Kourtin’ Karen’s Tennis News Scoreboard – Week Ending January 9, 2011


Walking on air water – the 2011 tennis season has begun!


Back on the bottom

Fresh off of serving a shortened suspension for HGH possession,  Wayne Odesnik  will compete this week in a USTA Pro Circuit Futures event, the $10,000 Plantation Open in Plantation, Florida.


Planning Ahead

The WTA has announced the 2012 and 2013 calendars 2012_WTA_Calendar 2013_WTA_Calendar


Marital Mishaps

Stan Wawrinka announced his separation from his wife on twitter this week : “I would like to announce my separation with my wife Ilham Vuilloud. Our main concern now is to look after the best interests and….. education of our daughter Alexia.”

During Thursday’s loss to Andrea Petkovic in Brisbane, Jarmila Groth and her husband Sam were heard cursing at each other during an on -court coaching session. Mrs. Groth’s coach was absent so her husband filled in.  Mrs. Groth was later apologetic and blamed the outburst on the intensity of the match.


Break point- flu in the desert

Rafael Nadal was battling the flu last week in Doha Qatar and was ousted in the semifinals by Nikolay Davydenko. Nadal intends to delay his travel to Melbourne until he gets over his illness. Despite the flu, he and his partner Marc Lopez won the doubles title at the Qatar Open.


In the News this week

Racquet swapping – Maria Sharapova is now with Head, Caroline Wozniacki with Yonex and Ernests Gulbis with Wilson.

Kei Nishkori has signed a five-year sponsorship agreement with a leading Japanese apparel retailer – UNIQLO.

Andy Murray is negotiations for renewing deals with Highland Spring water and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Former No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo has been named joint director of the WTA Paris Open.

Wilson Racquet Sports Rolls Out Social Media for the Australian Open.

Fed Cup Nominations for Asia/Oceania Zone Group I and II, and Americas Zone Group I announced

2011-12 USTA Board of Directors Takes Office

Expanded and Re-Formatted Champions Series Tennis Circuit to Debut in the Fall



With all the injures during Hopman Cup which forced retirements and team withdrawals, a special exhibition match was held with US team Bethanie Mattek -Sands and John Isner facing off against French team Nicolas Mahut and Kristina Mladenovic. Highlight of the quickly organized match – Nicolas Mahut wearing his partner’s dress and Mattek Sands’ socks.

The Hopman Cup was also the scene for a rematch of the combatants in the  longest match in tennis history- John Isner needed just 90 minutes to defeat Nicholas Mahut 6-3, 7-6.


“Tweeners” of the Week

Laura Robson

Nicolas Mahut

Another week another between-the-legs shot, this week there were at least three of them – Roger Federer in Doha, Laura Robson and Nicolas Mahut at Hopman Cup.



Out of the Australian Open: Juan Carlos Ferrero, Laura Robson, Paul-Henri Mathieu.


A double pleasure is waiting for you….

In a spoof of the old Doublemint Gum spots, the Bryan Brothers are featured in a new ESPN “It’s Not Crazy It’s Sports” promotional campaign.


Outfits of the week

From Hopman Cup this week-Bethanie Mattek-Sands wearing what appear to be  pajama pants and Nicolas Mahut in a Lacoste tennis dress.

Game, Set, Match and Champions This Week:

John Isner and Bethanie Mattek-Sands took home the Hopman Cup for the USA.

Greta Arn of  Hungary took Auckland by storm, leveling Maria Sharapova along the way.

Petra Kvitova Czeched out the trophy in Brisbane.

Roger Federer captured the Qatar crown.

Another Swiss in the winner’s circle this week as Stanislas Wawrinka wins his second Chennai title.

Not only was Robin Soderling victorious in Brisbane, but his tournament win has moved him to No. 4 in the rankings leapfrogging Andy Murray.

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Net Notes for January 8, 2011

In the News:

  • In Auckland, 31 year-old Hungarian Greta Arn  stunned second seed Yanina Wickmayer  6-3 6-3 to win her second WTA title.

  • Czech Petra Kvitova  wins 6-1, 6-3 over German Andrea Petkovic to capture the Brisbane International tournament.

  • Roger Federer defeated Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 to take the title at Doha.

  • Team USA wins its sixth Hopman Cup Title by defeating Belgium 2-1.

  • Associated Press reports that the French Tennis Federation has completed its review of bids to host the French Open beginning in 2016 and will makes its decision next month.

