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Clijsters, Davydenko Reign Supreme

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment

The Battle of the Belgians turned out to be one of the ugliest matches that I have seen in a long time. Sure, Clijsters won 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(6), but at times both players looked shaky. Clijsters blitzed Henin in the first set; in the second set, however, she crumbled in the second set. After being up two breaks in the second set, Clijsters choked and subsequently allowed Henin to win the set. Sure, the third set was close, but that was only because neither player could hold serve if their life had depended on it. At times, they both had flashes of brilliance, but inconsistency plagued both of their games. This match is being touted as a thriller and it definitely had drama; however, if either of them want to defeat Serena or even Safina for that matter, they need to improve their games, particularly their serves.

In Doha, third seeded Nikolay Davydenko defeated second seeded Rafael Nadal 0-6, 7-6(8), 6-4. Davydenko, who also defeated top ranked Roger Federer in Doha, simply upped his game in the second set, after Nadal had looked unbeatable during the first set. During the first set, Nadal played aggressively and was able to easily take control of the rallies, but when Davydenko was able to pressure him in the second, Nadal’s lack of confidence became quite apparent. The Spaniard, who hasn’t won an ATP tournament in roughly eight months, played defensively and he reverted back to his classic clay court style of play when Davydenko began to play at a higher level. Davydenko is arguably playing the best of anyone on tour, but with the Australian Open quickly approaching, the Russian downplayed his chances. He told the AFP “For three sets it’s really interesting. There it will be five sets. It’s different conditions – here it’s 18 degrees, cold and there it can be 30 degrees. It ought to be the same but when you get there it always feels different. But I have confidence, so we will see.”

In other news, Spain (who seem to be the champions of team tennis competitions) defeated Great Britain in the Hopman Cup final. Playing for Spain was Tommy Robredo and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and it was Robredo that came up with the vital point when he upset Britain’s Andy Murray 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. Britain’s Laura Robson, however, had an upset of her own when she defeated the 26th ranked Sanchez 6-1, 7-6(6). The championship, therefore, went to the final match, in which Robredo and Sanchez were able to team up to defeat Murray and Robson 7-6(6), 6-5.

Highlights:

Clijsters v. Henin

Nadal v. Davydenko

Hopman Cup

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Quick Wimbly Update

Photo of Venus and Serena Willams by jayegirl99.

Photo of Venus and Serena Willams by jayegirl99.

It was ladies day at SW19 and all of the matches were pretty routine. Venus, Serena, and Elena Dementieva won in straight sets and Dinara Safina won in 3 sets. This should set up some pretty interesting semifinal matches between Safina and Venus, as well as, Dementieva and Serena.

The guys are up tomorrow and it will be fun to see how Murray has recovered from his tough five-setter against Wawrinka. Hewitt-Roddick should be close, as well as, Haas-Djokovic, particularly since Haas recently defeated Djokovic at Halle. I expect Fed to defeat Karlovic, but expect that match to definitely be a serving clinic.

Tweets From Today:

andy_murray: before i forget, thanks a lot to pizza express wimby village for firing up their ovens after they shut last night just for me. really kind.

Venuseswilliams: A great day at the office! Serena and I advanced to the semifinals. We have doubles quarterfinals tomorrow. My treat for winning today?

Venuseswilliams: Cranberry sauce was my treat, I love crannies!

sabinelisicki: On monday I will be top 30 for the first time!!! That´s a big step forward because it means I´ll be seeded at the slams 🙂

laurarobson5: Thanks for all the support today!! Atmosphere on court 4 was awesome although wasps are not welcome 😉


Photo of the Week

January 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Marat Safin may be a long way off of the form that he displayed when he won the Australian Open in 2005; but, nevertheless, he can still make women’s hearts melt. For example, after winning the junior Wimbledon Championship last year, Laura Robson stated that if she could take anyone with her to the Champions Ball, it would be Safin. This brings me to the Photo of the Week, a pretty much priceless photgraph of Safin talking to a net cord monitor. The look on her face is brilliant.

Photo via Forty Deuce.

Photo via Forty Deuce.