Quantcast
nodot nodot
Pro Tennis Showcase
June 2, 2009

Subscribe to Match Reports

Pro Tennis Showcase Archive

Player Profile Index (Men)
Player Profile Index (Women)

Contact Tennis Server

Tennis Server
HOME PAGE

Do You Want To Be A Better Tennis Player?

Then Sign Up For A Free Subscription to the Tennis Server INTERACTIVE
E-mail Newsletter!

You will join 25,000 other subscribers in receiving news of updates to the Tennis Server along with monthly tennis tips from tennis pro Tom Veneziano that won't be found on the web site.
 
Best of all, it is free!

Player Profiles:
 
Top Pros (Women)
tennis ball Serena Williams
tennis ball Maria Sharapova
tennis ball Simona Halep
tennis ball Petra Kvitova
tennis ball Ana Ivanovic
tennis ball Agnieszka Radwanska
tennis ball Eugenie Bouchard
tennis ball Caroline Wozniacki
tennis ball Angelique Kerber
tennis ball Dominika Cibulkova
 ... more profiles
 
Top Pros (Men)
tennis ball Novak Djokovic
tennis ball Roger Federer
tennis ball Rafael Nadal
tennis ball Stanislas Wawrinka
tennis ball Kei Nishikori
tennis ball Andy Murray
tennis ball Tomas Berdych
tennis ball Milos Raonic
tennis ball Marin Cilic
tennis ball David Ferrer
 ... more profiles
 
Tennis Features Icon TENNIS FEATURES:

BETWEEN THE LINES - Ray Bowers takes an analytical and sometimes controversial look at the ATP/WTA professional tour.
 
PRO TENNIS SHOWCASE - Tennis match reports and photography from around the world.
 
TURBO TENNIS - Ron Waite turbocharges your tennis game with tennis tips, strategic considerations, training and practice regimens, and mental mindsets and exercises.
 
TENNIS ANYONE? - USPTA Pro John Mills' quick player tip.
 
WILD CARDS - Each month a guest column by a new writer.
 
TENNIS SET - Jani Macari Pallis, Ph.D. looks at tennis science, engineering and technology.
 
MORTAL TENNIS - Greg Moran's tennis archive on how regular humans can play better tennis.
 
MENTAL EQUIPMENT - Explore the mental side of the game with Dr. John Murray.
 
TENNIS WARRIOR - Tom Veneziano's Tennis Warrior archive.
 
HARDSCRABBLE SCRAMBLE - USPTA pro Mike Whittington's player tip archive.
 
TENNIS EQUIPMENT TIPS.

Tennis Community Icon TENNIS COMMUNITY:


Tennis Book, DVD, and Video Index
 
Tennis Server Match Reports
 
Editor's Letter
 
Become a Tennis Server Sponsor

Explore The Tennis Net Icon EXPLORE THE TENNIS NET:

Pro Tennis Calendar & Event Links
 
Tennis News and Live Tennis Scores
 
Tennis Links on the Web
 
nodot
Pro Tennis Showcase Banner
 
Green Dot
 
Tennis Warehouse Logo
 
Green Dot

 
nodot
2009 French Open
Roland Garros - Paris, France - June 2, 2009
Editorial by Jane Voigt.

 

Jane Voigt Photo
Jane Voigt

And The Hits Just Keep On Coming
 
June 2, 2009 -- Fernando Gonzalez became the third spoiler in the men's draw at The French Open today when he knocked out Andy Murray, the #3 seed, 63 36 60 64, making his way to his first French semifinal.
 
Robin Soderling, who any gambler in their right mind would have bet against after he killed the King Of Clay Rafael Nadal on Sunday, thumped Nikolay Davydenko 61 63 61, earning a berth in the semifinals -- the farthest he has ever gone in Grand Slam competition.
 
These two unexpected, and deserving, players will be on new turf when they face off in one semifinal this Friday.
 
Dinara Safina who is expected to take possession of "la coupe" on Saturday, pleaded to her coach Zeljko Krajan while on court for somethingÉ anythingÉ to help her stop the onslaught from her opponent Victoria Azarenka, in the first set. She drove balls so hard and deep at the Russian she didn't know what the heck to do. In twenty-three minutes Azarenka had disturbed Safina's hold on expectations of glory, winning the set 6-1 while committing only one unforced error. The map pointed south for Safina, if she didn't right the ship.
 
But, she did.
 
And something has to be said about this woman who people want to lash out at as "not the real number one" because of this and that. Dinara Safina is a force. She's the real thing. She is hungry. She listens to her coach, who quite frankly yells at the woman at times. Nonetheless, Dinara dug out of that wrenching first-set deficit and won this crucial quarterfinal match 16 64 62. And she did it on Court Chatrier against a player who is about as tenacious as a pit pull.
 
