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Jun 23rd, 2009, 05:52 AM
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Major)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/

1. Photos
2. First-round draw
3. Nicole Vaidišová preview
4. Order of play for Tuesday

Master-thread for my Wimbledon 2009 reports:

1. Photos

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)

Where to search for specific players:
Getty Images

2. First-round draw

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

First quarter (Nicole Vaidišová, Anna Chakvetadze)

N.B. Kristína Kučová [LL,S] has replaced Katarina Srebotnik, who hasn't played since October 2008 due to left-Achilles and left-ankle injuries.

* 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)
* Kristína Kučová [LL,S] v Aiko Nakamura [Q,S] (my loyalty is to Kristína)
* 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)

* 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)

* VERA ZVONARËVA [7,EF] v Georgie Stoop [WC], 7-6 (7/0) 4-6 0-0*
* Mathilde Johansson won
* Jill Craybas won

* Francesca Schiavone won
* Michelle Larcher de Brito [WC] won
* Timea Bacsinszky won

* Urszula Radwańska won
* Elena Vesnina won
* ALIZÉ CORNET [22] v Vera Dushevina, 6-3 0-6 *2-4

* Regina Kulikova [Q] won
* Aravane Rezaï won

Fourth quarter (Maria Sharapova, Daniela Hantuchová)

* Ioana Raluca Olaru won
* Sania Mirza [DF] won

* Gisela Dulko [DF] won
* Shahar Pe'er won
* NADIA PETROVA [10] won

* ZHENG,JIE [16] won
* Daniela Hantuchová [EF] won
* Arantxa Parra Santonja [Q,S] won
* Ai Sugiyama won

* Roberta Vinci won
* Jarmila Groth won

3. Nicole Vaidišová preview

Nicole followed up her mainly-disastrous 2008 with an even more disastrous start to 2009, for which she's currently in the red with a win/loss record of 9:11.

After beating Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round of Auckland, Nicole lost four matches in a row - including the Australian Open - some of them by deplorable scorelines.

After reinstating her stepfather Aleš Kodat as her coach in February, Nicole returned to some semblance of form at Indian Wells, where she beat #159-ranked Michaëlla Krajíček 6-3 6-4, #30 Alyona Bondarenko 6-3 6-1, and lost in the third round to #102 Jill Craybas: 6-4 6-3.

She did even better at Miami, beating #79-ranked qualifier Patricia Mayr 6-4 6-2 and crushing Alyona Bondarenko 6-1 6-0 before losing 6-1 6-4 to her old nemesis Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round.

At Marbella, Nicole beat #139 Angelique Kerber 3-6 6-4 6-4, but lost 6-3 6-3 to #67 Roberta Vinci. At Barcelona, she beat #228 Yevgenia Savranska 6-2 6-4, then lost 6-2 6-3 to #44 Francesca Schiavone. At Rome, she hammered #279 Eloisa Compostizo de Andres 6-1 6-1, but lost 6-2 7-5 to #109 Yaroslava Shvedova.

Nicole pulled out of Madrid with a viral illness, then suffered a disastrous 6-4 6-3 loss to #133-ranked, 35-year-old Virginia Ruano Pascual in the first round of the French Open.

Last year, Nicole snapped a 6-match losing-streak when the grass-court season began, and successfully defended her Wimbledon quarter-final. There has been no such upswing so far this year: although she beat #97 Edina Gallovits in Eastbourne's first qualifying-round, she became the first member of my Eternal Fanship ever to lose to a Briton when she lost 6-3 6-3 to #130 Melanie South in the second qualifying-round.

Nicole has an easy-looking first-round draw in Rossana de los Ríos, but because of her recent losses, I'm worried she'll even find a way to stuff this one up.

In the second round, she would likely face world #1 Dinara Safina. I think it's a travesty that Safina is the top seed when she's never won a Major, and never been past the third round at Wimbledon, but this is as far ahead as I'm prepared to look for Nicole at this stage.

Nicole is now ranked #67, having been as low as #80 after starting the year at #41. I don't feel like doing the proper calculations right now, but I believe she could be out of the top 100 if she fails to defend her Wimbledon quarter-final.

