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
― 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
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
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
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
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
!!! 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
French tennis player banned for betting found dead
Natural causes apparently.
― 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
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
<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
oof Rublev should've had Cilic there, he was playing so well up til 5-5 in the TB
― lex pretend, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 18:01 (2 months ago) Permalink
the amazing thing about Rublev to me is that while most other teenagers who break through to the ATP look v well-developed physically (from Nadal to Kyrgios and Tiafoe), Rublev doesn't just look young but could probably pass for an U14. And yet generates so much easy power.
― lex pretend, Tuesday, 19 May 2015 18:03 (2 months ago) Permalink
Jankovic's retirement against Stephens has finally gifted Sloane her first semi-final since the AO 2013.
― lex pretend, Friday, 22 May 2015 06:35 (2 months ago) Permalink
the most anticipated draw in tennis history?
― Matt Armstrong, Friday, 22 May 2015 06:51 (2 months ago) Permalink
― lex pretend, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:03 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
he's explosive in the way only the best prospects are. Live arm.
― Matt Armstrong, Friday, 22 May 2015 06:52 (2 months ago) Permalink
it is so very hard to like Nadal these days
― lex pretend, Friday, 22 May 2015 07:26 (2 months ago) Permalink
Thiem officially the youngest current ATP titlist, awesome fighting final against Mayer in Nice. Penultimate point >>>>>>>
Stosur won Strasbourg, can't believe it's her first red clay title!
― lex pretend, Saturday, 23 May 2015 17:20 (2 months ago) Permalink
Thiem is really close to figuring it out. Needs to hit his forehand a little flatter imo (and maybe stop running around his backhand so much-- it's great so just use it!)
― Matt Armstrong, Saturday, 23 May 2015 19:45 (2 months ago) Permalink
I still think about that Stosur-Schiavone final a lot.
― Matt Armstrong, Saturday, 23 May 2015 19:46 (2 months ago) Permalink
I'm super excited about this RG. The combination of expectations, pressure and opportunity that Djokovic has will make for great drama. I think his level of play is actually a little overrated too, Rome was a dip in his level I thought.
And hopefully something fun happens on the Women's side. A CSN slam?
― Matt Armstrong, Saturday, 23 May 2015 19:47 (2 months ago) Permalink
Bouchard loses R1 in 's-Hertogenbosch from 4-0 30-0 up in the third set to Shvedova, who was playing the RG doubles final on clay two days ago. It continues.
― lex pretend, Tuesday, 9 June 2015 13:46 (1 month ago) Permalink
Tomic is so much fun to watch on a grass court, he's toying with Haas right now
― groovemaaan, Thursday, 11 June 2015 13:06 (1 month ago) Permalink
tomic gave nadal some problems but mostly nadal double faults/tomic aces is why that was even a match
― johnny crunch, Saturday, 13 June 2015 00:30 (1 month ago) Permalink
She really cut down on the double faults in her last two matches, I hope this is the sign of a new strategic approach.
GOAT winning speech too
― groovemaaan, Sunday, 14 June 2015 11:42 (1 month ago) Permalink
Ana Konjuh wins her first title, becomes the youngest WTA titlist since 15-yr-old Paszek seven years ago and the youngest player to hold a title now. Really impressive match - Niculescu totally discombobulated her in the first set but unlike so many other young players, Konjuh adjusted to the weirdness pretty calmly and was dominating by the end.
― lex pretend, Monday, 15 June 2015 12:21 (1 month ago) Permalink
some ridiculous points in this mayer-johnson match
― groovemaaan, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 10:44 (1 month ago) Permalink
hilarious MLDB/Ivanovic match, Ivanovic lost the final set TB on the most floptastic DF I have ever seen
Siniakova's upset over Petkovic last night was an excellent match, love Katka's game
― lex pretend, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 12:03 (1 month ago) Permalink
super-interesting interview with Giorgi's dad
― lex pretend, Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:51 (1 month ago) Permalink
there's a new ATP challenger/WTA itf pro tournament happening in my home town this week!never knew what to make of papa Giorgi but that's great. like the stuff about using other sports to prepare and him defending Errani & Schiavone
― cerealbar, Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:39 (1 month ago) Permalink
Ilkley?! Some good names left in both draws, I'd be tempted to pop down.
― lex pretend, Thursday, 18 June 2015 17:18 (1 month ago) Permalink
wish i could but i'm not at home rn. apparently cats keeps running on the courts <3
― cerealbar, Thursday, 18 June 2015 19:03 (1 month ago) Permalink
Federer beats Karlovic in two in Halle semi without ever having a b-p and only forcing deuce once. Grass court tennis LOL. Kei withdrew hurt vs Seppi :/
Simon currently trying to pull off the same trick vs Anderson (32 aces and counting) at Queen's.
