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Jun 17th, 2010 02:54 AM
andrewbroad
Third-round TV-report for Sharapova v Shvedova

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FRENCH OPEN (Roland Garros, Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Third round (Friday 29th May 2009)
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+ Maria Sharapova [EF] d. Yaroslava Shvedova [Q], 1-6 6-3 6-4

I acquired Fox Sports' (Australia) coverage of the match from Tennis Videos International in December 2009. This coverage starts at *1-2 (40/15) in the third, and I have updated my report accordingly.

My full TV-report Ė which includes a point-by-point description, and transcriptions of selected commentary Ė is now available on my new website (along with my existing TV-reports on Maria's first-, second- and fourth-round matches):

http://abroad.sqweebs.org/tennis/sha..._open2009.html

I am well aware that I am posting my report more than a year after the match was played. I actually had my report finished and ready to upload three months ago, but due to Sqweebs having its server disabled in March, and only coming back at the start of the French Open 2010, I didn't have a chance to post it before now.

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Dr. Andrew Broad
Mar 22nd, 2010 01:01 AM
andrewbroad
Report delayed

I have finished my TV-report for Sharapova v Shvedova, but I cannot post it until my website comes back online. My host Sqweebs's server went down circa 11th March 2010, and I understand that Sqweebs is planning to transfer all its data to a new server, but I don't have an ETA for when my website will be back online.

I'll upload my report within 24 hours of my website coming back online, and until then, I'll continue to update the ETA for my report in the Title of this thread on a weekly basis. I'll only consider posting my report elsewhere if it looks like Sqweebs won't be back online by the next French Open – let's say 21st May 2010.
Mar 8th, 2010 01:38 AM
andrewbroad
First-round TV-report for Sharapova v Yakimova

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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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First round (Monday 25th May 2009)
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+ Maria Sharapova [EF] d. Anastasiya Yakimova, 3-6 6-1 6-2

I acquired Fox Sports' (Australia) coverage of this match from Tennis Videos International last month. This coverage starts at 3-1* in the third set, and I have updated my report accordingly.

My main observations are that Maria's right shoulder was taped, she hit the ball extremely hard (especially her serve), grunted very loudly, and was always looking to move towards the net, as she clearly doesn't want to get bogged down in long baseline-rallies on clay. The clay did neuter her power to some extent, allowing Yakimova to put back in play several balls that would have been irretrievable on faster surfaces than clay.

My full TV-report – which includes a point-by-point description, and transcriptions of selected commentary – is now available on my new website (along with my existing TV-reports on Maria's second- and fourth-round matches, which were televised by the BBC):

http://abroad.sqweebs.com/tennis/sha..._open2009.html

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More reports to come
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I also acquired Maria's French Open 2009 third-round match (against Yaroslava Shvedova, from *1-2 in the third set), which I plan to write up by 15th March 2010.

The other match I acquired is the Australian Open 2010 first round between Maria Sharapova and Maria Kirilenko: it's the full match, which lasted 3h22m, so writing it up will be an absolute marathon! I make no promises as to when I might finish it, but ideally I'd like to complete it before the next French Open (i.e. by 21st May 2010).

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Dr. Andrew Broad
Jun 21st, 2009 02:56 AM
andrewbroad
Andrew's full fourth-round TV-report for Sharapova v Li

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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Photos
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Maria Sharapova [EF]:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta310137.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...os&p=sharapova

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Fourth round (Sunday 31st May 2009)
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+ Maria Sharapova [EF] d. LI,NA [25], 6-4 0-6 6-4

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/ten..._open2009.html

I've also uploaded a slightly extended version of my quarter-final scoreboard-report for Maria.

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Dr. Andrew Broad
Jun 20th, 2009 12:44 AM
andrewbroad
Andrew's full second-round TV-report for äafŠřovŠ v Williams

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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Second round (Wednesday 27th/Thursday 28th May 2009)
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- Lucie äafŠřovŠ [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/ten..._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
Jun 19th, 2009 02:10 AM
andrewbroad
Andrew's full second-round TV-report for Sharapova v Petrova

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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Second round (Wednesday 27th May 2009)
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+ Maria Sharapova [EF] d. NADIA PETROVA [11], 6-2 1-6 8-6

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/ten..._open2009.html

I've also uploaded slightly extended versions of my first- and third-round scoreboard-reports for Maria. I plan to upload the fourth-round and quarter-final reports before Wimbledon starts.

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Dr. Andrew Broad
Jun 17th, 2009 12:53 AM
andrewbroad
Magdalťna RybŠrikovŠ

Having just inducted Magdalťna RybŠrikovŠ into my Eternal Fanship, I have uploaded an extended version of my reports on her French Open matches to her section of my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/ten..._open2009.html
Jun 8th, 2009 12:56 AM
andrewbroad
Andrew's report for Day 15

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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Girls' Singles: Final
3. Men's Singles: Final
4. More reports to come!

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1. Photos
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Dominika Cibulková and other players:
http://www.tennis.com/features/galle...chSemisFinals/

Kristina Mladenović:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta315616.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...s&p=mladenovic

Search Getty Images for "mladenovic"

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2. Girls' Singles: Final (Sunday 7th June 2009)
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+ KRISTINA MLADENOVIĆ [9] d. Daria Gavrilova, 6-3 6-2

Kristina is quite good-looking - tall and well-built, with long, blonde hair - but what is it with French people and missing front teeth? First Yannick Noah, then Fabrice Santoro, and now Kristina!


Articles
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Mladenović wins French junior-title (AP)
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No.9-seeded Kristina Mladenović of France won the girls' title by beating Daria Gavrilova of Russia 6-3 6-2.

The 5'11" Mladenović won every set in six rounds, and hit serves at up to 124 mph, matching the fastest serve in the women's draw: by Venus Williams.

"I spent a wonderful week here," said Mladenović, 16. "I have the trophy in my hands; it's just happiness for me."

Mladenović won the juniors' title after losing in the first round of the women's draw. She plans to play juniors at Wimbledon.
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Mladenović sweeps to girls' title (Eric Frosio, www.rolandgarros.com)
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France's Kristina Mladenović cruised to victory in the Girls' Singles final, dominating Daria Gavrilova of Russia 6-3 6-2.

16-year-old Mladenović became the 14th French player to win the juniors' title at the French Open, as she dispatched her opponent in a little over an hour on Suzanne Lenglen court in front of a sizeable crowd. The French girl won the tournament with flair, not dropping a single set along the way, and the former European under-14 champion plays an exciting brand of aggressive game.

The match was a contrast in styles, with Mladenović leaning on her strong serve and forehand, while Gavrilova played more defensively, varying the height and angles of the ball. The 15-year-old Russian - coached by Patrick Mouratoglou - was too passive, however, and let her opponent dictate too many points.

'Kiki' - as Mladenović is known - did not have it all her own way in the final, however, and found herself two games down before she was barely out of the locker-room. Boosted by the enthusiastic support of her fan-club - mostly made up of members of her brother's football-team - Mladenović got her focus back to break twice and take the first set 6-3 in 33 minutes.

Mladenović was 2-1 up in the second set when Gavrilova fumbled a smash and crashed to her knees. The trainer strapped up her painful knee, but the Russian could not drag herself back into contention – Mladenović controlled play, and again broke twice to sail to victory, bagging the second set 6-2.

The French girl celebrated her first big win by blowing kisses to her friends and family in the stands, and then climbed up to kiss Georges Goven her coach, and Dragan her father. After lifting her trophy, she kept on top of her emotions just long enough to thank her loved ones. "Thank you to everyone who supported me!" she smiled, "and special thanks to the person in navy blue with his head down [Goven]. I'm so happy to have won this tournament!"

Already ranked No.338 in the world, Mladenović is hoping to follow in her the footsteps of her idols Elena Dementieva and Mario Ančić by breaking into the top 100 by the end of the season.

Her attacking game and powerful serve (clocked at 200 km/h in her first-round match in the main draw against Magdaléna Rybáriková) will play integral parts in helping her dream come true, and perhaps she will even follow in the footsteps of Amélie Mauresmo or Alizé Cornet, both of whom won the juniors here at Roland Garros.
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3. Men's Singles: Final (Sunday 7th June 2009)
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+ ROGER FEDERER [2] d. ROBIN SÖDERLING [23], 6-1 7-6 (7/1) 6-4

This win completes Federer's Career Grand Slam, and proves that the greatest male tennis-player of all time is... Rafael Nadal.

Before today, Pete Sampras was the greatest male: he won 14 Majors (but never the French Open), and was utterly dominant in his era: one that included Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, and a succession of anonymous French Open champions who did well to make a quarter-final in any other Major.

Federer joins Sampras on 14 Majors, but has a greater variety of Majors than Sampras. One could also argue that Federer has kept the likes of Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick from becoming much greater Major champions than they've been.

But as great as Federer has been, Nadal is mightier still. He may only have won 6 Majors so far, but he has beaten Federer in EACH AND EVERY ONE of those Majors, whereas Federer has only ever beaten Nadal in two Majors, winning his other 12 when Nadal was either very young or lost before Federer had to face him. Nadal has proved time and again that he is better than Federer: he leads their overall head to head 13:7.

Nadal needs only a US Open title to complete his own Career /Golden/ Grand Slam, and only his bad knees will stop him winning 8 more Majors to catch up with Federer.


Alarming breach of security
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There was an alarming incident with Söderling at 1-6 *1-2 (15/0), when Jimmy Jump burst onto court carrying a hat and a flag. He went right up to Federer and tried to put the hat on his head for about ten seconds before the security-guards arrived.

Have they learned nothing from 30th April 1993, when Monica Seles was stabbed on court at Hamburg?

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4. More reports to come!
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I'll be posting my full TV-reports for members of my Eternal Fanship the week before Wimbledon:
* 2r: Maria Sharapova v Nadia Petrova (ETA 16th June 2009)
* 2r: Lucie Šafářová v Venus Williams (ETA 18th June 2009)
* 4r: Maria Sharapova v Li,Na (ETA 20th June 2009)

So don't forget to check back here!

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Dr. Andrew Broad
Jun 7th, 2009 01:29 AM
andrewbroad
Andrew's TV-report for Day 14

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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Women's Singles: Final
3. Girls' Doubles: Final
4. Order of play for Sunday

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1. Photos
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Elena Bogdan:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta314318.html

Search Getty Images for "bogdan"

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2. Women's Singles: Final (Saturday 6th June 2009)
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+ SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7] d. DINARA SAFINA [1], 6-4 6-2

This match gave me a wonderful feeling of Schadenfreude. I could not stand to see Safina ever win a Major, so it warmed my heart to witness her latest abject failure in a Major final (she played very poorly, and finished with a double fault), and then to see her sitting in her chair all devastated.

Teardrops come again
I can almost feel your pain
I never ever thought the day would come
When I would be the lucky one
To see you hurt
To see you cry
Gives my soul a natural high
Think about the times you walked on me
Your teardrops came to set me free
[411, "Teardrops"]

Safina may be ranked #1 by the WTA, she may have won 11 WTA singles-titles, she may have dominated the early rounds of the French Open, and she may have pulled off some unbelievable wins from the brink of defeat in previous French Opens, but she has a mental block (and frankly a lack of talent) when it comes to Major finals, in which she is now 0:3 without even winning a set.

Safina: "I put pressure on myself, because I really wanted to win. I just didn't handle it. I was a little bit desperate on the court, and didn't do the things that I had to do. Didn't stay tough mentally. She gave me chances and I had chances. She was not so aggressive as she usually is. I just didn't do anything."

Those last two sentences are unfair to Kuznetsova, who played the best tennis I've ever seen her play - not just power, but mixing up the play with some excellent dropshots - as she won her long-awaited second Major (her first was the US Open 2004) and her first to be televised by the BBC.

Kuznetsova: "She plays with too much pressure; I play to enjoy it."

There's also an embarrassing reason why I didn't want Safina to win: it would have made Anna Chakvetadze the wooden-spoonist of this French Open! 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 CibulkovŠ, who lost to Safina, who lost to Kuznetsova.


Prematch
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The match was first on Court Philippe Chatrier, and I saw it on BBC 2.

Safina looked by far the more nervous of the two coming onto court, and the match started at 15:12 CEST.


First set
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KUZNET _@* * *@ @ 6
SAFINA @__* *__@_ 4

Kuznetsova serving 0-0: Safina ran down a pathetic short ball and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 0/15. Kuznetsova on the third stroke hit a forehand just wide of Safina's forehand-sideline. 0/30. Safina backhand dead-netcord winner. 0/40 (BP #1). Kuznetsova on the third stroke hit an off-forehand winner. 15/40 (BP #2). Safina's crosscourt forehand forced Kuznetsova to net one, giving Safina an immediate break.

David Mercer: "Don't set too much store by Kuznetsova being broken at the start. She's been broken 13 times already this tournament."

Safina serving 1-0: On the third stroke, Safina's forehand clipped the netcord and fell wide. 0/15. A longish baseline-rally ended with Safina netting a forehand. 0/30. Double fault #1. 0/40 (BP). Safina hit a crosscourt forehand wide.

Kuznetsova serving 1-1: Kuznetsova cleaned the sideline with a down-the-line backhand, forcing Safina to net a forehand. 15/0. Kuznetsova played a fantastic domineering rally, finishing with a crosscourt backhand drop-volley winner. 30/0. Safina on the third stroke hit a forehand just long (the umpire Kader Nooni checked the mark). 40/0. Kuznetsova hit an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline.

Kuznetsova is now playing with terrific confidence and verve, and has won the last eight points against the Majorless #1.

Safina serving 1-2: With both players keeping a good length, Kuznetsova slugged a crosscourt forehand just wide. 15/0. A deep forehand return down the middle induced Safina to spray a forehand wide. 15/15. Double fault #2 (second serve long). 15/30. Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 30/30. A good serve down the middle forced Kuznetsova to net a one-handed backhand return. 40/30. A good serve out wide forced Kuznetsova to net a backhand return.

Kuznetsova serving 2-2: Kuznetsova netted a backhand. 0/15. Kuznetsova's strong off-forehand induced Safina to hit a backhand just long. 15/15. Safina forced a short ball, but netted an easy-looking forehand. 30/15. Kuznetsova on the third stroke hit a delectable crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner. 40/15. Double fault #1 (second serve wide). 40/30. Kuznetsova on the fifth stroke netted a forehand. Deuce #1. Second serve: off-backhand return-winner. Ad Safina (BP). Kuznetsova went to the net and hit a crosscourt forehand volley for a virtual winner. Deuce #2. Forehand return just long. Ad Kuznetsova. Her depth forced Safina to net a backhand.

I must admit that so far, I'm enjoying this final much more than I expected, given the ugly players involved. I never thought I'd one day find myself rooting for Kuznetsova so strongly!

Safina serving 2-3: Double fault (second serve long). 0/15. Kuznetsova's crosscourt forehand dropshot forced Safina to miss a running forehand. 0/30. Second serve out wide. 15/30. Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 30/30. Safina's deep crosscourt backhand forced Kuznetsova to hit a backhand long and wide. 40/30. Safina on the third stroke hit an off-forehand winner.

It's not all muscular power from Kuznetsova; she's also mixing up the play with dropshots. Safina looks rather one-dimensional in comparison.

Kuznetsova serving 3-3: Safina crosscourt forehand just wide. 15/0. Kuznetsova went for a forehand down the line, but it was just wide. 15/15. Backhand return just long. 30/15. Off-forehand return just wide. 40/15. Safina backhand long.

Safina serving 3-4: Double fault #4 (second serve just long). 0/15. Safina blasted a crosscourt forehand not even halfway up the net. 0/30. Safina dumped another horrendous forehand into the bottom of the net. 0/40 (BP #1). Kuznetsova forehand just long. 15/40 (BP #2). Safina on the third stroke hit an off-forehand winner. 30/40 (BP #3). Kuznetsova's low-bouncing crosscourt backhand forced Safina to earth a one-handed backhand.

Clear signs on the first three points of that game that Safina is very nervous!

Kuznetsova serving 5-3: Kuznetsova backhand long. 0/15. Safina's deep return induced Kuznetsova to spray a forehand wide. 0/30. Kuznetsova netted a down-the-line forehand. 0/40 (BP). Kuznetsova on the third stroke sliced a backhand wide.

Sloppy game there by Kuznetsova. It's almost like she lost her concentration - I realise that's an extraordinary suggestion when serving for the first set of a Major final!

Safina serving 4-5: Kuznetsova opened up the court and hit an off-forehand winner down the line. 0/15. Kuznetsova ran down a dropshot and hit a crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner. 0/30. Kuznetsova's crosscourt forehand missed the sideline by a whisker. 15/30. Kuznetsova punished a slow second serve with an off-forehand winner. 15/40 (SP #1). Kuznetsova hit a down-the-line backhand back behind Safina, forcing her to stretch wide and net a forehand. Kuznetsova won the first set 6-4 at 15:51 CEST (39m).


Second set
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KUZNET * * *@*@ 6
SAFINA _* *____ 2

Kuznetsova serving 0-0: Kuznetsova's deep crosscourt forehand forced Safina to hit a forehand long. 15/0. Kuznetsova on the third stroke bunted an attempted off-forehand dropshot into the net - wrong choice of shot. 15/15. Safina sprayed a forehand very long. 30/15. Safina backhand long. 40/15. Safina crosscourt forehand + down-the-line forehand forced Kuznetsova to net a backhand. 40/30. Kuznetsova's off-forehand forced Safina to turn and net a sliced backhand.

David Mercer: "This game coming up is a very important one for Safina. Kuznetsova's threatening to move away here."

