Monday, May 4, 2009

A Little Melodrama

I am all astonishment. I am faint and stumbling and weak and clutching at my heart with shock. Don't tell me that... Alize Cornet won a match?! ...and in STRAIGHT SETS?!
Okay, so maybe that's a little bit over the top, but she has been in a total slump of late - ever since she nearly beat Dinara Safina in Australia and wasted about seventy-five match points. But she has had a good win over Ai Sugiyama (whom commentators seem to refer to almost exclusively Ai-Sugiyama-the-wily-veteran) and hopefully will continue this run of form. Well, 'this run of form' is a total melodramatisation as well, but it's a one-match streak, and that's better than she's done of late.
One of the major upsets today was clearly David Nalbandian, who went out to random Chilean Paul Capdeville. I didn't see any of the match but it seems like a fair assumption to guess that LameDave turned up. He can be so underwhelming, Dave, with his Jekyll and Hyde personality. I want him to be good so badly sometimes - he's always gold and excellent to watch when GoodDave takes the court.
And once again Ernests Gulbis made a first round exit. Sigh. I suppose he was playing a seeded player (Kiefer) and he did make a very good start, but... argh! Argh, Ernests! WIN SOMETHING!
Today's Results
Estoril Open (Estoril)
Men's Draw
Gilles Simon def. Robert Kendrick, 6-3 7-6 (9-7)
Oscar Hernandez def. Rui Rachado, 7-5 1-6 7-5
Paul Capdeville def. David Nalbandian, 6-2 6-2
Marc Gicquel def. Pablo Andujar, 7-6 (8-6) 6-4
Mardy Fish def. Teimuraz Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4
Women's Draw
Iveta Benesova def. Neuza Silva, 6-4 5-7 6-4
Anna-Lena Groenefeld def. Pauline Parmentier, 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-1)
Jarmila Groth def. Mathilde Johansson, 1-6 6-1 6-1
Kristina Barrois def. Maria Joao Koehler, 7-6 (7-4) 6-0
BMW Open (Munich)
Mikhail Youzhny def. Ivo Minar, 6-3 7-6 (7-5)
Nicolas Kiefer def. Ernests Gulbis, 2-6 6-3 6-2
Jeremy Chardy def. Evgeny Korolev, 6-3 6-3
Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Bjorn Phau, 6-2 2-1 retired
Internazionali BNL d'Italia (Rome)
Venus Williams def. Lucie Safarova, 6-2 4-6 6-2
Victoria Azarenka def. Ayumi Morita, 6-0 retired
Caroline Wozniacki def. Agnes Szavay, 6-3 6-2
Agnieszka Radwanska def. Alona Bondarenko, 6-0 6-1
Flavia Pennetta def. Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-1
Alizé Cornet def. Ai Sugiyama, 6-3 7-5
Zheng Jie def. Nathalie Dechy, 6-1 7-6 (7-4)
Anna Chakvetadze def. Anabel Medina Garrigues, 6-2 6-3
Aleksandra Wozniak def. Sara Errani, 6-1 3-6 6-4
Virginie Razzano def. Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-0 6-7 (8-10) 6-4
Gisela Dulko def. Karin Knapp, 6-2 6-3
Bethanie Mattek-Sands def. Tathiana Garbin, 3-6 6-3 6-1
Elena Vesnina def. Jill Craybas, 1-6 6-3 6-2
Kateryna Bondarenko def. Roberta Vinci, 6-3 7-6 (7-4)
Aravane Rezai def. Alisa Kleybanova, 6-3 6-3

1 comment:

Tennis Talk, Anyone? said...

Hey Jodi, I'm with you on Cornet. She's been in a pretty rough patch lately. I hope she comes out of it: She's too good not to!

As for Nalbandian, I know there was news of him possibly needing hip surgery. Maybe that's throwing him off?