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andrewbroad
Sep 26th, 2008, 11:50 PM
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S OPEN (Eastbourne, England; grass; WTA Tier II)
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Contents
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1. My photos
2. Second-round eyewitness report: Bartoli v Bammer
3. Articles

Master-reports for Eastbourne 2008:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=356695

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1. My photos
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Permission to copy my Eastbourne photos is granted provided that:
(a) no money is exchanged;
(b) they are labelled as "Copyright 2008 Andrew Broad".
Please let me know if you do use them on another website.

I have uploaded all my photos for Wednesday 18th June 2008, in one big zip-file, to:
http://www.divshare.com/download/5412913-5b7

Wednesday's players:

Marion Bartoli (39 photos)
Vera Zvonarëva (52)
Gisela Dulko (39)
Alizé Cornet (31)
Olga Govortsova (25)
Ioana Raluca Olaru (19)
Ekaterina Makarova (19)
Elena Bogdan (18)
Anna Orlik (16)
Vera Dushevina (10)
Urszula Radwańska (9)
Sybille Bammer (7)
Caroline Wozniacki (3)
Nadia Lalami (1)
Svetlana Kuznetsova (1)
Heather Watson (1)

There are also 4 photos of Marion in my Tuesday photos:
http://www.divshare.com/download/5374043-c27

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2. Second-round eyewitness report: Bartoli v Bammer (Wednesday 18th June)
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+ MARION BARTOLI [2,DF,S] d. Sybille Bammer, 6-3 6-0

After Marion's poor results since reaching the Wimbledon 2007 final, and her wrist-injury-induced capitulation at Birmingham the previous week, she was back with a vengeance here, hitting her Selesian groundstrokes as sweetly as I've ever seen her hit them.

Marion's brilliant form and a strong wind were too much for the left-handed Bammer to handle; I thought she did well to win even 3 games in these circumstances (she saved a set-point at *2-5 (30/40)). It doesn't help that Bammer has a high service-toss, which swirls around in the wind, and she struggled particularly when hitting into the wind, when her high toss kept blowing back on her.


First set
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BARTOL *@* * * * 6
BAMMER ___* * *_ 3

The match was first on Centre Court, and started at 11:37 BST.

Marion serving 0-0: Bammer forehand wide. 15/0. Marion painted the sideline with a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner. 30/0. Marion on the third stroke hit a backhand long. 30/15. There was a big gust of wind, and Bammer hit a crosscourt forehand return wide. 40/15. Marion's deep crosscourt backhand forced Bammer to net a backhand.

Bammer serving 0-1 (into the wind): Bammer went to the net, but Marion's crosscourt backhand forced her to hit a backhand volley long. 0/15. Marion crosscourt backhand winner. 0/30. The wind made Bammer's backhand short, giving Marion a crosscourt backhand winner. 0/40 (BP #1). Marion netted a crosscourt backhand return. 15/40 (BP #2). Marion's depth forced Bammer to net a forehand, giving Marion the first break.

The balls from Bammer are sitting up nicely for Marion in the wind.

Marion serving 2-0: Marion crosscourt backhand winner. 15/0. Bammer netted a forehand return. 30/0. Marion went to the net, forcing Bammer on the fourth stroke to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 40/0. Ace out wide.

Bammer serving 0-3: Off-forehand return wide. 15/0. Bammer netted a forehand. 15/15. Bammer crosscourt backhand winner. 30/15. Marion on the fourth stroke hit a backhand winner down the line. 30/30. Marion mishit an off-forehand return wide. 40/30. Marion hit a forehand winner down Bammer's backhand-sideline. 40/40. Bammer crosscourt backhand winner. Ad Bammer. Marion hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner. Deuce #2. Marion netted a backhand return. Ad Bammer. Marion netted a forehand volley.

Marion serving 3-1: Service-winner. 15/0. Marion forced a short ball from Bammer, and hit a backhand winner down the line. 30/0. Bammer ran down a dropshot, and hit a forehand winner down the line. 30/15. Marion's crosscourt forehand clipped the netcord and fell wide. 30/30. Marion hit a deep, hard crosscourt backhand into the corner, forcing Bammer to net a forehand. 40/30. Serve out wide forced a short return, which Marion dispatched with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Bammer serving 1-4: Service-winner. 15/0. Bammer mishit a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/15. Bammer crosscourt forehand drop-volley winner. 30/15. Bammer off-forehand winner. 40/15. Bammer backhand long. 40/30. Bammer netcord + down-the-line forehand pass-winner.

Marion serving 4-2: A meaty rally ended with Bammer hitting a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 0/15. A bad bounce forced Marion to earth a forehand. 15/15. Bammer went to the net, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/30. Marion's hard crosscourt backhand forced Bammer to net a forehand. 30/30. Bammer forehand wide. 40/30. Bammer down-the-line forehand just long.

