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Shtoo-rill II: The Verdasconing

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2011

Hey, so. I wrote a thing about Heather Watson for tennis.com and another thing about Alisa Kleybanova which should be up soon. But because I love you, here’s some more pictures courtesy (and copyright) of the fantastic Pedro Mendes of the goings-on in Estoril.

Jarmila Gajdosova sexing it up.

Pablo Cuevas. Likewise.

The very cute Tiago Fernandes, who will one day be a thing, mark my words.

Heather Watson, a.k.a. Our Hev, who had a really tough match today against Tamira Paszek and missed qualifying into the main draw. She was understandably gutted, but we won’t forget her.

Adrian Mannarino and Gaston Elias respectively, both of whom lost today.

Antonio Van Grichen, coach of Vika, Vera and Ivanovic, checking out the craic.

Jo and Marc Gicquel checking out the Chardy-Mannarino match.

Bendy Robin, who has been just a beast on the practice courts.

Dimple close-up during the practice match with Verdasco. Believe me, it wasn’t Verdasco’s tennis that was worrying him.

Verdasco wringing out his shirt. Love the expression on Robin’s face in the second photo.

Verdasco using the world as his washing line. He was not looking good in practice today, I’m told. Tennistically, that is.

Gilles and Yves Allergo playing doubles on Centralito. They lost to Pablo Andujar and Daniel Gimeno-Traver, but the most entertaining part of the match was waiting for Gilles to explode in frustration. Which he duly did, yelling “Ah, this fucking bitch of a line!” during the second set. Comedy gold.

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Shtoo-rill

Posted by gauloises1 on April 23, 2011

That’s how you pronounce ‘Estoril’, apparently, and that’s where I am, havin’ it large (and sometimes small). I’m doing some writing for other sources but I thought you’d appreciate some photo content.

No, they’re not my photos. I didn’t bring a camera – at least, not one that I can hook up to a computer. (I’m bringing the disposable camera back.) These are courtesy of the fantastic Pedro Mendes and I’m sure you’ll agree he’s a handy man with a lens.

The omnipresent Jeremy Chardy, daring you not to look at his bulge.

The very beautiful Jarmila Groth Gajdisova at the draw ceremony.

The very lovely Heather Watson, who had a great win in qualifying aganst Karolina Sprem and was then nice enough to chat to me afterwards. Forgot to ask if she would be stalking Delpo though.

Speaking of which …

The big man was on cheerful form in practice today, generally goofing around and being a bit lazy. He was cracking those forehands, though. And was promptly engulfed by a crowd of autograph-seeking kids as he left the court.

… No comment.  

(These photos belong to Pedro Mendes, so please don’t steal them.)

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Indian Wells: Kvitova, Groth, Hewitt Out

Posted by gauloises1 on March 12, 2011

That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s televised from tonight. Thank god. 

The women’s matches were the more interesting last night, as the top seeds were in action for the first time. Almost all cruised through, including Clijsters, Zvonareva and defending champion Jankovic. The highest-profile casualty was Petra Kvitova, who is seemingly intent on proving that she is simply not to be trusted week in or week out; she lost in three sets to Barbora Zahlalova Strycova, thus easing Ivanovic’s draw a little. Andrea Petkovic managed a very tricky opponent in Lucie Safarova, but Jarmila Groth, the 29th seed, lost to Sara Errani and 30th seed Tsvetana Pironkova went down to a dare-we-say-she’s-slightly-resurgent Alize Cornet.

No major names in action on the men’s side yet but plenty of interest. Delightful to see Julien Benneteau getting a straightforward 64 64 win over Feliciano Lopez, and the unseeded Davydenko surviving a potentially tricky encounter with Fognini. Wildcard Bernard Tomic rather battled to a victory over Bopanna, and fellow young gun Milos Raonic- remember him? – is back and beating Marsel Ilhan like it’s going out of style.

