I love love love love love that Bethanie was able to bag herself some solid wins this week and rock the mixed doubles to help the US grab the Hopman Cup over Beligium (SUCK IT). She's just such a grinder and came up on the wrong end of some tight matches last year. I hope this gives her that extra pep as the year kicks off. She's more than just an awesome blogger and crazy dresser. She's also a damn fine tennis player who I genuinely enjoy watching.
You know she's going to something gangsta with that ball. Buckle up, Justin.
Oh, and you're cute, John. In a little brother kind of way.
On that note Novak in the Davis Cup or the Hopman Cup, which match do you have the best team-mate?
(Ivanovic) Well you can’t ask that question with me sitting here.
(Djokovic) Honestly. What do you think?
(Ivanovic) You’ll have to ask that when I’m not here.
(Djokovic) I mean I like my colleagues from the Davis Cup team, but you know I’d rather chose Ana.
(Ivanovic) Thank you.
With pretty much everyone injured, the Hopman Cup organizers decided to put on the US vs. France for a mixed doubles set. I was actually standing on the train platform ready to leave when I got a tip (thanks, Laura) that I should probably get my ass back to the Dome to watch it.
Thank goodness I did. It was, hands down, the most entertaining set of tennis I've seen live. I mean, when a dude comes out in drag, you know you're in for a good time:
Sam? Is that you?
It was just a laugh-filled entertaining exo with Nico and Bethanie leading the charge. Nico was jumping nets, hitting trick shots (two tweeners in one point), and just encouraging everyone to act a fool. As for Bethanie, she was jumping into the crowd, grabbing a seat for a massage from a fan, playing points with a wine bottle in her hand, and just running around and laughing. Even John got into it, goosing Nico and giving him a full on boob squeeze at the net. It was just joyous.
I have some video that may take some time to upload, but I really hope this exo finds its way on the internet soon. Would hate to think only a few thousand people in the world got to witness it.
GIVE NICO A WILDCARD, MELBOURNE!!!
Serbia had to withdraw from the Hopman Cup final (Belgium will take their spot) because Ana's got an abdominal tear, suffered during her match against Justine, which has also forced her out of Sydney next week. Fran had to retire from her match with a groin injury. Robbie had to fight a right glute injury in her loss to Bethanie, which forced her to withdraw from mixed doubles and puts her qualifying campaign for AO, which starts next week, in jeopardy.
All this and Shveddy wound up in the OR after her first match with a torn meniscus that required surgery.
Anyone got a spare liver? Mine is shot.
With Nole clinching a spot for Team Serbia in the Hopman Cup finals, our lovely duo went into the mixed doubles in full exhibition mode. The Djoker was in full effect, dropping to the fetal position at the net, trying trick shots, and Ana was a smiling, giggly schoolgirl throughout. It was absolutely glorious.
But the exchange of the match was when Nole, with Ana serving, started deliberately wiggling his ass at Ana while she readied to serve. She hit a huge fault and stood with her hands on her hips staring him down (I mean, "staring down" in an Ana way, which is to say "giggling embarrassingly"). She would drop her serve and make a move to literally kick Nole's ass.
And Nole didn't let her forget it in the post-match interview.
Overall, a good day for the Serbs. Ana lost her highly anticipated match against Justine 64 63, but she didn't play horribly, had her break chances, and the Justine was just steadier. I think the scoreline and the match was a good reflection of the gap between them at the moment.
I think the match could be summed up in one single point. Mahut, who seriously, should be brought in for every single exhibition ever (he's so entertaining and fantastic), went down awkwardly trying to dig out Robbie forehand and injured his ankle. Play was stopped so he could get it looked at and taped. Robbie looked super concerned and as Andy headed back to the baseline, she hung out around Nico and asked to make sure he was ok and they exchanged some words and smiles. So after that long break in play in the middle of her serve, Laura goes back to serve to the Mlad, she kind of spins the first serve in, and the Impaler steps up and thwacks it for a winner. I burst out laughing.
As the match wore on it became clear that the ladies were hell-bent on pummeling each other. Everyone on Twitter was talking about it.
The Impaler was the clear star of the show. She was nails. But I thought it was hilarious that Andy and Robbie both gave her a cold fish netshake but were totally huggy, chatty, and kissy with Nico.
I don't think she'll be dining with Team GB anytime soon. Or if she does, she should probably bring a food-taster.
