Tennis-X Wrap: Williams Sister Double Shocker at French Open
by Staff | May 28th, 2014, 8:51 pm
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Serena Williams joined the early exit rush on Wednesday at the French Open, going out in a shocking 6-2, 6-2 loss to Spaniard Garbine Muguruza. The world No. 1 came out flat, and has now failed to advance past the fourth round at her first two Slams of the year.


“I have a couple of words to describe [the year], but I think that would be really appropriate, so I’m going to leave it at that,” Serena said. “I love it here, but there’s always next year. At least I won’t have any points to defend.”

Coupled with Li Na’s loss, it was the earliest he top two women’s seeds have gone out at any Grand Slam in the Open Era.

Murguruza said she fought through nerves in the end to close it out.

“She said that if I continue playing like this, I can win the tournament,” the Spaniard said. “I said, ‘I will try, I will try.’”

Also exiting was Serena’s older sister Venus. The former No. 1 and No. 29 seed lost to Slovak Anna Schmiedlova 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

“She played really well, even the first set, she was competitive,” Venus said of the 19-year-old Schmiedova. “In the second and third sets I made too many errors, and she played so well and kept getting so many balls in the court.”

Top 10-seeded players through to the third round on Wednesday were No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska who defeated Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-4; No. 7 Maria Sharapova over Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5, 6-2; No. 8 Angelique Kerber eliminating American Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 7-5; and No. 9 Dominika Cibulkova defeating qualifier Tamira Paszek of Austria 6-3, 6-4.

Other upset-minded players topping seeds were Swede Johanna Larsson coming from a set down to oust No. 12 Flavia Pennetta 5-7, 6-4, 6-2; German Mona Barthel advancing when No. 16 Sabine Lisicki retired with a wrist injury in the second set; Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic defeating No. 32 Elena Vesnina 7-6(6), 6-2; and American wildcard Taylor Townsend surprising No. 20 seed Alize Cornet 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro and No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard weathered three-set matches, while No. 19 Sam Stosur and No. 31 Daniela Hantuchova also advanced.

Things were much tamer on the men’s side as the five Top 10 seeds in action advanced, all avoiding any five-set exertion.

No. 2 Novak Djokovic eased past France’s Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-4, 6-2; No. 4 Roger Federer out-hit Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; No. 6 Tomas Berdych came from a set down to top Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3; No. 8 Milos Raonic out-served Czech Jiri Vesely 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1; and No. 10 John Isner edged Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(6), 7-6(4), 6-3, 7-6(4).

“I managed to play some good tennis and already feeling like I’m improving my game as the tournament progresses,” said Djokovic who improved to 22-0 in sets against Chardy. “I managed to make him play an extra shot. I managed to stay solid from the baseline and I think that forced him to make a lot of unforced errors, which definitely helped me to win in straight sets.”

Federer will next meet Russian Dmitry Tursunov.

“I think it was kind of tough all the way through for me,” Federer said of his match with Schwartzman, who pummeled the ball and stepped into the court throughout the meeting. “I didn’t feel relaxed for the entire match…He managed to put pressure on me and keep the pressure on me.”

Isner avoided a fifth set by clinching a fourth-set tiebreaker, the third in his match with Kukushkin.

“I wouldn’t say 100 percent pleased with how I played, but I’m 100 percent pleased that I’m through to the next round,” Isner said. “Definitely I have relied on my serve so much these first two rounds, which is fine, but I wish it didn’t have to be that way, so I’ve got to get better.”

Other seeds advancing were No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 17 Tommy Robredo, No. 18 Ernests Gulbis, No. 22 Jerzy Janowicz, No. 25 Marin Cilic who beat Tobias Kamke 6-0 in the fourth, No. 27 Roberto Bautista, No. 29 Gilles Simon, and No. 31 Dmitry Tursunov.

