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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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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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WTA Weekend Ahead: Fed Cup

Posted by gauloises1 on April 24, 2010

And so it springs upon us in a haze of volcanic ash, injuries, recrimination and bitterness. I’m excited.

Semifinal #1 – Italy v the Czech Republic

Lucie Safarova has already given her team a crucial lead in the crazy-eyes stakes.

R1 – F.PENNETTA (ITA) v. L.HRADECKA (CZE)
R2 – F.SCHIAVONE (ITA) v. L.SAFAROVA (CZE)
R3 – F.PENNETTA (ITA) v. L.SAFAROVA (CZE)
R4 – F.SCHIAVONE (ITA) v. L.HRADECKA (CZE)
R5 – S.ERRANI / R.VINCI (ITA) v. P.KVITOVA / K.PESCHKE (CZE)

Semifinal #2 – United States v Russia

Team Russia. Thrilled to be here. With no Williams sisters in sight.

R1 – M.OUDIN (USA) v. A.KUDRYAVTSEVA (RUS)
R2 – B.MATTEK-SANDS (USA) v. E.DEMENTIEVA (RUS)
R3 – M.OUDIN (USA) v. E.DEMENTIEVA (RUS)
R4 – B.MATTEK-SANDS (USA) v. A.KUDRYAVTSEVA (RUS)
R5 – L.HUBER / B.MATTEK-SANDS (USA) v. E.DEMENTIEVA / E.MAKAROVA (RUS)

World Group Play-off – Belgium v Estonia

Justine has a boo-boo (broke a finger catching a ball at the net, apparently) so Wicky will suit up.

R1 – K.CLIJSTERS (BEL) v. M.ANI (EST)
R2 – Y.WICKMAYER (BEL) v. K.KANEPI (EST)
R3 – K.CLIJSTERS (BEL) v. K.KANEPI (EST)
R4 – Y.WICKMAYER (BEL) v. M.ANI (EST)
R5 – K.FLIPKENS / J.HENIN (BEL) v. M.ANI / K.KANEPI (EST)

World Group Play-off – Ukraine v Australia

Actually the entirety of the Ukraine’s team. (Interviews with Stosur, Molik and Rodionova here, if you like that sort of thing.)

 R1 – A.BONDARENKO (UKR) v. A.RODIONOVA (AUS)
R2 – M.KORYTTSEVA (UKR) v. S.STOSUR (AUS)
R3 – A.BONDARENKO (UKR) v. S.STOSUR (AUS)
R4 – M.KORYTTSEVA (UKR) v. A.RODIONOVA (AUS)
R5 – L.KICHENOK / N.KICHENOK (UKR) v. S.STOSUR / R.STUBBS (AUS)

World Group Play-off – Germany v France

The French Fed Cup team: Mr. Blonde, Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink and Mr. White.

R1 – A.PETKOVIC (GER) v. P.PARMENTIER (FRA)
R2 – T.MALEK (GER) v. A.REZAI (FRA)
R3 – A.PETKOVIC (GER) v. A.REZAI (FRA)
R4 – T.MALEK (GER) v. P.PARMENTIER (FRA)
R5 – K.BARROIS / J.GOERGES (GER) v. J.COIN / A.CORNET (FRA)

World Group Play-off – Serbia v Slovak Republic

With Ana Ivanovic unwilling to humiliate herself for the sake of her country, and JJ reportedly suffering from a left wrist injury … step forward, Bojana Jovanovic. It’s time to be a heroine. 

R1 – J.JANKOVIC (SRB) v. M.RYBARIKOVA (SVK)
R2 – B.JOVANOVSKI (SRB) v. D.HANTUCHOVA (SVK)
R3 – J.JANKOVIC (SRB) v. D.HANTUCHOVA (SVK)
R4 – B.JOVANOVSKI (SRB) v. M.RYBARIKOVA (SVK)
R5 – J.JANKOVIC / A.JOVANOVIC (SRB) v. D.HANTUCHOVA / M.RYBARIKOVA (SVK)

World Group II play-offs are also taking place between Poland and Spain, Canada and Argentina, Slovenia and Japan, and Sweden and China, Should be a good weekend.