YOU GUYS. STOP IT. YOU'RE KILLING ME.
It's like they're reading FD and doing this just to toy with me. Which I'm totally ok with.
Oh, Antonio. You had no idea what you were getting yourself into, huh?
Adorable. All of it. But you're still my fave, Leather.
(Pics: Hopman Cup site)
Laura – Andy has talked a lot about the difficulty of acclimatising to the conditions, do you feel that you had a bit of a head start because of the fact you have been here for an extra couple of weeks?
(Robson) I think Mauritius was kind of the same weather and so I was already used to it. As you can see I’m quite tanned, so I’ve been in the sun a lot and I think I’m quite used to it anyway. It never really bothers me.
It must be the Australian blood in you.
(Robson) Who knows.
-- Robbie, not taking the bait. Between this and her singing along to God Save The Queen before her match, I think it's time to let it go Australia. Besides, I know I've only been in the country for a few days but I ain't seen any Australians with a tan that rivals the Robsons. Are we sure she's not part Serbian?
Andy mentioned that he would be practicing with Nole today at 1pm, so with a bit of sleuthing (thanks, Alex!) I found out that they weren't practicing at the Burswood Dome but at the State Tennis Centre, 3/4 of a mile up the road. So I did the walk under the midday sun (which oddly felt like a walk of shame but in reverse) to see my two boys futz about on a tennis court.
After almost getting run over by Robbie's driver (not really, I exaggerate), I walked up to see my boys already sweaty and chatting about life, love, and other mysteries (read: soccer). They had a light hit (Isner was practicing with Mahut one court over) and then called it a day.
But not before kindly stopping to take some pictures with fans. Really cool of both of them. The only thing that stopped me from hopping in there was the fact that I unintentionally wore a t-shirt with hearts and arrows on it.
Well, that and my self-respect. Equally. I think.
(Pics: Forty Deuce)
I shelled out the good stuff for a solid courtside ticket to last night's Serbia/Australia tie and boy, it did not disappoint. My seat was about 45 feet from the Serbia box, which meant I spent little time watching the tennis and most of the time monitoring the happenings in the box.
Ana tweaked her knee toward the end of her singles match and after visiting the trainer she reunited with Mom and Pops. Papa Ivanovic, the big teddy bear, gave her a big hug and squeezed her shoulder and Dragana gave her a hug and a big smile (yes, Dragana is capable of smiling), and then literally looked like she was pulling her onto lap. Instead, she put her arm around Ana as Ana told her what happened and what the physio said. The she patted her on the butt. Which, I don't know, all of it just seemed so MOM. I've never really seen Dragana pull the "Mom card". It was really sweet.
From there it was box time. Ana ordered everyone an ice cream (heh) and a coffee for herself.
Check that. She got some ice cream for herself, too. I sat there watching her patiently eat her ice cream, cursing the fact that I was by myself and had no one to laugh with. For the record, she bit off all the chocolate first, let it land in her lap, picked up the chocolate, ate it, then ate the ice cream.
I will give her the benefit of the doubt that the second and third steps were unintentionally. Otherwise, that's a really convoluted way to eat ice cream.
From there it was edge of the seat Nole-watching. Lleyton would double fault to give Nole match point. After the first serve fault, Ana leaned forward, tapped Leather on the shoulder and whispered something. Lleyton double faulted and Ana got a gleaming smile as Marija whirled around and laughed and told Marian and they all laughed as Ana kept nodding.
THEN, on match point, Lleyton hits another first serve fault. The whole box turns to look at Ana who smiles and nods her head. Lleyton serves, hits the double fault to end the match, which led to this:
And she ran off to warm up for doubles.
Best seat in the house, people.
Yaroslava Shvedova had to pull out of Hopman with a knee injury and may even be doubtful for the AO. So the Hopman organizers phoned the next Kazakh on their list: Sesil Karantcheva, who was in Brisbane, put her on an immediate flight to Perth where she got in at midnight, only to have to wake up at 9:30am to play Justine. So...this was really going to work out well.
Justine won. Belgium won. That's all I really have to say about that.
Team Serbia already clinched the tie (generally solid fist-pumpy match from Ana, unbeatable stuff from Nole) but a clean sweep over Australia would mean they only had to win one match in their next tie against Belgium to make the finals. With that Justine chick lurking, getting two wins wouldn't be a Slam dunk. So in the grand scheme of things (as grand as exos can be, really) the mixed rubber against Australia was kind of huge.
