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Petra Kvitova Defeats The Evil One

The one thing you always look for in a young player is their mental strength and fighting qualities. This week (as if it wasn’t obvious before), Petra Kvitova passed that test with flying colours. Yesterday, we watched as she fought back from match point down to defeat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in straight sets, and today it was a similar story as she fought back from Wickmayer’s *5-4 30-0 lead to again take the match on a tiebreaker.

It was a pretty interesting match. Not always the greatest quality in the world, but still entertaining. Wickmayer looked to have the upper hand at the beginning, and it became pretty obvious early on that Petra wasn’t a big fan of the lightning-fast surface. I think it’s more a preference issue rather than a technical one though, as she has easily one of the most technically sound sets of strokes on the tour. But it was bothering her. On the other side of the court, Wickmayer was doing the usual – hitting the ball as hard as she possibly can. The thing about Wickmayer is that though she is aggressive and everything, there is something lacking in her game and strokes, And even when she worked her way all the way up to *5-4 30-0 in the third, you just knew that the match was on Petra’s racket and she could still turn it around.

And turn it around, she did.

One thing I’ve noticed recently is that though Petra is a great girl with a brilliant game, everyone seems to be up in arms over her constant screams of “Pojd” (the Czech variant of ‘C’mon’) AKA “the bark”. It certainly is disturbingly high-pitched, theatrical and downright annoying. But anytime I see or hear people talking about it, my mind always wanders back to when Maria spoke some of the other player, saying that for a lot of the players who pump themselves up, and really just they are just doing it for show. But then you look at Petra, and you look at some of her results over the last year, and it’s clear that she isn’t one of those players. Nobody comes back from the brink of defeat two days in a row and nobody fights back from 0-4* down in the third set of a Wimbledon quarterfinal, saving match points, without believing in and meaning everything they do on court. Nobody.

Also, that is a pretty epic match point there. It really highlights just how much Petra has improved her movement and fitness. There’s no way she would’ve reached that just a year ago. Meanwhile, Yanina is classy as ever in the handshake.

(Picture: Getty)

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Australian Open Women’s Previews, Picks and Incoherent Rambling: First Section

It’s that time of year again. The Australian Open men’s and Women’s draws are done and dusted, and it’s my job to dissect them - secondary school biology class style, so here goes. As I’m such a gentleman, it’s ladies first.

First Section

Atop of the first section stands our world number one Caroline Wozniacki, and for once she really hasn’t got it easy. Upset queen Gisela Dulko in the first round, her Sydney conqueror Dominika Cibulkova awaiting in the third round, Jarmila fucking Groth/Marion Bartoli predicted to meet her in the fourth round and then Justine Henin/Svetlana Kuznetsova or Francesca Schiavone in the quarters. The skies ahead are looking stormy for “Little Miss Sunshine”.

But there’s a reason they actually play these matches. Anything can happen, and it usually does on the WTA. This section is undoubtedly one of the most packed in the draw (10 Grand Slams between them), and so all eyes will be here to see how things unfold. Even many of the first round matches are great. There is of course Woz’s aforementioned match against Giant-killah Gisela, and then we have the first rounder between Jarka “I’m not a fucking tourist” Groth and the source of all evil, Yanina Wickmayer. This will promise to be an affair full of foul-mouthed tirades and ill-tempered big babe ballstriking with a touch of athleticism for good measure. However, I can only see Jarka coming away with the ‘W’. She’s such a talented player, and it all seems like things are slowly-but-surely coming together for her. She obviously beat Sam Stosur in her first tournament of 2011 and is currently in the finals of Hobart, so she’s going to be tough to beat. Jokes aside, there seems to be so much hype surrounding Yanina Wickmayer, yet nothing to show for it. She may have reached the US Open semis, but we all saw first-hand just how messed up that draw was - the fact that the 18th-seeded Virginie Razzano was her biggest scalp en route to a slam semi pretty much says it all. She is still yet to beat a top ten player at a WTA event.

On a personal note, the Anastasija Sevastova vs Polona Hercog first rounder is something that both excited me and annoys me. Two young players blessed with such attractive games. The two people watching the match are in for one hell of a treat. Wish I was one of them.

Moving on into the draw, the third round matches are looking pretty good. Karolina against Cibulkova is a must-see after the upset in Sydney, and Marion Bartoli’s match against Groth/Wickmayer could be fun, too. Finally, there is, of course, the potential third round match between Svetlana Kuznetsova and Justine Henin. Remember when they used to meet in slam finals? It was really fun about 3 years ago when we began to have these crazy draws, and we laughed heartily at them, but now it just sucks. Majorly. They should be playing in the quarters, semis or finals of slams, not the third round. And this only one of many early matches at this year’s Australian Open, that could have/already have easily been slam finals at some time or another. Anyways, it is what it is. If Sveta can find some form and lose all the inhibitions, then she could easily make it interesting, but I’m expecting a win for Justine. Prove me wrong Sveta. I beg you, please prove me wrong.

