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Maria Sharapova, You Better Be an Excellent Tipper

Girl, you better be giving that valet a good tip. If I made $26 million a year, I’d be giving out fifties as tips. Ms. Sharapova was seen Charlie-less/Camilla-less/Dolce-less/alone (whatever floats your boat) shopping in L.A. I’ve said it before, but rehab is doing the Mash good. And only a total creepazoid like me would notice this but, she got a haircut. And I love the top. The pants, not so much. Anyway, more pics after the cut. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bleak

The promotional advertisements for the Madrid Masters Series are so bleak. Transformers are for 5 year-olds, not your average tennis fan. Plus, they couldn’t even get a designer to make it look realistic. Novak’s head looks like it was pasted on in Kid Pix. Irregardless, I will still be watching the Madrid Masters Series and so should you.

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The Week Ahead

Here’s what’s up for the ATP and WTA for the week of October 6, 2008.

ATP

Bank Austria Tennis Trophy. Vienna, Austria. Surface: Indoor Hard. Champion’s Points: 250. Defending Champion: Novak Djokovic. Notable Entries: Fernando Gonzales, Stanislas Wawrinka, Juan Martin del Potro, Gael Monfils.

Kremlin Cup. Moscow, Russia. Surface: Indoor Hard. Champion’s Points: 250. Defending Champion: Nikolay Davydenko. Notable Entries: Davydenko, Igor Andreev, Marat Safin.

If Stockholm Open. Stockholm, Sweden. Surface: Indoor Hard. Champion’s Points: 225. Defending Champion: Ivo Karlovic. Notable Entries: Mario Ancic, David Nalbandian, Kei Nishikori.

WTA

Kremlin Cup. Moscow, Russia. Surface: Indoor Hard. Tier I: $1,340,000. Defending Champion: Elena Dementieva. Notable Entries: Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Dinara Safina, Venus Williams.

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Kuz, Is That You?

Svetlana Kuznetsova went to the other exreme at the Moscow players’ party. This is as good as she gets, folks. Also in attendence Amelie Mauresmo and Nicole Vaidisova:

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Trophy Case: JJ Again.

Jelena Jankovic took home the title in Stuttgart, beating Nadia Petrova, 6-4, 6-3.

Tomas Berdych took advantage of an ailing JMDP and took the Japan Open title, 6-1, 6-4. Why can’t he win more often? He looks so delicious with that trophy.

In the women’s draw Caroline Wozniacki took home her third title of the year, beating Kaia Kanepi, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. Woo! Caro!

Dmitry Tursunov beat Paul Henri Mathieu for the Metz title, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-4.

Sorana Cirstea won her first career WTA Tour singles title at the Tashkent Open with an epic win over Sabine Lisicki, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7).

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Photo Op: You’re Doing it Wrong

Somehow, Sorana Cirstea won a title playing like this. Don’t ask me how, I don’t know.

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Battle of the Oddly Attractive

Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro are really attractive in an odd way. I don’t know what it is, but they are. And they happen to be playing each other in the final of the AIG Japan Open tomorrow. JMDP took out Richard Gasquet in his semifinal match, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. He’s won 29 of his last 30 matches. In other words Juan has been on fire. Tomas Berdych upset Andy Roddick in the other semifinal, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (3). Tomas is kind of like JMDP at the begining of the year, full of talent but lacking results. Tomas is just more of a headcase. Should be an interesting match up.

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Racing to Shanghai

The top four men have their tickets booked, but 14 others are vying for the remaining spots. Here’s how it’s playing out with the help of a graphic from tennis.com:

This YEC is looking vastly more entertaining than the women’s field. I’m really hoping JMDP can sneak into the field and shake some things up.

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Racing to Doha

The women of the WTA are in a tight race to the year ending championships in Doha. Here’s how it’s playing out.

Yes, I took this graphic from tennis.com because I’m lazy and busy. I get this feeling that the YEC is going to be craptacular this year, seeing as we most likely won’t get both Williams sisters, Sharapova’s not playing, Ivanovic hasn’t shown up since Roland Garros and it’s in Doha. So I won’t be able to watch it at a reasonable hour. Ugh.

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Justine, You Stink

Justine Henin wants everyone to know there’s absolutely no way she’s coming back to professional tennis.

“No, no competition is over for me. For me, it’s definitely over. When I took my decision I knew it was forever. So I don’t say I will never be back for an exhibition or for another event in the future. But for me (playing) on the Tour? Yeah, it’s in the past and I won’t come back. I made the right decision and I stick to my decision. I will never change my mind about that decision.”

That stinks, Justine! What I would do to have her come back. Women’s tennis got about 400% uglier to watch when she left and it just keeps getting uglier.

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