Things started out fine, as Ana and Nole were pretty laid back and giggly. But Australia was taking this all seriously and shit and the sitch got real pretty quick. After dropping the first set in a tiebreak, the Serbs looked pretty much done. Nole couldn't hit a return in to save his lif and the only way they kept it close was...wait for it...BECAUSE ANA WAS NAILS. Yes, Serbian Barbie was pretty much carrying this team through much of the match (uh...which was why they were losing, frankly) with some absolute pwnage of Lleyton's serve. Even I felt embarassed for him. She was killing the ball.
But late in the second set fatigue seemed to set in for both Serbs and it looked like Australia was going to be able to close out the match fairly easily. Ana wasn't moving for balls and Nole couldn't execute for shit. But then, all of a sudden, the two played some pretty impeccable tennis for 20 minutes and were able to come back from a break down to win the second set and then take the super tie-break.
They were, deservedly, pleased.
(Pics: Forty Deuce)
No idea why, but at one point during the mixed rubber Ana went to her chair and, instead of utilizing her generally impeccable posture, just slumped into it as though she were a blogger in front of the TV or something. I couldn't get my camera out fast enough (because I was laughing too hard) but about 5 seconds before this picture was taken she had her head back and was just sitting there, slumped, staring at the ceiling.
This goes down as the funniest goddamn thing I have ever personally witnessed from Ana Ivanovic. Hopman Cup rules.
What I lack in photography skill I make up for with recognition and quick hands.
Papa Ivanovic, making a quick run to the car 30 minutes before Ana took the court.
Pretty damn near impossible to take pictures at an Ana match and not get a load of fistpumps and ball toss catches.
I totally "awwwwwwwwed" when I saw Papa Ivanovic put his arm around Dragana. When do you ever see that from tennis parents? I can't think of one instance, honestly. At one point, Dragana had her arm around him, too.
Or they were airing out their pits. It was hot in there.
Ana smiling and chatting with the 'rents.
THIS was the shot I was waiting for all night and I was bummed that the photoagencies didn't get a good shot of it. Happy times.
Speaking of happy times...
I'm going to pretend Nole's kissing her hand.
Man hands, 12 o'clock.
Just a couple of kids. Playing Ken and Barbie.
Well I know he’s a good friend because you have known one another since you were five years old.
(Ivanovic) I think four.
(Djokovic) Yeah basically we started playing tennis together – we also played with Barbie and Ken as well. So we have been through a lot, you can say.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! They were so cute!
It was all smiles for Serbia as they started their HC campaign with a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan. So many great moments. Ana's raised arm celebration at her box after a particularly nifty pick-up volley. Nole's stunned reaction at said pick-up volley. Ana's vibration dampner somehow flying across the court. The smiley changeovers. The totally fake discussion of tactics. It was all groovy.
But my favorite moment was when Nole hit a winner in his singles match and turned to fistpump at Ana, who was sitting in the box. It wasn't just *any* fistpump. It was *the* fistpump. It was adorable.
Speaking of *the* fistpump, it didn't take the off-season lightly. It's back on a mission:
Someone's been using the Shake Weight.
Let me just say that the Burswood Dome was crazy hot today. I used to always wonder why people were fanning themselves like mad when I watched this tournament on TV. I wonder no more. The only thing I can compare it to is a super humid and hot night match at the US Open. You know that heat and humidity that is just plain inescapable, compounded by absolutely zero air circulation? Yeah, it's like that. You're breathing but you don't feel like you're taking in any air.
So if you're 16 years old and feeling under the weather (who didn't notice Laura hacking and snot-wiping throughout the match) and you're playing a crafty Slam-winning veteran, it's a pretty tough ask. As would be the theme for the day, Laura definitely had a chance. Fran gifted her a break in the first and Robbie had a chance to serve it out. She couldn't close it out, though, and Fran played some pretty ridiculous Fran-like tennis when it counted.
Bad luck to Robbie for getting ill, but I enjoyed what I saw. The forehand was cracking and she looked quicker than when I saw her last in New York. So woot.
As for Andy, he was feeling the conditions as well, sucking air for most of his match with Potito. He eventually took it in straights but it wasn't the most dominating performance. Not that it's entirely his fault. I thought Mr. Potito Head played really well in that first set.