Seeds not as lucky were No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny who was buried by Radek “The Worm” Stepanek in four sets, and No. 20 Alexandr Dolgopolov who blew a 2-0 set lead against Spaniard Marcel Granollers.

American Steve Johnson won the completion of his match from Tuesday with Laurent Lokoli, defeating the Frenchman 6-3 in the fifth set to set a meeting with countryman Jack Sock.


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121 Comments for Tennis-X Wrap: Williams Sister Double Shocker at French Open

CCback Says:

Not shocking at all. 2014 is a year of change.


funches Says:

Comments like “not shocking at all” are why writers ignore fan comments.

Serena losing 6-2, 6-2 to an unseeded 20-year old in the second rd of a slam? By any sane person’s definition, that’s shocking. It’s shocking that anyone even has to defend that statement.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Dolgopolov out! So Dog, Dmitrov, and Nishikori out of the Risers, and its only Wednesday!
Only Raonic and Thiem left.
I’m shocked. I really thought we WERE in a year of change, but this rearguard action by the vested interests has been powerful.
Its hard to get ahead these days!
Thems that has gets!
Rafa and Novak… The 1% of the tour that win 99% of the gold!
RISE UP LOWER RANKS RISE UP!


Polo Says:

Agree with funches. Anybody not shocked at all by Serena’s loss today must not know much about what’s going on in tennis in the past few years.


TennisFan Says:

Why not talk about some of the great tennis today. Just dont preempt the top seeds so I have to watch the Williams sister play doubles again .,,


skeezer Says:

These young guns need to gear up for Slams, not be burned out physically or mentally beforehand. Rafa will not be tested until very late in the tourney, if at all. Djoker looking strong so far. Hope these 2 meet(Rafole), it seems the only matchup that would be exciting at this point. Fed got through in straights, but didn’t look that great imo with his movement. Murray? Who knows. Hope there is better matches ahead……otherwise…bring on the Grass!


TennisVagabond.com Says:

YOUN STRIVERS:

Since 2011, of 13 Slams, Milos has made 9 3rd rounds or further.

Dmitrov has made 2 3rd rounds.

Dog has made 7 3rd rounds.

Nishikori has made 8 3rd rounds.

Dmitrov is so far, the worst Slammer of the kids on tour. By a lot.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Grigor: one Masters semifinal plus one quarterfinal

Milos: 1 masters final, plus 1 semi, plus 5 quarters.

Kei: 1 Masters final, plus 2 semifinals, plus 1 quarters.

Dolgopolov: 1 Masters semis, 1 quarter

Again, Raonic and Kei on top, Grigor and Dog at the bottom.

I think a pecking order is showing among this peer group.


Margot Says:

Dimi is the youngest though, isn’t he, or is Milos?


Michael Says:

Serena has obviously lost her mojo and it has been a downhill journey for her right after she recovered from a serious ailment which jeopardised her career.

After a string of upsets early on in the tournament, things have settled down and now we have the top players doing justice to their ranking.


Klaas Says:

Serenas level seems to have dropped this year. She has relied on her experience and intimidation factor to get her through, but apart from a couple of matches, she is not playing as well as she used to. Signs of times to come?

A whole new generation of good ballstrikers is coming through, which is very refreshing. You have to admit that Muguruza played very good.


harry Says:

Serena was gracious at the net, a true champion ;) Caught highlights of the match — Mugu looks an exciting player. Go Aggie, go Mugu!


Perfect fan Says:

2 GS passed and serena is still without a GS title this year. Somehow I feel, she is even more vulnerable at Wimby. If she re-energizes and stuck to her plans, she has a chance. But if she clashes with a big hitter like lisciki last year and just strolls around lazily on the park, she will be ousted soon from there too. I believe, if she reached qtrs, her chances will improve. she is the most vulnerable during early rounds.

Now, if that happens and she enters USO without a single GS title….I think she will be under a lotta pressure to deliver there, and may lose there too resulting in a no-slam year. That will be sending shock waves for sure….a long shot, but very possible.

