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Is This Thing On?

Posted by gauloises1 on May 5, 2010

Sorry for the long hiatus in posting. It was a bank holiday here in the UK and that means a lot of, well, not sitting in front of a computer. Then I was too depressed to blog. But I’m here, my sexual orientation is none of your business, and let’s have a look at what I missed over the weekend, shall we?


Rafa won the Rome Masters for the fifth time in six years. This is the sort of thing that happens. It’s his 17th Masters title, equalling Andre Agassi’s record. That sort of thing happens more rarely. And it’s Madrid next week, so who wants to take bets on how long that record is going to stand? Anyone?

Spare a thought for Ferru, though, who beat Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (thanks to AmyLu for the reminder!) and Fernando Verdasco to reach the final, only to be soundly beaten … again.

Just go hang out with Boss, David. At least he buys you dinner when he beats you.

While we’re thought-sparing, how about Fernando Verdasco? He outlasted Djokovic in a three-set epic, only to run out of gas against Ferru – understandably, after his excellent showings in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. Nobody’s going to want him anywhere near them in the draw in Madrid – or Paris.

The same (ish) goes for Ernests Gulbis, who backed up his win over Federer by reaching the semis and becoming the first player to break Rafa’s serve or take a set from him all week. Can we consider him tennistically resurrected?

Hope so.

Meanwhile in Stuttgart, other oddly familiar things were afoot.

Justine Henin beat Samantha Stosur for the first title of her comeback. I can’t quite figure out how I feel about Justine these days. But that’s by the by to a hearty well done. Going to give a shout-out though to Sam Stosur – she really can play on clay, if that Roland Garros semi-final didn’t clue you in already – and Anna Lapushchenkova, who qualified into the draw and beat Govortsova, Azarenka and Safarova on her way to the semi-finals. The jury’s out on whether she’s a thing, but I thought she played really well all week.

On the subject of people who might be things, the de-boobed Simona Halep reached the finals of Fes in only her third tour event.

She lost to Iveta Benesova, but still.

And that is what happened while I was on a bender. I think.

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Casablanca et al: Tuesday’s Results, Wednesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on April 7, 2010

Apart from the aforesaid rash of retirements in Houston, not too much of note went on yesterday apart from second seed Alona Bondarenko being upset by Olga Govortsova in Ponte Vedra Beach and a crushing win for Richard Gasquet in Casablanca.

Full Results


Singles – First Round
R Gasquet (FRA) d [7] O Rochus (BEL) 61 61
[8] F Serra (FRA) d S Ventura (ESP) 64 63
[Q] J Nieminen (FIN) d [WC] M Ziadi (MAR) 61 61
[WC] R El Amrani (MAR) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 76(5) 46 76(4)
A Clement (FRA) d [Q] I Navarro (ESP) 63 63
J Hajek (CZE) d [6] S Greul (GER) 76(3) 64
A Golubev (KAZ) d D Koellerer (AUT) 62 76(5)
S Robert (FRA) d [Q] S Koubek (AUT) 63 57 75
[Q] M Klizan (SVK) d O Dolgopolov Jr. (UKR) 46 61 75

Doubles – First Round
T Bednarek (POL) / M Kowalczyk (POL) d [1] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) 16 60 12-10
[2] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / M Melo (BRA) 75 64
[3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) d Y Allegro (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) 76(9) 75
S Greul (GER) / P Luczak (AUS) d [4] M Kohlmann (GER) / J Nieminen (FIN) 64 62
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d [WC] R Chaki (MAR) / R El Amrani (MAR) 46 62 10-8


Singles – First Round
[Q] R Sweeting (USA) d [5] E Korolev (KAZ) 63 46 62
[6] H Zeballos (ARG) d T Dent (USA) 63 ret. (hip)
[7] E Schwank (ARG) d M Daniel (BRA) 63 62
M Kukushkin (KAZ) d **[LL] M Yani (USA) 61 75
**[LL] S Devvarman (IND) d [Q] C Niland (IRL) 64 62
N Massu (CHI) d M Zverev (GER) 64 62
[Q] K Anderson (RSA) d [WC] D Young (USA) 75 63
X Malisse (BEL) d [Q] N Lindahl (AUS) 63 75
J Chela (ARG) d R Ram (USA) 62 30 ret. (groin)

