I'm drunk. How drunk, you ask? Let's just say I fell down putting on my pajamas and I put my shirt on backwards and I just ate a powdered donut.
With that...here we go....
Alona cares not for your "tactics", creepy dude.
No you have to enter her password. No seriously, this has to get done TODAY.
Ruh Roh. Someone raided the Bunny Ranch eyeliner stash.
Didn't she just have a kid, like 4 days from now?
Oh, Casey. Go buy some tissues from Target.
Uh...I don't know. That's a kangaroo. Seemed funny. Probably funnier if I was sober. Or less. I don't know. Huh?
ALIZE, GET THE FUCK OUT OF PEOPLE'S WAY!!! JESUS!
Someone got a new Toyota....
Kata! I haz a happee.
Whereabout is she???
Oh, Alex. Yelling only scares her more.
You'd think that was Cones. It's not. Hence the current state of Team France.
So here we go.
Notably absent: Uh...all of Russia, The "real" Belgians, The Williamses, The Golden Flowers, Sabine, and Gisela Dulko. And it still cracks me up that Mono isn't on France's team.
World Group I
Saturday - Play starts at 16:00 (15:00 GMT)
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) v Alisa Kleybanova (RUS)
Sunday - Play starts at 14:00 (13:00 GMT)
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) v Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Alisa Kleybanova (RUS)
Ana Ivanovic / Jelena Jankovic (SRB) v Vera Dushevina / Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Ukraine vs. Italy
aka "Aw, hell no! I did *not* leave the South Side for this!"
Saturday - Play starts at 13:30 (11:30 GMT)
Alona Bondarenko (UKR) v Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) v Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
Sunday - Play starts at 13:00 (11:00 GMT)
Alona Bondarenko (UKR) v Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) v Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Mariya Koryttseva / Viktoria Kutuzova (UKR) v Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci (ITA)
aka "Yeah, have fun, Cones..."
Saturday - Play starts at 13:30 (12:30 GMT)
Alize Cornet (FRA) v Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v Melanie Oudin (USA)
Sunday - Play starts at 13:00 (12:00 GMT)
Alize Cornet (FRA) v Melanie Oudin (USA)
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)
Stephanie Cohen-Aloro / Julie Coin (FRA) v Liezel Huber / Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)
Saturday - Play starts at 13:00 (12:00 GMT)
Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Andrea Petkovic (GER)
Sunday - Play starts at 12:00 (11:00 GMT)
Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Andrea Petkovic (GER)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)
Lucie Hradecka/Kveta Peschke (CZE) v Kristina Barrois/Tatjana Malek (GER)
Marta Domachowska (POL) v Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)
Sunday - Play starts at 12:00 (11:00 GMT)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)
Marta Domachowska (POL) v Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)
Klaudia Jans / Alicja Rosolska (POL) v An-Sophie Mestach / Sofie Oyen (BEL)
Slovak Republic vs. China
aka "Why does Domi have to ruin everything?"
Saturday - Play starts at 14:00 (13:00 GMT)
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Xinyun Han (CHN)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Shuai Zhang (CHN)
Sunday - Play starts at 13:00 (12:00 GMT)
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) v Shuai Zhang (CHN)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Xinyun Han (CHN)
Dominika Cibulkova / Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Xinyun Han / Shuai Zhang (CHN)
Saturday - Play starts at 18:00 (07:30 GMT)
Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)
Sunday - Play starts at 16:00 (05:30 GMT)
Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)
Alicia Molik / Rennae Stubbs (AUS) v Nuria Llagostera Vives / Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
Saturday - Play starts at 12:00 (10:00 GMT)
Maret Ani (EST) v Maria Irigoyen (ARG)
Kaia Kanepi (EST) v Paula Ormachea (ARG)
Sunday - Play starts at 11:00 (09:00 GMT)
Kaia Kanepi (EST) v Maria Irigoyen (ARG)
Maret Ani (EST) v Paula Ormachea (ARG)
Maret Ani / Kaia Kanepi (EST) v Mailen Auroux / Aranza Salut (ARG)
Because I haven't posted a picture of Vika yet. And if I'm going to be accused of jinxing people, well, here's my chance to use my powers for good and not evil.
