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WTA Week Ahead: Eastbourne, ‘Den Bosch

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2010

Eastbourne

Draw here.

Top seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Francesca Schiavone, Samantha Stosur, Agnieszka Radwanska, Kim Clijsters, Flavia Pennetta, Marion Bartoli

Eastbourne always has such a ridiculously loaded draw, like Queens, and this year is no exception. If you don’t believe me, take a look at these first-round matches: Wozniacki-Rezai, MJMS-Zvonareva, Radwanska-Azarenka, Pavlyuchenkova-Safarova, Wickmayer-Clijsters, Peer-Zheng, and Kleybanova-Kuznetsova. Amazing stuff.

Congratulations meanwhile to Heather Watson, who beat her first top-1oo opponent in Tsvetana Pironkova to make it to the final round of qualifying. Good girl.

s’Hertogenbosch (hereafter referred to as ‘den Bosch, as a bona fide Dutch person said I could call it)

Draw here.

Top seeds: Justine Henin, Dinara Safina, Maria Kirilenko, Yaroslava Shvedova, Alexandra Dulgheru, Sara Errani, Andrea Petkovic, Anabel Medina Garrigues

Dinara Safina’s woes continue as she has already been shown the door by Magdalena Rybarikova, last year’s Edgbaston champion, and watch out for bizarrely successful ‘den Bosch-er, Tamarine Tanasugarn.

Sunday’s results

Singles – First Round
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (2) Dinara Safina (RUS) 67(4) 64 64
(7) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 63 76(6)
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (WC) Laura Robson (GBR) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
(2) Kirilenko/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. (WC) Arvidsson/Rus (SWE/NED) 61 62

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. (6) Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS) 76(1) 64
(2) Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) d. (7) Greta Arn (HUN) 61 63
(3) Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) d. Anne Kremer (LUX) 63 61
(5) Julie Coin (FRA) d. (4) Tatjana Malek (GER) 46 64 64

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Sunday Titlists: Dementieva, Soderling, Zvonareva

Posted by gauloises1 on February 15, 2010

Time has kind of made me its bitch tonight. FYI.

Elena Dementieva d. Lucie Safarova, 67(5) 61 64

Huge congratulations to Elena. She had some tough opponents to deal with, none more so than Lucie. The third set was really great stuff and should be taken as a smack in the face to all those who say that the WTA doesn’t produce good finals. That Elena burst into tears when she won really showed how much it meant to her.

And just when things couldn’t get more heartwarming, Momo presented her with the trophy.

Robin Soderling d. Mikhail Youzhny, 64 20 ret.

Poor, poor Mikhail Youzhny. He played so well to beat Nole in the semis (just like he did to beat Gasquet at the AO), then once again injury strikes him down. He was clearly heartbroken. Sad face.

A hearty ‘yay’ to Robin Soderling though. He had a nightmare at Chennai and the AO and a lot of people have been questioning whether he would be able to back up last year’s career-best achievements. Well, he’s not doing badly so far.

Vera Zvonareva d. Tamarine Tanasugarn, 64 64

Welcome back to the winner’s circle, Vera.

(Other tourney results to follow as soon as they finish / I can find decent photos.)

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WTA Saturday: Safs On Fire, Snappers Remember Thailand Exists

Posted by gauloises1 on February 14, 2010

Paris

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Lucie Safarova. She’s beaten Paszek, Schiavone, Peer and now Flavia Pennetta, 46 63 64, to reach her second Paris final (she lost out to Nadia Petrova in 2007). From what I saw of her match against Flavia today, she was on fire.

Safs will be facing another second-time Paris finalist after Elena Dementieva beat Melanie Oudin, 46 64 63. It was a good performance from the believer, but after she wasn’t able to capture the second set, her fitness really let her down in the third and after three consecutive breaks, Dementieva won five of the last six games to take the match.

It was an encouraging tournament for Oudin, though, who moves on to Memphis next week. Elena said that it was the toughest win of the year for her so far, which is nice, considering some of the people she’s beaten. Good stuff.

Pattaya City

Photos! Finally photos!

… Put it away now, Yaroslava.

Top seed Vera Zvonareva is into the final after beating fourth seed Yaroslava Shvedova 62 46 63. She’ll face hometown girl Tamarine Tanasugarn, who defeated Sesil Karantcheva 62 60.

Good stuff.

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Eastbourne & Ordina Open: Titlists

Posted by gauloises1 on June 20, 2009

Kind of hard to imagine any of these four (apart from Wozniacki) making a real run at Wimbledon. But hey, splendour in the grass is not to be sneezed at.

Caroline Wozniacki beat Virginie Razzano 76(5) 75 in a really tight straight sets final. It was interesting as Virginie was definitely the better player for large stretches of the match and in fact ended with more winners than UFEs, Caroline having the reverse. Still, Wozniacki did what she is getting really good at; hanging in there and winning for her fifth WTA title and the first on grass.

