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2011 Aegon Classic, Birmingham
shyra asis
#1 Posted : Thursday, June 02, 2011 8:25:26 PM(UTC)
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2011 Entrant List






Players



Seedings are based on WTA world rankings and are subject to change.




1 Maria Sharapova RUS 
2 Marion Bartoli FRA 
3 Kaia Kanepi EST 
4 Aravane Rezai FRA 
5 Shuai Peng CHN 
6 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 
7 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 
8 Sara Errani ITA 
9 Roberta Vinci ITA 
10 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 
11 Jie Zheng CHN 
12 Ayumi Morita JPN 
13 Kimiko Date Krumm JPN 
14 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 
15 Rebecca Marino CAN 
16 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP 
Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 
Vania King USA 
Maria-Elena Camerin ITA 
Alize Cornet FRA 
Polona Hercog SLO 
Chanelle Scheepers RSA 
Kirsten Flipkens BEL 
Olga Govortsova BLR 
Casey Dellacqua AUS 
Anastasia Rodionova AUS 
Misaki Doi JPN 
Tamira Paszek AUT 
Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 
Christina Mchale USA 
Alison Riske USA 
Romina Oprandi ITA 
Coco Vandeweghe USA 
Andrea Hlavackova CZE 
Sandra Zahlavova CZE 
Virginie Razzano FRA 
Sorana Cirstea ROU 
Jill Craybas USA 
Sania Mirza IND 
Anna Tatishvili GEO 
Edina Gallovits-Hall ROU 
Heather Watson GBR 
Mirjana Lucic CRO 


also, Ivanovic got a wild card...


 


Starts June 5... goodbye wind and hello rain. no time sobbing co's the grass courts are calling

“I think I learn a lot from losses and they make me a lot tougher,”-Maria Sharapova

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#2 Posted : Thursday, June 02, 2011 8:34:56 PM(UTC)
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Lol, i came here to start this thread... Hope i can start the Wimbledon one :-) Makes sense being English and all.


Maria should walk this in theory, shame Li isn't playing, would've liked some sweeet revenge!


Was supposed to be going one day during the week but i don't think it's gonna happen. Always next year! Good luck Maria 

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#3 Posted : Thursday, June 02, 2011 8:58:35 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: tgj92 Go to Quoted Post


Lol, i came here to start this thread... Hope i can start the Wimbledon one :-) Makes sense being English and all.


Maria should walk this in theory, shame Li isn't playing, would've liked some sweeet revenge!


Was supposed to be going one day during the week but i don't think it's gonna happen. Always next year! Good luck Maria 



 


sorry... i just noticed that the thread for Aegon was not up yet... it's been a while since i started a thread

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#4 Posted : Friday, June 03, 2011 6:38:09 AM(UTC)
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Thanx for starting the thread, shyra No worries, Tom can start Wimbleton.


Glad to see Yaroslava & Bojanna are there, but whether we will see them is problematic.  While the Eurosport coverage starts Monday, indications are they may show only the men's side until the semis.



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#5 Posted : Friday, June 03, 2011 2:16:38 PM(UTC)
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your welcome Paul.. but to our dismay...


from tennis.com: Sharapova pulls out of Wimbledon tune-up
Ticker - Friday, June 3, 2011

Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Birmingham with an illness. The Russian is feeling drained after a long long clay-court stint that included a title run in Rome and a semifinal showing at Roland Garros. She started to feel ill early during the second week of the French Open. China’s Li Na defeated her in the semifinals on Thursday. The 2004 Wimbledon champion will not ask for a wild card into the tournament in Eastbourne.

i just hope she's not depressed... needs a bangin' practice session to get ready for WIMBLY!


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#6 Posted : Friday, June 03, 2011 3:18:50 PM(UTC)
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Not to worry. Probably just tired--intense work, y'know?


We can still use the thread. There will be interesting stuff at Birmingham & Copenhagen--plus the next week, you got Eastbourne & 's-Hertogenbosch.  (I wish she'd play 's-Hertogenbosch sometime.)

