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I Don’t Want To Date Any Of These Women.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 15, 2011

Except Petko.

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Well Played, WTA

Posted by gauloises1 on April 3, 2010

The WTA has announced the launch of, a new site that gathers content from tour players’ twitters and Facebooks in one place. Check it out, I think it looks really good. Obviously it’s going to focus on the most popular players, but good on the WTA for embracing the more down-to-earth way that players can interact with the fans now through social media.

Now can we please have

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Like the Oscars, But More Meaningful

Posted by gauloises1 on March 25, 2010

The 2010 Sony Ericsson WTA Player Awards were given out yesterday in Miami, with Serena picking up Player of the Year; Serena and Venus jointly taking Doubles Team/Fan Favourite Doubles Team of the Year; Kim Clijsters nabbing Comeback and Sportsmanship, Yanina Wickmayer taking Most Improved, Melanie Oudin Newcomer of the Year, and Elena Dementieva winning Fan Favourite Singles Player of the Year.

Meanwhile, Horacio Zeballos picked up the ATP award for Breakthrough of the Year, or something along those lines. I don’t know, I just like looking at his gentle eyes.

I feel like he would gently stroke your hair. For hours. Without being asked.

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Miami: Tuesday Results, Wednesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on March 24, 2010

(Thank you so much to the magnificent IRTTY for her sneak infiltration in the last post, and to everyone who commented. You guys.)

So … I kind of lied when I said this thing started on Wednesday. Bygones!


Women’s Singles – First Round
M Rybarikova (SVK) d L Hradecka (CZE) 36 64 62
S Cirstea (ROU) d [WC] M Larcher de Brito (POR) 75 76(9)
G Dulko (ARG) d O Govortsova (BLR) 64 61
L Safarova (CZE) d K Kanepi (EST) 67(1) 64 63
Y Shvedova (KAZ) d [WC] A Tomljanovic (CRO) 67(1) 76(3) 75
S Peng (CHN) d V King (USA) 64 16 63
[WC] A Molik (AUS) d A Harkleroad (USA) 61 61
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) d V Dushevina (RUS) 46 61 64
P Hercog (SLO) d B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 60
[WC] P Martic (CRO) d J Coin (FRA) 57 76(1) 63
P Kvitova (CZE) d T Garbin (ITA) 64 64
A Dulgheru (ROU) d I Olaru (ROU) 61 63

Women’s Qualifying – Final Round
S Arvidsson (SWE) d [WC] C Vandeweghe (USA) 62 75
C Dellacqua (AUS) d D Kustova (BLR) 62 62
A Morita (JPN) d M Duque Marino (COL) 62 75
V Lepchenko (USA) d A Sevastova (LAT) 61 30 ret.
A Rodionova (AUS) d R de Los Rios (PAR) 46 64 61
E Baltacha (GBR) d Y Chan (TPE) 64 76(6)
M Koryttseva (UKR) d K Flipkens (BEL) 63 61
R Kulikova (RUS) d K Woerle (GER) 61 61
T Pironkova (BUL) d K Sprem (CRO) 76(3) 61
B Mattek-Sands (USA) d A Kerber (GER) 64 60
M Krajicek (NED) d K O’ Brien (GBR) 64 62
P Parmentier (FRA) d T Tanasugarn (THA) 63 62

Men’s Qualifying – Final Round
D Istomin (UZB) d S Bohli (SUI) 46 63 63
I Marchenko (UKR) d S Devvarman (IND) 64 63
M Ilhan (TUR) d M Daniel (BRA) 76(1) 62
X Malisse (BEL) d D Young (USA) 61 62
N Massu (CHI) d H Levy (ISR) 64 76(5)
R Schuettler (GER) d K Kim (USA) 76(2) 36 75
R Mello (BRA) d N Lapentti (ECU) 57 64 62
S Giraldo (COL) d R Delgado (PAR) 63 76(1)
A Golubev (KAZ) d I Dodig (CRO) 76(8) 61
Y Lu (TPE) d J Levine (USA) 64 61
K Anderson (RSA) d S Koubek (AUT) 76(5) 61
R Sweeting (USA) d T Alves (BRA) 61 64

(Today’s OOP is brought to you by the WTA Player Council.)

