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Frazzle Post: Indian Wells

We have a blockbuster Saturday coming up in Woop Woop. Wafa faces off first match against a resurgent del Potro. Normally, I would not worry, but given Rafa’s performance in his last two matches, del Potro seems to be in with a chance to win.

In a dystopian world, my anticipation of a Fedal final would be completely derailed by both delPo and Satan.

BUT IT IS OKAY.

Unlike every other tournament, this time in Woop Woop, we get a second chance to reach Dootsie’s ovarian happiness. FEDRINKA plays Dolgopolove and Xman in some kinduva alternative dream doubles final.

Either way, the firelog routine – IT HAS TO HAPPEN. I WILL DIE OF A THOUSAND SQUISHY PENGUINS IF IT HAPPENS.

OOP – STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am

[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP

[3] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM

[8] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / M Shaughnessy (USA) vs S Mirza (IND) / E Vesnina (RUS) – WTA – DOUBLES FINAL

Not Before 4:00 PM

A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) vs R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP – DOUBLES FINAL

Roland Garros Day 5: Vot iz zis? Vimbleton?

Ayee ayee ayee. I thought this was only supposed to happen on the green green pastures of Wimbledon?

But Pahree being Pahree, there was always going to be a bit of romance in the rain.

Rain wreaked havoc on Roland Garros schedule on Day 5, with more than half the matches canned, Monfils and Fabfog finally finished their shoot-out marathon, with Foggy prevailign 2-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 9-7.

The crowd-feud leftover from the day before was clearly present when Fognini entered the court to a wave of boos from the spectators. Gael had breakpoints to serve out the match, but in the end, poetic justice was served as Fabio broke Monfils for the match.

“The first time I’ve won such a match with such a crowd on the grand court,” said FabFog. The first – and hopefully the last time you’ll ever trend on twitter, buddy.

As for Gael, “I lost, that’s all. I am disappointed, I lost, and voila.

But I like Fabio. I have nothing to say (about his behaviour). Every athlete behaves like he wants. He beat me fair and square.

Classy words from both players, but Gael – you had a 2 sets to love lead, you had an aggressive crowd on your side and still, you couldn’t win the match. I’d be pulling my hair out too, if I were you.

Mr Bitch, you and I are professionally DONE.

In the women’s tennis, Jelena Jankovic was thrown off her title offence temporarily by Kanepi, as the two split sets before the rain set in once again. Early in the third set, the pair exchanged breaks, but JJ took the deciding break to win 62 36 64. With her section of the draw vomiting out seeds, a spot in the semis is Jaja’s lose.

More troubled was her compatriot Ana Ivanovic, who faded like a shooting star against Klobbing Kleybs. Alisa may be a dangerous player, but this surface was supposed to favour Ana. It looked so, as Ivanovic got into an early lead, but lost 12 of the last 13 games to concede the match 63 60.

Granted, Alisa made few errors and maintained her intensity throughout. Shvedova next, QUARTERFINAL BITCH, GO GET IT.

It used to be that Miss Muffin lost matches in ugly, furious 3 sets. These days, she’s so embarrassed by herself that she can’t wait to get off the court. Not too much to ask for a little fight, is it?

Q. This is going back a little bit, but you lost to Jelena in Madrid. I was wondering when you heard about that fist pump imitation she did after the match and just what your reaction was.

ANA IVANOVIC: You know, it’s very, very hard for me to comment on that, you know. You know how they say: Sport doesn’t build character. It shows it.

It would be a clever line – if only it were true. The tennis world has witnesses too many transformations of the likes of Federer or Agassi to believe that tennis doesn’t build character.

As for revealing character – it’s not the line you want to be using when you’ve just crashed out 36 06 in round 2 of a tournament you won merely 2 years ago.

Snark aside, Lady Jaja had some artiliary of her own.

JELENA JANKOVIC: For me, you know, I don’t need really to comment on that, you know. I don’t think it’s a right time to comment on this kind of thing.

But for me, as a player, it’s ‑‑ every player has their way of, you know, motivating themselves and pumping themselves up, you know, if you win a point or you didn’t win a point. But I don’t think it’s nice to put it, you know, the fist in their face. That’s what can be a little irritating. That’s the only ‑‑ but all the players, they do, you know, different kind of gestures, you know, with their hands.

