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Monday Net Post 02/09/2009 - 1:05 AM

PennettaBy TW Contributing Editor, Ed McGrogan

Verbose; bare bones. Reliable; fleeting. At various times during the last few months, any of these adjectives could have been used to describe the chameleon-like Monday Net Post. But consistency will prevail in the end. Going forward, the MNP will be as follows:

Last Week's Tournaments

Movistar Open (ATP - Clay - Vina del Mar, Chile)

Singles: Fernando Gonzalez def. Jose Acasuso
Doubles: Pablo Cuevas/Brian Dabul def. Frantisek Cermak/Michal Martinek

PBZ Zagreb Indoors (ATP - Indoor Hard - Zagreb, Croatia)

Singles: Marin Cilic def. Mario Ancic
Doubles: Martin Damm/Robert Lindstedt def. Christopher Kas/Rogier Wassen

SA Tennis Open (ATP - Outdoor Hard - Johannesburg, South Africa)

Singles: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. Jeremy Chardy
Doubles: James Cerretani/Dick Norman def. Rik de Voest/Ashley Fisher

Fed Cup

Russia def. China 5-0
Italy def. France 5-0
United States def. Argentina 3-2
Czech Republic def. Spain 4-1

McGrogan's Heroes

ATP - Ivan Dodig

Yes, all three men's title winners went through their draws without losing a set. But none of them even had to defeat a player in the Top 35. That's not their fault, of course -- you play who advances -- but because of this anomaly, the Hero award goes elsewhere this week.

Ranked No. 425 in the world heading into the Zagreb Indoors, Ivan Dodig had not played in an ATP main draw since last February in Marseille. That visit to the big leagues was a short one, as he lost 6-1, 6-4 to Novak Djokovic, the top seed of the tournament.

After winning three qualifying matches to reach the main draw of Zagreb, Dodig was once again, in a cruel twist of fate, slotted to play the tournament's top seed. This year it was Igor Andreev, the No. 19 player on the ATP Tour. Another top seed, another 6-1, 6-4 score. But this time, it was the underdog who came out on top, in a stunning result.

Following this shocker, Dodig surprised again, defeating the talented Ernests Gulbis, also in straight sets (7-6, 6-4). Dodig would bow out in the quarterfinals against Mario Ancic, an eventual finalist, but the qualifier's week was already a great success. For his efforts, Dodig moved up 83 spots up the world rankings ladder, and won 10,850 euros, or, more than 10% of his career earnings on tour.

WTA - Flavia Pennetta

Yes, Flavia Pennetta didn't impress with her decision to communicate with the chair umpire via "a gesture" and "verbal abuse". (I'd say tennis is doing just fine if that's the sport's controversial story of the week.) But the Italian impressed in every other way during Fed Cup play against France, where she won two matches in enemy territory.

In the tie's opening rubber, Pennetta fought from a set and a break of serve down to defeat Amelie Mauresmo, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4. Pennetta also saved a match point during this spirited rally. And although Mauresmo was clearly a different player back in 2006, it's worth noting that she clobbered Pennetta 6-1, 6-1, in this exact situation (a quarterfinal tie at home) three years ago.

After Francesca Schiavone defeated Alize Cornet in another dramatic contest (Schiavone won 6-1, 2-6, 8-6), Pennetta had the opportunity to close out the tie in the third rubber. In stark contrast to the first two matches, the third was settled in short order. But once again, the Italians came out on top, as Pennetta defeated Cornet 6-2, 6-2.

Pennetta upped her career record in Fed Cup to 10-3 with the pair of victories. Her next challenge for team Italy will come when they host Russia in the tournament's marquee semifinal in late April. This will be a rematch of the 2007 Fed Cup final, when Russia shutout Italy (4-0) en route to the title. Pennetta did not participate in that tie.

This Week's Tournaments

(TV Schedule)

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament (ATP - Indoor Hard - Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Singles Bracket
Doubles Bracket

Brasil Open (ATP - Clay - Costa do Sauipe, Brazil)

Singles Bracket
Doubles Bracket

SAP Open (ATP - Indoor Hard - San Jose, United States)

Singles Bracket
Doubles Bracket

Open GDF Suez (WTA - Indoor Hard - Paris, France)

Singles & Doubles Brackets

PTT Pataya City Women's Open (WTA - Outdoor  Hard - Pattaya City, Thailand)

Singles & Doubles Brackets


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Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/09/2009 at 11:37 PM

sorry that was 3 aces

Posted by Sherlock 02/09/2009 at 11:39 PM

Geez, I hate that when you refresh, and all of the sudden it's a new page. Grrrr.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/09/2009 at 11:39 PM

Have I reached the last post yet?

