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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Lera wins the first round at Roland Garros

Lera wins the first round against the #10 seed from Chile advancing to the second round at Roland Garros

Peng advances to quarterfinals

In the women's doubles draw, the cross strait combination Peng Shuai and Su Wei Hsieh defeated Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and Ai Sugiyama of Japan 6-3, 7-5 to reach the last eight of the tournament.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Paes and Dlouhy in French Open quarter-finals

Paris, May 30 India's Leander Paes and and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy stormed into the French Open doubles quarter-final with a 7-6(4), 6-3, win over Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut here Saturday.

With the games going with the serve, the first set went into a tie-breaker which was clinched by the third-seeded Paes and Dlouhy. The Indo-Czech pair then needed just a beak of serve to take the second set and the match in 95 minutes.

Paes and Douhy next play the winners of the match between Czech Jaroslav Levinsky and Slovak Igor Zelenay and fifth-seeded Bruno Soares of Brazil and Zimbabwean Kevin Ullyett.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Paes-Black in second round of mixed doubles

Paris, May 28 (PTI) Second seeds Leander Paes and Cara Black overcame a sluggish start to book a second round berth in the mixed doubles event of the French Open, scoring a 6-3 6-3 win over Virginie Razzano and Jeff Coetzee here today.
After trading early breaks and squandering many breakpoints in the first set, the Indo-Zimbabwean pair raised their game and closed the match in style.

Paes-Black wasted as many as three breakpoints in the first set and dropped their serve once but did not give any chance to their unseeded opponents in the second.

They broke the French-South African rivals twice in the second set and saved one of the two breakpoints to progress to the next round.

They will next take on the winners of the match between Dominika Cibulkova/Filip Polasek and Sybille Bammer/Lukasz Kubot.

Tecau and Pavel move into the second round in France

Andrei Pavel and Horia Tecau, Romania, def. Rajeev Ram and Bobby Reynolds, United States, 6-2, 7-5.

Shuai Peng of China and Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan advance

Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., was the lone Canadian in action. She, along with partner Liga Dekmeijere of Latvia, lost 6-3, 6-1 to the ninth-seeded women's doubles team of Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan and ShuaiPeng of China.

Paes-Dlouhy through to French Open 2nd round

Third seeds Leander Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy sailed into the second round of the French Open men's doubles event with a straight-set win over locals Sebastien de Chaunac and Benoit Paire in Paris.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Tecau and Dorsch perpetually moving up

both hit career highs this week in what seems like an unstoppable move up in the ranks.

Becker Hits top 100

Van Der Merwe tried his quick game: serve&volleys, net approaches even on return. But Becker was too solid from baseline for him and served also very well. In the 1st set the South African managed to hold his service games: his 1st serve was working very well and with a good percentage, he managed to come back from 15-40 in the 11th game. In the tiebreak 3 very bad mistakes (2 on Becker's serves) gifted the set to the German. Van Der Merwe couldn't come back after this disappointment and he got immediately broken in the 2nd set (with a double fault and 2 wrong volleys). His serve&volley was no more dangerous for Becker: the German was finding very good low returns on Van Der Merwe's feet which the tall South African guy wasn't able to handle. Benjamin was also serving even better than in the 1st set and for Izak there was really no chance to recover. Very good tournament for bot!
h anyway. Good luck to Becker for his comeback in the top100.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Benjamin Becker, looks to reach his fifth ATP Challenger Tour final of 2009

Cremona, Italy
Former World No. 38 Benjamin Becker, looks to reach his fifth ATP Challenger Tour final of 2009 as the top seed this week.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Peng Shuai in quarterfinals

Third-seeded Peng Shuai of China reached the quarterfinals after beating Pauline Parmentier of France 6-3, 7-6 (6).

Saturday, May 09, 2009


No7 seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Shuai Peng defeated No5 seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama in straight sets in Saturday’s final, 7-5, 7-6(5). The Slovak/Japanese pairing of Hantuchova and Sugiyama, who had defeated top seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber in the quarter-finals, raced into a 3-0 lead but their China/Taipei opponents soon identified Sugiyama as the slightly weaker link and began targeting her backhand, turning a 2-4 deficit into a 5-4 lead. Hantuchova held serve but Sugiyama was unable to follow suit and Shuai and Su-Wei took the first set 7-5. The second set was another up-and-down affair with two breaks on either side, but Hsieh and Peng were never headed in the eventual tie-break which they won 7-5. They thus secured their second title of the year together after Sydney in January, and their third in total having won in Bali last year.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Peng in Rome final

Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai qualified for the final dual of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. duo Hsieh / Peng was' set in the semifinals against the pair formed by the Turkish Ipek Senoglu and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan with the score of 6-4 3-6 10-2.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Becker takes Rhodes

The first International professional tennis tournament ATP Challenger “Aegean Tennis Cup” 125,000 $ that took place in Rhodes went into the hands of the German Benjamin Becker, The experienced tennis player won over his compatriot Simon Stadler by 2-0 set (7-5, 6-3), succeeding in a break in each game and taking advantage of all the service games. The first set was “closed” since after eleven games no break happened. Becker was the first one to secure a break in the twelfth game and so managed to win the first set by 7-5. Then having the psychological advantage, Benjamin Becker made a break in the second set and forced his rhythm and won by 6-3 facing a triumphant applause from the crowd that gave a dynamic presence in the center court of the tennis facilities of the island of the knights. “I came to Rhodes in order to win the tournament, like everybody of course. This is of course the goal when you take part in a tournament like this. During the games, match after match I was gaining self esteem I was finding the correct steps. This, like all other victories I dedicate to my father that has collected all my trophies in a trophy cabinet, So whenever I am at his house and see it I can bring in mind all the good memories of the tournament of Rhodes”, said Becker who thanked everybody as well as the organizers for the exceptional organization. From the side of Simon Stadler he applauded his opponent: “He was in a very good mood and condition all week and came worthily in the victory. Congratulations for the organization. Next year I will be back here”.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Pennetta knocks out Jankovic in Stuttgart

STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - Italian Flavia Pennetta caused an upset by beating third seed Jelena Jankovic 2-6 6-4 6-4 in the Stuttgart Grand Prix quarter-finals on Friday.

The unseeded Pennetta's reward is a last-four meeting with Dinara Safina after the world number one swept aside Pole Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-2.

Becker, the winner of the “civil war”

Benjamin Becker was the great winner of the German “civil war” against Benedict Dorsch. Becker had a hard time from his “buddy” since he lost in the first round by 6-3, but corrected his mistakes and came to a victory after winning the second and third set by 6-3 6-4 respectively. “It was a very weird experience for me since I did not in any case play against my friend”. At the beginning I had a little stress, but as soon as I relieved of it I came to a the victory” said Becker.

Friday, May 01, 2009

The best match until now

The best match until now took place today in Rhodes for the International men’s Challenger tour $ 125,000 Aegean Tennis Cup between German Benjamin Becker and Frenchman Edward Roger Vasselin. Winner of the match was Becker by 6-4 4-6 6-4 even if he was loosingf by 0-3 in the third set. He took the advance for the quarterfinal round “I was not stressed in any part of the game. I made a lot of mistakes in serving and the truth is that I had a lot of confidence in my self and as soon as I corrected my serve, I knew I would win”. Said Becker and added “now I will play against my friend and mate Benjamin Dorsch and it will definitely be a unique moment for me since we know each other for 15 years, we have studied together and I definitely wanted to continue both of us until the end of the tournament”.

Advance for Dorsch
The game of Benedict Dorsch was amazing in the match against Kevin Kim. The German won easier than he expected the no 3 of the seed of the Aegean Tennis Cup, creating another surtpise in the tournament. “I was astonished that I won in less than an hour. It was a great victory against a great opponent. My serve helped me and also the fact that Kim made a a lot of mistakes” Dorsch said among others.