Picket Fence Newsreel: Groundhog Day.


Another tournament, another withdrawal, another injury to sideline him for a little while. The Tennis Gods just won’t give David Nalbandian a break.

At least this one doesn’t sound too serious: Nalby’s suffered from a 3 millimeter tear in the adductor muscle of his right leg, according to the tournament doctor. He’ll need at least 10 days off, which means that the Argentinian Davis Cup team is what one would call – a tad screwed.

But the news of this injury came after Nalbandian’s initial comeback plans were derailed by a stomach muscle injury earlier this year.

I wonder if it’s a matter of his body getting used to the rhythm of playing tennis again, or is he about to become more Rafa than Rafa?

In Memphis, Maria Sharapova has been busy gobbling up cupcakes on her run to the semifinals, she took out Elena Baltacha 62 75 with a less-than-impressive serving display.

A more interesting phenomenon is the fact that Lena B has a win/loss record of 16-4 in 2010 so far.  The fine peeps of Great Britain, get ready to welcome a female player into the top 40 in a few tournaments’ time.

In Dubai, Venus was underwhelmingly solid against Shahar Peer, progressing to the final with a 61 64 win. Shahar’s self-assured run on the outside courts of Dubai have earned her not only the admiration of many for the composure she showed, but a spot in the top 20.

In the other semi of the day, Vika defeated Aga for a chance to face the other Williams in the final.

Despite the “upsets” of the week, the Dubai tournament ended up delivering the goods after all.

Make it good, girls

xx doots

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9 responses to “Picket Fence Newsreel: Groundhog Day.”

  1. FortuneCookie says :

    Yay for Elena,and Anne Keothavong has made it to the semis there,and would in all likelihood play Maria in the final (she plays Sofia Arvidsson in the semis-a winnable match),so very good week for British women’s tennis!
    Hey,it’s only Memphis,but we take anything we can get!😛

  2. Jack says :

    With Maria, sometimes I take a leaf out of Roger’s book and don’t care about the stats. It just getting the win that’s important, as Maria does need the wins at the moment.

    I thought she was serving great in the first set (she won 100% firse serve points). It just the second set where her evil twin, Poova, was beginning to appear.🙂
    It is wierd, though, that i get really nervous everytime I hear the words “Sharapova” and “Shoulder” in the same sentence??

    I do feel kinda bad as a brit that I wanted Elena to lose! It’s just with Maria, and Roger too, patriotism goes out the window.

    But I am a big fan of Elena. I don’t think a lot of people know this but her career up to this point, has basically been one injury after the other. So its great to see her doing so well. And I do think she can get top 40 too. Same goes for Annie K.

  3. Jack says :

    Forgot to add, that Simon Reed wrote an article saying how well Elena is doing and that he believes she can be in the top 50.

    So now she is offiicially jinxed!!! STUPID SIMON REED!!!

    • BS says :

      He may have well have jinxed Elena Baltacha but did you see the apology he wrote to Roger Federer fans? It was about time!! In my opinion he shouldn’t be allowed commentate or even give opinions on tennis, I really don’t think he knows what he’s talking about half the time.

      • Jack says :

        I did read the apology he wrote. He’ll change his tune again whenever Fed lose next. Granted he doesn’t know what he’s talking about but it is funny everytime he’s wrong, which coincidentally is all the time!😀

        But if Simon Reed and Pete Bodo can get jobs, surely that gives hope to all budding sport journalists out there??

  4. Warwick360 says :

    Congrats to Venus but personally I wanted Peer to reach the final mainly because i was loving the drama and i was really starting to like her….😦

    And too bad that Radwanska lost to that bratty loud banshee Victoria………… :'(…… I honestly can’t stand watching videos of Vika on both the matches and the practice courts….she basically sounds like an owl from hell.

  5. jfK says :

    I wanted Peer to win Dubai. that would’ve been so cool. Maybe next year.
    And also Maria is doing great so far. Just hope she can win her match tonight!

  6. TopSpin says :

    *Clears throat pointedly*

    Brit stories in Memphis?

    Anne Keothavong anyone?

    First tournament in six months.

    de Brito and Sprem aren’t what I’d refer to as scalps, but still.

    Go Anne!

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