Safina serving 0-1: Serve out wide + crosscourt forehand winner back behind Kuznetsova. 15/0. First serve out wide: Kuznetsova mishit a crosscourt backhand return wide. 30/0. Safina off-forehand just wide. 30/15. Kuznetsova ran around her backhand to hit an off-forehand, and followed it up with a gigantic crosscourt forehand just inside the sideline, forcing Safina to stretch wide and earth a forehand. 30/30. First serve: Kuznetsova netted a makeable forehand return. 40/30. Kuznetsova netted a forehand.

Kuznetsova's causing all sorts of problems with her forehand stretching Safina into awkward positions to force errors. It's just a shame she couldn't get the break there.

Kuznetsova serving 1-1: Safina hit a crosscourt forehand long, and petulantly slapped the dead ball itno the net. 15/0. Kuznetsova hit an off-forehand onto the sideline to force a floater from Safina, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 30/0. Kuznetsova netted a crosscourt backhand dropshot from the baseline - wrong choice of shot, especially when she had the kind of initiative she did! (the initiative to hit a big crosscourt backhand into the open court, rather than a dropshot). 30/15. Forehand return long. 40/15. Kuznetsova backhand long. 40/30. Safina got a short ball, but hit a down-the-line forehand just wide.

Safina serving 1-2: Kuznetsova on the fourth stroke netted a backhand. 15/0. Double fault #5 (slow second serve into the net). 15/15. Safina took the initiative, forced a floater, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand smash-winner. 30/15. Safina spread Kuznetsova, her wide crosscourt forehand forcing Kuznetsova to net a forehand. 40/15. Kuznetsova blasted a down-the-line backhand just wide.

Ominous signs of improvement from Safina from 15/15 in that game, and that Kuznetsova is starting to rush.

Kuznetsova serving 2-2: Kuznetsova netted a backhand, and muttered. 0/15. Kuznetsova on the third stroke slapped an off-forehand into the net. 0/30. Safina crosscourt forehand wide. 15/30. Safina forehand just long. 30/30. First serve: crosscourt forehand return wide. 40/30. Crosscourt forehand return + off-forehand winner down the line. Deuce. Kuznetsova on the third stroke hit a crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline. Kuznetsova yelled, even though she won the point. Ad Kuznetsova. First serve out wide: Safina netted a backhand return.

Safina serving 2-3: Safina crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Double fault #6 (second serve clipped the netcord and fell wide). 15/15. Safina crosscourt backhand wide. 15/30. Kuznetsova's depth forced Safina to net a forehand. 15/40 (BP #1). Kuznetsova broke with a deep crosscourt forehand return just inside the baseline, forcing Safina to hit a forehand long.

Safina looks pretty upset, standing at the baseline at a set and a break down. She wants to win a Major so badly, but I hope she never will.

Kuznetsova serving 4-2: Safina off-forehand winner on the sideline. 0/15. Safina hit a forehand just long, and hit the dead ball in frustration. 15/15. Safina backhand long. 30/15. Kuznetsova went to the net, and Safina hit a would-be lob-winner just long. She looks close to tears now. 40/15. Kuznetsova netted a forehand that would also have been wide. 40/30. Safina hit an off-forehand would-be return-winner just wide.

A set and 5-2, but Safina recovered from this position twice here last year, while Kuznetsova blew such leads in both her previous matches. Somehow, given the dismayed look on Safina's face at the changeover, I don't think it's going to happen today.

Safina serving 2-5: Kuznetsova dominated the point with hard groundstrokes, her down-the-line backhand forcing Safina to hit a defensive forehand wide, and now she actually is crying! 0/15. Safina ran down a dropshot, hit a crosscourt backhand to force a floater, and dispatched it with a backhand volley-winner. 15/15. Kuznetsova went for a crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline, but it was just wide. 30/15. Kuznetsova forehand winner down the line. 30/30. Safina netted a cheap backhand down the line. 30/40 (CP #1). Slow first serve into the net. Second serve clipped the netcord and fell wide of the doubles-sideline! Kuznetsova won 6-4 6-2 at 16:27 CEST (second set 36m, match 1h15m).

I clapped my hands with malicious glee when I realised that that second serve was going wide. Safina's loss gives me the most wonderful feeling of Schadenfreude, especially for Safina to end on a double fault! And now to see her sitting in her chair, feeling the agony of defeat as she is now 0:3 in Major finals.

Safina said all the usual stuff in her speech, but sounded considerably more upset than in her two previous runner's-up speeches at the Majors.

In an unemotional champion's speech, Kuznetsova told Safina she would "get more" one day (eight games in a Major final, perhaps?), and apologised for playing better than her today.

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3. Girls' Doubles: Final (Saturday 6th June 2009)
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+ (ELENA BOGDAN/NOPPAWAN LERTCHEEWAKARN [S])[2] d. (TÕMEA BABOS/HEATHER WATSON)[3], 3-6 6-3 [10/8]

It's always nice to see someone win with two hands on both sides (Noppawan Lertcheewakarn is a Selesian), but it's even nicer to see the tall, blonde, slim, beautiful Elena Bogdan - whom I saw in the flesh at Eastbourne last year - holding a Major trophy!

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4. Order of play for Sunday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 15:00 CEST = 13:00 GMT = 14:00 BST)
MS final: ROBIN S÷DERLING [23] v ROGER FEDERER [2]

Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
BS final: Daniel Berta v GIANNI MINA [11]
GS final: KRISTINA MLADENOVIĆ [9] v Daria Gavrilova

UK TV-reminder: the Men's Singles final will be on BBC 2 from 14:00 BST.

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Dr. Andrew Broad
Jun 6th, 2009 02:43 AM
andrewbroad
Andrew's round-up for Day 13

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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Women's Doubles: Final
3. Girls' Singles: Semi-finals
4. Girls' Doubles: Semi-finals
5. Order of play for Saturday

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1. Photos (in alphabetical order of surname)
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Maret Ani:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta010278.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...s_photos&p=ani

Victoria Azarenka [DF]:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta312001.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...tos&p=azarenka

Marion Bartoli [DF,S]:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta020631.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...otos&p=bartoli

Iveta BeneöovŠ:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta020576.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...tos&p=benesova

Petra CetkovskŠ:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta030562.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...os&p=cetkovska

Dominika CibulkovŠ:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta312894.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...os&p=cibulkova

Sorana CÓrstea:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta312469.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...otos&p=cirstea

Alizť Cornet:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta312121.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...hotos&p=cornet

Elena Dementieva:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta040289.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...s&p=dementieva

Vitalia Diatchenko [S]:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...s&p=diatchenko

Jelena Dokić [EF]:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta040344.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...photos&p=dokic

Gisela Dulko [DF]:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta040388.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...photos&p=dulko

Olga Govortsova:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta311243.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...s&p=govortsova

Daniela HantuchovŠ [EF]:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta080394.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...s&p=hantuchova

Polona Hercog:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta313968.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...hotos&p=hercog

Lucie HradeckŠ [S]:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta310849.html

Ana Ivanović [DF]:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta311710.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...tos&p=ivanovic

Mathilde Johansson:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta100162.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...ilde+johansson

Michelle Larcher de Brito:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta314929.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...otos&p=larcher

Sania Mirza [DF]:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...photos&p=mirza

Kristina Mladenović:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta315616.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...s&p=mladenovic

Irena Pavlović [S]:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta312738.html

Flavia Pennetta [DF]:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...tos&p=pennetta

Ioana Raluca Olaru:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta311766.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...photos&p=olaru

Pauline Parmentier:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta160515.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...s&p=parmentier

Aravane RezaÔ:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta311791.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...photos&p=rezai

Magdalťna RybŠrikovŠ [DF]:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta312580.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...s&p=rybarikova

Lucie äafŠřovŠ [EF]:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...tos&p=safarova

Maria Sharapova [EF]:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta310137.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...os&p=sharapova

Yaroslava Shvedova:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta311137.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...tos&p=shvedova

Samantha Stosur:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta190787.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...hotos&p=stosur

Ńgnes SzŠvay:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta311872.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...hotos&p=szavay

Elena Vesnina:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta311220.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...otos&p=vesnina

Caroline Wozniacki:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/pl...wta313402.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...os&p=wozniacki

KlŠra ZakopalovŠ:
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/...s&p=zakopalova

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2. Women's Doubles: Final (Friday 5th June 2009)
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+ (ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES/VIRGINIA RUANO PASCUAL)[3] d. (VICTORIA AZARENKA [DF]/ELENA VESNINA)[12], 6-1 6-1

I would have preferred the brilliant Azarenka and beautiful Vesnina to win, but the two Spaniards are quite nice too.

Virginia Ruano Pascual: "We complete each other. She gives me the power I lack in my shots, and I give my strategic view. This is emotional for me, because I don't plan on coming back next year. I'm going to stop here."

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3. Girls' Singles: Semi-finals
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3.1 Semi-final results (Friday 5th June 2009)
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What rocked:
+ KRISTINA MLADENOVIĆ [9] d. SLOANE STEPHENS [15], 7-5 6-3

What sucked:
- KSENIA PERVAK [3] lt. Daria Gavrilova, 6-4 6-7 (3/7) 2-6


3.2 Final-draw
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* KRISTINA MLADENOVIĆ [9] v Daria Gavrilova (allez Kristina!)

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4. Girls' Doubles: Semi-finals
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4.1 Semi-final results (Friday 5th June 2009
----------------------

Very nice:
+ (ELENA BOGDAN/NOPPAWAN LERTCHEEWAKARN [S])[2] d. (YANA BUCHINA/KSENIA PERVAK)[6], 6-1 4-6 [10/4]

Meh:
+ (TÕMEA BABOS/HEATHER WATSON)[3] d. Ksenia Kirillova/Martina Trevisan, 6-2 5-7 [10/8]


4.2 Final-draw
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* (ELENA BOGDAN/NOPPAWAN LERTCHEEWAKARN [S])[2] v (TÕMEA BABOS/HEATHER WATSON)[3]

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5. Order of play for Saturday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 15:00 CEST = 13:00 GMT = 14:00 BST)
WS final: SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7] v DINARA SAFINA [1]
MD final: (LUKŃä DLOUH›/LEANDER PAES)[3] v Wesley Moodie/Dick Norman

UK TV-reminder: the Women's Singles final will be on BBC 2 from 14:00 BST.

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
Jun 5th, 2009 02:44 AM
andrewbroad
Andrew's TV-reports for Day 12

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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Semi-final TV-report: CibulkovŠ v Safina
3. Semi-final TV-report: Stosur v Kuznetsova
4. Final-preview
5. Girls' Singles: Quarter-final
6. Girls' Doubles: Quarter-final

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1. Photos
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All four semi-finalists:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8083451.stm

Dominika CibulkovŠ and Dinara Safina:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/pic...-pictures.html

Search-list for Day 12:

cibulkova
stosur

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2. Semi-final TV-report: CibulkovŠ v Safina (Thursday 4th June 2009)
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- DOMINIKA CIBULKOVŃ [20] lt. DINARA SAFINA [1], 3-6 3-6

This match was first on Court Philippe Chatrier, and televised on BBC Red Button, but it was a very, very disappointing match after Domi made a 2-0* start.

Domi looked competitive against the much taller, stronger Safina, and the match was closer than the scoreline implies, but sadly, Domi undermined her own performance with a catalogue of unforced errors (she finished with a W:UE ratio of 11:21 to Safina's 24:24).

Domi: "I didn't handle the situation. I think I got nervous, I made a couple [of] mistakes, and then I got in a panic. I would say that from my side, it was really nervous tennis. It was really tough to play today out there. I felt fresh and I wanted to play good tennis, but I didn't make it mentally or tactically."

Safina ruined my enjoyment of the second set with her disgusting on-court behaviour. Even when she was up a set and a break, she was muttering, shouting, swearing, and throwing her racket. I can tolerate these behaviours from a player when she's losing (except the swearing, which is unacceptable in tennis), but when she's winning comfortably, it's just plain disrespectful. I'm disappointed that the umpire didn't give Safina so much as a warning, and I can't stand the thought of her winning her first Major in this fashion on Saturday.


Prematch
--------

Sam Smith said Domi might suffer stage-fright, as she got very tight at the end of both her fourth round (Ńgnes SzŠvay 6-2 6-4) and quarter-final (Maria Sharapova 6-0 6-2).

She certainly wouldn't get away with that against Safina, who won two matches from a set and 2-5 down here last year!


First set
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CIBULK @*_____*_ 3
SAFINA __*@*@* * 6

The match started at 14:13 CEST.

Safina serving 0-0: A longish rally ended with Safina netting a forehand. 0/15. Serve + off-forehand winner. 15/15. Domi hit a marvellous short-angled crosscourt backhand winner onto the sideline! 15/30. Backhand return very long. 30/30. Domi showed good footwork around some awkward deep groundstrokes from Safina, Safina went to the net, and Domi hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. 30/40 (BP). Safina on the third stroke hit a backhand long.

Not too many nerves there.

Sam Smith: "The young Slovak is only 5'3" (1.61m). In terms of women's tennis, that's absolutely tiny. What she does to compensate for that: she gets herself very tight up to the baseline, and she takes the ball very early to beat the height of the bounce.

"I feel that she's come out with a plan: like Azarenka, she really has targeted the Safina-backhand: going crosscourt into that corner, pushing the Russian and trapping her in that corner, and then coming up very early with the dropshot, so it looks like she's gonna play with some variety, which personlly I believe is the right way when you're playing such a powerhouse from the back of the court."

Domi serving 1-0: Safina opened up the court, but hit a down-the-line backhand just long. 15/0. Safina on the fourth stroke netted a forehand. 30/0. A longish rally ended with Domi netting a forehand. 30/15. Another long rally ended with Domi netting a forehand. 30/30. Second serve: forehand return just long. 40/30. Domi off-backhand dropshot + crosscourt backhand pass-winner - YES!!

Safina played two awful points, then Domi netted a couple of forehands, so I'm pretty relieved that she got that game under her belt.

Safina serving 0-2: Forehand return just long. 15/0. Domi's deep backhand on the baseline forced Safina to net a backhand. 15/15. Safina hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line: right in the corner. 30/15. Safina forehand just long. 30/30. Domi crosscourt forehand just wide. She looked disappointed. 40/30. Ace out wide: on the sideline.

Domi has started grunting now: a cute grunt with a Golovinesque twang to it.

Domi serving 2-1: Safina hit a cheeky crosscourt backhand dropshot return - Domi doesn't move so well forwards as she does laterally. 0/15. Safina crosscourt backhand return + backhand winner down the line. 0/30. Domi on the third stroke hit a forehand long. 0/40. Safina's backhand clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner.

Safina serving 2-2: Safina netted a backhand. 0/15. Safina on the third stroke hit a forehand long. 0/30. A wide serve took Domi way outside the tramlines, and Safina exploited the gap with a crosscourt backhand winner. 15/30. Safina's backhand clipped the netcord and sat up nicely for Domi to hit a forehand winner down the line (with both feet off the ground!). 15/40 (BP #1). Backhand return long. 30/40 (BP #2). Domi backhand long. Deuce. A deep ball from Safina forced Domi to net a one-handed backhand. Ad Safina. Domi forehand long.

The bad news for Domi is that Safina's depth is pushing her behind the baseline. Domi likes to dictate play from inside the baseline, but when she has to play behind it, she's more exposed to wide angles, and to dropshots.

Domi serving 2-3: Deep serve induced Safina to hit a forehand return long. 15/0. Safina hit a wild off-forehand long and wide. 0/30. Domi netted a forehand. 30/15. Domi hit a sliding forehand winner down the line. 40/15. Safina crosscourt forehand to the sideline + crosscourt backhand winner into the open court. 40/30. Domi netted a forehand. Deuce. Domi netted a backhand. Ad Safina (BP). Safina deep crosscourt forehand + backhand dropshot-winner.

Safina serving 4-2: Safina hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner halfway up the sideline. 15/0. Domi on the fourth stroke hit a backhand just long. 30/0. Safina's depth induced Domi to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 40/0. Safina off-forehand just wide. 40/15. Domi hit a deep crosscourt forehand into the corner, forcing Safina to hit a forehand long/wide. 40/30. Domi's depth induced Safina to hit a forehand long. Deuce #1. Forehand return just long. Ad Safina. Double fault (second serve into the net). Deuce #2. Domi hit a wasteful backhand return just long. Ad Safina. Domi netted a cheap backhand return.

Sadly, Domi isn't finding her best when it matters. Some very disappointing errors in that game.

This is only Domi's eighth Major, whereas Safina had to wait until her 23rd Major to reach a semi-final!

Domi serving 2-5: Safina pounced on a netcord from Domi to hit an off-backhand winner. 0/15. Safina backhand long. 15/15. Domi blasted a wild forehand wide and very long. 15/30. Safina crosscourt backhand return-winner. 15/40 (SP #1). Safina forehand just long. 30/40 (SP #2). Service-winner down the middle. Deuce #1. Domi played a nice spreading rally, went to the net, but netted an awkward low forehand volley. Ad Safina (SP #3). Forehand return just long. Deuce #2. Domi pushed Safina to one side with a series of crosscourt forehands, then hit a forehand winner down the line. Ad Domi. She netted a forehand. Deuce #3. Domi went to the net, forcing Safina to hit a forehand long. Ad Domi. She mishit a backhand very long, and moaned. Deuce #4. Safina forehand just long. Ad Domi. Her depth induced Safina to spray a forehand long.

Now Safina has to serve for the set with the baggage of three missed set-points.

Safina serving 5-3: Double fault #2 (second serve wide of the centre-line). 0/15. Backhand return long. Safina muttered. 15/15. Ace down the middle (called wide but overruled as good). 30/15. Domi backhand just long (the umpire checked the mark). 40/15 (SP #4). Safina netted a backhand off a deep return. 40/30 (SP #5). Safina crosscourt forehand winner. Safina won the first set 6-3 at 15:02 CEST (49m).


