Posted: July 28th, 2012 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP: Horacio Tecau, ATP: Marcos Baghdatis, ATP: Max Mirnyi, ATP: Novak Djokovic, ATP: Stanislas Wawrinka, Olympic Games, WTA: Agnieszka Radwanska, WTA: Maria Sharapova, WTA: Stephanie Vogt | No Comments »
Tennis was well-represented during the Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in London last night. 8 of our beloved tennis players were flag bearers for their respective nations. Nole, Masha, Aga, Baghs, Horacio (lookin’ hawt), Steph Vogt, Stan The Man and The Beast all led their countries’ delegates during the parade of athletes.
I’m sure they all felt equally happy and proud but Nole showed it the most. As per yoosh.
Max pulled off the hat quite well. And so did Masha.
Actually, Masha made the Russian’s official wardrobe look good. Who knew a little sleeve fold could make a difference? Oh, right.
Aga and Horacio both cleaned up nicely. Very, very nicely.
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Posted: January 19th, 2011 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Australian Open, ATP: David Nalbandian, ATP: Feliciano Lopez, ATP: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, ATP: Juan Martin Del Potro, ATP: Marcos Baghdatis, ATP: Rafael Nadal, ATP: Ryan Sweeting, WTA, WTA: Australian Open, WTA: Bojana Jovanovski, WTA: Vera Zvonareva | No Comments »
Rafael Nadal, Kim Clijsters, Vera Zvonareva, Robin Soderling, Andy Murray and Jelena Jankovic are some of the top players scheduled to take the courts on Day 4. I expect nothing but drama from today. I mean, after yesterday, I will now fiend for it until January 30.
- Rafael Nadal  vs Ryan Sweeting
I like both guys. I hope Ryan can make it competitive. But he can’t win because if he does then he might no longer play the Calabasas challenger. That would suck for me.
- Juan Martin del Potro vs Marcos Baghdatis 
One thing: Please play well enough, DelPo.
- Bernard Tomic vs Feliciano Lopez 
I need for Feli to win. Is that too much to ask?
- Bojana Jovanovski vs Vera Zvonareva 
May or may not be tricky for Bepa. I honestly have no clue and that’s why I will be watching it.
- Andreas Seppi vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 
Jo better have found his game already. I don’t want another 5-shitter.
- David Nalbandian  vs Richard Berankis
I have a newly found like for Berankis. (I just jinxed him forever, BTW, for making that statement public.) I kinda want him to win this even though I like Nalby.
Complete Day 4 schedule here.
Image via Australian Open / © Ben Solomon
Posted: September 1st, 2010 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: David Nalbandian, ATP: Ernests Gulbis, ATP: Fernando Verdasco, ATP: Jeremy Chardy, ATP: Marcos Baghdatis, ATP: Novak Djokovic, ATP: Rafael Nadal, ATP: US Open, WTA, WTA: Andrea Petkovic, WTA: Anna Chakvetadze, WTA: Jelena Jankovic, WTA: Maria Sharapova, WTA: Na Li, WTA: Nadia Petrova, WTA: US Open | No Comments »
Day 2 provided some great drama after yesterday’s snoozefest. Plenty of top seeds and favorites were pushed in their opening round matches.
Li Na is the first top seed out of the tournament. For different periods of time there, Jelena Jankovic and Novak Djokovic looked like they wanted to follow Li out of New York City. Then, Maria Sharapova was stunned by her opponent in the start of their match and almost sent me to my death. *Flashbacks to Melbourne* Yeeesh. I thought Rafael Nadal was going to make easy work of his opponent. Nope.
But today’s big star? The motherf***ing heat. There were atleast 50 tweets from spectators/journalists about how hot it was in New York today. Tough. However, I think the players prepare themselves for these types of conditions and shouldn’t be an excuse for poor play. And there weren’t plenty of poor play today. All the matches I followed provided quality tennis and some entertainment.