Posted by Sherlock 02/09/2009 at 11:41 PM

Where did my last post go?

I hit previous to see the last comments on the, um, previous page, and then next to come back here and my post doesn't show.

Anyway, good night, Bismarck.

Posted by naughty T, next!!!!!! 02/09/2009 at 11:41 PM

yes this boy needs to turn into a pumpkin too.
catch you later. Hopefully this will turn up on youtube soon.

Posted by Arun 02/09/2009 at 11:42 PM

"Geez, I hate that when you refresh, and all of the sudden it's a new page. Grrrr."
Word!

is there a live stream?

Posted by Tennis Fan 02/09/2009 at 11:43 PM

"I gotta say this tho'...if Serena loses No. 1 before RG, it's gonna be pretty funny. 2 GS + 1 F, and overtaken by someone with 0 GS + 2 F or O GS + 1 F will make the No. 1 a big joke, imo. How does one explain this to the mythical "casual fan"? :-)"

Pspace: If Serena plays decent, it is unlikely but possible prior to RG. Right now Serena is only 282 points ahead of Safina and 850 in front of JJ. JJ has a lot of work to do if she wants to gain #1 so does Dementieva. Safina is in striking distance. However, right now Serena has only 14 tournaments counting and Safina has 16. So Serena point gain in Paris will just put her farther ahead of Safina and Dubai is an addition. Safina is not playing Paris so will not have a chance to add points. For the other what make it tough to gain ground is they must get more point than their lowest. This means JJ or Safina much win or do really well to gain any points while Serena is just adding. However this changes in March and April where Serena must defend Significant points for winning Bangalore, Miami and Charleston last year and if she does not play IW she will take a zero point hit to her ranking points meaning she will lose one of her results. However, Serena lowest result right now is 2 points so the zero point hit would not hurt her that much. Safina must take action now cause May on is where she runs in the task of defending her points which we know is harder than just adding points like she did last year for all her wins during the summer. JJ has consistently good results througout the year. So she must win multiple tournaments to gain significant points and must do well to maintain. So if Serena loses #1, she has no one to blame but herself. It should be interesting to see how it plays out. I'd like to see Dementieva come in and shake up 1, 2 & 3.

Avid, Dokic is currently in the 90's and has not points to defend unti May so everything she earns between now and then is gravy and will mover her up. When she does start having to defend points they are quite low meaning she would only have to win 1 or two matches at a tournament to defend. You only need to be in the top 104 on the women's side to get an automatic entry into a slam. So as far as the remiander of the 2009 slams go, I think she is in like Flynn. Hopefully, she can keep it going and get in the top 32 by RG so she can get seeded which would help a lot, unless she gets in Sharapova's section. I wonder has Dokic ever played Sharapova?

Posted by Jenni 02/09/2009 at 11:47 PM

Huh. So for the second year in a row Haas does fill-in duty for the Sampras exhibition? At least this year it sounds like it's a bit more competitive.

Posted by Sherlock 02/09/2009 at 11:48 PM

Good night, Naughty.

Hi, Arun. :) I don't think so. The question was asked earlier, and I don't think there was ever an affirmative answer.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/09/2009 at 11:50 PM

Tennis Fan

Thanks for the info you have provided on the break down on points. You might even one day do Master Ace out of a job.

Posted by Annie 02/09/2009 at 11:52 PM

malimada: thanks for those pics of rafa's new car. wow. that's basically the coolest car in the world.

Happy Birthday, Angel of the Surf: sorry to hear about the horrible fires in oz.

Posted by avid sports fan *time for pain killers* 02/09/2009 at 11:53 PM

Tennis Fan - Thanks for the info on Dokic. Good for her. As for Serena, she should be able to defend her some not all of her points since she has an evil twin that shows up in non-GS SF & F and non-Miami events. Nowadays I just take what I get from her. The good thing for her is that after Charleston, of the top four I think she has the least to defend till RG. Safina is the one to make her move now or else it becomes more difficult.

