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Women’s R16 Set At Indian Wells

Posted by gauloises1 on March 15, 2011

Since I missed yesterday due to having to do some actual work, let’s take a quick look at the fourth-round match-ups for the women at Indian Wells, now that the third round’s been completed.

(1) Caroline Wozniacki v. (22) Alisa Kleybanova

H2H: 2-0

The world no. 1 is cruising so far in this tournament, taking out former bugbear Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in straight sets on her fourth attempt so far. Kleybanova has had a slightly tougher road but has been equally unruffled, with straight sets victories over Agnes Szavay and, last night, thirteenth seed Flavia Pennetta. Looking at the draw, if Wozniacki is going to be beaten before the semi-finals, it’s going to be here. Best of luck with that, Kleybs.

(9) Agnieszka Radwanska v. (8) Victoria Azarenka

H2H: 2 – 4

Christ on a bike, I love this match-up. Two of my favourite players with plenty of history – two great and very different games – two of the more enigmatic and spiky personalities on tour. Which just makes it all the more frustrating that it’s on court 7 for reasons unknown and therefore won’t be streamed. But OK. Radwanska toiled in her last match against Maria Kirilenko, finally winning 75 in the third after the Russian recovered from a first-set bagel, while Azarenka posted a straight sets victory over Urszula Radwanska, her opponent’s little sis. Game. On.

Dinara Safina v. (16) Maria Sharapova

H2H: 3-3

Seriously, someone is doing this on purpose. Two contemporaries who have been playing each other since 2004, the only two Russians who have ever been ranked no. 1, and both struggling back from injuries that have decimated their careers (to different extents, I grant you, but still). Sharapova had a good win over Rezai yesterday, but who really thought Dinara would be here?! She beat the fourth seed Stosur last night in straight sets, a match that I didn’t watch but C Note did, and apparently while Stosur was fairly woeful, Dinara was brilliant. Remember when she was good? I mean, really good? That might be happening again. I’m so excited.

Not to worry though, she’s still Dinara.

(18) Nadia Petrova v. Peng Shuai

H2H: 2-1

I keep telling people how much Peng Shuai has improved (OK, it might be Shuai Peng), but will anyone listen? She backed up her defeat of Li Na by beating Lucie Hradecka, who took out Alexandra Dulgheru in the previous round. It did take her three sets, but then it took Nadia three sets to beat American wildcard Christina McHale. I think Peng’s going to win this one.

(5) Francesca Schiavone v. (10) Shahar Peer

H2H: 1-3

Another really great match-up. Schiavone has definitely had an easier time of it so far, beating Zuzana Ondraskova and Alize Cornet in straight sets, but from what I’ve seen her performances have been a bit erratic. Peer has had to go three sets with two tough opponents, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, but she’s beaten Schiavone every time they’ve played on hard courts. Fun times.

(23) Yanina Wickmayer v. (25) Dominika Cibulkova

H2H: 1-2

Sorry for the pictures, for some reason these ladies haven’t been photographed much. Anyway. Cibulkova of course has scored arguably the biggest upset of the tournament so far, defeating third seed Vera Zvonareva 46 76(4) 64, and has consequently been rewarded with angry mama and personal fave of mine Yanina Wickmayer, who put paid to the hopes of whipping girl Melanie Oudin and then took out fourteenth seed Kaia Kanepi. Happy days.

(6) Jelena Jankovic v. (19) Ana Ivanovic

H2H: 3-6

Whichever tennis god is doing this, I’m converting. No love lost between these Serbian former no. 1s who are both engaged in struggling out of prolonged and intermittent slumps. JJ has had a smooth ride so far against Coco Vanderweghe and Julia Goerges, and while I haven’t watched Ana’s matches, straight set wins over Date-Krumm and Zahlalova Strycova are a bit more impressive. So evidence would suggest she’s the form player so far – but then, as anyone who remembers the absolutely hilarious horror show that was their last match in Madrid will attest, reason and logic doesn’t always come into it with these girls.

(15) Marion Bartoli v. (2) Kim Clijsters

H2H: 0-3

 

Rather a tough ask for Marion, you might think, given that Kim has beaten her all three times they played. But then Kim looked pretty dreadful in her match against Sara Errani, taking three sets to subdue the Italian with a serve and forehand misfiring all over the place, while Bartoli beat a tough opponent in Andrea Petkovic in straight sets last round. So maybe it’s the Frenchwoman’s moment. Allez, I say.

And that is your WTA round of sixteen at Indian Wells. Put bluntly, if you’re not having fun with this, then you’re not paying attention.

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RG Day 10: Paris o Morte!