Bammer serving 2-5: Marion hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner low over the net. 0/15. Marion forehand long. 0/30. Ace down the middle. 15/30. Marion crosscourt backhand wide. 30/30. Marion crosscourt forehand netcord return-winner. 30/40 (SP #1). Marion mishit a backhand return into the net. 40/40. Service-winner. Ad Bammer. Marion netted a forehand.

Marion serving 5-3: Marion netted a backhand. 0/15. Bammer's depth forced Marion to net a forehand. 0/30. A gust of wind was soon followed by a service-winner (Bammer mishit a lob-return straight up). 15/30. Serve + down-the-line backhand winner. 30/30. Marion hit a scorching backhand winner down the line. 40/30 (SP #2). Marion dominated the rally, but Bammer got lucky with a forehand netcord-winner. 40/40. Marion's depth forced Bammer to net a forehand. Ad Marion (SP #3). There was a gust of wind, and Bammer hit a forehand just long. Marion won the first set 6-3 at 12:12 (35 minutes).


Second set
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BARTOL @*@*@* 6
BAMMER ______ 0

Bammer serving 0-0: Marion hit a deceptive backhand dropshot-winner. 0/15. Bammer on the third stroke went for a down-the-line forehand winner, but it was just long. 0/30. Bammer again hit a forehand long on the third stroke. 0/40. The wind got hold of Marion's crosscourt backhand return, dropping it short for a winner.

Marion serving 1-0: Bammer's deep return forced Marion to net a forehand. 0/15. Marion on the third stroke hit a down-the-line backhand wide. 0/30. Marion hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner. 15/30. Bammer slapped a forehand return into the net. 30/30. Marion hit a crosscourt forehand winner off a short return. 40/30. Bammer forehand long.

Bammer serving 0-2: Marion's backhand return clipped the netcord and fell back on her side. 15/0. Marion crosscourt backhand return-winner. 15/15. Marion forehand long. 30/15. Marion's deep ball on the baseline forced Bammer to net a forehand. 30/30. A gust of wind, and Bammer on the third stroke netted a backhand. 30/40. Double fault (second serve just long).

Marion serving 3-0: It was very windy, and Bammer netted a backhand return. 15/0. Bammer painted the sideline with a crosscourt forehand return-winner. 15/15. Serve + off-backhand winner. 30/15. Serve + crosscourt forehand winner off a very short return. 40/15. Bammer blasted a backhand return long.

Bammer serving 0-4: Bammer sliced a backhand long. 0/15. Marion's depth and the wind forced Bammer to net a forehand. 0/30. Bammer hit an error-forcing forehand down the line. 15/30. Bammer on the third stroke mishit a forehand long. 15/40. Bammer backhand long.

Marion serving 5-0: Bammer's deep return forced Marion to net a backhand. 0/15. Service-winner out wide. 15/15. Backhand return long. 30/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). Marion picked up something that had blown onto court. 30/30. Bammer dumped a forehand halfway up the net. 40/30 (MP #1). Marion on the third stroke hit a forehand just inside the baseline, forcing Bammer to hit a forehand lob just long. Marion won 6-3 6-0 at 12:36 (second set 24m, match 59m).

Marion: "Maybe it's the thought of going back again to Wimbledon next week that has inspired me. I played really great."

I found Marion hitting on a practice-court just eight minutes after she walked off Centre Court!

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3. Articles
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Bartoli Back On Track
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2353
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The top four seeds made their first appearances of the week at the International Women's Open on Wednesday. One won, two lost, and another didn't even finish as the second round nearly came to completion at the key Wimbledon warm-up event on the lawns of Devonshire Park in Eastbourne.

Given their recent results, if any of the top three seeds weren't going to advance, most would have picked No.2 seed Bartoli, who came in on a four-match losing-streak, and has won barely more than a third of her matches this season. But her powerful, flat groundstrokes certainly found their range just a week before she defends her final-run at Wimbledon, as she beat Sybille Bammer 6-3 6-0.
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Former champions Kuznetsova, Mauresmo exit at Eastbourne (AFP)
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Second seed Marion Bartoli, the 2007 Wimbledon-finalist, rediscovered the joy of tennis with a 6-3 6-0 defeat of Sybille Bammer for a last-eight place.

A month after declaring her desire to take a long break from the game, the Frenchwoman is now eager to try and repeat her best career-showing at a Major.

"Suddenly I feel great: I'm healthy and eager," said the 23-year-old with three career-titles. "Losing in the first round at Roland Garros - in your home country, at your home Grand Slam - is tough.

"I was the first French player to lose, and it didn't feel good."

Added former Eastbourne semi-finalist Bartoli: "I was frustrated; I've had so many injuries: my wrist, my knee, my leg, my Achilles tendon.

