Monday, November 16, 2009

Novak Djokovic wins Paris

ATP Masters Series Paris - Day Seven
Novak Djokovic is running into some smooth form just in time for the year end jaunt in London. His demolition of Rafael Nadal was superb and he finished it off with a nice fight against Gael Monfils for yet another trophy. We’ll see later whether the other guys are pacing themselves – Federer also lost to Djokovic in Basel last week – but the Djoker has to start London as favourite. He’s also the defending champion too.

Simona Halep lost to upcoming Lyudmila Kichenok in a Semi of the 50K Minsk Challenger, one of the mighty Kichenok twins from the Ukraine. Lyudmila and Nadiya both entered qualifying and while Nadiya lost in Lyudmila and Nadiya Kichenokthe second round of qualifying, Lyudmila rode all the way to the final where she lost to Lapushchenkova. The twins are 17, we’ll hear a lot more of them. They also won the doubles final too. Opole 25K next. Halep, Zahlavova, Pivovarova and Piter are playing too.

25K in Esperance starts today with comeback girls Molik and Dellacqua playing – although Dellacqua has now pulled from singles, while 16 year old wunderkid Jason Kubler gets his first taste of the tour. Is he really a clay courter? Hopefully someone points out to the kid there are approximately zero clay courts in Oz – which is a good reason to base yourself overseas... Bad boy Klein is back too. Golds and Rogowska look good for the womens’ while Molik will just be glad Sasha Jones won’t be there. Will Jade Hopper play?

Casey Dellacqua blogs from Esperance.

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