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RG Day One: Full Results

Posted by gauloises1 on May 24, 2010


Singles – First Round
[5] R Soderling (SWE) d L Recouderc (FRA) 60 62 63
[8] J Tsonga (FRA) d D Brands (GER) 46 63 62 67(2) 75 
[10] M Cilic (CRO) d R Mello (BRA) 61 36 63 61
[11] M Youzhny (RUS) d M Przysiezny (POL) 61 60 64
J Benneteau (FRA) d [23] E Gulbis (LAT) 64 62 10 ret. (right thigh)
[29] A Montanes (ESP) d S Galvani (ITA) 63 63 63
[32] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d R Schuettler (GER) 75 64 62
J Ouanna (FRA) d L Kubot (POL) 76(5) 67(4) 62 64
T De Bakker (NED) d O Patience (FRA) 64 57 64 63
T Kamke (GER) d S Robert (FRA) 60 64 63
A Falla (COL) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 61 62 63
M Chiudinelli (SUI) d S Devvarman (IND) 63 36 63 36 63
J Chela (ARG) d R Sweeting (USA) 60 64 76(4)
F Fognini (ITA) d N Massu (CHI) 61 36 26 63 63
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d K Anderson (RSA) 16 46 63 76(4) 61
M Yani (USA) vs L Lacko (SVK) 64 67(5) 67(4) 76(5) 8-8 – play suspended


Singles – First Round
(2) Venus Williams (USA) d. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 63 63
(6) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 63 61
Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. (10) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 61 62
(14) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Anne Keothavong (GBR) 62 62
(15) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. (Q) Heidi El Tabakh (CAN) 61 61
(19) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (Q) Zhang Shuai (CHN) 60 63
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) d. (20) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 62 64
(26) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (Q) Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS) 62 60
(30) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Karolina Sprem (CRO) 76(5) 64
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 46 61 64
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. (WC) Stéphanie Foretz (FRA) 62 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 57 76(2) 64
Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. (WC) Claire Feuerstein (FRA) 76(4) 63
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 62 62
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. (WC) Christina McHale (USA) 75 63
(Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. (WC) Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 62 64

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Miami: Mixed Fortunes

Posted by gauloises1 on March 25, 2010

Three Timettes in action. One won. Elena Baltacha notched up another great win, beating Iveta Benesova 62 64. Brilliant stuff.

You know when you’ve been Bally’d.

No suck luck for the others, though. Anne Keothavong, still struggling to build any momentum after her long injury layoff, fell to Tamira Paszek in straights. And Delpo fangirl Heather Watson lost to Pironkova 64 62 – which is not too shabby for her first WTA main draw match.

Next time, ladies.

It was a mixed bag for the wildcarded sentimental faves returning from injury/illness, too. David ‘El Rey’ Nalbandian disposed of Kubot with nae bother, 63 62, but Mario Ancic turned out to be about the one person Jeremy Chardy can beat these days, falling 64 64. Back to the Futures tour for him.


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Random Fed Cuppage

Posted by gauloises1 on February 5, 2010

So this Europe/Africas round robin in Lisbon business is confusing the hell out of me. But I do know that after getting off to a great start against Bosnia, Team GB slumped to defeat against Austria and now have to face Belarus. So that will probably go well.

The good/bad news, depending on your perspective, is that Victoria Azarenka was benched today after being forced to retire against Sybille Bammer on day one. Wozniacki is also reportedly suffering from health problems. And in more woe for the younger generation, Larcher de Brito was trounced by Patty Schnyder.

I demand a training montage.

Full scores here if you can make head or tail of them …

We are also looking forward to the weekend’s World Group and World Group II ties, and although Russia-Serbia has a certain appeal …

… it’s Poland vs. Belgium in the second-tier World Group that I’d want to see.

What a very recognisable Belgian team.

Bring it.

I almost certainly won’t get a chance to preview the ties properly, but here’s what’s going on:

World Group

Ukraine v Italy
Kharkiv, Ukraine

Czech Republic v Germany
Brno, Czech Republic

Serbia v Russia
Belgrade, Serbia

France v USA
Lievin, France

World Group II

Australia v Spain
Adelaide, Australia

Poland v Belgium
Bydgoszcz, Poland

Estonia v Argentina
Tallinn, Estonia

Slovak Republic v China
Bratislava, Slovak Republic

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Fed Cup: Things Are Happening

Posted by gauloises1 on February 2, 2010

I don’t know if it is a slow tennis news day or I just feel like it is because there are no new Marin/Gorin photos. Anyway, the draw was made today for the Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 Playoffs in Lisbon:

Group A


Group B


Group C


Group D

Great Britain
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tough draw for Team GB, as Belarus (Azarenka/Govortsova) are probably one of the toughest teams out there. Still, if you think about the players that are there, this must be an amazing tournament to attend. You can follow naughtyT on twitter as he uses his ill-gotten press credentials to stalk the players in between mojitos if you like, or just follow along with the burgeoning estromance between Wozniacki and Azarenka. Or just glumly wish you were there, like me.

