New Balls, Please

"Climbing the Comeback Mountain with the Tower of Tandil."

  • Recent Posts

  • Unhealthily Obsessed With

    agnieszka radwanska alize cornet amelie mauresmo ana ivanovic andy murray andy roddick aravane rezai ATP ATP week ahead australian open beijing belgrade british tennis bstaad caroline wozniacki cincinnati daniela hantuchova david ferrer david nalbandian davis cup dinara safina doha dubai elena dementieva ernests gulbis estoril fed cup feliciano lopez fernando gonzalez fernando verdasco flavia pennetta francesca schiavone french open gael monfils gilles simon image is everything indian wells jelena jankovic jo-wilfried tsonga john isner juan carlos ferrero juan martin del potro juan monaco julien benneteau justine henin kim clijsters kuala lumpur li na lleyton hewitt los angeles madrid marat safin marcos baghdatis maria kirilenko maria sharapova marin cilic marion bartoli melanie oudin miami mikhail youzhny montreal munich nikolay davydenko novak djokovic paris masters philipp kohlschreiber queens radek stepanek rafael nadal richard gasquet robin soderling roger federer rome sabine lisicki samantha stosur sam querrey serena williams shahar peer shanghai sorana cirstea stuttgart svetlana kuznetsova sydney the withdrawal method thomaz bellucci titlists tokyo tomas berdych tommy robredo us open venus williams vera zvonareva victoria azarenka video wimbledon WTA wta week ahead WTFs yanina wickmayer
  • Categories

Archive for the ‘tokyo’ Category

So That Happened.

Posted by gauloises1 on October 6, 2009

JMDP lost 64 64 in the first round of Tokyo this morning, to qualifier Eduardo Roger-Vasselin. I didn’t see it, but it doesn’t look pretty.

del potro tokyo japan open first round del potro tokyo japan open first round


After the match, JMDP said that he was suffering from jet lag and some sort of stomach problem (dude, just STOP going to Tokyo) but that he wasn’t going to make excuses for the loss – thus using a different definition of making excuses than I was previously aware of.

Congratulations to Roger-Vasselin though, who’s one of those people whose name I always see in qualifying draws but who rarely seems to make it to the main draw. Huge win for him.



So … we’ve got a first round loss to someone ranked 189th in the world. Is this going to become a thing from now on? Because … OK.

Posted in eduardo roger-vasselin, juan martin del potro, tokyo | Tagged: , | 13 Comments »

Tuesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on October 5, 2009


Center (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Acasuso vs. Safin
2. Maria Sharapova vs. Victoria Azarenka (NB 12.00hrs)
3. ATP: Kubot vs. Roddick
4. ATP: Nadal vs. Baghdatis
5. Nadia Petrova vs. Daniela Hantuchova (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Yan/Zheng vs. Stosur/Stubbs

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Blake vs. Mayer
2. Elena Dementieva vs. Melinda Czink
3. Ekaterina Makarova vs. Serena Williams (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Jelena Jankovic vs. Peng Shuai
5. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Patty Schnyder (NB 19.00hrs)

Court 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Soares/Ullyett vs. Bryan/Bryan
2. ATP: Ferrer vs. González
3. ATP: Verdasco vs. Ginepri
4. ATP: Davydenko vs. Kunitsyn
5. ATP: Soderling vs. Chardy

Court 4 (from 12.30hrs)
1. Vania King vs. María José Martínez Sánchez
2. Alisa Kleybanova vs. Marion Bartoli
3. ATP: Nestor/Zimonjic vs. Acasuso/González (after suitable rest)
4. ATP: Llodra/Mathieu vs. Kubot/Marach (after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 12.30hrs)
1. Flavia Pennetta vs. Kateryna Bondarenko
2. Francesca Schiavone vs. Vera Zvonareva
3. Han/Ji vs. Kudryavtseva/Makarova (after suitable rest)

Court 8 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Black/Huber vs. Szavay/Vinci
2. Medina Garrigues/Ruano Pascual vs. Pavlyuchenkova/Wickmayer
3. ATP: Mathieu vs. Ljubicic
4. ATP: Fognini vs. Troicki


tokyo oop

Posted in beijing, tokyo | 8 Comments »

Tokyo: Bambi, Wawrinka, Chiudinelli Through

Posted by gauloises1 on October 5, 2009

Yeah, I couldn’t think of a funny post title for this one. Anyway, not too much happened in Tokyo today. Gael Monfils dominated Turkey’s finest Marsel Ilhan 62 64, and qualifier Marco Chiudinelli upset Dudi Sela – who hasn’t been doing too well of late if memory serves. Not that that can’t be turned around, as Stanislas Wawrinka overcame whatever morning sickness has been bothering him in the past few months to beat John Isner 64 64.

wawrinka stanislas tokyo japan open 2009isner toyko japan open 2009

Oh, and the GOAT doubles pairing of Pico and Steps lost. But it was 50% to Rosco Hutchins, so that’s kind of OK.

