Second Cutest Final Of The Day

Today was just full of adorable, wasn’t it? Over in Sydney, eternal underdogs and all-around cuties Richie and Marcos battled it out in the final. I’m not going to lie, I was pulling 100% for Richie, so I was sad for about 10 seconds after Marcos defeated him 6-4, 7-6. But I think it’s impossible to get truly upset over Marcos winning a title, so I’m very happy for him now.

So cute with his “Love Cyprus” shirt. I think Adidas maybe should have kept him though, considering he’s winning again.

Can they be BFFs? Marcos is already an honorary Frenchie.

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

Well, at least things went half my way. In the men’s side of the Sydney tournament, perennial underachievers Marcos and Richie had great wins against Lleyton and Potito. Richie been in great form these last few weeks, and thank the tennis gods for that. I was a bit surprised that Marcos topped #4 seed Lleyton in his own backyard, but I’m glad about it. I just wish he could be more consistent thoughout the year. Maybe leaving Adidas gave him some mojo.

These are 1/2 of your semifinalists, people. And they’re in opposite sides of the draw. Underdog final ftw.

Now we come the the “you lose some” part of the results. Vika and Aravane both lost their semifinal matches. Aravane played solidly the whole match. I was really impressed. Serena didn’t have a break point opportunity on Aravane’s serve until Aravane was serving for the match at 6-3 5-4. Of course, this was the moment Serena decided to pick up her game and *really* play. A lot of people (including me) expected Aravane to go away, but she hung in there. Twice in the third set, she broke Serena to get back on serve. Valiant effort from one of my fave players, but in the end Serena won, 6-4 in the third.

Yeah, thats pretty much how I feel too. I still think she’s one to watch in 2010, though.

Then came Vika and Lena D. I actually expected this to be another long 3-setter full of breaks, but Lena was dominant from the beginning. I like Lena, she seems really cool. So I’m not too bummed about this. Vika better get her shit together before the AO. Girl does take great pics though:

Gotta love this chick.

Full Thursday Results ATP:

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Singles – Quarter-finals
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [4] L Hewitt (AUS) 46 62 63
M Fish (USA) d [WC] P Luczak (AUS) 76(5) 62
R Gasquet (FRA) d P Starace (ITA) 63 76(7)
J Benneteau (FRA) d [Q] L Mayer (ARG) 64 67(5) 60

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d C Kas (GER) / D Norman (BEL) 62 46 10-5
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d [WC] C Ball (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) 36 76(5) 10-8
I Andreev (RUS) / E Korolev (KAZ) d [Alt] B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) 75 10 – ret. (Becker – arm)

Full Thursday Results WTA:

Singles – Semifinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Aravane Rezai (FRA) 36 75 64
(5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. (6) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 63 61

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Granville/Spears (USA/USA) 61 61
Garbin/Petrova (ITA/RUS) d. (4) Groenefeld/King (GER/USA) 63 75

Friday OOP:

Friday, January 15, 2010

Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Hutchins/Kerr vs. Aspelin/Hanley
2. ATP: Nestor/Zimonjic vs. Andreev/Korolev
3. ATP: Gasquet vs. Benneteau
4. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Fish
5. Singles Final: Serena Williams vs. Elena Dementieva (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Doubles Final: Black/Huber vs. Garbin/Petrova

If The AO Is Half This Crazy, Buckle Up

Thursday’s play (or in some cases, lack of play) in Sydney was full of more drama and upsets. Stan had to withdraw from his match against Julien because of a neck strain. Feli wasn’t able to play dubs because his partner, Jonathan Erlich had a “right rib” problem. Poor Feli, he’s not going to be very prepared for the AO compared to the other boys.

In “people who actually played” news, my boys T-Berd and Viktor were both upset by Peter Luczak and Marcos, respectively. Bummer. But there was a bit if good news, as Richie continued his comeback by defeating #8 seed Benjamin Becker in straight sets. With injured seeds Monf and Stan out of the tourney, Richie has an easy path straight to the final. Woot!

I hope he wins the whole thing!

On the (always crazy) WTA side, it was quarterfinal day. Vika yet again tried to kill her fans by struggling against Domi in an unnecessarily long 3-set match. But at least she made the semis, right? And this picture might be the best pic I’ve ever seen:

Work it, girl.

In the other QFs, Dina was knocked out by Lena D in pretty convincing fashion, 6-2, 6-3. Oh, and there was the little part about my girl Aravane bageling Flavs. She pretty well destroyed Flavs, 6-3, 6-0. Of course no one saw what happened because it wasn’t televised, but I’m wondering what the hell happened. Hopefully Aravane was just playing insanely good, because she’s going to need to play even better against Serena tonight.

Full Wednesday Results ATP:
[WC] P Luczak (AUS) d [2] T Berdych (CZE) 16 64 62
J Benneteau (FRA) d *[LL] T Dent (USA) 63 57 76(2)
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [6] V Troicki (SRB) 75 63
[4] L Hewitt (AUS) d A Seppi (ITA) 60 62
R Gasquet (FRA) d [8] B Becker (GER) 62 76(4)
M Fish (USA) d E Korolev (KAZ) 61 62
P Starace (ITA) d [LL] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 63 32 ret. (leg)
[Q] L Mayer (ARG) d P Cuevas (URU) 64 62

Singles – Second Round

Doubles – Quarter-finals
R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) d [3] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) 76(3) 61
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) vs [WC] C Ball (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) 00 – postponed until Thursday

Doubles – First Round
**[Alt] B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) d [4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 63 76(4)

* [LL] T Dent (USA) replaced [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) – neck muscle strain
** [Alt] B Becker (GER) / S Lipsky (USA) replaced J Erlich (ISR) / F Lopez (ESP) – (Erlich – right rib)

Full Wednesday Results WTA: (1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 62 62
(5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. (2) Dinara Safina (RUS) 62 63
(6) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 26 62 75
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 63 60

Singles – Quarterfinals

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Dushevina/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) 63 46 108
Garbin/Petrova (ITA/RUS) d. (WC) Dellacqua/Rezai (AUS/FRA) 61 64

OOP: Thursday, January 14, 20101. ATP: Nestor/Zimonjic vs. Kas/Norman
2. Serena Williams vs. Aravane Rezai (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Victoria Azarenka vs. Elena Dementieva
4. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Hewitt (NB 15.00hrs)
5. ATP: Fish vs. Luczak (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Black/Huber vs. Granville/Spears

Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Starace vs. Gasquet
2. ATP: Benneteau vs. Mayer
3. ATP: Aspelin/Hanley vs. Ball/Huss
4. ATP: Becker/Lipsky vs. Andreev/Korolev
5. Groenefeld/King vs. Garbin/Petrova

You’re Forgiven, Richie.

For killing some hotness. It wasn’t your fault, it was the draw’s fault. Richie beat Feli in the first round of the Medibank International in Sydney, Australia. The score was 61 64. Richie was incredible and Feli was still vacationing.

I love you Feli, but it looked like you didn’t practice at all during the off season. That first set was horrible. Please work on that. I need you to start winning some ATP singles matches. Okay, thanks.

Also Baggy beat Nick Lindahl and his Jew fro, 62 75. Good to have you back, Baggy. Didn’t see the match so no idea what went on.

The Jew Fro is not a good look for you, Nick. Get a hair cut.

Complete Scores: Monday, 11 January 2010

Singles – First Round
[Q] L Mayer (ARG) d [7] I Andreev (RUS) 67(7) 63 76(4) – Saved 5 M.P.
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
Doubles – First Round
[WC] C Ball (AUS) / S Huss (AUS) d [2] M Fish (USA) / M Knowles (BAH) 01 ret. (Knowles – calf)
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d [WC] P Luczak (AUS) / J Nieminen (FIN) 76(11) 46 10-8
R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) d E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) 63 26 10-6

Yeah, Yeah. You Get Your Dream Final.

I expected so much more from this match, but this IS the WTA after all. The match was crap. Crap, I tell you. Anita played like shit, and so did JuJu. The small moments of brilliance from Juju won her the match. The “OMFG I’m playing Justine Henin” virus that Ana had was another big factor. I like Justine, I really do- but I wanted Ana to win. (FIX THAT BALL TOSS ANA!) If the fellow Ana fans or Justine haters want to rant and hate go ahead, use the comments for it. That’s what we’re here for.

In the other semi, Kim won her match against Petkovic. I didn’t see the match, so I can’t really comment on it. From what I’ve seen from Kim this week, she has looked great. So, people will get the all-Belgian final that they have been praying for since they first saw that the old rivals were playing Brisbane.  Justine vs. Kim, just like old times. Bring it!

Full Results WTA : Friday, January 8, 2010
Singles – Semifinals
(1) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 64 62
(WC) Justine Henin (BEL) d. (3) Ana Ivanovic 63 62
Doubles – Semifinals
Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. (3) Amanmuradova/Chan (UZB/TPE) 26 64 107

On the ATP, they played the 2 quarter-finals that were left. Dick beat Richie- sad face. But regardless, Brisbane was a good tournament for Richie. Andy will play the winner of the other quarter-final, Berdy.

He beat one of my weird ATP crushes Thomaz Bellucci. I was kind of surprised that Thomaz made it this far. He usually sucks on hard-courts. The dude is a clay-courter all the way. Good result for him.

Don’t worry bb, the South American clay-court swing is just around the corner.

Full Results ATP: Friday, 8 January, 2010
Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] A Roddick (USA) d R Gasquet (FRA) 63 76(5)
[4] T Berdych (CZE) d [8] T Bellucci (BRA) 76(4) 26 76(3)
Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] L Dlouhy (CZE) / L Paes (IND) d J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) 64 06 10-7
OOP: Saturday, January 9, 2010
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

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)