Saturday, May 30, 2009

Roland Garros 2009 Day 7 Open Thread

Actress Eva Longoria Parker (R) and her husband NBA basketball player Tony Parker pose for a spectator during the match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Lleyton Hewitt of Australia during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 29, 2009.

Actress Eva Longoria Parker and her husband NBA basketball player Tony Parker pose for a spectator.


Good morning and sorry I'm late. The third round finishes today. Andy Roddick, the last American man standing, will try to make the second week for the first time, but he'll have to dismiss a Frenchman to do it. Serena Williams could have another late night scheduled fourth on Lenglen. Why Samantha Stosur and Elena Dementieva are up first on Chatrier is beyond me. Anybody see an upet?

Court Philippe Chatrier 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Samantha Stosur (AUS)[30] v. Elena Dementieva (RUS)[4]
2. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) v. Virginie Razzano (FRA)
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Christophe Rochus (BEL) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[9]
4. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)[32] v. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]

Court Suzanne Lenglen 11:00

1. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[7] v. Melinda Czink (HUN)
2. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Andy Roddick (USA)[6] v. Marc Gicquel (FRA)
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Jurgen Melzer (AUT)[24] v. Gael Monfils (FRA)[11]
4. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) v. Serena Williams (USA)[2]

Court 1 11:00

1. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Tommy Haas (GER) v. Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
2. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[5] v. Jarmila Groth (AUS)
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[29] v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[4]
4. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[10]

Court 2 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)[3] v. Julien Benneteau (FRA)
Leander Paes (IND)[3] Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
2. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) v. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[12]
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)[5] v. Igor Andreev (RUS)[25]
4. Mixed Doubles
Aurelie Vedy (FRA) v. Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[5]
Josselin Ouanna (FRA) Andre Sa (BRA)[5]

Court 3 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Johan Brunstrom (SWE) v. Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)[4]
Jean-Julien Rojer (AHO) Mark Knowles (BAH)[4]
2. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Andrei Pavel (ROU) v. Bob Bryan (USA)[2]
Horia Tecau (ROU) Mike Bryan (USA)[2]
3. Mixed Doubles
Sania Mirza (IND) v. Nathalie Dechy (FRA)
Mahesh Bhupathi (IND) Andy Ram (ISR)
4. Mixed Doubles
Sybille Bammer (AUT) v. Cara Black (ZIM)[2]
Lukasz Kubot (POL) Leander Paes (IND)[2]
5. Mixed Doubles
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v. Camille Pin (FRA)
Marc Gicquel (FRA) Gilles Simon (FRA)

Court 6 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Rik De Voest (RSA)[14] v. Dusan Vemic (SRB)
Ashley Fisher (AUS)[14] Mischa Zverev (GER)
2. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Cara Black (ZIM)[1] v. Vania King (USA)[13]
Liezel Huber (USA)[1] Monica Niculescu (ROU)[13]
3. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Jose Acasuso (ARG) v. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) Sergio Roitman (ARG)
4. Mixed Doubles
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) v. Nadia Petrova (RUS)[4]
Ashley Fisher (AUS) Max Mirnyi (BLR)[4]

Court 7 11:00

1. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[7] v. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)[9]
Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[7] Shuai Peng (CHN)[9]
2. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) v. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN)[24]
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Tommy Robredo (ESP)[16] v. Maximo Gonzalez (ARG)
4. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Daniel Nestor (CAN)[1] v. Leos Friedl (CZE)
Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)[1] David Skoch (CZE)

Court 14 12:00

1. Men's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Jaroslav Levinsky (CZE) v. Bruno Soares (BRA)[5]
Igor Zelenay (SVK) Kevin Ullyett (ZIM)[5]
2. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP)[3] v. Vera Dushevina (RUS)
Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)[3] Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)
3. Mixed Doubles
Liezel Huber (USA)[1] v. Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
Bob Bryan (USA)[1] Dusan Vemic (SRB)

