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Mammoth Titlist … list

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2010

I have to apologise for my protracted absence. Life stuff in the first half of the week followed by sustaining a silly and very painful eye injury on Wednesday which required me to lie in the dark being very bored … Well, that’s my excuse.

So who’s been winning while I’ve been away?

Bastad – ATP

Almagro continued his quest for universal popularity by beating Robin Soderling 75 36 62 for his sixth career title and first since Acapulco in 2009.

Bastad – WTA

Aravane Rezai beat Gisela Dulko 63 46 64 for her fourth career title and second this year. She’s now 4-0 in finals.


Agnes Szavay defended her title, beating last year’s whipping woman Patty Schnyder 62 64.


While everyone else was playing Davis Cup last weekend, Mardy Fish won the soup thing.


Quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and now defeater of Flavia Pennetta on home clay, Kaia Kanepi, ladies and gentlemen.


Second title in one post two weeks for Agnes Szavay, this time over Stepanova wedding guest Zahlalova Strycova, and she seems to have just about found her feet on clay for 2010. Never accused of good timing, our Agnes.


A fifth career title for Montanes, conqueror of Federer earlier this year in Estoril, didn’t quite come the way he would have wanted after Gael Monfils turned his ankle at the end of the first set and was forced to retire 1-2 down in the second. Get better soon, Gael. Incidentally, five career titles and he doesn’t even get a look in on Davis Cup? Sometimes I wish I was Spanish.

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Is This Thing On?

Posted by gauloises1 on May 5, 2010

Sorry for the long hiatus in posting. It was a bank holiday here in the UK and that means a lot of, well, not sitting in front of a computer. Then I was too depressed to blog. But I’m here, my sexual orientation is none of your business, and let’s have a look at what I missed over the weekend, shall we?


Rafa won the Rome Masters for the fifth time in six years. This is the sort of thing that happens. It’s his 17th Masters title, equalling Andre Agassi’s record. That sort of thing happens more rarely. And it’s Madrid next week, so who wants to take bets on how long that record is going to stand? Anyone?

Spare a thought for Ferru, though, who beat Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (thanks to AmyLu for the reminder!) and Fernando Verdasco to reach the final, only to be soundly beaten … again.

Just go hang out with Boss, David. At least he buys you dinner when he beats you.

While we’re thought-sparing, how about Fernando Verdasco? He outlasted Djokovic in a three-set epic, only to run out of gas against Ferru – understandably, after his excellent showings in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. Nobody’s going to want him anywhere near them in the draw in Madrid – or Paris.

The same (ish) goes for Ernests Gulbis, who backed up his win over Federer by reaching the semis and becoming the first player to break Rafa’s serve or take a set from him all week. Can we consider him tennistically resurrected?

Hope so.

Meanwhile in Stuttgart, other oddly familiar things were afoot.

Justine Henin beat Samantha Stosur for the first title of her comeback. I can’t quite figure out how I feel about Justine these days. But that’s by the by to a hearty well done. Going to give a shout-out though to Sam Stosur – she really can play on clay, if that Roland Garros semi-final didn’t clue you in already – and Anna Lapushchenkova, who qualified into the draw and beat Govortsova, Azarenka and Safarova on her way to the semi-finals. The jury’s out on whether she’s a thing, but I thought she played really well all week.

On the subject of people who might be things, the de-boobed Simona Halep reached the finals of Fes in only her third tour event.

She lost to Iveta Benesova, but still.

And that is what happened while I was on a bender. I think.

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Stuttgart: And She’s Back In The Game!

Posted by gauloises1 on April 30, 2010

Dinara Safina played her first match today since the Australian Open, a 76(5) 36 60 victory over Agnes Szavay.

Seems like old times …

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Stuttgart, Fes: Wednesday’s Results, Thursday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on April 29, 2010

Wow. Give it up for Li Na, who defeated defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Shahar Peer, who took out Agnieszka Radwanska in Stuttgart today.

