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Date: 02 Jan 2009 18:04:29
From:
Subject: Hopman Cup XXI (2009)
draw is out, play started today. round robin ms/ws singles + mixed
then winner of each group plays final:


(1)USA Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake
(4)Australia Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
(6) Germany Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
(7)Slovak Republic Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty

Group B
(2)Russia Dinara Safina and Marat Safin
(3)France Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
(5)Italy Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli
(8)Chinese TaipeiSu-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu




 
Date: 09 Jan 2009 09:38:15
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Hopman Cup XXI (2009)
nicksalzberg@gmail.com wrote:
> draw is out, play started today. round robin ms/ws singles + mixed
> then winner of each group plays final:
>
>
> (1)USA Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake
> (4)Australia Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
> (6) Germany Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
> (7)Slovak Republic Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty
>
> Group B
> (2)Russia Dinara Safina and Marat Safin
> (3)France Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
> (5)Italy Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli
> (8)Chinese TaipeiSu-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu

Russia v. France
Safina d Cornet 6-3, 6-2 (I saw that match; Safina is in very good form)
Simon d. Safin 7-6 6-3
Safin/Safina d. Simon/Cornet 6-4 6-3

Tomorrow's final: Slovak Republic v. Russia

There were three possible finalists from Group B, depending on the last matches.
France could have got through with a straight-sets win in the mixed doubles, and
Italy would have got through if France won in three sets.




 
Date: 05 Jan 2009 20:05:15
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Hopman Cup XXI (2009)
nicksalzberg@gmail.com wrote:
> draw is out, play started today. round robin ms/ws singles + mixed
> then winner of each group plays final:
>
>
> (1)USA Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake
> (4)Australia Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
> (6) Germany Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
> (7)Slovak Republic Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty
>
> Group B
> (2)Russia Dinara Safina and Marat Safin
> (3)France Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
> (5)Italy Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli
> (8)Chinese TaipeiSu-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu

A very long and tough contest is going on atm:
Australia v. Germany 1-1
Mixed doubles: 7-6 3-6

All matches have gone the distance: There's a live scores link here:
http://hopmancup.com/?id=301





  
Date: 05 Jan 2009 20:21:46
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Hopman Cup XXI (2009)
DavidW wrote:
> nicksalzberg@gmail.com wrote:
>> draw is out, play started today. round robin ms/ws singles + mixed
>> then winner of each group plays final:
>>
>>
>> (1)USA Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake
>> (4)Australia Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
>> (6) Germany Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
>> (7)Slovak Republic Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty
>>
>> Group B
>> (2)Russia Dinara Safina and Marat Safin
>> (3)France Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
>> (5)Italy Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli
>> (8)Chinese TaipeiSu-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu
>
> A very long and tough contest is going on atm:
> Australia v. Germany 1-1
> Mixed doubles: 7-6 3-6
>
> All matches have gone the distance: There's a live scores link here:
> http://hopmancup.com/?id=301

Well, that is pathetic. The "live" scores on the web are actually a long way
behind, maybe an hour. After posting that I turned on the TV, which probably
really was live, and they were deep in the 3rd set. After five minutes the
match was over. Meanwhile the "live" scores say 7-6 3-6 0-1.





   
Date: 05 Jan 2009 22:54:28
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Hopman Cup XXI (2009)
On Mon, 5 Jan 2009 20:21:46 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided > wrote:

>DavidW wrote:
>> nicksalzberg@gmail.com wrote:
>>> draw is out, play started today. round robin ms/ws singles + mixed
>>> then winner of each group plays final:
>>>
>>>
>>> (1)USA Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake
>>> (4)Australia Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
>>> (6) Germany Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
>>> (7)Slovak Republic Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty
>>>
>>> Group B
>>> (2)Russia Dinara Safina and Marat Safin
>>> (3)France Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
>>> (5)Italy Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli
>>> (8)Chinese TaipeiSu-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu
>>
>> A very long and tough contest is going on atm:
>> Australia v. Germany 1-1
>> Mixed doubles: 7-6 3-6
>>
>> All matches have gone the distance: There's a live scores link here:
>> http://hopmancup.com/?id=301
>
>Well, that is pathetic. The "live" scores on the web are actually a long way
>behind, maybe an hour. After posting that I turned on the TV, which probably
>really was live, and they were deep in the 3rd set. After five minutes the
>match was over. Meanwhile the "live" scores say 7-6 3-6 0-1.

