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andrewbroad
Jun 22nd, 2009, 04:43 AM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Major)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round draw
3. Lucie Šafářová preview
4. Order of play for Monday

Master-thread for my Wimbledon 2009 reports:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=382860

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1. Photos
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Pretournament party (various players including Lucie):
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/page/Photos/0,,12781,00.html
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=382571
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=365550&page=33

The following links will be useful throughout the tournament, but I shall post them only once:

Galleries of many players:
http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/gallery?cap=1&pg=1 (latest 200 only)
http://www.tennis.com/photogallery/photogallery.aspx?pgid=1
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/tennis/photos.html
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/photos/

Where to search for specific players:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/players/
http://news.yahoo.com/
http://www.fotosports.com/
Getty Images

Lucie Šafářová photos from the French Open:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=safarova

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


First quarter (Nicole Vaidišová, Anna Chakvetadze)
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* DINARA SAFINA [1] v Lourdes Domínguez Lino (Safina is Nicole's prey)
* Nicole Vaidišová [EF] v Rossana de los Ríos (POJĎME NICOLE!!)
* Alyona Bondarenko v Elena Baltacha [WC] (my loyalty is to Alyona)
* Kirsten Flipkens v ÁGNES SZÁVAY [30] (I think I still prefer Kirsten, although Ágnes has been growing on me)

* Melinda Czink v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [17] (anyone but Mauresmo)
* Aiko Nakamura [Q,S] v Katarina Srebotnik (my loyalty is to Aiko)
* Mariya Koryttseva v Vania King
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [15,DF] v Nuria Llagostera Vives (forza Flavia!)

* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [9] v Kimiko Date Krumm [WC] (my loyalty is to Caroline)
* Maria Kirilenko [DF] v Petra Kvitová (davai Maria!)
* Alberta Brianti [Q] v Tathiana Garbin
* Marta Domachowska v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [20] (my loyalty is to Marta)

* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [32,EF] v Sabine Lisicki [DF] (my loyalty is to ANNA)
* Patricia Mayr v Anne Keothavong
* Pauline Parmentier v Akgul Amanmuradova
* Akiko Morigami [s] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [5] (ganbatte Akiko!)


Second quarter (Jelena Dokić)
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* Stefanie Vögele v VENUS WILLIAMS [3] (hopp Stefanie!)
* Anastasija Sevastova [Q] v Kateryna Bondarenko
* Ekaterina Makarova v Barbora Záhlavová Strýcová
* Carla Suárez Navarro v KAIA KANEPI [25]

* SAMANTHA STOSUR [18] v Bethanie Mattek-Sands
* Jelena Dokić [EF] v Tatjana Malek [Q] (my loyalty is to JELENA)
* Sara Errani v Stéphanie Dubois
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [13,DF] v Lucie Hradecká [s] (my loyalty is to Ana)

* María José Martínez Sánchez v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [11]
* Peng,Shuai [s] v Alexa Glatch [WC] (jia you Shuai!)
* Olga Govortsova v Tatiana Perebiynis (tough choice, but I think I prefer Olga)
* LI,NA [19] v Galina Voskoboeva

* SYBILLE BAMMER [29] v Melanie Oudin [Q]
* Yaroslava Shvedova v Monica Niculescu [s] (my Reason says Monica, but my Passion says Yaroslava)
* Iveta Benešová v Katie O'Brien [WC] (my loyalty is to Iveta)
* Julia Görges v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [6] (komm jetzt Julia!)


Third quarter (Vera Zvonarëva)
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* VERA ZVONARËVA [7,EF] v Georgie Stoop [WC] (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Mathilde Johansson v Melanie South [WC] (allez Mathilde!)
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v Jill Craybas (aide Tsvetana!)
* Tamira Paszek v VIRGINIE RAZZANO [26] (gemma Tamira!)

* ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK [23] v Francesca Schiavone
* Klára Zakopalová [Q] v Michelle Larcher de Brito [WC] (my loyalty is to Klára)
* Timea Bacsinszky v Vesna Manasieva [Q] (hopp Timea!)
* MARION BARTOLI [12,DF,S] v Chan,Yung-Jan

* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [14] v Julie Coin (poďme Domi!)
* Urszula Radwańska v Maša Zec Peškirič (dawaj Urszula!)
* Elena Vesnina v Yanina Wickmayer (my loyalty is to Elena)
* ALIZÉ CORNET [22] v Vera Dushevina (allez Alizé!)