― Michael Jones, Saturday, 20 June 2015 15:25 (1 month ago) Permalink
Seppi reaches his first 500 title when Monfils retires in the QF and Nishikori retires in the SF...
Kerber's 6-0 h2h over Lisicki is one of my favourite in tennis. Lisicki is more powerful and will hit more winners but is control of fuck-all in that match-up, Kerber just reads her game so well.
― lex pretend, Saturday, 20 June 2015 17:04 (1 month ago) Permalink
Poor Robson. Only gets 1 game off Gavrilova. Tough draw for qualies after so long off, but really, as hard as she hits and as nice as she seems to be, she was never going anywhere near the top 5 and if she were non-Anglo we'd have heard far less about her. Not all hype but mostly hype - the UK hasn't had much in the way of decent female players in aeons, but the WTA is stacked full of tall, slow moving girls who hit the ball hard and she wasn't that special. Even so it's hard not to feel a bit sorry for her!
― oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 20 June 2015 20:35 (1 month ago) Permalink
im going to newport tomorrow, think the lineup is sock v jan hernyck (??) then dustin brown v ivo
im p psyched shd be cool
― johnny crunch, Thursday, 16 July 2015 22:48 (1 week ago) Permalink
live Dustin is always good, hope he wins
meanwhile Tomic lost R1 and got arrested in a Miami Beach hotel room yesterday
― lex pretend, Friday, 17 July 2015 06:16 (1 week ago) Permalink
hernych injures his knee at 1-0 1st set and has to resign :(
― johnny crunch, Friday, 17 July 2015 18:44 (1 week ago) Permalink
ivo also killed brown in like an hr
― johnny crunch, Friday, 17 July 2015 18:45 (1 week ago) Permalink
dam watched the replay of that jan fall & that shit hurt MY knee
― johnny crunch, Friday, 17 July 2015 22:46 (1 week ago) Permalink
fucked up i feel bad for him too
― johnny crunch, Friday, 17 July 2015 22:48 (1 week ago) Permalink
lol im rewatching sock/ivo (which is amazing btw omg go watch it) "there's no way thats a let" - sock
― johnny crunch, Sunday, 19 July 2015 00:26 (1 week ago) Permalink
i could watch jack take blind swipes at returning ivos serve literally all day and be so entertained
― johnny crunch, Sunday, 19 July 2015 00:29 (1 week ago) Permalink
tough loss for sock, ivo is going to DESTROY ram unless something bizarre happens
― johnny crunch, Sunday, 19 July 2015 01:13 (1 week ago) Permalink
murray/mahut second set has been v entertaining
― johnny crunch, Sunday, 19 July 2015 13:31 (1 week ago) Permalink
damn i mean simon not mahut
― johnny crunch, Sunday, 19 July 2015 13:37 (1 week ago) Permalink
GBR in Davis Cup is still a one-man team, lucky for them Murray had enough in the tank for that.
Title number two of the year for Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in Bucharest :) Really thrilled with how far she's come since I saw her in Wim qualies in 2013. Great revenge too, she lost to Errani in her first final in Feb and now beats her with brilliant BH angles.
This week's WTA titlists, Schmiedlova in Bucharest and Larsson in Bastad, are only the 3rd and 4th women to win titles in 2015 without dropping a set. The others - obviously - were Watson in Hobart and Pereira.
On the ATP, the men who've done it in 2015 so far are Wawrinka in Chennai, Gasquet in Montpellier, Federer in Dubai and Nadal in Buenos Aires. Only Federer had to win 5 matches, the others got R1 byes.
― lex pretend, Sunday, 19 July 2015 17:07 (1 week ago) Permalink
props 2 raj ram, i def underestimated his return game vs ivo
― johnny crunch, Sunday, 19 July 2015 21:01 (1 week ago) Permalink
Benoit Paire into his first final in two-and-a-half wasted years in Bastad. Cuevas threw such an extended tantrum at the end of the first set
I tuned in with Schmiedlova leading Stosur 5-2, cue total collapse :(((((
― lex pretend, Saturday, 25 July 2015 15:47 (4 days ago) Permalink
good work by thiem to push monfils to tanking the 3d set
― johnny crunch, Saturday, 25 July 2015 19:56 (4 days ago) Permalink
that was a fun match. Monfils didn't really totally tank though...just a terrible blip for a few games. He was incredible in the first set, huge kudos to Thiem for not only hanging with him but rising to meet his level. Great shotmaking by both.
― lex pretend, Saturday, 25 July 2015 19:57 (4 days ago) Permalink
yea tank isnt fair, he stopped playing down 2 breaks in that last set but that is understandable i guess
― johnny crunch, Saturday, 25 July 2015 22:10 (4 days ago) Permalink
berrer has played tomic p tough
nadal playing doubles w/ some 18 yr old vs bolleli/fognini is kinda fun to watch
― johnny crunch, Monday, 27 July 2015 23:28 (2 days ago) Permalink