Court 16 12:00

1. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)[11] v. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[8]
Patty Schnyder (SUI)[11] Flavia Pennetta (ITA)[8][/b]
2. Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
David Ferrer (ESP) v. Christopher Kas (GER)
Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) Rogier Wassen (NED)
3. Mixed Doubles
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) v. Iveta Benesova (CZE)
Mark Knowles (BAH) Lukas Dlouhy (CZE)
4. Mixed Doubles
Vania King (USA) v. Severine Bremond Beltrame (FRA)
Marcelo Melo (BRA) Robert Lindstedt (SWE)

Court 17 11:00

1. Men's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Wesley Moodie (RSA) v. Simon Aspelin (SWE)
Dick Norman (BEL) Paul Hanley (AUS)
2. Men's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
T.B.D. v. Pablo Cuevas (URU)[8]
Luis Horna (PER)[8]
3. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[12]
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) Elena Vesnina (RUS)[12]
4. Mixed Doubles
Gisela Dulko (ARG) v. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
Pablo Cuevas (URU) Jordan Kerr (AUS)


pompelmo said...

bon apre midi. Stosur gets break points in the second set, wasn't able to convert, then gets broken and loses the set. But then she wins 3 games in a row in third, breaking Dementieva twice. This may be the upset you are looking for.

b said...

You must be referring to Kohlschreiber and Djoko? K has beaten him before, right? I hope not but it's possible.....

Serena of course will have to be at her best.... but that's already been discussed.

Stor just upset Demented!

Karen said...

Did you guys hear about the possession at Roland Garros. Apparently, this guy has been possessed by Gustavo Kuerten (even though he is still alive). His name is Andy Roddick and he is an American with a fear of red clay. He is about to beat a Frenchman, on clay, in Roland Garros. People are speculating that he may have been possessed. I was watching the match and saw Andy do a couple of drop shots, but the shot of the match for me was the sliced backhand dropper. Federesque actually.

Craig Hickman said...

Karen, that is the best comment ever.

sG said...

Karen, you're lying! What the...!!!! Andy you sly, apparently clay playing, dog!

Craig Hickman said...

Corina Morariu just called Carla Suarez Navarro the Serena Williams of the lower ranked players because she brings her best to Slams and falls off at regular events.

charags said...

"Federesque actually"; Karen, nice to see the praise for King Fed :)

Ladies #3 and #4 are out.

Looking back @ Craigs early predictions: Safina, "unseeded player" and Kuzny still standing tall; Elena out :(

Men still on track; glad Davy moved ahead, his calm is obviously not going to withstand Verdasco's tempest.

Wise crack of the morning; "Czink is going down the drain"

Karen said...

Craig, it was the truth. He was playing beautiful tennis. The best I have seen him play in a long time. He was moving well, he had variety in his game and he was aggressive when he needed to be and pasive when it called for it. He was varying his serve and attacking Gicquel's serve. He played a very good match. Everytime he played a drop shot, I just had to laugh, because the look on Gicquel's face was like, are you kidding me? - it was so good to see.

b said...

Craig -- Corina Morariu is by far the nastiest, most biased spiteful and straight-up dishonest commentator ever....... she seems to have an endless reserve of backhanded compliments...... and Serena is not the only player she does it to (see her commenting a Bartoli match).

I have no idea if she was that way before the cancer or not (I guess she was still a player then)..... but I find her horrifying../
Interesting to note that she dated Gimelslob for a long time...

Karen said...

b, I think that Corina is a disgruntled, uneducated (her words, I did not go to college), frustrated woman. It galls her so much that both herself and Lindsay have invested so much time and effort in their respective careers and have not had the succes of Serena and Venus. To hear her talk about them you can hear the envy, the anger, the injustice etc of it all. How dare they with their outside interests think of coming in and winning grand slams. Who do they think they are? It is funny that she has so much hatred (because that is what it is)for players who play 2-handed as against the one-handed backhand (as she used to play with). I have heard her comment on matches about Bartoli, Sveta, and quite a few others, and she is just so spiteful.

pompelmo said...

From 4-2 down, Kohlschreiber decides to win the first set 6-4. Interesting.

Craig Hickman said...

Djokovic needs to win this match.


Craig Hickman said...

