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Nadal will be #1 on 18/8. Can't quite believe Fed's slump post-SW19; loss to Simon, near-loss to Ginepri, loss to Karlovic. Thought he might have at least made a fight of the #1 ranking (his form was fine for 18 of 19 matches in Paris, Halle and London); I had this romantic notion of the baton being passed as Fed beat Nadal at Flushing Meadow (Nadal's points surge taking him past the repeating champ despite the loss). Fed will be lucky to get out of the sixteens in NYC. Does Beijing have any ranking points?

Michael Jones, Monday, 4 August 2008 00:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah, it does. i think a few less than a masters event for the dudes, a few more than a tier ii for the chicas.

GOD that feels ridiculous looking at it! thinking about how much the olympics mean to, like, track&fielders and rowers and the like, and in tennis it's like...a TIER II.

anyway in other news, THIS is the 15-year-old saviour of the WTA who in the past month has taken sets from both serena and sweta, michelle larcher de brito: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kxaLo1riGo&feature=related

she makes sharapova sound like a trappist. seriously i can't believe she hasn't been asked to stop that bullshit yet, or like MURDERED ON COURT by a deafened opponent. that's not a grunt, that's a scream with a sustain pedal on. i'm not sure i'm going to be able to actually watch any of her matches.

oh and in other news silliams has pissed on her phone at the beach: http://serenawilliams.com/home/
sometimes you just long for the days before celebrities discovered how to work the internet themselves :(

(also note "enuf boring stuff" LIKE TENNIS)

lex pretend, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

you know, i used to watch all the nonslams cuz my stepdad taped them. then i didn't speak to him anymore. i wish i knew when they were on -- i think i'm gonna have to get on top of that!

Surmounter, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

they're on every week! televised or not is another qn

lex pretend, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:22 (6 years ago) Permalink

exactly, that's the thing.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

Blake was asked about the partisan crowd before today's final and reminded everyone he's half English :)

BBC giving it "Blake is just happy to be here" bollocks - dude isn't here to make the numbers up. I think I'll be pro-Blake today, as he does things like this

SB "A Good Story" (onimo), Sunday, 14 June 2009 13:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

Well done Andy!

ailsa, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

Bit of a dull game lit up by a few stunning forehands. Shoddy line calls all day, none of which helped Blake. Well done to Murray on being the first Brit in yonks to win Queen's, which I'm sure won't lead to even more Wimbledon hype.

SB "A Good Story" (onimo), Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

I predict Murray will cave under the pressure and be out by round 3.

ailsa, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

he doesn't seem to be the sort to cave under pressure. but a friendly first-week draw would certainly be nice...

didn't watch the Queen's, but watched the Edgbaston SFs (Li d. Sharapova and Rybarikova d. Mirza) and a bit of the final today - Magdalena Rybarikova is a real discovery, such a classic grass-court game! Slices and volleys and good serving! she looks weirdly like Samantha Morton, too. i remember seeing a photo of her from her junior days when she lost some random final - she was posing w/the trophy and seriously looked like she was about to go bowling for columbine. so it was lucky for Edgbaston that she won today!

Haas beat Djokovic in the Halle final this week too.

lex pretend, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

in other news, larcher de screamo gets a wildcard to wimbledon. FUN.

Roz, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

The weird transatlantification of Murray's pan loaf accent has meant I can't actually hear what he's saying - it's just a series of droning noises that makes my ears stop working.

SB "A Good Story" (onimo), Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

pan loaf accent

is that how you talk with your mouth full of bread?

Beth Parker, Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_loaf

It was once more expensive and regarded as more fashionable than the then more common plain loaf. Hence, to speak with a pan loafy voice is to speak in a posh or affected manner.

SB "A Good Story" (onimo), Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

How on earth does Murray speak with an affected accent?! He just mumbles.

I found that picture of Rybarikova looking like she's ready to go bowling for Columbine after losing the Wimbledon juniors final!

