Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Seen and Heard Wimbledon Day 2

by Savannah

The WTA will not have a new CEO ready when incumbent Larry Scott leaves June 30, but should have a new CEO by U.S. Open, which starts Aug 31 per Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal @Twitter

From Eurosport

Top seed Safina reached the second round on Tuesday with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino and will tackle Paraguay's Rossana de los Rios for a place in the last 32.
But she will do it suffering from a bout of painful tendinitis in her knee.
"It's been bothering me since April, since the clay court season," explained the Russian who has never made it beyond the third round here.
"At some tournaments, I'm playing on (anti-inflammatory) Voltaren, because it's so painful to go on the knee on the serve.
"The French Open was perfect. But it started last week in Holland because of the grass. It's softer, so I have to push more. Today I had to take one more Voltaren because I just could not go down anymore on my knee it was so painful."

Per The Ticker large sums of money were bet on Jurgen Melzer when he was playing Wayne Odesnik causing British bookmakers to suspend betting. Odesnik said he was injured.

Lucie Hradecka

Wimbledon 2009
Schedule for Day 3: Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Centre Court 13:00 Start Time

1. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[24] v. Gisela Dulko (ARG)
2. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) v. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]
3. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Sam Querrey (USA) v. Marin Cilic (CRO)[11]

Court 1 13:00 Start Time

1. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Simon Greul (GER) v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[4]
2. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Jarmila Groth (AUS) v. Serena Williams (USA)[2]
3. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Tommy Haas (GER)[24] v. Michael Llodra (FRA)

Court 2 12:00 Start Time

1. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Mardy Fish (USA)[28] v. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
2. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)[8] v. Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU)
3. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Robin Soderling (SWE)[13] v. Marcel Granollers (ESP)
4. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Aravane Rezai (FRA) v. Elena Dementieva (RUS)[4]

Court 3 12:00 Start Time

1. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Jie Zheng (CHN)[16] v. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
2. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[7] v. Kristof Vliegen (BEL)
3. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Simone Bolelli (ITA) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[9]

Court 4 12:00 Start Time

1. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Tommy Robredo (ESP)[15] v. Stefan Koubek (AUT)
2. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)[31]
v. Roberta Vinci (ITA)
3. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Ivo Karlovic (CRO)[22] v. Steve Darcis (BEL)
4. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) v. Marion Bartoli (FRA)[12]


1. Sarah Borwell (GBR) and Anne Keothavong (GBR) 47 vs
Samantha Stosur (AUS) and Rennae Stubbs (AUS) [3] 48
Taylor Dent (USA) 37 vs Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 38 T/F 5/7 6/7(6) 6/4 0/0 0-0*
2. Jamie Delgado (GBR) and Jonathan Marray (GBR) 59 vs
Nicolas Devilder (FRA) and Christophe Rochus (BEL) 60
3. Jocelyn Rae (GBR) and Melanie South (GBR) 27 vs
Alona Bondarenko (UKR) and Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 28
4. Lukasz Kubot (POL) and Oliver Marach (AUT) [8] 49 vs
Jonathan Erlich (ISR) and Jamie Murray (GBR) 50


1. Alex Bogdanovic (GBR) and James Ward (GBR) 13 vs
David Martin (USA) and Jean-Claude Scherrer (SUI) 14
2. Kaia Kanepi (EST) and Ipek Senoglu (TUR) 31 vs
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) and Flavia Pennetta (ITA) [8] 32
3. Rika Fujiwara (JPN) and Aiko Nakamura (JPN) 37 vs
Kristina Barrois (GER) and Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 38
4. Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) and Agnes Szavay (HUN) 29 vs
Vera Dushevina (RUS) and Tatiana Perebiynis (UKR) 30

Court 7 12:00 Start Time

1. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)[14] v. Urszula Radwanska (POL)
2. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Jill Craybas (USA) v. Virginie Razzano (FRA)[26]
3. Bob Bryan (USA) and Mike Bryan (USA) [1] 1 vs Dusan Vemic (SRB) and Mischa Zverev (GER) 2
4. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS)[27] v. Regina Kulikova (RUS)


1. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) and Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 7 vs
Nathalie Dechy (FRA) and Mara Santangelo (ITA) [14] 8
2. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) and Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 13 vs
Liga Dekmeijere (LAT) and Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) 14
3. Agustin Calleri (ARG) and Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) 35 vs Sergio Roitman (ARG) and Martin Vassallo
Arguello (ARG) 36
4. Max Mirnyi (BLR) and Andy Ram (ISR) [7] 33 vs
Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) and Travis Rettenmaier (USA) 34


1. Eva Hrdinova (CZE) and Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) 53 vs
Julie Ditty (USA) and Ekaterina Dzehalevich (BLR) 54
2. Martin Damm (CZE) and Robert Lindstedt (SWE) [15] 41 vs
Jose Acasuso (ARG) and Sebastian Prieto (ARG) 42
3. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) and Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 63 vs Anabel Medina
Garrigues (ESP) and Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) [2] 64
4. Leos Friedl (CZE) and David Skoch (CZE) 7 vs Rik De Voest (RSA) and Ashley Fisher (AUS) [14] 8


1. Frantisek Cermak (CZE) and Michal Mertinak (SVK) [13] 57 vs Lucas Arnold
Ker (ARG) and Frederico Gil (POR) 58
2. Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) and Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) 53 vs
Christopher Kas (GER) and Viktor Troicki (SRB) 54
3. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) and Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) [16] 41 vs
Tatjana Malek (GER) and Andrea Petkovic (GER) 42

