Thursday, May 26, 2011

Zvonareva survies massive scare in Roland Garros second round.

Russian third seed Vera Zvonareva came within a whisker of a shock French Open defeat before eventually prevailing 4-6 7-5 7-5 against injury-stricken German qualifier Sabine Lisicki overnight.
Lisicki, the former world No.22, spurned a match point at 5-2 up in the third set before the injury jinx that kept her off the courts for five months last year returned, prompting a long injury time-out that left her in tears.

Her momentum then evaporated as she needed to have her blood pressure taken courtside and Zvonareva proceeded to win the next five games to reach the last 32.

A weeping Lisicki departed the scene on a stretcher.

Francesca Schiavone continued her title defence with a 6-1 6-2 victory over Russian main draw debutant Vesna Dolonts in the second round.

The fifth-seeded Italian, who beat Australia's Samantha Stosur in last year's final, will meet Chinese 29th seed Peng Shuai in the last 32.

The centre court was pock-marked by empty seats by the time Schiavone arrived to tackle world No.101 Dolonts in the early evening, despite warm sunshine illuminating proceedings on the western edge of the French capital.

Dolonts, making her main draw debut at Roland Garros, broke Schiavone in her opening game but the tenacious 30-year-old broke straight back and took a 3-1 lead when the Russian found the net with a backhand from the back of the court.

Schiavone promptly sewed up the first set and was quickly on the front foot in the second, breaking Dolonts three times in succession and then overcoming a brief late flurry from her opponent to complete a 72-minute victory.

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki felt the wrath of the fans when she disputed a line call in her 6-3 7-6(6) defeat of Aleksandra Wozniak.

After winning the first set 6-3, Wozniacki found herself 6-3 down in a second-set tie-break when an attempted lob was called long by a line judge, handing Wozniak three set points and a huge chance to level the match.

Wozniacki, the 20-year-old world number one, took exception to the decision and a stand-off with the umpire ensued, prompting jeers to ring out around the Court Philippe Chatrier arena.

But the delay appeared to unsettle Canadian qualifier Wozniak and when play resumed she conceded the next five points in succession to hand Wozniacki a place in round three.

"The ball was going very fast, it wasn't slow, and if both the linesman and the umpire didn't see it when it was going like this, I wanted the linesman to confirm it was the mark that was shown," Wozniacki explained.


Carlos said...

The Big Stuffed Bunny is a drama queen period! I'm beginning to think she will have a meltdown ala the cocaine user.

At some point very soon Vera Z. will go down. She hasn't played well during the clay season this year.

This injury to Lisicki, the way that it unfolded was almost carbon copy from the first time she injured her ankle.

caps321 said...

Kimmie LOSES to Arantxa Rus 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. (Kim had a second set meltdown. She was up 5-2 at one point.) Aces 3, Winners 31, Double faults 10, Unforced errors 65.

Ostrich wins 6-4, 6-1.

Aggie wins 6-2, 6-4.

Wiki wins 6-4, 7-5.

Wozniak says Wozniacki tried to distract her

"The No. 1 players in the world play games some times," Wozniak told the Canadian web site Love Means Nothing. "It’s obvious that for her it was to try to distract me or whatever. There are all kinds of tricks that the players use to take more time, maybe to get their concentration back again."

Caroline's father and coach, Piotr, wasn't pleased with his daughter’s performance today, storming off the court after the victory where she rarely dicated play. “It is perhaps good that she gets the kind of match,” he told Ekstra Bladet. “You do not win matches just because you're good at running and are world number one; everyone who plays against Caroline is tactically aware. They have specific goals with her. She must understand that she also has a goal. She had tactical plans but played completely different.”

Former French Open champion Anastasia Myskina is headed to Paris to help coach Svetlana Kuznetsova, the two-time Grand Slam champion told a small group of reporters on Wednesday. Kuznetsova, who has been through a slew of coaches, will also continue to work with Fed Cup coach Larisa Neiland.

The above excerpts from

Carlos said...

Caps321 did you see Kookie Monster's match? Was her injury part of her meltdown or did she played bad? 65 unforced errors is more than enough to give a match away.

Typical Bunny arguing with umps when things don't go her way. It was a major choke from Wozniak, she is trying to excuse it. Nordic Woz acted like a jackass on court and Canadian Woz threw the other one under the bus at the press conference; and this two are suppose to be friends?

Two former champions are out before the third round F.P.Imbecile and Kookie Monster. Two remain Kuznetsova with her team of coaches, how many coaches this chick needs? Her interest in tennis seems has returned because is a slam. And Francesca S. who I think will go down to Peng in the next round.

With the loss to Kookie Monster it only opens the door to Divapova.

Wiki/Duchess in the next round with the winner most likely facing Divapova.

The Princess has a good shot to reach the fourth round where she could possibly meet the Imbecile's Apprentice.

Doubles, Gorgeous Julia's team will face the Americans Bethanie/Meghann. It won't be easy for the Germans, the Americans are a pretty good team.

caps321 said...

Carlos, yes I watched Kimmie's match. She melted down in the second set with a rash of unforced errors that didn't let up. For some reason she just kept hitting the ball long or wide. IMO, the only bearing her ankle injury had on the match was she didn't run for some droppers or shots.. But she was sliding on both sides.

Princess was rather impressive in her win today.

Any idea what happened to the printable draw for mixed doubles? I can't seem to find it. Julia's mixed doubles match isn't on the schedule of play either but her twitter says she's playing today. Plus looking at the mixed doubles draw on the french open webpage (not printable) her name isn't even listed?

Carlos said...

Try to go to the mixed doubles draw, click file, go to print or press Ctrl + T.

You are right Caps Petkovic doesn't appear in the Mixed Doubles draw nor in the schedule of play. Do you know who is her mixed doubles partner is?

caps321 said...

The 17 year old Caroline Garcia was up 5-1 in the first set against Divapova. She ended up winning it 6-3. I'm sorta watching something else so can't really comment on the play of either.

caps321 said...

via juliagoerges twitter

The mystery has been solved:

good morning tweeties.having a nice and relaxing morning in the hotel+heading to the courts later for my practice and my mixed;)

had a good practice.we pulled out of mixed.petsche didnt feel well.thats ok!tmrw2nd after 11am on chatrier against bartoli.looking forward to

it.will be nice again playing on the center court,will for sure enjoy every minute.hope the crowd will go with me as well;)will relax now

caps321 said...

Garcia was up 4-1 in the second set and ended up losing it 6-4.

Diva is up 1-0 in the third.

Was just thinking if Diva and Kimmie were out the draw would really open up! Not sure how this one is going to shake out just yet.

caps321 said...

Ah, Garcia will learn a tough lesson from this loss.. She needed to knock the Diva out at 4-1 instead of giving that set away. Nevertheless, I think we'll be seeing more of her in the future.

Diva wins the last 11 games and spanks Garcia 6-0 in the third.

Carlos said...

The kid choked. I could see she was nervous at the beginning of the second set. Up 4-1 and serving. Thank you, come again.

Not a good sign for Divapova she was making too many unforced errors.

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