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Wonder if she can emulate last year’s winner Radwanska and make it to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon?

Cute moment in the ceremony when Razzano forgot her name:

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Ah, those crazy Frenchwomen. They make things fun,

On the men’s side, Tursunov topped Frank “Rhythm is a” Dancevic 63 76(5) for his first title of the year.

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In Den Bosch, Tanasugarn’s bewildering relationship with the Ordina Open continued as she beat Wickmayer 63 75, and German qualifier Benjamin Becker disappointed the home crowd by knocking out the wildcard Sluiter, 75 63 (spooky!) for his first title.

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Becker has a Dali face, that’s what I learned today.

Well done everyone and so forth. Now get your asses to Wimbledon, please. Word has it there’s an opening.

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WTA Week Ahead: Eastbourne, Ordina Open

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2009

B-b-b-but that’s where the  men are playing! *mind explodes*

Eastbourne

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Draw here. It’s so much better than the men’s, it’s ridiculous.

First Quarter: Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska will have her work cut out for her to retain her title. She’s in the same quarter as Elena Dementieva and will almost certainly face the Birmingham finalist Li Na Na Li in the second round. Unless Virginie Razzano has one of her ‘on’ weeks, Dementieva should definitely get to the quarters, and probably the semis. Predicted semifinalist: Dementieva

Second quarter: It will be difficult for JJ to build up any momentum going into Wimbledon here. She gets Chakvetadze in the first and probably Marion Bartoli in the second, who put her out of the Australian Open and can hit JJ off the court if she feels like it. Azarenka awaits in the quarters and will want to take JJ down. Predicted semifinalist: Azarenka

Third quarter: Probably the softest quarter. Vera Zvonareva is returning from a long lay-off (she hasn’t played since Charleston) and will be rusty and potentially vulnerable to Amelie Mauresmo in the first round. (God, I hope so.) Stosur-Lisicki should be a great first round match, I’m gutted they have to meet so early. With Stosur in such great form, I wouldn’t be surprised if she knocked out Wozniacki. Imagine a Stosur-Mauresmo quarter-final … *shivers* Predicted semifinalist: Momo. Love blinds me.

Fourth Quarter: Can you believe Ivanovic isn’t seeded? What a difference a year makes. She’ll face Petrova in the first round and … toss a coin, who knows? Maybe now the RG monkey is off her back, Ivanovic will finally hit freely. There’s nothing about her game that shouldn’t work well on grass. The winner of that match should get to the quarters. Kuznetsova has a trickier task, with Zheng Jie Jie Zheng lurking. Lots of fun matches here. Predicted semifinalist: Ivanovic, just to jinx her.

Finalists: Dementieva, Mauresmo

Champion: Dementieva

Ordina Open

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Draw here. It’s not quite Eastbourne-good, but it’s pretty sexy.

Looking at the draw, this really is an ideal opportunity for Dinara Safina to get her feet under her after that Roland Garros loss and pick up some wins going into Wimbledon. Groenefeld could be a tricky first round, but if she gets through that, I don’t see anyone causing her problems, not even Hantuchova. Unless Tanasugarn can pull off a miracle repeat, I imagine Dinara will meet Benesova in the semis.

Bottom half-wise, Cibulkova and Cirstea will both be looking to build on good showings at Roland Garros. Two good grass-courters in Yanine Wickmayer and Magdalena Rybarikova are also hanging around. I’m thinking Vesnina and Cibulkova for the semis, but at the end of the day, this tournament really is Dinara’s to lose. Davai.

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Wednesday Results: Birmingham

Posted by gauloises1 on June 10, 2009

Why does it always rain on British tennis? Home fave Anne Keothavong lost in straight sets to Sania Mirza (and that’s after leading, what, 5-1 in the second set)?

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In other bad news for the Tims, Naomi Broady lost to Alla Kudryavsteva 64 in the third set of a match carried over from yesterday. But all is not lost; wildcard Naomi Cavaday (WTF is it with all these Naomis?) beat twelfth seed Tamarine Tanasugarn. C’mon Tim!

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Even Tanasugarn’s like “…. what?”

Sixth seed Ekaterina Makarova also fell to Voegele of Switzerland, but Aravane Rezai and Aleksandra Wozniak progressed smoothly enough. Maria Sharapova’s match with Alexa Glatch was called off with the Russian leading, so she’ll be back tomorrow.

Singles – Second Round
(3) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 64 64
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. (6) Ekatarina Makarova (RUS) 63 36 62
Sania Mirza (IND) d. (11) Anne Keothavong (GBR) 61 76(5)
(WC) Naomi Cavaday (GBR) d. (12) Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 76(5) 26 64

Singles – First Round
(15) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. (LL) Mariana Duque Marino (COL) 64 61
Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. (Q) Naomi Broady (GBR) 57 76(4) 64
(Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 67(5) 76(7) 63
(Q) Lilia Osterloh (USA) d. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 67(4) 75 63

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