Elf plays tomorrow!

Singles – First Round
[4] G Monfils (FRA) d [Q] M Ilhan (TUR) 62 64
[7] S Wawrinka (SUI) d J Isner (USA) 64 64
[Q] M Chiudinelli (SUI) d D Sela (ISR) 46 61 64
S Greul (GER) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 46 64 62

Doubles – First Round
[1] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d A Beck (GER) / P Petzschner (GER) 62 63
[WC] H Kondo (JPN) / G Soeda (JPN) d [4] T Parrott (USA) / F Polasek (SVK) 62 57 10-7
R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) d J Monaco (ARG) / R Stepanek (CZE) 75 46 10-7

Posted in john isner, stanislas wawrinka, tokyo | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

Monday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on October 5, 2009


Center (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Kohlschreiber vs. Karlovic
2. ATP: Hanescu vs. Djokovic
3. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Venus Williams (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Dinara Safina vs. Zhang Shuai
5. Lucie Safarova vs. Li Na (NB 19.00hrs)
6. ATP: Almagro vs. Ferrero

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Daniela Hantuchova vs. Carla Suárez Navarro
2. Nadia Petrova vs. Alla Kudryavtseva
3. ATP: Robredo vs. Becker
4. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues
5. ATP: Andreev vs. Cilic (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Senoglu/Shvedova vs. Hsieh/Peng

Court 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Sabine Lisicki vs. Francesca Schiavone
2. Alizé Cornet vs. Aleksandra Wozniak
3. Alona Bondarenko vs. Sara Errani
4. ATP: Knowles/Roddick vs. Lee/Yang (NB 17.00hrs)

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Alisa Kleybanova
2. ATP: Benneteau vs. Daniel
3. ATP: Moodie/Norman vs. Dlouhy/Kohlschreiber (NB 14.30hrs)

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Vania King vs. Galina Voskoboeva
2. Cirstea/Mirza vs. Szavay/Vinci (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Groenefeld/Schnyder vs. Govortsova/Poutchek
4. Azarenka/Zvonareva vs. Kleybanova/Schiavone


tokyo oop

Posted in beijing, tokyo | 2 Comments »

Domo Arigato, Mr. del Potro

Posted by gauloises1 on October 5, 2009

I had to, right? You understand that I had to. Anyway, Daniel was kind enough to link to this video of JMDP practicing with Pico in preparation for the Rakuten Japan Open.

I refuse to draw any conclusions about performance from a practice video. But can you believe how many people are there to watch?! The under-the-radar days are definitely over.

Anyway, just because we’re a multimedia service and JMDP is, well, hot, have some photos.

del potro tokyo practice

del potro tokyo practicedel potro tokyo practice

del potro tokyo press conference

del potro tokyo japan open

Sunshine through my window.

Posted in juan martin del potro, juan monaco, tokyo, video | Tagged: | 14 Comments »

ATP Week Ahead: Tokyo, Beijing

Posted by gauloises1 on October 5, 2009


berdych tokyo

Draw here.

Well, Elf’s back. And so is Tomas Berdych, the man who beat him 61 64 in last year’s final to take the trophy. (Journalistic impartiality compels me to point out that JMDP was ill.) If the seeding holds, they’re due to meet in the … never, actually, but they could meet in the semi-finals. JMDP kicks off with a qualifier, and may have to face either Jurgen Melzer (perennially attracted to him in the draws, and indeed who could blame him?) or a certain Horseface in the second round, before probably-Hewitt in the quarters and probably either Berdych or Simon in the semi-finals.

