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andrewbroad
May 25th, 2008, 01:12 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. UK TV-alert
2. First-round draw
3. Lucie Šafářová 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 (Ąvamos 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. Lucie Šafářová preview
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I'm very excited about Lucie's draw, as it raises the mouthwatering prospect of a BBC-televised match with Ana Ivanović in the second round!

Of course, I'm only feeling excited rather than hard-done-by because Lucie's having a bad year with a win-loss record of 6:10. Apart from an encouraging third-round run at Miami, it's been all first- and second-round losses. Last year, Lucie was beating Amélie Mauresmo in the third round here.

But inducting Lucie into my Eternal Fanship was a long-term investment, as she is supremely talented and I love watching her play. I just hope that that can happen in the second round here.


3.1 First round
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This should be a very winnable match against #123-ranked Sandra Klösel, but the only other time Lucie played her - in the first round of qualifying for the French Open 2005 - Klösel won 2-6 6-4 6-3.

Klösel has a 19:11 record for 2008 so far, but many of her tournaments have been on the ITF Women's Circuit. She won four matches to qualify and reach the second round of the Australian Open, and was runner-up at ITF Waikoloa and ITF La Quinta.

But she is currently on a four-match losing-streak, so I expect Lucie to extend it to five.


3.2 Second round
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Lucie v Ana could be the pick of the second round, as they are both brilliant shotmakers. I can't say I have much faith in an upset, as Ana beat Lucie 6-2 6-2 in their only meeting (Los Angeles 2007).

Ana was runner-up at the French Open last year, and has gone from strength to strength in 2008, reaching the Australian Open final and winning Indian Wells.

However, Ana lost her opening match at Rome to Tsvetana Pironkova, and will be under pressure to defend her final, so Lucie needs to forget about her slump, and tell herself she can do it.

I've seen Ana struggle to close out matches even when she's been playing brilliantly and winning easily, so perhaps that would be the time for Lucie to strike.

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4. Order of play for Sunday
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Court 3 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
WS 1r: Lucie Šafářová [EF] v Sandra Klösel
MS 1r: Sebastian Decoud v Olivier Rochus
WS 1r: DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [28] v Angelique Kerber
MS 1r: Dominik Hrbatý v José Acasuso

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

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

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Lucie_Safarova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/

andrewbroad
May 28th, 2008, 12:08 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Klösel
3. First-round draw: Top half
4. Second-round draw: Bottom half
5. Second-round preview: Šafářová v Ivanović
6. Andrew's wishes
7. Order of play for Wednesday

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1. Photos
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Lucie Šafářová:
http://www.lucie-safarova.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=79
Search Getty Images for "safarova"

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2. First-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Klösel (Sunday 25th May 2008)
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+ Lucie Šafářová [EF] d. Sandra Klösel, 6-1 6-1

The match started on Court 3 at 11:13 CEST, and I followed live scores at www.rolandgarros.com.


First set
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ŠAFÁŘO *@* *@* 6
KLÖSEL ___*___ 1

Lucie serving 0-0: 15/0. I took my eyes off the scoreboard for a few seconds, and Lucie had held to love!

Klösel serving 0-1: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (2 BPs). 30/40. Broken.
Lucie serving 2-0: 0/15. 15/15. 40/15. Held.

I must confess: I'm already thinking about Lucie like she's already won this match, and imagining the brilliant tennis that I saw from her last year.

Klösel serving 0-3: 30/0 to 30/30. 40/30. Held.

Aww - no double bagel!

Lucie serving 3-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Lucie. Held.
Klösel serving 1-4: 0/40 (3 BPs). 30/40. Broken.

Phew! When 0/40 becomes 30/40, the third break-point is the hardest to convert, and had Lucie failed to do so, Klösel would have had momentum.

Lucie serving 5-1: 30/0. 30/30. Lucie won the first set 6-1 at 11:39 - ten minutes before her likely second-round opponent Ana Ivanović - who started just before her - won hers 6-2!


Second set
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ŠAFÁŘO _*@*@*@ 6
KLÖSEL *______ 1

Klösel serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/30. 40/30. Held.
Lucie serving 0-1: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Lucie. Held.

A new set is a new story, and Lucie's struggling quite a bit at the start of the second.

