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andrewbroad
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:09 AM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/
Contents
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1. UK TV-alert
2. First-round draw
3. Lucie Šafářová preview
4. Order of Play for Monday

Master-thread for Andrew's Australian Open 2009 reports:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=364478

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1. UK TV-alert
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The evening-sessions on Rod Laver Arena will be televised on BBCi from 08:25 GMT each day of the tournament (digital viewers press Red or select the appropriate Freeview-channel: it could be either 301 or 302).

This coverage will consist of the women's match on the evening-session of the Rod Laver Arena (on days that there is one), followed by the men's match, followed by recorded coverage of these matches (or Andy Murray's match) on a continuous loop.

Additionally, all Andy Murray's matches will be televised live on either BBC 1 or BBC 2 (his first match is on Tuesday). I think it's quite possible that bits of other matches might be shown in these programmes if Murray's match starts late or finishes early, as was occasionally the case when the BBC used to do this for Tim Henman.

Other Australian Open coverage on BBC television:
* Saturday 24th January: highlights on BBC 1 (13:00 to 14:30 GMT);
* Saturday 31st January: highlights of Women's Singles final on BBC 2 (13:00 to 14:00 GMT);
* Sunday 1st February: Men's Singles final live on BBC 2 (from 08:30 GMT).

The Women's Singles final will be on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session for the first time this year, therefore it will be live on BBCi.

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

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2. First-round draw
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Key
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[Q] qualifier
[WC] wild card
[LL] lucky loser
[EF] member of my Eternal Fanship
[DF] member of my demi-fanship
[s] Selesian
(* ?x v ?y) I prefer ?x to win
(!) enthusiastic support
(!!) very enthusiastic support!
(my loyalty is to ?x) I like both players, but prefer ?x
(my Reason says ?x, but my Passion says ?y) I prefer ?x in tennis-terms, but want ?y to win because she's more attractive
(my Passion says ?x, but my Reason says ?y) I find ?x more attractive, but want ?y to win because I prefer her game


2.1 Top quarter
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* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [1] v Yvonne Meusburger
* Kirsten Flipkens v Rossana de los Ríos (komaan Kirsten!)
* Viktoriya Kutuzova [Q] v Nathalie Dechy (davai Viktoriya!)
* AI SUGIYAMA [26] v Stéphanie Dubois [Q]

* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v SYBILLE BAMMER [24] (POJĎME LUCIE!!)
* Marina Eraković v Petra Cetkovská (slight preference to Marina)
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v Karolina Šprem [Q,DF] (my Reason says Karolina, but my Passion says Tsvetana)
* MARION BARTOLI [16,DF,S] v Melanie South (allez Marion!)

* Yaroslava Shvedova v NADIA PETROVA [10] (davai Yari!)
* Sania Mirza [DF] v Marta Domachowska (my loyalty is to Sania)
* Monika Wejnert [WC] v Karin Knapp (go Monika!)
* ÁGNES SZÁVAY [23] v Galina Voskoboeva

* MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] v Sara Errani (davai Maria!)
* Monica Niculescu [s] v Katie O'Brien [Q] (my Passion says Katie, but my Reason says Monica)
* Maria Elena Camerin v Edina Gallovits (forza Maria Elena!)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [7,EF] v Magdaléna Rybáriková [DF] (my loyalty is to VERA)


2.2 Second quarter
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* Alla Kudryavtseva v DINARA SAFINA [3] (Kud is the lesser of two evils)
* Aravane Rezaď v Ekaterina Makarova (allez Aravane!)
* Patricia Mayr v Julia Schruff [Q]
* Kimiko Date Krumm [Q] v KAIA KANEPI [25] (ganbatte Kimiko!)

* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [19,EF] v Casey Dell'Acqua (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* Mathilde Johansson v Jill Craybas (allez Mathilde!)
* Andrea Petković v Kathrin Wörle [Q]
* ALIZÉ CORNET [15] v Mariya Koryttseva (allez Alizé!)

* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [11] v Shahar Pe'er (my loyalty is to Caroline)
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v Mariana Duque Marino (Ąvamos Virginia!)
* Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] v Tamira Paszek (GO JELENA!!)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [17,EF] v Anne Keothavong (DAVAI ANNA!!)

* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [29] v Sofia Arvidsson
* Barbora Záhlavova Strýcová v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
* Yanina Wickmayer v Alberta Brianti [Q] (komaan Yanina!)
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [5,DF] v Julia Görges (my loyalty is to Ana)


2.3 Third quarter
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* VENUS WILLIAMS [6] v Angelique Kerber
* Roberta Vinci v Carla Suárez Navarro (forza Roberta!)
* Melanie Oudin [Q] v Akgul Amanmuradova
* María José Martínez Sánchez v TAMARINE TANASUGARN [32]

* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [21] v Isabella Holland [WC]
* Elena Vesnina v Julie Coin (davai Elena!)
* Jessica Moore [WC] v Christina McHale [WC] (go Jessica!)
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [12,DF] v Mara Santangelo (forza Flavia!)

* Kristina Mladenović [WC] v PATTY SCHNYDER [14]
* Jarmila Gajdošová v Virginie Razzano
* Hsieh,Su-Wei [s] v Chan,Yung-Jan (jia you Su-Wei!)
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [18] v Chanelle Scheepers [Q] (poďme Domi!)

* Sabine Lisicki v ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK [30] (komm jetzt Sabine!)
* Klára Zakopalová v Samantha Stosur (pojďme Klára!)
* Iveta Benešová v Vera Dushevina (pojďme Iveta!)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4] v Kristina Barrois (davai Elena!)


2.4 Bottom quarter
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* Anastasia Rodionova v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [8]
* Ayumi Morita [s] v Tatjana Malek (my Passion says Tatjana, but my Reason says Ayumi)
* Nicole Vaidišová [EF] v Séverine Brémond (POJĎME NICOLE!!)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [31] v Olivia Rogowska [WC] (davai Alyona!)

* ZHENG,JIE [22] v Camille Pin (jia you Jie!)
* Sorana Cîrstea v Melinda Czink (hai Sorana!)
* Ekateryna Bychkova v Lourdes Domínguez Lino (davai Ekateryna)
* Kateryna Bondarenko v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [9]

* VICTORIA AZARENKA [13] v Petra Kvitová
* Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Tathiana Garbin
* Elena Baltacha [Q] v Anna-Lena Grönefeld (go Elena!)
* Olga Govortsova v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [20] (davai Olga!)

* Peng,Shuai [s] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [28] (jia you Shuai!)
* Sesil Karatantcheva [Q] v Nuria Llagostera Vives
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Anastasiya Yakimova (Ąvamos Gisela!)
* SERENA WILLIAMS [2] v Yuan,Meng [WC]

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3. Lucie Šafářová preview
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Lucie is coming off an injury-plagued 2008 in which she went 20:23, although her year had one very bright highlight: her fourth WTA singles-title: at Forest Hills!

But I'm hoping that 2009 will be more like 2007 for Lucie, when she reached her first Major quarter-final at the Australian Open, the final of Paris with a win over world #1 Justine Henin, and upset Amélie Mauresmo in the third round of the French Open as well as the fourth round of the Australian Open.

2009 started encouragingly for Lucie at Brisbane, where she beat #581 Isabella Holland 6-4 6-3 and #51 Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals, where she led 5-1* and had a set-point in the first set before losing 7-6 6-4 to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka.

Lucie had to play her first qualifying-match for Sydney the day after her Brisbane quarter-final: she retired with a leg-injury when trailing Yuan,Meng 1-6 2-3. "I think it will be okay in three to four days, and I will be 100% in Melbourne," she said.

P.S. I love Lucie's new profile-photo at www.sonyericssonwtatour.com (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com)! :hearts:


3.1 First round
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Oh dear! Lucie has drawn Sybille Bammer [24], whom she trails 0:4 head to head! The last of these meetings was 7-5 6-4 in the third round of the Olympics - one of Lucie's better 2008-results. :(

The now-28-year-old Bammer broke through in 2007 with a win over Serena Williams at Hobart - just before Williams won the Australian Open! Bammer won Pattaya City and compiled an impressive 45:25 record on the WTA Tour in 2007.

2008 was much less impressive for Bammer: only 27:25. She did upset world #2 Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the quarter-finals of Doha, and reached the quarter-finals of the Olympics with the aforementioned win over Lucie - having beaten #15 Patty Schnyder in the previous round. She then reached her first Major quarter-final at the US Open by beating #13 Marion Bartoli.