STADIUM start 11:00 am
A Chakvetadze (RUS) vs K Date Krumm (JPN) – WTA
[WC] M Ancic (CRO) vs J Chardy (FRA) – ATP
J Craybas (USA) vs [WC] J Henin (BEL) – WTA
[WC] D Nalbandian (ARG) vs L Kubot (POL) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[WC] F Krajinovic (SRB) vs J Blake (USA) – ATP
M Oudin (USA) vs [Q] M Krajicek (NED) – WTA

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
E Schwank (ARG) vs M Gicquel (FRA) – ATP
M Llodra (FRA) vs [WC] R Harrison (USA) – ATP
O Rochus (BEL) vs R Gasquet (FRA) – ATP
T Dent (USA) vs [Q] R Schuettler (GER) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[Q] D Istomin (UZB) vs M Russell (USA) – ATP

COURT 1 start 10:00 am
[WC] A Pivovarova (RUS) vs C Suarez Navarro (ESP) – WTA
K Srebotnik (SLO) vs P Schnyder (SUI) – WTA
S Bammer (AUT) vs [Q] P Parmentier (FRA) – WTA
T Bacsinszky (SUI) vs [Q] B Mattek-Sands (USA) – WTA
G Dulko (ARG) / F Pennetta (ITA) vs [WC] S Kuznetsova (RUS) / A Molik (AUS) – WTA

COURT 2 start 10:00 am
A Clement (FRA) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) – ATP
I Andreev (RUS) vs [Q] X Malisse (BEL) – ATP
E Makarova (RUS) vs [Q] C Dellacqua (AUS) – WTA
[Q] V Lepchenko (USA) vs V Razzano (FRA) – WTA

Not Before 5:00 PM
I Benesova (CZE) vs [Q] E Baltacha (GBR) – WTA

COURT 3 start 10:00 am
S Voegele (SUI) vs A Cornet (FRA) – WTA
A Keothavong (GBR) vs T Paszek (AUT) – WTA
[Q] T Pironkova (BUL) vs [WC] H Watson (GBR) – WTA
[Q] A Rodionova (AUS) vs A Petkovic (GER) – WTA

COURT 6 start 10:00 am
D Koellerer (AUT) vs C Rochus (BEL) – ATP
M Chiudinelli (SUI) vs F Mayer (GER) – ATP
S Greul (GER) vs B Becker (GER) – ATP
P Mathieu (FRA) vs [Q] I Marchenko (UKR) – ATP

COURT 7 start 10:00 am
T Malek (GER) vs S Errani (ITA) – WTA
M Czink (HUN) vs [WC] A Rus (NED) – WTA
[Q] S Arvidsson (SWE) vs A Brianti (ITA) – WTA
[Q] R Kulikova (RUS) vs R Vinci (ITA) – WTA

COURT 8 start 10:00 am
J Hajek (CZE) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR) – ATP
[Q] A Golubev (KAZ) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) – ATP
K Barrois (GER) vs [Q] M Koryttseva (UKR) – WTA
J Goerges (GER) vs [Q] A Morita (JPN) – WTA

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Is There Any Way That Limes Could Sponsor the WTA?

Posted by gauloises1 on March 8, 2010

News broke today that Sony Ericsson is radically restructuring its deal with the WTA. It will remain the tour’s lead financial backer but will no longer be the title sponsor.

According to the Sports Business Journal, this is a good thing even though the WTA will get $27 million over three years as opposed to the $14.7 million annually it received under the old six-year deal (due to expire in 2011), because Sony Ericsson weren’t expected to renew their commitment to the tour at all. In addition, the WTA can sell naming rights to the season-ending championships.

I’d like to see some sort of tie-in with the Corona sponsorship of the ATP tour; lime, maybe, or curry, or ladycabs or pregnancy tests, I don’t know. Failing that, how about some kind of girly brand of alcohol? I vote Lambrini.

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Bend It Like … Nobody

Posted by gauloises1 on February 24, 2010

The WTA ladies talk World Cup, and suck at keepy-upppy.

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It Ain’t Ova Till It’s Ova

Posted by gauloises1 on January 20, 2010

The record for the longest ever women’s Grand Slam match in history was broken yesterday at the Australian Open, courtesy of Barbora Zahlalova Strycova and Regina Kulikova’s marathon match. Zahlalova Strycova won 76(5) 67(10) 63 in 4 hours and 19 minutes, beating the previous record (Virginie Buisson and Noelle Van Lotum at the 1995 French Open) by eight whole minutes.  

And it might never have happened if Zahlalova Strycova converted any of the seven match points she had in the second set. Or if she had name which didn’t use up a good seven seconds for the umpire to say, allowing for elocution safari.

