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01-18-2006, 12:53 PM
Debutante Teen Eclipses Venus
Monday, 16 January, 2006
by Ashley Browne

Playing her first-ever Grand Slam match, 18-year-old Bulgarian Tszvetana Pironkova has caused the first boilover of Australian Open 2006, with a brilliant 6-2 0-6 9-7 win over No. 10 seed American Venus Williams.

The world No.94 took 148 minutes to send five-time Grand Slam winner Williams to the earliest exit of her seven appearances at Melbourne Park.

Williams made an amazing 65 unforced errors, but fought her way back midway through the deciding set when Pironkova was serving for the match. Williams had all the momentum at that stage, but was clearly also fatigued after her preparation for the championship, which could best be described as limited. Late in the final set, she was finally overpowered by the Bulgarian's heavy groundstrokes and surprised by her nerves of steel.

Pironkova was taking part in just her fourth main draw tournament, having reached semi-finals in her first two events in Istanbul and Palermo.

Serena Avoids Similar Fate
Monday, 16 January, 2006
by Luke Buttigieg

Two-time champion Serena Williams has avoided the fate that struck older sister Venus earlier on Day One, coming back from a break down in the third set to outlast Li Na of China.

The 2003 and 2005 champion looked set for an early night when she took the opening set and led with a break in the second set, but Li - who made the third-round in 2005 - refused to be brushed aside and delighted the crowd by fighting back to take the second set in a tie-break.

But after surrendering her serve in the first game of the decisive third set Williams won a lengthy and critical second game en route to taking four successive games as she reclaimed the momentum and won 6-3 6-7 (1/7) 6-2.

Davenport Breezes Through
Monday, 16 January, 2006
by Ashley Browne

World no.1 Lindsay Davenport has breezed through to the second round of Australian Open 2006 after a 6-2 6-1 win over Australia's Casey Dellacqua, ranked no.180.

In the opening match for the championship on Rod Laver Arena, the Australian was very nervous early, experienced problems with her serve and made 27 unforced errors, while Davenport, who was playing her first competitive match for the year, was in complete control and looked fit and ready for a big fortnight at Melbourne Park.

The American plays the winner of the match between Alona Bondarenko and Karolina Sprem in the second round. Dellacqua's defeat marked the third straight year she was bundled out in the first round at Melbourne Park.

Federer's Strong Start
Tuesday, 17 January, 2006
by Ashley Browne

Uzebekistan's Denis Istomin got to experience life on centre court, while world No.1 Roger Federer got his first round of Australian Open 2006 over and done with little fuss.

That was the crux of the action of Tuesday's opening match,on Rod Laver Arena as Federer cruised past Istomin, the recipient of this year's Asian wildcard, 6-2 6-3 6-2 in 83 minutes.

Federer dazzled an appreciative capacity crowd on Rod Laver Arena with his dazzling shotmaking, although Istomin, with eight aces and heavy groundstrokes, was able to keep the match from becoming a total rout.

"It's never really easy to play the first round of a Grand Slam, but the score was good and it was a good start," Federer said afterwards.

Hewitt Does it Hard
Tuesday, 17 January, 2006
by Bren O'Brien

Men's No.3 seed Lleyton Hewitt has posted a dramatic first-round victory on Day Two at Australia Open 2006, seeing off determined Czech Robin Vik in a marathon five-setter.

Hewitt had won the first set, before faltering to concede the second and the third. The local hero, who was beaten in the final by Marat Safin in 2005, looked set for a shock exit when Vik held a break in the fourth set. But the Australian rallied to prevail in a fourth-set tie breaker, and then took out the fifth-set to set up a second-round clash with Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela.

The 6-4 2-6 5-7 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 win was full of dramatic twists and turns during its three hours and 46 minutes, with both men requiring medical treatment.

Hingis Sends a Warning
Tuesday, 17 January, 2006
by Jason Phelan

Martina Hingis celebrated her Grand Slam comeback with an emphatic 6-1 6-2 first- round win over No.30 seed Vera Zvonareva at the Australian Open 2006 on Tuesday night.

Hingis played her last Grand Slam tournament in 2002, but there were certainly no cobwebs in her game as she raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set before Zvonareva held her serve.

It was to be the only game the Russian would register in the first set, however, as Hingis broke her again on the way to closing it out 6-1.

Zvonareva appeared shell-shocked and Hingis gave her no time to regroup with the Swiss Miss breaking her in the first game of the second set and carrying through that momentum as she clinically closed out the match.

Sharapova Holds Off Harkleroad
Wednesday, 18 January, 2006
by Jason Phelan

Russian No.4 seed Maria Sharapova is through to the third-round of Australian Open 2006 after defeating American qualifier Ashley Harkleroad 6-1 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday night.

Sharapova appeared set for a smooth ride through to the next round after she broke her opponent's serve twice to take the opening set in just 25 minutes.

Harkleroad improved as the second set progressed, however, and broke Sharapova's serve for the first time in the eighth game. The Russian seemed to lose her composure for a period after she was broken and had to stave off three set points in her next service game before she eventually held.

Roddick Momentum Building
Wednesday, 18 January, 2006
by Ashley Browne

The Andy Roddick bandwagon is starting to gain momentum after a masterful performance on Rod Laver Arena in the second round of Australian Open 2006 on Wednesday.

The No.2 seed from the United States registered just nine unforced errors in his 7-5 6-3 6-2 defeat of erstwhile South African doubles specialist Wes Moodie.

After an even first set, Roddick's mastery came to the fore, although he did appear to show some signs of discomfort with an ankle injury early in the match.