Posted by C Note on January 24, 2010 in ATP, Australian Open, Daniela Hantuchova, Dinara Safina, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John Isner, Juan Martin del Potro, Maria Kirilenko, Na Li, Novak Djokovic, Pic This!, Rafa Nadal, Tommy Haas, Vera Zvonereva, Victoria Azarenka, WTA | Permalink | Comments (19) | TrackBack (0)
A few mild upsets on the day, but otherwise it was a pretty quiet day on the women's side.
Singles - Second Round
(2) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 64
(3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 62
(WC) Justine Henin (BEL) d. (5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 75 76(6)
(8) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Katie O'Brien (GBR) 62 62
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) 64 64
(Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 76(2) 61
(15) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 63 63
(19) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 64 64
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (24) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 26 62 63
(Q) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (26) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 62 63
(27) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 64 63
Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. (30) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 62 75
(31) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 64 75
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 62 63
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 63 61
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Vania King (USA) 76(7) 75
Singles - First Round
(4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 62
(7) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (WC) Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) 62 60
(9) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Kristina Kucova (SVK) 62 60
(16) Li Na (CHN) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 62 60
(22) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) 36 61 75
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. (28) Elena Vesnina (RUS) 76(5) 64
(29) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 67(5) 62 61
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. Stéphanie Dubois (CAN) 63 62
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 75 62
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) 64 62
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 75 67(5) 97
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 60 36 63
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 64 64
(Q) Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. (WC) Jarmila Groth (AUS) 62 46 64
Doubles - First Round
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Malek/Petkovic (GER/GER) 64 64
(2) Williams/Williams (USA/USA) d. (WC) Ferguson/Moore (AUS/AUS) 61 61
(3) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Dokic/Kvitova (AUS/CZE) 75 60
(4) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Goerges/Parra Santonja (GER/ESP) 63 64
(6) Raymond/Stubbs (USA/AUS) d. Koryttseva/Kustova (UKR/BLR) 64 61
(8) Mattek-Sands/Yan (USA/CHN) d. Flipkens/Oudin (BEL/USA) 63 62
Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) d. Molik/Shaughnessy (AUS/USA) 26 75 64
Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. Chakvetadze/Paszek (RUS/AUT) 64 63
Chan/Niculescu (TPE/ROU) d. (WC) Adamczak/Kriz (AUS/AUS) 63 61
Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) d. Medina Garrigues/Wozniacki (ESP/DEN) 64 64
Coin/Pelletier (FRA/CAN) d. (WC) Groth/Rogowska (AUS/AUS) 63 75
The Sydney player's party was today, or last night, or possibly three nights from now; I don't know, that time difference is starting to fuck with my mind.
"The Economist, once a year, heads out on this mission to see the
future. They try to predict the coming year... I am a fan of The
Economist-- that said, I think this project where they try to predict
the coming year is totally ridiculous. You have these great reporters
who have to write about, for instance, what's going to happen in
China in the year 2010 and they bring so much knowledge to this
question, but in the end, because no one can know the future, they
end up making these kind of equivocal 'on the one hand, on the other
hand' kinds of predictions... who cares?? ... 'Here's a bunch of random
things that may or may not happen, believe whatever you want.'"
-- Ira Glass, This American Life ("2010")
That right there is pretty much my personal opinion of predictions in sports like tennis. Who cares? Mostly, nothing means anything. The business of predictions, proclamations, assertions made on the basis of a single match (or one good week) is misleading and serves no purpose in an objective sport like tennis. This year especially, when there are so many comebacks (from both retirement and injury) and a string of Very Good Players who had Very Bad Years last year, proclaiming the future seems particularly futile. Trust me, I've been in sports where predictions and what certain people say and who won which events actually matters. You don't want any part of it.
I don't even get why people like to do it (is it so you can say later that you were right? Usually I could get into that). All you can do in tennis is watch and see what happens. To me, that's part of the beauty of it. I hate trying to guess what's going to happen. I'd much rather take stock as I go along.
