Category: Qualifying


Sweet, sweet results. Unfortunately everybody is now on different rounds, which makes things a bit confusing. With only two days left to complete qualifying, there are fourteen second-round matches still to complete, mainly in the top half of the draw, while other players have already made it to the final round.

However, the first round has finally been completed (applause!) which will have come as a bit of relief to those players who started their matches on Wednesday. The biggest name to fall was fifth seed Marco Chiudinelli, who lost to the unseeded and unsung Alex Bogomolov Jr., a.k.a American Boggo.

History is silent on whether it was the rain or American Boggo’s superlative play that turned Chiudinelli to a sort of mushy pulp over the course of three sets, but American Boggo moves on to face Brazilian Thiago Alves tonight. These two have a long-standing rivalry dating back to 2002, and while Alves is 1-3 down, he completed his match on Wednesday so should surely have the advantage of being well-rested. Alves’ countryman did not fare so well; another top seed to fall was fourth seed Joao Souza, a man not at the back of the line when vowels were handed out, who lost 6-1 in the third to Flavio Cipolla.  

Hello, Mr Cips.

In remaining first-round action, Stephane Robert of France and Antonio Veic of Croatia both progressed, while my favourite pumpkin-head and official Tip For The Biggish Time, Jerzy Janowicz, took three sets to complete his first-round win over Michael Yani, but win he did. He’ll be wiping the floor with Bobby Reynolds later tonight.  

And as for the second round matches …

ChallengerTennis’ supposed Mr Consistency, John Millman, the sole Australian in action in men’s qualifying yesterday, showed off his abs and not much else in a straight-sets loss to Vincent Millot of France. Millot, the 31st seed, was looking pretty likely to me; he faces Peter Parker Polanksy in the next round after the Canadian upset tenth seed Jesse Huta Guleng 61 76(2).

Other second-round upsets included Andreas Haider-Maurer’s 36 06 loss to Frederik Nielsen of Denmark. Otherwise the seeds came through in fine style, although Nicolas Mahut took three sets to subdue Guillermo Olaso of Spain. Next up for Mahut? Seed-bageller Frederik Nielsen. Stay tuned.

Full results here.

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Well, that was a washout. Not a single match was played last night in Melbourne, due to positively plentiful precipitation. And with some matches still to complete from Wednesday, it’s all looking a bit … interesting.

But we look to the future, so here’s the highly hypothetical OOP.

Show Court 3

10:00 AM Start    Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Monique Adamczak(AUS) vs.   Isabella Holland(AUS)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Anastasia Pivovarova(RUS)[7] vs.   Ashling Sumner(AUS)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Viktorija Rajicic(AUS) vs.   Vitalia Diatchenko(RUS)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Sophie Letcher(AUS) vs.   Severine Beltrame(FRA)
Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  John Millman(AUS) vs.   Vincent Millot(FRA)[31]
Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Greg Jones(AUS) vs.   Ilija Bozoljac(SRB)[25]
  
Court 4

10:00 AM Start    Men’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Antonio Veic(CRO) vs   Clement Reix(FRA)
  To Finish 7-5
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Mariana Duque Marino(COL)[8] vs.   Corinna Dentoni(ITA)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Anna Floris(ITA) vs.   Anais Laurendon(FRA)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Eirini Georgatou(GRE) vs.   Arina Rodionova(RUS)
Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Andreas Haider-Maurer(AUT)[7] vs.   Frederik Nielsen(DEN)
Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Jan Hernych(CZE) vs.   Yuichi Sugita(JPN)
  
Court 5

10:00 AM Start    Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Julia Cohen(USA) vs.   Arantxa Rus(NED)[18]
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Kathrin Woerle(GER) vs.   Petra Cetkovska(CZE)[21]
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Oksana Kalashnikova(GEO) vs.   Ekaterina Bychkova(RUS)
Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Gilles Muller(LUX)[11] vs.   Fritz Wolmarans(RSA)
Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Grigor Dimitrov(BUL)[3] vs.   Reda El Amrani(MAR)
Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Frank Dancevic(CAN) vs.   Evgeny Korolev(KAZ)[23]
  
Court 6

10:00 AM Start    Men’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Marco Chiudinelli(SUI)[5] vs   Alex Bogomolov Jr.(USA)
  To Finish 6-4 3-4
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Sabine Lisicki(GER) vs.   Michaella Krajicek(NED)[22]
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Tammi Patterson(AUS) vs.   Irina-Camelia Begu(ROU)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Sesil Karatantcheva(KAZ) vs.   Monika Wejnert(AUS)
Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Nicolas Massu(CHI) vs.   Konstantin Kravchuk(RUS)[22]
Not Before:6:00 PM 
  Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Bobby Reynolds(USA) vs.   Michael Yani(USA)
    or
  Jerzy Janowicz
  
Court 7

10:00 AM Start    Men’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Jerzy Janowicz(POL)[30] vs   Michael Yani(USA)
  To Finish 6-3 3-4
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Stephanie Cohen-Aloro(FRA) vs.   Jamie Hampton(USA)[14]
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Iryna Kuryanovich(BLR) vs.   Sania Mirza(IND)[24]
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Anne Keothavong(GBR)[2] vs.   Darya Kustova(BLR)
Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Tim Smyczek(USA) vs.   Grega Zemlja(SLO)[21]
Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Thomas Schoorel(NED) vs.   Stefan Koubek(AUT)[19]

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Australian Open Qualifying – Day Two

I believe this is what they call ‘just over the wire’. Anyway, here are the matches for today.