He broke Moodie once in the first set, one in the second set and twice in the third set. His next opponent will be France's Julien Benneteau.

Henin-Hardenne ousts Sromova
Wednesday, 18 January, 2006
by Luke Buttigieg

No.8 seed and 2004 Australian Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne is through to the third round at Melbourne Park after a 7-6 (7/2) 6-1 win over 98th-ranked Hana Sromova from the Czech Republic on Day Three.

The Belgian was made to work hard in the first-set, which took 58 minutes, but found the second set much easier after an injury to her opponent.

Sromova's left ankle gave way as she scrambled to chase a forehand volley from Henin-Hardenne on her own forehand early at 2-1 in the second set. She didn't return to her courtside seat, instead sitting at a lineman's chair behind the baseline. She received an immediate injury time-out and had her ankle strapped by a trainer.

Henin-Hardenne admitted afterwards that she may have caught a break with Sromova's injury and that she would need to play better if she wished to advance much further through the championship. She made 41 unforced errors in the match.


courtesy: www.australianopen.com.au

01-18-2006, 01:08 PM
Top Trio Advance in Women's Draw
by Luke Buttigieg
Wednesday, 18 January, 2006

Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Serena Williams - all previous winners of the Australian Open - have moved through to the third-round of the tournament on Day Three at Melbourne Park.

World No.1 Davenport, the 2000 champion, was pushed all the way in the opening set at Vodafone Arena by Croatian Karolina Sprem but turned up the heat in the second on the way to a 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 triumph.

2004 champion and No.8 seed Henin-Hardenne won 7-6 (7/2) 6-1 at Rod Laver Arena, establishing her superiority over Czech Hana Sromova in the first set tie-breaker before a rolled ankle limited Sromova's mobility in the second set.

No.13 seed Williams, who has won the title in her past two visits to Melbourne Park in 2005 and 2003, needed just 49 minutes to see off the challenge of Frenchwoman Camille Pin 6-3 6-1.
for full story: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2006-01-18/200601181137558136903.html

Match in progress : S.Wawrinka vs D.Nalbandian (first timer in Aus open, Wawrinka playing against world no 4, Nalbandian)

01-18-2006, 04:42 PM

Mirza games um update pannuvengal allava?

01-18-2006, 07:40 PM
Gossips kooda sollunga, Sansdoll.. :wink: :P :P

Andy Roddick hooking up with Maria Sharapova unmaiyaa.. :sm12: :wink: :P


01-18-2006, 07:44 PM
Andy Roddick hooking up with Maria Sharapova unmaiyaa..
Got a heart attack reading about that. She's pretty damn hot!

01-18-2006, 07:49 PM
andy is one over rated player :doh:

She's pretty damn hot!

she is :D


01-18-2006, 07:50 PM
In fact, I'd go as far as to call her sizzling.

But that's just me. :ee:

01-18-2006, 11:38 PM
Really happy hearing it ;) Anainar paarkanum intha newsa :sm12: :sm12: :sm12:


01-19-2006, 02:31 AM

Mirza games um update pannuvengal allava?

of course... ill go n find more stuff when i get back home :)

gossips'va??? hmm... ill find out too... the thing is i only watch nite matches.. coz durin day in the office... :) so i miss out alot :( ... and for roddick n sharapova.. i havent heard anythin :think: :oops: ... but sharapova is pretty hot.. she looked nice in the outfit worn during the match against that american yesterday :) but the commentators alwiz mention on how she looks like anna n stuff but plays well ... :)

besides that.. they also commented on serena williams on her current weight issue... n how she might not play well..anyway.. we have to see more on that in the coming days .. n more of other gossips as well :ee:

01-19-2006, 03:35 AM
:00: DAMN, Federer TORE Mayer apart: 6-1 6-4 6-0. This guy's insane.

01-19-2006, 02:31 PM
Different Paths to the Same Point
by Luke Buttigieg
Thursday, 19 January, 2006

As relative unknowns in the tennis world 12 months ago, Sania Mirza and Michaella Krajicek both made big strides forward in 2005, and their clash in the second-round on Day Four of Australian Open 2006 provided an interesting contrast in the way players are introduced to the game.

The younger sister of 1996 Wimbledon men's singles champion Richard, 17-year-old Krajicek first picked up a racquet at the age of three under the guidance of father Petr - who is her coach - and mother Paulina.

And with Richard already 21 years of age and on the professional circuit by that stage, it is easy to see where the world No.43 - who began 2005 ranked 429th - drew a lot of her inspiration and aspirations for a similar career as she grew up.

But Mirza's is a different story. The 19-year-old who hails from Mumbai having taken up the game as a six-year-old with encouragement from her father Imran, who is a builder, and mother Naseema, who works at a printing company.

There have been several male Indian players who have had success over the years, with Ramanathan Krishnan (1954), his son Ramesh (1979) and Leander Paes (1990) all winning junior singles titles at Wimbledon.

Vijay Amritaj and later Ramesh Krishnan were both also quarter-finalists at Wimbledon and the US Open, and Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi achieved the No.1 doubles ranking together in 1999, when they reached all four Grand Slam doubles finals and won the Wimbledon and US Open crowns.

But Mirza created Indian tennis history last year when, as a wildcard, she reached the third-round at Melbourne Park. Nirupama Vidyanathan was the only Indian woman before her to have even competed at a Grand Slam tournament.

Mirza went on to become the first Indian women to win a singles title, at Hyderabad, lost in the final in Forest Hills and climbed into the world's top 50, earning herself the No.32 seeding at Australian Open 2006 in the process.

And while it comes as little surprise that Krajicek has joined the WTA Tour - and last year reached the second-round in Melbourne as a qualifier - Mirza is continuing to make her mark despite where she grew up and having discovered a talent for tennis by chance.

"I just used to play all the sports like swimming, and I used to play badminton, my parents just wanted their child to play a sport - probably not this professionally," Mirza said after Krajicek had beaten her 6-3 7-5.

"But I think after a month or so after I started playing tennis the coach called my parents up and said maybe you should come and have a look at her.

"I guess at six you don't know what you're going to do or what you want to do but my parents thought maybe I was more talented at tennis than I was at the other sports and they told me I could take it a bit seriously."

Admitting that a lack of match practice had contributed to her loss - having played just one match while Krajicek won the Moorilla International last week - Mirza is also delighted that players coming through these days have a better chance of progressing to the top level.

"It's harder to come out from countries like India that first of all don't have a tradition of tennis and secondly don't have the facilities for the sport," she added.

"I think players right now who are six, seven, eight-year-olds, who are going to pick up tennis racquets, it's going to be so much better for them because we're getting the facilities, having the tennis courts, people at least know what tennis is, when I started people didn't."

Both are tipped to be future stars of the game and if Mirza and Krajicek can take further steps forward in 2006 like the ones they took last season, in 12 months time they could find themselves clashing much later in tournaments like the Australian Open than they did this time around.


Hewitt Bids Farewell, Federer Keeps Cruising
by Jason Phelan
Thursday, 19 January, 2006

Roger Federer's grip on the Australian Open 2006 trophy tightened on Day Four with his projected semi-final opponent, Australian No.3 seed Lleyton Hewitt, dramatically bowing out to Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela.

The feature match of the Twilight Session on Rod Laver Arena between Hewitt and Chela was much-anticipated due to their memorable encounter in last year's tournament, but the contest was more noteworthy for injury management for both players as Hewitt was eliminated 4-6 4-6 7-6 (10/8) 2-6.

The Australian appeared strangely subdued throughout the match, quietening the parochial crowd. Hewitt was troubled by a virus leading into the tournament and required medical attention during the second set, but only for a foot complaint.

In a nervous start to the match, both players lost their opening service games. It signalled a trend with seven of the first 16 games becoming service breaks, but it was Chela who eventually gained the upper hand - only losing the third set in a tie-break before serving it out in the fourth.

The Argentine received medical treatment to his leg during the final set and, despite restricted movement, managed to hang on for victory.

With Hewitt's illness and early exits from lead-in tournaments, he did not have the best preparation for the Open, but apart from his foot complaint he said he felt good out on court.

"I was giving it everything I had out there, I just wasn't up to it tonight," Hewitt said.

"I felt like my ball striking got better and better as the match went on - it's probably the best I've struck the ball throughout the whole Australian summer.

"It's just a bit disappointing not having those matches before in Adelaide and Sydney to maybe be hitting the ball a bit better coming in."
for full story : http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2006-01-19/200601191137647936428.html


Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia poses after a hair and make-up session at Garnier World
Anastasia Myskina of Russia celebrates a point in her second round match against James Jackson of the USA


01-19-2006, 03:35 PM
Mirza lost in singles :( she needs to practice more...

01-19-2006, 03:45 PM
she also lost in the doubles... no article.. but the score is :

Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS (14)
Amelie Mauresmo FRA (14) 6 6

Sania Mirza IND
Corina Morariu USA 2 1

01-19-2006, 09:38 PM
Haaaaaaaaaahahhahahahaha Hewitt (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/4627582.stm) got smacked!!!

:lol: "C'mon!" my foot, go away dude.

01-22-2006, 06:26 AM
Roddick Rolled by Baghdatis
Sunday, 22 January, 2006
by Bren O'Brien

Rising Cypriot star Marcos Baghdatis has caused a massive upset on Day Seven of Australian Open 2006, defeating men's No.2 seed Andy Roddick in four sets on Rod Laver Arena.

Baghdatis, ranked No.54 in the world, remains in with a chance of adding to his 2003 success in the Australian Open juniors after stunning the American 6-4 1-6 6-3 6-4 in two hours and 32 minutes.

Baghdatis began the match brilliantly, breaking Roddick's usually mighty serve in the seventh game of the first set and holding his nerve to take the advantage. It appeared Roddick was set to overpower the young Cypriot when he broke him twice and ran away with the second set.

But with the Greek Cypriot fans in the crowd behind him, Baghdatis lifted, breaking Roddick in the sixth game of the third set and then the fifth game of the fourth to set up a quarter-final clash with either Ivan Ljubicic or Thomas Johansson.


i was watchin this game.. amazing.. it was an incredible game... :) :b: ... after the match, they interviewed him.. hehe.. funny guy :)

01-22-2006, 06:31 AM
Four Straight for Nalbandian
Sunday, 22 January, 2006
by Bren O'Brien

No.4 seed David Nalbandian is through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the fourth year in succession after a hard-fought 6-3 6-0 2-6 6-2 win over No.16 seed Tommy Robredo on Vodafone Arena on Day Seven.

Nalbandian, who has never progressed past the last eight in four previous appearances at Melbourne Park, was well on track for a quick progress through before Robredo pinched two breaks and the third set. But Nalbandian breezed through the final set in 30 minutes, sealing his progression with his fourth match point.

The Argentine broke Robredo in the third game of the match, and then the ninth to secure the early advantage. He then marched through the second set in just 25 minutes with three breaks of serve. Robredo rallied with two breaks of his own in the third set after a much-improved performance on his own serve.

But an early break in the fourth robbed him of his momentum and while he managed to thrice thwart the Argentine within a point of victory, on his fourth chance, Nalbandian pounced, sealing a clash with either Fabrice Santoro or David Ferrer.

