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Wimbledon Day 8 Results, Day 9 OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on June 30, 2010

Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (9) Li Na (CHN) 75 63
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. (2) Venus Williams (USA) 62 63
(21) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. (8) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 36 64 62
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (Q) Kaia Kanepi (EST) 46 76(8) 86

Centre Court 13:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Roger Federer (SUI)[1] v. Tomas Berdych (CZE)[12]
2. Gentlemen’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[10] v. Andy Murray (GBR)[4]
3. Ladies’ Doubles
Lisa Raymond (USA)[7] v. Liezel Huber (USA)[5]
Rennae Stubbs (AUS)[7] Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)[5]

No. 1 Court 13:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[3] v. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
2. Gentlemen’s Singles – Quarterfinals
Robin Soderling (SWE)[6] v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]
3. Ladies’ Doubles
Gisela Dulko (ARG)[4] v. Julia Goerges (GER)
Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[4] Agnes Szavay (HUN)

Court 2 12:00 Start Time
1. Ladies’ Doubles
Serena Williams (USA)[1] v. Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Venus Williams (USA)[1] Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
2. Gentlemen’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
Wesley Moodie (RSA)[7] v. Bob Bryan (USA)[2]
Dick Norman (BEL)[7] Mike Bryan (USA)[2]
3. Mixed Doubles – 3rd Round
Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[1] v. Xavier Malisse (BEL)
Samantha Stosur (AUS)[1] Kim Clijsters (BEL)
4. Mixed Doubles – 3rd Round
Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL)[8] v. Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)[9]
Zi Yan (CHN)[8] Iveta Benesova (CZE)[9]

Court 5 12:00 Start Time
1. Girls’ Singles – 3rd Round
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)[9] v. Eleanor Dean (GBR)
2. Girls’ Singles – 3rd Round
Laura Robson (GBR)[8] v. An-Sophie Mestach (BEL)[11]
3. Boys’ Doubles – 1st Round
Liam Broady (GBR) v. Tobias Blomgren (SWE)
Tom Farquharson (GBR) John Morrissey (IRL)
4. Girls’ Doubles – 1st Round
Lucy Brown (GBR) v. Timea Babos (HUN)[4]
Laura Robson (GBR) Sloane Stephens (USA)[4]
5. Boys’ Doubles – 1st Round
Marco Cecchinato (ITA) v. Lewis Burton (GBR)
Alessandro Colella (ITA) George Morgan (GBR)

Court 6 11:00 Start Time
1. Boys’ Singles – 3rd Round
Renzo Olivo (ARG)[9] v. Jiri Vesely (CZE)[5]
2. Ladies’ Invitation Doubles
Ilana Kloss (RSA) v. Conchita Martinez (ESP)
Rosalyn Nideffer (USA) Nathalie Tauziat (FRA)
3. Boys’ Doubles – 1st Round
Sebastian Lavie (NZL) v. Richard Gabb (GBR)
Renzo Olivo (ARG) Ashley Hewitt (GBR)
4. Boys’ Doubles – 1st Round
Darian King (BAR) v. Filip Horansky (SVK)[8]
Mate Zsiga (HUN) Jozef Kovalik (SVK)[8]

Court 8 11:00 Start Time
1. Girls’ Singles – 3rd Round
Ons Jabeur (TUN)[12] v. Monica Puig (PUR)[5]
2. Boys’ Singles – 3rd Round
Tiago Fernandes (BRA)[3] v. Benjamin Mitchell (AUS)
3. Girls’ Doubles – 2nd Round
Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR)[5] v. Jovana Jaksic (SRB)
Cristina Dinu (ROU)[5] Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL)
4. Boys’ Doubles – 1st Round
Benjamin Mitchell (AUS) v. Tom Allen (GBR)
Ben Wagland (AUS) Jack Carpenter (GBR)
5. Girls’ Doubles – 1st Round
Polina Pekhova (BLR) v. Nigina Abduraimova (UZB)
Demi Schuurs (NED) Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

