1st titles of 2008, for reference:
WTA Gold Coast: LI Na d. Victoria AZARENKA 4-6 6-3 6-4
WTA Auckland: Lindsay DAVENPORT d. Aravane REZAÏ 6-2 6-2
ATP Doha: Andy MURRAY d. Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 4-6 6-2
ATP Adelaide: Michaël LLODRA d. Jarkko NIEMINEN 6-3 6-4
ATP Chennai: Mikhail YOUZHNY d. Rafael NADAL 6-0 6-1
― anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 16:06 (7 years ago) Permalink
― Surmounter, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 16:42 (7 years ago) Permalink
Week 2/2008, with all eyes on the AO anyway:
WTA Sydney: Justine HENIN d. Svetlana KUZNETSOVA 4-6 6-2 6-4
WTA Hobart: Eleni DANIILIDOU walk-over vs Vera ZVONAREVA
ATP Sydney: Dmitry TURSUNOV d. Chris GUCCIONE 7-6(3) 7-6(4)
ATP Auckland: Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER d. Juan Carlos FERRERO 7-6(4) 7-5
― anatol_merklich, Monday, 14 January 2008 07:40 (7 years ago) Permalink
Watching Sharapova vs Obziler in the Israel-Russia Fed Cup tie now, and wow is the crowd noisy! Rapturous cheering on every serve fault by Maria, tauntingly SCREAMING along with her on every shot etc. Umpire totally unable to silence them haha!
― anatol_merklich, Saturday, 2 February 2008 12:50 (7 years ago) Permalink
fuck what channel? we need to sign up for the tennis channle, i can't be missing stuff like this
― Surmounter, Sunday, 3 February 2008 02:45 (7 years ago) Permalink
I just go to myp2p.eu and check whether anything is available ("Live Sports" tab -> "Tennis" button). Note: playing stuff may in general entail installing various Chinese tv apps (sopcast, tvants, uusee...). That particular tie, however, is on some Israeli sports station showing through Windows Media Player or I guess any other .wmv-showing app.
― anatol_merklich, Sunday, 3 February 2008 10:09 (7 years ago) Permalink
How useful it is if you're not using Windows I've no idea. Also, quality unsurprisingly varies wildly; this Israeli broadcast is pretty decent.
Pe'er was double-breadsticked by the Shazbot right now, making it 2-1 to Russia. Elsewhere, France vs China will be decided by the doubles.
― anatol_merklich, Sunday, 3 February 2008 10:28 (7 years ago) Permalink
Murray knocks out Federer in the first round of the Dubai tournament.
nice one you unpatriotic little shit.
― Upt0eleven, Monday, 3 March 2008 17:15 (7 years ago) Permalink
he was wearing a saltire cap when he was playing, which doesn't seem desperately unpatriotic to me.
― ailsa, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:01 (7 years ago) Permalink
Federer was too busy not thinking about yesterday
― Matt, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:05 (7 years ago) Permalink
i was only referring to his disinclination to play davis cup.
and i was kidding about that anyway - i care no more about it than he does.
still, 'unpatriotic' was probably a poor choice of word. well done young man!
― Upt0eleven, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:35 (7 years ago) Permalink
It was more the "little shit" that you coupled it with, to be fair.
Anyway, yes, two out of three won against Federer now.
― ailsa, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:37 (7 years ago) Permalink
God knows why he'd want to play the Davis Cup. Who else is going to be on the team? I wouldn't want to be winning matches and carrying a team full of useless people in a tournament that has long since lost its cachet and relevance except in the eyes of really, really old tennis commentators.
― edwardo, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:38 (7 years ago) Permalink
x-post take umbrage wherever you like it was all meant in jest, apart from the congratulatory bit. internet does not do deadpan.
But I genuinely like Murray. I also agree with the above post. I can't be arsed to even watch Davis Cup so I can't blame him if he's rather not play in it.
― Upt0eleven, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:45 (7 years ago) Permalink
Andy Murray wins something
― Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 3 August 2008 21:42 (6 years ago) Permalink
He has won about 4-5 career titles before...but yes, its his biggest win
― xyzzzz__, Sunday, 3 August 2008 21:45 (6 years ago) Permalink
this is his third title of 2008 alone. by far the biggest though! wish i could've seen it, sounds like a fantastic match, and it's good to see him encroaching on THE TRIVALRY even if i do like nole more (lol the way fed's playing, nadal/djokovic/murray is the real trivalry).
on the WTA, dinara safina has won two big titles in a row! she is the only woman out there who is stepping up to fill the void at the top. jankovic is going to be world no 1 next week, that is embarrassing. the WTA is probably in the worst shape i've ever witnessed.
― lex pretend, Sunday, 3 August 2008 22:08 (6 years ago) Permalink
also i didn't know this thread existed!
― lex pretend, Sunday, 3 August 2008 22:09 (6 years ago) Permalink
Oh I know he's won stuff before but not a big tourney. It was a good match. He looks so much fitter and stronger than he was a year or 2 ago.
― Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 3 August 2008 23:53 (6 years ago) Permalink
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
watching clips of Hingis/Mirza :D :D :D I love this team already
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Friday, 10 April 2015 12:04 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
Mauresmo pregnant :)
― cerealbar, Friday, 10 April 2015 19:35 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
Giorgi had one of her on days vs A-Rad yesterday but A-Rad looked listless and grumpy...Giorgi vs Schmiedlova is a fine final, very happy that AKS is back on track with two finals this year after her slump post-RG last year. Love her game.
Keys vs Kerber should be good too, only saw the first set of Kerber/Petkovic but it was very high quality.
― lex pretend, Sunday, 12 April 2015 06:52 (1 week ago) Permalink
I really feel sad about A-Rad. Navratilova was supposed to be the secret weapon that would make Aga a slam winner, someone who could take out a Lisicki in a SF like she should have, and not get blown off the court in a SF by a player she once double-bageled like Cibulkova, and now the list of people beating her is far less impressive than back when she was only losing to Azarenka over and over again. I see her out of the top 10 pretty soon even if Bouchard tumbles. Petkovic is showing signs that she might actually hang on to lots of her points, Makarova has nothing to defend (if admittedly not much chance of picking up too much) around now, Suarez is in the ascendency and Keys and Pliskova have heaps of upside still. It's going to feel like a wasted career isn't it.
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Sunday, 12 April 2015 08:16 (1 week ago) Permalink
I don't see it as a waste really, early in her career I didn't even see her as the consistent top 5 player she became and I've never thought she'd be able to win a Slam except with a dose of draw-related luck...and she had that twice, and blew it twice.
Earlier this year I thought there might be an element of "a step back to go two steps forward" about the M-Nav appointment but maybe her window generally has shut, as it did with JJ a few years ago. Though given how draws routinely fall apart at Wimbledon, her best chance of winning a Slam, I'd still rate her chances at a Slam higher than Wozniacki's.
― lex pretend, Sunday, 12 April 2015 08:28 (1 week ago) Permalink
That pasting she got from Cibulkova in the AO SF was probably the equivalent of JJ's mauling at the hands of Stosur at RG, or something.
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Sunday, 12 April 2015 08:38 (1 week ago) Permalink
Kerber just did not miss in the second half of that third set, huh. That's what had her in the top ten for a few years and gave her that awesome win over Sharapova at Wimbledon. The WTA needs Kerber back in the top ten even if it doesn't realise it.
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Sunday, 12 April 2015 22:10 (1 week ago) Permalink
the most unfortunately-named man in tennis won the US Men's Clay Court Championships
― DJP, Monday, 13 April 2015 03:53 (1 week ago) Permalink
I think Jack Sock's name would be fine if he didn't actually have problems with his socks/footwear.
There has to be a way for him to improve his backhand, it's such a technical monstrosity.
― Matt Armstrong, Monday, 13 April 2015 05:39 (1 week ago) Permalink
Even the Kerber/Keys youtube highlights were thrilling despite knowing the result. Sublime dropshots by Kerber towards the end, huh, so good to see her break her finals streak too.
Lovely to see Schmiedlova win her first title too, her crosscourt BH is such a great shot.
― lex pretend, Monday, 13 April 2015 07:45 (1 week ago) Permalink
After championship point. Great picture
― lex pretend, Monday, 13 April 2015 07:49 (1 week ago) Permalink
I watched a lot of that sock/querrey final, was nearly comical sock running around his bh so often, he does have good speed tho, and he really did bully querrey w/ his forehand quite a lot, moreso 2nd set. sock had a double fault in every single service game but one I think, and still generally had little trouble holding serve. sock was fortunate to come back from 2-5 in the 1st set tiebreak, gotta think it was a really frustrating loss for querrey
that court in Houston is so weird looking
― johnny crunch, Monday, 13 April 2015 15:18 (1 week ago) Permalink
Andreas Haider-Maurer d. (13) Ernests Gulbis 61 60
^^didn't see it but I'm sure that was an edifying performance to watch
― lex pretend, Monday, 13 April 2015 17:48 (1 week ago) Permalink
― johnny crunch, Monday, April 13, 2015 3:18 PM (6 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
now that he's improved his fitness Sock's only problem really is the backhand. If he could just get it up to a Roddick level he'd be headed for the top 10 in a hurry.
The forehand is amazing, the heaviest ball in the history of the game.
― Matt Armstrong, Monday, 13 April 2015 21:52 (1 week ago) Permalink
somewhere along the way Sock had a coach who gave him the most severe and avant garde western forehand on tour but let him hit a backhand like a toddler.
― Matt Armstrong, Monday, 13 April 2015 21:54 (1 week ago) Permalink
yea the announcers always mention how he hits his forehand and backhand with the same face of the racket, which i can like barely wrap my head around how is possible
― johnny crunch, Monday, 13 April 2015 22:00 (1 week ago) Permalink
it would actually make sense if he used a one hander!