"When you can't train at 100%, it's tough. It was heartbreaking to lose so early in Paris. But I feel that the bad things that have happened in the first part of the year will help me out later.

"This is the first week of the year that I've felt this good," said Bartoli, who said she felt no pain from her latest wrist-injury.
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Seeds swept out of Eastbourne second round
http://www.lta.org.uk/News/All-news-items/WC16-06-08/Seeds-swept-out-of-Eastbourne-second-round-/
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No.2 seed Marion Bartoli cruised into the third round at the expense of Sybille Bammer of Austria: 6-3 6-0. After the match, a rejuvenated Bartoli was encouraged by her performance.

"I was very aggressive, and feeling the ball really well," said the world No.11. "I made all the shots I wanted to play, and I feel at the top of my game. When I'm playing like that, it's very difficult for my opponents."

And she said the wrist-injury that felled her in Birmingham last week was behind her. "I'm feeling healthy and I have a lot of energy. Maybe it's the feeling of Wimbledon approaching; I'm feeling really well, my wrist feels good, and I don't feel tired at all."
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--
Dr. Andrew Broad
(see profile or signature for links)

andrewbroad
Sep 28th, 2008, 12:17 AM
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S OPEN (Eastbourne, England; grass; WTA Tier II)
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Contents
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1. Quarter-final TV-report: Bartoli v Kleybanova
2. Articles

Master-reports for Eastbourne 2008:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=356695

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1. Quarter-final TV-report: Bartoli v Kleybanova
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+ MARION BARTOLI [2,DF,S] d. Alisa Kleybanova [Q], 6-3 6-3

The match started at 15:57 BST, and I saw the whole thing on BBCi.


First set
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BARTOLI *@*@*___* 6
KLEYBAN _____*@*_ 3

Marion serving 0-0: Kleybanova forehand wide. 15/0. Kleybanova forehand return just long. 30/0. Service-winner. 40/0. Ace out wide.

Kleybanova serving 0-1: Backhand return winner down Kleybanova's backhand-sideline. 0/15. Kleybanova dropshot + forehand lob long. 0/30. Kleybanova netted a forehand return. 0/40. Kleybanova on the third stroke dumped a backhand into the net.

Marion won the first 8 points!

Marion serving 2-0: Marion crosscourt forehand just long & just wide. 0/15. Marion hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner. 15/15. Serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner back behind Kleybanova. 30/15. Kleybanova forehand return just wide. 40/15. Kleybanova dominated the point, and a netcord from her induced Marion to mishit a backhand wide. 40/30. Kleybanova netted a backhand return.

Virginia Wade: "She anticipates so brilliantly, and can redirect the ball so easily. Always inside the baseline, and staying down well for the ball - hitting it so early."

Kleybanova serving 0-3: Body-jamming serve + crosscourt backhand winner. 15/0. Kleybanova on the third stroke hit a backhand long. 15/15. Kleybanova on the third stroke netted a forehand. 15/30. Double fault (second serve into the net). 15/40. Marion cracked an early backhand return just inside the baseline, forcing Kleybanova to earth a backhand.

Marion serving 4-0: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Kleybanova opened up the court and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/15. Kleybanova sprayed a forehand long off a weak dropshot from Marion. 30/15. Service-winner out wide. 40/15. Off a body-jamming serve, Kleybanova squeezed a backhand return-winner into the corner - Marion was surprised it was in. 40/30. Kleybanova pinned Marion back and then hit a crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner. 40/40. Kleybanova dumped a backhand into the net. Ad Marion. Kleybanova off-backhand winner just inside the sideline. Deuce #2. Kleybanova backhand return long. Ad Marion. Kleybanova forehand long.

Virginia Wade: "She's very much at the mercy of Marion Bartoli's razor-like shots."

Kleybanova serving 0-5: Marion netcord off-backhand return-winner. 0/15. Serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner. 15/15. Marion netted a crosscourt forehand return. 30/15. Double fault #2 (second serve down the middle wide). 30/30. Serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner just inside the baseline. 40/30. Kleybanova's short-angled crosscourt forehand forced Marion to stretch low & wide and earth a crosscourt forehand.

Marion serving 5-1: Double fault #1 (second serve just long). 0/15. Kleybanova netted a backhand. 15/15. Kleybanova ran down a dropshot and hit a deep crosscourt forehand winner just inside the baseline. 15/30. A deep forehand return onto the baseline forced Marion to net a backhand. 15/40. A deep backhand return onto the baseline forced Marion to net a forehand.

Kleybanova serving 2-5: Ace out wide: just inside the sideline. 15/0. Kleybanova forehand just wide. 15/15. Double fault #3 (second serve long). 15/30. Kleybanova on the third stroke dumped a backhand into the bottom of the net. 15/40 (SP #1). First serve almost hit Marion on the full - would have been Kleybanova's point! Kleybanova forehand volley-winner down the line: right in the corner. 30/40 (SP #2). Marion netted a forehand return. 40/40. Service-winner out wide. Ad Kleybanova. Ace out wide.

