What's Love got to do with it?! Tennis 2012

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  1. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka Well-Known Member

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    I thought a new thread for the new year/season?

    So far:

    LOVING Kaia Kanepi and her form/win in Brisbane. I saw her semi/final wins over Schiavone/Hantuchova, and she was IMPRESSIVE! She seems like a really nice gal, has an awesome serve and has lost a fair bit of weight - I just pray for a healthy year for her. :D

    Murray eased to the title in Brisbane; Tsonga won in Doha (Monfils beat Nadal in Semis).

    The Czechs won the Hopman Cup - Kvitova beat Wozniacki in a good three-setter.

    Zheng Jie won her first title in six years(!) in Auckland, beating Pennetta.

    Raonic v Tipsarevic in the Chennai final.

    Serena, Kim, Flavia, Federer, all injured already!

    My picks for 2012:

    Murray will win a slam.

    Wozniacki will win a slam ;)
     
  2. oleada

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    I hope you're wrong! :drama:

    Anyway, I agree re: Kanepi. Great to see her back and doing so well.
     
  3. quintia

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    Congrats Milos on winning Chennai! :kickass:
     
  4. kylet3

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    YAAAY Milos Raonic and Canadian Tennis! With Nestor winning doubles this weekend too :D Plus it's also only the first weekend of the season, Canadian Tennis could see accomplishments that we haven't ever seen the likes of, I'm so excited and with the London Olympics coming, Raonic/Nestor could very well win an Olympic Medal with their serves and the Olympics being held on grass, they will be VERY difficult to beat.
     
  5. sequins

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    Way to go Milos! What a match. Agree kylet3 Nestor/Raonic would be interesting to say the least. Let hope for good health for all. Get well soon Roger and the rest and then stay that way.:)
     
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  7. Loves_Shizuka

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    ^:lol:

    All the top ladies are making sluggish starts. Kvitova, Woz, Li only just squeeing through to the Sydney QF's; Zvonareva out, Kuznetsova out. Venus out of OZ :(
     
  8. Glide2

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    Murray will NOT win a slam. :rolleyes: Loves_Shizuka, WHAT are u thinking!

    Very interesting that he's now working with new coach Ivan Lendl!
     
  9. 4rkidz

    4rkidz GPF Barcelona here I come

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    That was a great match for Milos - He made it very exciting to watch tennis and I have a feeling if he can stay healthy he can be number one.. best talent we have had in a while..
     
  10. kylet3

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    Milos still has a LONG way to go if he's to be number one, he's got to get a far better and more consistent backhand and improve his side to side movement, he's lanky but you can tell he's added some muscle in the off season for sure. I think him and Nestor with their serves would cause fits for any team playing at the Olympics which is why I'm excited, I think they both are legitimate medal contenders which would be another big boost to Tennis in Canada since funding is measured by success at the Olympics.
     
  11. Loves_Shizuka

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    Wozniacki lost a 6-3 5-4 lead to Radwanska and then apparently injured her wrist in the 3rd set. Aga won 2-6 7-5 6-2.

    Petkovic is out of OZ with a stress fracture. She was a QFinalist last year. It means Serena will be seeded 12, meaning the top four seeds avoid her for a further round.
     
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    When can Petra take over the #1 ranking? She has less points to defend in Oz than Wozniacki. She crushed Hantuchova yesterday.

    Petkovic :( Hope she gets better soon. She's so witty and fun.
     
  13. Loves_Shizuka

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    Kvitova will become no.1 if she wins Sydney.
     
  14. Beefcake

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    If/when he develops his serve & volley game to be a consistent weapon (this is his way out of the career-limited "ball bashers club"), Raonic will need a "perfect storm" scenario (old guard retired/new guard not yet soup) -- ala Roddick in 2003 -- to achieve #1. Not too far fetched, got to say.

    And, yes, there is the fitness issue. Find a way to avoid injuries (/ become the next Philippousis) and find a fitness program that builds endurance. Case in point: Milos followed up his stellar last week's run with a blowout loss -- 6-2/6-1 -- to Mardy Fish today. Mardy has a similar game, interestingly, but hopefully his "lost opportunities" career won't be another similarity for MR circa 2017.

