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WTA Week Ahead: Acapulco, Doha

Posted by gauloises1 on February 21, 2011


International, Venus Williams defending (but not); draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Julia Goerges, Polona Hercog, Greta Arn, Gisela Dulko, Simona Halep, Arantxa Parra Santonja, Carla Suarez Navarro, Olga Govortsova

Points of interest: Polona Hercog and Simona Halep disappointed me in Bogota. Will they do it again?! Probably, and Polona was a finalist here last year, so she’ll have no excuse. Melanie Oudin and a literal pair of Pliskovas (transitioning juniors, thigh tattoos) are also bimbling about in the draw.



Premier, defending … well, this tournament hasn’t been played since 2008, when Maria Sharapova won it before it was superseded by the Year-End Championships, so she’s sort of defending; Alisa Kleybanova also won a tournament this week last year; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Francesca Schiavone, Li Na,  Jelena Jankovic, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Shahar Peer

Points of interest: This is basically Dubai-lite with no number 1 ranking on the line. Still a pretty good draw with some exceptional first-round matches: Flavia Pennetta-Zheng Jie, Lucie Safarova-Agnieszka Radwanska, Alisa Kleybanova-Marion Bartoli, Svetlana Kuznetsova-Shahar Peer (who probably still won’t be allowed to play where people can see her), Azarenka-Hantuchova. It’s going to be insanity from day one. Enjoy.

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Posted by gauloises1 on January 21, 2011

It was a sad night for all concerned when Venus Williams was forced to retire against Andrea Petkovic after just one game on Rod Laver Arena last night, due to the hip flexor injury she sustained against Zahlalova Strycova in the previous round.

There’s a lot about this that is open to question, including the reaction from some of the crowd as she walked off with a few boos and whistles heard, and the decision by the tournament director to schedule her match for the night session on Rod Laver – supposedly to give her the maximum time to recover, which is a sensible enough reason. At the risk of being insulting, I can understand the reaction from the crowd to some extent, though – you’ve got a beered-up, late night crowd who have paid to see tennis, waited patiently for the women’s match to start, and then only get to see one game. In the heat of the moment, it would be easy to be pissed off, and that’s the reaction that the scheduling exposed Venus to. They could have put her on Hisense for the night match and it would have protected her somewhat, but I suppose they couldn’t afford to miss the chance of a spectacle. And so it proved.

One thing that’s not open to question is Venus’ courage in even attempting to play. She said in her presser that she didn’t know how her body would react under match conditions, and that she was hoping for a surge of adrenaline that would let her play through pain. From the sound of things, Oracene didn’t even want her to play the tournament at all, and she certainly risked making the injury much worse by attempting to fulfill her obligations. It’s the first match she’s retired in since 2004 and her first ever retirement in a Slam. She would have done anything to avoid it, but the pain provoked by changing direction or taking the racquet back was visible. She put the game and competing above her own best interests and did her best to do what she had to do. It’s not necessarily wise, but it’s worthy of respect.

The inevitable questions about how long she can keep playing are already being bandied around. As far as I’m concerned, I just hope she heals well from this latest injury and gets to play as long as she wants to.

So Venus goes home – I hope she’s not making herself fly economy this time – and Andrea Petkovic is through to her second consecutive fourth round at a Slam (the last one, incidentally, was via a walkover). She handled a difficult situation with great class and will face Maria Sharapova next. At least she had a little time to get used to Rod Laver …

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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?


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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Wimbledon: Day 3 Results, Day 4 OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on June 24, 2010


Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d I Bozoljac (SRB) 63 67(4) 64 76(5)
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d T Dent (USA) 76(5) 61 64
[5] A Roddick (USA) d M Llodra (FRA) 46 64 61 76(2)
D Brands (GER) d [7] N Davydenko (RUS) 16 76(5) 76(8) 61
[12] T Berdych (CZE) d B Becker (GER) 75 63 64
[15] L Hewitt (AUS) d E Korolev (KAZ) 64 64 30 ret.
[16] J Melzer (AUT) d V Troicki (SRB) 67(5) 46 63 76(6) 63
[21] G Monfils (FRA) d K Beck (SVK)  64 64 67(4) 64
[22] F Lopez (ESP) d R Berankis (LTU) 75 46 63 64
[28] A Montanes (ESP) d B Evans (USA) 36 63 67(5) 61 64
[29] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 76(6) 57 26 76(5) 97
[31] V Hanescu (ROU) d M Ilhan (TUR) 64 64 36 63
A Clement (FRA) d P Luczak (AUS) 67(4) 63 63 64
Y Lu (TPE) d M Przysiezny (POL) 64 76(7) 63
F Mayer (GER) d M Fish (USA) 67(2) 63 64 64
D Istomin (UZB) d R Schuettler (GER) 63 76(5) 46 46 61

