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Stuttgart, Fes: Tuesday’s Results, Wednesday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on April 27, 2010

I absolutely love Stuttgart. The draw is ridiculously loaded so you get great match-ups right from the start, and they have night sessions so I get to watch after work. It’s all good. Anyway, the first full day’s play already threw up some interesting results. Agnes Szavay outlasted Andrea Petkovic in a marathon night session, 75 in the third; after Petkovic found her range, she played with by far the greater energy and commitment, but fell at the final hurdle. It’s a tough loss after a tough Fed Cup weekend, especially at home, but Szavay did well to get herself together and will face Dinara Safina in the second round. Shahar Peer also battled against Polona Hercog, but all the seeds came through in straights, including Svetlana Kuznetsova against Katarina Srebotnik and Li Na against tough clay-courter Sara Errani.

Most people had their eyes on Agnieszka Radwanska against Ana Ivanovic, however, which ended pretty much the way you would expect.

Obligatory photo of Ana’s dress. You won’t be seeing it again in Stuttgart.

I hear that Ana played and particularly served a lot better than she has done in living memory, so. Onwards and upwards, as she herself would say.

Some interesting results in the criminally unphotographed Fes today; the top two seeds both dropped a set but came through, Medina Garrigues served up a double bagel, and unlikely winners Alize Cornet, Bojana Jovanovski and Simona Halep upset Petra Martic, Barbara Zahlalova Strycova and Lucie Hradecka respectively. Fed Cup and boob reductions. I’m just saying. And a pair of Tims won. C’mon!

Results

Stuttgart

Singles – First Round
(3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 61 62
(5) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 76(4) 64
Li Na (CHN) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 61 61
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 63 36 61
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 63 26 75
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. (Q) Tatiana Poutchek (BLR) 62 62
(Q) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. (LL) Margalita Chakhnashvili (GEO) 63 64
(Q) Anna Lapushchenkova (RUS) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 64 61

Doubles – First Round
(1) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. Kostanic Tosic/Sfar (CRO/TUN) 64 62
(3) Black/Peer (ZIM/ISR) d. Birnerova/Birnerova (CZE/CZE) 63 64

Fes

Singles – First Round
(1) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Anna Floris (ITA) 61 57 61
(2) Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. (Q) Greta Arn (HUN) 46 75 61
(3) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. (WC) Lina Bennani (MAR) 60 60
Renata Voracova (CZE) d. (4) Melinda Czink (HUN) 64 76(5)
(5) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (WC) Fatima Zahrae El Allami (MAR) 60 61
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (6) Petra Martic (CRO) 76(3) 64
(Q) Simona Halep (ROU) d. (8) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 75 61
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. Vesna Manasieva (RUS) 26 63 63
Katie O’Brien (GBR) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 62 46 63
Anne Keothavong (GBR) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 63 06 64

Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 61
(Q) Laura Pous Tio (ESP) d. Jarmila Groth (AUS) 60 76(4)
(Q) Claire de Gubernatis (FRA) d. (WC) Nadia Lalami (MAR) 76(1) 63

Doubles – First Round
Coin/Cornet (FRA/FRA) d. (3) Savchuk/Zalameda (UKR/USA) 76(3) 76(1)
Manasieva/Zakopalova (RUS/CZE) d. Kondratieva/Lefèvre (RUS/FRA) 63 26 103

Wednesday’s OOP is brought to you by Sveta’s feet of clay.