Anyway. Go Team GB!

(via Elena Baltacha’s twitter

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Keo Talks Knees

Posted by gauloises1 on August 24, 2009

I know, right? Knees, knees, knees. She should get together with Rafa and have kids who are (a) beautiful, (b) amazing at tennis, and (c) unable to take two steps without screaming and collapsing in agony. They will form Great Britain’s most successful Davis Cup team for some years.

Anyway … what was I saying? Oh yeah. Cute interview with Keo from BBC Sport where she talks about the knee injury she sustained that will keep her out until February (ARGH NO WHY). She’s also apparently learning to juggle. Sunny soul, our Keo.

Two things:

1) Is it too much to ask, when she’s talking about all the times she has to ice her knee, for one – just one – ‘and that’s the icing on the cake’ joke? Missed opportunity, Keo.

2) I assume this is filmed at the National Tennis Centre. It certainly looks like it, except there seem to be actual people playing tennis in the background and, you know, practicing and stuff. They must be either foreigners or extras, that’s the only explanation I can think of.

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Some Neil Harman Fangirling

Posted by gauloises1 on July 13, 2009

Many of you may be aware of the fact that I have a big hard-on for Neil Harman of The Times (when he’s not writing about Nadal) and his weekly Net Post. Although most of it is frothing-at-the-mouth fury about the parlous state of British tennis, you’re guaranteed a few interesting things each week, and today’s was no exception.


On rifts between Anne Keothavong and the LTA:

Anne Keothavong, the British No.1 did not see eye-to-eye with the organisation when Carl Maes was head of women’s tennis and has, the Net Post hears, fallen out with the governing body again, this time over her desire to allow her father to help coach her. It has got to the stage where she prefers not to train at the National Tennis Centre – hardly a marketing success for a £40 million building – and does not want to wear a patch advertising AEGON, the LTA’s new lead sponsor.

On the selection of Lars Graf to umpire the Wimbledon final:

Graff is the outstanding official on the world tour, an ATP man who, given the splenetic political relationship between the ATP and the ITF (forget all this ‘tennis family’ guff when such appointments are made), might have missed out had darker forces been allowed to prevail.

The ITF were pushing for one of their leading men, Pascal Maria (who umpired the men’s final last year and the French Open final last month), Carlos Ramos (who made a couple of major errors in the Andy Roddick/Lleyton Hewitt quarter final), or Enric Molina of Spain to be given the chair; but Andrew Jarrett, the Wimbledon referee, stucks to his guns and made absolutely the right call. The final was impeccably handled, as one knew it would be.

And a word on Richard Gasquet’s current situation (interesting given that there’s been almost no news about it recently, at least that I’ve heard):

Richard Gasquet, the 23-year-old 2007 Wimbledon semi finalist, was suspended after traces of cocaine – a banned substance – were discovered in an out-of-competition doping sample before the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami three months ago. Gasquet, in a fearful state since, has only just picked up a racket again after all this time, for he does not know whether or when he will be free to play. He was in London last week seeking to prove his innocence. Gasquet needs someone to come forward willing to testify that they attended a party in Miami the night it is alleged the substance found its way into his bloodstream and may be able to shed light on the matter. Unless such a person is found, Gasquet’s career will be two years in limbo.

I don’t always bother to flag up bits from the Net Post, given that I assume people are reading it. But in case you aren’t, consider yourself advised that you probably should be checking out on a Monday.

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How Do You Not Love Keo?

Posted by gauloises1 on June 24, 2009

Really disappointing day for Anne Keothavong and her fans today.


But she was once again awesome in her presser, despite being visibly depressed and breaking down at one point.

Choice quote:

Q. A lot of fans will look at the world of tennis and say, Hey, pretty glamorous; chance to travel the world; play Wimbledon; pretty good money. Is it a lot harder than people realize?

ANNE KEOTHAVONG: I think so, yeah. As women, to be doing what we’re doing, you have to be pretty tough women, ambitious and determined. You know, that’s me as a person. You know, you do it because you want to do it and you feel you can improve, you know, get further up the rankings.