Singles – First Round
N Mahut (FRA) vs [23] J Isner (USA) – To Finish Thursday 46 63 76(7) 67(3) 59-59
T De Bakker (NED) d S Giraldo (COL) 67(4) 64 63 57 16-14

Doubles – First Round
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs J Marray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) – suspended until Thursday
M Chiudinelli (SUI) / B Reynolds (USA) vs [2] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) – suspended until Thursday
[3] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d R De Voest (RSA) / M Zverev (GER) 76(4) 64 63
[4] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) vs M Gonzalez (ARG) / S Prieto (ARG) – suspended until Thursday
L Mayer (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d [5] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) 63 67(6) 63 26 86
[6] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d M Kohlmann (GER) / J Nieminen (FIN) 67(4) 61 16 76(2) 64
[11] M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 76(5) 46 76(4) 67(2) 64
[12] J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs M Przysiezny (POL) / D Sela (ISR) – suspended until Thursday
[16] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) d L Friedl (CZE) / D Skoch (CZE) 64 63 76(4)
J Delgado (GBR) / J Goodall (GBR) d N Almagro (ESP) / S Ventura (ESP) 57 76(4) 61 63
C Eaton (GBR) / D Inglot (GBR) d F Fognini (ITA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) 67(7) 75 64 76(4)
J Levine (USA) / R Sweeting (USA) d S Robert (FRA) / R Wassen (NED) 26 62 62 62
S Gonzalez (MEX) / T Rettenmaier (USA) d D Bracciali (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) 64 36 76(5) 61
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d S Devvarman (IND) / T Huey (PHI) 36 75 63 76(6)
J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d X Malisse (BEL) / O Rochus (BEL) 75 62 76(4)
M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) d J Erlich (ISR) / D Vemic (SRB) 63 63 64
C Kas (GER) / V Troicki (SRB) vs T De Bakker (NED) / R Haase (NED) – suspended until Thursday
A Falla (COL) / S Giraldo (COL) vs L Lacko (SVK) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) – suspended until Thursday


Singles – Second Round
(2) Venus Williams (USA) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 60 64
(4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 46 62 64
(8) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Karolina Sprem (CRO) 63 62
(12) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 63 64
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (13) Shahar Peer (ISR) 36 63 64
(15) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 76(9) 64
(17) Justine Henin (BEL) d. Kristina Barrois (GER) 63 75
(21) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. (Q) Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 61 64
(26) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 64 62
(27) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Shenay Perry (USA) 61 64
(28) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 46 64 63
Regina Kulikova (RUS) d. (30) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 62 64
Jarmila Groth (AUS) d. (33) Melanie Oudin (USA) 64 63
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 63 64
(Q) Greta Arn (HUN) d. Alicia Molik (AUS) 75 64

Singles – First Round
(24) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Vania King (USA) 67(4) 76(4) 63