Posted by Pspace 02/09/2009 at 11:55 PM

Tennis Fan, Ah yes...IW is quite the conundrum. I don't know if she'll play there. Tough to go back, when you've called the fans (or is it the organizers) a bunch of racists (regardless of the truth).

Fwiw, Serena doesn't seem to care much about being No. 1. But, the media is gonna have a field day.

Posted by Tennis Fan 02/09/2009 at 11:55 PM

To answer my own question. Dokic and Sharapova have played once. Wimbledon 2003 R32, won by Sharapova 6-4, 6-4.

Posted by Arun 02/09/2009 at 11:56 PM

hi Sherlock! yeah - it's a bummer that we don't have a stream.. Pete has taken it to the 3rd set now.

Posted by avid sports fan *time for pain killers* 02/09/2009 at 11:58 PM

It's a super TB in the third.

Posted by Pspace 02/09/2009 at 11:58 PM

Tennis Fan, Apparently Lady Screech has played the Great Exhale, just once. Wimby 2003 R32...Masha won 6-4 6-4

Posted by Sherlock 02/09/2009 at 11:59 PM

They play a super tiebreak??? Ick.

Posted by Tennis Fan 02/09/2009 at 11:59 PM

"You might even one day do Master Ace out of a job."

Funny, but I don't think so! I like to think we complement each other or like a good tennis match bring out the best in each other.

Posted by avid sports fan *time for pain killers* 02/10/2009 at 12:00 AM

Pspace - According to her schedule Serena will not play IW. I do not think she and Venus will play IW no matter what.

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 12:00 AM

Ok...you heard it first here...Pete's gonna tank the STB ;-). He's too nice to embarass Tommy.

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 12:03 AM

Jeez, was that 2 DFs in a row? C'mon man, at least make it look good :-)

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/10/2009 at 12:03 AM

Is there anything on the SJ website about why JB pulled out. Hopefully JB pulled out for precautionary reasons if he has a slight injury.

Posted by Angel of the Surf 02/10/2009 at 12:04 AM

Ok need to go out for a bit, see you all soon.

Posted by Tennis Fan 02/10/2009 at 12:07 AM

"Apparently Lady Screech has played the Great Exhale"

I like it. How about a doubled feast for the ears.

Dementieva and Sharapova v Azarenk and Dokic or any combination thereof?

Posted by avid sports fan *time for pain killers* 02/10/2009 at 12:09 AM

Dokic didn't seem to make so much noise though ;-)

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 12:09 AM

Pspace, he embarrassed him last year...

Can't we have something else other than a Haas-Sampras exo? They're not *that* far off from being contemporaries. In fact they played 8 times on tour.


Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 12:11 AM

Tennis Fan, lol! Azarenka's "siren song" has been described as "a bird call" by Steve...I think that's the best I've heard so far. Dementieva is fairly ordinary, no?

Posted by avid sports fan *time for pain killers* 02/10/2009 at 12:13 AM

Surprisingly Pete Sampras won two more points than Tommy Haas. I still wonder why James did not play.

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 12:13 AM

c1, yeah, that's true...but you don't wanna rub it in. Anyways, he mailed in the STB :-). I dunno why Blake didn't play...that would've been fun.

Posted by Tennis Fan 02/10/2009 at 12:18 AM

"Dementieva is fairly ordinary, no?"

Pspace: I think it more like fairly annoying, it's like a lame bird call except at wimbledon it was more like an opera singer breaking glass. This is the only thing I don't like about her. For some reason her tone irks me while Sharapova' and Azarenka's doesn't really bother me. I don't know why though.

However, did you notice when Dementieva played Serena at the AO, in the middle to the end of the second set she the high pitched screech was gone in it's place was a low level grunt. I was so excited, she was working so hard and concentrating the screech was gone. I hope she plays Serena some more.

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 12:25 AM

Tennis Fan, Hmm...I've actually watched Dementieva live (vs Li Na at last years USO), and she doesn't sound bad at all (to me). I didn't notice the variation in pitch in Oz :-).

Luckily, I watched a few matches of Azarenka in Brisbane...it took me some time to get used to her. Pity she couldn't finish the Serena match...she was playing awesome.

Sharapova is the absolute worst for me. That pre-serve routine just drives me nuts...I mean that USO (or was it Oz) where she beat Henin in the final...some of the best quality tennis I've ever seen from her. But, I couldn't take the slow pace of play and the screeching. Kinda sad...because she is the only one right now who has enough upside to challenge Williamses (when she's in full form).

