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andrewbroad
May 25th, 2008, 02:03 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
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Contents
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1. UK TV-alert
2. First-round draw
3. Nicole Vaidišová preview
4. Order of play for Sunday

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1. UK TV-alert
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The French Open will be televised on BBCi from 10:00 BST each day of the tournament (digital viewers press Red or select the appropriate Freeview-channel - 301 or 302).

Live: Sunday 25th May to Wednesday 4th June, 10:00-19:00, BBCi
Highlights: Sunday 25th May to Friday 6th June, 20:00-09:59, BBCi

Highlights: Saturday 31st May, 13:00-14:10, BBC 1

Women's semis live: Thursday 5th June, 13:00-19:00, BBCi

Men's semis live: Friday 6th June, 10:00-19:00, BBCi

Women's final live: Saturday 7th June, 14:00-16:30, BBC 2
Highlights: Saturday 7th June, 16:30-09:59, BBCi

Men's final live: Sunday 8th June: 14:00-18:00, BBC 2
Highlights: Sunday 8th June, 18:00-11:59, BBCi

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6102132.stm

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2. First-round draw
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2.1 Top quarter: Maria Sharapova and Vera Zvonarëva
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] v Evgeniya Rodina (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* Bethanie Mattek [Q] v Madison Brengle [WC]
* Jarmila Gajdošová [Q] v Olivia Sánchez [WC]
* Martina Müller v KARIN KNAPP [32]

* MARIA KIRILENKO [21,DF] v Maria Elena Camerin (my loyalty is to Maria... er, Kirilenko!)
* Zheng,Jie [Q] v Mara Santangelo
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [Q,DF] v Karolina Šprem [DF] (mouthwatering match; my loyalty is to Magda)
* Kateryna Bondarenko v DINARA SAFINA [13]

* VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] v Stéphanie Foretz [WC] (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Ioana Raluca Olaru v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
* Yanina Wickmayer [Q] v Akgul Amanmuradova
* Aleksandra Wozniak v SYBILLE BAMMER [20]

* AI SUGIYAMA [31] v Alla Kudryavtseva
* Yuliana Fedak v Olga Govortsova (davai Yuliana!)
* Marta Domachowska v Rossana de los Ríos (dawaj Marta!)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [7] v Vera Dushevina (davai Elena!)


2.2 Second quarter: Anna Chakvetadze
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* Aiko Nakamura [s] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] (ganbatte Aiko!)
* Vania King v Violette Huck [WC]
* Alisa Kleybanova v Tamarine Tanasugarn
* Aravane Rezaď v NADIA PETROVA [25] (allez Aravane!)

* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [18] v Jill Craybas
* Michaëlla Krajíček [DF] v Sanda Mamić (kom op Michaëlla!)
* Sorana-Mihaela Cîrstea v Anne Kremer
* Edina Gallovits v VICTORIA AZARENKA [16]

* ÁGNES SZÁVAY [12] v Ayumi Morita [s]
* Sabine Lisicki v Elena Vesnina (my Passion says Elena but my Reason says Sabine)
* Akiko Morigami [s] v Petra Kvitová (ganbatte Akiko!)
* SHAHAR PE'ER [17] v Samantha Stosur [WC] (kadima Shahar!)

* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [29] v María José Martínez Sánchez [Q]
* Tsvetana Pironkova v Chan,Yung-Jan (aide Tsvetana!)
* Kaia Kanepi v Yuan,Meng
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [6,EF] v Nuria Llagostera Vives (DAVAI ANNA!!)


2.3 Third quarter
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* VENUS WILLIAMS [8] v Tzipora Obziler
* Stéphanie Dubois v Selima Sfar [Q]
* Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [Q] v María-Emilia Salerni
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [26,DF] v Tatiana Perebiynis (my loyalty is to Flavia)

* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [22] v Olga Savchuk
* Carla Suárez Navarro [Q] v Pauline Parmentier
* Julie Ditty v Nathalie Dechy
* MARION BARTOLI [9,DF,S] v Casey Dell'Acqua (allez Marion!)

* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] v Mariya Koryttseva
* Séverine Brémond [WC] v Jelena Pandzić [Q] (allez Séverine!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Sara Errani (ˇvamos Gisela!)
* ALIZÉ CORNET [19] v Julia Vakulenko (my loyalty is to Alizé)

* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [28] v Angelique Kerber (poďme Domi!)
* Milagros Sequera v Lilia Osterloh
* Marina Erakovic v Tathiana Garbin (go Marina!)
* Monica Niculescu [LL] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [3]


2.4 Bottom quarter: Nicole Vaidišová and Lucie Šafářová
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* Ashley Harkleroad v SERENA WILLIAMS [5] (go Ashley!)
* Mathilde Johansson [WC] v Camille Pin (allez Mathilde!)
* Ekaterina Makarova v Catalina Castańo
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v KATARINA SREBOTNIK [27]

* Klára Zakopalová v VIRGINIE RAZZANO [24] (pojďme Klára!)
* Yan,Zi [s] v Emilie Loit (jia you Zi!)
* Tamira Paszek v Timea Bacsinszky (my loyalty is to Tamira)
* Ekaterina Bychkova v PATTY SCHNYDER [10] (davai Ekaterina!)

* NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [15,EF] v Iveta Benešová [Q] (my loyalty is to Nicole)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Anastasia Rodionova (jia you Shuai!)
* Galina Voskoboeva v Youlia Fedossova [WC]
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [30] v Petra Cetkovská (davai Alyona!)

* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [30] v Yvonne Meusburger (kom sĺ Caroline!)
* Hsieh,Su-Wei [s] v Anastasiya Yakimova [Q] (jia you Hsieh!)
* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v Sandra Klösel (POJĎME LUCIE!!)
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [2,DF] v Sofia Arvidsson (ajde Ana!)

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3. Nicole Vaidišová preview
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After reaching the semi-finals of the French Open 2006 and actually serving for a place in the final, Nicole should have been a genuine French Open title-contender for 2008, but sadly she's in a terrible slump - currently on a five-match losing-streak.

Nicole is at least the girlfriend of Radek Štěpánek - and some rumours claim that they are engaged or even married! These rumours make me very uneasy, because Štěpánek was engaged to Martina Hingis just a few months before I heard about him and Nicole.

Then came the news that Nicole is no longer being coached by her stepfather Aleš Kodat, although she quickly replaced him with David Felgate.

At Miami, Nicole lost 6-4 6-0 to Alisa Kleybanova - it was close until 4-5 in the first set, then Nicole tanked. It's all too reminiscent of Jelena Dokić's slump of 2004.

Gisela Dulko on clay was certainly a terrible draw for Nicole at Berlin (Gisela had just won Fčs), but losing to Ekaterina Makarova at Rome... well.


3.1 First round
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Iveta Benešová is a terrible draw for Nicole at this stage of Nicole's slump. In March, Iveta hit form by winning ITF Latina on clay for the loss of just 10 games!!

Iveta was runner-up to Maria Kirilenko at Estoril, and won three matches to qualify and reach the second round of Rome, where she pushed Vera Zvonarëva - one of the form-players of 2008 - to 7-5 4-6 7-5.

Iveta qualified for the French Open (she was top seed in the qualifying) with the following results:

1q + Viktoriya Kutuzova, 4-6 6-0 6-4
2q + Greta Arn, 7-6 (7/4) 0-6 6-1
3q + Sandra Martinović, 5-7 6-1 6-1

Iveta beat Nicole the only time they played: 2-6 6-4 6-4 at Hobart 2005.

My confidence in Nicole is so low that I'm not even going to look beyond this match at this stage.

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4. Order of play for Sunday
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Court 1 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
WS 1r: NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [15,EF] v Iveta Benešová [Q]
MS 1r: JAMES BLAKE [7] v Rainer Schüttler
WS 1r: Mathilde Johansson [WC] v Camille Pin
MS 1r: Nicolas Lapentti v JANKO TIPSAREVIĆ [32]

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/vaidi/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Nicole_Vaidisova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nicole-vaidisova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sharapova_vaidisova_hantuchova/

andrewbroad
Jun 8th, 2008, 04:20 PM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round scoreboard-report: Vaidišová v Benešová

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1. Photos
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Nicole Vaidišová and Iveta Benešová:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=vaidisova
Search Getty Images for "vaidisova"

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2. First-round scoreboard-report: Vaidišová v Benešová (Sunday 25th May 2008)
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Nice loser, nice winner ("as if a good thing ever could make up for all the pain" [Robyn, "Be Mine!"]):
- NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [15,EF] lt. Iveta Benešová [Q], 6-7 (2/7) 1-6

Nicole's confidence and fighting spirit seem *very* fragile at the moment.

Nicole started well, going 3-1* up in the first set. But Iveta fought back, won the first set on a tiebreak, and judging by the scoreboard and Nicole's recent results, she gave up as soon as she went a break down in the second.

The match started on Court 1 at 11:15 CEST, and I followed live scores at www.rolandgarros.com.


First set
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VAIDIŠOV _*@*___* * *_ 6(2)
BENEŠOVÁ *___*@* * * T 7(7)

Iveta serving 0-0: 0/15. 30/15. 40/30. Held.
Nicole serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Iveta serving 1-1: 0/30 to 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.

First blood to Nicole!

