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~|Naomi|~
Dec 26th, 2007, 01:17 AM
Hopman Cup starts on Saturday.
Lucie & Tomas' draw:)

Saturday 29 at 6pm
Czech Republic (3) v Australia (6)
Lucie Safarova v Alicia Molik
Tomas Berdych v Peter Luczak
Safarova/Berdych v Molik/Luczak

Monday 31 at 10.30 am
Czech Republic (3) v USA (2)
Lucie Safarova v Serena Williams
Tomas Berdych v Mardy Fish
Safarova/Berdych v Williams/Fish

Thursday 3 January at 10.30am
Czech Republic (3) v India (7)
Lucie Safarova v Sania Mirza
Tomas Berdych v Rohan Bopanna
Safarova/Berdych v Mirza/Bopanna.

~|Naomi|~
Dec 26th, 2007, 09:46 AM
H2Hs
Lucie v Molik 0-0

Lucie v S Williams 0-2
* 2007 Hobart Hard Courts L 3-6 6-3 6-7(5)
* 2007 Miami Hard Courts L 3-6 4-6

Lucie v Mirza 1-0
* 2005 Forest Hills Hard Courts W 3-6 7-5 6-4

Ashie_87
Dec 26th, 2007, 10:33 AM
:woohoo: I have coverage!!! I think Thursday's matches are on the second court...they better televise them (*NUDGE* ABC *NUDGE*):p

Janine*OnTheTour
Dec 26th, 2007, 02:41 PM
Lucie and Tomas arrived today well in Australia... :)

Sally Todd
Dec 26th, 2007, 07:13 PM
Lucie and Tomas arrived today well in Australia... :)

Unlike Serena, who I guess would rather attend a Las Vegas party, probably with her boyfriend Common, the world's phoniest "real" rapper. :rolleyes:

With Serena out, Lucie and Tomas have an even better shot at making the final. :D In the US it looks like the final is the only chance to see her play -- for some reason Tennis Channel isn't showing most of Hopman this year. :confused:

Ashie_87
Dec 26th, 2007, 09:26 PM
Lucie and Tomas arrived today well in Australia... :)
Apparently Perth had its hottest December day in 40 years yesterday (44 degrees C) :eek: That would have been relatively uncomfortable:scratch:

Lunaris
Dec 26th, 2007, 09:44 PM
I don't know why - or perhaps I know - but this tournament doesn't provoke much of an interest in me. I would prefer Lucie playing a real tournament instead of this exho or not playing at all. Regardless I wish them good luck.

Fergie
Dec 27th, 2007, 03:34 AM
Good luck Lucie and Tomas :bounce:

~|Naomi|~
Dec 27th, 2007, 08:28 AM
I don't know why - or perhaps I know - but this tournament doesn't provoke much of an interest in me. I would prefer Lucie playing a real tournament instead of this exho or not playing at all. Regardless I wish them good luck.
I felt that way last year when Lucie chose not to defend her Gold Coast title. But given how well her Australian summer turned out last year I think it is a good choice to do the same prep again this year. Lucie is guaranteed 3 singles & 3 doubles matches & right now Lucie needs matches after losing early in her last few events and finishing the season earlier than planned. I think the Hopman Cup looks like a really fun event, Lucie gets to start the season in a relaxed atmosphere with Tomas and attend the NY Ball all while representing Czech Republic.

kolan
Dec 27th, 2007, 01:16 PM
good luck to lucie and tomas. i am hoping for a cze v fra final. i think they can definately win thier group as serena is not playing for usa now and i wish them all the best ;)

Janine*OnTheTour
Dec 27th, 2007, 03:16 PM
good luck to lucie and tomas. i am hoping for a cze v fra final. i think they can definately win thier group as serena is not playing for usa now and i wish them all the best ;)

Lucie will play Serena,
Serena will arrive later in Perth, due to mild illness... But Meghann is suppossed to play only the openening match vs India, thereafter she will fly to Gold Coast, for the tournament...