Posted by Tennis Fan 02/10/2009 at 12:40 AM

Dementieva: I've never seen her in person, so maybe it's different on TV in stereo and amplified as opposed to live. And yes, I watched it a second time and noticed it even more. I was amazing. I never heard her without the high pitch sound it was great intensity.

Azarenka: I was shocked that she was playing so well she had to quit. Yes, when you first hear her it does take getting used to however it does fade into the background maybe because she is such a fighter you get into it with her and forget the sounds.

Sharapova does take her time and the absolute worst was IW last year between her an Hantuchova it was almost an unwatchable match it was so slow. However, her screechin doesn't really bother me for some reason, maybe because it is not as high pitched as Dementieva. I don't really know. Dementieva does have good pace except when the DF come. You know who really keep play moving is Dokic - she just goes for it, which I like. Kuzzy keeps it going also, and I think she even goes faster when at tension filled moments when she should probably step back and take a breath instead.

Posted by Tennis Fan 02/10/2009 at 12:40 AM

Dementieva: I've never seen her in person, so maybe it's different on TV in stereo and amplified as opposed to live. And yes, I watched it a second time and noticed it even more. I was amazing. I never heard her without the high pitch sound it was great intensity.

Azarenka: I was shocked that she was playing so well she had to quit. Yes, when you first hear her it does take getting used to however it does fade into the background maybe because she is such a fighter you get into it with her and forget the sounds.

Sharapova does take her time and the absolute worst was IW last year between her an Hantuchova it was almost an unwatchable match it was so slow. However, her screechin doesn't really bother me for some reason, maybe because it is not as high pitched as Dementieva. I don't really know. Dementieva does have good pace except when the DF come. You know who really keep play moving is Dokic - she just goes for it, which I like. Kuzzy keeps it going also, and I think she even goes faster when at tension filled moments when she should probably step back and take a breath instead.

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 12:43 AM

I feel like Dinara's service motion takes FOREVER.

Honestly, I get bored waiting for it to finish.


Posted by Tennis Fan 02/10/2009 at 12:46 AM

"I feel like Dinara's service motion takes FOREVER.

Honestly, I get bored waiting for it to finish."

crazyone: I agree with you on this one. Maybe this is her problem with the serve, she thinks about it too much. However, Rafa takes a long time to serve also, although it seems like her has speeded it up lately or is it I'm just getting used to it.

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 12:49 AM

Tennis Fan: I think you're getting used to it. I noticed it as being as slow as usual during the AO final.


Posted by avid sports fan *time for pain killers* 02/10/2009 at 12:56 AM

Pspace - I dunno about Sharapova taking either Serena or Venus. May be Venus she leads their H2H 3-2 but she hasn't beaten Serena since 2004 and between 2004 and 2007, I can't say Serena was in the best of form ;-)

As for the noises, shrieks and grunts, I think I am just used to all of it now. I recently just re-watched SW19 SF between Maria and Venus and I couldn't help but continue laughing. The commentators did not help matters with their comments on the shrieks and grunts.

I was also thinking Rafa had sped up his serving but I guess I must have got used to it too.

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 12:57 AM

what happened with Nishikori-Muller?


Posted by avid sports fan *time for pain killers* 02/10/2009 at 01:00 AM

Tennis Fan - Anna C is out of the top twenty. What's up with her?

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 01:00 AM

There's a picture of Rafa and Richard Krajicek together on the ATP's website, entitled "Wimbledon champs welcome 500s".

Gosh, I hope Rafa falls into the Krajicek pattern with Wimbledon...though I really, really doubt it.

;)


Posted by Tennis Fan 02/10/2009 at 01:08 AM

Avid: Chakky is another headscratcher. The home invasion must have affected her more than we realized. But she won Paris last year and points for Paris dropped off last year which dropped her out of the top two but she still is in the top 32. She does not have any big results to defend now except Semis in Rome and final in New Haven. It's hard to tell how she will do. However, I see her maintaining but not moving up unless something drastic happens with her.

Posted by avid sports fan *time for pain killers* 02/10/2009 at 01:10 AM

Tennis Fan - Thanks. I guess we can never know how much some of these things that happen affect the players. Well then she has the opportunity to gain points then.

Posted by avid sports fan *time for pain killers* 02/10/2009 at 01:18 AM

Kei took the first set 7-5 over Muller.

