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Mammoth Titlist … list

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2010

I have to apologise for my protracted absence. Life stuff in the first half of the week followed by sustaining a silly and very painful eye injury on Wednesday which required me to lie in the dark being very bored … Well, that’s my excuse.

So who’s been winning while I’ve been away?

Bastad – ATP

Almagro continued his quest for universal popularity by beating Robin Soderling 75 36 62 for his sixth career title and first since Acapulco in 2009.

Bastad – WTA

Aravane Rezai beat Gisela Dulko 63 46 64 for her fourth career title and second this year. She’s now 4-0 in finals.

Budapest

Agnes Szavay defended her title, beating last year’s whipping woman Patty Schnyder 62 64.

Newport

While everyone else was playing Davis Cup last weekend, Mardy Fish won the soup thing.

Palermo

Quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and now defeater of Flavia Pennetta on home clay, Kaia Kanepi, ladies and gentlemen.

Prague

Second title in one post two weeks for Agnes Szavay, this time over Stepanova wedding guest Zahlalova Strycova, and she seems to have just about found her feet on clay for 2010. Never accused of good timing, our Agnes.

Stuttgart

A fifth career title for Montanes, conqueror of Federer earlier this year in Estoril, didn’t quite come the way he would have wanted after Gael Monfils turned his ankle at the end of the first set and was forced to retire 1-2 down in the second. Get better soon, Gael. Incidentally, five career titles and he doesn’t even get a look in on Davis Cup? Sometimes I wish I was Spanish.

Posted in agnes szavay, albert montanes, aravane rezai, bstaad, budapest, kaia kanepi, mardy fish, newport, nicolas almagro, palermo, patty schnyder, prague, stuttgart, titlists | Tagged: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Miami: Thursday’s Results, Friday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on March 26, 2010

Morning all. Yet another week of unsatisfactory bloggage continues as I’m away for the weekend starting in, oh, about an hour. I’ll try to pop in from time to time to update you on the losingness of my favourites (assuming they have the internet in the north …)

Results

Men’s Singles – First Round
[LL] N Lapentti (ECU) d P Starace (ITA) 75 63
M Fish (USA) d L Mayer (ARG) 76(4) 64
H Zeballos (ARG) d A Seppi (ITA) 76(4) 62
J Chela (ARG) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 64 36 76(3)
P Petzschner (GER) d [Q] R Sweeting (USA) 63 61
[Q] M Ilhan (TUR) d P Cuevas (URU) 62 62
[Q] S Giraldo (COL) d [LL] M Daniel (BRA) 63 62
A Falla (COL) d V Hanescu (ROU) 76(4) 36 64
D Sela (ISR) d E Korolev (KAZ) 63 63
T de Bakker (NED) d R Ram (USA) 64 75
M Berrer (GER) d L Lacko (SVK) 75 46 63
[Q] Y Lu (TPE) d F Fognini (ITA) 67(5) 62 64
F Serra (FRA) d [Q] N Massu (CHI) 64 64
P Luczak (AUS) d O Hernandez (ESP) 63 76(4)
[Q] K Anderson (RSA) d [Q] R Mello (BRA) 63 61
S Robert (FRA) d A Beck (GER) 75 64

Women’s Singles – Second Round
[1] S Kuznetsova (RUS) d S Peng (CHN) 62 36 64
[3] V Williams (USA) d S Cirstea (ROU) 64 63
[6] A Radwanska (POL) d E Makarova (RUS) 75 60
T Bacsinszky (SUI) d [8] N Li (CHN) 64 46 76(3)
A Petkovic (GER) d [10] F Pennetta (ITA) 63 36 60
[12] Y Wickmayer (BEL) d [Q] E Baltacha (GBR) 61 63
[13] M Bartoli (FRA) d M Rybarikova (SVK) 62 64
[16] N Petrova (RUS) d K Date Krumm (JPN) 63 76(7)
[WC] P Martic (CRO) d [18] A Rezai (FRA) 75 57 64
[19] D Hantuchova (SVK) d P Schnyder (SUI) 61 64
G Dulko (ARG) d [21] A Bondarenko (UKR) 75 62
Y Shvedova (KAZ) d [23] S Lisicki (GER) 63 01 ret.
[25] A Ivanovic (SRB) d [Q] P Parmentier (FRA) 64 63
[27] A Szavay (HUN) d [WC] A Molik (AUS) 60 60
R Vinci (ITA) d [30] A Medina Garrigues (ESP) 64 76(5)
P Hercog (SLO) d [31] A Wozniak (CAN) 76(5) 63

