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The Olympics 2012 Thread

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,919 ✭✭✭RosyLily


    Definitely agree that Roger Federer has a much easier draw than the other top 3. I'd be surprised if he didn't at least reach the SFs. Djokovic has got a tough one. Cilic and Raonic are 2 hard opponents lurking in his quarter. Tsonga is the potential SF opponent. I can understand why the British media are trying to play down Murray's chances and saying his draw is quite tough. His Olympics record isn't great- lost to Lu in the first round in Beijing and didn't fair too good in doubles either. Hopefully he won't make an arse of it this year!

    In the Men's Doubles, Federer/Wawrinka will have a tough time in retaining their gold. The Bryan Brothers are possible quarter-final opponents and before them are Granollers/Lopez. It's weird looking at doubles pairings and not seeing any familiar teams. Bury & Miryni? Melzer & Peya? So wrong!:pac:

    Some interesting matches in the women's draw. Azarenka has the easier route to quarter finals, at least, when she could play Angelique Kerber. Jankovic has been given another terribly tough first round opponent - Serena Williams. That quarter of the draw looks good for the American; I'd be very surprised if she didn't reach the semi-finals. Wozniacki is a potential QF opponent but Serena should be able to brush her off. In the bottom of the draw, Sharapova has been drawn in the same quarter as Lisicki, Ivanovic, Clijsters and Stosur. I think this the the toughest quarter for anyone. Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska is the same quarter as Petra Kvitova; they could meet in the quarters. Aga kicks off her campaign for gold against Julia Goerges and Kvitova will face Kateryna Bondarenka.

    In the women's doubles, it's hard to see past the Williams Sisters. They've beaten top seeds Huber/Raymond at Wimbledon this year and they'll be hot favourites. Williams' will face Cirstea/Halep in the first round; Huber/Raymond have a 1st round bye.

    Have a sneaky feeling that Fed might win singles gold. I'd love to see Clijsters win but I'm not so sure. Hard to see past Serena imo.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,449 ✭✭✭Rob2D


    It'd be nice to see Fed finally get it. One of the few things he has left to do really.

    This also marks the third time he's been seeded no. 1 at the olympics. That's a pretty cool stat to have.

    Hoping Tsonga goes far as well. Always the entertainer that one! :)


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 23,931 Mod ✭✭✭✭TICKLE_ME_ELMO


    Ivo Karlovic has pulled out, replaced by Philipp Petzschner.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,919 ✭✭✭RosyLily


    Feel sorry for Karlovic. Pulling out so late must be so disappointing. He's 33 so this was probably his last Olympics.

    Great to be Petzschner though!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,919 ✭✭✭RosyLily


    The Order of Play for tomorrow has been released! Up first on Centre Court is Tomas Berdych [6] vs. Steve Darcis, bit of a weird one to kick off the Games but whatever. Following them are Serena Williams [4] vs. Jelena Jankovic, Roger Federer [1] vs. Alejandro Falla & Anne Keothavong vs. Caroline Wozniacki [8].

    On Court 1, for the second time in about a month, is David Nalbandian vs. Janko Tipsarevic [7]. Then it's Sam Stosur [5] vs. Carla Suarez Navarro, Petra Kvitova [6] vs. Kateryna Bondarenko & Ivan Dodig vs. Juan Martin del Potro.

    Court 2 has some good matches scheduled. Kim Clijsters vs. Roberta Vinci, John Isner [10] vs. Olivier Rochus, Li Na [10] vs Daniela Hantuchova & Peya/Melzer vs. Murray/Murray.

    Other matches of interest: Ana Ivanovic vs. Christina McHale, Elena Baltacha vs. Agnes Szavay, Kerber/Lisicki vs. Watson/Robson, Isner/Roddick vs. Melo/Soares. I'm interested to see how Kerber & Lisicki work as a team; I like the way they play individually so I can't wait to see them team together! Baltacha has a good chance of reaching the 2nd round; Szavay has a long history of injuries and has been out for quite some time.


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  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 23,931 Mod ✭✭✭✭TICKLE_ME_ELMO


    I've read so much today that I may be wrong, but I think Laura Robson has gotten into the singles now too. Can't remember why..... but that makes all four of the GB ladies in the singles, even tough none of them were ranked high enough to qualify.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,656 ✭✭✭cgpg5


    RosyLily wrote: »
    The Order of Play for tomorrow has been released! Up first on Centre Court is Tomas Berdych [6] vs. Steve Darcis, bit of a weird one to kick off the Games but whatever. Following them are Serena Williams [4] vs. Jelena Jankovic, Roger Federer [1] vs. Alejandro Falla & Anne Keothavong vs. Caroline Wozniacki [8].

