It’s not the first time and it wont be the last. Samantha Stosur has yet again, in her own words, “choked” in front of her home crowd. Stosur lost to Zheng Jie 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
Stosur has consistently had poor results in Australian tournaments saying she struggles to cope with the expectation. The thing is that as much as the Aussies adore Sam it’s hard to say that anyone really expects much of her in Australian tournaments. We get hopeful, we can get a bit carried away on the rare time she makes it passed the second round but ultimately it doesn’t end the way we’d like it two. Read more
>- Serena Williams and Justine Henin ended China’s hopes of a Chinese finalist today. Henin beat Zheng 6-0, 6-1 and Williams beat Na Li 7-6, 7-6. Between Roger Federer, Serena Williams and the comeback queens tennis is getting a little predictable.
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- Novak Djokovic lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the wee hours of this morning in a 5 set match that saw Novak escorted to the bathrooms on a medical time out to be sick.
- Marin Cilic has taken the first set from Andy Murray in their semi-final. It is the first set Murray has lost this tournament. Cilic has had 18 hours of court time to Murray’s 10 hours.
>It’s only the start of the season and already the players are taped up and seem to be struggling to maintain their fitness. Simply put, the WTA and ATP require them to play too much, particularly the men.
- Rafa Nadal retired from his match against Andy Murray with reoccurring knee pain.
- Serena Williams has her thigh and calf strapped heavily.
- Andy Roddick had numbness and pins and needles in his arm.
- Maria Kirilenko had hip problems and K-tape all over her hamstrings.
- Novak Djokovic is wearing K-tape on his hamstrings.
- Justine Henin is wearing K-tape on her adductors for a mild tear.
- Na Li is covered in K-tape
- Nico Almalgro played with a broken wrist.
- Jie Zheng wore an ankle brace.
- Juan Martin del Potro had his elbow strapped.
- Lleyton Hewitt knee was heavily K-taped
- Dinara Safina pulled out with a reoccurring back injury
- Marcos Baghdatis retired with bicep tendinitis.
- Mikhail Youzhny retired with a wrist injury.
- Juan Carlos Ferrero arrived in Melbourne after and ankle injury in New Zealand.
- Gilles Simon couldn’t even play round 1 at the AO because of his knees.
- Robin Soderling complained of elbow problems at Kooyong leading into the Open.
- Gael Monfils had shoulder issues.
…. And they’re just the ones I can think of off the top of my head!
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>- Everyone’s still talking about the retirement of Rafael Nadal from his match against Andy Murray. Hopefully he did the smart thing and retired before he could create too much damage unlike last year when he continued to play on sore knees – an error (maybe someone in his team should have just said ‘stop’) that cost him the chance to defend his Wimbledon title and the number 1 ranking. The fact that he seemed to have found his form again on the same night he got the knee pain back isn’t a good sign as to what his knees can tolerate.
- Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are currently playing a repeat of last years match where Azarenka retired with dizziness and vomiting. Azarenka does look scarily like a 5 year old going to a party in her little pink frilly dress.
- Na Li defeated Venus Williams in 3 sets adding to the Chinese presence in the semi-finals. Na Li and Jie Zheng are the first Chinese to simultaneously make it to a Grand Slam semi final
- Marin Cilic reckons he can survive another 5 setter… Good luck getting Murray to 5 sets.
- Later today Roger Federer will take on Nikolay Davydenko and Novak Djockovic will take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
>Justine Henin found herself shaking hands with Nadia Petrova today, having beaten the woman who annihilated Kim Clijsters, booking herself a place in the semi finals of the Australian Open. Henin, who took the first set in a tie break, fought her way back from a 0-3 deficit in the second to seal a straight sets victory 7-6, 7-5.
Henin looked dominant and in form when it mattered most, ending point quickly at the net, maintaining her focus and intensity on the important points, taking control of the match. She admitted that she was somewhat low on energy, this being only her second tournament back on the professional circuit, her focus and will to fight is as strong as ever.
“The last few days, that took me a lot of energy. It was important today I wasn’t that long on the court. Even if it was two sets close, it wasn’t that physical. So I’m glad about that.
First the bad thing was to play at 11, but now it’s a good thing because I can recover”
Henin has now won 13 of the pairs 15 meetings and next faces Jie Zheng of China for a spot in the finals.
Na Li and Jie Zheng have become the first Chinese women to make it through to Grand Slam quarterfinals. Zheng this morning took it one step further, defeating Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-3. While the Russian received medical time outs to attend to what looked like a pelvis and hamstring problem, Zheng was more powerful and precise, blasting Kirilenko off the court.
While Kirilenko was clearly suffering discomfort in her hip, she served 2 aces, had 18 winners, 22 unforced errors and a total of 40 points won. Zheng on the other hand had just 9 unforced errors and 59 total points one, showing her clear dominance in the match.
Compatriot Na Li faces Venus Williams tomorrow to see if she too can make it through to the semi finals.