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[2] N Llagostera Vives (ESP) / M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) d A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) 75 64
[3] N Petrova (RUS) / S Stosur (AUS) d S Errani (ITA) / S Peer (ISR) 61 62
[5] A Kleybanova (RUS) / F Schiavone (ITA) d I Benesova (CZE) / B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 75 63
K Jans (POL) / V Uhlirova (CZE) d [7] C Chuang (TPE) / S Hsieh (TPE) 06 76(5) 10-8
M Niculescu (ROU) / E Vesnina (RUS) d [WC] Y Wickmayer (BEL) / V Zvonareva (RUS) 75 61
[WC] K Clijsters (BEL) / K Flipkens (BEL) d S Borwell (GBR) / R Kops-Jones (USA) 76(6) 64
Y Chan (TPE) / J Zheng (CHN) d A Amanmuradova (UZB) / D Kustova (BLR) 63 76(5)
O Govortsova (BLR) / A Kudryavtseva (RUS) d T Poutchek (BLR) / A Rosolska (POL) 46 64 13-11

Today’s OOP is brought to you by Andy Roddick’s premature ejaculation face.

STADIUM start 11:00 am
A Dulgheru (ROU) vs [4] V Azarenka (BLR) – WTA
O Rochus (BEL) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB) – ATP
[14] K Clijsters (BEL) vs P Kvitova (CZE) – WTA
T Dent (USA) vs [4] R Nadal (ESP) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 pm
[5] E Dementieva (RUS) vs [WC] J Henin (BEL) – WTA
[6] A Roddick (USA) vs I Andreev (RUS) – ATP

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[15] D Ferrer (ESP) vs M Llodra (FRA) – ATP
[7] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [Q] M Koryttseva (UKR) – WTA
[27] T Bellucci (BRA) vs J Blake (USA) – ATP
[30] V Troicki (SRB) vs [WC] D Nalbandian (ARG) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 pm
[8] J Tsonga (FRA) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) – ATP

COURT 1 start 10:00 am
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [24] I Karlovic (CRO) – ATP
[Q] T Pironkova (BUL) vs [2] C Wozniacki (DEN) – WTA
C Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs [9] S Stosur (AUS) – WTA
[17] J Isner (USA) vs M Russell (USA) – ATP
A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [4] L Raymond (USA) / R Stubbs (AUS) – WTA

COURT 2 start 10:00 am
[32] M Kirilenko (RUS) vs M Czink (HUN) – WTA
D Koellerer (AUT) vs [12] J Ferrero (ESP) – ATP
J Chardy (FRA) vs [21] S Querrey (USA) – ATP
M Oudin (USA) vs [11] V Zvonareva (RUS) – WTA

Not Before 5:00 pm
B Becker (GER) vs [11] I Ljubicic (CRO) – ATP

COURT 3 start 10:00 am
T Paszek (AUT) vs [22] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) – WTA
[WC] R Harrison (USA) / N Lapentti (ECU) vs E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) – ATP
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs [17] S Peer (ISR) – WTA
[18] T Robredo (ESP) vs [Q] I Marchenko (UKR) – ATP
M Llodra (FRA) / A Ram (ISR) vs F Lopez (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) – ATP

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
[29] M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) vs L Safarova (CZE) – WTA

Not Before 12:30 pm
[15] F Schiavone (ITA) vs A Cornet (FRA) – WTA
M Damm (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) vs I Karlovic (CRO) / D Vemic (SRB) – ATP

COURT 6 start 10:00 am
[33] N Almagro (ESP) vs E Schwank (ARG) – ATP
[Q] S Arvidsson (SWE) vs [26] D Cibulkova (SVK) – WTA
J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) vs [6] S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) – ATP
F Mayer (GER) vs [28] P Kohlschreiber (GER) – ATP
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [32] J Benneteau (FRA) – ATP

COURT 7 start 10:00 am
L Dekmeijere (LAT) / P Schnyder (SUI) vs V Dushevina (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) – WTA

Not Before 11:30 am
[20] J Zheng (CHN) vs V Razzano (FRA) – WTA
[24] A Kleybanova (RUS) vs S Errani (ITA) – WTA
[1] C Black (ZIM) / L Huber (USA) vs N Grandin (RSA) / A Spears (USA)
T Garbin (ITA) / V Ruano Pascual (ESP) vs K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) – WTA

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
A Bondarenko (UKR) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs J Coin (FRA) / V King (USA) – WTA
J Goerges (GER) vs [28] E Vesnina (RUS) – WTA
[6] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / Z Yan (CHN) vs M Kirilenko (RUS) / A Radwanska (POL) – WTA
I Senoglu (TUR) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [8] E Makarova (RUS) / S Peng (CHN) – WTA

And oh yeah, Wayne Odesnik is in trouble after he pleaded guilty to bringing HGH (human growth hormone) into Australia. He has been fined and could face a two-year suspension. I don’t know about you, but I’m asking the question: you took HGH and you only managed to be Wayne Odesnik? It can’t be that good then, can it?