In other news, JJ had a routine win and Victoria Azarenka beat Flavia Pennetta 61 64. Not sure what’s the biggest upset there.



Singles – Second Round
Li Na (CHN) d. (3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 63 75
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (5) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 63 67(4) 62

Singles – First Round
(4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 62 62
(6) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 61 64
(7/WC) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Marion Bartoli (FRA) 62 61
(8) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 63 63
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (Q) Selima Sfar (TUN) 26 30 ret. (right ankle injury)
(WC) Justine Henin (BEL) d. (WC) Julia Goerges (GER) 76(3) 61

Doubles – First Round
(2) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Jans/Uhlirova (POL/CZE) 64 75
Huber/Jankovic (USA/SRB) d. Marosi/Scheepers (HUN/RSA) 26 63 107


Singles – Second Round
Anne Keothavong (GBR) d. (1) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 56 ret. (right ankle sprain)
(2) Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) 63 36 62
(Q) Laura Pous Tio (ESP) d. (3) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 63 62
(5) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 62 62
(7) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. (Q) Claire de Gubernatis (FRA) 62 64
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 62 62
Renata Voracova (CZE) d. Katie O’Brien (GBR) 60 75
(Q) Simona Halep (ROU) d. Olga Savchuk (UKR) 63 61

Doubles – First Round
(2) Hradecka/Voracova (CZE/CZE) d. Kerber/Védy (GER/FRA) 63 64
(4) Czink/Parra Santonja (HUN/ESP) d. Kosinska/Thorpe (POL/FRA) 60 61
Cabeza Candela/Pous Tio (ESP/ESP) d. Bovina/Klepac (RUS/SLO) 46 75 106



Center Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Lucie Safarova
2. Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Jelena Jankovic (NB 15.45hrs)
3. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Justine Henin (NB 18.20hrs)
4. Agnes Szavay vs. Dinara Safina (NB 20.15hrs)
5. Goerges/Woehr vs. Govortsova/Rosolska

Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Alexandra Dulgheru vs. Samantha Stosur
2. Anna Lapushchenkova vs. Victoria Azarenka
3. Dulko/Pennetta vs. Huber/Jankovic (NB 17.00hrs; after suitable rest)


Center Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Laura Pous Tio vs. Iveta Benesova
2. Anne Keothavong vs. Alizé Cornet
3. Simona Halep vs. Patty Schnyder
4. Coin/Cornet vs. O’Brien/Olaru

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Angelique Kerber vs. Renata Voracova
2. Cabeza Candela/Pous Tio vs. Hradecka/Voracova (after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Manasieva/Zakopalova vs. Czink/Parra Santonja
2. Benesova/Medina Garrigues vs. Groth/Keothavong (after suitable rest)

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Stuttgart, Fes: Tuesday’s Results, Wednesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on April 27, 2010

I absolutely love Stuttgart. The draw is ridiculously loaded so you get great match-ups right from the start, and they have night sessions so I get to watch after work. It’s all good. Anyway, the first full day’s play already threw up some interesting results. Agnes Szavay outlasted Andrea Petkovic in a marathon night session, 75 in the third; after Petkovic found her range, she played with by far the greater energy and commitment, but fell at the final hurdle. It’s a tough loss after a tough Fed Cup weekend, especially at home, but Szavay did well to get herself together and will face Dinara Safina in the second round. Shahar Peer also battled against Polona Hercog, but all the seeds came through in straights, including Svetlana Kuznetsova against Katarina Srebotnik and Li Na against tough clay-courter Sara Errani.

Most people had their eyes on Agnieszka Radwanska against Ana Ivanovic, however, which ended pretty much the way you would expect.

Obligatory photo of Ana’s dress. You won’t be seeing it again in Stuttgart.

I hear that Ana played and particularly served a lot better than she has done in living memory, so. Onwards and upwards, as she herself would say.

