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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

lawl, Shitra shows up but Sharapova can't make her pay. 4-0! So huge for Petra if she closes this.

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:43 (2 days ago) Permalink

BAGEL HA!!!!

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:46 (2 days ago) Permalink

Volleying straight back to Petra hahahahahaha, Sharapova's so bad at the net, people act as if she's good because she comes in on easy shots she can swing volley.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:46 (2 days ago) Permalink

UGH no bagel :(

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:51 (2 days ago) Permalink

Now would be a fun time for some double faults.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:51 (2 days ago) Permalink

What a week this is!

(Though the comeback starts here.)

Michael Jones, Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:52 (2 days ago) Permalink

Stop it Shitra.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:54 (2 days ago) Permalink

Irritated at them both for needlessly prolonging this game

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:02 (2 days ago) Permalink

Amazing winner on MP at last

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:07 (2 days ago) Permalink

Bouchard getting completely exposed for the third time this week

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:09 (2 days ago) Permalink

ooh, nice to see some proper shock-and-awe tennis from Serena on that point

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:23 (2 days ago) Permalink

Serena taking tips from her BFF! Wozniackian FH moonball to reset the point and then BLAM massive angled FH to end it. OK, the second bit had nothing to do with Karolina.

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:29 (2 days ago) Permalink

A wrong call and a net cord enable Bouchard to avoid the bagel, sigh

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:39 (2 days ago) Permalink

Congrats to Bouchard on 11 games over 3 complete rubbers. Just like wildcarding in a junior slam champ or something.

Even worse than Dementieva's 0-3 in 2005!

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:44 (2 days ago) Permalink

I was just about to say! Dementieva 2005 had been the only YEC competitor (post-RR) to play all three RR matches and fail to win 4 games in any set. Until now! And Bouchard's 11 games are even worse than Dementieva's 15.

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:45 (2 days ago) Permalink

I look forward to Bouchard playing the Dementieva/Kuznetsova role of being pasted in the YEC for years to come.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:46 (2 days ago) Permalink

YECs always come down to bloody maths in the end.

Ivanovic needs a straight-set win over Halep to qualify. If Halep wins a set, Serena qualifies. That's a tricky one, because Halep has zero incentive to play hard or dig deep - I doubt she'd be motivated by kicking out Serena, but she will certainly want to conserve her energy for a likely SF vs Wozniacki the next day. I suspect Halep will come out and try to play aggressively for a straight-sets win but if it just leads to errors, or if Ivanovic gets off to a strong start, Halep won't bother fighting back.

The other group is so convoluted that even now Wozniacki (2-0) could fail to qualify and Sharapova (0-2) could be in the SF.

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:48 (2 days ago) Permalink

xp I wouldn't look forward to it too much when she ends the next five seasons ranked 18.

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:48 (2 days ago) Permalink

Oh, and I have a feeling a lot more players will be working Bouchard out next year. She really reworked her game and approach in last year's off season to be so ultra-aggressive, but between her wonky technique, a number of players including SHELBY ROGERS showing how best to dismantle her and her own knocked confidence, a fall cometh.

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:51 (2 days ago) Permalink

True! But it felt like a lot of players worked Wozniacki out, and look, here she is in 2004 back in the top 10 with a GS final and likely a SF spot in the YEC...

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:57 (2 days ago) Permalink

If they all finish 2-1 matches/4-2 sets, it's games %age right?

Right now, SW: 26-22, SH: 24-7, AI: 20-17

So, AI 7-6 7-6 SH, means AI: 53.97%, Williams goes through (54.17%)
Any other 2-0 result, AI goes through
Halep can't go out even with a double-bagel defeat (worst = 55%+)

Michael Jones, Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:58 (2 days ago) Permalink

2014, 2014, 2014. Bouchard doesn't have Sharapova-level game, god not even close, but she'll be like a cockroach.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:58 (2 days ago) Permalink

Having nightmares about Halep losing to Ivanovic, eliminating Serena, then Kvitova flopping massively to Woz, and us somehow ending up with a Sharapova/Wozniacki final of even lower quality than that thing from the other day

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:02 (2 days ago) Permalink

xps I trust others on the maths, Twitter said that as soon as Bouchard won her second game, any two-set win for Ivanovic would do including 76 76. As soon as Bouchard won her first game, Halep officially qualified.