Things That--Really Guys-- Seem Completely Meaningless Right Now
Posted by Carrie on January 07, 2010 in Alize Cornet, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Commentary, Daniela Hantuchova, Dominika Cibulkova, Elena Dementieva, Flavia Pennetta, Guest Blogger, Justine Henin, Nadia Petrova, Sabine Lisicki, Sam Stosur, Sorana Cirstea, Vera Zvonereva, Victoria Azarenka, WTA | Permalink | Comments (19) | TrackBack (0)
First she has to play (and lose to) Masha approximately 700,000 times in the first 6 months of Masha's injury comeback, and now she has to play Justine (to whom she lost in an exhibition in Cairo a couple of weeks ago) in JuJu's first tournament back after her
retirement extended sabbatical.
The amount of hilarity in this pic is almost enough to heal my broken heart. Almost.
Kleybs and Tranny decided to announce to the world that Santa Claus is fake, there is no Easter Bunny, and Barack Obama is the devil incarnate. Basically they destroyed all that was good and awesome in Tokyo.
Franny was cute afterwards though, asking for Ai's autograph. I hope Ai traded it for the champion's trophy.
One last hurrah. Much love, ladies.
Dani and Ai keep winning. And it's too awesome for words. They took out the #2 seeds in the quarterfinals and beat Nads/Dulko yesterday in the semis. They'll play the final against Kleybs/Tranny, in one of the most lopided "Who Should C Note Cheer For?" matches ever.
I love that it's a family affair, with Ai's mom hitting the court during coaching timeouts.
This has to happen. It just has to. Kleybs and her stupid falling sideways backhand need to go away. And doesn't Tranny have a beauty contest with Flavia to get to? Can someone please remind her?
No pressure, Dani. No pressure.
Leave it to the WTA Bitches to stem the tide. At least for a bit. Maria destroyed Sammy No-Stones, 60 61, and has apparently gone back to her full service motion. I guess with the end of the season looming she can afford the risk.
Meanwhile JJ, in full mensal gear, withstood a solid challenge from Boom Boom to win in three sets. The red underwear is really what makes this joke work.
As for the other "top" seeds, Vika dusted Jay-Z 1 and 1, and A-Rad made sure that Dani won't be missing Ai's raging retirement party.
The hair. It hides the tears.
But let's be clear, the clusterfuck continued in Tokyo today, as K-Bond took out Lena, Caro retired against CanWoz, and Kleybs beat Bepa.
Singles - Second Round
(Q) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. (3) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 62 67(3) 61
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. (4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 50 ret. (viral illness)
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (6) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 36 64 62
(7) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 63 46 62
(8) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 61 61
(11) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 63 36 63
Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (12) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 60 61
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (13) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 62 62
(14) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Aravane Rezai (FRA) 64 62
(15) Li Na (CHN) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 75 60
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 61 76(6)
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 63 36 64
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 63 46 64
You knew today was going to be all about the love when Nico and Rafa took some time out of their busy work schedules to enjoy a little couples massage. That's love, people.
Yes, Flavia. Your balls are *that* big.
I didn't know you could call an MTO for a hug. I wish Bepa called one.
Why is Elf *always* whacking off during matches? It's poor form, dude.
A lovely lazy Saturday morning. I actually wish I could say I was hungover. Then I'd have an better excuse than normal to lie on the couch under a blanket and watch tennis all day.
Nice run by Dani into the Round of 16. I hope she's happy.
Yes, you have long limbs. We get it.
The magic Comp Kit runs out of gas. But a fantastic run for MaKiri.
10% pasta, 90% win.
So here's some news. Dani's switching from Nike to Adidas and will wear the Adilibria line during the US Open. I really didn't see that one coming. Me thinks Nike has tapped Vika as their new #2 face.
Interesting choice, but doesn't it seem right for Vika to be in the Nike staple and Dani to be with the Bunny Ranch girls? She's already booking her ticket to Vegas:
One of the aspects of the adidas approach that is so attractive moving into the next stage of my career is the adidas Player Development Program. Knowing that I can seek guidance from the best in the world as part of the adidas team makes for an invaluable partnership.
Anyway, here's hoping the Adilibria line's billowy tops will take care of her chronic headlight sitch.
Dani scored a hard fought and solid win over Bepa, 76(6) 06 76(5). If there was ever a tennis match that proved that naps increase productivity, this was the one. That's the only explanation for Dani's second set disappearance.
