Saturday, January 31, 2009

Australian Open Results- Day 13

And Serena Williams is back on top! After an incredible victory by the younger of the Williams sisters over Dinara Safina in the Australian Open final, Serena Williams will once again return to number 1. Surrendering just 3 games total, Williams hit forehand, backhand, serve and volley winners from almost every area of the court, while hitting just 7 unforced errors. Safina, although she will have a very bright future in tennis, proved that expierence played a huge factor in the final. It was the 27 year old Serena's 10th grand slam, while Dinara's 2nd runner-up trophy. With the way Dinara is playing, Marat Safin will soon be Dinara's older brother, but last night just wasn't Safina's night. The Bryan brothers battled back after losing the first set 6-2 in the men's doubles final against Bhupathi and Knowles, and Bob and Mike soared to dominate the next two, winning the last 8 games of the match.

Women's Singles- Final

Serena Williams (2) def. Dinara Safina (3), 6-0, 6-3

Men's Doubles- Final

B.Bryan/M.Bryan (2) def. M.Bhupathi/M.Knowles (3), 2-6, 7-5, 6-0

Friday, January 30, 2009

Australian Open Results- Day 12


Two left handed Spaniards produced an absolutely thrilling match in the second men's semifinal when Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco met. After over 5 hours, Nadal prevailed in 5 sets, 3 of them tiebreaks. The Williams sisters also had their fair share of excitement, winning their 8th Grand Slam while teamed up together.

Women's Doubles- Finals

S.Williams/V.Williams (10) def. D.Hantuchova/A.Sugiyama (9), 6-3, 6-3

Men's Singles- Semifinals

Rafael Nadal (1) def. Fernando Verdasco (14), 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (1-7), 6-4

Thursday, January 29, 2009

AUstralian Open Results- Day 11




After stellar performances from both Dinara Safina and Serena Williams, the women's finals are set. Half of the men's final is set after Roger Federer routinely defeated Andy Roddick to improve his record to 16-2 against the American. After Serena's match, the younger sister teamed up with her sister to crush their doubles opponents on their way to the finals.

Women's Singles- Semifinal
Serena Williams (2) def. Elena Dementieva (4), 6-3, 6-4
Dinara Safina (3) def. Vera Zvonareva (7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
Women's Doubles- Semifinal

D.Hantuchova/A.Sugiyama (9) def. N.Dechy/M.Santangelo, 6-4, 6-3
S.Williams/V.Williams (10) def. C.Dellacqua/F.Schiavone (12), 6-0, 6-2

Men's Singles- Semifinal

Roger Federer (2) def. Andy Roddick (7), 6-2, 7-5, 7-5

Men's Doubles- Semifinal

B.Bryan/M.Bryan (2) def. L.Dlouhy/L.Paes (4), 6-3, 6-3
M.Bhupathi/M.Knowles (3) def. L.Kubot/O.Marach, 6-3, 6-1

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Australian Open Results- Day 10

One lesson was learned on Day 10 of the Australian Open, and it was a lesson that we all probably already know. Never doubt a William sister. Down a set to Svetlana Kuznetsova, Serena Williams came back, under a closed roof because of excruciating temperatures on court (high of 145), and managed to reach another Grand Slam semifinal. Also, the semifinals are now set. Serena will be playing Elena Dementieva, who easily defeated Carla Suarez Navarro, and Dinara Safina will take on Vera Zvonareva. Also, Spaniard southpaws Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco booked spots in the semis.

Women's Results- Quarterfinals

Serena Williams (2) def. Svetlana Kuznetsova (8) 5-7, 7-5, 6-1
Elena Dementieva (4) def. Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2

Men's Singles- Quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal (1) def. Gilles Simon (6) 6-2, 7-5, 7-5
Fernando Verdasco (14) def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5) 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Australian Open Results- Day 9



Roger Federer played a near peRFect match in Melbourne, absolutely dominating Juan Martin Del Potro in the Quarterfinals of the Aussie Open. Novak Djokovic retired in the 4th set of his match against Andy Roddick, while behind 2 sets to 1. Dinara Safina fought through a tough 3 set battle and Vera Zvonareva made a mockery of Marion Bartoli.

Women's Singles- Quarterfinals

Dinara Safina (3) def. Jelena Dokic, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Vera Zvonareva (7) def. Marion Bartoli (16), 6-3, 6-0

Men's Singles- Quarterfinals

Roger Federer (2) def. Juan Martin del Potro (8), 6-3, 6-0, 6-0
Andy Roddick (7) def. Novak Djokovic (3), 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-2, 2-1, retired

Monday, January 26, 2009

Australian Open Results- Day 8


Another huge upset came on day 7 of the Aussie Open when Fernando Verdasco took out Andy Murray in a thrilling 5 set battle. Serena Williams was just games away from being eliminated before her opponent, Victoria Azarenka retired and Gael Monfils was in the midst of putting together a come back when the injury bug caught him, forcing him to retire as well.


Women's Singles- 4th Round

Serena Williams (2) def. Victoria Azarenka (13), 3-6, 4-2, retired
Elena Dementieva (4) def. Dominika Cibulkova (18), 6-2, 6-2
Svetlana Kuznetsova (8) def. Zheng Jie (22), 4-1, retired
Carla Suarez Navarro def. Anabel Medina Garrigues (21), 6-3, 6-2

Men's Singles- 4th Round

Rafael Nadal (1) def. Fernando Gonzalez (13), 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
Fernando Verdasco (14) def. Andy Murray (4), 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5) def. James Blake (9), 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
Gilles Simon (6) def. Gael Monfils (12), 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, retired

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Australian open Results- Day 7


Who would have thought that so many top seeds were points away from being ousted in the Round of 16 in one day. Some top seeds, like Dinara Safina, were just iches away from defeat, but pulled it out. Roger Federer, down 2 sets to love, came back to dominate the next 3, and won with girt, determiantion and fight, 3 characteristics he will need to get back to number 1. Novak Djokovic was leading the whole way through, but at times it looked like Marcos Baghdatis would even the match at 2 sets apiece. Those three played their way out of losing, with a little luck, but Jelena Jankovic suffered the real upset, losing to frenchwoman Marion Bartoli in a routine match for the former Wimbledon finalist. Je;ena Dokic gave the Aussie crowd something to cheer about, reaching her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in years, and coming back from a bout of depression.


Women's Singles- 4th Round

Marion Bartoli (16) def. Jelena Jankovic (1), 6-1, 6-4
Dinara Safina (3) def. Alize Cornet (15), 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
Vera Zvonareva (7) def. Nadia Petrova (10), 7-5, 6-4
Jelena Dokic def. Alisa Kleybanova (29), 7-5, 5-7, 8-6

Men's Singles- 4th Round

Roger Federer (2) def. Tomas Berdych (20), 4-6, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
Novak Djokovic (3) def. Marcos Baghdatis, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (5-7), 6-2
Andy Roddick (7) def. Tommy Robredo (21), 7-5, 6-1, 6-3
Juan Martin del Potro (8) def. Marin Cilic (19), 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Australian Open Results- Day 6

Fernando Gonzalez is back in top form. He also came back from 2 sets down to defeat Richard Gasquet in a stunning marathon 5 setter that ended 12-10. The match took just over 4 hours, with Gasquet ripping his picture-perfect backhand and Gonzo obliterating his world-class forehand. So, something had to give. At deuce, Gasquet serving down 11-10, the chilean ripped a return to give him match point. It was all over from there.