Like that it is said at the Hopman cup site...

Robert-KimClijst
Dec 27th, 2007, 05:33 PM
It's a tough draw, but if Lucie can get a few wins, it will really boost her confidence for the Australian Open. She's got points to defend!

Here is a little bit of what the Tennis Channel said about Serena:

Williams, winner of last year's Australian Open, will miss the United States' opening match at the Hopman Cup in Perth, organizers said Thursday.

The American star is trying to recover from a lingering left knee injury that forced her to pull out of the WTA Tour's season-ending championships in Madrid in November.

She had been scheduled to take on India's Sania Mirza on Saturday in the first match of the team event, but will be replaced by Meghan Shaughnessy.

Tournament officials said Williams will not arrive in the Western Australia state capital until the weekend, and plans to play for the Americans in Monday's match against the Czech Republic. Player substitutions are allowed between matches.

Janine*OnTheTour
Dec 27th, 2007, 05:44 PM
It's a tough draw, but if Lucie can get a few wins, it will really boost her confidence for the Australian Open. She's got points to defend!

Here is a little bit of what the Tennis Channel said about Serena:

Williams, winner of last year's Australian Open, will miss the United States' opening match at the Hopman Cup in Perth, organizers said Thursday.

The American star is trying to recover from a lingering left knee injury that forced her to pull out of the WTA Tour's season-ending championships in Madrid in November.

She had been scheduled to take on India's Sania Mirza on Saturday in the first match of the team event, but will be replaced by Meghan Shaughnessy.

Tournament officials said Williams will not arrive in the Western Australia state capital until the weekend, and plans to play for the Americans in Monday's match against the Czech Republic. Player substitutions are allowed between matches.


yes Serena will arrive on Sunday...

iPatty
Dec 27th, 2007, 08:06 PM
Hopefully Lucie will not repeat her performance last year against Sania. :tape:

It would be nice for her to win some but I like that she will be getting a lot of matches here. She really, in my opinion, got it back here last year against Medina Garrigues.

~|Naomi|~
Dec 28th, 2007, 08:20 AM
Heat hampers Czech team's Hopman preparation


Members of the Czech Republic team says the heatwave in Perth is making it difficult to prepare for the opening tie against Australia in the Hopman Cup.
Thomas Berdych and Lucia Safarova will take on Australia's Alicia Molik and Peter Luczak on Saturday night.
Safarova says it has been difficult adjusting to the very high temperatures in Perth in the past few days.
"It was minus 5 [degrees Celcius] in the Czech Republic, so it was pretty tough to come here," she said.
"You have to get used to it, but it is indoors and it will be airconditioned so it won't be not so bad."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/12/27/2128004.htm?section=sport

~|Naomi|~
Dec 28th, 2007, 08:21 AM
Hopefully the heat hasn't impacted Lucie and Tomas too much and won't effect their play tomorrow. Hopefully it is just Aussie media beat up....

valexie03
Dec 28th, 2007, 05:53 PM
What's the big deal about the heat if it is indoors and it will be airconditioned :confused: I wouldn't complain http://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Divers/froid-brrr-45.gif

Robert-KimClijst
Dec 29th, 2007, 01:30 AM
It'll be good for Lucie to get used to the heat! Better learn here than at the Australian Open! ;)

Sally Todd
Dec 29th, 2007, 02:17 AM
Lucie's first match is only hours away!

Naomi, I agree with you about Hopman and last year. I thought it was a bad idea for Lucie at the time, since she was going to lose all her Gold Coast points. But the match play definitely helped her, especially when yout think about how she poorly she started with the Mirza loss.

At the other places, it would be one bad match like that and then no match until the next week. Playing Serena or even Shaughnessy (currently beating Mirza) for that matter will be good practice.

jack daniels
Dec 29th, 2007, 09:15 AM
Lucie should beat Alicia who is only now getting back into match fitness over the Australian summer.

