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andrewbroad
May 25th, 2009, 03:01 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. UK TV-alert
2. First-round draw
3. Lucie Šafářová preview
4. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
5. Order of play for Monday

My French Open 2009 master-thread:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=379808

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

Sunday 24th May to Friday 5th June, 10:00-19:00, BBC Red Button
Women's final: Saturday 6th June, 14:00-16:30, BBC 2
Men's final: Sunday 7th June: 14:00-18:00, BBC 2

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2. First-round draw (Sunday's losers removed)
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The players on the left are the ones I want to win.


2.1 Top quarter
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* Anne Keothavong v DINARA SAFINA [1] (let's get rid of Safina)
* Vitalia Diatchenko [Q,S] won
* Julie Coin won
* ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [27] won

* Polona Hercog [Q] v ALISA KLEYBANOVA [23] (dajmo Polona!)
* Aravane Rezaď v Ai Sugiyama (allez Aravane!)
* Michelle Larcher de Brito [Q] v Melanie South (Brito > this Briton)
* ZHENG,JIE [15] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (jia you Jie!)

* VICTORIA AZARENKA [9] won
* Kristina Barrois won
* Lucie Hradecká [s] v Yvonne Meusburger [Q] (pojďme Lucie!)
* Edina Gallovits v CARLA SUÁREZ NAVARRO [22]

* IVETA BENEŠOVÁ [32] won
* Alla Kudryavtseva won
* Camille Pin v Tamarine Tanasugarn
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [8,DF] won


2.2 Second quarter: Lucie Šafářová, Maria Sharapova
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* VENUS WILLIAMS [3] v Bethanie Mattek-Sands
* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v Sabine Lisicki [DF] (my loyalty is to LUCIE)
* Elena Vesnina won
* ÁGNES SZÁVAY [29] v Corinna Dentoni [Q]

* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [20] v Alyona Bondarenko (my loyalty is to Domi)
* Kirsten Flipkens v Stéphanie Foretz (komaan Kirsten!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] won
* Anna-Lena Grönefeld won

* NADIA PETROVA [11] won
* Maria Sharapova [EF] v Anastasiya Yakimova (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* Arantxa Rus [Q] won
* Yaroslava Shvedova [Q] won

* LI,NA [25] won
* Timea Bacsinszky won
* Irena Pavlović [WC,S] v Akgul Amanmuradova (allez Irena!)
* Katie O'Brien [LL] v Olga Govortsova (my loyalty is to Katie)

N.B. Katie O'Brien [LL] replaces VERA ZVONARËVA [6,EF]. :bigcry:


2.3 Third quarter: Chakvetadze, Hantuchová, Dokić
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* Petra Cetkovská v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [5] (pojďme Petra!)
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [DF] v Kristina Mladenović [WC] (poďme Magda!)
* Jarmila Groth v Kinnie Laisné [WC]
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [26,EF] v Mariana Duque Marino [LL] (DAVAI ANNA!!)

* ALIZÉ CORNET [21] v Maret Ani (allez Alizé!)
* Sorana Cîrstea v Carly Gullickson [Q] (hai Sorana!)
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v Jill Craybas (aide Tsvetana!)
* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [10] v Vera Dushevina (kom sĺ Caroline!)

* MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] v Pauline Parmentier (allez Marion!)
* Ayumi Morita [s] v Tathiana Garbin (ganbatte Ayumi!)
* Daniela Hantuchová [EF] v Virginie Razzano (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* Ekaterina Makarova v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [18]

* SAMANTHA STOSUR [30] v Francesca Schiavone
* Urszula Radwańska v Yanina Wickmayer (my loyalty is to Urszula)
* Jelena Dokić [EF] v Karolina Šprem [DF] (my loyalty is to JELENA)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4] v Chanelle Scheepers [Q]


2.4 Bottom quarter: Nicole Vaidišová
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* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7] v Claire Feuerstein [WC]
* Sania Mirza [DF] v Galina Voskoboeva (go Sania!)
* Anastasija Sevastova [Q] v Melinda Czink
* Nathalie Dechy v SYBILLE BAMMER [28]

* Kateryna Bondarenko v PATTY SCHNYDER [17]
* Maria Kirilenko [DF] v Olivia Rogowska [WC] (davai Maria!)
* Patricia Mayr v Mariya Koryttseva
* Rossana de los Ríos v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [12]

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [14,DF] v Alexa Glatch (forza Flavia!)
* Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová v Lourdes Domínguez Lino
* Mara Santangelo v Petra Martić [Q]
* Monica Niculescu [s] v ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK [24] (hai Monica!)