Also, as further evidence of the craziness of this sport we call tennis, Bepa won 18 games and Dani won 12. Talk about a match that was decided by a few points.
That is a true fan. She's wearing the Olympic kit and showing off her belly and everything. Good on you, Papa. He's even rockin the Krajan hair.
Dina needed all the help she could get to scrape by Roberta Vinci today. She dropped the first 26 and then had to battle back from breaks down in the second and third set, before breaking for the win, 26 75 64. Looks like the serve was pretty wonktastic, as she threw in 10 double faults.
Dina's not the only one who had to grind out a win. It took Sorana 75 75 to beat Meghan Shaughnnessy (she's still playing?), Dani had to come back from a set down to beat Errani, And Agnes needed 5 and 5 to take out the always riveting Ula.
How ridiculous is it that this match was nowhere to be found on TV or streams? Maria battled back after dropping a very tight first set to beat #3 seed Vicky, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2. Vicks Vaporub said after the match that she was rusty from not playing since SW19. Probably true. But Masha showed again why she's awesome: She can gut out matches like this where she's playing like crap and simply beat you on will alone. You go, girl.
In early action, Ana has taken back her Adilibria gear and Dina is once again back to her asexual Competition kit. And her hand is all taped up, which is odd.
But she beat a taped up Dani pretty easily 62 64.
Love Flavia's new Sergio kit. Also love that she's winning. She beat Coco Vandeweghe 2 and 4.
Singles - Second Round
(1) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 62 64
Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (3) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 67(4) 64 62
(5) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 64 26 63
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. (7) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 64 67(6) 64
(8) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Ai Sugiyama (JPN) 62 61
(10) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 62 64
(12) Li Na (CHN) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 46 64 62
(13) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 62 64
(14) Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 64 46 60
(17) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 61 64
Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 57 64 75
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) d. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 63 36 61
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (Q) Jill Craybas (USA) 76(2) 61
Doubles - First Round
(1) Stosur/Stubbs (AUS/AUS) d. Ruano Pascual/Zheng (ESP/CHN) 64 64
King/Niculescu (USA/ROU) d. (3) Pennetta/Raymond (ITA/USA) 75 63
(4) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Poutchek/Savchuk (BLR/UKR) 62 63
Kirilenko/A.Radwanska (RUS/POL) d. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/RUS) 62 46 104
Yay! The pretty girl won. She beat Vania King 64 46 61. Apparently her backhand and toss were wonky. But tell me something new. A win is a win and she'll fight another day. She'll play the winner of MaKiri/Stosur. I love you, Sam, but I gotta root for MaKiri, even though that's the most pathetic thing ever.
In other good news, Dani beat Melanie Oudin (sorry, Mel) 67(3) 62 62. I hate to root against Melanie but it's nice to see Dani beating quality competition. Dani went on to team with Ai to win their dubs match. I'm sure there were smiles all around.
And in other news, even if it means I get my ass handed to me by German teenagers, I would like to state for the record that I want Kimiko's body when I'm 38 years old. She lost to Sabine but she's still an inspiration.
Also, Sorana took out the loud mouthed Burrito in three, and CanWoz beat Bethanie in a tight two setter, 75 75.
Singles - Second Round
(2) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 36 63 76(6)
(6) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (WC) Vania King (USA) 64 46 61
Singles - First Round
(12) Li Na (CHN) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 60 20 ret. (GI illness)
(13) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 61 62
(14) Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (Q) Olga Savchuk (UKR) 75 16 62
(17) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (Q) Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) 76(5) 26 75
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (Q) Melanie Oudin (USA) 67(3) 62 62
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (WC) Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) 64 75
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 75 75
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 36 64 61
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 46 63 61
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 61 62
Doubles - First Round
(2) Hantuchova/Sugiyama (SVK/JPN) d. (WC) Craybas/Gullickson (USA/USA) 64 61
Garbin/Schiavone (ITA/ITA) d. Shaughnessy/Spears (USA/USA) 61 64
A.Bondarenko/Vesnina (UKR/RUS) d. Kleybanova/Makarova (RUS/RUS) 64 76(4)
I'm starting to get the sense that Dani just really likes playing tennis in California. Nice win for her last night, coming back 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, to beat seventh seed A-Rad. She'll play Lena D in the quarters on Friday.
