Wimbledon day 5

26 06 2010

I cannot say yesterday was a very exciting day in the women’s bracket. All matches in round 3Vera Zvonereva were over after 2 sets and there were hardly any upsets. Well, Nadia Petrova is seeded 12 and lost to the number 17 Henin, but that is hardly shocking. Kim Clijsters won as well and that means Clijsters and Henin will face each other monday. Other Belgian star Yanina Wickmayer lost against Vera Zvonereva. I like Vera and it has been a while since she played good so this was nice. Venus, Jankovic and Bartoli all won as well.





Justine wins on the grass

20 06 2010

At the only dutch female tournament on the WTA tour, Justine Henin was the best of the field. The Belgian beat German Andrea Petkovic in an exciting finale. 6-3 3-6 6-4. The tournament in Rosmalen is one of only 4 tournaments on grass and a great preparation for Wimbledon.It is close to the Belgian border so most people watching were Belgians. The Netherlands had to play their second match at the World cup so most people were somewhere else. In Eastbourne Russian qualifier Makarova was the surprising finalist with wins over Pennetta, Petrova, Kuznetsova, Stosur and Azarenka in the final. A sign that on grass anything can happen. Tomorrow Wimbledon starts and I just had a look at the draw. My predictions for the round of 16 will be Serena Williams- Maria Sharapova, Na Li- A Radwanska, Wozniacki- Azarenka, Penetta(Rezai)- Stosur, Clijsters-Henin!!!, Wickmayer-Jankovic, Bartoli-Schiavone, Ivanovic-Venus Williams. I bet many will be wrong because that is the thrill of Wimbledon.





Tennis, Grass Court Season

16 06 2010

After a long clay season it is always fun to see how many early upsets there are in the second biggest grass court tournament of the year in Eastbourne. This year is no different. Yesterday and today in the first and second rounds Wozniacki, Petrova Pennetta and Roland Garros champ Schiavone lost. All did great at the clay of Roland Garros but showed playing on grass is something else. Kim Clijsters though, who came back after a few months of injury timeout, proved she is a class above the others just mentioned and beat fellow Belgian Wickmayer(with icy handshake by Wickmayer) and Safarova 6-1 6-1 and 6-1 6-0. Hope this is a good sign for Wimbledon for Kimmie.





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.





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.





U.S and Italy in Fed cup final

26 04 2010

The defending champion Italy played with 2 of my favorites Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone. They beat Czech Republic with Kvitova and Hradecka with 5-0 Italy’s top ladies always play and that is what makes them good, year after year.

From the other 2 semi-final teams you cannot say they had their best players. U.S beat Russia 3-2. The U.S missed the Williams sisters but both Melanie Oudin and Bethanie Mattek Sands won one single and great team Mattek/Huber on the decisive double. Russia had Dementieva who won 2 matches but Makarova and Kudryavtseva proved very weak.

Belgium on their play-off against Estonia with 3-2 and will stay in the world group. Unfortunately both Clijsters and Henin got injured though, Clijsters will likely be out for  6 weeks and might miss Roland Garros. Flipkens and Wickmayer would have probably won it without the 2 stars.





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.