  • USANA Health Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: USNA), a global vitamin and health supplement manufacturer, and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), announced the renewal of their partnership.  The three-year agreement will run through 2013 and will see USANA remain the WTA’s Official Health Supplement Supplier.


January 3-8, 2011

Results – Saturday, January 8, 2011
Singles – Final

Greta Arn (HUN) d. (2) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 63 63

Doubles – Final
(1) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Arvidsson/Erakovic (SWE/NZL) 63 60


Brisbane International

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] R Soderling (SWE) d R Stepanek (CZE) 63 75
[2] A Roddick (USA) d K Anderson (RSA) 62 46 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
[4] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU) d P Petzschner (GER) / A Peya (AUT) 46 63 10-4

Women’s final

Petra Kvitova  def. 6-1, 6-3 Andrea Petkovic

Starting At: 12:00 noon





Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250 $ 398,250
Chennai, India  (+5.5 hours GMT)
3-9 January, 2011
Surface: Hard

Singles – Semi-finals
[3] [WC] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [1] T Berdych (CZE) 64 61
[7] X Malisse (BEL) d [6] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 36 63 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] M Bhupathi (IND) / L Paes (IND) d M Cilic (CRO) / I Dodig (CRO) 61 67(4) 10-5
R Haase (NED) / D Martin (USA) d S Bolelli (ITA) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) 26 63 10-7


STADIUM start 5:00 pm
[3] [WC] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [7] X Malisse (BEL)
[1] M Bhupathi (IND) / L Paes (IND) vs R Haase (NED) / D Martin (USA)

Hopman Cup

Final – USA 2 d Belgium 1

Bethanie Mattek-Sands lost to Justine Henin 6-7(6), 3-6

John Isner d Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-4

Mattek-Sands/Isner d Henin/Bemelmans 6-1, 6-3


Moorilla Hobart International

January 9-15, 2011

Order Of Play – Sunday, January 9, 2011
Center Court (from 09.30hrs)
1. Simona Halep vs. Jessica Moore (Singles Q)
2. Roberta Vinci vs. Romina Oprandi (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Sara Errani vs. Anna Chakvetadze
4. Angelique Kerber vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm
5. Ferguson/Molik vs. Errani/Vinci
6. Kondratieva/Lefèvre vs. Dominikovic/Moore

Court 1 (from 09.30hrs)
1. Sophie Ferguson vs. Kateryna Bondarenko (Singles Q)
2. Ayumi Morita vs. Akgul Amanmuradova (NB 11.00hrs)
3. Tamira Paszek vs. [Sophie Ferguson or Kateryna Bondarenko] (Singles Q Final)
4. [Simona Halep or Jessica Moore] vs. Magdalena Rybarikova (Singles Q Final)
5. Groth/Zakopalova vs. Pelletier/Poutchek

Court 8 (from 09.30hrs)
1. Mariya Koryttseva vs. Alberta Brianti (Singles Q)
2. Olga Govortsova vs. Laura Pous-Tio (Singles Q Final)
3. Zhang Shuai vs. [Mariya Koryttseva or Alberta Brianti] (Singles Q Final)
4. Larsson/Woehr vs. Kops-Jones/Spears (NB 13.30hrs)


Qatar Open

ATP World Tour 250 $ 1,024,000
Doha, Qatar  (+3 hours GMT)
3-8 January, 2011

Surface: Hard
Singles – Final
[2] R Federer (SUI) d [4] N Davydenko (RUS) 63 64


Order Of Play – Sunday, January 9, 2011
Center Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Kim Clijsters vs. Alexandra Dulgheru
2. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Jelena Dokic
3. Chuang/Hsieh vs. Black/Rodionova
4. Patterson/Rajicic vs. Huber/Petrova

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Sorana Cirstea vs. Bojana Jovanovski (Singles Q Final)
2. ATP: Martín vs. Andreev (NB 12.30hrs)
3. ATP: Tomic vs. Kubot

Court 4 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Ekaterina Makarova vs. Stefanie Voegele (Singles Q Final)
2. Martínez Sánchez/Medina Garrigues vs. Dushevina/King

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Lucie Hradecka vs. Anastasiya Yakimova (Singles Q Final)
2. Petra Martic vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Singles Q Final)
3. ATP: Przysiezny vs. Guccione

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Sandra Zahlavova vs. Sybille Bammer (Singles Q Final)
2. Andrea Hlavackova vs. Virginie Razzano (Singles Q Final; NB 13.00hrs)
3. ATP: Greul vs. Gil

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