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Tokyo: The Decimation Continues

Posted by gauloises1 on September 29, 2009

Maybe it’s the time of year or maybe it’s the time of woman, but top seeds continue to fall in Tokyo like nobody’s business. Third seed Elena Dementieva lost to qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko, 62 67(3) 61. I have no idea what’s up with Demmy, but that’s a good win for Bondarenko, putting together a little something after her great run to the U.S. Open quarters. Like it.

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Fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki, usually Miss Consistency, retired 50 down to Aleksandra Wozniak with ‘viral illness’. I hope she’s OK, but after all the tennis she’s played this year it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise if she was a little run down.

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And sixth seed Vera Zvonareva went down to Alisa Kleybanova. I saw the first set in a somewhat drunken fashion and assumed Vera would win easily, but somehow she ended up on the wrong end of a 36 64 62 score.

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Oh, and thirteenth seed Nadia Petrova lost to Magdalena Rybarikova. Keeping the ship afloat? Eighth seed Victoria Azarenka, who knocked out Zheng Jie 61 61, and seventh seed JJ – sadly at Licky’s expense.

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Also seeded and still alive are Agnieszka Radwanska (d. Hantuchova), Marion Bartoli (d. Rezai), and Li Na (d. Dushevina). And Maria Sharapova knocked out twelfth seed Sam Stosur in a highly dominating performance I don’t quite know where to file …

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Shazza-JJ final, anybody?

Singles – Second Round
(Q) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. (3) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 62 67(3) 61
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. (4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 50 ret. (viral illness)
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (6) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 36 64 62
(7) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 63 46 62
(8) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 61 61
(11) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 63 36 63
Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (12) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 60 61
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (13) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 62 62
(14) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Aravane Rezai (FRA) 64 62
(15) Li Na (CHN) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 75 60
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 61 76(6)
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 63 36 64
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 63 46 64

Doubles – First Round
(2) Medina Garrigues/Ruano Pascual (ESP/ESP) d. Dushevina/Makarova (RUS/RUS) 36 75 106
Kirilenko/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Groenefeld/Schnyder (GER/SUI) 64 75
Dulko/Petrova (ARG/RUS) d. (WC) Chan/Date Krumm (TPE/JPN) 75 36 107

Suspended due to rain
Kleybanova/Schiavone (RUS/ITA) lead (3) Stosur/Stubbs (AUS/AUS) 62 21

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USO Day Ten: K-Bond on a Sticky Wicket

Posted by gauloises1 on September 10, 2009

Yanina Wickmayer is our first semifinalist from the bottom half of the draw, defeating Kateryna Bondarenko 75 64.

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Not too much to say about this one. Wicky came out with a good aggressive game plan and stuck to it well, fighting back from a break deficit in the second set. Bondarenko, meanwhile – with her ludicrous tiny rat dog looking on – has played some good tennis this tournament, but she didn’t have it today, making far too many mistakes and that was that, really.

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Tough day, because she’s a better player than she looked today. But huge props to Wicky, who handled the occasion beautifully and has earned her first semi-final. I’m delighted for her. She’ll face the winner of Oudin-Wozniacki (looks very much like Wozniacki right now).

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Go get ’em, tiger.

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USO Day Eight: K-Bond On a Mission

Posted by gauloises1 on September 7, 2009

Fired up by her run, or seeking revenge for Dulko beating her sister? Kateryna Bondarenko kicked off the day by double-bagelling Gisela Dulko.

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Scary stuff.

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USO Day Two: Upsetastic

Posted by gauloises1 on September 2, 2009

A bit of seed spillage and general surprises going on today. Possibly the biggest, for sheer obscurity of the upsetter and perceived reliability of the upsettee? Probably Jesse Witten, a 26 year-old ranked 276, beating twenty-ninth seed Igor Andreev – who took Federer to five sets here last year, let us not forget – in straight sets, 64 60 62.

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This is seriously Jesse Witten. WTF.

Also representing for the home nation was Kevin Kim, who took out Dudi Sela in four, and Taylor Dent, who beat Feliciano Lopez in four dramatic sets that were frankly great fun to watch.

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Scary, scary man.

Seed-wise, we also lost Ivo Karlovic, the twenty-seventh seed, who fell to Ivan Navarro in straight sets, and Stanislas Wawrinka was NOT the man. The nineteenth seed dropped to Nico Lapentti, who came back from two sets to love down to take the match 63 in the fifth. But I’m rather fond of Nico, so that’s OK.

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Both Karlovic and Wawrinka were in Murray’s quarter, so allow me a quiet ‘yay’, please.

On the WTA side, twenty-seventh seed Kleybanova fell to Petra Kvitova in three, and sixteenth seed Virginie Razzano was shown the door by NB fave Yanina Wickmayer, who is finally beginning to deliver on some of her promise.