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Miami: Tuesday Results, Wednesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on March 24, 2010

(Thank you so much to the magnificent IRTTY for her sneak infiltration in the last post, and to everyone who commented. You guys.)

So … I kind of lied when I said this thing started on Wednesday. Bygones!

Results

Women’s Singles – First Round
M Rybarikova (SVK) d L Hradecka (CZE) 36 64 62
S Cirstea (ROU) d [WC] M Larcher de Brito (POR) 75 76(9)
G Dulko (ARG) d O Govortsova (BLR) 64 61
L Safarova (CZE) d K Kanepi (EST) 67(1) 64 63
Y Shvedova (KAZ) d [WC] A Tomljanovic (CRO) 67(1) 76(3) 75
S Peng (CHN) d V King (USA) 64 16 63
[WC] A Molik (AUS) d A Harkleroad (USA) 61 61
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) d V Dushevina (RUS) 46 61 64
P Hercog (SLO) d B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 60
[WC] P Martic (CRO) d J Coin (FRA) 57 76(1) 63
P Kvitova (CZE) d T Garbin (ITA) 64 64
A Dulgheru (ROU) d I Olaru (ROU) 61 63

Women’s Qualifying – Final Round
S Arvidsson (SWE) d [WC] C Vandeweghe (USA) 62 75
C Dellacqua (AUS) d D Kustova (BLR) 62 62
A Morita (JPN) d M Duque Marino (COL) 62 75
V Lepchenko (USA) d A Sevastova (LAT) 61 30 ret.
A Rodionova (AUS) d R de Los Rios (PAR) 46 64 61
E Baltacha (GBR) d Y Chan (TPE) 64 76(6)
M Koryttseva (UKR) d K Flipkens (BEL) 63 61
R Kulikova (RUS) d K Woerle (GER) 61 61
T Pironkova (BUL) d K Sprem (CRO) 76(3) 61
B Mattek-Sands (USA) d A Kerber (GER) 64 60
M Krajicek (NED) d K O’ Brien (GBR) 64 62
P Parmentier (FRA) d T Tanasugarn (THA) 63 62

Men’s Qualifying – Final Round
D Istomin (UZB) d S Bohli (SUI) 46 63 63
I Marchenko (UKR) d S Devvarman (IND) 64 63
M Ilhan (TUR) d M Daniel (BRA) 76(1) 62
X Malisse (BEL) d D Young (USA) 61 62
N Massu (CHI) d H Levy (ISR) 64 76(5)
R Schuettler (GER) d K Kim (USA) 76(2) 36 75
R Mello (BRA) d N Lapentti (ECU) 57 64 62
S Giraldo (COL) d R Delgado (PAR) 63 76(1)
A Golubev (KAZ) d I Dodig (CRO) 76(8) 61
Y Lu (TPE) d J Levine (USA) 64 61
K Anderson (RSA) d S Koubek (AUT) 76(5) 61
R Sweeting (USA) d T Alves (BRA) 61 64

(Today’s OOP is brought to you by the WTA Player Council.)

STADIUM start 11:00 am
A Chakvetadze (RUS) vs K Date Krumm (JPN) – WTA
[WC] M Ancic (CRO) vs J Chardy (FRA) – ATP
J Craybas (USA) vs [WC] J Henin (BEL) – WTA
[WC] D Nalbandian (ARG) vs L Kubot (POL) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[WC] F Krajinovic (SRB) vs J Blake (USA) – ATP
M Oudin (USA) vs [Q] M Krajicek (NED) – WTA

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
E Schwank (ARG) vs M Gicquel (FRA) – ATP
M Llodra (FRA) vs [WC] R Harrison (USA) – ATP
O Rochus (BEL) vs R Gasquet (FRA) – ATP
T Dent (USA) vs [Q] R Schuettler (GER) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[Q] D Istomin (UZB) vs M Russell (USA) – ATP