If they're showing Serena on tape delay later, I'm going to check out till then. I don't want any spoilers.

(and b, I couldn't agree more!)

Tennis Vagabond said...

Djoke is in big trouble, down a set and a break.
Cue the trainer!

Helen W said...

I've just started watching this match, and I gotta say that Nole is doing nothing out there. He just hits his shots short to the middle of the court.

Looks like the Luckiest Player in the World's streak will continue as Kohlschreiber does his dirty work for him by taking out his main threat in his already-dream draw.

pompelmo said...

Novak will not win this set but still can win this match but he has to start playing. Kohlshreiber is solid enough not to just falter at some point, so it needs some determination and hard work. Otherwise, the fourth consecutive Nadal-Federer final is looming.

Tennis Vagabond said...

Fed just overruled a line call to give the point to Mathieu at deuce in Mathieu's first service game.

Helen W said...

Good for him. He's always been one of the honest guys out there on the court.

Tennis Vagabond said...

I wish my baby would appreciate that I'm trying to watch tennis. Will you keep quiet over there?? Eat the cat or something.

Matthew said...

Hey, just out of curiosity, where are you folks watching this stuff today? I can't find it streaming anywhere - channelsurfing has four links, but none of them work, and the Tennis Channel website seems to be unavailable.

Helen W said...

Matthew I'm in Canada and am watching it on TSN. That's probably not much help to you.

Helen W said...

I see the crowds are firmly on Federer's side, even though he is playing a French player. What a bunch.

Matthew said...

Alas! And TV coverage (surely tape-delayed) doesn't start for another hour and twenty minutes, here.

Ah well. I'm mostly just wondering what Djokovic's deal is. I know that Kohlschreiber can sometimes be a spoiler (thinking back to the 2008 AO third round against Roddick) but I wasn't expecting this at all.

Anyone who beat on the German before the match is sitting pretty, now.

Tennis Vagabond said...

Boy, I spend two minutes parenting and Fed gets broken.
Well, I've learned my lesson. And this baby will carry the guilt for the rest of his life.

Madhur said...

allot of suprises! Djokovic losing a set. Andy roddick winning. And Fed is 4-5, a break down with Paul Henri Mathuie serving for the set!
I like this day

Madhur said...

Mathieu wins the first set, with a second serve ace! That is usually roger's style.
I don't know what's happening with Djokovic. I hope he plays tennis from now on! Djokovic will have to break soon.
Is it just me or Murray, Fed, Djokovic etc seem sluggish in the start of matches. It is certainly true for Murray if not for others?
I just saw an amazing point at 40:15, 2nd set fed serve

Matthew said...

Kohlschreiber serving for the match against Djoko? What is going on here? Anyone have an explanation for that?

Madhur said...

Djokovic in my opinion has reached his tipping point. He has been the #2 player on clay, and I guess it has taken it's tole on nole. I feel more than anything Nole is mentally exhausted. This loss is more about mental toughness than anything.
Btw roger won 2nd set

Tennis Vagabond said...

Kohlschreiber looked great! Djokovic really seemed to not have a game plan or focus. Perhaps we'll hear about SARS and bird flu in the presser.
Seriously, I don't get how trendy a pick Djoke was to make the finals or even win. Shades of Murray in Australia. Grand slams are really long and require different things than other tourneys, so to make predictions, I think you really want to go with the guys who have won or made the finals at this level before (yes, Djoke did once, over a year ago, on a different surface).
Its like, people are so bored with Nadal/Fed finals that they want to be too clever in their picks. I don't want to seem too harsh, because its easy to say this in hindsight, and really, anybody can lose on any given day, but I do think, until someone else shows consistency in grand slams like 1 and 2, betters would do well to stick with them.
Meantime, Fed and Mathieu are making a nice match of it. Fed's backhand is looking vulnerable again.

b said...


Blogger b said...

Well Craig, if your prediction was Djoko then it (unfortunately) came true

Serena just choked serving for match. SIGH... great fight though...

Sat May 30, 01:13:00 PM

Blogger b said...