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And in a pulsating three-set encounter, Kateryna Bondarenko put out Ana Ivanovic. I have never seen Ana fight so desperately to win a match. Kudos to K-Bond, though, who started off dreadfully and battled fatigue and injury to take the third-set tiebreaker and with it the match.

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Toronto: Kim Tops Tim, Venus in Bond-age

Posted by gauloises1 on August 19, 2009

Hahahaha … no? Anyway, Venus Williams lost in three sets today to Kateryna Bondarenko. Yeah. This girl.

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Bondarenko actually played a good match, doing particularly well to hang in there after losing the first set 16, and serving out the match at the first time of asking. But really, there’s no way that Venus should ever have lost to her unless she was on particularly dreadful form, and funnily enough …

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I’m beginning to wonder if even the ‘Slam factor’ will be enough to rescue Venus’ play from the depths it seems to have plummeted to since Wimbledon. Anyway, well done to Bondarenko. At least she was pretty cool about it.

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Or not. In other news, the Kimmy Komeback continues, with the Belgian rolling over Elena Baltacha (she’s brave, you know) in straight sets.

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Seriously, how did she even get in this tournament?

Azarenka, Pennetta, Ivanovic and Cibulkova all recorded wins today too.

Results

Singles – Second Round
(Q) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. (3) Venus Williams (USA) 16 75 64

Singles – First Round
(9) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 63 63
(11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (Q) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 26 63 62
(12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (Q) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 63 63
(16) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 64 62
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 67(3) 60 62
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 63 62
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 64
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (Q) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 64 46 76(4)
(Q) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 64 76(3)
(Q) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 76(1) 76(4)
(Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. (Q) Julie Coin (FRA) 26 61 76(6)
(WC) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. (Q) Elena Baltacha (GBR) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
(6) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. King/Niculescu (USA/ROU) 61 75
Dushevina/Rodionova (RUS/RUS) d. (7) Groenefeld/Schnyder (GER/SUI) 36 76(1) 108
Kleybanova/Makarova (RUS/RUS) d. (8) Mattek-Sands/Petrova (USA/RUS) 62 62
A.Radwanska/Wozniacki (POL/DEN) d. Yan/Zheng (CHN/CHN) 64 46 107
Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) d. (WC) Fichman/Wozniak (CAN/CAN) 16 76(5) 104

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WTA Week Ahead: Birmingham

Posted by gauloises1 on June 7, 2009

Oh how I love this time of year! Suddenly everything feels so delightfully local.

Birmingham

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Draw here.

K-Bond picked up the gravy boat last year, but unless I’ve developed selective Bondarenko blindness, I don’t see her in the draw this year.

Jie Zheng Zheng Jie is the top seed this year, and given that her quarter’s got two British girls (Mel South and Katie O’Brien) in it, I don’t see her having too much trouble. (Burn!) U-Rad vs. Kirilenko could be an interesting first-round, and knowledgeable people tell me to look out for Rybarikova. Clay-courter Errani could have trouble, but look for JZZJ (or ZJJZ, possibly) to come out of this quarter.

The big question in the second quarter is whether Aleksandra (?) Wozniak can back up a good Roland Garros run here. I should think so. The bottom half of that quarter also has three British girls – Keo, possibly-mythical Georgie Stoop, and feisty Baltacha – as well as possibly-engaged Sania Mirza. I still look for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to strain the scoreboards until at least the quarter-finals though.

Li Na Na Li shouldn’t be too troubled in her quarter, although she’s got well known giant-killers Alla Kudryavsteva and Julie Coin lurking. Makarova’s success mystifies me (sorry Ekaterina!), and Aravane Rezai will hopefully have a new and outlandish outfit to keep us all guessing. LNNL (NLLN?) for the quarters, just to make me keep typing her name twice.

The big question about this draw was where Shazza was going to land. Well, it looks like Francesca Schiavone and Kaia Kanepi drew the short straw this time. Shazza shouldn’t be overly bothered by Dubois in the first round, but if Alexa Glatch can live up to an excellent Roland Garros result (double-baguetting Flavia Pennetta), then taking out Shazza in the second would bolster her Fed Cup claims no end. Kanepi doesn’t seem to have done too much since her Dubai run, but she has a pretty easy run. KK or Shazza for the semis.

Predicted semifinalists: Zheng, Pavlyuchenkova, Sharapova, Li

Predicted finalists: Ooh, could be all-Russian or all-Chinese. Who’s the emerging world superpower? Um … Zheng, Li

Winner: Zheng

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RG Day Two: WTA Round-Up

Posted by gauloises1 on May 25, 2009

Mixed fortunes for the seeds today.