Is the Williams era over? dnt know but quite a few newbies are turning on the heat atm.


Hippy Chic Says:

The commies were saying yesterday that,although Serena has a better game, and is used to steamrolling through her opponents when things arent going her way she has no plan B,unlike Maria who seems to be able to tough it out and find a way through when not playing her best,strange that Maria as a lot tougher mentally than what Serena is?….


tweener Says:

gosh! whats wrong with the schedule at RG this time….after rafa, now andy is also not playing either at PC or SL, but rather at court 1.

#baffling


Polo Says:

Sharapova is the Nadal of the women’s game when it comes to mental fortitude.


Hippy Chic Says:

Rafa seems to struggle these days when it comes to closing out sets hmm?


youyong Says:

HC, Nadal’s confidence isn’t 100%. The will the fight is there but I think it’s the self-belief that is lacking these days.


youyong Says:

*The will to fight. typo :)


metan Says:

Is anyone watching Rafa? No stream here. All I know just by looking at score. So far so good 6-2.😄


Hippy Chic Says:

Youyong whatever will be will be,no unrealistic expectations,im just taking it one match at a time,or in this case one set at a time,im not one of those fans thats arrogant enough to expect him to win the title every year anyway….


Polo Says:

Thiem is not doing anything that could worry Nadal or his fans. This is headed for a quick three set match.


Hippy Chic Says:

Polo well hes broken Rafas serve this 3rd set,so i would call this a dead cert for three sets….


Polo Says:

I know, Hippy Chic, as soon as I said there was nothing to worry about. Fell flat on my face again. Hehehe!


Jess Says:

Sharapova is no Nadal…

And I can already see Rafa winning. No one can stop him on best of 5 in clay. How boring.


Polo Says:

I was looking at the ages of these so-called young and upcoming stars and I realized they are not really that young anymore. At about the same age, the big four have already been winning majors and masters and go deep regularly in the tournaments they are entered. It looks like it’s going to be bleak when the big 4 are gone…or they could remain at the top for a long time. Maybe we have not even seen the next great tennis star yet. For sure, it is not in this batch.


Hippy Chic Says:

Jess have you ever thought he might just happen to be that good,and he lost to Soderling in 2009 didnt hebut then again who knew?,and we are only in the second round,age and the law of averages catch up with all players eventually,he might win it this year and he might not,but surely now he has nothing left to prove anymore anyway?


HD Says:

@Polo Murray wasn’t exactly young when he won his first major. Three of the big 4 are still in their prime (which lasts longer now than it used to) so I wouldn’t expect the up and comers be winning masters/majors left and right. That being said, I doubt we’ll see players like Fedal again for a long time (if ever)


HD Says:

@Chic why so aggressive for? I know no one can beat him
because he’s just that good…duh
That still doesn’t mean it hasn’t gotten tedious to see the same person win for nearly a decade.


HD Says:

Wtf why is my username changed?


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Polo, very true.
I think Rafa was the last real teen phenom, though all the big 4 were stars by 22 or 23.
Has tennis become so physical that you just can’t compete until 24?
This could explain why so many players are peaking after 25– Tsonga, Berdych, Soderling, Wawrinka, Ferrer. That didn’t use to happen– remember Todd Martin was an odd exception.

Or are we just in a fallow generation, and some 17-year old is going to swipe Milos’ lunch?


Hippy Chic Says:

HD i think you missed my point,who knows if he will be beaten by anybody?but as the saying goes theres a 1st time for everything,thats why they play the matches,and all runs come to an end eventually?and im not arrogant enough to think he has some god given right to do it every year?


Polo Says:

@HD: True that Murray was 25 when he won his first major title. However, he has already achieved a lot by that stage. He reached his first major final, won a masters title and reached number 4 ranking at the age of 21. By 22, he even reached number 2 ranking. Most of these young upcoming stars have already passed that age and don’t have much to show for it. And Murray is generally considered as the fourth best in the Big 4.


metan Says:

Rafa, well done.! Too bad, couldn’t see the match.
No coffee no depresso for today as long as you win. Hehehehe!
Vamos, no. IX within reached.