And so on to doubles. Team Tan/NotTan had no business winning that first set but they somehow hung in there to force a tiebreak, which they completely dominated behind some clutch hitting from Robbie and some aggressive volleying from Andy. On to the second, and the Brits found themselves up a break. But, as was the trend for the day, they couldn't consolidate and let the Italians back in it. From there Italy was able to win the second in a tiebreak and then dominate in the match tie-break.
Unless something really flukey happens to Team Pasta, Moose is going to have to play Hopman Cup again next year to get Laura those diamonds. I just don't see Italy losing to the USA or France.
BUT, that's the glory of Hopman Cup. We'll still get to see these two crankypants team up two more times. Works for me.
This is why these two need to always play doubles together. Robbie can make Andy crack a smile. That's, like, a miracle. In fact, they should make a movie about it and call it Miracle.
I am a genius.
If this picture is any indication, 2011 is going to be an awesome-sauce cocktail.
Here's the Hopman Cup schedule. Play starts on New Year's Day, though I'll only be attending the Serbia and GB ties. Ana will take on Slava, Molik, and Justine (!) and Robbie opens up on Monday against Fran (!), and then has Mladenovic and Bethanie. As for the boys, Nole vs. Lleyton could be interesting and Moose vs. Halpert will be fun.
Let's do this, PERTH.
Bethanie will replace Serena at Hopman Cup. I think we all know how I feel about this.
Um...cuz I put it in the post title.
Was it something I said?
Here's a funny stat. I have attended eight WTA tournaments over the past three years. Serena's been at one of them (Stanford, 2009).
No word on who will replace her but a formal announcement will be made tomorrow. But from a selfish perspective I'll just say that Andy and Laura's group has gotten a tick easier, no?
I know I've already ranted about this on Twitter but I really do wish the seedings for the US and Serbia were swapped so that the US got Belgium in Group A and Serbia got Great Britain in Group B. That would have given us a guaranteed Serena vs. Justine match, which I would actually pay to watch, and Ana vs. Robbie, which would have been fun for no one but me. As it were, the seeding committee, through some "interesting" rationale, put Serbia first, then the US, GB, and Belgium.
And while I'm getting my complain on, I'm still bummed that Sam's playing Brisbane instead. And that it's not Shveddy and Evgeny. Or Gael and Aravane. Or Jo. Or even The Cone!
Oh, Cone. I miss you. Team France really could have done better here.
Overall, those are pretty balaned groups, I'd say. In terms of AO preparation, Andy's got a solid slate of matches lined up with Halpert and Gael, whereas Nole should cruise through his group play. The ladies draw sets up some interesting matches, with Ana vs. Justine, Serena vs. Fran, and Robbie's first bite of the big apple vs. Serena.
Mixed doubles is always the wildcard and more often than not, the decider. And really, can you bet against these two geniuses?
ANYWAY, is it January yet?
Preliminary team announcements for the 2011 Hopman Cup have been made. And it's time to do a happy dance:
Belgium: Justine and someone who has a wiener and a Belgian passport
France: Monfils and hopefully a chick who is as crazy as he is
Australia: Lleyton and I'm guessing someone who's name does not rhyme with Ham Hoser.
That's pretty exciting. They're still trying to get Muzzard and my Twitter bestie L-Rob to confirm for the UK.
Make it happen, Tennis Australia. You will have me forever if you can get the Muzzard, Robbie, and Sam into the mix, though I'm almost certain that Sam's now ranked too high to play.
So nice to see Yanina bounce back from what could have been a really traumatic and destructive experience during her off-season. Yeah, Flavia really dropped her game (or, more accurately, stopped playing it) after being up 3-0 in the first, but I was still impressed with how Yanina came back to play last week like nothing ever happened. And crap, Belgium would be looking pretty good for Fed Cup right now in a perfect world where people actually play Fed Cup.
Centre Court (from 13.00hrs)
1. Doubles Final: Black/Huber vs. Grandin/Granville
2. Singles Final: Flavia Pennetta vs. Yanina Wickmayer (NB 14.45hrs)
Pat Rafter Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Monfils vs. Stepanek
2. ATP: Roddick vs. Berdych (NB 12.30hrs)
3. ATP: Blake/Roddick vs. Chardy/Gicquel (after suitable rest)
4. Singles Final: Kim Clijsters vs. Justine Henin (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Doubles Final: Hlavackova/Hradecka vs. Czink/Parra Santonja
Hong Kong Gold Group Final Hopman Cup
Silver Group Final
9:30 am: FINAL Spain vs. Great Britain
Gold Group Final
Flava Flav. That is all, people.