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#8 Posted : Friday, June 03, 2011 3:32:22 PM(UTC)
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That's not good news ! She had the chance to win an other tournament, will loose points now. Not sure if she will be in the top 8 by the time Wimbledon starts. On the other hand , Maria if you read this , come to the Netherlands for the grass court tournament in Den Bosch, as I do not think you will play in Eastborne ! Your private jet will be waiting.
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#9 Posted : Friday, June 03, 2011 7:45:19 PM(UTC)
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Sad that Maria had to withdraw from Birmingham, she has a beautiful story in this tournament, in anyway I want the best for her, so I wish her a quick recovery, so she will be able to play her best tennis in Wimbledon!
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#10 Posted : Saturday, June 04, 2011 1:54:22 AM(UTC)
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This doesn't surprise me a bit. It's typical Sharapova. In the past, whenever she's pulled out of a tournament....and she's pulled out of a lot..... its because she happened to pick up a virus (Paris from Moscow), or she's sprained an elbow, or she has an ear infection...etc, etc, etc. Fact is, 6 tough matches in a row ...the first time she's ever worked so hard since AO 2008, was too much for her body. All a question of Fitness and Stamina. Also giving an excuse, naturally, why she lost...'I've not been feeling well since the beginning of the second week'...Yeah Right. We are not seeing a new Sharapova, just the old one being made to work harder by her new coach. She will be fit enough, of course, to go to London early and do a lot of sponsor shoots before Wimbledon, but mark my words, she is not strong enough to hold it together for 7 matches on grass so dont get your hopes up too high. And after Wimbledon ...probably a month off before she has to find excuses to avoid playing too much before the US Open.


I was really prepared to give her credit for getting herself back to 2006 form, but now I see that nothing has changed.  And, as regards a possible WC for Eastbourne....Never in a million years would she go to Eastbourne.  That Tournament is one of the hardest tournaments of the year with so many top players attending.  Just the kind she likes to and always has avoided.

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#12 Posted : Saturday, June 04, 2011 9:43:18 AM(UTC)
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All we do is assuming this assuming that but hey we do have rights for free speech! From my point of view I think she was simply hurt from this lost. She needs a break from tennis to regain and ready for Wimbledon. I think it's a right decision.


Best of luck Maria!

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Originally Posted by: Philli Go to Quoted Post


This doesn't surprise me a bit. It's typical Sharapova. In the past, whenever she's pulled out of a tournament....and she's pulled out of a lot..... its because she happened to pick up a virus (Paris from Moscow), or she's sprained an elbow, or she has an ear infection...etc, etc, etc. Fact is, 6 tough matches in a row ...the first time she's ever worked so hard since AO 2008, was too much for her body. All a question of Fitness and Stamina. Also giving an excuse, naturally, why she lost...'I've not been feeling well since the beginning of the second week'...Yeah Right. We are not seeing a new Sharapova, just the old one being made to work harder by her new coach. She will be fit enough, of course, to go to London early and do a lot of sponsor shoots before Wimbledon, but mark my words, she is not strong enough to hold it together for 7 matches on grass so dont get your hopes up too high. And after Wimbledon ...probably a month off before she has to find excuses to avoid playing too much before the US Open.


I was really prepared to give her credit for getting herself back to 2006 form, but now I see that nothing has changed.  And, as regards a possible WC for Eastbourne....Never in a million years would she go to Eastbourne.  That Tournament is one of the hardest tournaments of the year with so many top players attending.  Just the kind she likes to and always has avoided.


....................and you call yourself a fan, I call you pathetic

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Not to worry. Probably just tired--intense work, y'know?


We can still use the thread. There will be interesting stuff at Birmingham & Copenhagen--plus the next week, you got Eastbourne & 's-Hertogenbosch.  (I wish she'd play 's-Hertogenbosch sometime.)


