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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

Simon has to work so hard against Novak and Rafa, fun to watch in a sadistic way

Matt Armstrong, Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:35 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

man what a brutal match

Matt Armstrong, Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:37 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

remember when Simon was the only man to beat all of the top 4 (other than the top 4) within 12 months? still, Djokovic still in honeymoon phase (both re: wedding and Wimbledon) I presume.

I guess Tsonga was tired but flopping to Youzhny in R1 is funny given the hopes he raised last week.

Stephens' win over Petkovic is her first semi-impressive win in so long.

Watched all of Sharapova/Keys, Ma$ha is light years better than last week, Madison is the same old same old. I know she's still young but I wish she'd just go POW on the tour rather than this halting, error-filled one step fwd one step back. I thought Eastbourne would have unlocked something but no :(

I expect Sweta to teach Bouchard another lesson in R2 :)

lex pretend, Wednesday, 13 August 2014 06:11 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Meanwhile, Barthel had a 5-2 lead and a SP over BZS. And didn't win another game.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 13 August 2014 06:18 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Can't believe Petra nearly fooled me into thinking she'd become consistently great this time

*ignores her until 2017*

lex pretend, Wednesday, 13 August 2014 16:55 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Sholz ‏@attheapollo 2m
Fixed MT @theoverrule Congratulations [all of Petra's future opponents] first career top 10 win beating a 2-time Wimbledon champion.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 13 August 2014 16:55 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

djokovic looks so average

johnny crunch, Thursday, 14 August 2014 20:35 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

fabulously entertaining match from Monfils and Federer. No clowning from Monfils and spectacular shotmaking from both.

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 15 August 2014 01:10 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

fed looking good

johnny crunch, Saturday, 16 August 2014 00:48 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

haha Gulbis really did a 180 on Cincy. I remember him saying that it was the most boring stop on tour.

Matt Armstrong, Saturday, 16 August 2014 05:02 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I never really thought that this was the only suburban Masters event but I guess it is. Indian Wells is sort of suburbanish right?

Matt Armstrong, Saturday, 16 August 2014 05:03 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

fucking ugh @ Halep never getting over the finish line vs Ma$ha

lex pretend, Saturday, 16 August 2014 13:00 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Did anyone see Stan btw, how did he lose to Bennetau after winning 6-1?

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 16 August 2014 13:26 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

ivanovic went into a coma mid 2nd set

johnny crunch, Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:55 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

fucking ugh @ Halep never getting over the finish line vs Ma$ha

― lex pretend, Saturday, August 16, 2014 1:00 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

seriously getting pissed about this, finish her off already

Matt Armstrong, Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:56 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i went to new haven qualifiers today - p fun, saw nicalescu lose, she plays like unless she can win the pt on a sic slice drop shot shes not interested in winning the pt @ all, respect

johnny crunch, Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:59 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

this is bzarre

johnny crunch, Sunday, 17 August 2014 01:02 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

yea this is turning into a slopfest

johnny crunch, Sunday, 17 August 2014 01:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

holy shit

johnny crunch, Sunday, 17 August 2014 01:56 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

class running forehand. just tuned into this at 5-5

cerealbar, Sunday, 17 August 2014 01:57 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

(3rd set)

cerealbar, Sunday, 17 August 2014 01:57 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

that ivanovic winner is like the only 1 shes needed to hit in the last 8 games

johnny crunch, Sunday, 17 August 2014 01:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Maria's been supbar all season, even hustling through the clay courts. Her RG final vs Halep is the most impressed I've ever been with her, not nbecause it was her game at its best, but because she upped her level from truly shabby to meet in-form Halep - that was a great career moment, but coach or herself it's been a grimey year. Some miracle of willpower will have to happen to make a dent in the USO.

abcfsk, Sunday, 17 August 2014 07:16 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Ivanovic pulled a bullshit mid-game MTO and Sharapova called her out, it seems? Ivanovic has done this before at the Doha YEC. Really shameless gamesmanship.

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 August 2014 10:24 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

(I watched Serena/Woz, first set Serena seemed determined to match Woz in the pushing stakes but thankfully decided to get it together. Mini-choke at the end but very straightfoward otherwise.)

lex pretend, Sunday, 17 August 2014 10:25 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Thought Ferrer was about to have his Vitas Gerulaitis moment here ("no one beats David Ferrer sixteen times in a row!") but Fed completely on top in the decider. So far.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 17 August 2014 21:37 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Ha - on a challenge, by a millimetre. Federer's 80th title.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 17 August 2014 21:53 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Ferrer played about as well as he can in the first 2 sets.

Matt Armstrong, Sunday, 17 August 2014 22:16 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

those wacky Cincy trophies smh

Matt Armstrong, Sunday, 17 August 2014 22:37 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Rafa out of the USO, not that unsurprisingly

lex pretend, Monday, 18 August 2014 13:15 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

It is very odd to think that the favourite is probably...Federer. Nadal out, Murray shit, Djokovic still honeymooning mentally

lex pretend, Monday, 18 August 2014 13:15 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

yea hes def the favorite

johnny crunch, Monday, 18 August 2014 13:19 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Can see Fed being 'surprised' on the way though.

The most open major...in an era?

xyzzzz__, Monday, 18 August 2014 13:20 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

When is Jelena Ristic due to give birth, anyway? Or has it happened and I didn't notice?

If Djokovic/Murray regain enough form to reach the SF/F, I wouldn't count them out against Federer.

lex pretend, Monday, 18 August 2014 13:28 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I intend to put a largeish wager on Djokovic because he's not particularly interested in The Narrative.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Monday, 18 August 2014 22:03 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

hard to see Nole being the wreck he's been over the last few weeks, maybe could be vulnerable before the SFs but i don't trust the rest of the field to take advantage. now would be a great time for Murray to stop being shit

cerealbar, Monday, 18 August 2014 22:51 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

When is Jelena Ristic due to give birth, anyway? Or has it happened and I didn't notice?

If Djokovic/Murray regain enough form to reach the SF/F, I wouldn't count them out against Federer.

― lex pretend, Monday, August 18, 2014 1:28 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Jelena is between 7-8 months and is at home in Monte Carlo which explains some of Djoker's distraction level I'd imagine.

Matt Armstrong, Tuesday, 19 August 2014 02:40 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Nole is slightly better than even money and Federer is 3.5-1 to win the open which seems about right.

The guy I truly don't see winning is Murray.

Matt Armstrong, Tuesday, 19 August 2014 02:42 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

cibu not heading into the open too well

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 19 August 2014 03:19 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Cibulkova went 24-7 from January to April, then she lost that insane match in the KL final to Vekic and since then has gone 5-9.

Yeah, if Ristic hasn't given birth yet then I don't expect Djokovic to snap out of it at the USO.

lex pretend, Tuesday, 19 August 2014 06:36 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

wow some really terrible line calls in murguruza/peng

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 20 August 2014 20:36 (1 week ago) Permalink

man giorgi is so frustrating

johnny crunch, Friday, 22 August 2014 17:39 (1 week ago) Permalink


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