Roland Garros day 7

30 05 2010

The last 2 french women in the draw lost yesterday. Bartoli against Israel’s Peer and crowd favorite Aravene Rezai could not beat Nadia Petrova. The finished a match that ended the night before 7-7 in the third set, Petrova won yesterday 10-8. The good ‘ole days of Mauresmo, Pierce, Tauziat and Golovin are definitely over.Serena had a tough day against Russian junior champ Pavlyuchenkova losing the second set 6-1. Time for Serena to get an injury time-out and a little pill that made it all better!! She won easy in the third 6-2. If Pavlyuchenkova loses a bit weight she can become dangerous in the future with her pounding ground strokes. Two aussies made it to the last 16, lesbian Sam S.WilliamsStosur and Groth. Jelena Jankovic and fav Daniela Hantuchova also won their third round matches yesterday after hard-fought battles against seeded A.Bondarenko and Wickmayer from Belgium.

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Roland Garros day 5

28 05 2010

Another rainy day and this time it was serious, very few matches were played. Today luckily the rain is gone and they have a heavy schedule to catch up ,but back to yesterday. Jankovic and Dementieva both had tough opponents in Kanepi and Medina Garrigues but they made it through after hard-fought battles. Champion of 2008 Ana Ivanovic got blown off the court by Alisa Kleybanova only winning 3 games. 8th seed Radwanska, 22 Zvonareva and 32 K. Bondarenko all lost their matches as well.. My fav Schiavone won, but both fashion queen Mattek-Sands and veteran Date Krumm lost unfortunately. Weird day…





Roland Garros day 2

25 05 2010

There were definitely less surprises yesterday than the day before. Serena started a little slow against youngster Voegele from Switzerland, but picked up her pace in the end of the first set winning 7-5 6-2. Wozniacki, Dementieva and Jankovic all lost less than 5 games in their matches and outsider for the titleDementieva, Australian Sam Stosur won 7-5 6-1 against tricky Simona Halep. One of my favorites Kristina Barrois from Germany who made her first WTA tour final this weekend in Strasbourg lost against Tatiana Garbin in 3 sets after having 3 match points in the second. Heart-breaking for her.





Aravene Rezai wins big tournament of Madrid

17 05 2010

It was not Venus or Serena Williams, Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic or one of the Russian ladies. No it was a big surprise in Spain with muslim french girl Rezai winning. She was not even in the top 20 before the tournament started and even though she can play very well and beat almost anyone on a good day during a clay tournament, defeating Williams, Henin and Jankovic all in 1 week is pretty amazing. Serena played the longest match of her entire career!!! against Vera Duchevina in round 2 winning 6-7 7-6 7-6, only to lose the next round against Nadia Petrova. Venus proved in the final that even though her form is pretty decent that on clay she is just not that dangerous. Can Rezai make her country people proud by winning Roland Garros. I doubt it and still go with Justine Henin.





Jelena Jankovic beats Williams sisters back to back

8 05 2010

At the clay court tournament in Rome, Jelena Jankovic did something quite special. Beating both Venus and Serena Williams back-to-back in a tournament is not something a lot of players can brag about, only 7 in the history of tennis. Sanchez Vicario, Hingis, Graf, Davenport, Henin and Clijsters(she even did it twice) Jankovic had a small form crisis for about a year but seems to be back this spring. First a final in Berlin and now here in Rome. Venus was an easy target in the quarter-finals with 0 and 1, with hard-fighting Serena it was a third set tiebreak. In the finals she will play to fabulous Martinez Sanchez from Spain. That girl plays so amazing; charging the net on clay, lots of dropshots and spin. A feast for the eyes.





Justine Henin still ultimate clay court queen

3 05 2010

Yesterday in Stuttgart, Germany Justine won her fist title of her comeback this year. Clay had always been Justine’s favorite surface and it showed. She beat in in-form Sam Stosur from Australia with 6-4 2-6 6-1 . Definitely the third set was vintage Henin with lots of beautiful points. Stosur came off a in on the green clay in Charleston and seems to be an outsider for Roland Garros with her manly heavy spin. Henin who only  had time beating Jelena Jankovic in the quarter-finals will be my favorite to get her 5t title in France next month.





Sports, Jankovic wins Indian Wells, Kramer World Champion speed skating

22 03 2010

Not Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova or Justine Henin won the crown at the big tournament in Indian Wells the last fortnight, but surprisingly it was Jelena Jankovic. She beat Caroline Wozniacki in the finale with 6-4 6-2. It was the first big win of Jankovic in ages and I am happy for her, always liked her. Sharapova is injured and Clijsters and Henin desperately need more match rhythm, that combined with the absence of the Williams’ sisters makes this not so likely to be repeated by Jankovic in Miami this week.

At the last tournament on the speed skating calendar in a sold out stadium in Heerenveen, the Netherlands(the only place to get a full stadium in a tournament after the Olympics) Sven Kramer became World Champion Allround. This is a two-day tournament over 4 distances. Jonathan Kuck from the U.S was the big surprise at number 2, number 3 was Havard Bokko. With the ladies Martina Sablikova from the Czech Republic was the best, before Canada’s Kristina Groves and dutch Ireen Wust was number 3.