Some interesting results in the criminally unphotographed Fes today; the top two seeds both dropped a set but came through, Medina Garrigues served up a double bagel, and unlikely winners Alize Cornet, Bojana Jovanovski and Simona Halep upset Petra Martic, Barbara Zahlalova Strycova and Lucie Hradecka respectively. Fed Cup and boob reductions. I’m just saying. And a pair of Tims won. C’mon!



Singles – First Round
(3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 61 62
(5) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 76(4) 64
Li Na (CHN) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 61 61
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 63 36 61
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 63 26 75
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. (Q) Tatiana Poutchek (BLR) 62 62
(Q) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. (LL) Margalita Chakhnashvili (GEO) 63 64
(Q) Anna Lapushchenkova (RUS) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 64 61

Doubles – First Round
(1) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. Kostanic Tosic/Sfar (CRO/TUN) 64 62
(3) Black/Peer (ZIM/ISR) d. Birnerova/Birnerova (CZE/CZE) 63 64


Singles – First Round
(1) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Anna Floris (ITA) 61 57 61
(2) Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. (Q) Greta Arn (HUN) 46 75 61
(3) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. (WC) Lina Bennani (MAR) 60 60
Renata Voracova (CZE) d. (4) Melinda Czink (HUN) 64 76(5)
(5) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (WC) Fatima Zahrae El Allami (MAR) 60 61
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (6) Petra Martic (CRO) 76(3) 64
(Q) Simona Halep (ROU) d. (8) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 75 61
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. Vesna Manasieva (RUS) 26 63 63
Katie O’Brien (GBR) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 62 46 63
Anne Keothavong (GBR) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 63 06 64

Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 61
(Q) Laura Pous Tio (ESP) d. Jarmila Groth (AUS) 60 76(4)
(Q) Claire de Gubernatis (FRA) d. (WC) Nadia Lalami (MAR) 76(1) 63

Doubles – First Round
Coin/Cornet (FRA/FRA) d. (3) Savchuk/Zalameda (UKR/USA) 76(3) 76(1)
Manasieva/Zakopalova (RUS/CZE) d. Kondratieva/Lefèvre (RUS/FRA) 63 26 103

Wednesday’s OOP is brought to you by Sveta’s feet of clay.


Center Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Gisela Dulko vs. Jelena Jankovic
2. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Shahar Peer (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Flavia Pennetta vs. Victoria Azarenka (NB 15.45hrs)
4. Justine Henin vs. Julia Goerges (NB 18.20hrs)
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Li Na (NB 20.15hrs)
6. Jans/Uhlirova vs. Peschke/Srebotnik

Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Marion Bartoli vs. Samantha Stosur
2. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Francesca Schiavone
3. Selima Sfar vs. Lucie Safarova
4. Huber/Jankovic vs. Marosi/Scheepers


Center Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Laura Pous Tio
2. Arantxa Parra Santonja vs. Alizé Cornet
3. Ioana Raluca Olaru vs. Patty Schnyder
4. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Anne Keothavong

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Angelique Kerber vs. Bojana Jovanovski
2. Claire de Gubernatis vs. Iveta Benesova
3. Simona Halep vs. Olga Savchuk
4. Kosinska/Thorpe vs. Czink/Parra Santonja

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Katie O’Brien vs. Renata Voracova
2. Kerber/Védy vs. Hradecka/Voracova (after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Cabeza Candela/Pous Tio vs. Bovina/Klepac (after suitable rest)

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Glass Half-Full (of Chocolate Vodka)

Posted by gauloises1 on April 27, 2010

Which does exist, and it’s disgusting. Anyway, ahead of her return to the courts in Stuttgart this week after being absent since the Australian Open with a recurring back injury (a double stress fracture and a ruptured muscle), Dinara Safina revealed that she’s frightened that the injury, if exacerbated, could mean the end of her career:

“My physio is here and I really want to take it step by step. I only started playing on court again on April 3.

“Everybody, including my brother Marat (Safin), told me to take my time but it was really difficult because I wanted to come back on court so badly.

“Right now I feel safe and comfortable, but I need to watch closely that it stays that way.