Show Court 3

10:00 AM Start    Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Viktorija Rajicic(AUS) vs.   Vitalia Diatchenko(RUS)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Sesil Karatantcheva(KAZ) vs.   Monika Wejnert(AUS)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Anastasia Pivovarova(RUS)[7] vs.   Ashling Sumner(AUS)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Monique Adamczak(AUS) vs.   Isabella Holland(AUS)
Not Before:3:00 PM 
  Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  John Millman(AUS) vs.   Vincent Millot(FRA)[31]
Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Donald Young(USA)[15] vs.   Alberto Brizzi(ITA)
  
Court 4

10:00 AM Start    Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Zuzana Kucova(SVK)[4] vs.   Kumiko Iijima(JPN)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Oksana Kalashnikova(GEO) vs.   Ekaterina Bychkova(RUS)
Not Before:12:30 PM 
  Men’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Antonio Veic(CRO) vs   Clement Reix(FRA)
  To Finish 7-5
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Xinyun Han(CHN)[11] vs.   Madalina Gojnea(ROU)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Noppawan Lertcheewakarn(THA) vs.   Heidi El Tabakh(CAN)
Not Before:3:00 PM 
  Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Laurent Rochette(FRA) vs.   Arnau Brugues-Davi(ESP)
  
Court 5

10:00 AM Start    Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Eirini Georgatou(GRE) vs.   Arina Rodionova(RUS)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Irina Falconi(USA) vs.   Masa Zec Peskiric(SLO)[20]
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Stephanie Cohen-Aloro(FRA) vs.   Jamie Hampton(USA)[14]
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Nudnida Luangnam(THA) vs.   Vesna Manasieva(RUS)
Not Before:3:00 PM 
  Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Jesse Huta Galung(NED)[10] vs.   Peter Polansky(CAN)
Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Tim Smyczek(USA) vs.   Grega Zemlja(SLO)[21]
  
Court 6

10:00 AM Start    Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Sophie Letcher(AUS) vs.   Severine Beltrame(FRA)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Yi-Miao Zhou(CHN) vs.   Heather Watson(GBR)
Not Before:12:30 PM 
  Men’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Marco Chiudinelli(SUI)[5] vs   Alex Bogomolov Jr.(USA)
  To Finish 6-4 3-4
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Elena Bovina(RUS) vs.   Eleni Daniilidou(GRE)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Sabine Lisicki(GER) vs.   Michaella Krajicek(NED)[22]
Not Before:3:00 PM 
  Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Guillermo Olaso(ESP) vs.   Nicolas Mahut(FRA)[18]
  
Court 7

10:00 AM Start    Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Jin-A Lee(KOR) vs.   Ioana Raluca Olaru(ROU)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Tammi Patterson(AUS) vs.   Irina-Camelia Begu(ROU)
Not Before:12:30 PM 
  Men’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Jerzy Janowicz(POL)[30] vs   Michael Yani(USA)
  To Finish 6-3 3-4
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Lauren Albanese(USA) vs.   Elena Bogdan(ROU)
Women’s Qualifying Singles – 1st Round
  Madison Brengle(USA) vs.   Petra Martic(CRO)[19]
Not Before:3:00 PM 
  Men’s Qualifying Singles – 2nd Round
  Ryan Sweeting(USA)[6] vs.   Florian Reynet(FRA)

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Well, this is a hell of a thing. I find myself playing Anya to the editrix’s Giles, and I mean that in a wholly specific season 6 sort of way. And in fact I always thought that they should have slept together in season 6, so … this metaphor has now ended up in a totally different place to where it began. So. Let’s look at the women’s qualifying draw – because the editor won’t. For he is a massive SEXIST!!!

But I am not. In fact, some days I think I prefer women’s tennis to men’s tennis, and that’s borne out by my totally geeky thrillgasm in looking at this beautiful draw. Ninety-six ladies, twelve main draw spots up for grabs. It’s on.

FIRST QUARTER

It’s hard to say that any part of this draw is easy, but honestly, this might be the most loaded quarter. Top seed Coco Vanderweghe has never qualified for a Slam and is traditionally vulnerable to more experienced players. Usually the player to watch in this eighth would be Sesil Karatantcheva, formerly of Bulgaria, but Karatantcheva has failed to make it through qualifying in the last three Slams and doesn’t have a great record in Australia. This could be Vanderweghe’s moment; otherwise I look to Olga Savchuk.

