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WTA Week Ahead: Kuala Lumpur, Monterrey

Posted by gauloises1 on February 28, 2011

Kuala Lumpur

International, Alisa Kleybanova defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Francesca Schiavone, Marion Bartoli, Alisa Kleybanova, Jarmila Groth, Lucie Safarova, Ayumi Morita, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Bojana Jovanovski

Points of interests: Well, top seed Schiavone has already lost, hampered by an ankle injury and upset by Jelena Dokic in the first round. So … Jelena Dokic? Also, say hello to the unseeded Dinara Safina in the draw. She plays Xinyun Han in the first round.


International, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Jelena Jankovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Aravane Rezai, Julia Goerges, Anastasija Sevastova, Sara Errani, Iveta Benesova, Polona Hercog

Points of interest: Well, I’d pay good money to watch first round meetings between Melanie Oudin and Vania King, Simona Halep and Alize Cornet, and Iveta Benesova and Gisela Dulko. But that might just be me. Also: JJ! 

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Premier, defending … well, this tournament hasn’t been played since 2008, when Maria Sharapova won it before it was superseded by the Year-End Championships, so she’s sort of defending; Alisa Kleybanova also won a tournament this week last year; draw here.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

Posted by gauloises1 on February 13, 2011


Premier; Venus Williams defending; draw here.

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

Points of Interest: The amazing thing about the WTA is that, with a half-decent draw, you are never short for things to say in this category. To start with, Wozniacki could get the no. 1 ranking back if she reaches the semi-final – a tough prospect given her draw. Although her probable second and third round opponents (Hantuchova and Kvitova) could be expected to be weary from their exploits this week, there’s also Yanina Wickmayer and Li Na in her quarter. Both Kaia Kanepi (who’s played well in Dubai in the past) and Andrea Petkovic have a good shout in JJ’s quarter, if the perennial wait to see Ana Ivanovic come up with something in a big tournament isn’t over and Sam Stosur isn’t feeling it. I have a feeling about Vera Zvonareva and/or Svetlana Kuznetsova, though. Just saying.


International; Mariana Duque Marino defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Julia Goerges, Polona Hercog, Simona Halep, Arantxa Parra Santonja, Carla Suarez Navarro, Edina Gallovits-Hall, Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Annabel Medina Garrigues

Points of Interest: I’m all about the young guns this week (and most weeks). Let’s see if Polona Hercog and Simona Halep can come up with something. I have major hopes for the latter, who was in fine fettle in Auckland. Still, someone with more than one surname will probably win this one.



International; Maria Sharapova defending; draw here.

Top 8 seeds: Barbora Zahlalova Strycova, Sofia Arvidsson, Melanie Oudin, Alla Kudryavtseva, Olga Govortsova, Rebecca Marino, Renata Voracova, Vania King

Points of Interest: This … is not a good draw. And yet I’m perversely excited. Two words: Heather Watson, who has already beaten Andrea Hlavackova in the first round and will face Olga Govortsova (probably) in the next. Two more words: Rebecca Marino, who is a lot like Delpo, only female and Canadian. And higher-ranked.  

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WTA Week Ahead: Bad Gastein, Portoroz

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2010

Less mental confusion for the ladies, who are dividing their energies between clay and hard courts, but staying firmly rooted in Europe. Despite this, various websites are referring to them as ‘beginning their US Open campaign’. Taking a hell of a run-up if that’s the case, I’m just saying.

Bad Gastein

Amazing to think there was a time when I didn’t know who Andrea Petkovic was. And yet I have no memory of this event whatsoever, so there’s the proof.

Draw here.

Top seeds: Andrea Petkovic, Timea Bacsinszky, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Klara Zakopalova, Sybille Bammer, Barbora Zahlalova Strycova, Tathiana Garbin, Anastasija Sevastova

Big Question of the Week: how did Timea Bacsinszky get seeded ahead of Medina Garrigues?


Oh, Dinara.

Draw here.

Top seeds: Jelena Jankovic, Petra Kvitova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sara Errani, Dominika Cibulkova, Vera Dushevina, Polona Hercog, Sofia Arvidsson

Big Question of the Week: Just how much is Portoroz paying these women in appearance fees? 

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WTA Week Now: Bastad, Budapest

Posted by gauloises1 on July 6, 2010


Draw here.

