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Memphis Odds and Ends

By Brad Hunter

Jurgen Melzer photo courtesy of Memphis Tennis Facebook page

The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships

WTA  Report

“Hi Honey” and “yes ma’am”… The ladies (and men) who work in the Racquet Club were all so sweet, and mostly southern thus making this visit extra enjoyable

Like Monica… Lucie Hradecka hits huge and double-handed from both sides off the ground, but her most impressive shot was her accurate and offensive return of service which she used to good effect in winning the doubles with partner Hlavackova, for their seconddoubles title of the year

Home away from home… Repeat singles winner Sofia Arvidsson has her own Parking spot, and looks completely relaxed and at home playing in Memphis

Doubles surprise… Melanie Oudin fell early in singles, but when she teamed with Jamie Hampton in the doubles, the Grandstand court was packed

Getting some Momentum in Memphis… Vera Dushevina put together her 1st back-to-back main draw wins of 2012 in singles by reaching the semi-finals, and she and doubles partner Govortsova reached the final

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Crazy forehands… Jack Sock’s forehand is really interesting and wristy and twisty—a windshield wiper forward motion which rivals Ryan Harrison’s forehand in the wristy and twisty department.

Not bad but bounced anyway… Andy Roddick is a great competitor so he probably did not pencil in a “W” before he stepped on court with Xavier Malisse, even though he had won their only/previous 9 meetings… and Andy played some aggressive, solid tennis… but Malisse returned like a doubles specialist and came up with the magic shots when it mattered—thus bouncing the biggest crowd draw of the tournament in the 1st round

Doubles out, singles in… 2011 US Open doubles champions Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschener were glares, missed shots and self-criticizing yelps in their 1st round loss in Memphis to Benneteau/Rochus but Jurgen played like it was Roland Garros 2010 in winning his 1st title in Memphis

A sensible argyle… Radek Stepanek wore a not crazy shirt… and no one talked about his wardrobe… until now

Gulbis gives good interview… Amanda Le May caught  up with Ernie before his Raonic match

Brad and Sam, Sam and John… Sam Querrey and his backhand (Brad’s influence already?) looked pretty good winning his first back-to-back singles matches of 2012 and reaching the doubles semis with Isner.

 

Brad Hunter was in Memphis last week covering the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Memphis International as media for Tennis Panorama  Follow his personal twitter account @BradHunter.

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Melzer Fights off Broken Toe and Raonic for Memphis Title

 

Austria’s Jurgen Melzer, suffering with a broken big toe on his right foot capped a week in Memphis by winning the tournament over last year’s finalist Canadian Milos Raonic 7-5, 7-6(4).

Melzer broke his toe ten days ago when he caught his foot in a hotel bedspread. His broken toe did not stop him from taking out three of the tournament’s top four seeds, including John Isner, Radek Stepanek and Raonic.

“Of course it’s a relief to win a tournament, especially a [ATP World Tour] 500; I haven’t won one before. After a tough season last year, it’s obviously something nice. I played a really good match today, I kept my head in the game. I knew it was tough. He’s probably the best server on tour at the moment. Sometimes you just walk left to right without doing anything, but I felt like when the ball was in play and when I had my chances, I played really solid.”

“After the match against John [Isner], I felt this could be my tournament because I’ve been really playing well and things have been going together. I’ve been going for lines when it was important and especially the big points I’ve been playing well the whole tournament. This is confidence, this is what you need. In the end, it’s one or two points and I’ve played those better than the other guys this week.”

He neutralized my serve better than anybody else the last two weeks, so a big part of it is getting a lot of free points to not getting that many,” Raonic said. You have one mentality set on why the free points aren’t coming, like the last few times, and that was pretty much all due to credit to him. I just didn’t catch on early enough, I felt.”

“There wasn’t really much I could do a lot of times in the matches. He was pretty much taking it to me. I felt like he was the one dictating more than I was, so he was taking that away from me. He was playing very close and inside the line, while I felt I was quite far behind, so I was the one doing most of the running.”
World No. 38 Melzer became the first 30-year-old to take the Memphis title since Ivan Lendl did it in 1991. Memphis marks Melzer’s fourth career ATP World Tour title.