Disappointing losses however for Lleyton Hewitt, roundly defeated by Yen-Hsun Lu, and Kei Nishikori, edged in three by Igor Andreev. Never mind boys.

Meanwhile, in a development that is in no way related to next summer’s Olympics, half the men’s field have also been playing doubles and there were wins for Federer (with Wawrinka), Nadal (with Marc Lopez), Melzner, Quisner, Djokovic (with Troicki) and the Murray brothers. And a good time was had by all, I’m sure.

Men

Singles – First Round
[WC] J Blake (USA) d [Q] C Guccione (AUS) 36 63 62
R Mello (BRA) d R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 64 63
P Cuevas (URU) d P Andujar (ESP) 75 63
J Benneteau (FRA) d F Lopez (ESP) 64 64
[WC] B Tomic (AUS) d [Q] R Bopanna (IND) 67(5) 76(1) 64
S Giraldo (COL) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 64 67(5) 63
Y Lu (TPE) d L Hewitt (AUS) 62 63
A Golubev (KAZ) d F Mayer (GER) 62 61
L Kubot (POL) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 76(8) 64
B Becker (GER) d T de Bakker (NED) 62 75
F Serra (FRA) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 64 67(1) 76(4)
N Davydenko (RUS) d F Fognini (ITA) 57 62 64
[WC] M Raonic (CAN) d M Ilhan (TUR) 62 76(4)
[WC] R Harrison (USA) d J Chardy (FRA) 67(5) 76(2) 63
P Petzschner (GER) d D Brown (GER) 64 75
I Andreev (RUS) d K Nishikori (JPN) 64 67(2) 64

Doubles – First Round
R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) d [2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) 61 62
M Lopez (ESP) / R Nadal (ESP) d [4] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 76(5) 76(2)
[5] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d N Almagro (ESP) / D Ferrer (ESP) 36 61 12-10
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d [6] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 36 63 10-8
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) d T Berdych (CZE) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) 46 64 10-8
A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) d M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) 75 36 10-6
N Djokovic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) d J Chela (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) 63 75
J Benneteau (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) d K Anderson (RSA) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 76(4)

Women

Singles – Second Round
(2) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 62 60
(3) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 63 76(4)
(5) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) 62 60
(6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 62 61
(10) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 46 76(5) 63
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (12) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 36 62 75
(14) Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 36 62 62
(15) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (Q) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 26 63 62
(17) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 62 75
(19) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 64 62
(21) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 76(8) 75
(23) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 64 63
(25) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (WC) Sania Mirza (IND) 63 63
Sara Errani (ITA) d. (29) Jarmila Groth (AUS) 75 46 62
(Q) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (30) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 75 36 62
(32) Julia Goerges (GER) d. Sybille Bammer (AUT) 61 63

Doubles – First Round
Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) d. (2) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) 16 62 105
(3) Huber/Petrova (USA/RUS) d. Hercog/Hsieh (SLO/TPE) 60 62
(6) Azarenka/Kirilenko (BLR/RUS) d. Llagostera Vives/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) 57 63 119
(7) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Martínez Sánchez/Medina Garrigues (ESP/ESP) 76(4) 67(3) 105
Chuang/Dulgheru (TPE/ROU) d. (WC) Hampton/Oudin (USA/USA) 63 46 106

OOP

Stadium 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Dinara Safina vs. Daniela Hantuchova
2. ATP: del Potro vs. Ljubicic
3. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Sloane Stephens
4. ATP: Nadal vs. de Voest
5. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Maria Sharapova (NB 19.00hrs)
6. ATP: Soderling vs. Berrer (NB 20.30hrs)

Stadium 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Verdasco vs. Berankis
2. Samantha Stosur vs. Laura Pous-Tio
3. ATP: Young vs. Murray (NB 14.00hrs)
4. ATP: Tipsarevic vs. Querrey
5. ATP: Malisse vs. Tsonga
6. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Christina McHale

