Monday, October 13, 2008

Jankovic flays the Russians

Nadal bites his No 1 ranking trophy
Canas lost, Ginepri won, Benesova won, Young won, Stepanek won, Gulbis won, Srebotnik won, Cirstea lost and it’s Madrid model ball-girl time again.

Safin capped off a good week in Moscow by losing to a guy who had only prepared a runners-up speech. “I was hoping to win a couple of games and that’s it,” Igor Kunitsyn said. “I still don’t understand how I won.” Hello Marat, how do you feel?

Jankovic flayed the Russians to win the Kremlin Cup and (almost) justify her ranking. Three tournaments in three weeks is hard to argue with but it is the end of the season when no one cares and the real top players (ie Serena and Sharapova) aren’t playing. Still it’s a good effort by Jankovic and Vera Zvonareva must be sick of the sight of her. What’s the bet they line up again this week in Zurich as Jankovic insists on playing every week.

Nalbandian beat Soderling for the Stockholm title just to remind everyone that he’s still around and qualifier Petzschner beat Monfils in Vienna.

The women are now off to Zurich and the men to Madrid where Nadal and Federer lead the field and Safin has a wild-card. If ever a wild-card definition was needed Marat Safin would be it. Nadal has now confirmed his season ending No 1 ranking and received a trophy to bite for it.

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