Klösel serving 1-1: 30/0. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.
Lucie serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). 40/40. Ad Lucie. Held.

Phew! The scoreline may look easy, but Lucie's last two service-games have been pretty tough.

Klösel serving 1-3: 30/0. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Lucie (BP). Broken.

Yay!

Lucie serving 4-1: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Klösel serving 1-5: 0/30. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (MP #1). Lucie won 6-1 6-1 at 12:08, and Ana Ivanović was up 6-2 2-3* at that time.


Statistics
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Behind the spectacular scoreline, I'm afraid it was a very error-strewn match indeed: Lucie had a W:UE ratio of 4:24, Klösel 2:20.

Lucie got 70% of her first serves in, winning 79% of the points when she did so, but only 43% on second serve (which dropped from 67% in the first set to 25% in the second).

The corresponding percentages for Klösel were 59%, 54% and 28% (she too suffered a dip in second-serve winning-percentage from the first set to the second).

Lucie served 2 aces and 4 double faults, Klösel just one double fault.

Lucie's first serve was faster than Klösel's: fastest 112-107 mph, average 94-91mph. Klösel's second serve was slightly faster than Lucie's: 81-80 mph.

Lucie converted 5 of 8 break-points (2 of 5 in the first set, all 3 in the second), whilst saving the only one she faced on her own serve (at 6-1 *2-1).

Lucie won 2 of 3 points at the net, while Klösel won the one and only point she played at the net.

In points, Lucie won 57-34 (first set 28-15, second set 29-19).

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3. First-round draw: Top half
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3.1 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]
* Olivia Sánchez [WC] won
* KARIN KNAPP [32] won

* 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)
* DINARA SAFINA [13] won

* VERA ZVONARËVA [11,EF] v Stéphanie Foretz [WC] (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Ioana Raluca Olaru v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
* Yanina Wickmayer [Q] v Akgul Amanmuradova, 2-6 *4-3
* Aleksandra Wozniak v SYBILLE BAMMER [20]

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


3.2 Second quarter: Anna Chakvetadze
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* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [4] won
* 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] won
* Sabine Lisicki won
* 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!!)

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4. Second-round draw: Bottom half
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* VENUS WILLIAMS [8] v Selima Sfar [Q]
* Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova [Q] v (1r: FLAVIA PENNETTA [26,DF] v Tatiana Perebiynis, 4-3* (Ad Pennetta))
* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [22] v Carla Suárez Navarro [Q]
* Nathalie Dechy v (1r: MARION BARTOLI [9,DF,S] v Casey Dell'Acqua, *6-5)

* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [14] v Jelena Pandžić [Q]
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v ALIZÉ CORNET [19] (Ąvamos Gisela!)
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [28] v Milagros Sequera (poďme Dominika!)
* (1r: Marina Erakovic v Tathiana Garbin, 6-7 (9/11) 6-3 5-3*) v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [3]

* Mathilde Johansson [WC] v SERENA WILLIAMS [5] (allez Mathilde!)
* Ekaterina Makarova v (1r: Virginia Ruano Pascual v KATARINA SREBOTNIK [27], *4-3)
* Klára Zakopalová v Emilie Loit (pojďme Klára!)
* Timea Bacsinszky v PATTY SCHNYDER [10] (hopp Timea!)

* Iveta Benešová [Q] v (1r: Peng,Shuai [S] v Anastasia Rodionova, 6-0 2-6 4-3*)
* Galina Voskoboeva v Petra Cetkovská
* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [30] v Anastasiya Yakimova [Q] (kom sĺ Caroline!)
* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v ANA IVANOVIĆ [2,DF] (my loyalty is to Lucie)

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5. Second-round preview: Šafářová v Ivanović
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Nick Bollettieri's Predictions
http://nickstennispicks.com/
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Ana Ivanović (SRB) vs. Lucie Šafářová (CZE)

Ivanović got by Sofia Arvidsson 6-2 7-5 in the first round, and she didn't serve that well. She only got in 58% of her first serves, and had six double faults. She cannot do that again and expect to get back to the final for a second straight year.