Stadium 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Devvarman
2. ATP: Karlovic vs. Ferrer
3. Ekaterina Makarova vs. Victoria Azarenka
4. Peng Shuai vs. Li Na
5. ATP: Sweeting vs. Monaco
6. ATP: Bryan/Bryan vs. F.López/Raonic

Court 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Elena Baltacha vs. Flavia Pennetta
2. Alexandra Dulgheru vs. Lucie Hradecka
3. Dulko/Pennetta vs. Jankovic/Pavlyuchenkova
4. Kops-Jones/Spears vs. Mattek-Sands/Shaughnessy
5. ATP: Bellucci/Harrison vs. Cilic/Karlovic

Court 8 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Robredo vs. Zverev
2. Grandin/Uhlirova vs. King/Shvedova
3. ATP: Simon vs. Schuettler
4. ATP: Almagro vs. Russell

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Klara Zakopalova vs. Urszula Radwanska
2. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Iveta Benesova
3. Anna Chakvetadze vs. Maria Kirilenko
4. Sofia Arvidsson vs. Nadia Petrova

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Nieminen vs. Montañes
2. Simona Halep vs. María José Martínez Sánchez
3. ATP: Smyczek vs. Kohlschreiber
4. ATP: García López/Montañes vs. Kubot/Marach

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Aravane Rezai vs. Zhang Shuai
2. Alisa Kleybanova vs. Agnes Szavay
3. ATP: Dolgopolov vs. Hanescu
4. ATP: Bopanna/Qureshi vs. Butorac/Rojer

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Three Times For The Ladies, Show Me Some Love

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2011

I just love Fed Cup photos.

Good luck getting the champagne out of your knickers, Kim.

Adorable Pavs.

Joyful Jarmila.

Quintessential Flavia.

Justine Henin: still retiring.

Boom boom pow.

Fed Cup faces.

It must be love.

Always have to do a double-take when I see Yanina smiling.

I could literally post pictures of Alize all day.

But I won’t.

And Sveta has the last word.

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Fed Cup Results: Italy, Russia, Czech Republic & Belgium Kick Ass

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2011

Italy 4 – Australia 1

Jarmila Groth d. Francesca Schiavone, 67(4) 63 63
Flavia Pennetta d. Samantha Stosur, 76(5) 67(5) 64
Francesca Schiavone d. Samantha Stosur, 76(1) 36 75
Flavia Pennetta d. Jarmila Groth, 63 62
Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci d. Anastasia Rodionova / Rennae Stubbs, 26 76(1) 64

Woe for the home side in Hobart as Italy, once again, are just Too Good. Do you really think they’ll lose at all this year? After Jarka Groth’s surprise win over Francesca Schiavone in the first rubber, it was all downhill from there; Sam Stosur’s career writ large as she allowed winnable matches over first Pennetta and then Schiavone to slip away in a series of poor tiebreaks and timidity at crucial moments.

As for the Italians, Pennetta kept the tie rolling and was the backbone of the team, while Schiavone – visibly still suffering the after-effects of her Australian Open run – came up with some inspired play  to see off Stosur in the crucial third rubber.

Warriors. Then Rennae Stubbs bade farewell to Fed Cup. There were tears and a plastic kangaroo.

See you in the commentary box.

Russia 3 – France 2

Alize Cornet d. Svetlana Kuznetsova, 36 63 64
Virginie Razzano d. Maria Sharapova, 63 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova d. Alize Cornet, 36 63 62
Svetlana Kuznetsova d. Virginie Razzano, 64 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova / Svetlana Kuznetsova d. Julie Coin / Alize Cornet, 76(4) 60

Oh, Alize Cornet. What a rollercoaster you are. After slumping horrifically following some agonizing Fed Cup losses, you finally win your first ever live rubber – against Kuznetsova, no less – and go a set up against Pavlyuchenkova, on the brink of victory for your country. Then …

Pavlyuchenkova, subbed in for a possibly-injured, definitely-quite-useless Maria Sharapova, comes back and wins the match, letting Kuznetsova tie it up over Razzano. And then to add insult to insult, they pair up to win the tie in the doubles against … Alize Cornet.