Top Seeds: Flavia Pennetta, Aravane Rezai, Lucie Safarova, Gisela Dulko, Arantxa Parra Santonja, Angelique Kerber, Sofia Arvidsson, Barbora Zahlalova Strycova

Who’s Already Out

Singles – First Round
(2) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Lilia Osterloh (USA) 64 62
(5) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 64 75
Tatjana Malek (GER) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 57 63 61
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) d. Mariana Duque Marino (COL) 67(5) 64 60
Karolina Sprem (CRO) d. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 75 62
Renata Voracova (CZE) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 63 26 64

Doubles – First Round
(1) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. (WC) Brazhnikova/Laine (SWE/FIN) 62 64
Osterloh/Tatishvili (USA/GEO) d. Kalashnikova/Zec Peskiric (SLO) 62 62
Camerin/Groenefeld (ITA/GER) d. Kondratieva/Lefèvre (RUS/FRA) 60 61

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Kathrin Woerle (GER) d. Ana Jovanovic (SRB) 67(5) 64 60
Ana Vrljic (CRO) d. (5) Elena Bovina (RUS) 62 76(6)
(6) Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) d. Karolina Kosinska (POL) 75 63
Laura Siegemund (GER) d. Tetyana Arefyeva (UKR) 63 60


Draw here.

Top Seeds: Alisa Kleybanova, Alexandra Dulgheru, Timea Bacsinszky, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Shuai Peng, Roberta Vinci, Agnes Szavay, Polona Hercog

Who’s Out Already

Singles – First Round
(5) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (WC) Silvia Njiric (CRO) 61 63
Greta Arn (HUN) d. Darya Kustova (BLR) 36 60 63
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) d. Mariya Koryttseva (UKR) 62 60
Catalina Castaño (COL) d. Kristina Kucova (SVK) 60 63

Doubles – First Round
(1) Cirstea/Medina Garrigues (ROU/ESP) d. Cornet/Meusburger (FRA/AUT) 62 75
(3) Dulgheru/Kleybanova (ROU/RUS) d. Alves/Irigoyen (BRA/ARG) 26 76(4) 105
Klemenschits/Klepac (AUT/SLO) d. Kostanic Tosic/Szatmari (CRO/ROU) 75 60
Kustova/Tsurenko (BLR/UKR) d. Schnyder/A.Szavay (SUI/HUN) 76(4) 36 106

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(5) Lesya Tsurenko (UKR) d. (1) Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS) 06 63 64
(2) Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) d. Liana Ungur (ROU) 61 64
Andreja Klepac (SLO) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 57 62 61
Michaela Pochabova (SVK) d. Lenka Tvaroskova (SVK) 60 60

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WTA Week Ahead: Eastbourne, ‘Den Bosch

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2010


Draw here.

Top seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Francesca Schiavone, Samantha Stosur, Agnieszka Radwanska, Kim Clijsters, Flavia Pennetta, Marion Bartoli

Eastbourne always has such a ridiculously loaded draw, like Queens, and this year is no exception. If you don’t believe me, take a look at these first-round matches: Wozniacki-Rezai, MJMS-Zvonareva, Radwanska-Azarenka, Pavlyuchenkova-Safarova, Wickmayer-Clijsters, Peer-Zheng, and Kleybanova-Kuznetsova. Amazing stuff.

Congratulations meanwhile to Heather Watson, who beat her first top-1oo opponent in Tsvetana Pironkova to make it to the final round of qualifying. Good girl.

s’Hertogenbosch (hereafter referred to as ‘den Bosch, as a bona fide Dutch person said I could call it)

Draw here.

Top seeds: Justine Henin, Dinara Safina, Maria Kirilenko, Yaroslava Shvedova, Alexandra Dulgheru, Sara Errani, Andrea Petkovic, Anabel Medina Garrigues

Dinara Safina’s woes continue as she has already been shown the door by Magdalena Rybarikova, last year’s Edgbaston champion, and watch out for bizarrely successful ‘den Bosch-er, Tamarine Tanasugarn.

Sunday’s results

Singles – First Round
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (2) Dinara Safina (RUS) 67(4) 64 64
(7) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 63 76(6)
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (WC) Laura Robson (GBR) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
(2) Kirilenko/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. (WC) Arvidsson/Rus (SWE/NED) 61 62

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. (6) Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS) 76(1) 64
(2) Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) d. (7) Greta Arn (HUN) 61 63
(3) Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) d. Anne Kremer (LUX) 63 61
(5) Julie Coin (FRA) d. (4) Tatjana Malek (GER) 46 64 64

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WTA Week Now: Madrid

Posted by gauloises1 on May 9, 2010

Draw here.