Marion serving 5-3: Virtual ace out wide. 15/0. Kleybanova hit an error-forcing backhand return down the line. 15/15. Kleybanova crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 15/30. Service-winner. 30/30. Kleybanova dumped a backhand return into the net. 40/30. Service-winner out wide. Marion won the first set 6-3 at 16:33 (36 minutes).

David Mercer: "Enough at the end of that set to suggest that the second set could be quite close."


Second set
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BARTOLI _* *@* *@ 6
KLEYBAN * *___*__ 3

Kleybanova serving 0-0 (new balls): Marion dumped a forehand return into the bottom of the net. 15/0. Marion netted a forehand. 30/0. Marion's depth forced Kleybanova crosscourt forehand just wide. 30/15. Marion hit a couple of excellent lobs: one to neuter Kleybanova's early initiative, and another for a winner after drawing Kleybanova to the net with a dropshot. 30/30. Double fault #4 (wild second serve long). 30/40 (BP). Serve + crosscourt forehand winner into the corner. 40/40. Marion played a great spreading rally, with a pinpoint forehand down the line forcing Kleybanova into error. Ad Marion (BP #2). She netted a cheap backhand. Deuce #2. Marion crosscourt forehand return long. Ad Kleybanova. Wild first serve almost to the baseline! But Kleybanova made up for it with an off-backhand winner just inside the sideline - I don't think that she meant it, though.

Marion serving 0-1: Marion hit a deep, error-forcing crosscourt forehand. 15/0. Marion came to the net behind a very short ball from Kleybanova, and hit a two-handed backhand volley-winner. 30/0. Ace #2: out wide. 40/0. Ace #3: out wide, just inside the sideline.

Kleybanova serving 1-1: Ace out wide: just inside the sideline. 15/0. Kleybanova, stretched wide & low, mishit a crosscourt forehand lob wide. 15/15. Marion netted a forehand that would also have been wide, off a deep ball from Kleybanova. 30/15. Kleybanova sprayed a forehand very long. 30/30. Serve out wide + forehand winner down the line. 40/30. Kleybanova on the third stroke hit a crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner, though I'm not sure that she meant it.

Marion serving 1-2: Kleybanova forehand long. 15/0. Kleybanova crosscourt forehand return + forehand winner down the line. 15/15. Kleybanova crosscourt backhand return, but down-the-line forehand long. 30/15. Kleybanova chopped a forehand return into the net. 40/15. Double fault #2 (second serve long). 40/30. Kleybanova hit an error-forcing crosscourt backhand. 40/40. Forehand return long. Ad Marion. Double fault #3 (second serve into the net). Deuce #2. Kleybanova mishit a forehand long, with a little scream. Ad Marion. Kleybanova hit a great return off an excellent serve, but hit a forehand long.

Kleybanova serving 2-2: A good first serve out wide, right in the corner, forced Marion to net a forehand return. 15/0. Kleybanova thought she served an ace, but it was just long/wide. Marion netted a forehand. 30/0. Kleybanova mishit a forehand into the net. 30/15. Kleybanova on the third stroke netted a forehand. 30/30. A deep forehand return down the middle induced Kleybanova to dump a backhand into the net. 30/40. Kleybanova on the third stroke netted a forehand to put Marion a set and a break up.

Bartoli serving 3-2: Service-winner. 15/0. Double fault (second serve into the net - the wind messed up her toss). 15/15. Kleybanova forehand return wide. 30/15. Kleybanova dumped a forehand return into the net off a penetrating shot into the corner from Marion. 40/15. Marion crosscourt backhand wide. 40/30. Kleybanova crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner off a deep ball from Marion. 40/40. Body-jamming serve: Kleybanova off-backhand return wide. Ad Marion. Kleybanova sprayed a forehand return wide.

Kleybanova serving 2-4: Kleybanova sprayed a crosscourt backhand wide off a poor dropshot from Marion. 0/15. Double fault #5 (second serve into the net). 0/30. Marion's crosscourt forehand was called wide, but overruled as good, so they replayed the point: serve + deep off-forehand winner just inside the baseline. 15/30. Kleybanova forehand long off a deep ball just inside the baseline from Marion. 15/40. Serve out wide + off-backhand winner back behind Marion. 30/40. Serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 40/40. Serve out wide + deep, error-forcing backhand down the middle. Ad Kleybanova. Marion forehand return long.

Marion serving 4-3: Ace out wide: on the sideline. 15/0. Kleybanova netted a forehand. 30/0. Ace out wide: on the sideline. 40/0. Ace out wide: right in the corner.