Tennis Fan - let's have the WTA spreadsheet when you are done. Thanks

Alrighty that is it for me. I will call it a night. Good night/day all.

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 01:20 AM

I don't know if Dinara's as bad as Masha. She steps up to the line reasonably quickly. But, it takes a while for the ball to go up to the moon and back.

Btw, the funniest (new) serve I saw this Oz was Zvonoreva's. She has this thing in deuce court, where she throws it behind her head like a kicker...then jumps backwards and hits it flat up the tee. Have any of you noticed this? It seems like she'll fall down when she does it. Hilarious.

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 01:25 AM

Pspace it's not an issue of stepping up to the line. She holds her ball on her racket before her toss for a loooooong time, and kind of freezes there. And then yeah, the ball toss...


Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 01:27 AM

BTW I want a Sampras-Nadal exhibtion, like, right now.

None of this Sampras-Haas stuff.

BTW, I love how Exhibition matches always show up on the SB as "Boys' Singles".

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 01:27 AM

Rafa's sped his up, since I don't think he pulls his socks anymore as part of his serve routine.


Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 01:30 AM

BTW, not that I have anything against Haas, and it's admirable that twice he's stepped up to the plate like this after Safin and Blake pulled out. But it's a matchup with little novelty, IMO.


Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 01:31 AM

c1, lol. Yeah, that's true. I guess you need to go through the checklist: (a) Pick the spot, (b) Pray that the toss is right, (c) Don't drop the lead shoulder, (d) Pray a little bit more that you'll contact the toss at the right point....At least the lesser evil closes his eyes ;-).

Well, I'd like to see a Sampras-Nadal exo where Rafa shows no mercy. I'm curious to see if Pete will be able to hold serve :-).

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 01:39 AM

Wow! Kei walloped Muller. How did he break his serve so many times? Darn...I like this Muller guy...Go Luxembourg's No. 1!

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 01:39 AM

Effin Hotness' service motion is mad entertaining. Dinara's is just boring.

What happened to Steve Darcis? I see that Ernie's scheduled to play Ricardo Mello of Brazil (who? This had better not be another Dodig. But the pattern for Ernie's last EIGHT tournaments is that he loses in the second round), so I'm guessing he loses to Roddick. Ah-gain.

He also is playing dubs and singles on the same day. How unfair
:-P

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 01:43 AM

Pspace, Florent Serra has, on occasion, managed to hold serve against Rafael Nadal. I think Pete Sampras even in his dotage could do the same. I don't know why you're so convinced Rafa would double bagel him? At any rate, even good returners take some time to get acclimated to big servers, which is why I think Djokovic and Nadal, for example, find it harder to break Roddick (of course, when he's serving well), than Federer does.

I also find this Gulbis-Kunitsyn pairing hilarious, it's the pairing of guys who sometimes look like they're 12 years old.


Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 01:43 AM

Pspace, what's your take on Kei?


Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 01:45 AM

Ah yes, Mello lost to Rafa in the second round of Miami last year 7-6(7) 6-2. Was sure I was remembering him from somewhere. Currently ranked 174, and he's won a challenger this year. :-)

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 01:48 AM

c1, I've seen Kei play only once or twice. Viewer friendly game, especially his forehand. But, I don't feel he's got enough weapons to hand with the big boys....but I think he'll achieve #42 or whatever. Top 30 potential (I thought). Also, I saw him on stream, and you know what I thought of a certain lefty recently...so I should observe on HD at some point. :-)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 01:50 AM

Hey all.

*makes tea*

off to catch up with thread...

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 01:50 AM

*he's won a challenger this year.*

that's more than Gulbis won.

Wow, I don't remember Mello from that. But I don't ever watch Rafa matches against really low ranked players.

Speaking of Miami, Ernie had match points against Davydenko there! I don't regret Davydenko winning that match because Kolya and His Magic Racquet was a really memorable experience but yeah, that was another beautiful loss...

Posted by Tennis Fan 02/10/2009 at 01:51 AM

"Tennis Fan - let's have the WTA spreadsheet when you are done."