― Matt Armstrong, Monday, 13 April 2015 22:16 (1 week ago) Permalink
in fact I wonder if that's what they should have done, but I'm a huge advocate of the OHBH
the big issue with his BH is that bizarre racket prep
― Matt Armstrong, Monday, 13 April 2015 22:17 (1 week ago) Permalink
Sock will get tossed in with all the other American serve bots but he actually has wonderful touch and volleys which you can see in his doubles success
― Matt Armstrong, Monday, 13 April 2015 22:18 (1 week ago) Permalink
― Matt Armstrong, Monday, 13 April 2015 22:20 (1 week ago) Permalink
Wow. The bottom of the handle is pointing straight up immediately before he snaps through. I guess that could be...a good thing? For spin? Such a strange technique.
― Michael Jones, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:59 (1 week ago) Permalink
Good to see Funky Flo back on tour, I've missed watching him.
― groovemaaan, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 15:47 (1 week ago) Permalink
bad loss obv but cmon, monte carlo -- Wawrkinka was booed as he left the court.
― johnny crunch, Thursday, 16 April 2015 13:08 (1 week ago) Permalink
― DJP, Thursday, 16 April 2015 13:48 (1 week ago) Permalink
Hingis is going to play SINGLES in Fed Cup. She's so beating Aga
― lex pretend, Friday, 17 April 2015 11:25 (1 week ago) Permalink
meanwhile, so glad someone finally gave us the STATZ on the Nole smash: https://twitter.com/tennisabstract/status/588735317626105857
― lex pretend, Friday, 17 April 2015 11:35 (1 week ago) Permalink
Hingis playing singles.
Hingis playing singles. I don't know whether I'm going to hyperventilate or get hugely aroused.
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Friday, 17 April 2015 15:23 (1 week ago) Permalink
Amazing scenes in Québec. Bouchard refused to shake her Fed Cup opponent's hand pre-match AGAIN - if you're going to protest tennis etiquette what a bizarre and petty hill to die on. Then she got upstaged by a junior compatriot and then flopped to Dulgheru, and then this happened
― lex pretend, Saturday, 18 April 2015 22:20 (1 week ago) Permalink
also singles didn't go so well for Hingis, huh
― DJP, Saturday, 18 April 2015 22:31 (1 week ago) Permalink
The first set was competitive from the highlights. No doubt Hingis couldn't physically have won in 3 so why worry about the second set. She did better than the other alternatives, even against Slumpwanska. But she should stick to doubles.
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Sunday, 19 April 2015 00:35 (6 days ago) Permalink
first set was interesting esp in that it highlighted how different their styles are - the "Radwanska is the new Hingis" line was never shown up more. Hingis taking everything as early as possible, totally the aggressor. She could definitely have taken the first set but her stamina was never great even in her prime and is inadequate to grinding three sets out with Aga these days...
Serena has just gone a set down to Errani o_0
― lex pretend, Sunday, 19 April 2015 10:21 (6 days ago) Permalink
That Hingis stamina vs Ursula
― abcfsk, Sunday, 19 April 2015 16:22 (6 days ago) Permalink
Lisicki just hit 17 UEs and five DFs in a 0-6 set to Diyas
― lex pretend, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 13:08 (3 days ago) Permalink
LMAO. Double bagel. Such fighting spirit at the end there.
Diyas hit some great dropshots on the rare occasions she needed to, but the funny thing is that every time Lisicki made her move her own terrible clay movement was exposed. Not that Lisicki had any idea of that.
― lex pretend, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 13:39 (3 days ago) Permalink
Loved Keothavong's snark too. "On the bright side, Lisicki has made it past the hour mark. [Beat] With the aid of the bathroom break."
― lex pretend, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 13:41 (3 days ago) Permalink
awesome to see Bencic save three consecutive MPs vs Goerges yesterday too. I don't think her form is anywhere near what she showed last year but she's slowly getting it back; nice revenge for that embarrassing AO loss.
― lex pretend, Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:34 (2 days ago) Permalink
I see that time Petra took off for "exhaustion" two months into the year has really paid off. Losing to BRENGLE, seriously?
― lex pretend, Thursday, 23 April 2015 11:46 (2 days ago) Permalink
Garcia shanked three overheads in that last game
― groovemaaan, Friday, 24 April 2015 19:37 (Yesterday) Permalink
So Martina out as A Rad's coach. That didn't last long. Decided that being a solid top ten player albeit a passive one was maybe her best bet after all.
― pandemic, Saturday, 25 April 2015 06:17 (17 hours ago) Permalink
Woz-Halep was excellent fare. Woz in 2014 end of season form.
― pandemic, Saturday, 25 April 2015 14:51 (8 hours ago) Permalink
kinda wild theyre showing college tennis on sec network & theres neighboring cts where two matches are 5-5 in the third set
― johnny crunch, Saturday, 25 April 2015 16:44 (6 hours ago) Permalink
the spectators on the shared side btwn the cts are turning back and forth to watch each match point by point
― johnny crunch, Saturday, 25 April 2015 16:45 (6 hours ago) Permalink