I hope she will come to the Netherlands !  I will have front seat for sure !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#13 Posted : Sunday, June 05, 2011 10:07:30 AM(UTC)
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Probably not this year  though I will follow Holland's tourney all the same. 


Birmingham draw. http://www.wtatennis.com...posting/2011/504/MDS.pdf 


Arina Rodionova (Anastasia's still-Russian younger sister) has qualified. Be interesting to see where they put her in the main draw.

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#14 Posted : Monday, June 06, 2011 10:15:42 AM(UTC)
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Probably not this year  though I will follow Holland's tourney all the same. 


Birmingham draw. http://www.wtatennis.com...posting/2011/504/MDS.pdf 


Arina Rodionova (Anastasia's still-Russian younger sister) has qualified. Be interesting to see where they put her in the main draw.



Interesting, yeah. Qualifier Arina Rodionova def Virginie Razzano 64 64. Several other interesting results--so WTA is dragging ass posting them.  


Likely no streams until Saturday semis, which Eurosport 2 & TTC in the States will show live.


http://www.tennischannel...m/schedule/next_week.pdf 


Sabine Lisicki, aka the Madwoman of Paris, def Kimiko Date-Krumm.  


Got some up now:




Monday, June 6, 2011

Singles - First Round


(Q) Sara Gronert (GER) d. (10) Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 61 57 64

Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (12) Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 64 76(3)

(13) Rebecca Marino (CAN) d. (WC) Melanie South (GBR) 64 61

(14) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (WC) Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 64 63

Heather Watson (GBR) d. (15) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 63 75

(16) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 76(2) 61

Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 63 63

Mirjana Lucic (CRO) d. (Q) Alexandra Stevenson (USA) 63 76(7)

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. (Q) Shuko Aoyama (JPN) 62 61

Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Romina Oprandi (ITA) 62 26 64

Alison Riske (USA) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 46 62 63

Anna Tatishvili (GEO) d. (WC) Samantha Murray (GBR) 75 61

Marina Erakovic (NZL) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 64 64

(Q) Arina Rodionova (RUS) d. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 64 64



 

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#15 Posted : Monday, June 06, 2011 11:24:15 AM(UTC)
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Yea!!! Go Rebecca!!! I don't think she's used to being seeded, so it must be a nice change for her!
Masha is my #1!!
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#16 Posted : Tuesday, June 07, 2011 1:55:01 PM(UTC)
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Yea!!! Go Rebecca!!! I don't think she's used to being seeded, so it must be a nice change for her!


:brav: 


Interesting Tuesday results:


BIRMINGHAM: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Singles - Second Round
(Q) Arina Rodionova (RUS) d. (1) Kaia Kanepi (EST) 64 62 

Mirjana Lucic (CRO) d. (5) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 67(2) 76(4) 75
(8) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 75 ret.
(14) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 62 61

Singles - First Round
(9) Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. (Q) Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) 63 36 76(4)
(11) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 62 76(5)
Christina McHale (USA) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 36 76(7) 62
Tamira Paszek (AUT) d. Sania Mirza (IND) 63 46 62
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 63 61
Misaki Doi (JPN) d. Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU) 64 62
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) d. Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) 75 76(5)
(Q) Naomi Broady (GBR) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 62 67(5) 64

Check THIS! Top Seed Kaia Kanepi just went down to Qualifier Arina Rodionova 64 62 in 1:04.
Arina is Anastasia's younger sister, but still a Russian citizen.
 :group: 

Will next play Magdalena Rybarikova in Round of 16. Davaiii, Arina!!! :ok:

Rodionova sisters -- Arina on the right.
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#17 Posted : Wednesday, June 08, 2011 8:59:55 AM(UTC)
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:pioggia: Incessant rain interruptions. Apart from Alison Riske 63 over Gronet, no first set had yet been completed on Wednesday by 16:00 BST. (Play then resumed. Riske won her match & Dani is beating Cirstea 60 43.)