Women's Singles- 3rd Round

Serena Williams (2) def. Peng Shuai, 6-1, 6-4
Elena Dementieva (4) def. Samantha Stosur, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
Svetlana Kuznetsova (8) def. Alona Bondarenko (31), 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
Anabel Medina Garrigues (21) def. Flavia Pennetta (12), 6-4, 6-1
Victoria Azarenka (13) def. Amelie Mauresmo (20), 6-4, 6-2
Dominika Cibulkova (18) def. Virginie Razzano, 7-5, 7-5
Zheng Jie (22) def. Kateryna Bondarenko, 6-2, 6-2
Carla Suarez Navarro def. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, 6-1, 6-4

Men's Singles- 3rd Round
Rafael Nadal (1) def. Tommy Haas, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
Andy Murray (4) def. Jurgen Melzer (31), 7-5, 6-0, 6-3
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5) def. Dudi Sela, 6-4, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1
Gilles Simon (6) def. Mario Ancic, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-2
James Blake (9) def. Igor Andreev (18), 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
Gael Monfils (12) def. Nicolas Almagro (17), 6-4, 6-3, 7-5
Fernando Gonzalez (13) def. Richard Gasquet (24), 3-6, 3-6, 7-6 (12-10), 6-2, 12-10
Fernando Verdasco (14) def. Radek Stepanek (22), 6-4, 6-0, 6-0

Friday, January 23, 2009

Australian Open- Day 5


While the men's top seeds have looked fantastic in dominating their first few matches, the woman have looked less stunning. Another shockming upset on the women's side developed today when Russian upstart Alisa Kleybanova took down 5th seeded Ana Ivanovic. The match went to 3 sets, with Kleybanova racing out to a 3-1 lead. A crucial and spectacular volley put Kleybanova ahead 4-2 and she took her lead and ran with it, dominating the next two games.

Women's Singles- 3rd Round

Jelena Jankovic (1) def. Ai Sugiyama (26), 6-4, 6-4
Dinara Safina (3) def. Kaia Kanepi (25), 6-2, 6-2
Alisa Kleybanova (29) def. Ana Ivanovic (5), 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2
Vera Zvonareva (7) def. Sara Errani, 6-4, 6-1
Nadia Petrova (10) def. Galina Voskoboeva, 6-1, retired
Jelena Dokic def. Caroline Wozniacki (11), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
Alize Cornet (15) def. Daniela Hantuchova (19), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Marion Bartoli (16) def. Lucie Safarova, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1

Men's Singles- 3rd Round

Roger Federer (2) def. Marat Safin (26), 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
Novak Djokovic (3) def. Amer Delic, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
Andy Roddick (7) def. Fabrice Santoro, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
Juan Martin del Potro (8) def. Gilles Muller, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-3, 7-5
Marin Cilic (19) def. David Ferrer (11), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 6-4
Tomas Berdych (20) def. Stanislas Wawrinka (15), 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4
Tommy Robredo (21) def. Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
Marcos Baghdatis def. Mardy Fish (23), 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Australian Open Results- Day 4

The first few days had few upsets, but the big one came on Day 4 when Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Venus Williams in a 3 set battle. Venus was not herself, standing 6-8 feet behind the baseline on most points instead of her usual 2-3 feet inside the baseline. Navarro deserves the victory, though, as she played an incredible match to dethrone the number 6 seed.





Women's Singles- 2nd Round



Victoria Azarenka (13), Belarus, def. Tathiana Garbin, Italy, 4-1 retired.
Elena Dementieva (4), Russia, def. Iveta Benesova, Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-1.
Virginie Razzano, France, def. Patty Schnyder (14), Switzerland, 6-3, 6-1.
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Spain, def. Akgul Amanmuradova, Uzbekistan, 6-2, 6-4.
Dominika Cibulkova (18), Slovakia, def. Chan Yung-Jan, Taiwan, 6-0, 6-2.
Kateryna Bondarenko, Ukraine, def. Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Spain, 7-5, 7-5.
Amelie Mauresmo (20), France, def. Elena Baltacha, Britain, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Anabel Medina Garrigues (21), Spain, def. Julie Coin, France, 6-1, 6-4.
Zheng Jie (22), China, def. Melinda Czink, Hungary, 7-6 (7-0), 5-7, 6-3.
Serena Williams (2), United States, def. Gisela Dulko, Argentina, 6-3, 7-5.
Flavia Pennetta (12), Italy, def. Jessica Moore, Australia, 6-4, 6-1.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (8), Russia, def. Tatjana Malek, Germany, 6-2, 6-2.
Alona Bondarenko (31), Ukraine, def. Severine Bremond, France, 7-6 (7-1), 1-6, 6-2.
Samantha Stosur, Australia, def. Sabine Lisicki, Germany, 6-3, 6-4.
Peng Shuai, China, def. Sesil Karatantcheva, Bulgaria, 6-4, 6-0.
Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain, def. Venus Williams (6), United States, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.






Men's Singles- 2nd Round





Richard Gasquet (24), France, def. Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Dudi Sela, Israel, def. Victor Hanescu, Romania, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.
Fernando Gonzalez (13), Chile, def. Guillermo Canas, Argentina, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.
Gilles Simon (6), France, def. Chris Guccione, Australia, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.
Jurgen Melzer (31), Austria, def. Andreas Beck, Germany, 5-7, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, 6-3.
Tommy Haas, Germany, def. Flavio Cipolla, Italy, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.
Nicolas Almagro (17), Spain, def. Fabio Fognini, Italy, 6-2, 7-5, 6-0.
Rafael Nadal (1), Spain, def. Roko Karanusic, Croatia, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.
Fernando Verdasco (14), Spain, def. Arnaud Clement, France, 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.
Radek Stepanek (22), Czech Republic, def. Michael Berrer, Germany, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5.
Gael Monfils (12), France, def. Stefan Koubek, Austria, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Mario Ancic, Croatia, def. Ivo Karlovic (25), Croatia, 5-7, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5), France, def. Ivan Ljubicic, Croatia, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (9-7), 6-2.
James Blake (9), United States, def. Sebastien de Chaunac, France, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
Igor Andreev (18), Russia, def. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia, 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-4.
Andy Murray (4), Britain, def. Marcel Granollers, Spain, 6-4, 6-
2, 6-2.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Australian Open Results- Day 3

After a traumatic previous 2 years, Jelena Dokic has come back in front of her home crowd and shocked the world. She took out 17th seeded Anna Chakvetadze and is playing some of the best tennis of her career. Here are your day 3 results.

Women's Singles- 2nd Round

Galina Voskoboeva, Kazakhstan, def. Karin Knapp, Italy, 6-4, 6-1.
Ana Ivanovic (5), Serbia, def. Alberta Brianti, Italy, 6-3, 6-2.
Nadia Petrova (10), Russia, def. Sania Mirza, India, 6-3, 6-2.
Kaia Kanepi (25), Estonia, def. Patricia Mayr, Austria, 6-3, 6-1.
Ai Sugiyama (26), Japan, def. Nathalie Dechy, France, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Dinara Safina (3), Russia, def. Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-0.
Daniela Hantuchova (19), Slovakia, def. Mathilde Johansson, France, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Alisa Kleybanova (29), Russia, def. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro, France, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
Vera Zvonareva (7), Russia, def. Edina Gallovits, Romania, 6-0, 6-0.
Alize Cornet (15), France, def. Andrea Petkovic, Germany, 6-1, 6-0.
Jelena Jankovic (1), Serbia, def. Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium, 6-4, 7-5.
Sara Errani, Italy, def. Monica Niculescu, Romania, 6-2 6-3.
Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic, def. Marina Erakovic, New Zealand, def. 6-1, 3-6, 9-7.
Caroline Wozniacki (11), Denmark, def. Virginia Ruano Pascual, Spain, 6-3, 6-3.
Marion Bartoli (16), France, def. Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria, 7-5, 6-2.
Jelena Dokic, Australia, def. Anna Chakvetadze (17), Russia, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.


