Archive for August, 2011

2011 Western & Southern Open VII

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Hey Tennis Friends!

It’s semifinal day and the event is sold out! I hope that you were able to get your tickets . . .
Limited walk-up tickets are available for the finals on Sunday. There are also $25 grounds pass tickets that allows fans to watch all action on Grandstand and the Center Court action on the giant video walls in the food court.

Today’s web-only exclusive is bonus excerpts from the transcripts of the Q&A with Mardy Fish, Jelena Jankovic, and Andrea Petkovic at today’s post-match press conferences:

MARCUS TENNIS: When Andy’s on the other side grabbing his hamstring between points acting injured, but then plays fantastic side to side shots, how does that affect you?

MARDY FISH: “Not much. Look, it’s deep into a tournament, deep into the year. Everybody’s got something going on. It’s sort of a rope-a-dope type play, but it’s not the first time I played him.”

MARCUS TENNIS: When you come out and you see your opponent is so taped up on one leg, how does that change your game plan?

JELENA JANKOVIC: “I didn’t really, you know, think about that. I really didn’t let that affect me in any way. So far, if I didn’t see the tape around her leg, I would probably never notice that she has some problem because she was moving really well and she never showed any sign of, you know, maybe some pain or something like that.

I thought that she played well. I think overall it was a good match. I just focused on my tennis and what I can do to win the match.”

MARCUS TENNIS: When you have to get so taped up on your leg, as you said, you had plenty of tape on there, when you’re putting it on, is there any part of you thinking, What am I doing here? Maybe I ought to withdraw and rest up for the Open.

ANDREA PETKOVIC: “Actually, I thought about it. Once I knew it wasn’t the ACL I knew I was going to play. That was 100%, even when they did the taping and everything. The audience come and want to see two semifinals and they pay a lot money.

I talked to the doctor, and he said, Listen, with the tape it’s not going to get worse. I’m not the type of person to just withdraw and leave the audience out there. It kind of sucks.

You know, when you go I go to concerts and the band comes two hours late and plays for 45 minutes and then they leave, then I’m really, really pissed. I just tried to put myself in their position.

The moment that I knew I’m probably going to be fine for the US Open I knew I’m going to play. And I would rather die than retire, so the decision was quite easy for me.”

The final scores for the matches I featured are:

Andy Murray d. Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-6(8)

Mahesh Bhupathi / Leander Paes
d. Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan 1-6, 7-6(2) [10-7]

Maria Sharapova d. Vera Zvonareva 2-6, 6-3, 6-3

For tickets and more information on the Western & Southern Open,
visit their web site here: cincytennis.com

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I’ll see you next time, with more tennis, . . . outside the lines!

- Marcus Tennis

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2011 Western & Southern Open VI

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Hey Tennis Friends!

I’ve been telling you to get your tickets early . . . and, word on the street is that only “grounds passes” may be available for the weekend, and only at the ticket windows. Be sure to check the tournament website for any updates.

Today’s web-only exclusive is an excerpt from the transcript of the Q&A
with Maria Sharapova at today’s post-match press conference:

QUESTION: Kim (Clijsters) pulled out of US Open this morning.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: “I heard.”

QUESTION: You know what it’s like to not be able to defend a major title because of injury. Can you speak, just from your experience, what that was like to have to sit home and watch as the tournament goes on without you when you’re the defending champion?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: “Yeah, it’s frustrating, there’s no doubt about it. It’s probably one of the most frustrating feelings for an athlete just sitting there knowing that even before the tournament your name is not going to be in the draw, that you won’t have that spot to compete for the title.

It’s tough, but I think, you know, Kim, amongst many of us, we all know what it’s like to deal with tough moments like this. So it’s really about adversity and just realizing that you’re fortunate to almost come into a position to be a defending champion. Obviously means that you’ve achieved something big there.”

The final scores for the matches I featured are:

Juan Sebastian Cabal / Florian Mayer
d. Alex Bogomolov, Jr. / Steve Johnson 1-6, 7-5 [10-7]

Vania King / Yaroslava Shvedova
d. Ekaterina Makarova / Jie Zheng 6-1, 6-3

Michael Llodra / Nenad Zimonjic
d. Rohan Bopanna / Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-3, 6-2

For tickets and more information on the Western & Southern Open,
visit their web site here: cincytennis.com

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I’ll see you next time, with more tennis, . . . outside the lines!

