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The Week In Winners: Memphis Edition

Posted by gauloises1 on February 21, 2011

OK, I was putting this off, but I’m knackered and off early in the morning and I just can’t wait for more photos to come through right now.

Ladies first: it was a sad ending to an exceptional tournament for Rebecca Marino when she was forced to retire, trailing by a set, in the final due to an abdominal injury she sustained during the semi-final. The young Canadian and female Delpo was in tears on the court, but comported herself fairly well and gave a very nice, mature press conference that you can see here. So congratulations to Magdalena Rybarikova, who clearly decided to have one of her somewhat rare good weeks and certainly deserved the title.

 But let’s talk about tonight’s final between Milos Raonic and Andy Roddick, shall we? Actually, I don’t know if I can because I’m very tired and still buzzing too much from the match to be articulate about it. It’s easy, looking at the score (two tiebreaks and 75 in the third) that this was your basic big-serving contest coming down to a few clutch points here and there. And although the latter is true, it was such a fun match. Roddick, who was clearly suffering from a cold, followed on where he left off against Delpo, deciding to match Raonic in the neck-or-nothing (to paraphrase Georgette Heyer) department, and Raonic handled the entire match magnificently. Not for a moment did he look overawed by the occasion or, come to that, the second-best player even when he was trailing. Roddick said during the trophy presentation that he was outplayed for two and a half hours and just ‘hung in there’, and while that’s a little too self-deprecating, it also gives an accurate flavour of the match.

But then sometimes all you need to do is hang in there and seize your opportunity when it presents itself. Raonic after being down a break in the third set broke back, held fairly easily, pressed but was unable to get anywhere on Roddick’s serve, and looked as if he was on his way to holding serve at 5-6. A couple of errors and it was 30-40. And then … this happened.

(There’s a better quality version here, but I couldn’t embed it.)

That, ladies and gentleman, is one of the best balls-out death-or-glory match-point shots you will ever see. Let’s not pretend Raonic didn’t play that point well. His cross-court backhand volley was brilliantly executed and could – should – have been a winner. Roddick had no business getting to that ball, still less hitting it back for a winner. And yet.

I said after the match that if I was Raonic, I would be feeling gypped. And I would. But I would also learn a big lesson from this: that sometimes you just have to say ‘too good’, and one amazing shot from your opponent doesn’t mean you didn’t play some fantastic tennis. He did, he really did – and then had the gall to be adorable in the trophy presentation, saying (I’m paraphrasing) “at least I’ll be in one of the most-watched YouTube points of all time. I’ll be on the wrong side of the court, but at least my name will be in the description.” Be un-won over, I dare you.

But the day belonged to Roddick. It was his fiftieth final, his thirtieth title, and had to be one of the best points he’d played in his career. It was also funny in a poignant sort of way to see him cram his hat back on his head afterwards, as if to hide his receding hairline. (It’s OK, Andy. You still have an amazing bum.)


 Roddick referred to himself as an “old guy” when he was congratulating Raonic afterwards, and while I wouldn’t go that far, it’s difficult to deny that he probably only has a handful of opportunities left to thrill the tennis-watching public at large like that. I was so glad to be watching. Thanks for a great match.

NB: Not to spoil the moment, but I’m away for a couple of days, so blogging may be light.

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He Won, He Won #3, a.k.a BRING IT ON

Posted by gauloises1 on February 19, 2011

Very, very exciting, people. Delpo beat Michael Russell 64 62 to make the semis of the Memphis 500, thus proving once and for all that elves really do pwn hobbits at everything except ringbearing (and the jury’s out on that one). He still hasn’t lost his serve once in the tournament and will go up against Andy Roddick in tonight’s semi-final.

Roddick had a good win last night over Lleyton Hewitt, but he did come out miserably flat. Either way it should be a good match; both of their most recent encounters went to three sets. And whatever happens, Delpo’s in the semi-finals of a 500. This is very, very good. But don’t take my word for it, let him tell you himself.

The other semi-final will be contested between Mardy Fish, who beat Sam Querrey, and the seemingly unstoppable Milos Raonic, who beat qualifier Robert Kendrick in three aceriffic sets.

