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USO Day Eight: The Great Escape, Part Three

Posted by gauloises1 on September 8, 2009

Well, she did it again. Melanie Oudin knocked off another seeded Russian in another three-set, come-from-behind upset victory, beating Nadia Petrova 16 76(2) 63.

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Quarterfinals of the US Open. At 17. Raise the roof, indeed.

She was clearly stricken by nerves in the first set and really wasn’t into the match until midway through the second, but she battled grimly to take it to a tiebreak and took full advantage of Petrova’s capacity to go on walkabout at the most inopportune moments.

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I dub thee Sir Nadia of Chokedom.

The third set was hotly contested, however, and in my opinion Oudin did far more to take the match than Petrova did to give it away. She stepped up and played the big points magnificently, aggressive and purposeful. I am trying not to fall in love with her, but it’s so damn hard. In fact, I paid her the greatest compliment I ever pay any player; at some point in the third set, I turned to the person I was watching the match with and said, “I wish she was British.”

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Part of me really does believe these shoes are magic. Like in the Clark’s advert.

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Why have I always been a failure?

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She’s so little, but so fierce. Like a terrier.

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Sometimes a “come on!” is just the thing to do.

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Mum and sister on their feet.

Sister’s shorts are unfortunate.

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Golden girl.

The attention’s just getting madder and madder – check out Melanie on people.com – but I hope she can keep her head. There’s a nice interview with her coach here which gives some good insight into her background and the way she plays.

Has she ever had a fear of losing?
She’s never had a fear of losing. Look, I’ve been very, very tough on that kid. I’ve let her have it many, many a time when she’s made bad decisions out there, because that’s something she can control. If she misses a shot, that’s fine, but to make a bad decision through neglect and sloppiness and lack of concentration, that’s the stuff that drives me nuts. I think it’s helped in the long run because she adjusts out there very quickly and she figures things out.
Why does she have to lose the first set?
Just to continue to annoy me and stress me out. The girls she’s playing now, this is the hardest ball she’s faced. It takes a little time to adjust and get the hang of it. When you’re playing at the Challengers, you don’t see balls that are coming at a hundred-and-something miles an hour, you don’t see serves whizzing by at 120 miles an hour. So it takes time just to adjust to the pace, to get a read on the players, and then formulate a plan in her head and get to work.
Has she ever had a fear of losing?
She’s never had a fear of losing. Look, I’ve been very, very tough on that kid. I’ve let her have it many, many a time when she’s made bad decisions out there, because that’s something she can control. If she misses a shot, that’s fine, but to make a bad decision through neglect and sloppiness and lack of concentration, that’s the stuff that drives me nuts. I think it’s helped in the long run because she adjusts out there very quickly and she figures things out.
Why does she have to lose the first set?
Just to continue to annoy me and stress me out. The girls she’s playing now, this is the hardest ball she’s faced. It takes a little time to adjust and get the hang of it. When you’re playing at the Challengers, you don’t see balls that are coming at a hundred-and-something miles an hour, you don’t see serves whizzing by at 120 miles an hour. So it takes time just to adjust to the pace, to get a read on the players, and then formulate a plan in her head and get to work.
Oh, and just one more photo, because she’s pretty:
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Go Mel.

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Cincinnati: Safina, Svetlana Scrape Through

Posted by gauloises1 on August 12, 2009

Less than convincing stuff from the top Russians last night. Dinara Safina only got past Roberta Vinci 64 in the third, while Svetlana Kuznetsova needed a third-set tiebreak to determine perpetually-in-need-of-a-sandwich Lucie Safarova.

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Venus Williams was in much more intimidating form, rolling over Olga Govortsova 62 62, and fifteenth seed Dominika Cibulkova fell to Peng Shuai Shuai Peng, 62 61. Has Domi had a good result since Roland Garros? Maybe she played too much tennis in the first half of the year.

 

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Or maybe she’s just Domi, I don’t know. Sorana beat Meghan Shaughnessy 75 75 (isn’t she old?) and Yanina Wickmayer had a really solid win over Francesca Schiavone. The other upset come courtesy of steady but unspectacular Alona Bondarenko, who knocked out tenth seed Nadia Petrova 62 63.

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Results

Singles – Second Round
(1) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 26 75 64
(3) Venus Williams (USA) d. (Q) Olga Govortsova (BLR) 62 62
(6) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 63 67(2) 76(4)

Singles – First Round
Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. (10) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 62 63
(13) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Ai Sugiyama (JPN) 62 61
(14) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (Q) Ayumi Morita (JPN) 62 63
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (15) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 62 61
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (WC) Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) 75 75
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 36 63 61
Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 62 46 62
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. (Q) Urszula Radwanska (POL) 75 75
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Aravane Rezai (FRA) 63 63
María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 64 36 63
(Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 63 64
(WC) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 64 61

Doubles – First Round
Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) d. (6) Groenefeld/Schnyder (GER/SUI) 64 62
Dulko/Peer (ARG/ISR) d. Borwell/Grandin (GBR/RSA) 63 62
Mirza/Schiavone (IND/ITA) d. Koryttseva/Poutchek (UKR/BLR) 16 64 106
Amanmuradova/Niculescu (UZB/ROU) d. Granville/Gullickson (USA/USA) 62 63
(WC) Oudin/Perry (USA/USA) d. (WC) Clijsters/Wickmayer (BEL/BEL) 63 36 108

Wednesday’s OOP

Center Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Jelena Jankovic vs. Maria Kirilenko
2. Kim Clijsters vs. Patty Schnyder (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Elena Dementieva
4. Kirilenko/Vesnina vs. Chuang/Yan
5. Kateryna Bondarenko vs. Serena Williams (NB. 19.00hrs)
6. Black/Huber vs. Mirza/Schiavone

