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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 (eight years ago) Permalink

go davenport!!

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

two 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

one 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

Federer was too busy not thinking about yesterday

Matt, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:05 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Andy Murray wins something

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

also i didn't know this thread existed!

lex pretend, Sunday, 3 August 2008 22:09 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

exactly, that's the thing.

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

ten 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well done Andy!

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

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

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

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

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

three weeks pass...

waht

French tennis player banned for betting found dead

Natural causes apparently.

RIP Mathieu

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

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

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

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

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

four 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=58340

<3 <3 <3

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

delpo/murray best of 5 for gold
rafa/nishi for bronze

johnny crunch, Saturday, 13 August 2016 20:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Wonderful. Tomorrow's final is maybe the only time I'll be cheering against Team GB this Olympics. I was concerned the way he got mobbed by the Delpo-chanters he was going to get another injury. He still hasn't quite left the court.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 13 August 2016 20:25 (one month ago) Permalink

del potto showing murray a lot of respect in the on-court interview, humble guy

have you ever even read The Drudge Report? Have you gone on Stormfron (k3vin k.), Saturday, 13 August 2016 20:28 (one month ago) Permalink

rafa/kei murray/delpo is a sick final 4 tbh

have you ever even read The Drudge Report? Have you gone on Stormfron (k3vin k.), Saturday, 13 August 2016 20:29 (one month ago) Permalink

puig!!

johnny crunch, Saturday, 13 August 2016 22:51 (one month ago) Permalink

id forgotten she was only 22, wtg girl

johnny crunch, Saturday, 13 August 2016 22:51 (one month ago) Permalink

that's the second night in a row i went to bed halfway through tennis matches and woken up to surprisingly thrilling results.

Didn't expect Puig to come back against Kvitova on Friday night, and just couldn't keep myself awake through Nadal-Delpo yesterday. And Puig winning the gold! So awesome. So much great tennis this Olympics - so sad i had to miss so much of it due to damn timezones.

Roz, Sunday, 14 August 2016 05:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Puig and Delpo were so awesome yesterday, what a great tennis day

lex pretend, Sunday, 14 August 2016 13:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh Kei. Set and a double break up vs Nadal but now into a decider.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 14 August 2016 18:51 (one month ago) Permalink

what a great battle murray/del potro

johnny crunch, Sunday, 14 August 2016 23:41 (one month ago) Permalink

delpo has great movement/coverage for his size and skills

johnny crunch, Sunday, 14 August 2016 23:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Lol was complaining about having to miss matches because of sleep - today I woke up and the match is still going! Vamos Delpo!

(Also omg that last rally.)

Roz, Sunday, 14 August 2016 23:45 (one month ago) Permalink

That Delpo pass was Murray-esque. <3

Roz, Sunday, 14 August 2016 23:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Murray will prob finish this off though, seems crazy it's even gotten this far.

Roz, Sunday, 14 August 2016 23:57 (one month ago) Permalink

I have no idea how they're still moving after all this...

Jill, Sunday, 14 August 2016 23:59 (one month ago) Permalink

great play by both guys, wld luv to see a rematch @ usopen

johnny crunch, Monday, 15 August 2016 00:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Congrats Murray and Team GB, but also to Delpo just for this whole week. Incredible stuff.

Roz, Monday, 15 August 2016 00:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Whew, what a match. Regret not being able to see all the tennis I could but there was just too much going on.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 15 August 2016 00:12 (one month ago) Permalink

Murray's not my favourite player but god I love him when he does things like this: https://twitter.com/Rellimj/status/765009897356419072

Roz, Monday, 15 August 2016 02:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Fell asleep after the second set (which was because I was hungover but the quality at that point wasn't helping either). Murray had the shortest ever purple patch in the first set and then it all got pretty scrappy.

Soooooo happy Nishikori got bronze. Rafa can sit all the way down re: complaining about anyone else taking too much time to do anything.

Annoying that they don't give points for this, I know competing for points isn't the "point" of the Olympics blah blah blah but forget the supposedly unseemly motivation*, the rankings should at least make some sense. After their heroics this week it's ridiculous that Puig falls a couple of spots to 35 (and won't be seeded at the USO) while Del Potro doesn't budge from 141 (and I think his protected ranking has expired, which means the Olympic silver medallist either needs WCs to enter main draws or will be stuck in qualies and Challengers).

