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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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Isner, Stepanek, Raonic and Querrey Gain Quarters in Memphis

 

Top seed John Isner won a tough match against fellow American Donald Young on Thursday in Memphis. Isner crushed 22 aces passed Young for a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory. “Yeah, it was a tricky match,” said Isner. “I wasn’t playing my best at the beginning but I competed well and that helped me out a lot. From that I was able to win a very close first set and play better in the second set. So I was very happy.”

Results – Thursday, February 23, 2012
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
(4) Marina Erakovic (NZL) d. Michaella Krajicek (NED) 64 67(2) 64
Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 75 63
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 62 76(9)
Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Stéphanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) 36 63 61

Doubles – Semifinals
(2) Dushevina/Govortsova (RUS/BLR) d. (3) Dekmeijere/Petrova (LAT/RUS) 26 41 ret. (Petrova: left thigh injury)

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. Lee-Waters/Moulton-Levy (USA/USA) 62 63
(4) Krajicek/Tatishvili (NED/GEO) d. Erakovic/Pervak (NZL/KAZ) 63 ret. (Pervak: viral illness)

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] J Isner (USA) d D Young (USA) 76(3) 64
[3] R Stepanek (CZE) d R Sweeting (USA) 46 63 76(4)
[4] M Raonic (CAN) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 64 64
[WC] S Querrey (USA) d [7] K Anderson (RSA) 76(4) 64
J Melzer (AUT) d I Dodig (CRO) 26 63 76(5)
O Rochus (BEL) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 64 75
L Kubot (POL) d P Petzschner (GER) 76(5) 62
B Becker (GER) d X Malisse (BEL) 76(4) 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) / D Kudla (USA) 76(9) 36 10-8
C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) d [3] F Cermak (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) 63 36 10-3
I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d J Benneteau (FRA) / O Rochus (BEL) 63 64

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 24 FEBRUARY, 2012

STADIUM start 10:00 am
S Arvidsson (SWE) vs A Brianti (ITA) – WTA
V Dushevina (RUS) vs [4] M Erakovic (NZL) – WTA
Not Before 2:00 PM
[3] R Stepanek (CZE) vs [WC] S Querrey (USA) – ATP
[1] J Isner (USA) vs J Melzer (AUT) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
O Rochus (BEL) vs [4] M Raonic (CAN) – ATP
L Kubot (POL) vs B Becker (GER) – ATP

GRANDSTAND start 1:00 pm
[1] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) vs [4] M Krajicek (NED) / A Tatishvili (GEO) – WTA

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Malisse ousts Roddick in Memphis

By Brad Hunter

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (February 22, 2012) – In the first match of the night session on stadium court on Wednesday night at the The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, defending Memphis champion American Andy Roddick faced off against Belgian Xavier Malisse.

From the beginning of the match, Roddick’s gameplan was to attack short balls and move into the net: this was successful for him early, as he immediately broke Malisse for a 2-0 lead.  Malisse broke Roddick straight back in the next game, and then the set continued on serve thru the tiebreak.  Roddick held several set points in the tiebreak, but Malisse was able to force Roddick into errors by playing his best and most creative tennis to take the set 10-8 in the tiebreak.

Roddick seemed to realize the importance of losing that first set and he responded by breaking his racquet against his left foot directly after, earning himself a racquet abuse warning from the chair.  At the beginning of the second set, Roddick had some words with the chair after questioning him about a close call that he successfully challenged by saying “that’s the single most annoying thing you guys say… it was close… close… it was close”.

The 2 men continued on serve until Roddick was serving at 5-6 in the second set, when Malisse was able to come up with two of his best forehands of the evening to go up 30-0 on Roddick’s serve.  Another couple of errors by Roddick, and Malisse was the jumping, celebrating winner of the first match in 10 matches between the 2 men.  Roddick didn’t play badly by any means, and he was often successful with his attacking style but he struggled to finish points easily and dominate on his serve and Malisse had a night where he was able to summon his his best brand of talented ball-striking ability.  Malisse ended the match with 12 aces, to Roddick’s 6.  Immediately afterwards a smiling Malisse said “I just played solid tennis and got a lot of his first serves back.”