SHE DID IT!!!!!! despite the cheating Serena won

Sat May 30, 01:21:00 PM

b said...

Sorry Craig - I just read the thread and see you said not to post spoilers...

Tennis Vagabond said...

You can delete, hopefully before Craig's day is spoiled!

pompelmo said...

I don't think he meant that. He left the internet not to see any spoilers. Probably not watching any other match either.

Helen W said...

Madhur says:

I feel more than anything Nole is mentally exhausted. This loss is more about mental toughness than anything.

I agree with this. He just didn't have anything left in the tank. His game started to pick up a bit in the 3rd set, but he still never really looked at home out there.

Not to take anything away from Kohlschreiber -- he did not falter and played excellent tennis throughout.

Craig Hickman said...

Easy to post a comment without reading any others as I wait for Serena's match.

Now, I'm watching Federer/Mathieu in fading light.

From slo-mo replay it seems to me that great get by Federer bounced twice.

And I'm a bit surprised though certainly not shocked that the crowd is almost solely routing for Fed over one of their own.

US Open crowds can be the same way.

I don't need blind loyalty, but give your compatriots a little respect. You don't have to have to throw dirt in their faces.

Helen W said...

Win or lose, Mathieu has shown some real mental toughtness out there today. Congrats to him!

Helen W said...

Well, Federer finally gets the break, so it looks like it was just too big an ask of Mathieu. But what a contrast to Acasuso! He's trying to the end.

Tennis Vagabond said...

Craig, the crowd has been giving both men lots of love.

Tennis Vagabond said...

Andy in the presser: "I don't even have anything to do next week."
Novak very classy in his presser. Now I feel bad for mocking.

Karen said...

Yaay, very good match. Glad Roger escaped that one. LOL

Karen said...

You know what Craig, I thought the ball had bounced twice as well, but looking at the reply he got his racquet under it and flicked it. I think the racquet and the ball were on the same level.

Helen W said...

Tennis Vagabond Nole seems to have finally figured out how to handle himself, both on and off the court. Good to see.

I've always liked the way he shows appreciation for his opponents' good shots.

Craig Hickman said...

Are you fucking kidding me?????

That ball hit her arm. She's supposed to lose the point. The umpire gave her the point and the game. The player TOOK THE POINT AND THE GAME?

Oh, hell no.

I nope Serena beats the shit outta her.

Pardon my French.

(I'm still not reading this thread and can't twitter because I won't be able to avoid headlines, so I can't respond to anything yet.)

Craig Hickman said...

Hey ya'll. Instead of messing up the discussion that's likely already happening here, I'm posting my thoughts about Serena's match in a new thread here. Come on over if you wanna act as though this match is live.


pompelmo said...

Wozniacki is trying a trick 2 points close to a defeat.

pompelmo said...

..and she is out. Lucky to make it up to here.

Mad Professah said...

I just saw it, too Craig. This is insane.

Why is it that it is The Williams Sisters have points stolen from them, in slams.
2003: In a semifinal match at Roland Garros in 2003 Justine Henin raises her hand to say she's not ready, Serena serves a fault and the referee refuses to give Serena a first serve. Serena loses the match.

2004: Referee Marina Alves calls a point CLEARLY inside the line (on the far side of the court) OUT and awarding the point to Jennifer Capriati in the US Open semifinal match against Serena. Serena loses the match.

2004: in a 2nd round match against Karolina Sprem at Wimbledon the umpire called the SCORE incorrectly, awarding Venus' opponent a point she did not earn. Venus loses the match.

2009: in a 3rd round match against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Serena nailed a ball at her opponent at the net on breakpoint down which hit the Spaniard's right arm and then her racquet, to go over the net. The umpire awards the point and game to Serena's opponent, over Serena's protests. Serena wins the match.

Do people REALLY THINK this has nothing to do with race? Why does this not happen to any other American players?

Craig Hickman said...

Wow, just wow.

What a day.

b said...

Commentators said apparently the onus is on the player to report that a ball hit you. So, unlike other mishaps, it doesn't matter if the Ump was looking at that moment - she was cheating!