And now for the hard part. Well, in all honesty, this isn’t a particularly tough choice. Christine really is the overwhelming favourite. I’ll never count Francesca out after her brilliant victory over Justine back in 2008, I think Wozniacki could give her some problems should she reach that stage – we saw those moonballzz work a treat against Justine last year in Miami, and there is also that classic Marion Bartoli match involving Justine – yes, that match. But Justine is the overwhelming favourite from this quarter, and I’m too chicken to go against her.

Pick: Justine Henin.

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There Is a God After All…

The battle between good and evil raged on in Auckland this week. At first, we doubted. As we watched Yanina Wickmayer bulldoze her way through Dinara Safina in the first round, and then Sabine Lisicki and Shuai Peng. Could anyone stop this force of evil? We prayed to God, and then questioned his existence when we recieved no reply. We cried, we sobbed, and felt more sorrow than sorrow itself. But after seven days and seven nights of this titanic battle, it ended abrubptly, and as the dust finally settled, a ray of light shone down on the corpse-ridden battlefield. A ray of light known as Greta Arn, who defeated Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets to take the title in Auckland. We owe our lives to you, Greta. You will never be forgotten.

And seriously, check out the pictures of Yanina underneath. You’re an evil person Yanina, EVIL!


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Why Does Good Never Triumph Over Evil?

This is a question I find myself asking following Yanina Wickmayer’s 3-6 7-6(3) 7-5 victory over Shuai Peng in the semis of Auckland. She awaits the winner of Greta Arn vs. Julia Goerges in the final.

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Foot Fault’s 46 Predictions for 2011

With 2011 fast approaching and the excitement of a brand new season slowly mounting to a fever pitch, I’ve taken to my trusty crystal ball to see what awaits us in the new year. I still wear my Schiavone French Open prediction like a crown, so will lightning strike twice in 2011 or will I be stuffing my face with humble pie this time around? We shall see. Remember, this is all in good fun so don’t take my word for gospel or anything.


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Yanina Wickmayer Sexes It Up In Recent Snaps

Check out this pic from one of Wickmayer’s recent photoshoots. I will bite my tongue and refrain from commenting, but it’s quite funny and completely ironic to see here smiling so much here. Like that ever happens in real life.

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Yanina Wickmayer loses… Again

It’s not very often that an unseeded player makes a slam semi-final without even defeating a top 10 player. What is even rarer, is a player breaking through to make that first Grand Slam semi-final and almost a year later still not picking up that first top 10 WTA win. Yanina Wickmayer has managed to acheve both.

This week in San Diego, Wickmayer went down 3-6 6-2 1-6 to Svetlana Kuznetsova. Though a two-time slam champion and an incredible player and athlete, we all know about Svetlana’s struggles and her horrible slump since her victory in Roland Garros last year. In other words, it is not a good sign for Wickmayer.

The Belgian has three weeks to rack up as many points as possible before she will be forced to defend those 900 points and to prove herself worthy of a spot in the top 20. If she doesn’t, then the 21-year-old will likely find herself tumbling out of the top 20 come the 13th of September.


To say that I am not a very big fan of Wickmayer’s would be an massive understatement. While I do admire her athletic ability - something that is completely lacking on the Women’s game outside the big four and a select few, I completely despise her game and especially attitude. She is always so angry, brash, rude and that just doesn’t appeal to me.

Her run to the US Open Semi-finals was an interesting case. Kudos to her for taking advantage of the draw and moving forward but the US Open 2009 will always remembered for the manner in which the top half of the draw spectacularly (AKA embarassingly) collapsed. It was largely down to the Russians all simultaneously mentally falling apart in ugly three-set matches; Petrova, Sharapova and Dementieva to Oudin, Kuznetsova to Wozniacki and Safina to Kvitova. Hopefully 2009 was the nadir of US Open history and won’t become a trend.

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Doubles Drama at the Bank Of The West Classic

Tennis fans appear to be paying  more attention to the doubles tournament than the singles event this week at the Bank Of The West Classic in Stanford.

Two weeks ago it was announced that Maria Sharapova and Yanina Wickmayer were to team up as double partners for the Bank of The West Classic. To say it didn’t go down well with tennis fans would be a gross understatemt, as anger and disbelief gripped tennis fans worldwide, leading them to burn effigies of Wickmayer while condemning her to an eternity in hell.

Two days ago however, Wickmayer posted an angry message on her twitter page which stated that the Stanford organisers had denied their wildcard request. The whole saga looked to be over but as the doubles draw was released, it emerged that Wickmayer had instead decided to team up with Hantuchova, and suddenly Hantuchova became a figure of hate as fans threatened to invade her dreams and turn them into nightmares.

(Credit to Fierce Tennis)

Incidentally, Wickmayer and Hantuchova were drawn up against another surprise doubles team as Maria Kirilenko and Victoria Azarenka decided to team up for the first time since New Haven in 2007. The news that Kirilenko and Azarenka (or ‘Vikkiri’ as they are now affectionally known as) would be playing together recieved a much more positive reception as fans raced to create pictorial tributes to the two players. The vast majority of the tennis community will be hoping that ‘Vikkiri’ will put a stop to the ‘Devil and her advocate’ on tuesday, or else all hell will break loose.

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