COURT 1 start 10:00 am
[WC] A Pivovarova (RUS) vs C Suarez Navarro (ESP) – WTA
K Srebotnik (SLO) vs P Schnyder (SUI) – WTA
S Bammer (AUT) vs [Q] P Parmentier (FRA) – WTA
T Bacsinszky (SUI) vs [Q] B Mattek-Sands (USA) – WTA
G Dulko (ARG) / F Pennetta (ITA) vs [WC] S Kuznetsova (RUS) / A Molik (AUS) – WTA

COURT 2 start 10:00 am
A Clement (FRA) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) – ATP
I Andreev (RUS) vs [Q] X Malisse (BEL) – ATP
E Makarova (RUS) vs [Q] C Dellacqua (AUS) – WTA
[Q] V Lepchenko (USA) vs V Razzano (FRA) – WTA

Not Before 5:00 PM
I Benesova (CZE) vs [Q] E Baltacha (GBR) – WTA

COURT 3 start 10:00 am
S Voegele (SUI) vs A Cornet (FRA) – WTA
A Keothavong (GBR) vs T Paszek (AUT) – WTA
[Q] T Pironkova (BUL) vs [WC] H Watson (GBR) – WTA
[Q] A Rodionova (AUS) vs A Petkovic (GER) – WTA

COURT 6 start 10:00 am
D Koellerer (AUT) vs C Rochus (BEL) – ATP
M Chiudinelli (SUI) vs F Mayer (GER) – ATP
S Greul (GER) vs B Becker (GER) – ATP
P Mathieu (FRA) vs [Q] I Marchenko (UKR) – ATP

COURT 7 start 10:00 am
T Malek (GER) vs S Errani (ITA) – WTA
M Czink (HUN) vs [WC] A Rus (NED) – WTA
[Q] S Arvidsson (SWE) vs A Brianti (ITA) – WTA
[Q] R Kulikova (RUS) vs R Vinci (ITA) – WTA

COURT 8 start 10:00 am
J Hajek (CZE) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR) – ATP
[Q] A Golubev (KAZ) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) – ATP
K Barrois (GER) vs [Q] M Koryttseva (UKR) – WTA
J Goerges (GER) vs [Q] A Morita (JPN) – WTA

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Sunday Titlists: Dementieva, Soderling, Zvonareva

Posted by gauloises1 on February 15, 2010

Time has kind of made me its bitch tonight. FYI.

Elena Dementieva d. Lucie Safarova, 67(5) 61 64

Huge congratulations to Elena. She had some tough opponents to deal with, none more so than Lucie. The third set was really great stuff and should be taken as a smack in the face to all those who say that the WTA doesn’t produce good finals. That Elena burst into tears when she won really showed how much it meant to her.

And just when things couldn’t get more heartwarming, Momo presented her with the trophy.

Robin Soderling d. Mikhail Youzhny, 64 20 ret.

Poor, poor Mikhail Youzhny. He played so well to beat Nole in the semis (just like he did to beat Gasquet at the AO), then once again injury strikes him down. He was clearly heartbroken. Sad face.

A hearty ‘yay’ to Robin Soderling though. He had a nightmare at Chennai and the AO and a lot of people have been questioning whether he would be able to back up last year’s career-best achievements. Well, he’s not doing badly so far.

Vera Zvonareva d. Tamarine Tanasugarn, 64 64

Welcome back to the winner’s circle, Vera.

(Other tourney results to follow as soon as they finish / I can find decent photos.)

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WTA Saturday: Safs On Fire, Snappers Remember Thailand Exists

Posted by gauloises1 on February 14, 2010

Paris

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Lucie Safarova. She’s beaten Paszek, Schiavone, Peer and now Flavia Pennetta, 46 63 64, to reach her second Paris final (she lost out to Nadia Petrova in 2007). From what I saw of her match against Flavia today, she was on fire.

Safs will be facing another second-time Paris finalist after Elena Dementieva beat Melanie Oudin, 46 64 63. It was a good performance from the believer, but after she wasn’t able to capture the second set, her fitness really let her down in the third and after three consecutive breaks, Dementieva won five of the last six games to take the match.

