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Tennis Grand Slam Tournament

Diskusi di 'Hobby/Olahraga' dimulai oleh itach1ez, 31 Aug 2007.

  1. itach1ez

    itach1ez Senior

    Karena lagi marak2nya U.S. Open neh gw buka thread ini ...
    Kita bahas aja tentang 4 Grand Slam Tournament dan ATP / WTA Masters .. ;)
    Buat temen2 bisa post tentang hasil, news, etc..
    Thanks 4 participate... =D>

    Grand Slam Tournament :

    Australian Open


    French Open




    U.S. Open


  2. itach1ez

    itach1ez Senior

    [​IMG] U.S. Open Championships


    The US Open has been in existence for more than 120 years. During those times, many changes happened that shaped the tournament into the modern Tennis Grand Slam that it is today.
    The first tournament was held in 1881 at the Newport Casino. It was called the US National Singles Championship. Entry was limited to only those clubs which were members of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association, and the competitors were all male, competing in both singles and doubles. Richard Sears the men's championship and he went on to win the next six men's singles championships.

    In 1887, the first US Women's National Singles was held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, and was won by Ellen Hansell. Two years later, a women's doubles championship was established. Three years later, the first mixed doubles championship was held.

    After seven years at the Newport Casino, the Championships began to move around the country, with nine different venues hosting the event at least once. At the start of the 20th century, the men's doubles was split into an East and West competition, the winners of which played-off for the right to take on the holders. This challenge round was abolished in 1920, and the knockout system that we know today was employed.
    The Open Era started in 1968. The five different competitions were consolidated into one US Open Championships, held at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. The prize money on offer totalled $100,000, and was shared appropriately between the 96 men and 63 women who entered.
    In 1970, the US Open being a tennis grand slam was the first tennis tournament to introduce the tie-breaker system, after F.D. Robbins needed 100 games to defeat Dick Dell. By 1978, the tournament moved to its current home at the hardcourts of the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, New York.

    The U.S. Open, is the fourth and final event of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments. It is held annually in August and September over a two week period (the weeks prior to and following Labor Day weekend).

    The U.S. Open is different from the other 3 Grand Slam tournaments in that there are final set tiebreaks. In the other three majors, the fifth set for the men and the third set for the women continues until someone wins by two games.
    In 2006, the U.S. Open became the first Grand Slam tournament to implement instant replay review of calls, using Hawk-Eye.

    U.S. Open Men's Most Singles Wins

    7 - Bill Larned, Richard Spears, Bill Tilden
    5 - Jimmy Connors
    4 - Joe McEnroe, Pete Samprass, Robert Wrenn

    U.S Open Women's Most Singles Wins

    8 - Molla, Mallory
    7 - Hellen Wills Moody
    6 - Christ Evert Lloyd
    5 - Margareth Smith Court, Steffi Graff

    Latest 10 Years Men's U.S. Open Winners

    2007 - ???
    2006 - Roger Federer
    2005 - Roger Federer
    2004 - Roger Federer
    2003 - Andy Roddick
    2002 - Pete Sampras
    2001 - Lleyton Hewitt
    2000 - Marat Safin
    1999 - Andre Agassi
    1998 - Patrick Rafter

    Latest 10 Years Women's U.S. Open Winners

    2007 - Justine Henin
    2006 - Maria Sharapova
    2005 - Kim Clijsters
    2004 - Svetlana Kuznetsova
    2003 - Justine Henin-Hardenne
    2002 - Serena Williams
    2001 - Venus Williams
    2000 - Venus Williams
    1999 - Serena Williams
    1998 - Lindsay Davenport
  3. itach1ez

    itach1ez Senior

    [​IMG] The Wimbledon


    Here's the story of how the premier tennis grand slam tournament, the Wimbledon came about. In 1875, the All England Croquet Club was troubled financially due to declining membership. A new sport called lawn tennis was gaining fast in popularity and taking away the members. Club members responded by converting one of the croquet lawns at its Wimbledon grounds into a tennis court.

    Two years later, the organization was renamed the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club. A new roller was needed for maintaining its lawns so the club proposed to hold a tournament to raise money. Advertisement was placed in The Times for entries. The Field Magazine was asked for donations.

    Twenty-two players entered that first Wimbledon tournament which was won by Spencer Gore in straight sets over W. C. Marshall. Two hundred spectators paid a shilling apiece to watch the final game, enabling the club to buy the needed roller plus some extra cash.
    The Wimbledon tournament was immediately accepted as Britains national championship and a tennis grand slam. The men's doubles event was added in 1879, ladies' singles in 1884, and ladies' doubles and mixed doubles in 1913.

    Despite being a national championship tournament, Wimbledon was open to foreign players. May Sutton of the United States became the first non-British champion when she won the ladies' singles title in 1905. Two years later, Norman Brookes of Australia won the men's singles.

    With the emergence of great players from Europe, particularly France, in the 1920's, Wimbledon became the most important championship event in world tennis and it is still the premier tennis grand slam event in the world.
    The All-England Club in 1922 had moved to a new site, boasting a stadium designed to seat 14,000 spectators. Ten years later, total attendance was more than 200,000 for the first time. People turned to tennis in the wake of the worldwide depression.

    Tournament play was suspended during World War II. Play at Wimbledon resumed in 1946.
    Postwar England saw popularity of the sport magnified due partly to advances in air travel. In 1968, Wimbledon was opened to professional players. It was a belated move after seeing the best players turning professional. It is one tennis grand slam championship that all players would like to win. The tournament's decision influenced the other major tournaments to do the same.