3rd set was probably a match tie-break, as it is everywhere? Which
means that the third set lasts about five minutes.



    
Date: 06 Jan 2009 08:22:55
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Hopman Cup XXI (2009)
Sakari Lund wrote:
> On Mon, 5 Jan 2009 20:21:46 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided> wrote:
>
>> DavidW wrote:
>>> nicksalzberg@gmail.com wrote:
>>>> draw is out, play started today. round robin ms/ws singles + mixed
>>>> then winner of each group plays final:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> (1)USA Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake
>>>> (4)Australia Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
>>>> (6) Germany Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
>>>> (7)Slovak Republic Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty
>>>>
>>>> Group B
>>>> (2)Russia Dinara Safina and Marat Safin
>>>> (3)France Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
>>>> (5)Italy Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli
>>>> (8)Chinese TaipeiSu-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu
>>>
>>> A very long and tough contest is going on atm:
>>> Australia v. Germany 1-1
>>> Mixed doubles: 7-6 3-6
>>>
>>> All matches have gone the distance: There's a live scores link here:
>>> http://hopmancup.com/?id=301
>>
>> Well, that is pathetic. The "live" scores on the web are actually a
>> long way behind, maybe an hour. After posting that I turned on the
>> TV, which probably really was live, and they were deep in the 3rd
>> set. After five minutes the match was over. Meanwhile the "live"
>> scores say 7-6 3-6 0-1.
>
> 3rd set was probably a match tie-break, as it is everywhere?

What do you mean 'everywhere'? I've hardly ever seen a match tie-break. While I
was watching it I didn't even know how many points they played up to.

> Which
> means that the third set lasts about five minutes.

Yes. The TV score was confusing. I'm sure I saw 7-6 3-6 7-6 shown, so I assumed
the match tie-break was played at 6-6 in the 3rd, and was only longer than usual
because it decided the match. Anyway, the website was still behind the TV, just
not as much as I thought.

BTW, according to the paper this morning Lisicki is a player to watch. "Lisicki,
19, never throttled back on her full on assault during the 116-minute match,
which ended with the left-handed baseliner (Dellacqua) crumbling in the final
stages of the 3rd set, losing 12 of the last 13 points. With a thunderous serve
regularly nudging 200 km/h, Lisicki hit plenty of unforced errors but maintained
the bombardment to the end." I will try to watch her next singles match.




     
Date: 05 Jan 2009 23:48:25
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Hopman Cup XXI (2009)
On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 08:22:55 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided > wrote:

>Sakari Lund wrote:
>> On Mon, 5 Jan 2009 20:21:46 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided> wrote:
>>
>>> DavidW wrote:
>>>> nicksalzberg@gmail.com wrote:
>>>>> draw is out, play started today. round robin ms/ws singles + mixed
>>>>> then winner of each group plays final:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> (1)USA Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake
>>>>> (4)Australia Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
>>>>> (6) Germany Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
>>>>> (7)Slovak Republic Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty
>>>>>
>>>>> Group B
>>>>> (2)Russia Dinara Safina and Marat Safin
>>>>> (3)France Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
>>>>> (5)Italy Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli
>>>>> (8)Chinese TaipeiSu-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu
>>>>
>>>> A very long and tough contest is going on atm:
>>>> Australia v. Germany 1-1
>>>> Mixed doubles: 7-6 3-6
>>>>
>>>> All matches have gone the distance: There's a live scores link here:
>>>> http://hopmancup.com/?id=301
>>>
>>> Well, that is pathetic. The "live" scores on the web are actually a
>>> long way behind, maybe an hour. After posting that I turned on the
>>> TV, which probably really was live, and they were deep in the 3rd
>>> set. After five minutes the match was over. Meanwhile the "live"
>>> scores say 7-6 3-6 0-1.
>>
>> 3rd set was probably a match tie-break, as it is everywhere?
>
>What do you mean 'everywhere'? I've hardly ever seen a match tie-break. While I
>was watching it I didn't even know how many points they played up to.

