Throw Up the Deuce


Still Not a Grand Slam

World number 1, Jelena Jankovic, won her third title in three weeks at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Whatever. I find it ridiculous that JJ is most likely going to be the year end world number 1 and she hasn’t even won a grand slam. She can win 10 titles in 10 weeks and she still won’t deserve the top spot. I kind of hate the WTA right now.


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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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Trophy Case: Jo Strikes Back

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga avenged his Australian Open final loss with a 6-4, 7-6 defeat of Novak Djokovic in the final of the Thailand Open.

Jelena Jankovic pulled within 21 points of Serena Williams for the number one ranking with her defeat of Svetlana Kuznetsova in the China Open final.

Andy Roddick won yet another Mickey Mouse title with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 win over Dudi Sela in the China Open final.

Maria Kirilenko battled for her third title of the season with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Samantha Stosur in the Korea Open final.

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Order Restored

In a highly entertaining encounter, Serena Williams took out Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 7-5, in the final of the U.S. Open. JJ had four set points in the second set, but Serena stepped it up. The win propels Serena back to the number one ranking, after a nearly six year absence. It feels like order has been restored to the top of the women’s game. Now that I think about it, as the last major of the year comes to a close, I realize that even in this year of questionable rankings and injuries, the four best women on the tour took home the four majors. As for Jelena, I really don’t know if she’ll ever find herself in the final of a major again, but if she does, she really needs to work on her trophy presentation etiquette. Interrupting Mary Carillo to ask how much her check was for wasn’t very classy.

Congrats, Serena!

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

Q. Some players seem to like a little drama in their matches. Are you one of those?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Not really. I wish I didn’t have any drama in my matches. I wish I would win nice and in a simple way, you know, nothing there, just cruise through the match and that’s it.

But sometimes, you know, it’s more exciting for the fans and a little more stressful for the people in my box. But as long as you win, that’s what matters.

Q. But in a way you like it a little bit?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don’t know. Who likes drama? Do you know anybody that likes to get involved into tight matches where you’re maybe going to go into a third set or whatever?

I don’t think anybody likes to be in this kind of situations. Everybody likes to win 2 and 2, easy, no pressure.

Q. Subconsciously some people might like that.

JELENA JANKOVIC: That’s just part of the sport, you know, dealing with pressure and being in tight situations is what this sport is all about. You have to try to do your best when this happens, and then you form this drama or whatever you call it.

Oh, please, Jelena, you love the drama.

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Quick Hits: U.S. Open Day 3

  • Jelena Jankovic was pushed to the limit (see above) by Sofia Arvidsson. JJ pulled it out 7-5 in the third.
  • Lindsay Davenport cruised along to the third round by beating Alisa Kleybanova, 7-5, 6-3.
  • Vera Zvonareva went out to Tatiana Perebiynis, 6-3, 6-3.
  • Caroline Wozniacki smashed Maria Elena Camerin, 6-1, 6-2. I’m telling you, Caro is going to do some damage.
  • Chinese Li Na and Zheng Jie advanced to the third round.
  • Novak Djokovic hurt his ankle, but held on to beat Arnaud Clement in straights.
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shook off some 1st set rust and beat Ventura in 4. I’m so glad Jo is back, he is just so fun to watch.
  • Ernest Gulbis sets up a potential second rounder with Andy Roddick with a straight sets win over Thomas Johansson.
  • Nikolay Davydenko took out Dudi Sela, 3, 3 and 3.

Matches to watch on Day 4:

Michael Llodra v. [6] Andy Murray – Their contrasing styles should make for an interesting match-up.

[17] Juan Martin del Potro v. Tomaz Belluci – Del Potro is playing fantastic tennis, you need to check it out.

[4] Serena Williams v. Elena Vesnina – Serena under the lights never disappoints.

Kaia Kanepi v. [32] Amelie Mauresmo – When she’s in form, Amelie’s game is just beautiful and it seems like she’s regaining some confidence and game.

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U.S. Open 2008: Women’s Draw Predictions and Previews

The last grand slam of the year is set to start on Monday and the women’s champion is usually someone who has managed to stay relatively healthy through the year.

Quarter One:

The whole top half of this draw is loaded so whoever is going to come through is really gonna have to duke it out. Top seed, Ana Ivanovic, is in this quarter, but is still recovering from an ailing thumb. However, she did not play in Beijing so it just makes her that much fresher. Daniela Hantuchova, Amelie Mauresmo and Nadia Petrova could cause some damage, but you never know what you’re going to get with them. 17 seed, Alize Cornet, is always a tricky opponent. Dinara Safina rounds out the quarter and we’ll see if her meltdown in Beijing affects her play. I’m betting it does.

Semifinalist: Ana Ivanovic

Quarter Two:

This quarter houses both the Williams sisters and most likely they will meet in the quarterfinals. Nicole Vaidisova could make some noise if she somehow manages to find her form, but I wouldn’t count on it. Agniezska Radwanska is the potential fourth rounder for Venus and is probably has the best shot at stopping an all-Sister quarter. I still think Venus and Serena are going to fight it out for a place in the semis. I’d go with Serena, who’s bound to hungry for a major, her last win was at the Aussie Open in ’07.

Semifinalist: Serena Williams

Quarter Three

This quarter is home to three Russian head cases, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva and Anna Chakvetadze. Dementieva is hot off a gold medal, but I just don’t see her ever seriously contending for a major and don’t get why people suddenly think she’s going to start winning some now. Crafty Swiss veteran, Patty Schnyder could cause trouble for the fragile Russians if she’s on her game. Somehow, I see Kuz finding herself in the semis again.

Quarter Four:

World number 2, Jelena Jankovic’s quarter could have some interesting match ups, but should be an easy through for JJ, if she’s healthy. Bronze medalist, Vera Zvonareva, is the next highest seed, but she is very streaky. Lindsay Davenport is in this quarter, but she hasn’t played a singles match since Wimbledon due to a knee injury and I wouldn’t be surprised if she withdrew. The two youngsters, Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka are my dark horse picks for this section and if Jelena isn’t in the semis one of these two will be.

Semifinalist: Jelena Jankovic

Semifinals: Serena def. Ivanovic, Jankovic def. Kuznetsova

Final: Serena def. Jankovic

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Quick Hits: Olympics Quarters + Semifinals

  • Rafa continues his stellar year and defeats Novak Djerkovic in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. He’ll next face Fernando Gonzales for the gold medal.
  • James Blake wastes three match points against Gonzales and loses a thriller, 11-9 in the third. After the match Blake accused Gonzales of unfair play.
  • JJ loses to Dinara “WTA Tour Savior” Safina, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
  • R. Fed redeems himself in doubles with Stan Wawrinka, upsetting the Bryan Bros. in three sets.
  • Venus and Serena remain the last Americans still in contention for gold after smashing Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva in dubs.

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Quick Hits: Olympic Third Round

  • Serena wins a tight match over Alize Cornet, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and breaks a racquet in the process
  • Venus beat Viktoria Azarenka to set up a meeting with Chinese hopeful, Na Li.
  • JJ somehow is winning matches beating Dominika Cibulkova, 7-5, 6-1.
  • Elena “Rocket Serve” Dementieva beat Caro Wozniacki, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
  • R. Fed avenges his Athens 2004 loss to Tomas Berdych, 6-3, 7-6.
  • Rafa routines Igor Andreev, 6-4, 6-2.
  • Djerkovic beat Mikhail Youzhny, 7-6, 6-3.
  • James Blake defeated Gilles Simon to set up a date with Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.

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JJ and the Giant Umbrella

It’s always something with Jelena. She never does anything quietly, does she?

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