*[LL] S Devvarman (IND) replaced M Fish (USA) – leg
**[LL] M Yani (USA) replaced [8] M Russell (USA) – leg

Doubles – First Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) 64 76(4)
[3] S Huss (AUS) / W Moodie (RSA) d A Sa (BRA) / D Vemic (SRB) 63 76(6)
D Istomin (UZB) / A Motti (ITA) d [4] J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 57 62 10-5
[WC] N Healey (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) d J Cerretani (USA) / A Shamasdin (CAN) 76(3) 75


Singles – First Round
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (LL) Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 63 60
(5) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 64 63
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (6) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 46 76(2) 64
(7) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 61 64
(8) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 64 60
Sara Errani (ITA) d. (Q) Arantxa Rus (NED) 61 62
Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 62 60
(Q) Simona Halep (ROU) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 64 61

Doubles – First Round
(1) Jans/Uhlirova (POL/CZE) d. (WC) Cabeza Candela/Pous Tio (ESP/ESP) 62 64
Kondratieva/Shvedova (RUS/KAZ) d. Daniilidou/Woehr (GRE/GER) 16 63 103
Lefèvre/Niculescu (FRA/ROU) d. Barrois/Olaru (GER/ROU) 63 46 107
Hercog/Martic (SLO/CRO) d. (WC) Costas-Moreira/García Vidagany (ESP/ESP) 75 62

Ponte Vedra Beach

Singles – First Round
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 60 64
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. (2) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 63 46 60
(4) Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (Q) Sophie Ferguson (AUS) 62 63
(8) Melanie Oudin (USA) d. Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) 75 62
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 64 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Vania King (USA) 62 63
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 75 57 64
(Q) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 62 67(4) 75
(Q) Anna Tatishvili (GEO) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 36 75
(LL) Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Mariana Duque Marino (COL) 61 76(2)
(WC) Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. (Q) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) 63 26 62

Doubles – First Round
(2) Chuang/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Makarova/Pavlyuchenkova (RUS/RUS) 46 75 119
Goerges/Zahlavova Strycova (GER/CZE) d. (4) Govortsova/Kudryavtseva (BLR/RUS) 63 36 105
(WC) Cibulkova/Morita (SVK/JPN) d. Rodionova/Rodionova (AUS/RUS) 63 75

Today’s OOP is brought to you by Simona Halep’s reduced boobs.



Stadium Court – Start 12:00 noon
Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) vs (7) Eduardo Schwank (ARG)
Dudi Sela (ISR) vs Nicolas Massu (CHI)
Not Before 3 p.m.
(1) Bob Bryan (USA) & Mike Bryan (USA) vs Martin Damm (CZE) & Filip Polasek (SVK)
Not Before 6 p.m.
(4) Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs (LL) Somdev Devvarman (IND)
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) vs (3) Sam Querrey (USA)

Court 3 – Start 12:00 noon
Horacio Zeballos (ARG) & Mischa Zverev (GER) vs Scott Lipsky (USA) & Travis Rettenmaier (USA)
Not Before 3:00 p.m.
(WC) Ryan Harrison (USA) & Donald Young (USA) vs (3) Stephen Huss (AUS) & Wesley Moodie (RSA)


Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Laura Pous Tio
2. Alberta Brianti vs. María José Martínez Sánchez
3. Yaroslava Shvedova vs. Flavia Pennetta (NB 16.30hrs)
4. Alexandra Dulgheru vs. Kim Clijsters (NB 18.30hrs)

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Kristina Barrois vs. Beatriz García Vidagany
2. Aravane Rezai vs. Tatjana Malek
3. Hercog/Martic vs. Errani/Vinci
4. Jans/Uhlirova vs. Domachowska/Rosolska

Ponte Vedra Beach

Stadium (from 11.00hrs)
1. Hlavackova/Savchuk vs. Dzehalevich/Pelletier
2. Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Dominika Cibulkova
4. Mattek-Sands/Yan vs. Grandin/Spears (after suitable rest)
5. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Sofia Arvidsson (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Dekmeijere/Schnyder vs. Ditty/Gullickson

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Ayumi Morita

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