Polo Says:

Are Rafa and Novak equal favorites to take the title? Or are those putting Novak on equal footing with Rafa only hoping? Maybe in other tournaments, yes, but at the French?


TennisVagabond.com Says:

There are so many mid-level names knocked out the third round is shaping up as the least interesting in recent Slam history.
The few “match ups that look fun:
Cilic v Djokovic
Simon v Raonic
Tsonga v Janowicz
Monfils v Fognini
and maybe Berdych v Bautistu-A.


Ben Pronin Says:

TV, no maybe about:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Players/Head-To-Head.aspx?pId=BA47&oId=BD06

Anyone else find the percentage graphic utterly useless? They couldn’t come up with something better to fill up the space?


Daniel Says:

If Gulbis win his next match convincingly he can give a real test for Fed. Same as Tsonga, boosted by French crowd for Djoko on Round of 16th. Milos seems to be in great form as well. Will see if he will reach quarters. Nadal won’t lose before quarters, impossible with the players he will face R32 and R16, some I have never heard of before. But quarters onwards, he can lose sets to Ferrer and Murray.

If Djoko doesn’t lose too many sets his ndraw, although tough will leave him battle tested. Cilic, Tosnga, Raonic and Fererer. All different players with different styles who will test all aspects of Novak’s game. For Nadal also playing Ferrer and Murray back to back will be just what he will need to arrive in the final battle tested for Djoko. I hope the real big 4 make semis, provided that we don’t get a Nadal x Federer final,. Any other outcome would be exciting, Nadal x Djoko or Murray x Djoko would also be a great macth to see, both fighting for a first RG. Just wishfull thinking, because Nadal is almost certain in the final, as always.


skeezer Says:

“Nadal won’t lose before quarters, impossible with the players he will face R32 and R16, some I have never heard of before.”
Yep. Yawwwn. Wake me up when its over….
Meanwhile, will be dreamin of strawberries and cream w/ a little bubbly.


Polo Says:

^^(skeezer) True. No offense to Nadal but he has made the French very predictable, hence, not too exciting. It’s like dragging yourself to the end of a long book where you already know the ending.


Giles Says:

There is.nothing boring about winning. Just ask the fedfans when their man was bulldozing everyone in sight. Thank goodness that run has come to an end.
Vamos Rafa!
Stay Healthy!


Giles Says:

https://m.facebook.com/1.Dominic.Thiem/posts/850937704921235
Dominic Thiem on Facebook after his match with Rafa.


Susan Says:

To Daniel, top part of draw for mens came out very easy for Nadal with no even threats. One tough match can be Murray. Ferrer lost last year final easy. Bottom part is more full with tough matches that Tennisvagabond.com and you post. Djokovic has most tough section, after that Federer and Murray, last with Nadal.


Daniel Says:

The only maybe possible excitement is that in no match until Quarters any player will get more than 3 games from Nadal in a set and he may arrive to Ferrer match under tested. Ferrer can maybe still a set if he starts great because he has a great return game which will put some pressure in Nadal. The problem is, Nadal knows he will break eventually so on clay actually what determine the matches were some player give trouble to Nadal is their ability to hold their own serve in a set. Nadal return almost tall serves, deep and with spin center court neutralizing the point (what is not working against Djoko). He always puts pressure on the server (ask Fed:), so to have a chance against him one have to have a great return day, to complicate his service games, something seems only Djoko can do for a long period of time during a macth.
Murray could do it for a few patches but not consistent enough. Maybe this time he will.

At least he is winnign hism matches quickly with no mental blocks. He should reach semis loising only 1 set, max 2 (maybe 1 to Gasquet and 1 to Garcia Lopez). If he is to have any chance against Nadal he has to be fresh as possible and with confidence sky high after a good run of easy wins.


