Monday, September 21, 2009

The Weekend Wrap Up

by Savannah

Shahar Pe'er is the Guangzhou 2009 Champion

Olga Govortsova and Tatiana Poutchek won the Doubles Championship at Guangzhou

Vania King and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova

Melinda Czink 2009 Quebec City Champion

Davis Cup Results


It will be defending champions Spain against the Czech Republic December 4-6 in Spain.
Complete results are listed below.

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated CROATIA 4-1
Venue: Sportska Dvorana “Zatika”, Porec, CRO (clay - indoors)

Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 67(5) 76(5) 76(6) 67(2) 1614
Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Marin Cilic (CRO) 63 63 36 46 63
Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Marin Cilic/Lovro Zovko (CRO) 61 63 64
Jan Hajek (CZE) d. Roko Karanusic (CRO) 76(4) 64
Lovro Zovko (CRO) d. Lukas Dlouhy (CZE) 63 64

SPAIN defeated ISRAEL 4-1
Venue: Polaris World la Torre Golf Resort, Torre Pacheco, Murcia, ESP (clay - outdoors)

David Ferrer (ESP) d. Harel Levy (ISR) 61 64 63
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 64 62 60
Tommy Robredo/Feliciano Lopez (ESP) d. Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) 76(6) 67(7) 64 62
David Ferrer (ESP) d. Andy Ram (ISR) 63 61
Harel Levy (ISR) d. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 75 62

Spain to host Czech Republic in 2009 World Group Final in Spain on 4-6 December.

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

CHILE defeated AUSTRIA 3-2
Venue: Medialuna Monumental of Rancagua, Rancagua, CHI (clay – outdoors)

Nicolas Massu
Nicolas Massu (CHI) d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 46 64 64 63
Paul Capdeville (CHI) d. Stefan Koubek (AUT) 64 64 36 16 64
Julian Knowle/Jurgen Melzer (AUT) d. Paul Capdeville/Nicolas Massu (CHI) 62 64 63
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) d. Paul Capdeville (CHI) 76(2) 46 62 57 64
Nicolas Massu (CHI) d. Stefan Koubek (AUT) 64 46 64 76(6)

BELGIUM defeated UKRAINE 3-2
Venue: Spiroudome de Charleroi, Charleroi, BEL (clay – indoors)

Christophe Rochus (BEL) d. Illya Marchenko (UKR) 63 64 36 62
Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 63 64
Sergei Bubka/Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Xavier Malisse/Olivier Rochus (BEL) 76(5) 36 64 76(4)
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Xavier Malisse (BEL) 63 36 06 61 63
Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Sergei Bubka (UKR) 62 61 60

ECUADOR defeated BRAZIL 3-2
Venue: Ginasio Gigantinho, Porto Alegre, BRA (clay – indoors)

Marcos Daniel (BRA) d. Giovanni Lapentti (ECU) 76(3) 36 76(4) 62
Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) d. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 76(2) 64 75
Giovanni Lapentti/Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) d. Marcelo Melo/Andre Sa (BRA) 36 63 64 46 64
Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) d. Marcos Daniel (BRA) 64 64 16 26 86
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. Julio-Cesar Campazano (ECU) 62 64

FRANCE defeated NETHERLANDS 4-1
Venue: MECC Maastricht, Maastricht, NED (clay – indoors)

Thiemo de Bakker (NED) d. Gael Monfils (FRA) 63 57 63 64
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Jesse Huta Galung (NED) 76(2) 62 76(3)
Michael Llodra/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Thiemo de Bakker/Igor Sijsling (NED) 63 36 76(2) 64
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d, Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 76(5) 62 36 76(4)
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) d. Jesse Huta Galung (NED) 63 62

INDIA defeated SOUTH AFRICA 4-1
Venue: Ellis Park Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, RSA (hard – indoors)

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Izak van der Merwe (RSA) 76(5) 63 64
Rohan Bopanna (IND) d. Rik de Voest (RSA) 26 64 62 64
Jeff Coetzee/Wesley Moodie (RSA) d. Mahesh Bhupathi/Rohan Bopanna (IND) 63 36 40 ret. (Bhupathi right groin injury)
Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Rik de Voest (RSA) 36 67(3) 76(5) 62 64
Yuki Bhambri (IND) d. Izak van der Merwe (RSA) 36 63 64

SERBIA defeated UZBEKISTAN 5-0
Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoors)

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 62 57 61 64
Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 64 36 63 46 62
Janko Tipsarevic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) d. Farrukh Dustov/ Denis Istomin (UZB) 62 63 62
Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. Murad Inoyatov (UZB) 46 64 63
Ilia Bozoljac (SRB) d. Vaja Uzakov (UZB) 61 64

SWEDEN defeated ROMANIA 3-2
Venue: Idrottens Hus, Helsingborg, SWE (hard – indoors)

Victor Hanescu (ROU) d. Andreas Vinciguerra (SWE) 76(5) 76(10) ret. (sprained ankle)
Robin Soderling (SWE) d. Victor Crivoi (ROU) 62 61 75
Robert Lindstedt/Robin Soderling (SWE) d. Victor Hanescu/Horia Tecau (ROU) 61 76(7) 76(5)
Robin Soderling (SWE) d. Victor Hanescu (ROU) 75 61 60
Marius Copil (ROU) d. Andreas Vinciguerra (SWE) 46 ret. (ankle injury)

SWITZERLAND defeated ITALY 3-2
Venue: Centro Sportivo "Valletta Cambiaso", Genoa, ITA (clay – outdoors)

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 64 61 62
Roger Federer (SUI) d. Simone Bolelli (ITA) 63 64 61
Simone Bolelli/Potito Starace (ITA) d. Marco Chiudinelli/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 62 64 76(3)
Roger Federer (SUI) d. Potito Starace (ITA) 63 60 64
Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Michael Lammer (SUI) 75 76(4)

Belgium, Chile, Ecuador, France, India, Serbia, Sweden and Switzerland qualify for 2010 World Group.

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFFS

POLAND defeated GREAT BRITAIN 3-2
Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool, GBR (hard – indoors)

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Michal Przsiezny (POL) 64 62 64
Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Dan Evans (GBR) 63 63 76(5)
Marius Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Ross Hutchins/Andy Murray (GBR) 75 36 63 62
Andy Murray (GBR) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 63 64 63
Michal Przsiezny (POL) d. Dan Evans (GBR) 62 61 75

SLOVAK REPUBLIC defeated F.Y.R. MACEDONIA 5-0
Venue: Sibamac Arena, Bratislava, SVK (hard – indoors)

Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) d. Dimitar Grabuloski (MKD) 62 64 64
Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Lazar Magdincev (MKD) 61 61 63
Martin Klizan/Filip Polasek (SVK) d. Dimitar Grabuloski/Lazar Magdincev (MKD) 63 63 63
Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Shendrit Deari (MKD) 63 60
Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) d. Tomislav Jotovski (MKD) 60 60

Great Britain and FYR Macedonia relegated to Europe/Africa Group II in 2010.

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFFS

URUGUAY defeated PERU 4-1
Venue: Club Tennis Las Terrazas De Miralores, Lima, PER (clay – outdoors)

Marcel Felder (URU) d. Luis Horna (PER) 62 63 61
Pablo Cuevas (URU) d. Mauricio Echazu (PER) 64 63 62
Pablo Cuevas/Marcel Felder (URU) d. Luis Horna/Ivan Miranda (PER) 76(2) 36 63 62
Federico Sansonetti (URU) d. Ivan Miranda (PER) 75 76(2)
Mauricio Echazu (PER) d. Ariel Behar (URU) 62 63

Peru relegated to Americas Group II in 2010.

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I THIRD ROUND PLAY-OFFS

CHINA, P.R. defeated THAILAND 4-1
Venue: Jiaxing International Tennis Center, Jiaxing, CHN (hard – indoors)

Shao-Xuan Zeng (CHN) d. Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA) 57 61 62 64
Danai Udomchoke (THA) d. Ze Zhang (CHN) 63 63 62
Shao-Xuan Zeng/Ze Zhang (CHN) d. Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) 26 46 64 75 62
Shao-Xuan Zeng (CHN) d. Danai Udomchoke (THA) 26 64 36 61 64
Mao-Xin Gong (CHN) d. Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA) 75 36 63

Thailand relegated to Asia/Oceania Group II in 2010.