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 26 FEBRUARY, 2012

Singles – Final
J Melzer (AUT) d [4] M Raonic (CAN) 75 76(4)

Doubles – Final
[1] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) d I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 46 75 10-7

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Arvidsson Nets Second Memphis Title

Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden returns the ball to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau (FRANCE – Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

 

 

Sofia Arvidsson defeated Marina Erakovic 6-3, 6-4 to capture the Memphis International on Saturday night. It’s her second tournament victory on the WTA tour, the first also came in Memphis in 2006.

“It wasn’t easy. She beat me really easily last time and she’s a tough player, Arvidsson said. “I had to play my best. After the first two games, I really came into it. My serve was really working today and so was my down the line backhand.”

“I just love this place. It’s my second home. I never would have expected this when I came here. I’m just so happy.”

 

MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL
Memphis, TN, USA
February 19-25, 2012
$220,000/International
Hard/Indoors

Results – Saturday, February 25, 2012
Singles – Final
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. (4) Marina Erakovic (NZL) 63 64

Doubles – Final
(1) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. (2) Dushevina/Govortsova (RUS/BLR) 63 64

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Melzer Despite Broken Toe to meet Raonic in Memphis Final

Playing with a broken right big toe, Austrian Jurgen Melzer has made it into the Memphis final by beating Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Saturday.
“Well, it’s obviously very satisfying,” Melzer said.

“I’ve played a great tournament so far, and reaching that final is something special. I haven’t played a final since 2010. It was a tough match today. I mean he’s obviously a tricky player. He knows what to do on the court, very offensive at times, just takes back a little bit the speed of his stroke. I had to stay focused. I had to play my game.”

“But the good thing is most of my sliding I do on hard court I do with my left foot so it doesn’t … affect my game,” Melzer said.

“When you lose a match like that you know you have your chances,” said Stepanek.  “I gave him a Christmas gift in the first set. You know it was a very poor service game of mine, and yeah, we don’t play if something would be different. But the match went that way.”

“Being love-40 down would be tough to come down from that,” Melzer said. “Played a great service game to hold him, and I think the way I served out was impressive.”

Melzer will face Milos Raonic of Canada for the Memphis title on Sunday. Raonic took out German Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-4. Raonic will be seeking back-to-back tournament wins as he won the San Jose tournament last weekend. He’ll also be trying to win his third title in just four tournaments this year.

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 25 FEBRUARY, 2012

Singles – Semi-finals
J Melzer (AUT) d [3] R Stepanek (CZE) 64 36 63
[4] M Raonic (CAN) d B Becker (GER) 64 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) d J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 76(3) 62
I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) 63 76(4)

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, 26 FEBRUARY, 2012

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
[1] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) vs I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)

Not Before 3:00 PM
J Melzer (AUT) vs [4] M Raonic (CAN)

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“On The Call” with Roger Federer and the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden

Roger Federer of Switzerland (R) and Pete Sampras of the U.S. (L) smile together on the court as they play against Andre Agassi of the U.S. and Rafael Nadal of Spain during their doubles exhibition doubles in the Hit for Haiti fund raiser event at the Indian Wells WTA and ATP tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, March 12, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

 

Sixteen-time major champion Roger Federer held a conference call on Thursday to promote the BNP Paribas Showdown taking place on March 5 at Madison Square Garden.

Federer spoke to media about returning to play in Madison Square Garden:  “super excited as you can imagine. Playing Pete was obviously a great moment for me. Especially, it was something Pete really wanted to get done after we played some exhibitions in Asia and I think…there was a buzz in town that we were back in the city at a different time of the year really. It’s been a successful event since, and I can’t believe it’s been five years already. I’m really looking forward to it, being in America and the great rival, and I’m sure it’s going to be a wonderful night for tennis and for New York.”

Federer has been keeping up with the rise of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and what people are calling “Linsanity.” I think it’s quite an incredible story actually.” Federer said. “I hope he can come to the exhibition I think it would be great. I think this is why we all follow sports because of great stories like this, that all of a sudden someone breaks through that you didn’t know or didn’t expect and you didn’t know the result was going to happen and that he was able to help the Knicks to come through in the way he did now is a great thing. You know, I love New York Knicks, and obviously having played in that arena you know as well has been amazing for me. I wish the team well and I thought what Lin has done has been great, so I hope to meet him when I come to New York soon. “

Tennis Panorama News asked Federer if he thought if he sees the ATP World Tour Finals ever returning to Madison Square Garden.