Serena Departs
Friday, 20 January, 2006
by Scott Spits

Defending champion Serena Williams has been eliminated from Australian Open 2006 by Slovak Daniela Hantuchova, bringing to an end a 16-match winning streak for the American at Melbourne Park.

No.17 seed Hantuchova was in sizzling form, taking the 6-1 7-6 (7/5) victory in 91 minutes, even though the 2003 quarter-finalist needed five match points to clinch the victory.

Two of those came in the second-set tie-break and a relieved Hantuchova jumped for joy when she finally overcame nerves to send the two-time champion home from Melbourne Park.

After reaching the quarters at the Australian Open in 2001, Serena was unable to compete at Melbourne Park in 2002 and 2004 but was successful in the intervening years.

Hantuchova gave up just one break-point for the match while the Slovak converted four of 16 break-point opportunities from the serve of the American.


Sharapova's Short Workout
Friday, 20 January, 2006
by Ashley Browne

It might have been nearly 35 degrees on Rod Laver Arena on Day Five, but world No.4 Maria Sharapova barely raised a sweat in disposing of Jelena Kostanic from Croatia 6-0 6-1 in 68 minutes.

The match played out just as Sharapova would have wished in the steamy conditions, with quick points and plenty of power from the baseline.

"It was the first day it's been really hot like this, so it was good to get through this sort of match and get ready for the next one," Sharapova said.

Next up for the Russian teenager will be either Daniela Hantuchova or defending champion Serena Williams, in what would be a replay of last year's classic semi-final, which Williams won after saving a match point.

"It would be great," Sharapova said of the possible replay. "I was disappointed last year but I know I'll have support here. I'll have my revenge."


01-22-2006, 04:19 PM

01-22-2006, 05:27 PM
Serena is struggling :oops: poor girl...

sandoll, what about my star - Kim?


01-23-2006, 03:07 AM
shy akka.. neenga kim fan'a... oohh... veetuku poyi update panraen.. i think she is out.. if not mistaken :think: .... serena is out.. she is goin downhill.. poor gal :(

ill update when i get back :ee:

01-24-2006, 11:54 AM
Newsflash : World no 1 Davenport out of Australian Open :00:

Henin-Hardenne Outlasts Davenport
Tuesday, 24 January, 2006
by Scott Spits

2004 champion Justine Henin-Hardenne has emerged victorious from her blockbuster quarter-final against world No.1 Lindsay Davenport, coming from behind to defeat the American 2-6 6-2 6-3.

In a topsy-turvy clash, Davenport easily had the better of the Belgian in the opening set, claiming it in 34 minutes after Henin-Hardenne struggling badly with her first serve, converting at just 35 per cent.

Davenport's serving told the story of the match, too, with the 2000 champion managing just one ace across three sets, combined with seven double faults.

Henin-Hardenne, the No.8 seed, turned her match around in the second and third sets, bringing her serve into line and putting constant pressure on the American.

After the opening two sets provided contrasting fortunes for the two players, the deciding set was strongly contested and Henin-Hardenne gained the ascendancy when she finally broke Davenport in the fifth game.

With the American battling to hold serve and after four deuces, the Belgian pounced and secured the vital break of serve. From that point on, it was always going to be difficult for Davenport to recover.

Henin-Hardenne progresses to a semi-final clash against Maria Sharapova.


Henin and Sharapova... will be an interesting game :b:

Sharapova Climbs Off Canvas, Reaches Semis
Tuesday, 24 January, 2006
by Ashley Browne

Maria Sharapova has twice climbed out of trouble to beat compatriot Nadia Petrova 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 to win through to the semi-finals of Australian Open 2006 and a clash against either Lindsay Davenport or Justine Henin-Hardenne.

The No.4 seed recovered from having her serve broken twice in the first set and from 4-6 down in the first set tie-break to win the breaker 8-6, due largely to four unforced errors from Petrova.

In the second set, despite being up a service break throughout, Sharapova again faced some anxious moments at 0-40 in the 10th game. But with the errors again coming from an anxious Petrova, Sharapova reeled off five straight points to clinch the set and win the match.

It was the third straight Grand Slam in which the pair had met at the quarter-final stage, with Sharapova prevailing each time.

"We have tough matches and I've been able to pull through, so I'm very happy," she said afterwards.


Nalbandian Eases Into Semis
Tuesday, 24 January, 2006
by Bren O'Brien

David Nalbandian has blitzed his way through to the semi-finals of Australian Open 2006 with a 7-5 6-0 6-0 win over France's Fabrice Santoro.

After a tight first set, it looked as if the Argentine No.4 seed would be pushed all the way in his attempt to reach the final four for the first time in Melbourne. But he progressed through the final two sets with surprising ease, stunning unseeded Santoro with a volley of searing winners.

Santoro was the first to break serve, punishing Nalbandian for a series of unforced errors in the seventh game. But the Argentine then broke back and with the set in the balance in the 12th game, dominated the Frenchman's serve to take the set in 51 minutes.

Nalbandian got the important service break in a tight second game of the second set, and Santoro seemed to drop his head. He won just two points on serve for the rest of the set, and just one on Nalbandian's serve as he surrendered the set in just 25 minutes.

As the Argentine eyed a semi-final spot against either Ivan Ljubicic or Marcos Baghdatis, Santoro could do little but watch as the set followed the same pattern as the first. Nalbandian broke him three more times, making it 13 games on the trot, and played the Frenchman off the court in one hour and 41 minutes.