Stuttgart

Center Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Gisela Dulko vs. Jelena Jankovic
2. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Shahar Peer (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Flavia Pennetta vs. Victoria Azarenka (NB 15.45hrs)
4. Justine Henin vs. Julia Goerges (NB 18.20hrs)
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Li Na (NB 20.15hrs)
6. Jans/Uhlirova vs. Peschke/Srebotnik

Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Marion Bartoli vs. Samantha Stosur
2. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Francesca Schiavone
3. Selima Sfar vs. Lucie Safarova
4. Huber/Jankovic vs. Marosi/Scheepers

Fes

Center Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Laura Pous Tio
2. Arantxa Parra Santonja vs. Alizé Cornet
3. Ioana Raluca Olaru vs. Patty Schnyder
4. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Anne Keothavong

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Angelique Kerber vs. Bojana Jovanovski
2. Claire de Gubernatis vs. Iveta Benesova
3. Simona Halep vs. Olga Savchuk
4. Kosinska/Thorpe vs. Czink/Parra Santonja

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Katie O’Brien vs. Renata Voracova
2. Kerber/Védy vs. Hradecka/Voracova (after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Cabeza Candela/Pous Tio vs. Bovina/Klepac (after suitable rest)

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WTA Week Ahead: Stuttgart, Fes

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2010

Stuttgart

Also known as ‘the tournament that feels it’s a good idea to promote itself using the tagline “Girls, Set, Match””.

Draw here.

Top Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Dinara Safina (!), Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Samantha Stosur, Yanina Wickmayer

Fes

Draw here.

Top Seeds: Carla Suarez Navarro, Patty Schnyder, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Melina Czink

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Please Stop Making Her The Top Seed

Posted by gauloises1 on March 29, 2010

An ailing Svetlana Kuznetsova was comprehensively trounced by Marion Bartoli, 63 60. I know Marion is a tough match for anyone on her day, but dear oh dear. There’ll be some incomprehensible twattage tonight. Poor Sveta.

Also racking up the comprehensive victories? Agnieszka Radwanska, 1 and 4 over Yaroslava Shvedova, and Yanina Wickmayer, 0 and 1 over Timea Bacsinszky.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych will meet in the fourth round after Roger made somewhat heavy weather of Florent Serra, needing two tiebreaks to win despite being 5-3 up in the first set and 4-1 in the second.

 

Which Rafa enjoyed.

Posted in marion bartoli, miami, rafael nadal, roger federer, svetlana kuznetsova, tomas berdych | Tagged: , , , | 8 Comments »

ATP/WTA Week Ahead: Miami

Posted by gauloises1 on March 22, 2010

So the draw for the Sony Ericsson Open came out today, ably assisted by the always-adorable if more-than-occasionally agonising Marin Cilic …

He drew himself in Fed’s quarter. Idiot.

… and the always delightful Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Yep, you’re the top seed again.

ATP:

Draw here.

Quarters: Federer-Cilic, Murray-Soderling, Nadal-Tsonga, Djokovic-Roddick

WTA:

Draw here.

Quarters: Kuznetsova-Li, Venus-Radwanska, Azarenka-Jankovic, Wozniacki-Dementieva

Main draw play starts Wedmesday 24th March. 

Posted in andy murray, ATP week ahead, marin cilic, miami, svetlana kuznetsova, victoria azarenka, wta week ahead | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Indian Wells: What’s Going On?

Posted by gauloises1 on March 16, 2010

So, I missed a lot. A lot of kind of surprising losses. Marin Cilic lost to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 76(1) 60; that was pretty surprising. I thought he’d got over random losses to opponents he should take care of easily enough. Obviously not, or maybe he was just that keen to get on to Miami and “work” with Goran again. Moving on. Justine Henin lost 62 16 64 to Gisela Dulko, who went on to lose 61 60 to Agnieszka Radwanska.

Because that happens.

Similarly mixed fortunes for battling British qualifier Elena Baltacha, who did incredibly well to beat Li Na in three sets, scoring the first top 10 win of her career – and then lost 60 62 to wildcard Alicia Molik.

Because that … happens.

Gael Monfils, meanwhile, never the most reliable or consistent of players, still surprised in losing to Simon Greul 16 62 63.

This actually does happen.

And Svetlana Kuznetsova took being the top seed on the women’s side about as well as could have been expected, losing in three sets to Carla Suarez Navarro in her first match.

And Maria Sharapova found herself a victim of Zheng Jie’s indomitable (when she feels like it) spirit, falling 63 26 63.