In every doubles match in every ATP and WTA tournament. If the sets
are 1-1, they play a tie-break to 10 points. In slams I think they
play a normal set, but maybe in mixed in slams they have a match
tie-break too.
>
>> Which
>> means that the third set lasts about five minutes.
>
>Yes. The TV score was confusing. I'm sure I saw 7-6 3-6 7-6 shown, so I assumed
>the match tie-break was played at 6-6 in the 3rd, and was only longer than usual
>because it decided the match. Anyway, the website was still behind the TV, just
>not as much as I thought.

Not sure about that based on your posts. You said it was 7-6, 3-6.
Then you turned on TV, "and they were deep in the 3rd set." But they
were probably playing the match tie-break right after the 2nd set.
Then "After five minutes the match was over. Meanwhile the "live"
scores say 7-6 3-6 0-1." It should be over after five minutes.
Sometimes the score is announced 0-1, sometimes 6-10, or however the
tie-break ends.

>
>BTW, according to the paper this morning Lisicki is a player to watch. "Lisicki,
>19, never throttled back on her full on assault during the 116-minute match,
>which ended with the left-handed baseliner (Dellacqua) crumbling in the final
>stages of the 3rd set, losing 12 of the last 13 points. With a thunderous serve
>regularly nudging 200 km/h, Lisicki hit plenty of unforced errors but maintained
>the bombardment to the end." I will try to watch her next singles match.

Lisicki had some good results last year.



      
Date: 06 Jan 2009 09:04:38
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Hopman Cup XXI (2009)
Sakari Lund wrote:
> On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 08:22:55 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided> wrote:
>
>> Sakari Lund wrote:
>>> On Mon, 5 Jan 2009 20:21:46 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> DavidW wrote:
>>>>> nicksalzberg@gmail.com wrote:
>>>>>> draw is out, play started today. round robin ms/ws singles +
>>>>>> mixed then winner of each group plays final:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> (1)USA Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake
>>>>>> (4)Australia Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
>>>>>> (6) Germany Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
>>>>>> (7)Slovak Republic Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Group B
>>>>>> (2)Russia Dinara Safina and Marat Safin
>>>>>> (3)France Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
>>>>>> (5)Italy Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli
>>>>>> (8)Chinese TaipeiSu-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu
>>>>>
>>>>> A very long and tough contest is going on atm:
>>>>> Australia v. Germany 1-1
>>>>> Mixed doubles: 7-6 3-6
>>>>>
>>>>> All matches have gone the distance: There's a live scores link
>>>>> here: http://hopmancup.com/?id=301
>>>>
>>>> Well, that is pathetic. The "live" scores on the web are actually a
>>>> long way behind, maybe an hour. After posting that I turned on the
>>>> TV, which probably really was live, and they were deep in the 3rd
>>>> set. After five minutes the match was over. Meanwhile the "live"
>>>> scores say 7-6 3-6 0-1.
>>>
>>> 3rd set was probably a match tie-break, as it is everywhere?
>>
>> What do you mean 'everywhere'? I've hardly ever seen a match
>> tie-break. While I was watching it I didn't even know how many
>> points they played up to.
>
> In every doubles match in every ATP and WTA tournament.

Uh, okay then. I guess I don't watch doubles much.

> If the sets
> are 1-1, they play a tie-break to 10 points. In slams I think they
> play a normal set, but maybe in mixed in slams they have a match
> tie-break too.
>>
>>> Which
>>> means that the third set lasts about five minutes.
>>
>> Yes. The TV score was confusing. I'm sure I saw 7-6 3-6 7-6 shown,
>> so I assumed the match tie-break was played at 6-6 in the 3rd, and
>> was only longer than usual because it decided the match. Anyway, the
>> website was still behind the TV, just not as much as I thought.
>
> Not sure about that based on your posts. You said it was 7-6, 3-6.
> Then you turned on TV, "and they were deep in the 3rd set." But they
> were probably playing the match tie-break right after the 2nd set.
> Then "After five minutes the match was over. Meanwhile the "live"
> scores say 7-6 3-6 0-1." It should be over after five minutes.
> Sometimes the score is announced 0-1, sometimes 6-10, or however the
> tie-break ends.

After the match I thought I saw a final score of (something like) 7-6 3-6 7-6
(though it must have been 7-6 3-6 6-7 if I saw it at all). The newspaper this
morning says: Kiefer/Lisicki (Ger) d. Hewitt/Dellacqua (Aus) 6-7(7-2) 6-3
7-6(10-5 in match tiebreak).