“My back injury is the worst you can get, because if things go wrong again, that might be it for my professional career altogether.” […]

“There is no way that you can go easy on a lower back injury,” she added.

“With a broken arm or leg, you can rest it, but with your back it is almost impossible.”

Cheery stuff. However, this being Dinara, there’s an upside:

It has made me realise how much I love tennis.

“I just want to get back on court. Regarding things like rankings, titles, defending points – who really cares?”


Could we really see a new, live-for-the-moment, life-affirming Dinara, playing without a crushing weight of pressure visibly dragging her shoulders down?

No. But it’s amusing to imagine it.

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Fes, Stuttgart: Monday’s Results, Tuesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on April 27, 2010

Very little actually happened today. In Stuttgart, the biggest occurrence was probably first-time doubles pairing Ana Ivanovic and Andrea Petkovic losing to veteran British doubles specialist Sarah Borwell and her partner Rachel Kops-Jones, while in Fes … er, really nothing. Except Anne Keothavong and Katie O’Brien both won doubles matches. So a good day to be a Tim playing doubles.



Doubles – First Round
Dulgheru/Szavay (ROU/HUN) d. Chakhnashvili/Schruff (GEO/GER) 64 63
Goerges/Woehr (GER/GER) d. Dekmeijere/Poutchek (LAT/BLR) 75 76(5)
Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) d. Ivanovic/Petkovic (SRB/GER) 75 36 106

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Ivana Lisjak (CRO) 64 64
(3) Anna Lapushchenkova (RUS) d. Margalita Chakhnashvili (GEO) 62 62
Tatiana Poutchek (BLR) d. (WC) Julia Kimmelmann (GER) 64 61
Selima Sfar (TUN) d. Tina Schiechtl (AUT) 62 63


Singles – First Round
(7) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 60 64
Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 64 26 64
Olga Savchuk (UKR) d. Patricia Mayr (AUT) 64 76(0)

Doubles – First Round
(1) Benesova/Medina Garrigues (CZE/ESP) d. Martic/Schnyder (CRO/SUI) 62 62
Groth/Keothavong (AUS/GBR) d. (WC) Bennani/Rassif (MAR/MAR) 61 60
O’Brien/Olaru (GBR/ROU) d. (WC) El Allami/Lalami (MAR/MAR) 60 63

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Simona Halep (ROU) d. (7) Estrella Cabeza Candela (ESP) 61 61
(8) Greta Arn (HUN) d. (3) Corinna Dentoni (ITA) 64 62
(5) Laura Pous Tio (ESP) d. (4) Silvia Soler Espinosa (ESP) 76(5) 76(3)
Claire de Gubernatis (FRA) d. (6) Beatriz García Vidagany (ESP) 75 63



Center Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Katarina Srebotnik
2. Li Na vs. Sara Errani (NB 16.30hrs)
3. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Ana Ivanovic (NB 18.20hrs)
4. Agnes Szavay vs. Andrea Petkovic (NB 20.15hrs)
5. Barthel/Klaschka vs. Govortsova/Rosolska

Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Margalita Chakhnashvili vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
2. Polona Hercog vs. Shahar Peer
3. Olga Govortsova vs. Anna Lapushchenkova
4. Dulko/Pennetta vs. Kostanic Tosic/Sfar
5. Black/Peer vs. Birnerova/Birnerova
6. Tatiana Poutchek vs. Alexandra Dulgheru


Center Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Angelique Kerber vs. Fatima Zahrae El Allami
2. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Lina Bennani
3. Greta Arn vs. Patty Schnyder
4. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Anna Floris
5. Claire de Gubernatis vs. Nadia Lalami

Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Renata Voracova vs. Melinda Czink
2. Alizé Cornet vs. Petra Martic (NB 11.30hrs)
3. Vesna Manasieva vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. Bojana Jovanovski
2. Laura Pous Tio vs. Jarmila Groth
3. Lucie Hradecka vs. Simona Halep

Court 5 (from 11.30hrs)
1. Anne Keothavong vs. Julie Coin
2. Katie O’Brien vs. Pauline Parmentier

Court/Time TBA
1. Kondratieva/Lefèvre vs. Manasieva/Zakopalova

Court/Time TBA
1. Savchuk/Zalameda vs. Coin/Cornet

Court/Time TBA
1. Cabeza Candela/Pous Tio vs. Bovina/Klepac

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Stuttgart: Big Kids II

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2010

Apparently the ladies were feeling left out.

