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Big Babe Fest: Take 2

The match between Petra Kvitova and Julia Goerges failed to live up to expectations today, as Julia smoked Petra 6-2 6-1 in under an hour. Though Petra was pretty bad for the most part, Julia was in the zone throughout the match and bossed her opponent around the court. She raced to a 4-0 lead, but Kvitova clawed her way back to 4-2 and had a break point to put the match back on serve. However, instead of panicking, Goerges completely slowed down the tempo and pace of the match, collected herself and then went on to win 8 of the next 9 games. Impressive.

Though that big babe match fell flat on its butt, the silver lining is that Ana Ivanovic also won in straight sets today and will go on to face Julia in the quarters. Both have been in good form this week, so hopefully we will get a more competitive quarterfinal matchup.

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Landing In Linz.

Though I was close to getting run over at least 20 times on my way to the Tips Arena in Linz (why don’t Austrians drive on the left side of the road like normal people?!?!?!?!?), I’m currently sitting in the pressroom of Linz, with the umpire’s voice echoing from the nearby center court. Polona Hercog and Julia Goeges are currently playing with the score at 3-2 to Julia in the third set.

Contray to popular belief, Polona is doing just fine on this moderately fast hardcourt. Her topspin serve is still working a treat (and she is flattening it out as well as sliding out wide), and her forehand is magic when on. Forgetting that thing (also known as her backhand), her biggest problem is her head. So many inexplicable errors and poor shot selection. If she can sort that part of her game out, she really could establish herself as the best 1991 player of her generation (yes, I know that doesn’t mean anything AT ALL when the only person above her is Pavlyuchenkova, but whatever.)

On the other side of the court, Julia is being Julia. You know what I mean. She is just hitting the ball as hard as possible. Still, it’s always great fun to watch her play, and her serve remids me of Tatiana’s which is always a very, very good thing.

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And the winners are…

German Open
A Golubev (KAZ) d [3] J Melzer (AUT) 63 75

[6] M Fish (USA) d [2] J Isner (USA) 46 64 76(4)

Slowenia Open
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 61 62

Bad Gastein
Julia Goerges (GER) d. (2) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 61 64

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ATP and WTA semi-final round up and final previews

So the finals lineups are set for all tournaments this week.

Slowenia Open:

Singles - Semifinals
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Ksenia Pervak (RUS) 62 10 ret. (right wrist injury)

Johanna Larsson is through to her first tour final as a result of defeating Pervak. She has had a great couple of weeks, firstly making her first tour quarterfinal in Prague and after choking in the quarterfinals to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, it seems she has really learnt from the experience and bounced back by going even further this week. Her forehand is her best shot but she is a pretty well-rounded player with a solid backhand, serve, netplay and even some fairly good variety at times. There is no doubt that she will be able to win many more matches at this level.

The match between Larsson vs Chakvetadze should be a good one. Both players are playing some quality tennis but  the edge has to go to Chakvetadze who obviously has much more experience.

Bad Gastein

Singles - Semifinal
Julia Görges def. Alizé Cornet 6-1 6-4

Goerges has been in great form of late, winning an 100k challenger and making the semis of Palermo. It is good to see Cornet back in a tour semi-final but she still has a long way to go. Her attitude in particular needs a lot of work if she really wants to find herself among the elite again. A good final in this tournament as well, with Goerges squaring off against Bacsinszky. The match should be interesting.

Singles - Semi-finals
[6] M Fish (USA) d [1] [WC] A Roddick (USA) 76(5) 63
[2] J Isner (USA) d K Anderson (RSA) 63 67(7) 63

Fish probaby went in this match as the favourite. Roddick has been out of form for some time now and the situation is becoming quite urgent. On the other hand, Fish is playing with a new zest and is looking very impressive having now notched up three finals in his last three tournaments. He will be liking his chances of taking out Isner in the final because he just has that something extra.

Stay tuned.

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Bad Gastein Player Party

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Absolutely amazing.

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Sunday Semi Final Previews

Portoroz, Slowenia:

(from 18.00hrs)
1. Anna Chakvetadze vs. Polona Hercog
2. Ksenia Pervak vs. Johanna Larsson (NB 20.00hrs)
3. Doubles Final: Chakvetadze/Erakovic vs. Kondratieva/Uhlirova

The most exciting match of this tournament has to be the match between Chakvetadze and Hercog. Both girls have been playing extremely well and it is sure to be a high-quality three setter. It is very likely that the winner will come from this matchup and so it will be fascinating to see who comes out on top. Chakvetadze is in the doubles final also, teaming up with Marina Erakovic of New Zealand. Erakovic is also a player ranked far below the career high ranking she obtained in 08 as she has struggled to find her form since returning from an injury that sidelined her for a large chunk of 09.

Bad Gastein, Austria

(from 11.00hrs)
1. Yvonne Meusburger vs. Timea Bacsinszky
2. Alizé Cornet vs. Julia Goerges
3. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova vs. Bacsinszky/Garbin

Though not quite as exciting as the aforementioned, the matchup between Cornet and Goerges is extremely interesting in itself. We all know that Cornet was as high as #11 in 2008 and Goerges has been in great form recently, picking up an 11-1 W-L record in her last three tournaments. The doubles semi-final is actually a rematch of a the first round matchup in Prague last week, which saw Bacsinszky/Garbin upset the top seeds and the went onto take the title.

Atlanta, USA:

(from 1.30pm)
1. Kevin Anderson vs. John Isner
2. Lipsky/Ram vs. Isner/Blake (NB. 19.00hrs)
3. Andy Roddick vs. Mardy Fish

Another mouthwatering matchup. Roddick has been struggling of late and even dropped the first set last night to Malisse, whereas 2010 has really seen a resurgence by Mardy Fish. This is a big chance for Fish to beat Roddick and break the streak of nine straight losses to the US number one.

German Open:

(from 2.15pm)
1. Jurgen Melzer vs. Andreas Seppi
2. Andrey Golubev vs. Florian Mayer
3. Beck/Kas vs. Chardy/Mathieu

Not too many marquee matchups in this event but the remaining players are certainly an interesting bunch. Not many will be betting on Melzer taking the title, come the weekend.

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