Men's Singles- 2nd Round


David Ferrer (11), Spain, def. Dominik Hrbaty, Slovakia, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.
Marat Safin (26), Russia, def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.
Marin Cilic (19), Croatia, def. Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia, 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Tommy Robredo (21), Spain, def. Viktor Troicki, Serbia, 6-1, 6-3, 6-0.
Tomas Berdych (20), Czech Republic, def. Brian Dabul, Argentina, 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.
Amer Delic, United States, def. Paul-Henri Mathieu (28), France, 1-6, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 9-7.
Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, def. Evgeny Korolev, Russia, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1.
Stanislas Wawrinka (15), Switzerland, def. Brydan Klein, Australia, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Mardy Fish (23), United States, def. Simone Bolelli, Italy, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5.
Lu Yen-Hsun, Taiwan, def. David Nalbandian (10), Argentina, 6-4, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, def. Robin Soderling (16), Sweden, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.
Fabrice Santoro, France, def. Philipp Kohlschreiber (32), Germany, 5-7, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Juan Martin del Potro (8), Argentina, def. Florian Mayer, Germany, 6-1, 7-5, 6-2.
Andy Roddick (7), United States, def. Xavier Malisse, Belgium, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2.
Gilles Muller, Luxembourg, def. Bernard Tomic, Australia, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Australian Open Results- Day 2

Rafael Nadal put on an electrifying show Tuesday night in Melbourne (Monday morning for us in the states) when he made an absolute mockery of Christophe Rochus. Nadal hit 47 winners to Rochus' 7 and he got off the court in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Both Williams sisters also put on impressive performances.

Women's Singles- 1st Round

Victoria Azarenka (13), Belarus, def. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-1.
Peng Shuai, China, def. Francesca Schiavone (28), Italy, 7-6 (4), 6-1.
Sesil Karatantcheva, Bulgaria, def. Nuria Llagostera Vives, Spain, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Tathiana Garbin, Italy, def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.
Elena Dementieva (4), Russia, def. Kristina Barrois, Germany, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-1.
Virginie Razzano, France, def. Jarmila Gajdosova, Australia, 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-4.
Kateryna Bondarenko, Ukraine, def. Agnieszka Radwanska (9), Poland, 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-1.
Serena Williams (2), United States, def. Yuan Meng, China, 6-3, 6-2.
Zheng Jie (22), China, def. Camille Pin, France, 6-3, 6-3.
Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Spain, def. Ekaterina Bychkova, Russia, 6-3, 6-0.
Amelie Mauresmo (20), France, def. Olga Govortsova, Belarus, 6-4, 6-3.
Alona Bondarenko (31), Ukraine, def. Olivia Rogowska, Australia, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
Severine Bremond, France, def. Nicole Vaidisova, Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-1.
Elena Baltacha, Britain, def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Germany, 6-1, 6-4.
Iveta Benesova, Czech Republic, def. Vera Dushevina, Russia, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Spain, def. Tamarine Tanasugarn (32), Thailand, 7-5, 6-3.
Venus Williams (6), United States, def. Angelique Kerber, Germany, 6-3, 6-3.
Melinda Czink, Hungary, def. Sorana Cirstea, Romania, 6-2, 6-2.
Gisela Dulko, Argentina, def. Anastasiya Yakimova, Belarus, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
Dominika Cibulkova (18), Slovakia, def. Chanelle Scheepers, South Africa, 6-0, 6-0.
Patty Schnyder (14), Switzerland, def. Kristina Mladenovic, France, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Tatjana Malek, Germany, def. Ayumi Morita, Japan, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain, def. Roberta Vinci, Italy, 7-5, 6-4.
Anabel Medina Garrigues (21), Spain, def. Isabella Holland, Australia, 6-1, 7-5.
Jessica Moore, Australia, def. Christina McHale, United States, 1-6, 6-3, 9-7.
Chan Yung-jan, Taiwan, def. Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwan, 6-3, 6-3.
Sabine Lisicki, Germany, def. Aleksandra Wozniak (30), Canada, 6-4, 6-3.
Akgul Amanmuradova, Uzbekistan, def. Melanie Oudin, United States, 6-1, 6-4.
Flavia Pennetta (12), Italy, def. Mara Santangelo, Italy, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (8), Russia, def. Anastasia Rodionova, Australia, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Julie Coin, France, def. Elena Vesnina, Russia, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
Samantha Stosur, Australia, def. Klara Zakopalova, Czech Republic, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (0).


Men's Singles- 1st Round

Andy Murray (4), Britain, def. Andrei Pavel, Romania, 6-2, 3-1 retired.
Jurgen Melzer (31), Austria, def. Kei Nishikori, Japan, 7-5, 6-2, 6-1.
Denis Istomin, Uzbekistan, def. Vince Spadea, United States, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4.
Fabio Fognini, Italy, def. Andrey Golubev, Kazakhstan, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-2.
Richard Gasquet (24), France, def. Diego Junqueira, Argentina, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4.
Nicolas Almagro (17), Spain, def. Nicolas Massu, Chile, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3.
Marcel Granollers, Spain, def. Teimuraz Gabashvili, Russia, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-0.
Ivo Karlovic (25), Croatia, def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Spain, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Mario Ancic, Croatia, def. Wayne Odesnik, United States, 7-5, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Andreas Beck, Germany, def. Colin Ebelthite, Australia, 7-5, 6-1, 6-0.
Victor Hanescu, Romania, def. Jan Hernych, Czech Republic, 3-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4), 8-6.
Chris Guccione, Australia, def. Nicolas Devilder, France, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.
Gilles Simon (6), Italy, def. Pablo Andujar, Spain, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.
Ernests Gulbis, Latvia, def. Albert Montanes, Spain, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
Dudi Sela, Israel, def. Rainer Schuettler (30), Germany, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
Fernando Gonzalez (13), Chile, def. Lleyton Hewitt, Australia, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Stefan Koubek, Austria, def. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Gael Monfils (12), France, def. Martin Vassallo Arguello, Argentina, 6-1, 6-3, 7-5.
Igor Andreev (18), Russia, def. Peter Polansky, Canada, 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4.
Fernando Verdasco (14), Spain, def. Adrian Mannarino, France, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2.
Guillermo Canas, Argentina, def. Dieter Kindlmann, Germany, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-0, 7-5.
Tommy Haas, Germany, def. Eduardo Schwank, Argentina, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5), France, def. Juan Monaco, Argentina, 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.
Michael Berrer, Germany, def. Carsten Ball, Australia, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.
Sebastien de Chaunac, France, def Steve Darcis, Belgium, 2-6, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Radek Stepanek (22), Czech Republic, def. Nicolas Lapentti, Ecuador, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Arnaud Clement, France, def. Sergiy Stakhovsky, Ukraine, 6-3, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2 6-1.
Ivan Ljubicic, Croatia, def. Igor Kunitsyn, Russia, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-3.
Roko Karanusic, Croatia, def. Florent Serra, France, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Flavio Cipolla, Italy, def. Dmitry Tursunov (29), Russia, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7), 7-5.
James Blake (9), United States, def. Frank Dancevic, Canada, 6-4, 6-3, 7-5.
Rafael Nadal (1), Spain, def. Christophe Rochus, Belgium, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Australian Open Results- Day 1