Conclusion: never count on Alize Cornet, Pavs kicks Fed Cup ass, Sharapova’s still on the rocks, and Sveta is god.

Slovak Republic 2 – Czech Republic 3

Quite the performance from team dead-eyed lefty weapons of mass destruction, as I like to think of them. Between them, Safarova and Kvitova demolished Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova (twice) to take an unassailable 3-0 lead with more than a touch of WHAM! SPLAT! KABLAMMO! about it – and I mean that as the highest of compliments. Both were brilliant, so we can forgive them for letting the dead rubbers slide. Slovakia were simply outgunned.

 

 

 

Also, their kits are dead pretty.

Belgium 4 – USA 1

Yanina Wickmayer d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 61 76(6)
Kim Clijsters d. Melanie Oudin, 60 64
Kim Clijsters d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 67(10) 62 61
Yanina Wickmayer d. Melanie Oudin, 62 60
Liezel Huber / Vania King d. Kirsten Flipkens / An-Sophie Mestach, 63 75

We don’t really need to go into it, do we?

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It Wouldn’t Be Fed Cup Without Random Picspam.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 5, 2011

Team bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Team wholesome.

Team not-remotely-wholesome-but-damn.

Team got-dressed-in-the-dark.

Team hot captain.

Team of contrasts.

Team words of wisdom.

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Fed Cup First Round Preview

Posted by gauloises1 on February 5, 2011

Italy v Australia

H2H: 0-5

Venue: Domain Tennis Centre, Hobart, Australia

Italy (defending champions): Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci, Corrado Barrazzutti (captain)

Australia: Samantha Stosur, Jarmila Groth, Anastasia Rodionova, Rennae Stubbs, David Taylor (captain)

Saturday OOP: Groth v Schiavone, Pennetta v Stosur

Russia v France

H2H: 5-3

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia

Russia: Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Dinara Safina, Shamil Tarpischev (captain)

France: Alize Cornet, Virginie Razzano, Pauline Parmentier, Julie Coin, Nicolas Escude (captain) 

Saturday OOP: Kuznetsova v Cornet, Sharapova v Razzano

Slovak Republic v Czech Republic

H2H: 0-3

Venue: Sibamac Arena, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Slovak Republic: Daniela Hantuchova, Dominika Cibulkova, Magdalena Rybarikova, Jana Cepelova, Matej Liptak (captain)

Czech Republic: Petra Kvitova, Lucie Safarova, Barbora Zahlalova Strycova, Kveta Peschke, Petr Pala (captain)

Saturday OOP: Hantuchova v Safarova, Cibulkova v Kvitova

Belgium v USA

H2H: 1-5

Venue: Sportpalais Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Belgium: Kim Clijsters, Yanina Wickmayer, Kirsten Flipkens, An-Sophie Mestach, Sabine Appelmans (captain)

U.S.A: Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Melanie Oudin, Vania King, Liezel Huber, Mary Joe Fernandez (captain)

Saturday OOP: Wickmayer v Mattek-Sands, Clijsters v Oudin

It’s going to be a good weekend …

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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 Daze: Upsets

Posted by gauloises1 on June 23, 2010

Stick with me while I attempt to catch up on everything that I missed at Wimbledon while I was there. (And yes, I know I may be stretching the definition of ‘upset’ somewhat with some of these …) This is who we’ve lost so far that we wouldn’t have expected to …

Sam Stosur and Francesca Schiavone crashed out to Kaia Kanepi and Vera Dushevina respectively. That’s an entire French Open final gone right there. You’d almost think it was played on a different surface or something.

Verdasco lost to Fognini in five. And still needs a haircut.

Damn Croatians. You’re supposed to be the reliable one, Marin! Although why anyone thinks that, I don’t know. Anyway, I watched this match. It made me sad.

Oh, Boss.

Please don’t let that be your last Wimbledon, OK?