    On Court 1, for the second time in about a month, is David Nalbandian vs. Janko Tipsarevic [7]. Then it's Sam Stosur [5] vs. Carla Suarez Navarro, Petra Kvitova [6] vs. Kateryna Bondarenko & Ivan Dodig vs. Juan Martin del Potro.

    Court 2 has some good matches scheduled. Kim Clijsters vs. Roberta Vinci, John Isner [10] vs. Olivier Rochus, Li Na [10] vs Daniela Hantuchova & Peya/Melzer vs. Murray/Murray.

    Other matches of interest: Ana Ivanovic vs. Christina McHale, Elena Baltacha vs. Agnes Szavay, Kerber/Lisicki vs. Watson/Robson, Isner/Roddick vs. Melo/Soares. I'm interested to see how Kerber & Lisicki work as a team; I like the way they play individually so I can't wait to see them team together! Baltacha has a good chance of reaching the 2nd round; Szavay has a long history of injuries and has been out for quite some time.

    Wall to wall tennis over the next week! Great stuff! Funny game as right to kick off the games, I presume Nadal would have been first up as reigning champ? Ah well. Looking forward to seeing Fed in action again. It'll be tough getting used to seeing players play in anything other than white at W'don!

    Kerber Lisicki/ Watson Robson will be intriguing, do Lisicki and Kerber actually get on well? Didn't seem the best of buddies after W'don 1/4. Not that that matters but I still fancy the Brits to pull off an upset here. SOme good doubles games overall, the singles don't really stand out but it's early yet. I'll be particularly looking forward to seeing Roddick/Isner and the two Murray's playing together.

    And indeed Laura Robson will compete in the singles after Petra Martic pulled out


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,656 ✭✭✭cgpg5


    So to my predictions.

    It got a little embarrassing with the men's at Wimbledon as I first said Nadal, then said Djok, then said Murray!!! But I'm hoping for a bit of better luck here. There is a lot of talk about the reduced format and how it may lead to upsets but the big 3 are made of far bigger stuff to be caught on the hop early and I think all are dead certs for the semis.

    Djok has the toughest draw of the three though with veteran big serving American Andy Roddick, Queen's champ Maran Cilic and the ever energetic and athletic Jo Wilfried Tsonga standing in his way of a semi place. However the Serb should have enough to book a potential clash with home hope Andy Murray.

    The Scot had a cracking Wimbledon campaign sweeping aside tough opponents to make his maiden final at the All English club. He showed glimpses against Fed and could have been two sets up. No doubt he has learned a lot and is a definite candidate for a gold medal here. Saying that he will probably have to get over Djok and Fed two players he has never beaten in a slam. His wait may go on.

    Fed will be many people's favourite and if he turns up should make the final anyway. However Wimbledon was his first major win since early 2010 and he can be caught on the hop (had this format been employed he'd have gone out in r3 at WImbledon!)

    With the withdrawal of Rafa Nadal no-one must be celebrating inside more than David Ferrer. On top of that he drew the worst seeded potential quarter finallist. With a semi final place well within his limits the Spaniard may represent a good each way bet.

    My money will be on Federer though to overcome Murray again in the final.

    In the women's it is always tough to call but American Serena Wlliams seems quite a level above the rest. She'll be eager to add a gold to the two she won at Beijing and Athens in doubles. It's tough to know with her sister but in my view Venus is definitely one to watch.

    Other outside contenders in my view are Chinese star Zheng Jie and German Sabine Lisicki. The former is one of the toughest players to play against while the latter is a lover of this venue with a great record to go with it.

    If you're looking for a bit of value, go for the 4 British women to win in round one with Baltacha and Watson having somewhat easy ties and Anne Keothavong is well capable of beating the over-rated former number 1 Caro Wozniacki

    In doubles it's hard to look past an American double (if you will!) with the unseeded Williams sisters as good as certainties and the Bryan's looking to atone for a surprise defeat a month ago here. The mixed draw will take place on Sunday but who would look beyond a Roddick/Williams victory if both choose to play (I understand that A Rod is indeed keen).


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,919 ✭✭✭RosyLily


    Lucky Laura Robson will compete in singles making it a quartet of British women in the draw. She'll play Lucie Safarova on Sunday.

    Excited for the tennis!! I can't remember much of other Games so this will be cool.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,656 ✭✭✭cgpg5


    Berdych gone in first round again!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,919 ✭✭✭RosyLily


    Elena Baltacha is through to the 2nd round after beating Agnes Szavay 6-3, 6-3. She'll play Ana Ivanovic next who defeated American Christina McHale in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.

    Sam Stosur was beaten in 3 sets by Carla Suarez Navarro 3-6, 7-5, 10-8. Poor Sam has such bad luck on the grass. Kim Clijsters has had a winning début at the Olympics; she swept past Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-4.

    Serena Williams made quick work of Jelena Jankovic, beating her 6-3, 6-1. She'll play a Radwanska next- Urszula.

    Can't say I'm surprised by Berdych's early exit. He's been seriously off his game for months. Hopefully he can sort himself out; he's a much better player than that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,449 ✭✭✭Rob2D


    Well, that Federer v Falla match had just about everything! :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,656 ✭✭✭cgpg5


    Some great tennis on today. keothavong giving her all against the vastly overrated Wozniacki.

    Federer game was a belter. Falla is a gritty opponent. Murray's look like they'll do enough.

    Serena barely had to get out of first gear!

    However I can't keep my eyes off court 3. The Bryan's v Belucci/Sa. The Brazillian's in the crowd are hilarious what an atmosphere they're creating


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 23,931 Mod ✭✭✭✭TICKLE_ME_ELMO


    Kohlschreiber has pulled out, says he's injured, nothing to do with the fact he was playing a final on clay in Kitzbühel today.

    India's Vishnu Vardhan (ranked 302 in singles) is the next highest ranked player on site who is from a country that doesn't have 4 players in singles already. So he's most likely going to get to replace him.

    Rediculous from Kohlschreiber and Haas to be playing a tournament at all now, never mind a clay one.

    Tommy Haas will be pissed too. Begged the Germans to let him go, they said no, now Kohlschreiber pulls out.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,656 ✭✭✭cgpg5


    Murrays' gone. Seemed to be in control but it went away from them. Jamie makes far too many errors tbh.

    Maybe no harm for Andy, can focus on singles now. Keothavong battled but Woz won in the end. Keothavong had a great first set and showed glimpses. No one will be afraid of the Dane.

    Roddick/Isner were very disappointing. The two Bryan's pulled through. Some atmosphere on court 3 for it!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,656 ✭✭✭cgpg5


    Robson/Watson beaten after taking the first set and being in control in the second.

    Serious question marks over why it wasn't televised though, a lot of complaints on twitter


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,184 ✭✭✭KINGVictor


    cgpg5 wrote: »
    Robson/Watson beaten after taking the first set and being in control in the second.

    Serious question marks over why it wasn't televised though, a lot of complaints on twitter

    Gutted for them, as for the complaints- whats that about? Its not as if the live broadcast of the match on television would have made any difference.

    In other news I am seriously disappointed that Berdych lost again in the first round of a major competition, something is surely wrong with him; I dont know if it is mental or he has just lost his form altogether. He joins Verdasco as a seeded player in exiting the Olympics in the first round.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,656 ✭✭✭cgpg5


    KINGVictor wrote: »
    Gutted for them, as for the complaints- whats that about? Its not as if the live broadcast of the match on television would have made any difference.

    In other news I am seriously disappointed that Berdych lost again in the first round of a major competition, something is surely wrong with him; I dont know if it is mental or he has just lost his form altogether. He joins Verdasco as a seeded player in exiting the Olympics in the first round.

    The Brit's disappointed they couldn't see two of their own competing and BBC were showing no other game at the time.
    Anyway it seems they may have threw it away. By all accounts the Germans were at 6's and 7's in the first set and went 4-2 down in the second. No real chemistry between the two which is hardly surprising.

    Anyway roll on tomorrow. Murray and Djok will be looking to progress safely


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,516 ✭✭✭jonneymendoza


    is there an offical olympic sub forum herE?


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 23,931 Mod ✭✭✭✭TICKLE_ME_ELMO


    Aga and Stan both out. Djokovic struggling more than he should be when his match was rained off. Curse of the flag bearers? Hope not. Masha the next flag bearer up on CC.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,919 ✭✭✭RosyLily


    Damn rain!! Still only on the 1st matches on the outside courts; hope they get some of them finished.

    Sharapova-Peer is just starting on Centre. Peer broke in the first game.

    Really surprised to see Aga out out in the first round. Wimbledon fatigue perhaps? But Julia Goerges played a great match!!


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 23,931 Mod ✭✭✭✭TICKLE_ME_ELMO


    BBC showing a bit of Sharapova live now. Surprised they didn't show Murray earlier. 6-2 Sharapova. Chelsea Handler sitting in her box, not sure how I feel about that?

    Quite a few matches postponed until tomorrow. Think they're still hoping to get play on the outside courts.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,656 ✭✭✭cgpg5


    BBC showing a bit of Sharapova live now. Surprised they didn't show Murray earlier. 6-2 Sharapova. Chelsea Handler sitting in her box, not sure how I feel about that?

    Quite a few matches postponed until tomorrow. Think they're still hoping to get play on the outside courts.

    Surely they'll sneak in another game or two on centre? If Murray and Baghdatis could do it!

    ANyway well done Andy earlier job done. He should make a semi handy enough now, but first to 2 ya never know. