Monday, October 18, 2010

The Weekend's Stars

by Savannah

In what can only be described as a dominant performance Andy Murray brought his "A" game to the singles final of the Shanghai Masters and destroyed Roger Federer 6-3, 6-2. Murray was asking questions that Federer, who reclaimed the number two ranking on his way to the final, couldn't answer reducing Federer to a racquet throwing, cursing, nit picking mess. I mean when Federer called on the chair to make sure the line judges calls were louder you knew things were going badly for him. The win gives Murray his sixth Master's shield.
Jurgen Melzer and Leander Paes won the doubles championship in Shanghai defeating the team of M. Fyrstenberg and M. Matkowski 7-5, 4-6, 10-5.
Meanwhile the ladies produced some interesting and unexpected results.
Ana Ivanovic got pissed off after being penalized for taking too long a potty break in Linz and rode that anger right to the trophy ceremony defeating Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-2. The win gave Ana her first title since, well, Linz in 2008.
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Renata Voracova won the doubles 7-5, 7-6(6) over the team of Peschke and Srebotnik.
The final in Osaka pitted forty year old Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan against thirty three year old Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand. Tamarine won a hard fought battle 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1.
Chang Kai-chen and Lilia Osterloh won the doubles title in Osaka.
Congratulations to all the winners!


The WTA continues with it's two year ending events. There is Doha, where the women who have won Premier and Premier Mandatory events as well as Slams will play and Bali, where the winners of International events will play. The field for Doha is just about set. Caroline Wozniacki leads the field and is joined by Vera Zvonareva, Kim Clijsters, Francesca Schiavone, Samantha Stosur, Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva.
Li Na and Victoria Azarenka are battling for the last spot. Alternates are still to be determined, while who will play in Bali is still to be determined.

As for the ATP there is only one year ending event, The W.T.F. to be held in London. I know they want you to use the full name, World Team Finals and not the acronym but if that's the case why make it so fun to use just the initials.
Anyway so far there are only four men who have qualified, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray.


vw said...

When Roger was congratulating Murray, he said...I know how hard it is to win these Master's titles.

It was like he was saying, Master's are all Murray is winning.

TennisAce said...

vw, no, he was very complimentary about Murray. He praised him to the high heavens. He spoke about what a good player he was and how the tactics that he used were very effective in taking him down.

No, there was no innuendo there. I am a big Fed fan and Fed just got beat. Plain and simple. It happens to every single one of these players. Every player in the ATP is very good. Some are better than others. To beat Federer, Murray brought his A+ game. He took him out. Nuff said.

As to the betting allegations, Savannah, I expected you to put this non-story in the rubbish heap where it well and truly belongs. Some of us may not like Federer and consider him to be an arrogant ass, but one thing we can all agree on, he has done more to advance the sport of tennis than many others before him.

Everything he does for tennis has always been to ensure that his legacy will stand the test of time. As someone who has some amount of legal background, and indeed many bloggers who are lawyers have read the lawsuit and consider it without merit.


Savannah said...

TennisAce I posted the story without comment for a reason. I felt that since it involved a top player it should be mentioned. I'll leave the merits of the law suit for the lawyers to decide.

TennisAce said...

Savannah, point taken. I just find it unbelievable that this lawsuit is getting the traction that it is getting and from a place like TMZ. I would think that anything that TMZ put its name on would be met with a raised eyebrow.

The only reason why the plaintiff included the names of Tiger Woods and Federer was to ensure that it got into the news and thereby draw IMG to whatever bargaining table that the plaintiff wanted it to sit.

It is in the same vein as all those women who had slept with Tiger Woods who went to Gloria Allred to cry to the media about how sex with Tiger was so degrading etc etc etc. and how they were hurt because he lied to them. Give me a break already.