British no. 2 Anne Keothavong is still working her way back from injury and doesn’t have the easiest draw, facing Kustova of Belarus in the first round followed by a probable second round against Ioana Raluca Olaru, a player with a very pretty game, while Tatjana Malek awaits in the third. Still, I have faith in Keo and her smile made of sunshine.

Go ahead, punk, make her day.

A Pliskova sister and Yung-Jan Chan lurk in the bottom quarter, but make no mistake, the qualifier will be the winner of the first round clash between Sabine Lisicki and Michaella Kraijcek (yes, that Kraijcek). These two ladies are friends and both train at the Bolletieri Academy, and neither is a stranger to a career ravaged by injury, but I’d put my money on my Licky. As a former Wimbledon quarterfinalist, she’s a class above her current ranking and worked some of the kinks from her enforced absence in 2010 out in Auckland recently. She’ll be in the main draw when Sunday rolls around.

Move, bitch, get out of her way.

SECOND QUARTER

Now here’s a quarter which is tough to predict, containing as it does a number of players who can do anything or nothing depending on their mood and the phases of the moon, and a number of players about whom I know actually nothing. Where do they find these people? Fourth seed Zuzana Kucova has a promising name, but I say Luxembourg’s finest, Mandy Minella, should double-bagel Great Britain’s Katie O’Brien and go from strength to strength, as Brit-beaters are wont to do.

Anastasia Yakimova is usually a good bet, but she has to contend with Stephanie Dubois and a possible meeting with Severine Beltrame. A couple of random Australians and Vitalia Diatchenko – bless her – don’t pose much of a threat, but the wildcard in this section is Sania Mirza. I recently watched her lose in the final round of qualifying to Lisicki, and formed the same conclusion that almost any Mirza match leaves me with; if she ever learns to keep her forehand inside the court more than, say, 40% of the time, she’ll be a solid pick. That  hasn’t quite happened yet, though, and her fitness doesn’t look superb to me. Yakimova to qualify from this group.

Truly funky headband notwithstanding.

And at the bottom, finally an easy segment to call. Ekaterina Bychkova may have the name, Oksana Kalashnikova may … also have the name, but Masa Zec Peskiric saunters through this draw.

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So.  Hello.  I’m pretty sure it’s not me you’re looking for either.  And I know I’m supposed to be driving to Florida right now, but the Northeast is getting slammed with snow – bamboozled by blizzard, we are! – so I’m (Tom) delayed for one more day. Which means, despite my procuring of the finest guest-hosting talents (and they are doing a spectacular job), you are stuck with me for one more day. I don’t know what to do with myself, other than sully my site with more of my words. Therefore, I proudly present to you my Australian Open men’s qualifying day one wrap-up – cabin fever edition:

I was able to wake up in the middle of the night and watch the livestream of the John Millman v Sebastian Rieschick match as well as the Greg Jones v Olivier Patience contest. Then I fell asleep again (sorry Gooch!) Turns out that Greg and the Mailman were the only Aussies to come good out of the twelve who played yesterday.

That’s right, two wins out of twelve. Maverick Banes, Matt Reid, Chris Guccione, Sean Berman, Sam Groth, James Duckworth, Ben Mitchell, Luke Saville, James Lemke, and Brydan Klein all lost. Ouch. All Ozzed up, and no place to go. In fairness, Mitchell’s effort (some of which I saw) was superb, taking top seeded Blaz Kavcic to 4-6 in the third set. And Saville lost to a red hot Nicola Mahut. 

Benny Mitchell – Will He Escape From Full Screen Mode?

So I’m especially glad to have seen the rare instances of Aussome success in all their glory. And they were glorious indeed. If ever a match could be called “classic John Millman”, this match vs. Rieschick was the one. The Mailman seemed dogged by the conditions early, and easily distracted by “fans” with highly questionable etiquette. His shots were landing short in the court, and his opponent was taking those short balls and teeing off, making more than he missed.

Thus, the amiable Queenslander found himself down a set and a break, with the burly German serving for the match, when he was granted a rain-delay reprieve. After an hour or so break, Milkman came out raring to go, a noticeable spring in his step that was absent pre-precip. Maybe he enjoyed some caffeine during his break. I offer this as evidence for my hypothesis:

Meanwhile, Rieschick was nowhere to be found, and ambled out onto the court a good five minutes or so after John did. When play resumed, Mailman overcame match point, shoddy line calls, and dodgy inter-game spectator migrations to break twice and take the second set 7-5. Rieschick also could no longer find the court – that helped, too.

The third set opened with three straight breaks, Sebastian settled a bit more into his game after an extended walkabout during the previous frame’s conclusion.

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