Tidbits: So actual tennis…


Haven’t kept much of an eye on actual tennis results in the last few with days, so some random tidbits to savor. 

 

#1. Gasquet-blowers can breathe a sigh of relief. Reeshie won two matches in a row, serving 21 aces to defeat Christof Rochus 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. He meets Petzschner in his next match.

Gasquet is the third Frenchie through to the quarters at Metz. The other two being Monfils and PHM. Meanwhile, his legal troubles continue and discontinue.

 

 

#2. It’s a year for comebacks. In Seoul, 39 year old Kimiko Date Krumm reached her first quarterfinal since returning to the tour, saving a match point at 5-3 in the second set to defeat Hair-Sweat Kleybs 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3. 

I eagerly await Ai Sugiyama’s comeback in 3 years.

 

#3. The Belgians like their press conferences. Henin had one. Kim had another. 

Justine revealed in her presscon that she expects to reconstruct her serve to make around 65-70% first serves. With more than 3 months left before she starts competing again, Henin has the time, and I have my reservations. 

On the one hand, I’m convinced that Henin can win Wimbledon with the serve she had before. I would’ve thought she’d want to play it by the old truism – “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The serve wasn’t exactly a weapon for Justine, but it was functional, and I’d take it over any of the wonky stuff Ivanovic or Safina toss up.  

On the other hand, Justine Henin with a better serve? That should scare the shits out of the rest of the WTA clowns

 

16 Months ago …

 

 

Now…

 

 

#4. Sydney organisers are already after Henin to play the warm-up tournament there next year

There were some concerns early this year about the health of the “Australian Open series”. With Roddick and Clijsters playing in Brisbane, Dementieva down for Hopmans, and Henin possibly making her return in Sydney, I think Australian season will be a blast.

 

#5. While we are on the topic of the Aussie circuit, Kooyong 2010 is going to be awesome, with Djokovic, Tsonga and Verdasco all in attendance.

Roger is reportedly 50/50 after the birth of the Mighty Babes, but has asked the organisers to keep a spot open for him.

 

 

#5. Kim Clijsters has released her schedule for next year, which includes 12 tournaments spread out throughout the year to accommodate her family. Four slams aside, Clijsters has signed up for Fed Cup, as well as Beijing, and Doha.

Kim will play one more tournament this year in Luxembourg next month, before starting 2010 at the Brisbane International early Jan.

 

“It takes a lot more planning than a few years ago … For a tennis player I don’t think it’s that busy. I’ve taken out a lot of tournaments that I used to play when I wasn’t a mother.”

“It was up to me to say, with Jada, our daughter, how long I want to travel, where I want to travel to and where not,” she added.

Source: Yahoo Eurosport

 

#6. It’s been assumed by now in Twittersphere that Roger Federer is going to pull out of the inaugural Shanghai Masters citing a back injury. No official word on it from either the Shanghai organisers or from the Fed himself, but it’ll be a huge blow to the tournament given how insanely popular Fed is in China.

I wouldn’t be surprised though. Fed went from ace-festing against Soderling to double-faulting like Maria Sharapova in the US Open final. That back is probably feelin’ it. 

 

 

#7. Serena Williams has also pulled out of Tokyo. Surprise surprise…

And this, is the epitome of craptasticness. (Thanks Julie)

 

 

I just spluttered my coffee everywhere when they mentioned blood and Aunt Flo.

Lordy.

6 responses to “Tidbits: So actual tennis…”

  1. Julie says :

    Ah good old Aunt Flo (choking myself into laugher!). It’s impossible for me to hate Serena. Anyone who voluntarily participates in an ad so spectacularly bad deserves my admiration! Don’t change ReRe.

    I also have A LOT of reservations concerning Juju’s serve. What exactly is she going to do? She already had placement and her serve wasn’t that weak (sure, she could not hit as many aces as Serena but who can?). Is she going to try to put more power into it (thus losing a little bit of control or accuracy) ? Frankly, after watching Sharpie, Pumpovic and Safina serve, I’d even take JJ’s accurate cream puffs! One thing is sure, do NOT mess with your toss Juju. It’s the kiss of death it seems in the WTA.

    • dootsiez says :

      Hey Julie, touche on Juju’s serve. I’m so sceptical of messing with something that’s already been integrated into her game. Henin might not have a huge serve, but she has a good “hold game”. Sometimes you can concentrate so much on your serve that it corrupts the rest of your game.

  2. sazzylove says :

    dootz….your (and mine too)worst fears are confirmed.Roger withdrew from not one but two tournaments…Toyo and Shanghai!( *bawling real hard*)

    ATP – TOKYO AND SHANGHAI

    Dear Fans

    I am disappointed that I have to withdraw from Tokyo and Shanghai as they are two of my favorite cities in the world and the fans have been great to me over the years. After consultation with my team and doctors, I decided to take the difficult decision to withdraw from both tournaments so that I can give my body a chance to rest, rehabilitate and fully recover from a physically challenging year.

    Kind regards
    Roger

  3. pban says :

    it is better that he recovers now and wholeheartedly goes for the The tour finals.It was a complete disaster last year with his back and a tummy upset.

  4. Mia says :

    Justine in addition to Roger — licking my chops already for the Australian Open in 2010.

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