Match in Progress:
M.Baghdatis vs I.Ljubicic ...Baghdatis leading 6-4... playing second set ... i think Baghdatis has big chance... he beat roddick :b: :ee:

Other Matches:
Martina Hingis vs Kim Clijsters ... a must see :) and Patty Schnyder vs Amelie Mauresmo

Women's Doubles are at Semifinals - Lisa Raymond USA & Samantha Stosur AUS vs Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER & Meghann Shaughnessy USA, and Zi Yan CHN & Jie Zheng CHN vs Shinobu Asagoe JPN & Katarina Srebotnik SLO

Men's Doubles and Mixed Doubles are at Quarter Finals

more updates tomoro :)

01-24-2006, 03:14 PM
Baghdatis Keeps Smiling
Tuesday, 24 January, 2006
by Scott Spits

Another chapter in the fairytale run of Marcos Baghdatis at Australian Open 2006 was written at Melbourne Park on Tuesday night when the 20-year-old Cypriot won through to the semi-finals.

Following a stunning fourth-round victory against world No.3 Andy Roddick on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday, the emerging star won his quarter-final against Croatian No.7 seed Ivan Ljubicic in different style by securing the opening two sets but, after falling into something of a hole, lifted himself off the canvas in the deciding fifth set.

The opening set was tightly contested but the unseeded Baghdatis got the edge after 49 minutes, clinching it 6-4. The exciting baseliner showed plenty of his characteristic dash in the second, winning it 6-2 in just 34 minutes.

Ljubicic used his experience and guile to win the third and fourth sets to completely change the complexion of the match. It seemed the young Cypriot had tired and the experience of progressing so far in a Grand Slam tournament was taking its toll.

However, Baghdatis lifted, drawing energy from his vocal supporters to control the final set, winning 6-4 6-2 4-6 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 17 minutes.


was an interesting game :ee: .. his fan base is strong in melb.. hehe :ee: .. my bet is on him to the finals ... he has to beat Nalbandian now :b: :)

01-25-2006, 02:40 PM
Swiss Misses as Clijsters Kicks On
Wednesday, 25 January, 2006
by Bren O'Brien

Martina Hingis' Grand Slam comeback has ended at the quarter-final stage of Australian Open 2006 after she pushed No.2 seed Kim Clijsters to three sets.

The Belgian saw off her opponent's stubborn challenge with a 6-3 2-6 6-4 victory in one hour and 42 minutes.

Clijsters was firmly in control in the first set, breaking Hingis' first service game to love as well as her second to race to a 4-0 lead. Hingis managed to pull a break back, but conceded the set in the ninth game when Clijsters held serve to love.

The second set looked like following a similar pattern when the Belgian broke her Swiss opponent in the first game, but Hingis rallied to get back on even terms in the fourth game as she went on a six-game run to square the match, which included three breaks.

Clijsters again got the first break in the decider, but Hingis' persistence against the No.2 seed's serve paid off as she levelled in the fifth game. The Belgian got another break, however, and then had two match points in the ninth game. Hingis rattled off four straight points to force Clijsters to serve for a spot in the semi-final against Amelie Mauresmo. She did that to love and keeps her hopes of a second Grand Slam title alive.


shy akka.. unga kim in semis now .. :) :ee:

Federer Survives Second Big Scare
Wednesday, 25 January, 2006
by Scott Spits

World No.1 and overwhelming favourite for the men's title at Australian Open 2006, Switzerland's Roger Federer, has survived a massive scare in the quarter-finals to defeat Russian Nikolay Davydenko.

In a dramatic clash where Davydenko failed to win several big points, the Swiss master triumphed in four sets, 6-4 3-6 7-6 (9/7) 7-6 (7/5), after more than three hours on Rod Laver Arena in the Twilight Session.

Just two days after Federer had a similar heart-scare with a five-set victory over Tommy Haas in the fourth round, the six-time Grand Slam winner looked uncharacteristically shaky as Davydenko threatened to cause a boilover.

Even though Davydenko won the opening set in 38 minutes, the Russian returned the favour in the second set with confident tennis, converting at 88 per cent on his first serve.

Crucially, Davydenko had five set points in the decisive third set - two in his service game at 6-5 and another three after getting on top in the tiebreak - but the No.5 seed failed to deliver.

And Federer was similarly pushed in the fourth set but the world No.1 showed more composure under pressure to take another step towards a second Australian Open crown.


federer is impossible to be beaten.. but this baghdatis guy (such a hard name to pronounce)... he is good :b: ...if both r in the finals.. its the match of the yr.. definetely :ee:

01-26-2006, 06:26 AM
Justine Powers Into Final
Thursday, 26 January, 2006
by Bren O'Brien

2004 Australian Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne is through to the women's final at Australian Open 2006 after a hard-fought three-set win over No.4 seeded Russian Maria Sharapova.

Henin-Hardenne, who was seeded No.8 coming into the tournament, collected her 13th straight win at Melbourne Park and her 22nd straight win in Australia, coming back from a set down to win 4-6 6-1 6-4 in two hours and 26 minutes.

Henin-Hardenne was the first to get a break in the seventh game, but the 18-year-old Russian bounced back with a break of her own. After the Belgian had a chance to break again in the next game, it was Sharapova who took a somewhat surprising one-set lead when Henin dropped her serve in the tenth game.

Three consecutive breaks of serve kicked off a second set which was completely dominated by the Belgian. Sharapova failed to win a service game, and looked rattled as the No.8 seed fired nine winners past her for the set.

Both players were a model of concentration early in the third set, holding serve for the first five games, but Sharapova was left to rue three break points in the fifth game when Henin-Hardenne broke her in the sixth for a 4-2 lead.