* PENG,SHUAI [31,S] v María José Martínez Sánchez (jia you Shuai!)
* Viktoriya Kutuzova v Zuzana Ondrášková [Q] (my loyalty is to Viktoriya)
* Nicole Vaidišová [EF] v Virginia Ruano Pascual (my loyalty is to NICOLE)
* Klára Zakopalová v SERENA WILLIAMS [2] (pojďme Klára!)

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3. Lucie Šafářová preview
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After enduring an injury-induced slump in 2008, Lucie's recent form is much more encouraging. She has a positive win/loss record of 17:11 for 2009 so far, and has risen from #63 to #46 in the rankings.

Prior to the main clay-court season, Lucie had two wins in each of Brisbane, the Australian Open, Memphis and Monterrey, and one win each at Indian Wells and Miami. Her only first-round losses came at Sydney and Acapulco. She also won both Fed Cup rubbers that she played for Czechia (one in February, the other in April).

Lucie's form improved even more in the clay-court season. She reached the quarter-finals of Barcelona, then took a set off #5-ranked Venus Williams in the second round of Rome.

Then she reached the third round of Madrid, beating world #19 Kaia Kanepi 6-2 2-3 retired in the first round, and #57 Anne Keothavong 6-1 7-5 in the second round. She then lost 6-0 4-6 6-3 to world #1 Dinara Safina - and was the only player to take a set off the eventual champion all week.

To take sets off the world #5 and #1 in her last two tournaments is a very encouraging sign for Lucie ahead of the French Open!

What's not so encouraging, however, is the draw: Charleston-champion Sabine Lisicki, potentially followed by a second-round showdown against world #3 Venus Williams.


3.1 First-round preview: Šafářová v Lisicki
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19-year-old Sabine Lisicki is a top player in the making. She has a huge serve and a big backhand, and I consider her the most exciting up-and-coming player in women's tennis at the moment. I recently decided to become a demi-fan of Sabine, and was hoping for her to have a great run at the French Open until I learned that she had to play Lucie!

Sabine's 2009 so far has been even more impressive than Lucie's: while they have both won 17 matches, Sabine has only had 8 losses to Lucie's 11. Sabine is currently ranked #39, but will surely be much higher by the end of the year.

After a second-round loss at the Australian Open, Sabine beat Lucie 6-3 6-4 in the quarter-finals of Memphis - their only prior meeting. Sabine then lost her semi-final 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7/1) to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka.

Sabine only won two matches in her next three tournaments (Indian Wells, Miami and Ponte Vedra Beach), but then she stunned the tennis-world by winning the Premier tournament at Charleston for her first WTA singles-title: she stunned world #5 Venus Williams 6-4 7-6 in the third round, then thrashed #57 Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-0, #12 Marion Bartoli 6-3 6-1, and #12 Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-4 to take the title!

I already knew that Sabine was talented, pretty, and a great fighter, but I think her Charleston-victory proves that she is one of the fine young players making their way towards the very top of women's tennis.

But things haven't really gone Sabine's way since Charleston: she had a respectable 7-5 5-7 6-3 loss to world #4 Jelena Janković in the second round of Stuttgart, then retired in the quarter-finals of Estoril with a right-shoulder injury.

Alarmingly, Sabine was hospitalised with severe abdominal pains two weeks ago. But she arrived in Paris on 20th May, and has been Tweeting to say that her French Open preparations are going well <http://twitter.com/sabinelisicki>.

In conclusion: a very tough first-round draw for Lucie, but there are large question-marks over Sabine after her recent health-problems.