Langers
Dec 29th, 2007, 10:19 AM
I felt that way last year when Lucie chose not to defend her Gold Coast title. But given how well her Australian summer turned out last year I think it is a good choice to do the same prep again this year. Lucie is guaranteed 3 singles & 3 doubles matches & right now Lucie needs matches after losing early in her last few events and finishing the season earlier than planned. I think the Hopman Cup looks like a really fun event, Lucie gets to start the season in a relaxed atmosphere with Tomas and attend the NY Ball all while representing Czech Republic.
Agreed, and not to menion she has an early look at the new courts. By the end of this tournament she'll be a lot more familiar with how the courts are playing and what to expect in Melbourne.

As for tonight's game with Molik, Lucie is not far away from defeat. She's had real difficulties dealing with Molik's serve, especially the kick serve. Molik has generated a lot of power off her ground strokes and it's sort of rushed Lucie.

She'll be a lot better off for the hit and I can't wait to see her in the mixed doubles.

Langers
Dec 29th, 2007, 10:21 AM
And for interest sakes, it was 28 degrees during Session 1 so it would probably be low to mid 20's during Lucie's match which isn't too bad.

Janine*OnTheTour
Dec 29th, 2007, 10:28 AM
Lucie do not have a good start :(
5-7 2-6

Fergie
Dec 29th, 2007, 01:22 PM
Lucie :help: ... Better luck in the next matchs :)

Robert-KimClijst
Dec 29th, 2007, 03:55 PM
She didn't have a good start last time either, but she had a great Australian summer. Hopefully she'll regain her form.

dybbuk
Dec 29th, 2007, 04:08 PM
Lucie :( Paris seems so far away now.

Good luck in your next matches. :hug:

~|Naomi|~
Dec 29th, 2007, 09:39 PM
Lucie looked out of sorts in her singles match. Wasn't timing the ball well at all & one area that stood out for me as needing improvement was her movement. I think her groundshots will improve with more practice and matches. I think Molik's serve was frustrating Lucie she would get close to building pressure on Molik's serve and there would be another ace. I've always thought it'd be interesting to see how Molik would be without her serve......Lucie had some really wild misses. They mentioned after the match that Lucie has been ill since arriving in Perth:confused:

Lucie timed the ball much better in doubles. On the first 2 points Lucie badly missed volleys and then I was a bit worried but after that I think she held her own at the net. Lucie was smoking the returns and hit some great DTL shots to get the Czechs back in the first set after Berdych was broken. I would have liked to have seen Berdych get more involved in the match look to cross at net, make the Aussies think about where to hit the ball instead Lucie kept getting pinged at the base line....and maybe return serve DTL instead of continuously cross court which by the end the Aussies knew it was going there so they would just cross and intercept it. I think after seeing the doubles I am more conifdent about Lucie's game as she was hitting her returns and ground strokes much better. I think though the result shows it was a great choice to come to Perth and play many matches rather than lose first round on the GC....

Hopefully Lucie is feeling physically ok for the next match:)

Langers
Dec 30th, 2007, 12:22 AM
Lucie timed the ball much better in doubles. On the first 2 points Lucie badly missed volleys and then I was a bit worried but after that I think she held her own at the net. Lucie was smoking the returns and hit some great DTL shots to get the Czechs back in the first set after Berdych was broken. I would have liked to have seen Berdych get more involved in the match look to cross at net, make the Aussies think about where to hit the ball instead Lucie kept getting pinged at the base line....and maybe return serve DTL instead of continuously cross court which by the end the Aussies knew it was going there so they would just cross and intercept it. I think after seeing the doubles I am more conifdent about Lucie's game as she was hitting her returns and ground strokes much better. I think though the result shows it was a great choice to come to Perth and play many matches rather than lose first round on the GC....

