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Things looked rough in Sydney today, with top seeds and high-ranked players crashing out, retiring, and having uncomfortably close calls. Caro, JJ, Bepa (still having problems with that ankle) and Nads all lost, while Vika got played a little too close for comfort by Sabine. And while Sam losing to Flavs is not, on its face, a terrible result, the quality of play she showed was... uh, not good. What up, Sammy?
The only seed that lost on the guy's side was Igor Andreev. I think his hair is getting him down.
And then there was this...
Singles - First Round
 J Melzer (AUT) d F Fognini (ITA) 57 63 62
[WC] J Statham (NZL) d [WC] D King-Turner (NZL) 62 75
T Bellucci (BRA) d M Chiudinelli (SUI) 63 63
Singles - First Round
(2) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (WC) Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 63 62
(5) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 61 62
(7) Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 46 63 76(4)
(8) Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 64 62
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 36 63 75
Jelena Dokic (AUS) d. (Q) Elena Baltacha (GBR) 64 62
Tamira Paszek (AUT) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 64 63
(Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 60 60
(Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. (WC) Sophie Ferguson (AUS) 62 62
Women's Singles - First Round
Li Na (CHN) d. (4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 26 63 62
(6) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 36 62 75
(Q) Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. (7) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 57 61 75
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (8) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 33 ret. (right ankle injury)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 60 64
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 63 61
(Q) Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) d. Nadia Petrova (RUS) 63 57 64
María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. (Q) Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 63 63
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (LL) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 76(2) 61
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. (Q) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 67(3) 62 62
(Q) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. (WC) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 62 62
Men's Singles - First Round
[Q] L Mayer (ARG) d  I Andreev (RUS) 67(7) 63 76(4)
R Gasquet (FRA) d F Lopez (ESP) 61 64
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [WC] N Lindahl (AUS) 62 75
A Seppi (ITA) d [Q] M Matosevic (AUS) 64 64
P Cuevas (URU) d M Llodra (FRA) 62 76(1)
P Starace (ITA) d [Q] F Gil (POR) 61 64
The biggie for this week is Kremlin Cup; an ATP 250 for the men and a Premier for the women. Since it's the week before Doha, most of the top women are giving Moscow a miss. Never mind that, though, because the four women still in contention for the last spot/alternate status at YEC are all playing. Davai!
I almost think it's kinda cruel to have this tourney right before the USO. No one's paying attention, really. It's almost like these kids got held back and had to take summer school or something.
As for the ladies, Caro exacted revenge over Razzano, whose black magic powers were all used up across the pond. Vesnina took out Chakky and Flavs is in the semis after beating Rybarikova. If Flavs wins the whole thing she'll be the USO Series champion. So that's something to look forward to.
He was forced to retire in his match against Bellucci with a left ankle injury. That makes it 492 times he's had to retire from a match with an acute injury. Ok, maybe not that many but I left my abacus at home.
Igor's now the only seed remaining in the Gstaad field after he beat Jeremy fairly easily, 63 63.
 I Andreev (RUS) d  J Chardy (FRA) 63 63
[Q] T Bellucci (BRA) d  N Kiefer (GER) 36 10 ret. - (left ankle)
A Beck (GER) d V Crivoi (ROU) 64 76(5)
M Daniel (BRA) d F Serra (FRA) 64 76(1)
I've never really been able to explain my Igor love. Is it that he looks like Billy Zabka? His adorable service set position? The fact that his favorite book is The Master and Margarita? Yes, yes, and yes.
So while Tommy has the feel good story on his side, I'm super bummed Igor bowed out so easily. He's got a huge serve, moves well, but in the end I guess his game is too much of a clay court game to really work on grass. He just doesn't hit flat enough.
What is up with this new Crazy Fed. He scares me.
Igor "Johnny Zabka" Andreev pushed Fed to the brink today, 67(5) 76(5) 63 36 63. Don't let the scoreboard fool you. It was way tighter than that. Johnny had multiple chances to break Fed throughout the match and just couldn't cash in. But let's give a round of applause to Johnny because he has had an outstanding hard court season. All I know is that MaKiri better be ready to give Daddy a little lovin' tonight. At least Johnny beats Fed on that front.
I haven't seen the match yet but word is that this was as pissed off as anyone has seen Crazy Fed. I don't know if I like the new edgy Fed or if I prefer the calm and serene one:
Can we start calling him Disco Roger?
It finally dawned on me last night while watching the Stepanek/Andreev match, who Igor Andreev, aka "Mr. Kirilenko" reminds me of: The Zabka.
Come on. Totally, right? Now, whenever I watch any of his matches I'm just going to have the urge to randomly yell out "Come on! Put him in a body bag, YEAHHHHH!"