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:08 (2 days ago) Permalink

(I mean I trust other people than myself not other people than Michael! I have no idea what's right any more)

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:08 (2 days ago) Permalink

In applying the tie-breaking procedures, a conduct default or retirement shall count as a straight-set win or loss. However, games won or lost in matches with a defaulting or retiring player shall not be counted in the application of the percentage of games won method.

So if Halep retires...Serena goes through!

lex pretend, Thursday, 23 October 2014 13:16 (2 days ago) Permalink

omg I turned this match off at 7-5 3-0 up

lex pretend, Friday, 24 October 2014 07:52 (Yesterday) Permalink

LIFE

Sharapova had three MPs for the straight-sets win she needed. LOST IT FROM 5-1 UP FINISHING WITH A DF LMAOOOOOOO

Yasss Aga!

lex pretend, Friday, 24 October 2014 08:07 (Yesterday) Permalink

And now Sharapova has to come back out and play a meaningless set. She must be seething and I love it.

lex pretend, Friday, 24 October 2014 08:11 (Yesterday) Permalink

Ah, AI beat EB one and three. I could've sworn it was two and three when I looked yesterday! So, yeah, 7-6 7-6 over SH takes her to 54.84% and into the semis.

Michael Jones, Friday, 24 October 2014 08:15 (Yesterday) Permalink

Useless Radwanska can't even beat a Sharapova with nothing to play for.

And she's not even out yet! Wozniacki wins by any scoreline, Wozniacki and Radwanska go through.

Actually, I doubt this crossed her mind, but that set had surprisingly little effect on Radwanska's chances of progressing. If she'd won, Petra would have needed a straight-sets victory. So all that changes is that Petra can afford to drop a set now.

lex pretend, Friday, 24 October 2014 08:55 (Yesterday) Permalink

lol Petra flopped anyway NID NID NID

lex pretend, Friday, 24 October 2014 11:35 (Yesterday) Permalink

this halep/ivanovic match makes zero sense

groovemaaan, Friday, 24 October 2014 12:31 (Yesterday) Permalink

So Halep didn't tank but choked the first set but still fought in the second and then LOST ANYWAY? uh, at least she's honest I guess, but well done on idiotically getting yourself into the worst possible scenario: three-setter with the SF tomorrow, losing anyway, doing it all in tremendously stupid fashion.

lex pretend, Friday, 24 October 2014 15:07 (Yesterday) Permalink

Meanwhile spare a thought for alternate Angie Kerber, who earned $60k this week for a nice little holiday in Singapore and didn't even have to touch her racquet.

lex pretend, Friday, 24 October 2014 15:23 (Yesterday) Permalink

Gotta think it'll be a Serena/Simona rematch in the final, too.

lex pretend, Friday, 24 October 2014 15:24 (Yesterday) Permalink

So this set between Coric and Nadal is also happening.

Winners/unforced errors:
Coric: 2/13
Nadal: 1/19

lex pretend, Friday, 24 October 2014 17:44 (Yesterday) Permalink

that was a pretty brilliant match and it will HURT for Wozniacki...

lex pretend, Saturday, 25 October 2014 08:58 (7 hours ago) Permalink

Yeah I don't feel like Wozniacki could have done much more than she did there... uh.. her game was even not-awful to watch for once!

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 25 October 2014 09:04 (6 hours ago) Permalink

I wonder if this will be like Sampras-Agassi in the men's YEC in '99. Andre thrashed Pete in the round robin, Pete was a different player entirely in the final.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 25 October 2014 10:37 (5 hours ago) Permalink

Probably! Radwanska doesn't look very interested in stopping Halep getting to the final.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 25 October 2014 10:45 (5 hours ago) Permalink

Great exhibition of what a good striker like Halep can do when given the same mid-paced ball over and over again. Her practice would have been tougher than this.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 25 October 2014 11:12 (4 hours ago) Permalink

Really looking forward to the Halep/Serena rematch.

lex pretend, Saturday, 25 October 2014 11:20 (4 hours ago) Permalink


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