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WTA Week Ahead: Bali Draw Set

Posted by gauloises1 on November 3, 2009

The draw for the inaugural 12-woman ‘Tournament of Champions’ in Bali was held today. For those not clear what the hell is going on with this one … nobody really knows. It’s for WTA players who have won one or more International-level tournaments and are ranked quite highly, or something.

Anyway, each of the ladies has won at least one International level title and sits around the 10-20 mark in the rankings, except for the wildcards Sabine Lisicki (who in fairness won Charleston and made a Wimbledon quarterfinal) and Kimiko Date-Krumm (who, in fairness, is old). It’s a second-tier Doha, basically, and the field doesn’t look bad.

bali field

Each of the top four seeds – Marion Bartoli, Sam Stosur, Yanina Wickmayer and Sabine Lisicki – heads a round-robin group, and play starts Thursday. The winner of each group advances to the semifinals on Saturday and so on.

These are the groups:

A: Marion Bartoli (Monterrey, Australian Open QF), Shahar Peer (Guangzhou, Tashkent), Magdalena Rybarikova (Birmingham)
B: Samantha Stosur (Osaka, French Open SF), Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Bogota, Bastad), Agnes Szavay (Budapest)
C: Yanina Wickmayer (Estoril, Linz, US Open SF), Anabel Medina Garrigues (Fes), Kimiko Date Krumm (Seoul)
D: Sabine Lisicki (Charleston, Wimbledon QF), Melinda Czink (Quebec City), Aravane Rezai (Strasbourg)

And now have some photos of the players looking lovely.

kimiko date krumm

Kimiko.

sabine lisicki

My girl Licky.

szavay bartoli

Agnes Szavay and Marion Bartoli with other people.

melinda czink

Melinda Czink.

yanina wickmayer

Wicky, cleaning up nicely …

So that’s Bali.

Posted in agnes szavay, bali, kimiko date-krumm, marion bartoli, melinda czink, sabine lisicki, wta week ahead, yanina wickmayer | Tagged: , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Sunday Titlists: Guangzhou, Quebec

Posted by gauloises1 on September 21, 2009

So I have massively shortchanged the two WTA International-level tournaments going on this week, mainly by not mentioning them at all. But they happened!

Guangzhou

shahar trophy guangzhou

Shahar Peer picked up her first title since Istanbul 2006, defeating first-time finalist Alberta Brianti 63 62 for her fourth singles title.

brianti guangzhou dejected

Well done to both girls. And that’s all I have to say about that.

Quebec

czink trophy quebec

A maiden singles title for Melinda Czink, who took out Aleksandra Wozniak in the semi-finals and benefited from the defending champion Nadia Petrova’s retirement in the quarters due to viral illness.

nads quebec retirement

Czink did really well though, beating Lucie Safarova 46 63 75 in an all-lefty final.

safs czink trophies quebec

And I’m out of things to say about this. Oh – wait – those trophies look seriously crappy. OK, now I’m out.

Posted in alberta brianti, guangzhou, lucie safarova, melinda czink, nadia petrova, quebec, shahar peer, titlists | Tagged: , , , , | 4 Comments »

USO Day Three: Age Before Beauty

Posted by gauloises1 on September 3, 2009

Interesting night on Arthur Ashe, where for the first time ever the men’s match was played first. And it wasn’t too bad, Simon Greul played a really good match and kept things relatively tight in the second and third sets. Naturally it was a foregone conclusion, but still quite fun.

fedgreul

And Serena celebrated being second up with a ferocious demolition of Melinda Czink, 61 61 to set up a rematch with Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez.

serenaczink

Martinez Sanchez, like Czink, is a lefty and I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that Serena was basically warming up for that match. Anyway, if I was playing her next, I’d be very, very afraid.

Posted in melinda czink, roger federer, serena williams, simon greul, us open | Tagged: , , , | 3 Comments »

RG Day Five-and-Three Set Warriors

Posted by gauloises1 on May 28, 2009

I’m giving today’s five set warrior award to Jeremy Chardy, who beat Simone Bolelli 62 63 46 46 61.

bols butt chardy

Basically because he’s pretty.

chardy2

What the hell do I know, anyway? I didn’t see any of the matches.

Oh, and the three set award goes to … meh, Melinda Czink, for her win over bad mama Sybille Bammer.

czink

Come on, how much recognition does she get?

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