Fortunately today was more to her liking.

lex pretend, Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

Haas beat Djokovic in the Halle final this week too.

!!! interesting result for sure. fed dropped out?

Lamp, Sunday, 14 June 2009 17:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah...Djokovic was lucky to be in the final at all, he had to come back from 5-7, 2-5 down and save 5 match points against Florent Serra (!) in the 2nd round.

lex pretend, Sunday, 14 June 2009 17:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

waht

French tennis player banned for betting found dead

Natural causes apparently.

RIP Mathieu

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 15:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

Fuckin' hell. (Though my initial shock was because I thought you meant Paul-Henri Mathieu...)

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 16:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh right, sorry! To avoid confusion to others: it's Mathieu Montcourt.

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 16:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

The Lex's favourite choker, Richard Gasquet avoids getting suspended after testing positive for coke.

The full findings are here (pdf): pretty lol-worthy just for the kissing descriptions and finding out that he was allegedly "contaminated" at a Bob Sinclar event.

Roz, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 20:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

hingis should've found a french waiter of her own to blame. or maybe just one of the 9494439 atp players she'd slept with.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 20:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

her ban ends in january right? think she'll come back?

Roz, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 21:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

wtf federer?! 5-2 up in the final set, somehow fails to serve it out twice and then DFs on match point in the tie-break to give Tsonga the win.

all credit to Jo-W for stepping it up right at the end, but still... that was some breakdown.

Roz, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

5-1 up in the third! :o

at the same time I was watching Flavia Pennetta try to choke away her match - she beat Venus in the last round, and winning this would mean a top 10 debut. 6 match points came and went, double faults on at least two of them, but her opponent was Hantuchova so it was OK in the end.

btw, Serena's post-Wimbledon record = QF loss in Stanford to Stosur and 3R loss in Cincinnati to Bammer, who now owns a 2-0 record over her. The Real Number 1!

am endeavouring to pretend the horrific Clijsters comeback isn't happening. never liked her.

best recent press conference = Marat defending baby sis by telling the press to "go fuck themselves" <3

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

obv didn't see the Fed match but am guessing that J-W just started going even more for broke than usual when down 1-5, and everything began going in.

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

yep and suddenly firing aces as well when he hadn't been able to get a good first serve in since like the end of the first set. meanwhile fed's serve just went to pieces after that.

also yay dinara fighting back a break in both sets to beat kimmy. would've hated it if she lost this one.

Roz, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

best recent press conference = Marat defending baby sis by telling the press to "go fuck themselves" <3

this whole presser was fucking classic.

Q. Now that you stopped, what about coaching her?

MARAT SAFIN: Oh, you want me to hang myself? (laughter.)

Roz, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=58340

<3 <3 <3

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

Wow, Pennetta will be Italy's FIRST EVER top 10 woman! Both Schiavone and, before her, Farina Elia peaked at 11.

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

Meanwhile, Andy Murray becomes the first man not named Roger or Rafa to hold a spot in the top two since forever. More importantly, Del Potro beat Roddick.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 16 August 2009 09:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

i am enjoying Del Pony's hardcourt domination of Roddick v much.

lex pretend, Sunday, 16 August 2009 09:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

Does it mean Del P gets his #5 ranking back? I know he lost a bunch of points in the second half of July. In fact, I'm happy to support Juan Martin today if it makes the difference... ;)

Michael Jones, Sunday, 16 August 2009 09:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah, if he wins today he'll be back at no 5.

lex pretend, Sunday, 16 August 2009 10:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

How is Nadal doing post-injury? Lost an edge, or is it too early to tell?

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 16 August 2009 10:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

he's only played two or three proper matches so yeah still rusty/cautious but he seems to be getting better everyday.

gonna be a great USO - with Murray at number 2, it's likely that Nadal will end up on the same half of the draw as Fed which is just weird to think abt. they've both been at the top for *ages*.

