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May 25th, 2009, 03:11 AM
ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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1. UK TV-alert
2. First-round draw
3. Anna Chakvetadze preview
4. Women's Doubles: First-round draw
5. Order of play for Monday

My French Open 2009 master-thread:

1. UK TV-alert

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

2. First-round draw (Sunday's losers removed)

The players on the left are the ones I want to win.

2.1 Top quarter

* Anne Keothavong v DINARA SAFINA [1] (let's get rid of Safina)
* Vitalia Diatchenko [Q,S] won
* Julie Coin 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!)

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

* Alla Kudryavtseva won
* Camille Pin v Tamarine Tanasugarn

2.2 Second quarter: Lucie Šafářová, Maria Sharapova

* 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

* 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

* 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!)

3. Anna Chakvetadze preview

Anna is, at #26, the highest-ranked representative of my Eternal Fanship at the French Open, but if 2008 was a poor year for her, 2009 has been even worse: her win/loss record is in the red at 8:9.

Of course, we still have to qualify any discussion of Anna's form by remembering that she was tied up by burglars who broke into her house in December 2007. But while 2008 did have its highlights - a title at Paris, a Tier I semi-final at Rome and a final at New Haven - 2009 has begun as a continuation of Anna's slump, but without any such highlights so far.

The best that can be said of the first two months of 2009 is that Anna won her first-round match at the Australian Open, and turned in a great performance for Russia to thrash Yan,Zi 6-1 6-2 in Fed Cup. But she lost to Ayumi Morita - the lucky loser who replaced Shahar Pe'er - at Dubai, and to Shahar herself at Indian Wells.

A second-round effort at Miami was more encouraging, considering that Anna thrashed Daniela Hantuchová 6-3 6-1 before losing to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka, but she then suffered two humiliating losses in a row to Flavia Pennetta: 6-4 6-0 in Fed Cup, and 6-2 6-0 at Stuttgart.

Anna got her act together at Rome, as she thrashed Fčs-champion Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2 6-3 in the first round, and overcame Aleksandra Wozniak 5-7 7-6(2) 6-3 in the second round before losing 6-0 6-7 6-4 to world #5 Venus Williams.

At least Anna's fighting-spirit - which had been questioned in the weeks leading up to Rome - was well and truly back: she fought back from 3-5* to win the second set against Venus, and from *0-4 to 3-4* in the third.

And Madrid was a very similar tournament for Anna: she beat #118 Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-4 6-3, then staged a terrific fightback to beat #31 Samantha Stosur 1-6 6-2 7-6 (7/4): Stosur led *4-1 in the third set, and served for the match at *5-4!

Anna lost 6-0 2-6 6-3 to Alyona Bondarenko in the third round of Madrid, but that doesn't seem so bad now that Bondarenko has beaten Maria Sharapova en route to the Warsaw-final.

But by now, a clear pattern in Anna's matches has emerged: she loses the first set easily, then fights back to at least take the second set...

Anna has been handed a kind draw for the first two rounds: lucky loser Mariana Duque Marino, then either journeywoman Jarmila Groth (née Gajdošová), or French wild card Kinnie Laisné whom I've never even heard of. After that, a potential third-round meeting with world #5 Jelena Janković awaits... although I hope Magdaléna Rybáriková will have something to say about that!

3.1 First-round preview: Chakvetadze v Duque Marino

Anna has never played Mariana Duque Marino: a 19-year-old ranked #124. I remember her best for the fact that she reached the French Open 2007 Girls' Singles final (losing to Alizé Cornet).

Duque Marino is having an even worse year than Anna, with a win/loss record of 6:11 - ten of those matches coming in qualifying for various WTA tournaments.

In fact, Duque Marino had to wait until March for her first win since October, when she snapped a 9-match losing-streak by successfully qualifying for Miami - only to lose in the first round to the notorious Alla Kudryavtseva.

First-round exits at Charleston and Fčs followed, but like Anna, Duque Marino managed to get two wins at Rome - the difference being that they were in qualifying. She lost to Patty Schnyder in the first round.

And again at Madrid, Duque Marino won two matches to qualify, then lost 6-3 7-6 to world #57 Anne Keothavong in the first round.