Incidentally, Serena Williams is now 41-0 in first round Grand Slam matches. This isn’t relevant, I just thought I’d mention it.

(And credit to naughty T for the post title. He thinks he came up with it first.)

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Where the Wild Things Are

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

It’s the time of year where we always get photos of players posing with animals in the run up to the Australian Open. Don’t ask me why, it just happens. So far we’ve had Jelena Dokic with koalas and kangaroos …

… Ana Ivanovic with a – what is that, a sea lion?

… Flavia with a horse …

… and Pavs with Baggy. (Don’t tell me he’s not a wild thing.)

But it’s not all fun and games and cute animals. There is also Serious Cultural Learning going on, as evidenced by Virginie Razzano and Francesca Schiavone with members of a Maori group in Auckland …

… and Maria Sharapova hanging out with some monks in Thailand.

I don’t even know any more.

And that completes your lightning round-up of recent WTA promotional activities.  

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Au Revoir, Amelie

Posted by gauloises1 on December 3, 2009

Momo called it a career today, announcing her decision to retire from professional tennis at the age of 30.

“I don’t want to train anymore,” a teary-eyed Mauresmo said at the press conference. “I had to make a decision, which became evident in the last few months and weeks. When you grow older, it’s more difficult to stay at the top. It’s a bit sad, but this is the right decision. I was lucky enough to have an exceptional career and to experience very strong feelings on the court.” […]

“It became very hard in build-up to the US Open,” the 30-year-old said. “If I were able to enter the court, play and shine, of course I could continue, but to achieve this you need to put in such hard work. And I’m not capable of that. I dreamt of this career, I dreamt of winning a Grand Slam title. I lifted trophies in every city in the world and I lived 10 magical and unbelievable years.”

I’m sure I don’t have to explain how sad this makes me. But when it’s time, it’s time. However her life after tennis plays out, it’s going to be wonderful.

Momo was the first women’s tennis player I ever supported, and I’m so glad I got back into serious WTA-watching this year to catch her fantastic performance in Paris. Everything I’ve ever learned about her off the court has only made me admire her more. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who is going to miss her dreadfully.

One of a kind.

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So Can We Still Call Her The ‘Real No. 1’?

Posted by gauloises1 on October 6, 2009

Well, she’s back. Serena Williams beat Ekaterina Makarova 63 62 in Beijing this morning, which means that she will now be no. 1 when the rankings are reissued on Monday.

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I actually watched this and I thought she was playing pretty well, not that Makarova put up much of a resistance. One thing that struck me was how subdued she was – not lacking in intensity, but very quiet and undemonstrative, at least until the last game where she unleashed some ferocious fist-pumps.

Anyway, back to no. 1 it is for the second time this year and naturally it was the main topic of discussion at her press conference:

Q: Serena, you said a couple days ago that you really wanted to earn No. 1. Do you think that you have done that? Can you tell us what you think in your ear has earned you the position of No. 1?

  A: I think I’ve earned it. I’ve won two Grand Slams. I wish I had gotten more, but you know I’m just excited to have those two this year. It’s great. I think I got pretty deep in the other ones, but if you don’t win, it doesn’t count whether you get deep or not. I’ve just been playing really consistent throughout the year. [Oh, really?!] Especially in the beginning of the year, I did well. Then I got sidelined a little bit by injury, but I kept fighting. I kept showing up and doing the best that I could do. [Oh, really?!!!] Sometimes, it was a first round loss, but I really tried, and I think at the end of the day, that’s what matters.

Q: Do you feel, I’ll try to put this carefully, do you feel vindicated at all in the discussion of the rankings system between players like yourself who really rise to the occasion at the Grand Slams and other players who maybe do well in lesser tournaments but don’t have those big victories? Do you feel like now it shows really who are the great players, who is the great player?

  A: I definitely feel better. I mean I would be lying if I sat here and said that I didn’t. I always say the ranking will come. I’m not focused on being No. 1. For me, I would rather have won the titles that I’ve won this year as opposed to having the ranking, but fortunately now, for next week at least, I’ll have a little bit of ranking.

All credit to Serena for taking back the no. 1 spot. I’m pleased for the following reasons:

1. Maybe now everyone will STFU about the whole ranking issue

2. Hopefully, this will make Safina’s life easier, or at least less of a constant torment

So … yeah. Is it 2010 yet? Anyway, my commentators during the Makarova match were saying it would be interesting to see the level of commitment Serena shows during what remains of the season, now that she’s got the no. 1 spot back. Indeed.

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