Federer responded: “I would love for it to happen. I mean we have a great world tour final at the moment in London, Shanghai was extraordinary, and Houston also I enjoyed a lot. There’s many great places I think the world tour finals could go, but obviously sort of back to the roots as well, where McEnroe, Lendl, and Borg, and all these guys used to be playing at the Garden. I think it would just be amazing. I don’t know if it’s going to happen. I hope the tour will consider and New York will have interest in hosting it, because I think it’s an amazing event and the players and fans and media will love it, so we’ll see how it goes, but for now, London is a very hot place to play and they put on an amazing show the last few years as well, so we’ll see how it goes, but especially after playing Pete and now Andy, you could imagine that I would love to have the world tour finals in New York again, hopefully in the near future.”

On Monday, March 5th, 2012, the BNP Paribas Showdown returns for its fifth year at the World’s Most Famous Arena – Madison Square Garden.  The night starts with three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova against former World No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki followed by, Roger Federer, against long-time rival and former World No. 1 and US Open Champion Andy Roddick.  Both matches will be best of three sets.

The BNP Paribas Showdown is produced by MSG Sports and StarGames and is part of “Tennis Night in America.” For more information – www.thegarden.com, www.tennisshowdown.com.

 

Tennis Panorama News participates in many tennis media conference calls. “On The Call” serves to give readers an inside view of tennis news.

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Americans Isner, Querrey and Harrison Advance in Memphis

Americans Sweeting, Querrey, Isner and Harrison Advance in Singles; Benneteau/Rochus Take Out 2011 US Open Champs Petzschner/Melzer

By Brad Hunter

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (February 21, 2012) – On Court 1 at The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships on Tuesday, Frenchman, 30-year old Julien Benneteau teamed with (his fourth different doubles partner in four tournaments played in 2012) Belgian 31-year old Olivier Rochus (himself teaming with his fifth different doubles partner in 5 tournaments) to beat 2011 US Open champions and #2 seeds 27-year old German Philipp Petzschner and 30-year old Austrian Jurgen Melzer  6-1, 3-6, 10-5.  The atmosphere for the intimate Court 1 was intense, and the crowd was animated throughout.  Both teams traded steely glances towards each other, exasperation for missing shots, and some interesting bits of questioning line calls and the chair umpire.  Late in the 1st set, Melzer asked the chair how the lineswoman could possibly make lines calls “because she is wearing sunglasses inside!”  The close quarters on Court 1 heightened the fun of the experience, and there was a palpable buzz running through the crowd most of the match.

Later on Center Court, 24-year old American Ryan Sweeting defeated veteran American, 32-year old James Blake 6-0, 6-2.  Six-foot-five Sweeting, ranked 78, moved well throughout the match, and his crisp hitting and defense forced Blake, ranked 61, into many errors.  Blake, playing in his first tournament of 2012, looked deflated for a good portion of the match, perhaps partly because of some rust in his own game.  Sweeting played an impressive mix of defense and high percentage tennis, and capitalized on most short ball and mid-court opportunities he found during the baseline rallies.

Next up on Center Court, was 24-year old American Sam Querrey against 28-year old Colombian, Alejandro Falla.  Querrey, ranked 99, recently hired Brad Gilbert as his coach, and Gilbert was in Memphis watching his new charge tough out a 3-set win over the scrappy Falla.  Falla, ranked 60, consistently attacked Querrey’s backhand throughout the match and built himself a solid lead by taking the first set 6-2.  It took Querrey some time before he got his forehand clicking but he recovered to take the final 2 sets 6-3 and 6-4.  This was a good win for Sam, who has struggled at the start the year and has not won 2 matches in row in 2012- he plays the winner of Robbie Ginepri and Kevin Anderson in his next match.

 

Behind "THE BASELINE"

The first night match pitted 26-year old American and top seed John Isner versus the dangerous 28-year old Gilles Muller from Luxembourg.  From the beginning, the crowd was vocally behind the 13th ranked Isner and he made things even more interesting for spectators sitting behind the baseline to the left of the chair because several of his balls went flying renegade into the crowd.  It happened at least 7 or 8 times, and a man sitting behind “THE baseline” center service line responded by waving a white towel.  Isner even walked up to the behind THE baseline crowd after a changeover to apologize and laugh with them.   Muller, ranked 69, also sent a few balls into the crowd.  Both men, known for their fierce serves, played themselves into 2 tiebreakers.  Isner, who hit 26 aces, ran away with the first tiebreak 7-1 by playing aggressive tennis and attacking short balls and moving forward to the net.  Muller fought well in the second set, saving 5 of 5 break points, but eventually fell in the tiebreak 4-7.  Isner, who combined with his doubles match has won 4 straight tiebreak sets in Memphis, got a loud reception from the crowd for winning the match and next plays Donald Young.

