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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 (8 years ago) Permalink

go davenport!!

Surmounter, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 16:42 (8 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 (8 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 (8 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 (8 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 (8 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 (8 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 (8 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 (8 years ago) Permalink

Federer was too busy not thinking about yesterday

Matt, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:05 (8 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 (8 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 (8 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 (8 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 (8 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

I've been wondering when Pouille would make a move in a big event for a while now, good for him. End of Zeballos/Verdasco was ridic, yeah! Verdasco getting booed off court, lol.

V much enjoyed Niculescu utterly dismantling Vandeweghe. Made her look like she was lurching into every ball. Vandeweghe's volleys deserved a laughter track.

cher guevara (lex pretend), Monday, 28 March 2016 07:34 (1 month ago) Permalink

Today's tennis!

- Aga played a very tired third set vs Bacsinszky
- a peaking Kuznetsov is incredible to watch, so many highlight reel BHs from mid-second set onwards
- lmao @ Tsonga's meltdown at the end of the match, what was he thinking approaching on RBA's BH three times in the TB? Got burned every time. RBA is fun to watch, some great passes
- Serena looked completely disinterested towards the end of her match, Sweta was having a good day though. 3rd career win over Serena in a rivalry dating back to 2004

cher guevara (lex pretend), Monday, 28 March 2016 19:52 (1 month ago) Permalink

azerenka/muguruza has been great, v hi level

johnny crunch, Monday, 28 March 2016 21:44 (1 month ago) Permalink

Dimitrov-Murray sounds messy. Dimi's response to a 1-7 tb loss was to win 16 of 18 pts for a double-break lead in set two. Murray almost got them both back, but Dimi just served out, saving a bp. My money is on a 6-1 Murray blow-out in the third.

Michael Jones, Monday, 28 March 2016 21:48 (1 month ago) Permalink

not quite gregor just broke to go up 4-3

johnny crunch, Monday, 28 March 2016 22:21 (1 month ago) Permalink

Ha! Murray led 3-1 and fell apart.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 29 March 2016 00:07 (1 month ago) Permalink

Losing from a break up in the third in two straight tournaments! At least we won't have to hear any nonsense about how fatherhood has transformed his game. Well, maybe in the bad way.

cher guevara (lex pretend), Tuesday, 29 March 2016 08:29 (1 month ago) Permalink

wow @ thiem seemingly breaking djoko @ 3-5, coverage going to commercial, only to comeback and say it was challenged and the shot was out

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 29 March 2016 21:43 (1 month ago) Permalink

thiem currently 0/7 on break chances

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 29 March 2016 21:44 (1 month ago) Permalink

they'd both sat down after that BP, neither thought it'd be in!

cher guevara (lex pretend), Tuesday, 29 March 2016 21:59 (1 month ago) Permalink

sveta looked so done in during that 2nd set, amazed she won it. some p cool points all in all.

pandemic, Thursday, 31 March 2016 19:51 (1 month ago) Permalink

same could be said for monfils, in this 3rd, tho showed sum guts & now onserve w the crowd behind him

johnny crunch, Thursday, 31 March 2016 21:22 (1 month ago) Permalink

this is a real battle, kei saved 4 mp's

johnny crunch, Thursday, 31 March 2016 21:43 (1 month ago) Permalink

each guy has separately looked cooked at pts, now tiebreak

johnny crunch, Thursday, 31 March 2016 21:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

nishi still pounding groundstrokes so deep was impressve

johnny crunch, Thursday, 31 March 2016 21:58 (1 month ago) Permalink

novak is only playing like a B- game and still ttly demoralized kei

johnny crunch, Sunday, 3 April 2016 18:34 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Siegemund is SUCH a fun player to watch. This match vs Keys is v entertaining

cher guevara (lex pretend), Wednesday, 6 April 2016 16:47 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

sock has kind sulked his way into this L

johnny crunch, Sunday, 10 April 2016 20:56 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

super odd match

johnny crunch, Sunday, 10 April 2016 21:11 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