Court 10 11:00 Start Time
1. Boys’ Singles – 3rd Round
Facundo Arguello (ARG) v. Filip Horansky (SVK)
2. Boys’ Singles – 3rd Round
Denis Kudla (USA)[7] v. Ben Wagland (AUS)
3. Boys’ Doubles – 1st Round
Facundo Arguello (ARG) v. Peter Heller (GER)[5]
Agustin Velotti (ARG) Kevin Krawietz (GER)[5]
4. Boys’ Doubles – 1st Round
Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI) v. Denis Kudla (USA)[3]
Oliver Golding (GBR) Raymond Sarmiento (USA)[3]

Court 12 12:00 Start Time
1. Senior Gentlemen’s Inv. Doubles
Pat Cash (AUS) v. Peter McNamara (AUS)
Mark Woodforde (AUS) Paul McNamee (AUS)
2. Girls’ Singles – 3rd Round
Tara Moore (GBR) v. Nigina Abduraimova (UZB)
3. Boys’ Singles – 3rd Round
Marton Fucsovics (HUN)[13] v. James Marsalek (GBR)
4. Girls’ Doubles – 1st Round
Miyu Kato (JPN) v. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)[2]
Harriet Sheahan (AUS) Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)[2]
5. Senior Gentlemen’s Inv. Doubles
Mansour Bahrami (IRI)[1] v. Joakim Nystrom (SWE)
Henri Leconte (FRA)[1] Mikael Pernfors (SWE)

Court 14 11:00 Start Time
1. Boys’ Singles – 3rd Round
Jason Kubler (AUS)[1] v. Oliver Golding (GBR)
2. Girls’ Singles – 3rd Round
Timea Babos (HUN)[3] v. Sloane Stephens (USA)
3. Girls’ Singles – 3rd Round
Denisa Allertova (CZE) v. Sachie Ishizu (JPN)[10]
4. Boys’ Doubles – 2nd Round
Guilherme Clezar (BRA)[7] v. Jason Kubler (AUS)
Tiago Fernandes (BRA)[7] Andrew Whittington (AUS)
5. Girls’ Doubles – 1st Round
Sachie Ishizu (JPN) v. Daria Gavrilova (RUS)[8]
Akiko Omae (JPN) Ilona Kremen (BLR)[8]

Court 16 11:00 Start Time
1. Boys’ Singles – 3rd Round
Justin Eleveld (NED) v. Damir Dzumhur (BIH)[6]
2. Girls’ Singles – 3rd Round
Clothilde De Bernardi (FRA) v. Irina Khromacheva (RUS)[2]
3. Boys’ Doubles – 1st Round
Jeson Patrombon (PHI) v. Damir Dzumhur (BIH)[2]
Ahmed Triki (TUN) Mate Pavic (CRO)[2]
4. Girls’ Doubles – 1st Round
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v. Cecilia Costa Melgar (CHI)
Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) Clothilde De Bernardi (FRA)

Court 18 12:00 Start Time
1. Ladies’ Doubles
Kveta Peschke (CZE)[6] v. Vania King (USA)
Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)[6] Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
2. Gentlemen’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v. Rohan Bopanna (IND)
Philipp Petzschner (GER) Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK)
3. Mixed Doubles – 3rd Round
Mark Knowles (BAH)[5] v. Paul Hanley (AUS)[12]
Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)[5] Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)[12]
4. Mixed Doubles – 3rd Round
Igor Zelenay (SVK) v. Leander Paes (IND)[2]
Alicja Rosolska (POL) Cara Black (ZIM)[2]

Court 19 11:00 Start Time
1. Girls’ Singles – 3rd Round
Grace Min (USA) v. Yulia Putintseva (RUS)[15]
2. Boys’ Singles – 3rd Round
James Duckworth (AUS)[8] v. Mikhail Biryukov (RUS)[12]
3. Girls’ Doubles – 1st Round
Andrea Gamiz (VEN) v. Ksenia Kirillova (RUS)
Adriana Perez (VEN) Yulia Putintseva (RUS)
4. Girls’ Doubles – 2nd Round
Ons Jabeur (TUN)[3] v. Krista Hardebeck (USA)
Monica Puig (PUR)[3] Grace Min (USA)
5. Boys’ Doubles – 2nd Round
Mikhail Biryukov (RUS) v. Luke Bambridge (GBR)
Alexander Rumyantsev (RUS) Kyle Edmund (GBR)