       
Date: 06 Jan 2009 00:14:59
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Hopman Cup XXI (2009)
On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 09:04:38 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided > wrote:

>Sakari Lund wrote:
>> On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 08:22:55 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided> wrote:
>>
>>> Sakari Lund wrote:
>>>> On Mon, 5 Jan 2009 20:21:46 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> DavidW wrote:
>>>>>> nicksalzberg@gmail.com wrote:
>>>>>>> draw is out, play started today. round robin ms/ws singles +
>>>>>>> mixed then winner of each group plays final:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> (1)USA Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake
>>>>>>> (4)Australia Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
>>>>>>> (6) Germany Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
>>>>>>> (7)Slovak Republic Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Group B
>>>>>>> (2)Russia Dinara Safina and Marat Safin
>>>>>>> (3)France Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
>>>>>>> (5)Italy Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli
>>>>>>> (8)Chinese TaipeiSu-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu
>>>>>>
>>>>>> A very long and tough contest is going on atm:
>>>>>> Australia v. Germany 1-1
>>>>>> Mixed doubles: 7-6 3-6
>>>>>>
>>>>>> All matches have gone the distance: There's a live scores link
>>>>>> here: http://hopmancup.com/?id=301
>>>>>
>>>>> Well, that is pathetic. The "live" scores on the web are actually a
>>>>> long way behind, maybe an hour. After posting that I turned on the
>>>>> TV, which probably really was live, and they were deep in the 3rd
>>>>> set. After five minutes the match was over. Meanwhile the "live"
>>>>> scores say 7-6 3-6 0-1.
>>>>
>>>> 3rd set was probably a match tie-break, as it is everywhere?
>>>
>>> What do you mean 'everywhere'? I've hardly ever seen a match
>>> tie-break. While I was watching it I didn't even know how many
>>> points they played up to.
>>
>> In every doubles match in every ATP and WTA tournament.
>
>Uh, okay then. I guess I don't watch doubles much.

I don't either, because it is never shown. But you notice it following
a scoreboard, and looking at results. That has been the standard in
doubles matches for couple of years.

>> If the sets
>> are 1-1, they play a tie-break to 10 points. In slams I think they
>> play a normal set, but maybe in mixed in slams they have a match
>> tie-break too.
>>>
>>>> Which
>>>> means that the third set lasts about five minutes.
>>>
>>> Yes. The TV score was confusing. I'm sure I saw 7-6 3-6 7-6 shown,
>>> so I assumed the match tie-break was played at 6-6 in the 3rd, and
>>> was only longer than usual because it decided the match. Anyway, the
>>> website was still behind the TV, just not as much as I thought.
>>
>> Not sure about that based on your posts. You said it was 7-6, 3-6.
>> Then you turned on TV, "and they were deep in the 3rd set." But they
>> were probably playing the match tie-break right after the 2nd set.
>> Then "After five minutes the match was over. Meanwhile the "live"
>> scores say 7-6 3-6 0-1." It should be over after five minutes.
>> Sometimes the score is announced 0-1, sometimes 6-10, or however the
>> tie-break ends.
>
>After the match I thought I saw a final score of (something like) 7-6 3-6 7-6
>(though it must have been 7-6 3-6 6-7 if I saw it at all). The newspaper this
>morning says: Kiefer/Lisicki (Ger) d. Hewitt/Dellacqua (Aus) 6-7(7-2) 6-3
>7-6(10-5 in match tiebreak).

That is a misleading way to say it. Usually it is said like this:

Brisbane:

M Gicquel (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d M Ancic (CRO) / P Mathieu (FRA) 75
46 10-4

And Chennai:

O Marach (AUT) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) d P Andujar (ESP) / C Moya (ESP)
36 63 10-4






        
Date: 06 Jan 2009 09:19:48
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Hopman Cup XXI (2009)
Sakari Lund wrote:
> On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 09:04:38 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided> wrote:
>
>> Sakari Lund wrote:
>>> On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 08:22:55 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided>
>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> What do you mean 'everywhere'? I've hardly ever seen a match
>>>> tie-break. While I was watching it I didn't even know how many
>>>> points they played up to.
>>>
>>> In every doubles match in every ATP and WTA tournament.
>>
>> Uh, okay then. I guess I don't watch doubles much.
>
> I don't either, because it is never shown. But you notice it following
> a scoreboard, and looking at results.