Oh, and there will be cheerleaders and Guillermo Canas retiring. Apparently.

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Paris, Pattaya City: Semifinals Set

Posted by gauloises1 on February 13, 2010

For the first time since the tournament’s inception, there won’t be a Frenchwoman in the quarterfinals in Paris. Second seed Flavia Pennetta beat compatriot Tathiana Garbin, 61 63, to book her spot and will face Lucie Safarova, who demolished sixth seed Shahar Peer 63 60. As my wise friend Jacko would no doubt point out, the fast courts in Paris are made for Safs, and you can’t deny she has oodles of talent … but why does she only show up once in a blue moon? Answers on a postcard.

 The other semifinal is a US Open rematch between Elena Dementieva and her spunky kryptonite, Melanie Oudin. Dementieva survived a tough challenge from Andrea Petkovic (now undoubtedly out getting drunk as we speak, and rightly so).

I would have given anything to be able to illustrate this result with a picture of Petkovic miming shooting herself in the head, by the way. Just putting it out there.

Melanie Oudin, meanwhile, continues her upwards momentum. She’s now won her last five matches after coming back from 26 13 down against Agnes Szavay to win 62 in the third. It was another inspiringly gutsy performance, as she was complaining of being ill during the first set and, more significantly, being comprehensively outplayed by Szavay before she clawed her way back in to the match and managed to exert just enough pressure to provide Szavay with an excuse to fall apart. By the third set, both were completely different players, and at least Melanie was moving in the right direction.

In Pattaya City meanwhile, a.k.a the Land that Photojournalists Forgot, hometown girl Tamarine Tanasugarn put an end to Anna Chakvetadze’s two-match streak and will face Sesil Karantcheva in the first semi. In the second, it’ll be Vera Zvonareva against Yaroslava Shvedova. Fair and balanced.

Full Results

Paris

Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 36 64 62
(2/WC) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 61 63
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (6) Shahar Peer (ISR) 63 60
Melanie Oudin (USA) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 26 64 62

Doubles – Semifinals
(2) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Govortsova/Poutchek (BLR/BLR) 63 63

Pattaya City

Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d (5) Sybille Bammer (AUT) 60 76(5)
(4) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Tatjana Malek (GER) 76(4) 61
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 61 64
Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) d. Ekaterina Bychkova (RUS) 75 46 75

Doubles – Semifinals
Erakovic/Tanasugarn (NZL/THA) d. (1) Rodionova/Rodionova (AUS/RUS) 61 64

Order of Play

Paris

Central (from 13.30hrs)
1. Lucie Safarova vs. Flavia Pennetta
2. Elena Dementieva vs. Melanie Oudin (NB 15.30hrs)
3. Black/Huber vs. Jans/Rosolska

Pattaya City

Court 1 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Sesil Karatantcheva vs. Tamarine Tanasugarn
2. Vera Zvonareva vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
3. Chakvetadze/Pervak vs. Craybas/Goerges

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WTA: Tuesday’s Results, Wednesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on February 10, 2010

Full Results

Paris

Singles – First Round
(4) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (Q) Vesna Manasieva (RUS) 60 60
(6) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 64 61
Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. (7) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 63 76(3)
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (WC) Julie Coin (FRA) 75 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 61 60
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 60 63
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 75 62
Melanie Oudin (USA) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 63 60
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. (Q) Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) 36 62 64
(Q) Karolina Sprem (CRO) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 75 61

Doubles – First Round
Govortsova/Poutchek (BLR/BLR) d. Beygelzimer/Kustova (UKR/BLR) 62 26 107

Pattaya City

Singles – First Round
(1) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Ksenia Pervak (RUS) 63 62
(4) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 62 64
(8) Julia Goerges (GER) d. (Q) Anna Gerasimou (GRE) 64 64
Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. (Q) Sacha Jones (NZL) 64 46 61
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 61 62
Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) d. (WC) Varatchaya Wongteanchai (THA) 46 63 63
Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) d. (Q) Zhou Yi-Miao (CHN) 62 63
Ekaterina Bychkova (RUS) d. (Q) Nudnida Luangnam (THA) 67(4) 61 76(3)
Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) d. (WC) Suchanan Viratprasert (THA) 61 75