RZ Says:

Is it really that much of a shock that Venus lost? She really hasn’t been the same the last few years due to illness and injury, and clay has never been her best surface.

I did think Muguruza would be a tougher opponent than she was being given credit for, but it’s still a shocker than she beat Serena (and so easily).


contador Says:

Muguruza is awesome, actually. Future star of WTA, imo.

Not at all shocking that Venus went out. Did not pick Serena to win but it is surprising she could beat Muguruza. Yeah, Muguruza gets credit the way she played – very impressive.


Margot Says:

Andy looked awesome, simply AWESOME!
@the DA
OMG did you see where he was standing to receive 2nd serve, almost on the service line. Never seen him so aggressive.
AND he hit some unreturnable 2nd serves…
*faints clean away*


Hippy Chic Says:

Margot Andy looked majestic,hes playing some of the best CC tennis ive ever seen from him,go Andy….


Josh Says:

This is why I admire Andy – the confidence looks to have been restored just in the nick of time! Potentially tough match against Kohlschreiber next, hopefully Muzza can find a way to roll through that one
Probably looking too far ahead at the moment, but a SF vs Nadal is looking increasingly possible…


Margot Says:

I agree Josh and Hippy.
There’s a quiet confidence about him at RG this year. I guess being pain free helps a bit!
Yes, Kohls will be tough. K won last time they met, but Andy is a different player these days. Courier said so, it must be true..;)
Go Andy!


Hippy Chic Says:

Well i must be in a minority here?Rafas not the player he was,age and the law of averages are catching up with him,im certainly not taking any of his oponents for granted,i remember Rosol and Darcis at Wimbledon,and yes i know they were on grass,but still upsets happen,and there have been quite a few so far this tournament,i match at a time like the man himself says,is all im thinking about at this point….


RZ Says:

Andy is in great form and a great position really. After not playing here last year, anything he does helps his ranking and is a gain from last year. Plus despite the surface difference, playing at RG will help him with match toughness for Wimbledon.


Hippy Chic Says:

I would love to see Andy defend Wimbledon,come on Andy,it would be ironic if he actually won here though instead?


RZ Says:

Andy winning here would be great! yes, it would be ironic – but I’d then put him at a lock for getting the career slam too. It’s just a matter of time before he wins in Australia.


Daniel Says:

HC, as much as you want to play safe, you can’t honestly believe Rafa may lose to one of his next 2 potential adversaries?! Seriously, only a ending match injury. Wimbledon first week level the field, any one in top 100 can beat each other. Damm, even Fala served for the match against Fed once in first round. But RG, on clay where Nadal is 61-1 losing to a no name (sorry), is unimaginable at this time. And he is playing great, few errors, which was the most strange aspect of his losses to Ferrer and Almagro. He has a safe road to Quarters. If he loses one it will be the biggest upset in tennis history. AT least Soderling had some small pedigree in 2009 and was a top 20-30 player I believe. For Nadal, the tourney starts at Quartes and he will have 3 matches between him and a 9th title: Ferrer or another less ranked player, Murray or another less ranked player and Djoko or Fed (preferable for him). Can’t see Tsonga, Berdych or Raonic getting through that draw, not on clay.

Seems the upsets could happen in bottom half R16 fro Fed and Djoko, Maybe Gasquet versus Murray, but this are all potential complicated matches we knew could happen from day 1.


SG1 Says:

Not a fan of either Serena or Venus. This being said, Venus just seems a whole lot more grounded than her little sister.

While I’m surprised Serena lost, I’m not shocked. Serena goes through fazes of being interested in tennis. She drifts in and out of being dominant.

I think that someone like Steffi Graf would have taken care of her more often than not. Even when Serena is in contention, she drifts into periods where she piles up UE’s. There just hasn’t been competition good enough and consistent enough to make her pay for it. When she lost to the Australian girl at the USO a few years back, she looked completely lost.