Second set
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CIBULK * *__@___ 3
SAFINA _* *@ @*@ 6

Domi serving 0-0: Safina's return forced a floater, which she dispatched with a backhand winner down the line. 0/15. Domi crosscourt forehand + forehand winner down the line. 15/15. Safina hit a crosscourt forehand wide - after having hit a crosscourt forehand smash straight to Domi's forehand earlier in the rally! 30/15. Off-forehand return-winner. 30/30. Safina netted a forehand. 40/30. Domi crosscourt backhand + pinpoint backhand winner down the line: on the sideline.

A much, much better game by Domi than those in the first set after 2-0.

Safina serving 0-1: Safina forehand long. 0/15. Domi netted a crosscourt backhand return, and shouted in frustration. 15/15. Safina backhand wide. 15/30. Double fault (second serve just long and just wide). Safina muttered at length. 15/40 (BP #1). Domi forehand long. 30/40 (BP #2). Bl**dy transmission-error! Deuce #1. Ad Safina. Double fault (second serve just long). Deuce #2. Domi backhand just long (the umpire checked the mark and ordered a replay; Safina argued at some length with him, and got booed and whistled by the crowd; she further antagonised them by throwing her racket). Deuce #3. Domi forehand just long. She swished her racket in frustration. Ad Safina. Domi blasted a wild crosscourt forehand very wide.

Mark Petchey: "She's within touching-distance all the time in this match, CibulkovŠ, but she's just been that one shot worse than Safina. If she couldn't just tighten it up on the big points... very much /in/ this match."
Sam Smith: "I have a feeling that Safina probably thought she was just going to come out here and /crush/ CibulkovŠ, but CibulkovŠ is too good a player, too good a mover, too thoughtful out on the court, and too good a ball-striker for that to happen on this particular surface. The clay just gives her a bit more time."

Domi serving 1-1: Domi backhand long. 0/15. Domi netted a backhand dropshot from the baseline. 0/30. A meaty baseline-rally ended with Safina hitting a backhand just long. 15/30. Safina forehand return just long. 30/30. Safina netted a forehand, and appeared to blurt out the 'F' word. 40/30. Safina crosscourt forehand wide.

Safina's getting very agitated. Domi's still very much in this if she can cut out the errors that have undermined her performance so far.

Safina serving 1-2: Safina forehand just long. 0/15. A long rally ended with Domi's crosscourt backhand forcing Safina to stretch wide and net a one-handed backhand. 0/30. Serve out wide: Domi dumped a cheap forehand return into the net. 15/30. Domi backhand return just long. 30/30. Serve out wide: crosscourt forehand return wide. Domi muttered. 40/30. Safina hit a sloppy backhand long, and Domi pumped her fist. Deuce #1. Domi hit a crosscourt forehand return wide, and stood with her hands on her hips. Ad Safina. Domi mishit a backhand long, and hit her head with her racket softly and repeatedly.

Mark Petchey: "Perhaps feeling, CibulkovŠ, at certain stages of this match, when it's been close, that she needs to play better than she actually does."

Domi serving 2-2: Domi forehand just long. 0/15. Domi ran around her backhand and hit an off-forehand winner. 15/15. Safina netted a sloppy backhand. 30/15. Safina wide crosscourt backhand + backhand winner down the line. 30/30. Domi went to the net but hit a weak forehand volley, and Safina hit a low lob-winner over the 5'3" Domi. 30/40 (BP). Domi netted a forehand to put Safina a set and a break up.

Safina serving 3-2: Safina netted a forehand. 0/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). Mark Petchey had to apologise for Safina again, as she bemoaned her "f***ing serve". 0/30. Safina crosscourt forehand + forehand winner down the line. 15/30. Safina forehand just long. 15/40 (BP #1). Safina forehand long. 30/40 (BP #2). Safina forced a short ball, and hit a crosscourt foerhand winner. Deuce #1. Domi's deep forehand return down the line induced Safina to net a backhand. Ad Domi (BP #3). Ace out wide. Deuce #2. Safina off-forehand winner. Ad Safina. Domi's deep forehand forced Safina to net a backhand. Deuce #3. Forehand return just long. Ad Safina. Her first serve bounced before the net! And her second went just long for a double fault. Deuce #4. Domi backhand long. Ad Safina. Domi netted a forehand off a deep ball on the baseline from Safina.

What a shame Domi didn't make Safina pay for that game.

Domi serving 2-4: Safina hit a backhand long, and swore loudly again (I can't believe the umpire hasn't given her a code-violation yet - he should be docking points off her by now). 15/0. Safina hit a down-the-line backhand winner right in the corner. 15/15. Safina netted a backhand, and shouted at some length. 30/15. Domi hit a backhand long, and Safina still looked disgusted and disgusting. 30/30. Safina crosscourt forehand just wide, and threw her racket. 40/30. Domi opened up the court and hit an off-forehand winner.

Sam Smith: "CibulkovŠ has kept a remarkably even temperament. She does see the world sunny-side up: a very easy-going, fun girl off the court."

Safina serving 4-3: Double fault (second serve just long). 0/15. Safina hit an off-forehand winner back behind Domi. 15/15. Safina crosscourt backhand wide. 15/30. Domi netted a forehand. 30/30. Domi forehand just long. 40/30. Domi netted a backhand.

Domi serving 3-5: Double fault (second serve into the net). 0/15. Domi netted a cheap forehand. 0/30. Domi crosscourt forehand + crosscourt backhand winner. 15/30. Safina forehand winner on the baseline - back behind Domi. 15/40 (MP #1). Forehand return long. 30/40 (MP #2). Domi dumped a backhand halfway up the net. Safina won 6-3 6-3 at 15:54 CEST (second set 52m, match 1h41m).

Safina declined to give an on-court interview, saying she wasn't feeling well.

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3. Semi-final TV-report: Stosur v Kuznetsova (Thursday 4th June 2009)
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- SAMANTHA STOSUR [30] lt. SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7], 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 3-6

The match was second on Court Philippe Chatrier, and I watched it on BBC Red Button.

For the first set and a half, it was shaping up to be as disappointing as the first semi-final, if not worse than that. The first set was of poor quality: memorable more for the wild unforced errors from both players than for their winners (which is a little unfair, as Kuznetsova did have a 10:9 W:UE ratio to Stosur's 7:12 for the first set).

Kuznetsova looked to be cruising to a straight-sets win as she led 6-4 4-2*, but she played two really choky games, and then found herself serving to stay in the second set at *4-5 and *5-6.

Kuznetsova led 5/2* in the tiebreak, but Stosur won the last five points of the second set with three winners and two Kuznetsova-errors: one forced, one not.

The first five games of the third set went with serve; Stosur had the first break-point at 2-2* (40/30*). But she missed a makeable return, and was broken herself to 15 in the next game, giving Kuznetsova *4-2.

This time, Kuznetsova did not relinquish her break. At *5-3 (30/30), she ripped a huge crosscourt forehand winner to set up match-point, and converted it with a heavy one-two punch that forced Stosur to net a forehand.


First set
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STOSUR *__@ @__*_ 4
KUZNET _*@ @ @* * 6

The match started at 16:14 CEST.

Stosur serving 0-0: Stosur forehand wide. 0/15. Stosur went to the net, forcing Kuznetsova to net a backhand. 15/15. Stosur went to the net behind a deep backhand, and hit a forehand smash-winner. 30/15. Serve out wide + off-forehand winner back behind Kuznetsova. 40/15. Kuznetsova forehand long.

Kuznetsova serving 0-1: Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 0/15. Stosur backhand long. 15/15. Forehand return wide. 30/15. Kuznetsova crosscourt forehand wide. 30/30. Stosur netted a backhand return. 40/30. Off-forehand return wide.

Stosur serving 1-1: Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 15/0. Kuznetsova's depth forced Stosur to hit a forehand very long. 15/15. Double fault (second serve long). 15/30. Kuznetsova crosscourt forehand winner deep into the corner. 15/40 (BP). Kuznetsova broke with an off-forehand winner.

Kuznetsova serving 2-1: Stosur backhand just long. 15/0. Kuznetsova sprayed a mishit forehand long and wide. 15/15. Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 15/30. Kuznetsova dumped a sliced backhand not halfway up the net. 15/40 (BP). Stosur broke back with a crosscourt forehand return that induced Kuznetsova to stretch wide and net a forehand.

Stosur serving 2-2: Stosur ran around her backhand to hit an off-forehand winner. 15/0. Kuznetsova's crosscourt forehand induced Stosur to hit a forehand long. 15/15. Kuznetsova off-forehand wide. 30/15. Stosur forehand long. 30/30. Kuznetsova backhand winner down the line. 30/40 (BP). Stosur netted a backhand.

Kuznetsova serving 3-2: Kuznetsova ran around her backhand but got badly jammed, and hit an off-forehand wide. 0/15. Kuznetsova crosscourt forehand just wide. 0/30. Stosur netted a backhand. 15/30. Stosur crosscourt forehand virtual winner. 15/40 (BP #1). Ace down the middle. 30/40 (BP #2). Stosur's deep return forced Kuznetsova to hit a forehand long.

Stosur serving 3-3: Double fault (second serve just long). 0/15. Kuznetsova slapped a backhand return into the net. 15/15. Kuznetsova went to the net, but Stosur hit a backhand pass-winner down the line. 30/15. Kuznetsova off-forehand winner. 30/30. Kuznetsova's backhand clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. 30/40 (BP #1). A big serve forced a short return, and Stosur hit an off-forehand winner. Deuce #1. Forehand return just long. Ad Stosur (BP #2). Stosur off-forehand just long. Deuce #2. Stosur backhand long. Ad Kuznetsova (BP #3). Stosur forehand long.

Kuznetsova seems bothered by her right ankle, which she turned during her quarter-final win over Serena Williams.

Kuznetsova serving 4-3: Second serve: Stosur crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Kuznetsova backhand just long. 0/30. Stosur dumped a backhand halfway up the net. 15/30. Stosur opened up the court nicely, but dumped an off-forehand into the net. 30/30. Kuznetsova crosscourt forehand winner. 40/30. Kuznetsova dumped a down-the-line forehand into the net. Deuce. Stosur netted a forehand. Ad Kuznetsova. Stosur mishit a forehand long.

Poor-quality tennis so far: wild unforced errors from both.

Stosur serving 3-5: Double fault (second serve into the net). 0/15. Good second serve out wide forced Kuznetsova to hit a down-the-line backhand just long. 15/15. Kuznetsova forehand long. 30/15. Kuznetsova down-the-line backhand just wide. 40/15. Service-winner.

Kuznetsova had the trainer on to retape her right ankle.

Kuznetsova serving 5-4: Kuznetsova on the third stroke hit a forehand long. 0/15. Kuznetsova went to the net, and hit a down-the-line backhand winner back behind Stosur. 15/15. Stosur backhand return just wide. 30/15. Kuznetsova off-forehand just wide. 30/30. Kuznetsova forehand long. 30/40 (BP). Kuznetsova hit a big, deep crosscourt forehand winner. Deuce #1. Ace down the middle: on the junction of service-line and centre-line. Ad Kuznetsova (SP #1). Stosur hit a big, deep forehand down the middle, forcing Kuznetsova to dump a forehand into the net. Deuce #2. Kuznetsova crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Kuznetsova (SP #2). She hit a deep crosscourt backhand, forcing Stosur to stretch wide and hit a one-handed backhand lob wide. Kuznetsova won the first set 6-4 at 16:57 CEST (43m).


Second set
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STOSUR *___* *@* * T 7(7)
KUZNET _*@* *___* *_ 6(5)

Stosur serving 0-0: Stosur off-forehand wide. 0/15. Stosur's backhand dropshot forced Kuznetsova to net a backhand. 15/15. Stosur backhand winner down the line. 30/15. Kuznetsova forehand long. 40/15. Ace down the middle.

Kuznetsova serving 0-1: First serve out wide: Stosur netted a forehand return. 15/0. Stosur netted a forehand. 30/0. Stosur's deep forehand forced Kuznetsova to hit a forehand long. 30/15. Kuznetsova's wide crosscourt backhand forced Stosur to slice a backhand wide. 40/15. Stosur netted a backhand.

Stosur serving 1-1: Stosur forehand just long. She whacked a ball in frustration. 0/15. Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 15/15. Service-winner out wide. 30/15. Ace out wide. 40/15. Stosur netted a backhand. 40/30. Stosur ran around her backhand and netted a forehand. Deuce. Stosur forehand long. Ad Kuznetsova (BP). Stosur dumped a forehand into the net - she's missing so many forehands.

Kuznetsova serving 2-1: Double fault (second serve wide). 15/0. Kuznetsova's forehand dropshot forced Stosur to run hard and hit a late forehand long. 30/0. Stosur slapped a cheap forehand return into the net. 40/0. Stosur forehand very long.

Stosur serving 1-3: Kuznetsova netted a backhand. 15/0. Stosur hit a deep sliced forehand down Kuznetsova's forehand-sideline + forehand dropshot-winner. 30/0. Serve out wide induced Kuznetsova to hit a forehand long. 40/0. Stosur backhand very long. 40/15. Stosur hit an off-forehand deep into the corner + forehand winner down Kuznetsova's open forehand-sideline.

Kuznetsova serving 2-3: Stosur off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 0/15. Kuznetsova hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 15/15. Stosur got away with a terrible dropshot as she followed it to the net and hit a forehand volley-winner. 15/30. Ace out wide. 30/30. Kuznetsova went to the net and hit a crosscourt backhand volley-winner. 40/30. Service-winner down the middle.

Stosur serving 2-4: Kuznetsova tried to half-volley a short-angled crosscourt forehand return from Stosur, hitting it into the net. 0/15. Kuznetsova went to the net, but Stosur's wrong-footing pass forced her to drop her racket after hitting a forehand volley! 15/15. Service-winner. 30/15. Kuznetsova off-forehand winner. 30/30. Kuznetsova dumped a backhand halfway up the net, and said, "Nyet, nyet!" 40/30. Double fault (brave second serve just long and just wide). Deuce. Stosur off-forehand winner. Ad Stosur. She hit a deep forehand winner down Kuznetsova's forehand-sideline: just inside the baseline.

Kuznetsova serving 4-3: Stosur chopped a forehand return just long. 15/0. Stosur backhand down the line just long. 30/0. Double fault (second serve wide). 30/15. Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 30/30. Stosur crosscourt forehand return-winner. 30/40 (BP). Stosur hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand just wide. Deuce. Double fault (second serve just long). Ad Stosur (BP). Kuznetsova went to the net, inducing Stosur to hit a backhand pass long. Deuce #2. Stosur outmanoeuvred Kuznetsova, and painted the sideline with a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Stosur (BP). Kuznetsova netted an off-forehand.

John Lloyd: "If Stosur now can control her emotions here, she can win this set. There's no question: Kuznetsova absolutely as tight as a drum in that last game."

Stosur serving 4-4: Stosur forehand long. 0/15. Kuznetsova, driven wide by a Stosur backhand down the line, netted a chopped forehand. 15/15. Kuznetsova hit a deep crosscourt forehand into the corner, forcing Stosur to net a forehand. 15/30. Kuznetsova off-forehand wide. 30/30. Stosur crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 40/30. Kuznetsova netted a forehand.

Kuznetsova serving 4-5: Stosur crosscourt forehand return just wide... but the umpire overruled it as good, and it was a winner! 15/0. Stosur netted a forehand return. 15/15. Stosur netted a backhand off a deep ball down the middle from Kuznetsova. 30/15. Stosur ran down a crosscourt backhand dropshot, but hit a crosscourt backhand that left the whole court open for Stosur to hit a backhand winner down the line. 40/15. First serve out wide: forehand return long.

Both women are struggling when in sight of the finishing-line (Kuznetsova of the match when she led 4-2*, Stosur of the set when she led 5-4*).

Stosur serving 5-5: Service-winner down the middle. 15/0. 116mph ace down the middle. 30/0. Kuznetsova forehand long. 40/0. Kuznetsova forehand winner down Stosur's forehand-sideline. 40/15. Kuznetsova crosscourt forehand winner. 40/30. Kuznetsova off-forehand wide.

Kuznetsova serving 5-6: Stosur chopped a forehand into the net. 15/0. Kuznetsova forced a short ball and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/15. Kuznetsova forehand long. 30/15. Kuznetsova backhand long. 30/30. Kuznetsova's deep, low-bouncing backhand forced Stosur to earth a forehand. 40/30. Stosur hit a beautiful short-angled crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. Deuce. Kuznetsova crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Kuznetsova. She painted the sideline with a crosscourt backhand winner.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Stosur/Kuznetsova):
{*0/0} Stosur double fault (second serve long).
{0/1*} Stosur opened up the court nicely with a short-angled crosscourt forehand, and hit a forehand winner down the line.
{1/1*} Kuznetsova service-winner out wide.
{*1/2} An amazing rally with both players at the net featured excellent reflexes from Stosur, but ended with Kuznetsova hitting a crosscourt backhand volley-pass winner.
{*1/3} Stosur forced a floater, but running backwards, dumped a forehand smash into the net.
{1/4*} Stosur hit a wrong-footing off-forehand winner; Kuznetsova slipped over.
{2/4*} Kuznetsova forehand winner down the line: just inside the sideline.
{*2/5} Stosur ran around her backhand and cracked a big off-forehand winner onto the sideline.
{*3/5} Kuznetsova forehand return just wide.
{4/5*} Stosur's crosscourt forehand forced Kuznetsova to net a forehand.
{5/5*} Kuznetsova went to the net, but Stosur hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner.
{*6/5: SP #1} Serve out wide + off-forehand winner back behind Kuznetsova. Stosur won the second set 7-6 (7/5) at 17:58 CEST (second set 1h01m, match so far 1h44m).