    The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly referred to as simply "Wimbledon", is the oldest event in the sport of tennis. It is typically regarded as the most important international tennis event.

    Held every June and July at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England, the tournament is the third Grand Slam event played each year, preceded by the Australian Open and the French Open, and followed by the U.S. Open.

    Wimbledon Men's Most Wins

    7 - Willie Renshaw, Pete Sampras
    5 - Bjorn Borg, Laurie Doherty, Roger Federer
    4 - Reggie Doherty, Rod Laver, Tony Wilding

    Wimbledon Women's Most Wins

    9 - Martina Navratilova
    8 - Hellen Wills Moody
    7 - Dorothea Chambers, Steffi Graf

    Latest 10 Years Men's Winners

    2007 - Roger Federer
    2006 - Roger Federer
    2005 - Roger Federer
    2004 - Roger Federer
    2003 - Roger Federer
    2002 - Lleyton Hewitt
    2001 - Goran Ivanisevic
    2000 - Pete Sampras
    1999 - Pete Sampras
    1998 - Pete Sampras

    Latest 10 Years Women's Winners

    2007 - Venus Williams
    2006 - Amelie Mauresmo
    2005 - Venus Williams
    2004 - Maria Sharapova
    2003 - Serena Williams
    2002 - Serena Williams
    2001 - Venus Williams
    2000 - Venus Williams
    1999 - Lindsay Davenport
    1998 - Jana Novotna

  4. itach1ez

    itach1ez Senior

    [​IMG] The French Open


    The very first French Championship was held way back in 1891, and the tournament has since grown into one of the four tennis Grand Slam tournaments we know today. However, the competition did not become international until 1925. In 1928, the tournament was moved to its current home, Roland Garros.

    The first competition was a one-day national championship which was won by a British. The competition was poorly attended by world class players. It took 24 years before it became fully international and an accepted tennis grand slam event.After the First World War, French tennis was achieving stature. Suzanne Lenglen was the predominant French player, winning the championships six times between 1920 and 1926.

    The Rolland Garros stadium was built in 1927. Named after the French war hero, it was an answer to a pressing need for a site to hold the Davis Cup after a win by the Four Musketeers - Jacques Brugnon, Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet and Rene Lacoste. It will be the venue for a throng of spectators enamored by the greatest assembly of players that France had ever known.
    In 1968, the Open era started when professionals were allowed to participate. Ken Rosewall was the champion of that first professional tournament. Nancy Richey was the ladies' single champion.
    The French Open men's trophy is the Musketeers Cup, and women compete for the Suzanne Lenglen Cup.

    The French Open, officially known as Roland Garros, is a tennis tournament held over two weeks between mid-May and early June in Paris, France. It is the second of the Grand Slam tournaments on the annual tennis calendar and is the premier clay court tennis tournament in the world.

    French Open Men's Most Wins

    6 - Bjorn Berg
    4 - Henry Cochet
    3 - Rafael Nadal, Gustavo Kuerten, Rene Lacoste, van Lendl, Mats Wilander

    French Open Women's Most Wins

    7 - Chris Evert Lloyd
    6 - Steffi Graf, Suzanne Lenglen
    5 - Margaret Smith Court

    Latest 10 Years Men's Winners

    2007 - Rafael Nadal
    2006 - Rafael Nadal
    2005 - Rafael Nadal
    2004 - Gaston Gaudio
    2003 - Juan Carlos Ferrero
    2002 - Albert Costa
    2001 - Gustavo Kuerten
    2000 - Gustavo Kuerten
    1999 - Andre Agassi
    1998 - Carlos Moya

    Latest 10 Years Women's Winners

    2007 - Justine Henin
    2006 - Justine Henin-Hardenne
    2005 - Justine Henin-Hardenne
    2004 - Anastasia Myskina
    2003 - Justine Henin-Hardenne
    2002 - Serena Williams
    2001 - Jennifer Capriati
    2000 - Mary Pierce
    1999 - Steffi Graf
    1998 -
    Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario
  5. itach1ez

    itach1ez Senior

    [​IMG] The Australian Open


    The very first tennis tounament ever played in Australia was held in January 1880, on the courts of the Melbourne Cricket Club. It was built just two years prior to the tournament. It was first called the Championship of the Colony of Victoria. The first champion was A.F. Robinson.

    In 1905, the Australian Open was established as the Australasian Tennis Championship and was played at the Warehouseman's Cricket Ground in Melbourne. It became the Australian Championship in 1927 and the Australian Openin 1969. Women's events were added in 1922.

    The Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne became the permanent site by virtue of its large capacity. Prior to that, the tournament moved from location to location until 1972.

    The present site - Flinders Park- was built out of the need to accomodate increasing attendance to the yearly event. It was built in 1988, with expansion completed in 1995. In 1996, the park was renamed Melbourne Park.

    Center Court at Melbourne Park is the only one among the tennis Grand Slam tournaments that boasts of a retractable roof.
    The Australian Openis a tennis grand slam tournament, the first one to be conducted every year (January), and is gaining in stature year after year.

    Held in the middle of the Australian summer, the Australian Open is famous for its notoriously hot days.