Just look at this stupid WTA item. No genuine interest whatsover in Arina Rodionova's successes--just consternation at the "anomaly" of top seeds ousted:


 


BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom - Arina Rodionova's 64 62 defeat of Kaia Kanepi in second round action Tuesday at the AEGON Classic was shocking for several reasons.



For one, the 21-year-old Russian Rodionova had only two WTA main draw wins in her career prior to the match, the second coming just a day earlier against Virginie Razzano. Also, her triumph over the 97th-ranked Razzano had been the biggest victory of her career in terms of ranking, so taking on the 17th-ranked and top-seeded Kanepi looked to be beyond a formidable challenge. Plus, Kanepi had proven she was comfortable on grass, having gone all the way to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last year.


Nevertheless, Rodionova was up to the challenge, making this the fifth time this year a No.1 seed has lost her opener and the first time her conqueror was a qualifier. Here are the circumstances of each:


Event Result Winner's Final Result


Sydney Cibulkova d. (1) Wozniacki, 63 63 QF

Memphis Krajicek d. (1) Zahlavova Strycova, 61 63 R16

Kuala Lumpur Dokic d. (1/WC) Schiavone, 26 76(1) 64Champion

Barcelona Rybarikova d. (1/WC) Bartoli, 64 61 R16

Birmingham(Q) Rodionova d. (1) Kanepi 64 62?

 


It doesn't get much easier for Rodionova, as in the round of 16 she takes on 14th-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova, who won this event in 2009 and has a 10-1 match record here.


Go figure: Had Masha played Birmingham & been dumped out in the first round, you know you'd have seen screaming headlines questioning the "meaning" of it for her career & total worth as a human being:hahaha: 


 Fortunately for Kaia, the Estonian doesn't have to put up with that silliness. But you'd think an upcomer like Arina, starting knock off top-twenty players would warrant a little more extensive positive commentary, hunh? :humm:


http://www.wtatennis.com...d-kanepi_2256076_2373035





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#18 Posted : Wednesday, June 08, 2011 11:08:26 AM(UTC)
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I was not suprised to see Maria drop out of the Birmingham tournament, for whatever reason. But I WAS a tad dissapointed as I was going to see her play there......needless to say I won't be bothering to go now!!
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#19 Posted : Friday, June 10, 2011 5:23:11 AM(UTC)
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FRIDAY: Alison Riske vs. Daniela Hantuchova Eurosport 2 http://www.fromsportcom.com/v-2/8/88/v-288824.html 


Gail Gregory in chair. Yank ump for a Yank contender?  That how it works here?


Riske's hottie sister is her coach.  I'm in the Shoutbox.

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FRIDAY: Alison Riske vs. Daniela Hantuchova Eurosport 2 http://www.fromsportcom.com/v-2/8/88/v-288824.html 


Gail Gregory in chair. Yank ump for a Yank contender?  That how it works here?


Riske's hottie sister is her coach.  I'm in the Shoutbox.



Finally got forum access again.  Well, we will see. Now they got Kerrilyn Cramer on the last quarter; Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Sabine Lisicki. But Lynn Welch is working there--watching how they place these umpires in the semis & final.  


(Rybarikova is convinced Cramer is cheating her on calls. In second set, she pretty much said so.  )


Marat was right. (See Roland Garros thread) Li Na has surely inspired the China girls--Peng Shaui pushing to the semis in Birmingham and young Zhang Shaui almost ousting Safarova in Copenhagen.


Tough three-setters being played in both venues. Everybody has gotten way serious.  


Saturday, I will first be watching Lucie v Petra in Copenhagen. Now THERE is a leg-show. 


But re Birmingham I'm pulling for Dani & Peng. Take out the head-cases, yeah! What they gonna do? Put Cramer in the chair to nurse Sabine through the first set again 


MONA BARTHEL JUST DUMPED BETHANIE OUTTA COPENHAGEN. 


TSONGA DEF NADAL IN STRAIGHT SETS IN LONDON! 



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