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4. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
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* Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Vladimíra Uhlířová v Stéphanie Foretz/Camille Pin [WC]

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5. Order of play for Monday
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Court 6 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
MS 1r: ROBIN SÖDERLING [23] v Kevin Kim
WS 1r: Lucie Šafářová [EF] v Sabine Lisicki [DF]
MS 1r: Robby Ginepri v Pablo Andújar
WS 1r: Jarmila Groth v Kinnie Laisné [WC]

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

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
May 27th, 2009, 04:58 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Lisicki
3. Second-round draw
4. Second-round preview: Šafářová v V.Williams
5. Women's Doubles: First round
6. Order of play for Wednesday

My French Open 2009 master-thread:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=379808

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1. Photos
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Galleries of many players:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?cap=1&pg=1 (latest 200 only)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8065901.stm
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/photos.html
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/

Where to search for specific players:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/photos/players.html
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/bios/indexw.html
http://news.yahoo.com/
http://www.fotosports.com/
Getty Images

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2. First-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Lisicki (Monday 25th May 2009)
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+ Lucie Šafářová [EF] d. Sabine Lisicki [DF], 6-2 1-6 6-1

A mouthwatering, but sadly untelevised match between the last player I inducted into my Eternal Fanship, and one of the leading contenders to be the next (my Passion says Magdaléna Rybárikova, but my Reason says Sabine - I need both Passion and Reason to become an Eternal Fan of someone).

A strange, seesaw scoreline. It's understandable that Sabine would be out of sorts after she was hospitalised with severe abdominal pains just over two weeks ago, but I thought she was perhaps just rusty when she stormed back to win the second set. But Lucie made a great start to the third set, and pushed home her advantage like a pro.


First set
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ŠAFÁŘOV @ @*@* * 6
LISICKI _@____*_ 2

The match was second on Court 6, and started at 13:43 CEST.

Sabine serving 0-0: Broken to love.
Lucie serving 1-0: Broken to love.
Sabine serving 1-1: Broken to love.

Lucie serving 2-1: 15/0. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Sabine serving 1-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

The scores so far imply that Sabine is out of sorts - perhaps not fully fit after being hospitalised with severe abdominal pains a couple of weeks ago.

Lucie serving 4-1: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. Deuce #1. Ad Lucie. Deuce #2. Ad Lucie. Held.

Sabine serving 1-5: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (SP #1). 30/40 (SP #2). Deuce #1. Ad Lucie (SP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Sabine. Held.

A bit of baggage for Lucie, missing three set-points there!

Lucie serving 5-2: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #4). 40/30 (SP #5). Lucie won the first set 6-2 at 14:14 (31m).


Second set
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ŠAFÁŘOV _*_____ 1
LISICKI * *@*@* 6

Sabine serving 0-0: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Lucie serving 0-1: 0/30. 40/30. Deuce #1. Ad Sabine (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Lucie. Deuce #3. Ad Lucie. Held.

An important hold for Lucie from 0/30. Now that Sabine has settled into holding her big serve, a break there would have really changed the momentum in Sabine's favour.

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

That's a big blow to Lucie's chances. I'm not sure if Sabine was feeling unwell or just rusty in the first set, but she certainly has the momentum now...

Sabine serving 3-1: 0/15. 15/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.

...and the advantage of serving first.

Lucie serving 1-4: 0/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.

I think it would be better for Lucie to sacrifice this set now, and start the third set with the advantage of serving first.

Sabine serving 5-1: 0/30. 30/30. 40/30 (SP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Lucie (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Sabine (SP #2). Deuce #3. Ad Sabine (SP #3). Deuce #4. Ad Sabine (SP #4). Sabine won the second set 6-1 at 14:49 (second set 35m, match so far 1h06m).


Third set
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ŠAFÁŘOV *@* *@* 6
LISICKI ___*___ 1

The third set didn't start until 14:57 - not long enough for a heat-break, so I guess it must have been a bathroom-break.

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

Wow - what a great response by Lucie to losing that second set!

But I must admit I'm not that confident that Lucie can push home her advantage from here, after the second set slipped away from her so one-sidedly - and it's not like she wasn't trying, given that the last game of the second set had four deuces. And I know Sabine is a great fighter, so it ain't over till the fat lady sings.