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ATP Sunday Titlists: Pico Wins. Only Yoking.

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2009

Robin Soderling d. Juan Monaco 63 76(4)


Not awfully much to say about this, really. Pico fought hard, and actually had his chances against a clearly nervous Robin, but in the end he was simply outhit. On the other hand, it provided some Pico-in-pain pictures, which are, oh, my third favourite kind of Pico pictures (to be bumped down to fourth should any full frontal nude ones surface).

pico in painpico in pain2

Robin is the first Swede to win the title in nine years, which – not being British – the Swedes apparently feel constitutes some sort of ‘dry spell’. Lightweights. Well done to him.

Singles – Final
[2] R Soderling (SWE) d J Monaco (ARG) 63 76(4)

Doubles – Final
[3] J Levinsky (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) d R Lindstedt (SWE) / R Soderling (SWE) 16 63 10-7

Jeremy Chardy d. Victor Hanescu 16 63 64

chardy trophychardy car

In a match that is certain to have made at least one person I know spaff her pants, Jezza came back from a set down to beat Hanescu, which is particularly impressive after his double duty yesterday. It’s his first ATP tour title, and it’s always nice to see someone break their duck. Well done, boyo. Sorry, garcon.

hanescuchardy champagne

Singles – Final
J Chardy (FRA) d [4] V Hanescu (ROU) 16 63 64

Doubles – Final
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d V Hanescu (ROU) / H Tecau (ROU) 75 64

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Saturday ATP Results: Bastad, Stuttgart

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2009

It’ll be Pico-Soderling in the Bastad final after the Andreas Vinciguerra fairytale came to an end at the hands of Robin Soderling. Vinciguerra hasn’t won the first set of a single one of his matches this week, but Soderling was the first to stop the second-set comeback in its tracks, winning the tiebreak 8-6.

vincivinci sod

It’ll be interesting to see whether Vinciguerra can keep this career resurgence going away from his home tournament. I’m betting no, but it’s been a great week for someone who was tennistically (thank you, Bambi) down and out. The other semifinal saw Pico beat Tommy Robredo 6-0, 6-2 in a performance critics are characterising as “fucking awesome”. Pico came out fired up and broke Tommy in the first game, and Robredo simply never recovered. He was flat, listless and every time he did manage to play a good point, Pico played a better one. He only held serve once in the entire match. I’d have felt a bit sorry for him if Pico hadn’t been looking so, well, hot.



In Stuttgart, Victor Hanescu survived a tough match with the suddenly bizarrely dangerous Fabio Fognini to advance to his first final of the year. He’ll meet Jeremy Chardy, who defeated Mischa Zverev and then came back to school Nicholas Kiefer. Excellent double duty, although he does seem to have been replaced by his evil mirrorverse double at some point. Seriously, what’s with the beard?





Singles – Semi-finals
[2] R Soderling (SWE) d [WC] A Vinciguerra (SWE) 61 76(6)
J Monaco (ARG) d [3] T Robredo (ESP) 60 62


Singles – Semi-finals
[4] V Hanescu (ROU) d F Fognini (ITA) 63 67(4) 62
J Chardy (FRA) d N Kiefer (GER) 63 75

Singles – Quarter-finals
N Kiefer (GER) d [Q] L Kubot (POL) 62 61
J Chardy (FRA) d M Zverev (GER) 76(4) 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
V Hanescu (ROU) / H Tecau (ROU) d [1] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) 64 75
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d [2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Melo (BRA) 36 62 10-4

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