Australian Open Tennis – Go Jo!

15 01 2008

Oz Open TennisJan 14-27 Melbourne, Australia – The Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific

Thus far the story-lines are exactly as you’d expect… the top seeds are winning, no real upsets thus far… tho’ already some of the lower-ranked seedings have departed.  As yet, the famed Melbourne heat hasn’t kicked in, and doesn’t look to for the next few days… but that sun’s hot!

Look out for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – the French Muhammad Ali look-a-like, who sent England’s Andy Murray home packing…

Of interest:

  • Robin Haase (Ned) defeated 17th seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia (6-7; 6-3; 6-0; 7-6)
  • 3rd seed Novak Djokovic (SRB) defeated Ben Becker (Ger) (6-0; 6-2; 7-6)
  • Richard Gasquet, the 8th seed from France defeated Australia’s Nick Lindahl (6-0; 6-1; 3-6; 6-2)
  • Juan Ignacio Chela, the 18th seed from Argentina lost to Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (4-6; 2-6; 6-1; 2-6)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France defeated the 9th seed, England’s Andy Murray (7-5; 6-4; 0-6; 7-6)
  • USA’s 6th-seeded Andy Roddick had little difficulty beating Czech Lukas Dlouhy (6-3; 6-4; 6-5)
  • Spain’s Carlos Moya (16th seed) departs after losing to Austria’s Stefan Koubek (7-6; 6-7; 7-5; 6-4)
  • 2nd seed Rafael Nadal easily accounted for Viktor Troicki (7-6; 7-5; 6-1)
  • 1st seeded Justine Henin (Bel) thrashed Aiko Nakamura of Japan (6-2; 6-2)
  • Russia’s Maria Sharapova (5th) defeated Jelena Kostanic Tosic (Cro) (6-4; 6-3)
  • Serena3rd seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia beat Austria’s Tamira Paszek in a drawn out match (2-6; 6-2; 12-10)
  • American 7th seed Serena Williams was just too strong for Australian Jarmila Gajdosov (6-3; 6-3)
  • Russia’s Anna Chakvetadze retired against German Andrea Petkovic
  • Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova (2nd seed) defeated Nathalie Dechy of France (6-3; 6-1)

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18 01 2008
Neil Joshi

Nice to see the Australian Open make someone’s blog. Tsonga is an absolute beast, and I agree he’s a sleeper to watch, not for just this tournament, but for 2008 in general. He’s probably gonna play Gasquet in the 4th round, and that should be a pretty heated match between the French rivals.

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