Avid: I don't know how I can share an excel file in this forum and it is an ongoing project as I have to update for every tournament including how each round of the current tournamet effects points total, I add people as necessary and still am shaping in for the new ranking system. I would be happy to share if I had a way to do it other than posting it like I have today.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 01:53 AM

*hopes Rafa is NOT the next Krajicek*

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 01:53 AM

"""
But I don't ever watch Rafa matches against really low ranked players.
"""

Oh, I highly recommend this. He really delivers some imperious spankings. But, you saw early round Rafa in Oz, right? Rochus, Haas, Gonzo? Frightening stuff.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!!) 02/10/2009 at 01:54 AM

lol c1 - good job taking up the total unfairness of ernie having to play singles and dubs on the SAME DAY. totes unfair.

*yawn* i fell asleep at 8:30 tonite - slept until now. sigh. what's the chances of me falling back asleep till morning?

Tommy actually played and won 2 matches tonite - though 1 was 2 sets and a tb. what the hail did happen to james?

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 01:54 AM

Pspace, yeah. I also find his fitness rather dubious, too. He surprisingly did reasonably well at the USO but otherwise seems to struggle in best of 5 settings.

Yeah, Project 45 should definitely occur. I'd be shocked if it didn't.

I watch almost all of my tennis on stream, I don't think I've ever seen a HD match except maybe the 5th set of the 2008 Wimbly final (if my hotel had a HDTV, maybe it was just a big flatscreen).

I'm really sad there's no free San Jose stream, or at least an affordable one. Rotterdam and the Brazil Open provide streams, why can't they?


Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 01:56 AM

jewell, just at Wimbledon :-P

actually, he can have Wimbledon in 2011...


Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!!) 02/10/2009 at 01:57 AM

even with HD - i watch most of my tennis on a stream, as there's just not enough tennis on tv. but it is great when its on! i forget sometimes how nice it is to be able to see clearly.

'morning jewell!

Posted by crazyone 02/10/2009 at 01:59 AM

I don't think I'll have tennis on my TV until the French Open 4th round or so (and none of the AO was on my tv).

Except maybe the Miami final? or something, that goes on CBS.


Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 01:59 AM

jb, "what's the chances of me falling back asleep till morning?" Was that a rhetorical question? If not, I'd say 0? Unless you played a 5-setter against Verdasco in the morning.

c1, yeah...I'm really worried about my eyesight on streams after the Verdasco blunder...How did those shots look slow?

Anyways, that's it for me. 'Nite all.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!!) 02/10/2009 at 01:59 AM

atp headline "frenchmen take out nadal" lol - sounds like they ganged up on him.. :)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 02:00 AM

Malimeda, THANK YOU for your lovely pictures! Rafa and an Aston Martin sharing space, mmm, mmm. :)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 02:03 AM

Hey jb. :)

ok, I could live with Rafa not getting another Wimbledon till 2011...as long as he could have all the other slams. ;)

Night Pspace! Am I acting as your 'go to bed alert' again? Sigh.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!!) 02/10/2009 at 02:06 AM

I think tennis channel will have some matches on tv - i seem to remember them having some of the masters on. but maybe i'm delusional. uhm - there's something wrong with how i spelled that.

dang. i need to be up in a few hours. i suppose i should try to go back to sleep. but gosh i slept like a rock for 5 hours. quite a nice nap actually!

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 02:07 AM

jewell, hehe, no. Just had a strenuous practice session today. Hand is covered in blisters and I can't feel my legs :-(. Lefty topspin wears on you...I can't get it through my head...the ball spins the OTHER WAY! Gah!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 02:09 AM

ow Pspace!

er, isn't it meant to be fun?

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!!) 02/10/2009 at 02:10 AM

lol pspace - no 5-setter against verdasco for me..:)

sigh. where australian tennis matches when you need them?

Posted by Pspace 02/10/2009 at 02:12 AM

jewell, it is! Basically, these days I'm playing with better players. So it's nice to learn from them....only frustrating thing is that I lose all the time. Anyways, blisters hurt for the first few days...then they callous and you can't feel them any more ;-).

Now, really, 'nite.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 02:15 AM

Hee Pspace - it's like Stephen Hendry playing exhibitions with Steve Davis and getting hammered night after night, and *then* emerging as the greatest snooker player ever. :)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 02:18 AM

Times Net Post:

http://tinyurl.com/c9597a

apparently Britain's women have 'strength in depth'.

Posted by mina 02/10/2009 at 02:25 AM

hello jewell!

Rafa plays wednesday night in rotterdam... that would be ___ Oz time...i better bookmark that time conversion site...