Posted by gauloises1 on June 2, 2010

Today was indeed a heartwarming day, wasn’t it? In addition to Soderling and Berdych on the men’s side, on the women’s side we had Elena Dementieva once again flying under the radar to outlast younger and more hyped players to reach her gazillionth Slam semi-final after defeating Nadia Petrova.

I have to admit that probably the worst WTA match I’ve ever watched was between these two ladies, and from the look of things, I’m not sorry I missed this one.

Commiserations to Nadia, who was obviously physically hampered (she pulled out of her doubles match last night) and pulled off two great wins in this tournament, beating Aravane Rezai and Venus Williams to make Roland Garros 2010 at least 50% more boring fashionwise. But equally huge congratulations to Elena, who didn’t come to Paris in the greatest form or physical shape and has looked to be on her way out at least once, only to regroup and find herself with an excellent chance of making the finals.

Elena will face Francesca Schiavone, who asked not what her country could do for her when she beat Caroline Wozniacki 62 63 to become the first Italian woman to make the semi-finals of a Slam. That is huge, and it was a huge performance from her; crafty, aggressive, throwing the full range of her talents at Wozniacki and making her look decidedly one-dimensional.

And Schiavone is almost 30. And she gave an awesome press conference:

Q. Your moment of triumph of was so special. Your face was filled with joy. I know it’s difficult, but can you try and talk about emotion, the role of emotion and your play, your feeling at that moment?
FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE: Heart attack.

Q. Hard to put in words, is what I meant to say.
FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE: Maybe I can tell you in Italian; is more easy.

Q. In Italian is fine.
FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE: No, that’s okay.
I think in that moment you remember many things from when you are when you were young. Is special because is your space, is your time, is your opportunity.
I felt alone, but with all the love around me is bo. (I don’t know.) It’s like if I ask you, How did you feel when you married? You say, It’s not easy to explain.
Is not enough?

Q. More than enough.

More than enough indeed.

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Charleston: Where Everybody Looks Good

Posted by gauloises1 on April 13, 2010

I don’t know if it’s the photography (good job, Chris Smith!) or the light or the food or what, but how lovely are these off-court pictures from the Family Circle Cup?

JJ actually looks like she’s having genuine chilled fun.

A Vera sandwich.

(That’s Galina Voskoboeva in the middle, by the way. I’m sure you know that … but I had to look it up.)

Dani’s always lovely, but how often does she look relaxed?

Yes, that is Alona Bondarenko. Looking normal. Looking pleasant. Smiling.

Mallory and Melanie.

I have just realised how pretty Nadia is.

So I think we need to ask ourselves … is Charleston the friendliest, most laid-back tournament on tour, or just the one that serves the most booze with lunch?

Either way, it’s working.

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Something’s Started But I Don’t Know What

Posted by gauloises1 on February 14, 2010

Svetlana and Nadia doing … something … in Dubai:

By the way, if for some reason you’re not following Sveta on twitter, for the love of god please start.

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AO Day Seven: Petrova, Zheng Keep Rolling

Posted by gauloises1 on January 24, 2010

Zheng Jie has been on quite the unheralded little run, taking out Marion Bartoli and now backing that up with a win over Alona Bondarenko to make the quarterfinals. She’ll face the winner of Safina-Kirilenko after a 76(5) 64 victory over the 31st seed.

This was more thna a decent scrap, but Bondarenko’s serve – never a thing of beauty – really let her down as she couldn’t hold on to either of the breaks she earned in the first set or the minibreak in the tiebreak. And Zheng never really let her in to the second set. Great match from her.

Nadia Petrova, meanwhile, proved that she’s not just a one-upset-per-tournament kind of girl by taking out Svetlana Kuznetsova, 63 36 61. I’m afraid I napped through this one, so all I can bring you are photos …

Henin or Wickmayer next …

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AO Day Five: The Belgians

Posted by gauloises1 on January 22, 2010

Well, two out of three isn’t bad.

The shock of the day came courtesy of Nadia Petrova, who bundled Kim Clijsters unceremoniously out of the tournament, 60 61. Yes. Kim got one game.

What a bizarre, listless, error-strewn performance from Clijsters. Even she didn’t know how to explain it. Hats off to Nadia, though. I have never seen her play so aggressively and so cleanly. Kim may have been off her game, but Nadia didn’t give her even half a chance to get into it.

All is not lost, though, as Justine Henin scraped through in three sets over Alisa Kleybanova, and Yanina Wickmayer did the same against Sara Errani – despite being troubled with a back injury.

Uh-oh.

Justine and Wicky will face off in the next round. Now that could be fun. Both have a lot to prove and have been looking pretty determined so far in 2010. Expect fireworks.  