Yesterday was the start of 2 weeks of non-stop tennis and me sitting infront of my T.V. for hours. The fun kicked off with top players like Ana Ivanovic, Andy Roddick, Jelena Jankovic and Novak Djokovic during the day and Roger Federer headlining the night session. The Americans didn't fair well in all, but Andy Roddick, with a new and much more consistent game, crushed his opponent, allowing just 4 games.
Women's Singles- 1st Round

Ana Ivanovic (5), Serbia, def. Julia Goerges, Germany, 7-5, 6-3.
Vera Zvonareva (7), Russia, def. Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia, 7-6 (7-2), 6-0.
Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria, def. Karolina Sprem, Croatia, 6-0, 6-4.
Patricia Mayr, Austria, def. Julia Schruff, Germany, 6-4, 6-1.
Alize Cornet (15), France, def. Mariya Koryttseva, Ukraine, 6-3, 6-4.
Alberta Brianti, Italy, def. Yanina Wickmayer, Belgium, 6-4, 6-2.
Andrea Petkovic, Germany, def. Kathrin Woerle, Germany, 5-7, 7-6 (7-0), 4-0, retired.
Kaia Kanepi (25), Estonia, def. Kimiko Date Krumm, Japan, 6-4, 4-6, 8-6.
Nathalie Dechy, France, def. Viktoriya Kutuzova, Ukraine, 6-3, 6-0.
Jelena Jankovic (1), Serbia, def. Yvonne Meusburger, Austria, 6-1, 6-3.
Marion Bartoli (16), France, def. Melanie South, Britain, 6-2, 6-4.
Monica Niculescu, Romania, def. Katie O'Brien, Britain, 6-4, 6-4.
Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium, def. Rossana de Los Rios, Paraguay, 6-3, 6-2.
Galina Voskoboeva, Kazakhstan, def. Agnes Szavay (23), Hungary, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Stephanie Cohen-Aloro, France, def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-4.
Ai Sugiyama (26), Japan, def. Stephanie Dubois, Canada, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5).
Edina Gallovits, Romania, def. Maria Elena Camerin, Italy, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Jelena Dokic, Australia, def. Tamira Paszek, Austria, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
Caroline Wozniacki (11), Denmark, def. Shahar Peer, Israel, 6-3, 6-2.
Virginia Ruano Pascual, Spain, def. Mariana Duque Marino, Colombia, 6-3, 6-2.
Sara Errani, Italy, def. Maria Kirilenko (27), Russia, 6-0, 6-4.
Karin Knapp, Italy, def. Monika Wejnert, Australia, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
Sania Mirza, India, def. Marta Domachowska, Poland, 6-1, 6-4.
Alisa Kleybanova (29), Russia, def. Sofia Arvidsson, Sweden, 7-5, 7-5.
Dinara Safina (3), Russia, def. Alla Kudryavtseva, Russia, 6-3, 6-4.
Nadia Petrova (10), Russia, def. Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).
Anna Chakvetadze (17), Russia, def. Anne Keothavong, Britain, 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1.
Mathilde Johansson, France, def. Jill Craybas, United States, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5.
Marina Erakovic, New Zealand, def. Petra Cetkovska, Czech Republic, 6-4, 7-5.
Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic, def. Sybille Bammer (24), Austria, 6-3, 6-1.
Daniela Hantuchova (19), Slovakia, def. Casey Dellacqua, Australia, 7-6 (13-11), 6-4.
Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, def. Aravane Rezai, France, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Men's Singles
Andy Roddick (7), United States, def. Bjorn Rehnquist, Sweden, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2.
Tomas Berdych (20), Czech Republic, def. Robby Ginepri, United States, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
Brian Dabul, Argentina, def. Philipp Petzschner, Germany, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
Florian Mayer, Germany, def. Lamine Ouahab, Algeria, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2.
Robin Soderling (16), Sweden, def. Robert Kendrick, United States, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
Xavier Malisse, Belgium, def. Michael Llodra, France, 7-6 (10-8), 6-1, 6-1.
Dominik Hrbaty, Slovakia, def. John Isner, United States, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Tommy Robredo (21), Spain, def. Bobby Reynolds, United States, 6-2, 7-5, 6-1.
David Ferrer (11), Spain, def. Denis Gremelmayr, Germany, 6-1, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4.
Juan Martin del Potro (8), Argentina, def. Mischa Zverev, Germany, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
Marcos Baghdatis, Cyprus, def. Julien Benneteau, France, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.
Stanislas Wawrinka (15), Switzerland, def. Ivo Minar, Czech Republic, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (11-9).
Bernard Tomic, Australia, def. Potito Starace, Italy, 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6).
Viktor Troicki, Serbia, def. Alberto Martin, Spain, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Jeremy Chardy, France, def. Marcos Daniel, Brazil, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.
Novak Djokovic (3), Serbia, def. Andrea Stoppini, Italy, 6-2, 6-3, 7-5.
Brydan Klein, Australia, def. Bjorn Phau, Germany, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Gilles Muller, Luxembourg, def. Feliciano Lopez (27), Spain, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 4-6, 16-14.
Mardy Fish (23), United States, def. Samuel Groth, Australia, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 7-5, 6-0.
Evgeny Korolev, Russia, def. Carlos Moya, Spain, 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7).
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain, def. Agustin Calleri, Argentina, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-0.
Amer Delic, United States, def. Taylor Dent, United States, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Marin Cilic (19), Croatia, def. Kevin Anderson, South Africa, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3.
Lu Yen-hsun, Taiwan, def. Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.
Simone Bolelli, Italy, def. Kristof Vliegen, Belgium, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3), 7-5.
Philipp Kohlschreiber (32), Germany, def. Sam Querrey, United States, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 6-2.
Paul-Henri Mathieu (28), France, def. Jarkko Nieminen, Finland, 6-2, 4-1 retired.
Marat Safin (26), Russia, def. Ivan Navarro, Spain, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
Fabrice Santoro, France, def. Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spain, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2.
David Nalbandian (10), Argentina, def. Marc Gicquel, France, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia, def. Oscar Hernandez, Spain, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Australian Open Predictions- Mens

(Roger Federer practicing in Melbourne with a new haircut)

With plenty of young talents waiting to make there mark on the tour, the Australian Open is no giveaway to Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Murray. Young players like Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Juan Martin Del Potro and Marin Cilic are thirsty for a piece of the pot. So, as we disect each quarter of the draw, beware of the sleeper that always seems to come out of nowhere on the men's side in Australia.