Nicole serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Iveta serving 1-3: 0/15. 15/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Nicole serving 3-2: 0/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.

A break back, and the 'vital seventh' is looming...

Iveta serving 3-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Nicole serving 3-4: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Iveta serving 4-4: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. Held.

Nicole serving 4-5: Held to love.

Excellent response to a pressure-situation there, which suggests Nicole may be forgetting that she's in a terrible slump! :-)

The upside of a slump is low expectations = low pressure.

Iveta serving 5-5: 30/0. 40/15. Held.
Nicole serving 5-6: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 30/40 (SP #1). 40/40. Ad Nicole. Deuce #2. Ad Iveta (SP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Iveta (SP #3). Deuce #4. Ad Nicole. Deuce #5. Ad Nicole. Held.

Wow: three set-points saved - what a game!

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Vaidišová/Benešová): 0/0*. *0/1. *0/2. 0/3*. 0/4*. *0/5. *1/5. 1-6* (SP #4). 2/6* (SP #5). Iveta won the first set 7-6 (7/2) at 12:07 (52m).


Second set
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VAIDIŠOV *______ 1
BENEŠOVÁ _*@*@*@ 6

This set will tell us a lot about Nicole's current attitude, because she tanked her second set 6-0 to Alisa Kleybanova at Miami, and there's nothing like losing the first set on a tiebreak to make you feel you have nothing left for the second.

Nicole serving 0-0: 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Nicole. Held.

At least she's still prepared to fight at this stage.

Iveta serving 0-1: Held to love.
Nicole serving 1-1: 15/15. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.

But sadly, I think Iveta has just broken Nicole in more ways than one.

Iveta serving 2-1: 40/0. 40/15. Held.
Nicole serving 1-3: 0/15. 15/40 (2 BPs). Broken.
Iveta serving 4-1: 30/0. 30/15. The scoreboard froze... Iveta held.
Nicole serving 1-5: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 MPs). Double fault. Iveta won 7-6 (7/2) 6-1 at 12:31 (second set 24m, match 1h16m).


Statistics
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Nicole pretty much self-destructed with a W:UE ratio of 9:38 (1:15 in the second set), while Iveta's was 10:18.

Nicole got 58% of first serves in, winning 50% of the points when she did so, and 55% on second serve. But these percentages dropped from the 60s in the first set to 43%, 20% and 46% in the second.

The corresponding percentages for Iveta were much better: 65%, 69% and an amazing 74% on second serve. In the second set, Iveta won all 8 of points where she got her first serve in.

Nicole served 4 aces and 5 double faults (the last at match-point). Iveta served 5 aces and just one double fault.

Nicole served much faster than Iveta: fastest 114-106mph, average first serve 105-99mph, average second serve 90-82mph. But the other statistics suggest that Nicole's trademark service-accuracy was missing - on good form, she hits so many lines and corners.

Nicole converted the one break-point she had (at 1-1 in the first set), while Iveta broke 4 times from 7 break-points - only 1 of 4 in the first set, but all 3 BPs she had in the second.

Nicole played well at the net, winning 8 of 11 points there (73%), while Iveta only won 5 of 7 (71%).

In points, Iveta won 71-52 (first set 44-41, second set 27-11).


Articles
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Benešová dumps Vaidišová in first round
By Pritha Sarkar (editing by Clare Fallon)
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Former semi-finalist Nicole Vaidišová failed to snap her wretched run of form when she became the first seeded casualty at the French Open, beaten 7-6 6-1 by friend and fellow Czech Iveta Benešová in the first round on Sunday.

The 15th seed, who reached the last four two years ago, failed to get going in the second set and, predictably, skidded out by producing a double fault on match-point.

World number 70 Benešová's 76-minute win condemned Vaidišová to her worst showing at the claycourt Slam in four visits, and her sixth successive defeat dating back to March.

"It's always hard to play your best friend. I have to give her credit: she played a great match," Vaidišová, who has won only one match on tour since reaching the Australian Open fourth round in January, told reporters.

The 19-year-old said she would continue to tweak her game as she aims to rediscover her winning form.

"I've been changing things, and obviously it's not going to pay off right away," she said.

"Obviously, right now I'm bummed because I lost, but tomorrow I'll wake up and be ready to go and practise and improve. I'm not going to be depressed or sad about this."

Benešová will be aiming to progress beyond the second round for the first time in seven attempts when she faces either Russia's Anastasia Rodionova or Peng,Shuai of China next.

She said she felt no joy at beating Vaidišová.

"It was a difficult draw for both of us as we're very good friends," said the 25-year-old Benešová.