Hopefully Lucie is feeling physically ok for the next match:)
She said she had a stomach problem on Friday but was feeling better yesterday. On area I would like to see improvement is her volleying. She sets up so many free points with her heavy ground strokes as well as her serve so she could really finish off points a lot quicker at the net.

I thought after a pretty poor start she played quite well in the doubles. I don't like their chances of winning any doubles games again, mainly because Berdych cannot play doubles. He's one of my favourite players but I'm afraid he's useless on the doubles court. :o As you said Lucie's ground strokes were quite impressive and she hit many terrific winners, mainly backhand DTL.

I think we'll see a big improvement in her next singles game.

~|Naomi|~
Dec 30th, 2007, 04:35 AM
well at least Tomas knows he needs to work on his doubles:p
LUCIE SAFAROVA (Czech Republic)
TOMAS BERDYCH (Czech Republic)
PETER LUCZAK (Australia)
ALICIA MOLIK (Australia)
Three cracking matches tonight. Please put your hand together for Lucie Safarova.
(Safarova) Alicia, she played very well today. She was serving very well. I hope I will do better for my next match.
Well we know you and Tomas are partners on and off the court, was Tomas giving you the right sort of advice out there?
(Safarova) Yeah he's great.
He was great. Tomas, you had tough encounter earlier on, didnít you?
(Berdych) Yeah of course, my singles, like I said after the match, wasnít that easy. I think at this time winning a match isnít that easy. But Iím very happy to win my first match after quite a long time. Since the last tournament at the end of the season. I have to say, Lucie said that was great but not enough because I didnít help her enough to win today. But what can we do?
Well there wasnít much in it; do you think youíve made a step forward in your mixed doubles on last years effort?
(Berdych) Yeah I think the male partner needs to do more in the mixed doubles, but thatís not my style, especially when we play normal tennis. I have to improve.

http://www.hopmancup.com.au/default.aspx?id=713&NewsId=167

~|Naomi|~
Dec 30th, 2007, 04:38 AM
Transcript - Lucie Safarova, Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic)
27/12/2007


Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)
Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic)
Peter Vlahos (Interviewer)
Tony Carr (Interviewer)
(Vlahos) Welcome to Perth , looking forward to another Hopman Cup playing together?
(Berdych) Yeah of course, yeah. Pretty happy that we can be here together and spend one beautiful week.
(Vlahos) Do you enjoy the actual event because you have an opportunity to play with Lucie as well?
(Berdych) Yeah of course, I mean I think for us, maybe just one of the opportunities to play together in the mixed, because, especially on the Gland Slams there are not many times and its better to be ready for singles, so, itís good for us.
(Vlahos) Lucie, the heat. We talked about the fact that youíve come from a cold climate to a hot one.
(Safarova) Itís minus five in Czech Republic so it was pretty tough to come here, to get used to it.
(Vlahos) And for the whole tournament it sounds like its going to be mid thirties.
(Safarova) Yeah, but itís indoors, and there will be air conditioning so it will be not too bad.
(Vlahos) Lucie, do you see this as a good preparation for the Grand Slam, the Australian Open, in a couple of weeks.
(Safarova) I think so, we did it already last year and it was great so I hope to have some good matches here and play very well in Melbourne.
(Carr) What sort of break have you both had since the recent season?
(Safarova) My last tournament was Stuttgart because I was injured there, I had three months break without playing.
(Vlahos) Tomas, itís a good field here at the Hopman Cup this year, some quality male players. You must be looking forward to playing some good matches during the week.
(Berdych) Of course, and so far last year it was fine and there was a couple of really good matches last year and this year I think its going to be even better especially with some guys from the other group, Djokovic is here and Chela, so itís going to be great.
(Carr) Is it a good preparation for a Grand Slam tournament for you, personally?
(Berdych) Of course, I mean for us to come from Europe, its not so big difference because we were practising months indoors so now itís going to be slower.
(Vlahos) The old Czechoslovakia won the very first Hopman Cup, would you like to win it this time around, 20 years on?
(Safarova) That would be great.
(Vlahos) Do you remember who won it for the Czechoslovakia 20 years ago?
(Safarova) No. (Laughs).
(Carr) Do you Pete?
(Vlahos) Helena and Miloslav I think won it.
(Berdych) Yeah, Miloslav Mecir.
(Vlahos) Thank you very much, good luck.