sock is exhibiting like intermittent chronic fatigue syndrome

johnny crunch, Sunday, 10 April 2016 21:20 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Townsend just lost to a 69-year old in a 25k lol

groovemaaan, Monday, 11 April 2016 03:39 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

lol nevermind, they haven't played yet

groovemaaan, Monday, 11 April 2016 03:57 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

they just played, Townsend obv won 60 60 but Falkenberg won 12 points (had a game point in the second set!) and lasted 36 minutes (eight more than Tomic did against Nieminen that time in Miami)

cher guevara (lex pretend), Monday, 11 April 2016 18:01 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I went back through Gail F's ITF history and she did actually win a round in the AO qualies - but that was 28 years ago, when she was Kimiko Date vintage rather than Bille Jean King vintage.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:11 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

serving for the match over Djokovic and at 0-15 after a basic UE, Vesely hit maybe one of the best dropshots I've ever seen for a clean winner. Closed it out from there!

cher guevara (lex pretend), Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:05 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Vesely beats Novak! Nole started badly but played pretty good in the end. Vesely redlined everything and hit some of the best drop shots I've ever seen

groovemaaan, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:08 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

lol xp

groovemaaan, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:08 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

thought Djokovic was fine off the ground (if a bit passive in the last game) but his return wasn't there - he had a half-chance to break back at 3-4 but missed a couple of key returns

cher guevara (lex pretend), Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:10 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

wow huh

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:14 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

first opening round loss for Djokovic since Madrid 2013 (Dimitrov)
first loss to a player out of the top 50 for Djokovic since Queen's 2010 (Malisse)
first completed loss to a player out of the top 50 on clay for Djokovic since Umag 2007 (Troicki)
first time Djokovic has failed to reach a Masters final since Shanghai 2014

cher guevara (lex pretend), Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:27 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

damn so rafa looks better than he has in like 2 yrs

johnny crunch, Sunday, 17 April 2016 13:48 (1 week ago) Permalink

this match has been phenomenal so far

groovemaaan, Sunday, 17 April 2016 13:52 (1 week ago) Permalink

beset by terrible streams all afternoon :(

cher guevara (lex pretend), Sunday, 17 April 2016 15:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

gross result to go w my gross stream

cher guevara (lex pretend), Sunday, 17 April 2016 15:35 (1 week ago) Permalink

halep just got first set breadsticked by someone i have never seen play before

pandemic, Thursday, 21 April 2016 13:38 (1 week ago) Permalink

I can't watch but Siegemund is super-talented and full of variety. Until a couple of years ago she was a student who only played tennis part-time, but that was enough to get her into Slam qualies, and now here she is...

cher guevara (lex pretend), Thursday, 21 April 2016 13:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

yah. the first set and a half (which is all i watched) i was amazed at the variety she showed. v attacking, came to the net a ton, hit a bunch of v good drop shots and also often faked the drop shot and instead played beautifully deep sliced forehands nicolescu style.

pandemic, Thursday, 21 April 2016 17:03 (1 week ago) Permalink

milestones! in front of her home crowd, Cagla Buyukakcay becomes the first Turkish woman to make a WTA final, and with it the first Turkish woman to make the top 100, and she'll be the first Turkish woman to play a Slam MD this summer - this will get her direct entry to Wimbledon if she doesn't qualify for RG

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 23 April 2016 14:11 (1 week ago) Permalink

Siegemund just out-Aga'd Aga. Never looked in doubt

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 23 April 2016 17:36 (1 week ago) Permalink

also, the fourth non-top 70 player in a WTA Premier final this year so far

#94 Puig @ Sydney
#88 Ostapenko @ Doha
#85 Vesnina @ Charleston
#71 Siegemund @ Stüttgart

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 23 April 2016 17:44 (1 week ago) Permalink

and this also makes the first single-nationality final of the year, strangely

cher guevara (lex pretend), Saturday, 23 April 2016 17:46 (1 week ago) Permalink

Cagla Buyukakcay, first Turkish WTA titlist!

cher guevara (lex pretend), Sunday, 24 April 2016 19:20 (6 days ago) Permalink

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