* Sesil Karatantcheva [Q] v ALISA KLEYBANOVA [27]
* Karolina Šprem [DF] v Regina Kulikova [Q] (ajmo Karolina!)
* Aravane Rezaď v Ayumi Morita [s] (my loyalty is to Aravane)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4] v Alla Kudryavtseva (davai Elena!)


Fourth quarter (Sharapova, Hantuchová, Rybáriková, Šafářová)
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* VICTORIA AZARENKA [8,DF] v Séverine Brémond Beltrame (my loyalty is to Queen Victoria)
* Ioana Raluca Olaru v Nathalie Dechy (my loyalty is to Raluca)
* Sania Mirza [DF] v Anna-Lena Grönefeld (go Sania!)
* SORANA CÎRSTEA [28] v Edina Gallovits (hai Sorana!)

* MARIA SHARAPOVA [24,EF] v Viktoriya Kutuzova [Q] (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Stéphanie Foretz (Ąvamos Gisela!)
* Maria Elena Camerin v Shahar Pe'er (my loyalty is to Maria Elena)
* NADIA PETROVA [10] v Anastasiya Yakimova

* ZHENG,JIE [16] v Kristina Barrois (jia you Jie!)
* Daniela Hantuchová [EF] v Laura Robson [WC] (my loyalty is to DANIELA)
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [Q,S] v Tamarine Tanasugarn (Ąvamos Arantxa!)
* Ai Sugiyama v PATTY SCHNYDER [21]

* Petra Cetkovská v ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA [31] (pojďme Petra!)
* Magdaléna Rybáriková [EF] v Roberta Vinci (my loyalty is to MAGDA)
* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v Jarmila Groth (POJĎME LUCIE!!)
* SERENA WILLIAMS [2] v Neuza Silva [Q]

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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 18:12 for 2009 so far, and has risen from #63 to #48 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 before losing 6-2 4-6 6-2.

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.

At the French Open, Lucie survived a tricky first-round match with #39-ranked Charleston-champion Sabine Lisicki 6-2 1-6 6-1. She then lost 6-7 6-2 7-5 to #3 Venus Williams, who saved Lucie's match-point at *4-5 (30/40) in the third set.

Unfortunately, Lucie didn't get the grass-court preparation she had planned, as she withdrew from 's-Hertogenbosch with 'flu. Apparently she has recovered from that now.

Lucie has a tough draw: first Jarmila Groth, and then Serena Williams, although Serena has been struggling with a knee-injury and poor form in recent months, and I'm really hoping that Lucie can take her out in the second round, so that we might have a mouthwatering Lucie v Magdaléna Rybárikova match in the third round!


First-round preview: Šafářová v Groth
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"When you see me again, it won't be me."
[The Man From Another Place, Twin Peaks: Episode 29]

Lucie has played her first-round opponent twice before: in 2006, when she was known as Jarmila Gajdošová. Lucie lost their first meeting 7-5 6-4 at ITF Prostějov, but beat her 4-6 7-5 6-4 in the second round of Gold Coast 2006, where Lucie went on to win the third of her four WTA singles-titles.

Gajdošová married the Australian ATP Tour player Sam Groth in February 2009, and tried to change her nationality from Slovak to Australian. The ITF accepted this without a fuss, therefore she is listed as Australian at the Majors, but she couldn't be bothered wading through the red tape that the WTA demanded, therefore she is still Slovak as far as the WTA is concerned.

Jarmila has a 16:15 record for 2009 so far.

At Brisbane, she beat #38 Peng,Shuai 6-4 6-2, but lost 7-6 7-5 to #16 Victoria Azarenka in the second round. At Sydney, she beat #82 Karin Knapp 6-4 6-2, but lost 6-2 6-4 to #4 Elena Dementieva in the second round. Both times, she lost to the eventual champion.

Miss Gajdošová lost to #56 Virginie Razzano 6-1 6-7 6-4 in the first round of the Australian Open, and her losing-streak extended to four matches at Pattaya City and Memphis.

Mrs. Groth reached the semi-finals of ITF Clearwater, and lost 6-2 4-6 6-3 to #79 Yanina Wickmayer. She followed that with a first-round loss at Monterrey, second-round qualifying-losses at Indian Wells and Miami, and a second-round loss at Fčs.

Groth reached the quarter-finals of Estoril, beating #64 Mathilde Johansson 1-6 6-1 6-1 and #31 Iveta Benešová 7-5 6-4, before losing 6-2 0-6 6-3 to #54 Shahar Pe'er.

Groth reached the third round of the French Open, beating #312 Kinnie Laisné 6-4 6-3 and #124 Mariana Duque Marino (conqueror of Anna Chakvetadze) 6-2 7-6, but was thrashed 6-1 6-1 by #5 Jelena Janković.