Kleybanova serving 3-5: Marion hit an early crosscourt backhand return-winner. 0/15. Kleybanova on the third stroke hit a backhand long. 0/30. Double fault (wild second serve very long). 0/40 (MP #1). Kleybanova on the third stroke hit a forehand just long. Marion won 6-3 6-3 at 17:16 (second set 43m, match 1h19m).

Marion won the first 8 points of the match, and the last 8 points!


Marion's on-court interview
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MATT CHILTON: Marion Bartoli, another very /efficient/ win. What is it about your game that makes you so effective on grass?

MARION BARTOLI: Yeah, thank you very much. Well, it was very tough today: it was very windy, but er, I guess that that ??radio ball-sound?? helped me to control the ball, and I'm really happy to be in the semi-final again.

MATT CHILTON: This time last year, just on the cusp of Wimbledon, and then you had that fantastic run all the way to the final. Are you feeling similarly confident this year?

MARION BARTOLI: Yeah, you know, I'm playing really well, er, specially those two matches. And I'm very happy to be back in Eastbourne, I really do love this tournament, and er, hopefully I will be able to play the same way at Wimbledon.

MATT CHILTON: So, you were a semi-finalist here a year ago. You're in the semi-finals again this year. What do you think you can achieve tomorrow?

MARION BARTOLI: Well, I will try my best, and hopefully I can be in the final, and er, why not win the tournament?

MATT CHILTON: Okay, well, we wish you the very best of luck. Ladies and gentlemen: Marion Bartoli!

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2. Articles
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Bartoli into Eastbourne semi-finals (AP)
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Wimbledon-finalist Marion Bartoli beat Russian qualifier Alisa Kleybanova 6-3 6-3 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the Eastbourne International Women's Open.

The second-seeded Bartoli had won just eight matches in 14 events coming into Eastbourne, and her run to the semi-finals this week is only her second since Wimbledon a year ago.

She began strongly, surrendering just three points in the first four games, but Kleybanova eventually settled. Bartoli failed to serve out the first set at 5-1 or convert two set-points on Kleybanova's serve at 5-2 before taking the set in the next game.

Bartoli broke for a 3-2 lead in the second set, and she closed out the match by winning the last eight points.

"I had a tough time because I was not healthy to play tennis, but now I'm feeling really well and really happy to be back on track," Bartoli said. "I arrived here and kept trying to practise, and one day my energy came back and I felt it was the same like last year."

Bartoli next plays fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwańska, who first completed a 3-6 6-3 6-4 second-round win over Virginie Razzano that was suspended at one set each overnight, and then beat Gisela Dulko 7-5 7-5 in the quarter-finals.
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Bartoli has easy ride to Eastbourne last four (Reuters)
By Clare Fallon (editing by Miles Evans and Pritha Sarkar)
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Marion Bartoli, on the mend after a wrist-injury, reached the semi-finals of the Eastbourne International on Thursday by making short work of Russian qualifier Alisa Kleybanova.

Second seed Bartoli, the Wimbledon runner-up last year, will play fourth seed Agnieszka Radwańska of Poland in Friday's semi-finals after her 6-3 6-3 win.

Frenchwoman Bartoli, ranked 11th in the world and the top surviving seed after Svetlana Kuznetsova was beaten in the second round, raced to a 5-0 lead before Kleybanova began to fight back, winning three games in a row and saving two set-points.

Bartoli, though, wrapped up the set in the ninth game, and immediately went on the attack at the start of the second set, when Kleybanova had to save two break-points.

By the end of the set, the French player - who lost in her first match in Birmingham last week after aggravating a wrist-injury - was in imperious form, hitting three aces in the eighth game, and winning the ninth on a break to love.

"I am feeling really well, and I am really happy to be back on track and to feel healthy again," Bartoli told a news-conference.
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Bartoli reaches Eastbourne semis (PA SportsTicker)
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Marion Bartoli appears to be regaining her form just in time for Wimbledon.

The second-seeded Frenchwoman advanced to the semi-finals of the International Women's Open on Thursday with a 6-3 6-3 triumph over Russian qualifier Alisa Kleybanova.

Bartoli also was a semi-finalist at this grasscourt-event last season, and went on to make a surprising run at Wimbledon, where she stunned former world No.1 Justine Henin before falling to Venus Williams in the championship.

Ranked 11th in the world, Bartoli has struggled since that remarkable effort however. The 23-year-old has not played in a final since, and has been dealing with various injuries, including the wrist-tendinitis which has hindered her play lately.

She has shown no signs of weakness here, dropping just nine games in two matches following a first-round bye.

Bartoli can expect a challenge in the semis from No.4 Agnieszka Radwańska, who won two matches on Thursday to reach the final four.

The Pole completed the final set of her suspended second-round match earlier in the day, downing Virginie Razzano 3-6 6-3 6-4, and later moved through the quarter-finals with a 7-5 7-5 win over Gisela Dulko.
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Bartoli takes aim at Wimbledon with semi-final spot (AFP)
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The 2007 Wimbledon-finalist Marion Bartoli moved closer to another shot at success on grass as she reached the semi-final of the Eastbourne Championships here on Thursday.

The Geneva-based Bartoli dominated Russian qualifier Alisa Kleybanova 6-3 6-3 as a run of poor form this season faded away for the Frenchwoman this week.

"I'm feeling like I did last year," said the delighted second seed. "I've suddenly been energised; I'm able to play my game. I think I'm on the right way again."

Bartoli, who has had repeated injury, hard luck and poor results this season after playing the All-England club final against Venus Williams, snapped a four-match loss-streak at Devonshire Park.

The 23-year-old, competing here for the fifth time, has suddenly found her game, and aims to advance as she faces off on Friday against Agnieszka Radwańska after the Polish fourth seed beat Argentine Gisela Dulko 7-5 7-5.

The pre-Wimbledon event on the south coast could be just the lift Bartoli needs as she makes improvements to a 10:14 record this season. The winner of three WTA titles lifted them all in 2006, and feels ready for a return to success.

She said the the trademark wind at Eastbourne made victory a challenge. "It's always windy here, but it's the same for both; you just have to find a way to win.

"You won't play well anyway, but you find a way. I led 5-0 and she came back to 5-3; I had to keep fighting."
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Semis Set in Eastbourne
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2357
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While No.1 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and No.3 seed Vera Zvonarëva may have been sent to the sidelines in their opening matches, No.2 seed Marion Bartoli and No.4 seed Agnieszka Radwańska continued to fly the flag for the favourites at the International Women's Open on Thursday, not dropping a set to their challengers, and setting up an intriguing semi-final match-up.

Bartoli was the first of the two to advance to the semi-finals, notching a 6-3 6-3 win over qualifier Alisa Kleybanova in an hour and 18 minutes. While she did give up her serve once late in the first set, Bartoli broke the young Russian a total of four times in the match with her pinpoint two-fisted groundstrokes, which seem to be finding their best range for the first time since her run to the Wimbledon-final almost a year ago.

Radwańska won her only previous meeting with Bartoli: at Stuttgart last fall. She had to fight back from a first-set blowout to prevail, though, winning 0-6 6-2 6-1.

"The match against Marion will be very difficult. I won the last time we played - a couple of months ago - but it was on hard court, and she has shown this week and last year at Wimbledon that she plays really well on grass. So it will be difficult."
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No sign of injury as Bartoli reaches semi-final
http://www.lta.org.uk/News/All-news-items/WC16-06-08/No-sign-of-injury-as-Bartoli-reaches-semi-final/
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On a sunny Thursday at Eastbourne's Devonshire Park, the No.2 seed, Marion Bartoli, stormed into the International Women's Open semi-final with a dominating display of power and precision from the back of the court. The world No.11, who was the 2007 runner-up at The Championships, Wimbledon, defeated qualifier Alisa Kleybanova 6-3 6-3 in 78 minutes.

Played on a wind-swept Centre Court in front of a near-capacity crowd, Bartoli never looked in trouble as she faced just one break-point and notched six aces against her Russian opponent. The 23-year-old Frenchwoman, who is double-handed on both sides, will be vying to improve on last year's performance, when she lost against Justine Henin in the final four.

Bartoli said: "My game is well-suited to grass, because I take the ball early and hit it flatter than most players, which gives me a better chance of putting it away. I've been practising every day, and I feel like my energy has come back. If I keep going and playing like this, then I think I'll have a great chance of making the final."

In Friday's semi-final, Bartoli will meet the Polish No.4 seed, Agnieszka Radwańska, who defeated Argentinean Gisela Dulko 6-3 6-4 in the last quarter-final of the day. Ranked No.14 in the world, the 19-year-old right-hander is chasing her third WTA Tour title of 2008, having already claimed victories in Pattaya City and İstanbul.

Radwańska said: "The match tomorrow against Marion will be very difficult. I won the last time we played a couple of months ago, but that was on a hard court, and she has shown this week and last year at Wimbledon that she plays really well on grass. So it will be difficult... but let's see."
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Sep 28th, 2008, 11:17 PM
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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S OPEN (Eastbourne, England; grass; WTA Tier II)
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1. Semi-final TV-report: Bartoli v Radwańska
2. Articles

Master-reports for Eastbourne 2008:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=356695

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1. Semi-final TV-report: Bartoli v Radwańska (Friday 20th June)
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- MARION BARTOLI [2,DF,S] lt. AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [4], 5-7 3-6

The match started at 15:04 BST, and I saw it on BBCi up to the rain-delay at 3-3* (Deuce #3 after Marion squandered four break-points) in the first set.


First set
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BARTOLI _* * * 3
RADWAŃS * * *_ 3

Radwańska serving 0-0: Marion forehand long. 15/0. Marion crosscourt backhand return-winner. 15/15. Service-winner out wide. 30/15. Crosscourt backhand return just wide. 40/15. Radwańska sprayed a wild crosscourt backhand wide on the third stroke. 40/30. Radwańska off-backhand winner into the corner.

No invincible start for Marion today.

Marion serving 0-1: Service-winner. 15/0. Backhand return long. 30/0. Radwańska netted a forehand. 40/0. Marion on the third stroke netted a crosscourt backhand. 40/15. Radwańska forehand return-winner down the line. 40/30. Serve + error-forcing crosscourt forehand.

Marion says she does well on grass because she hits the ball flatter and earlier than most of her opponents, and low over the net.

Radwańska serving 1-1: Radwańska's deep approach forced Marion to net a backhand. 15/0. Marion's deep return down the middle forced Radwańska to net a backhand. 15/15. Marion netted a forehand. 30/15. Radwańska forehand netcord-winner. 40/15. Marion crosscourt forehand wide off a deep ball from Radwańska.

Marion serving 1-2: Service-winner. 15/0. Double fault (second serve just long). 15/15. Marion came to the net and after a couple of volleys, hit an off-forehand volley-winner. 30/15. Double fault #2 (second serve just long). 30/30. Marion backhand winner down the line, back behind Radwańska. 40/30. In a crowd-pleasing rally, Marion ran down a dropshot and hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner - amazing angles from both.

Radwańska serving 2-2: Marion ran down a dropshot but hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 15/0. Marion dumped a forehand into the net off a short ball. 30/0. Ace #1: down the middle. 40/0. An intriguing rally ended with Radwańska hitting a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline, but Marion did really well to retrieve a good serve down the middle with a lob-return onto the baseline, and also hit a pinpoint backhand down the line onto the sideline in that rally.

Marion serving 2-3: Marion crosscourt forehand volley-winner. Virginia Wade: "Really logical tennis - real construction." 15/0. Marion high forehand drive-volley winner crosscourt. 30/0. Serve + forehand volley-winner down the line. 40/0. Radwańska off-forehand just wide.

Radwańska serving 3-3: Marion cleaned the sideline with a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner. 0/15. Radwańska crosscourt backhand wide. 0/30. Radwańska, stretched wide by a crosscourt forehand return just inside the sideline, chopped a forehand into the net. 0/40 (BP). Marion netted a crosscourt backhand return. 15/40 (BP #2). Marion down-the-line backhand wide. 30/40 (BP #3). Marion netted a crosscourt backhand off a low ball from Radwańska. 40/40. Marion backhand just long. Ad Radwańska. She hit a forehand long. David Mercer: "It's as if she thought, 'Okay, I'm fine now.'" Deuce #2. Marion crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. Ad Marion (BP #4). Radwańska saved it with a backhand winner down the line. Deuce #3. It started to rain again (the first semi-final had suffered two rain-delays), the umpire checked the court at 15:28, and the players sat down by the uncovered court. After a few minutes, play was officially suspended and the court was covered.

BBCi switched to showing football-highlights, and continued to do so when play resumed and the match was completed! :-||

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2. Articles
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Petrova and Radwańska reach Eastbourne final (AP)
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Nadia Petrova defeated Samantha Stosur 6-3 6-3 on Friday to reach the final of the Eastbourne International Women's Open.

The eighth-seeded Russian will face fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwańska, who upset No.2 Marion Bartoli 7-5 6-3.

Radwańska benefitted from Bartoli's seven double faults, but had to withstand some early pressure.

The Pole faced four break-points at 3-3 before rain forced the players off court for 70 minutes. Bartoli then held two set-points at 5-4 before Radwańska earned the only break when Bartoli double-faulted.

In the second set, Bartoli broke to go up 1-0, but Radwańska swept the next four games. Although Bartoli claimed another break in the sixth game, she dropped her serve with a seventh double fault to leave Radwańska serving for victory.

Radwańska will be bidding for her third title of the year after winning in Pattaya and İstanbul.
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Radwańska to play Petrova in Eastbourne-final (Reuters)
By Clare Fallon (editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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Poland's Agnieszka Radwańska beat second seed Marion Bartoli 7-5 6-3 in a hard-fought match to join Nadia Petrova in the final of the Eastbourne International tournament on Friday.

France's Bartoli was Wimbledon runner-up last year, but has been struggling with tendinitis in her wrist in recent weeks, and had problems with her first serve on Friday.

At the end of a first set interrupted for just over an hour by rain on a chilly day at the English seaside, she double-faulted on Radwańska's fourth set-point. Ever the fighter, Bartoli broke her opponent at the start of the second set, but was broken back straight away.

After another exchange of breaks, she again double-faulted on the third break-point of the eighth game. Though Bartoli saved one match-point in the following game with a crosscourt winner, Radwańska took victory with a winning volley.