Notable wins and losses:
Kateryna Bondarenko def. Na Li  2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Andrea Petkovic def. Nadia Petrova  6-2, 4-6, 7-6(4)
Urszula Radwanska def. Anna Chakvetadze 6-3, 6-3
Maria Sharapova  def. Jarmila Groth 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Jelena Jankovic  def. Simona Halep 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Arnaud Clement def. Marcos Baghdatis  6-3, 2-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5
Jeremy Chardy def. Ernests Gulbis  6-2, 7-6(1), 6-4
Rafael Nadal  def. Teimuraz Gabashvili 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 6-3
Novak Djokovic  def. Viktor Troicki 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
David Nalbandian def. Rik De Voest 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-4
Fernando Verdasco  def. Fabio Fognini 1-6, 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Complete Day 2 results here.
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Posted: August 31st, 2010 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Ernests Gulbis, ATP: Fernando Verdasco, ATP: Jeremy Chardy, ATP: Marcos Baghdatis, ATP: Novak Djokovic, ATP: Rafael Nadal, ATP: US Open, WTA, WTA: Andrea Petkovic, WTA: Anna Chakvetadze, WTA: Maria Kirilenko, WTA: Maria Sharapova, WTA: Nadia Petrova, WTA: Sabine Lisicki, WTA: Svetlana Kuznetsova, WTA: US Open | No Comments »
Day 2 is packed with interesting match-ups. A few of my favorites are playing like Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco, Ernests Gulbis, Maria Kirilenko and Sabine Lisicki. Twitter favorite, Andrea Petkovic, is also scheduled to take the court.
- Viktor Troicki vs Novak Djokovic 
Cute Serbians! And friends! Jesus. This is going to be a tasty one.
- Jarmila Groth vs Maria Sharapova 
Like, duh. I remember that WTT match. Do not for a second think Mash has forgotten it.
- Marcos Baghdatis  vs Arnaud Clement
I don’t think I’ve seen an entire Clement match but whenever I see his name against one of my favorites, I always get nervous. I guess you develop that effect on people when you reach a Grand Slam final- no matter how long ago it was. The battle of the Australian Open finalists. Looks juicy to me.
- Svetlana Kuznetsova  vs Kimiko Date Krumm
Can Kimiko do it? Can she?
- Coco Vandeweghe vs Sabine Lisicki
I don’t know about you but I’m actually watching this for Sabine. I miss seeing her play.
- Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs Maria Kirilenko 
Crazy Barbie better not try anything on Little Masha! All Kiri needs to do is keep colm and she should be able to get through all the craziness and crying and… Barbora.
- Anna Chakvetadze vs Urszula Radwanska
- Andrea Petkovic vs Nadia Petrova 
Petkorazzi and Nads in the first round?! *sigh* Another tough draw for Petko. I hope it’ll be a good match. She needs one.
- Jeremy Chardy vs Ernests Gulbis
Jeremy’s been playing well lately and we all know what Ernie is capable of. We should be in for a really interesting match. If not, we’ll always have pretty.
Complete Day 2 schedule here.
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Posted: August 10th, 2010 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: David Nalbandian, ATP: Marcos Baghdatis, ATP: Trophy Case, WTA, WTA: Agnieszka Radwanska, WTA: Caroline Wozniacki, WTA: Svetlana Kuznetsova, WTA: Trophy Case | No Comments »
I’m always late. I know.
Caroline Wozniacki defeated Klara Zakapalova 6-2, 7-6(5) at The Woz Open finals. Oh, it’s not called that? Why?! Okay, it’s the e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open in Farum, Denmark. This is Caro’s second SEWTA title of the year and eighth of her career.
Look, Ma! One hand!
Svetlana Kuznetsova is back to winning form! She defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-3 in the finals of the Mercury Insurance Open in San Diego to claim her first title since winning Roland Garros last year. Sveta hasn’t had very good results after winning RG until now. She looked solid and confident (well, minus the little brain fart in the finals) all week in San Diego. I expect her to make a good run at the US Open Series and be in contention to win in New York City again.
This is her 13th SEWTA title.
David Nalbandian defeated Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 7-6(4) in the finals of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, DC. It’s great to have a winning Nalby back as well. I hope he continues on this form throughout the entire US Open Series and maybe have another shot (although a very long one) at getting to a Grand Slam final again.
