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 …
#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.