First-round preview: Vaidišová v de los Ríos

Rossana de los Ríos, currently ranked #100, is one of the few players left on the WTA Tour who are even older than I am! Now 33, she achieved her career-high ranking of #51 in 2001, and has never won a WTA title.

I've seen her play at Wimbledon a few times over the years, but she has looked weak against such top players as Jelena Dokić, Monica Seles, Kim Clijsters and Ana Ivanović, and only once been past the first round.

De los Ríos has a 17:13 record for 2009 so far, but many of her wins have come on the ITF Women's Circuit, or in WTA Tour qualifying. She lost in the first round of the Australian Open 6-3 6-2 to #110 Kirsten Flipkens.

In February, she reached the final of ITF Cali without beating anyone ranked higher than #175, and lost 6-3 6-0 to #103 Anastasiya Yakimova.

She then had a rare main-draw win on the WTA Tour, beating #167 Olivia Sánchez 4-6 6-0 6-1 in the first round of Bogotá; she lost second round 5-7 6-1 6-3 to #46 Gisela Dulko.

A few early exits later, she won ITF Pelham in March, beating #177 Yuan,Meng 6-1 6-1 in the second round, and #179 Jorgelina Cravero 6-4 6-1 in the final.

She then had another main-draw win on the WTA Tour, beating #154 Carly Gullickson 6-1 6-4 at Charleston, before losing 6-3 6-2 to #6 Vera Zvonarëva in the second round.

She lost 6-3 6-1 to #12 Agnieszka Radwańska in the first round of the French Open, then played two ITF tournaments on clay: Galatina (lost 6-2 6-4 to Eva Fernández-Brugues in the semi-finals) and Marseille (beat #76 Patricia Mayr 6-1 6-2 in the first round, but lost 6-1 6-3 to #105 Maša Zec Peškirič in the second round).

Nicole could hardly have drawn an easier first-round opponent than de los Ríos, so I shall be very disappointed if she manages to lose this one too.

4. Order of play for Tuesday

Court 11 (start 12:00 BST = 11:00 GMT)
MS 1r: Óscar Hernández v Leonardo Mayer
WS 1r: Nicole Vaidišová [EF] v Rossana de los Ríos
MS 1r: Chrisophe Rochus v Pablo Cuevas [LL]
WS 1r: Vania King v Mariya Koryttseva

Full order of play:

Dr. Andrew Broad

Jul 7th, 2009, 09:47 PM
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Major)
================= http://www.wimbledon.org/

1. Photos
2. First-round scoreboard-report: Vaidišová v de los Ríos
3. Women's Doubles: First round

1. Photos

Nicole Vaidišová [EF]:

2. First-round scoreboard-report: Vaidišová v de los Ríos (Tuesday 23rd June 2009)

- Nicole Vaidišová [EF] lt. Rossana de los Ríos, 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 4-6

Nicole seemed to be heading for a straight-sets loss as de los Ríos served for the match at *5-4 and *6-5 in the second, but Nicole broke back both times, and recovered from 1/4* in the tiebreak to win the second set.

Nicole then led 3-1* in the third set, but lost 5 of the last 6 games.

Nicole was more aggressive but also more erratic than de los Ríos, with a W:UE ratio of 41:57 (15:14 for the second set, but 26:43 for the two that she lost) to de los Ríos's 26:26.

Nicole broke 6 times from 13 BPs, but de los Ríos broke 8 times from 17. De los Ríos won the first set by 3 breaks to 2, and the third by 2 breaks to 1, while the second set featured 3 breaks apiece.

The BBC commentator in Johansson v South on Monday said that Nicole is not the player she once was because she's been concentrating on her studies rather than her tennis.

First set
VAIDIŠOVÁ *__@ @__*_ 4
DE LOS RÍ _*@ @ @* * 6

The match was second on Court 11 following a very quick men's three-setter and started at 13:38 BST, so I had an unexpected clash with having to follow live scores for Jelena Dokić's unwanted third set (*1-3 when this one started).

Nicole serving 0-0: 0/15. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
De los Ríos serving 1-0: 0/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Deuce. Ad de los Ríos. Held.

One BP goes begging...

Nicole serving 1-1: 0/40 (BP #1). 15/40 (BP #2). Broken.