Court 12 12:00 Start Time

1. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Dudi Sela (ISR) v. Rainer Schuettler (GER)[18]
2. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Sania Mirza (IND) v. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)[28]
3. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) v. Karol Beck (SVK)
4. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v. Michelle Larcher De Brito (POR)

Court 14 12:00 Start Time

1. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Shahar Peer (ISR) v. Nadia Petrova (RUS)[10]
2. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Elena Vesnina (RUS) v. Vera Dushevina (RUS)
3. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)[27] v. Ivo Minar (CZE)
4. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v. Marc Gicquel (FRA)


1. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) and Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 61 vs
Lucie Safarova (CZE) and Vladimira Uhlirova (CZE) 62
2. Philipp Petzschner (GER) and Alexander Peya (AUT) 19 vs
Petr Pala (CZE) and Radek Stepanek (CZE) 20
3. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) and Vania King (USA) [12] 25 vs
Melinda Czink (HUN) and Natalie Grandin (RSA) 26
4. Wesley Moodie (RSA) and Dick Norman (BEL) [9] 25 vs
James Auckland (GBR) and Joshua Goodall (GBR) 26


1. Mahesh Bhupathi (IND) and Mark Knowles (BAH) [4] 17 vs
Kevin Anderson (RSA) and Somdev Devvarman (IND) 18
Prakash Amritraj (IND) and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) 23 vs
Stephen Huss (AUS) and Ross Hutchins (GBR) [16] 24 T/F 6/4 6/7(12) 6/4 3/6 0/0 0*-0
2. Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP) [11] 9 vs
Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) and Julie Coin (FRA) 10
3. Pablo Cuevas (URU) and Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 39 vs
Travis Parrott (USA) and Filip Polasek (SVK) [10] 40

Court 18 12:00 Start Time

1. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) v. Ai Sugiyama (JPN)
2. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Guillermo Canas (ARG) v. Albert Montanes (ESP)[32]
3. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round
Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[7] v. Mathilde Johansson (FRA)
4. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round
Vincent Spadea (USA) v. Igor Andreev (RUS)[29]


1. Yves Allegro (SUI) and Fabrice Santoro (FRA) 15 vs
Bruno Soares (BRA) and Kevin Ullyett (ZIM) [5] 16
2. Rajeev Ram (USA) and Lovro Zovko (CRO) 55 vs Marcelo Melo (BRA) and Andre Sa (BRA) [11] 56
3. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) and Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 45 vs
Edina Gallovits (ROU) and Katalin Marosi (HUN) 46


Not before 5.00 pm
[B]Cara Black (ZIM) and Liezel Huber (USA) [1][/b] 1 vs Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) and Abigail Spears (USA) 2
Jade Curtis (GBR) and Anna Smith (GBR) 43 vs Laura Robson (GBR) and Georgie Stoop (GBR) 44
End Notes

Ana Ivanovic
It's getting harder and harder to watch Ana Ivanovic play. Not because, as commentator Virginia Wade put it she has to chase after every toss she makes on her serve but the pirouette, gerbil strangle and "Adje" on the mistakes of her opponents as well as her good shots gets to be a pain after awhile. She should be glad she was playing Lucie Hradecka today and not anyone else. The entire match turned on two misses by Hradecka in the second set. Both were easy overhead smashes. She could've gone home then.

Venus Williams played well despite what I read Darren Cahill had to say. I may not think she or her sister will make it all the way but I haven't picked a favorite for the men and the women and proceed to ignore what I'm watching. I'm just saying.

Amelie Mauresmo
Robert Kendrick fought as hard as he could against Andy Murray today. It was interesting to hear the talking heads on ESPN rooting against an American. I think that's a first. I also understand that someone asked when was the last time an Australian, someone from Great Britain, or an American won a Slam.

Prakash Amritraj (L) and Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi
Elena Baltacha did what Anne Keothavong couldn't and fought her way into the second round with a victory of Alona Bondarenko. While watching the end of that match I thought about Vera Zvonareva and how hard she tried to get her match suspended as it got dark the night before. Neither Baltacha nor Bondarenko did that. It was quite dark when the match ended.
Andy Roddick is still acting like a grown man on court.

Robert Kendrick
Serena Williams is very upset about the no eating in the locker room edict that just went into effect at Wimbledon. She brought it up on Twitter today and blogged about it too. Is there some pre match ritual we the public is not aware of?

Watching Lucie Hradecka and Robert Kendrick come close but not make it over the hump I thought about the difference between good players - they're good - and great players. When all is equal on the court it's what's between the ears that makes the difference.

As part of my ongoing seed watch Gisela Dulko is ranked #45.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez is ranked #42.
Simon Greul is ranked #106
Jarmila Groth is ranked #69

As far as the pictures are concerned I went with the most artistic I could find. I hope you like them.


skivvy said...

Enjoyed this post. Very Savannah 2.0 -- classic Savannah with some nice pictures.

Savannah said...

Thank you Skivvy. Don't be a stranger.

vw said...

It was interesting to hear the talking heads on ESPN rooting against an American. I think that's a first.

Yeah well, Gilbert, Slob, McEnroe and others are corporate guys now sitting in Britain. They only have two choices to choose from that are acceptable -Murray or Fed.
McEnroe did say after the Murray match, I'd give him a B, and Roddick an A, A+

Savannah said...

Say it again VW.