Quarter 1

Rafael Nadal is the clear favorite in this section of the draw, but Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon will be waiting for him. Nadal performed well here in 2008, reaching the semis and then losing to eventual runner-up Jo Wilfried Tsonga. Gael Monfils defeated Nadal 2 weeks ago at the Qatar Open in Doha, proving he has what it takes to hang with the big guns. After a breakout 2008, finishing the year at number 7, Gilles Simon also looks to spoil the party for Nadal. A first round matchup between 13 seed and former runner-up Fernando Gonzalez and Aussie Lleyton Hewitt may be the most intriguing first round match-up, and Ivo Karlovic and Richard Gasquet may be potential sleepers, but with the stalwart biceps concealed, Nadal will prevail.
Quarterfinals: Nadal. d. Monfils

Quarter 2

2008 runner-up Jo Wilfried Tsonga looks to repeat his incredible run last year, but favorite Andy Murray is in his way. After 5 titles in 2008, victories oiver Nadal and Federer 2 weeks ago in an exhibtion and a victory in Doha, Andy Murray looks like he is in prime position to win his first grand slam. He has a relatively easy road to the semis but Radek Stepanek and Kei Nishikori are others who stand in his way. Stepanek won in Sydney last week and looked very impressive. Nishikori, the youngster, who stomped on to the tour last year, is a very talented 18 year old with terrific ball striking skills and the gut to take out the big guys. In the end, Murray will come out on top.
Quarterfinals: Murray d. Tsonga

Quarter 3

Many people think that this is Novak Djokovic's tournament to lose, but it really isn't. He has not been playing well at all, losing early in both of his warm up tournaments, indirectly blaming the losses on his switch to Head racquets. Although, it may seem like I am leading towards an upset of Djokovic prior to the semis, there are no real threats to him in the section. Andy Roddick is the next highest seed in the quarter, and Djokovic easily beat him in New York. Roddick has changed coaches and plans to revive his career this year, but 1 player will cause another early exit from Melbourne. Sam Querrey. Yeah, you heard me, Sam Querrey. The young American played incrediblty on his way to the finals in Auckland, defeating Nicholas Almagro and David Ferrer. Querrey will defeat Phillip Kohlschreiber, Roddick and David Nalbandian on his way to the quarters, but his run, unfortunately, will stop there.
Quarterfinals: Djokovic d. Querrey

Quarter 4

If you think Roger Federer will have an easy road to his 19th consecutive slam semifinal, you're wrong. Federer has a lot of young stars in his section that are waiting to steal all of the marbles. Players like Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic are hungry to hault Federer's slam semi run. Federer also has to get by Marat Safin, who had a very unexpected road to the wimbledon semifinals, where he lost to Roger himself. Federer's countryman Stanislas Wawrinka could also make a run, but after being easily defeated by the Swiss Maestro in the finals of the Kooyong Classic last week, his game just doesn't look good enough to pull it off. David Ferrer and John Isner could surprise some people, but I am expecting one young man to give Federer a good fight in the quarters.
Quarterfinal: Federer d. Cilic

Honestly, I HATE to pick the top 4 in the semis, but they looks so far ahead of the pack, that I couldn't see an upset.

Semifinal

Murray d. Nadal
Federer d. Djokovic

Final

Federer d. Murray

Now, at 7 ET tonight on espn2, we all can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride in 100 degree weather.

(I will have to record it because of my beloved Baltimore Ravens AFC championship game vs. the Steelers)

Serving up the topics for you to discuss,

Jake

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sydney & Auckland Results


With the Australian
Open just 1 day away, these 4 following players have fought long and hard to get key preparation for the big one. Here are your results.


Sydney
Men's Singles- Final

(4) D. Nalbandian d. J. Nieminen 6-3, 6-7(9), 6-2

Auckland
Men's Singles- Final

(1) J. Del Potro d. (6) S. Querrey 6-4, 6-4

Friday, January 16, 2009

Sydney, Auckland and Hobart Results!

Focus is gradually shifting from the Australian Open lead-up tournaments to the Australian Open itself. While many of you are already prognosticating the draws in Melbourne, others are still awaiting the semis and finals from these 3 momentum-heavy tournies. Here are your daily results.

Sydney
Men's Singles- Semifinal

J. Nieminen d. (1) N. Djokovic 6-4, 7-6(3)
(4) D. Nalbandian d. R. Gasquet 6-4, 6-3

Women's Singles- Final
(3) E. Dementieva d. (2) D. Safina 6-3, 2-6, 6-1

Auckland
Men's Singles- Semifinal

(1) J. Del Potro d. (3) R. Soderling 6-4, 6-3
(6) S. Querrey d. (2) D. Ferrer 3-6, 6-3 7-6(4)

Hobart
Women's Singles- Final
P. Kvitova d. I. Benesova 7-5, 6-1

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Australian Open Draws!!!!! and your daily dose of results










Don't you smell the season's first Grand Slam inching closer and closer? I sure do. Here are the draws:


Men's Singles:http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/ms/msdraw.pdf
Women's Singles: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/ws/wsdraw.pdf



Sydney
Men's Singles- Quarterfinal



(1) N. Djokovic d. M. Ancic 6-3, 6-4
(4) D. Nalbandian d. [w] L. Hewitt 7-6(3), 7-5
R. Gasquet d. [Q] J. Chardy 6-2, 7-6(4)



Women's Singles- Semifinal



(3) E. Dementieva d. S. Williams 6-3, 6-1
(2) D. Safina d. A. Sugiyama 6-4, 7-6(3)



Auckland
Men's Singles- Quarterfinal



(1) J. Del Potro d. V. Troicki 6-3, 6-2
(3) R. Soderling d. [Q] J. Isner 6-4, 6-4
(6) S. Querrey d. (4) N. Almagro 6-3, 6-2



Hobart
Women's Singles- Semifinal



I. Benesova d. M. Rybarikova 6-1, 6-3
P. Kvitova d. V. Razzano 6-4, 6-2

Although she pulled out a victory, watching Dinara Safina play her match this morning, was ugly. It was hard to watch Safina win a match where it almost looked like she was celebrating by aiming every single one of her shots into the stands, which is a customary routine after a match is won. Safina knew she wasn't playing baseball, but it sure did look like she was swinging for the fences. 21 errors in the first 7 games. In other words, She gave away 3/4ths of game in the first 7 games. Although I predicted her to win the Australian Open, i am very reluctant to stick by that pick. On a lighter note, Sam Querrey play a fantastic match in dominating Nicholas Almagro today, so he looks like he could be a sure threat in Melbourne.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sydney, Auckland and Hobart Results

Didn't know Carolina Wozniacki? You better, especially after today. Although she didn't win, she proved she can hang with the big guns, for three tight sets, 2 of them tiebreaks.

