Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Roland Garros 2009 Day 4 Open Thread

A tennis ball lies on the clay court during the opening match between French players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Julien Benneteau at the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris May 26, 2009.
Reuters

My body is stiff, but I'm awake. Rain hasn't arrived yet, so I may have to get back in the dirt. Unless someone changes their outfits, we'll have to endure those fashion faux pas once again todoay.

I'm hoping Potito Starace can bring his A-game to Andy Murray. Can Josselin Ouanna continue his great form against mercurial Marat? Lucie Safarava could be hell for Venus and if Karen is correct, Nadia Petrova should take out Maria Sharapova. I'm not holding my breath

Tuesday Order of Play.

Court Phillipe Chatrier 11:00


1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Andy Murray (GBR)[3] v. Potito Starace (ITA)
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.

*Not Before 12:00
2. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Alize Cornet (FRA)[21] v Maret Ani (EST)
To Finish 6-4 4-4*

Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) v. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[8]
3. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Josselin Ouanna (FRA) v. Marat Safin (RUS)[20]
4. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Venus Williams (USA)[3] v. Lucie Safarova (CZE)

Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Dinara Safina (RUS)[1] v. Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS)

*Not Before 12:00
2. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Christophe Rochus (BEL) v. Fabrice Santoro (FRA)
To Finish 6-3 6-1 3-6 5-3*

2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Robert Kendrick (USA) v. Gilles Simon (FRA)[7]
3. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Nadia Petrova (RUS)[11] v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[1] v. Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS)

Court 1 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Julie Coin (FRA) v. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)[27]
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Polona Hercog (SLO) v. Aravane Rezai (FRA)
3. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Radek Stepanek (CZE)[18] v. Mathieu Montcourt (FRA)
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)[10] v. Diego Junqueira (ARG)

Court 2 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[9] v. Kristina Barrois (GER)
2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Philipp Petzschner (GER) v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[8]
3. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Nicolas Massu (CHI) v. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)[17]
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Dusan Vemic (SRB) v. Michael Llodra (FRA)
Mischa Zverev (GER) Fabrice Santoro (FRA)

*Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Serena Williams (USA)[5] v. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE)
Venus Williams (USA)[5] Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
To Finish 6-1 3-6 4-3*

Court 3 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)[12] v. Rui Machado (POR)
2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Dudi Sela (ISR) v. Marin Cilic (CRO)[13
3. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Iveta Benesova (CZE)[32] v. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)
4. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[7] v. Emilie Loit (FRA)
Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[7] Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)

Court 4 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Arantxa Rus (NED) v. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Elena Vesnina (RUS) v. Agnes Szavay (HUN)[29]
3. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[8]
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[8]
4. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[12]
Alize Cornet (FRA) Elena Vesnina (RUS)[12]

Court 5 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Victor Hanescu (ROU)[30] v. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) v. Olga Govortsova (BLR)
3. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Kinnie Laisne (FRA) v. Maret Ani (EST)
Stephanie Vongsouthi (FRA) Kaia Kanepi (EST)
4. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) v. Jill Craybas (USA)
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) Carly Gullickson (USA)

Court 6 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) v. Feliciano Lopez (ESP)[28]
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)[20] v. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)
3. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Gisela Dulko (ARG) v. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Robin Soderling (SWE)[23] v. Denis Istomin (UZB)

Court 7 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Na Li (CHN)[25] v. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

*Not Before 12:00
2. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)[21] v. Arnaud Clement (FRA)
To Finish 3-6 6-3*

2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Michelle Larcher De Brito (POR) v. Jie Zheng (CHN)[15]
3. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Nicolas Kiefer (GER) v. David Ferrer (ESP)[14]
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

Court 8 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Sophie Lefevre (FRA) v. Alona Bondarenko (UKR)
Aurelie Vedy (FRA) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)
2. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Marc Lopez (ESP) v. Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)
Tommy Robredo (ESP) Eduardo Schwank (ARG)
3. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Jan Hernych (CZE) v. Andreas Beck (GER)
Christophe Rochus (BEL) Jean-Claude Scherrer (SUI)
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Stephen Huss (AUS)[13] v. Jose Acasuso (ARG)
Ross Hutchins (GBR)[13] Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)
5. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP)[3] v. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)[3] Virginie Razzano (FRA)