Well recovered from 2/5!

Kuznetsova took a bathroom-break, and boy did I need it!


Third set
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STOSUR _* *___*_ 3
KUZNET * * *@* * 6

Kuznetsova serving 0-0: Kuznetsova played a good spreading rally, went to the net and hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 15/0. Stosur hit a huge forehand return-winner down Kuznetsova's forehand-sideline. 15/15. Kuznetsova on the third stroke hit a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 30/15. Stosur netted a forehand. 40/15. Kuznetsova hit a huge forehand down the line, forcing Stosur to earth a backhand.

Stosur serving 0-1: Ace out wide. 15/0. Serve out wide: backhand return long. 30/0. Kuznetsova netted a backhand. 40/0. Kuznetsova crosscourt backhand return just long.

Kuznetsova serving 1-1: Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 0/15. Kuznetsova off-forehand + crosscourt forehand winner. 15/15. Serve out wide + forehand winner down the line. 30/15. Kuznetsova forced a short ball, and hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line. 40/15. Kuznetsova's forehand clipped the netcord and fell wide. 40/30. Serve out wide + forehand winner into the gap.

Stosur serving 1-2: Service-winner out wide. 15/0. Deep serve out wide forced Kuznetsova to net a backhand. 30/0. Stosur netted a backhand. 30/15. A deep ball from Kuznetsova forced Stosur to net a forehand. 30/30. Kuznetsova crosscourt forehand long/wide. 40/30. Kuznetsova crosscourt backhand wide.

Kuznetsova serving 2-2: Stosur's crosscourt backhand + big forehand forced Kuznetsova to earth a running forehand. 0/15. Kuznetsova went to the net, and Stosur hit a forehand lob long. 15/15. Ace #5: down the middle: on the service-line. 30/15. Kuznetsova backhand long. 30/30. Kuznetsova hit a wild forehand long - off a netcord from Stosur. 30/40 (BP). Stosur hit a makeable backhand return long. Deuce. Ace out wide. Ad Kuznetsova. Stosur backhand return wide.

Stosur missed a real opportunity at 30/40 to go a break up in this final set. Who would have thought she could be a French Open finalist?

Stosur serving 2-3: Kuznetsova's deep forehand forced Stosur to hit one long. 0/15. Kuznetsova went to the net behind a sliced backhand down the line, forcing Stosur to net a forehand pass. 0/30. Stosur went to the net, forcing Kuznetsova to spray a forehand very wide. 15/30. Stosur ran down a short ball but netted a forehand. 15/40 (BP). Kuznetsova's crosscourt forehand return induced Stosur to hit a down-the-line forehand wide.

Kuznetsova serving 4-2: Stosur forehand just long. 15/0. Stosur's deep return induced Kuznetsova to net a forehand. 15/15. Kuznetsova blasted an off-forehand just long. 15/30. Stosur forehand long. 30/30. Stosur crosscourt backhand wide. 40/30. Kuznetsova held with a short-angled crosscourt backhand winner.

Stosur serving 2-5: Serve out wide + off-forehand virtual winner. 15/0. Serve out wide induced Kuznetsova to net a backhand return. 30/0. Kuznetsova hit a "ferocious" crosscourt forehand winner just inside the baseline. 30/15. Kuznetsova netted a backhand. 40/15. Stosur forehand long. 40/30. Backhand return long.

The moment of truth: will Kuznetsova choke again?

Kuznetsova serving 5-3: Stosur thumped a deep backhand down the line, forcing Kuznetsova to hit a forehand long. 0/15. Kuznetsova's wide off-forehand forced Stosur to net a backhand. 15/15. Kuznetsova's deep off-forehand forced Stosur to bunt a backhand wide. 30/15. Kuznetsova crosscourt backhand wide. 30/30. Kuznetsova ripped a huge crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 40/30 (MP #1). Big serve + heavy backhand forced Stosur to net a forehand. Kuznetsova won 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 at 18:38 CEST (third set 40m, match 2h24m).

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4. Final-preview
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* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7] v DINARA SAFINA [1]

Welcome to the dark side of Russian tennis.

Russia has produced numerous beautiful tennis-ladies, including three of the most flairsomely talented players of all time: Maria Sharapova, Vera ZvonarŽva and Anna Chakvetadze. And the list of beauties goes on and on: Maria Kirilenko, Elena Vesnina, Vitalia Diatchenko... need I say more?

But these are not two of them. Safina and Kuznetsova are ugly, hulking specimens, whose power is not the sharp, flairsome power of Maria, Vera and Anna, but power that comes from huge muscles rather than immaculate timing.

We have already had to endure two Safina v Kuznetsova finals this clay-court season: Stuttgart (Kuznetsova 6-4 6-3) and Rome (Safina 6-3 6-2). All I wanted for the French Open final was anything but Safina v Kuznetsova.

At least Safina's disgusting behaviour in her semi-final has crystallised my clear preference for Kuznetsova to win her second Major (her first was the US Open 2004; she was also a losing finalist at the French Open 2006), rather than having to put up with Safina swearing, shouting, muttering and racket-smashing her way to what would be her first Major title (after losing the French Open 2008 and Australian Open 2009 finals, just as Ana Ivanović did a year before).

I can't say I fancy Kuznetsova's chances of stopping Safina. She had a 2h45m quarter-final on Wednesday (Serena Williams 7-6 5-7 7-5) and a 2h24m semi-final on Thursday (Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-7 6-3), is carrying a minor ankle-injury, and has a 5:8 record against Safina (winning only one of their six meetings in the last two years).

And it gets worse for Kuznetsova, as she choked away the second sets of both her quarter-final (she led Serena Williams 7-6 4-1*) and semi-final (she led Samantha Stosur 6-4 4-2*).

She certainly wouldn't get away with that against Safina, who, at the French Open 2008, recovered from a set and 2-5 down in both her fourth round (Maria Sharapova) and quarter-final (Elena Dementieva) - saving match-points in both. Oh - and she followed up those wins with a 6-3 6-2 thrashing of a listless Kuznetsova in the semis.

Safina is extremely determined to win her first Major, to show that she merits the honour of being ranked #1 - which she certainly doesn't without a Major. She dropped only five games in her first four matches here, before surviving a huge test against Victoria Azarenka (1-6 6-4 6-2) and a lesser test against Dominika CibulkovŠ (who led 2-0* before capitulating 6-3 6-3).

Common to both those turnarounds was Safina finding greater depth on her groundstrokes to draw more errors from her young opponents. But Kuznetsova has the experience and the physique not to succumb to such a trivial game-plan - I can certainly imagine her ripping huge forehands past Safina from five feet behind the baseline.

My only real hope, though, is that Safina wants to win too much; that the emotions she showed in her semi-final will once again boil over, and that Kuznetsova will have the experience to keep the lid on the pan, rather than keeping up the unforced errors as CibulkovŠ did.

Let Safina's defeat be a particularly unpleasant and humiliating one.

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5. Girls' Singles: Quarter-final
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5.1 Quarter-final result (Thursday 4th June 2009)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ KSENIA PERVAK [3] d. Valeria Solovieva, 6-2 7-5


5.2 Semi-final draw
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* KRISTINA MLADENOVIĆ v SLOANE STEPHENS [15] (allez Kristina!)
* KSENIA PERVAK [3] v Daria Gavrilova (davai Ksenia!)

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6. Girls' Doubles: Quarter-final
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6.1 Quarter-final result (Thursday 4th June 2009)
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+ (ELENA BOGDAN/NOPPAWAN LERTCHEEWAKARN [s])[2] d. (BEATRICE CAPRA/LAUREN EMBREE)[7], 6-1 6-4


6.2 Semi-final draw
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* Ksenia Kirillova/Martina Trevisan v (TÕMEA BABOS/HEATHER WATSON)[3]
* (ELENA BOGDAN/NOPPAWAN LERTCHEEWAKARN [s])[2] v (YANA BUCHINA/KSENIA PERVAK)[6]

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
Jun 4th, 2009 01:34 AM
andrewbroad
Andrew's TV-report for Day 11

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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Women's Singles: Quarter-final results
3. Quarter-final TV-report: S.Williams v Kuznetsova
4. Semi-final draw
5. Andrew's wishes
6. Women's Doubles: Semi-finals
7. Girls' Singles: Third round
8. Order of play for Thursday

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1. Photos
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Various players including Sorana CÓrstea and Samantha Stosur:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8081289.stm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/pic...-pictures.html

Various players including Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Dominika CibulkovŠ, Sorana CÓrstea:
http://www.tennis.com/features/galle...renchRounds45/

Search-list for Day 11:

cirstea
stosur

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2. Women's Singles: Quarter-final results (Wednesday 3rd June 2009)
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Bestie gegen Bestie:
+ SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7] d. SERENA WILLIAMS [2], 7-6 (7/3) 5-7 7-5

Nice winner, nice loser:
+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [30] d. Sorana CÓrstea, 6-1 6-3

From what I've read about CÓrstea v Stosur (sadly not televised by the BBC), it seems that CÓrstea froze in her first Major quarter-final, while Stosur's big, kicking serve continues to be very effective on the high-bouncing clay.

Stosur: "The first four or five games: she had game-points in every single one, but I was 4-1 up. If she was gonna win the game, she had to earn it from me. I wasn't going to give anything away today."

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3. Quarter-final TV-report: S.Williams v Kuznetsova (Wednesday 3rd June 2009)
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+ SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7] d. SERENA WILLIAMS [2], 7-6 (7/3) 5-7 7-5

This match was first on Court Suzanne Lenglen, and was televised on BBC Red Button.

Williams was her usual gracious self in defeat: "In the third set, I had an opportunity and I got really tight, and I pretty much gave it to her. It was like, 'Here, do you want to go to the semis? Because I don't.' She was like, 'Okay.' I haven't gotten tight since 2007 in Australia. Maybe I put some expectations on myself that I didn't put on myself initially. Honestly, I think I lost because of me, and not because of anything she did."


First set
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WILLIAMS ___@* * *@*__ 6(3)
KUZNETSO @*@__* *___*T 7(7)

The match started at 14:13 CEST.

An error-strewn start saw Williams broken immediately for 0-1*. Her errors continued as Kuznetsova held for 2-0*.

Kuznetsova hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner as Williams's terrible start continued. At 0/40, Williams played a good point and went to the net, but Kuznetsova hit a brilliant, pinpoint backhand pass-winner down the line for *3-0.

Kuznetsova hit a crosscourt backhand winner back behind Williams, but Williams broke back for *1-3 as Kuznetsova double-faulted.

Now it was Kuznetsova making errors (though she did hit a backhand return-winner down the line) as Williams held for 2-3*.

Kuznetsova serving 3-2: 40/30. Williams hit a "gorgeous" short-angled crosscourt backhand winner. Deuce #1. Kuznetsova went to the net, forcing Williams to hit a forehand pass wide - and do the splits. Ad Kuznetsova. She earthed a sliced backhand that would have embarrassed a club-player. Deuce #2. Kuznetsova went to the net behind a forehand dropshot, forcing Williams into error. Ad Kuznetsova. Williams crosscourt forehand winner. Deuce #3. Kuznetsova forehand winner down the line. Ad Kuznetsova. Crosscourt backhand return wide: Kuznetsova held for 4-2*.

Williams serving 2-4: held to 15 with an error-strewn game.

Kuznetsova serving 4-3: 0/15. Ace. 15/15. Williams forehand dropshot-winner. 15/30. Williams netted a forehand return. 30/30. Kuznetsova crosscourt forehand + forehand virtual winner down the line. 40/30. Service-winner.

Meanwhile, Sorana CÓrstea has dropped the first set 1-6 to Samantha Stosur, so she'll need to stage a huge fightback if the BBC is to televise her again this tournament!

Williams serving 3-5: Kuznetsova hit a forehand halfway up the net, doubled over and yelled. 15/0. Williams hit a stunning forehand winner down Kuznetsova's forehand-sideline. 30/0. Double fault. 30/15. Williams played a great point, featuring an acute crosscourt backhand onto the sidelien, and finishing with a crosscourt backhand volley-winner. 40/15. Ace out wide.

Kuznetsova serving 5-4: Williams off-forehand dropshot-winner. 0/15. Williams netted a forehand return 15/15. Kuznetsova on the third stroke dumped a cheap backhand into the net. 15/30. Williams forced a floater, and dispatched it with a high forehand drive-volley winner. 15/40 (BP). Williams broke back with an off-backhand winner.

Williams serving 5-5: Double fault #3. 0/15. Kuznetsova netted a backhand return. 15/15. Kuznetsova's pace and depth forced Williams to hit a backhand just long. 15/30. Deep serve down the middle forced Kuznetsova to hit a forehand return wide. 30/30. Williams off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 40/30. Williams held with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Kuznetsova serving 5-6: Williams netted a forehand. 15/0. Serve out wide + forehand winner down the line - Williams didn't move. 30/0. Kuznetsova went to the net behind a weak crosscourt forehand, and Williams blasted a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 30/15. Weak serve out wide: backhand return-winner down the line. Kuznetsova threw her racket. 30/30. Kuznetsova on the third stroke hit a forehand just long. 30/40 (Williams SP #1). Kuznetsova forced a floater, and dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand smash-winner. Deuce. First serve out wide forced Williams to net a forehand return. Ad Kuznetsova. She held with a forehand winner down the line.

Today, Williams really isn't moving as well as usual.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Williams/Kuznetsova):
{*0/0} Williams's crosscourt forehand forced Kuznetsova to net a forehand.
{1/0*} Williams sprayed a forehand long.
{1/1*} Kuznetsova's depth induced Williams to net a forehand.
{*1/2} Williams second serve: Kuznetsova off-forehand return-winner.
{*1/3} Kuznetsova's down-the-line backhand looked like it was going wide, but just dropped in for a winner.
{1/4*} Williams forehand return very long.
{1/5*} Service-winner down the middle: on the centre-line.
{*1/6: Kuznetsova SP #1} Kuznetsova netted a forehand return.
{*2/6: Kuznetsova SP #2} Williams's forehand on the baseline looked long to me, but wasn't called, and forced Kuznetsova into error.
{3/6*: Kuznetsova SP #3} Kuznetsova hit a forehand winner down the line, back behind Williams. Kuznetsova won the first set 7-6 (7/3) at 15:05 CEST (52m).

It's not too often that Williams loses a set after having had set-point! (6/5* (40/30*)).

Meanwhile, Sorana CÓrstea is going fast at 1-6 1-2*.


Second set
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WILLIAMS ___* *@ @*@* 7
KUZNETSO *@* *__@____ 5

Kuznetsova serving 0-0: 30/0. Kuznetsova hit a perfect forehand lob-winner over Williams's head and onto the baseline. 40/0. Williams crosscourt forehand winner. 40/15. Williams hit a thunderous crosscourt forehand winner. 40/30. Williams blasted a backhand return just wide.

Williams serving 0-1: 15/15. Ace out wide. 30/15. Williams ran down a dropshot but dumped a backhand into the bottom of the net. 30/30. Kuznetsova's big off-forehand forced Williams to hit a backhand lob just long. 30/40 (BP). Williams on the third stroke netted a forehand, and screamed.

Kuznetsova serving 2-0: Williams's down-the-line forehand forced Kuznetsova to net a backhand. 0/15. Williams went to the net; Kuznetsova hit a forehand lob-winner. 15/15. Williams forehand long. 30/15. Williams netted a forehand volley. 40/15. Double fault. 40/30. Kuznetsova's backhand clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner.

Williams serving 0-3: Williams dumped a feeble forehand halfway up the net. 0/15. First serve out wide: backhand return long. 15/15. Kuznetsova dumped a backhand halfway up the net. 30/15. Williams's deep crosscourt backhand induced Kuznetsova to hit a backhand very long. 40/15. Service-winner out wide.

Kuznetsova serving 3-1: Williams backhand just long. 15/0. Williams hit a crosscourt backhand long, and thought about throwing her racket. 30/0. Williams's deep off-backhand forced Kuznetsova to hit a forehand long. 30/15. Ace down the middle: on the centre-line. 40/15. Service-winner down the middle.

Williams serving 1-4: Kuznetsova went to the net, but mishit a crosscourt forehand volley wide (sun or nerves?). 15/0. Williams crosscourt forehand winner. 30/0. Kuznetsova hit a big forehand winner down Williams's forehand-sideline. 30/15. Williams went to the net, but was left leaden-footed as Kuznetsova pushed a forehand pass-winner down the line. 30/30. Kuznetsova hit a forehand return into the bottom of the net. 40/30. A body-jamming serve forced Kuznetsova to net a forehand return.

Kuznetsova is moving much better than Williams today. While it's always dangerous to count Williams out, I'd be very surprised to see her turn this around.

Kuznetsova serving 2-4: Williams forehand winner down the line. 15/0. Service-winner out wide. 15/15. Kuznetsova hit a down-the-line backhand just wide (the umpire checked the mark). 15/30. Virtual ace down the middle. 30/30. Service-winner. 40/30. Kuznetsova had a nasty-looking fall on the baseline, her right ankle turning slightly as she fell over. Deuce #1. Williams crosscourt forehand return wide. Ad Kuznetsova. Williams went to the net behind a backhand onto the baseline, forcing Kuznetsova to miss a forehand. Deuce #2. Kuznetsova hit a wild forehand very long, and groaned. Ad Williams (BP). Williams's deep crosscourt backhand return forced Kuznetsova to float a sliced backhand just long.

Stosur just beat CÓrstea 6-3 6-1 - no more BBC-televisation for her this tournament.