The final match of the evening featured 2 wildcard American teenagers: 19-year old Ryan Harrison and 19-year old Jack Sock.  Both men appeared nervous to start, but it was the more experienced Harrison who saved all 3 of his break points during the 1st set.  Harrison, ranked 73 and off a semifinal run in San Jose last week, played a steadier more high percentage style of baseline tennis to take the 1st set 6-3.  Sock, ranked 306, began the match hitting more flat and powerfully than Harrison and with more errors, but adjusted his game in the 2nd set.  Harrison also appeared to go on a mental walkabout, losing 2 service games and the set 2-6.  The 3rd set brought out the best tennis of the match.  Sock, attacking short balls and utilizing his crisp volleying skills, looked like the stronger player early in the 3rd.  But Harrison played some good defense, and turned the match in his favor by doing what I’ve been seeing a lot of this week: he played some solid defense and prolonged points against the more go-for-broke style of tennis Sock was playing.  The low margins eventually were Sock’s undoing, and he lost the break and the set 4-6 to Harrison.  Both men are the same age, but Harrison’s got a bit more experience playing tour matches, and he used this confidence to good effect in winning this match.

Brad Hunter is covering the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Memphis International as media for Tennis Panorama News this week. Follow his reports here and live updates on our twitter account @TennisNewsTPN. Follow his personal twitter account @BradHunter.

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Dushevina beats Qualifier Hampton, Hampton teams up with Oudin for Doubles Win in Memphis

Vera Dushevina beats Qualifier Jamie Hampton.  Hampton later teams with Melanie Oudin for a Doubles Win in Memphis

By Brad Hunter

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (February 21, 2012) – Twenty-two year old American qualifier Jamie Hampton, who defeated defending 2011 Memphis champion Magdalena Rybarikova in the first round Sunday evening, lost her second round match on Tuesday on the Grandstand court at The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.

Hampton, ranked 104, started strongly against 25-year old Russian Vera Dushevina by hitting powerful, aggressive groundstrokes and building herself a 4-2 first set lead.  At this point in the match Dushevina, ranked 89, used her defense and higher percentage topspin shots to force the Hampton power game to start missing.  Many rallies saw Hampton gain the court positioning advantage and then miss her put-away shots.

When Hampton started missing she became audibly and visibly agitated and Dushevina’s ability to prolong points ultimately proved too much for Hampton.  She was able to push back against Vera when she was down 1-5 in the second set, but Dushevina closed the win out at 6-4, 6-3.  The last point of the match saw a Dushevina passing shot angle bounce near the line – surely a call Hampton would’ve asked for a shot spot on had that been available.  Hampton angry, laughed and let out an exasperated plea to the chair, to no avail, as the chair was already saying “Game, Set, Match, Dushevina”.  Even with the loss, Hampton showed a powerful and aggressive baseline game which should carry her far in the WTA .

Dushevina showed impressive mental fortitude, getting agitated herself many times during the match but reeling it back in, and looks to be a strong threat for a title in Memphis (she’s also in the doubles draw with Olga Govortsova).  Later in the afternoon, Hampton teamed with Melanie Oudin (who lost today to spectacled Stephanie Foretz Gacon) for a 6-1, 6-0 doubles win against the team of Stefanie Mikesz and Mariya Slupska.

Brad Hunter is covering the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Memphis International as media for Tennis Panorama News this week. Follow his reports here and live on our twitter account @TennisNewsTPN. Follow his personal twitter account @BradHunter.

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Tennis Channel to Count Down 100 Greatest Players

Tennis Channel will rank the best 100 tennis players. 100 Greatest of all Time is a five-night, weeklong special series, will count down the game’s best competitors. The series will air in prime time at 7 p.m. ET each night, the first edition gets underway Monday, March 19, with the all-time No. 1, the greatest tennis player in history, unveiled at the conclusion of the final episode Friday, March 23.