Doubles – First Round
(4) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. Rodionova/Rodionova (AUS/RUS) 62 46 61
(6) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Craybas/Erakovic (USA/NZL) 62 75
(12) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Daniilidou/Woehr (GRE/GER) 62 57 63
(15) Rosolska/Yan (POL/CHN) d. Coin/Pelletier (FRA/CAN) 63 62
(17) Chuang/Govortsova (TPE/BLR) d. Azarenka/Chakvetadze (BLR/RUS) 36 76(2) 62
Kuznetsova/Rezai (RUS/FRA) d. Dekmeijere/Kvitova (LAT/CZE) 63 46 62
Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy (ESP/USA) d. Dzehalevich/Poutchek (BLR/BLR) 64 75
Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Grandin/Spears (RSA/USA) 63 63
King/Shvedova (USA/KAZ) d. Brianti/Dulgheru (ITA/ROU) 61 62
Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) d. Malek/Petkovic (GER/GER) 64 64
Cibulkova/Pavlyuchenkova (SVK/RUS) d. Gallovits/Jans (ROU/POL) 46 62 64
Rybarikova/Zakopalova (SVK/CZE) d. Czink/Parra Santonja (HUN/ESP) 63 76(3)
Mirza/Wozniacki (IND/DEN) d. (WC) Keothavong/South (GBR/GBR) 64 61
Chang/Morita (TPE/JPN) d. Date Krumm/Tanasugarn (JPN/THA) 63 76(4)
Goerges/Szavay (GER/HUN) d. (WC) Cavaday/Smith (GBR/GBR) 46 64 61
(WC) Rae/Watson (GBR/GBR) d. Dellacqua/Molik (AUS/AUS) 36 61 64

Suspended due to darkness
(5) Huber/Mattek-Sands (USA/USA) vs. Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) 67(1) 63


Centre Court 13:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Singles – 2nd Round
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v. Andy Murray (GBR)[4]
2. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[3] v. Kai-Chen Chang (TPE)
3. Gentlemen’s Singles – 2nd Round
Robin Haase (NED) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]

No. 1 Court 13:00 Start Time
1. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[16]
2. Gentlemen’s Singles – 2nd Round
Robin Soderling (SWE)[6] v. Marcel Granollers (ESP)
3. Gentlemen’s Singles – 2nd Round
Ivan Dodig (CRO) v. Sam Querrey (USA)[18]

Court 2 12:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Singles – 2nd Round
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[10]
2. Gentlemen’s Singles – 2nd Round
Florent Serra (FRA) v. David Ferrer (ESP)[9]
3. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Serena Williams (USA)[1] v. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)
4. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Na Li (CHN)[9] v. Kurumi Nara (JPN)

Court 5 12:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Singles – 2nd Round
Martin Fischer (AUT) v. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)[25]
2. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[24] v. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
3. Gentlemen’s Singles – 2nd Round
Philipp Petzschner (GER)[33] v. Lukasz Kubot (POL)
4. Ladies’ Doubles
Maria Kondratieva (RUS) v. Cara Black (ZIM)[11]
Vladimira Uhlirova (CZE) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[11]

Court 6 12:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Ross Hutchins (GBR) v. Alex Bogdanovic (GBR)
Jordan Kerr (AUS) Alexander Slabinsky (GBR)
2. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Daniel Nestor (CAN)[1] v. Jonathan Marray (GBR)
Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[1] Jamie Murray (GBR)
3. Ladies’ Doubles
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) v. Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
Ipek Senoglu (TUR) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA)
4. Mixed Doubles – 1st Round
Dick Norman (BEL) v. Jonathan Marray (GBR)
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) Anna Smith (GBR)

Court 7 12:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)[4] v. Maximo Gonzalez (ARG)
Max Mirnyi (BLR)[4] Sebastian Prieto (ARG)
2. Ladies’ Doubles
Elena Vesnina (RUS) v. Mariya Koryttseva (UKR)
Vera Zvonareva (RUS) Darya Kustova (BLR)
3. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) v. Simon Aspelin (SWE)[10]
Albert Montanes (ESP) Paul Hanley (AUS)[10]
4. Ladies’ Doubles
Monica Niculescu (ROU)[14] v. Alona Bondarenko (UKR)
Shahar Peer (ISR)[14] Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)

Court 8 12:00 Start Time
1. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Edina Gallovits (ROU) v. Kaia Kanepi (EST)
2. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)[31] v. Romina Sarina Oprandi (ITA)
3. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Benjamin Becker (GER) v. Frantisek Cermak (CZE)[9]
Scott Lipsky (USA) Michal Mertinak (SVK)[9]