It was an encouraging tournament for Oudin, though, who moves on to Memphis next week. Elena said that it was the toughest win of the year for her so far, which is nice, considering some of the people she’s beaten. Good stuff.

Pattaya City

Photos! Finally photos!

… Put it away now, Yaroslava.

Top seed Vera Zvonareva is into the final after beating fourth seed Yaroslava Shvedova 62 46 63. She’ll face hometown girl Tamarine Tanasugarn, who defeated Sesil Karantcheva 62 60.

Good stuff.

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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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Fed Cup Sunday: Um … The Czechs Won

Posted by gauloises1 on February 8, 2010

Czech Republic 3 – Germany 2

To be honest, I didn’t watch any of this one. I can tell you that Lucie Hradecka was subbed in today for Lucie Safarova, who failed to put up much of a fight on Saturday, and did herself proud by taking out Andrea Petkovic 61 76(5) to give the Czechs a slender lead.

Anna-Lena Groenefeld evened things up by taking out Petra Kvitova in three sets, and then Hradecka and Peschke teamed up to take out Groenefeld and a reportedly disappointing Tatjana Malek 61 63 to put the Czech Republic through into the next round.

So … well done there.

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AO Day Two: Too Tired To Form Words

Posted by gauloises1 on January 19, 2010

So just have some photos that I really liked from today, will you?

Like my soul during Davis Cup. But, you know, pretty.

The sum total of your 2010 Australian Open Boss action.

I know people that like Daniel Brands. And no, I’m still not clear on why.

The US Open has Will Ferrell. Wimbledon has Ewan Macgregor and Grace Jones. The Australian Open has the host of Deal or No Deal and the ‘Dealettes’.

Stern nursery school teacher, small child.

Someone’s on Ignorital.

Someone’s … not.

Great Britain’s Katie O’Brien is into the second round. She’ll be playing JJ. So … c’mon Tim, or don’t.

Ireland’s Louk Sorenson is into the second round. It’s the first Grand Slam win for an Irish player in the Open era, and the first time an Irish player has qualified for a Slam since 1985. Respect.

Sorana pumps it up.

What Serena is wearing.

What Venus is wearing.

What Lucie Safarova won’t be wearing anywhere you can see her for the next two weeks, thank god.

No, I don’t know.

