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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

go davenport!!

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

2 weeks pass...

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 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

1 month passes...

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

5 months pass...

Andy Murray wins something

Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 3 August 2008 21:42 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

also i didn't know this thread existed!

lex pretend, Sunday, 3 August 2008 22:09 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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:

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:
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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

lex pretend, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:22 (7 years ago) Permalink

exactly, that's the thing.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:23 (7 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

Well done Andy!

ailsa, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:02 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

ailsa, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:09 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

Roz, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:56 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...


French tennis player banned for betting found dead

Natural causes apparently.

RIP Mathieu

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 15:55 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 16:08 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

Roz, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 21:03 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

<3 <3 <3

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:43 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink


usic ally (k3vin k.), Sunday, 16 August 2015 22:20 (1 month ago) Permalink


xyzzzz__, Monday, 17 August 2015 05:23 (1 month ago) Permalink

Fun match between Coric and Zverev - Zverev dominated on serve in the last set but Coric was mentally tougher in the TB. 75 36 76.

Kyrgios was injured or something and barely put up a fight vs Gasquet, lost in 56 minutes. Shame, Kokkinakis - who was reportedly displeased about getting dragged into his bff's antics - would have awaited in R2.

lex pretend, Tuesday, 18 August 2015 18:02 (1 month ago) Permalink

v impressed with bencic beating kerber in straight sets, thought they'd be a comedown from last week.

pandemic, Tuesday, 18 August 2015 20:51 (1 month ago) Permalink

paires drop shots are fuckin up novak

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 19 August 2015 21:43 (1 month ago) Permalink

murray getting rolled by dimitrov, smh

usic ally (k3vin k.), Friday, 21 August 2015 00:30 (1 month ago) Permalink

feli lopez takes out rafa

johnny crunch, Friday, 21 August 2015 01:42 (1 month ago) Permalink

Rafa losing to Lopez off grass, the decline is even more real than I thought.

Schmiedlova's win over Radwanska in R1 was a beautiful masterclass, it's so nice to see a player peak like that. Her BH is a gorgeous shot and she can do so much with it. Even out-dropshotting Aga too. No surprise to see her in the SF, wouldn't be surprised if she beats JJ as well (against whom Pliskova gagged horrifically - she's so emotionless that it doesn't seem like she's nervous, but those DFs and errors...)

Somewhat impressed by Wawrinka scraping through given the week he's had. I tuned in to Djokovic/Goffin with Goffin up a break in the third and then Djokovic just steamrolled to the end.

lex pretend, Friday, 21 August 2015 07:05 (1 month ago) Permalink

bencic & Sloane w/drawing from new haven sucks, I was hoping to see them o well I understand for sure

johnny crunch, Friday, 21 August 2015 11:19 (1 month ago) Permalink

murray is showing some nice scrapping

johnny crunch, Friday, 21 August 2015 21:58 (1 month ago) Permalink

It must be hard for Serena to motivate herself to start well against Ivanovic when she knows that even if Ana wins a set, the collapse will be inevitable and absolute.

lex pretend, Friday, 21 August 2015 22:30 (1 month ago) Permalink

feds service game is so good

johnny crunch, Friday, 21 August 2015 23:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

feli had 0-40 on rog's serve that turned into a rog hold and then fed broke feli rip

johnny crunch, Saturday, 22 August 2015 00:05 (1 month ago) Permalink

post-handshake this is charming imo

feli "you're fuckin flying all over the court"
rog putting his arm around him & smiling "we've got a few more years"

johnny crunch, Saturday, 22 August 2015 00:16 (1 month ago) Permalink

Bad boy Daniel Köllerer notches up another fail by being voted out first from the house in the third season of the German Celebrity Big Brother

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 22 August 2015 09:02 (1 month ago) Permalink

dolgo really squandered his chance to win that tiebreak

johnny crunch, Saturday, 22 August 2015 18:49 (1 month ago) Permalink

That wasn't predictable at all

lex pretend, Saturday, 22 August 2015 18:49 (1 month ago) Permalink

fed/novak final tomorrow

johnny crunch, Saturday, 22 August 2015 21:31 (1 month ago) Permalink

lmafo that last service game

usic ally (k3vin k.), Saturday, 22 August 2015 23:59 (1 month ago) Permalink

i cant take dramatic serena

johnny crunch, Sunday, 23 August 2015 00:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