Williams serving 3-4: Kuznetsova backhand wide. 15/0. Kuznetsova's deep backhand forced Williams to hit a forehand just long. 15/15. Kuznetsova blasted a huge forehand return-winner down the line. 15/30. Serve out wide + backhand winner down the line. 30/30. Williams netted a forehand. 30/40 (BP #1). Williams drew Kuznetsova to the net with a dropshot, and hit a forehand pass-winner down the line. Deuce. Kuznetsova's deep off-forehand forced Williams to net an uncontrollable backhand lob. Ad Kuznetsova (BP #2). She broke with a backhand return-winner down the line.

Kuznetsova serving 5-3: Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 0/15. Williams went to the net, but Kuznetsova hit a forehand half-volley lob-winner just inside the baseline. 15/15. Kuznetsova retrieved very well, but hit a sliced forehand just long, and the next point is HUGE. 15/30. Kuznetsova on the third stroke netted a forehand. 15/40 (BP). Kuznetsova on the third stroke hit a backhand long.

The last three games have gone against serve. If Williams doesn't hold here, she's out!

Williams serving 4-5: Serve out wide + off-forehand winner. 15/0. Williams crosscourt backhand just wide. 15/15. Williams hit an off-forehand dropshot, forcing Kuznetsova to net a backhand. 30/15. Kuznetsova whipped a huge forehand would-be return-winner down Williams's forehand-sideline, but it was just wide. 40/15. Double fault (second serve into the net). 40/30. Second serve: Kuznetsova dumped a forehand return into the net.

Kuznetsova serving 5-5: Kuznetsova on the third stroke hit a forehand just long. 0/15. Kuznetsova went to the net, but an awkward dipping pass forced her to net a backhand volley. 0/30. Kuznetsova sprayed a wild crosscourt forehand wide. 0/40 (BP #1). Williams backhand just long. 15/40 (BP #2). Williams netted a forehand return, and jumped up and down in frustration. 30/40 (BP #1). Williams's crosscourt backhand return induced Kuznetsova to net a backhand.

Kuznetsova seems very tight at the moment, judging by how she played in that last game.

Williams serving 6-5: Kuznetsova ran down a dropshot and hit an extraordinary acute-angled crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner onto the sideline. 0/15. Kuznetsova hit a chopped forehand long. 15/15. Williams backhand winner down the line. 30/15. Kuznetsova's depth forced Williams to net a forehand. 30/30. Kuznetsova blasted a wild down-the-line backhand wide. 40/30 (SP #1). Kuznetsova's deep off-forehand induced Williams to hit a backhand long. Deuce. Williams hit a crosscourt backhand moonball, inducing Kuznetsova to net an off-forehand. Ad Williams (SP #2). Ace out wide. Williams won the second set 7-5 at 16:00 CEST (second set 55m, match so far 1h47m).


Third set
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WILLIAMS @* *___* *__ 5
KUZNETSO __* *@* * *@ 7

Kuznetsova serving 0-0: Kuznetsova netted a backhand after a longish baseline-rally. 0/15. Service-winner. 15/15. Williams hit a down-the-line forehand winner back behind Kuznetsova. 15/30. Double fault (second serve wide). 15/40 (BP). Williams hit a pinpoint backhand winner down the line.

Williams serving 1-0: Williams forehand just long. 0/15. Ace down the middle. 15/15. Williams forehand just long. 15/30. Kuznetsova forehand long. 30/30. A body-jamming forehand return down the middle forced Williams to net a forehand. 30/40 (BP). Williams forced a short ball, and hit a crosscourt backhand winner. Deuce. Williams held with two service-winners out wide.

Kuznetsova serving 0-2: Williams netted a forehand, and reacted with a cute jump. 15/0. Kuznetsova's depth forced Williams to hit a forehand long. 30/0. Williams blasted a forehand return into the net. 40/0. Serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner back behind Williams.

Williams serving 2-1: Kuznetsova hit a forehand return long, and muttered. 15/0. Williams forehand long. 15/15. Ace down the middle. 30/15. Ace out wide. 40/15. Williams crosscourt forehand wide. 40/30. Kuznetsova forehand long.

Kuznetsova serving 1-3: Williams sprayed a crosscourt backhand wide. 15/0. Kuznetsova's deep off-forehand forced Williams to net a backhand. 30/0. Kuznetsova netted a forehand. 30/15. Kuznetsova's off-forehand clipped the outside edge of the sideline for a winner. 40/15. Williams's off-backhand return clipped the netcord and dropped dead for a winner. 40/30. Kuznetsova crosscourt forehand winner.

Williams serving 3-2: Williams forced a very short ball, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Kuznetsova netted a backhand return. 30/0. Ace down the middle. 40/0. Kuznetsova backhand return-winner down the line. 40/15. Kuznetsova hit a deep off-forehand onto the baseline, forcing Williams to net a backhand. 40/30. Williams on the third stroke netted a backhand. Deuce #1. Kuznetsova went to the net, but her approach was too short, giving Williams an easy backhand pass-winner down the line. Ad Williams. Kuznetsova's deep return induced Williams to spray a backhand long. Deuce #2. Kuznetsova's depth induced Williams to hit a forehand just long. Ad Kuznetsova (BP). Williams hit a crosscourt backhand dropshot wide.

Unbelievable how badly Williams played from 40/0 up there! She's the one who looks tight at the moment, not moving her feet properly to handle the depth from Kuznetsova.

Samantha Stosur will be loving this long match, seeing as she plays the winner in the semi-finals tomorrow!

Kuznetsova serving 3-3: Kuznetsova hit a down-the-line forehand wide. 0/15. Williams backhand return just long. 15/15. Kuznetsova went to the net behind a sliced backhand down the line, but it didn't have much on it, and Williams hit a forehand pass-winner down the line. 15/30. First serve: Williams mishit a forehand lob-return wide. 30/30. Kuznetsova dumped a cheap forehand into the net. 30/40 (BP). Kuznetsova's deep crosscourt forehand on the baseline forced Williams to net a forehand. Deuce #1. Kuznetsova went to the net and hit a forehand volley-winner. Ad Kuznetsova. She sprayed a wild off-forehand wide. Deuce #2. Williams forehand just long. Ad Kuznetsova. Her deep off-forehand forced Williams to net a backhand.

John Lloyd said Williams looks tired. I hope she beats Kuznetsova, and then has nothing left for the semi-finals tomorrow, so that Stosur beats her 6-0 6-0!

Williams serving 3-4: Williams painted the sideline with a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/0. Kuznetsova's deep backhand forced Williams to net a forehand. 15/15. Double fault (second serve just long). 15/30. Kuznetsova hit a nervy off-forehand wide, and shouted. 30/30. Ace down the middle. 40/30. Kuznetsova's crosscourt backhand forced Williams to net a backhand. Deuce. Williams forced a short ball, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Williams. Ace out wide.

Kuznetsova serving 4-4: Williams forced a short ball, and hit a backhand winner down the line. 0/15. Kuznetsova off-forehand winner. 15/15. Williams netted a backhand dropshot - a sign of mental tiredness - and screamed. 30/15. Kuznetsova crosscourt backhand just wide. 30/30. Service-winner out wide. 40/30. Kuznetsova hit a forehand drive-volley winner down the line, back behind Williams.

Williams serving 4-5: First serve out wide: crosscourt forehand return wide. 15/0. Williams went to the net, but hit a crosscourt forehand volley wide. 15/15. Ace out wide: right in the corner... but the umpire checked the mark and called it wide. Kuznetsova's off-forehand induced Williams to hit a backhand long. 15/30. Kuznetsova hit a crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline, forcing Williams to hit a forehand long. 15/40 (MP #1). Kuznetsova's forehand return landed long by a whisker. 30/40 (MP #2). Good first serve out wide... but the umpire called let. Kuznetsova found excellent depth on a couple of groundstrokes, then hit a forehand just long. Deuce. Big serve down the middle + off-forehand drive-volley winner. Ad Williams. Ace out wide.

Wow - what a game, and what a recovery by Williams! Stosur will be licking her lips if Williams wins this 6-7 7-5 7-5 - not so much if Kuznetsova wins, for she looks much fitter than Williams.

Kuznetsova serving 5-5: Williams crosscourt forehand long. 15/0. Williams netted a forehand return. 30/0. Williams netted a forehand return. 40/0. Service-winner.

Williams serving 5-6: Williams hit a very tired-looking crosscourt backhand just wide. 0/15. Deep service-winner out wide. 15/15. A deep ball down the middle forced Williams to hit an off-forehand wide. 15/30. Kuznetsova forced a short ball and hit a crosscourt forehand winner. 15/40 (MP #3). Kuznetsova's deep backhand forced Williams to mishit a down-the-line backhand wide. Kuznetsova won 7-6 (7/3) 5-7 7-5 at 16:58 CEST (third set 58m, match 2h45m).

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4. Semi-final draw
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* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVŃ [20] v DINARA SAFINA [1] (poďme Domi!)
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [30] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7] (go Sam!)

Kuznetsova: "I give her the advantage as she had short match today [Stosur d. CÓrstea 6-1 6-3]. I'm looking forward to playing Sam. She plays good. She wouldn't have any ressure tomorrow, because she has nothing to lose. But I don't want to put myself as the favourite."

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5. Andrew's wishes (updated after Wednesday)
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5.1 Final wish
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+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVŃ [20] d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [30]

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6. Women's Doubles: Semi-finals
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6.1 Semi-final results (Wednesday 3rd June 2009)
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+ (ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES/VIRGINIA RUANO PASCUAL)[3] d. (CARA BLACK/LIEZEL HUBER)[1], 7-5 5-7 6-2

+ (VICTORIA AZARENKA [DF]/ELENA VESNINA)[12] d. (HSIEH,SU-WEI [s]/PENG,SHUAI [s])[9], 6-3 7-5


6.2 Final draw
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* (VICTORIA AZARENKA [DF]/ELENA VESNINA)[12] v (ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES/VIRGINIA RUANO PASCUAL)[3]

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7. Girls' Singles: Third round
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7.1 Third-round results (Wednesday 3rd June 2009)
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+ Valeria Solovieva d. Beatrice Capra, 6-2 6-4
+ KSENIA PERVAK [3] d. CHRISTINA McHALE [14], 6-4 4-6 6-2


7.2 Quarter-final draw
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* Valeria Solovieva v KSENIA PERVAK [3] (my loyalty is to Lera)

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8. Order of play for Thursday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 14:00 CEST = 12:00 GMT = 13:00 BST)
WS sf: DOMINIKA CIBULKOVŃ [20] v DINARA SAFINA [1]
WS sf: SAMANTHA STOSUR [30] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7]
XD final: (LIEZEL HUBER/BOB BRYAN)[1] v Vania King/Marcelo Melo

While I don't condone what Domi did in the quarter-finals, I'm really looking forward to her first BBC-televisation!

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

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
Jun 3rd, 2009 03:54 AM
andrewbroad
Andrew's TV-report for Day 10

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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Women's Singles: Quarter-final results
3. Quarter-final TV-report: Azarenka v Safina
4. Quarter-final scoreboard-report: Sharapova v CibulkovŠ
5. Quarter-final draw
6. Andrew's wishes
7. Women's Doubles: Quarter-final
8. Girls' Singles: Second round/Third round
9. Girls' Doubles: Second round
10. Order of play for Wednesday

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1. Photos
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Various players including Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Dominika CibulkovŠ, Laura Robson:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/pic...-pictures.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8079328.stm

Search-list for Day 10:

sharapova
azarenka
cibulkova
robson

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2. Women's Singles: Quarter-final results (Tuesday 2nd June 2009)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
- Maria Sharapova [EF] lt. DOMINIKA CIBULKOVŃ [20], 0-6 2-6

Beauty and the beast:
- VICTORIA AZARENKA [9,DF] lt. DINARA SAFINA [1], 6-1 4-6 2-6

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3. Quarter-final TV-report: Azarenka v Safina (Tuesday 2nd June 2009)
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- VICTORIA AZARENKA [9,DF] lt. DINARA SAFINA [1], 6-1 4-6 2-6

It was my first time to see Vika play, and I was certainly impressed. She reminds me a lot of Maria Sharapova with her big, sharp groundstrokes, an almost-identical song-grunt, and of course being tall, slim and blonde.

As you can see from the "DF" next to her name, Vika made a demi-fan of me today. I don't have the Passion to induct her into my Eternal Fanship any time soon, but she deserves nothing less than my demi-fanship for the way she played today.

Vika played a brilliant first set, dominating the Majorless world #1, who spent a lot of time running into the gerania at the side of the court, as Vika's short-angled crosscourt backhands to the sideline proved very effective! Vika hit plenty of clean winners, and even a couple of dropshots at 5-1* to show that she has touch as well as power and precision.

Dinara Safina: "She was playing well, and I was not doing anything to complicate it."

Sadly, Vika was unable to sustain this brilliance into the second set, as Safina found much better depth on her groundstrokes, forcing Vika into more and more errors.

Dinara Safina: "I started to fight point by point, just trying to change a little bit. She started to miss much more."

Safina jumped out to a *4-1 lead in the second, and although Vika fought back commendably for *4-4 after an ultra-intense battle of wills, she then threw in a sloppy service-game, allowing Safina to serve out the set.

Victoria Azarenka: "I just didn't take the chances I had. She stepped it up and played some good points at key moments, which I have to give her credit for."

Vika got very emotional when things weren't going her way, throwing her racket and looking distraught - which is exactly what a bully like Safina loves to see. BBC commentator Mark Petchey said Vika was dwelling too much on every single point, whereas Safina saw the big picture.

Inevitably - given Vika's emotional state and Safina's far greater experience - things went from bad to worse in the third set, with Vika only managing two service-holds, and looking close to tears at times.

But I am convinced that Vika has a terrific future. She certainly has the talent to win Majors and become world #1 (hopefully in that order).


First set
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AZAREN @* *@*@ 6
SAFINA __*____ 1

The match was first on Court Philippe Chatrier, and started at 14:13 CEST.

Safina serving 0-0: Vika started with an off-backhand winner. 0/15. Safina took the initiative but hit a down-the-line forehand long. 0/30. Safina sprayed a forehand long. 0/40 (BP #1). First serve out wide: Vika's sliced backhand return floated long. 15/40 (BP #2). A deep forehand return just inside the baseline forced Safina to hit an early forehand long.

Vika's song-grunt sounds just like Maria Sharapova's!

Vika serving 1-0: Safina's crosscourt forehand return to the sideline forced Vika to miss a forehand. 0/15. Vika opened up the court with a crosscourt backhand to the sideline, and hit a crosscourt forehand winner into the open court. 15/15. Vika hit a short-angled crosscourt backhand, forcing Safina to hit a backhand just long. 30/15. Vika forced a very short ball, and hit an off-forehand winner. 40/15. Safina hit a crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. 40/30. First serve out wide forced Safina to hit a backhand return long.

Safina serving 0-2: Vika netted a backhand. 15/0. Vika leant the wrong way as Safina hit an off-forehand winner. 30/0. Safina forehand just long. 30/15. Serve out wide + backhand winner down the line. 40/15. Safina netted a backhand. 40/30. Ace down the middle.

Vika serving 2-1: Forehand return long. 15/0. Safina backhand just long. 30/0. Vika ran down a dropshot and hit a backhand winner down the line. 40/0. Serve out wide + deep backhand winner down the line: on the baseline.

Sam Smith: "What a start for Victoria Azarenka! She's come out hitting the ball so sweetly."

Safina serving 1-3: Vika off-backhand return-winner. 0/15. A body-jamming serve induced Vika to hit a forehand return wide. 15/15. Vika dominated the rally and hit an off-forehand winner. 15/30. Safina forehand long. 15/40 (BP #1). A deep backhand from Safina induced Vika to hit a backhand long. 30/40 (BP #2). Vika's deep crosscourt forehand forced Safina to hit a forehand long, giving Vika the double break!

Vika serving 4-1: A rat-a-tat rally with both at the net ended with Vika hitting an off-forehand volley-winner. 15/0. Safina netted a backhand. 30/0. Service-winner. 40/0. Safina's depth forced Vika to hit a backhand wide. 40/15. Vika hit a deep backhand down the middle, forcing Safina to spray a forehand long.

Sam Smith: "Safina hasn't found that level, and time is running out - at least in this opening set."

The bad news for me is that SŲderling is already 5-0* up against Davydenko, greatly reducing the chances of the BBC televising Sharapova v CibulkovŠ!

Safina serving 1-5: Safina, driven wide and deep, hit a backhand long. 0/15. Vika ran down a short, angled ball and hit a delectable short-angled crosscourt backhand dropshot-winner. 0/30. Safina forced a lob, let it bounce, and drilled a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/30. Vika hit a cheeky backhand dropshot-winner from the baseline. 15/40 (SP #1). Safina mishit a down-the-line forehand wide. Vika won the first set 6-1 at 14:36 CEST (23m).

Vika is absolutely in the zone at the moment, and can do no wrong: power, accuracy and even touch. Safina's spending a lot of time running into the gerania at the side of the court!


Second set
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AZAREN *____@*@__ 4
SAFINA _*@*@___@* 6

Vika serving 0-0: Vika crosscourt forehand virtual winner. 15/0. Safina backhand return wide. 30/0. Vika's depth forced Safina to hit a forehand long. 40/0. A deep return induced Vika to net a backhand. 40/15. Safina netted a backhand.

Safina serving 0-1: Service-winner down the middle: backhand return long. 15/0. Serve out wide induced Vika to hit a backhand long. 30/0. Safina netted a horrendous off-backhand off a deep ball down the middle. 30/15. A deep ball from Safina forced Vika to hit a forehand very long. 40/15. Vika blasted a backhand return-winner down - and onto - Safina's backhand-sideline. 40/30. Double fault (second serve into the net). Deuce. Serve + crosscourt backhand winner. Ad Safina. Ace out wide.

