Champions Defense

Two ATP singles finals were played today.

In Brisbane,  Dick beat defending champion Steps in 2 close sets that finished in TBs, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7).

Good for Dick. I’m totally preparing myself for the ESPN commies hype regarding Dick during the AO *ahem PMac*. Moving along.

The other ATP final was the one in Chennai. Where Marin was able to defend his title. He beat Stan in 2 close sets that also finished in TBs, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3).

I have a soft spot for Marin, so I’m happy that he was able to defend his title.  Look for him to be in the AO Dark Horses list of many of the “tennis experts.”

 

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Fist Pumps For Everybody

Look who won in straight sets. This girl.

The best I’ve seen Anita play in a long, long time. The first serve was great, the forehand and the slice were working. Well, until she was serving for the match. She was up 5-3 in the second, then the nerves started to kick in. Pavs broke back and I started to swear my ass off. I was expecting a 3rd set after that, but thank Sven, she was able to pull out the TB and win the match.

You did your best kid, better luck next time.

Anita’s price for winning and making her first semi final since Indian Wells? Having to play this chick:

I haven’t been able to see JuJu play, but according to reports (aka my Twitter buddies) she hasn’t been playing that fantastic. She won in a 3rd set TB against Czink. It seems Czink was hit by the virus that’s been going around- the “OMFG I’m playing Justine Henin”. Does Anita have a chance against JuJu? I think she does, since anything is possible. I’m a big JuJu fan but Anita needs this more. So I’ll be rooting for Ana as beating Justine would do wonders for her confidence. Even if she loses, it’s still a great result for Anita. Ajde!

Full Brisbane Results WTA: Thursday, January 7, 2010

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)

Doubles – Semifinals

Czink/Parra Santonja (HUN/ESP) d. Rodionova/Rodionova (AUS/RUS) 62 61

Doubles – Quarterfinals

(3) Amanmuradova/Chan (UZB/TPE) d. Pavlyuchenkova/Voskoboeva (RUS/KAZ) 62 61

On the ATP side there where only two singles matches. Defending champion Steps won in straights against Odesnik. The most important thing that happened: Mr. Entertainment took out Mr. Boring. LaMonf beat Blah in 3 sets, so I’m happy about that.

Dude, even his fist pumps are boring

Full Brisbane Results ATP: Thursday, January 7, 2010

Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] R Stepanek (CZE) d W Odesnik (USA) 76(2) 61
[3] G Monfils (FRA) d J Blake (USA) 36 63 64
Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d A Fisher (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) W/O (Fisher – knee)
J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d [3] M Llodra (FRA) / A Ram (ISR) 57 62 10-8
J Chardy (FRA) / M Gicquel (FRA) d T Berdych (CZE) / R Stepanek (CZE) 75 64

Haley Joel Henin victorious in Brisbane

So another day, another round of results from the sunny climes of Brisbane.

The main WTA story of the day was the victorious return of Haley Joel Henin, who defeated Nads 7-5, 7-5. It was a tough match, and Petrova gave JuJu a tough test, eventually succumbing after putting up a tough resistance in the second set. 

Other Women’s Singles results:

(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)

Meanwhile, the ATP side of the tournie saw RAndy return to the courts after knee problems which caused him to miss the WTFs. Dude defeated Luczak 7-6, 6-2.

Other Men’s Singles results:

[2] R Stepanek (CZE) d [WC] J Millman (AUS) 64 60
A Falla (COL) d [7] J Chardy (FRA) 64 64
[8] 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

Tomorrow’s OOP:

Pat Rafter Arena (from 10.30hrs Brisbane local time)
1. ATP: Fish vs. Baghdatis
2. ATP: Querrey vs. Blake
3. Kim Clijsters vs. Alicia Molik
4. ATP: Dent vs. Monfils (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Timea Bacsinszky vs. Ana Ivanovic

Court 1 (from 10.30hrs)
1. ATP: Berdych vs. Lindahl
2. ATP: Ball vs. Zverev
3. Melinda Czink vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
4. ATP: Berdych/Stepanek vs. Bellucci/Hanley
5. ATP: Serra vs. Reister

Court 2 (from 10.30hrs)
1. ATP: Tomic vs. Dolgopolov Jr.
2. Vania King vs. Andrea Petkovic
3. ATP: Ebden vs. Melzer
4. Moore/Peers vs. Pavlyuchenkova/Voskoboeva
5. ATP: Dlouhy/Paes vs. Ball/Querrey

Court 4 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Dekmeijere/Senoglu vs. Hlavackova/Hradecka
2. ATP: Hutchins/Kerr vs. Melo/Soares
3. ATP: Chardy/Gicquel vs. Knowle/Lindstedt
4. Szavay/Vinci vs. Rodionova/Rodionova
5. Kudryavtseva/Makarova vs. Govortsova/Poutchek
6. Amanmuradova/Chan vs. Benesova/Errani

Brisbane Results and OOP

The following are the results from Brisbane on Sunday

Kimmy def. Garbin, 6-2, 6-1

Comeback Aussie Alicia def. Makarova, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4

Vania King def. Mama Bammer, 6-4, 6-1

Andrea Petkovic def. Iveta Benesova, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1

Melinda Czink def. Lucie Hradecká, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

BarbZáhlCová def. Olga Govortsova, 6-4, 6-1.

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There was only one Men’s Doubles match today, with Team BlahDick beating Levinsky and Parrott, 6-2, 6-3.

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Monday’s OOP looks great, with HSM faves Richard Gasquet, Jezza, Jelena Dokic and Pavs all in action, as well as the return of Haley Joel Henin.

Day session (Note: all times are Brisbane local time)
Richard Gasquet (France) v Jarkko Nieminen (Finland)
Jelena Dokic (Australia) v Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
Justine Henin (Belgium) v Nadia Petrova (Russia)

Night session
Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) v John Millman (Australia)
Andy Roddick (United States) v Peter Luczak (Australia)

Court 1 starting at 10.30 am

Xavier Malisse (BEL) v Nick Lindahl (AUS)
Arnaud Clement (FRA) v Wayne Odesnik (USA)
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Ashley Fisher/Stephen Huss (AUS) v Kaden Hensel/Bernard Tomic (AUS)
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) v Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS)

Court 2 starting at 10.30 am
Julian Reister (GER) v Matt Reid (AUS)
Marc Gicquel (FRA) v Philipp Petzschner (GER)
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ)
Shuai Peng (CHN) v Agnes Szavay (HUN)
Casey Dellacqua/Alicia Molik (AUS) v Mariya Koryttseva/Darya Kustova (UKR/BLR)
Melinda Czink/Arantxa Parra Santonja (HUN/ESP) v Klaudia Jans/Alicja Rosoloska (POL)

Court 4 starting at 10.30 am
Oleksandra Dolgopolov Jr (UKR) v Kaden Hensel (AUS)
Marinko Matosevic (AUS) v Matthew Ebden (AUS) or Brydan Klein (AUS)
Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)
Michael Llodra (FRA) v Harel Levy (ISR)
Timea Bacsinszky/Tathiana Garbin (SUI/ITA) v Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Vania King (GER/USA)

Court 5 starting at 10.30 am
Sara Errani (ITA) v Roberta Vinci (ITA)
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v Alejandro Falla (COL)
Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
Jurgen Melzer/Philipp Petzschner (AUT/GER) v Martin Damm/Filip Polasek (CZE/SVK)