Big chance of taking home the silverware here.
Big chance of taking home the silverware here.
That's twice in a row Smeltz has won while taking fewer games. Impressive.
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Super result over Drake, disappointed though to fall to a lower ranked player than he afterwards. Was thinking of doubling up with a tournie in Week 3 before the Aus Open, but glad I chose not to now having gone so deep into this week. Super.
Gah, Maxum and Bowenburg need to lift, gutting to come within 4 points of a maiden doubles Final, even still, a semi-final appearance a good lead-in to the Open.
Qatar ExxonMobil Open II
Final - Doha (Qatar)
- Third seed Sven Oxenstierna has blown another opportunity to get one over rival Radek Spidla as he was beaten in three sets by World No. 3 Radek Spidla. Holding a horrible 0-4 record against the Czech big man, Oxenstierna seemed determined to both rectify his poor history and take a second tour title. His campaign started well as he claimed a massive break of service in the third game of the opening set and, although he was broken back straight away, took out the opening set 6-4 with some good returning. The relationship between the two has been tense at the best of times due to a number of disagreements - both on court and off court - and Spidla was not about to give up easily. He ramped up his serve percentage to more than 75 in the second set and it proved all too much for Oxenstierna to handle as he wrapped up the breaker 7-1. Oxenstierna needed to reverse the trend early in the second, but was denied two break points by some big aces as the second seed cruised through the decider to seal the title 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 to send out a message to his Australian Open opponents.
- Seeded players out: Sven Oxenstierna.
- At least the Ox's day wasn't as bad as Dusko Milosevic and Savo Petkovia as they failed to win a game in a bizzare doubles final. Top seeds Tal Cohen & Raz Teper came in as favourites, but the surprise packets were expected to challenge the Israelis considering their good form over the week. That never eventuated, and even had there been an injury cloud over either of the Serbian pair they were embarrassed in a tour final 6-0, 6-0.
- Seeded players out: None.Code:Singles Quarterfinals (1)Daniel Paez Blanco (ESP) def. Valter Cordiero (POR) 6-1 6-2 (3)Sven Oxenstierna (FRC) def. Ivan Genov (BUL) 7-5 7-6(7) (5)Miroslav Brdar (CRO) def. (4)Jozsef Boros (HUN) 6-0 7-5 (2)Radek Spidla (CZE) def. Sergio Joaquin (ESP) 7-6(3) 7-5 Semifinals (3)Sven Oxenstierna (FRC) def. (1)Daniel Paez Blanco (ESP) 5-7 6-3 6-2 (2)Radek Spidla (CZE) def. (5)Miroslav Brdar (CRO) 7-6(7) 4-6 7-5 Final (2)Radek Spidla (CZE) def. (3)Sven Oxenstierna (FRC) 4-6 7-6(1) 6-3 Doubles Quarterfinals (1)Tal Cohen/Raz Teper (ISR) def. Almen Benaglio/Janos Varga (SUI/HUN) 6-4 4-6 (10-8) (3)Mark Harmel/Yves Parmentier (BEL) def. Dmitry Orlov/Oleg Puder (RUS) 7-6(8) 6-0 Dusko Milosevic/Savo Petkovia (SRB) def. (4)Carlos Machado/Denis Rodrigues (BRA) 6-4 6-3 Daniel Paez Blanco/Sergio Joaquin (ESP) def. Mikel Fosdike/Christian Mary (FRA) 6-2 6-2 Semifinals (1)Tal Cohen/Raz Teper (ISR) def. (3)Mark Harmel/Yves Parmentier (BEL) 3-6 6-1 (10-6) Dusko Milosevic/Savo Petkovia (SRB) def. Daniel Paez Blanco/Sergio Joaquin (ESP) 6-2 6-2 Final (1)Tal Cohen/Raz Teper (ISR) def. Dusko Milosevic/Savo Petkovia (SRB) 6-0 6-0
Sloblock, as they say. I blame anything but myself, obviously.
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Aircel Chennai Open II
Final - Chennai (India)
- After quietly scything through the bottom half, American Morgan Carter has kept in touch with an Australian Open seeding following his straight sets win over Canada's Davis Kennedy. Kennedy was outclassed in the first set,, but got underway leveling the match in the second as he broke straight away. Carter faltered, and soon found himself down 2-5 before the Canadian double faulted to give him an opening back into the match. Carter stormed through the Kennedy defences and took five games on the trot to seal a 6-3, 7-5 win ahead of losing 350 points from his Sydney win next week.
