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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 (6 years ago) Permalink

go davenport!!

Surmounter, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 16:42 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

Federer was too busy not thinking about yesterday

Matt, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:05 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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

Felt like first serve % was pretty low for most of the players at this event, or that might just be going on some of those early horrorfests.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Sunday, 26 October 2014 13:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

polyphonic, Sunday, 26 October 2014 19:25 (1 month ago) Permalink

ferrer/nishi 3rd set could be p good

johnny crunch, Friday, 31 October 2014 22:52 (1 month ago) Permalink

great comeback here by nishi if he can close it out

johnny crunch, Friday, 31 October 2014 23:35 (1 month ago) Permalink

KEI :D :D Shame about that other SF :( I take most of Federer's losses with the knowledge that he's like my age and can't win everything but losing to Raonic is the sort of thing that still hurts.

LOL at Pironkova going 0-3 in her group in Sofia in a year where she actually had a half decent case of being wildcarded beyond nationality in that she at least won a biggish tournament. The semis for it might actually be quite decent - Suarez, Pennetta, Muguruza, Petkovic.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 1 November 2014 00:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

LOL at yesterday's tennis. 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. Two days, five breadsticks. On the ATP, everyone is Bouchard! #goldenage

lex pretend, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 13:30 (1 month ago) Permalink

Nishikori just going for slightly too much throughout that set

lex pretend, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

Well, at least the doubles has been competitive.

Though I do fancy Murray-Raonic to go the distance.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 15:53 (1 month ago) Permalink

Berdych and Cilic picking up exactly where they left off. First 8 points all UEs

lex pretend, Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:18 (1 month ago) Permalink

11 UEs out of 12 points in that game. Berdych broke, then immediately bounced the ball on his foot, then smacked a drive volley into the stands

lex pretend, Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:23 (1 month ago) Permalink

It didn't get any better. Not even possible to sugarcoat this tournament. Imagine being told during the Murray/Nishikori mess that opened it that, 3.5 days in, no other match would have approached its quality

lex pretend, Wednesday, 12 November 2014 15:23 (1 month ago) Permalink

Hopefully Stan vs. Nole will be at least somewhat competitive. I didn't know that Stan has only won 36 matches this year which seems insane for a slam champion.

groovemaaan, Wednesday, 12 November 2014 16:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

Nole's response to going 0-2 down is to win 17 of 18 points. Could be another blow out.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 12 November 2014 20:53 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yep. This is getting daft now. Can we just have the Fed-Djokovic final extended to best of five to make up for some of this?

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 12 November 2014 21:28 (1 month ago) Permalink

Welp.

From 0-2, Wawrinka won 4 more points in set one, and 7 points in set 2.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 12 November 2014 23:45 (1 month ago) Permalink

And the Bryans recovered from 0-4 in a champions' t/b to win and stay in the tournament. So, not a great day.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:00 (1 month ago) Permalink

Raonic pulls out, saves the WTF. Nishikori/Ferrer is better quality than anything else so far

lex pretend, Thursday, 13 November 2014 14:48 (1 month ago) Permalink

Looking good for Kei. I don't suppose Fed is in the mood to lose in two and hence give up the top spot in the group to Murray.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:06 (1 month ago) Permalink

Kei's dropshots <3

Kei's BH <3

lex pretend, Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:15 (1 month ago) Permalink

Decent match, though lol that we finally get a three-setter and a) the third set was a breadstick b) it should really have been straight sets if Kei hadn't inexplicably mini-choked in the first set

I p much assume the organisers encouraged Raonic to gtfo bc they knew Ferrer would provide a better match

lex pretend, Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:19 (1 month ago) Permalink

Impressive stat: Nishikori is 21-2 in deciding sets in 2014.

lex pretend, Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:28 (1 month ago) Permalink

fed is teeing the fuck off on murrays 2nd serve

johnny crunch, Thursday, 13 November 2014 20:48 (1 month ago) Permalink

Way to end the year, Andy.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 13 November 2014 20:58 (1 month ago) Permalink

lol this is amazing

groovemaaan, Thursday, 13 November 2014 21:01 (1 month ago) Permalink

^^

johnny crunch, Thursday, 13 November 2014 21:01 (1 month ago) Permalink

bloody hell

cerealbar, Thursday, 13 November 2014 21:03 (1 month ago) Permalink

i was rooting for the double bagel by the end :(

lex pretend, Thursday, 13 November 2014 21:18 (1 month ago) Permalink

i look forward to waving this tournament in the faces of anyone who starts whinging about equal pay tho

lex pretend, Thursday, 13 November 2014 21:20 (1 month ago) Permalink

this Nole/Kei match is the first one I've bothered to stay up for, it had better be good.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 15 November 2014 14:15 (1 month ago) Permalink

Haha oh man, if you watch just one point from this, 6-1 3-4, break point to Kei.

(Novak just put on a total clinic in set one, broke to open set 2, then his serve went to shit.)

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 15 November 2014 15:12 (1 month ago) Permalink

And after failing to convert two break points in the opening game, Kei has just collapsed himself. More ill-advised drop shots, barely any first serves..

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 15 November 2014 15:39 (1 month ago) Permalink

And of course, ends on a DF.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 15 November 2014 15:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

this game stan tryna close out rog is crazy

johnny crunch, Saturday, 15 November 2014 22:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

Crazy shot selection from STan, in a bad way. Stop S-V-ing!

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 15 November 2014 22:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

yea it was sweet how rog hit a drop return to force stan in also

johnny crunch, Saturday, 15 November 2014 22:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

wtf that was in?

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 15 November 2014 22:56 (1 month ago) Permalink

That was proper.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 15 November 2014 23:02 (1 month ago) Permalink

feel badly for stan but that s/v on every match pt was bzarre so

johnny crunch, Saturday, 15 November 2014 23:05 (1 month ago) Permalink

typical that i miss the only classic! tennis twitter was doing its nut, my bf was texting me point by point updates and i was stuck on a train that resembled a circle of hell. selfishly rooted for fed from afar for a better chance of a good final, which i'm looking fwd to a lot. what a choke by stan tho.

lex pretend, Sunday, 16 November 2014 11:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

really with those serving stats i'll be surprised if this is closer than like 6-4 6-3.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Sunday, 16 November 2014 13:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

First walkover in the history of the ATP YEC. Shame for Fed, appropriate end to the tournament.

lex pretend, Sunday, 16 November 2014 17:45 (1 month ago) Permalink

damn was looking fwd to this

johnny crunch, Sunday, 16 November 2014 17:47 (1 month ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Radwanska's hired Navratilova as her new coach! And this after declaring she'd bulk up in the off-season. Props, she's had a couple of disappointing seasons where she looked like she was just coasting in the top 10 but getting further away from a Slam. Good to see she's serious about changing things up at least.

lex pretend, Tuesday, 9 December 2014 08:58 (1 week ago) Permalink


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