Grass is not Shahar’s best ever surface, it must be said. She lost to Angelique Kerber in three. Still, I’ve been vaguely touting Kerber as a thing-in-waiting, so there’s that.

Big win for bronzed god Daniel Brands, who took out Kolya in straights. Kolya is another one who doesn’t thrive on the grass at all, though. Plus that whole fractured wrist thing.

If a result doesn’t upset anyone, is it still an upset? I’ve decided that this qualifies on the basis that Robin Haase did the upsetting, which means he actually won a match. Shock face.

Not sure what’s the bigger not-really-a surprise, Mel losing in the second round or the fact that she made it.

And how about a big hand for our upsetters …

What depth.

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RG Day Six: OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on May 28, 2010

Today’s OOP is brought to you by the lovely Jarmila Groth.

Court Philippe Chatrier – 11:00 Start
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Horacio Zeballos(ARG) vs. Rafael Nadal(ESP)[2]
Not Before 12:00
Women’s Singles – Second Round
Justine Henin(BEL)[22] vs. Klara Zakopalova(CZE) To Finish 6-3 3-2
Women’s Singles – Third Round
Dominika Cibulkova(SVK)[26] vs. Venus Williams(USA)[2]
Men’s Singles – Third Round
Thiemo De Bakker(NED) vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga(FRA)[8]
Women’s Singles – Third Round
Aravane Rezai(FRA)[15] vs. Nadia Petrova(RUS)[19]

Court Suzanne Lenglen – 11:00 Start
Women’s Singles – Second Round
Serena Williams(USA)[1] vs. Julia Goerges(GER)
Not Before 12:00
Women’s Singles – Second Round
Olivia Sanchez(FRA) vs. Marion Bartoli(FRA)[13] To Finish 5-4
Men’s Singles – Third Round
Roger Federer(SUI)[1] vs. Julian Reister(GER)
Men’s Singles – Third Round
Andy Murray(GBR)[4] vs. Marcos Baghdatis(CYP)[25]
Women’s Singles – Third Round
Elena Dementieva(RUS)[5] vs. Aleksandra Wozniak(CAN)

Court 1 – Start at 11:00
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Kei Nishikori(JPN) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Fernando Verdasco(ESP)[7] vs. Florent Serra(FRA)
Women’s Singles – Third Round
Caroline Wozniacki(DEN)[3] vs. Alexandra Dulgheru(ROU)[31]
Women’s Singles – Third Round
Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS)[6] vs. Maria Kirilenko(RUS)[30]
Court 2 – Start at 11:00
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Jurgen Melzer(AUT)[22] vs. Nicolas Mahut(FRA)
Not Before 12:00
Women’s Singles – Second Round
Maria Sharapova(RUS)[12] vs. Kirsten Flipkens(BEL) To Finish 6-3 2-2
Women’s Singles – Second Round
Rossana De Los Rios(PAR) vs. Samantha Stosur(AUS)[7]
Men’s Singles – Third Round
Albert Montanes(ESP)[29] vs. Robin Soderling(SWE)[5]
Men’s Doubles – First Round
James Cerretani(USA) / Adil Shamasdin(CAN) vs. Gael Monfils(FRA) / Josselin Ouanna(FRA)

Court 3 – Start at 11:00
Women’s Singles – Second Round
Jie Zheng(CHN)[25] vs. Anastasia Pivovarova(RUS)
Not Before 12:00
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Pablo Andujar(ESP) vs. Thomaz Bellucci(BRA)[24] To Finish 6-1 3-6
Men’s Singles – Third Round
Marin Cilic(CRO)[10] vs. Leonardo Mayer(ARG)
Men’s Singles – Third Round
Mikhail Youzhny(RUS)[11] vs. Viktor Troicki(SRB)