    Australian Open Men's Most Wins
    6 - Roy Stanley Emerson
    4 - Jack Crawford, Ken Rosewall

    Australian Open Women's Most Wins

    11 - Margaret Smith Court
    6 - Nancye Wynne Bolton
    5 - Daphne Akhurs

    Latest 10 Years Men's Winners

    2007 - Roger Federer
    2006 - Roger Federer
    2005 - Marat Safin
    2004 - Roger Federer
    2003 - Andre Agassi
    2002 - Thomas Johannson
    2001 - Andre Agassi
    2000 - Andre Agassi
    1999 - Yevgeny Kavelnikov
    1998 - Petr Korda

    Latest 10 Years Women's Winners

    2007 - Serena Williams
    2006 - Amelie Mauresmo
    2005 - Serena Williams
    2004 - Justine Henin-Hardenne
    2003 - Serena Williams
    2002 - Jennifer Capriati
    2001 - Jennifer Capriati
    2000 - Lindsay Davenport
    1999 - Martina Hingis
    1998 - Martina Hingis

  6. itach1ez

    itach1ez Senior

    Men's Tennis ATP Rankings - 2007

    1. Roger Federer (SUI) - 7605 points.
    2. Rafael Nadal (SPA) - 5485
    3. Novak Djokovic (SER) - 3670
    4. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) - 3255
    5. Andy Roddick (USA) - 2990
    6. James Blake (USA) - 2390
    7. Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) - 2255
    8. Tommy Robredo (SPA) - 1950
    9. Tomas Berdych (CZE) - 1925
    10. Tommy Haas (GER) - 1880
    11. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) - 1880
    12. Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) - 1780
    13. Richard Gasquet (FRA) - 1740
    14. Guillermo Canas (ARG) - 1648
    15. David Ferrer (SPA) - 1565
    16. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) - 1495
    17. Carlos Moya (SPA) - 1445
    18. Marcos Baghdatis (SIP) - 1440
    19. Andy Murray (ENG) - 1420
    20. Paul Henry-Mathieu (FRA) - 1265
    21. Juan Carlos Ferrero (SPA) - 1220
    22. Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) - 1220
    23. Juan Monaco (ARG) - 1175
    24. David Nalbandian (ARG) - 1155
    25. Marat Safin (RUS) - 1155
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    itach1ez Senior

    Women's Tennis WTA Rankings - 2007

    1. Justine Henin (BEL) - 4692 points.
    2. Maria Sharapova (RUS) - 3845
    3. Jelena Jankovic (SER) - 3429
    4. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) - 3176
    5. Ana Ivanovic (SER) - 2847
    6. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) - 2586
    7. Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) - 2376
    8. Nadia Petrova (RUS) - 2238
    9. Serena Williams (USA) - 2237
    10. Marion Bartoli (FRA) - 1989
    11. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) - 1968
    12. Patty Schnyder (SUI) - 1774
    13. Elena Dementieva (RUS) - 1770
    14. Venus Williams (USA) - 1765
    15. Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) - 1708
    16. Dinara Safina (RUS) - 1708
    17. Martina Hingis (SUI) - 1621
    18. Tatiana Golovin (FRA) - 1586
    19. Shahar Peer (ISR) - 1524
    20. Sybille Bammer (AUS) - 1196
    21. Alona Bondarenko (UKR) - 1114
    22. Na Li (CHI) - 1112
    23. Lucie Safarova (CZE) - 1076
    24. Katarina Srebotnik (SVN) - 1051
    25. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) - 1019
  8. itach1ez

    itach1ez Senior

    Safina Moves Past Rolle

    Ahsha Rolle and No. 15 Dinara Safina took to the Grandstand court under overcast skies for their third round match. Although Rolle gave a good effort, Safina came out the victor, 6-4, 6-2.

    The first set started out in see-saw mode until they arrived at 4-4. With her family rooting her on loudly from their seats just behind and to the right of the umpire’s chair, Rolle showed no tentativeness playing for the first time against the 2006 semifinalist. The 22-year-old Rolle’s serve was her strong-suit, getting her out of more than one jam; although the intermittent wind wreaked havoc with both players’ service games.

    By mid first set, Safina became increasingly aggravated at her own errors. Toward the end of the set, her inability to reach yet another rocket-like serve from Rolle elicited a loud exasperated yell in Russian. But, Safina was saved when Rolle, with what looked like an easy overhead smash to put away the point, instead sent the ball directly into the net.
    he very pro-Rolle crowd went up and down with her throughout the match, sending up huge cheers with every success. A brief, but exciting net volley with several seemingly un-returnable drop shots, appeared to be going Rolle’s way and the crowd let out a loud groan of disappointment when it did not.

    At one point, Rolle looked directly at her mother and shrugged, and her mother nodded back with an encouraging smile.
    “I think I could have played a little bit better,” said Rolle after the match. “I could have played crucial points a little bit better. I feel like I had a couple of bad shot selections that kind of cost me big games, but I don't think I played bad.”

    Focused from the outset, Safina, playing in her sixth US Open, displayed a take-no-prisoners attitude and broke Rolle twice in the second set. By that point, on the other side of the net, there was a look of resignation on the American’s face and her confidence was clearly shaken.
    The Florida native made one more stand, down 3-5 she held serve receiving a thunderous ovation. But, it was Monte Carlo-via-Moscow's Safina who ultimately moved on to the round of 16, where she will play 2006 US Open runner-up, No.1 seed Justine Henin.

  9. itach1ez

    itach1ez Senior

    Kuznetsova Wins Second Rounder at Site of Greatest Triumph


    Former US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova has played in Arthur Ashe Stadium before, but today was her first match on the famed court since the final three years ago against Elena Dementieva.
    Her second-round contest against Camille Pin was expected to be a simple test for the fourth-ranked Russian, but Kuznetsova needed to go three sets before winning, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. Looking at the score and judging by her play, Svetlana just needed to get reacquainted with the surroundings before getting into a comfort zone.