But there is a lot of hard work behind the scenes. You know, to put yourself through it, being away from home over 30 weeks of the year, you know, sacrificing, whether it’s your social life or family time, you know, there’s a lot you give up to do what you do.

But, uhm, you do it for the love of the game, I guess. 

Q. In the end it’s worth it?

ANNE KEOTHAVONG: I hope so. I’m figuring it out (laughter).

Bounce back, Anne. You’re too great not too.

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Eastbourne & Wimbledon Qualies: Normal Service Resumed

Posted by gauloises1 on June 17, 2009

So all Brits everywhere ever lost today. 

In the men’s qualifying, Daniel Cox lost to Prakash Armitraj, while in the women’s Broady, Elliott, Thomas, Webley-Smith and Curtis racked up an impressive one-day total of losses. The sole bright spot came in the form of Naomi Cavaday, who defeated Fujiwara.


At Eastbourne, wildcard Josh Goodall was defeated in the second round by Ivan Ljubicic, Elena Baltacha lost to Li Na Na Li, and Anne Keothavong bowed out to bad mama Sybille Bammer.


Bad Brits! Back in whatever other weird dimension you inhabit for eleven months in the year! No “c’mon Tim”s for you!

Well, except you, Cavaday. You can have one. (She once broke Venus Williams’ serve, you know. And had match points against Martina Hingis.)

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Eastbourne & Wimbledon Qualies: It's All About The Brits

Posted by gauloises1 on June 15, 2009

It’s that time of year again. I could fight it, but I’m going to go with it. C’MON TIM!

First up, I have to mention John Milton, Dan Cox, Marcus Willis and Alex Slabinsky, all of whom won their first-round match in the Wimbledon qualifying at Roehampton. (I have to not mention Chris Eaton, Richard Bloomfield and Dan Smethurst, all of whom lost.) Milton and Willis did the best, overcoming huge ranking disparities to beat Alexandre Sidorenko (last seen pushing Marat Safin in the first round at Roland Garros) and Amer Delic respectively. Please bear in mind that these are Brits who were too shit to get a wildcard. Wrap your heads around that concept.

In fairness, the AELTC was too busy handing out wildcards to those who are proven failures (see: Bogdanovic, Alex) to spare any for those who are as yet unknown qualities. But come on you boyos! You only need to win two more matches and then you can lose in the first round of Wimbledon!

In Eastbourne, an entire three – count them, three – British players are into the second round. Wildcard Josh Goodall beat Japan’s Tatsuma Ito in straight sets.

AEGON International 2009 Joshua Goodall

Wildcard James Ward had an even more impressive victory, against someone I’ve actually heard of; he defeated Victor Crivoi 61 63.


He once took a set off Marat Safin, you know.

And in “this asshat’s just fucking with me now” news, Alex Bogdanovic defeated Ivo Minar 64 76(3).


I hate him so much it gives me energy.

Hot doubles specialist Colin Fleming was not so lucky, bowing out to Lu 76(2) 16 63, and Mel South fell to Dushevina 64 62 in the final round of qualifying. But wildcard doubles pairing Keothavong and Borwell beat Jans and Rosolska and looked very nice and pretty doing it.

borwell and keo

Go girls.

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Wednesday Results: Birmingham

Posted by gauloises1 on June 10, 2009

Why does it always rain on British tennis? Home fave Anne Keothavong lost in straight sets to Sania Mirza (and that’s after leading, what, 5-1 in the second set)?


In other bad news for the Tims, Naomi Broady lost to Alla Kudryavsteva 64 in the third set of a match carried over from yesterday. But all is not lost; wildcard Naomi Cavaday (WTF is it with all these Naomis?) beat twelfth seed Tamarine Tanasugarn. C’mon Tim!












Even Tanasugarn’s like “…. what?”

Sixth seed Ekaterina Makarova also fell to Voegele of Switzerland, but Aravane Rezai and Aleksandra Wozniak progressed smoothly enough. Maria Sharapova’s match with Alexa Glatch was called off with the Russian leading, so she’ll be back tomorrow.

Singles – Second Round
(3) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 64 64
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. (6) Ekatarina Makarova (RUS) 63 36 62
Sania Mirza (IND) d. (11) Anne Keothavong (GBR) 61 76(5)
(WC) Naomi Cavaday (GBR) d. (12) Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 76(5) 26 64

Singles – First Round
(15) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. (LL) Mariana Duque Marino (COL) 64 61
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. (Q) Naomi Broady (GBR) 57 76(4) 64
(Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 67(5) 76(7) 63
(Q) Lilia Osterloh (USA) d. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 67(4) 75 63

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