"Well, if I will not fight in the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam and being number one in the world, then obviously I'm not deserving this spot," Safina said. "So this issue -- this is something that I have. That I fight till the end. For me the match is never over."
 
Remember when Richard Williams danced on top of the broadcast booth at Wimbledon's Centre Court immediately after Venus won her first title there? He held up a sign that read: 'This is Venus's party and nobody's invited.' The 2009 French Open Safina version of this sign reads: 'Safina Declines Invitation to Masquerade Party.'
 
Ever since Safina defeated Venus Williams in the semifinals of this year's Internazionali BNL D'Italia, the Russian's confidence has soared. She had never gotten a set off Venus, let alone a match. Safina seemed to fix her mind in Rome. She played one point at a time, which seems the obvious tactic. However when you face Venus Williams knowing you've never had any success, well, then, the mind can lasso your thoughts and tie up your legs tight enough that they don't and can't function. Then the match turns into a smack-down.
 
As well as she played today, Safina's game will have to go up a notch to win the championship. Azarenka had many opportunities to break in the second and third sets but did not convert. If Safina meets, let's say Serena Williams in the final, then she better have an ace up her sleeve because Serena will eat up those chances to her very own, and dramatic, advantage.
 
"I think she [Azarenka] was missing way too much today," Safina began. "Like in the third set, every time I was break up, but I was always struggling to hold my serve. I had couple times like love-30."
 
Dinara Safina's rise to the number one spot has been through work: on court and off court. She travels with a coach and not her mother, who coached her from the time she was a child. The histrionics displayed at last year's Roland Garros are gone, too. She has lost weight, toned up, and focused her energy.
 
"It's good that I was managed to change it [emotions]," she said. "I knew this is my weakness, and I deal with it. That's why I think I did such a big jump."
 
The diminutive 20-year-old Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, #20 seed, in her first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal demolished crowd favorite Maria Sharapova 60 62. Cibulkova, in her first-ever Grand Slam semifinal, will face Dinara Safina.
 
Cibulkova's victory over Sharapova probably came as a bit of a shock for most people. She is small compared to today's women players, but her name is big like her rivals and complicated to pronounce. Cibulkova's game is an athletic one. She likes to move her opponents around the court and outlast them. Her groundstrokes, especially her forehand, penetrate the court and land deep to the baseline. She moves like the wind, low to the ground and intent on scrambling for every ball. Her serve can be a weakness, which it was at times today. However once a point starts, she's off and running.
 
Cibulkova took three match points to close out Sharapova. At six-love, five-love, she started to think.
 
"It was really tough, because when I was up 6-0, 5-0, 40-30, in this moment I realized what I can make," Dominika said. "I realize I can beat, you know, Maria Sharapova 6-0 6-0, and to go to semifinals in a Grand Slam. I got shocked a little bit."
 
Sharapova broke. She started to hit the corners of the court. Fans anticipated another comeback from her. She had done it in her previous rounds. Why not today?
 
But, she didn't.
 
On her third match point, at 5-2, Cibulkova ended Sharapova's run at Roland Garros.
 
"So it was 5-2 and I knew that I was serving and I have to make this game," Dominika said. "Because, then it will be really difficult, if it will be 5-3, then 5-4. Then I can get really tight."
 
The shifts and surprises at this year's French Open have continued. Now, only a few remain. The air in Paris is filled with anticipation. Players who have never penetrated a Grand Slam draw have risen to the top. The excitement. The nerves. The magnificent shots and unexpected thrillers will unfold over the next several days. Dinara Safina was the finalist last year; can she breakthrough to the upper echelon? Roger Federer is now the highest seed left in the men's draw. All eyes will be on him, as those eager to prove themselves on this grand stage attempt to foil his mission.
 
Bob and Mike Bryan, too, have played their way to the men's doubles semifinals. They won their first Grand Slam title here in Paris in 2003. If they win this year, they will have a total of eight majors. There are no surprises here.
 
