Â©Kourtin’ Karen’s Tennis News Scoreboard – Week Ending April 25, 2010
Banged Up From Fed Cup
Kim Clijsters will be out up to six weeks with torn muscle in left foot suffered from her match against Maret Ani
Justine Henin broke her pinky in practice when attempting to catch a speeding tennis ball.
“Trains, planes and automobiles” Award…
goes to Jelena Jankovic. Her trip back home from the US took her from Tampa to Atlanta to Tel Aviv to Larnaca to Belgrade. That’s a ton of frequent flyer miles!
Baby-Daddy, Baby Momma News?
Feliciano Lopez and Girlfriend Maria Jose Suarez Expecting a Child ?
Russian press is reporting that Anastasia Myskina is expecting her second child.
Say no to the “Holly Hobbie” outfits
Anyone notice a striking resemblance between the US Fed Cup team’s dinner outfits and the Holly Hobbie doll dresses?
|Official Fed Cup Dinner|
Leizel Huber officially announced that she and Cara Black have parted ways as a doubles team. From her Fed Cup blog on USTA.com :”Cara Black and I are taking a mutual break from being exclusive doubles partners. Do not be surprised to see us playing with each other or with someone else in the next couple of months. It was not an easy decision.We have had a great partnership and we are appreciative of all the fan support.”
Advantage 700 Club and Elite Club
Mark Knowles notched his 700 win in doubles last week. Other members of the doubles “700” win club include Todd Woodbridge, Daniel Nestor, Sherwood Stewart and Jonas Bjorkman.
Serena Williams also set a milestone. She became only the seventh player to reach 100 weeks at number one in the history of the WTA Tour
Arrivederci Roma and Potpourri
Withdrawals from the Rome Masters this week include Andy Roddick, Fernando Gonzalez, Juan Martin Del Potro and Nico Davydenko.
Sisyphus match of the week award goes to the Elena Dementieva – Melanie Oudin match from the USA vs Russia Fed Cup. In Greek mythology Sisyphus was a king punished by being cursed to roll a huge boulder up a hill only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this over and over for eternity. Well this match felt like the boulder constantly rolling back down and felt as though no one wanted to win.
First 10 games in the contest – all service breaks! Of course the first set ends in a tiebreaker going to Dementieva. Second set – Oudin feeds Dementieva a bagel 6-0. Final set, more breaks Dementieva pulls it out 6-3. It was a painful match to watch – totally error ridden.
Upset of the week
Alber Ramos-Vinolas of Spain ranked 161 in the world stunned Fernando Gonzalez in Barcelona
Game, Set, Match and Fed Cup Results
Advantage “Hot Sauce”
Fernando Verdasco takes the title over Robin Soderling in a Rafaless field. This is Verdasco’s best tournament win to date.
WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS
ITALY defeated CZECH REPUBLIC 5-0
Venue: Foro Italico, Rome, ITA (clay – outdoors)
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 75
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 60 62
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 76(3) 62
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 62
Sara Errani/Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Lucie Hradecka/Kveta Peschke (CZE) 62 64
USA defeated RUSSIA 3-2
Venue: BJCC Arena, Birmingham, AL, USA (hard – indoors)
Melanie Oudin (USA) d. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 63 63
Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 64 63
Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 76(4) 06 63
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 64 26 63
Liezel Huber/Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. Elena Dementieva/Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 63 61
Mattek became the first US player to win back-to-back matches onfinal day to clinch a Fed Cup tie. The USA will meet Italy in the Fed Cup final in November. The USA will host the tie.
WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS
BELGIUM defeated ESTONIA 3-2
Venue: Grenslandhallen-Ethias Arena, Hasselt, BEL (clay â€“ indoors)
Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Maret Ani (EST) 64 62
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 62 46 61
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Justine Henin (BEL) 67(6) 64 63
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Maret Ani (EST) 26 61 61
Maret Ani/Margit Ruutel (EST) d. Kirsten Flipkens/Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 26 64 63
AUSTRALIA defeated UKRAINE 5-0
Venue: Palace of Sports â€œLokomotivâ€, Kharkiv, UKR (clay â€“ indoors)
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) d. Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 06 63 75
Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Mariya Koryttseva (UKR) 63 60
Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) 76(4) 63
Alicia Molik (AUS) d. Mariya Koryttseva (UKR) 26 62 75
Anastasia Rodionova/Rennae Stubbs (AUS) d. Lyudmyla Kichenok/Nadiya Kichenok (UKR) 62 67(2) 61
FRANCE defeated GERMANY 3-2
Venue: Frankfurter TC 1914 Palmengarten, Frankfurt, GER (clay â€“ outdoors)
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 63 62
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Tatjana Malek (GER) 26 63 60
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Aravane Rezai (FRA) 61 76(2)
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 76(4) 64
Julie Coin/Alize Cornet (FRA) d. Kristina Barrois/Andrea Petkovic (GER) 63 61
SLOVAK REPUBLIC defeated SERBIA 3-2
Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, SRB (clay â€“ indoors)
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 76(5) 63
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 62 62
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 76(2) 75
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 61 76(4)
Daniela Hantuchova/Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Jelena Jankovic/Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 64 63
WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS
SPAIN defeated POLAND 4-1
Venue: Sopot Tennis Club, Sopot, POL (carpet â€“ indoors)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 63 61
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) d. Marta Domachowska (POL) 76(4) 62
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) d. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 63 64
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Marta Domachowska (POL) 63 62
Nuria Llagostera Vives/Arantxa Parra-Santonja (ESP) d. Klaudia Jans/Alicja Rosolska (POL) 62 64
SWEDEN leads CHINA, P.R. 2-0 (to be played on 25-26 April)
Venue: Idrottens Hus, Helsingborg, SWE (hard â€“ indoors)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Shuai Peng (CHN) 62 64
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Shuai Zhang (CHN) 64 63
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) v Shuai Peng (CHN)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Shuai Zhang (CHN)
Sofia Arvidsson/Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Shuai Peng/Shuai Zhang (CHN)
CANADA defeated ARGENTINA 5-0
Venue: Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, CAN (carpet â€“ indoors)
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 64 62
Valerie Tetreault (CAN) d. Jorgelina Cravero (ARG) 64 63
Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Jorgelina Cravero (ARG) 64 64
Valerie Tetreault (CAN) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 67(6) 61 61
Sharon Fichman/Marie-Eve Pelletier (CAN) v Jorgelina Cravero/Aranza Salut (ARG) 64 62
SLOVENIA defeated JAPAN 4-1
Venue: Ljudski VRT, Dvorana Lukna, Maribor, SLO (clay â€“ indoors)
Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 75 61
Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 36 61 63
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 64 62
Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 61 64
Tadeja Majeric/Masa Zec-Peskiric (SLO) d. Rika Fujiwara/Yurika Sema (JPN) 64 67(1) 63