But, you know, it’s a little bit ‑‑ when you do that in the player’s face, and especially after not winning a point after your opponent missed an easy ball, I don’t think it’s ‑‑ I don’t think that’s fair play.

That’s just my opinion, and that’s what I, as a player, don’t like to do to other players. If I’m ‑‑ if I win a point or something, I do it, but I don’t go like that in your face (holds up fist). That was only ‑‑ and especially when it comes to maybe me and Ana, we are two girls from the same country, and it’s nice to have a nice relationship and play a normal match. Somebody has to win, and that’s normal.

We’re both professionals. We want to do our best on the court, and I think we should play fair. That’s just my opinion. I have nothing, you know, against her or fist pumps or whatever. I play my game. I have my personality. I’m myself, and it’s none of my business what Ana does or all these other girls on the court. But for me, I prefer to this kind of way like I already explained.

Game, set, bitch. Mademoiselle Jankovic.

A bit of an Aussie update, newly naturalised Jarmila Groth and Ana Rodionova both made it through to the third round, with Groth beating Dina-killer Kimiko and Rodionova upsetting Vera Zvoom Zvoom 64 64. Kinda sweet that they both switched allegiances after relocating to Australia to be with their Aussie men.

Groth and Rodionova are due to play each other next. With Hewitt to face Nadal in the third round and Sam in a difficult section of the draw, good to know Australia’s guaranteed at least one player in the fourth round.

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LA Tidbits: Please tell me they have a roof with on-court mics in LA?

It’s only appropriate, considering the Gruntfest Spectacular we have in store for us next round – Maria Sharapova v Victoria Azarenka. Shrieker v Banshee. 

It’ll be music to me sadistic ears!

 

NINJAAA! Getty Images/Jeff Groth

 

This is a weird thing to say, considering I actually like Vika, but I really, really don’t want to see Sharapova lose to her.

Maybe it’s because they’re so similar in style but two years apart in age, it kinda makes me sad to think of Maria – as a prototype for loud, ferocious “Big Babe” tennis – losing to a newer, shinier model. Not to mention, Sharapova is in desperate need of a big win against someone not named Nadia Petrova. 

 

So c’mon Maria, summon your inner pitbull and let’s show the Banshee what Masha Fierce is all about.

 

NINJAA!

Aussies Update

Little Olivia Rogowska went out in a close one to Kateryna Bondarenko 26 75 75. Didn’t watch the match, but you can read about it here – clickey

 

The more sensational news was of course Jelena Dokic’s retirement against Dementieva. Does Dokic only reserve her best tennis for the slams these days? Because since the Australian Open, she’s been quite mediocre, struggling against lower ranked players, not doing a whole lot with the momentum she got during the Australian Open. But she certainly upped her game yesterday against Dementieva, taking the first set 62 in an eyeblink, very unfortunate that the back injury came in just when the second set was about to get interesting. And damn it, crying girls are so infectious. *runs off sobbing* 

 

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I hope this doesn’t affect her comeback in any serious way, frankly I don’t think the girl can take any more blows to her tennis career. No news yet on the precise nature of the injury, I believe Dokic is getting it checked out today. 

 

“I went for a serve or a return and just went down and couldn’t come back up,” she said. “I don’t know what it is yet. But it’s very painful and I just hope it’s not too serious.”

 

In other news, two other Aussies – Jamila Groth and Sam Stosur – are through to the third round. Sam defeated Wickmayer 63 46 64 for an opportunity to finish off what Jelena Dokic had started – Elena Dementieva, while Jamila Groth is in her first ever R32 against Jelena Jankovic after taking down Mariana Duque Marino 62 76(9).

 

Uh-oh. All the best for the pair of them.

The Aussies Report

I thought there was a chance that no Australian would make it through to second round at the French Open this year. I shouldn’t have worried, because we’ve done reasonably well against some tricky opponents.

 

As everyone surely knows by now, Hewitt def Karlovic, proving that the man’s incapable of winning or losing a match in under 5 sets at a slam, Groth took down French wild card Laisne, Rogowska downed Kirilenko in straights, and with Dokic and Sam Stosur both coming through last night against Sprem and Schiavone respectively. The ‘teenage sensation’, Bernard Tomic, on the other hand, fell as expected to Kohlschreiber 61 62 62. Have I missed anyone? That’s a total of five players into the second round, let’s give ourselves a pat on the back shall we? 