Bammer comes into the Australian Open on a 3-match losing-streak: she lost to Ana Ivanović at Linz 2008, to Melanie Oudin at Québec City, and started 2009 with a 6-4 6-3 loss to #10 Agnieszka Radwańska at Sydney. So it's Lucie's job to extend this losing-streak to 4 matches!

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4. Order of Play for Monday
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Court 21 (start 11:00 AEDT = 00:00 GMT)
MS 1r: Xavier Malisse v Michaël Llodra
WS 1r: Kirsten Flipkens v Rossana de los Ríos
MS 1r: Guillermo García-López v Agustín Calleri
WS 1r: SYBILLE BAMMER [24] v Lucie Šafářová [EF]

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:08 AM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/
Contents
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1. Photo
2. First-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Bammer
3. Second-round draw
4. Second-round preview
5. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
6. Order of play for Wednesday

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1. Photo
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Lucie Šafářová off-court:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=melbourne_week1

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2. First-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Bammer (Monday 19th January 2009)
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+ Lucie Šafářová [EF] d. SYBILLE BAMMER [24], 6-3 6-1

This match took place in the Australian early evening, while I was sleeping in England; when I woke up and checked the www.australianopen.com scoreboard at 19:25 AEDT, Lucie was up 6-3 *4-1.

She soon held serve, and at 5-1*, Bammer led 30/0, but Lucie won the last four points of the match to break for victory at 19:30 AEDT (first set 39m, second set 33m, match 1h12m).

I am delighted with Lucie's victory, especially after she lost all four of her previous matches with Bammer - even at good times of her career. Last year, Lucie lost in the first round of all the Majors except the French Open, so it's great to get a win under her belt immediately.


2.1 Statistics
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The big difference was that Lucie broke 4 times from 6 BPs, while Bammer wasted all of 5 BPs!

Lucie got 64% of first serves in, winning 81% of the points when she did so, and 43% on second serve. From the first set to the second, she seemed to go for bigger serves, as she got fewer in, but won a higher percentage of points when she did so.

The corresponding percentages for Bammer were 67%, 62% and 35%, her first-serve percentages deteriorating from the 70s in the first set to the 50s in the second.

They each served 2 aces and one double fault.

In points, Lucie won 63-46 (first set 31-26, second set 32-20).

Sadly, W:UE ratios and service-speeds are not available for this match.

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3. Second-round draw
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3.1 Top half
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* Kirsten Flipkens v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [1] (komaan Kirsten!)
* Nathalie Dechy v AI SUGIYAMA [26] (allez Nathalie!)
* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v Marina Eraković (my loyalty is to LUCIE)
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v MARION BARTOLI [16,DF,S] (my Reason says Marion, but my Passion says Tsvetana)

* Sania Mirza [DF] v NADIA PETROVA [10] (go Sania!)
* Karin Knapp v Galina Voskoboeva
* Monica Niculescu [S] v Sara Errani (hai Monica!)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [7,EF] v Edina Gallovits (DAVAI VERA!!)

* Ekaterina Makarova v DINARA SAFINA [3]
* Patricia Mayr v KAIA KANEPI [25]
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [19,EF] v Mathilde Johansson (my loyalty is to DANIELA)
* ALIZÉ CORNET [15] v Andrea Petković (allez Alizé!)

* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [11] v Virginia Ruano Pascual (my loyalty is to Caroline)
* Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] v ANNA CHAKVETADZE [17,EF] (having to lose one of them so early is like a dagger in my heart)
* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [29] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [5,DF] v Alberta Brianti [Q] (ajde Ana!)


3.2 Bottom half
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* VENUS WILLIAMS [6] v Carla Suárez Navarro
* María José Martínez Sánchez v Akgul Amanmuradova
* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [21] v Julie Coin
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [12,DF] v Jessica Moore [WC] (my loyalty is to Flavia)

* PATTY SCHNYDER [14] v Virginie Razzano
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [18] v Chan,Yung-Jan (poďme Domi!)
* Sabine Lisicki v Samantha Stosur (komm jetzt Sabine!)
* Iveta Benešová v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4] (pojďme Iveta!)

* Tatjana Malek v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [8] (komm jetzt Tatjana!)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [31] v Séverine Brémond (my loyalty is to Alyona - slightly)
* ZHENG,JIE [22] v Melinda Czink (jia you Jie!)
* Kateryna Bondarenko v Lourdes Domínguez Lino (davai Kateryna!)

* VICTORIA AZARENKA [13] v Tathiana Garbin (davai Victoria!)
* Elena Baltacha [Q] v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [20] (go Elena!)
* Peng,Shuai [S] v Sesil Karatantcheva [Q] (jia you Shuai!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [2] (Ąvamos Gisela!)

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4. Second-round preview
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Lucie has never played Marina Eraković before, and there's little separating them in the rankings: Lucie at #60, Marina at #68.

Marina compiled an impressive-looking 36:21 win/loss record for 2008, although many of her tournaments were on the ITF circuit. She scored a big upset at the start of 2008, beating #22 Vera Zvonarëva to reach the semi-finals of Auckland. In February, she won ITF Mildura and was runner-up at ITF Berri - both in Australia.

Marina won six matches to qualify and reach the semi-finals of the WTA Tier III at Memphis, albeit without beating anyone higher than #116. Her results then tailed off a bit, but she had a very impressive grasscourt-season, winning ITF Surbiton and reaching the semi-finals of Tier III Birmingham by beating #29 Alyona Bondarenko. She reached the third round of Wimbledon, but from there, she finished 2008 on a 9-match losing-streak.

Marina started 2009 with a 7-5 6-4 win over #65 Nuria Llagostera Vives to reach the second round of Auckland, where she lost 6-2 6-3 to on-form #4 Elena Dementieva. At Hobart, she lost 6-1 4-6 6-1 to #24 Zheng,Jie in the first round. She won her first round here 6-4 7-5 over #85 Petra Cetkovská.

Lucie has showed some impressive signs of a return to form this month, with that 6-4 6-4 win over Samantha Stosur at Brisbane, and thrashing Sybille Bammer [24] 6-3 6-1 in the first round here, so I fancy her chances of beating of beating Eraković.


4.1 Article
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Australian Open: Day 3 Preview
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2902
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Court 10
Lucie Šafářová (CZE) vs. Marina Eraković (NZL) - First meeting

Two years ago, when she was on the cusp of the top 20 it was hard to imagine that Lucie Šafářová wouldn't enjoy a long run as a seed at the Majors.

But after winning four titles and recording her best Major result right here at Melbourne Park - she was a quarter-finalist two years ago - the rangy left-hander went into reverse gear.

Things started to look up at Brisbane, where the 21-year-old scored a striking win over Sam Stosur, but she'll be tested by 20-year-old Kiwi Eraković, who is ranked just eight places lower at No.68, and got a taste for Major success at Wimbledon last year.

In fact, it's hard to believe that this is Eraković's first main-draw appearance in Melbourne. She's a fine doubles-player, so the net might be her best bet against the powerful Czech baseliner.
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5. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
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* Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Galina Voskoboeva v Marina Eraković/Jelena Kostanić Tošić

Full draw:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/wd/

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6. Order of play for Wednesday
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Court 10 (start 11:00 AEDT = 00:00 GMT)
MD 1r: (JEFF COETZEE [S]/WESLEY MOODIE)[5] v Robby Ginepri/Vincent Spadea
WD 1r: Iveta Benešová/Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová v Chan,Yung-Jan/Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
WS 2r: Lucie Šafářová [EF] v Marina Eraković
MD 1r: Philip Petzschner/Alexander Peya v (ARNAUD CLÉMENT/MARC GICQUEL)[12]

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Jan 23rd, 2009, 01:03 AM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second-round review: Šafářová v Eraković
3. Third-round draw
4. Third-round preview
5. Who'll win the Australian Open now that Venus Williams is out?
6. Women's Doubles: First round
7. Order of play for Friday

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1. Photos
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Various players including Lucie:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/

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2. Second-round review: Šafářová v Eraković (Wednesday 21st January 2009)
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+ Lucie Šafářová [EF] d. Marina Eraković, 6-1 3-6 9-7

The match was third on Court 10, so it would have taken place in the mid-to-late Australian afternoon, while I was sleeping in England.


2.1 Statistics
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The match lasted 2h16m (first set 27m, second set 36m, third set 1h13m).

Lucie got 63% of first serves in, winning 79% of the points when she did so, and 53% on second serve. Her first-serves-in percentage improved significantly from set to set (50% to 58% to 72%), while her first-serve winning-percentage deteriorated slightly from set to set, so it was a good trade-off for her.

The corresponding percentages for Eraković were 55%, 71% and 48%. Her first-serves-in percentage was very constant from set to set, while her first-serve winning-percentages varied wildly (50% to 94% to 68%), and she picked up an 11% second-serve winning-percentage for the first set to the high 50s for the second and third sets.

Lucie served 7 aces and 5 double faults (3 in the first set), Eraković 8 aces and 4 double faults. They each served 4 aces in the third set, which is not surprising as it was longer than the first two sets combined!

Lucie broke 4 times from 13 BPs, which is a pretty disappointing conversion-rate. Eraković broke twice from 6 BPs.

In points, Lucie won 107-96 (first set 28-17, second set 23-31, third set 56-48).

Unfortunately, W:UE ratios, points won at the net and service-speeds are not available for this match.


2.2 Article
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Eraković says narrow loss 'hurts a lot' (The New Zealand Herald / NZPA)
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Marina Eraković came agonisingly close to making the third round of the Australian Open before losing 1-6 6-3 7-9 to the Czech Republic's Lucie Šafářová yesterday.

The first set raced by in 27 minutes, with the New Zealand 20-year-old struggling to find her way as the Czech left-hander used angles on her shots to good effect.

Eraković battled back in the second set to break her opponent's serve in the fourth game before taking the set 6-3.

The third and final set was a game-for-game dogfight, with Eraković holding a break-point on Šafářová's serve at 3-3, but not being able to capitalise on it. Each player then continued to hold serve, with Eraković holding off several match-points before finally being broken in the 16th game as world No.60 Šafářová prevailed after two hours and 16 minutes.

The final set alone took 1h 13m to complete, and the end came with Eraković double-faulting.

Eraković admitted it would be tough to recover from the loss, especially since she came so close to advancing to the round of 32.

"It's definitely a hard one to lose. You really want to do well at the Aussie Open, and when you have a match like this, it hurts and it hurts a lot," she said. "It's a tough one to take, but I have to take it.

"I don't think there was any one thing to change the match."

Although disappointed, Eraković quickly found a couple of positives to take from the match to work with in future tournaments.

"Maybe a good point was that even though I stuffed up the first set, I fought back and started playing more aggressive. If I had done that earlier, things may been different," she said.

Šafářová, 21, showed her extra experience - gleaned from reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals in 2007.

In contrast, this week marked the first time in the main draw in Melbourne for Eraković: the world No.68, who served at just 55% on her first serves, compared with Šafářová's 63%.

Eraković was the first New Zealand woman to make the second round of the Australian Open singles since Claudine Toleafoa in 1991.
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3. Third-round draw
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* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [1] v AI SUGIYAMA [26]
* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v MARION BARTOLI [16,DF,S] (my loyalty is to LUCIE)
* NADIA PETROVA [10] v Galina Voskoboeva
* VERA ZVONARËVA [7,EF] v Sara Errani (DAVAI VERA!!)

* KAIA KANEPI [25] v DINARA SAFINA [3]
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [19,EF] v ALIZÉ CORNET [15] (my loyalty is to DANIELA)
* Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] v CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [11] (my loyalty is to JELENA)
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [5,DF] v ALISA KLEYBANOVA [29] (ajde Ana!)

* María José Martínez Sánchez v Carla Suárez Navarro
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [12,DF] v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [21] (forza Flavia!)
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [18] v Virginie Razzano (poďme Domi!)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4] v Samantha Stosur (davai Elena!)

* ALYONA BONDARENKO [31] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [8] (davai Alyona!)
* ZHENG,JIE [22] v Kateryna Bondarenko (jia you Jie!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [13] v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [20] (davai Victoria!)
* Peng,Shuai [s] v SERENA WILLIAMS [2] (jia you Shuai!)

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4. Third-round preview
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Lucie is 0:2 head to head against world #17 Marion Bartoli: 4-6 6-2 6-3 in the third round of the US Open 2007, and 6-0 6-3 at Berlin 2008, when Lucie was pretty much at the trough of her slump.

Marion is a Selesian player (two hands both sides like Monica Seles) who takes the ball early and also has a very unorthodox serve (with a cocked wrist, and the way she puts her legs together and stands on tiptoes). She's an experimental player who is always adding and removing quirky features to and from her game, such as the energy-jumps she was doing before each serve in the summer of 2007. Her game has also been called chess-like (she is coached by her father, who is a keen chess-player).

Marion reached the Wimbledon 2007 final with a sensational upset of top seed Justine Henin in the semis. But she has struggled to scale such heights again, and had a deep slump (although not as deep as Lucie's) in 2008, when she struggled with an energy-sapping virus that made it hard for her even to get out of bed.

Marion went 29:26 in 2008, with numerous first- and second-round losses. She had a four-match losing-streak from Rome to Birmingham, but looked revitalised as she stormed to the semi-finals of Eastbourne for the loss of 9 games in two matches - only to fall 6-4 6-1 to #69 Bethanie Mattek in the third round of Wimbledon, where she was defending her final.

Marion reached the final of Stanford and semi-finals of Montréal - both runs including victories over #8/#9 Anna Chakvetadze. She reached the fourth round of the US Open with a 6-1 7-6(3) over #24-ranked former champion Lindsay Davenport (most probably Davenport's last-ever match in a Major). After the US Open, she reverted to slump-mode, although she did battle through to the semi-finals of Linz before losing 6-0 6-1 to Vera Zvonarëva.

Marion began 2009 with a run to the Brisbane-final, albeit with a retirement from Amélie Mauresmo in the semis, and a 6-3 6-1 loss to #16 Victoria Azarenka in the final. Marion retired in the first round of Sydney, but has reached the third round of the Australian Open by beating Melanie South 6-2 6-4 and Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5 6-2.

Marion's recent form gives little reason for optimism that it will be third time lucky for Lucie against her, but Lucie certainly exceeded expectations against Sybille Bammer in the first round, so hopefully she can pull another stunt.

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5. Who'll win the Australian Open now that Venus Williams is out?
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How about an unbelievable miracle by a member of my Eternal Fanship? Jelena Dokić and Lucie Šafářová have already exceeded expectations here, beating Anna Chakvetadze [17] and Sybille Bammer [24], respectively; they are supremely talented, have nothing to lose, and you should never underestimate the power of a comeback!

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6. Women's Doubles: First round
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6.1 First-round result (Thursday 22nd January 2009)
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+ Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Galina Voskoboeva d. Marina Eraković/Jelena Kostanić Tošić, 6-2 6-2


6.2 Second-round draw
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* Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Galina Voskoboeva v Gisela Dulko [DF]/Roberta Vinci

Full draw:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/wd/

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7. Order of play for Friday
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Margaret Court Arena (start 11:00 AEDT = 00:00 GMT)
WS 3r: NADIA PETROVA [10] v Galina Voskoboeva
MS 3r: MARIN ČILIĆ v DAVID FERRER [11]
WS 3r: Lucie Šafářová [EF] v MARION BARTOLI [16,DF]
WD 2r: (SAMANTHA STOSUR/RENNAE STUBBS)[5] v Agnieszka Radwańska/Urszula Radwańska
(not before 19:30 AEDT = 08:30 GMT)
MS 3r: STANISLAS WAWRINKA [15] v TOMÁŠ BERDYCH [20]

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/

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Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Feb 4th, 2009, 11:09 PM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Third-round review: Šafářová v Bartoli
3. Women's Doubles

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1. Photos
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Lucie Šafářová:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=safarova
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/players/related/wta310553.html
http://www.lucie-safarova.com/gallery/

Off-court photos including Lucie:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=melbourne_week1

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2. Third-round review: Šafářová v Bartoli (Friday 23rd January 2009)
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- Lucie Šafářová [EF] lt. MARION BARTOLI [16,DF,S], 6-3 2-6 1-6

The match was third on Margaret Court arena, so it would have taken place in the Australian Open late afternoon, while I was sleeping in England.

Lucie led 6-3 *2-0, but her brilliant game then disintegrated into unforced errors, and Marion won 12 of the last 13 games. :-(

I plan to write up a full TV-report of this match after I order it from Tennis Videos International <http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/>, although I don't plan to order my next batch of DVDs from TVI until the 2009 tennis-season is over. A pessimistic ETA for my full TV-report is 29th December 2009 - this may change in either direction, and I am not actually bound by my vows of Eternal Fanship to order any matches from TVI, nor to write them up if I do.


2.1 Statistics
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Lucie dominated the match with winners and unforced errors, compiling a mildly negative W:UE ratio of 32:36 (16:8 for the first set, and 16:28 for the second and third combined). Marion's W:UE ratio was 16:17 (5:9 + 9:6 + 2:2).

Lucie got 63% of her first serves in, winning 57% of the points when she did so, and 28% on second serve - those are disappointing winning-percentages, and her second-serve winning-percentage in particular dipped alarmingly from set to set: from 45% to 20% to 13%.

The corresponding percentages for Marion were 59%, 67% and 44%. After winning a disastrous 10% of points on second serve in the first set, it was in the 60s in the next two, while her percentages of first serves in and points won troughed at (44%, 55%) for the second set, and peaked at (80%, 83%) for the third.

While Lucie pipped Marion to the fastest serve (107-106 mph), Marion's serves were considerably faster than Lucie's on average: first serve 101-95 mph, second serve 83-80 mph.

Lucie served 10 double faults and just one ace, while Marion served two of each.

Lucie broke 4 times from 5 BPs, but gave Marion too many BPs on her own serve: Marion converted 7 of 13. Lucie won the first set by three breaks to one, but lost the second by three breaks to one, and the third by three breaks to none. Lucie only had one BP after the first set: the one she converted in the second.

Lucie won 9 of 17 points at the net (53%), Marion 6 of 9 (67%). After winning 6 of 8 points at the net in the first set, Lucie won just 2 of 7 in the second set, and just 1 of 2 in the third.

In points, Marion won 80-64 (first set 24-34, second set 32-21, third set 24-9).


2.2 Articles
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Bartoli advances to meet Jankovic
By Bronwen Largier (www.australianopen.com (http://www.australianopen.com))
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Marion Bartoli is set to make her first fourth-round appearance at the Australian Open after overpowering Lucie Šafářová in three sets on Friday.

The Frenchwoman won the match 3-6 6-2 6-1 in an hour and 42 minutes.

Šafářová started the match well, breaking Bartoli's serve in the first game, and displaying a powerful crosscourt backhand and good ball-placement.

Bartoli got a break at 3-2, but Šafářová returned the favour in the next game to lead 4-3. Šafářová broke a third time as Bartoli served to stay in the set.

Šafářová's good form looked to continue when she broke Bartoli a fourth time early in the second set, but her game began to fall apart as her number of unforced errors sky-rocketed and her winners dried up.

Šafářová's unfortunate habit of double-faulting at crucial points in the match, combined with the Frenchwoman's consistency, gave Bartoli the opportunity to take control. After dropping her first service-game in the second set, Bartoli won the next eight games straight to take the second set and shoot a 2-0 lead in the third.

The Czech rediscovered the form that won her the first set, winning her serve at 2-0 in the third without dropping a point, but her resurgence was brief.

Bartoli ran away with the rest of the set, taking her sixth and seventh breaks off Šafářová to close out the final set in just 27 minutes.

Bartoli will play Jelena Jankovic in the round of 16, after the Serbian top seed defeated Ai Sugiyama of Japan 6-4 6-4 on Friday afternoon.

Quick facts:

* Šafářová served 10 costly double faults to Bartoli's two.

* The Czech had 36 unforced errors, while Bartoli recorded just 17.

* Šafářová had double the number of winners: 32-16.

* Bartoli converted seven of her 13 break-point chances (54%), while Šafářová was 4 for 5 (80%).
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Lucie out in singles (Janine, www.lucie-safarova.com (http://www.lucie-safarova.com))
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Lucie lost her singles-match today against Marion Bartoli: 6-3 2-6 1-6. Lucka started really good until 6-3 2-0, but then she started to do a few more unforced errors, and Marion got stronger.

Comments:
* Sean: "I saw the match. Lucie played incredible to go up 6-3 *2-0, and then Lucie couldn't get a ball in the court."
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Marion's Melbourne Blog
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2896
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[Friday 23rd January 2009]

It was difficult, but my match with Lucie Šafářová ended up being really great. She was playing really, really well at the beginning, and was even up 6-3 2-0, but I was able to come back and win. I'm so happy about it.

It was also really exciting to have so much support in the crowd - not just the French fans, but also Australians. When Lucie was hitting lines, they were cheering for me, and it helped me to keep fighting. I started playing better after the first few games of the second set, and when I got that set in my pocket, it got even better.

It's my first time in the fourth round in Australia, which is so exciting for me - I've never played so well here! Next match I have Jelena Janković: the No.1 player in the world, so that'll be a real challenge, obviously!

Right now, I'm so tired. I feel like I need to rest a lot before my next match. I'm going to take tomorrow completely off. <snip>

Marion

[Sunday 25th January 2009]

As you may have heard, I beat Jelena Janković today. I just came from an hour and a half of press, and I still have another interview to go: with a French newspaper. So by the end of it all, it'll be two hours of press, which is a record for me! It's about 3pm now, and I haven't had anything to eat since I had breakfast at 6am! But I'm hanging tough >:)

I've already said I never played this well in Australia, but it just gets better and better. The other day, when I was down 6-3 2-0, I didn't know if I would still be here today. Lucie was hitting the lines and giving me no chance at all - she was too good. But I began to focus even harder and fought as hard as I could, and I was able to raise my game and win. I think I continued that today. It felt like everything I did was going in and I hit lots of winners too. I'm even prouder because it was the first time I ever played on Rod Laver Arena - I'm so happy to have put on this kind of performance for the Australian fans. I'm so, so happy.

<snip>

Marion
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3. Women's Doubles
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3.1 Second-round result (Saturday 24th January 2009)
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+ Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Galina Voskoboeva d. Gisela Dulko [DF]/Roberta Vinci, 6-2 6-4


3.2 Third-round result (Monday 26th January 2009)
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- Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Galina Voskoboeva lt. Anna-Lena Grönefeld/Patty Schnyder, 6-4 7-6 (7/5) 3-6

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Dr. Andrew Broad

P.S. I hope Lucie had a happy birthday on 4th February, and I wish her luck for this weekend's Fed Cup tie between Czechia and Spain.

Tennis Fool
Feb 5th, 2009, 08:53 PM
Lucie makes POTW on the Czech Watch :D

andrewbroad
Jan 3rd, 2010, 04:10 AM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
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Third round (Friday 23rd January 2009)
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- Lucie Šafářová [EF] lt. MARION BARTOLI [16,DF,S], 6-3 2-6 1-6

I acquired Fox Sports' coverage of the match from Tennis Videos International in December 2009. This coverage starts at 5-3* (15/0*).

Lucie led 6-3 *2-0, but her brilliant game then disintegrated into unforced errors, and Marion won 12 of the last 13 games. :(

I had a lot of fun watching the match in spite of Lucie's disintegration. It was full of high-quality rallies from both players, as well as the "oh, Lucie!" moments! ;)

Lucie was overpowering Marion from the baseline, forcing Marion into the role of counterpuncher. The turnaround came when Marion's counterpunching improved, frustrating Lucie into making errors when she couldn't win the points earlier, and going for the lines when it wasn't necessary. Marion also became wise to the fact that Lucie was serving out wide in the ad-court every time she faced a break-point.

After Marion broke for *3-2 in the second set, Lucie's groundstrokes started losing their penetration: where once they had skidded through low, they now sat up nicely for Marion to have her way with them. A lot of this had to do with Marion's deep groundstrokes forcing Lucie to take the ball early. As a result, Marion became the aggressor. Lucie also became increasingly erratic, making unforced errors even when she was firmly in charge of some points.

In the third set, it was Marion's groundstrokes that were skidding through low, forcing Lucie into numerous errors. It was easy to see why Marion went on to beat top seed Jelena Janković in the next round. At least the one game that Lucie won (at *0-2) was a brilliant hold to love with four winners!

My full TV-report – which includes a point-by-point description, and transcriptions of Marion's on-court interview and selected commentary – is now available on my new website:

http://abroad.sqweebs.com/tennis/safar/australian_open2009.html

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Dr. Andrew Broad