Seventeenth seed Patty Schnyder fell to Kateryna Bondarenko, a.k.a the Brunette One. Bondarenko’s had good results so far this year, including wins over Agnieszka Radwanska and Alize Cornet. More importantly, she looks freaking hilarious in some of the pictures.

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Please use the free time this will give you to work on your book or find a good therapist, Patty.

Anna Chakvetadze, the twenty-sixth seed, lost to Marina Duque Marino in the battle of the Russian Mafia vs. the Colombian Drug Lords. OK, it’s not a huge surprise, but as my commentator noted cautiously, “This may represent a new low for Chakvetadze.”

It’s a shame, because I rather liked her outfit.

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Any chance we’re going to get to see Svetlana in that? Probably not. Still, well done to Mariana in the moated grange.

The biggest shock of the day was probably the upset of Flavia Pennetta by Alexa Glatch. The fourteenth seed was a quarterfinalist last year (and her outfit was lovely.)

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But that’s a hell of a Fed Cup audition for Alexa Glatch, the hero of the U.S. tie against the Czech Republic. Even Venus dropped a set today. That doesn’t look too good when set against a pair of breadsticks served to an excellent clay-courter.

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I must admit I’ve never seen Glatch play, but she’s making me sit up and take notice with these results.

Oh, and we lost another good outfit when unseeded Maria Kirilenko fell to Australia’s Olivia Rogowska.

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Love the colour of the skirt and the wristbands. Actually, is this even Maria Kirilenko, or is it a captioning fail? I can’t freaking tell. If it’s Rogowska, then hey, we get to keep the outfit for another round.

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Apart from that, the other seeds fared well, with Agnieszka Radwanska ending Paraguay’s interest in the ladies’ singles by defeating De Los Rios in straights, Dominika Cibulkova knocking out  and Zheng Jie Jie Zheng putting out local hope Cohen-Aloro – and looking mighty cute doing it. Great colour.

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Outside the seedings, clay-courters-to-watch Carla Suarez Navarro and Agnes Szavay progressed in straights, as did Akgul Amandurova, Jill Craybas, Mariya Koryttseva, Jarmila Groth and Tathiana Garbin. Giant-killer-killing Polona Hercoq knocked out Alisa Kleybanova and half the suicide pool

There was woe for the home crowds as Camille Pin fell to Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn, but homegirl Aravane Rezai, who picked up a title last week in Strasbourg, knocked out veteran (i.e. ancient) Ai Sugiyama.

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Believe me, if you didn’t see her goth all-black additionally-frilled version of this outfit c. the Australian Open, you should be so relieved she’s wearing this one.

Oh, and all the Brits are now out, as Mel South fell to Michelle Larcher de Brito (after a bagel first set, no less – it’s de Brito’s second match where such a thing has occurred) and Katie O’Brien was summarily dismissed by Olga Govortsova. Now on to suck and fail at Wimbledon!

Full ladies’ results here.

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Fed Cup: Saturday Results

Posted by gauloises1 on April 25, 2009

Italy 2 Russia 0

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Who called it, bitches?

Italy takes a 2-0 lead after Flavia Pennetta dusted the inexplicably picked Anna Chakvetadze 6-4, 6-0 and Francesca Schiavone fought back after losing the first to upset Svetlana Kuznetsova, 1-6 6-2 6-3. What are you going to do now, Shamil?

Czech Republic 1 USA 1

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Things started off well for the hosts as Petra Kvitova took care of Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3 7-6(2). However, the surprise of the day was Alexa Glatch, who was picked by team captain Mary-Joe Fernandez over Melanie Oudin. She beat Iveta Benesova 6-1, 6-2. Great win there.

Germany 2 China 0

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Lisicki keeps up her current great form as she beat Zheng Jie for the first point, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Anna-Lena Groenfeld kept her end up, too, beating Peng Shuai 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Serbia 2 Spain o

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No surprises here. Jelena Jankovic beat Martinez Sanchez in fairly comprehensive style 6-3, 6-4. Ana Ivanovic needed three sets to beat Medina Garrigues (HELLO MENTAL FRAGILITY) but managed it in the end, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

France 1 Slovak Republic 1

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Alize’s run of losses / tough 3-set losses / tough 3-set losses in Fed Cup continues, losing to Daniela Hantuchova 7-6(2), 3-6, 4-6. Luckily for her, Momo (ALLEZ!) stepped up and took care of Dominika Cibulkova 4-6 6-2 6-3 to keep the tie alive. Ah, my beautiful Amelie. Is there nothing she can’t do?

Argentina 0 Ukraine 2

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You know what? I’m not even that interested. Koryttseva won, one of the Bondarenkos won, whatever.

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