I know most of you will be rooting for Raonic (as will I), but the laws of universal justice require me to call attention to the very sweet shoutout to Delpo from Fish in this Q&A, courtesy of the legendary Bobby Chiantapelli:

Juan Martín del Potro mentioned you’d play more doubles together this year. Your thoughts on him and his game right now?
I love Juan! He’s one of the best guys out here, one of the most laid-back guys. I’m a lot older than him. We played a few times. I remember playing him here one year. It might have been 2007 when he was still really young. He was ranked 60 in the world or so. I beat Juan like maybe 6-1, 7-6 in a tight tiebreaker. I played really well, and I thought this guy could be really, really good when I left the court. I remember that. I was happy to see his results. We played doubles in Madrid. We had a great time. So we’ll try to play again. He’s certainly one of the best players in the world and a pretty good doubles partner for me.


Bless. Meanwhile, the ladies final will feature Magdalena Rybarikova against the tournament’s last seed standing, Raonic’s compatriot Rebecca Marino.

Go Canada.


Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] A Roddick (USA) d L Hewitt (AUS) 46 63 64
[4] M Fish (USA) d [5] S Querrey (USA) 63 64
[WC] J Del Potro (ARG) d [Q] M Russell (USA) 64 62
[WC] M Raonic (CAN) d [Q] R Kendrick (USA) 64 36 63


Singles – Semifinals
(6) Rebecca Marino (CAN) d. Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 67(1) 64 61
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 62 46 64

Doubles – Semifinals
(2) Govortsova/Kudryavtseva (BLR/RUS) d. (3) King/Krajicek (USA/NED) 36 62 108
(4) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. Pervak/Senoglu (RUS/TUR) 62 61

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Canada Flying the Flag at WTA Memphis.

Posted by gauloises1 on February 18, 2011

A slightly disappointing end to Great Britain’s Heather Watson’s campaign in the WTA Memphis tournament today, after she lost in straight sets to Evgeniya Rodina. Still, it was Our Heather’s second quarterfinal in 2011 – as a qualifier, no less – so we won’t bemoan the loss too much. Anne Keothavong also lost to Magdalena Rybarikova the other day.

So long and farewell, you old British ladies.

Memphis in general has been an utter seed massacre, with only one surviving; sixth seed, the very tall, hard-hitting, unassuming female Delpo Rebecca Marino, who beat Coco Vanderweghe in the quarterfinals. She’ll face Rodina tomorrow, with Rybarikova vs. Hradecka to determine who’ll await the winner. Go Rebecca.

Singles – Quarterfinals
(6) Rebecca Marino (CAN) d. Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 61 76(6)
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) d. (Q) Heather Watson (GBR) 63 64
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. Ksenia Pervak (RUS) 64 63
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (Q) Alexa Glatch (USA) 63 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Pervak/Senoglu (RUS/TUR) d. (1) Voracova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) 60 63
(4) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. (WC) Hampton/Oudin (USA/USA) 61 61

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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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Fed Cup Play-offs: Results

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2010

Belgium 3 – 2 Estonia

6-4  6-2
6-2  4-6  6-1
6-7(6)  6-4  6-3
2-6  6-1  6-1
2-6  6-4  6-3

Ukraine 0 – 5 Australia

0-6  6-3  7-5
6-3  6-0
7-6(4)  6-3
2-6  6-2  7-5
6-2  6-7(2)  6-1

Germany 2 – France 3

6-3  6-2
2-6  6-3  6-0
6-1  7-6(2)
7-6(4)  6-4
6-3  6-1

Serbia 2 – Slovakia 3

7-6(5)  6-3
6-2  6-2
7-6(2)  7-5
6-1  7-6(4)
6-4  6-3

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Bali Day Two: Rezai Into Semifinals

Posted by gauloises1 on November 6, 2009

Give it up for Aravane Rezai, who won her second round robin match today, defeating Melinda Czink 63 75 to solidify her position as the Group D semifinalist.

aravane rezai

Sadly this means that Licky’s last match of the season will be a meaningless round-robin against Czink tomorrow, but them’s the breaks.

None of the other groups have a semifinalist yet, meaning that there’s a lot riding on the final day of round-robin play. Magdalena Rybarikova is out of Group A after losing to Shahar Peer in straight sets today. Peer will face Bartoli to decide the semifinalist. 

magdalena rybarikovashahar peer

Similar situation in Group B, where Agnes Szavay lost her second round-robin match to Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez, 46 64 60. Martinez Sanchez (who won the doubles title last week in Doha) will take on Samantha Stosur tomorrow.

maria jose martinez sanchez

In Group C, the situation is a bit up in the air after Kimiko Date-Krumm pulled off the upset against Anabel Medina Garrigues today.

kimiko date krummanabel medina garrigues

Date-Krumm and Wickmayer both have one win, and Wickmayer has a match in hand, so if she (or alternate Vera Dushevina, quite possibly) can beat Medina Garrigues tomorrow, then into the semis Wicky/Vera will go. If Medina Garrigues wins, then … well, then maths of some fashion is done, I believe.