Radwańska, 19, said Bartoli's flat, low shots made her a difficult opponent. "I was playing on my knees all the time, so it was very hard," she told a news-conference.

Bartoli said she had failed to make the most of her chances, but was happy with her game. "Even when you play well, sometimes you lose," she said.
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Radwańska sets up Petrova Eastbourne title-clash (AFP)
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Poland's Agnieszka Radwańska denied 2007 Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli a second career-final on grass with a 7-5 6-3 victory at the Eastbourne Championships on Friday.

Second-seeded Frenchwoman Bartoli, beaten in last summer's title-match at the All-England club by Venus Williams, failed in her bid to fine-tune for the season's third Grand Slam starting on Monday.

Radwańska, who won the Pattaya- and İstanbul-titles this year, will aim to complete a 2008 hat-trick when she faces Russian eighth seed Nadia Petrova, who defeated Samantha Stosur 6-3 6-3.

"She played tough at the Australian Open," Radwańska said of her fourth-round win in January over the Russian after rallying from 6-2 3-0 love down to turn the tide for victory.

"I don't know how she's playing on this surface, but I'm sure it will be a difficult final. I'm just glad to be in my first final on grass.

"I thought that I would play just one match here and then go to Wimbledon. This is a great warm-up, and I want to keep doing well."

Bartoli was felled by seven double faults and five breaks of serve. All but one of the 13 break-points she faced came in the second set.
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Radwańska, Petrova Move Into Eastbourne-Final
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2360
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Four players with a penchant for grass made the semi-finals of the International Women's Open this week, and on Friday, two of them moved into the final, with Agnieszka Radwańska and Nadia Petrova squaring off on Saturday for the Tier II WTA Tour title.

Eighth seed Petrova was the first to advance to the title-match, stopping the surprise-run of Samantha Stosur with a 6-3 6-3 victory. Both sets began with the two players holding serve through 3-3, but each time it was Petrova who broke away, reeling off three games in a row at each critical juncture en route to the one-hour, 19-minute victory: her third win in the pair's three career-meetings (she won their first two by similar scorelines: 6-2 6-2 at the 2004 US Open and 6-1 6-3 at 2006 Linz).

Fourth seed Radwańska earned a tougher 7-5 6-3 victory over No.2 seed Marion Bartoli in the second semi-final of the day. Radwańska snatched the first break of the match in the last game of the first set, and raced out to a 4-1 lead in the second set; it looked as though Bartoli was building something of a comeback as she closed the gap to 4-3 and was two points away from tying it at 4-4, but the Polish No.1 held on for a one-hour, 33-minute victory.
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Petrova and Radwańska face off in Eastbourne-final
http://www.lta.org.uk/News/All-news-items/WC16-06-08/Petrova-and-Radwańska-face-off-in-Eastbourne-final/
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Tennis-fans were treated to a serve-volley spectacle on Day 5 of the International Women's Open, both semi-finals decided with thrilling displays of traditional grass-court tennis.

The net isn't Nadia Petrova's natural habitat, but the tall Russian looked completely at home there in her semi-final against Australian Sam Stosur, claiming their contest 6-3 6-3.

World No.22 and tournament No.8 seed, Petrova, will face Agnieszka Radwańska in Saturday's final, the 19-year-old Polish woman defeating No.2 seed Marion Bartoli in a net-charging extravaganza that lasted one hour and 33 minutes, 7-5 6-3.

Radwańska coped brilliantly with Bartoli's net-rushing game-plan, even taking a step back on serve as the Frenchwoman returned serve closer and closer to the service-line.

"It's her game, whether she plays on grass or somewhere else, so I concentrated on serving into her body - not to her racquet - and it worked today," said Radwańska, who wasn't afraid to come to the net, and demonstrated her own impressive volleying-skills when the situation called for it.

"She's very powerful and very flexible and hits every ball low, so I was hitting my volleys on my knees, but I expected that from her game, so I just adapted to it," said the No.4 seed.

Despite heavy, rain-delayed conditions, there was no sign of the wrist-injury that hampered Bartoli last week in Birmingham, and the 23-year-old was positive about next week's All-England Club campaign.

"Even if you play well, you can sometimes lose," she said after the match. "I'm confident about my game, and I am sure I will do well at Wimbledon if I keep playing like I have here this week."

Radwańska, who will be playing her first WTA Tour Tier II final on Saturday, said she is ready to go one better in Eastbourne this week.

"I only expected to play one match here and then go to Wimbledon, so I am very happy to have won three matches, and I feel ready to win this title," said the world No.14, who holds a 1:0 win-loss record over Petrova, having claimed victory in their fourth-round encounter at the Australian Open in January: 1-6 7-5 6-0.
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Ciarán
Oct 1st, 2008, 11:42 PM
Im a new marion fan :D