Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sharapova, Jankovic Barely Survive on Scorching US Open Day 2

Another former No. 1 struggled when No. 4-seeded Jelena Jankovic, the runner-up in New York two years ago, had to come from a set down to defeat the newly-breast-reduced Romanian, 18-year-old Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 7-5."

Former No. 1 Maria Sharapova is being touted as the one to watch at the 2010 US Open — but on Tuesday it became the one to watch possibly exit in the first round. The Russian was taken to the mat by hard-hitting Aussie-via-Czech Republic Jarmila Groth, who won the first set but eventually mentally imploded in a flurry of errors 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

“You just want to hang in there, get through it,” said Sharapova, who made only 17 errors to Groth’s final tally of 48, in the midst of temperatures that reached 96 degrees at the USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. But in the first set it was all Groth, pounding the ball for winners or just hitting so hard and heavy that Sharapova couldn’t get out of the way — one Groth groundstroke hit Sharapova in the foot in the air.

“She came out firing, didn’t give me many opportunities,” Sharapova said. The 2006 US Open champ will next face the Czech Iveta Benesova.

Another former No. 1 struggled when No. 4-seeded Jelena Jankovic, the runner-up in New York two years ago, had to come from a set down to defeat the newly-breast-reduced Romanian, 18-year-old Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Halep unsuccessfully served for the match at 5-4 in the third, and both players struggled to hit winners in the hot, muggy conditions. Both players yanked each other around the court, but were reluctant to finish points at the net during drawn-out groundstroke rallies that were hard to watch.
“The conditions were tough,” Jankovic said. “But I didn’t want to think about that. I just wanted to focus as much as I could on the match and play each point one point at a time.”

Jankovic and top seed Caroline Wozniacki can both overtake the injured Serena Williamsfor the No. 1 ranking by winning the US Open title. Jankovic next faces Mirjana Lucic, who won a US Open match for the first time in 11 years by beating Aussie Alicia Molik 7-6(5), 6-1.
Wozniacki, the final night match on Tuesday, was set to face American wildcard and reigning NCAA champ Chelsey Gullickson.

Other Top 10-seeded winners Tuesday were (7) Vera Zvonareva beating Slovak qualifier Zuzana Kucova, and (9) Agnieszka Radwanska topping Spain’s Arantxa Parra Santonja, both in straights.
Three seeds were shown the door, all going the distance, when the Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko upset (8) Li Na 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, Austrian qualifier Tamira Paszek beat (26) Lucie Safarova 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, and Spanish qualifier Lourdes Dominguez Lino outlasted (30) Yaroslava Shvedova 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Other seeds escaping upsets were (11) Svetlana Kuznetsova outlasting 39-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm 6-1 in the third, (22) Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez eventually rolling American wildcard Jamie Hampton 6-0 in the third, and (31) Kaia Kanepi likewise dismissing France’s Alize Cornet 6-0 in the third in the oppressive heat.

Un-seeds of note advancing included Swiss Patty Schnyder over Kirsten Flipkens, former “can’t-miss” Peng Shuai beating American wildcard Shelby Rogers in three, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands winning the three-namer battle over Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-1 in the third, and American wildcard Beatrice Capra rolling “The Spreminator,” Croat Karolina Sprem 6-1, 6-3.
Matches to look for on Wednesday include unseeded former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic vs. (21) Jie Zheng, Canuck human sacrifice Rebecca Marino vs. (3) Venus Williams, Aussie comer Sally Peers vs. (3) Kim Clijsters, scrapper Melanie Oudin vs. (29) Alona Bondarenko, Gisela “Sgt.” Dulko vs. (10) Victoria Azarenka, and (20) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Indian princess Sania Mirza.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Monday US Open Schedule: Federer, Roddick, Hewitt, Venus, Clijsters Open Play

by Staff
The US Open released the schedule for opening day, Monday, of the 2010 tennis championships. Among the many players scheduled for Monday include former champions Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt.

For the women. Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams will headline.
American teen sensation Melanie Oudin will be the first match on Arthur Ashe followed by defending champion Kim Clijsters and then Andy Roddick. Oudin meets qualifier Olga Savchuk, Clijsters takes on Greta Arn while Roddick plays Stephane Robert.
In the evening, Williams will play Roberta Vinci followed by Federer’s match against Brian Dabul.
Nikolay Dayvdenko, Robin Soderling, Hewitt and former No. 1 Dinara Safina are on Armstrong court.
Matches in the U.S. will be televised at 11am on the Tennis Channel, then at 1pm on ESPN2. Click for the full US Open TV schedule.
Monday US Open Showcourt Schedule:
Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 Start Time
1. Women’s Singles - 1st Round
Melanie Oudin (USA) v. Olga Savchuk (UKR)

