Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Red Tape

Very little to report today, as nothing of interest is really happening... we had some interesting upsets in Metz, with Simon and Almagro falling to Mahut and Schwank respectively, which is news, I suppose. I'm glad to see Schwank doing well, as I was nearly ready to drop him from my Stars fold - since the claycourt season, he has done very little of note, and that is just not good enough for one of my chosen ones! This hardcourt victory gives him a little more leeway. It'll be interesting to see how far he can go. He's one of the oldest of my Stars - in his early twenties - and so I don't think his future is quite as shiny as, say, Gulbis or Cilic, who had the rest of their careers still before them. Still, he's one to keep an eye on!
Another one of my Stars to keep an eye on this week is, obviously, Kei Nishikori. He's playing in front of a home crowd and he's clearly in killer form. Wouldn't it be great to see him go on and win the title? We know he's capable of winning ATP titles - Delray Beach, anyone - but I'd really like him to prove that wasn't a fluke. Loads of people have won one title. A lot fewer have won two. And Nishikori is such a fun player to watch as well. If he were a bigger guy, one thinks he'd play like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but because he's slight, his big weapon is speed... though that's not to say that he doesn't hit the ball hard!
I was pleased to see that lucky loser Jarmila Gajdosova was able to win her first round match in Tokyo too. She's still playing for Slovakia, but she's sort of Australian, like Anastasia Rodionova... actually, what is going on with that whole thing? Both have expressed their desire to play for Australia - hell, I think both have played for Australia! - so what is the holdup? I have no idea what is going on with that whole situation there. This has been going on for about a year now. What's the deal? Is it citizenship? Visa? When are these two going to be playing for us? You'd think with everyone whinging about how Australian tennis is in a state you'd want it to be soon. Stupid red tape.
Meanwhile, Marcos Baghdatis showed his face again, only to retire (a set up, too!) against Ivo Karlovic with a back injury. Get well soon, Marcos!
Today's Results
Open de Moselle (Metz)
Ivo Karlovic def. Marcos Baghdatis, 4-6 2-1 retired
Nicolas Mahut def. Gilles Simon, 6-4 3-6 6-1
Eduardo Schwank def. Nicolas Almagro, 7-6 (7-5) 6-2
Paul-Henri Mathieu def. Nicolas Devilder, 6-0 6-2
Dmitry Tursunov def. Thierry Ascione, 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-4
Victor Hanescu def. Ivan Ljubicic, 6-1 7-6 (7-4)
Marc Gicquel def. Marcel Granollers, 6-3 6-2
Romain Jouan def. Agustin Calleri, 5-7 6-1 6-2
AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships (Tokyo)
Men's Draw
Kei Nishikori def. Robert Kendrick, 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (5-7) 6-2
Dudi Sela def. Bjorn Phau, 7-5 6-1
Wayne Odesnik def. Kevin Kim, 6-4 6-3
Simon Stadler def. Philipp Petzschner, 6-2 6-4
Flavio Cipolla def. Ivan Navarro, 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4)
Bobby Reynolds def. Tatsuma Ito, 6-3 6-1
Roko Karanusic def. Hiroki Kondo, 6-2 6-2
Yen-hsun Lu def. Luka Gregorc, 6-4 7-6 (7-5)
Joseph Sirianni def. Yuichi Ito, 6-3 6-2
Jesse Levine def. Danai Udomchoke, 4-6 6-1 6-0
Martin Slanar def. Donald Young, 4-6 6-3 6-2
Cecil Mamiit def. Brendan Evans, 3-6 7-5 6-4
Women's Draw
Caroline Wozniacki def. Gisela Dulko, 4-6 6-0 6-3
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Zheng Jie, 6-1 6-2
Klara Zakopalova def. Maria Kirilenko, 4-6 6-2 7-5
Shahar Peer def. Kimiko Date Krumm, 6-3 6-1
Tamarine Tanasugarn def. Stéphanie Dubois, 6-1 6-3
Aleksandra Wozniak def. Jill Craybas, 7-5 6-7 (2-7) 6-3
Yanina Wickmayer def. Iveta Benesova, 6-4 3-6 6-3
Camille Pin def. Carla Suárez Navarro, 6-0 7-5
Rika Fujiwara def. Petra Cetkovska, 7-6 (8-6) 6-4
Ryoko Fuda def. Pauline Parmentier, 7-5 6-2
Jarmila Gajdosova def. Mara Santangelo, 6-4 7-6 (7-0)
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart)
Venus Williams def. Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 6-1 6-2
Agnieszka Radwanska def. Sandra Zahlavova, 6-3 6-2
Marion Bartoli def. Dominika Cibulkova, 6-3 6-1
Victoria Azarenka def. Agnes Szavay, 7-5 6-3
Nadia Petrova def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-2 6-2
Tsvetana Pironkova def. Alizé Cornet, 6-2 6-1
Kateryna Bondarenko def. Flavia Pennetta, 4-6 6-2 6-1
Tashkent Open (Tashkent)
Peng Shuai def. Arina Rodionova, 6-4 6-1
Ksenia Palkina def. Olga Govortsova, 7-6 (9-7) 4-6 7-5
Sorana Cirstea def. Ekaterina Dzehalevich, 7-6 (7-4) 7-5
Monica Niculescu def. Olga Savchuk, 7-5 0-1 retired
Urszula Radwanska def. Akgul Amanmuradova, 7-6 (7-5) 6-3
Yaroslava Shvedova def. Anastasiya Yakimova, 6-1 6-1
Anna Lapushchenkova def. Nina Bratchikova, 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7-3)
Michelle Larcher de Brito def. Andreja Klepac, 6-0 6-7 (4-7) 6-2
Ioana Raluca Olaru def. Katie O'Brien, 6-2 6-1
Vesna Manasieva def. Nigina Abduraimova, 6-1 6-1
Tatiana Poutchek def. Sariya Khayrova, 6-1 6-0
Alexandra Panova def. Alisa Ogorodova, 6-4 6-0

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