I don't even do that much with doubles.

> That has been the standard in
> doubles matches for couple of years.
>
>> After the match I thought I saw a final score of (something like)
>> 7-6 3-6 7-6 (though it must have been 7-6 3-6 6-7 if I saw it at
>> all). The newspaper this morning says: Kiefer/Lisicki (Ger) d.
>> Hewitt/Dellacqua (Aus) 6-7(7-2) 6-3 7-6(10-5 in match tiebreak).
>
> That is a misleading way to say it.

I'll say. They've reported 13 games that never took place, and I think the TV
did the same thing, hence my post last night.

> Usually it is said like this:
>
> Brisbane:
>
> M Gicquel (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d M Ancic (CRO) / P Mathieu (FRA) 75
> 46 10-4
>
> And Chennai:
>
> O Marach (AUT) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) d P Andujar (ESP) / C Moya (ESP)
> 36 63 10-4

Yes, that's better.




         
Date: 06 Jan 2009 09:28:10
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Hopman Cup XXI (2009)
DavidW wrote:
> Sakari Lund wrote:
>> On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 09:04:38 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided>
>> wrote:
>>> After the match I thought I saw a final score of (something like)
>>> 7-6 3-6 7-6 (though it must have been 7-6 3-6 6-7 if I saw it at
>>> all). The newspaper this morning says: Kiefer/Lisicki (Ger) d.
>>> Hewitt/Dellacqua (Aus) 6-7(7-2) 6-3 7-6(10-5 in match tiebreak).
>>
>> That is a misleading way to say it.
>
> I'll say. They've reported 13 games that never took place, and I
> think the TV did the same thing, hence my post last night.

The website as well:
http://hopmancup.com/?id=301




 
Date: 03 Jan 2009 19:26:56
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Hopman Cup XXI (2009)
nicksalzberg@gmail.com wrote:
> draw is out, play started today. round robin ms/ws singles + mixed
> then winner of each group plays final:
>
>
> (1)USA Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake
> (4)Australia Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
> (6) Germany Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
> (7)Slovak Republic Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty
>
> Group B
> (2)Russia Dinara Safina and Marat Safin
> (3)France Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
> (5)Italy Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli
> (8)Chinese TaipeiSu-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu

First result: France d. Chinese Taipei 3-0





  
Date: 04 Jan 2009 19:33:22
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Hopman Cup XXI (2009)
DavidW wrote:
> nicksalzberg@gmail.com wrote:
>> draw is out, play started today. round robin ms/ws singles + mixed
>> then winner of each group plays final:
>>
>>
>> (1)USA Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake
>> (4)Australia Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
>> (6) Germany Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
>> (7)Slovak Republic Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty
>>
>> Group B
>> (2)Russia Dinara Safina and Marat Safin
>> (3)France Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
>> (5)Italy Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli
>> (8)Chinese TaipeiSu-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu
>
> First result: France d. Chinese Taipei 3-0

Next result: Russia d. Italy 2-1 (both singles).

Safin turned up with two black eyes, apparently the result of a recent fight in
Russia. He said he won the fight.





 
Date: 02 Jan 2009 23:19:39
From: mimus
Subject: Re: Hopman Cup XXI (2009)
On Fri, 02 Jan 2009 18:04:29 -0800, nicksalzberg wrote:

> draw is out, play started today. round robin ms/ws singles + mixed
> then winner of each group plays final:
>
>
> (1)USA Meghann Shaughnessy and James Blake
> (4)Australia Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt
> (6) Germany Sabine Lisicki and Nicolas Kiefer
> (7)Slovak Republic Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty
>
> Group B
> (2)Russia Dinara Safina and Marat Safin
> (3)France Alize Cornet and Gilles Simon
> (5)Italy Flavia Pennetta and Simone Bolelli
> (8)Chinese TaipeiSu-Wei Hsieh and Yen-Hsun Lu

None of the teams looks overpowering with both players, but I'd give the
edge to the Safins:

Marat playing with Little Big Sis ought to be fairly inspired, whereas she
should pretty much murder everyone but Cibulkova and maybe Pennetta.

--

Take a deep breath, take a walk, cool off, plot a bit, and serve again.