Lucie serving 2-0: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Sabine serving 0-3: 15/0. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. Held.
Lucie serving 3-1: 30/0. 30/30. 40/30. Deuce. Ad Lucie. Held.
Sabine serving 1-4: 15/0. 15/40 (BP). Broken.
Lucie serving 5-1: 40/0 (MP #1). 40/15 (MP #2). Lucie won 6-2 1-6 6-1 at 15:25 (third set 36m, match 1h42m).

Statistics:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/stats/day7/2018ms.html

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3. Second-round draw
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The players on the left are the ones I want to win.


3.1 Top half: Lucie Šafářová, Maria Sharapova
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* Vitalia Diatchenko [Q,S] v DINARA SAFINA [1] (davai Vitalia!)
* ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [27] v Julie Coin
* Aravane Rezaď v Polona Hercog [Q] (my loyalty is to Aravane)
* ZHENG,JIE [15] v Michelle Larcher de Brito [Q] (jia you Jie!)

* VICTORIA AZARENKA [9] v Kristina Barrois (davai Victoria!)
* Lucie Hradecká [S] v CARLA SUÁREZ NAVARRO [22] (pojďme Lucie!)
* IVETA BENEŠOVÁ [32] v Alla Kudryavtseva (pojďme Iveta!)
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [8,DF] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (ajde Ana!)

* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v VENUS WILLIAMS [3] (POJĎME LUCIE!!)
* Elena Vesnina v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [29] (davai Elena!)
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [20] v Kirsten Flipkens (poďme Dominika!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Anna-Lena Grönefeld (ˇvamos Gisela!)

* Maria Sharapova [EF] v NADIA PETROVA [11] (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* Yaroslava Shvedova [Q] v Arantxa Rus [Q] (davai Yaroslava!)
* Timea Bacsinszky v LI,NA [25] (hopp Timea!)
* Olga Govortsova v Akgul Amanmuradova (davai Olga!)


3.2 Bottom half: Jelena Dokić
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* Magdaléna Rybáriková [DF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [5] (poďme Magda!)
* Jarmila Groth v Mariana Duque Marino [LL]
* (ALIZÉ CORNET [21] v Maret Ani) v Sorana Cîrstea (allez Alizé!)
* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [10] v Jill Craybas (kom sĺ Caroline!)

* MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] v Tathiana Garbin (allez Marion!)
* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [18] v Virginie Razzano
* Yanina Wickmayer v SAMANTHA STOSUR [30] (komaan Yanina!)
* Jelena Dokić [EF] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4] (go Jelena!)

* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7] v Galina Voskoboeva
* SYBILLE BAMMER [28] v Melinda Czink
* Kateryna Bondarenko v Olivia Rogowska [WC]
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [12] v Mariya Koryttseva

* Alexa Glatch v Lourdes Domínguez Lino
* Petra Martić [Q] v ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK [24]
* Viktoriya Kutuzova v María José Martínez Sánchez (davai Viktoriya!)
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v SERENA WILLIAMS [2] (ˇvamos Virginia!)

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4. Second-round preview: Šafářová v V.Williams
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Venus Williams needs little introduction, but I'll give it anyway: she has won seven Major titles (Wimbledon 2000-2001, 2005, 2007-2008; US Open 2000-2001), is a former finalist at the other two Majors (French Open 2002, Australian Open 2003), has spent 11 weeks as world #1 (in 2002), and is currently ranked #3.

Lucie has played Williams twice before, and they have both been second-round matches at Rome: 1-6 4-6 in 2006, and 2-6 6-4 2-6 in 2009 - the latter might have been rather different, had Lucie not squandered four break-points at 1-1* in the third set.

Williams comes into this match with an impressive 20:5 win/loss record for 2009. In fact, she started the Australian Open as favourite after winning the Hong Kong exhibition, in which she beat then world #1 Jelena Janković and #7 Vera Zvonarëva both 6-2 6-2.

But she suffered an unbelievable upset to #46 Carla Suárez Navarro in the second round of the Australian Open: 6-2 3-6 5-7 after leading 5-2* in the third set, and wasting a match-point at 5-4*. So perhaps it's a good omen for Lucie that she's the world #46 now!

Williams bounced right back from that setback by winning Dubai, beating world #4 Elena Dementieva 6-3 6-3, #1 Serena Williams 6-1 2-6 7-6 (7/3), and #58-ranked surprise-finalist Virginie Razzano 6-4 6-2.