Top Seeds: Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Dinara Safina, Venus Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic, Samantha Stosur

Notable absences: Kim Clijsters (foot), Yanina Wickmayer (elbow surgery)

First-round matches to watch: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova-Daniela Hantuchova, Maria Sharapova-Lucie Safarova, Justine Henin-Aravane Rezai, Sorana Cirstea-Flavia Pennetta, Samantha Stosur-Gisela Dulko, Agnieszka Radwanska-Maria Kirilenko

Yep, this shit is going to be bananas. In fact, it already slightly is. Fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova lost to Shahar Peer in three sets (including a bagel), Elena Dementieva dropped just one  game against Aleksandra Wozniak, and Andrea Petkovic beat Sara Errani (who I have been talking up recently, so that’s probably why) 75 in the third. Oh, and Vera Zvonareva won a match in straights. Against Melanie Oudin.

Buckle up.

Singles – First Round
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (5) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 63 26 60
(6) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 60 61
(12) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 36 64 64
Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 63 64
Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 26 61 64
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 67(3) 61 75
(WC) Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 64 36 63

Doubles – First Round
Dekmeijere/Kleybanova (LAT/RUS) d. Grandin/Spears (RSA/USA) 64 64

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(2) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. (12) Alberta Brianti (ITA) 64 75
(9) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (3) Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 36 75 61
(5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (13) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 75 61
(7) Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 64 76(3)
(8) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Karolina Sprem (CRO) 63 62
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) d. (14) Ayumi Morita (JPN) 63 62
(WC) Beatriz García Vidagany (ESP) d. (15) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 57 76(3) 63
(16) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. Mariana Duque Marino (COL) 46 62 64


Manolo Santana (from 11.00hrs)
1. Maria Kirilenko vs. Agnieszka Radwanska
2. Maria Sharapova vs. Lucie Safarova
3. Justine Henin vs. Aravane Rezai
4. ATP: Ferrer vs. Chardy (NB 17.00hrs)
5. Stefanie Voegele vs. Venus Williams

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Alcaide vs. Muñoz-de la Nava
2. Francesca Schiavone vs. Alizé Cornet (NB 11.00hrs)
3. Safina/Szavay vs. Amanmuradova/Hsieh
4. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Daniela Hantuchova
5. Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy vs. García Vidagany/Soler Espinosa

Stadium 3 (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Chela vs. Cipolla
2. ATP: Korolev vs. Karlovic
3. ATP: Mónaco vs. Greul
4. Chan/Zheng vs. Black/Vesnina
5. Errani/Vinci vs. Chuang/King

Court 4 (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Dolgopolov Jr. vs. Fish
2. ATP: Rochus vs. Hernández (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Iveta Benesova
4. Govortsova/Kudryavtseva vs. Rodionova/Schnyder (after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Anderson vs. Navarro
2. Olga Govortsova vs. Tathiana Garbin (NB 11.00hrs)
3. Vera Dushevina vs. Kirsten Flipkens
4. Alexandra Dulgheru vs. Melinda Czink

Court 6 (from 10.00hrs)
1. ATP: Giraldo vs. Volandri
2. ATP: Russell vs. Gimeno-Traver

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WTA Week Ahead: Stuttgart, Fes

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2010


Also known as ‘the tournament that feels it’s a good idea to promote itself using the tagline “Girls, Set, Match””.

Draw here.

Top Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Dinara Safina (!), Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Samantha Stosur, Yanina Wickmayer


Draw here.

Top Seeds: Carla Suarez Navarro, Patty Schnyder, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Melina Czink

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WTA Weekend Ahead: Fed Cup

Posted by gauloises1 on April 24, 2010

And so it springs upon us in a haze of volcanic ash, injuries, recrimination and bitterness. I’m excited.

Semifinal #1 – Italy v the Czech Republic

Lucie Safarova has already given her team a crucial lead in the crazy-eyes stakes.


Semifinal #2 – United States v Russia

Team Russia. Thrilled to be here. With no Williams sisters in sight.


World Group Play-off – Belgium v Estonia

Justine has a boo-boo (broke a finger catching a ball at the net, apparently) so Wicky will suit up.


World Group Play-off – Ukraine v Australia

Actually the entirety of the Ukraine’s team. (Interviews with Stosur, Molik and Rodionova here, if you like that sort of thing.)


World Group Play-off – Germany v France

The French Fed Cup team: Mr. Blonde, Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink and Mr. White.


World Group Play-off – Serbia v Slovak Republic

With Ana Ivanovic unwilling to humiliate herself for the sake of her country, and JJ reportedly suffering from a left wrist injury … step forward, Bojana Jovanovic. It’s time to be a heroine. 


World Group II play-offs are also taking place between Poland and Spain, Canada and Argentina, Slovenia and Japan, and Sweden and China, Should be a good weekend.

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WTA Week Now: Barcelona, Charleston

Posted by gauloises1 on April 12, 2010

Those damn Mondays do creep up …


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


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.


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


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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