She's been playing amaaaazing. It's like the fall never happened. Totes fabulous. It'll be very interesting to see if she continues that kind of domination over Yanina. Speaking of whom, it's too bad Shahar's run ended, but she still played better in Auckland than she's played for a long time.
Singles - Semifinals
(1) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (4) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 63 60
(3/WC) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 64 75
Singles - Semifinals
(1) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 64 62
(WC) Justine Henin (BEL) d. (3) Ana Ivanovic 63 62
Singles - Quarter-finals
 M Cilic (CRO) d S Giraldo (COL) 76(3) 61
 S Wawrinka (SUI) d  M Berrer (GER) 76(5) 64
 J Tipsarevic (SRB) d T de Bakker (NED) 75 75
 D Sela (ISR) d L Lacko (SVK) 76(3) 75
Singles - Semi-finals
 N Davydenko (RUS) d  R Federer (SUI) 64 64
 R Nadal (ESP) d  V Troicki (SRB) 61 63
Silver Group Final
Gold Group Final
Hopman Cup Kazakhstan d Germany, 2-0
Great Britain d Russia, 2-1
Kazakhstan d Germany, 2-0
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Shahar Peer
2. Flavia Pennetta vs. Francesca Schiavone
3. Black/Huber vs. Pennetta/Schiavone (after suitable rest)
Pat Rafter Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. Ana Ivanovic vs. Justine Henin
2. ATP: Berdych vs. Bellucci
3. Kim Clijsters vs. Andrea Petkovic
4. ATP: Roddick vs. Gasquet (NB 19.00hrs)
5. ATP: Dlouhy/Paes vs. Melzer/Petzschner
Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Hlavackova/Hradecka vs. Amanmuradova/Chan
Sorry, bare bones again.
Singles - Quarterfinals
(3/WC) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (WC) Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) 62 62
(4) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 62 63
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 60 36 61
Women's Singles - Quarterfinals
(1) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 61 06 64
(3) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 76(6)
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (4) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 64 62
(WC) Justine Henin (BEL) d. (7) Melinda Czink (HUN) 62 36 76(5)
 R Stepanek (CZE) d W Odesnik (USA) 76(2) 61
 G Monfils (FRA) d J Blake (USA) 36 63 64
 S Wawrinka (SUI) d M Russell (USA) 63 64
 D Sela (ISR) d K Kim (USA) 76(3) 62
 M Berrer (GER) d S Robert (FRA) 76(7) 63
L Lacko (SVK) d R Ginepri (USA) 76(3) 64
 R Federer (SUI) d E Gulbis (LAT) 62 46 64
 R Nadal (ESP) d [Q] S Darcis (BEL) 61 20 ret. (back)
 N Davydenko (RUS) d  I Karlovic (CRO) 76(4) 76(7)
 V Troicki (SRB) d L Kubot (POL) 46 64 76(1)
Sorry, bare bones again.
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Shahar Peer vs. Maria Kirilenko
2. Kimiko Date Krumm vs. Yanina Wickmayer
3. Flavia Pennetta vs. Dominika Cibulkova
4. Black/Huber vs. Niculescu/Olaru
5. Francesca Schiavone vs. Alizé Cornet (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Uhlirova/Voracova vs. Grandin/Granville
Pat Rafter Arena (from 10.30hrs)
1. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Ana Ivanovic
2. ATP: Odesnik vs. Stepanek
3. Melinda Czink vs. Justine Henin
4. Kim Clijsters vs. Lucie Safarova (NB 19.00hrs)
5. ATP: Blake vs. Monfils
Court 1 (from 10.30hrs)
1. ATP: Dlouhy/Paes vs. Fisher/Huss
2. Daniela Hantuchova vs. Andrea Petkovic
3. Amanmuradova/Chan vs. Pavlyuchenkova/Voskoboeva
4. ATP: Llodra/Ram vs. Melzer/Petzschner
5. ATP: Berdych/Stepanek vs. Chardy/Gicquel
6. Czink/Parra Santonja vs. Rodionova/Rodionova
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Flavia Pennetta vs. Carla Suárez Navarro
2. Francesca Schiavone vs. Sania Mirza
3. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Aravane Rezai
4. Virginie Razzano vs. Kimiko Date Krumm
5. Grandin/Granville vs. Cibulkova/Wickmayer
Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Shahar Peer
2. Ioana Raluca Olaru vs. Yanina Wickmayer
3. Alizé Cornet vs. Elena Vesnina (NB 13.00hrs)
4. Pennetta/Schiavone vs. Borwell/Kops-Jones
5. Uhlirova/Voracova vs. Vesnina/Zalameda
Court 6 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Maria Kirilenko vs. Kaia Kanepi