Court 9 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Julie Ditty (USA) v. Marta Domachowska (POL)
Maria-Emilia Salerni (ARG) Tamira Paszek (AUT)
2. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE)[14] v. Ipek Senoglu (TUR)
Sania Mirza (IND)[14] Yanina Wickmayer (BEL)
3. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v. Mariya Koryttseva (UKR)
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Marcelo Melo (BRA)[10] v. Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)
Andre Sa (BRA)[10] Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)

Court 10 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) v. Kveta Peschke (CZE)[2]
Roberta Vinci (ITA) Lisa Raymond (USA)[2]
2. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Cara Black (ZIM)[1] v. Melinda Czink (HUN)
Liezel Huber (USA)[1] Natalie Grandin (RSA)
3. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) v. Frantisek Cermak (CZE)[12]
Juan Monaco (ARG) Michal Mertinak (SVK)[12]
4. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP)[6] v. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)[6] Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
5. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Jelena Dokic (AUS) v. Petra Cetkovska (CZE)
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)

Court 11 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Ekaterina Dzehalevich (BLR) v. Eva Hrdinova (CZE)
Andreja Klepac (SLO) Nicole Vaidisova (CZE)
2. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Julian Knowle (AUT) v. Oscar Hernandez (ESP)
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) Albert Montanes (ESP)
3. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Liga Dekmeijere (LAT) v. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)[9]
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) Shuai Peng (CHN)[9]
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Rajeev Ram (USA) v. Andrei Pavel (ROU)
Bobby Reynolds (USA) Horia Tecau (ROU)
5. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
David Martin (USA) v. Travis Parrott (USA)[15]
Sam Querrey (USA) Filip Polasek (SVK)[15]

Court 14 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL)[6] v. Sebastian Prieto (ARG)
Marcin Matkowski (POL)[6] Martin Vassallo Arguello (ARG)
2. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Vera Dushevina (RUS) v. Nathalie Dechy (FRA)[15]
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) Mara Santangelo (ITA)[15]
3. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Rohan Bopanna (IND) v. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Jonathan Erlich (ISR) Sergio Roitman (ARG)
4. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) v. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
Aravane Rezai (FRA) Urszula Radwanska (POL)
5. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Max Mirnyi (BLR)[7] v. Wesley Moodie (RSA)
Andy Ram (ISR)[7] Dick Norman (BEL)

Court 16 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) v. Violette Huck (FRA)
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) Laura Thorpe (FRA)
2. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) v. Bruno Soares (BRA)[5]
Marc Gicquel (FRA) Kevin Ullyett (ZIM)[5]
3. Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) v. Samantha Stosur (AUS)[4]
Selima Sfar (TUN) Rennae Stubbs (AUS)[4]
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
James Cerretani (USA) v. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) Ivan Navarro (ESP)
5. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Christopher Kas (GER) v. Martin Damm (CZE)[16]
Rogier Wassen (NED) Robert Lindstedt (SWE)[16]

Court 17 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Nicolas Almagro (ESP)[31] v. Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) v. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)[22]
3. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Julien Benneteau (FRA) v. Jerome Haehnel (FRA)
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) Florent Serra (FRA)
4. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Arnaud Clement (FRA) v. Pablo Cuevas (URU)[8]
Nicolas Devilder (FRA) Luis Horna (PER)[8]
5. Men's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)[3] v. Sebastien De Chaunac (FRA)
Leander Paes (IND)[3] Benoit Paire (FRA)

41 comments:

Karen said...

Morning All. You can always tell when people's favourites are playing and when they are not. No comments for the Murray match and Potito is doing so well. I hate to go and watch because I may just jinx him. Go Potito Potato. I got up this morning and see that Safina lost 2 games in her match this morning. I did not think about her performance but I thought about Sharapova and how she used to demolish opponents in the early rounds until it got to the later rounds and she would be taken out by a top seed. I said it here first: Azarenka will never win a Grand Slam (at least not with this attitude)

Craig Hickman said...

