May 1, 2011 2 Comments
Back to life
Coming back from the hip surgery that sidelined him since the US Open, Gonzo – who’s currently out of the top-500 – took a wildcard into the main draw of Belgrade.
He won his first match, against the qualifier Martin Klizan – his first win since Roland Garros – but lost the very next round to the eventual runner-up Feliciano Lopez, but that’s ok.
What really matters is, Gonzo is slowly coming back to the pro tour. The ’07 Aussie Open runner-up has some challengers (still as a WC) next on his schedule.
Be welcome back, Gonzo.
Never got to meet Jarka personally – in fact, I never got meet any tennis player personally – but she looks indeed a kind person.
Facing some personal issues recently, causing her to change her name back to Gajdosova, Jarka was the second seed in Estoril this week. After two convincing wins, against Voracova and Dellacqua, she fell in three to Niculescu in the quarterfinals.
But that’s not a concern. In fact, I’m glad she put up a run there. In Madrid, this week, she denied Kirilenko the match when she served for it 6/5 in the 3rd, and ended up winning in the tie-break.
Good to see personal problems are not getting on the way of another player – because that’s something tennis doesn’t deserve. Even more a kind, skilled one like Jarka.
Keep going, girl.
Signs of life
Must confess my emotions towards Davydenko came from amazement to excitement to surprise to worry to disappointment to denial to total and complete lack of faith.
I really thought he was done – he could barely win his openers. But little ole Kolya proved me wrong this week, as he survived Kuznetsov, Reister, Cilic, Stepanek and Florian Mayer to clinch his 21st title, 2nd in Munich. Davydenko has won at least one singles title since 2003 – only Federer and Roddick have a longer streak going on these days.
Kolya was one of the few – human – players able to keep up with Federer and company. I really felt depressed watching him falling below the top-40, and think barely 18 months ago he had the best momentum of his life.
I’m just hoping this won’t be an isolated event.
But anyway, welcome back to the winner’s circle, Nikolay