She’s a great champion but I bristle when it’s implied she’s better than Graf or Navratilova.


SG1 Says:

And then there’s Evert. She didn’t have Serena’s power but between the ears, she was light years ahead.


Polo Says:

Graf is consistent. She is very athletic, powerful and mentally tough. There is nobody like her in tennis right now to neutralize Serena.


Steve27 Says:

Predictable? What are you talking about it?. Rafa Nadal will be first tennis player to win 5 RG in a row and the second one to win a same GS 9 times, ala Navratilova
Vam9s!


Ben Pronin Says:

Henin was good. Too bad, I don’t even know. I don’t even remember what happened. But that one year she beat Serena at the last 3 slams. It was awesome.


Polo Says:

I just need to say this: Ivanovic is beautiful!


courbon Says:

I just need to reply:I agree!


Hippy Chic Says:

Daniel believe me everything your saying makes perfect sense,but i never have been a particulaly confident person when it comes to my favorites in sport,even when my favorite football team is leading 3/0 at half time,im only confident if they are 3/0 in injury time,anyway i will just take it one match at a time and see what happens,i will be cautious not confident,we will see what happens anyway?….


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon she is more beautiful than Sharapova IMO….


gonzalowski Says:

Hippy and Courbon, agree. Italian Giorgi is very sexy, too
;)
Today I saw some games of Nadal – Thiem, Nadal didn’t look that majestic to me; too many balls to Thiem’s backhand, in the next match he could start using more the pararell drive


Hippy Chic Says:

Gonzalowski yeah theres plenty of beautiful women playing tennis,our Colin has a thing for Pironkova,i certainly dont think Sharapova has the monopoloy on beauty anyway….


Okiegal Says:

I just need to say this……Deliciano


Okiegal Says:

^^^^^ Oops, is BEAUTUFUL!! Me thinks…


Colin Says:

Right, let’s get you people sorted out.

1 – Maria Sharapova is not particularly beautiful

2 – With her square jaw, Ivanovic is not feminine enough. Handsome rather than beautiful.

3 – The best looking female player is Tsvetana Pironkova.

I have spoken!


Hippy Chic Says:

Colin Pironkova is very beautiful i agree….


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal i will say this Fabio,Fabio,Fabio,just watching Fernando and hes a hottie too,and i love Daveeds new haircut….


Hippy Chic Says:

And Gonzalowski Giorgi is beautiful too….


Polo Says:

I agree, Pironkova is also beautiful. She looks like Sarah Silverman, the comedian ex-girlfriend of Jimmy Kimmel.


Hippy Chic Says:

Our Andy looks handsome when hes all suited and booted,he did that photoshoot after/before Wimbledon last year,was all groomed holding that raquet which was on fire,looking all mean and moody,love a brooding looking Andy….


Ben Pronin Says:

Uhhh Genie Bouchard? Maria Kirilenko before she became super muscular? Hantuchova? C’mon people.


Hippy Chic Says:

Ben i will say Genie and Maria for sure,but Hantuchova looks borderline anorexic totally gross IMO sorry….


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

I was waiting for mention of Fabio from you! Lol
I do realize the discussion was about the beautiful women of tennis. The women aren’t seen at their best while on court……some of them clean up gorgeously and don’t look anything like themselves when all dolled up.

You might know I would have to get Feli into the mix!! Lol


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal lol,yeah i have to get Fabio in,and you have to get Feli in,its all Polos fault for mentioning Ivanovic,and it all rather snowballed from there really,then you and i put our two cents in with the men,still its a world full of equal oppotunities lol….