- Seeded players out: Davis Kennedy.
- East CWLand's Jefferson Drake & Martti Korpinen have given up a set-to-love lead to be chased down in the final of the doubles draw by World No. 2 pair Hayden & Ross Onwye. The Moroccan duo started sluggishly as the second seeds earned a crucial break of service in the very first game of the match. Eight games later they did it again, and had the first set 6-3 to leave the brothers playing catchup in the second. They did it effectively, too, and despite giving up a commanding 4-0 lead still managed to take the set 6-3. As has so often been the case, it was the match tiebreaker that would decide the title and it was neck-and-neck until 5-5. Then disaster struck as Korpinen double faulted and Drake sprayed a forehand wide to hand the Moroccans a minibreak. It was enough of a buffer for the Moroccans to close out the match and win the title 3-6, 6-3, (10-7).
- Seeded players out: Jefferson Drake & Martti Korpinen.Code:Singles Quarterfinals Scotland Rivers (FRC) def. (1)Jefferson Drake (CDR) 6-4 4-6 7-5 (3)Davis Kennedy (CAN) def. (8)Atthaphol Sae-ul (THA) 6-2 6-3 Oliver Engel (LUX) def. (4)Patrick Pascaul (FRA) 3-6 6-4 7-5 (5)Morgan Carter (USA) def. Petr Brozik (CZE) 6-1 6-4 Semifinals (3)Davis Kennedy (CAN) def. Scotland Rivers (FRC) 6-3 6-3 (5)Morgan Carter (USA) def. Oliver Engel (LUX) 6-4 7-5 Final (5)Morgan Carter (USA) def. (3)Davis Kennedy (CAN) 6-3 7-5 Doubles Quarterfinals (1)Hayden Onwye/Ross Onwye (MAR) def. Vladimir Gryzlov/Denis Isaev (RUS/BLR) 7-5 3-6 (10-2) (3)Lee Inmin/Qingdong Tsai (KOR/TPE) def. (WC)Ritwik Bhutia/Shyam Sequiera (IND) 6-3 6-2 (4)Rob Bowenburg/Jarkko Maxum (FRC/CDR) def. Denis Inomov/Rustam Toshpulatov (UZB) 6-0 6-2 (2)Jefferson Drake/Martti Korpinen (CDR) def. Morgan Carter/Bjorn Donaldson (USA/SWE) 1-6 6-4 (10-3) Semifinals (1)Hayden Onwye/Ross Onwye (MAR) def. (3)Lee Inmin/Qingdong Tsai (KOR/TPE) 7-5 6-4 (2)Jefferson Drake/Martti Korpinen (CDR) def. (4)Rob Bowenburg/Jarkko Maxum (FRC/CDR) 6-7(2) 6-2 (11-9) Final (1)Hayden Onwye/Ross Onwye (MAR) def. (2)Jefferson Drake/Martti Korpinen (CDR) 3-6 6-3 (10-7)
Brisbane International II
Final - Brisbane (Australia)
- Whilst yesterday Sven Oxenstierna and today Jefferson Drake & Martti Korpinen failed to win in their finals in Qatar and India respectively, fourth seed Randy Smeltz has added the Brisbane International title to his win in Warsaw with another come-from-behind victory over Antonio Bachunelli. Smeltz had started poorly in his last two matches, but was right out of the blocks here against the free-wheeling Bachunelli who spent much of the first set hitting the cover off the ball. Despite both players being dismissive of the threat their opponents posed in the lead up to the match, they had to be mildly impressed by the quality of tennis that was on display as Smeltz saved three set points. The fourth, however, proved too much as Bachunelli sealed the first in a tiebreaker, but the intensity was just as relentless in the second set as both served out six games in a row each to move to another tiebreaker. This time, though, Smeltz broke free from 5-5 to bring up set point with a classy cross-court backhand to set up the easy volley. Serving out the second set, it became a case of who would crack first and in the fifth game of the set Bachunelli sent one of his power forehands long to bring up two break points. Smeltz blew the first but took the second thanks to a netted backhand to set up what would become a 4-2 lead. Try as he might, Bachunelli could not get the break he needed and it was Smeltz who completed a third straight comeback 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-4.
- Seeded players out: None.
- Toby Brookes & Henry Charles have completed disappointing weeks in the singles arena to claim the doubles title 7-6(3), 6-3 against fourth seeds Wayne Boyd & Morton Blundell. In their first tournament as a pair, Boyd and Blundell could not replicate their straight sets thrashing of Sergiy Malachenko & Alexey Yarkin against the Australian-British pair who communicated surprisingly well in a rare doubles appearance to start the season off superbly with a straight sets win.
- Seeded players out: Morton Blundell & Wayne Boyd.Code:Singles Quarterfinals (7)Li Wang (CHN) def. (1)Darcy Cowan (USA) 6-3 7-5 (4)Randy Smeltz (CDR) def. Lari Farkkila (FIN) 0-6 7-5 7-6(0) (Q)Rod Bosnar (AUS) def. (5)Oneil Stewart (JAM) 6-4 6-3 Antonio Bachunelli (ITA) def. (2)Dwayne Murdoch 6-3 6-2 Semifinals (4)Randy Smeltz (CDR) def. (7)Li Wang (CHN) 2-6 7-5 6-4 Antonio Bachunelli (ITA) def. (Q)Rod Bosnar (AUS) 7-5 6-4 Final (4)Randy Smeltz (CDR) def. Antonio Bachunelli (ITA) 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 6-4 Doubles Quarterfinals Shaun Poole/Oneil Stewart (JAM) def. Darcy Cowan/Eric Henson (USA) 6-4 7-5 Toby Brookes/Henry Charles (AUS/GBR) def. (3)Artem Krohmal/Merab Shvelidze (UKR/GEO) 6-4 6-4 (4)Morton Blundell/Wayne Boyd (BAH/USA) def. Radu Ghita/Pascal Schmidt (ROU/SUI) 2-6 6-0 (10-7) Sergiy Malachenko/Alexey Yarkin (RUS) def. (2)Gai Kai/Lu Xun (CHN) 7-6(5) 6-3 Semifinals Toby Brookes/Henry Charles (AUS/GBR) def. Shaun Poole/Oneil Stewart (JAM) 6-3 6-7(8) (10-5) (4)Morton Blundell/Wayne Boyd (BAH/USA) def. Sergiy Malachenko/Alexey Yarkin (RUS) 6-1 7-6(6) Final Toby Brookes/Henry Charles (AUS/GBR) def. (4)Morton Blundell/Wayne Boyd (BAH/USA) 7-6(3) 6-3
Excellent way to start the season, looking forward to getting in another two or three matches at Kooyong before the Open.
Sao Paolo Challenger
Finals - Sao Paolo, Brazil
- In a topsy-turvy final, 6th seed Anwar Juraev prevailed against Fernando Aguero. The first set was all Juraev as he was able to consolidate on an early break and a high error rate from Aguero to take it 6 - 1. However, Aguero fought tooth and nail to get back into the match and saved 3 break points in the second set, whilst also missing out on two of his own to force the second set to a tie break. At 3 - 6, Juraev had a fist-full of match points. Unbelievably, Aguero had a staggering passage of play to push the nervy Juraev hard. Aguero took the breaker 9 - 7. The final set was nip and tuck, much like the 2nd. With the 3rd set poised at 5 - 5, Juraev finally converted a break point (his 7th since the end of the first set). Holding his serve proved easy as Aguero caved in. Final score 6 - 1, 6 - 7 (7 - 9), 7 - 5
- Seeded players out: Fernando Aguero (5)
- Unseeded Mat Mitchell and Matt Bre have caused quite a storm in their doubles outing at Sao Paolo. Granted, they hadn't taken out any seeded opposition en route to the final, but they'd persevered and made it further than more experienced opponents. The final, against Rodriquez and Rodriguez of Argentina was somewhat disappointing, however. The Argentines focused on the Bre serve, which held out against the initial onslaught. However, Bre's second service game collapsed from a dominant position of 40 - 15. The Argentines taking the first set 6 - 4. Despite having failed to progress far into the singles draw, Bre looked jaded during the 2nd set and was unable to help Mitchell to gain a foothold in the game. The Argentines prevailing in an easy 6 - 4, 6 - 2 victory.
- Seeded players out: None
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Worst effort, really needed to continue on from the first. Yet another wasted opportunity.
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Brisbane International II – Men's Singles
Diego Hurtado was the defending champion, but lost in the first round to Pascal Schmidt 4-6, 4-6.
Randy Smeltz won in the final 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-4, against Antonio Bachunelli.
Brisbane International II – Men's Doubles
Toby Brookes and Henry Charles defeated Morton Blundell and Wayne Boyd in the final, 7-6(3), 6-3.
Just catching up on these as they never got posted.
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