Monday, January 11, 2010

Andy Roddick won Brisbane

Andy Roddick
Ekaterina Bychkova has been fined and banned for not throwing any matches. No doubt this is how to handle the perceived problem of cheating in tennis. That Andre Agassi has a lot to answer for. Last year a fixer outed himself and confessed approaching Bychkova to throw a match, she declined but didn’t report it as she assumed he was a nutcase. Now she has been fined $5000 and banned for 30 days. Bychkova, a journeyman, will miss the Aussie Open qualies.

Justine Henin promised she was still going to Sydney after the Brisbane final but away from the media she quickly recanted – no doubt wisely. The tough close loss to Clijsters (did one commentator really describe them as friends?) probably included enough excitement and match practise to forestall doing it all again in Sydney this week. So no ranking for Henin until another two tournaments.

Meanwhile the forgotten Belgian – no, not Flipkens – Wickmayer cleaned up in Auckland and no doubt deserves a Wildcard for Melbourne. It makes more sense than another Australian first round wipeout.

The greatest player now playing – step up Nikolay Davydenko – beat Nadal etc to win another meaningless tournament. Can he do likewise in Melbourne? Roddick and Cilic also notched up titles that will mean nothing if they bomb next week. Federer is so cut up at losing to the might of Davydenko that he will skip the woeful Kooyong exhibition which is currently losing stars at a meteoric rate.

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