Tennis in the Ten. Let's all get our sticks back out.

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  1. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka Well-Known Member

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    Thought i'd start a new thread for the new year/season.

    So far:

    Feds lost to Davydenko again, this time at the semi's Qatar - Davy-Nadal final.

    Clijsters and Henin have reached the final in Brisbane! :eek: First match since 06! Should be a great match.

    Wickmayer won the title in Hobart, beating Pennetta in the final.

    Spain won the Hopman Cup - Robson beat Martinez Sanchez in the final, but Robredo beat Murray and then Spain won the mixed.

    Roddick will play Stepanek in the Brisbane final.

    Sharapova has beaten Wozniacki and Venus in the Hong Kong exhibition - looks in fab form! :cool:

    Schnyder is out of the Australian Open.

    Serena and Henin are due to meet in the 2nd round in Sydney next week! :eek:
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    Henin quit....the tournament :) Said she strained her thigh and didn't want to agravate it. I bet she didn't expect to get to the final.

    She implied after her final with Kim that if she'd had more match experience she could have won. Kim, who's played a whopping 4 more tournaments than Henin since HAVING A BABY, won because she came back earlier than Justine.

    She hasn't changed...I still don't like her. Ugh. But, it is fun to have someone to dislike on tour again :)
  3. oleada

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    I'm glad you opened this thread, L_S, because I was :fragile: that the other one was dead.

    I'm glad Henin made the final and it was competitive and she's playing well. I didn't expect her to beat Kim. :)

    Davydenko just beat Nadal, too, after being bageled in the first set :eek: He's kept up his form from the WTF.

    I hope Wickmayer gets an AO WC after last year's debacle; she's in great form.

    Someone in TF posted that Jankovic beat Safina 63 in a pratice set and Dina wasn't too happy about it :lol:

    The AO could potentially be competitive for the women for the first time in ever :eek: Sharapova & Clijsters is in good form, Serena always plays well there, Henin is back...
  4. tchaikovsky_177

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    Justine :( But so glad to have her back :cheer2:

    Nikolay is really amazing. I think he was down 1-3, 15-40 in the last set. What a comeback! :cool:
  5. oleada

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    He also saved 2 MPs in the tiebreak.
  6. Loves_Shizuka

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    With Wickmayer winning, Kim winning, and Justine well and truly back, looks like Belgium will (potentially) run the show this year. Anyone see the final in Brisbane?! That was one crazy (often very high standard) mess - I don't like Justine, but if her return means more tennis like this, then it's all good.

    Davydenko's win in Qatar was equally as impressive! Can he possibly win the AO?!
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  7. Lorac

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    He's got to be considered as a legitimate challenger this time - he's beaten the top guys in the world in the couple of months -and really showed grit!! It would be nice to nice him show strong at the AO!!
  8. oleada

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    Laura Robson was granted an AO qualifying WC.

    WTA MD WC: Henin, Coco Vandeweghe (US WC playoff winner), Stephanie Cohen-Aloro (French WC), Casey Dellacqua (Australian playoff winner), Alicia Molik (AUS), Olivia Rogowska (AUS), and an Asian WC yet to be announced.

    ATP MD WC: Ryan Harrison (USTA playoff winner), Nick Lindahl (Australian playoff winner), Bernard Tomic (AUS), Carsten Ball (AUS), Jason Kuhbler (AUS). Don't know who the French WC is....

    Sydney Draw:WTA, ATP
    Azarenka vs Lisicki in the first round looks good.

    In more Bernard Tomic vs Lleyton Hewitt drama...er..news...Tomic is campaigning to be selected for the Australian Davis Cup squad. Hewitt thinks that Tomic is not ready for this and there are Australian men who are higher ranked who deserve the spot, like Peter Luczak. Daddy Tomic thinks Lleyton's saying this because he's a racist who thinks Tomic is not a real Australian becase he's Croatian. Except Luczak is Polish....Of course, this all comes after Team Tomic refused an invitation to practice with Hewitt at Wimbledon, because Hewitt wasn't good enough. I dislike Tomic already, especially for making me agree with Lleyton Hewitt :rolleyes:
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  9. Beefcake

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    Congrats to Andy ... just finished off burying The Worm in the Brisbane final. Two tiebreakers. A-Rod lost big leads in the 2nd set and later in the 2nd set tiebreaker before pulling it out. First tournament back since October ... and already with a gaudy (5-0), extended tiebreaker record.
  10. gingercrush

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    LOL. Wickmayer beat Pennetta in Auckland New Zealand not Hobart. The big drama here was a dozen or so protestors that kept protesting against Shahar Peel because she is Israeli. She made the semis but was beaten by Wickmayer. Several people got arrested.
  11. Loves_Shizuka

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    ^Oops, yea sorry, my mistake.
  12. minuet

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm very early on this but I like to plan in advance. My fiance and I are going to New York for our Honeymoon in August and we'd (really me) like to take in a day at the US Open. (ok, honestly, I planned the Honeymoon to coincide with the US Open but don't tell him that)

    When would single day sessions be available for purchase? I know some members of this board attended last year so I'm hoping you could help me.

    Thanks!

    Can't wait for the AO! I'm so glad this thread is moving again. It's sad in December with no tennis.
  13. CaptCrunch

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    The cheapest tickets for the US Open are always the first 3 day sessions, either online or by scalping.

    Tickets are really getting expensive for Labor Day weekend.

    I believe online tickets are first available only to USTA members in like May or June and then the general public sometime after that.
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    Thanks for kicking off this thread with a great summary, L_S.

    Henin and Clijsters back and Maria maybe over her shoulder make the women exciting again. And as an American, I want to believe that Melanie Oudin will be more than a one season wonder.

    On the men's . . . Roger's still great but bound to be less consistent than in the past (which is to say he'll occasionally lose matches). Rafael's still great, but his body . . . Ai! Djokovic and Murray are always threats. Davydenko seems to be reaching another level. And del Potro! Hope to see a lot more of him. Became fans of Verdasco and Soderling last year too. And maybe the stars will align and Andy Roddick will win another major.

    So much to watch! :watch: :summer:
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    Andrew!!!! :cheer2:

    LOVE that the tennis "off-season" is like a day and a half and then they're off to Oz!

    I would love to see Andy and Kim play mixed doubles, :swoon:
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    According to TF, a book was published in Denmark about Caroline Wozniacki and it is full of :drama: and :skandal! Actually, it's fairly complimentary of Caroline, but the not-so-:sekret: sources didn't have many good things to say of her dad...They are ex-trainers who actually sued him after some unpaid bills, much :revenge: which had to be settled in court. One of Caroline's ex-trainers calls him completely manipulative and Caroline is completely under his control; he says between the best tennis coach in the world and her dad, Caroline would pick her dad if he wanted her to. He also claims he's a joke as a physical trainer.

    Another weird thing was that Papa Wozniacki has changed his name to Viktor Krason, which he only uses in his passports and to starts companies. Apparently Piotr/Viktor is planning to sue the people who published the book...

    I thought it was interesting :watch:
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    Gag!!! She is such nasty person, it seems. I hope she gets her :kickass: all year! It would be especially sweet if Kim were to beat her in EVERY SINGLE GRAND SLAM FINAL. Bwahahaha! That said, Henin will probably win them all. lol
  18. Beefcake

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    Dead eyed slag. :blah: Hope she gets mopped up by Kim, Ree, and those enormous young Russian gals.
  19. Loves_Shizuka

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    ^:rofl:

    :eek: @ the that Caro scoop, oleada! I knew I had good reason to take a total dislike to everything I've seen of Papa Woz (or should it be Papa Krason?! creeeeepy! ...I wonder if he's a fanboy of Viktor Kraatz, so decided to change his name to something weirdly similar?! :lol: )
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    If the seedings go as the rankings right now, Clijsters and Sharapova could play any of Safina, Serena Williams, Wozniacki, Kuznetsova in Round 4.
  21. oleada

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    I hope Justine wins Wimbledon. Justine! :cheer:
    Kim can win a slam, too :)
    Serena looked great yesterday, though.
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    The :rofl: result of the day (from Auckland):

    A Clement (FRA) d [2] D Ferrer (ESP) 75 64
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    Is Arnaud still hawwwt?! Not seen him for a while...

    Safina got trashed by Dementieva in Sydney; got a feeling a big fall might come Dinara's way soon.
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    Honestly I never was a Safina fan. She will go down in history as the biggest joke #1 ever. If she takes a big fall, well I cant say I would be dissapointed or miss her much. She was only at the top in the first place because of the huge hole at the top of the womens game created by Clijsters and Henin retirements, Sharapova's injury problems, many of the other top players underperforming and other issues, and the dearth of rising talent or rising talent gone badly awry (eg- Vaidisova). Her being ranked #1 was a huge accident more or less. I think she will go down as one of the biggest overachievers even if she never wins a slam as I expect. For her to hold #1 for almost a whole year with so many more talented players than her, even with the briefly weak womens field, and reach 3 slam finals and an Olympic final with her skills and game, she went well beyond what her potential was if anything IMHO. Of the current field I think Henin, Clijsters, Serena, Sharapova, Venus, Kuznetsova, Dementieva, Jankovic, Ivanovic, Wozniacki, Azarenka, are all better players than she is, or atleast they should be if they are playing the way they should be able to.
  25. Coco

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    Um, Safina is coming back from a serious back injury. Gloaters hold your horses just a bit.
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    I don't get all the Safina hate. It was especially funny to read the list of her accomplishments as if she was lucky to have them. The funny part was how the list kept going on and was full of a lot of big things. Anyone can get lucky in a tournament, maybe even hit a hot streak and do well in 2 tournaments, but luck doesn't get you to multiple Slam finals, Olympic finals and allow you so long as the #1 player not to mention all the winning she did outside of the 4 (ONLY 4, THERE ARE MORE TOURNAMENTS YOU KNOW?!) Slams. She can't help who retired or was injured/not playing their best. The fact is she did well enough to grab #1 and hold onto it for so long, anyone could have come along to take it from her and they didn't.
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    Co-signed.
  28. Loves_Shizuka

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    Where's the hating?! All she's achieved she's earned and worked hard for; that still being said, I KNOW she's coming back from injury, she's been struggling for a while, has a lot of points of defend, and there are many around her in better form (namely the big return of the Belgians) SO I believe it's going to be difficult for her to match her achievements from the same time last year. Is all. I'm not sitting here rubbing my palms together with glee, forcasting the great fall of the Safina. :lol:
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    Sampras isn't too happy with the sophomoric potshots Agassi's book takes at him.

  31. Beefcake

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    :swoon: I love the semifinalists at the Sydney tourstop!

    Dickie Gasket v. Julian Benneteau :kickass: and :grope: x 2 'nuff said!

    Mardy Fish v. Baggy ... Baghdatis is of course hella fun on the court, and Mardy's serve & volley, chip & charge power game is full of power, fun and errors. :watch:

    Gasquet is only 23!? :wideeyes: Boy seems to have been around forever.

    Speaking of hottie Frenchmen, where is heck is FSU's "Brings The Sexy" King, Paul Henri? Our boy hasn't been seen since last fall. :wuzrobbed Hope he's not injured ... well, he'd almost have to be wouldn't he to have not made an 0TEN appearance yet?
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    I apologize, I didn't mean everyone here was hating on Safina. I post and read at another message board dedicated to just tennis and it is a running theme. So when I read what judgejudgy said I just responded without explaining where I was coming from.
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    P H Mathieu is injured and will miss the Aussie Open. Not sure what is wrong with him.

    Did anyone notice that Alexandra Stevenson lost in the first rd of qualifying? Not a surprise. Last year she didn't win one single qualifying match. She's 29 now. Some dreams die hard I guess. Since she reunited with her father (Julius Erving) 2 years ago I assume he must be footing the bills for her tennis now.
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    It just seems that people (commentators, tennis writers, people on tennis message boards) love to rag on her so much that it gets really old :blah: I know what you mean.

    As for Mathieu, he is injured and missing the AO :wuzrobbed
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    The men's draw is on!

    Roger/Novak/Davydenko/Soderling in first half, Roddick/Murray/Nadal/Del Potro in the other

    The stream was down for the women's draw but apparently it's Henin/Dementieva in round 2! :eek:

    Williams & Sharapova in the same half; Safina, Henin & Clijsters in the opposite half. I think Venus and Maria are in the same quarter.
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  36. Beefcake

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    Serena's got to love having the bloodbath on the "other" side of the draw for the first time in a while!

    MEN'S QF IF SEEDS CAME TRUE:

    Federer-Davydenko
    Watch out for Mr. Burns, Roger! Boy's got your number

    Djokovic-Soderling
    Another surprise Swede victory in Oz?

    Del Potro-Roddick
    So is Del Porny injured or not? Either way, it's a good draw for A-Rod, as he seems fit and usually excels at AO.

    Murray-Nadal
    Not sure what to make of this one. Rafa's game is killing his body, but it doesn't mean he won't kick azz in between cripples.
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    Apparently, Sharapova is in the bottom half now too :lol: Faces Safina in the 4R. Who knows what's going on...

    Clijsters/Henin/Dementieva quarter is pretty crazy, though. :watch:

    Venus better be on from day 1 because she got Lucie Safarova in R1, who is always dangerous.

    Battle of the Wozzies again in r1. Glamour match is obviously Kirilenko/Sharapova :glamor:

    As for the men, the top half seems stronger to me than the bottom, seeds-wise. Davydenko/Federer/Djokovic all really excel in hard courts.
  39. Beefcake

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    ;) I'll call that one right now. Lucie wins. Venus barely scraped through the early rounds last year with lighter competition. How is it that Miss Safarova is a "dangerous" floater at Slams? Shouldn't she be consistently seeded?
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    Draws are up on the site now. :eek: The Henin/Dementieva/Clijsters quarter is KILLER! Also has Petrova, Kuznetsova, Pennetta and a gaggle of other Russians.

    Meanwhile, Serena's just got Azarenka in her quarter to worry about, then ... well, really, I don't see anyone in Venus' quarter troubling a by-then rolling Serena Williams.

    Over on the men's side ...

    Rafa lands in the forest ... would have Stilt 1 and Stilt 2 - Isner and Karlovic - in consecutive matches. (3rd and 4th rounds). :lol: Eh, not gonna happen. Isner may make it to R3, but Karlovic will be felled by the Worm or the Fish. But, really, not a Murderer's Row of a draw for Nadal (Uncle Toni still working his draw magic!). We'll see how his limbs hold up.
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