*which isn't even the reason they stopped awarding points, the reason is the endless politicking between the ATP/WTA and ITF...

lex pretend, Monday, 15 August 2016 12:22 (one month ago) Permalink

watching opelka @ cincy, he looks good!

hes in a 3d set tiebreak w chardy rn

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

could def see him getting a wc for the open

i guess there are only really 3 discretionary slots the commentators were saying...still, seems crazy theyd make delpo have to play qualifiers

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Opelka is the new Isner, I intend to avoid his entire career (which I hope doesn't happen).

The USTA is a joke if they give a WC to some 150-ranked American over Delpo. But the reciprocal arrangement with AUS and FRA is worse because that's why there are so few discretionary slots to start with.

lex pretend, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 08:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Opelka is the new Isner, I intend to avoid his entire career (which I hope doesn't happen).

obv I get why u say this but at 18 yr old he looks less awkward and moves better than isner ever has. groundstrokes look vaguely like delpo

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Strycova with her second classic post-handshake gif <3

lex pretend, Wednesday, 17 August 2016 10:15 (one month ago) Permalink

bouchard was really in distress during that match, dunno what was up

glad del potro got the auto wc for the open (also happy that ram did)

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 17 August 2016 11:55 (one month ago) Permalink

wau @ the scoreline of coric over rafa

also stevie johnson over tsonga, johnson leapt isner as the highest ranked us male i believe w that

johnny crunch, Friday, 19 August 2016 01:43 (one month ago) Permalink

im @ nhaven qualies some good stuff

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 16:48 (one month ago) Permalink

kozlova played some great dfense, but doesbt have weapons to hurt kontaveit really and immed after getting back onserve 3rs set dumped the match at love ouch

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 16:54 (one month ago) Permalink

16 yr old kayla day v flipkens

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 17:41 (one month ago) Permalink

day looks ok - lefty, good serve, good ct coverage just think flipkens is prob crafty enough to not let any16 yr old beat her

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 18:19 (one month ago) Permalink

its really cool the scores app updates in real time pt by pt so i can know whats up on the ct behind me ~40 feet

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 18:20 (one month ago) Permalink

kd took a medical timeout at 4-all second set, came back looking fine and flipkens is p pissed

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 19:04 (one month ago) Permalink

i can see how qualies can b super frustrating thereve been sum iffy lines calls

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 19:18 (one month ago) Permalink

kd up 4-1 3rd set!
flipkens cursing in german rn

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 19:28 (one month ago) Permalink

konjuh looks imposing, has a real serena-esque thickness to her

lucic baroni looks .... bad :(

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 20:08 (one month ago) Permalink

keys w/draws :(
i saw her practice for a sec yesterday, looked fine but i get it

johnny crunch, Sunday, 21 August 2016 17:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Keys gets minor injuries at the worst times...

jealous, qualies are so much fun

Kerber is one win over Pliskova from becoming world #1! (And if they gave points for the Olympics she'd probably have made it already)

lex pretend, Sunday, 21 August 2016 17:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Went to Cinci for the women's SF yesterday. Grounds are pristine, and the staff are friendly and committed to putting on a good show.

Pliskova d Muguruza was even less competitive than the score line suggests. Muguruza's play was sloppy and indifferent to the outcome. The majority of her shots that stayed in the court landed halfway between the service box and the baseline, which allowed Pliskova to set up and crack winners at will. When Muguruza missed, she sent the ball sailing feet past the baseline: She reminded me of Capriati whenever J-Cap came out flat and unable to keep the ball in the court. She had no plan B, and Pliskova was unfazed by springing the upset.

Kerber d Halep was odd. It's impressive to see how Halep generates power off her forehand, because she is even more slight in person. She lost the match be cause she kept pulling the trigger too soon and over-hit when she did. Particularly after the rain delay, she was struggling to find the range on her shots. She rallied late, but Kerber was too consistent to let the lead slip. Kerber's backhand looks incredibly awkward in person: it's not like the capoeira dance move Jack Sock does on his, but it's an unnatural-looking shot. She definitely played more of a defensive match, but she used some surprise power and changes of pace off her forehand side to crack some winners. She'll need to do that today to beat Pliskova.

jon_oh, Sunday, 21 August 2016 17:37 (one month ago) Permalink

pliskova 4-0!

johnny crunch, Sunday, 21 August 2016 18:24 (one month ago) Permalink

could watch pliskova all day. such an effortless game

groovemaaan, Sunday, 21 August 2016 18:50 (one month ago) Permalink

So Serena is now guarantee to tie Graf's record of consecutive weeks at #1. Kerber's still within striking distance, but stoked for Pliskova today!

jon_oh, Sunday, 21 August 2016 19:49 (one month ago) Permalink


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