Federer peaking at net and continuing his Yung Bartoli returning approach today...Djokovic looks flummoxed and furious

lex pretend, Sunday, 23 August 2015 18:06 (1 month ago) Permalink

Three DFs from Djokovic in that service game :o

lex pretend, Sunday, 23 August 2015 18:13 (1 month ago) Permalink

lol what does young bartoli mean?

usic ally (k3vin k.), Sunday, 23 August 2015 18:16 (1 month ago) Permalink

Returning from midway up the court, she used to do that all the time in juniors and when she first came on tour

lex pretend, Sunday, 23 August 2015 18:17 (1 month ago) Permalink

i finally figured out the best sesh new haven to go to and went -- 3 qtrfinals, tserenko/pliskova abt to start

johnny crunch, Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:05 (1 month ago) Permalink

followed by safrova/cibu then radwanska/kvitova

johnny crunch, Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:06 (1 month ago) Permalink

rad, enjoy yrself!

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:18 (1 month ago) Permalink


rip van wanko, Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:29 (1 month ago) Permalink

tsurenko looks really good

johnny crunch, Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

cibu has been v feisty

johnny crunch, Thursday, 27 August 2015 19:14 (1 month ago) Permalink

wow drop shot after a long rally in the tbreak to take the set

johnny crunch, Thursday, 27 August 2015 19:33 (1 month ago) Permalink

Cibulkova is a personal fave, love it when her game is on

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Thursday, 27 August 2015 19:34 (1 month ago) Permalink

there are these chatty yung moms behind me that are like 'did u see serena in that article photos she looked like normal and not like a monster'

johnny crunch, Thursday, 27 August 2015 19:51 (1 month ago) Permalink

cibu really battled to get back in the 2nd set, had 40-0 to get to 5-5..........then hit b2b double faults at deuce to lose the set

johnny crunch, Thursday, 27 August 2015 20:29 (1 month ago) Permalink

I remember doing those fed service returns against one of my buddies who had a terrible second serve, which resulted in him almost killing me with a tennis ball

Matt Armstrong, Thursday, 27 August 2015 21:44 (1 month ago) Permalink

someone did 1 of those against me just on tuesday, but he was mostly joking, and i won the pt anyway so

johnny crunch, Thursday, 27 August 2015 22:03 (1 month ago) Permalink

match was def close enough that cibus bad serving and bad use of challenges was what cost her imo

johnny crunch, Thursday, 27 August 2015 22:28 (1 month ago) Permalink

wow murray/kyrgios rd 1 us open

johnny crunch, Friday, 28 August 2015 21:43 (1 month ago) Permalink

I will be surprised if Kyrgios gets more than 10 games.

Kvitova trolling her fans by winning a couple of matches a row and facing her pigeon friend in the New Haven final. Out in R1 of US Open, then.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 29 August 2015 01:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

lmao at this result and scoreline from Davis Cup

Egor Gerasimov (BLR) d. Joao Sousa (POR) 06 16 62 62 64

Sousa was playing at home!!!

lex pretend, Saturday, 19 September 2015 07:55 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

(I'm in Glasgow covering DC, for a while it looked like Tomic's gigantic choke was going to make Dan Evans relevant again but he got it done in the end)

lex pretend, Saturday, 19 September 2015 07:56 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

The way Bencic has turned round her h2h vs Wozniacki is beautiful.

2014 Istanbul R1, 06 06
2015 Indian Wells R3, 64 64
2015 Eastbourne SF, 30 ret.
2015 Toronto R2, 75 75
2015 Tokyo SF, 62 64

Third Premier final this year for Bencic and I'd say she's favourite over Radwanska.

lex pretend, Saturday, 26 September 2015 07:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

Radwanska is not messing around here. Winners everywhere!

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Sunday, 27 September 2015 04:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

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