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II FINAL ROUND

LATVIA defeated SLOVENIA 3-2
Venue: Tennis Centre "Lielupe", Jurmala, LAT (carpet - indoors)

Grega Zemlja (SLO) d. Andis Juska (LAT) 61 61 64
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) d. Luka Gregorc (SLO) 46 67(3) 64 64 86
Luka Gregorc/Grega Zemlja (SLO) d. Ernests Gulbis/Deniss Pavlovs (LAT) 67(5) 64 62 26 64
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 62 36 63 75
Andis Juska (LAT) d. Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 63 64 62

FINLAND defeated CYPRUS 3-2
Venue: Salohalli, Salo, FIN (hard – indoors)

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Photos Kallias (CYP) 62 61 60
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) d. Henri Kontinen (FIN) 63 63 62
Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Marcos Baghdatis/Photos Kallias (CYP) 67(4) 16 62 63 75
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 75 63 36 64
Henri Kontinen (FIN) d. Photos Kallias (CYP) 60 75 60

Latvia and Finland promoted to Europe/Africa Group I in 2010.

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II FINAL

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC defeated VENEZUELA 3-2
Venue: Santo Domingo Tennis Club, Santo Domingo, DOM (clay – outdoors)

Jhonson Garcias of the Dominican Republic
Victor Estrella (DOM) d. Daniel Vallverdu (VEN) 64 63 46 75
Jose de Armas (VEN) d. Jose Hernandez (DOM) 63 61 36 61
Jose de Armas/Daniel Vallverdu (VEN) d. Victor Estrella/Jhonson Garcia (DOM) 64 76(6) 61
Victor Estrella (DOM) d. Jose de Armas (VEN) 63 26 76(6) 36 61
Jhonson Garcia (DOM) d. Daniel Vallverdu (VEN) 63 63 75

Dominican Republic promoted to Americas Group I in 2010

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II FINAL

PHILIPPINES defeated NEW ZEALAND 4-1
Venue: Philippine Columbian Association, Manila, PHI (clay – indoors)

Treat Conrad Huey (PHI) d. Daniel King-Turner (NZL) 64 67(5) 60 ret. (cramping)
Cecil Mamiit (PHI) d. Jose Statham (NZL) 64 75 62
Treat Conrad Huey/Cecil Mamiit (PHI) d GD Jones/Mikal Statham (NZL) 76(4) 63 75
Johnny Arcilla (PHI) v Mikal Statham (NZL) 63 26 64
Jose Statham (NZL) d. Vicente Elberto Anasta (PHI) 61 75

Philippines promoted to Asia/Oceania Group I in 2010.

Miscellany

The hype about Justine Henin coming back is reaching fever pitch. Do we really need this lying, cheating player back on the tour? Do we really? You don't get to be the head of the WTA by being Mr. Nice Guy but you do get there knowing how to do public relations work and how to schmooze the press. When Larry Scott basically said "don't let the door hit you on the way out" after Henin's sudden "retirement" you know something stunk to high heaven.

It's going to be interesting to see how Kim Clijsters cherry picks her way through next year. Roadkill doesn't affect her unless she's top ten. Let's see where she chooses to play before we start seeing angels dancing on the head of her racquet.

Liezel Huber, after she and Cara Black lost to Venus Williams and Serena Williams at the US Open said they won because "they're bigger and stronger than us". I turned it off after that since she could've gone on to say that they are a better doubles team than we are. Don't think she did though.

It's amazing to me how all of a sudden there is no good angle to prove or disprove that Serena foot faulted. I clearly remember that CBS showed conclusively that there was no foot fault. They had the angle. Now everyone says there's no conclusive proof. Right. Just remember people Mariana Alves is still working as a chair umpire in professional tennis. I know if I were playing and I saw that lines person I'd be just a wee bit wary of her calls. I'm being honest. The other thing that was funny about that incident was that the chair was totally oblivious to what was going on until someone said something to her. Can you imagine Lars Graf, Mohammad Lahyani, Carlos Bernardes or any of the top chair umpires not noticing the commotion? Again, I'm just saying.

Caroline Wozniacki is now a top five player.

WTA Top-10

1.Dinara Safina, Russia, 8,340 points

2.Serena Williams, United States, 7,807

3.Venus Williams, United States, 6,645

4.Elena Dementieva, Russia, 6,015

5.Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark, 5,850

6.Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia, 5,580

7.Vera Zvonareva, Russia, 5,330

8.Jelena Jankovic, Serbia, 5,300

9.Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, 4,592

10.Flavia Pennetta, Italy, 3,490


So CBS had to issue a statement about the cavalier treatment given Juan Martin del Potro by Dick Enberg. Again it has to be said the the anger should be directed at the producer who was telling Enberg to speed it up so that the sponsors could get their say. Tennis fans unite! Do you think they would've said jack if tennisheads hadn't flooded their email accounts in protest? Yay us!

Thanks to Tennis Grandstand for posting the following information.

Apparently apparel company Fila has deep pockets. According to reports, Kim Clijsters was given a significant bonus by her shoe and clothing sponsor for her surprising US Open singles championship. And where companies usually insure these bonuses, CNBC says Fila did not. The bonus is reported to be in the range of USD $300,000, which could buy a lot of shoes for Clijsters’ young daughter. Darren Rovell of SportsBiz says that while it’s standard practice for companies to insure their big incentive bonuses to minimize the risk, Fila didn’t do it with Clijsters since she had played just two tournaments following a two-year retirement. The odds on Clijsters winning were as high as 40-to-1.


Zina Garrison has settled the racial discrimination suit she brought against the United States Tennis Association (USTA). A deal was signed on August 27, although its terms were not disclosed. A former Fed Cup captain, Garrison filed her lawsuit in February, saying she was unfairly treated, paid a lower salary than Davis Cup coach Patrick McEnroe while being held to higher standards. As a player, Garrison was the 1990 Wimbledon runner-up, at the time becoming the first black woman since Althea Gibson to play in a Grand Slam tournament singles final. She became the first black captain of the US Fed Cup team when she replaced Billie Jean King in 2004. Spokesman Chris Widmaier said the USTA is happy the case was resolved and looks forward to working with Garrison in the future.

6 comments:

Matt said...

Hi Savannah!

What an in-depth post. Amazing!

I'm intrigued about this whole Justine Henin thing. How do you know she's plotting a comeback?? And what did Scott say when she left?? What was the mystery surrounding her retirement?? I love a bit of goss! =)

Fred66 said...

Well, it's just been confirmed: Henin is coming back in january, after swearing over and over again, that she never would. Am I the only one who's getting tired of these half-assed "retirements" an "comebacks"? Clijsters, Molik, now Henin. Why don't they just announce that they are going to take an extended break, instead of retiring? It's just so flaky.
Somehow I have a feeling Henin is not going be welcomed back with the same warmth by the public and press as Clisters was.

Savannah said...

Hi Matt.

Now that it's confirmed that Henin is coming back next year I guess it's moot to say that she's "plotting" a come back.

Craig and I were the only ones saying publicly that there was something fishy not only about the "retirement" but the way it was handled by the WTA brass.

As for Larry Scott's statement I'll have to look for it.

tangerine said...

Re: Justine's retirement, I found this statement by Larry Scott:

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2008-05-14/456.php

Savannah said...

Tangerine there is another, less flattering response that I posted here at one point. I'm going to see if I can find it.

Savannah said...

I posted this back on 5/18/2008. It's never been denied or said to be a misquote.

"Harvey Araton of The New York Times reported the following.
Henin was not, by design, a tour runway model, no Williams sister or Maria Sharapova on the marketing side. For that reason, Scott stepped off a plane Wednesday from Rome to say, of Henin’s stunning exit as it relates to the sport a large, “We won’t lose any sleep over it.”
I have never been a fan of Justine Henin. I have given her the respect her accomplishments deserve over the last year or so, nothing more. But she was number one in her sport when she retired for what seem to be personal reasons. As a CEO Scott is expected to have enough savoir-faire to know how to handle questions from the press. I find the above statement absolutely stunning in it's coldness and dismissive attitude. Some fans wanted to believe that Scott was misquoted. Araton has covered sports for the Times for a long time. I haven't seen any denials."