Thursday, October 29, 2009

Doha Open Thread

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Singles - Final
(2) Serena Williams (USA) d. (7) Venus Williams (USA) 62 76(4)

Doubles - Final
(4) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. (1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) 63 46 10-7

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Singles - Semifinals
(2) Serena Williams (USA) d. (4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 64 01 ret. (left abdominal strain)
(7) Venus Williams (USA) d. (8) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 57 63 64

Doubles - Semifinals
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. (3) Stosur/Stubbs (AUS/AUS) 36 76(3) 10-8
(4) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. (2) Williams/Williams(USA/USA) 26 64 10-8

Friday, October 30, 2009

White Group
(8) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 62 62
(10) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (6) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 46 75 41 ret. (cramping)

Maroon Group
(3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 63 62

DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 29:  Sony Ericsson WTA CEO Stacey Allaster and Elena Dementieva of Russia pose for photographers after Dementieva was presented the ACES award during the Sony Ericsson WTA Championships at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on October 29, 2009 in Doha, Qatar.
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Sony Ericsson WTA CEO Stacey Allaster and Elena Dementieva of Russia pose for photographers after Dementieva was presented the ACES award during the Sony Ericsson WTA Championships at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on October 29, 2009 in Doha, Qatar.

DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 29:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark cries with the pain from cramp in her leg as she celebrates match point against Vera Zvonareva of Russia in their round robin match during the Sony Ericsson Championships at the Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex on October 29, 2009 in Doha, Qatar.
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Caroline Wozniacki
of Denmark cries with the pain from cramp in her leg as she celebrates match point against Vera Zvonareva of Russia in their round robin match during the Sony Ericsson Championships at the Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex on October 29, 2009 in Doha, Qatar.

Venus Williams of the U.S hits a return to Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia during their WTA Tour Championships tennis match in Doha October 29, 2009.
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Venus Williams of the U.S hits a return to Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia during their WTA Tour Championships tennis match in Doha October 29, 2009.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

White Group
(4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (9) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 60 67(3) 64

Maroon Grouup
(2) Serena Williams (USA) d. (5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 62 64
(7) Venus Williams (USA) d. (3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 62 67(3) 64

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Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her singles match against sister Venus Williams of the United States at the WTA Tennis Championships, in Doha, Qatar Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.
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Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her singles match against sister Venus Williams of the United States at the WTA Tennis Championships, in Doha, Qatar Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.

A cat runs across the court during the match between Venus and Serena Williams of the United States at the WTA Tennis Championships, in Doha, Qatar Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.
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A cat runs across the court during the match between Venus and Serena Williams of the United States at the WTA Tennis Championships, in Doha, Qatar Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.

DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 28:  Dinara Safina of Russia fields questions from the media after retiring from her match against Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, and the tournament, due to injury in her first match in round robin play during the Sony Ericsson WTA Championships at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on October 28, 2009 in Doha, Qatar.
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Dinara Safina of Russia fields questions from the media after retiring from her match against Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, and the tournament, due to injury in her first match in round robin play during the Sony Ericsson WTA Championships at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on October 28, 2009 in Doha, Qatar.

DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 28:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark is congratulated by her father Piotr Wozniacki  after match point against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their round robin match during the Sony Ericsson Championships at the Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex on October 28, 2009 in Doha, Qatar.
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Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark is congratulated by her father Piotr Wozniacki after match point against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their round robin match during the Sony Ericsson Championships at the Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex on October 28, 2009 in Doha, Qatar.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

White Group
(8) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (1) Dinara Safina (RUS) 11 ret. (low back injury)
(4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (6) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 16 64 75

Maroon Group
(2) Serena Williams (USA) d. (7) Venus Williams (USA) 57 64 76(4) (saved 1 M.P.)

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

White Group
(6) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (8) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 62 63

Maroon Group
(2) Serena Williams (USA) d. (3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 76(6) 75
(5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. (7) Venus Williams (USA) 36 76(6) 62

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Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Serena Williams of the U.S. , Dinara Safina of Russia, Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, Elena Dementieva of Russia and Venus Williams of the U.S. (L-R) pose for a picture during the draw for the WTA Tour Championships at the Museum of Islamic Art conference centre in Doha October 25, 2009. The tournament will take place in Doha from October 26 to November 1.
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Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Serena Williams of the U.S. , Dinara Safina of Russia, Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, Elena Dementieva of Russia and Venus Williams of the U.S. (L-R) pose for a picture during the draw for the WTA Tour Championships at the Museum of Islamic Art conference centre in Doha October 25, 2009. The tournament will take place in Doha from October 26 to November 1.

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White Group
Dinara Safina
Caroline Wozniacki
Victoria Azarenka
Jelena Jankovic

Maroon Group
Serena Williams
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Elena Dementieva
Venus Williams

I suppose it's merely coincidence that the white group includes two of the propagandists' darlings and a No. 1 seed given an advantage, yet again, by an establishment uninterested in credibility, while the maroon group features the veterans and the women of color. And, of course, the players with championship resumes.