That stops a run of five games for Vika, and worryingly, Safina's playing much better now: her depth is forcing Vika to make more errors.

Vika serving 1-1: Vika backhand long. 0/15. Vika slapped a forehand halfway up the net. 0/30. Safina went to the net, but Vika hit a forehand pass-winner down the line. 15/30. Vika off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 30/30. Safina ran around her backhand and hit an off-forehand winner. 30/40 (BP #1). Vika crosscourt backhand just inside the sideline + high forehand drive-volley crosscourt winner. Deuce #1. Safina, with an anxious grunt, hit a crosscourt forehand just wide. Ad Vika (BP #2). Double fault (second serve into the net). Deuce #2. Vika netted a forehand, and smiled. Ad Safina (BP #3). Vika on the third stroke dumped a backhand halfway up the net.

Safina's deep returns are forcing Vika to make errors on the third stroke.

Safina serving 2-1: Safina backhand winner down the line. 15/0. Double fault (second serve long). 15/15. Vika crosscourt backhand wide. 30/15. Safina crosscourt forehand wide. 30/30. Vika forehand just long. 40/30. Vika went to the net, but Safina hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner.

Vika serving 1-3: Vika off-backhand volley-winner. 15/0. Vika backhand just long. 15/15. Safina found the corner with a backhand winner down the line. 15/30. Serve out wide + backhand winner down the line. 30/30. Safina found great depth on a couple of groundstrokes... but hit a down-the-line backhand just long. 40/30. Double fault (second serve just long - the umpire checked the mark). Deuce #1. Safina forehand just long. Ad Vika. She netted a forehand. Deuce #2. Safina played a good spreading rally, her crosscourt backhand to the sideline opening up the court for a crosscourt forehand. Ad Safina (BP). Double fault (second serve into the net).

Vika threw her racket at the end of that game, and I think on the previous point too. The crowd booed her. Sam Smith said she had had problems controlling her emotions in the past. I think "choke" would be a harsh word for Vika, as Safina is now putting her under extreme pressure with her newfound accuracy.

Safina serving 4-1: Vika ran down a short-angled crosscourt forehand dropshot to the sideline, and blasted a crosscourt forehand wide. 15/0. Backhand return long. 30/0. A deep ball from Safina induced Vika to mishit a crosscourt backhand wide. 40/0. Vika went to the net, and picked off an amazing backhand half-volley winner off a dipping ball at her feet. 40/15. Double fault (second serve just wide). 40/30. Double fault (second serve just wide). Deuce #1. Backhand return long. Vika muttered and looked very frustrated. Ad Safina. She netted a forehand. Deuce #2. Vika thumped a crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline. Ad Vika (BP). Vika neutered Safina's early initiative, went to the net and hit a high forehand drive-volley winner down the line.

Vika serving 2-4: With the grunting from both players rising to new levels, Safina hit a backhand long. 15/0. Safina played a good spreading rally, but sprayed a forehand long. With a disgusted look on her disgusting face, Safina smashed her racket violently to the ground, and had to replace it. 30/0. Vika ran down a dropshot and hit a backhand winner down the line. 40/0. Down-the-line backhand return wide.

That game puts a big smile on my face. Vika has rediscovered the kind of form she showed in the first set, while Safina is losing her temper.

Safina serving 4-3: Safina on the third stroke netted a forehand. 0/15. Vika hit a "breathtaking" crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 0/30. Safina forehand winner down the line: just inside the sideline. 15/30. Vika backhand just long. 30/30. Safina sprayed a forehand wide. 30/40 (BP). Vika opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand, and painted the sideline with a down-the-line forehand winner. She celebrated the second break back with a "c'mon".

Vika serving 4-4: Vika crosscourt backhand just wide. 0/15. In an ultra-intense rally, Vika's grunt reached a new volume, with two tones like Monica Seles... but she hit a down-the-line forehand just wide. 0/30. Vika forehand just long. 0/40 (BP). Vika hit a down-the-line backhand just wide, and whacked the ground violently with her racket (without breaking it AFAICT).

What a shame, after all the hard work for Vika to come back in this set. She really had the momentum going into that game, and I thought she might actually win 6-1 6-4.

Safina serving 5-4: Safina netted a backhand. 0/15. Safina forehand just long. 0/30. Safina crosscourt backhand virtual winner. 15/30. Vika off-forehand return wide. 30/30. Vika blasted an off-backhand return wide. She doubled over and muttered. 40/30 (SP #1). Forehand return long. Safina won the second set 6-4 at 15:26 CEST (second set 50m, match so far 1h13m).

Vika threw her racket to the ground, caught it as it bounced up and threw it again, and was booed by the crowd. The spin she got on that racket was quite impressive!

The way things are going between SŲderling and Davydenko (6-1 6-3), I might have to start following live scores for Sharapova v CibulkovŠ before this match is over.


Third set
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AZAREN __* *___ 2
SAFINA @* * *@* 6

Vika serving 0-0: Double fault. 0/15. Vika netted a forehand. 0/30. Safina off-forehand winner into the corner. Vika looked upset. 0/40 (BP). Deep first serve out wide forced Safina to miss a backhand return. 15/40 (BP #2). Vika backhand winner down the line. 30/40 (BP #3). Safina's deep forehand forced Vika to net a forehand, and she looked very frustrated.

I'm pleased to see that this match is now being shown to a wider audience on BBC 2, in addition to BBC Red Button!

Safina serving 0-1: Vika hit an acute crosscourt forehand return-winner. 0/15. Vika's deep crosscourt backhand return forced Safina to net a backhand. 0/30. Safina forced a very short, high-bouncing ball from Vika, and dispatched it with a laserlike crosscourt backhand winner. 15/30. Vika forehand just long. 30/30. Safina hit a very effective crosscourt sliced backhand - low and fast - forcing Vika to net a backhand. 40/30. Safina crosscourt forehand wide.

Vika serving 2-0: Safina sliced a backhand long. 15/0. Safina hit a forehand long, and emitted a long squeal of dismay. 30/0. Vika crosscourt forehand winner on the line (Safina checked the mark, and rubbed it out with her foot). 40/0. Safina netted a backhand return.

Safina serving 2-1: Double fault (Safina's back foot crossed the imaginary extension of the centre-line). 0/15. Vika, driven wide, netted a backhand. 15/15. Vika forced a short ball, and hit an off-forehand winner onto the sideline. 15/30. Vika hit a short, defensive lob, and Safina dispatched it with a crosscourt forehand winner. 30/30. Backhand return long. 40/30. Vika painted the sideline with a down-the-line backhand winner against the wind. Deuce. Safina hit a hard forehand winner down the line. Ad Safina. She went to the net behind a crosscourt forehand, and hit a forehand volley-winner down the open line.

Sam Smith: "It's like a tug of war between these two - an absolute battle of wills. Both looking for the spaces on the court; both looking to hit winners."

Vika serving 1-3: Vika backhand dropshot-winner. 15/0. Vika opened up the court with a brilliant crosscourt backhand winner, but blasted a wild crosscourt forehand long, and shouted "wooh!" before muttering in Russian. 15/15. Safina backhand just long. 30/15. Vika crosscourt forehand winner. 40/15. Vika hit a backhand long, and muttered some more. 40/30. Vika blasted a backhand wide, and looked very upset. Deuce #1. Vika dumped a backhand dropshot into the bottom of the net, and doubled over in disappointment. Ad Safina (BP). She netted a cheap backhand return. Deuce #2. Serve out wide + off-backhand winner back behind Safina. Ad Vika. Safina forced a very high lob, let it bounce, and hit a forehand smash-winner down Vika's forehand-sideline. Deuce #3. A good crosscourt backhand from Vika forced Safina to net a backhand. Ad Vika. She went to the net behind a dropshot, and hit an easy forehand volley-winner off Safina's weak reply.

Mark Petchey: "Just a little too much emphasis on each single point for Azarenka now - she's sort of wrapped up in every mistake that she makes."

Safina serving 2-3: Double fault (second serve wide). 0/15. Serve out wide + backhand winner down the line. 15/15. Serve out wide + forehand winner down the line. 30/15. Safina netted a backhand, but Vika was still muttering. 30/30. Vika hit a forehand long, and waved her arms in frustration. 40/30. Safina backhand long. Deuce. Vika netted a backhand, and looked close to tears. Ad Safina. Vika hit a backhand long, dropped her racket and slapped her knees - not the right message to send to Safina, who thrives on bullying her opponents.

Vika serving 2-4: Safina hit a backhand return-winner down Vika's backhand-sideline. 0/15. Vika crosscourt forehand + pinpoint forehand down the line forced Safina to hit a backhand long. 15/15. Vika ran down a dropshot, but put a forehand long and wide. 15/30. Safina hit an off-forehand return to the sideline, forcing Vika to hit a backhand lob long. 15/40 (BP). Vika saved it with a crosscourt forehand + high forehand drive-volley winner down the line. 30/40 (BP #2). Safina hit a "piledriver" crosscourt forehand winner back behind Vika.

Sam Smith: "The world number-one really thinking clearly under pressure now."
Mark Petchey: "You have to give Azarenka a little bit of credit, there: she was trying to change things up a little bit: she was trying to change the pace of the ball, the height of the ball, trying to throw Safina out of her rhythm, but she just couldn't keep the length, and that was the biggest problem."

Safina serving 5-2: A deep forehand from Safina forced Vika to hit a forehand half-volley long. 15/0. Safina forced a short ball and hit a backhand winner down the line. Mark Petchey: "Just not quite the versatility on defence for Azarenka to get herself out of trouble - [her defensive sliced backhand] is not a bad-looking shot, but just doesn't get it low enough or short enough." 30/0. Safina forced a short, defensive lob, and hit an off-forehand smash-winner. 40/0 (MP #1). Vika's crosscourt backhand return clipped the netcord and fell wide. Safina won 1-6 6-4 6-2 at 16:05 CEST (third set 39m, match 1h52m).

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4. Quarter-final scoreboard-report: Sharapova v CibulkovŠ (Tuesday 2nd June 2009)
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- Maria Sharapova [EF] lt. DOMINIKA CIBULKOVŃ [20], 0-6 2-6

Maria was playing only her second singles-tournament back after a 9Ĺ-month injury-layoff. Her reason for not playing singles in March was that she wasn't fit enough to play for more than four days in a row, so it's not surprising that after four tough three-setters to reach the quarter-finals, she had nothing left.

This is what Maria had to say for herself: "I guess you could only ask your body to do so much. Everything fell a little short today. The pace wasn't there on my strokes, and I was five steps slower. She just played really solid and made me hit a lot of balls, and I came up short today."

Maria was on the verge of a humiliating double bagel as Domi had her first match-point 6-0 *5-0, so I felt a lot better after she won two games, and Domi, after another tough service-game at *5-2, converted her fifth match-point to reach her first Major semi-final.

Domi: "I realised I could beat Maria Sharapova 6-0 6-0 and go to the semi-finals in a Grand Slam [sic], and I got shocked. So when it was 5-2, I knew I was serving and had to make this game."

Maria: "I don't really care about numbers. It's either a 'W' or an 'L', and I prefer 'W'. You know, if it's 7-6 in the third and you come out with a loss, what's the difference?"

If Maria had lost 6-0 6-0, I would have had to kill myself, because I have made an unbreakable vow to report on all her French Open matches, and an unbreakable vow NOT to report on any double bagels she may suffer!


First set
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SHARAPOVA ______ 0
CIBULKOVŃ @*@*@* 6

The match was second on Court Suzanne Lenglen, and its chances of being televised by the BBC were shot to pieces when SŲderling beat Davydenko 6-1 6-3 6-1 in the previous match even before Azarenka v Safina had finished on Court Philippe Chatrier. So instead of showing this match, the BBC showed Murray v GonzŠlez on both BBC 2 and BBC Red Button.

The match started at 16:13 CEST.

Maria serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.
Domi serving 1-0: 15/0. 15/15. 15/40 (BPx2). Deuce #1. Ad Domi. Deuce #2. Ad Domi. Held.

Two break-points go begging.

Maria serving 0-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/40 (BP). Broken.
Domi serving 3-0: 0/30. 40/30. Held.

A 0/30 opening wasted, and this is starting to get very embarrassing.

Maria serving 0-4: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/40 (BP). Broken.
Domi serving 5-0: 30/0. 30/15. 40/15 (SP #1). Domi won the first set 6-0 at 16:43 CEST (30m).

Just checked the live-scores thread at http://www.tennisforum.com/showthrea...380920&page=25 to find out what's going wrong, and apparently, Maria can hardly move.

franny: "She's just all out of sorts, and looks like she has no energy left. Her shots have no sting, and yet she's still missing almost on every ball."

Perhaps it's just as well that the BBC isn't televising this match!


Second set
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SHARAPOVA _____@*_ 2
CIBULKOVŃ @*@*@__* 6

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

Despite 30/15, the horrible humiliation continues.

Domi serving 3-0: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. 40/30. Held.

Apparently, Maria has even resorted to moonballing against the 5'3" Domi!

Maria serving 0-4: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BP #1). 30/40 (BP #2). Broken.
Domi serving 5-0: 15/0. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). Deuce #1. Ad Domi (MP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Maria (BP #2). Broken.

THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's amazing how hard it is for someone on the verge of a double bagel to actually get it. Anne Keothavong almost did it to Ioana Raluca Olaru at Warsaw, but Olaru came through a deuce-game to avoid complete humiliation, and Keothavong at least took Safina to deuce before Safina did it to her.

Maria serving 1-5: Held to love.

It won't be easy for Domi to serve for the match now, having already failed once and wasted one match-point. Maria certainly has some mental momentum now, though it would still take an unprecedented miracle (has anyone in tennis-history ever recovered from 0-6 0-5 and won?) for her to turn this one around.

Domi serving 5-2: 0/15. 40/15 (MP #2). 40/30 (MP #3). Deuce #1. Ad Domi (MP #4). Deuce #2. Ad Maria (BP). Deuce #3. Ad Domi (MP #5). Domi won 6-0 6-2 at 17:28 CEST (second set 45m, match 1h15m).


Statistics
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Maria had a W:UE ratio of 14:27 (first set 4:13, second set 10:14) to Domi's 9:9 (first set 6:1, second set 3:8).

They both got 64% of first serves in (Domi raising hers from 48% for the first set to 74% for the second), but whereas Domi won 69% of the points when she did so, and 45% on second serve, the winning-percentages for Maria were woeful: 44% and 29% (first set: 36% and 17%).

Maria served much faster than Domi: fastest 112-107 mph, average first serve 98-93 mph, average second serve 93-87 mph.

Maria served 2 aces and 5 double faults, Domi one ace and 3 double faults.

Domi broke 6 times from 9 BPs, Maria just once from 3 BPs.

In a baseline-oriented encounter, Domi won 2 of 3 points at the net, Maria 1 of 3.

In points, Domi won 57-37 (first set 26-12, second set 31-25).

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5. Quarter-final draw
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The players on the left are the ones I want to win.

* DINARA SAFINA [1] won
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVŃ [20] won

* Sorana CÓrstea v SAMANTHA STOSUR [30]
* SERENA WILLIAMS [2] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7]

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6. Andrew's wishes (updated after Tuesday)
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6.1 Semi-final wishes
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+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVŃ [20] d. DINARA SAFINA [1]
+ Sorana CÓrstea d. SERENA WILLIAMS [2]


6.2 Final wish
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+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVŃ [20] d. Sorana CÓrstea

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7. Women's Doubles: Quarter-final
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7.1 Quarter-final result (Tuesday 2nd June 2009)
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+ (HSIEH,SU-WEI [s]/PENG,SHUAI [s])[9] d. Agnieszka Radwańska/Urszula Radwańska, 2-6 6-4 7-5


7.2 Semi-final draw
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* (ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES/VIRGINIA RUANO PASCUAL)[3] v (CARA BLACK/LIEZEL HUBER)[1]

* (HSIEH,SU-WEI [s]/PENG,SHUAI [s])[9] v (VICTORIA AZARENKA [DF]/ELENA VESNINA)[12]

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8. Girls' Singles: Second round/Third round
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8.1 Second-round results (Tuesday 2nd June 2009)
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What rocked:
+ Valeria Solovieva d. Nathalie Mohn, 6-3 6-3

What sucked:
- LAURA ROBSON [1] lt. Sandra Zaniewska, 6-7 (10/12) 6-1 3-6

17-year-old Zaniewska has much more experience on clay than Robson, but Robson has lost a lot of ground after her three-month lay-off. It will be intriguing to see whether she can regain it on grass - after all, she won the junior-versions of Eastbourne and Wimbledon last year!

Sam Smith: "I went and watched the first set: an excellent match between the Pole and Laura Robson, so no disgrace in losing to that opponent, whose name I am not even going to try and pronounce."

Come on, Sam - it's not like we're talking about Jan Łukasiewicz! (the inventor of what we English computer-scientists call "Polish notation").


8.2 Third-round result (Tuesday 2nd June 2009)
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- ELENA BOGDAN [8] lt. SILVIA NJIRIĆ [11], 5-7 0-6

To be played on Wednesday:
* Valeria Solovieva v Beatrice Capra (davai Lera!)
* KSENIA PERVAK [3] v CHRISTINA McHALE [14] (davai Ksenia!)

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9. Girls' Doubles: Second round
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9.1 Second-round results (Tuesday 2nd June 2009)
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+ (ELENA BOGDAN/NOPPAWAN LERTCHEEWAKARN [s])[2] d. Irina Khromacheva/An-Sophie Mestach, 6-3 5-7 [10/3]

- Anna Orlik/Laura Robson lt. (BEATRICE CAPRA/LAUREN EMBREE)[7], walkover

I am unable to find out who pulled out and why, but at least Robson can give her GCSEs her undivided attention now (presumably it will be this week that she sits her English exams).