    The match’s first two sets featured not only a battle between two players, but more specifically, was a battle of two shots. Kuznetsova’s two-handed backhand was her preferred groundstroke, which often resulted in winners (she had 46 on the day). On the opposite side of the net, Pin relied on her great speed and defense to put everything back in play, making Svetlana work exceptionally hard for each point.
    “She makes you play every ball," Kuznetsova said. "She makes you play uncomfortable shots. She has a very smart game. You have to be really focused every ball.”
    Svetlana prevailed in the first set, thanks in large part to her backhand. But another factor in the outcome was Kuznetsova’s return of serve, which was very effective against the slow-serving Pin. The Frenchwoman’s average first-serve speed was only 81 mph, and she never exceeded 90 mph on the radar gun. Kuznetsova had plenty of opportunities to tee off on Pin’s serve, as she hit many returns that Camille had no chance of retrieving.

    Svetlana looked to have the match in control during the second set, as she was up a break at 3-2. But Pin’s agility saved her from bowing out early, as she broke back the very next game by keeping the points going as long as she could. Pin didn’t take the second set with winners – she had only six the entire match – but she waited for Kuznetsova to dig her own grave with unforced errors. In the second set, Svetlana made 19 unforced errors, allowing Pin to get back into the match despite little offensive tennis. The second set featured five breaks of serve, but Pin emerged, winning it 4-6 in 34 minutes.

    If fans didn’t recognize the strong tennis that Kuznetsova is known for, they finally got the chance to see it in the third set. Svetlana played much more aggressively, rushing to the net more frequently than in the beginning of the match. “I think I never been in my life so many times in the net as today. And I’m pretty happy to come a lot to the net,” Kuznetsova said. The change in strategy paid off, as Svetlana won every game in the final set, wrapping up the match in one hour, 26 minutes.
    In the post-match press conference, Kuznetsova, donning a bright blue New York Yankees cap, spoke about the city where her greatest tennis triumph occurred. “It’s always going to feel great. Today was my first match since 2004 on Ashe in singles. It means a lot to me. I feel great out there. It’s always amazing to come and play. I feel very comfortable on that court.”

  10. itach1ez

    itach1ez Senior

    Sharapova Dazzles in Near Effortless Win


    Maria Sharapova seems to be in quite a hurry to hoist her coveted US Open trophy again. Not only has she showed up at this year’s event with an abbreviated service motion, but she’s also cut short the amount of time it takes for her to put away her opponents.
    In just 51 minutes Thursday night, the defending champ made quick work of Casey Dellacqua, crushing her Australian opponent 6-1, 6-0 to take a spot in the third round. What’s even more impressive is the fact that Sharapova has given up two games in as many matches thus far at Flushing Meadows.

    "I'm just trying to play solid from the first point until the end," Sharapova said of her habit of beating her competitors by such large margins. "I don't want to give my opponents any chances, and I got to take mine."
    Dellacqua came into the match feeling confident, having tallied her first Grand Slam victory here in her first US Open appearance. But it was Sharapova’s extensive experience in Grand Slam events (20) that played a significant part in her win.

    The 20-year-old Russian commanded the match with her serve-and-volley game, attacking Dellacqua’s shots and limiting her opponent’s time by taking the ball early. That tactic gave Sharapova a jump-start to a 4-0 lead before the Aussie held serve for 4-1.
    Sharapova saved triple break points on her serve and then broke Dellacqua to take the first set. From then on, she stayed in the driver’s seat for the duration of the second.

    Though Dellacqua pushed the defending champion to two deuce points in the third game, she couldn’t convert on break point and fell behind 3-0. For the remainder of the match, Sharapova stayed in command by putting Dellacqua on the defensive and charging the net to finish off with a volley putaway.
    Sharapova’s ability to overpower her opponent was no more apparent than in the final game, when she broke the Aussie at love. Once she pushed Dellacqua wide on her backhand side, Sharapova stepped in and fired an inside-in winner to close out the win.
    At one point in the match, the speed gun clocked a Sharapova serve at a 129 mph, but during her post-match interview on court, Sharapova refused to believe it was an accurate measurement.
    “That's a mistake. I don’t think I’ll live to see the day I serve at 129,” she said. “That’s wishful thinking.”

    Sharapova has had a relatively limited season this year, as she has only entered 11 events. Though her résumé for 2007 remains surprisingly brief with a sole title at San Diego, the world No. 2 is hoping to get her wins where it counts by defending her 2006 US Open title.
    Sharapova will meet Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in the next round. Radwanska, the No. 30 seed, could pose as a bit more of a threat, having easily defeated Akiko Morigami and Virginie Razzano in previous rounds.

    "Last time I played (Radwanska) was in Turkey and we had a pretty tough match," Sharapova said. "That was on clay and that was my first tournament back. So, you know, she's a young girl and I don't think she's going to have much to lose when she goes out on court to play me again. I know her game a little bit. We practiced a couple times. I played her once. But this is a different match, a different tournament, and I can't worry about the past. Just got figure it out when I go there."