Not that it’s all about JMDP, of course, although all eyes will be on him. (Well, all my eyes.) Also in action: Thomaz Bellucci, who is due to face Mikhail Youzhny in a first-round that could be either cracking or totally limp; Stanislas Wawrinka, who’s drawn Isner in the first round in a match you probably don’t want when you’re somewhat slumping; and Gael Monfils, who kicks off against Turkey’s finest Marsel Ilhan and will face either Marco Chiudinelli or Dudi Sela in the second round. The bottom quarter is absolutely loaded, with Stepanek vs. Gulbis, Pico vs. Garcia-Lopez, Gasquet vs. Petzchner, and Tsonga vs. Zverev the first-round match-ups. All of which is to say: fun! Go Elf! And don’t drink the water.


roddick beijing

Draw here.

Now this is loaded. Top seed Nadal kicks off against Marcos Baghdatis, with a probable meeting with James Blake in the second round. Marat Safin plays Chucho in the first round, with the victor meeting either David Ferrer or Gonzo. A probable semi-final against Davydenko awaits, with the Russian having a fairly easy route; I don’t see either Kohlschreiber or Karlovic giving him too much trouble in the second round, and much as I love Marin, I’ve had too much experience of his inconsistency to bet against him even getting through a first round against Igor Andreev.

The bottom half of the draw is anchored by Djokovic and Soderling, with Roddick and Verdasco tucked in there too. Robin has a tough draw, faced with Chardy in the first round and probably-Robredo in the second, so I’d look for defending champion Roddick to come out of that quarter. Verdasco will have to contend with either Nicolas Almagro or Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second round, but I would still expect him to play Djokovic in the quarter-finals. It’s far from inconceivable that we could get a Nole-Nadal final. Which would just be all sorts of good stuff. Fingers crossed.

Posted in andy roddick, ATP week ahead, beijing, tokyo, tomas berdych | Tagged: , | 8 Comments »

Sunday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on October 4, 2009


Center (from 1 p.m.)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez / Mischa Zverev vs. Eric Butorac / Rajeev Ram
Viktor Troicki vs. Gilles Simon (NB 3 p.m.)

Beijing (WTA main draw, ATP qualifying)

Center (from 11.00hrs)
1. Ji Chun-Mei vs. Lucie Safarova
2. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Zheng Jie
3. Dinara Safina vs. Roberta Vinci
4. Kaia Kanepi vs. Serena Williams
5. Elena Dementieva vs. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Yaroslava Shvedova vs. Peng Shuai

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Sorana Cirstea vs. Vera Zvonareva
2. Maria Kirilenko vs. Kateryna Bondarenko
3. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Marion Bartoli
4. María José Martínez Sánchez vs. Caroline Wozniacki
5. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Lu Jingjing (NB 19.00hrs)

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Mayer vs. de Chaunac
2. ATP: Fognini vs. Dlouhy
3. Zhang Shuai vs. Iveta Benesova

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Sara Errani vs. Virginie Razzano
2. Urszula Radwanska vs. Patty Schnyder
3. Jans/Rosolska vs. Errani/Pennetta (NB 13.00hrs)
4. Bondarenko/Bondarenko vs. King/Petrova

Court 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Elena Vesnina vs. Melinda Czink
2. Olga Govortsova vs. Victoria Azarenka
3. Shahar Peer vs. Ekaterina Makarova

Court 8 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Young vs. Kubot
2. ATP: Ginepri vs. Llodra
3. Pavlyuchenkova/Wickmayer vs. Dushevina/Rodionova (NB 13.00hrs)
4. Chuang/Raymond vs. Han/Ji

Kuala Lumpur

Centre (from 2.30 p.m.)
Mariusz Frystenberg / Marcin Matkowski vs. Ignor Kunitsyn / Jaroslav Levinsky
Nikolay Davydenko vs. Fernando Verdasco (NB 3.45 p.m.)

Tokyo qualifying here.

Posted in bangkok, beijing, kuala lumpur, tokyo | Leave a Comment »

Tokyo: The Last Goodbye

Posted by gauloises1 on October 4, 2009

With her Tokyo tournament at an end, Ai Sugiyama has officially retired. So look for her back on the tour in about 15 months.