Round Robin – Day 2
Group A: Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 61 76(4)
Group B: María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 46 64 60
Group C: (WC) Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 64 63
Group D: Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 63 75

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New Haven: Argies Still Alive

Posted by gauloises1 on August 27, 2009

Yes, a certain Horseface and Chucho move into the quarterfinals in New Haven, having defeated Simone Bolelli and Igor Kunitsyn respectively. Kolya, Verdasco, Querrey, Andreev, Melzer and Serra advanced as well.

On the women’s side, Wozniacki and Pennetta rolled over Pavlyuchenkova and Benesova in straight sets, while Kuznetsova survived another tough three-setter, this time against NB favourite Yanina Wickmayer.


Next time, Wicky.

Two upset wins were scored, however. Qualifier Magdalena Rybarikova had evened it up at one set apiece and was up a break in the third before Marion Bartoli was forced to retire with a left abductor strain. Hope she’s OK for the Open. And Elena Vesnina beat Samantha Stosur in three sets, so, you know … Stosur. What can you say?



Singles – Second Round
(1/WC) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 64 57 76(2)
(2) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 64
(3) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 76(1) 64
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. (5) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 36 64 ret. (right hand injury)
(Q) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (6) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 16 76(5) 20 ret. (left adductor strain)
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (9) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 36 63 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Senoglu/Shvedova (TUR/KAZ) 62 61
(3) Craybas/Raymond (USA/USA) d. Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) 63 62
(4) Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) d. Cornet/Gallovits (FRA/ROU) 63 75

Singles – Third Round
[1] N Davydenko (RUS) d [15] F Santoro (FRA) 75 63
[2] [WC] F Verdasco (ESP) d [16] A Seppi (ITA) 76(3) 62
[6] S Querrey (USA) d B Phau (GER) 75 63
[7] I Andreev (RUS) d [Q] F Gil (POR) 64 64
[11] J Melzer (AUT) d [8] V Hanescu (ROU) 76(5) 46 61
J Acasuso (ARG) d [14] I Kunitsyn (RUS) 36 76(3) 63
L Mayer (ARG) d S Bolelli (ITA) 62 64
F Serra (FRA) d [WC] R Ram (USA) 46 76(6) 75

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d C Kas (GER) / P Petzschner (GER) 76(2) 46 10-8
[2] B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) d J Chardy (FRA) / F Santoro (FRA) 61 76(3)

Doubles – First Round
[3] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d W Moodie (RSA) / H Tecau (ROU) 76(4) 46 10-7
[4] M Damm (CZE) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d [WC] R Kendrick (USA) / S Lipsky (USA) 75 64
M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR) 75 63


Stadium (from 10.30hrs)
1. Bondarenko/Bondarenko vs. Benesova/Hradecka
2. ATP: Davydenko vs. Querrey (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Virginie Razzano vs. Caroline Wozniacki
4. Amélie Mauresmo vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (NB 19.00hrs)
6. ATP: Acasuso vs. Serra

Grandstand (from 10.30hrs)
1. Anna Chakvetadze vs. Elena Vesnina
2. ATP: Andreev vs. Mayer
3. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Flavia Pennetta (NB 16.00hrs)
4. ATP: Melzer vs. Verdasco (possible court change)

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. ATP: Hanley/Kerr vs. Martin/Ram
2. ATP: Cermak/Mertinak vs. Melo/Sa
3. ATP: Hanley/Kerr or Martin/Ram vs. Damm/Lindstedt (after suitable rest)

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Birmingham: Rybarikova Catches the Boat

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2009

Magdalena Rybarikova won her first WTA tour title at Edgbaston Priory today, defeating Li Na Na Li 60 76(2).

li na

Bad luck, LNNL.

I didn’t see a lick of this. But it’s always nice to see (or read about) someone getting their first title. Dangerous floater for Wimbledon?!! (Yes, it’s a theme.)



She gets a nice gravy boat for her troubles. Well done indeed.