Grandstand (from 11.00hrs)
1. Alisa Kleybanova vs. Vera Zvonareva
2. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Aleksandra Wozniak
3. Melinda Czink vs. Ana Ivanovic
4. Kleybanova/Makarova vs. Pennetta/Raymond
5. Senoglu/Shvedova vs. Mattek-Sands/Petrova

Court 3 (from 11.00 hrs)
1. Anna Chakvetadze vs. Victoria Azarenka
2. Alona Bondarenko vs. Daniela Hantuchova (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Sybille Bammer
4. Oudin/Perry vs. Hantuchova/Sugiyama (after suitable rest)
5. Ruano Pascual/Zheng vs. Dulko/Peer

Court 4 (from 11.00 hrs)
1. Agnes Szavay vs. Flavia Pennetta
2. María José Martínez Sánchez vs. Peng Shuai (NB 12.30 hrs)
3. Anna-Lena Groenefeld vs. Sorana Cirstea
4. Hsieh/Peng vs. Dushevina/Rodionova (after suitable rest)

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Wimbledon Day Seven: Rematch!

Posted by gauloises1 on June 30, 2009

YFB fave Victoria Azarenka will take on Serena Williams in possibly the tastiest quarterfinal.

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Their last two matches have been promising clashes marred by injury and illness on one side or the other. At the Australian Open, a fired-up Azarenka took the first set before being forced to retire with heat exhaustion; in Miami, a hobbled Serena had to play on virtually one leg and was defeated by Azarenka in straight sets for her first big title. Now both are in (seemingly) good health, and this could be a cracker. I predict two hard-fought sets for Serena.

That is assuming that nerves and emotion don’t conquer Azarenka, as nearly happened in her fourth round match with Nadia Petrova today. She was a break down in a third set she never should have been in, and scraped through by the skin of her teeth. She’ll have to serve much better against Serena.

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Go Nads. Go all the way home, in fact.

Serena had a much more straightforward time of it, knocking out Daniela Hantuchova 63 61.

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Better luck next time.

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Nadia Still Adorable, Dima Still Kind of a Dick

Posted by gauloises1 on June 17, 2009

Nadia Petrova and Dmitry Tursunov appeared together to promote the new combined tournament in Eastbourne.

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Dima also offered up this cherished insight:

“Nadia’s on a man hunt so you probably know why she likes the combined events,” he teased his compatriot.

Very classy, Dmitry.

I mean, come on. We all know it’s true. But you don’t have to SAY it.

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Eastbourne Results: Seedy

Posted by gauloises1 on June 15, 2009

Not a single seed fell in Eastbourne today on the men or women’s sides. So … yeah.

Honourable mentions go to Nadia Petrova for her three-set win over Ana Ivanovic, and Samantha Stosur who stormed through a potentially tricky first-round match with Sabine Liscki, picking up where she left off at Roland Garros.

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(1) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 62 62
(7) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 61 46 64
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 62 62
Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 62 61
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 76(3) 62

Doubles – First Round
Dushevina/Voskoboeva (RUS/KAZ) d. (3) Medina Garrigues/Ruano Pascual (ESP/ESP) 46 76(6) 119
Amanmuradova/Sugiyama (UZB/JPN) d. Dulko/Martínez Sánchez (ARG/ESP) 46 63 108
(WC) Borwell/Keothavong (GBR/GBR) d. Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) 76(4) 63

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(7) Jarmila Groth (SVK) d. (1) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 64 63
(2) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 62 64
(3) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Melanie South (GBR) 64 62
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. (4) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 67(4) 63

Singles – First Round
[2] D Tursunov (RUS) d F Fognini (ITA) 63 46 64
[4] F Santoro (FRA) d R Kendrick (USA) 63 62
[6] S Querrey (USA) d P Capdeville (CHI) 62 75
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d E Korolev (RUS) 62 67(3) 62
L Mayer (ARG) d E Schwank (ARG) 64 62
Y Lu (TPE) d [WC] C Fleming (GBR) 76(2) 16 63
[WC] J Ward (GBR) d V Crivoi (ROU) 61 63
[WC] J Goodall (GBR) d [Q] T Ito (JPN) 64 61
[Q] A Bogdanovic (GBR) d I Minar (CZE) 64 76(3)
[Q] B Klein (AUS) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 63 57 61

Doubles – First Round
[2] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Knowles (BAH) d S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR) 46 76(4) 10-3
[4] M Mirnyi (BLR) / A Ram (ISR) d J Cerretani (USA) / J Knowle (AUT) 75 63

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Roland Garros Results: WTA Day One

Posted by gauloises1 on May 25, 2009

Just two seeds lost today – nineteenth seed Kaia Kanepi went down to Yaroslava Shvedova, the Queen of Qualifying. And as aforementioned, Momo lost 😦 Otherwise, all else proceeded fairly calmly.

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Defending champion Ana Ivanovic made it through a fairly testing match with tricksy Sara Errani, and Li Na Na Li, Nadia Petrova and Victoria Azarenka fairly breezed through.

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Julie Coin had a good win over Llagostera Vives, who pushed Daniela Hantuchova hard in Warsaw last week. Kudryavtseva, Barrois and Benesova progressed, and Gisela Dulko notched up a good win over Tamira Paszek.

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Loving the Lacoste, by the way.

Sadness for home faves Johansson (l. to Diatchenko), Olivia Sanchez (l. to Rus), Loit (l. to Bacsinzky) and Bremond, who lost to Vesnina … also rocking the Lacoste,

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All in all, good show, ladies.

Full results here.

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