Court 4 11:00 Start
Women’s Doubles – Second Round
Cara Black(ZIM)[6] / Elena Vesnina(RUS)[6] vs. Dinara Safina(RUS) / Agnes Szavay(HUN)
Women’s Doubles – Second Round
Liezel Huber(USA)[3] / A. Medina Garrigues(ESP)[3] vs. Victoria Azarenka(BLR) / Vera Zvonareva(RUS)
Mixed Doubles – First Round
Elena Vesnina(RUS) / Andy Ram(ISR) vs. Mathilde Johansson(FRA) /Sebastien De Chaunac(FRA)
Mixed Doubles – First Round
Andrea Hlavackova(CZE) / Michal Mertinak(SVK) vs. Monica Niculescu(ROU) / Michael Kohlmann(GER)

Court 5 11:00 Start
Women’s Doubles – First Round
Sara Errani(ITA) / Roberta Vinci(ITA) vs. Kristina Mladenovic(FRA) / Selima Sfar(TUN)
Women’s Singles – Second Round
Daniela Hantuchova(SVK)[23] vs. Olga Govortsova(BLR)
Women’s Doubles – Second Round
Vera Dushevina(RUS)[14] / Ekaterina Makarova(RUS)[14] vs. Alona Bondarenko(UKR) / Kateryna Bondarenko(UKR)
Women’s Doubles – Second Round
Olga Govortsova(BLR)[15] / Alla Kudryavtseva(RUS)[15] vs. Maria Kondratieva(RUS) / Vladimira Uhlirova(CZE)

Court 6 11:00 Start
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Xavier Malisse(BEL) vs. David Ferrer(ESP)[9]
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Juan Carlos Ferrero(ESP)[16] vs. Pere Riba(ESP)
Men’s Singles – Third Round
John Isner(USA)[17] vs. Tomas Berdych(CZE)[15]

Court 7 11:00 Start
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Lleyton Hewitt(AUS)[28] vs. Denis Istomin(UZB)
Not Before 12:00
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Ivan Ljubicic(CRO)[14] leads Mardy Fish(USA)To Finish 6-2 6-7(8)
Women’s Singles – Third Round
Flavia Pennetta(ITA)[14] vs. Polona Hercog(SLO)
Women’s Singles – Third Round
Francesca Schiavone(ITA)[17] vs. Na Li(CHN)[11]

Court 8 11:00 Start
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Victor Hanescu(ROU)[31] vs. Yuri Schukin(KAZ)
Men’s Doubles – First Round
Ross Hutchins(GBR) / Jordan Kerr(AUS) vs. Daniel Nestor(CAN)[2] / Nenad Zimonjic(SRB)[2]
Women’s Doubles – Second Round
Edina Gallovits(ROU) / Melanie Oudin(USA) vs. Kveta Peschke(CZE)[12] / Katarina Srebotnik(SLO)[12]
Men’s Doubles – First Round
Mardy Fish(USA)[13] / Mark Knowles(BAH)[13] vs. Carsten Ball(AUS) / Chris Guccione(AUS)
Mixed Doubles – First Round
A. Medina Garrigues(ESP) / Marc Lopez(ESP) vs. Katarina Srebotnik(SLO)[6] / Nenad Zimonjic(SRB)[6]

Court 9 11:00 Start
Women’s Doubles – First Round
Mathilde Johansson(FRA) / Camille Pin(FRA) vs. Nuria Llagostera Vives(ESP)[2] / Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez(ESP)[2]
Men’s Doubles – First Round
Marc Gicquel(FRA) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin(FRA) vs. Simon Aspelin(SWE)[7] / Paul Hanley(AUS)[7]
Men’s Doubles – First Round
Stephen Huss(AUS) / Andre Sa(BRA) vs. Marcel Granollers(ESP)[11] / Tommy Robredo(ESP)[11]
Mixed Doubles – First Round
Pauline Parmentier(FRA) / Marc Gicquel(FRA) vs. Cara Black(ZIM)[2] /Leander Paes(IND)[2]
Men’s Doubles – First Round
Philipp Marx(GER) / Igor Zelenay(SVK) vs. Yves Allegro(SUI) / Andreas Beck(GER)

