Saturday, May 24, 2008

Wk.21- Bare Bones Backspin

Editor's note: subbing for Todd for this abbreviated edition of Backspin is Carl Caveman. He has promised to do his best.

Carl need new photo. Much more handsome now.

If remember, Carl do Backspin last March. Wrote about Justine. Carl miss Justine. Back in day, Carl drag Justine by hair back to cave. Even let her sleep in dry corner of cave where ants not so bad.

But no time to think about what happen if Justine as old as Carl. Carl back to do Bare Bones Backspin before Roland Garros.


Bare BONES Backspin. Todd think funny? He making fun of Carl? Bones good weapon. Provide Carl and woman with good meals. Carl crush Todd's skull with BARE hands and pick teeth with shard when see him.


S: Anabel Medina-Garrigues def. Katarina Srebotnik 4-6/7-6/6-0
D: Perebiynis/Yan d. Chan/Chuang

S: Agnieszka Radwanska def. Elena Dementieva 6-3/6-2
D: Craybas/Govortsova d. Erakovic/Hercog

Mmmm. Carl like turkey. When can catch it. Surprisingly elusive (looked that word up). Give to woman after drag back to cave.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Agnieszka Radwanska, POL
A-Rad. Istanbul. Beat Dementieva in final, Pironkova in semi. Bagel Cirstea in 2nd Round. What "bagel?"
RISERS: Anabel Medina-Garrigues, ESP & Tsvetana Pironkova, BUL
AMG defend Strasbourg, win third title there in four years. Defeat veterans Zakopalova, Pennetta (walkover) and Srebotnik as well as youngster Bacsinszky. Anabel underrated, but never make people pay attention in grand slam. Pironkova follow Rome QF with Istanbul SF. She Bulgarian like Sesil. Carl know Sesil. She wild girl. Carl drag Sesil back to cave by hair. Sesil asked to switch hands so she no get pain in neck.
SURPRISE: Akgul Amanmuradova, UZB
Akgul in second SF of '08 in Istanbul. Defeat Nakamura and Petrova. Poor Nadia. Like Todd, Carl enjoy Nadia. Only thing we have in common. Is one of Todd's few redeeming values. But not enough to keep Carl from breaking him when he see him.
VETERANS: Katarina Srebotnik, SLO & Elena Dementieva, RUS
Srebotnik reach Strasbourg final. Lose to AMG. Katarina 27. Far too young for Carl, but a "veteran" in tennis. Dementieva reach final in Istanbul, but no defend title. She reach finals in last two events (also Berlin). Carl like Dementieva anyway, but even more since she no win and give Todd two correct champion picks this week. Carl would try to drag Elena by hair to cave, but Carl intimidated by shiny hair and long legs.
FRESH FACES: Timea Bacsinszky, SUI & Chan Yung-Jan, TPE
Timea new Swiss Miss? She defeat Dokic, Yan and A-Bond in Strasbourg. Reach SF. Chan a double threat. Reach doubles final, and singles SF with wins over Razzano, Dellacqua and Sugiyama.
DOWN: Tatiana Golovin, FRA
Todd say two Tatianas. Good Tatiana. Bad Tatiana. Todd wrong. Are three Tatianas. Good, Bad and Invisible Tatiana. She pull out of Roland Garros. Carl sad. He not get to see any of Tatianas much in 2008.
ITF PLAYER: Nina Bratchikova, RUS or Ksenia Pervak, RUS
Todd say winner will be champion of Moscow $25K event. Guess Todd pick all right. Carl like name "Ksenia," so he favor her even if lose. Wonder if she let drag back to cave?

1. Stras F - Medina-Garrigues d. Srebotnik
Srebotnik lead 6-4/1-1, then rained. AMG back from 6-4/6-5 hole to win eighth career title (seventh on clay). Remind Carl of time he hide in hole from big animal all night, then kill with bone while it sleep. See... bones good.
2. Ist F - A.Radwanska d. Dementieva
A-Rad only teen with WTA singles title in 2008. She have two of them.
3. Ist QF - Amanmuradova d. Petrova
Todd no see Andre Agassi on toast. What "toast," anyway? And what that mean?
4. Stras 1st - Bacsinszky d. Dokic
Dokic play better competition. Dokic lose. Dokic comeback still good so far.
5. Stras 1st - Gallovits d. Vakulenko
Julia still with wrist injury. She hurt more often than Todd when he make fun of Carl. After tomorrow, no longer be case. Carl send new wrist to Paris via pterodactyl. Still hurt Todd.
6. Ist 2nd - A.Radwanska d. Cirstea
"0's" are pretty. Want to drag back to cave.
7. RG Q3 - Pandzic d. #2 Niculescu
Monica still make draw as lucky loser. Carl glad.
8. RG Q1 - #11 Puchkova d. U.Radwanska
U-Rad no join sister in Paris main draw. Sigh.
9. RG Q1 - Dzehalevich d. #14 Zahlavova Strycova
Barbora win on ITF, but not in Roland Garros qualifying. Poor Maiden.
10. RG 1Q - Pavlyuchenkova d. #3 Ani
New Hordette rising? She win two more matches, too. Play Salerni in 1st Round in Paris. Carl rooting for Anastasia. She only 16. Carl have splinter in foot older than Anastasia.

[provided by Todd]

3...Maria Sharapova, RUS
3...Serena Williams, USA
2...Justine Henin, BEL
2...Lindsay Davenport, USA
2...Flavia Pennetta, ITA

8 - Justine Henin, 2001-08
6 - Maria Sharapova, 2003-08
4 - Ana Ivanovic, 2005-08
3 - Anna Chakvetadze, 2006-08
3 - Elena Dementieva, 2006-08

Todd back Sunday with Daily Backspin. If he able to write with broken fingers.


Carl go find Todd now. Crush skull if necessary. No care if not think funny.

All. For. Now.

(Carl probably no make stat mistake like Todd, either. Todd in too much of a hurry. Carl slow, but deliberate... and Todd no chance to crush Carl skull.)


Blogger Todd Spiker said...

Haha! I'm still here! Carl can't find me. Tennisrulz Head Honcho Pierre can, though. Here are his picks for the women's draw (his men's picks are on ATP Backspin):

*4th ROUND*
Maria Sharapova(1) def Dinara Safina(13)
Vera Zvonareva(11) def Elena Dementieva(7)
Svetlana Kuznetsova(4) def Victoria Azarenka(16)
Anabel Medina-Garrigues(29) def Agnes Szavay(12)
Amelie Mauresmo(22) def Venus Williams(8)
Jelena Jankovic(3) def Alize Cornet(19)
Serena Williams(5) def Patty Schnyder(10)
Ana Ivanovic(2) def Alona Bondarenko(23)

Maria Sharapova def Vera Zvonareva
Svetlana Kuznetsova def Anabel Medina-Garrigues
Jelena Jankovic def Amelie Mauresmo
Serena Williams def Ana Ivanovic

Maria Sharapova def Svetlana Kuznetsova
Jelena Jankovic def Serena Williams

Jelena Jankovic def Maria Sharapova

Apparently, it's contagious. :)

Sun May 25, 01:21:00 PM EDT  

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