- Marcus Tennis

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2011 Western & Southern Open V

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Hey Tennis Friends!

It’s a day full of Round of 16 matches! Only six courts are being used for matches, so, as it gets closer to the weekend, there is less tennis to be seen . . .

Television covers the “main” matches . . . I’ll cover the interesting ones :-)

Today’s web-only exclusive is an excerpt from the transcript of the Q&A
with Rafael Nadal at tonight’s post-match press conference:

QUESTION: Talk about how you’re feeling physically after playing for 3 hours and 38 minutes, as well as doubles.

RAFAEL NADAL: “Fantastic!”

QUESTION: When Mardy Fish was in here, who you’re playing next, he was asked about playing a long match and then playing doubles. Fish said something like, ‘Oh, I can’t imagine he’ll actually play doubles.’ Did you think about pulling out of doubles?

RAFAEL NADAL: “I don’t think. For me, wasn’t a choice, no? I have a friend here. I play with one of my best friends. He came from Spain to play the doubles. If I don’t go on court today, he don’t have the points or the prize money of the second round.

I cannot thought about that, even if I am tired. That’s what happened. I had to play, and I tried my best. We lost. I go home, . . . well, not home, to the hotel, . .. to relax a little bit and try to be competitive for tomorrow.”

The final scores for the matches I featured are:

Daniela Hantuchova d. Marion Bartoli 6-3, 5-7, 6-3

Alex Bogomolov, Jr. / Steve Johnson
d. Max Mirnyi / Daniel Nestor 7-5, 6-7(6) [10-7]

Vania King / Yaroslava Shvedova
d. Liezel Huber / Lisa Raymond 7-6(5), 6-4

For tickets and more information on the Western & Southern Open,
visit their web site here: cincytennis.com

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I’ll see you next time, with more tennis, . . . outside the lines!

- Marcus Tennis

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2011 Western & Southern Open IV

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Hey Tennis Friends!

Another full day of on-court action on all eight courts, but, it won’t be that way for long!

Victoria Azarenka withdrew from this tournament because of a recent recurring pain in her right hand, not wrist, as I had originally heard, then reported. The pain began when she played Serena Williams in Toronto, then subsided, but came back during today’s pre-match practice.

Today’s web-only exclusive is an excerpt from the transcript of the Q&A
with Juan-Martin del Potro at last night’s post-match press conference:

MARCUS TENNIS: You got a great response from the crowd in Los Angeles and here. How does that make you feel after being out for a year to know that you still have so many fans here in the United States?

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO: “Well, they make me feel too much happy, you know. I miss the fans! I miss the sport when I was out with my wrist problem. They still like my game, my personality, and it’s very important for the confidence and for the life, too.”

The final scores for the matches I featured are:

Fransesca Schivone d. Maria Kirilenko 7-5, 3-6, 6-4

Liezel Huber / Lisa Raymond
d. Eleni Danilidou / Polana Hercog 6-3, 7-6(4)

Fernando Verdasco d. Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-4

Novak Djokovic d. Ryan Harrison 6-2, 6-3

Shahar Peer d. Pauline Parmetier 6-2, 6-3

For tickets and more information on the Western & Southern Open,
visit their web site here: cincytennis.com

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I’ll see you next time, with more tennis, . . . outside the lines!

- Marcus Tennis

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2011 Western & Southern Open III

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Hey Tennis Friends!

With eight courts of tennis action, I can hardly scratch the surface of all of the activities at this event. However, I did get a very rare interview from a player who usually does not do interviews . . .

Remember, USTA Member Appreciation Day is Thursday!

Today’s web-only exclusive is an excerpt from the transcript of the Q&A
with Serena Williams at today’s post-match press conference:

QUESTION: I heard a fan during this match say that your legs look skinny.

SERENA WILLIAMS: “Um, I’ve never used me and skinny in the same sentence. (Smiling.) Maybe me and thick, or, me and, like, curvy or sexy, but not necessarily skinny,…”

The final scores for the matches I featured are:

Liezel Huber / Lisa Raymond
d. Monica Niculescu / Shahar Peer 6-1, 6-3

Marion Bartoli d. Alona Bondarenko 6-1, 6-2

Nikolay Davydenko d. Sergiy Stakovsky 6-2, 7-6(5)

For tickets and more information on the Western & Southern Open,
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I’ll see you next time, with more tennis, . . . outside the lines!

- Marcus Tennis

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