Earlier Columns from this Event:
 
June 1, 2009 French Open Coverage: The Vacuum Left by Nadal
May 31, 2009 French Open Coverage: Both Defending Champs Out At French Open
May 30, 2009 French Open Coverage: Draw Opens as Djokovic Falls In Three
May 29, 2009 French Open Coverage: What's Up With All That Noise!
May 28, 2009 French Open Coverage: The Shifting Clay of Roland Garros
May 27, 2009 French Open Coverage: The Heart of a Champion
May 26, 2009 French Open Coverage: American Women in Paris
May 25, 2009 French Open Coverage: Sharapova Fights On, Nadal and Federer Cruise
May 24, 2009 French Open Coverage: Bienvenue au Paris
 

Green DotGreen DotGreen Dot

Player Profile Index (Men) | Pro Tennis Showcase Archive | Player Profile Index (Women)

SUBSCRIBE TO THE TENNIS SERVER PHOTO FEED

join our mailing list
* indicates required

All Tennis Server photography is copyrighted by the photographer and/or the Tennis Server, and all rights are reserved. You may not copy these images without permission. While you are welcome to create hyperlinks to Tennis Server web pages, you may not embed these images into other web pages or blogs without permission. To request permission, please use this contact form. Please be sure to clearly indicate exactly which photograph(s) you are requesting permission to use, as terms and conditions will vary depending on the photographer and the photograph.


 

nodot
nodot
Google
Web tennisserver.com
nodot nodot
The Tennis Server
Ticket Exchange

Your Source for tickets to professional tennis & golf events.
 
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Tennis Tickets 11/7-11/14
 
Davis Cup Finals: France vs Switzerland Tennis Tickets 11/21
 
Chris Evert Pro-Celeb Tennis Classic Tickets 11/22-11/23
 
2015 BNP Paribas Open Tickets Indian Wells 3/11-3/22
 
2015 Miami Open Tennis Tickets 3/23-4/5
 
2015 US Open Tennis Tickets 8/31-9/13
 

 

Tennis MindGame

 
Popular Tennis books:
 
Smart Tennis by John Murray
 
Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis-Lessons from a Master by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison
 
The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance by Jeff Greenwald
 
The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
 
Most Recent Articles:
 
December 15, 2014 Between The Lines: Player of the Year 2014 by Ray Bowers.
 
Tennis Warrior: The Racket-Back Myth by Tom Veneziano.
 
November 2014 Tennis Anyone: Coil by John Mills.
 
November 2014 Turbo Tennis: Double Your Pleasure by Ron Waite.
 
November 11, 2014 Between The Lines: Woman of the Year 2014 by Ray Bowers.
 
October 2014 Wild Cards: Roger Rolls Through 300; Serena Wins First Championship In Cincinnati by Vince Barr.
 
Tennis Warrior: Five Powerful Tennis Concepts by Tom Veneziano.
 
October 2014 Tennis Anyone: Why Can I Not Poach? by John Mills.
 
October 2014 Turbo Tennis: Momentum Revisited by Ron Waite.
 
August 2014 Wild Cards: The Tennis Round Table: Interviews With Jim Courier, Todd Martin & Mark Philippoussis in Arizona by Vince Barr.
 

 

 

 

 
 
Featured events in the Tennis Server Ticket Exchanges:
 
  Featured Tickets:
BNP Paribas Open Tickets Indian Wells CA Tennis Garden
Miami Open Tennis Tickets Miami Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
 

  Featured Tickets:
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 5 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 6 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 7 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 8 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters

  Featured Tickets:
US Open Tennis Tickets Men's Quarterfinals Session 21 New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Men's Quarterfinals Session 20 New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Men's Quarterfinals Session 19 New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 18 Men's Fourth Round Women's Quarterfinals New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 17 Men's Fourth Round Women's Quarterfinals New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona

  Featured Tickets:
Sony Open Tennis Session 5 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 1st Round Women's Singles 2nd Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 6 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 1st Round Women's Singles 2nd Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 7 Tickets Miami Men's & Women's Singles 2nd Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 8 Tickets Miami Men's & Women's Singles 2nd Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Great American Beer Festival Tickets Denver CO Colorado Convention Center

  Featured Tickets:
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 2 Opening Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 1 Opening Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Grounds Admission Pass Flushing Meadows Corona New York NY National Tennis Center 8/26-9/9
Arthur Ashe Kids' Day Tickets Flushing Meadows Corona New York NY
Great American Beer Festival Tickets Denver CO Colorado Convention Center

 
 
"Tennis Server" is a registered trademark and "Tennis Server INTERACTIVE" is a trademark of Tennis Server. All original material and graphics on the Tennis Server are copyrighted 1994 - by Tennis Server and its sponsors and contributors. Please do not reproduce without permission.

 

Tennis Server
Cliff Kurtzman
Editor-in-chief
2323 Clear Lake City Boulevard
Suite 180-139
Houston, Texas 77062-8120
Phone: (281) 480-6300
Fax: (281) 480-7715
Online Contact Form
How to support Tennis Server as a Sponsor/Advertiser
Tennis Server Privacy Policy