by coming from behind to beat Victor Hanescu 36 63 76(2), but the visitors took the mixed 75 61 and the tie with it.

 And they’re so cute. Get in.

Spain-U.S.A tonight.

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Linz (Not That One) Brings the LOLs

Posted by gauloises1 on October 14, 2009

Bless Austria. This is probably the best set of player party photos I’ve seen all year.

alize2

I love her. Did she lose yet?

flavia

How Flavia makes this get-up drip sex is a mystery.

anna-lena groenefeld

I think I saw this in Eurovision this year.

ioana raluca olaru

Ioana and Ouanna should totally get together. Then they’d really wanna.

timea bacsinszky

Even in this innocent outfit, Bacsinszky still looks fresh from the crack den.

wicky

I want to fix the neckline of her dress so badly it’s killing me.

sorana cirstea linzsorana cirstea

The always-adorable Sorana Cirstea.

rezai

Probably the most normal thing Rezai has ever worn.

lucie

Think there’s any chance Lucie knows what that brown substance is?

daniel koellerer anna hammel

Crazy Dani Koellerer with Miss Austria 2009. Of course.

strange dancing hobbit

A dancing hobbit, for some reason.

alize cornet

hobbit and sorana

i have no idea who this is but its a brilliant face

And a good time was had by all.

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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.

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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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Tuesday WTA Results: Sorana! (Not In a Good Way.)

Posted by gauloises1 on September 22, 2009

So I’m starting to think Anna-Lena Groenefeld has it in for me. She beat my favourite player in Seoul, Sorana Cirstea, who also happened to be the fourth seed.

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Other than that notable exception, all the seeds progressed, with Medina Garrigues, Schiavone, Kleybanova, Pavlyuchenkova, Dushevina and Bammer recording victories at the expense of Urszula Radwanska, Katarina Srebotnik and Ekaterina Makarova among others. Magdalena Rybarikova knocked out last week’s Guangzhou finalist Alberta Brianti, and unseeded defending champion Maria Kirilenko had a tough time of it against Sophie Ferguson but came through in three sets.

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In Tashkent, seeds Shvedova, Mayr and Niculescu all recorded straight set victories, with third seed Raluca Olaru falling to Ekaterina Bychkova. Oh, and two locals – Akgul Amandurova and wildcard Nigina Abduraimova – both won. So that was nice.

Seoul
Singles – First Round
(2) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 63 64
(3) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (Q) Yurika Sema (JPN) 61 64
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) d. (4) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 76(3) 36 63
(5) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 62 63
(6) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Angela Haynes (USA) 76(5) 62
(7) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 63 61
(8) Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 26 64 64
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Alberta Brianti (ITA) 62 62
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Sophie Ferguson (AUS) 46 61 62
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) d. Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 62 75
Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) d. (Q) Junri Namigata (JPN) 63 63
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. (WC) Kim So-Jung (KOR) 61 63
Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) d. (WC) Yoo Mi (KOR) 60 63
(Q) Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) d. Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) 64 63

Doubles – First Round
(1) Groenefeld/Srebotnik (GER/SLO) d. Lu/S.Sun (CHN/CHN) 64 75
(2) Chuang/Yan (TPE/CHN) d. Chang/Chen (TPE/TPE) 61 62
Gullickson/Kriz (USA/AUS) d. C.Chan/Xu (TPE/CHN) 61 76(3)

Tashkent

Singles – First Round
(1) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 61 61
Ekaterina Bychkova (RUS) d. (3) Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) 75 75
(6) Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Corinna Dentoni (ITA) 63 60
(7) Patricia Mayr (AUT) d. Ekaterina Dzehalevich (BLR) 75 64
Vesna Manasieva (RUS) d. (WC) Aleksandra Kolesnichenko (UZB) 61 61
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) d. (Q) Ksenia Lykina (RUS) 61 46 63
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) d. Kristina Kucova (SVK) 76(5) 76(1)
Kathrin Woerle (GER) d. (WC) Sabina Sharipova (UZB) 76(0) 75
Darya Kustova (BLR) d. (LL) Yuliana Fedak (UKR) 62 64
Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS) d. Lenka Wienerova (SVK) 76(5) 75
(Q) Alexandra Panova (RUS) d. Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) 62 61
(WC) Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) d. (Q) Lesya Tsurenko (UKR) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
(1) Senoglu/Shvedova (TUR/KAZ) d. Kucova/Woerle (SVK/GER) 63 75
Diatchenko/Dzehalevich (RUS/BLR) d. Mayr/Voegele (AUT/GER) 64 76(4)

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