Kimberly Says:

nadal played as well as he had to play today. Trust me he has another few gears


Okiegal Says:

@Ben

You are so right, that little Canadian is gorgeous.
We were at a restaurant eating and I as visiting with the girl waiting our table. She said she was from Canada. I asked her what she was doing in Oklahoma and she said she was in Ada because of a tennis scholarship at our local university. I told her I loved tennis. She asked if I was familiar with Eugenie Bouchard and I said yes and she informed me that they were doubles partners back home. I’m gonna get a schedule of her matches and go watch her play. I was very surprised with that little tidbit of info. She was even more surprised that I liked tennis and knew about so many of the players on the tennis circuit. I told her it was on my bucket list to see my fav play some day and she invited me to go to Montreal with her. Who knows, I might!!


Daniel Says:

what about that female german girl, the one who used to dance, forgot her name?!
Agree with Colin, Masha has a round face. She reminds me a dog, kind of cute. But not drop dead diva as media places her. But she is photogenic, some people are better looking live, even the pretty ones. Tommy Hass for example is more handsome live than on TV.


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

A BIG FAT DITTO!!


Okiegal Says:

@Kimberly

I was worried about his match today, I guess because of this kid had prevailed over Stan. You are probably right about his level of play today…..we know he can kick it up a notch if he has to……


Polo Says:

I believe what this tells us is that there are a lot of eye candies in tennis. Win or lose, its a delight to look at them in action.


Hippy Chic Says:

Polo exactly all a matter of preferance,the only thing that annoys me is when people assume Rafas fans are only interested in him for his looks,especially as many fans compliment their favorites on their looks,but thats another story….


courbon Says:

@colin; Hansome rather then beautiful????? Man, you should stop smoking those ‘funny’ cigaretes….


Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon i thought that was a strange thing to say,anyway i think its all a matter of personal preferance,but i have to agree although attractive,Maria isnt as good looking as shes hyped up to be….


Hippy Chic Says:

Daniel did you mean Andrea Petkovic?


Daniel Says:

Yes… Thanks HC!


Polo Says:

Hippy Chic, don’t be annoyed about being mistaken for liking Rafa more for his looks. You know better anyway. Be proud that he has both the looks and the goods. There’s more to admire.


Hippy Chic Says:

Daniel thought so,and Andrea dressed up is very beautiful….


Hippy Chic Says:

Polo thanks and well said….


Polo Says:

I heard a commentator once say that Julia Georges gets annoyed when people call her “Gorgeous”. I thought that was silly (and ungracious) of her. The only acceptable response when somebody compliments you is to say, “Thank you”. Nothing more, nothing less.


Hippy Chic Says:

Polo BS IMO she loves it,if or when a man calls me gorgeous,pinches my bum,wolf wistles at me,winks at me,or pays me a compliment,i love it all women do if they say otherwise they are telling fibs….


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Hippy, you’re hilarious! If the mood of the board is that Djokovic is the favourite you get all upset over people discounting Rafa. If the mood of the board is that Rafa is the favourite, you get all defensive that he’s old and broken down and achieved everything already and no one should expect anything of him.

On more important matters: Ivanovic is gorgeous. Full stop. Bouchard, of course. Kirilenko, of course. Sharapova– OK, but not stunning. Serena can be gorgeous, that smile is awe inspiring. And then there’s that little American, what was her name? The cute blonde who had one great run at USO and then disappeared- Melanie Oudin?


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Then there’s the WAGs. Tennis has always had beautiful WAGs.


Hippy Chic Says:

Tennis Vagabond lol thankyou i think?but so true,im actually a manic depressive….


Hippy Chic Says:

^But ill try and lighten up a bit^….


Hippy Chic Says:

Whos the prettiest tennis way Xisca,Jelena,Mirka,Kim IMO has to be Kim as shes British and us British women are hot,the others are beautiful too though lol….


Hippy Chic Says:

^Wag not way^….


Polo Says:

As I suspected, Hippy Chic is European. All those things that men do to compliment her which amuse her, American women will consider otherwise. I once offered a lady a seat in a bus and instead of gracefully taking it and saying thank you, she gave me a brief lecture on why I am some chauvinistic pig. She does not realize how ugly that made her look to me.