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Luxembourg, Moscow: Mumback Continues, Licky Wins

Posted by gauloises1 on October 20, 2009

They aren’t hanging around on the ladies’ side as the race to Doha/Bali/ending the season with some form of dignity goes on. In Luxembourg, all the seeds progressed including Suarez Navarro, who seems to be having a late surge, and a certain Licky, knocking out a potentially tricky opponent in the form of Iveta Benesova 61 64. That’s my girl. Sadly Laura Robson fell in the final round of qualifying. Again.

At the Kremlin Cup, Lucie Safarova and Alona Bondarenko negotiated tough openers, beating Ekaterina Makarova and Anna Chakvetadze respectively. Seventh seed Dominika Cibulkova, who has been conspicuous by her absence of late, fell to the many-named Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, and Nadia Petrova steamrolled wildcard Yana Buchina 62 60. Well done.

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Moscow

Singles – First Round
(5) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (WC) Yana Buchina (RUS) 62 60
María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. (7) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
62 62
Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 64 63
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 62 62
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. (WC) Ksenia Pervak (RUS) 63 46 60

Doubles – First Round
(4) Amanmuradova/Niculescu (UZB/ROU) d. Olaru/Palkina (ROU/KGZ) 60 61
Koryttseva/Poutchek (UKR/BLR) d. Glatch/Jidkova (USA/RUS) 61 60

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) d. (3) Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) 61 64
(4) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) d. (7) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 06 76(5) 64
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) d. (6) Anastasia Rodionova (RUS) 61 75
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Olga Savchuk (UKR) 63 62

Luxembourg

Singles – First Round
(3) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP)
75 62
(6) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 61 64
(8) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (WC) Mandy Minella (LUX) 75 57 63

Doubles – First Round
Malek/Parra Santonja (GER/ESP) d. (4) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE)
36 63 106
Uhlirova/Voracova (CZE/CZE) d. Dekmeijere/Klepac (LAT/SLO) 63 61
(WC) Clijsters/Flipkens (BEL/BEL) d. Borwell/Kops-Jones (GBR/USA) 62 60

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(6) Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (1) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 63 46 62
(5) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. (WC) Yulia Putintseva (RUS) 63 64
(8) Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) d. Laura Robson (GBR) 63 64
Catalina Castaño (COL) d. (WC) Anne Kremer (LUX) 62 63

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Beijing: She Really *Should* Be No. 1

Posted by gauloises1 on October 9, 2009

So Serena’s been the official no. 1-in-waiting for like a day, and she’s taking to it like a duck to water. Which is to say that she lost.

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serena williams china open beijing 2009

serena williams beijing china open 2009

I must confess, I was watching Zvonareva and Pennetta and only even keeping a vague eye on the score for most of this one, and only saw from I think 4-4 in the third set on. What I did see impressed me greatly; the overall quality of the tennis, especially the serving (couldn’t have been a bigger contrast from Vera-Flavia), and of course Petrova’s performance. I’ve never been able to be a big fan of her game, although she seems like such a nice woman, but the tennis I saw was just stunning. She was also mentally rock solid, and I can’t believe I just typed those words. Even after going from 5-0 to 5-4 in the tiebreak, she continued to go for her shots and made them. Serena said after the match that she “ran into a girl today that has never played so good in her whole life”, and that seems about right to me. Well done Nadia Petrova.

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nadia petrova china open beijing 2009

It’s Peng Shuai next for Petrova. Interesting to see whether either or both will sustain the red-hot form of their last matches. Although if Petrova keeps playing the same way she did today, she could win this whole shebang. What depth!

As for Serena, this brings up the interesting situation where on Monday she and Dinara Safina will be just 5 points apart in the rankings. I don’t believe either is scheduled to play any tournaments between now and Doha, although theoretically, there’s no reason why Dinara couldn’t nab herself a wildcard into, say, the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. So potentially, it could all come down to who does better in Doha, right? Be interesting if the whole Year End Championships actually settled the year end no. 1 spot for once.

Serena was obviously asked about the ranking in her press conference:

Q: With no more tournaments to go before Doha and with only five points leading in the ranking, what do you think about the competition between you and Safina for No. 1?

A: My goal is just to do well, and I tried to do well tonight but that didn’t work out so well. I can be No. 1 for a week on this tour, but it doesn’t matter how many Grand Slams you win. It’s more about how many Grand Slams you don’t win. My goal is just to do well in Doha.

…. I have no idea what that means. Anyone speak Serena? Anyone?

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Tokyo: The Literal Kind of Retirement

Posted by gauloises1 on September 28, 2009

Ai Sugiyama was forced to retire from her last singles match, 60 21 down to Nadia Petrova, with some sort of illness. She did look seriously sick, although Nadia was playing very well.

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Good on Nadia for going over to speak to her, which she did in a really natural and friendly way. But it’s a sad way for Ai’s singles career to end.

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Bye, Ai.

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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

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

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

Quebec

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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.

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

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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 »