Sydney
Men's Singles- 2nd Round

(1) N. Djokovic d. P. Mathieu 6-1, 6-2
M. Ancic d. (7) T. Robredo 6-2, 6-1
(3) J. Tsonga d. S. Bolleli 6-4, 6-1
J. Nieminen d. [w] C. Guccione 7-6(8), 6-3
[w] L. Hewitt d. J. Tipsarevic 7-5, 6-4
(4) D. Nalbandian d. M. Llodra 6-1, 6-3
[Q] J. Chardy d. (5) I. Andreev 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
R. Gasquet d. (2) G. Simon 6-4, 6-4

Women's Singles- Quarterfinal

(1) S. Williams d. (8) C. Wozniacki 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(3)
(3) E. Dementieva d. (6) A. Radwanskan 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
(2) D. Safina d. A. Cornet 6-3, 6-4

Auckland
Men's Singles- 2nd Round

(1) J. Del Potro d. E. Gulbis 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
V. Troicki d. (8) J. Monaco 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
(3) R. Soderling d. [Q] B. Reynolds 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
[Q] J. Isner d. R. Ginepri 6-4, 6-7(1), 7-6(5)
(6) S. Querrey d. [Q] G. Muller 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
(4) N. Almagro d. Y. Lu 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-2
(5) P. Kohlschreiber d. J. C. Ferrero 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5)
(2) D. Ferrer d. M. Gicquel 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4

Hobart
Men's Singles- Quarterfinal

M. Rybarikova d. [Q] M. Czink 6-0, 1-6, 7-6(7)
I. Benesova d. G. Dulko 6-4, 6-4
P. Kvitova d. A. Pavlyuchenkova 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
V. Razzano d. T. Pironkova 6-4, 6-1

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sydney, Auckland and Hobart Results


Hey guys! The Australian Open is just a few days away so all of the pros on the ATP and WTA Tour better get ready for a wild ride. And they are doing just that by playing in some key warm-up tournaments that provide pivotal momentum for Melbourne. Here are your daily scores.


Sydney
Men's Singles- 1st Round

P. Mathieu d. A. Seppi 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
[w] C. Guccione d. (6) T. Berdych 6-3, 6-4
J. Tipsarevic d. (8) M. Fish 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
[w] L. Hewitt d. J. Benneteau 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
[Q] J. Chardy d. R. Stepanek 6-4, 3-0 (Retired)
R. Gasquet d. D. Tursunov 7-6(4), 6-4

Women's Singles- 2nd Round

(1) S. Williams d. S. Errani 6-1, 6-2
(8) C. Wozniacki d. [Q] M. South 6-2, 6-0
(3) E. Dementieva d. [w] J. Gajdosova 6-2, 6-4
(6) A. Radwanska d. D. Hantuchova 6-3, 7-5
(5) S. Kuznetsova d. K. Kanepi 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(3)
A. Sugiyama d. A. Medina Garrigues 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
A. Cornet d. A. Kleybanova 7-6(5), 6-1
(2) D. Safina d. [Q] V. Dushevina 6-3, 6-0

Auckland
Men's Singles- 1st Round

E. Gulbis d. M. Granollers 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1
(8) J. Monaco d. V. Hanescu 6-3, 6-4
[Q] B. Reynolds d. [Q] O. Hernandez 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-2
[Q] J. Isner d. (7) A. Montanes 7-6(4), 7-5
[Q] G. Muller d. F. Serra 6-3, 6-4
Y. Lu d. S. Darcis 7-6(5), 6-2
(5) P. Kohlschreiber d. [w] D. Hrbaty 6-1, 6-2
M. Gicquel d. A. Calleri 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Hobart
Women's Singles- 2nd Round

M. Rybarikova d. (1) F. Panetta 7-5, 6-3
[Q] M. Czink d. [Q] U. Radwanska 4-2 (Retired)
G. Dulko d. (4) J. Zheng 6-3, 6-3
I. Benesova d. M. Santangelo 6-3, 6-1
P. Kvitova d. (7) A. Bondarenko 6-2, 6-1
A. Pavlyuchenkova d. C. Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-1
V. Razzano d. A. Keothavong 4-6, 6-0, 7-5
T. Pironkova d. O. Govortsova 6-1, 6-2


Monday, January 12, 2009

Sydney, Auckland and Hobart Results

Many matches are currently being played, so I will post their results bright and early tomorrow morning.

Sydney
Men's Singles- 1st Round

M. Ancic d. [Q] X. Malisse 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3
(7) T. Robredo d. J. Melzer 6-3, 6-4
S. Bolleli d. P. Starace 7-6(1), 6-4
J. Nieminen d. F. Lopez 6-2, 7-6(9)
M. Llodra d. [Q] D. Gremelmayr 6-0, 6-2
(5) I. Andreev d. [Q] F. Dancevic 7-6(2), 6-3

Women's Singles- 1st Round

S. Errani d. C. Dellacqua 6-1, 6-2
[Q] M. South d. M. Bartoli 1-1 (Retired)
(8) C. Wozniacki d. D. Cibulkova 6-1, 6-2
(3) E. Dementieva d. E. Makarova 7-5, 6-1
J. Gajdosova d. K. Knapp 6-4, 6-2
D. Hantuchova d. [Q] K. Zakopalova 6-3, 6-0
K. Kanepi d. [Q] A. Kerber 6-1, 7-5
A. Sugiyami d. J. Craybas 6-2, 6-3
A. Medina Garrigues d. A. Yakimova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
A. Cornet d. (7) N. Petrova 6-2, 6-4
[Q] V. Dushevina d. [w] E. Starr 6-0, 6-1
(2) Dinara Safina d. S. Cirstea 6-2, 6-1

Hobart
Women's Singles- 1st Round

(1) F. Pennetta d. S. Peer 6-2, 7-6(5)
[Q] U. Radwanska d. (6) A. Wozniak 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5
(4) J. Zheng d. M. Erakovic 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
G. Dulko d. [Q] S. Voegele 6-2, 6-3
M. Santangelo d. N. Vaidisova 6-1, 6-1
A. Pavlyuchenkova d. [w] O. Rogowska 6-3, 6-1
C. Suarez Navarro d. (3) A. Chakvetadze 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-5
A. Keothavong d. (5) A. Szavay 6-3, 7-5
V. Razzano d. [Q] M. Camerin 6-1, 6-2
O. Govortsova d. [w] J. Moore 6-0, 6-3

Auckland
Men's Singles- 1st Round

V. Troicki d. I. Kunitsyn 6-1, 6-2
R. Ginepri d. [w] J. Statham 6-2, 6-3
(6) S. Querrey d. [w] D. King-Turner 6-4, 7-5
J. Ferrero d. K. Nishikori 5-3 (Retired)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Brisbane, Chennai, Hobart and Sydney Results

It looks like both Fernando Verdasco and rumored girlfrind Ana Ivanovic will be leaving Brisbane, Australia without a title this week after Radek Stepanek defeated Verdasco in the finals on the tournament. sydney and Hobart got underway today, so here are your daily results.

Brisbane
Men's Singles- Final

(8) R. Stepanek d. (3) F. Verdasco 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Chennai
Men's Singles- Final

(3) M. Cilic d. [w] S. Devvarman 6-4, 7-6(3)


Hobart
Women's Singles- 1st Round


M. Rybarikova d. K. Bondarenko 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-1
I. Benesova d. (8) T. Tanasugarn 7-5, 7-5
(7) A. Bondarenko d. M. Niculescu 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
P. Kvitova d. [w] S. Peers 6-0. 6-0
T. Pironkova d. (2) P. Schnyder 6-2, 6-4

Sydney
Women's Singles- 1st Round

(1) S. Williams d. S. Stosur 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-5
(6) A. Radwanska d. S. Bammer 6-4, 6-3
(5) S. Kuznetsova d. S. Peng 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

Serena Williams had to fight off 4 match points and a very controversial call that led to Stosur winning ther 2nd set. Svetlana Kuznetsova was also poushed to her limit. Tzvetana Pironkova upset Patty Schnyder routinely and Radek Stepanek looked absolutely STELLAR in a victory over Fernando Verdasco to win the Brisbane International.
Serving up the topics for you to discuss,
Jake

In case you haven't heard.........