  11. itach1ez

    itach1ez Senior

    Henin Rolls into Quarters; Will Face Serena


    Justine Henin may not have feared her opponent, but surely she was wary of Sunday’s fourth-round night match. In eight previous US Opens, Justine Henin of Belgium, the No. 1 seed, had lost at this juncture five times.
    The 2003 champion and 2006 runner-up had no repeat of those past problems. She soared into the quarterfinals, and a hugely anticipated matchup with Serena Williams, by crushing Dinara Safina of Russia, the 15th seed, 6-0, 6-2. For the third straight match, Henin won a set at love.

    Though Henin is a six-time Slam winner who won 6 of the 10 tournaments she has played this year including the French Open, curiously few people have been talking about the world No. 1 at this year’s US Open. More attention has been paid to the upset of Maria Sharapova, the Williams sisters, and the emergence of a new crop of Eastern European teenagers.
    And that’s just fine with Justine Henin.
    But she will almost certainly have something to say about the outcome of the final Slam of the year.

    Henin, who earlier this year suffered from a virus and shoulder problems, was close to perfect in dismantling Safina in just 59 minutes. A quarterfinalist in 2006, the little sister of Marat Safin has been as high as No. 9 in the world, but she was no match for the No. 1 seed. Although the diminutive

    Henin needed just 13 winners, several from her glorious one-handed backhand, she thoroughly dominated her much bigger opponent, who was never really in the match.

    Henin moves on to face Serena Williams for the third time this year in a quarterfinal in a major. The Belgian defeated Williams at both the French Open and Wimbledon. Williams, however, possesses a 6-5 head-to-head.
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    itach1ez Senior



    [SIZE=-1]Juara Wimbledon Venus Williams melangkah ke semifinal di Flushing Meadows setelah menundukkan unggulan ketiga asa Serbia, Jelena Jankovic, dengan angka ketat selama tiga set, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4), Kamis (6/9) WIB. Di semifinal, Venus yang diunggulkan di tempat ke-12 ini, mempunyai kesempatan untuk membalaskan kekalahan adiknya, Serena, dari unggulan pertama Justine Henin.

    "Ia bermain sangat luar biasa. Ia memang seorang yang tek pernah menyerah," kata Jankovic tentang Venus. "Ia terus membaik sampai di akhir pertandingan."

    Pertemuan Venus dengan Henin nanti adalah yang kesembilan kalinya, rekor Venus pun cukup fantastis, hanya sekali saja ia kalah dari petenis nomor satu dunia tersebut. Namun Venus menyebutkan, bahwa kekalahan adiknya di perempatfinal dari Henin memang membuatnya bersedih.

    "Lebih dari segalanya, ia adalah adik saya. Melihat dia kalah dankecewa itu pemandangan yang berat buat saya. Untuk itu, saya berusaha untuk menampilkan yang terbaik pada pertandingan hari Jumat besok melawan Justine (Henin)," kata Venus.

    Henin dan Venus sama-sama telah mengumpulkan enam gelr seri Grand Slam, keduanya sudah lama tak saling berhadapan, terakhir kalinya pada semifinal Australia Terbuka 2003 di mana Henin untuk pertama kalinya menang atas Venus.

    Kini, mengalahkan Venus menjadi ambisi tersendiri bagi Henin. Mengalahkan Williams bersaudara sekaligus dalam satu turnamen hanya pernah dilakukan Martina Hingis pada Australia Terbuka 2001. Kini, Henin ingin mengulangnya kembali.

    Sementara itu, partai semfinal lainnya akan jumpa antar sesama Rusia, akni unggulan keempat Svetlana Kuznetsova lawan unggulan keenam Anna Chakvetadze.

    Kuznetsova yang merupakan juara AS Terbuka 2004 menundukkan petenis belasan tahun asal Hungaria di peremptafinal, Agnes Szavay, dengan 6-1, 6-4 hanya dalam 67 menit. Sedang Chakvetadze meraih semifinal pertamanya di seri Grand Slam dengan menundukkan unggulan ke-18 asal Israel, Shahar Peer, 6-4, 6-1.

    Hasil Pertandingan Perempatfinal Turnamen Tenis AS Terbuka, Kamis (6/9) WIB:
    (6) Anna Chakvetadze (Rusia) vs (18) Shahar Peer (Israel), 6-4, 6-1;
    (4) Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rusia) vs Agnes Szavay (Hungaria), 6-1, 6-4;
    (12) Venus Williams (AS) vs (3)Jelena Jankovic (Serbia), 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(7/4).

    Perempatfinal Ganda Putri:
    (7) Nathalie Dechy/Dinara Safina (Prancis/Rusia) vs (3) Katarina Srebotnik/Ai Sugiyama (Slovenia/Jepang), 7-5, 6-3;
    (6) Kveta Peschke/Rennae Stubbs (Ceska/Australia) vs (13) Corina Morariu/Meghann Shaughnessy (AS), 6-2, 6-2.
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    itach1ez Senior

    [FONT=Tahoma,Verdana,Arial]NADAL PUN TERHENTI!


    David Ferrer menghentikan langkah unggulan kedua yang juga rekan senegaranya, Rafael Nadal, di babak keempat Turnamen Tenis AS Terbuka, Rabu (5/9) WIB. Bagi Nadal, kekalahan ini memupuskan keingiannya untuk membuat rekor tiga kali berturut-turut bertanding di final seri Grand Slam melawam Roger Federer.

    Namun, tidak mudah bagi Ferrer untuk memenangkan pertandingan meawlam Nadal yang memang dalam kondisi tidak prima ini. Ia harus bermain dalam empat set dengan dua kali tie-break, 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-2. Ini kemenangan pertama Ferrer atas Nadal dalam lima kali perjumpaan mereka. Di perempatfinal, Ferrer akan jumpa petenis Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela.