Not Before:13:00
2. Women’s Singles - 1st Round
Greta Arn (HUN) v. Kim Clijsters (BEL)[2]

3. Men’s Singles - 1st Round
Stephane Robert (FRA) v. Andy Roddick (USA)[9]

Arthur Ashe Stadium 19:00 Start Time
1. Women’s Singles - 1st Round
Roberta Vinci (ITA) v. Venus Williams (USA)[3]

2. Men’s Singles - 1st Round
Brian Dabul (ARG) v. Roger Federer (SUI)[2]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 Start Time
1. Men’s Singles - 1st Round
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)[6] v. Michael Russell (USA)

2. Women’s Singles - 1st Round
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)[24] v. Dinara Safina (RUS)

3. Women’s Singles - 1st Round
Samantha Stosur (AUS)[5] v. Elena Vesnina (RUS)

Not Before:17:00
4. Men’s Singles - 1st Round
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[32] v. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)

Grandstand 11:00 Start Time
1. Women’s Singles - 1st Round
Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[6] v. Ayumi Morita (JPN)

2. Men’s Singles - 1st Round
Robin Soderling (SWE)[5] v. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

3. Men’s Singles - 1st Round
Taylor Dent (USA) v. Alejandro Falla (COL)

4. Women’s Singles - 1st Round
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)

Tennis in Slow-Mo Looks Like Amazonian Ballet � Wonderment Blog

The New York Times has posted a video gallery of top female tennis players — in slow motion. The result reveals (unsurprisingly) a beautiful Amazonian grace in the world's greatest players: Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic, Samantha Stosur, Victoria Azarenka and Vera Zvonareva.
Click through to watch the videos; read the article here.
Women Who Hit Very Hard, a photo portfolio by Dewey Nicks:
Via nytimes

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Social Jottings

 Angela Johnstone visited Fiji with her family - they occupied most of an
island! Going barefoot all the time - even to dinner - was not good for
Angela’s feet so she had to slowly get back into the routine of wearing
shoes all the time. Angela is filling her retirement hours with lots of new
activities including Italian lessons. She is hoping not to have to use the
skill very quickly as she would prefer to fit in more lessons. Her Bridge
playing skills are also being refined so that means any spare time is
becoming limited.

 Sue Jones has spent time with her family in UK enjoying watching
Wimbledon in daylight!

 Katrina & Greg Narker took their son Lachlan to Sweden and Denmark
to compete in a soccer tournament. Wonderful g’parents Kathie &
Graeme kindly looked after the other 3 Narker children for 3 weeks.
Lachlan was pleased to win a few matches to get to the round of 16 in
the Gothia Cup in Gotherberg. They played teams from 60 countries after
an opening ceremony with 60,000 spectators. They then played the
Dana Cup in northern Denmark which also went well.

 Kerrie Rymer has been through some difficult health scares but it has
all worked out well with the final diagnosis showing her tumour was low
grade, and requires no further treatment at this time. She hopes to be
back on the court for Spring Comp. They have delayed their planned trip
to the Kimberley but will now take a 3 week break travelling to Canada to
catch up with Kit’s daughter Krystal in Whistler, and to visit some of
Kerrie’s relatives.

 Adrienne Bruce is back on court after the removal of a lump in her
neck. She had many more stitches than originally thought so was
restricted in total movements for several weeks.

 Paul Anderson’s knee has recovered enough to let him return to the
tennis court for a few weeks before travelling overseas.

 Dan Manesque’s injury is also improving.

 Dave Keogh was delighted to convince his son Brent to return to tennis
after a 6 year absence, to play with him in the 5 week mini-comp.

 Joye & Don Walsh flew to Adelaide & drove north to the Flinders
Ranges before heading to William Creek where they took a flight over
Lake Eyre seeing the water flow from Cooper’s Creek into Lake Eyre for
the first time in 20 years, and lots of birds. Don created a blog of the trip
as they had so many funny and enjoyable experiences - including
sleeping in part of what would normally be classed as a shipping
container, and also a former opal mine in Coober Pedy! The outback was
in greener condition than expected because of all the recent rains.

 Joy Simpson is recovering after her knee operation. She hopes to be
back on the court early next year with Erica Reading who also has had
an injury – to her foot.

 Congratulations to Mark Harris who is very happy to announce his
engagement to Melissa. They plan to marry later next year when they
can organise a time to suit their families in Adelaide & overseas.

 Haidene Maltz is pleased her shoulder has recovered enough to allow
her back on court. Joye Walsh is still struggling with hers but hopes to
play Spring Comp.