This is his 11th career ATP World Tour title.
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Posted: May 28th, 2010 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Andy Murray, ATP: Fernando Gonzalez, ATP: French Open, ATP: John Isner, ATP: Marcos Baghdatis, ATP: Tomas Berdych, WTA, WTA: Aravane Rezai, WTA: Caroline Wozniacki, WTA: French Open, WTA: Justine Henin, WTA: Maria Kirilenko, WTA: Maria Sharapova, WTA: Nadia Petrova, WTA: Svetlana Kuznetsova | No Comments »
Maria Kirilenko takes down another former champion in a Grand Slam event. Is this going to be an every slam thing? Kiri defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in their third round encounter. I told you so. Well, everyone saw this coming for miles away. Sveta hasn’t exactly looked like her slam-winning self and Kiri’s always a threat.
Aravane Rezai and Nadia Petrova played a drama-filled match with both players wasting 3 MPs. Play was suspended at 7-7 in the third set due to darkness and will resume tomorrow on Philippe Chatrier. Just like that Gael Monfils / Fabio Fognini match, it’s going to be a match of who can win two games in a row. My brain hurt-ed while watching, can’t imagine what Nads was going through. I don’t care about Aravane.
Notable wins and losses:
Justine Henin  def. Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 6-3
Maria Sharapova  def. Kristen Flipkens 6-3, 6-3
Svetlana Kuznetsova lost to Maria Kirilenko 3-6, 6-2, 4-6
Caroline Wozniacki def. Alexandra Dulgheru 6-3, 6-4
Andy Murray  def. Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2
Tomas Berdych  def. John Isner  6-2, 6-2, 6-1
Fernando Gonzales  lost to Oleksandr Dolgopolov, Jr 3-6, 4-6, 3-6
Complete list of today’s scores here.
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Posted: May 27th, 2010 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Andy Murray, ATP: French Open, ATP: John Isner, ATP: Marcos Baghdatis, ATP: Tomas Berdych, WTA, WTA: Aravane Rezai, WTA: French Open, WTA: Maria Kirilenko, WTA: Nadia Petrova, WTA: Svetlana Kuznetsova | No Comments »
A fistful of matches to be completed from Day 5 are scheduled in almost all courts. Some mid-way through while others didn’t get a chance to start at all. It will be one busy weekend in RG! Although, the weather forecast looks good for tomorrow, rain will come again on Saturday and Sunday. Eeeek!
Catch some matches before it starts raining again:
- Aravane Rezai  vs Nadia Petrova 
Ah, the seeds start to clash. Aravane’s been playing well. It was only 11 days ago that she defeated Venus Williams to win the Madrid title while defeating Justine Henin along the way. Nadia hasn’t been playing as well but still good enough to have a chance to win this. Nads defeated Serena Williams in Madrid en route to the quarterfinals where she fell to Lucie Safarova.
- Andy Murray  vs Marcos Baghdatis 
C-Note vs Tracey. That’s nice. A week ago, I would have given Marcos all the advantage in this match-up but Muzz seems to be building on his matches this week and is starting to look more comfortable out there.
- Svetlana Kuznetsova  vs Maria Kirilenko 
Dare I say, upset special? Kiri’s been flying under the radar in RG, she hasn’t dropped a set in both her matches. Sveta, on the other hand, had to fight off 4 match points in her previous round against Andrea Petkovic. She also has not looked very defending champion-y.
- John Isner  vs Tomas Berdych 
This is fun. I no idea what to think about this one but I like both players and would love to see either of them move on to the second week. I do know that their H2H is 1-1 and Berd won their most recent meeting in Düsseldorf last week on clay.
Then there are the completion of some interesting matches (Haha!):
- Maria Sharapova  leads Kristen Flipkens 6-3, 2-2
- Justine Henin  leads Klara Zakapalova 6-3, 3-2
- Ivan Ljubicic tied with Mardy Fish 6-2, 6-7(8)
Complete Day 6 schedule here.
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