At Birmingham, Groth beat #129 Vania King 6-4 6-4, then lost second round to eventual runner-up Li,Na 6-4 2-6 6-1.

Groth qualified for Eastbourne by beating #112 Marta Domachowska 3-6 6-3 6-3, Akgul Amanmuradova 6-2 7-5 and #44 María José Martínez Sánchez 6-4 6-3. She lost 7-6 6-1 to #46 Ekaterina Makarova in the first round of the main draw.

Jarmila has only got past the first round once in four previous Wimbledons (two of which, she fell in the third round of qualifying): she was thrashed 6-1 6-1 by Janković in the second round in 2007.

In conclusion: Groth is not that far behind Lucie, with a ranking of #69 to Lucie's #48, and Lucie has the handicap of having missed her grass-court warm-up with 'flu. I think Lucie has a good chance to win - purely because of her superior talent - but we must be prepared for a tough match.

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4. Order of play for Monday
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Court 11 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
MS 1r: Ivo Minář v Máximo González
WS 1r: Lucie Šafářová [EF] v Jarmila Groth
WS 1r: Timea Bacsinszky v Vesna Manasieva [Q]
MS 1r: Grega Žemlja [Q] v ALBERT MONTAŃÉS [32]

Full order of play:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Jul 6th, 2009, 10:17 PM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Major)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/
Contents
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1. First-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Groth
2. Women's Doubles: First round

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1. First-round scoreboard-report: Šafářová v Groth (Monday 22nd June 2009)
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- Lucie Šafářová [EF] lt. Jarmila Groth, 3-6 6-3 3-6

A serve-dominated match, with Groth breaking 3 times from 4 BPs, Lucie only twice from 5 BPs. Second and third sets were each decided by a single break. Groth hit 11 aces, and had better percentages of first serves in, and points won on first and second serve.

It seems that Groth was more aggressive - and erratic - with a W:UE ratio of 27:25 to Lucie's 20:14. Groth also won 9 of 14 points at the net to just 2 of 5 from Lucie. I believe Lucie should go to the net more - especially on grass.

Of course it didn't help that Lucie couldn't play a grass-court warm-up, because she had 'flu the week before Wimbledon.

I'm so disappointed that Lucie didn't get a crack at Serena Williams in the second round.


First set
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ŠAFÁŘ ___* *@__ 3
GROTH *@* *__@* 6

The match was second on Court 11, and started at 14:27 BST.

Groth serving 0-0: 30/0... held.
Lucie serving 0-1: 0/30... the distraction of watching live Maria Sharapova v Viktoriya Kutuzova on BBC 2 proved too much for me at this point.

Lucie serving 0-3: 15/15. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Deuce. Ad Lucie. Held.
Groth serving 3-1: 0/30... held.
Lucie serving 1-4: 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Groth serving 4-2: 30/30. Deuce. Ad Lucie (BP). Broken.
Lucie serving 3-4: 15/0... broken.
Groth serving 5-3: 40/0 (SP #1). 40/15 (SP #2). Groth won the first set 6-3 at 14:54 BST (27m).


Second set
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ŠAFÁŘ * * * *@* 6
GROTH _* * *___ 3

Lucie serving 0-0: 15/15. 30/15. 40/30. Deuce... held.
Groth serving 0-1: 0/15... held.
Lucie serving 1-1: 15/15... held.
Groth serving 1-2: 0/15. 40/15. Held.
Lucie serving 2-2: 15/0. 30/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.
Groth serving 2-3: 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Lucie serving 3-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 40/30. Held.
Groth serving 3-4: 15/0. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.
Lucie serving 5-3: 40/0 (SP #1). 40/15 (SP #2). 40/30 (SP #3). Lucie won the second set 6-3 at 15:22 BST (second set 28m, match so far 55m).


Third set
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ŠAFÁŘ _*___* *_ 3
GROTH * *@* * * 6

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

A big chance for Lucie to get back into this match there. :sad:

Lucie serving 1-4: 40/0. Held.
Groth serving 4-2: 40/0. Held.
Lucie serving 2-5: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Groth serving 5-3: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (MP #1). 40/30 (MP #2). Groth won 6-3 3-6 6-3 at 15:48 BST (third set 26m, match 1h21m).

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2. Women's Doubles: First round (Wednesday 24th June 2009)
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- Lucie Šafářová [EF]/Vladimíra Uhlířová lt. Anastasia Rodionova/Galina Voskoboeva, 1-6 3-6

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Dr. Andrew Broad