Earlier on stadium court, 33-year old and 28th ranked Czech Radek Stepanek met 29-year old and 117th ranked American qualifier Bobby Reynolds.  The two men held serve and traded long probing baseline rallies up to 3-all in the first set, until Stepanek broke Reynolds in a long service game.  This break was the turning point of momentum, and Reynolds began showing signs of frustration while Stepanek grew more confident and creative in his shotmaking.  Stepanek saved all four break points against his own serve and took the set 6-3.  Stepanek was more dominant on serve in the second set, not facing any break points, and he broke Reynolds one time and took the set 6-2 and the match.  Stepanek next faces Ryan Sweeting.

 

On the Grandstand court at The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Ukranian Lesia Tsurenko defeated Czech Lucie Hradecka, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3).  Hradecka, seminfinalist in Memphis in 2011, started well by using her powerful 2-fisted groundstrokes and aggressive returning to take the first set and build a break lead early in the second set.  At this point in the match, Tsurenko found herself in a similar situation as she had been in against Alexa Glatch in the previous round: she was having some physical trouble breathing between points, and she was getting hit off the court by a more powerful player.  Tsurenko responded by playing with more margin by hitting deep groundstrokes and extending rallies by using her excellent retrieving skills.  Hradecka became rattled, and began misfiring her laser groundstrokes and throwing in double faults.  In the third set tiebreak, Tsurenko closed out the match on her first match point and she plays Sofia Arvidsson next in the quarterfinals.

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.

Memphis Results and Schedule

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Memphis Results and Schedule

Results – Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Women’s Singles - Second Round
Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. (2) Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) 76(3) 62
Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. (3) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 36 64 76(3) (saved 2mp)
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. (5) Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 76(5) 06 63
Stéphanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) d. (Q) Camila Giorgi (ITA) 75 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(2) Dushevina/Govortsova (RUS/BLR) d. Watson/Woehr (GBR/GER) 64 60
(3) Dekmeijere/Petrova (LAT/RUS) d. Hampton/Oudin (USA/USA) 62 64

Men’s Singles – First Round
X Malisse (BEL) d [2] A Roddick (USA) 76(8) 75
[3] R Stepanek (CZE) d [Q] B Reynolds (USA) 63 62
[4] M Raonic (CAN) d E Gulbis (LAT) 62 76(3)
O Rochus (BEL) d [5] A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 16 64 76(5)
P Petzschner (GER) d [6] J Benneteau (FRA) 76(5) 76(6)
[7] K Anderson (RSA) d [Q] R Ginepri (USA) 75 63
J Melzer (AUT) d D Istomin (UZB) 67(2) 63 76(4)
L Kubot (POL) d [Q] J Levine (USA) 76(2) 64
B Becker (GER) d D Sela (ISR) 64 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) / L Kubot (POL) 26 63 15-13

Doubles – First Round
[1] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) d K Anderson (RSA) / M Knowles (BAH) 75 62
[WC] R Harrison (USA) / D Kudla (USA) d J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) 62 63
C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) d E Butorac (USA) / B Soares (BRA) 76(5) 63
I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d [WC] R Sweeting (USA) / B Tomic (AUS) 64 64

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 23 FEBRUARY, 2012

STADIUM start 10:30 am
[4] M Erakovic (NZL) vs M Krajicek (NED) – WTA
S Arvidsson (SWE) vs L Tsurenko (UKR) – WTA

Not Before 3:00 PM
[WC] S Querrey (USA) vs [7] K Anderson (RSA) – ATP
O Rochus (BEL) vs [WC] R Harrison (USA) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] J Isner (USA) vs D Young (USA) – ATP
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [4] M Raonic (CAN) – ATP

GRANDSTAND start 10:00 am
S Foretz Gacon (FRA) vs V Dushevina (RUS) – WTA
V Lepchenko (USA) vs A Brianti (ITA) – WTA

Not Before 1:30 PM
J Melzer (AUT) vs I Dodig (CRO) – ATP
[3] R Stepanek (CZE) vs R Sweeting (USA) – ATP
B Becker (GER) vs X Malisse (BEL) – ATP
I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / O Rochus (BEL) – ATP-After Appropriate Rest
[1] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) vs [WC] R Harrison (USA) / D Kudla (USA) – ATP-After Appropriate Rest