I love Potito, Karen. I just started watching this match and I'm tweeting it a little bit, but I gotta keep plugging away in my fields on the changeovers.

Karen said...

OK Craig, I hear you.

Craig Hickman said...

Dinara's game does nothing for me. Azarenka's game does nothing for me. Wozniacki's game does nothing for me. I hope Glatch stays injury free and keeps bringing that big serve and slicing up her opponents off both wings. I could become a fan.

::

Murray has taken to barking at Potito in order to get in his head. It's working. Potito is gagging big time. Twice he serves for the third set and completely unravels. Drop shotting Murray and coming to the net behind nothing is not going to get the job done.

Craig Hickman said...

Why is TC showing Azarenka's math LIVE when it's already over?

At least take the LIVE off the screen.

I hate it when they think we're stupid.

Karen said...

LMAO at TC. I am so glad that I have other channels to choose from. I dont have to listen to any of those talking heads telling me what to think about matches. I really do not like Andy Murray. I think he uses tactics with the intention of getting inside his opponent's heads. Same thing with Djokovic. That being said I think a lot of players actually do use mental tactics to dominate a match, but I think Murray uses it in a way that can only be described as semi-legal. Thank God I dont have to watch his match. Watching Rezai and Hercoq. This girl Hercoq is not doing too badly

sG said...

Well, I caught the tail-end of the Murray-Starace match. Potito seemed decent enough. The scoreline superficially indicated Murray had a tough time of it. Then I heard Starace had a 5-1 lead in the third only to lose it 5-7! What? What?! WHAT?! No, that's some choke of epic proportions. Six straight games?! Was that when the barking started, Craig and Co.? I have watched Murray do this before but what shocks me is it works! I thought players would take it as a sign of unraveling, particularly because he does tend to play badly when he gets negative and screechy. ::shrug::

Pamela said...

Karen: What do you mean by Azarenka's attitude? What did she do? I have not been able to watch a single shot of tennis yet.

Blowing a 5-1 lead? No comment.

My 2nd favorite Russian headcase is up against Maria. Try not to suck Nadia, thanks.

Craig Hickman said...

Pamela, you and I seem to fall for the headcases.

pompelmo said...

jeu matmazel sharapova... two breaks up.

Beth said...

Nice piece about Rafa here in Vogue:

http://www.style.com/vogue/feature/2009_June_Rafael_Nadal/?mbid=rss_feature

Beth said...

Craig, that drives me INSANE too, when they leave the "LIVE" thing up on the screen on rerun matches. How difficult can it be to change that, really.....

I like Dinara because she really tries. Maybe not the nicest game by any means but you get the sense she is giving it all. Azarenka...I am with you on her Craig.

Murray....Karen, he is no favorite of mine. I agree with your comments. There is just something about him, can't exactly pin it down (a whininess?? at times??) but I dislike watching when he gets like that so I'm glad I did not see the match against Potito.

Michael said...

Hanescu beats Youzhny 7-5 7-5 7-5, which is a very strange score. I can't recall having ever seen that score before. As Craig said some time ago, 7-5 means a late-set breakdown. Weird to breakdown all 3 sets late in the set, but not before.

pompelmo said...

Michael, I didn't see the match but I can say it's a sign of choking. You cannot handle the pressure of the possibility of losing the set if you lose the game, so you serve and play nervous then lose the game and the set.

Matt said...

Impressed with Michelle LDB's win! What are your thoughts on her? Has anybody seen her play yet? I'm really keen to see her in action.

pompelmo said...

Eurosport switches to cycling and now matmazel petrova is two breaks up in the second set. What is going on? Did Petrova start to play better or Sharapova lost it?

Kia said...

Karen, Maybe I misheard but I swear MartinaN said Azarenka had a good attitude and that is definitely not true whenever I've seen her. Maybe she was talking about her belief...

I like to look at Potito, if he played dubs with Seppi, I'd be a happy camper.

I was hoping Rus would make a little run so will transfer my hope for a youngster to MLdB

Karen said...