 

“This is a televised answer to the old sports saying that great athletes don’t just compete with their contemporaries – they compete with everyone who ever played the game, said Laura Hockridge, vice president, original programming. “No one has devoted this much air time to exploring and ranking the top 100 tennis players in history and, while we don’t think viewers will be surprised with the names at the top of our list, we expect this series to add to the ongoing fan debate, rather than settle it.”

Tennis Channel’s 100 Greatest of all Time rankings were decided by an international committee of players, journalists, coaches, historians and industry representatives. Participants hailed from six continents and included the International Tennis Hall of Fame. During the 2011 voting and selection process, the series’ producers spent several months taping interviews and collecting footage before editing the individual episodes this winter. In all, the entire project has taken about a year to prepare.

Each new edition of 100 Greatest of all Time will debut at 7 p.m. ET throughout the week of March 19-23, with all previous episodes replayed immediately prior. This means that on Tuesday, March 20, the previous night’s opening edition will air at 6 p.m. ET, followed by the second installment at the standard, 7 p.m. ET debut time. By Friday, March 23, the week’s entire run will begin at 3 p.m. ET, with the Monday-through-Thursday episodes preceding the final night’s premiere.

Throughout the spring, Tennis Channel is supporting the 100 Greatest of all Time project with online activity on its Web site (www.tennischannel.com/goat), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/tennischannel) and Twitter feed (@TennisChannel – www.twitter.com/tennishcannel – with the hashtag #TC100).

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Tough Day in Memphis for Young Americans Sloane Stephens, Lauren Davis, Madison Keys and Alexa Glatch

By Brad Hunter

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (February 20, 2012) – The first match I sat down to watch at The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships was the Court 1, first round WTA match between 17-year old American Lauren Davis and 25-year old American Varvara  Lepchenko.  Davis was awarded a wildcard into the event, and Lepchenko was fresh off a Round of 16 run in Doha where she beat Alexandra Wozniak and Julia Goerges before falling to Agnieska Radwanska.  Lepchenko, ranked 90, started quickly by powering her way to a 2-0 lead, blasting groundstroke winners and mixing in touch angle volleys and paralyzing Davis’ game.  Lefty Varvara , who plays a bit like Petra Kvitova , can seemingly hit clean groundstroke winners from all over the court, off both sides and from many court positions.  She was a bit agitated from the start though, taking looks at the line judges for calling two foot faults on her early and quickly getting angry at herself for making errors.  Davis, ranked 221, began hitting her topspin forehand deeper into the court, and using her flatter backhand to pounce on short balls.   Davis, who trains at the Evert Academy, is a good competitor, and showed this by sneaking in to knock off volleys on important points and building herself a 5-2 1st set lead.  A frustrated Lepchenko took the opportunity to call her coach out for a quick chat and it helped her calm herself and win the last 5 games of the set to take it 7-5.  Lepchenko kept her edge the rest of the match, taking the 2nd set and the match 6-3.  Her play was patchy at times, possibly due to some fatigue from making the trip from Doha but her more powerful ground strokes and ability to consistently end points from midcourt and the net was too solid for quick, sparky Davis.

Before the end on the Davis/Lepchenko match on Court 1, 25-year old Russian Vera Dushevina and 17-year old American Madison Keys started their match on the adjacent Grandstand court.  Keys, ranked 256 and a wildcard entrant who also trains at Evert Academy, is one of the most talked about young Americans after her splashy US Open performance last year.  Dushevina, ranked 89, who famously gave Venus a 1st round 3-set scare in US Open in 2009, used her experience to take the match 6-2, 7-5.

Another American wildcard entrant into this event, 18-year old American Sloane Stephens, started strongly on the Grandstand court against 23-year old New Zealander Marina Erakovic, winning the 1st set 6-4 by hitting an array of backhand winners.  Sloane, ranked 86, and known for her powerful forehand and run to the 3rd round of the US Open last year never looked settled.  She lost 12 of the last 13 games and the match to 54th ranked Erakovic.

Taking the Grandstand court in the next match, was 22-year old American qualifier Alexa Glatch and 22-year old Ukranian Lesia Tsurenko.  Glatch, ranked 186, looked like the clear favorite to win, using her qualifying momentum, heavy forehand and versatile backhand slice to build a 6-2, 5-3 lead.  Many times, between points, Lesia was breathing heavy and loudly and grabbing her midsection.  Whatever her ailment was, Lesia, ranked 125, found a better level to her game and began playing an aggressive all-court game to overwhelm Glatch and steal the match.  Lesia even fought off a match point on the 2nd set tiebreak.