Singles - Second Round
(3) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 61 62
Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (5) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 61 62
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (7) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 46 76(6) 61
Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 61 75
Doubles - Quarterfinals
(2) Williams/Williams (USA/USA) d. Dekmeijere/Ditty (LAT/USA) 61 60
Doubles - First Round
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Haynes/Savchuk (USA/UKR) 61 63
(3) Mattek-Sands/Petrova (USA/RUS) d. Kudryavtseva/Poutchek (RUS/BLR) 46 64 104
Chan/Niculescu (TPE/ROU) d. Foretz/Spears (FRA/USA) 64 26 106
Stadium (from 12.00hrs)
1. S.Williams vs. Czink
2. Kudryavtseva vs. V.Williams (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Oudin vs. Bartoli
4. Cirstea/Kirilenko vs. Coin/Pelletier
5. Jankovic vs. Lisicki (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Kleybanova/Rodionova vs. Mattek-Sands/Petrova
Some nice stories developing out of Stanford today. In the battle of "I swear you guys, it wasn't a fluke!" Sammy Stones upset wee Domi 4 and 3. I have no idea how Mono got pushed to a 76(6) tiebreaker by Ayumi, but yeah, that happened. MaKiri battled it out with the still slumping Chakky and come out on top (settle down, boys) in the "Oh, Jesus. Just flip a coin" match of the day. And my little headcase Dani notched a solid win, beating CanWoz in a tight one, 64 46 75.
And as if a picture of Dani smiling and looking like Anakin wasn't enough, the tennis gods had to give me even more awesomeness when Julie "I got drunk last night at Blue Chalk and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" Coin got bounced by Alla. Suck it, Drunk Tank!
(2) Venus Williams (USA) d. (WC) Stephanie Dubois (CAN) 62 63
(4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (Q) Angela Haynes (USA) 63 61
Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (6) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 64 63
(8) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 76(6) 63
Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (Q) Lilia Osterloh (USA) 62 63
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 46 75
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 64 57 76(5)
(Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 61 76(5)
Well it looked a little dicey there in the first, as Dina got 'sticked by Hantu, which apparently means "ghost" in Indonesian (thanks, tennislust!). But the Dina did what she does and Dani did what she does and Dina won the next two sets, 64 63. She'll advance to the semis to face Touchdown Tammy, who took out Flavs in three. Boo, Flavs. BOO.
(1) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. (6/WC) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 16 64 63
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. (3) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 26 63 63
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 61 63
(WC) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Kristina Barrois (GER) 61 61
That's Serena's new record against Klara Zakopalova for the '09 clay court season. So... there's that. I can't really say anything about anyone's level of play since I didn't watch very much of it, but I can say that Serena's knee wrap looked oddly high tech. Although I could be making that up in my head.
Posted by Carrie on May 26, 2009 in Aleksandra Wozniak, Caroline Wozniacki, Daniela Hantuchova, Elena Dementieva, Gael Monfils, Guest Blogger, James Blake, Jelena Dokic, Jelena Jankovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Marcos Baghdatis, Nicole Vaidisova, Novak Djokovic, Phillip Kohlschreiber, Roland Garros, Sania Mirza, Serena Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)
The Cone collapsed, Momo stood tall, and Slovakia gave it their all. And in the end, France avoided relegation by taking the tie 3-2.
Poor Cone. Is there any other player right now that has lost so many close matches? She lost the first rubber to Dani 67 63 64, and the third rubber to Domi 62 57 64. She's now 0-6 in Fed Cup.
Which meant it all rested on the strong shoulders of Momes. She took her singles rubbers over Dani (75 64) and Domi (46 62 63), then teamed up with Natalie Dechy to beat Dani/Domi 46 61 64.
So congrats to the Pastries. They're the only team in the playoffs not to get relegated.
Time For Kids sent, well, a kid, to cover IW. I actually saw her all over the place. Hard worker, that one. Methinks Time better be sure they're not breaking any child labor laws. I know times are tough, but come on.
Thanks to noname for the link.