Court 9 12:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Mardy Fish (USA)[13] v. Philipp Marx (GER)
Mark Knowles (BAH)[13] Igor Zelenay (SVK)
2. Ladies’ Doubles
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)[16] v. Michaella Krajicek (NED)
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)[16] Patty Schnyder (SUI)
3. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Alejandro Falla (COL) v. Lukas Lacko (SVK)
Santiago Giraldo (COL) Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
4. Mixed Doubles – 1st Round
Julian Knowle (AUT) v. Philipp Marx (GER)
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Court 10 12:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Eric Butorac (USA) v. Julian Knowle (AUT)[8]
Rajeev Ram (USA) Andy Ram (ISR)[8]
2. Ladies’ Doubles
Naomi Broady (GBR) v. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE)
Katie O’Brien (GBR) Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
3. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Marc Lopez (ESP) v. Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)
David Marrero (ESP) Denis Istomin (UZB)

Court 11 12:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Carsten Ball (AUS) v. Stephen Huss (AUS)
Chris Guccione (AUS) Andre Sa (BRA)
2. Ladies’ Doubles
Melanie Oudin (USA) v. Nadia Petrova (RUS)[3]
Riza Zalameda (USA) Samantha Stosur (AUS)[3]
3. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Marcelo Melo (BRA)[15] v. Simon Greul (GER)
Bruno Soares (BRA)[15] Peter Luczak (AUS)
4. Mixed Doubles – 1st Round
Michael Kohlmann (GER) v. Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)
Julia Goerges (GER) Gisela Dulko (ARG)

Court 12 12:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Singles – 2nd Round
Gilles Simon (FRA)[26] v. Illya Marchenko (UKR)
2. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[14]
3. Gentlemen’s Singles – 2nd Round
Xavier Malisse (BEL) v. Julian Reister (GER)
4. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) v. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[19]

Court 14 12:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Singles – 2nd Round
Andreas Beck (GER) v. Julien Benneteau (FRA)[32]
2. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Roberta Vinci (ITA) v. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)[29]
3. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Ayumi Morita (JPN) v. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
4. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Karol Beck (SVK) v. Julien Benneteau (FRA)[14]
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) Michael Llodra (FRA)[14]

Court 15 12:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Wesley Moodie (RSA)[7] v. Jeff Coetzee (RSA)
Dick Norman (BEL)[7] Kristof Vliegen (BEL)
2. Ladies’ Doubles
Lucie Safarova (CZE) v. Katalin Marosi (HUN)
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) Kathrin Woerle (GER)
3. Ladies’ Doubles
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) v. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[10]
Angelique Kerber (GER) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[10]
4. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v. Jan Hajek (CZE)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) Rainer Schuettler (GER)

Court 16 12:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Singles – 2nd Round
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v. Tobias Kamke (GER)
2. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) v. Aravane Rezai (FRA)[18]
3. Ladies’ Doubles
Sarah Borwell (GBR) v. Liezel Huber (USA)[5]
Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)[5]
To Finish 7-6(1) 3-6

Court 17 12:00 Start Time
1. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Jie Zheng (CHN)[23] v. Petra Kvitova (CZE)
2. Gentlemen’s Singles – 2nd Round
Fabio Fognini (ITA) v. Michael Russell (USA)
3. Ladies’ Doubles
Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)[9] v. Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB)
Jie Zheng (CHN)[9] Kristina Barrois (GER)

Court 18 12:00 Start Time
1. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Alberta Brianti (ITA) v. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[7]
2. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[10] v. Monica Niculescu (ROU)
Not Before:15:30

3. Gentlemen’s Singles – 1st Round
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) v. John Isner (USA)[23]
4. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round To Finish 4-6 6-3 7-6(7) 6-7(3) 59-59
Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) v. Bob Bryan (USA)[2]
Bobby Reynolds (USA) Mike Bryan (USA)[2]

Court 19 12:00 Start Time
1. Gentlemen’s Singles – 2nd Round
Lukas Lacko (SVK) v. Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
2. Ladies’ Singles – 2nd Round
Sara Errani (ITA)[32] v. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP)
3. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
James Cerretani (USA) v. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

TBA Start Time
Not Before:17:00

1. Ladies’ Doubles
Sally Peers (AUS) v. Kaia Kanepi (EST)
Laura Robson (GBR) Shuai Zhang (CHN)
Not Before:17:00

2. Ladies’ Doubles
Regina Kulikova (RUS) v. Elena Baltacha (GBR)
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) Olga Savchuk (UKR)
Not Before:18:00

3. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
John Isner (USA)[12] v. Michal Przysiezny (POL)
Sam Querrey (USA)[12] Dudi Sela (ISR)
Not Before:18:00

4. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Christopher Kas (GER) v. Thiemo De Bakker (NED)
Viktor Troicki (SRB) Robin Haase (NED)
Not Before:18:00

5. Gentlemen’s Doubles – 1st Round
Arnaud Clement (FRA) v. Colin Fleming (GBR)
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) Kenneth Skupski (GBR

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RG Day Four: Some Stuff

Posted by gauloises1 on May 27, 2010

Lovely Andrea Petkovic led by a set, 5-4 and 40-0 against Svetlana Kuznetsova.

She lost.

Robin dropped just two games to Taylor Dent and looks to be on awesome form (oh please, let that be true!)

Aravane literally doesn’t know the meaning of backing off, and it’s working for her as she survived a tough challenge from Angelique Kerber.

This guy’s playing. In case you didn’t know.

This girl’s playing. In case you care.

Marin is into the third round after playing a mere seven sets. Weird.

The more I have to listen to male journalists snigger and judge about Venus’ dress, the more I love it. Sod them all, she looks amazing.

Say hello to Julian Reister. Before this tournament, he’d played three ATP matches in his career and lost them all. Now he’s beaten Feliciano Lopez and Olivier Rochus and he’s in the third round of Roland Garros. And stuff like this is why I love Slams.

Jo meanwhile put in a beatdown on good buddy Josselin Ouanna …

… and Flavia did the same for Roberta Vinci.


Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d A Falla (COL) 76(4) 62 64
[4] A Murray (GBR) vs J Chela (ARG) 62 33 – play suspended
[5] R Soderling (SWE) d T Dent (USA) 60 61 61
[8] J Tsonga (FRA) d J Ouanna (FRA) 60 61 64
[10] M Cilic (CRO) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 63 76(4) 62
[11] M Youzhny (RUS) d L Lacko (SVK) 67(8) 63 63 62
[12] T Berdych (CZE) d E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 75 61 64
F Fognini (ITA) vs [13] G Monfils (FRA) 26 46 75 64 55 – play suspended
[17] J Isner (USA) vs M Chiudinelli (SUI) 67(3) 55 – play suspended
[20] S Wawrinka (SUI) d A Beck (GER) 61 64 64
M Granollers (ESP) vs [25] M Baghdatis (CYP) 46 61 75 – play suspended
[29] A Montanes (ESP) d T Kamke (GER) 63 62 61
T de Bakker (NED) d [32] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 36 76(5) 75
L Mayer (ARG) d J Benneteau (FRA) 67(4) 63 64 64
V Troicki (SRB) d C Ball (AUS) 64 63 63
J Reister (GER) d O Rochus (BEL) 62 62 76(5)

Singles – First Round
X Malisse (BEL) d S Greul (GER) 64 76(7) 64

Doubles – First Round
[5] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) d J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) 63 62
[9] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d R de Voest (RSA) / D Tursunov (RUS) 63 46 62
[10] J Knowle (AUT) / A Ram (ISR) d A Clement (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) 75 76(0)
S Gonzalez (MEX) / T Rettenmaier (USA) d [14] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) 64 64
B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) d [16] E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) 63 57 64
S Greul (GER) / P Luczak (AUS) d J Marray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) 64 63
J Erlich (ISR) / D Sela (ISR) d S Prieto (ARG) / K Vliegen (BEL) 76(2) 76(4)
L Mayer (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d M Kohlmann (GER) / J Nieminen (FIN) 75 63
D Bracciali (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) d M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) 61 63
O Dolgopolov Jr (UKR) / D Istomin (UZB) d V Hanescu (ROU) / G Trifu (ROU) 67(4) 61 75
M Lopez (ESP) / P Riba (ESP) d J Eysseric (FRA) / B Paire (FRA) 62 64
V Troicki (SRB) / D Vemic (SRB) d J Coetzee (RSA) / A Seppi (ITA) 63 64