9.2 Third-round draw
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Andrew's selection:

* (ELENA BOGDAN/NOPPAWAN LERTCHEEWAKARN [s])[2] v (BEATRICE CAPRA/LAUREN EMBREE)[7]

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10. Order of play for Wednesday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 14:00 CEST = 12:00 GMT = 13:00 BST)
WS qf: Sorana CÓrstea v SAMANTHA STOSUR [30]
MS qf: GAňL MONFILS [11] v ROGER FEDERER [2]
XD sf: (LIEZEL HUBER/BOB BRYAN)[1] v Anna-Lena GrŲnefeld/Mark Knowles

Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 14:00 CEST = 12:00 GMT = 13:00 BST)
WS qf: SERENA WILLIAMS [2] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7]
MS qf: JUAN MARTÕN DEL POTRO [5] v TOMMY ROBREDO [16]
XD sf: (NADIA PETROVA/MAX MIRNYI)[4] v Vania King/Marcelo Melo

I would much rather watch CÓrstea v Stosur, but BBC Red Button will go against their Chatrier-billing to show Williams v Kuznetsova instead.

But the BBC definitely plans to show Monfils v Federer, so I hope Williams will win as quickly as she did in the fourth round, so that BBC Red Button might switch to Chatrier in time to catch the end of CÓrstea v Stosur.

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

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
Jun 2nd, 2009 02:06 AM
andrewbroad
Andrew's TV-report for Day 9

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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. Women's Singles: Fourth-round results
3. Fourth-round TV-report: S.Williams v Wozniak
4. Fourth-round TV-report: CÓrstea v Janković
5. Quarter-final draw
6. Andrew's wishes
7. Women's Doubles: Third round
8. Girls' Singles: First round/Second round
9. Girls' Doubles: First round
10. Order of play for Tuesday

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1. Photos
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Various players including Sorana CÓrstea and Laura Robson:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8077252.stm

Search-list for Day 9:

cirstea
stosur
robson

Stosur should always be scheduled for the evening, because she looks much better without sunglasses! ;-)

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2. Women's Singles: Fourth-round results (Monday 1st June 2009)
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Nice winners:
+ Sorana CÓrstea d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [5], 3-6 6-0 9-7
+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [30] d. Virginie Razzano, 6-1 6-2

All other results:
+ SERENA WILLIAMS [2] d. ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK [24], 6-1 6-2
+ SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7] d. AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [12], 6-4 1-6 6-1

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3. Fourth-round TV-report: S.Williams v Wozniak (Monday 1st June 2009)
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+ SERENA WILLIAMS [2] d. ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK [24], 6-1 6-2

The match was first on Court Philippe Chatrier, and I saw it all on BBC Red Button.

It was a fast-paced match with lots of brilliant winners from Williams, so I enjoyed watching it much more than I had expected. Women's tennis can still be very entertaining even without close matches or attractive women! ;-) (I've seen plenty of both at this tournament so far).

I am amazed at the level of tennis Williams found in this match, given that she came into this tournament on a 4-match losing-streak and with a knee-injury. She's going to be a handful for Svetlana Kuznetsova in the next round - perhaps even for Dinara Safina in the final! (though I really hope Maria Sharapova will have something to say about the latter).

It was my first time to see Wozniak play. Not a lot to say about her, really, as Williams was striking the ball very well, making it all about herself. Wozniak is the usual baseliner with a two-handed backhand. She hit some good groundstrokes when she was allowed to, but doesn't have a very good serve (at least not today).

David Mercer: "Coaching-report on Wozniak: work to be done - loads of it - on the second serve, and indeed on the first, and perhaps a bit more thought into placement?"
Sam Smith: "It's just purpose, really. She certainly has power, good mover, great ball-striker, otherwise she wouldn't be #24 in the world. But it's a case of a little more accuracy, and just purpose on the ball - power with control and accuracy."

Trivia: Wozniak and Wozniacki are both Polish names, but according to the BBC commentators, Wozniak likes it pronounced "voz-nee-ak", whereas Caroline Wozniacki likes it pronounced "woz-nee-akee" rather than "voz-nee-ats-kee".


First set
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WILLIAM *@* *@* 6
WOZNIAK ___*___ 1

Williams made a sharp start, breaking for *2-0 with a backhand winner down the line. Wozniak could barely engage Williams in a rally as Williams powered to 3-0* having lost only one point in the match.

Wozniak served two double faults - including a second serve into the bottom of the net - but managed to hold for 1-3*. Wozniak hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner back behind Williams for 0/15, and tried to go to the net at 30/30, but netted a sliced-backhand approach, and Williams held to 30 for 4-1*.

Williams broke for *5-1 with a couple of forehand winners and a backhand return-winner - Wozniak won one point in that service-game with a short-angled crosscourt backhand just inside the sideline, forcing Williams into error.

Wozniak got into the rallies much better at 1-5*, saving a set-point (40/30) with a forehand smash-winner (that could have been 30/40, had Wozniak not netted a forehand with the initiative at 30/30). But Williams took the set 6-1 two points later with a forehand smash-winner of her own.


Second set
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WILLIAM @*@*__@* 6
WOZNIAK ____*@__ 2

Williams broke for *1-0 with a backhand winner down the line, after one deuce. Wozniak at 30/30 hit a forehand return-winner down - and just inside - Williams's forehand-sideline, but Williams hit a crosscourt backhand winner, and held for 2-0* when a lob from Wozniak landed just long.

Wozniak hit her second ace, but Williams broke to 30 with a forehand smash-winner for *3-0. Williams hit a crosscourt backhand winner, and held to love for 4-0*.

Wozniak responded with a love-hold of her own - including her third ace - for 1-4*.

Wozniak had a 15/30 opening, but netted an aggressive sliced-backhand approach that could easily have given her 15/40. Williams hit a backhand just long for 30/40, and netted a forehand to give Wozniak the break for *2-4.

Williams went to the net and hit a crosscourt backhand volley-winner. She broke to 30 with an off-forehand winner for *5-2.

Williams serving 5-2: Wozniak hit a "super" crosscourt backhand return-winner just inside the sideline. 0/15. Backhand return just long. 15/15. Williams forced a short ball and hit an off-forehand winner. 30/15. Wozniak forehand long. 40/15. A deep return forced Williams to hit a forehand long. 40/30 (MP #2). Wozniak netted a forehand return. Williams won 6-1 6-2 at 12:08 CEST (53m).

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4. Fourth-round TV-report: CÓrstea v Janković (Monday 1st June 2009)
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+ Sorana CÓrstea d. JELENA JANKOVIĆ [5], 3-6 6-0 9-7

BBC Red Button joined this match late in the third set (after Tsonga v Del Potro had finished), and it was amazing!

The rallies were nailbiting, the atmosphere was electric, and while CÓrstea may not hit the ball very hard on normal rallying shots, she certainly injected the pace to hit some brilliant winners from time to time!

Janković's game appears to have regressed to the level it was at in 2005/2006: just a solid counterpuncher with no injections of pace from what I saw today.

The last game of the match (CÓrstea 8-7*) was a classic. I felt CÓrstea deserved to have two match-points after Janković at 15/30 hit a winner that looked out to me, but what unfolded was even better: a game of four deuces, with Janković having two game-points for 8-8, and CÓrstea needing three match-points. She showed incredible self-belief to save Janković's second game-point with a forehand winner onto the sideline, and converted her third match-point with a crosscourt backhand winner!

I may have been bored watching CÓrstea at Birmingham 2008, but this match (and her contribution to it) was certainly very exciting!


Third set
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Before BBC Red Button joined it, Janković served for the match at *5-4.

Janković serving 5-6: CÓrstea on the fourth stroke hit a forehand winner down Janković's forehand-sideline. 0/15. An intriguing rally ended with Janković hitting an error-forcing crosscourt forehand onto the sideline. 15/15. Janković hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 30/15. Service-winner. 40/15. CÓrstead blasted a down-the-line backhand wide.

CÓrstea serving 6-6: Janković went to the net, but CÓrstea hit a crosscourt backhand winner. Janković doubled over and berated herself. 15/0. CÓrstea hit a forehand onto the baseline that was called long, but the umpire overruled it and ordered them to replay the point. CÓrstea ran down a short ball and hit an off-forehand winner. 30/0. Janković forehand just long (the umpire checked the mark to confirm it). 40/0. Backhand return long.

Janković serving 6-7: CÓrstea's deep backhand on the baseline induced Janković to net a forehand. 0/15. CÓrstea forced a short ball, and hit a pinpoint forehand winner down the line. 0/30. Janković went to the net and hit a crosscourt forehand volley-winner to the sideline. 15/30. CÓrstea hit a horrendous forehand dropshot into the bottom of the net. 30/30. A nailbiting rally with excellent retrieval by CÓrstea ended with her running down a dropshot and netting a forehand smash. 40/30. CÓrstea netted a forehand.

CÓrstea serving 7-7: Serve down the middle + crunching forehand winner down the line. 15/0. Janković's penetrating off-forehand return forced CÓrstea to earth a backhand. 15/15. Janković crosscourt forehand just wide. 30/15. After a long, gruelling rally, CÓrstea hit a deep forehand onto the baseline, inducing Janković to hit a forehand long. 40/15. Janković opened up the court with a crosscourt forehand return onto the sideline, and hit a crosscourt backhand winner. 40/30. CÓrstea drilled a deep down-the-line backhand just inside the baseline, forcing Janković to bunt a crosscourt forehand wide.

Janković serving 7-8: A deep return induced Janković to net a backhand return. 0/15. Janković netted a forehand - this time unforced. 0/30. A longish rally ended with CÓrstea hitting a backhand long. 15/30. Janković's off-forehand winner on the sideline looked wide to me, but wasn't called! 30/30. CÓrstea opened up the court and forced a short ball with a fantastic crosscourt forehand return onto the sideline, but netted an easy forehand with the court wide open. 40/30. Janković mishit a forehand lob long. Deuce #1. CÓrstea went for a big forehand down the line, but it was just long. Ad Janković. CÓrstea painted the sideline with a forehand winner down the line. Mark Petchey: "She's believing in herself, and it's not easy to do at this stage." Deuce #2. A long rally ended with Janković hitting a forehand long. Ad CÓrstea (MP #1). CÓrstea forehand wide (earlier in the rally, I thought a Janković forehand was going long, but it just dipped in with topspin). Deuce #3. A nailbiting rally, with both players trying to spread each other, culminated with CÓrstea hitting a penetrating forehand down the line to force a short, high-bouncing ball from Janković, which CÓrstea dispatched with an off-backhand winner. Janković sank to her haunches, while CÓrstea went for a quick drink from her waterbottle. Ad CÓrstea (MP #2). Janković saved it by going to the net and hitting a deep off-forehand drive-volley just inside the baseline, forcing CÓrstea to bunt a defensive backhand lob wide. Deuce #4. CÓrstea's deep forehand down the line forced Janković to net a backhand. Ad CÓrstea (MP #3). Janković hit a deep forehand onto the baseline... a few strokes later, CÓrstea took the initiative and hit a crosscourt backhand winner!! CÓrstea won 3-6 6-0 9-7 at 19:30 CEST (third set 1h29m, match 2h44m).

Sorana CÓrstea: "I love lots of people supporting me. The atmosphere was amazing at the end. I felt the crowd was with me, and that gave me more energy."

Mark Petchey: "She's going to go far in this game. She's got a great game, but more than that, she's got a big heart."

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5. Quarter-final draw
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The players on the left are the ones I want to win.

* VICTORIA AZARENKA [9] v DINARA SAFINA [1] (davai Victoria!)
* Maria Sharapova [EF] v DOMINIKA CIBULKOVŃ [20] (my loyalty is to MARIA)

* Sorana CÓrstea v SAMANTHA STOSUR [30]
* SERENA WILLIAMS [2] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7]

Yes, I have changed my mind about who I want to win the CÓrstea v Stosur match. CÓrstea is better-looking than Stosur, and a lot more exciting to watch than I thought she was before her win over Janković.

CÓrstea will beat Stosur because of her superior mental strength: she showed incredible self-belief in the closing stages of her win over Janković, while Stosur can get very tight, as she did against Elena Dementieva in the second set before Dementieva faded badly in the third.

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6. Andrew's wishes (updated after Monday)
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6.1 Semi-final wishes
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+ Maria Sharapova [EF] d. VICTORIA AZARENKA [9]
+ Sorana CÓrstea d. SERENA WILLIAMS [2]


6.2 Final wish
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+ Maria Sharapova [EF] d. Sorana CÓrstea

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7. Women's Doubles: Third round
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7.1 Quarter-final results (Monday 1st June 2009)
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Andrew's selections:

- (YAN,ZI [s]/ZHENG,JIE)[16] lt. (VICTORIA AZARENKA/ELENA VESNINA)[12], 4-6 6-4 2-6


To be played on Tuesday:

* (HSIEH,SU-WEI [s]/PENG,SHUAI [s])[9] v Agnieszka Radwańska/Urszula Radwańska

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8. Girls' Singles: First round/Second round
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8.1 First-round results (Monday 1st June 2009)
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What rocked:
+ LAURA ROBSON [1] d. Karina Pimkina, 2-6 6-3 6-3

What sucked:
- NOPPAWAN LERTCHEEWAKARN [5,S] lt. Richel Hogenkamp, 4-6 3-6

Robson didn't play between the Australian Open and a junior-tournament at Milan two weeks ago (during her absence, she inherited the ITF junior world #1 ranking from Lertcheewakarn), as she has been suffering from shin-splints due to growing too quickly, and is also preparing to take two GCSE English exams (a year early!) either this week or next.

Robson has the genes to be over six feet tall when she's finished growing, and against Pimkina, she recovered from a sluggish start with the help of 11 aces.

Laura Robson: "I do like it [clay], but obviously my game suits a faster surface. I'm trying to change my game to suit clay more, but I don't like what it does to my socks. To be honest, my expectations aren't that high; I'm just going [to take it] match by match and see how it goes."


8.2 Second-round results (Monday 1st June 2009)
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Nice winner, nice loser:
+ ELENA BOGDAN [8] d. Anna Orlik, 6-2 6-3

Another nice winner:
+ KSENIA PERVAK [3] d. Fatma Al-Nabhani, 5-7 6-1 10-8

18-year-old Pervak continues to cherry-pick junior Majors after her success at the Australian Open, where she schooled Laura Robson 6-3 6-1 in the final.

To be played on Tuesday:
* LAURA ROBSON [1] v Sandra Zaniewska (go Laura!)
* Valeria Solovieva v Nathalie Mohn (davai Lera!)

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9. Girls' Doubles: First round
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9.1 First-round results (Monday 1st June 2009)
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+ Anna Orlik/Laura Robson d. Alexandra Krunić/Sandra Zaniewska, 4-6 7-6 (7/3) [10/2]

+ (ELENA BOGDAN/NOPPAWAN LERTCHEEWAKARN [s])[2] d. Sina Haas/Magda Linette, 6-3 6-3


9.2 Second-round draw
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Andrew's selections (desired winners on the left):

* Anna Orlik/Laura Robson v (BEATRICE CAPRA/LAUREN EMBREE)[7]

* (ELENA BOGDAN/NOPPAWAN LERTCHEEWAKARN [s])[2] v Irina Khromacheva/An-Sophie Mestach

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10. Order of play for Tuesday
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Court Philippe Chatrier (start 14:00 CEST = 12:00 GMT = 13:00 BST)
WS qf: VICTORIA AZARENKA [9] v DINARA SAFINA [1]
MS qf: ANDY MURRAY [3] v FERNANDO GONZŃLEZ [12]
XD qf: Nathalie Dechy/Andy Ram v (NADIA PETROVA/MAX MIRNYI)[4]

Court Suzanne Lenglen (start 14:00 CEST = 12:00 GMT = 13:00 BST)
MS qf: ROBIN S÷DERLING [23] v NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO [10]
WS qf: Maria Sharapova [EF] v DOMINIKA CIBULKOVŃ [20]
WD qf: (HSIEH,SU-WEI [s]/PENG,SHUAI [s])[9] v Agnieszka Radwańska/Urszula Radwańska

I'm very happy that they're splitting the women's fourth round and quarter-finals over two days each this year, because:
(a) Playing just half these rounds a day makes the matches seem much more important.
(b) It should go a long way towards gender-equality (the men have been splitting fourth round and quarter-finals for years, which means they used to share one day with the women and then have the next day all to themselves).
(c) It avoids half the third-round winners having to play their third- and fourth-round matches on consecutive days (it's inevitable that some players have to play two rounds on consecutive days at some point during a Major if the final is to be on Saturday, and as a fan, I prefer this be the quarter- and semi-finals rather than third and fourth round, as fewer players have to play on consecutive days).

However, I'm not happy with this order of play, because it may well mean that the BBC once again use Murray as an excuse not to televise Maria if her match finishes before Murray's! Why can't they just start at 11:00 CEST and play all four of the day's Women's and Men's Singles quarter-finals back to back on Chatrier?

I'm looking forward to watching Azarenka play for the first time, though, as the BBC has announced that it will be starting its coverage on Chatrier. I hope she can win quickly to improve the chances of the BBC televising the mouthwatering Sharapova v CibulkovŠ match!

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


UK TV-alert
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The tennis starts on BBC Red Button at 13:00 BST, and on BBC 2 from approximately 14:15 BST - depending on when Azarenka v Safina finishes, as they only intend to show Murray on BBC 2.