Doubles – First Round
(1) Rodionova/Rodionova (AUS/RUS) d. Chen/Sun (TPE/CHN) 64 62
(2) Craybas/Goerges (USA/GER) d. Han/Ji (CHN/CHN) 64 64
Chakvetadze/Pervak (RUS/RUS) d. Lertcheewakarn/Wongteanchai (THA/THA) 75 61

Order of Play

Paris

Central (from 11.00hrs)
1. Evgeniya Rodina vs. Aravane Rezai
2. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Petra Martic
3. Elena Dementieva vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
4. Elena Vesnina vs. Tathiana Garbin
5. Alisa Kleybanova vs. Flavia Pennetta (NB 18.00hrs)
6. Pavlyuchenkova/Senoglu vs. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Jans/Rosolska vs. Uhlirova/Voracova
2. Peschke/Srebotnik vs. Védy/Zalameda
3. Govortsova/Poutchek vs. Jurak/Marosi

Court/time TBA (NB 17.00hrs)
1. Black/Huber vs. Coin/Cornet

Pattaya City

Court 1 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Galina Voskoboeva vs. Vera Dushevina
2. Tatjana Malek vs. Sania Mirza
3. Tamarine Tanasugarn vs. Sabine Lisicki
4. Yaroslava Shvedova vs. Chanelle Scheepers
5. Rodionova/Rodionova vs. Karatantcheva/Rogowska

Court 2 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Marina Erakovic vs. Sybille Bammer
2. Kimiko Date Krumm vs. Anastasia Rodionova
3. Julia Goerges vs. Sesil Karatantcheva
4. Chakvetadze/Pervak vs. Chang/Chuang

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WTA Week Ahead: Bali Draw Set

Posted by gauloises1 on November 3, 2009

The draw for the inaugural 12-woman ‘Tournament of Champions’ in Bali was held today. For those not clear what the hell is going on with this one … nobody really knows. It’s for WTA players who have won one or more International-level tournaments and are ranked quite highly, or something.

Anyway, each of the ladies has won at least one International level title and sits around the 10-20 mark in the rankings, except for the wildcards Sabine Lisicki (who in fairness won Charleston and made a Wimbledon quarterfinal) and Kimiko Date-Krumm (who, in fairness, is old). It’s a second-tier Doha, basically, and the field doesn’t look bad.

bali field

Each of the top four seeds – Marion Bartoli, Sam Stosur, Yanina Wickmayer and Sabine Lisicki – heads a round-robin group, and play starts Thursday. The winner of each group advances to the semifinals on Saturday and so on.

These are the groups:

A: Marion Bartoli (Monterrey, Australian Open QF), Shahar Peer (Guangzhou, Tashkent), Magdalena Rybarikova (Birmingham)
B: Samantha Stosur (Osaka, French Open SF), Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Bogota, Bastad), Agnes Szavay (Budapest)
C: Yanina Wickmayer (Estoril, Linz, US Open SF), Anabel Medina Garrigues (Fes), Kimiko Date Krumm (Seoul)
D: Sabine Lisicki (Charleston, Wimbledon QF), Melinda Czink (Quebec City), Aravane Rezai (Strasbourg)

And now have some photos of the players looking lovely.

kimiko date krumm

Kimiko.

sabine lisicki

My girl Licky.

szavay bartoli

Agnes Szavay and Marion Bartoli with other people.

melinda czink

Melinda Czink.

yanina wickmayer

Wicky, cleaning up nicely …

So that’s Bali.

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Sunday Titlists: Budapest, Newport

Posted by gauloises1 on July 12, 2009

I really short-changed these tournaments on the bloggage front. Ah well.

Budapest

szavay trophy

The redemption of Agnes Szavay continues as she beat Patty Schnyder 26 64 62 for her first title of 2009. Nice for her to do it at her home tournament, too.

Newport

ram newport

For some reason, I really expected the trophy to look like a can of soup.

Anyway, give it up for Rajeev Ram, the lucky loser who took Mardy Fish’s withdrawal from the tournament (after his D Cup call-up) and rode it all the way to the title, beating Sam Querrey 67(3) 75 63.

He’s also in the doubles final. Bloody hell, that’s some good zombie-ing.