Duque Marino lost in the third round of qualifying here: after beating #197 Silvia Soler Espinosa 6-3 6-3 and #214 Frederica Piedade 6-3 6-4, she lost 6-7 6-4 6-1 to #163 Polona Hercog, but got into the main draw as a lucky loser.

If Anna manages to lose to Duque Marino, then her slump will have plumbed a new depth that I don't even think she's capable of.

4. Women's Doubles: First-round draw

* Anna Chakvetadze [EF]/Maria Elena Camerin v Gisela Dulko [DF]/Ágnes Szávay

5. Order of play for Monday

Court 16 (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
MS 1r: Mikhail Youzhny v Gilles Müller
WS 1r: Edina Gallovits v CARLA SUÁREZ NAVARRO [22]
MS 1r: José Acasuso v Santiago Ventura
WS 1r: ANNA CHAKVETADZE [26,EF] v Mariana Duque Marino [LL]

Full order of play:

Dr. Andrew Broad

Jun 15th, 2009, 12:38 PM
ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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1. First-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Duque Marino
2. Women's Doubles: First-round result

1. First-round scoreboard-report: Chakvetadze v Duque Marino (Monday 25th May 2009)

- ANNA CHAKVETADZE [26,EF] lt. Mariana Duque Marino [LL], 6-3 4-6 4-6

I stand by what I said in my preview: this loss means that Anna's slump has plumbed a new depth that I didn't even think she was capable of, and I'm very angry about it.

I can't think of a worse loss in Anna's career - not in terms of the scoreline, but in terms of losing in the first round of a Major to a player who has never been a player, and - I guess - probably never will be (sorry - couldn't resist recycling an old quote from a 16-year-old Jelena Dokić).

Anna looked to be cruising to victory when she led 6-3 2-0*, but the match turned when she dropped serve from 40/0 up to make it 2-2*. It was hard to believe at the time that she would go on to actually lose to a player of Duque Marino's calibre after this hiccup, and the fact that she did suggests extreme emotional fragility.

Anna also wasted a break-point at 2-2*, and at *4-5, Duque Marino broke to take the second set.

The third set was what is known in the trade as a "Noah's Ark" set: each player (starting with Duque Marino) won two games in a row, jerking my emotions up and down like a yo-yo between anger, relief, delight, and finally back to anger when Anna again at *4-5 failed to hold serve.

In the photos from this match, Anna looked very worked up and very red - particularly in the face.

I can only suggest that Anna now expands her plans for the grass-court season - which, to the best of my knowledge, currently stand at Eastbourne and Wimbledon. Clay was always her worst surface, while she used to list grass as her favourite until she had all those great results on hard courts in 2007.

I think she should definitely enter Birmingham, and, if she's all out of the French Open before the second week, perhaps even ITF Nottingham.

There's also an embarrassing reason why I didn't want Safina to win the final: it would have made Anna the wooden-spoonist of this French Open! :o Instead, that dubious distinction goes to French wild card Irena Pavlović, who lost to Akgul Amanmuradova, who lost to Olga Govortsova, who lost to Li,Na, who lost to Maria Sharapova, who lost to Dominika Cibulková, who lost to Safina, who lost to Kuznetsova.

First set
CHAKVETADZE *__@* *@* 6
DUQUE MARIN _*@__*___ 3

The match was fourth on Court 16, and started at 17:57 CEST.

Anna serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/30. 40/30. Held.
Duque Marino serving 0-1: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 1-1: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. Deuce #1. Ad Anna. Deuce #2. Ad Duque Marino (BP). Broken.

Duque Marino serving 2-1: Broken to love.

An immediate, emphatic break back! :)

On paper, this should be an easy win for Anna, but somehow, when I'm following live scores, it never seems so simple. Lucie Šafářová and Maria Sharapova both won in three sets today, so I hope - and even dare to expect - that Anna will make it 3:0 for my Eternal Fanship by winning in straight sets!

Anna serving 2-2: 30/0. 40/15. 40/30. Deuce. Ad Anna. Held.
Duque Marino serving 2-3: 0/15. 15/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Anna serving 3-3: 40/0. 40/15. Held.
Duque Marino serving 3-4: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.
Anna serving 5-3: 40/0 (SP #1). 40/15 (SP #2). Anna won the first set 6-3 at 18:31 (34m).