Serving for the match in the ninth game, the Belgian made a series of uncharacteristic errors, handing Sharapova a lifeline back into the match. But the Russian couldn't hold her nerve and on her first match point, the Belgian executed a brilliant backhand winner to set up a clash with either compatriot Kim Clijsters or Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo.


was an interesting game ... i thought sharapova would win :) ... kim's game vs mauresmo is on now.. another tough and interesting game :)

Other games:

Men's Doubles - Finals
Bob Bryan USA and Mike Bryan USA vs. Martin Damm CZE and Leander Paes IND

Women's Doubles - Finals
Lisa Raymond USA and Samantha Stosur AUS vs. Zi Yan CHN and Jie Zheng CHN
Go Sam!!!! :ee:

Mixed Doubles : Hingis still has chance to get to Aus Final ... Samantha Stosur is in the final with Paul Hanley :ee:

more updates tomoro .. Happy Australia Day!!! :ee:

01-26-2006, 02:24 PM
Clijsters Forced to Withdraw
Thursday, 26 January, 2006
by Bren O'Brien

Women's No.3 seed Amelie Mauresmo has been handed a passage into the final of Australian Open 2006 after Kim Clijsters withdrew in the third set of their semi-final clash on Day Eleven.

Mauresmo was up a break in the third set after the pair had split the opening two sets 5-7 6-2 when Clijsters was forced to withdraw after rolling her right ankle when facing a break-point against the Frenchwoman.

It was a disappointing end for Clijsters, while Mauresmo reached her first Grand Slam final in seven years, where she will play No.8 seed Justine Henin-Hardenne on Rod Laver Arena on Saturday.

Clijsters controlled the opening set and gained the match's first break, in the fourth game. But she was broken back to love immediately, and the two players each held serve until an epic 12th game. Clijsters held five set points, squandering four of them with unforced errors before a double fault from the Frenchwoman gave her the first set.

Keen to atone for her costly mistake, Mauresmo took the running with a break in the third and fifth game of the second set. Clijsters had her chances to get back on serve, but squandered them, allowing the No.3 seed to level up at one set apiece

Mauresmo then stole the early march with a break in the first game. Clijsters wasn't going down without a fight and managed to square up again in the fourth. The match then took a dramatic turn. Leading 40-0 on serve, it looked as if Clijsters was going to put the pressure back on her opponent, but she conceded four straight points and was then broken when her ankle gave way as she was wrong-footed. She immediately called for an injury time-out and after some consultation, decided she could no longer continue.

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really sad to hear this.. she was goin well.. poor kim :(

Baghdatis In Another Boilover
Thursday, 26 January, 2006
by Scott Spits

The giant-killing run of unseeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis at Australian Open 2006 has taken another massive leap with the 20-year-old recovering from a two-set deficit to defeat Argentine No.4 seed David Nalbandian in the semi-finals.

Suddenly, men's tennis has a new force with Baghdatis reaching his first Grand Slam final at Melbourne Park. A clash against either world No.1 Roger Federer or German Nicolas Kiefer awaits in Sunday night's decider.

It was another night of drama as Baghdatis added to his stunning victories over Andy Roddick and Ivan Ljubicic in his two previous matches as he emerged triumphant 3-6 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4 in the Twilight Session on Rod Laver Arena.

To add to the theatre of the night, the Cypriot was serving for the match at 5-4 in the fifth set when rain started to fall and delayed the match for about 25 minutes. At 15-15 in that game, the two players returned and Baghdatis secured the remarkable win with his second match point.

The 2003 junior boys' champion at Melbourne Park won the last four games of the match as Nalbandian failed to win a point in his final two service games. It was a disappointing and lackluster finish for the Argentine.

The No.4 seed has claimed the first set 6-3 in 44 minutes and jumped to a 5-1 lead over his less-credentialed opponent in the second. Imporantly, Baghdatis soon recovered but still lost the second set 5-7 after 52 minutes.

The tempo had changed however. Nalbandian seemed off the boil in the third and fourth sets as Baghdatis rediscovered his zest and the match was up for grabs.

Nalbandian broke the Baghdatis serve in the second game of the deciding set and there was a chance the more experienced player would run away with the win.

Not this time. Not at this tournament. Is there no stopping the Baghdatis Bandwagon at Australian Open 2006?


Baghdatis is unstoppable... so is Federer (if he goes thru to finals, which he will) .... match of the yr :b: :ee:

01-26-2006, 03:26 PM
acho :cry: :cry: :cry:

thanks sandoll..


01-26-2006, 03:37 PM
One thing I really like about Federer is no matter how much he destroys his opponents, he always says something good about them, and how "surprised" he was at squashing them. That's a big lesson in humility.

01-27-2006, 06:25 AM
One thing I really like about Federer is no matter how much he destroys his opponents, he always says something good about them, and how "surprised" he was at squashing them. That's a big lesson in humility.

true... :) wonder how he will feel the other way round... hope Baghdatis wins :b: :ee: ... his cyprus mates in melb r enjoyin his company... especially in the local restaurants :)

Match in Progress:

Women's Doubles - Finals :
Lisa Raymond USA and Samantha Stosur AUS vs. Zi Yan CHN and Jie Zheng CHN

Stosur is playin in finals of womens doubles now... n later in semifinals in mixed doubles against Hingis and Bhupathi ... :00:

01-28-2006, 05:22 AM
What an anti-climax. Mauresmo wins because Henin pulls out. How lucky can one get!!!! Semi-finals and the finals!!