 Renate Handel has proved to be a great organiser with the historical
outing she planned for a group of friends to Windsor. Activities were
planned from 9am until late in the afternoon. Ian Bowie added interest
with his knowledge of the local constructions.

 The Staniforth family went to Canada in January where Paul, Matthew,
Jordan & Mitchell had a great time skiing while Viccie lay on the lounge
in pain after damaging her shoulder. Eating chocolates was no
compensation to being able to take part in all the exciting activities on
offer. Viccie is happier now she can return to her golf.

 Dennis Fryer returned from Melbourne where he delivered his TR6 to the
Healey factory to sell for him. Anyone interested in a great bargain can
check it out in the Sports Car magazines. Chloe Grace, his first
grandchild is an absolute delight. Dennis is planning a round the world
trip next year – he says he has been saving since his last trip in 1968!

 Robyn Crosbie is planning her next trip - a cruise from Darwin to

 Linda and Terry Warder are off to Goulburn for Scott’s graduation from
the NSW Police Academy. They plan to stay a night in Crookwell but are
a little concerned at the idea of the minus 6 degree overnight
temperature. Linda & Terry are in opposite teams in the mini-comp and
Linda and Brendan Jack managed to scrape home with a 2-1 victory.

 Brendan & his wife Christine had a victory at the Port Macquarie Special
mixed - beating his twin brother Kevin along the way.

 Helen Knight enjoyed her trip to Fiji - one early morning highlight was
going jet skiing at dawn from her island - Sonaisali Is Resort to another
little island. The only down fall was the colour of the sand – volcanic -
meaning the water is therefore not crystal clear in that area. Helen’s
forced house renovations - due to a burst hot water tank - have almost
finished. Helen woke up one morning and found herself sloshing through
a very wet carpet. A new hot water system has been installed and the
carpet replaced with tiles.

 Paul Jelfs has had a slow recovery from his hernia operation but is now
back at work. Added to his discomfort was a discovery that his credit
card numbers had been used after a recent trip to Darwin. He was
frustrated by the lack of assistance from the bank, and the knowledge
that he still had possession of the card! Hard to imagine how the
numbers could be used by several different merchants with such

US Open meets Finals Day at Tennis Valley

This year the Finals of the U.S. Open take place at Flushing Meadows, New York coinciding precisely with the Finals of Tennis Valley's Open Division Club Championships. So to celebrate this unique aligning of the planets, we're painting the Club red, white and blue and embracing all things American for one special day only!
Come down to the Club from around 1:00pm to witness our best players do battle for the Mens and Ladies Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles Championship titles. At the same time, avail yourself of the finest American cuisine (from Chilli Dogs to Apple Pie!) and sip a Long Island Ice Tea or Manhattan from a Highball cocktail glass at the bar while the kids get their faces painted and play mini-tennis on the Kids Court.
This is a day you won't want to miss. No need to RSVP - just turn up on the day... and bring your family and friends too.
The tennis will sizzle as much as the hot dogs on the BBQ - a great day is guaranteed for all.
See you there... SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12 from 1:00pm

Tournament Dates: Sundays – 22 & 29 August,
                                Sat & Sun 4 & 5 September,
                                Sat & Sun 11 & 12 September
Finals:                      Sat & Sun 11 & 12 September
Alternative Finals:  Sat & Sun 18 & 19 September
For more details: http://tennisvalley.com.au/

2009 Club Champion Chris O'Connell and Runner Up Scott Wagland

Tennis Valley Opens NEW Live Music Venue

On Friday October 8th the Tennis Valley Clubhouse will be launched as a new live music venue on the North Shore to be known as Eastern Lounge.

The plan is to hold regular monthly music shows as part of the Club’s commitment to providing a social return to the local community. The launch of the venue will be a big event with lead up publicity in the North Shore Times and on local radio and a big crowd is expected on opening night. The line-up for the first event at Eastern Lounge will see local band Mimesis as the support act for new Tennis Valley member and winner of the Telstra Road to Tamworth talent quest, the beautiful Aleyce Simmonds and her band.

Mimesis will serve up a cocktail of contemporary pop and rock hits, performed with a twist of classical finesse. They are virtuoso musicians but also a whole lot of FUN!
Aleyce is a rare talent, just about to launch her debut album. A regular at music festivals throughout NSW, Aleyce has penned original tunes with renowned songwriters such as Rick Price, Rod McCormack and Graeme Connors and has a fantastic voice and on-stage appearance.

This is a great first line-up to launch Eastern Lounge at Tennis Valley. Put the date in your diary now – Friday October 8, 7:30pm for 8:00pm start. Bring your own food to have a ‘picnic’ inside the venue. Drinks will be available from the licensed bar.

Hope to see you there.