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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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

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

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

exactly, that's the thing.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:23 (5 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

Well done Andy!

ailsa, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:02 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

ailsa, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:09 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

Roz, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:56 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 16:08 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

Roz, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 21:03 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

<3 <3 <3

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:43 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

lex pretend, Sunday, 16 August 2009 09:47 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

lex pretend, Sunday, 16 August 2009 10:03 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

henin to unretire

mookieproof, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

can only be a good thing

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:03 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

Whatever the reasons this is good news.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:41 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

Roz, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:57 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

women's tennis is so fucked.

mizzell, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 21:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

3/1 To win 2010 French Open

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 10:46 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

lex pretend, Saturday, 26 September 2009 09:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Errani's slumping but that's still such an impressive win for any 17yo. Bencic into the top 100 now I think.

That's a really exciting sf line up

lex pretend, Saturday, 5 April 2014 10:41 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, when I say lol, I'm more "lol at tournament organisers probably hating it" when it's more, hey, genuinely exciting for the future of the game - amazing young talent in Bencic and possibly underrated ascendant in Cepelova, plus the WTA's glamour girl with one of the game's most endearingly outsized personalities (maybe second only to Li in that regard) who really sells her slightly stiff game with humour and passion and love. So, three girls who deserve the exposure and the points at the moment, and one who has plenty but has a chance to really solidify her movement towards the top with a Premier win, which in itself would be good even though she's a bit overexposed, because it would bring the achievements in line with the hype. Really, no bad outcomes here.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 5 April 2014 13:37 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

tough loss for Bencic, but well earned by Cepelova. She was a wall.

Matt Armstrong, Saturday, 5 April 2014 22:33 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Well, that was fairly horrific from Murray. And Fed/Stan lost their doubles yesterday so dream GBR-SUI semi is now potentially ITA-KAZ.

Stan is having a real post-AO dip, isn't he?

Michael Jones, Sunday, 6 April 2014 12:09 (1 week ago) Permalink

Italy away was always gonna be a massive ask.
seemed like they cut to Pennetta in the crowd loads of times and nobody acknowledged who she was. unless i missed it? down with that sort of thing anyway

cerealbar, Sunday, 6 April 2014 12:28 (1 week ago) Permalink

wow, going down to the wire. go Italy!

charlie h, Sunday, 6 April 2014 12:34 (1 week ago) Permalink

Sure enough, Stan has lost the first set vs Kukushkin.

Ward was extraordinary in the last round vs Querrey but I don't expect him to take more than a set off Seppi.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 6 April 2014 12:42 (1 week ago) Permalink

To be fair, I think ITA/SUI is the real dream SF and we've got it. (Some bias due to desire to see if court can withstand combined hottttness of Wawrinka and Fognini, suspect it may not.)

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Sunday, 6 April 2014 20:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

Lovely to see Petkovic win her biggest title after everything she'd been through. Experience decided it, for a spell in the first set Cepelova was all over her but once Petko toughed out the set, Cepelova's mental and physical reserves seemed empty apart from the somewhat predictable finishing line wobble/fight. Really a breakthrough week for Cepelova though, she'd broken the top 100 without much hype but even aside from the Serena win, her results this week were a huge step up. Funny to think that last week she lost in an ITF SF (albeit to top seed Erakovic, who isn't a pushover).

lex pretend, Monday, 7 April 2014 08:04 (1 week ago) Permalink

Cepelova played in that tournament with zero people in her entourage, no guests no coach no trainer.

Looking back it seems like she missed a ton of time last year with injury? Only her second tourney this year.

Matt Armstrong, Monday, 7 April 2014 11:03 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yeah apparently her coach flew home after Miami to save on expenses.

She was on the Tour fringes last year though didn't miss any time as far as I can tell. Broke through at Wimbledon 2012 (qualified, made R3), ended the year just outside the top 100. 2013 was consolidation mostly, only one Tour QF (Florianopolis) but stayed in the top 100 thanks to a few Slam wins and ITF runs. Charleston was her eighth tournament of 2014 (she already reached the QF in Shenzhen).

I can't believe the Bogota event is still going, it was The Worst WTA Tournament every year for so long, I remember the days when there'd barely be enough top 100 players to fill the seeds. And now, after 16 years, they finally get two top 20 players in Jankovic and Stephens.

lex pretend, Monday, 7 April 2014 13:37 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yulia Putintseva and Michelle Larcher de Brito are playing each other RIGHT NOW in the QF of a US $25K challenger. And it's not being streamed ;_; ;_; ;_; ;_;

lex pretend, Friday, 11 April 2014 15:38 (1 week ago) Permalink

Giorgi beats CSN to reach the Katowice final, cool. Pretty consistently good year she's having. Has started playing with slightly more control and it has made a huge difference

cerealbar, Saturday, 12 April 2014 18:15 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yulia Putintseva and Michelle Larcher de Brito are playing each other RIGHT NOW in the QF of a US $25K challenger. And it's not being streamed ;_; ;_; ;_; ;_;

Lol

Matt Armstrong, Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:08 (6 days ago) Permalink

Only saw the last few games of Cornet v Giorgi, they were hilarious enough for the contrast between Cornet's theatrics versus the most expressionless player on tour. So typical of Cornet to win a title having gotten bagelled twice en route (and WTF @ Aga losing that SF)

lex pretend, Sunday, 13 April 2014 16:47 (6 days ago) Permalink

missed return on MP was pretty heartbreaking. entertaining match though

cerealbar, Sunday, 13 April 2014 17:08 (6 days ago) Permalink

I see Garcia beat JaJa in Bogota! Truly the week of...one over-achieving and one under-achieving Frenchwoman

lex pretend, Sunday, 13 April 2014 18:13 (6 days ago) Permalink

Fognini is just the kind of player to bring out Tsonga's inner moron on clay, his touch is so wonderful

lex pretend, Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:53 (2 days ago) Permalink

Fognini in full rant mode <3 Unfortunately in Italian.

lex pretend, Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:17 (2 days ago) Permalink

meanwhile in KL, Cagla Buyukakcay has become the first Turkish woman to make a WTA QF. Hilarious moonballing by Majeric in the closing two games to attempt to stave off defeat.

lex pretend, Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:31 (2 days ago) Permalink

lol, and I turn back to Fognini/Tsonga to find Fognini tanking and getting booed in the third set

lex pretend, Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:33 (2 days ago) Permalink

great win for ferrer but a pretty awful match

groovemaaan, Friday, 18 April 2014 12:54 (Yesterday) Permalink

First set of Stan v Raonic was pretty good until halfway through the tie-break in the first when Raonic decided just to hand Stan the set. Rafa v Ferrer was hilariously entertainingly unforced-error central.

ailsa, Friday, 18 April 2014 13:30 (Yesterday) Permalink

what's up with Djokovic? Fed winning his first Monte Carlo title at 32 would be kind of cool

cerealbar, Friday, 18 April 2014 17:19 (Yesterday) Permalink


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