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
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
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
!!! 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
French tennis player banned for betting found dead
Natural causes apparently.
― 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
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
<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
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
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
Amazing winner on MP at last
― lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:07 (Yesterday) Permalink
Bouchard getting completely exposed for the third time this week
― lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:09 (Yesterday) Permalink
ooh, nice to see some proper shock-and-awe tennis from Serena on that point
― lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:23 (Yesterday) Permalink
Serena taking tips from her BFF! Wozniackian FH moonball to reset the point and then BLAM massive angled FH to end it. OK, the second bit had nothing to do with Karolina.
― lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:29 (Yesterday) Permalink
A wrong call and a net cord enable Bouchard to avoid the bagel, sigh
― lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:39 (Yesterday) Permalink
Congrats to Bouchard on 11 games over 3 complete rubbers. Just like wildcarding in a junior slam champ or something.
Even worse than Dementieva's 0-3 in 2005!
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:44 (Yesterday) Permalink
I was just about to say! Dementieva 2005 had been the only YEC competitor (post-RR) to play all three RR matches and fail to win 4 games in any set. Until now! And Bouchard's 11 games are even worse than Dementieva's 15.
― lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:45 (Yesterday) Permalink
I look forward to Bouchard playing the Dementieva/Kuznetsova role of being pasted in the YEC for years to come.
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:46 (Yesterday) Permalink
YECs always come down to bloody maths in the end.
Ivanovic needs a straight-set win over Halep to qualify. If Halep wins a set, Serena qualifies. That's a tricky one, because Halep has zero incentive to play hard or dig deep - I doubt she'd be motivated by kicking out Serena, but she will certainly want to conserve her energy for a likely SF vs Wozniacki the next day. I suspect Halep will come out and try to play aggressively for a straight-sets win but if it just leads to errors, or if Ivanovic gets off to a strong start, Halep won't bother fighting back.
The other group is so convoluted that even now Wozniacki (2-0) could fail to qualify and Sharapova (0-2) could be in the SF.
― lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:48 (Yesterday) Permalink
xp I wouldn't look forward to it too much when she ends the next five seasons ranked 18.
Oh, and I have a feeling a lot more players will be working Bouchard out next year. She really reworked her game and approach in last year's off season to be so ultra-aggressive, but between her wonky technique, a number of players including SHELBY ROGERS showing how best to dismantle her and her own knocked confidence, a fall cometh.
― lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:51 (Yesterday) Permalink
True! But it felt like a lot of players worked Wozniacki out, and look, here she is in 2004 back in the top 10 with a GS final and likely a SF spot in the YEC...
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:57 (Yesterday) Permalink
If they all finish 2-1 matches/4-2 sets, it's games %age right?
Right now, SW: 26-22, SH: 24-7, AI: 20-17
So, AI 7-6 7-6 SH, means AI: 53.97%, Williams goes through (54.17%)Any other 2-0 result, AI goes throughHalep can't go out even with a double-bagel defeat (worst = 55%+)
― Michael Jones, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:58 (Yesterday) Permalink
2014, 2014, 2014. Bouchard doesn't have Sharapova-level game, god not even close, but she'll be like a cockroach.
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:58 (Yesterday) Permalink
Having nightmares about Halep losing to Ivanovic, eliminating Serena, then Kvitova flopping massively to Woz, and us somehow ending up with a Sharapova/Wozniacki final of even lower quality than that thing from the other day
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:02 (Yesterday) Permalink
xps I trust others on the maths, Twitter said that as soon as Bouchard won her second game, any two-set win for Ivanovic would do including 76 76. As soon as Bouchard won her first game, Halep officially qualified.
― lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:08 (Yesterday) Permalink
(I mean I trust other people than myself not other people than Michael! I have no idea what's right any more)
In applying the tie-breaking procedures, a conduct default or retirement shall count as a straight-set win or loss. However, games won or lost in matches with a defaulting or retiring player shall not be counted in the application of the percentage of games won method.
So if Halep retires...Serena goes through!
― lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:16 (Yesterday) Permalink
omg I turned this match off at 7-5 3-0 up
― lex pretend, Friday, 24 October 2014 07:52 (4 hours ago) Permalink
Sharapova had three MPs for the straight-sets win she needed. LOST IT FROM 5-1 UP FINISHING WITH A DF LMAOOOOOOO
― lex pretend, Friday, 24 October 2014 08:07 (3 hours ago) Permalink
And now Sharapova has to come back out and play a meaningless set. She must be seething and I love it.
― lex pretend, Friday, 24 October 2014 08:11 (3 hours ago) Permalink
Ah, AI beat EB one and three. I could've sworn it was two and three when I looked yesterday! So, yeah, 7-6 7-6 over SH takes her to 54.84% and into the semis.
― Michael Jones, Friday, 24 October 2014 08:15 (3 hours ago) Permalink
Useless Radwanska can't even beat a Sharapova with nothing to play for.
And she's not even out yet! Wozniacki wins by any scoreline, Wozniacki and Radwanska go through.
Actually, I doubt this crossed her mind, but that set had surprisingly little effect on Radwanska's chances of progressing. If she'd won, Petra would have needed a straight-sets victory. So all that changes is that Petra can afford to drop a set now.
― lex pretend, Friday, 24 October 2014 08:55 (3 hours ago) Permalink
lol Petra flopped anyway NID NID NID
― lex pretend, Friday, 24 October 2014 11:35 (24 minutes ago) Permalink