Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Face Of The Day

Argentina's Gisela Dulko reacts in her first round match against Victoria Azarenka from Belarus at the Porsche Grand Prix tennis tournament  in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday, April 29, 2009. Dulko won the match 6-4, 6-3.
AP

Argentina's Gisela Dulko reacts in her first round match against Victoria Azarenka from Belarus at the Porsche Grand Prix tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday, April 29, 2009. Dulko upset the pundits' answer for the missing-in-action blonde from Florida, ahem, I mean Siberia, 6-4, 6-3. And to think someone called Azarenka the favorite to win Roland Garros shortly after her Miami crown.

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Singles - Second Round
Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. (4) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 64 63

Singles - First Round
(3) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 61 61
(5) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (Q) Andrea Petkovic (GER) 64 57 61
(6) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 64 57 64
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 62 60
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Alize Cornet (FRA) 63 61
(WC) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 64 63

Doubles - First Round
Spears/Sun (USA/CHN) d. (2) Hantuchova/Sugiyama (SVK/JPN) 46 62 107
Mattek-Sands/Petrova (USA/RUS) d. Jugic-Salkic/Poutchek (BIH/BLR) 60 75
Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. Parra Santonja/Sfar (ESP/TUN) 64 62
(WC) Petkovic/Woehr (GER/GER) d. Errani/Senoglu (ITA/TUR) 63 26 108

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Internazionali BNL d'Italia

Singles - Second Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d A Seppi (ITA) 62 63
[2] R Federer (SUI) d I Karlovic (CRO) 64 64
[Q] J Monaco (ARG) d [4] A Murray (GBR) 16 63 75
[5] J Del Potro (ARG) d V Troicki (SRB) 63 16 63
[6] F Verdasco (ESP) d M Fish (USA) 64 57 63
J Melzer (AUT) d [7] N Davydenko (RUS) 75 76(5)
[10] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [Q] M Youzhny (RUS) 63 76(5)
[12] F Gonzalez (CHI) d J Tipsarevic (SRB) 64 64
[13] T Robredo (ESP) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 62 76(5)
[15] M Cilic (CRO) d C Rochus (BEL) 60 57 62
R Soderling (SWE) d [Q] V Crivoi (ROU) 61 67(2) 61
[Q] M Zverev (GER) d P Mathieu (FRA) 36 76(5) 60
[16] R Stepanek (CZE) d F Lopez (ESP) 62 61
[8] G Simon (FRA) d [WC] F Fognini (ITA) 67(6) 62 63
R Gasquet (FRA) d E Gulbis (LAT) 62 16 64

Singles - First Round
R Gasquet (FRA) d [9] J Tsonga (FRA) 76(2) 64
P Mathieu (FRA) d [11] D Ferrer (ESP) 63 26 62
[16] R Stepanek (CZE) d F Serra (FRA) 76(1) 46 75

Doubles- First Round
[WC] D Bracciali (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) d A Montanes (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 62 76(8)
[Alt] I Karlovic (CRO) / D Vemic (SRB) d F Cermak (CZE) / S Huss (AUS) 76(6) 57 10-8
J Blake (USA) / M Fish (USA) d S Aspelin (SWE) / W Moodie (RSA) 76(4) 61
M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d R Lindstedt (SWE) / R Soderling (SWE) 75 62

4 comments:

sG said...

Look, Azarenka is necessary for the WTA just because on the most basic level the WTA needs not only a good player but a hungry player. Outside of this need, to make her the favorite for a slam is odd and stupid. Is she good on clay? I don't know enough to say yay or nay, but Slam politics differs from other tournaments.

As for Dulko's win, I admit to being a bit surprised. She's a workhorse but not a fantastic talent. Congrats to her though, I'm sure she earned the win. If Azarenka wants to be in the upper echelon she'll need to beat steady girls like Dulko with some regularity.

sG said...

You know, I sort of thought Fed's quarter had some of the markings of a cakewalk compared to the others in the Top Four. Now I'm getting some funny feelings about his upcoming Stepanek match. I'm still sticking with Fed making the semis but I think this match might be more of a nailbiter than I initially credited. Eh. We'll see.

Craig Hickman said...

Stepanek beat Fed at this event last year. In the quarters, I think. But Stepanek played two matches yesterday.

pompelmo said...

I love Gisela. She has a nice forehand and looks. Not consistent though. It is not a big surprise or upset that Azarenka lost to her. She can do it to anybody at any time.