 

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Intrigue to watch out for next round: Dokic v Dementieva, can she do it? Given that it’s Jelena Dokic we’re talking about here, I don’t see it happening. Ironically, Dokic actually leads Dementieva in their H2H 5-3.

Here are some excerpts from the presscon, it’s nice to hear Dokic sounding so positive despite all those recent dramas with her father. 

 

Dokic on her prospects for the rest of the year:


It’s great [to be back at Roland Garros], y’know even two years ago, a year ago, I was in bed watching this tournament, so it was not easy for me and now to be back on track in the main draw and [to have] done so well and be able to play and even win my first match here was very difficult.

I usually don’t do so well in the first part of the year, the first three or four months, so for me to have won a few matches, including [at] the Australian Open, was really great. 

This is probably the time that I start to do well, including the grasscourt season and then I love the American hard courts.

So considering I have nothing to defend, there is a lot to look forward to and maybe I can crack the top 50 and maybe even better.

 

On the upcoming match against Dementieva:


There shouldn’t be any thoughts in my head about winning it [the match against Dementieva].

If you get in a position [and] it might be close, then it’s a different story, but absolutely no pressure in that match and I’ve done a lot already by winning this match [over Sprem].”

The Australian Open first and second matches turned my career around, this [win] could turn my year around.

 

Meanwhile, I love how down to earth Sam Stosur is as a person. Check out Sam’s Roland Garros blog. Except posted below: 

 

I was pleased with my win over Francesca, even though I didn’t make the best of starts out there. Even when I was three-love down I was still pretty calm about it all and I knew that I was going to be okay if I just stayed composed and started playing a little bit better.

To win that one in straight sets was a great one to get away with. I’ll gain a lot of confidence from beating someone like Schiavone because any win against a player like her is great. She is a great competitor, she fights hard and she always gives 100 per cent 100 per cent of the time and with an opponent like that it’s never over until the last point. I have a lot of respect for Francesca and to get a win over her means a lot.

RG Thoughts: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.

Those who mocked and criticised Dinara Safina’s ascendence to the top of the game (myself occasionally among them) can now go eat dung. Dinara has lost one match in the clay season this year, and finished off poor little Anne Keothavong yesterday 6-0 6-0. A good start to her bid for Roland Garros I guess? 

 

It’s hard not to feel a little sympathy for Anne Keothavong though. Especially when she’s quoted as saying such endearingly sad things post-match. 

 

I’m not going to go away and slit my wrists. You have to find a way to laugh about it. What else is there to do? I’m sure there will be jokes about it, but I can take it.

From Twitter

One to forget. Dad keeps finding an excuse to knock on my door at hotel every 20 minutes- think he just wants to make sure I’m still alive!

 

Slightly disturbing suicide references. I’m with Boris Becker on this – it’s a tennis match, nobody died. Chill folks. 

 

Safina, on the other hand, doesn’t sound super-sorry for being the current ‘bully’ of the WTA. 

 

“When we shook hands, she said: ‘At least you could have given me one game’,” revealed the Russian.

 

Awww?! That’s right Safina, you could’ve left her one game, but you didn’t have to. The only thing more demoralising than complete pwnage is patronisation. 

 

While we’re on women’s tennis, Maria Sharapova fought her way into Round 2 yesterday with a 36 61 62 victory over Anastasia Yakimova. It doesn’t get any easier for the Pova though, she faces compatriot Nadia Petrova second round. Barring some fairly sloppy tennis from Nadia, I don’t see Maria coming through unfortunately. But you never know. I’ve become a big supporter of Maria during her long absence from the game, and wish her the best of luck in ladder-climbing her way back to the top. With that steely determination, mental fortitude and ‘let-me-rip-your-face-off’ disdain for her opponents, it’s not an impossible or improbable feat. Fight fight fight, Maria, fight fight fight! 

 

 

While we’re at it – check out Sharapova’s dress for Roland Garros. Asymmetry is the ‘new black’ it seems. 

I liked the amount of thought Nike put into the dress, but it sounded so much better in theory. The light blue petals have the annoying tendency to flutter behind Maria when she runs, and does nothing to flatter the Russian’s body. Might’ve suited someone more pear-shaped than her. 

 

 

 

 

Image Credit: EFE/Horacio Villalobos, REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol, Getty Images respectively. 

 

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Some updates on the Aussies: looks like I shouldn’t have worried that no Australian would make it into the second round. Not only did Lleyton Hewitt channel his leech-like endurance to conquer Karlovic in 5 sets, two other Aussies were through overnight.

Jarmila Groth (formerly Gajdosova) beat France’s slam debutante Kinnie Laisne 64 63. Her prospects look brighter now as her potential second round opponent Anna Chakvetdaze lost to the Colombian world No.124 Mariana Duque Marino. 

Talking about upsets, also through to the second round, 17 year old Olivia Rogowska – Aussie wild card – upset Maria Kirilenko in straight sets, 64 64. Watch out for Tomic v Kohlshcreiber too. 

 

crushed bricks, smashed hopes.

Trivia: who in the WTA has the highest winning/loss ratio this year? (answer at the bottom of the post) 

 

Not much I can say about the men’s draw – take a wild guess as to who I think is going to win.

 

The only thing I might add is that the Draw Gods have not been kind – not only is Rafael Nadal the only real contender for the Roland Garros trophy, but he’ll be able to do it without having to face the double hurdle of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Roger, on the other hand, would have to really earn his spot in the finals if he wants to defend his points there. Either way, I’m not putting anyone straight through to the semifinals at this stage except for Nadal, so I’m not even going to think about Djokovic v Federer until the middle of week 2. 

 

 

 

 

On the other hand, the women’s draw is as open as the men’s draw is closed. Picks are useless, but also damn fun, so here are mine: 

 

 

  1. Dinara Safina: the clear favourite, Safina’s got all the momentum with her, and the determination to prove her worth as the world no 1. Plus I’ve got a new theory: Safina 08-09 = Ivanovic 07-08. Berlin –> Roland Garros finalist –> Australian Open finalist –> Roland Garros winner. See how history works in perfectly repetitive narratives? One slight complication – she has by far the hardest draw out of all the contenders with Azarenka and Ivanovic in her quarter. 
  2. Venus Williams: results will show that Venus hasn’t had the ideal lead-up to Roland Garros, but history will tell you that if your surname was Williams, you don’t need no stinkin’ lead up. Unfortunately, Lisicki second round could complicate things a la Aussie Open.
  3. Svetlana Kuznetsova: you say no, the draw says yes, given that I don’t see Serena getting far with one good leg. 
  4. Caroline Wozniacki: I don’t really see it happening for Caroline to be honest, but it’s a choice of her, JJ and Elena D in that section of the draw, and recent form dictates that I pick her over the other two.

 

 

So not happenin’ for…

 

  • Ana Ivanovic: Ana’s becoming more and more forgettable these days. Get ready to say bye-bye to ranking points. 
  • Jelena Jankovic: if you had asked me who would win Roland Garros 3 months ago, I would’ve picked JJ. She has actually shown signs of improvement in the last few tournaments she’s played, but not enough. I do have a slice of humble pie waiting just in case though. 
  • Victoria Azarenka: she’s hungry, she’s been playing well, but at the end of the day, this is not her surface, not her slam and not the best draw for her. 
  • Vera Zvonareva: I actually wouldn’t be surprised if Vera decided to pull out last minute or retire mid-match along the way. Straight back from injury with no matches under her belt: it’s the kind of thing that Venus Williams does on grass, and Vera Zvonareva is clearly not Venus Williams. 
  • Maria Sharapova: goes without saying. But (and it’s a big ‘but’) – if, in the unlikely event, she managed to get past Nadia Petrova, fourth round would be doable.  

 

 

Grooming the Dark Horses

 

  • Carla Suarez-Navarro
  • Sabine Lisicki
  • Alize Cornet
  • Amelie Mauresmo
  • Anna Chakvetadze
  • Nicole Vaidisova

 

 

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Australian tennis is no longer worth analysing these days, simply because … well, Australian tennis doesn’t quite exist. But if anyone’s interested in the Aussies: bad news all round – Hewitt against old nemesis Karlovic first round (I believe Lleyton is 0-3 against the Croat). Should he get past Karlovic, he’s got the Spanish Terminator himself in the third round waiting. Wild card Bernard Tomic is up against Kohlschreiber first round. Dead meat.

Jarmila Groth (formerly Gajdosova) facing Kinnie Laisne of France and most likely Chakvedatze second round. Dokic v Sprem (and should she get past first round, which she most likely won’t – Elena Dementieva awaits) and Sam Stosur up against Francesca Schiavone

 

Trivia answer: Vera Zvonareva (.833). Half a mark if you answered Victoria Azarenka.