Although a tough day for Stephens, Keys, Glatch and Davis, all four ladies are still around in the Memphis tourney and will be back on the court playing doubles tomorrow.  Keys and Davis team up to play Erakoviv and Pervak and Stephens and Glatch team up to play fellow Americans Jamie Hampton (who took out defending champion Rybarikova yesterday in the first round) and Melanie Oudin (who plays Foretz Gacon in the first round on Tuesday).  Also seen scouting the American gals, Lead National Coach of Women’s Tennis, Tom Gullikson.

Brad Hunter is in Memphis covering the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Memphis International as media for Tennis Panorama News.

Upset of the day on the men’s side – Croatia’s Ivan Dodig ousted No. 8 seed Bernard Tomic of Australia 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (8) on Monday. Dodig saved two match points on the way to victory.

“I was really happy after the match because I’ve been losing tight, tight matches,” Dodig said. “This is going to give me more confidence.”

RESULTS – MONDAY, 20 FEBRUARY, 2012

Women’s Singles – First Round
(Q) Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. (1) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 64 62
(3) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 63 61
(4) Marina Erakovic (NZL) d. Sloane Stephens (USA) 46 60 61
Michaella Krajicek (NED) d. (6) Elena Baltacha (GBR) 62 61
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Heather Watson (GBR) 62 63
Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. (WC) Madison Keys (USA) 62 75
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. (WC) Lauren Davis (USA) 75 63
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. (Q) Alexa Glatch (USA) 26 76(5) 62 (saved 2mp)

Doubles – First Round
(1) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. Pavlovic/Rodina (FRA/RUS) 60 63
(2) Dushevina/Govortsova (RUS/BLR) d. Dolonts/Foretz Gacon (RUS/FRA) 46 62 108 (Match TB)
(4) Krajicek/Tatishvili (NED/GEO) d. Kondratieva/Lefèvre (RUS/FRA) 62 60
Watson/Woehr (GBR/GER) d. Brianti/Parmentier (ITA/FRA) 63 61
Lee-Waters/Moulton-Levy (USA/USA) d. (WC) Hibberd/Welcher (AUS/USA) 60 60
Men’s Singles – First Round
I Dodig (CRO) d [8] B Tomic (AUS) 57 64 76(8) – saved 2 M.P.
D Young (USA) d G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(4) 46 76(6)

Doubles – First Round
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d [4] S Gonzalez (MEX) / C Kas (GER) 76(1) 76(2)
SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 21 FEBRUARY, 2012

STADIUM start 10:00 am
[WC] M Oudin (USA) vs S Foretz Gacon (FRA) – WTA
R Marino (CAN) vs [2] K Pervak (KAZ) – WTA
J Blake (USA) vs R Sweeting (USA) – ATP
[WC] S Querrey (USA) vs A Falla (COL) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] J Isner (USA) vs G Muller (LUX) – ATP
[WC] R Harrison (USA) vs [WC] J Sock (USA) – ATP

GRANDSTAND start 10:00 am
[Q] R Kendrick (USA) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR) – ATP
[7] J Larsson (SWE) vs V Lepchenko (USA) – WTA
V Dushevina (RUS) vs [Q] J Hampton (USA) – WTA
[5] P Parmentier (FRA) vs A Hlavackova (CZE) – WTA
O Govortsova (BLR) vs M Krajicek (NED) – WTA
S Arvidsson (SWE) / J Larsson (SWE) vs [3] L Dekmeijere (LAT) / N Petrova (RUS) – WTA

COURT 1 start 10:00 am
[4] M Erakovic (NZL) vs E Rodina (RUS) – WTA
J Benneteau (FRA) / O Rochus (BEL) vs [2] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) – ATP
A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) / L Kubot (POL) vs S Lipsky (USA) / R Ram (USA) – ATP
T Huey (PHI) / X Malisse (BEL) vs [3] F Cermak (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) – ATP
M Erakovic (NZL) / K Pervak (KAZ) vs [WC] L Davis (USA) / M Keys (USA) – WTA
A Glatch (USA) / S Stephens (USA) vs J Hampton (USA) / M Oudin (USA) – WTA

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Kourtin’ Karen’s Tennis Week in Review

Kourtin’ Karen’s tennis week in review for the week ending February 19, 2012

Roger Federer, Richard Krajicek and Juan Martin Del Potro

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Politics makes strange bedfellows

Rotterdam Tournament Director and former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek was a candidate for the top executive spot at the ATP. Although Rafael Nadal  supported the Dutchman’s candidacy for the ATP CEO post, Roger Federer was against it citing that he needed more business experience.

