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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 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

1 month passes...

Murray knocks out Federer in the first round of the Dubai tournament.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7274636.stm

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 (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

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

omg sick pass

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 February 2015 01:31 (1 week ago) Permalink

12-10 delb, wow

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 February 2015 01:34 (1 week ago) Permalink

ppl waiting for rafa were def bummed delbo pulled that out lol

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 February 2015 01:41 (1 week ago) Permalink

lol 3rd set tiebreak

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 February 2015 02:37 (1 week ago) Permalink

this fucking match

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 February 2015 02:45 (1 week ago) Permalink

the momentum swings are so odd & its been so unpredictable

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 February 2015 02:47 (1 week ago) Permalink

delbo has like several scorching match saves

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 February 2015 02:48 (1 week ago) Permalink

this shit is unbelievable

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 February 2015 02:49 (1 week ago) Permalink

idk if that was out ?

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 February 2015 02:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

reeaally close

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 February 2015 02:54 (1 week ago) Permalink

wow nowis rafa gonna lose

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 February 2015 04:45 (1 week ago) Permalink

holy shit insane get by fabio, beats rafa

johnny crunch, Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:41 (1 week ago) Permalink

really hesitate to write off Rafa bc we've been through a number of "is Rafa done?!!!" cycles now but...there are more warning signs this time

was excellent to see Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, who I first saw in Wim qualies in 2013, play her first final vs Errani in Rio, she put up a good fight and really should've taken the first set but just couldn't put it away, and fell away in the second. She's beefed up her game though, which is positive, and her cross-court angled BHs are still gorgeous, and she's officially out of the slump she went into after beating Venus at RG last year :)

lex pretend, Monday, 23 February 2015 13:52 (1 week ago) Permalink

http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id/12365437/ivo-karlovic-wins-delray-beach-open

Young did his best to force Karlovic into baseline rallies so that he could maneuver his way to the net, a tactic that had been effective in his previous matches. But the Croat, who lives in nearby Plantation, forced the issue by lunging at every opportunity.

Serving at 3-3 in the first set, Young elected to let a Karlovic backhand passing shot go long. Instead, the ball landed inside the baseline. Young, clearly unnerved, double-faulted on the next point and was broken when Ivanisevic approached and knocked off a forehand volley winner.

No wonder Donald Young couldn't win, what with Goran lunging out of the stands and hitting random balls at him

DJP, Monday, 23 February 2015 14:20 (1 week ago) Permalink

xp def are some warning signs but I did think he looked better vs fognini than I've seen him play in a while; wasn't exactly a flukey loss but its not like losing to berrer

johnny crunch, Monday, 23 February 2015 15:37 (1 week ago) Permalink

krajicek has a good forehand

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 24 February 2015 04:07 (1 week ago) Permalink

like six months ago I got an email asking me to do a survey for the WTA as I had attended the Sydney tournament. Literally, for the last question whichs was how they could improve the tournament experience, I put, "For me to not have to watch my favourites lose to scrubs, or Roberta Vinci". Now I have apparently won a signed item by a WTA star, what's the bet when it arrives in the post in a few weeks that it is signed by Roberta Vinci?

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 21:08 (1 week ago) Permalink

loool

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 22:10 (1 week ago) Permalink

dimitrov just dropped the first set to ryan harrison and destroyed his racquet

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 22:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

just tuned in for a bit before bed, Grigor seems to have regained control

Baghdatis retired at 4-4 in the final set TB earlier vs Coric...

lex pretend, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 23:29 (1 week ago) Permalink

This third set has been appalling from Dimitrov

lex pretend, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 23:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

First serve points won in third set after five games

Harrison 89%
Dimitrov 0%

lex pretend, Wednesday, 25 February 2015 23:55 (1 week ago) Permalink

It actually got worse and worse. Utterly shameful performance

Harrison sat 30 metres behind the baseline and pretty much spectated his way to a bagel set

lex pretend, Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

he was super frustrated & just did not battle at all after that v first break 3rd set, def shameful

johnny crunch, Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:34 (1 week ago) Permalink

Coric just breadsticked Murray :o

lex pretend, Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:59 (1 week ago) Permalink

lol @ an 18-yr-old out-thinking Murray, really, some superb changes of pace and improvisation from Coric here, to which Murray reacts with errors

lex pretend, Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:22 (1 week ago) Permalink

Coric serving for match, Murray with 0-30...netted smash, FH five miles wide.

lex pretend, Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:32 (1 week ago) Permalink

So at 18, Coric has wins over Nadal and Murray...

lex pretend, Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:34 (1 week ago) Permalink

Just turned over about ten minutes ago to see how Murray was getting on. Was he really terrible or was Coric really good, or both?

ailsa, Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:35 (1 week ago) Permalink

I only saw the second set, Murray was making a fuckton of errors but a lot of them seemed to be about Coric out-thinking him - all the changes of pace, dinky short shots and crazy defence that Murray usually does. Only winning five points on return - and it's not as if Coric is a servebot at all - was bizarre though.

lex pretend, Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:44 (1 week ago) Permalink

Also funny to think that Coric is a LL - lost in qualies to #350 Fabrice Martin, struggled past WC Jaziri in R1 in three sets, got to the QF with that Baghdatis retirement...and then thrashes Murray 1 and 3.

lex pretend, Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:48 (1 week ago) Permalink

wow @ lucky loser. yea I saw some of 2nd set, otm abt out-thinking

johnny crunch, Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:31 (1 week ago) Permalink

SESIL!

Karatantcheva outgrinding Puig to make a rare SF and the prospect starts to brew of a Karatantcheva/Sharapova rematch, 11 years after "I'll kick her ass off"...

lex pretend, Friday, 27 February 2015 00:41 (6 days ago) Permalink

great play by fed

johnny crunch, Saturday, 28 February 2015 16:33 (5 days ago) Permalink

wow @ scoreline last night of ferrer/harrison 46 60 60

johnny crunch, Saturday, 28 February 2015 21:02 (5 days ago) Permalink

berlocq is dictating v nadal in this tiebreak

johnny crunch, Saturday, 28 February 2015 21:09 (5 days ago) Permalink

& he has the home ct advantage here, will be a good test for rafa to have to comeback if he drops this

johnny crunch, Saturday, 28 February 2015 21:09 (5 days ago) Permalink

omg berlocq chokq

johnny crunch, Saturday, 28 February 2015 21:13 (5 days ago) Permalink

really amazing dfense by nadal props

johnny crunch, Saturday, 28 February 2015 21:17 (5 days ago) Permalink

nishikori being outgritted by ferrer

johnny crunch, Sunday, 1 March 2015 04:31 (4 days ago) Permalink

kei losing so many bhand to bhand rallies is prob a deathknell

johnny crunch, Sunday, 1 March 2015 04:45 (4 days ago) Permalink

Nicole Vaidisova, now ranked #370, got a WC into Monterrey qualies and got bagelled in the first set of her opener by #531 Makoto Ninomiya...but she came back, won another two matches to qualify and is in her first WTA main draw since Feb 2010. Where she will play...Ivanovic in R1!

lex pretend, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 19:01 (2 days ago) Permalink

I am pretty sure Vaidisova is a selectable player in one of my old tennis games

DJP, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 19:03 (2 days ago) Permalink


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