2. Niculescu/Olaru vs. Medina Garrigues/Suárez Navarro
Pat Rafter Arena (from 10.30hrs)
1. Daniela Hantuchova vs. Agnes Szavay
2. ATP: Blake vs. Gicquel
3. ATP: Roddick vs. Ball
4. Sesil Karatantcheva vs. Justine Henin (NB 19.00hrs)
5. ATP: Berdych vs. Baghdatis
Court 1 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Lucie Safarova vs. Aleksandra Wozniak
2. ATP: Dolgopolov Jr. vs. Stepanek
3. ATP: Gasquet vs. Ebden
4. ATP: Serra vs. Monfils
5. Govortsova/Poutchek vs. Hlavackova/Hradecka
6. ATP: Blake/Roddick vs. Melo/Soares
Court 2 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Roberta Vinci
2. ATP: Falla vs. Odesnik
3. ATP: Levy vs. Bellucci
4. Rodionova/Rodionova vs. Bacsinszky/Garbin
5. Koryttseva/Kustova vs. Czink/Parra Santonja
6. ATP: Llodra/Ram vs. Luczak/Sirianni
4:30 pm: Team Russia #2 (Vera Zvonareva) vs. Team Asia-Pacific #2 (Ayumi Morita)
6:00 pm: Opening Ceremony
Team Russia #1 (Maria Sharapova) vs. Team Asia-Pacific #1 (Zheng Jie)
(30 min break)
Team Russia (Yevgeny Kafelnikov) vs. Team Asia-Pacific (Paradorn
Team Russia (Sharapova/Kafelnikov) vs. Team Asia-Pacific
10:00 am: Great Britain vs. Germany
5:30 pm: Russia vs. Kazakhstan
It's so good to see Marcos back and winning matches. I don't usually go for the "tennis needs [whoever]" arguments, and it's certainly true that tennis doesn't really need Marcos Baghdatis, but it somehow just wasn't as much fun without him around. Welcome back, Marcos, and this time try not to get caught shouting anti-Turkish slogans on Youtube.
Singles - First Round
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (2) Li Na (CHN) 61 63
(4) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (Q) Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) 62 63
(5) Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. (Q) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 75 64
(6) Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Alberta Brianti (ITA) 61 64
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 75 63
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (Q) Edina Gallovits (ROU) 64 75
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (WC) Marina Erakovic (NZL) 64 63
Sania Mirza (IND) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 57 61 75
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Tatjana Malek (GER) 62 63
Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) d. (Q) Elena Baltacha (GBR) 62 62
Women's Singles - Second Round
(1) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. (WC) Alicia Molik (AUS) 60 63
(3) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 62 26 64
(7) Melinda Czink (HUN) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 26 61
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Vania King (USA) 46 62 61
Men's Singles - First Round
 G Monfils (FRA) d T Dent (USA) 76(1) 67(5) 62
 T Berdych (CZE) d [Q] N Lindahl (AUS) 62 64
J Blake (USA) d  S Querrey (USA) 46 63 64
[Q] M Ebden (AUS) d  J Melzer (AUT) 75 61
M Baghdatis (CYP) d M Fish (USA) 75 75
[WC] C Ball (AUS) d M Zverev (GER) 75 61
F Serra (FRA) d [Q] J Reister (GER) 67(3) 76(5) 75
[Q] O Dolgopolov Jr. (UKR) d [WC] B Tomic (AUS) 64 64
Singles - First Round
R Ginepri (USA) d  R Soderling (SWE) 64 75
 S Wawrinka (SUI) d [WC] R Bopanna (IND) 61 64
 D Sela (ISR) d D Istomin (UZB) 61 62
 M Berrer (GER) d S Ventura (ESP) 63 62
[WC] S Devvarman (IND) d R Schuettler (GER) 75 62
L Lacko (SVK) d Y Lu (TPE) 64 63
K Kim (USA) d D Brands (GER) 62 62
M Russell (USA) d [Q] P Amritraj (IND) 63 61
M Granollers (ESP) d [Q] J Ward (GBR) 57 62 62
R Haase (NED) d [Q] T Yang (TPE) 64 63
S Robert (FRA) d [Q] L Sorensen (IRL) 62 61
Singles - First Round
 R Federer (SUI) d C Rochus (BEL) 61 62
 R Nadal (ESP) d S Bolelli (ITA) 63 63
 N Davydenko (RUS) d [Q] M Kukushkin (KAZ) 62 60
[Q] S Darcis (BEL) d  G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 64 61
[Q] B Becker (GER) d D Koellerer (AUT) w/o (abdominal strain)
[WC] Y El Aynaoui (MAR) d [Q] R Deheart (USA) 76(3) 76(4)
A Seppi (ITA) d O Hernandez (ESP) 64 75
L Kubot (POL) d [WC] K Maamoun (EGY) 60 62
Australia d USA, 2-1
Spain d. Romania, 3-0
Well, fuck me if they aren't just the cutest little mixed doubles team ever.
A decent 2-1 win for Great Britain over Kazakhstan. L-Rob was up a set on Shvedova but eventually lost the next two sets 4 and 0. Nice to see her play with the big kids, though. I think if she gets a couple sets under her belt she can gain some confidence and start to believe she belongs. Andy, as expected, won his singles match easily 6-2, 6-2 over Golubev.
The tie came down to the mixed doubles match, which Great Britain took in a tight match tiebreak, 12-10.
Next up for Great Britain is Germany. If you add Sabine to this mix, Perth might go into sugar shock. (via sodapop)
Programming Note: I'm super tired today and expecting a long day at work. I'm trying to enlist some help so y'all won't be left with just results and OOPs today, but... if it happens, my apologies.
One for you...
Aaaaaaaaaand... one for me:
Not that I actually saw either of those matches. I did see a few others, though, and I have to say that I was more impressed by the way Sabine took down Elena than I was by the way Sorana took down Sam. Jesus, that was a shellacking, even if Elena was serving like... Elena. Flavia looked decent for her first match out, and Reeshard looks like he continues to be his nutty self. [yawn]
Singles - First Round
(1) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 62 64
(3/WC) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Julia Goerges(GER) 63 75
(7) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 64 63
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (8) Anabel Medina Garrigues(ESP) 62 63
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 60 63
(WC) Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 61 62
Women's Singles - First Round
(WC) Justine Henin (BEL) d. (2) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 75 75
(3) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Jelena Dokic (AUS) 75 16 63
(4) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (Q) Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS) 61 67(5) 61
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (5) Alisa Kleybanova(RUS) 64 26 62
(6) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. (Q) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 62 62
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 67(5) 64 61
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. Peng Shuai(CHN) 57 64 62
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 64 26 62
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. (Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 64 76(3)
(Q) Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) d. (WC) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 62 06 76(1)
Men's Singles - First Round
 A Roddick (USA) d P Luczak (AUS) 76(5) 62
 R Stepanek (CZE) d [WC] J Millman (AUS) 64 60
A Falla (COL) d  J Chardy (FRA) 64 64
 T Bellucci (BRA) d J Chela (ARG) 63 36 61
R Gasquet (FRA) d J Nieminen (FIN) 63 46 64
W Odesnik (USA) d A Clement (FRA) 64 76(2)
M Gicquel (FRA) d P Petzschner (GER) 63 61
H Levy (ISR) d M Llodra (FRA) 62 60
It's not all Kim and JuJu, peeps. (Does Kim still count, really?) Alicia Molik is back, too-- hey, she used to be top 10. Back in the day.
They invite you to their house to play a game, and this is how you repay their hospitality?
I guess it technically started in Abu Dhabi a couple of days ago, but somehow I can never quite count exhibitions (not that I won't be posting about them). But now, RIGHT NOW, Hopman Cup is starting with Australia v. Romania. Sam vs. Sorana.
Hopman Cup teams have been finalized, with Asia to be announced after their qualifying tourney. I am obviously very excited for the pairing of Eeyore and Lefty. I hope he doesn't make her cry.
Germany -- Sabine Lisicki and Philipp Kohlschreiber
Romania -- Sorana Cirstea and Victor Hanescu
USA -- Melanie Oudin and John Isner
Russia -- Elena Dementieva and Igor Andreev
Australia — Samantha Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt
Great Britain -- Laura Robson and Andy Murray
Spain -- Maria Jose Sanchez Martinez and Tommy Robredo