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Tennis Updates: Belgian Battle, Federer ousted

In Brisbane, the final that we had so eagerly anticipated has become reality. Belgians Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters will face each other after Henin ousted Ana Ivanovic and Clijsters defeated Andrea Petkovic in the semifinals. Henin told the Brisbane International that “it’s a great feeling” to be in the final of her first event since coming back from retirement. After her semifinal match, Clijsters spoke about her long-time rivalry with Henin, saying that “We grew up playing juniors together and I think we always made each other better players.” Henin leads their head-to-head record 12-10.

In Doha, there was a big upset, as third seeded Nikolay Davydenko defeated top seed Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4. Davydenko winning the match was not as surprising as was the way he did it. He had previously beaten Federer just months ago at the ATP World Finals, but in this match, he took a 3-0 double break lead right from the start. For much of the match, the Russian played beautifully and Federer could only watch, as he was unable to match his play. Davydenko told the ATP World Tour “I have a different type of confidence [against Federer] now than before when I lost every match to him. After beating him once it makes it mentally different. If I beat him once, I say I can beat him twice. Now I come ready, fighting, with a chance to win. Not just a chance, but I really can win.” Davydenko’s opponent will be second seeded Rafael Nadal, who defeated Viktor Troicki in the semifinals 6-1, 6-3. Nadal has looked strong throughout this tournament, but he has yet to play any of the top players, as the highest ranked player he faced was Troicki who is ranked 29th in the world. Overall, Davydenko and Nadal have a 4-4 head-to-head record.

Highlights of Nadal v. Troicki and Federer v. Davydenko, as well as a preview of the final:

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Federer Survives, Nadal Cruises in Doha

Latvian Ernests Gulbis is as streaky as they come and unfortunately for the top ranked Roger Federer, Gulbis was on his game when they played each other earlier today. Gulbis had 13 aces and was able to take a set off of Federer, who eventually won the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Federer cruised through the first set in just over 30 minutes, but Gulbis’ good play in the second set, combined with a slew of unforced errors from Federer allowed the Latvian to win the set. It was Federer, however, that was able to find his form again in the third and advance to the semifinals, where he will face the third seeded Nikolay Davydenko, who defeated Ivo Karlovic in the quarters 7-6(4), 7-6(7).

Unlike Federer, second ranked Rafael Nadal easily won his quarterfinal match, as his opponent Steve Darcis retired with Nadal leading 6-1, 2-0. Darcis was reportedly suffering from a back injury. In the semifinals, Nadal will face Serbian Viktor Troicki, who defeated Lukasz Kubot in his quarterfinal match 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1). Nadal has yet to drop a set and is looking to be in fine form as the Australian Open approaches.

In other news, Justine Henin defeated Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-2 to reach the final of the Brisbane International. She will potentially play her countrywoman Kim Clijsters, who is currently up a break (2-1) in the first set of her semifinal match against Andrea Petkovic.

Here are the highlights of those matches:

Federer v. Gulbis

Nadal v. Darcis

Henin v. Ivanovic

1/6-Take A Peek

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All times in EST:

4:30am: ATP/WTA Brisbane (WC) Justine Henin v. (Q) Sesil Karatantcheva

(following Henin match is (4) Tomas Berdych v. Marcos Baghdatis)

7:00am: ATP Chennai Marcel Granollers v. (2) Marin Cilic

(following Cilic match is (WC) Somdev Dewarman v. (4) Janko Tipsarevic)

7:30am: ATP Doha (Q) Steve Darcis v. (WC) Younes El Aynaoui

(following Darcis match is (1) Roger Federer v. Evgeny Korolev and (2) Rafael Nadal v. Potito Starace)

6:30pm: NCAA Basketball (20) Wisconsin @ (11) Michigan St.

7:00pm: GMAC Bowl Central Michigan Chippewas v. Troy Trojans

7:30pm: ATP/WTA Brisbane (3) Ana Ivanovic v. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

(following Ivanovic match is Wayne Odesnik v. (2) Radek Stepanek)

8:00pm: NHL Calgary Flames @ Minnesota Wild

8:00pm: NCAA Basketball (1) Kansas v. Cornell

9:00pm: NBA Houston Rockets @ Phoenix Suns

Ivanovic, Gasquet Squeak By in Brisbane

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After escaping a potential 12-month ban for having traces of cocaine in his system, Frenchman Richard Gasquet was able to continue his comeback quest by defeating Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Brisbane International tournament. Gasquet told reporters “It is just good for me to play with nothing in the head. I tried my best. I could lose, I could win but most important I played relaxed.” Gasquet could potentially face 6th seeded Jurgen Melzer in the second round.

Ana Ivanovic had a tough match against Jelena Dokic, but was able to get the victory 7-5, 1-6, 6-3. Aussie Ana had her boyfriend Australian golfer Adam Scott watching her from the stands during what was at times a tense battle. Ivanovic will face Timea Bacsinszky in the second round. The formally top-ranked Serb played sloppy at times, but overall had a positive start to the season.

1/3- Take a Peek

January 3, 2010 2 comments

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The NFL playoff picture will be complete after today’s games and there are also a slew of other events for us sports fans to enjoy!

All times in EST:

8am: FA Cup Manchester United vs. Leeds United

1pm: NFL Pittsburgh Steelers @ Miami Dolphins

1pm: NFL New York Giants @ Minnesota Vikings

4:15pm: NFL Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys

4:15pm: NFL Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

5:00pm: NHL Pittsburgh Penguins @ Florida Panthers

7:30pm: ATP/WTA Brisbane Richard Gasquet v. Jarkko Nieminen

(following the Gasquet match are Jelena Dokic v. Ana Ivanovic and Justine Henin v. Nadia Petrova, respectively)

8:20pm: NFL Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets

9:00pm: Hopman Cup Russia v. Germany (Elena Dementieva & Igor Andreev vs. Sabine Lisicki & Philipp Kohlschreiber)

Sorry Ana

Well, now you have time to spend with Adam.

Venus will face Aggie Radwanska in the quarterfinals.

Wimbledon Power Rankings

June 28, 2009 3 comments
Photo of Venus Williams by Dave_l.

Photo of Venus Williams by Dave_l.

We’re halfway through Wimbledon and some players have already shown that they have a chance to win the title. Haven’t watched any coverage yet? Have only seen a few matches? Well, here is a list of who to keep an eye on during the final week of the Championships Wimbledon.

Men:

1) Roger Federer- He had a small hiccup in the third round when he dropped a set, but he has, otherwise, been solid.

2) Andy Murray: The hometown favorite has demolished his last two foes.

3) Novak Djokovic: He has quietly moved through the draw with ease.

4) Tomas Berdych: He impressively dismissed Davydenko 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, in the third round and he can give Roddick a run for his money in the fourth.

5) Lleyton Hewitt: He has resurged his career as of late. This has been an impressive showing for the Aussie, who dismissed del Potro in straight sets in the second round.

Women:

1) Venus Willams: The defending champion has been in great form.

2) Serena Williams: She has struggled a bit this year, but she has looked solid during this tournament.

3) Caroline Wozniacki: She recently won Eastborne and is looking like she may be ready to win her first Grand Slam.

4) Victoria Azarenka: She has been impressive in the Grand Slams this season and she is looking to improve upon her quarterfinal showing at Roland Garros.

5) Ana Ivanovic: She has enjoyed a return back to form at Wimbledon. Her serve still isn’t fantastic, but it’s getting the job done.