Imagine what Krajicek must have been thinking when he had give Federer the winner’s check for capturing the Rotterdam title.

In other Federer-related news, much ado about nothing? Last weekend many media outlets in addition to journalists on and off twitter reported statements made by Federer about Stan Wawrinka during Davis Cup after the Swiss lost the doubles and the tie to the US. I saw so many different versions of the quote translated in so many different ways and “quoted” in so many different ways that you can’t believe anyone.  The quote in question – “I played a good doubles, and Stan not a bad one.” But once the quote was translated into English “not a bad one” erroneously became “a bad one.”

People get quoted and misquoted so often and not just in tennis that I think it needs to become mandatory for every news conference to have official transcripts for all to see and/or official recordings for people to hear.

 

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Sharapova and Linsanity

“Linsanity” found its way into Friday’s BNP Paribas Showdown conference call with Maria Sharapova thanks to a question from a New York Post reporter:

Q:  I know you’ve been in town for a while at fashion week – have you heard of “Linsanity?” If you have heard of it, what do you make of this phenomenon?

Maria Sharapova:  I was at fashion week for a couple of days and he didn’t quite make it to the fashion world yet.  I didn’t get a chance, I was so busy over there with meetings and the shows.  I did see the coverage of your paper a few times walking by and you guys are all on top of that.  It’s pretty incredible and I’m sure he’s enjoying all of that.  To see a great athlete up and coming, especially in New York and Madison Square Garden, I’m sure it’s a lot to write about.

In other BNP Paribas Showdown news, John McEnroe has been named spokesperson for “Tennis Night In America,” no word if he’ll change his name to Lin for the occasion.

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Love your slamless no. 1’s

Victoria Azarenka told media in Doha last week not to be too hard on slamless No. 1’s. “Well, you know, I think you guys, it’s your job to say that, to evaluate, to give grades. Our job is to play and win matches. Whatever people say, I mean, I appreciate if I’m a legit No. 1, but I think they shouldn’t be too hard on the other girls, as well.”

No word on any comments coming from Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic or Dinara Safina.

Speaking of slamless No. 1’s, Wozniacki has the “tough loss of the week” falling in the second round of Doha after having three match points.

 

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Nadal in the SI Swimsuit Issue

Rafael Nadal appears in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue with model Bar Refaeli

 

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Ankles and knees causing players grief

Kim Clijsters has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open with an ankle injury which she suffered during the Australian Open.

Serena Williams is not playing in Monterrey this week due to an ankle injury.

Both Gael Monfils and Marin Cilic are out of Memphis with knee problems.

Deuce

Debate on USTA Player Development

Wayne Bryan’s letter about USTA player development

Wayne Bryan Responds to Patrick McEnroe’s letter

 

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Grunting

Chris Evert has joined the “anti grunting” campaign.

Current player Ryan Harrison told media at the SAP Open some kids at the Nick Bollettieri Academy are “a lot more [noisy] than they need to be. If you have a 7-year-old girl grunting louder than I can scream in my entire life, that’s not really necessary.”

 

Deuce

Love and Tennis on the Titanic

Titanic: The Tennis Love Story to be released in April.

 

Advantage new sponsor

Emirates Airline is the new title sponsor of the US Open Series

 

Deuce

Show me the money?

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario’s parents have decided to sue their daughter who has written a book in which she claims that her parents lost her $60 million dollars of her career earnings. “They left me with nothing and I owe the tax authorities,” said Sánchez Vicario.

Deuce

Inside Tennis Channel’s fight with Comcast – Variety

 

Advantage

Topsy Turvy Tournament
In Bogota this past week the top eight seeds were all knocked out by the second round. No seeds were left by the quarterfinals. Unseeded Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain won the tournament.

Game, Set, Match and Champions

Federer Wins Rotterdam for 71st ATP World Tour Title

Azarenka Wins Doha, Moves to 17-0 for 2012

Raonic Defends San Jose Title

Third Brazil Open Title for Almagro

Arruabarrena-Vecino Ranked 174th Captures Bogota Tournament

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