Roger Federer, meanwhile, won everything.

Posted in gael monfils, gisela dulko, indian wells, maria sharapova, roger federer, svetlana kuznetsova | Tagged: , , , , | 6 Comments »

UPDATED: The Withdrawal Method: Dinara Out of IW, Hip Surgery for Haas

Posted by gauloises1 on March 2, 2010

Dinara Safina has confirmed on her official website that she won’t be playing Indian Wells this year. Still bedevilled with that back injury. Combined with Serena’s absence, this will leave Svetlana Kuznetsova as the no. 1 seed.

Fierce.

Also in the wars is Tommy Haas, newly of the U.S.A, who had hip surgery in Colorado on Friday. Honestly, there can’t be that many players who have had more persistent bad luck with their health than Tommy. And Sania Mirza is out for six weeks with a recurrence of that plaguey wrist injury.

Somewhat ironically, Mario Ancic is playing Indian Wells, unless he somehow trips over and injures himself between now and then. And it’s not like that’s going to happen, right?

Sigh.

By the way, tennis.com is reporting rumours that Roger Federer won’t be playing in Indian Wells either. We’ll see.

EDIT: Federer just posted the following on his Facebook page

I am feeling really good again and I was happy to hear from my doctor today that I have the green light to start working out again so I plan to try and play in Indian Wells next week. Thanks for the well wishes.

So there you have it.

Posted in dinara safina, indian wells, mario ancic, sania mirza, svetlana kuznetsova, the withdrawal method, tommy haas | Tagged: , | 14 Comments »

Venus Wins Shiny Thing, Much Cash

Posted by gauloises1 on March 2, 2010

So that made-up exo thingy I was talking about was last night – sorry, the BNP Paribas Showdown of Champions in Madison Square Garden for the Billie Jean King Cup – and Venus won it. Well done. She beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 64 before facing Kim Clijsters, who defeated Ana Ivanovic 76(2), and beating her 64 36 75.

Venus just wears winning so well. What a great month for her. Of course, she couldn’t have done it without the help of her supporting cast who each reportedly showcased their special talents.

Sveta emoted.

And Ana … well, you know.

And a good time was had by all. Or possibly not. I hear that the event was fairly sparsely attended but that the tennis was good. Linz, are you out there? What did you think?

Posted in ana ivanovic, exhibitions, kim clijsters, svetlana kuznetsova, venus williams | Tagged: , , , | 5 Comments »

Who’s Out …

Posted by gauloises1 on February 19, 2010

High-profile casualties since we last spoke:

Out to Shahar Peer in Dubai.

Out to Agnieszka Radwanska in Dubai.

Out to Venus in Dubai.

Out to Li Na in Dubai.

Forced to retire against Shahar Peer with back pain.

Out to Vera Zvonareva in Dubai.

Out to Victoria Azarenka in Dubai.

Forced to retire against Lukas Lacko in Memphis after beating Fernando Verdasco.

Lost to Sofia Arvidsson after a promising beginning to the tournament.

And … Radek Stepanek (Memphis), Fernando Verdasco (Memphis), Nicolas Almagro (Buenos Aires), Gilles Simon (Marseilles), Richard Gasquet (Buenos Aires), and probably many more I forgot to mention.

Posted in anastasia pavlyuchenkova, caroline wozniacki, dubai, flavia pennetta, li na, marion bartoli, melanie oudin, memphis, svetlana kuznetsova, vera zvonareva | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Dubai: More Of This Sort of Thing, Please

Posted by gauloises1 on February 15, 2010

Sveta and Vika. Vika and Sveta. Being buddies on twitter. Playing doubles together.

Bet you a hundred million billion pounds they’re not talking tactics.

I need more.

Posted in dubai, svetlana kuznetsova, victoria azarenka | Tagged: , | 2 Comments »

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.

Posted in dubai, nadia petrova, svetlana kuznetsova | Tagged: , | 3 Comments »