After breaking through last year, Šafářová has been very inconsistent in 2008. She has seen her ranking slide to #41, and hasn't got past the second round of a tournament since Miami. Although, she looked very good in the first round, beating Sandra Klösel 6-1 6-1, and is a dangerous floater.

Match-Up:

Ivanović is 1:0 against Šafářová, with that win coming back in 2007 at Los Angeles. Despite Šafářová's inconsistencies in 2008, she has the talent to make this a competitive match. Šafářová plays hard and flat, has long legs, and moves well. Both girls are big hitters and like to stay back at the baseline. Ivanović needs to serve better, and I think she will. Šafářová can do everything Ivanović does, but Ivanović just does it better!

Nick's Pick: Ivanović in 2, could go 3.
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6. Andrew's wishes
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Lucie Šafářová [EF]:
2r + ANA IVANOVIĆ [2,DF]
3r + CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [30]
4r + Iveta Benešová [Q]
qf + Klára Zakopalová
sf + (qf: FLAVIA PENNETTA [26,DF] v Gisela Dulko [DF])
_f + MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF]

I'd love to see Maria complete her career Grand Slam, but I'd love it even more to see another Grand Slam champion in my Eternal Fanship.

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7. Order of play for Wednesday
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Court 1 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
MS 1r: LLEYTON HEWITT [25] v Nicolas Mahut
MS 1r: Jean-René Lisnard v Marat Safin (7-6 1-6 2-1* to finish)
MS 2r: Miguel Ángel López Jaén [Q] v NOVAK ĐOKOVIĆ [3]
WS 2r: Lucie Šafářová [EF] v ANA IVANOVIĆ [2,DF]

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

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

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Lucie_Safarova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/

andrewbroad
Jun 8th, 2008, 04:35 PM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos and videos
2. Second-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Ivanović
3. Women's Doubles: First-round result

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1. Photos and videos
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1.1 Photos
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Lucie Šafářová and Ana Ivanović:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=safarova
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wta310553.html
Search Getty Images for "safarova"

For completists:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?pg=1&cap=1


1.2 Videos
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Barbara Schett interviews Lucie Šafářová:
http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=1929371&ch=2365641&cl=7969764&src=ukeurosport

Barbara Schett quizzes Lucie Šafářová:
http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=1929371&ch=2365641&cl=8007586&src=ukeurosport

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2. Second-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Ivanović (Wednesday 28th May 2008)
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Nice winner, very nice loser:
- Lucie Šafářová [EF] lt. ANA IVANOVIĆ [2,DF], 1-6 2-6

When the draw came out, I had hoped to see this match on BBCi, but sadly, due to the compressed post-rain schedule, it was down on Court 1 while BBCi televised Monfils v Clément on Court Chatrier. They probably think they did their duty to Ana in the first round, but they have not done their duty to Lucie! :-||

Here's a belated preview of the match:

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2292
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ANA IVANOVIĆ (SRB)[2] v Lucie Šafářová (CZE) - Ivanović leads 1:0

Last year at Roland Garros, Ivanović was seeded No.7 and Šafářová No.25. Both exceeded expectations, with the Czech left-hander losing to Anna Chakvetadze in the last 16 and the Serb, of course, reaching the final.

But while Ivanović, 20, has maintained her upward trajectory, 21-year-old Šafářová's progress began to plateau in the second half of 2007, and although she ended the year ranked No.23, indifferent results have seen her slip to No.41 in recent months. Still, as a former champion at Estoril, she has solid claycourt-credentials, and she certainly made short work of Germany's Sandra Klösel in the first round on Sunday.

Ivanović easily took the pair's only previous encounter - on a hardcourt in Los Angeles last year - but with career-wins over Justine Henin, Amélie Mauresmo and Svetlana Kuznetsova to her credit, Šafářová has the game to challenge the statuesque Serb. However, with only six wins under her belt this year, whether she has the confidence to do so is another matter.
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That's right - Lucie is 1:0 against Henin, while Ana is 0:4 against Henin!


"Hampered by a gluteal-muscle injury at the very start of the season, she took a long time to get back to the level of fitness which saw her reach No.22 in the world last August."
<http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/match_analysis/>


The match started at 16:57 CEST - rather earlier than I might have expected, due the short durations of the prior matches. I followed live scores at www.rolandgarros.com, although sadly the scoreboard wasn't running smoothly at the time.