Singles – Second Round
(2) Venus Williams (USA) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 62 64
(3) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 63 61
(6) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 46 75 64
(14) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 61 61
(15) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Angelique Kerber (GER) 62 26 63
(19) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 61 62
Polona Hercog (SLO) d. (24) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 61 62
(26) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 46 62 60
(30) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 63 63
(31) Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 64 62
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 76(2) 62
(Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 36 63 64

Doubles – First Round
(7) Raymond/Stubbs (USA/AUS) d. Rosolska/Shvedova (POL/KAZ) 76(4) 64
(10) Chan/Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. Amanmuradova/Voskoboeva (UZB/KAZ) 61 61
(12) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) 60 61
(13) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Chuang/Molik (TPE/AUS) 76(2) 63
(14) Dushevina/Makarova (RUS/RUS) d. Poutchek/Senoglu (BLR/TUR) 67(5) 76(3) 64
(16) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. Bammer/Barrois (AUT/GER) 64 61
Safina/Szavay (RUS/HUN) d. Baltacha/Dekmeijere (GBR/LAT) 61 61
Niculescu/Peer (ROU/ISR) d. (WC) Lefèvre/Védy (FRA/FRA) 64 63
Gallovits/Oudin (ROU/USA) d. Rodionova/Rodionova (AUS/RUS) 63 62
King/Krajicek (USA/NED) d. Olaru/Savchuk (ROU/UKR) 64 63
Brianti/Dulgheru (ITA/ROU) d. Craybas/Pavlyuchenkova (USA/RUS) 61 64

Suspended due to darkness
Jurak/Martic (CRO/CRO) vs. (WC) Feuerstein/Foretz (FRA/FRA) 67(6) 62

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“I’d Say … Smouldering Temptress.”

Posted by gauloises1 on May 24, 2010

Venus Williams is now 11 and 0 against Patty Schnyder, kicking off her campaign by defeating the White Mile 63 63. More importantly, she wore this.


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Killer Queen

Posted by gauloises1 on May 17, 2010

Last week it was Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez; this week it was the turn of indisputably ’80s Aravane Rezai to capture a big title as an outsider.

I didn’t see the match but I was lucky enough to see some of Rezai’s other performances during the week, where she stuck furiously to her baseline game, didn’t allow herself to be unbalanced, and consistently came up with huge shots when pressed. It really was impressive stuff and a huge win that will put her as the no. 1 Frenchwoman heading into Roland Garros. But she shouldn’t let that ruin the moment for her.

And she’s only five foot five!

Eat your heart out, Justine.

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Madrid Monday: Dinara, Vika Out

Posted by gauloises1 on May 11, 2010

Sad days: Victoria Azarenka was forced to retire for, what, the third time in four tournaments? The problem seems to be the same right thigh strain. I don’t know what she was thinking attempting to play through the injury, but she’d better come to her senses quick. And Dinara Safina suffered a painful 76(1) 76(3) defeat against Klara Zakopalova, eventually double-faulting away the match after having served for the second set twice. It was fairly heartbreaking to watch, actually; count yourself lucky there are no photos. She had all the fight and determination and effort in the world, but absolutely no control over her game, and her anguish was clear. And she will probably drop to no. 9 after this week. Not happy times.

Fortunately for the tournament, though, both Williams sisters came through tough matches. Venus scored an excellent win over Vera Zvonareva in straight sets and will face Francesca Schiavone, who took out Sybille Bammer.

And Serena survived injury problems and an inspired Vera Dushevina to edge through in a third set tiebreak. I didn’t see the match, but from what I hear, Vera had the match on her racquet and couldn’t close it out. Do you agree or is there more to it?

Regardless, I think we can agree Serena was rather happy to get through. Other seeds progressing included Wozniacki, Stosur, Pennetta, Petrova and Li Na, who as C Note can tell you would be a worthy winner this week for more than one reason. Sadly her pint-sized warrior compatriot, Zheng Jie, fell in three sets to clay veteran Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Her My Little Pony-esque get-up apparently inexplicably failed to strike fear into her enemy’s heart.

Nothing too earth-shattering on the men’s side, except for a criminally unphotographed three-set Horseface victory over Julien Benneteau, and a pair of upsets for Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. and Santiago Giraldo, Boss’ conqueror in Rome.