Maria Sharapova has dropped out of the Australian Open. She has been recovering from a shoulder injury which kept her off the WTA tour for all of the second half of 2008. Maria's agent said in an interview in November that Sharapova would be more than ready to defend her title in Melbourne, but Sharapova dropped out of Hond Kong, hoping that her shoulder would improve. It did, but Maria had this to say. “I am very sorry to announce that I am not going to be able to defend my title at this year’s Australian Open. My shoulder is doing great, but I just started training a few weeks ago and I am just not near the level I need to be to compete at the highest levels.”

Novak Djokovic was ousted from the Brisbane International earlier this week in the early rounds. He lost to Ernests Gulbis, who is no easy defeat, but more is expected from Djokovic, who opted to play in Brisbane, rather than Doha where the bug guns, Nadal, Federer, Murray and Roddick were. Djokovic blamed his loss on his switch from Wilson to Head and made these remarks. “I went from Wilson [racquet], which I played with for the last three years, to Head - and there’s a lot of mental involvement obviously if you make a big change. It takes some time. Of course, you have to hit a lot of balls and you just have to feel comfortable. I didn’t feel in Brisbane comfortable with the racquet and with the circumstances, but it’s going to be better.” He better get used to it before the Australian Open on January 19th.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Brisbane, Chennai and Doha Results

Hello. Shout out to my Baltimore Ravens, we're in the championship game! Now, on to tennis. It was finals day for a few of the lead-up tournie's today, so without delay, here are the scores.
Brisbane
Men's Singles-Semifinal

(3) F. Verdasco d. P. Mathieu 6-2, 6-1
(8) R. Stepanek d. (7) R. Gasquet 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Women's Singles- Final

(2) V. Azarenka d. (3) M. Bartoli 6-3, 6-1

Chennai
Men's Singles- Semifinal

(3) M. Cilic d. (8) M. Granollers 6-4, 6-3

Doha
Men's Singles- Final

(3) A. Murray d. (4) Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-2

Friday, January 9, 2009

Brisbane, Channai and Doha Results

Hey guys. An Andy vs. Andy final was set-up today after what many would call an upset by Andy Murray over Roger Federer, but has become pretty routine (3 times in as many matches).

Brisbane
Men's Singles- Quarterfinal

(8) R. Stepanek d. (4) R. Soderling 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
(7) R. Gasquet d. (2) J. Tsonga 1-6, 6-4, 6-2

Women's Singles- Semifinal

(3) M. Bartoli d. (5) A. Mauresmo 4-0 (Retired)
(2) V. Azarenka d. S. Errani 6-3, 6-1

Chennai
Men's Singles- Quarterfinal

(8) M. Granollers d. [w] L. Dlouhy 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
(3) M. Cilic d. (7) J. Tipsarevic 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
[w] S. Devvarman d. (4) I. Karlovic 7-6(4), 6-4
(5) R. Schuettler d. B. Phau 6-2, 7-5

Doha
Men's Singles- Semifinal

(4) A. Roddick d. (5) G. Monfils 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3
(3) A. Murray d. (2) R. Federer 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2

Rafael Nadal rebounded after a tough loss to Monfils with a victory in the finals of the doubles with countryman Marc Lopez. Also, after what has been a stellar week for Vicvtoria Azarenka, look for a big Aussie Open.

Serving up the topics for you to discuss,

Jake

Thursday, January 8, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Helfant to lead ATP

Many knowledgeable people, outside of the ATP have confirmed reports that the job for leading man of the ATP is no longer unoccupied. Former executive for Nike, Adam Helfant, will follow in the footsteps of Etienne deVilliers who is stepping down from his forces after a tantalizing and dramatic 3 1/2 year term. Helfant, 44, has not finalized a contract.

Serving up the topics for you to discuss,

Jake

Brisbane, Chennai and Doha Results: BIG upsets

Hey guys! Today was quite a day in the world of tennis, as two big guns went down hard. Here are your daily results.

Brisbane
Men's Singles- Quarterfinal

P. Mathieu d. K. Nishikori 6-3, 6-4
(3) F. Verdasco d. F. Serra 4-6, 6-0, 6-3

Women's Singles- Quarterfinal

(5) A. Mauresmo d. (1) A. Ivanovic 6-3, 6-2
(3) Marion Bartoli d. T. Garbin 6-3, 6-3
S. Errani d. O. Govortsova 6-3, 6-3
(2) V. Azarenka d. L. Safarova 7-6(5), 6-4

Chennai
Men's Singles- 2nd Round

(3) M. Cilic d. D. Istomin 6-0, 6-4
(7) J. Tipsarevic d. D. Sela 7-6(3), 6-4
[w] S. Devvarman d. (6) C. Moya 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
(4) I. Karlovic d. I. Minar 6-1, 6-4
(5) R. Schuettler d. S. Greul 6-4, 6-2
B. Phau d. [Q] F. Cipolla 6-1, 6-2

Doha
Men's Singles- Quarterfinal

(5) G. Monfils d. (1) Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-4
(4) A. Roddick d. V. Hanescu 6-3, 6-2
(3) A. Murray d. S. Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-2
(2) R. Federer d. (8) P. Kohlschreiber 6-2, 7-6(6)

Rafael Nadal went down today as did Ana Ivanovic. Ivanovic lost to the revived Amelie Mauresmo and Nadal lost to the young Gael Monfils. Get excited for the clash between Roger Federer and Andy Murray tomorrow!

Serving up the topics for you to discuss,


Jake

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Brisbane and Doha Results, All Chennai Matches Cancelled


Hey guys. Here are your daily results from the Aussie Open leadup tournaments. Some MAJOR news out of Chennai. Not only were all matches cancelled today, but world number 5 Nikolay Davydenko has dropped out of the Australian Open because of a lingering heel injury that has been knagging him since last year. Looks like that means Jo Wilfried Tsonga will be the #5 seed for Melbourne.

Brisbane
Men's Singles-2nd Round

P. Mathieu d. E. Gulbis 6-3, 6-4
K. Nishikori d. (5) T, Berdych 7-6(7), 6-3
(3) F. Verdasco d. M. Ancic 6-2, 6-3
F. Serra d. J. Melzer 6-4, 6-3
(8) R. Stepanek d. M. Llodra 7-6(2), 6-3
(2) J. Tsonga d. J. Nieminen 0-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(5)

Women's Singles- 2nd Round

(1) A. Ivanovic d. [Q] R. Vinci 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-1
(5) A. Mauresmo d. J. Coin 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(11)
O. Govortsova d. [Q] S. Karatancheva 6-0, 5-7, 7-5
S. Errani d. T. Pironkova 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-3

Doha
Men's Singles- 2nd Round

(1) Rafael Nadal d. [Q] K. Beck 6-1, 6-2
(5) Gael Monfils d. N. Devilder 7-5, 7-6(4)
(4) Andy Roddick d. [w] A. Clement 6-3, 7-5
V. Hanescu d. M. Youzhny 6-2, 6-4
S. Stakhovsky d. [Q] A. Peya 7-5, 6-3
(3) A. Murray d. P. Petzschner 6-2, 6-4
(8) P. Kohlschreiber d. K. Vliegan 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4
(2) R. Federer d. A. Seppi 6-3, 6-3

What a day it was for the women in Brisbane. World number 5 Ana Ivanovic faced multiple match points while Julie Coin and Amelie Mauresmo battled through a grueling 24 point final set tiebreak. No upsets for the men in Doha, but new-comer Kei Nishikori defeated Tomas Berdych in 2 tough sets.
Serving up the topics for you to discuss,
Jake

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Brisbane, Chennai and Doha Results

The top players in the world were in action on Tuesday, as the tennis world saw major upsets in Brisbane, Chennai and Doha.