First set
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ŠAFÁŘOVÁ _____*_ 1
IVANOVIĆ *@*@* * 6

Ana serving 0-0: 30/0 to 30/40. 40/40. Ad Ana. Held.

Good resistance from 30/0. But now it's important for Lucie to hold her opening service-game, because an early break for Ana could set the tone for the match.

Lucie serving 0-1: 0/30... broken.
Ana serving 2-0: 30/0... held.
Lucie serving 0-3: 0/30. 15/40. Broken.

Hmm... maybe it's better that BBCi /aren't/ televising this! :-o

Ana serving 4-0: Held to love.
Lucie serving 0-5: 0/15. 15/15. 40/15. Held.

Phew! I have to say: I'm just relieved that Lucie has avoided the dreaded double bagel.

Ana serving 5-1: 15/0... Ana won the first set 6-1 at 17:18 (21m).

Maria Sharapova came perilously close to losing today after winning the first set 6-1, so you never know what can happen. A new set is a new story.


Second set
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ŠAFÁŘOVÁ ____* *_ 2
IVANOVIĆ @*@* * * 6

Lucie serving 0-0: 15/0. 30/15. 30/40. Broken.
Ana serving 1-0: 30/0. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Lucie serving 0-2: 0/40 to 40/40. Ad Lucie! Deuce #2. Ad Ana (BP #4). Held.

Nice recovery from 0/40, but Ana seems ruthless today, judging by the scores. But Ana can have a walkabout when she's winning easily, so Lucie still has to be looking for a way back into this match.

Ana serving 3-0: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 to 40/40. Ad Ana. Held.

Another close game goes unrewarded.

Lucie serving 0-4: 0/15. 40/15. Held.

And another bagel avoided. Lucie's certainly making the games closer than in the first set.

Ana serving 4-1: 30/0 to 30/30. Scoreboard froze... held.
Lucie serving 1-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. Scoreboard froze... held.
Ana serving 5-2: 40/0 (MP #1). The scoreboard froze at 17:51 - as it is wont to do at match-point - and I had to go to Completed Matches to confirm the result: Ana won 6-1 6-2 at 17:52 (second set 34m, match 55m).


Articles
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Merciless Ivanović rolls over Šafářová (Reuters)
By Pritha Sarkar (Editing by Miles Evans)
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Ana Ivanović showed no mercy as she thundered into the third round of the French Open with a 6-1 6-2 win over a hapless Lucie Šafářová on Wednesday.

The Serbian second seed basked in the sunshine on the bullring Court One as she smothered her Czech opponent in a quickfire 55 minutes.

Šafářová made it through to the fourth round last year, claiming the scalp of local darling Amélie Mauresmo en route, but there was to be no repeat.

The left-handed Šafářová has a reputation for bludgeoning groundstrokes off both wings, but on Wednesday, she had barely settled in when she saw the first five games flash by her.

Šafářová briefly managed to break the rut by getting her name on the scoreboard, but Ivanović responded by reeling off another five games to move 6-1 4-0 ahead.

The Serb ended Šafářová's brief stay at this year's championships by punching a forehand winner down the line on her first match-point.

"I expected a very tough match, so to win with a score like this, it's definitely a great, great proof that I played good today," said Ivanović.

"I prepared myself that I have to work hard for every point, and that's what I did out there.

"I put a lot of pressure on her, but she made mistakes when I didn't expect it."
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Six second-round matches were also squeaked into the schedule, with No.2-seeded Ana Ivanović being the highest seed in action, beating Lucie Šafářová 6-1 6-2. A strong serve and pinpoint groundstrokes helped Ivanović cruise to victory in 55 minutes over a player who has had six top-ten wins, including five last year.

"I expected a very tough match; I prepared myself to work hard for every point," Ivanović said. "I'm really happy the way I played, and to win with a score like this is definitely great. Sometimes she made mistakes when I didn't expect them, but to win with a score like this is great proof that I played well today."
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3. Women's Doubles: First-round result (Friday 30th May)
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- Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Petra Cetkovská lt. (KVETA PESCHKE/RENNAE STUBBS)[3], 6-4 3-6 0-6

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