Court 10 11:00 Start
Men’s Doubles – First Round
Andrey Golubev(KAZ) / Paolo Lorenzi(ITA) leads Alejandro Falla(COL) / Santiago Giraldo(COL) To finish 6-2 3-4
Men’s Doubles – First Round
Thiago Alves(BRA) / Marcio Torres(BRA) vs. Guillaume Rufin(FRA) / Alexandre Sidorenko(FRA)
Men’s Doubles – First Round
Colin Fleming(GBR) / Ken Skupski(GBR) vs. Marco Chiudinelli(SUI) / Christopher Kas(GER)
Mixed Doubles – First Round
Kristina Mladenovic(FRA) / Alexandre Sidorenko(FRA) vs. Aurelie Vedy(FRA) / Michael Llodra(FRA)
Mixed Doubles – First Round
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova(CZE) / Frantisek Cermak(CZE) vs. Patty Schnyder(SUI) / Daniel Nestor(CAN)

Court 11 11:00 Start
Men’s Doubles – First Round
Mariusz Fyrstenberg(POL)[8] / Marcin Matkowski(POL)[8] leads Tomasz Bednarek(POL) / Mateusz Kowalczyk(POL) To Finish 7-6(4) 2-1
Women’s Doubles – First Round
Darija Jurak(CRO) / Petra Martic(CRO) leads Claire Feuerstein(FRA) / Stephanie Foretz(FRA) To Finish 6-7(6) 6-2
Men’s Doubles – First Round
Marcelo Melo(BRA) / Bruno Soares(BRA) vs. Juan Ignacio Chela(ARG) / Eduardo Schwank(ARG)
Men’s Doubles – First Round
Nicolas Almagro(ESP) / Santiago Ventura(ESP) vs. Xavier Malisse(BEL) / Olivier Rochus(BEL)
Mixed Doubles – First Round
Gisela Dulko(ARG) / Juan Ignacio Chela(ARG) vs. Alisa Kleybanova(RUS)[5] / Max Mirnyi(BLR)[5]

Court 14 11:00 Start
Women’s Singles – Second Round
Jill Craybas(USA) vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova(RUS)[29]
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Andreas Seppi(ITA) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber(GER)[30]
Mixed Doubles – First Round
Zi Yan(CHN)[8] / Mariusz Fyrstenberg(POL)[8] vs. Yaroslava Shvedova(KAZ) / Julian Knowle(AUT)
Mixed Doubles – First Round
Nuria Llagostera Vives(ESP)[3] / Oliver Marach(AUT)[3] vs. Virginie Razzano(FRA) / Dick Norman(BEL)
Mixed Doubles – First Round
Stephanie Cohen-Aloro(FRA) / Thierry Ascione(FRA) vs. Iveta Benesova(CZE) / Lukas Dlouhy(CZE)

Court 16 11:00 Start
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Nicolas Almagro(ESP)[19] vs. Steve Darcis(BEL)
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Potito Starace(ITA) vs. Robby Ginepri(USA)
Women’s Doubles – Second Round
Regina Kulikova(RUS) / Anastasija Sevastova(LAT) vs. Yung-Jan Chan(TPE)[10] / Jie Zheng(CHN)[10]
Men’s Doubles – Second Round
Daniele Bracciali(ITA) / Potito Starace(ITA) vs. Benjamin Becker(GER) / Scott Lipsky(USA)

Court 17 11:00 Start
Men’s Singles – Second Round
Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr(UKR) vs. Fernando Gonzalez(CHI)[12]
Women’s Singles – Second Round
Sybille Bammer(AUT) vs. Yanina Wickmayer(BEL)[16]
Men’s Singles – Third Round
Stanislas Wawrinka(SUI)[20] vs. Fabio Fognini(ITA)
Women’s Singles – Third Round
Akgul Amanmuradova(UZB) vs. Chanelle Scheepers(RSA)

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