    Sementara itu, Nadal datang ke turnamen ini memang dengan melawan cedera lututnya. Namun, ia tak mau mundur bagi Nadal AS Terbuka begitu penting, setelah ia mengalahkan Federer di final Prancis Terbuka dan kalah dari Federer di final Wimbledon, dua turnamen seri Grand Slam sebelum AS Terbuka.

    Ferrer mengaku sangat lelah untuk bisa mengalahkan Nadal yang cedera itu. "Saya harus banyak berlari kencang," tutur Ferrer yang berusia 25 tahun tersebut.

    "Tapi saya sangat gembira, ini adalah kemenangan yang sangat spesial untuk saya. Untuk itu saya minta maaf untuk teman saya Rafa, yang telah bermain sangat baik dalam pertandingan yang sulit ini," kata Ferrer.

    Sementara itu, bagi Djakovid kekalahan Nadal ini membuatnya tak bisa berjumpa dengan Nadal. Jika Nadal tetap lolos, diharapkan ia bisa menghadapi Nadal di semifinal. Namun lebih dari itu, kekalahan Nadal ini berarti akan mempermudah jalan Djokovic, yang diunggulkan di tempat ketiga ini, untuk langsung menantang Federer di final.

  14. Ethuang

    Ethuang Senior+

    congratz atas d buka nya thread ini bro itach1ez =D> !!

    walau bukan penggemar tenis (gw lbh suka badminton) tp ikutan urun berita boleh kan ;)

  15. Ethuang

    Ethuang Senior+

    Sabtu, 08 Sept 2007,
    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Grand Slam Pertama di Depan Mata

    JANGAN pernah lagi meremehkan kekuatan tenis Taiwan. Di AS Terbuka 2007, negeri yang dianggap Tiongkok sebagai bagian dari wilayahnya itu menciptakan kejutan dengan menempatkan wakilnya di babak final. Yakni lewat pasangan ganda wanita Chan Yung-Jan dan Chuang Chia-Jung. Keduanya pun berpeluang mempersembahkan gelar grand slam pertama bagi Taiwan.

    Chan,18, dan Chung, 22, yang diposisikan sebagai unggulan kelima, sukses menembus babak puncak usai mengalahkan pasangan gado-gado Hungaria dan Rep Ceko, Agnes Szavay dan Vladimira Uhlivora, 6-2, 7-6(5). Lawan pasangan Taiwan itu adalah unggulan ketujuh Dinara Safina dan Nathalie Dechy (Rusia/Prancis).

    "Hasil yang mengagumkan, kami sangat bahagia. Kami bermain semakin bagus dan akan berjuang menjadi yang terbaik," papar Chan seperti dilansir AFP.

    Sebenarnya bukan kali ini saja Chan dan Chung menciptakan kejutan. Di Australia Terbuka, pasangan ini juga sukses melaju hingga final meski akhirnya harus menyerah dari duet Cara Black dan Liezel Huber (Zimbabwe/Afsel). Namun, kali ini mereka tak mau mengulang kesalahan.

    "Gelar juara akan mengubah segalanya, bagi negeri kami dan juga tenis di negara kami," sambung Chan yang mengharapkan dukungan kepada mereka terus bertambah di babak final besok WIB.

    Chan yang berasal dari Taipei merasa sudah sehati berpasangan dengan Chuang yang asal Kaoshing. "Kami tidak hanya berdiskusi mengenai taktik dan strategi di lapangan, tapi juga berbagai hal di luar tenis," jelas Chan. "Banyak hal yang saya dapat dari dia meski usianya lebih muda. Saya merasa menemukan keserasian dengannya."

    Ungkapan hati itu tidak salah karena saat kali pertama dipadukan, keduanya langsung menuai gelar di Seoul Terbuka 2005. Tahun lalu, pasangan ini banyak ditimpa cedera sehingga prestasi terbaiknya hanya menjadi runner-up Jepang Terbuka.
  16. Ethuang

    Ethuang Senior+

    Sabtu, 08 Sept 2007,
    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Djokovic Gagalkan Duel Matador

    Tantang Ferrer di Semifinal
    NEW YORK - Skenario duel sesama petenis Spanyol di semifinal tunggal pria Grand Slam AS Terbuka 2007 berantakan. Itu disebabkan petenis senior negeri matador (julukan Spanyol), Carlos Moya, dibekuk Novak Djokovic dari Serbia di perempat final kemarin (7/9).

    Dengan usia yang sebelas tahun lebih muda (Djokovic 20 tahun, sedangkan Moya 31 tahun), petenis Serbia itu mendominasi pertandingan dan unggul 6-4, 7-6 (7), 6-1 dalam laga selama 2 jam 18 menit. Kemenangan tersebut merupakan pembalasan setimpal Djokovic atas kekalahan dari Moya di babak kedua Cincinnati Masters medio Agustus lalu.

    Harapan Spanyol kini ditumpukan kepada petenis yang sedang bersinar prestasinya, David Ferrer. Pada laga perempat final lain, Ferrer menggulung petenis Argentina Juan Ignacio Chela dengan 6-2, 6-3, 7-5.

    Sementara itu, Djokovic yang ditempatkan sebagai unggulan ketiga menunjukkan bahwa dirinya tidak hanya penjegal duel sesama petenis negeri matador tersebut. Tapi, dia pun pantas menjadi favorit juara. Ibarat mesin, Djokovic terlambat panas. Namun, semakin melangkah jauh, performanya sulit dibendung seperti yang ditunjukkan saat menghadapi Moya.

