Will anyone SHOW the new tournament this week?
Suspect NTV+ should be on this. Seek Russian webcasts.
Dominguez Lino, Lourdes
Parra Santonja, Arantxa
Baku Site: http://bakucup.az/?lang=2
Monday OOP: http://www.wtatennis.com...posting/2011/1044/OP.pdf
Singles draw: http://www.wtatennis.com...osting/2011/1044/MDS.pdf
Live Scores: http://www.protennislive...&ref=www.bakucup.az/
Oh yeah, Tarpischev is right on this. See first AzTv vid from Baku Tennis Academy: http://bakucup.az/?page=...&smenu=51&lang=2
Posted today at WTA: (Catch the tone--they hate this stuff.)
BAKU, Azerbaijan - The Caspian Sea boom town of Baku plays host to a brand new International series stop on the WTA this week. As well as giving many of Russia's finest a chance to play close to home, the $220,000 Baku Cup also heralds the beginning of the summer hardcourt season, a week before the Road to the US Open gets underway in North America. Former Georgian standout Leila Meskhi has put together an intriguing field in her first outing as a tournament director at tour level. Seven of the 16 Russians who currently feature in the Top 100 are present in the 32-strong draw, with six of them - led by world No.3 Vera Zvonareva - snapping up seedings.Zvonareva certainly has plenty to play for as she looks to put a disappointing European swing behind her. Last year, as well as reaching the final at Wimbledon she was runner-up at Flushing Meadows, so the classy 26-year-old will no doubt be keen to get some momentum going.On the other side of the draw sits the player many believe is the future of Russian tennis: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who turned 20 earlier this month and is closing in on the Top 10. Though the victim of an on-paper upset in the second round at Wimbledon - given her conqueror was Nadia Petrova, the result wasn't such a surprise - the world No.13 reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at Roland Garros, and with three hardcourt titles to her name is sure to be contender this week. She'll have to hit the ground running, though, for her first round opponent is Austria's Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, who is coming off her first WTA final, at Bad Gastein. Elena Vesnina, a five-time finalist but hunting her first WTA singles title, is the No.3 seed with lefty Ekaterina Makarova seeded fourth. Crafty RomanianMonica Niculescu takes the No.5 slot, while Ukraine-born British No.1 Elena Baltacha is seeded sixth. Twenty-year-old Ksenia Pervak, who reached her second career semifinal at Bad Gastein, holds down the No.7 seeding andEvgeniya Rodina is seeded eighth.Another Russian, 16-year-old Nina Khrishanova, has been awarded a wildcard, as has Uzbekistan's 17-year-old Nigina Abduraimova (who faces formidable Zvonareva first up) and Azerbaijan's own Kamilla Farhad, who is just 15.Other regional talents on show include Anna Tatishvili and Sofia Shapatava of Georgia, and Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas and Galina Voskoboeva, who is doubles top seed with Niculescu. Dangerous floaters include Ukraine's Bondarenko sisters, Alona and Kateryna, and France's Aravane Rezai.
Streams will SHOW the new tournament this week! Starting to appear at http://www.lshunter.tv/t...ive-streaming-video.html ...
Monday (18 July) (GMT)
Vera & Nastia knocked outta doubles. And you KNOW that was not Yakimova's work.
Tetyana Arefyeva of Ukraine -- remember the name. Will play Kukova in Singles.
Here's the thing: Far as I know now, only Masha, Kiri & Vikaof Belarus are listed to play Stanford next week.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
(No. The draw is straight up. There are just so many Russians! lol)
Court 1 (from 12.00hrs) Not streamed
1. Kremer/Rottmann vs. Bondarenko/Bondarenko
(If you are not watching this, you're missing out. Baku throws into high relief that fact that the second tier of Rus players are not so far above upcomers the Tour has before now kept hidden from us. And not only Russians--on Tuesday, Vera played the Uzbek, Nigina Abduraimova, a strikingly beautiful girl--yet another of the many Eastern players the Tour & the schedulers typically hide from you.)
Centre Court in Baku
NOTE: Chance to maybe see Valeria Savinykh, young Russian hottie who idolizes Dementieva. This AZE state-sponsored stream should continue whether or not sources list the doubles matches.
Savinykh at Bastad: (Click for full size)
Court 1 (from 11.00hrs) Not streamed
1. Tatia Mikadze vs. Anna Tatishvili
2. Bondarenko/Bondarenko vs. Koryttseva/Poutchek (NB 15.00hrs; after suitable rest)
Bepa wins Baku Cup 61 64 in 1:24. MOLODYETS!!! Near Abroad takes doubles: Mariya KORYTTSEVA (UKR) / Tatiana POUTCHEK (BLR) (Final pix not yet posted)Vera's twelfth career title, Ksenia's first final appearance.Ksenia's coach Victor Pavlov; Vera's coach Andrei Ageev6 0f the 8 seeds were Russian, 12 Russians started main drawVera earns $37K & 280 points.Ksenia earns $19K & 200 points.Galina Voskoboeva, kontraktnika of Kazakhstan also did very well. Galina trains with coach--Russian-American émigrée Alina Jidkova.
Yeah, even WTA put up their picture--only remote Yankee connection they could find. LOL! See, see, it's all about US... "Only Russian spoken here" must've killed their souls...
Player party, Alina & Galina