Are people still going to drive by and insist that these draws are purely random just because they're performed in public?

I suppose I'll cover the event here. But I'm not making any promises. When the establishment of the sport I loves stares me in the face and calls me stupid, I tend to become preoccupied with other things.

Maybe one of our front-page contributors will do the honors (hint, hint), and take our readers through all the action in Doha.

Or, how about a regular commenter? Send an email to craighickmanontennis at gmail dot com if you're interested.

I've got to get back out into the field. Way-too-early frost, family visits, more B&B guests and catering gigs than I ever have this time of the year has thrown me for so many loops, I'm all discombobulated of late. The ground is already beginning to freeze, and I haven't even started planting bulbs for next spring.

25 comments:

Mad Professah said...

I'll prob post something once the semifinals start..

I'd also like a contest for people to suggest the best matches of 2009...

Helen W said...

Good idea about the contest. I'll pick AO Open Semifinal between Nadal & Verdasco.

As for Doha -- big YAWN. I simply loathe these rigged events.

Dapxin said...

how is the seeding done in Tennis?

In football which I know of,
there are pots and the seeds go first, and spread, then everyone else joins them in.

How can it be rigged?

I think Venus is defending champion here right?

Craig, Please let us cover it all the same. Just a thread per day. Or one thread for all....Its nice that way

Dapxin said...

Is Serena actually slimmer or looks so ?

btw, her game is on here sop://broker9.sopcast.com:3912/77551

edma1022 said...

The best match I've seen so far is the Madrid ATP 1000 semis (Nadal/Djokovic).

Other candidates, IMO:
-Wimbledon finals, Fed/Roddick
-Croatia v Czech Republic WG SF, Karlovic/Stepanek

I'll have to think of the women's matches, too.

Karen said...

Relocation complete. Now in Jamaica. Will try and post more. Doha draw is crap. Longing to see Roger play. No Tennis Channel in Jamaica. Thinking of doing online petition to have Tennis Channel as part of my cable package. Ugh.

cp said...

Edma I agree, Djokvic and Nadal, Madrid.

oddman said...

I'll have to watch that Madrid match, for the moment, I'd pick the AO semi between the Spaniards as my best match of 09 too.

I'd like to say the Wimby final, but the result was devastating so....

Craig Hickman said...

The result notwithstanding, the Wimbledon final was the best Slam match of the year.

The Wimbledon semifinal between Serena and Elena wins. Hands down. No other Slam match came close to that quality from both sides of the net. And it was a long.

pompelmo said...

Azarenka was beaten by the fat kid.

Safina is junk.

kraa said...

I agree about Wimbledon SF (Serena-Elena). For men I pick RG SF (Federer-del Potro). I haven't seen Nadal-Djokovic... Other candidates - USO final and AO semi final (Nadal-Verdasco)

kraa said...

Wimbledon final was dramatic, but not that great as far as quality of play is concerned. Roger at least has played a lot better than that on grass.

Craig Hickman said...

Nice to see you, pompelmo.

Hope all is well in your part of the world.

pompelmo said...

hi Craig,

it is rainy. Rain is good :)

calle said...

How the hell do they pull off all this draw rigging Craig? I saw the guy draw the numbers and it looked ok to me. They must have hired some illusionist from Vegas. He must be working full time rigging draw ceremonies for ATP and WTA. Because this draw (which btw is as uneven as possible given the seeding rules) is exactly 12.5% likely so for sure there must be some strange going on.

Really difficult to take you and your gang seriously with all BS about draw rigging.

Queers United said...

that's cool I didn't realize she competes against her sister

Craig Hickman said...

calle, if you don't take it seriously then don't take it seriously.

Isn't going to change anything.

Pamela said...

Can I just say the schedule is ridiculous. I think they do it to avoid the heat, although it's been incredibly humid there the first 2 days.

Match of the year for the ladies is definitely the Wimbledon semi with Serena and Dementieva.

For the men it's a toss up for me .. it seems long ago now, but the Rafa/Verdasco semi in Australia was just all out brutal from start to finish. The other is the final with Roddick/Federer. Still mad Roddick lost that.

Craig Hickman said...

I just have to say that Serena's weave/wig is horrendous.

Kia said...

The Serena/Elena match was my fave women's match of the year as was Nadal vs Verdasco AO match up.

I'm sorry to hear that Serena's Doha look is awful, Craig. I liked her shorter, curlier lace hair from the summer...

lynney62 said...

Doha must have lots of cats who love tennis! Remember earlier this year in Doha a yellow cat ran out on court during one of Rafa's matches (I think it was in Doha?) Anyway, kitties galore!

Helen W said...

I just hope the cat didn't fail a drug test ....

Craig Hickman said...

Funny, Helen.

Helen W said...

... or at least not lie about it :)

vw said...

So glad JJ took out Woz. Serena will take care of her tomorrow. he he