    "Saya menikmati pertandingan meski saya tahu Carlos adalah petenis besar dan berpengalaman di berbagai even. Permainan baseline saya juga banyak membantu dalam laga hari ini (kemarin, Red)," papar Djokovic kepada AFP.

    Lolos ke semifinal AS Terbuka pun mengulang sukses Djokovic menembus babak serupa di dua ajang grand slam tahun ini, Prancis Terbuka dan Wimbledon (keduanya dikalahkan Rafael Nadal). "Kali ini, saya kembali menghadapi petenis Spanyol. Tapi, semoga hasilnya beda," terang petenis murah senyum itu.

    Ferrer memang hanya petenis peringkat 15 dunia. Lolos ke semifinal grand slam merupakan prestasi terbaik sepanjang karinya. Hal itu berbeda dengan Djokovic yang meraih empat gelar tahun ini. Termasuk, dua ajang masters di Indian Wells dan Montreal.

    Namun, Ferrer tidak boleh disepelekan. Sebab, petenis berambut gondrong itulah yang mampu menghentikan laju Nadal di babak keempat lalu. Meski tinggi badannya tergolong ’di bawah standar’ petenis dunia (175 centimeter), juara Heineken Terbuka 2007 tersebut punya kelebihan dari sisi kelincahan dan permainan bola silang yang menawan.

    "Saya sebenarnya berharap agar bisa bertemu Moya. Sebab, dia adalah sahabat saya. Tapi, Djokovic juga bukan lawan asing karena kami saling mengalahkan tahun ini," ungkap Ferrer kepada Reuters.

    Ferrer mengalahkan Djokovic di Monte Carlo Masters setelah sebelumnya kalah di Indian Wells. Meski begitu, dari rekor pertemuan kedua petenis tersebut, Ferrer unggul 2-1. Masalahnya, Ferrer mengaku masih kurang pede alias percaya diri meski lolos hingga empat besar. Selain itu, bermain di hard court (lapangan keras) bukan spesialisasinya.

    Seperti kebanyakan petenis Spanyol, Ferrer lebih nyaman bermain di clay court atau lapangan tanah liat. "Ketika mengetahui saya bermain bagus di hard court, itu sungguh luar biasa. Pencapaian saya di turnamen ini bagaikan mimpi," terang Ferrer.
  17. Ethuang

    Ethuang Senior+

    Sabtu, 08 Sept 2007,
    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Cari Pelampiasan di Piala Davis

    GRAND SLAM AS Terbuka 2007 menjadi catatan merah bagi para petenis pria tuan rumah. Baik di tunggal maupun ganda pria, wakil Negeri Paman Sam itu gagal total.

    Andy Roddick dan James Blake tak mampu menembus semifinal. Begitu juga dengan pasangan kembar Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan yang notabene pasangan nomor satu dunia.

    Roddick yang menjadi andalan publik tuan rumah terhenti langkahnya di perempat final dari juara bertahan Roger Federer. Sementara Blake tersisih di babak keempat dari Tommy Haas (Jerman). Begitu juga Bryan bersaudara yang tunduk dari pasangan Simon Aspelin/Julian Knowle (Swedia/Austria) di babak yang sama.

    Tak mau larut dalam kekecewaan, fokus pun dialihkan. AS kini berusaha mencari pelampiasan di Piala Davis 2007. Roddick dkk mulai mempersiapkan diri menghadapi semifinal melawan Swedia 21-23 September mendatang di Scandinavium Arena, Goteborg.

    Kapten tak bermain AS Patrick McEnroe pun siap menurunkan kekuatan terbaik : Roddick, Blake dan Bryan bersaudara. Sebagai cadangan ada dua nama petenis muda, John Isner dan Sam Querrey.

    "Saat Swedia memutuskan bermain di hard court (lapangan keras, Red), saya yakin anak-anak akan mampu tampil baik karena mereka memang benar-benar menyukainya," terang McEnroe kepada Associated Press.

    Satu-satunya yang tidak disukai McEnroe dari venue pertandingan adalah faktor sejarah. Ya, di tempat itulah tim Piala Davis AS pernah bertekuk lutut di tangan Swedia pada 1884 dan 1997. "Sejarah hanya menjadi bahan pertimbangan dan bukan suatu hal yang harus menghantui pertandingan kami," sumbar McEnroe.

    Kendati petenis AS mencatat hasil kurang menggembirakan sepanjang tahun ini, McEnroe menyebut di atas kertas tim asuhannya lebih difavoritkan. Apalagi Swedia masih mengandalkan jago tua macam Jonas Bjorkman dan Thomas Johansson. Selain itu, petenis terbaik mereka, Robin Soderling, harus absen karena cedera pergelangan tangan kiri.

    "Saya telah menjadi kapten tim beberapa tahun. Kehilangan petenis andalan adalah hal buruk," jelas saudara kandung bintang tenis AS dekade 1980-an, John McEnroe, itu.

    Selain partai Swedia lawan AS, slot semifinal Piala Davis 2007 mempertemukan Jerman yang menjamu Rusia. Jika yang lolos ke final adalah AS dan Rusia, yang berhak menjadi tuan rumah babak pamungkas adalah AS.