01-28-2006, 06:41 AM
No time to follow up AO '06. :oops:

Titles never tell one's real potential. :Ksp:

01-29-2006, 06:37 AM
Titles never tell one's real potential. :Ksp:

true.. like mauresmo :) ... 2 times lucky.. she might be good.. but opponent withdrawin is plain luck in my opinion :)

Match updates: Mixed Doubles Final -
Daniel Nestor CAN and Elena Likhovtseva RUS 33
Mahesh Bhupathi IND and Martina Hingis SUI 66

YAY!!!! Go Martina and Bhupathi!!!! :b: .. was a very interesting and very very good mixed doubles match... its Martina's 15th grandslam title and Mahesh's 6th title(i think its 6) with 6 different partners ;) :ee:

match report and news update later :)

Yesterday's matches updates:

Third Time the Charm for Bryans
by Luke Buttigieg
Saturday, 28 January, 2006

It's a case of third time lucky for American No.1 seeds Mike and Bob Bryan, who have put behind them the disappointment of losing the past two Australian Open men's doubles finals to finally claim the crown at Melbourne Park.

Beaten by Frenchmen Fabrice Santoro and Michael Llodra in 2004 and by Zimbabweans Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett 12 months ago, the Bryan brothers fought back from a set down to beat Indian Leander Paes and Czech Martin Damm, the No.7 seeds, 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the final.

Having already won the 2003 French Open title and the US Open crown last year, the Bryans have now won three of the four majors, with only Wimbledon - where they lost the final in 2005 - still eluding them.

After also suffering defeats in the 2003 US Open and 2005 French Open deciders, the triumph also improved the Bryans' overall Grand Slam final record to 3-5, while Paes and Damm have played extraordinarily well in just their third tournament as a combination.

Paes and Damm bowed out at the quarter-final stage in their two previous events, the latter exit coming in Sydney the week before the Open when they were beaten in straight-sets by the Bryans.

Paes, who claimed the 1999 and 2001 French Open titles and the 1999 Wimbledon crown with fellow Indian Mahesh Bhupathi, now has a 3-3 Grand Slam final record, while Damm, who also lost in the final at the 1993 US Open, slips to 0-2.

The Bryans simply made better of their chances in the match, converting both of their break point opportunities, while Paes and Damm had 10 chances of their own but won just one of them. more: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2006-01-28/200601281138429631711.html

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01-29-2006, 06:52 AM
Amelie Mauresmo - Women's Singles Finals Champ

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01-29-2006, 08:46 AM
Hingis, Bhupathi Mixed Champions
Sunday, 29 January, 2006
by Bren O'Brien

Martina Hingis has celebrated her return to Grand Slam tennis by combining with Indian doubles legend Mahesh Bhupathi to take out the mixed doubles final against Daniel Nestor and Elena Likhovtseva on Day 14.

Hingis' most recent win in Grand Slam doubles was in Melbourne in 2002 and four years on the darling of Rod Laver Arena was back on centre stage. Hingis, who made it through to the quarter finals of the women's singles draw, was back at her doubles best as her and Bhupathi took their first-ever success together 6-3 6-3 in 65 minutes.

Nestor and Likhovtseva, the No.6 seeds, were under immediate pressure when the Russian dropped her opening service game, allowing their opponents to open up a 3-1 lead. The match was back on level terms when Hingis was also broken, but Likhovtseva again conceded a break and the opening set was wrapped up in just 30 minutes.

Hingis and Bhupathi looked like they had taken a stranglehold on the match when they raced to a 2-0 lead after an early break, but Nestor and Likhovtseva fought back to win the next three games.

However, in a decisive seventh game, the Swiss/Indian combination again took the running with another break on Likhovtseva's serve, and after consolidating the advantage, established three match points on Nestor's next serve. The first was saved, but when Nestor failed to get a half volley over the net, the title belonged to the unseeded pairing.

It is Hingis' ninth Grand Slam title in doubles to go with her five Grand Slam singles titles. Bhupathi has also won nine titles, including the 2002 Wimbledon mixed doubles title with Likhovtseva.


Federer Favourite but Baghdatis Buoyant
by Scott Spits
Saturday, 28 January, 2006

On the surface, the men's final at Australian Open 2006 between world No.1 Roger Federer and unseeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis appears lopsided, but such are the imponderables of sport, anything is clearly possible.

Consider the facts. Federer will contest his seventh Grand Slam final in under three years and the Swiss maestro is yet to be beaten on the biggest stages. In the other corner, Baghdatis is sailing in unchartered waters.

But Baghdatis's inexperience at the pointy end of a big tournament may somehow prove irrelevant. There is a sense of destiny about his campaign at Australian Open 2006 and judging by his giant-killing spree in the second week, heck, why can't Federer become the next seed to succumb?

The Swiss master holds a 3-0 head-to-head record against the affable Cypriot, so Federer really hasn't had a chance to build a formidable psychological advantage, even though those three victories took place on hard courts and the Swiss is the only player Baghdatis has not defeated when his opponent was ranked in the world's top 10. The last clash between the pair occurred just weeks ago in Doha when Federer won in straight-sets.

Baghdatis, ranked No.54 in the world prior to the Australian Open, is riding a rollercoaster at Melbourne Park where the finish line remains uncertain. The 20-year-old has never previously gone beyond the round of 16 at a major and other emerging youngsters such as Frenchman Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet were widely expected to have a greater impact sooner.