The following week, Williams won an International-level red-clay tournament at Acapulco, beating world #15 Flavia Pennetta 6-1 6-2 in the final.

After boycotting the Premier Mandatory tournament at Indian Wells, Williams reached the semi-finals of Miami, but lost 6-4 3-6 6-3 to world #1 Serena Williams. She then lost to teen-sensation Sabine Lisicki 6-4 7-6 in the third round of Charleston; Sabine went on to win the title!

At Rome, Williams scored three-set wins over Lucie and #22 Anna Chakvetadze, stunned world #12 Agnieszka Radwańska 6-1 6-2 in the quarter-finals, but lost 6-7 6-3 6-4 to #1 Dinara Safina in the semis.

But her last tournament - Madrid - was her worst of the year, as she lost her opening match 6-3 3-6 7-5 to #26 Alisa Kleybanova.

She also struggled past #45 Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1 4-6 6-2 in the first round here, so perhaps this is as good a time as any for Lucie to have another crack at Williams on clay, which is Lucie's favourite surface and Williams's worst.

Williams has a massive serve, a big backhand and amazing long-limbed athleticism, while Lucie has a swinging lefty serve, and groundstrokes of flairsome power - a blistering forehand in particular.

Perhaps the key factor in this match-up is that Lucie is extremely determined and runs like the wind, so Williams - especially on clay - will have to deal with a lot more balls coming back than she's used to, which just might induce a hail of errors from Williams's unreliable forehand.

The key factor in Williams's favour is her serve. Lucie likes to stand in, take her returns early and be very aggressive, but it's tough to do that when the serve is coming down at up to 128 mph! So my advice to Lucie would be to stand back a little, and use the pace of Williams's serve against her.

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5. Women's Doubles: First round
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5.1 First-round result (Tuesday 26th May)
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+ Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Vladimíra Uhlířová d. Stéphanie Foretz/Camille Pin [WC], 3-6 6-1 6-3


5.2 Second-round draw
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* Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Vladimíra Uhlířová v ((NATHALIE DECHY/MARA SANTANGELO)[15] v Vera Dushevina/Anastasia Rodionova)

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6. Order of play for Wednesday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
MS 2r: ANDY MURRAY [3] v Potito Starace
WS 1r: ALIZÉ CORNET [21] v Maret Ani, 6-4 *4-4 to finish
WS 2r: ANA IVANOVIĆ [8,DF] v Tamarine Tanasugarn
MS 2r: MARAT SAFIN [20] v Josselin Ouanna [WC]
WS 2r: Lucie Šafářová [EF] v VENUS WILLIAMS [3]


UK TV-alert
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The tennis will start on BBC 2 at 10:00 BST, as Andy Murray is first on Chatrier. I assume the same coverage will be on BBC Red Button (Freeview-channel 301) too. BBC 2's transmission is scheduled to end at 11:15 BST.

The BBC plans to start on Chatrier with Murray v Starace, Cornet v Ani and Ivanović v Tanasugarn, then to switch to Lenglen for Sharapova v Petrova and Nadal v Gabashvili.

So I guess the only chance of Šafářová v Williams being televised would be if Nadal finished first, and the BBC had the decency to switch back to Chatrier rather than end its transmission prematurely. :rolleyes:

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

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
May 28th, 2009, 04:41 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Second-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v V.Williams (Part 1)
2. Second-round draw
3. Women's Doubles: Second-round draw
4. Order of play for Thursday

My French Open 2009 master-thread:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=379808

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1. Second-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v V.Williams (Part 1: Wednesday 27th May 2009)
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* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v VENUS WILLIAMS [3], 7-6 (7/5) *0-0

Lucie has made an excellent start, taking the first set off Venus Williams before play was suspended overnight due to darkness.

The match was switched from fifth on Court Philippe Chatrier to sixth on Court Suzanne Lenglen, and started at 19:59 CEST. But BBC Red Button ended their live transmission after the Nadal v Gabashvili match on Lenglen, so I had to make do with live scores. :fiery:

Lucie broke for 2-0*, was broken back for 3-3*, squandered two break-points in the "vital seventh" game, saved one in the following game, and was always one step ahead in the tiebreak.