Hippy Chic Says:

Polo but us women are a fickle bunch,i would say thats a nice thing to do,but in this case i would politely decline and say no thanks im alright honestly as i believe men deserve the same respect as women,men cant win sometimes no matter what they do, as i also think women can be equally as chauvanistic if not more so sometimes….


contador Says:

What is beautiful, attractive, handsome is a matter of opinion. And a photo does not necessarily capture the main reasons someone is attractive or has loads of charisma. Alexandr Dolgopolov is amazing in person. He has one of those smiles that light up a room. Many of his photos make him look pitiful but trust me, he is gorgeous.

Muguruza, I think is beautiful, Camila Giorgi too. And of course, Agnieska Radwanska!

My two cents


Hippy Chic Says:

Contador exactly nice post,agree about Alex too….


Polo Says:

Agree, Contador, beauty is a matter of opinion. Otherwise we’ll all be fighting for the same woman. And only one man will get all the women.


Okiegal Says:

As a fan of Rafa, I do not think he is the most handsome male tennis player. He is cute, but far from the most “gorgeous” imo……but his girlfriend is absolutely beautiful! She takes the “Oscar” for beauty over players and girlfriends of other players…that’s my take on it. Rafa do have taste in “arm candy”…..Me thinks!


Okiegal Says:

I have never been drop dead gorgeous and I know this coz the mirror tells no lies……I have always told my husband that I know I’m not pretty……He says you certainly are very pretty and I always laugh and say not really, he argues otherwise. The old saying….beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, must be true!! Lol


contador Says:

When people tell me I am pretty, I wonder what they want from me, because I just do not see it , me pretty, that is. If they happen to like a nerdy, opinionated female, then I am in luck.


contador Says:

By far, my vote for most gorgeous couple = Sharapova and Dimitrov

Most gorgeous and interesting = Nole and Jelena!

Rafa and Xisca – meh. She is pretty; he passes for cute (off the court)

Most prolific = Roger and Mirka Federer


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Jelena’s gorgeous. True dat.
COME ON HABS!


Daniel Says:

Berdy girl beat them all. Stunning!!


Hippy Chic Says:

Xisca and Rafa are a beautiful looking couple,as are Jelena and Novak,Mirka and Roger,however my vote would be Kim and Andy,Kim is the epitome of the English rose truely stunning,and Andy looks more handsome suited and booted….


Hippy Chic Says:

Contador @May 29th 8.25pm from one female to another take it from me i saw the pictures of you on the bracket challenge and your gorgeous….


Hippy Chic Says:

^And Okiegal never seen a picture of you,but im sure you are too^….


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

Average looking…..I suppose……but one thing for sure, I’m comfortable in my own skin…..but I’m the one if getting set up on a blind date, the guy might say , is she pretty?? The setter upper would say she’s got a great personality…..LOL!!

Aggie R. just got beat…..another top seed bites the dust!

#satsfiedinOk


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal aww dont put yourself down?anyway another big shock with Aggie going out,ive come to the conclusion that you cannot predict anything with this years FO,especially with the womens side,no such thing as a gimee,thats why im taking it one round at a time with Rafa and Andy….


contador Says:

You are too sweet, Hippy Chic. thanks. But see, you know me and must like nerdy and opinionated. :D

My man Ernests Gulbis continues to roll on. I slept through the match. Agie, out – : (

Novak and Marin Cilic on right now in a fight for the third set. Also Feddy and Tursunov and the Russian got a set off of the Fed. Could be going to 5 sets??

Berdych and Bautista-Agut just starting.


contador Says:

Djokovic and Cilic going to a third set tie-break. Can Cilic win a set?


contador Says:

Oh my. Cilic ahead in the tie-break 5-1

ajde nole!


Okiegal Says:

@Chic 6:46

I calls um as I see um! LOL

I forgot about Kim Sears……Yes, she is very pretty.

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