Men’s Results

[1] R Federer (SUI) d I Andreev (RUS) 46 62 76(2) 60
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 75 63 62
[6] N Davydenko (RUS) d [Q] D Kindlmann (GER) 61 60 63
M Granollers (ESP) d [8] R Soderling (SWE) 57 26 64 64 62
[9] F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] C Ball (AUS) 67(4) 76(1) 75 62
[10] J Tsonga (FRA) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 63 64 64
[12] G Monfils (FRA) d [Q] M Ebden (AUS) 64 64 64
[14] M Cilic (CRO) d F Santoro (FRA) 75 75 63
S Giraldo (COL) d [16] T Robredo (ESP) 64 62 62
[17] D Ferrer (ESP) d F Gil (POR) 60 60 20 ret. (left knee)
[18] T Haas (GER) d S Greul (GER) 67(5) 64 62 61
[19] S Wawrinka (SUI) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 63 62
[20] M Youzhny (RUS) d R Gasquet (FRA) 76(9) 46 76(2) 76(4) 64 
[21] T Berdych (CZE) d R Haase (NED) 60 63 63
[22] L Hewitt (AUS) d [Q] R Hocevar (BRA) 61 62 63
[Q] I Dodig (CRO) d [23] J Ferrero (ESP) 26 16 64 61 61
R Schuettler (GER) d [25] S Querrey (USA) 63 26 64 63
[26] N Almagro (ESP) d X Malisse (BEL) 76(12) 64 26 46 86
[27] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d H Zeballos (ARG) 61 75 61
F Serra (FRA) d [28] J Melzer (AUT) 61 67(3) 64 46 63
[29] V Troicki (SRB) d N Lapentti (ECU) 46 63 61 63
[30] J Monaco (ARG) d E Gulbis (LAT) 63 76(5) 61
[31] A Montanes (ESP) d O Hernandez (ESP) 76(5) 22 ret. (lower back)
D Istomin (UZB) d [32] J Chardy (FRA) 62 62 60
[33] J Isner (USA) d A Seppi (ITA) 63 63 36 57 64
M Baghdatis (CYP) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 62 64 64
J Nieminen (FIN) d N Lindahl (AUS) 62 75 64
M Chiudinelli (SUI) d [WC] M Matosevic (AUS) 76(7) 76(3) 46 63
[Q] A Veic (CRO) D Koellerer (AUT) 64 36 67(3) 61 64
M Berrer (GER) d K Vliegen (BEL) 61 62 61
J Benneteau (FRA) d [Q] D Guez (FRA) 06 64 76(4) 76(2)
V Hanescu (ROU) d J Chela (ARG) 64 63 76(2)
S Robert (FRA) d P Starace (ITA) 63 76(2) 76(4)
J Blake (USA) d A Clement (FRA) 75 75 62
[LL] M Ilhan (TUR) d [WC] S Grosjean (FRA) 64 63 75
[Q] I Marchenko (UKR) d C Moya (ESP) 76(2) 75 63
T Dent (USA) d F Fognini (ITA) 61 63 63
I Kunitsyn (RUS) d J Acasuso (ARG) 61 26 64 62
L Lacko (SVK) d L Mayer (ARG) 64 64 60
B Becker (GER) d [Q] G Zemlja (SLO) 76(5) 75 75
T Bellucci (BRA) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 63 75 46 64
L Kubot (POL) d M Zverev (GER) 63 63 63
A Falla (COL) d M Daniel (BRA) 75 63 61
[Q] D Young (USA) d C Rochus (BEL) 16 75 62 64
E Korolev (KAZ) d D Brands (GER) 62 75 75
J Hajek (CZE) d R Ginepri (USA) 76(2) 75 61
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 62 64 76(3)
[Q] I Sergeyev (UKR) d D Sela (ISR) 63 76(3) 46 76(8)
S Koubek (AUT) d R Ram (USA) 46 63 57 61 63
F Lopez (ESP) d P Cuevas (URU) 61 64 75
M Gicquel (FRA) d S Bolelli (ITA) 76(2) 76(3) 63
M Llodra (FRA) d M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 63 75 64
[Q] L Sorensen (IRL) d Y Lu (TPE) 64 36 62 61

Women’s Results

Singles – First Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 62 61
(6) Venus Williams (USA) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 62 62
(8) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 64 60
(10) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Tatjana Malek (GER) 61 60
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) 64 61
(13) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (Q) Han Xinyun (CHN) 61 36 62
(17) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 06 75 60
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (18) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 62 63
(19) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Edina Gallovits (ROU) 63 64
(20) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (Q) Shenay Perry (USA) 62 63
(21) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Petra Martic (CRO) 61 64
Vania King (USA) d. (23) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 63 67(5) 75
Karolina Sprem (CRO) d. (25) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 63 62
(26) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Sania Mirza (IND) 64 62
(31) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. (Q) Kathrin Woerle (GER) 62 62
(32) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 75 64
Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. (Q) Zuzana Kucova (SVK) 60 57 75
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (WC) Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 63 26 62
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 62 76(5)
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (Q) Renata Voracova (CZE) 62 64
Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 63 62
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 76(4) 62
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 75 64
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (Q) Regina Kulikova (RUS) 76(5) 67(10) 63
Polona Hercog (SLO) d. (Q) Yuliana Fedak (UKR) 64 60
Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 60 36 61
Julie Coin (FRA) d. (WC) Alicia Molik (AUS) 36 76(4) 63
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 61 75
Kristina Barrois (GER) d. Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 60 76(6)
Katie O’Brien (GBR) d. Patricia Mayr (AUT) 63 63
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 26 75 75
Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) d. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 60 61
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. (WC) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) 61 76(0)
(Q) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 63 63
(WC) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) d. Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) 62 36 64

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