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AO Day Seven: Watson Stumbles, Robson Rolls

Posted by gauloises1 on January 25, 2010

So the US Open Junior champion and fellow del Potro-fancier, Heather Watson, lost in the first round of the girls’ singles. Boo.

But she’ll still be competing in the girls’ doubles with Laura Robson. Who, incidentally, continues to roll with Australian partner Sally Peers, beating Dushevina and Rodionova 63 63 to reach the fourth round.

Go Laura! (and Sally Peers).

And go read this interview, it’s adorable.

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Robson Awarded Qualifying Wildcard

Posted by gauloises1 on January 10, 2010

Laura Robson has been awarded a wildcard into qualifying by the Australian Open after her impressive Hopman Cup performances this week.

Just as long as you remember she’s ours, Australia.

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Hopman Cup: 1588 Not So Much

Posted by gauloises1 on January 10, 2010

Congratulations to Tommy Robredo and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain, who beat Andy Murray and Laura Robson 2-1 to win the 2010 Hopman Cup.

Timlet and starlet Laura Robson got things off to a good start for Team GB, choosing an excellent time to record her first singles win of the tournament by defeating Martinez Sanchez 61 76.


One might have expected that Andy Murray would clinch the tie, but then one never expects Tommy Robredo. He played a blistering match to even it up, 16 64 63.

Brilliant stuff.

I’d still hit that.

As is always the best in Hopman Cup, the title came down to the mixed doubles and again the Spaniards were too strong, winning in straight sets 63 75.

So a bit of a disappointing anticlimax for Team GB, especially after Robson – who’s been a delight and a revelation this week, to me at least – put them in a seemingly unassailable position after her singles win.

No diamond balls for you, losers.

All credit to Team Spain though. They’ve been brilliant all week and it was nice to see the oft-overlooked Robredo get some glory. Great stuff.

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Hopman Cup: Team Tim Win, Are Adorable

Posted by gauloises1 on January 4, 2010

First up in Hopman Cup yesterday, Team Russia edged a 2-1 victory over Germany – but Sabine Lisicki kicked off her 2010 in style with a 64 61 demolition of an out-of-sorts Elena Dementieva. Impressive stuff from Licky, but Igor Andreev randomly decided to become relevant again and beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in three before the Russians took the doubles 64 76(7).

The night session was Tim o’clock, and Laura Robson acquitted herself well for two sets against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan before falling 46 63 60.

Luckily for Laura, big brother was on hand to rescue the situation, demolishing Andrey Golubev 62 62.

After sorting out some important colour co-ordination issues, it was time for the mixed doubles and much to the surprise of many, Team GB won it 63 57 76(10). I haven’t had a chance to watch all the highlights yet, but from what I’ve seen, they were good – a little lucky, but good. And more importantly, adorable.


Love them.

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“The British Are a Lovely People. Not Physically, But …”

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

Team GB hitting the practice courts in Perth in preparation for the Hopman Cup:

Sorry for the overload of very similar photoage, but in this long and freezing winter, these two are warming what passes for my heart.

Oh, and one more:

I say he’s hot, damnit.

Team GB will be hitting the courts against Kazkhstan in the first night session, starting 5.30 p.m. local time. The day session is Russia vs. Germany (Dementieva/Andreev vs. Licky/Kohlschreiber). Fun!


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Party! (Like You Fell Through a Hole in Time)

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

The Hopman Cup player’s party. Surprisingly respectable ensembles.

I feel like I’ve seen this photo 97,503 times before.

The caption says this is Yaroslava Shvedova. I shall take the caption’s word for it.

The ghost of champions past.

When did Pat Cash become tennis’ creepy barfly?

Team Romania are rapidly becoming my favourites. Look at them, manfully working the Dracula/Bride Of look.

Well played, Laura. Not sure about the dress, but she looks adorable.

I don’t care what anyone says; Andy Murray is hot.

Just because Jez’s choice of footwear is making me giggle.

Melanie and her BFG.

In the interests of self-preservation, I’ve decided to enjoy Sabine’s fashion sense rather than despair at it.

Posted in andy murray, elena dementieva, hopman cup, john isner, laura robson, melanie oudin, sabine lisicki, samantha stosur, sorana cirstea, tommy robredo, victor hanescu, yaroslava shvedova | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Murray, Robson Confirmed for Hopman Cup

Posted by gauloises1 on October 28, 2009

It’s been confirmed that Andy Murray and Laura Robson will be representing Great Britain at the Hopman Cup in January.

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I’m not keen on this idea particularly from the Robson POV – let’s hype her massively and push her hard, because god knows that’s never gone wrong for us before – but I must admit, it’ll be fun to see Great Britain representing at the Hopman Cup. C’mon Tim!

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Brits R Balls: Seeing Double

Posted by gauloises1 on September 11, 2009

Not one, but two British girls are into the quarterfinals of the girl’s juniors.


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Laura Robson defeated twelfth seed Tamaryn Hendler of Belgium, 62 61, and Heather Watson beat Germany’s Annika Beck 64 75. I actually saw Heather interviewed after her second round win and she seemed like a sweet girl. Anyway, good show. C’MON TIM!

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What’s German For “Hands Off, She’s Ours”?

Posted by gauloises1 on September 11, 2009


Check the caption.

Grr, those pesky Germans. YOU’VE GOT LICKY. LEAVE US LAURA, PLEASE.

Don’t make me sing “Two World Wars and one World Cup …”

(NB: I would never sing that.)

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Total Tim Failure. Before The USO Even Starts.

Posted by gauloises1 on August 31, 2009

Not a single Brit has qualified for the main draw despite the presence of a zillion of them in qualifying. Elena Baltacha lost in the final round of qualifying, as did Laura Robson, who was wildcarded into qualifying. She came back from a set down after play was suspended overnight due to the rain, and led 4-0 in the third set before collapsing.

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The Times’ rather negative take on events:

But as she came to our corner of the court to wipe herself down, she kept muttering about being unable to breathe. It is what can happen in these circumstances. So close, so very close to victory and there is a blockage in the windpipe. Hrdinova, having been close to a final-set obliteration, sensed new hope; Robson began to double-fault, play carelessly off the ground, slap at volleys. The match had turned, inexorably. Hrdinova won 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 and the cottage industry that is the Robson backing group looked at each other mournfully.

Tears flowed, as we knew they would. Composure was not easy. Those who had gathered in a huddle when she led 4-0, her management company, public-relations team and those from the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour who were preparing for a victory speech, were made to look rather silly. Had they not studied the history of British tennis?

Good grief. She is FIFTEEN. Give the girl a break!

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