Roz, Sunday, 16 August 2009 11:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

henin to unretire

mookieproof, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

can only be a good thing

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

i have no problem with these comebacks, but geez, i wish these "i am gonna quit tennis"-people just announce a sabbatical instead.

also, on another forum i heard a theory that Henin will have a much more difficult time getting back in top shape, since "she's no athlete" and only got to number 1 after years and years and years of hard work.

otoh Clijsters had a kid.

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

"Subconsciously, it might have had an impact," Henin said of Clijster's successful comeback. "But it certainly was not the most important reason."

loooool keep telling yourself that, honey

Roz, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

Whatever the reasons this is good news.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

Justine <3

This is only a good thing if we WIN THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN. And everything else. And get that Wimbledon title. And overtake Serena's Slam total.

I love the idea that she's only doing it to bully St. Kim again :D

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

exactly... like she'd ever let kim be the number one belgian. :P

Roz, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

Wonderful news. Unless it's a total failure and she runs out of wildcards after a few months.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 20:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

This is so hilarious! Welcome back, Justine!

sturdy, ultra-light, under-the-pants moneybelt (HI DERE), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 20:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

women's tennis is so fucked.

mizzell, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 21:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

3/1 To win 2010 French Open

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 10:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

Need to point out that 38-yr-old Kimiko Date-Krumm - she will be 39 next month - has just reached the Seoul final, beating Kleybanova, Hantuchova (lol Hantuchova) and Kirilenko in consecutive three-setters! So happy for her. From the bits and pieces I've seen of her this year, her old-school flat strokes are still a joy to watch and she's still a superior athlete to many of the girls half her age. She'll play Groenefeld or Medina Garrigues in the final - surely either are winnable matches.

And the WTA used "age ain't nothing but a number" as the headline for their story :D

lex pretend, Saturday, 26 September 2009 09:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

lex pretend, Saturday, 26 September 2009 09:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, and pleased that Aga got some sort of win over Serena in her career, even if it was an unofficial match against Exorena. I know you can't extrapolate much from Serena's Hopman Cup form but she really did sustain some seriously bad tennis all week, disinterest would be the only positive.

lex pretend, Sunday, 11 January 2015 12:18 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Townsend losing in Hobart qualies to weaponless Soler Espinosa is a bad loss.

Shameful of the Sydney organisers not to give defending champ Pironkova a WC, hope she repeats the win from qualies again.

lex pretend, Sunday, 11 January 2015 12:19 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, that is definitely shameful. You can see the argument for not giving one to Azarenka, who also wanted one, because they'd already allocated them before the request as she only wanted it as a result of her R1 loss in the previous event, but not giving one to the previous year's winner is completely disgusting.

Would have loved to have gone but I have a stupid job this year. Grr. WHY. I might see if I can get to a night session or two as the venue is about halfway between work and home.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Sunday, 11 January 2015 12:33 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

re: Serena's awfulness, I tell you, 13-1 on Wozniacki looks like very attractive odds. I am really thinking of putting a loose fifty on that.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Sunday, 11 January 2015 12:34 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I like Thiem's game a lot but this Struff match is demonstrating that off clay, he really can be smothered by power

lex pretend, Monday, 12 January 2015 07:38 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

the Giorgi-Sanders match is an early candidate for worst match of 2015

groovemaaan, Monday, 12 January 2015 07:55 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I know it's easy to mock Rodionova but her Twitter snark about Tennis Australia's favouritism was right. Can't believe they snubbed her for an AO WC in favour of utterly useless ITF journeywomen who'll never achieve even her modest career. Someone should tot up how much cash Rogowska's earned in SEVEN years of getting free Slam WCs just because she's Australian, despite a) never being ranked high enough to enter directly, b) never successfully coming through qualifying when she's actually made to play it, c) never reaching the top 100.