(Pics for Forty Deuce by Love All and C Note)
(Pics for Forty Deuce by C Note and Love All)
Last year at IW, Dani's coach was from the Sanchez-Casal Academy. He was this awesomely short, mustachioed Spanish guy who drilled her for hours on end (ew! Not like that!). She had great results with him though, getting to the AO semis and the IW quarters.
Looks like little Spanish dude is gone. This is Thomas Hogstedt of Sweden, working with Dani today at IW. Nice to see her change it up, though. Good luck, Dani!
I had heard about this shoot a few months ago but I didn't know that Dani was participating. I mean, Tati, sure. What else does she have on her schedule other than smoking and hanging out at cafes. And of course MaKiri is the go-to glamour Masha on tour who doesn't say no to stuff like this. But good for Dani. I still want to feed her a sandwich or four though.
The full set of pictures can be seen at SI's site. There's also video. A look at the pics makes a few things clear. Dani will not smile, Tati will not keep her clothes on, and MaKiri is way cuter on the tennis court. That last one I'm sure the boys will disagree with but her whole spread (ahem) wasn't all that spectacular.
Tati's the most natural of all of them. Girl takes a good picture. Though really, are we that surprised? She's French, which means she likes getting naked and hates people flipping her off.
Second, this picture makes me feel like I'm on acid.
Third, Ana has, in addition to Man Hands, Man Feet. Look at those boats!
Congrats to Team Serbia, who knocked out the expected win today with both AI and JJ going 4-0 in the tie. They love on to the World Group I playoff, where they'll play one of the teams that lost their World Group I tie (China, Argentina, France, or Spain). Since we all know the Chinese are like kryptonite to our Lady Serbs, let's not hope for them. Or France. Or Spain. So basically, Argentina.
Team Slovakia is into the World Group playoff after Domi clinched the tie with her win in the first rubber of the day. Dani sat out the second match and was replaced by Wienerova.
That's not important, really. I just wanted to say Wienerova.
No word on whether Alona still has to marry that old dude.
Last but not least, Germany took the doubles match to beat Switzerland, 3-2. ALG led the way after Sabine dropped the first match of the day to Peppermint Patty. ALG went on to beat the racoon-eyed Timea in straight sets, and then tamed up wth Tatjana Malek to beat Patty and Voegele 4 and 3.
The draw for the World Group playoffs will be held on Tuesday.
It was a little touch and go there and Ana's still serving like crap, but she somehow came away with a 64 64 win over Ai to kick off Team Serbia's 2009 campaign to get into World Group I. JJ had a much easier go, beating Morumi 61 60. So Serbia is 2-0 and they'll kick off the reverse singles with JJ/Ai (rematch of AO) and then, if necessary, Ana/Morumi. At this point it wouldn't surprise me if Ana took the match just for the court time. Let's also hope that the girls stick it out for doubles in front of the home crowd.
The drama tie so far has to be Italy/France. Even though Italy has a 2-0 lead, it didn't come easily. Flavia came back from a set down to beat Momo 26 76(7) 64. Great win for Flavs. Maybe this will kick start her season. But sad face for Momo. She really should have taken this in straights.
SuperGirl returned and took her match in straights over Wickmayer, 76(2) 63. And Domi took out The Flipper, 76(4) 61. Looks like they're well on their way in advancing to play the winner of Germany/Switzerland. Dur. Nevermind.
The two split Day 1 but Day 2 should be the interesting one. Lisicki will play Patty and ALG will play Timea. You have to think ALG has the game to beat Timea easily, which means the Swiss hopes are all on Patty to beat Sabine. That should be a fun match, actually.
Petra Kvitova had a nice win over CSN, holding off a late comeback charge, 64 64. But perrenial midriff flaunter Iveta couldn't keep her lead, eventually losing to Llagostera Vives 16 61 64. Still, you have to think Spain has this one given their doubles prowess.
Shahar Peer is one of those players that always scares me in Fed Cup. Like she kicks it into a whole different gear when you slap that flag on her back. Must be the military training. Anyway, she kept Israel in the hunt by beating K Bond 63 67(6) 63. The winner of this tie will play Serbia (if Serbia wins).