Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wk.24- Bare Bones Backspin: One-Sentence Wonders Edition

In a Bare Bones week, even the champions get short-changed... luckily for Caroline Wozniacki, she was one of the subjects in a double-headline Backspin a few months back, so it all evens out.


EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND (Premier $600K/grass)
S: Caroline Wozniacki def. Virginie Razzano 7-6/7-5
D: Amanmuradova/Sugiyama d. Stosur/Stubbs

S: Tamarine Tanasugarn def. Yanina Wickmayer 6-3/7-5
D: Errani/Pennetta d. Krajicek/Wickmayer

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Caroline Wozniacki/DEN
After getting her second '09 title in her fifth final of the season in Eastbourne, C-Woz moved past Dinara Safina (who reached four straight finals and a semi) for most wins during the 2nd Quarter.
RISER: Virginie Razzano/FRA
she defeated the Eastbourne #1 seed (Dementieva) and defending champ (A.Radwanska), but came up short in the final against C-Woz.
SURPRISE: Aleksandra Wozniak/CAN
with wins over a slam champ (Kuznetsova) and Wimbledon semifinalist (Zheng), A-Woz extended her season's success to a third surface.
VETERANS: Tamarine Tanasugarn/THA & Ai Sugiyama/JPN
after a five year span between her '03 Hyderabed and '08 's-Hertogenbosch titles, Tanasugarn got her second in twelve months by defending her crown in the Netherlands (becoming the first player to defend all season, though Venus will be going for a three-peat at SW19). Sugiyama, who turns 34 in two weeks, got her first '09 doubles title and became the oldest champion on tour this season in Eastbourne.
FRESH FACES: Yanina Wickmayer/BEL & Ekaterina Makarova/RUS
in the Netherlands, Wickmayer became the eighth woman to reach the singles and doubles final at the same event in '09, but was only the second (with Dulko in Bogota) to lose BOTH finals. Makarova, a qualifier and quarterfinalist in Eastbourne, continued to mark herself as the most under-the-radar Russian threat since the Cold War.
DOWN: Ana Ivanovic/SRB & Jelena Jankovic/SRB
losses to Russians, AnaIvo to Petrova and JJ to Chakvetadze, marked another week where player personnel changes proved to have no effect for the non-Contessova crowd.

1. East SF - Wozniacki d. Wozniak
. As was the case in Ponte Vedra Beach, C-Woz's sprawling, legs flailing, from the seat of her pants return of an A-Woz smash late in the 3rd set was just another example of the good vibes that permeate the day when these two meet.
2. Neth SF - Tanasugarn d. Safina
Make that two consecutive years the Thai vet has gotten the best of Safina in the Netherlands.
3. East 2nd Rd - Makarova d. Mauresmo
A little disappointing for Mauresmo, but there were quite a few big name players NOT named Amelie last week whose Wimbledon tune-ups consisted of far less than a three-set win over a returning Vera Zvonareva and a pair of tie-break sets that allowed her the chance to get match tough.
4. East 1st Rd - A.Radwanska d. U.Radwanska
After losing to her little sister the first time they met on the court, A-Rad put a big sisterly beating on her this time raound.
5. East SF - Razzano d. Bartoli
...6-4/1-0 ret.
After Razzano made comments about Bartoli's questionable tactics that show she'll "do anything to win" (like call for a trainer at crucial moments in a match, etc.), Bartoli refused to shake her countrywoman's hand at the end of this one (oh, who else hopes they meet again in the Round of 16 at Wimbledon?).
HM- East 1st Rd - Wozniak d. Kuznetsova
Svetlana will always have Paris, but it's time to put it behind her.

**2009 WTA FINALS**
6...Dinara Safina (2-4)
3...Victoria Azarenka (3-0)
3...Elena Dementieva (2-1)
3...Svetlana Kuznetsova (2-1)

**WTA TITLES - 2008-09**
6...Dinara Safina (4/2)
5...Venus Williams (3/2)
5...Serena Williams (4/1)
5...Elena Dementieva (3/2)
5...Jelena Jankovic (4/1)

18y,9m - Caroline Wozniacki (Ponte Vedra Beach)
18y,10m - Petra Kvitova (Hobart)
19y,5m.2w - Victoria Azarenka (Brisbane)
19y,6m,3w - Yanina Wickmayer (Estoril)

29y,7m,1w - Amelie Mauresmo (Paris)
28y,8m,2w - Venus Williams (Acapulco)
28y,8m,1w - Venus Williams (Dubai)

The Wimbledon preview arrives later on Sunday, and the Daily Backspin begins on Monday.

All for now.


Blogger Diane said...

What the sports press isn't mentioning is that Razzano has been trashing Bartoli all season, not just last week. Of course, in order to know that, they'd have to pay attention to what's going on.

Razzano is so entertaining, she almost rivals JJ. But whereas JJ is entertaining in an endearing way, Razzano appears to be a loose cannon, to say the least. Even making allowances for poor French-to-English translations--she is, shall we say, expansive in her speech. Makes for great press conferences.

In fact, Razzano, Bartoli and Mauresmo are the only players--aside from Maria, sometimes--whose press conferences I find worth seeing or hearing.

Sun Jun 21, 03:58:00 PM EDT  

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