Brisbane
Men's Singles-1st Round

E. Gulbis d. (1) N. Djokovic 6-4, 6-4
P. Mathieu d. [Q] T. Gabashvili 6-3, 6-3
K. Nishikori d. [Q] B. Reynolds 6-3, 6-2
(5) T. Berdych d. [w] B. Klein 6-0, 6-4
M. Ancic d. [Q] A. Delic 7-6(2), 6-7(4), 7-6(6)
F. Serra d. J.C. Ferrero 6-3, 7-6(3)
M. Llodra d. [Q] J. Sirianni 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-2
(2) J. Tsonga d. A. Calleri 6-2, 7-5

Men's Singles-2nd Round
(4) R. Soderling d. J. Benneteau 6-3, 6-3
(7) R. Gasquet d. T. Dent 7-5, 6-4

Women's Singles-2nd Round
(3) M. Bartoli d. [Q] M. Czink 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
T. Garbin d. A. Kleybanova 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
L. Safarova d. S. Stosur 6-4, 6-4
(2) V. Azarenka d. J. Gajdosova 7-6(4), 7-5


Chennai
Men's Singles 1st Round

(1) N. Davydenko d. D. Koellerer 6-2, 6-3
A. Beck d. R. Karanusic 6-1, 6-0
D. Istomin d. [Q] R. Bopanna 6-4, 7-6(3)
(7) J. Tipsarevic d. P. Andujar 6-3, 6-2
(6) C. Moya d. [Q] D. Udomchoke 6-3, 7-6(4)
I. Minar d. W. Odesnik 6-3, 6-0
(4) I. Karlovic d. [Q] R. Ram 6-4, 6-3
[Q] F. Cipolla d. (2) S. Wawrinka 6-4, 6-1

Doha
Men's Singles- 1st Round

(1) Rafael Nadal d. R. Santoro 6-0, 6-1
[Q] K. Beck d. [Q] M. Przysiezny 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
[w] A. Clement d. D. Junqueira 6-1, 6-2
M. Youzhny d. (6) I. Andreev 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
[Q] A. Peya d. (7) D. Tursunov 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
(3) A. Murray d. A. Montanes 6-2, 6-4
(8) P. Kohlschreiber d. [Q] M. Chiudinelli 6-4, 6-3
K. Vliegan d. O. Hernandez 6-1, 6-7(4), 7-6(5)
(2) R. Federer d. P. Starace 6-2, 6-2

That's it for today. Some big seeded upsets in Doha with Igor Andreev and Tursunov falling, but otherwise smooth sailing for the favorites. A big upset by future star Ernests Gulbis over Novak Djokovic, whom he gave a very tough 3-set fight in the French Open quarterfinals. Number 2 seeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka also unexpectedly falls. No upsets for the women in Brisbane.
Serving up the topics for you to discuss,
Jake

Monday, January 5, 2009

Brisbane, Chennai and Doha Results

Hey guys! Doha and Chennai got underway today and day 2 in Brisbane showcased some top talent, and a youngster to watch as well (Bernard Tomic). Without further adieu, here are the days scores.

Brisbane-1st Round

Men's Singles
[3] F. Verdasco d. [w] B. Tomic 6-4, 6-2
J. Melzer d. [6]M. Fish 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4)
[8] R. Stepanek d. I. Kunitsyn 6-2, 6-2
J. Nieminen d. [w] M. Baghdatis 5-7, 6-1, 6-4

Women's Singles
[1] A. Ivanovic d. P. Kvitova 6-4, 6-2
R. Vinci d. [Q} A. Groenefeld 0-6, 6-3, 6-1
J. Coin d. Y. Wickmayer 7-5, 6-7(5), 7-6(3)
[5] A. Mauresmo d. [w] J. Dokic 7-6(9), 7-6(5)
[Q] M. Czink d. A. Bondarenko 7-6(3), 6-1
T. Garbin d. S. Arvidsson 6-2, 6-3
O. Govortsova d. [8] F. Schiavone 7-5, 6-2
[Q] S. Karatantcheva d. I. Benesova 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
S. Errani d. [4] D. Hantuchova 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-0
S. Stosur d. [9] A. Sugiyama 6-2, 6-3
L. Safarova d. [w] I. Holland 6-4, 6-3


Chennai-1st Round

Men's Singles
[w] L. Dlouhy d. G. Soeda 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
[8] M. Granollers d. H. Lee 6-4, 7-5
[3] M. Cilic d. A. Martin 6-4, 6-4
D. Sela d. R. Ramirez Hidalgo 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-1
[5] R. Schuettler d. [w] P. Amritraj 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
S. Greul d. D. Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 6-4
B. Phau d. S. Ventura 6-2, 7-5


Doha- 1st Round

Men's Singles
N. Devilder d. [w] A. Hajji 6-0, 6-3
[5/w] G. Monfils d. J. Hernych 6-2, 6-2
[4] A. Roddick d. I. Navarro 6-1, 6-3
V. Hanescu d. V. Troicki 6-4, 6-2
S. Stakhovsky d. C. Rochus 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)
P. Petzschner d. J. Chardy 7-6(2), 6-3
A. Seppi d. D. Gremelmayr 6-4, 6-2

See you tomorrow!

Serving up the topics for you to discuss,

Jake

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Brisbane Results

The Brisbane International in beautiful Australia got underway today. Chennai and Doha are set to start tomorrow.

Results: Day 1

Men's Singles

J. Benneteau d. R. Ginepri 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
[4] R. Soderling d. S. Querrey 6-3, 6-3
[7] R. Gasquet d. M. Gicquel 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
T. Dent d. S. Darcis 7-6 (0), 6-2

Women's Singles
[3] M. Bartoli d. M. Wejnert 6-1, 6-2
A. Kleybanova d. [6] K. Kanepi 6-1, 6-4
T. Pironkova d. M. Niculescu 6-7, 6-4, 6-4
J. Gajdosova d. S. Peng 6-4, 6-2
[2] V. Azarenka d. K. Bondarenko 6-0, 6-2

No major upsets today. Azarenka and Bartoli move to the next round smoothly, as expected and up and comer Alisa Kleybanova upset Kanepi in a routine 1 and 4 match. Taylor Dent showed he is making a major comeback with a good win over Steve Darcis. Tonmorrow action will get underway in Chennai and Doha.

Serving up the topics for you to discuss,


Jake

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Doha Draw & Abu Dhabi Results: Day 3

The draw for the Qatar Open was posted to late for me to include it with the draws for Chennai and Brisbane, so here it is: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/451/MDS.pdf
Results: Finals
Andy Murray d. Rafael Nadal 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
(To the right is the trophy Ceremony)

The draws are out!

The draws for two of the first three tournaments of the year are out! All 3 start on January 4th. Doha has a stellar field this year, with world number 1 Rafael Nadal, number 2 Roger Federer and number 4 Andy Murray. Here they are:

Brisbane International
Mens: http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/mds1.pdf
Womens: http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/mds.pdf

Chennai Open
Mens: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/891/MDS.pdf

Qatar Open
Mens: Draws not released yet. I'll post them later today.

Serving up the topics for you to discuss,

Jake