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 02:29 AM

*throws self into mina's arms*

Damn, I hate night sessions! No chance of watching. Roll on the French and Wimbledon, I say.

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!!) 02/10/2009 at 02:33 AM

funny that fed was indignant that Rafa didn't get tipped the fav instead of murray in Oz....

and who IS on the Davis cup for the brits besides murray? is jaime playing? there's that other brit boyo i've seen do well in dubs, hastings? or somthing? oh dear, i may be insert poirot into the mix here.

*off to check the davis cup site*

Posted by greenhopper 02/10/2009 at 02:34 AM

James Blake pulled out 'cos of a back spasm he contracted after his doubles win today. He still came on court for a little bit to apologize. (Total respect for him.) He looked like he had trouble walking also. I hope he can recover by Wednesday.

Haas was yummy, Pete was funny.
Pete hit like 120 mph second serves. He was volleying like the old days. Haas was rocking the dtl bh passing shots.

I missed most of the Andy Roddick - Pete Sampras hit session earlier (bloody traffic). Roddick was rocking a nice light blue Lacoste polo. Unfortunately got no photos of that.

Kei was awesome in the 2nd set. He got down on himself a little bit in the first set. The dude hits deeeeeeep bh from like 5 feet behind the baseline, specially on Muller's 2nd serves.. He hit a good amount of fh dtl winners. Muller served well for the most part and volleyed pretty good. He kinda faded away in the 2nd set as Kei upped his level a bit. The kid was all cheerful after the win.

Long night. Catch you all later.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 02:35 AM

Hutchins?

I think they're having a play-off to decide, not sure. It doesn't seem to matter, we always fall at the final hurdle if not before. :(

*despondent*

Posted by jb (Go Smiley Fed!!!) 02/10/2009 at 02:39 AM

yes - that's it jewell - hutchins. well, one never knows. its tough, 1 player cannot be an entire team, someone besides murray needs to step up.

greenhopper! thanks for the explaination re: james, we could figure it out. good job for haas to step in like that. hope james is ok for the rest of the tourney. :(

ok - am going to try and get back to sleep now.... 'nite all!

Posted by mina 02/10/2009 at 02:46 AM

*bear hugs jewell*

FO and Wimby spells zero sleep for me, since its on at the wee hours here... but whatevs... its not like i'm a newbie at this fortnight filled with all nighters in the name of tennis thing... i just kinda like to whine sometimes! LOL

Posted by mina 02/10/2009 at 02:51 AM

oh too bad on blake getting spasms...i'm glad Kei won, the arm/elbow must be fine now...

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 02:53 AM

Night jb. :)

thanks GH for the report! Sad about Blake.

Posted by mina 02/10/2009 at 02:56 AM

i just watch the clip of the flavia finger flip incident... ball looked out. just sayin'.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 03:04 AM

I haven't seen the Flavia incident. I'm in two minds about the whole thing, really.

Posted by mina 02/10/2009 at 03:10 AM

jewell, FingerGate:

http://tinyurl.com/ckdgk3

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 03:14 AM

thanks mina.

didn't look so terribly awful from here...although I couldn't see very well.

Posted by mina 02/10/2009 at 03:17 AM

yeah, good thing Flavia didn't hold the erm, finger pose for too long! hee hee

Posted by mina 02/10/2009 at 03:18 AM

yeah, good thing Flavia didn't hold the erm, finger pose for too long! hee hee

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 03:22 AM

Hee. I can't see that it's any worse than yelling out a swear word or haranguing the umpire any other way.

Posted by mina 02/10/2009 at 03:27 AM

sorry for the double post!

agree on your point re swearing. same banana.

pun defo intended! LOL

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 03:28 AM

are you liking Sydney, mina?

Posted by mina 02/10/2009 at 03:31 AM

yes i am, now if i could only find a job quickly enough... it'd be perfect! LOL

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 03:33 AM

bah to job hunting. I'm trying to find some extra work at the moment...it's tough. :(

good luck with the search! One thing you know - people NEED dentists. Sadly. ;)

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 03:34 AM

not sad for you, obviously - sad for people with sore teeth, etc.

I'm so overdue a dentist appointment. I really don't want to go! LOL.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 02/10/2009 at 03:35 AM

anyway work calls.

See you later, mina! :)

Posted by mina 02/10/2009 at 03:38 AM

hee hee... true jewell... good luck to you too, i think spring might bring you more work... being good for weddings and such...

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