Roland Garros day 3

26 05 2010

Henin, Sharapova, Hantuchova, Wickmayer and Bartoli were easy winners in their first rounds at Roland Garros. One match certainly was the highlight of the day and not because the level was so high, but it sure was dramatic. Kimiko Date Krumm, the 40-year old veteran from Japan beat last year’s finalist Dinara Safina in three sets. The first set was a quick 5-0 for Safina who on the set 6-3.In the second set Safina lead 2-0, but it went downhill from there. Safina has been seriously injured for the start of the year and came back only weeks ago but hitting so many errors is a shame. She even lead 4-2 in the third eventually losing 6-3 4-6 5-7. In the last game Safina hit 4 unforced errors in a row against a Date who injured herself on her calve and could barely walk. This Date comeback is getting better and better though, she plays so extremely smart. A nice counter-balance to the tons of ball-bashers on tour right now.

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Australian Open day 7

24 01 2010

My final 4 predictions can already go in the garbage after today, a good example that the Women’s Tour is much more surprising than the men’s side. One match ended by retirement though by Safina who injured her leg against Maria Kirilenko. Jie Zheng beat Alona Bondarenko and can make her second slam semi-final after reaching it at Wimbledon in 2008. The other 2 round 4 matches were way more interesting. The Belgian battle between Justine Henin and Yanina Wickmayer was on a very high level. The first set was for Henin with 7-6 after Wickmayer had setpoints. Second set was easily won by Wickmayer who played fantastic and made very few errors. Last set Henin played unbelievable though winning it 6-3. She is such a little fighter! Petrova beat the 3rd seat Kuznetsova 6-3 3-6 6-1. This is the first time since the spring of 2006 when she was unbeatable on the green and red clay that she won 2 matches against top players in a row. She was a big favorite for Roland Garros, but lost very early and since then she has been a head-case. Hopefully she can keep it together now for a change and win a deserved slam title. Kuznetsova made a lot of errors though so she handed it to Petrova.





Australian Open day 6

23 01 2010

Day 5 was full of intense and interesting matches, but day 6 was definitely less interesting. Serena won very easy against ¬†Suarez Navarro( wh0 beat Venus here last year) and Venus won with a bit more trouble with 6-1 7-6 against Aussie’s Casey Dellaqua. Other easy win were for Zvonareva, Azarenka and Wozniacki and the last 16 are now known.

Serena- Samantha Stosur

Zvonareva-Azarenka

Na Li- Caroline Wozniacki

Venus- Fran Schiavone(one of my favs)

Henin-Wickmayer

Petrova-Kuznetsova

Bondarenko-Zheng

Kirilenko-Safina

It is hard to make the final 4 prediction because even in the last 16 many matches could be very close but I will try anyway

Serena, Wozniacki, Kuznetsova and Safina





Australian Open day 5

22 01 2010

What a shitty day!! First I wake up feeling sick and then I see that Kim Clijsters lost 6-0 6-1 against Nadia Petrova In Melbourne. I was a little worried about this match because Petrova on a good day can beat anyone but those days are very rare against top players. Today though she played absolutely fantastic. Great serve, and very aggressive almost error-less baseline play. Kim though played about as bad as she has ever played. Just made mistake after mistake and looked tired and mentally not there. And she played so good in Brisbane and the beginning on the tournament. One problem though since her comeback is the often set-long total lack of normal play. That was against Venus at the US Open and against Henin in Brisbane after winning the first set and leading 4-1 in the second and then losing 7 games in a row. Consistency is not really there yet for a reason and if she want to win more slams that really needs to come back asap. Henin won a tight 3-setter against Kleybanova, Safina won easily in two sets and Jankovic lost against Alona Bondarenko.





Tennis, Year End Championships

27 10 2009

This year it is in Doha and I hope the ladies bring their A-game. Often during the YEC everyone is tired and not extremely motivated but maybe this year is different. There are 2 groups of 4 and the best 2 of each group will make it to the semi-finals.

White Group Safina, Wozniacki, Azarenka, Jankovic

Maroon Group S. Williams, Dementieva, V. Williams, Kuznetsova.

I think everyone can see that the Maroon group is way stronger and the winner will probably come from this group. I expect Wozniacki, Jankovic, S. Williams and Kuznetsova as the semi-finalists and the winner will be Svetlana Kuznetsova.





US Open day 6

6 09 2009

Yesterday the number 1 in the world Dinara Safina finally saw the end to her misery at this year’s US Open. After playing horrible tennis for 2 matches and still progressing, Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic was too much for Safina with great aggressive play. With 6-4 2-6 7-6 the teen beat the number one in the world. But the real person that beat Safina was Safina herself this week, definitely after having three match points last night. Either Petra Kvitova, Yanina Wickmayer, Gisela Dulko or Katerina Bondarenko will be a semi-finalist of this years open. Who would have thought that?

Another upset yesterday was the win of American teen Melanie Oudin over Maria Sharapova 3-6 6-4 7-5. I love seeing the 17-year old’ s swinging forehand, a real joy to watch. Her serve still needs a lot of improvement but that has also been Sharapova’s problem since her injury. 21 double faults is just ridiculous. Sharapova sure tried to fight but Oudin was just to stable for her yesterday. Oudin will play Petrova for a place in the quarterfinals. Kuznetsova seems the most likely bet now for a final place to come out of that half of the draw, even though her form has been very lackluster since her win at Roland Garros. The bottom half is so much stronger!





US Open day 5

5 09 2009

 

Francesca Schiavone

Francesca Schiavone

Yesterday there were not that many surprises as the days before. Both Williams-sisters and Kim Clijsters won fairly easy in 2 sets making room for the highly anticipated match between Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters. I hope that Kim can pull through and considering their form it is certainly possible. But beating Venus at the US open is never easy so we will see what happens. Three semi-favorites of me went through to the last 15. Daniela Hantuchova, Flavia Pennetta( who has been playing some great tennis here) and Francesca Schiavone. Schiavone beat Viktoria Azarenka in three sets 4-6 6-2 6-2. And she really brought it, this woman has charisma and a very unique style. Lots of topspin or slice, great hands at the net and superb willpower. She really got under Azarenka’s skin who can play very well but only one-dimensional. As promised early on in the week I will predict the final 4 and winner of the tournament. It;s still very hard to pick though since no one has been a clear favorite so far. Safina against Sharapova in the first semi and Clijsters against Serena Williams in the second. Serena will probably win the tournament but from the quarter finals on she really has some very stiff competition. Biggest outsiders Kim Clijsters and Flavia Pennetta.