lex pretend, Monday, 12 January 2015 07:57 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Well, yeah. I mean, Rodionova scarcely deserves one, but that amount she does deserve one dwarfs the amount Rogowska does. Rogowska is pathetic. Can we please remember that match with Safina at the US Open? I mean, that was about the worst match I've ever seen at a professional level. At 3 main draw wins, her record only looks good next to Marinko Matosevic.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Monday, 12 January 2015 09:47 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

How is she 23? I feel like she's been losing in the first round since about 2002.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Monday, 12 January 2015 09:47 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Time for Tennis Australia to give her the Bogdanovic treatment.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Monday, 12 January 2015 09:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I watched that Fast4 thing and it was terrible and it was possibly rigged.

AB de Villiers Terrace (King Boy Pato), Monday, 12 January 2015 10:04 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Can we please remember that match with Safina at the US Open? I mean, that was about the worst match I've ever seen at a professional level.

And that's her career highlight!

And the thing is Rogowska in turn still deserves a WC more than any other non-ANasty AUS woman. Rodionova's terrible sister and Storm Sanders, really? And you have some vaguely promising juniors but they're all so unproven, and none of them made a move in either your summer ITFs or the warm-ups.

Wimbledon instituting the 250 ranking rule for GBR WCs was such a positive step - plus the willingness to give WCs to foreign players. The AO bills itself as the Slam of Asia-Pacific but only reserves one measly WC for Asian players. Tanasugarn, who was the finalist in the Asian play-off, or Doi, who just won the HK 50K challenger, would both be better choices than Sanders or Rodionova Jr.

lex pretend, Monday, 12 January 2015 10:32 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

(To be completely accurate, the worst match I've ever watched was Cornet/Scheepers at Sydney three years ago.)

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Monday, 12 January 2015 10:40 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Looking forward to seeing where Giorgi/Sanders will fit into this, bless the Hobart tournament for archiving it for posterity

lex pretend, Monday, 12 January 2015 10:55 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Radwanska: gone. Halep: withdrawn.

WIN THIS PETRA, I MEAN IT SHOULD NOT BE HARD.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 07:22 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Good decisions by Aga and Simona there to rest up for the AO. Petra should follow suit if she has any sense.

BZS dismantling Shanksur right now <3

lex pretend, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 07:27 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

meanwhile Watson extends her h2h vs Stephens to 4-0 in Hobart, except Stephens didn't even get a set this time. 63 61.

Back in Florida, the Nicole Vaidisova comeback hits another barrier: 17-yr-old former top 15 junior Anna Bondar of Hungary, in the first qualifying round of a 25K, 63 57 16. I don't see Vaidisova sustaining her motivation if she ends up having to shlep around these US challengers losing to college players and juniors for too long...

lex pretend, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 07:30 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I actually thought Aga was showing some semblance of racquet head acceleration against Cornet, though her play could still have been better. Just saw the end and she was totally "don't care"

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Tuesday, 13 January 2015 07:46 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

the Kerber/Gavrilova 3.15am finish was crazy, Gavrilova was just fried at the end. Hilarious on-court coaching call by Kerber, her coach was like "Angie it's 3am can we not do this right now, just play better"

Great tweet by Dasha afterwards https://twitter.com/Daria_gav/status/555049313806462976

lex pretend, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:36 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Pironkova was so confident and brilliant against BZS. We need to treasure the two times per year this happens. If she defends from qualies again!

lex pretend, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:52 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

P3tra v Gajdosova was decent quality bashing, though Gajdosova totally fell to pieces after not breaking at 4-3.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 11:23 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Incredulous and so impressed that after staying out there til 3am last night, Kerber is still playing - and winning - at midnight today, having come back from a bagel set down.

Great to see Delpo's comeback off to a good start too!

lex pretend, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:36 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

You can totally see Kerber *fighting* again in the SF and then losing again to Pironkova.

You really can.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:48 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Kerber well on the way to a fighting win, that is to say, she's lost the first set.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Thursday, 15 January 2015 07:27 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


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