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Saturday Results: Budapest, Newport

Posted by gauloises1 on July 12, 2009

Budapest

We have our finalists.

szavaypatty

It’ll be fourth seed Agnes Szavay against top seed Patty Schnyder in the final of the Gaz de France, as the former took care of Alona Bondarenko 61 62. Patty had to do double duty, finishing off a rain-delayed match with Alisa Kleybanova that went to three hard-fought sets before returning to lay the smackdown on mad twatter Edina Gallovits. With all due respect to the whiteness of Patty’s mile, I’ll be rooting for Agnes tomorrow. Considering that earlier on this year – not so very long ago, really – we were all marvelling at how far she had fallen, she’s climbed out of a big hole quite impressively.

Newport

rajeev ram

Recognise this guy? No, me neither. Should I? This is Rajeev Ram, who beat Olivier Rochus 63 64 to advance to the finals of world ridiculousness championships, the Campbell’s Pepsi Ronson Cilit Bang championships. He’ll meet Sam Querrey, who beat defending champion Fabrice Santoro 63 76(2).

emperor fabulous

See you, Emperor Fabulous.

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Thursday Results: Bastad, Budapest

Posted by gauloises1 on July 9, 2009

There is no Wednesday in my world.

Bastad

caro

dulko

csn

The Stella McCartney-off (this time it’s fashionable) ended the same way as the first. Yep, good decision there Adidas. And CSN was downed by a woman with even more names. But hey, Flavs is still in!

Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 75 76(4)
Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. (2) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 67(5) 63 76(6)
(3) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 64 62
María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. (7) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP)
46 63 60

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Schiavone/Suárez Navarro (ITA/ESP) 76(3) 62
Kondratieva/Lefèvre (RUS/FRA) d. (4) Cirstea/Wozniacki (ROU/DEN) 46 64 108

Budapest

szavay

Another fashion fail from Fila. Or is that the same one?

Singles – Second Round
(1/WC) Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 63 62
(4) Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 76(2) 57 75
(5) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 46 64 64
(Q) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Patricia Mayr (AUT) 06 63 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(2) Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) d. Mayr/Pironkova (AUT/BUL)
61 16 106
Fichman/Marosi (CAN/HUN) d. (3) Safarova/Voskoboeva (CZE/KAZ) w/o (Safarova: thigh strain)
Koryttseva/Olaru (UKR/ROU) d. (4) Gallovits/Peer (ROU/ISR) 26 64 102

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RG Day Six: Agnes Szavay Beats Venus Williams

Posted by gauloises1 on May 29, 2009

Did I say this tournament needed an upset?

Agnes Szavay defeated former finalist Venus Williams in straight sets, 6-0 6-4.

szavay

I didn’t see the first set, so I can’t say what the hell was going on there. Agnes was certainly playing very, VERY well, but she played a weak service game in the second to get broken after missing an opportunity to break Venus, and I assumed that was it.

Unfortunately, although Venus did play some amazing points, she was making some terrible errors, particularly off the forehand side, and exhibited some bizarre decision making. Agnes had a match point at 5-4 on Venus’ serve and took it at the first time of asking.

It’s a huge win for her. Congratulations.

As for Venus, while this sucks, it may be even worse news for the rest of the field – it’s the third year in a row that Venus has lost in the third round at Roland Garros. In 2007 and 2008, of course, she then went on to win Wimbledon …

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WTA Madrid Results: Quarterfinals Day

Posted by gauloises1 on May 15, 2009

So we have our WTA semifinalists.

safina

woz

patty

And …

momo

They all said I was mad when I predicted Momo making the semifinals. But I showed them! And now for my race of atomic supermen to conquer the world.

I didn’t see Wozniacki vs. Dushevina but it doesn’t look thrilling, although this is a good result for the new top 10 player. Szavay played a fantastic first set, but Momo served better in the second and generally raised her level, and after a certain point, Szavay just fell away – her game completely disappeared. Mental exhaustion from the match against Azarenka more than anything, probably. Still, this was a great run for her.

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Safina looked tired against Blonderenko, but managed to win without playing hugely well. As for Jankovic, I’m not sure what to say. Schnyder played well, and was as frustrating an opponent as she can be, but JJ simply wasn’t there. Far too many UFEs. As soon as she started playing like herself – hitting with purpose and not missing – she broke Schnyder at the beginning of the second set, but she simply couldn’t sustain it. Not fun to watch. But hopefully she can go and rest up and be ready for Roland Garros …

Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 64 63
Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. (4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 76(6) 63
(9) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (Q) Vera Dushevina (RUS) 60 64
Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 57 61 61

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. (4) Stosur/Stubbs (AUS/AUS) 75 76(1)
(3) Peschke/Raymond (CZE/USA) d. Chuang/Mirza (TPE/IND) 76(4) 64

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