    "Kami ingin menjadi tuan rumah di final dan juara," jelas Bob Bryan.
  18. Ethuang

    Ethuang Senior+

    Sabtu, 08 Sept 2007,
    [FONT=Times New Roman, Times, serif]Sukses Pasangan Guru dan Murid

    Mirnyi/Azarenka Raih Trofi Ganda Campuran
    NEW YORK - Gelar ganda campuran AS Terbuka 2007 menjadi milik Belarusia. Pasangan nonunggulan Max Mirnyi dan Victoria Azarenka menjadi yang terbaik dengan mengalahkan duet Leander Paes dan Meghann Shaughnessy (India/AS) 6-4, 7-6 (6). Bagi Mirnyi, gelar itu adalah koleksi grand slam ganda yang ketujuh sepanjang karir profesionalnya. Sedangkan, gelar tersebut bagi Azarenka adalah yang pertama.

    Mirnyi, 30, memang petenis yang lebih fokus bermain di ganda. Karena itu, tidak heran jika dia sudah menyabet gelar mulai grand slam ganda campuran AS Terbuka dan Wimbledon. Masing-masing pada 1998 (berpasangan dengan Serena Williams) hingga ganda pria di Prancis Terbuka 2005-2006 dan AS Terbuka (2000 dan 2002).

    Berbeda dengan Azarenka. Petenis yang masih berusia 18 tahun tersebut masih fokus di nomor tunggal. Sayang, penampilan solo Azarenka di AS Terbuka hanya berhasil sampai babak keempat. Meski demikian, petenis ranking 41 dunia itu disebut-sebut punya masa depan cerah. "Kemenangan ini bagi saya mungkin bukan hal baru. Tapi, semoga ini bermakna bagi Victoria (Azarenka) agar dia bisa belajar bagaimana menjadi juara," terang Mirnyi kepada AFP.

    Menurut Mirnyi, dirinya berpasangan dengan Azarenka untuk tujuan jangka panjang. Sebagai senior, Mirnyi ingin membimbing Azarenka agar kelak menjadi petenis tangguh. "Kami seperti guru dan murid saat ini. Tapi, suatu saat, kami mungkin sudah sejajar," jelasnya.

    Saat Azarenka masih balita, Mirnyi sudah mengayun raket dan tampil dalam pertandingan tenis junior. "Perkembangan Victoria (Azarenka) sungguh luar biasa. Saya yakin, dia akan menjadi petenis hebat dari negeri kami dalam beberapa tahun mendatang," jelas petenis yang berdomisili di Florida tersebut.

    Sementara itu, Azarenka tidak bisa menyembunyikan kebahagiaan atas sukses yang diraihnya tersebut. "Saya tidak percaya dengan hasil ini. Saya tahu bahwa kami menjadi juara. Tapi, saya masih tidak percaya jika yang ada di podium adalah diri saya," ujarnya dengan mata berkaca-kaca saat konferensi pers setelah pertandingan seperti dilansir Ticker.
  19. Ethuang

    Ethuang Senior+

    Ferrer Lanjutkan Sensasi


    NEW YORK – David Ferrer melanjutkan senasinya di turnamen Amerika Serikat Terbuka. Soalnya, Ferrer memesan tiket ke babak semifinal usai menumbangkan Juan Ignacio Chela 6-2 6-3 7-5, Jumat (6/9/2007) dini hari WIB. Ini sekaligus melanjutkan senasi petenis unggulan 15 itu, yang sebelumnya membuat kejutan dengan menumbangkan petenis unggulan dua Rafael Nadal di babak perempatfinal.
    “Saya senang karena Chela bermain sangat gugup di set pertama. Saya juga senang karena dapat bermain dengan baik di turnamen ini,” ungkap petenis asal Spanyol itu seperti dikutip Eurosports.
    Rupanya, rasa kepercayaan diri Ferrer meningkat setelah menumbangkan Nadal. Selain itu, dukungan suporter juga sangat penting baginya.
    “Ujian sesungguhnya adalah saat melawan Rafa –sapaan akran Rafael Nadal-. Tapi, setelah itu saya lewati saya menjadi percaya diri. Apalagi, saya juga mendapatkan dukungan yang sangat luar biasa,” papar petenis berusia 25 tahun itu.
    Pada pertandingan babak semifinal mendatang, Ferrer akan menghadapi pemenang antara Carlos Moya yang akan menantang petenis nomor tiga ATP Novak Djokovic.
  20. Ethuang

    Ethuang Senior+

    Bungkam Moya, Djokovic Hadapi Ferrer


    NEW YORK – Novak Djokovic lolos ke babak semifinal turnamen Amerika Serikat Terbuka untuk menghadapi David Ferrer. Itu didapat usai Djokovic membungkam Carlos Moya dengan skor 6-4, 7-6 (8/7), 6-1, Kamis (6/7/2007) Bagi unggulan ketiga itu, babak semifinal Amerika Terbuka ini merupakan prestasi terbaiknya selain Prancis Terbuka dan Wimbledon.
    Pertarungan ketat terliaht di set 1 dan 2. Namun, petenis asal Serbia itu terlalu tangguh di set 1 dan menutup set ini dengan skor 6-4. Di set 2, perlawanan ketat kembali dilancarkan oleh Moya.
    Bahkan, di set ini petenis asal Spanyol itu sempat memasakan tie break 6-6. Sayang, eror yang dibuat oleh Moya membuat Djokovic memastikan tiket ke babak semifinal lewat tie break 8-7.
    Pada babak semifinal mendatang, petenis berusia 20 tahun itu akan menghadapi petenis asal Spanyol lainnya David Ferrer, Sabtu (9/9/2007) mendatang.

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