Lucie dominated the first set with a spectacular W:UE ratio of 19:10 to Williams's modest 14:12. She even hit a faster fastest serve than Williams, although Williams's serves were faster on average. They won 44 points each in the first set.

The most worrying statistic so far is that Lucie is only winning 33% of the points when she has to hit a second serve, although she's getting 67% of her first serves in, and winning 73% of the points when she does so. Williams's first-serve percentages are similar (70% in, 67% won), but she's winning 46% of her second-serve points.

Lucie has won 3 of 4 points at the net so far, so perhaps that's something she should be looking to do more of.


First set
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ŠAFÁŘOVÁ @* *___* * *T 7(7)
WILLIAMS __* *@* * *__ 6(5)

Williams serving 0-0: 30/0. 30/40 (BP). Broken!
Lucie serving 1-0: 40/0. 40/15. Held.

What a start!

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

What a shame. But I hope Lucie takes inspiration from the way Czech mate Klára Zakopalová fought against Serena Williams yesterday! Not that she needs that as inspiration, of course - she's already incredibly determined.

Williams serving 3-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Lucie (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Williams. Held.

Two break-points go begging. :(

Lucie serving 3-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 40/30. Deuce #1. Ad Williams (BP). Deuce #2. Ad Lucie. Deuce #3. Ad Lucie. Held.

Break-point saved - phew!

Williams serving 4-4: 0/15. 40/15. Held.
Lucie serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. Held.

Well recovered from 15/30!

Williams serving 5-5: 0/15. 40/15. Held.
Lucie serving 5-6: 40/0. 40/15. Held.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Šafářová/Williams): 0/0*. *1/0. *2/0. 2/1*. 2/2*. *3/2. *3/3. 4/3*. 5/3*. *5/4. *6/4 (SP #1). 6/5* (SP #2). Lucie won the first set 7-6 (7/5) at 20:58 CEST (59m).

Due to darkness, play was suspended overnight. At least that gives the BBC a second chance to televise this match... doesn't look like it has any plans to do so, though! :fiery:

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2. Second-round draw
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The players on the left are the ones I want to win.


2.1 Top half: Lucie Šafářová, Maria Sharapova
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* DINARA SAFINA [1] won
* ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [27] won
* Aravane Rezaď won
* Michelle Larcher de Brito [Q] won

* VICTORIA AZARENKA [9] won
* CARLA SUÁREZ NAVARRO [22] won
* IVETA BENEŠOVÁ [32] won
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [8,DF] won

* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v VENUS WILLIAMS [3], 7-6 (7/5) *0-0
* ÁGNES SZÁVAY [29] won
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [20] won
* Gisela Dulko [DF] won

* Maria Sharapova [EF] won
* Yaroslava Shvedova [Q] won
* LI,NA [25] won
* Olga Govortsova won


2.2 Bottom half: Jelena Dokić
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* Magdaléna Rybáriková [DF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [5] (poďme Magda!)
* Jarmila Groth v Mariana Duque Marino [LL]
* ALIZÉ CORNET [21] v Sorana Cîrstea (allez Alizé!)
* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [10] v Jill Craybas (kom sĺ Caroline!)

* MARION BARTOLI [13,DF,S] v Tathiana Garbin (allez Marion!)
* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [18] v Virginie Razzano
* Yanina Wickmayer v SAMANTHA STOSUR [30] (komaan Yanina!)
* Jelena Dokić [EF] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4] (go Jelena!)

* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7] v Galina Voskoboeva
* SYBILLE BAMMER [28] v Melinda Czink
* Kateryna Bondarenko v Olivia Rogowska [WC]
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [12] v Mariya Koryttseva

* Alexa Glatch v Lourdes Domínguez Lino
* Petra Martić [Q] v ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK [24]
* Viktoriya Kutuzova v María José Martínez Sánchez (davai Viktoriya!)
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v SERENA WILLIAMS [2] (ˇvamos Virginia!)

