Archive for February, 2007

Murray’s thoughts on losing to Roddick

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Seems like these two will be seeing a lot of each other…

“I didn’t play a great match, in fairness,” said Murray, who Roddick defeated at the same stage on the way to defending his SAP Open title in San Jose last week. “I had my chance at 5-3 to win the set and played a horrible game to get broken.”

He added: “In the tie break, I missed one bad shot at 4-3, a forehand that hit the tape, and to be fair to him, he came up with some big shots and big serves and deserved to win the match, but I definitely didn’t play my best.

“I wasn’t frustrated really. The two things that are important to do against him, I didn’t really do.

“I didn’t serve particularly well and didn’t return well.

“They’re two things I’ve been doing pretty well all week and the last few times I have played against him.” icLiverpool



Venus wins Memphis over Peer

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Time to catch up - I’ve been juggling a lot of stuff this past weekend.

Well, Venus did come through with the win in Memphis…

“It’s definitely about errors for me and today I didn’t make many,” she said.

“In my opinion, when I am out there playing, it’s all about me. I’m going to play forceful and if I play well my opponent is not having a chance to really have too many plays.

“If I am making too many errors then they are just benefitting from my largesse. Today I didn’t make many errors and was able to dictate.”

Peer said her poor start had left her playing catch-up throughout the match.

“I think I missed the beginning of the match,” the Israeli said, after losing a WTA Tour final for the first time.

“I was not playing good and she got a lot of confidence.”

Peer said she had watched Williams in her semi-final against Laura Granville and had been expecting a few more errors from the former world number one.

“I didn’t see her play like this all this week,” she said. “I think she played her best match of the week today and she is a great player.” Reuters



Haas blogs from Memphis

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Haas is in tomorrow’s final against Roddick. He writes about what he’s been doing, and answers some fan questions.

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Venus leads in final against Peer

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

rmkchampionships.com
Checking out protennislive.com, Venus is up 3-0 in the first set. Looks like she’s on her way to a title!


Serena’s first splurge

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

O Magazine
Thanks to celebritydogwatcher.com for this:

In the February issue of O magazine, Oprah talks to various celebrities about their “firsts” in life. Serena Williams speaks of her first splurge after winning the U.S. Open for the first time. She was walking down Lexington Avenue in NYC and spotted Jackie in a pet store.

Serena said the cutest thing about Jackie:” She completes me. I don’t know which was a better souvenir, the title or Jackie.”



Roddick beats Murray

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

This is from the tounament site - glad to see there are still some chances for AndyR out there…

Top seed Andy Roddick and defending champion Tommy Haas will meet in a blockbuster final of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships Sunday. In Saturday’s semifinals Roddick avenged his loss last week to Andy Murray with a 6-3, 7-6(4) victory and Haas defeated Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final without facing a break point. It is the first 1 vs. 2 final in Memphis since 1987 when Stefan Edberg defeated Jimmy Connors.



Hingis called a complainer

Saturday, February 24th, 2007
Martina Hingis’ complaint of the schedule of the DDF Women’s Open has no basis, Salah Tahlak, tournament director of the championship, said during an interview with the Khaleej Times yesterday.

The former world numuber one said during a post match media conference after her quarterfinal match against Jelena Jankovic on Thursday that it was difficult to play a match every day during the championship.

“She should not have complained” Tahlak said. “If she had any objection, she should have told us. Once you lose, you always blame it on something or someone,” he said.

Salah explained that the Dubai Tennis Championship is a world-class tournament which is committed to provide the best possible experience. He said many factors were taken into consideration to ensure that the schedule worked in the best interest of the players, spectators and live television.

The tournament director said he knew Hingis finished her match against Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain at around 1.30am on Thursday morning. “But she had twelve hours to recover for her quarterfinal match against Jelena Jankovic. The schedule is done under the supervision of the WTA and we try to be fair to everyone involved,” he said.
Khaleej Times



Seeds advance in Memphis

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Andy Roddick and Andy Murray will be playing again, after Roddick’s loss to Murray in the SAP Open.

Roddick eliminated Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7), setting up a semifinal match-up against Andy Murray.

Murray, who defeated Roddick last week in San Jose, recorded a 6-3, 6-2, victory over Stefan Koubek.

After winning the opening set, Roddick found himself trailing in the second, 5-2. Roddick eventually saved four set points before capturing the tiebreak.

The other semifinal will send Tommy Haas against Mardy Fish. Haas breezed to a 6-2, 6-2, quarterfinal win over Sam Querrey, while Fish advanced past Teimuraz Gabashvili, who retired in the second set with a viral illness. Market Day



ATP announces marketing changes

Saturday, February 24th, 2007
An elite branding strike force is being put into place around the world with the sole aim of promoting - and fattening the pockets of all - the 25 or so most marketable players in the top 100.

Officials have confirmed that Hewitt is on the shortlist but the final decision on whether he participates in the project rests with the player and his management.

The plan will be to allow worldwide sponsors to work specifically with a player of their choice for the first time, a practice that was forbidden by the organisation’s by-laws. The payout for a well-known identity of Hewitt’s fame and stature could be up to $US100,000 ($126,000) in extra annual income.

“There are players who are well known despite not having a top ranking,” says ATP chief marketing officer Phil Anderton, named to the post in 2006 after working in Scottish football and with a soft drink giant.

“Lleyton Hewitt is a drawcard. If he agrees to participate, we haven’t decided whether to promote him just in Australia or to a wider market. But it’s all up to him.” SMH



Henin wins Dubai

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Justine Henin defeated second-seeded Amelie Mauresmo 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to win the Dubai Open.

The top-seeded Belgian claimed the title for the fourth time in five years. She beat Mauresmo in 1 hour, 42 minutes to add to her titles of 2003, 2004 and 2006.

Mauresmo, who won the title in 2002, was seeking back-to-back titles after winning in Antwerp last week.

It was Henin’s 30th career title, and she has now won seven of her 13 meetings with Mauresmo. ESPN