Azarenka's attitude is quite off putting in that: smashing the racquet on losing a point; berating lines people; arguing with officials unnecessarily; berating fans for cheering against her and just a general demeanour on court that is quite off putting to me as a fan. Plus, I have read accounts over at Forty Deuce during Indian Wells about her treatment of fans when asked for autographs etc. It is all well and good to be an up and comer and believe in yourself, but she should remember that those you meet on the way up, are the same ones you will see on your way down. Tennis is a very fickle sport and you only have to look at the greats of the game who have seen their dreams and hopes dashed because of an injury. Did anyone think that Sharapova would be at No. 102 in the world after dominating at the AO in 2008 or that Serena who was going through the draws like it was nobody's business, would be struggling against No. 100 in her opening round match. Like I said tennis is a very fickle sport and it does not take a lot for players to lose their edge or lose everything that they have worked hard to maintain. She should remember that the next time she berates officials etc.

Karen said...

OMG they just called Maria's dress - his grandmother's curtain.

Karen said...

this match just by the darn commentary sounds like it is a good match. poor Nadia if she loses this match she is going to slit her wrists

mznblue said...

I wish I could say I am surprised. Even when Nadia was up, I expected this.

pompelmo said...

c'mon! No points in the last two opponent serves, winning her serves from deuce, and suddenly she breaks and wins. Nadia Petrova lost, being 4-1 and two break points up in the third set.

b said...

I couldn't bear to watch the final point(s).... Nadia must be kicking herself for letting shara back in the match

Karen said...

Pompelno, there must be a mental block. You know the whole alpha male thing. That must be it - or she is just a darn choker. Craig, you were right and I was so wrong.

pompelmo said...

Karen, I wasn't able to watch except for the first set, but Petrova won two love games when serving to stay in the match, and put pressure on Masha's serve games, coming from 40-0 down in one occasion and gaining the advantage. It can be more of Sharapova being a fighter.

"You don't want to face Sharapova on a grand slam, ever" - eurosport

Karen said...

I think Sharapova is a force to be reckoned for lesser opponents who do not have her fight etc, but when faced with players who are of equal calibre and determination, she falters. Lest anyone think that I am not giving Sharapova credit, I am, but even though I had put my money on Petrova (Craig, I will never stop listening to you), she very clearly choked when she had her opportunties

Karen said...

This fellow Ouanna is quite good. Just like listening to these guys on the radio, they are too funny. I like how they talked about Sharapova's dress and the fact that they dont like it, but not a word about Venus' dress, except that it is very colourful and whether she and Serena have the same clothing sponsor. They are too funny.

sG said...

Aw, Safin lost! I caught the final set at 4-4. When I left it was 2 sets to love Ouanna (sp?). That was some good stuff. I really, really, really wanted Safin to win.

Good job, qualifier! Looks like the French have another one to hang their hopes on -- let's try not to destroy him, shall we?

sG said...

Karen: "OMG they just called Maria's dress - his grandmother's curtain."

That is perhaps the best description to date. I've been referring to it as 'the mumu' but it doesn't really fit since it's not long enough to officially count as one.

Craig Hickman said...

Maria could play with one hand tied behind her back and Petrova would still find a way to lose to her.

Maria is a fighter, but Petrova has more than enough game to beat her, especially at this event on this surface.

Maria is deep in Nadia's psyche. It doesn't take much, but Maria took out real estate there after the shenanigans she pulled against her at the USO in 2005 when she took that bathroom break before Nadia served up a break in the third set.

I had blocked out the details of that bullshit till someone reminded me today, but I clearly remembered the effects.

I can't stand Maria Sharapova and I make no apologies for it. She's dishonest, she's a poor sport, and the noise she makes gets on my last nerve.

Craig Hickman said...

sG, Ouanna didn't qualify. He's a wild card. FFT must be thrilled with its choice.

b said...

Thank God Venus packed up for the night - she remembers last year (when she was robbed and forced to keep playing)

Saw the end and other bits of Safin-Ouanna wow that was exciting..... I don't see how anyone can criticise Marat's effort in that one.... hopefully none do

b said...

Anyone else notice that, due to the nonsensical scheduling - the sisters are now 1 singles (Venus) and 2 doubles matches behind schedule? Tomorrow they each have a singles and the doubles from yesterday.... I certainly hope they won't be asked to play the 2nd doubles as well....