http://www.hopmancup.com.au/default.aspx?id=713&NewsId=160

Ashie_87
Dec 30th, 2007, 08:47 AM
:ras: I hate ABC. They only show the day sessions. But we have coverage of tomorrow's matches:D Naomi does ABC2 have better coverage? I'm still trying to figure out my set-top box:p

Robert-KimClijst
Dec 31st, 2007, 01:45 AM
Lucie is already down 2-0. :'(

Robert-KimClijst
Dec 31st, 2007, 02:33 AM
Lucie lost the first set 6-0, but won the second set 6-2.

GOOO LUCIE!

Robert-KimClijst
Dec 31st, 2007, 03:35 AM
Serena Williams d Lucie Safarova 6-0, 2-6, 7-5

Lucie was up 4-2 in the third set, and she lost. Oh well! She played great, and it's very good preperation. A result like that against Serena is good for Lucie. She'll get Serena in the doubles. ;)

Good luck Thomas!

Fergie
Dec 31st, 2007, 04:20 AM
So close Lucie :awww: :hug:

dybbuk
Dec 31st, 2007, 05:17 AM
Lucie :awww:

Tomas is ill, so he didn't play singles, and they retired in doubles.

~|Naomi|~
Dec 31st, 2007, 06:30 AM
I was able to see from the end of the 1st set to the middle of the 3rd set. Lucie played MUCH better than in her first singles match. Far better timing off the ground and also a stronger service. Had Lucie played that level against Molik I think she would have won. So the most important thing is that Lucie has improved on her first match. Lucie is still sick as well, she called the trainer after the 2nd set and he gave her some tablets. But she looks like she is getting over her sickness now, physically she looked better than against Molik. If Lucie can beat Mirza then I think she will have gained a lot out of the Hopman Cup going into Sydney where hopefully she can continue to build for AO.
Now though Tomas is sick as well:o

dybbuk
Dec 31st, 2007, 02:32 PM
Lucie-Serena is being shown now on tvu player. The third set is just starting. Been a long time since I saw that forehand. :drool:

Robert-KimClijst
Dec 31st, 2007, 05:06 PM
I think once she gets better from her ilness, she'll compete at top form. if she can do well at Sydney, she'll be fully prepared for the Aussie Open.

How bad is Thomas's ilness?

PerfectForm
Dec 31st, 2007, 05:11 PM
Lucie :( alerady 2 losses, guess Czech is outta the running. Hope she can pick up her standard for AO, lotsa pts to defend !

Ashie_87
Dec 31st, 2007, 11:39 PM
How bad is Thomas's ilness?

According to Paul McNamee (tournament director) Tomas was really sick on Sunday night vomiting. But Mcnamee also said in an interview that it was only a stomach bug that he probably caught from Lucie cause she had it a few days ago.

~|Naomi|~
Jan 1st, 2008, 04:16 AM
:ras: I hate ABC. They only show the day sessions. But we have coverage of tomorrow's matches:D Naomi does ABC2 have better coverage? I'm still trying to figure out my set-top box:p

I didn't even know ABC2 were showing it:lol:
I have been watching the day sessions on ABC and night sessions on Foxtel:p

~|Naomi|~
Jan 1st, 2008, 04:19 AM
According to Paul McNamee (tournament director) Tomas was really sick on Sunday night vomiting. But Mcnamee also said in an interview that it was only a stomach bug that he probably caught from Lucie cause she had it a few days ago.

Yeah I don't think it is serious long term. I think Lucie should be fine next week and Tomas by Melbourne. Tomas was moving in the doubles like Lucie was against Australia.