ATP – Full Results

Singles – First Round
[12] G Monfils (FRA) d S Robert (FRA) 62 75
F Lopez (ESP) d L Kubot (POL) 63 63
B Becker (GER) d [WC] C Moya (ESP) 60 62
[Q] O Dolgopolov Jr. (UKR) d A Seppi (ITA) 63 64
[Q] S Giraldo (COL) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 16 62 63
N Almagro (ESP) d V Troicki (SRB) 61 76(3)
J Melzer (AUT) d [Q] K Anderson (RSA) 62 26 64
L Mayer (ARG) d J Benneteau (FRA) 67(9) 75 64

Doubles – First Round
M Fish (USA) / M Knowles (BAH) d [WC] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) / I Navarro (ESP) 63 61

WTA – Full Results

Singles – Second Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 67(2) 76(5) 76(5)
(4) Venus Williams (USA) d. Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 75 63
(15) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (WC) Sybille Bammer (AUT) 62 61

Singles – First Round
(2) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (Q) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 62
(Q) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. (3) Dinara Safina (RUS) 76(1) 76(3)
(8) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 76(3) 75
(WC) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (10) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 30 ret. (right thigh strain)
(13) Li Na (CHN) d. (Q) Beatriz García Vidagany (ESP) 60 62
(14) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 61 16 61
(16) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 46 62 63
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (Q) Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 63 62
Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 52 ret. (right thigh injury)
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 36 63 62
(WC) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. (WC) Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
(7) Mattek-Sands/Yan (USA/CHN) d. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) 67(6) 62 101
Kirilenko/Radwanska (RUS/POL) d. Dushevina/Makarova (RUS/RUS) 63 62
Peer/Schiavone (ISR/ITA) d. Garbin/Kops-Jones (ITA/USA) 61 62
Rosolska/Shvedova (POL/KAZ) d. Cirstea/Peng (ROU/CHN) 60 63

Tuesday’s OOP is brought to you by these nice young ladies and their doubles win.


Manolo Santana (from 12.00hrs)
1. Patty Schnyder vs. Agnieszka Radwanska
2. Samantha Stosur vs. María José Martínez Sánchez (NB 13.30hrs)
3. ATP: Federer vs. Becker (NB 16.00hrs)
4. ATP: Verdasco vs. Karlovic (NB 20.00hrs)
5. ATP: Nalbandian vs. Berdych

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Fognini vs. Petzschner
2. ATP: Gulbis vs. Montañés (NB 14.00hrs)
3. ATP: Granollers vs. Wawrinka
4. ATP: Youzhny vs. Lacko
5. Klara Zakopalova vs. Aravane Rezai

Stadium 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Andrea Petkovic vs. Flavia Pennetta
2. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Chiudinelli (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Marion Bartoli vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues
4. Alona Bondarenko vs. Caroline Wozniacki (NB 17.00hrs)
5. Alexandra Dulgheru vs. Elena Dementieva

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Mathieu vs. Schwank
2. ATP: Bellucci vs. Riba
3. ATP: García-López vs. Gimeno-Traver
4. ATP: Muñoz-de la Nava vs. Querrey
5. ATP: Isner vs. Rochus (NB 17.00hrs)

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Shahar Peer vs. Alisa Kleybanova
2. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Nadia Petrova
3. Williams/Williams vs. Rosolska/Shvedova
4. Li Na vs. Dominika Cibulkova
5. ATP: Melzer/Roddick vs. Granollers/Troicki

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Cuevas vs. Chela
2. ATP: Hanescu vs. Andreev
3. ATP: Cuevas/Mónaco vs. Knowle/Ram
4. ATP: Chardy/Monfils vs. Almagro/López
5. ATP: Brunstrom/Rojer vs. García-López/Montañés
6. ATP: Hernández/Marrero vs. Lindstedt/Tecau

Court 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Lucie Safarova vs. Olga Govortsova
2. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja vs. Raymond/Stubbs
3. Dulko/Pennetta vs. Peschke/Srebotnik (after suitable rest)
4. Kirilenko/Radwanska vs. Chan/Zheng
5. Rodionova/Schnyder vs. Petrova/Stosur

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