...and it's always tough to serve after that.

De los Ríos serving 2-1: 0/30. 15/30. 40/30. Deuce #1. Ad de los Ríos. Deuce #2. Ad Nicole. Broken.

Well, the clash with Jelena Dokić didn't last long, as Jelena just lost 3-6 7-5 6-2. :sad:

The BBC is currently showing O'Brien v Benešová on both BBC 2 and BBC Red Button, instead of showing Nicole on one of them. What do we pay our TV-licences for? :fiery:

Nicole serving 2-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 40/30. Deuce. Ad de los Ríos (BP). Broken.
De los Ríos serving 3-2: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.
Nicole serving 3-3: 40/0. Deuce #1. Ad Nicole. Deuce #2. Ad de los Ríos (BP). Deuce #3. Ad Nicole. Deuce #4. Ad de los Ríos (BP). Broken.

Five breaks in a row, which is strange because last year, Nicole was serving well but returning badly on grass.

De los Ríos serving 4-3: 0/30. 40/30. Held.
Nicole serving 3-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. Held.
De los Ríos serving 5-4: 30/0. 30/40 (BP). Deuce. Ad de los Ríos (SP #1). De los Ríos won the first set 6-4 at 14:20 BST (42m).

Second set
VAIDIŠOVÁ _@*___* *@ @T 7(7)
DE LOS RÍ @__*@* *__@__ 6(5)

Nicole serving 0-0: 0/40 (BP). Broken.
De los Ríos serving 1-0: 15/0. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.

Now I have to watch the resumption of Vera Zvonarëva's match on BBC Red Button, so while I'll do my best to keep up with Nicole's scores, there will certainly be gaps.

Nicole serving 1-1: 40/0. 40/15. Held.
De los Ríos serving 1-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/30. 40/30. Deuce. Ad de los Ríos. Held.
Nicole serving 2-2: 30/15. 30/40 (BP). Broken.
De los Ríos serving 3-2: Held.
Nicole serving 2-4: 30/0. Held.
De los Ríos serving 4-3: 40/0. Held.
Nicole serving 3-5: 15/0. 15/15. 40/30. Held.
De los Ríos serving 5-4: 0/15. 15/40 (BP). Broken.
Nicole serving 5-5: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP). Broken.
De los Ríos serving 6-5: 0/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Broken.
6-6 tiebreak: *0/0. 0/1*. 1/1. 1/2. 1/4*. 2/4*. *3/4. 4/5*. 5/5*. *6/5 (SP #1). Nicole won the second set 7-6 (7/5) at 15:06 (second set 46m, match so far 1h28m).

Third set
VAIDIŠOVÁ _*@*___*__ 4
DE LOS RÍ *___*@* *@ 6

De los Ríos serving 0-0: 40/0. Held.
Nicole serving 0-1: Held.
De los Ríos serving 1-1: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.
Nicole serving 2-1: 15/0. 30/15. 40/15. Held.
De los Ríos serving 1-3: 15/0... held.
Nicole serving 3-2: 15/0. 15/15. 30/30... Ad Nicole. Deuce #2. Ad Nicole. Deuce #3. Ad de los Ríos (BP). Broken.

Vera just won her match, so I can now give Nicole my undivided attention once again (at least until Anna Chakvetadze starts on Court 18 in a few minutes' time).

De los Ríos serving 3-3: 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP). Deuce. Ad de los Ríos. Held.

Nicole serving 3-4: 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Nicole. Ad de los Ríos (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Nicole. Held.

Two break-points saved that would have left de los Ríos serving for the match at *5-3!

De los Ríos serving 4-4: 40/0. Held.
Nicole serving 4-5: 0/30. 30/30. 30/40 (MP #1). Deuce. Ad Nicole. Deuce #2. Ad de los Ríos (MP #2). De los Ríos won 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 at 15:47 BST (third set 41m, match 2h09m).

3. Women's Doubles: First round (Wednesday 24th June 2009)

- Nicole Vaidišová [EF]/Eva Hrdinová lt. Julie Ditty/Ekaterina Dzehalevich, 5-7 7-6 (12/10) 5-7

Dr. Andrew Broad