Far more importantly, with her exploits this week she now has her own YFB tag. Probably not used enough to appear in the tag cloud, but it means I don’t have to constantly type “magdalena rybarikova”, so good news for us both there.

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Birmingham Results: Shazza, Mirza Out

Posted by gauloises1 on June 13, 2009

It’ll be Li Na Na Li vs. Magdalena Rybarikova in the finals at Edgbaston Priory as the great runs of Sharapova and Mirza came to an end today.



Bye girls. It was fun while it lasted.

Sania started off well, taking the first set 63, but it all went horribly wrong after that, and tough grass-court prospect Rybarikova bagelled her in the second and snatched a tight third 63. I think this might be Rybarikova’s second final of the year after Pattaya City, but I’m too lazy to check.


Things were much more straightforward for Li Na Na Li, who took out Shazza in straights, 64 64. This was still a great result for Sharapova, and look at how much it meant to LNNL.

li na2li na3

For reals, it’s great to see LNNL healthy and playing well. So much talent.

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Friday Results: The Four People You Meet In Halle

Posted by gauloises1 on June 13, 2009

(thanks to ptenisnet for the title, which I never found a good opportunity to use and totally screwed up)

So we have our semifinalists!


It’ll be Murray-Ferrero in the top half of the draw, as Murray took on Mardy and emerged victorious. We like that. And how about a great run for Ferrero to the semi-finals? Sadly I think it might end there. It’ll be an all-American semi (heh) on the other side, as Blake took out Youzhny (he of the beautiful eyes and communist aesthetic) and Roddick beat Karlovic in two unsurprising tiebreak sets. As Pat Cash astutely said before the match, “I think it’s all going to come down to the serve.”


One imagines a lot of the match looked like this.

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] A Murray (GBR) d [8] M Fish (USA) 75 63
[2] A Roddick (USA) d [9] I Karlovic (CRO) 76(4) 76(5)
[6] J Blake (USA) d [14] M Youzhny (RUS) 76(5) 63
J Ferrero (ESP) d S Darcis (BEL) 46 63 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[7] J Coetzee (RSA) / J Kerr (AUS) d [4] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 76(6) 76(4)
[6] M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) 76(2) 46 11-9
[5] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d [WC] C Fleming (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) 57 76(3) 10-7 – Saved 3 M.P.
W Moodie (RSA) / M Youzhny (RUS) d J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) 75 63


What a terribly democratic semi-finals line-up. We have a top seed (Nole, who beat Jurgen Melzer); an unseeded homeboy (Kohlschreiber), a Belgian qualifier (Rochus) and a German wildcard (Haas). Great stuff.


You know when you’ve been Nole’d. 

Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [7] J Melzer (AUT) 61 64
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d A Beck (GER) 36 63 63
[Q] O Rochus (BEL) d [WC] B Becker (GER) 67(4) 63 63
[WC] T Haas (GER) d [WC] M Zverev (GER) 76(5) 62


Oh well, I think two of my semi-final predictions are still standing. Seeds Li Na Na Li and Rybarikova beat Voegele (who?) and Urszula (once again not the Raddest ‘wanska) to advance. Sania Mirza continues her nice run, defeating sixteenth seed Melinda Czink, and Maria Sharapova took three sets to subdue ‘the Belgian Sharapova’, Estoril champ Yanine Wickmayer. Shazza’s run is just scary here, let’s face it. There are going to be a lot of top players praying she doesn’t land in their quarter for Wimbledon.


Why do all the pictures suck this week? Where are all the good snappers? Resting up for Wimbledon, or over in L.A. taking fuzzy candids of Ronaldo and Paris Hilton?

Singles – Quarterfinals
(4) Li Na (CHN) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 63 76(3)
(13) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 63 63
Sania Mirza (IND) d. (16) Melinda Czink (HUN) 61 76(4)
Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 61 26 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Czink/Grandin (HUN/RSA) 64 46 105
(3) Chuang/Mirza (TPE/IND) d. Chan/Yan (TPE/CHN) 76(5) 61
(4) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Shvedova/Tanasugarn (KAZ/THA) 63 76(4)
Schiavone/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Goerges/Parra Santonja (GER/ESP) 57 75 1210

Doubles – First Round
Goerges/Parra Santonja (GER/ESP) d. Morita/Sugiyama (JPN/JPN) 76(4) 64

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