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judgejudy27
05-08-2010, 04:35 PM
Martinez Sanchez with 2 set points, 1 already lost.

Loves_Shizuka
05-08-2010, 04:41 PM
7-6 to MJMS. C'mon JJ!!!!!!!!!

oleada
05-08-2010, 05:41 PM
Awww, JJ. Oh well, still a good week and MJMS has played really well.

judgejudy27
05-08-2010, 05:43 PM
JJ was too tenative both vs Serena and vs MJMS. Her best matches of late were vs Henin and Venus. The tennis she played in those two matches it the kind it will take to have any shot of winning RG. The tenative and passive tennis she played vs Serena and MJMS wont get her anywhere at the French. I mean maybe to a quarters or even semis with a great draw but definitely not the title.

Loves_Shizuka
05-08-2010, 05:59 PM
:( for JJ but MJMS totally deserved that. She played better and was a joy to watch. Her style really impresses and entertains me - great to see someone use their head and play differently, to their strengths, and stick with it. And after all her struggles in the past, great to see her have this winning moment!

Fergus
05-08-2010, 08:49 PM
Big John and Sammy Q into the Serbian finals!!! :cheer2:

Well done, boys :)

Beefcake
05-09-2010, 12:58 AM
Big John and Sammy Q into the Serbian finals!!! :cheer2:

Well done, boys :)
:kickass: Gooooo ... er, whoever is better tomorrow. John's assessment of his clay game, post-match, was enlightening. Saying that he's always like playing on clay, and that he can be good because his huge serve holds up well enough to allow him to hold almost every time, and the surface's slowness gives him enough time to get into place/into the point. Hadn't thought of the latter ... good that he has that mindset versus the "I'm just too slow to compete on clay, so I'll just go through the motions for most of my career before eventually skip most of the dirtball tourneys."

Sam and he are encouraging signs for US tennis in general, showing that dedication can make you a challenger. Bodes well for US Davis Cup fortunes, too.

oleada
05-09-2010, 04:10 AM
Woot, Dulko/Pennetta won their 3rd consecutive title in Rome!

Loves_Shizuka
05-09-2010, 04:51 PM
Aravane Rezai beats Justine Henin in the first round in Madrid, 6-0 in the 3rd! :eek: I really like Rezai, so I'm thrilled! Apparently Justine was a little injured (leg problem) but it's still a great win. Hope Justine will be fit for RG; I aint a fan but it's good when all the top players are well.

Kuznetsova lost AGAIN, this time to Peer, also 6-0 final set. Something is serously wrong with Sveta! I daren't even imagine how her RG defence will go at this rate (rememebr the USO 05? She came in as defending champ, and lost in 1R winning six games - will the French see a similar result this year?!)

More troubles too for Sharapova; she lost to Safarova in her first match back for two months. I wonder when she can finally get back to where she was?!

Federer lost in the semis in Estoril to Montanes.

Everyone is slumping!

Fergus
05-09-2010, 05:58 PM
Good for you, Sammy Q!!! :cheer2:

What a turnaround in the Serbian final!

Loves_Shizuka
05-09-2010, 09:42 PM
Congrats to Sammy Q. His terrifies me, but that's a nice win.

Beefcake
05-11-2010, 07:51 PM
:barrel Bah, Davis Cup scheduling and crap luck with the draw. Just as the indoor season kicks off, in mid-September, the USA DC team must travel to Colombia, where the slowest red sludge possible likely awaits. This is the "World Group playoffs," meaning that a slip up by the Yanks means they will be relegated to dreaded "second-tier zonal play" in 2011. Yes, it's a bad as it sounds.

If this was a home tie, i.e. no slow dirt surface and no possibly rabid crowd, it'd be 5-0 USA. Even the dead rubbers would be a breeze at home on hardcourt. However, in Colombia, the US will be challenged. Though Colombia wouldn't seem to have the players to contend even against a :o team full of James Blakes, anything can happen. Santiago Giraldo and Alejandro Falla are dreaded clay court specialists.

Go, Sammy Q and Isner. (BTW, ouch, Sam followed up his title from last Sunday with an opening round loss to an unknown today in Spain.)

Fergus
05-12-2010, 11:15 PM
Venus! :cheer2:

Aw, Roger vs. Stan tomorrow! :watch:

oleada
05-12-2010, 11:52 PM
:barrel Bah, Davis Cup scheduling and crap luck with the draw. Just as the indoor season kicks off, in mid-September, the USA DC team must travel to Colombia, where the slowest red sludge possible likely awaits. This is the "World Group playoffs," meaning that a slip up by the Yanks means they will be relegated to dreaded "second-tier zonal play" in 2011. Yes, it's a bad as it sounds.

If this was a home tie, i.e. no slow dirt surface and no possibly rabid crowd, it'd be 5-0 USA. Even the dead rubbers would be a breeze at home on hardcourt. However, in Colombia, the US will be challenged. Though Colombia wouldn't seem to have the players to contend even against a :o team full of James Blakes, anything can happen. Santiago Giraldo and Alejandro Falla are dreaded clay court specialists.

Go, Sammy Q and Isner. (BTW, ouch, Sam followed up his title from last Sunday with an opening round loss to an unknown today in Spain.)

:drama: :barrel

Giraldo is having a great year and has wins over Robredo & Kholschreiber, among others, this year - he's doing great all over, not just clay. He gave Isner a hard time today. Falla is also doing quite well, and we had 2 players in the AO 3rd round, which had never happened before. If Giraldo, in particular, scores a win or two, it's hardly just the clay. He's climbed around 50 spots since the year began. Yes, clay is his best surface, but clay is the most overwhelmingly common surface in Colombia.

I guess I don't get the whining about picking clay. Surely the US would've picked super fast hard court? All the hosts pick a surface to their advantage.

I would worry more about the altitude than the surface. The tie will more than likely be held in Bogota (which the Colombian Davis Cup captain has confirmed), which is 8,661 ft above sea level. The Americans are still the favorites; Colombia couldn't have asked for a worse draw.

(this is not to say that the Davis Cup format doesn't need some major changes - I think it does. We just never do well in these things, and we finally have some decent players for once :shuffle:)

oleada
05-13-2010, 12:33 AM
Anyway, a pretty eventful day in Madrid:

- The day started out with JJ beating Ana, in a high-quality match (heh) featuring 19 breaks of serve. Yes, you read that right. The best part of it all was probably Jelena imitating Ana's fist pumps on a couple of occasions.
- Nadia held her nerve for the first time since, well, ever, and beat Serena, saving 10 or 11 break points in one game.
- Venus came back from a set down to beat Schiavone and confirmed her status as World #2.
- Rafa had a bit of a hard time but won in straights; as did Murray.
- Gulbis took out Youzhny.
- Dulko/Pennetta 16th consecutive women's doubles match to advance to the semis. It's amazing how well they're doing in doubles considering how poorly their singles games are right now!