His remarkable climb in the tennis world (Baghdatis will improve his ranking to world No.26 just by reaching the final; or to No.16 by winning the title) has taken many by surprise, not to mention Federer. more: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2006-01-28/200601281138434814170.html

previous matches pictures:

watchin live mens finals... gonna be great game.. all da best baghdatis.. hope he wins .. though statistically and logically.. federer might just pull it off :(

01-29-2006, 09:35 AM
Men's Singles Finals Update:

M.Baghdatis leads 7-5 against R.Federer :ee: :b: ... match went for 43 mins

01-29-2006, 11:47 AM
Men's Singles Final: Roger Federer beat Marcos Baghdatis 5-7 7-5 6-0 6-2

Baghdatis lost the energy at the end.. you could see it coz he just couldnt give good returns.. but good game overall.. many unforced errors by Federer which helped Baghdatis.

Match Statistics:

Federer (SUI) Baghdatis (CYP)

1st Serve % 77 of 144 = 53%,; 55 of 114 = 48 %
Aces 11; 6
Double Faults 6; 2
Unforced Errors 48; 48
Winning % on 1st Serve 55 of 77 = 71%; 39 of 55 = 71 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 34 of 67 = 51%; 22 of 59 = 37 %
Winners (Including Service) 50; 34
Receiving Points Won 53 of 114 = 46 %; 55 of 144 = 38 %
Break Point Conversions 8 of 12 = 67 %; 3 of 10 = 30 %
Net Approaches 32 of 41 = 78 %; 12 of 23 = 52 %
Total Points Won 142; 116
Fastest Serve 209 km/h; 217 km/h
Average 1st Serve Speed 185 km/h; 197 km/h
Average 2nd Serve Speed 154 km/h; 146 km/h

01-29-2006, 12:06 PM
Federer Masters Melbourne Again
Sunday, 29 January, 2006
by Bren O'Brien

Swiss No.1 seed Roger Federer has claimed the men's title at Australian Open 2006 after a brilliant comeback against unseeded Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis to win 5-7 7-5 6-0 6-2.

Federer claimed the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup for the second time in three years, but was forced to come from a set and a break down against Baghdatis who has captured the public's imagination in the past two weeks with his affable manner off the court and never-say-die attitude on it.

It was not the assured performance that has become expected of the Federer in the past two years, but the No.1 seed got better as the game wore on, using his full array of strokes to thwart the determined Cypriot, who had already knocked out No.2 seed Andy Roddick, the No.4 seed David Nalbandian and the No.7 seed Ivan Ljubicic on his way to the final.

Federer's Grand Slam record now stands at two Australian Opens, two US Opens and three Wimbledons, with the French Open the only major title to elude him. At 24, he remains on track to match Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles. Sampras had also won seven of his titles at the same age.

Both men dominated on serve early in the first set with only one point conceded by the server in each of the first four games. However, Baghdatis was able to pressure Federer on his serve in the fifth game. Uncharacteristically, the Swiss conceded three consecutive points with unforced errors and gifted the Cypriot a service break.

But Baghdatis also appeared in a charitable mood, handing back his break after a double fault. Keen to make up for his lost opportunity, the world No.54 continued to pressure Federer's serve, forcing the Swiss to bang down consecutive aces to win his next service game.

The Cypriot was finally rewarded for his persistence in the 11th game of the set. Federer led 30-0 but a series of unforced errors, including one on break point, gave Baghdatis the edge. Some powerful serves then set up two match points and when Federer netted his return, Baghdatis had taken stunning one-set lead.

Baghdatis took the momentum from the first set into the first game of the second set, breaking Federer, who conceded the game with his 19th unforced error for the match. The Swiss was staring down the barrel of a two-break deficit after an all-too casual shot from the net into an open court went wide in the third game.

It seemed to act as a wake-up call for Federer, and faced with the possibility of having to win the match in five sets, he saved two break points to keep himself in the set. He then pressured Baghdatis into conceding his next service game to get back on level terms.

Federer appeared to be under the greatest pressure on his serve, but when the break did come, it was against Baghdatis. Up 40-0 in the 12th game, the set looked destined for a tie-break, but Federer reeled off five consecutive points, including a set point which was over-ruled by the chair umpire, to level the match at a set apiece

Buoyed by his second-set heroics, Federer began the third set in fine touch, winning his own service game to love before breaking Baghdatis. Having romped to a 3-0 lead, Federer broke him once more, then held onto his serve in a tense fifth game. The world No.1 was starting to hit his straps and in just 24 minutes, took the third set thanks to a mis-hit backhand that landed on the line.

When Baghdatis cramped up during his first service game in the fourth, eventually conceding it to love, the writing was on the wall for the Cypriot. Federer had made it 11 games on end by the end of the third game, eventually conceded a game to Baghdatis but not before creating yet another break point.

A lesser opponent would have wilted under Federer's relentless pressure, but despite his body telling him to stop, Baghdatis fought on, ensuring the Swiss would have to battle for his seventh Grand Slam title. He held a break-back point in the seventh game, but couldn't capitalise. In the next game, Federer created two match points, he only needed one as Baghdatis hit a shot into the base of the net.


the prize-giving ceremony was one emotional time for federer... as he said.. it's all coming out now.. you could see how important that title is for him.. indeed the world's best... and the cup could not be in better hand as the emcee said... :) such a sweet guy.. he cried.. it was an emotional and softer side of federer :) ... was a great Australian Open .. a predicted one but with marcos on board.. it was interesting.. this 20yr old cyprus guy will go far.. he played like a top seed player today not like a 57th player :) .. good one :b:

01-29-2006, 01:57 PM
I saw starting from the 3rd set. Federer was too good for Baghdatis, except that he made too many unforced service errors.

Yeah I was surprised to see Federer becoming emotional at the presentation ceremony.
Did anyone get to see that Paes-Damm men's doubles finals. Damm has a really bad back hand :Ksp: Every time they served for Damm, it would be on his back hand :doh:

it was fun to watch some stunts on both sides in this match :sm12: