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July 15 • 03:32
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Petra, Tsonga, Cilic Winners All

October 30, 2011
In Vienna, Tsonga defeated Del Potro for the first time, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3. Delpo described Tsonga as a different player after be broke back from 1-2 in the 2nd, with remarks reminiscent of Federer's after his Wimbledon loss to Jo. It seems that when the Frenchman gets his mo-JO, he can be unstoppable. His prize included moving up to #7 ahead of dormant American Mardy Fish. This week it will be Fish's turn, in Basel, to work on his points. He'll have more competition including the top 4 (minus Nadal) and #6 Berdych and #9 Tisparevic, the man most likely to gain on him first.

Tipso lost his final in St Pete to Cilic in 3 sets, but it was the Serb's first loss in October. November may not be the end of his run.

Espn2 limited it live broadcast of the owl-ing WTA finalists to 2 hours, bagging the first 9 games of set2. Chrissie&Pat made the call with noticeable detachment from a S. Florida studio, where Chrissie developed a new pet peeve early in the 3rd set: Kvitova's post point screeches. As the Czech started reeling off the winners from down 0-30 in the first game, she screeched her way - winner by winner - to a 3-0 lead. She'd been up 5-0 in the first set, and barely saved the set 7-5. After losing the 2nd 4-6, Chrissie and Pat put fitness and momentum squarely in Azarenka's column, only to see themselves proven silly after 10 minutes. 'V-Ka' tightened up the games and held twice, but found herself down 2-5 and running out of time. That is, ESPN's alloted time remaining was left than 15 minutes, not enough for even a total turn around, Kvitova style (error-error-error-no screech).

New world order will see the 21 year old screech owl become the highest ranking Czech since Ivan Lendl over 20 years ago (the sullen Czech was no Botticelli-owl). For the rest of the new world order, see the Sunday Times.

Final set score 6-3 Kvitova.


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