    (Kudos to Mardy, though, for this nice win.)
     
  15. Domshabfan

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    List of top athletes out of the australian open is getting bigger than that in the tournament in ladies section.
     
  16. Loves_Shizuka

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    Kvitova lost to Li 1-6 7-5 6-2. She lead 6-1 3-1. I love Li, so I'm pleased for her. She really upped her game whilst Petra lost hers. I think it's only a matter of time before Kvitova is number one still.
     
  17. Loves_Shizuka

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    Australian draw:

    [1] WOZNIACKI, Caroline DEN v RODIONOVA, Anastasia AUS
    [WC] BARTY, Ashleigh AUS v TATISHVILI, Anna GEO
    PARMENTIER, Pauline FRA v KUDRYAVTSEVA, Alla RUS
    CORNET, Alize FRA v [31] NICULESCU, Monica ROU

    [24] SAFAROVA, Lucie CZE v MCHALE, Christina USA
    [Q] QUALIFIER v ERAKOVIC, Marina NZL
    [Q] QUALIFIER v MARTIC, Petra CRO
    [Q] QUALIFIER v [13] JANKOVIC, Jelena SRB

    [11] CLIJSTERS, Kim BEL v [Q] QUALIFIER
    FORETZ GACON, Stephanie FRA v BALTACHA, Elena GBR
    RUS, Arantxa NED v TSURENKO, Lesia UKR
    [Q] QUALIFIER v [20] HANTUCHOVA, Daniela SVK

    [26] MEDINA GARRIGUES, Anabel ESP v BIRNEROVA, Eva CZE
    MAYR-ACHLEITNER, Patricia AUT v GOVORTSOVA, Olga BLR
    ARVIDSSON, Sofia SWE v [WC] ROGOWSKA, Olivia AUS
    PERVAK, Ksenia KAZ v [5] LI, Na CHN

    [3] AZARENKA, Victoria BLR v WATSON, Heather GBR
    [WC] DELLACQUA, Casey AUS v JOVANOVSKI, Bojana SRB
    KEOTHAVONG, Anne GBR v BARTHEL, Mona GER
    MORITA, Ayumi JPN v [32] CETKOVSKA, Petra CZE

    [19] PENNETTA, Flavia ITA v [Q] QUALIFIER
    BRIANTI, Alberta ITA v FALCONI, Irina USA
    BENESOVA, Iveta CZE v JOHANSSON, Mathilde FRA
    [WC] REZAI, Aravane FRA v [16] PENG, Shuai CHN

    [10] SCHIAVONE, Francesca ITA v POUS-TIO, Laura ESP
    YAKIMOVA, Anastasiya BLR v OPRANDI, Romina ITA
    DATE-KRUMM, Kimiko JPN v DANIILIDOU, Eleni GRE
    HERCOG, Polona SLO v [22] GOERGES, Julia GER

    [28] WICKMAYER, Yanina BEL v VOSKOBOEVA, Galina KAZ
    PIRONKOVA, Tsvetana BUL v MIRZA, Sania IND
    [Q] QUALIFIER v HALEP, Simona ROU
    MATTEK-SANDS, Bethanie USA v [8] RADWANSKA, Agnieszka POL

    [7] ZVONAREVA, Vera RUS v DULGHERU, Alexandra ROU
    RODINA, Evgeniya RUS v HRADECKA, Lucie CZE
    MAKAROVA, Ekaterina RUS v TANASUGARN, Tamarine THA
    LARSSON, Johanna SWE v [25] KANEPI, Kaia EST

    [17] CIBULKOVA, Dominika SVK v RYBARIKOVA, Magdalena SVK
    MARINO, Rebecca CAN v ARN, Greta HUN
    BREMOND, Iryna FRA v ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA, Barbora CZE
    PASZEK, Tamira AUT v [12] WILLIAMS, Serena USA

    [14] LISICKI, Sabine GER v [Q] QUALIFIER
    PEER, Shahar ISR v [WC] HOLLAND, Isabella AUS
    STEPHENS, Sloane USA v SOLER-ESPINOSA, Silvia ESP
    SCHEEPERS, Chanelle RSA v [18] KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana RUS

    [30] KERBER, Angelique GER v [WC] BOBUSIC, Bojana AUS
    DUBOIS, Stephanie CAN v VESNINA, Elena RUS
    MINELLA, Mandy LUX v [Q] QUALIFIER
    DULKO, Gisela ARG v [4] SHARAPOVA, Maria RUS

    [6] STOSUR, Samantha AUS v CIRSTEA, Sorana ROU
    [Q] QUALIFIER v RADWANSKA, Urszula POL
    [Q] QUALIFIER v ERRANI, Sara ITA
    [Q] QUALIFIER v [29] PETROVA, Nadia RUS

    [23] VINCI, Roberta ITA v CADANTU, Alexandra ROU
    [WC] KEYS, Madison USA v ZHENG, Jie CHN
    DOKIC, Jelena AUS v [SR] CHAKVETADZE, Anna RUS
    RAZZANO, Virginie FRA v [9] BARTOLI, Marion FRA

    [15] PAVLYUCHENKOVA, Anastasia RUS v ZAKOPALOVA, Klara CZE
    BONDARENKO, Kateryna UKR v KING, Vania USA
    BARROIS, Kristina GER v KRAJICEK, Michaella NED
    DOMINGUEZ LINO, Lourdes ESP v [21] IVANOVIC, Ana SRB

    [27] KIRILENKO, Maria RUS v GAJDOSOVA, Jarmila AUS
    [WC] ZHANG, Shuai CHN v WOZNIAK, Aleksandra CAN
    BEGU, Irina-Camelia ROU v SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla ESP
    DUSHEVINA, Vera RUS v [2] KVITOVA, Petra CZE
     
  18. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka Well-Known Member

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    [1]Djokovic v Lorenzi
    Giraldo v Qualifier
    Ito v Starace
    [29]Stepanek v Mahut
    [23]Raonic v Volandri
    Rosol v Petzschner
    Stebe v Hewitt
    [15]Roddick v Haase

    [9]Tipsarevic v Tursunov
    Qualifier v Duckworth
    Youzhny v Qualifier
    [17]Gasquet v Seppi
    [27]Chela v Russell
    Kunitsyn v Andujar
    Bachinger v Sweeting
    [5]Ferrer v Machado

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    [4]Murray v Harrison
    Malisse v Roger-Vasselin
    Llodra v Gulbis
    [32]Bogomolov Jr. v Gimeno-Traver
    [19]Troicki v Ferrero
    Garcia-Lopez v Kukushkin
    Bellucci v Sela
    [14]Monfils v Matosevic

    [12]Simon v Qualifier
    Benneteau v K.Beck
    Souza v Ebden
    [24]Nishikori v Robert
    [26]Granollers v Levine
    Gil v Dodig
    Qualifier v Mello
    [6]Tsonga v Istomin

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    [8]Fish v Muller
    Falla v Fognini
    Montanes v Riba
    [25]Monaco v Kohlschreiber
    [20]F.Mayer v Lu
    Qualifier v Darcis
    Qualifier v Kavcic
    [11]Del Potro v Mannarino

    [13]Dolgopolov v Jones
    Kamke v Hanescu
    De Schepper v Querrey
    [22]Verdasco v Tomic
    [31]Melzer v Karlovic
    Berlocq v Qualifier
    Prodon v A.Beck
    [3]Federer v Qualifier

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    [7]Berdych v Ramos
    Rochus v Qualifier
    Stakhovsky v Qualifier
    [30]Anderson v Qualifier
    [21]Wawrinka v Paire
    Baghdatis v Becker
    Chardy v Dimitrov
    [10]Almagro v Kubot

    [16]Isner v Mitchell
    Nieminen v Nalbandian
    Cipolla v Davydenko
    [18]F.Lopez v L.Mayer
    [28]Ljubicic v Qualifier
    Qualifier v Young
    Haas v Qualifier
    [2]Nadal v Qualifier
     
  19. Beefcake

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    Is this true?

    If so, wow. Pretty exciting. (Though, :lol: Radwanska -- #1?)

    The men's draw isn't particularly eyepopping, and the ladies is a yawn. Fish/Muller and Murray/Harrison could be good.

    Unfortunately, I think that Rafa is too beaten down, maybe as much mentally as physically, and will be dropped in the QFs, if not before. Djokovic's draw is pretty good for him.
     
  20. oleada

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    Vika will be #1 if she wins in Melbourne- I think that's even if other players like Kvitova do well.
     
  21. Loves_Shizuka

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    Caro, Vika, Woz and Maria could definitely end OZ at no.1 - not sure about Aga and Sam!
     
  22. Beefcake

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    :watch: Preach the truth, Rafa!
    Wow, suddenly some :cold: :drama: :eek: at the normally kumbayah Aussie Open

    ... the possibly bubbling up Rafa/Roger tiff and :kickass: plan to show rainbow flags on Margaret Court Arena throughout the tournament in peaceful protest of that vile woman's relentless anti-gay agenda.
     
  23. Rottie

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    Watching Radwanska v. Mattek-Sands. Fun match. M-S is rocking the drop shots! Radwanska's legs look soooo slender, I'm just marveling at them.

    ETA: And since I cheer for her, M-S loses. Tomic just gave the Australian crowd something to cheer about, d. Verdasco!
     
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  24. Beefcake

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    :) Good opening day for the US boys, with Fish, Querrey, and Isner easily winning and The Donald putting his stamp on the tournament. :p Looking forward to seeing what Ryan Harrison can do versus Sir Andy M.

    Ladies side, :cheer: Kim coming through easily. Eh, American gals limp as expected, but a good win by young miss McHale (over Safarova).

    Meanwhile ...

    :COP: Rafa is either severely hobbled and in continual pain, or this is the usual "he's too crippled to get out of bed most days, but will soldier on :drama: and win this in heroic fashion anyway" stuff from Uncle Toni and company.

    Or half of each ... yeh, I'll go with that. :lol: GO RAFA!!!
     
  25. Loves_Shizuka

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    Rafa does love a good ole whinge doesn't he?!

    I can't wait for Novak to get started tomorrw :D

    What a day for us Brits!

    Watson lost 1 & 0
    Robson lost 2 & 0
    Keovathong retired after losing the first set 6-0.

    Marvellous. To be fair, Watson lost to Vika and Robson to JJ, but still. Besides, Laura Robson was APPALLING against Jankovic. If she's to fulfill her so-called potential she needs to get her skates on. Terrible attitude and terrible movement is all I see so far.

    Ward also lost in straight sets and Baltacha went down 2 & 4 to Foretz (whose first GS win it was since 05!) In some ways, I think this is the worst result of the lot - that was a VERY winnable match.

    So we went 0-10 on sets on the first day :rofl: :scream:
     
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    Rafa injured his knee sitting in a chair? :confused:

     
  27. topaz

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    Has anyone looked at the 2012 schedule, its nuts.

    Wimbledon is 2 weeks after Roland Garros; Olympics are 2 1/2 weeks after Wimbledon; US open is 3 weeks after the Olympics and Davis Cup semis 1 week after US open.

    I can't imagine many of the top players will be playing Davis cup this year. I know David Ferrer and Rafa have already pulled out of Davis Cup,
     
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    Romania's CRistea playing exceptional today. Dictating play. 2 match points on Sam S.
     
  29. oleada

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    Well, Stosur is out. Congrats to Solana but you could see that coming a mile away
     
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    Yep, Sam has not played well since the US open final. What has happened to her backhand, she couldn't hit any shot on the backhand side.

    Murray, its time to stop playing with Harrison. Harrison has huge potential but not today. I like Andy. Can't believe he's coached by one of top three favorite players of all time. I love Ivan Lendl!!!!!
     
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