Craig
"I can't stand Maria Sharapova and I make no apologies for it. She's dishonest, she's a poor sport, and the noise she makes gets on my last nerve."
Can I second this? to the 10th power?

Would like to add that it's ridiculous when people talk about what a great talent she is when (w- exception of AO 2008) all her wins have come from outrageously unbalanced draws... Had she anywhere the talent that is claimed when playing those draws she'd have acquired many more slams and other titles by now..... Her only real talent, that I can see, is her incredible love of winning.... and pure aggression....

b said...

MLB - or the Burrito - or Larshriek Burrito (saw on another forum, loved it) - took out one of my favorites Zheng Jie (so sad)....

Anyone else notice that Suarez Navarro is being oevrlooked.... big mistake - she seems to be a big match player

Karen said...

@b - Suarez Navarro has talent, no doubt, but I am not sold on her. She has many weaknesses in her game, and like you say, she is a big match player, also a big name player. The bigger the name, the more effort she puts into the win - female Janko.
@Craig - I do not remember that USO 2005, but like I say all the time, God does not like ugly, and at some point in time, she will get hers. Oh sorry, she did already, Wimby 05, AO 07, Miami 07 - the list goes on and on. That Matt Cronin is really horrible. He was making so much fun of her dress on FO radio. Hilarious.
You know what, as much as I would love to see Roger win this tournament and either WS, I would also love to see someone from the outside just come through and take it. Someone people know absolutely nothing about. Tired of seeing the same faces raising trophies all the time. The sport needs new blood to draw younger viewers etc. Enough of the freaking records already, bring on some competitive tennis.

Pamela said...

Marat showed that he can still be a contender and that he loves the challenge. At least he didn't give up after the losing the first 2 tie-breaks. He dealt with the crowd. I just wish he was the winner.

Good for him though, the desire was there. The fist pumps were there. That's what I missed, instead of all the screaming and racquet breaking ... he WANTED to win. Too bad he didn't. :(

Carla Suarez has game, just not on a hard court, unless she's playing above her level against a higher ranked person. On clay, she moves beautifully and she constructs points well. I'm not overlooking her.

Karen said...

Pamela, she got to q/f last year so she has points to defend. Apart from her come from behind victory against Venus in Australia she has not done much since her FO debut. She got to the finals of Marbella and that was because her opponent in the finals choked more than she did. She does have a very nice backhand, but even though I was impressed last year, I am not so much this year. I read in a press report that Dinara seems to be getting all bent out of shape because people are still not seeing her as a contender for the title even though she has only lost 2 games so far and is looking the best out of all the contenders, on both men's and women's side.

Pamela said...

Karen, it's easy to beat up on lesser players when you have supreme confidence coming off of 2 title wins.

Dinara won't be seen as legitimate until she guts out a win over a good player. I'm not convinced she can't blast her way to the finals, but there's no reason to be impressed with double bagels and breadsticks when your opponents walk out defeated.

Carla Suarez will never do much off of clay, but at least this year she does not have to go through qualifying to reach the QF to defend her points.

Karen said...

Pamela, excellent point on Carla. I had actually forgotten that she had to go through qualies and played her to q/f. I also agree with you on Dinara. Lesser opponents, quality play. More experienced opponent, double faults etc in abundance. I understand that in relation to today's score, she still managed to get broken.

sG said...

Oh! Thanks for the correction, Craig! Yeah, Ouanna's Federation must be thrilled. I heard he's 23 -- where has he been hiding? Is he like Tsonga and Monfils, injury prone?

Marat really thrilled me in that match because he never gave up. He made mistakes but not because he gave up which has been so often the case. I screamed, "Davai!" and "Molodets!" every time I saw a fist pump. Did he even pound his chest a bit??? It was a shame to watch him lose, but a pleasure to see that young man win.

b said...

Ouanna's been around a long while.... or at least I've known his name for a few years now - Tsonga and Monfils have mentioned him frequently, including Monfils funny (but not appreciated) joke about the Davis Cup Team...

@Pamela & Karen - Suarez is in Safina's quarter - if she makes it to the QF I sense a big match