Just kidding. I think this retirement might actually stick. It’s sad in a way that she couldn’t end on a win, as she and partner Daniela Hantuchova fell to Alisa Kleybanova and Francesca Schiavone, 64 62. But it looks like the match was played in great spirit and that those present took the opportunity to honour Ai, which is lovely.

ai sugiyama daniela hantuchova tokyo final doubles retirement

Poor Daniela. A friend of mine had a pair of dogs, one of whom died recently, and he was telling me that the younger one still wanders around the house looking for the dead one. This is my mental image of Dani at doubles sign-in from now on.

ai sugiyama retirement tokyo daniela hantuchova francesca schiavone

Not sure what Francesca’s doing here, but I’m going to assume it’s a nice gesture.

sugiyama hantuchova kleybanova schiavone tokyo doubles final

ai sugiyama retirement tokyo doubles final

Really bye now, Ai.

Posted in ai sugiyama, alisa kleybanova, daniela hantuchova, francesca schiavone, titlists, tokyo | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

Tokyo: The Return of Shazzilla

Posted by gauloises1 on October 3, 2009

Congratulations to Maria Sharapova, who won her first title since Amelia Island in April 2008 in Tokyo last night after Jelena Jankovic retired.


Shame that the match had to go this way. I didn’t see it, but reportedly Jankovic was 5-2 down in the first set when she took a medical timeout to get her right arm examined by the trainer. Jankovic lost the next two points and then retired.

“It’s disappointing,” said Sharapova, who had arthroscopic surgery to repair a rotator cuff in her right shoulder nearly a year ago. “It’s toward the end of the year and there are a lot of injuries so I wish Jelena a speedy recovery.”


jj shazza

Feel the love.

Great stuff for Maria though. This win will put her back inside the WTA top fifteen. I think Shazza is officially back.

maria sharapova jelena jankovic trophy tokyo final

maria sharapova tokyo trophy

I wonder how much this victory has to do with the fact that she’s gone back to her former, unabbreviated service motion, which she’s obviously much more comfortable with. But will her shoulder hold up under it? And will JJ now withdraw from Beijing, where she and Sharapova could quite conceivably meet in the third round? Questions upon questions.

Posted in jelena jankovic, maria sharapova, titlists, tokyo | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

Saturday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on October 3, 2009


bangkok oop


(WTA/ATP qualifying & WTA first round)

Center (from 11.00hrs)
1. Flavia Pennetta vs. Han Xinyun
2. Samantha Stosur vs. Alizé Cornet
3. Czink/U.Radwanska vs. Yan/Zheng (NB 14.00hrs)
4. Kuznetsova/Safina vs. Craybas/Glatch
5. Vera Dushevina vs. Venus Williams (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Agnes Szavay vs. Alona Bondarenko

Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Urszula Radwanska vs. Tatiana Poutchek (Singles Q Final)
2. Yaroslava Shvedova vs. Sun Shengnan (Singles Q Final)
3. Ji Chun-Mei vs. Angela Haynes (Singles Q Final)
4. Aravane Rezai vs. Aleksandra Wozniak
5. Sun/Sun vs. Kudryavtseva/Makarova (NB 19.00hrs)

Court 4 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Melinda Czink vs. Galina Voskoboeva (Singles Q Final)
2. Alexa Glatch vs. Olga Govortsova (Singles Q Final)
3. Grandin/Kops-Jones vs. Benesova/Voskoboeva (NB 14.00hrs)

Court 5 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Kamil Capkovic vs. Lukasz Kubot
2. Lukas Dlouhy vs. Brendan Evans
3. Sybille Bammer vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Court 7 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Shao-Xuan Zeng vs. Sebastian De Chaunac
2. Feliciano Lopez vs. Donald Young
3. Shahar Peer vs. Vania King (Singles Q Final)

Court 8 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Florian Mayer vs. Michael Yani
2. Robby Ginepri vs. Ze Zhang
3. Kateryna Bondarenko vs. Chanelle Scheepers (Singles Q Final)

Court 9 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Fabio Fognini vs. Tsung-Hua Yang
2. Ivo Klec vs. Michael Llodra
3. Nuria Llagostera Vives vs. Alla Kudryavtseva (Singles Q Final)

Kuala Lumpur

kuala lumpur oop



Center (from 12.00hrs)
1. Singles Final: Maria Sharapova vs. Jelena Jankovic
2. Doubles Final: Kleybanova/Schiavone vs. Hantuchova/Sugiyama

ATP (qualifying)

tokyo oop

Posted in bangkok, beijing, kuala lumpur, tokyo | 2 Comments »