The abnormal, embarrassing situation (1-2*) is now firmly back to normal.

Second set
CHAKVETADZE @*___* *__ 4
DUQUE MARIN __*@* * *@ 6

Duque Marino serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.
Anna serving 1-0: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Duque Marino serving 0-2: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.

Anna serving 2-1: 40/0. Deuce #1. Ad Anna. Deuce #2. Ad Duque Marino (BP). Broken.

A nasty psychological blow against Anna to drop serve from 40/0 - indeed, after having four game-points. I just hope it was a lapse of concentration rather than something more sinister.

Duque Marino serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Deuce. Ad Duque Marino. Held.

And more baggage for Anna as a break-point goes begging. From what I saw of her at Wimbledon 2008, I can imagine her getting very emotional round about now.

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

Phew! After following live scores for my Eternal Fanship virtually non-stop for over five hours already, I don't relish the prospect of being taken to yet another third set - and I certainly wouldn't relish the prospect of losing Anna, who, at the start of the day, looked to have a better chance of winning her match than Lucie Šafářová and Maria Sharapova, who both won in three.

Duque Marino serving 3-3: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 3-4: Held to love.

Now it comes to the crunch, I really hope Anna's class will tell. While her form this year has been very poor by her standards, it has certainly been much better than Duque Marino's.

Duque Marino serving 4-4: 0/30. 40/30. Held.

What a waste of a 0/30 opening. Anna should be coming out to serve for the match right now - not to save the second set!

Anna serving serving 4-5: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (SP #1). Duque Marino won the second set 6-4 at 19:20 (second set 49m, match 1h23m).

Pathetic... just pathetic. I already missed my lunch; now my evening-meal's going to go cold - especially if Anna puts me through another 8-6 ordeal like her first round at Wimbledon 2008. The things I do for love!

Third set
CHAKVETADZE __@*__@*__ 4
DUQUE MARIN *@__*@__*@ 6

Duque Marino serving 0-0: 30/0. 30/30. 40/30. Deuce. Ad Duque Marino. Held.
Anna serving 0-1: Broken to love.

I'm so angry I can't print what I'm thinking. :fiery: Sometimes it's better to hold it in, otherwise you just end up hurting the ones you love.

Duque Marino serving 2-0: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP). Broken.
Anna serving 1-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (BPx2). Deuce. Ad Anna. Held.


Duque Marino serving 2-2: Held to love.
Anna serving 2-3: 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Anna made some great fightbacks at Rome and Madrid. She could sure use another one right now.

Duque Marino serving 4-2: 0/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #3). Broken.
Anna serving 3-4: 15/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.

Back on level terms - yay! :)

Duque Marino serving 4-4: 40/0. 40/30. Held.

And now we're back where we were at the end of the second set: Anna serving at 4-5, but this time to stay in the match.

Anna serving 4-5: 0/40 (MP #1). 15/40 (MP #2). Duque Marino won 3-6 6-4 6-4 at 20:03 (third set 43m, match 2h06m).



Duque through to second round at Roland Garros (Colombia Reports)
Colombian tennis-player Mariana Duque has advanced to the second round of Roland Garros, beating Russian Anna Chakvetadze against all odds.

The 19-year-old, born in Bogotá, faced a tough challenge against the seeded Chakvetadze: 26th on the women's world ranking. Initially, things went as expected as the Russian won the opening set 6-3.

But Duque then began to improve her performance, and went on to win the second set 6-4. In the third set, Chakvetadze could no longer compete with her opponent, who finished it off with another 6-4 result - 2:1 in sets.

In the second round, Duque faces Slovakian Jarmila Groth: ranked 73rd. The Colombian herself currently occupies the 124th position.

The second-round appearance will be Duque's second after having managed to survive the first round at last year's US Open as well.

2. Women's Doubles: First-round result (Tuesday 26th May 2009)

- Anna Chakvetadze [EF]/Maria Elena Camerin lt. Gisela Dulko [DF]/Ágnes Szávay, 3-6 4-6

Dr. Andrew Broad