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[1] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) vs L Lee-Waters (USA) / M Moulton-Levy (USA) – WTA
[3] L Dekmeijere (LAT) / N Petrova (RUS) vs [2] V Dushevina (RUS) / O Govortsova (BLR) – WTA – After Suitable Rest
[4] M Krajicek (NED) / A Tatishvili (GEO) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / K Pervak (KAZ) – WTA-After Suitable Rest

Not Before 2:00 PM
P Petzschner (GER) vs L Kubot (POL) – ATP
C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) vs [3] F Cermak (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) – ATP

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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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Memphis Results and Schedule

Results – Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Singles – Second Round
(4) Marina Erakovic (NZL) d. Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 63 64
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. (7) Johanna Larsson (SWE) 62 64
Michaella Krajicek (NED) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 76(2) 63
Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. (Q) Jamie Hampton (USA) 64 63

Singles – First Round
(2) Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) d. Rebecca Marino (CAN) 62 64
(5) Pauline Parmentier (FRA) d. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 64 46 62
Stéphanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) d. (WC) Melanie Oudin (USA) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
(3) Dekmeijere/Petrova (LAT/RUS) d. Arvidsson/Larsson (SWE/SWE) 60 63
Erakovic/Pervak (NZL/KAZ) d. (WC) Davis/Keys (USA/USA) 62 63
Hampton/Oudin (USA/USA) d. Mikesz/Slupska (GER/UKR) 61 60

Singles – First Round
[1] J Isner (USA) d G Muller (LUX) 76(1) 76(4)
R Sweeting (USA) d J Blake (USA) 60 62
[WC] S Querrey (USA) d A Falla (COL) 26 63 64
[WC] R Harrison (USA) d [WC] J Sock (USA) 63 26 64
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [Q] R Kendrick (USA) 63 76(6)

Doubles – First Round
J Benneteau (FRA) / O Rochus (BEL) d [2] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) 61 36 10-5
[3] F Cermak (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) d T Huey (PHI) / X Malisse (BEL) 75 64
A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) / L Kubot (POL) d S Lipsky (USA) / R Ram (USA) 62 46 15-13

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 22 FEBRUARY, 2012

STADIUM start 10:00 am
[5] P Parmentier (FRA) vs S Arvidsson (SWE) – WTA
J Melzer (AUT) vs D Istomin (UZB) – ATP
[Q] R Ginepri (USA) vs [7] K Anderson (RSA) – ATP
[3] R Stepanek (CZE) vs [Q] B Reynolds (USA) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
X Malisse (BEL) vs [2] A Roddick (USA) – ATP
E Gulbis (LAT) vs [4] M Raonic (CAN) – ATP

GRANDSTAND start 10:00 am
L Tsurenko (UKR) vs [3] L Hradecka (CZE) – WTA
[Q] C Giorgi (ITA) vs S Foretz Gacon (FRA) – WTA
A Brianti (ITA) vs [2] K Pervak (KAZ) – WTA
J Hampton (USA) / M Oudin (USA) vs S Arvidsson (SWE) / J Larsson (SWE) or [3] L Dekmeijere (LAT) / N Petrova (RUS) – WTA

Not Before 3:30 PM
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) / L Kubot (POL) – ATP – Possible Court Change
[1] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) vs K Anderson (RSA) / M Knowles (BAH) – ATP
[WC] R Harrison (USA) / D Kudla (USA) vs J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) – ATP

COURT 1 start 10:00 am
[Q] J Levine (USA) vs L Kubot (POL) – ATP
[5] A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) vs O Rochus (BEL) – ATP
H Watson (GBR) / J Woehr (GER) vs [2] V Dushevina (RUS) / O Govortsova (BLR) – WTA
[6] J Benneteau (FRA) vs P Petzschner (GER) – ATP
B Becker (GER) vs D Sela (ISR) – ATP
I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs [WC] R Sweeting (USA) / B Tomic (AUS) – ATP
C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) vs E Butorac (USA) / B Soares (BRA) – ATP

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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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