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3. Women's Doubles: Second-round draw
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* Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Vladimíra Uhlířová v Vera Dushevina/Anastasia Rodionova

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4. Order of play for Thursday
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Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
WS 2r: Magdaléna Rybáriková [DF] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [5]
WS 2r: Lucie Šafářová [EF] v VENUS WILLIAMS [3], 7-6 (7/5) *0-0 to finish
WS 2r: ALIZÉ CORNET [21] v Sorana Cîrstea
MS 2r: Juan Mónaco v JO-WILFRIED TSONGA [9]
MS 2r: Sergiy Stakhovsky v NOVAK ĐOKOVIĆ [4]

An absolutely mouthwatering OoP on Lenglen, but BBC Red Button plans to start on Court 2 with Kuznetsova v Voskoboeva, because "Kuznetsova sometimes goes under the radar at the Majors, but could be a contender." YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!! :fiery:

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

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Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Jun 4th, 2009, 03:18 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Second-round TV-report: Šafářová v V.Williams (Part 2)
3. Women's Doubles: Second-round result

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1. Photos
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Thursday's players including Jelena Dokić, Lucie Šafářová and Caroline Wozniacki:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8071990.stm

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2. Second-round TV-report: Šafářová v V.Williams (Part 2: Thursday 28th May 2009)
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- Lucie Šafářová [EF] lt. VENUS WILLIAMS [3], 7-6 (7/5) 2-6 5-7

BBC Red Button showed the resumption of this match (from the start of the second set) after Kuznetsova v Voskoboeva finished first!

The third set was amazing - Lucie even had a match-point - but I'll start my summary with the second set, which was a disappointing performance from Lucie, who wasn't going for her shots as I've come to expect from her.

Williams came out returning ultra-aggressively; she broke and held for 2-0*. The next four games went with serve, then Lucie at *2-4 dropped serve for 2-5* despite leading 30/0 and 40/30.

Lucie stepped up the pace at 2-5*, hitting a couple of return-winners, though she couldn't stop Williams serving out the second set 6-2.

Lucie made a brilliant start to the third set, her swinging lefty serve setting up two crosscourt forehand winners as she held for 1-0*. She also held for 2-1* with backhand and forehand winners down the line.

By this stage, Lucie was hitting the ball as hard and sweetly as she did at her best in 2007. Sam Smith even said Lucie was the ideal left-handed player whom junior world number-one Laura Robson should study.

Games continued to go with serve, with Lucie saving a break-point at *3-3. Deuce #3 of that game was the point of the match: Lucie played a great spreading rally, finishing with a down-the-line forehand winner on the 17th stroke.

5-4* was the game of the match. Lucie hit two searing crosscourt backhand winners to put Williams in a 0/30 hole, but she was desperately unlucky on the next two points: a would-be forehand winner that missed the baseline by a whisker, and a netcord that fell back on her side.

Lucie did have one match-point at 30/40, but Williams saved it with a first serve to set up an off-backhand winner into the corner. Then, from Deuce, Lucie missed two backhands, although the first of these was a forced error after a long, nailbiting rally.

At *5-5, Lucie recovered from 0/40 to Deuce - courtesy of a brilliant crosscourt backhand winner, and a great spreading rally finishing with an off-forehand winner. But Williams converted her fourth break-point with a backhand winner down the line, and duly served out the match. The last point summed up Lucie's luck as another netcord fell back on her side.

Lucie was desperately unlucky, then, but she's had greater wins than this would have been, and will definitely improve on her career-high #22 ranking if she keeps up the good work and stays injury-free.

I'll post my full TV-report - with a blow-by-blow description of every point - at a future date (most probably in the week before Wimbledon).

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3. Women's Doubles: Second-round result (Thursday 28th May 2009)
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- Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Vladimíra Uhlířová lt. Vera Dushevina/Anastasia Rodionova, 2-6 1-6

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Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Jun 20th, 2009, 01:48 AM
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Second round (Wednesday 27th/Thursday 28th May 2009)
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- Lucie Šafářová [EF] lt. VENUS WILLIAMS [3], 7-6 (7/5) 2-6 5-7

I saw this match on the BBC Red Button, and have just uploaded my full TV-report - including a point-by-point description - to my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/safar/french_open2009.html

I've also uploaded a slightly extended version of my first-round scoreboard-report for Lucie.

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Dr. Andrew Broad