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
Jun 1st, 2009 04:12 AM
andrewbroad
Andrew's TV-report for Day 8

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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Major)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Women's Singles: Fourth-round results
3. Fourth-round TV-report: Sharapova v Li
4. Fourth-round draw
5. Quarter-final preview: Sharapova v Cibulková
6. Andrew's wishes
7. Article: Dokić cleared of serious injury
8. Women's Doubles: Third round
9. Girls' Singles: First round
10. Girls' Doubles: First-round draw
11. Order of play for Monday

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1. Photos
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Various players including Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanović, Dominika Cibulková, Ágnes Szávay:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8075838.stm

Various players including Maria Sharapova:
http://www.tennis.com/features/galle...renchRounds23/

Various players including Ana Ivanović, Dominika Cibulková, Elena Vesnina, Alyona Bondarenko, Yuliana Fedak, Mathilde Johansson, Vitalia Diatchenko, Ioana Raluca Olaru:
http://www.tennisforum.com/1266-roland-garros/379924-roland-garros-photos.html

Search-list for Day 8:

sharapova
cibulkova
ivanovic
azarenka
rezai

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2. Women's Singles: Fourth-round results (Sunday 31st May 2009)
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What rocked:
+ Maria Sharapova [EF] d. LI,NA [25], 6-4 0-6 6-4
+ DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [20] d. ÁGNES SZÁVAY [29], 6-2 6-4

Nice winner, nice loser:
- ANA IVANOVIĆ [8,DF] lt. VICTORIA AZARENKA [9], 2-6 3-6

What sucked:
- Aravane Rezaï lt. DINARA SAFINA [1], 1-6 0-6

Dominika and Victoria are through to their first Major quarter-finals. I hope that will lead to their first BBC-televisations!

Dominika: "I got so tight because I wanted to win so badly. It's just amazing - I felt like I was going to cry. I play tennis for these moments. I have nothing to lose from now on in. I was injured before Roland Garros [leg-muscle] and didn't play the big tournaments, so I was a bit afraid. But now, it's amazing."

Ana took a medical time-out for a neck-injury, and also: "After the first point of the fourth game, I just suddenly started feeling so dizzy, and I completely lost my balance. Ever since then, it was really hard. I struggled with looking up. I started feeling very dizzy, and I was struggling a little bit to find my balance."

She did well to win any games at all, really! ;-)

Victoria: "I don't know if I can say that I'm surprised that I beat Ana, because I think I deserve to beat her. I played very well. I didn't let her play her game. I was just being, I think, too aggressive."

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3. Fourth-round TV-report: Sharapova v Li (Sunday 31st May 2009)
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+ Maria Sharapova [EF] d. LI,NA [25], 6-4 0-6 6-4

The match was fourth on Court Philippe Chatrier, which was reeling from the seismic shock of Rafael Nadal's first-ever loss at the French Open a few minutes before. I saw the whole match on BBC Red Button.

It was another tough struggle for Maria: her fourth three-setter in a row (mirroring Jelena Dokić's fairy-tale run to the Australian Open quarter-finals), and she won the last four games from 2-4* in the third. As BBC commentator Sam Smith put it, Maria won "by the sheer force of her personality".

Li has the ball-striking ability of a top-five player, but is inconsistent, and can get very nervous, as she did at *4-2 in the third today. Maria enjoys playing Li because the fast pace from Li plays into her hands. Conversely, Li enjoys playing Maria when she's not getting it quite right!

From *1-2 in the first set, Maria won three games in a row for *4-3, as Li went for the lines and missed by narrow margins. Li broke back as errors crept into Maria's game, but Maria's crosscourt backhand winner gave her an opening at 4-4* (0/30), and she pushed home that advantage to break and then serve out the first set 6-4.

In the second set, Maria was broken for 0-2*, and then I realised - from the three forehand-errors she made in the next game - how tired she was: her footwork had deteriorated, and her shots seemed to lack their usual purpose.

Li won the second set 6-0 by playing to a very high level, while Maria made error after unforced error, and wasn't running for Li's winners.

At *0-1 in the third set, all I asked was for Maria to avoid a double bagel. She held serve with Li until 2-2*, but had to work so hard just to do so, while Li kept pushing her deep into the corners, from where Maria invariably tries to blast a winner rather than floating back a deep defensive shot to recover.

A quadruple fault put Maria *2-3 (15/40) down, and Li found tremendous depth on her groundstrokes to break for *4-2.

At *4-2 (30/30), Li netted a nervy crosscourt forehand to give Maria a break-point, which she converted with a down-the-line backhand winner just inside the baseline!

At the *3-4 changeover, Maria took a medical time-out to get her left thigh massaged (I wouldn't mind that job! ;-) ), which she had requested at *2-3 (15/40).

Maria: "The thigh was just a little bit sore. I just needed to put some hot cream on it to forget that anything was wrong. I'm definitely a little bit... little sore, but I'll be fine. That's why the Grand Slams [sic] are great. You have a day in between - day to recover - and that always helps the body."

With the depth of Maria's groundstrokes forcing Li into errors, Maria held for 4-4* after a crosscourt backhand winner, and broke for *5-4 after a blazing backhand return-winner down the line.

An ace and a service-winner helped Maria to match-point at *5-4 (40/30), which she converted when Li hit a backhand long. Maria looked delighted, and it made me the happiest I've been so far this French Open by quite some distance!

Li: "She's so strong mentally. She was always fighting - doesn't matter what the score was. She never gave up. She was fighting every point on the court."

The win puts Maria into her first Major quarter-final since she won the Australian Open 2008 - thus ending an abnormal, embarrassing 16-month run at the Majors, considering that in 2005 and 2006, she reached the semi-finals of every Major except the French Open.

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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4. Fourth-round draw
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The players on the left are the ones I want to win.

* DINARA SAFINA [1] won
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [9] won
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [20] won
* Maria Sharapova [EF] won

* Sorana Cîrstea v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [5] (hai Sorana!)
* SAMANTHA STOSUR [30] v Virginie Razzano (go Sam!)
* AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [12] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [7]
* SERENA WILLIAMS [2] v ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK [24]

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5. Quarter-final preview: Sharapova v Cibulková
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I am delighted and very excited that Maria and Dominika have set up this mouthwatering quarter-final: Maria's first Major quarter-final since the Australian Open 2008, and Domi's first ever!

When Maria won her fourth-round match, I had never seen Dominika Cibulková play, but I was able to rectify this immediately by pulling the Amelia Island 2008 final out of a pile of unwatched DVDs that I ordered from Tennis Videos International <http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/> last December.

The Amelia Island 2008 final could not have been more appropriate for this preview, as Domi was playing none other than Maria in Domi's first WTA Tour final and Maria's first clay-court final!

Domi is essentially a counterpuncher whose favourite surface is clay. She frustrates Maria on this surface by getting a lot of balls back, so the onus is on Maria to overpower her.

But Domi can also be aggressive from the baseline - particularly with her returns of serve, which produced a few spectacular winners against Maria in the Amelia Island 2008 final! I remember one backhand return-winner down the line in particular!

Most of Domi's groundstroke-winners seemed to be down the line, although a couple of times when Maria went to the net, Domi passed her with crosscourt forehand winners. Apparently Domi's passing-shots are one of her greatest strengths (as when she beat Amélie Mauresmo in the semi-finals of AI 2008), but she doesn't get to hit that many against Maria, who only tends to go to the net when she's on top of the rally.

My first impression of watching Domi play was that she hits the ball very low over the net - none of those high bouncing balls that other short girls tend to resort to!

Domi will again be looking to spread Maria: make her run from side to side, ideally by hitting into the corners, which are an uncomfortable place on a clay-court for Maria to be.

Domi has a good first serve for one so short (5'3" to Maria's 6'2") - she even hit an ace in her opening service-game of the AI 2008 final! But Maria's aggressive returns put Domi under pressure to hit her second serves very deep, which can result in double faults.

Dropshots can be an effective tactic against Domi, as although her lateral movement is excellent, she doesn't seem quite so quick running forwards - although it has to be a good dropshot or Domi will hit a winner! If Maria can draw Domi to the net and then lob her, Domi has to retreat to the baseline, and that really puts her on the back foot (e.g. *3-4 in the first set of the AI 2008 final).

Domi also had some success with her own dropshots against Maria, who made errors after running down a couple of dropshots, and she actually lost the first point of the first-set tiebreak by running down a dropshot, hitting a winner, and touching the net with her foot before it had bounced twice!

Domi says her favourite shot is the drive-volley, and sure enough, she hit some of those in the AI 2008 final - but she was reluctant to do it more often.

Domi had some problems closing out games against Maria (who loves to fight for every game), but commentator Sam Gore said Domi was mentally strong. Whenever one of Maria's shots just missed a line, Domi had an annoying habit of circling the mark with her racket.

In the AI 2008 final, Domi recovered from *1-3 to 4-3*, and when Maria served for the first set at *5-4, Domi broke back with aggressive play, including a backhand drive-volley winner.

Domi led 4/2 in the tiebreak, saved a set-point at *5/6, but it might have been a much tougher match for Maria, had Domi not missed an easy forehand after running down a dropshot at 6/6. Maria won the tiebreak 9/7.

Domi led *2-1 in the second set, but took an medical time-out, and screamed in pain as the trainer massaged her left thigh (unfortunately this is not on the DVD). She was in tears after netting a forehand smash to get broken for *2-4, and Maria won 7-6 (9/7) 6-3.

Maria and Domi's second (and latest) meeting was in the second round of Rome 2008, which Maria won 6-2 3-6 6-4.

At Amelia Island 2008, Domi was an 18-year-old ranked #34. Now 20, she has pushed on to #19 (after a career-high of #16 in March).

Domi reached her second final at Montréal 2008, beating #6 Elena Dementieva 6-4 6-2 in the second round, #2 Jelena Janković 7-5 6-2 in the quarter-finals and #15 Marion Bartoli 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the semi-finals, before losing 6-2 6-1 to #8 Dinara Safina in the final.

Another highlight that jumps out from Domi's 2008 results is her 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7/4) win over #5 Ana Ivanović in the second round of Moscow.

Domi comes into this match with a 17:9 win/loss record for 2009 (including her four wins here). Not counting towards this record is winning the Hopman Cup for Slovakia (with Dominik Hrbatý): she beat Dinara Safina 6-7 6-1 6-4 in the women's-singles rubber of the final!

Domi reached the fourth round of the Australian Open, beating #186 Channelle Scheepers 6-0 6-0, #75 Chan,Yung-Jan 6-0 6-2 and #56 Virginie Razzano 7-5 7-5, before losing 6-2 6-2 to #4 Elena Dementieva.

Domi reached the third round of Dubai, but retired against #75 Elena Vesnina with heat-illness when trailing 6-4 1-6 0-4. She lost her opening match at Indian Wells 7-6 6-0 to another very short player: #121 Nuria Llagostera Vives. She reached the third round of Miami, but retired against #21 Anabel Medina Garrigues with cramping at 5-5 in the third set.

Domi's clay-court season didn't go very well before the French Open. She reached the quarter-finals of Ponte Vedra Beach, but lost 7-5 6-7 6-3 to #63 Elena Vesnina. She reached the quarter-finals of Charleston, but retired against #3 Elena Dementieva with a left-adductor strain when trailing 4-6 0-1. In Fed Cup play, she lost 4-6 6-2 6-3 to #21 Amélie Mauresmo, but beat Alizé Cornet 6-2 5-7 6-4.

Domi lost 6-1 6-1 to #4 Jelena Janković in the first round of Stuttgart, and pulled out of Rome and Madrid with a left-thigh injury, which did not bode well for her French Open chances.

But Domi has reached the quarter-finals with the following results:
1r + Alyona Bondarenko, 6-4 2-6 6-4
2r + Kirsten Flipkens, 6-1 6-0
3r + Gisela Dulko [DF], 6-4 6-2
4r + ÁGNES SZÁVAY [29], 6-2 6-4

Whereas Maria lost 6-2 6-2 to Alyona at Warsaw, and has struggled much more than Domi to reach this stage:
1r + Anastasiya Yakimova, 3-6 6-1 6-2
2r + NADIA PETROVA [11], 6-2 1-6 8-6
3r + Yaroslava Shvedova [Q], 1-6 6-3 6-4
4r + LI,NA [25], 6-4 0-6 6-4

I'm looking forward to another very tough match.

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6. Andrew's wishes (updated after Sunday)
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6.1 Quarter-final wishes
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+ VICTORIA AZARENKA [9] d. DINARA SAFINA [1]
+ Maria Sharapova [EF] d. DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [20]
+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [30] d. Sorana Cîrstea
+ SERENA WILLIAMS [2] d. AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [12]


6.2 Semi-final wishes
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+ Maria Sharapova [EF] d. VICTORIA AZARENKA [9]
+ SAMANTHA STOSUR [30] d. SERENA WILLIAMS [2]


6.3 Final wish
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+ Maria Sharapova [EF] d. SAMANTHA STOSUR [30]

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7. Article: Dokić cleared of serious injury
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Dokić cleared of serious injury (The Sydney Morning Herald)
(Belinda Tasker and Ivo Šćepanović, Sunday 31st May 2009)
>>>
Tennis comeback-queen Jelena Dokić is expected to bounce back from the excruciating back-injury that cruelly forced her out of the French Open.

The Australian saw doctors in Paris on Friday after injuring her lower back the previous day, when she led by a set and was dominating her second-round match against Russian world No.4 Elena Dementieva at Roland Garros.

Dokić, 26, underwent treatment on her back and an MRI-scan to determine whether the injury could spell the end of the former world No.4's comeback-dreams.

But her management said the doctors believed Dokić would suffer no permanent damage.

"It's a day-by-day process at the moment," the spokesman said. "But we don't believe it will be anything long-term."

In Serbia, her estranged father Damir Dokić went on trial after he allegedly threatened to kill the Australian ambassador to Belgrade.

If found guilty of endangering Ambassador Clare Birgin's security and owning illegal weapons, Mr. Dokić could serve up to eight years in jail.

The brief hearing was held behind closed doors in the northern Serbian town of Ruma, the judge explaining he wanted to protect the ambassador's privacy and maintain good relations with Australia. However, Mr. Dokić objected, saying he wanted "everything to be known".

The judge heard from a number of witnesses before adjourning the trial until 11th June.

Mr. Dokić has been ordered to remain in custody, despite pleas from his lawyer that the 50-year-old - who has diabetes - be granted bail.

He was arrested on 6th May at his home in Vrdnik - about 60 kilometres north of Belgrade - after allegedly telephoning the Australian embassy in the Serbian capital and threatening to blow up Birgin's car with a grenade-launcher.

Police also allegedly found a cache of illegal weapons - including two home-made bombs - at his home.

He has said the threats were a joke because he was angry over an interview his daughter gave Sport&Style, which claimed he had physically abused his daughter.

Jelena has refused to discuss the controversy surrounding her father.

Making her first appearance at Roland Garros since 2004 - she reached the quarter-finals in her Major comeback at the Australian Open in January - Dokić was devastated to have to pull out of the tournament.

She had been poised to win an upset against Dementieva and cruise into the third round to face compatriot Samantha Stosur.
<<<

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8. Women's Doubles: Third round
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8.1 Third-round result (Sunday 31st May 2009)
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+ (YAN,ZI [s]/ZHENG,JIE)[16] d. (SAMANTHA STOSUR/RENNAE STUBBS)[4], 6-4 7-5


8.2 Quarter-final draw
----------------------

Andrew's selections:

* (HSIEH,SU-WEI [s]/PENG,SHUAI [s])[9] v Agnieszka Radwańska/Urszula Radwańska

* (YAN,ZI [s]/ZHENG,JIE)[16] v (VICTORIA AZARENKA/ELENA VESNINA)[12]

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9. Girls' Singles: First round
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9.1 First-round results (Sunday 31st May 2009)
-----------------------

Andrew's selections:

+ Anna Orlik d. Polina Leykina, 6-3 6-2
+ ELENA BOGDAN [8] d. Grace Sari Ysidora, 6-1 6-1
+ Valeria Solovieva d. CAMILA SILVA [10], 6-0 6-2
+ KSENIA PERVAK [3] d. Vivien Juhászová, 6-2 6-0

To be played on Monday:
* LAURA ROBSON [1] v Karina Pimkina (go Laura!)
* NOPPAWAN LERTCHEEWAKARN [5,S] v Richel Hogenkamp (al-na Noppawan!)

Sam Smith: "I took a little stroll round the ground because the junior boys and girls were playing, and I have to say: I thought I was walking through the land of the giants!

"Some of those junior girls are gigantic: they are so tall and so big and so strong, and they hit the ball so hard. If I didn't know I was watching the girls' competition, apart from occasionally poor choice of shot-selection and maybe just a few more errors, I would have thought I was watching maybe the first round of a Major. The standard in some of those matches - there were a lot of 'ova's and 'ić's and 'eva's out there, a lot of mini-Sharapovas.

"A lot of them are copying the mannerisms of Sharapova: walking to the back of the court, composing themselves.

"When that lot progress onto the women's tour, I think women's tennis is going to make the next jump!"


9.2 Second-round draw
---------------------

To be played on Monday:
* Anna Orlik v ELENA BOGDAN [8] (my Reason says Elena, but my Passion says Anna)
* KSENIA PERVAK [3] v Fatma Al-Nabhani (davai Ksenia!)

To be played on Tuesday:
* Valeria Solovieva v Nathalie Mohn (davai Lera!)

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10. Girls' Doubles: First-round draw
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Andrew's selections (desired winners on the left):

* Anna Orlik/Laura Robson v Alexandra Krunić/Sandra Zaniewska

* (ELENA BOGDAN/NOPPAWAN LERTCHEEWAKARN [s])[2] v Sina Haas/Magda Linette

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11. Order of play for Monday
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No members of my Eternal Fanship are scheduled for Monday.

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

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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