TBA Start Time
Not Before:17:00 1. Gentlemen’s Invitation Doubles – Semifinals
Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) v. Mark Petchey (GBR)
Cedric Pioline (FRA) Chris Wilkinson (GBR)
Not Before:17:00 2. Senior Gentlemen’s Inv. Doubles
Jeremy Bates (GBR) v. Peter Fleming (USA)
Anders Jarryd (SWE) Guy Forget (FRA)

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Wimbledon Day 8: The Unusual Suspects

Posted by gauloises1 on June 30, 2010

Feast your eyes on this semifinal lineup.

Then probably rub them a bit. OK, we expected Serena, despite the fact that Li Na Na Li (still can’t do it) has played her close and in fact beaten her in the past. But Serena has looked fearsome in these championships, with impenetrable serving (she served at an average of 111 mph today), and Na Li couldn’t really do too much about it. 75, 63, job done.

Curtsey still needs work though.

But what about her opponent, little Petra Kvitova? Well, not that little; she’s six foot. But she is quite young; 20. And you know how I know that? Because I am looking her up on the WTA website. It’s not that I didn’t know who she was – she’s had big wins in the past – I just never thought it would be that important. After all, when has a left-handed Czech ever done anything noteworthy?

Trailblazer.

And really, who thought that Vera Zvonareva would beat Kim Clijsters? Especially when Kim took the first set 63 and appeared perfectly comfortable, moving Zvonareva beautifully from side to side and finishing points off with a beautiful touch at net. She appeared totally relaxed; maybe a little too relaxed, as Vera really took it to her in the second and third sets and Kim had no response. Vera paid tribute to her own newfound maturity and emotional serenity on the court in her presser, which was perhaps fortunate, because probably nobody else was going to do it.

Fear her.

And now we come to the most surprising result of the day, Tsvetana Pironkova’s straightforward demolition of Venus Williams, 62 63. Except … was it? I watched it while it was happening, and then just to be sure I watched it again after work, and I still don’t know how it happened. I do think Pironkova played an excellent match and brought a high degree of guile to the court; knowing she couldn’t compete with Venus on raw pace and power, she concentrated on confounding Venus with no-pace balls and scrupulously accurate placement, working the five-time champion into a frustrated lather which resulted in enforced errors time and again. Most importantly, she brought a high degree of self-belief to the court, and not the manufactured sort which melts away under pressure; having beaten Venus once before, as she said to the BBC, “I actually thought I could win.” A praiseworthy attitude.

But Venus definitely contributed to beating herself. For one thing, she consistently failed to attack Pironkova’s serve, particularly her frankly nothing second serve. She simply made too many wild errors. And her choice of tactics was baffling, especially with regards to her stubborn insistence on serving and hitting to Pironkova’s backhand, which stung her time and again. I understand that a part of Venus’ ethos is a focus on her own game and a belief that the result rests largely if not exclusively on how well she executes that game. But when a relatively simple adjustment in tactics could have swung the match in her favour … Well, I suppose even five-time champions have their off-days.

Pictured: an off-day.

That sounds ungracious towards Pironkova, and I don’t necessarily mean it that way. It might just be my own annoyance that a player who I’ve never really thought of as a potentially big talent confounded my expectations so thoroughly. She did play a great match, she really did, and pulled off the upset of the tournament so far – which is a neat trick when Yen-Hsun Lu beat Andy Roddick in five sets. And she was sweet afterwards. So good on you, Tsvetana.

Nickname suggestions gratefully accepted.