Ashie_87
Jan 1st, 2008, 05:14 AM
I didn't even know ABC2 were showing it:lol:
I have been watching the day sessions on ABC and night sessions on Foxtel:p

ABC2 aren't showing it:lol: I just figured this out right now. I didn't get to see the night sessions but free-to-air showed the mixed from Saturday night yesterday to fill in time. One of the commentators mentioned that Tomas and Lucie don't do well in the mixed cause they don't talk enough on-court:shrug:...but one of them also said it was cause Tomas is too polite to call a shot

Ashie_87
Jan 1st, 2008, 05:28 AM
Yeah I don't think it is serious long term. I think Lucie should be fine next week and Tomas by Melbourne. Tomas was moving in the doubles like Lucie was against Australia.

Tell you what, it can't have been that bad. He was at the Hopman Cup Ball with Lucie last night and was giving the media smart-ass answers to stupid questions:lol:

Langers
Jan 1st, 2008, 11:54 AM
Tell you what, it can't have been that bad. He was at the Hopman Cup Ball with Lucie last night and was giving the media smart-ass answers to stupid questions:lol:
Really? :lol: Any way I can hear or read them?

Ashie_87
Jan 1st, 2008, 09:59 PM
Really? :lol: Any way I can hear or read them?
I can't find them online and I didn't record it. But the reporter asked them what they would take with them if they were stuck on a deserted island. Tomas was like "we'll both be there right? Together? Ok so just give me a phone":lol:

Robert-KimClijst
Jan 2nd, 2008, 02:01 AM
I can't find them online and I didn't record it. But the reporter asked them what they would take with them if they were stuck on a deserted island. Tomas was like "we'll both be there right? Together? Ok so just give me a phone":lol:

:lol::lol::lol: Clever...

Langers
Jan 2nd, 2008, 02:06 AM
I can't find them online and I didn't record it. But the reporter asked them what they would take with them if they were stuck on a deserted island. Tomas was like "we'll both be there right? Together? Ok so just give me a phone":lol:
Tomas. :lol: Nicely done.

Sally Todd
Jan 2nd, 2008, 08:04 PM
I take back all the whining about Serena (except the bit about Common part); I'm hoping she brings the ammo at Melbourne. It seems like she and Lucie have a great rapport on court. For Serena to say Lucie is a good player shows that, because she does not hand out compliments to opponents. :lol:

These losses are tough, but Hopman is an ITF exhibition, and it's great to hear Lucie 's game picked up considerably during the Serena match. Now it's a matter of her holding onto her winning game longer, especially when it counts.

This bodes well for Melbourne for Lucie, because her early opponents there aren't likely to be near Serena-caliber in handling power or in fighting back from behind. Hopefully Lucie can continue to gain momentum! :D

Fergie
Jan 3rd, 2008, 10:24 AM
Lucie d. Mirza 6-2 4-6 6-3 :woohoo:

~|Naomi|~
Jan 3rd, 2008, 10:57 AM
I think Lucie has built nicely across Hopman Cup and her performance over the week justified going to Perth rather than a wta event. Lucie was way out of sorts against Molik, a combination of her illness and lower than normal confidence following the injuries at the end of the year and not having won a match since US Open. Lucie improved immensely against Serena and even though she lost has to take confidence from coming back from a 0-6 first set to play Serena so close to 5-7 in the 3rd set. Then caps off the week by beating Mirza. The long matches against Serena & Mirza are just the type of matches Lucie needed to play her way into form, of course had she won it would have been better had she won against Serena but none the less I think this week has really helped Lucie's form and confidence.

Hopefully the Sydney draw is kind and Lucie can win a couple of matches before AO.

Robert-KimClijst
Jan 4th, 2008, 04:23 AM
Good job Lucie!!!

Nicely said, Naomi.

If Lucie gets a good draw at Syndey, she could make a real impact. Or she could have another Gaz de France preformance. :D She is one of the only two players to have a winning record over Justine.