"We were a little upset about it, but that's life. You have to play each other."
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Golden girl Ana into French Open second round (AFP)
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Ana Ivanovic, who crumbled to defeat in the 2007 Roland Garros final, took a first nervous step towards erasing that heartbreaking memory on Sunday when she reached the French Open second round.

The second seed saw off Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson 6-2 7-5, and will now face the Czech Republic's Lucie Šafářová for a place in the third round.

Howver, another Czech was already packing her bags after 15th seed Nicole Vaidišová, a semi-finalist in 2006, slumped to a straight-sets defeat to compatriot, and best friend, Iveta Benešová.

Vaidišová's 7-6 (7/2) 6-1 defeat was her sixth in a row this year, leaving her without a win since the first round in Dubai three months ago.

The 19-year-old has recently drafted in Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate to replace Aleš Kodat: her stepfather, who had been beside her since she was six years old.

Vaidišová has also been romantically linked with fellow Czech Radek Štěpánek, who this time last year was engaged to former world number-one Martina Hingis.

But she refused to blame all the upheavals for her slump.

"I'm happy with the decisions I took. They are not distracting me," said the sombre former world number-seven.
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Friendly Farewell: Benesova Beats Vaidisova In First Round
By Tennis Week
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Nicole Vaidišová was victimised by friendly fire at the French Open today.

The 15th-seeded Czech skidded to her sixth straight loss, suffering a 7-6(2) 6-1 setback to her best friend and compatriot Iveta Benešová.

The 70th-ranked Benešová survived three three-set matches in qualifying to reach the main draw. She had beaten Vaidišová in their only prior meeting three years ago on a hard court in Hobart, and competed with confidence today. Benešová dropped serve just once in today's one hour, 16-minute match.

Two years ago, Vaidišová beat top-seeded Amélie Mauresmo and 2002 finalist Venus Williams to reach the Roland Garros semi-finals. Vaidišová served for a spot in the final before bowing to Svetlana Kuznetsova. She followed that effort by reaching the quarter-finals last year, losing to Jelena Jankovic.

But the form she showed in winning six career-titles and reaching the 2007 Australian Open semi-finals has been lacking this season. Vaidišová has not won a match since March, and lacked focus in the second set today.

The 19-year-old from Prague has been dating compatriot Radek Štěpánek, who was engaged to Martina Hingis before the couple split last summer. Vaidišová recently hired David Felgate, Tim Henman's former coach, as her new coach. She said her off-court changes are part of the maturation-process.

"I'm happy with the decisions I took. They are not distracting me," said Vaidišová. "I'm more independent than I was two years ago. I make my own decisions. I think I have grown up a lot."

Benešová offered a more succinct explanation for her friend's recent slide on court.

"She's in love, so she's happy," said Benešová, who will play either Peng,Shuai of China or Russia's Anastasia Rodionova for a place in the third round.
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Đoković, Ivanović sweat it out
By Matthew Cronin (www.rolandgarros.com)
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There were two upsets on the women's side, when 2006 semi-finalist Nicole Vaidišová went down 7-6 6-1 to fellow Czech Iveta Benešová.
It was Vaidišová's sixth consecutive defeat in 2008, and even the presence of her new coach, Britain's David Felgate, couldn't keep her calm enough to keep the ball in the court.

"It's always tough to play your best friend," Vaidišová said. "But I feel like I'm in a good place. There have been a lot of changes. The results will not come right away. I'm making my own decisions, and I think I grew up a lot."
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First Round Begins in Paris
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2286
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Two of the seven seeds in action weren't still standing at the end of the day, most notably No.15 seed Nicole Vaidišová, who continued her recent slump with a 7-6(2) 6-1 defeat to qualifier and good friend Iveta Benešová.

Benešová had a solid performance, but the loss may have been more a function of inconsistency on Vaidišová's side, as the former top-ten star sprayed 38 errors to just nine winners to extend her losing-streak to six matches. It was Benešová's fourth career top-20 win, following previous victories against Silvia Farina, Vera Zvonarëva and Mary Pierce.

"Iveta played a really good match," Vaidišová said. "It's always hard to play your best friend. She started the tiebreak well, and I just have to give her credit. I looked to my box for support. I always do that and I did it today."

"The key point of the first set was the tiebreak; I started well and it just went from there," Benešová declared. "I knew I had to attack. I was going for the big shots, and it was working. After a difficult first game in the second set, I played well again, and I don't think she was as focused in that set."
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Cruising around me, the flames burn my body
Wishful beginnings
Does this remind them again and again?
You're a sorry little girl
Sorry little girl
Please hide, for the pain must feel like snow

We had such wishful beginnings
But we live unbearable lives

[David Bowie, "Wishful Beginnings"]

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/vaidi/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Nicole_Vaidisova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nicole-vaidisova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sharapova_vaidisova_hantuchova/