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Wimbledon Day 7: … And The Rest

Posted by gauloises1 on June 29, 2010

On the ladies’ side, three somewhat surprise packages join the usual suspects in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. First up, Petra Kvitova, who beat Caroline Wozniacki 62 60 to book her spot. Wozniacki won just five points in the second set.

Kvitova, who had never won a grass court match coming into this tournament, will meet Kaia Kanepi, who will insist on occasionally being a thing. She took out Klara Zakopalova in straights.

The third unpredictable entrant is Tsvetana Pironkova, who defied my prediction by taking out former finalist Marion Bartoli in straights. Her reward is a meeting with Venus Williams, who – despite a little trouble finding her court – beat a feisty Jarmila Groth to book her spot in the quarterfinals.

Elsewhere, it was a sad day for fans of Jelena Jankovic, as she was forced to retire with a back injury when trailing Vera Zvonareva 16 03. Wimbledon just isn’t her tournament, is it?

Rounding out the last eight is Li Na, who demolished Agnieszka Radwanska in a reversal of last year’s round of sixteen to face Serena Williams, and then offered some wise words for us all:

Q. What have you done well this week and last week and in Birmingham, do you think?

NA LI: After I win in Birmingham, I was feeling more confident, more positive thinking on the grass court. But because my coach didn’t come to Birmingham, so after I meet him, he was like, Just forget Birmingham. This much different tournament.

So every time, he always talk like. Every time he talk like, Forget, forget, forget that one. I was like, Okay. I couldn’t forget. I played five rounds of match, win tournament. How I can forget that? But he always like, Forget. This is much different game.

On the men’s side, guess who is in the quarterfinals! Yeah, you guessed it.

What depth. They will be joined by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who put out Benny in four, and Andy Murray, who was frankly sensational against limited opposition in his victory over Sam Querrey.

C’mon Andy.

Not a bad quarter-finals lineup on either side, is it?

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Wimbledon Manic Monday Preview: Ladies

Posted by gauloises1 on June 28, 2010

And now for the distaff side.

Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova

H2H: 5-1

Strawberries-and-cream vs. upturned rose (apparently), one of these women has looked in devastatingly awesome form so far, and the other is Maria Sharapova. Admittedly Maria has won all her matches in straight sets, but the only one I’ve watched (against junior nemesis Barbora Zahlalova Strycova), she looked clumsy, sluggish and tentative. I’ve no doubt that she will get it up against Serena, but I still think this match might turn out to be a bit of a damp squib. Prediction: Serena in straights.

Winner to meet …

Na Li v Agnieszka Radwanska

 

H2H: 1-2

It’s been a quiet Wimbledon for both these ladies so far and I haven’t seen either of them play (although we all owe Na Li a vote of thanks for getting rid of Anastasia ‘toys so far out of the pram they have been adopted by other kind homes’ Rodionova). I’m going with Agnieszka, because her game works beautifully on grass and she’s a two-time quarterfinalist in SW19. Prediction: Radwanska in three.

Caroline Wozniacki v Petra Kvitova

H2H: 2-0

Kvitova has had one of the most eye-catching results at this tournament so far, coming back from a break down in the first to not just defeat but bagel Victoria Azarenka (oh, Vika). That will have given her a lot of confidence, but you can’t really bet against slow-and-steady Caroline, can you? Sadly. Prediction: Wozniacki in straights.

Winner to meet …

Klara Zakopalova v Kaia Kanepi

H2H: 0-1

There are some players that I just get irrationally annoyed when I see them win. These are two of them; Zakopalova because she’s got a sour expression on her face even when she’s winning, and Kanepi because you can never tell from tournament to tournament which one of her is going to turn up (and when it’s Good Kaia, she generally announces her presence by beating one or more of my favourites). However, both of them are on excellent mini-runs. Zakopalova has beaten Meusberger, Rezai and Pennetta; Kanepi, Sam Stosur, Edina Gallovits and Alexandra Dulgheru. On the basis that the former is a shade more impressive and I don’t really care, I’m going with Zakopalova. Prediction: Zakopalova in three. She won’t smile.

Kim Clijsters v Justine Henin

H2H: 12-12 (3-1 on grass)

The other match to look forward to, particularly if you’re one of those who bemoans the last few years in the WTA. Kim has cruised so far and looks in some ways ripe for an upset, while Justine has played as well as anyone in the tournament in her defeat of Nadia Petrova. Still, I think that Justine wants this too much and that, coupled with the changes she’s made to her game this year which still don’t seem to sit right, will cost her. Prediction: Kim in three.

Winner to meet …

Vera Zvonareva v Jelena Jankovic

H2H: 5-6

Vera has been quietly coming through in the bottom of the draw, largely unheeded with solid wins over unspectacular opponents until the third round when she demolished Yanina Wickmayer. The buzz is that she finally feels that she’s got her form back. JJ, meanwhile, after her win over Laura Robson, dropped a set to Aleksandra Wozniak and called the trainer after bagelling Alona Bondarenko. Not to mention that this court will be played on court 12, which JJ will need a helicopter or at least a team of Sherpas to find. Prediction: Zvonareva in two.

Tsvetana Pironkova v Marion Bartoli

H2H: 0-3

Every Slam I reckon there has to be one round-of-sixteen match-up which makes you go, “… how did this happen?”. This is mine. Er, Pironkova beat Dushevina who beat Schiavone, and Bartoli is a former finalist, so …. I don’t even know. Prediction: Bartoli in straights.

Winner to meet …

Jarmila Groth v Venus Williams

H2H: 0-0

It’s been a very nice tournament for the adorable Jarmila. Shame it’s over. Prediction: Venus in straights.

So that’s what I think. What do you reckon ..?

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One Out of Two Not Bad, Belgium

Posted by gauloises1 on October 23, 2009

Sadly I can find no photos of Luxembourg yet, but stuff happened! Oh yes. Much to the surprise of everyone, Patty Schnyder beat Mumbacker Kim Clijsters in a third set tiebreak. Nicely done, Patty. She was 2-6 down to Clijsters in the H2H before today. Luckily for the fans, they still have Yanina Wickmayer, who withstood a determined challenge from Alize Cornet and her own allergy to holding serve for a 75 76(6) win. Shahar Peer and Katarina Srebotnik also progressed.

As aforementioned, the surprise of the day in Moscow was Vera Zvonareva falling to Tsetvana Pironkova. In what has become a familiar tale in 2009, Zvonareva was clearly struggling with her knees, but all credit to Pironkova, who played really exceptionally well. It’s a struggle to reconcile a performance like that with 13 first-round losses this year, but there you are.

tsvetana pironkova kremlin cup moscow

It’s not all woe for the Russians though, as a trio of unseeded ladies are through; Alisa Kleybanova, Vera Dushevina and Maria Kirilenko, who did well to beat Aleksandra Wozniak 64 63.

maria kirilenko kremlin cup moscow

And as also aforementioned, JJ is also through after beating Lucie Safarova 76(5) 63. Lucie looked very good in patches, but as usual, a plethora of unforced errors at inopportune moments cost her against the much steadier JJ.

jelena jankovic kremlin cup moscow

Eye of the tiger.

jelena jankovic kremlin cup moscow

Cheek of the hamster.

Luxembourg

Singles – Second Round
Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. (2/WC) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 64 36 76(6)
(4) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 75 36 62
(5) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 75 76(6)
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (8) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 36 63 61
Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) d. (LL) Anne Kremer (LUX) 26 64 60

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Medina Garrigues/Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP) d. Malek/Parra Santonja (GER/ESP) 64 64

Moscow

Singles – Second Round
(Q) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. (1) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 60 62
(2) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 76(5) 63
(8) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 62 75
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (Q) Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 61 62
Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 36 64 63
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
A.Bondarenko/Voskoboeva (UKR/KAZ) d. (2) Kleybanova/Makarova (RUS/RUS) 36 62 106
(3) Kirilenko/Petrova (RUS/RUS) d. Ar. Rodionova/Savchuk (RUS/UKR) 16 75 119

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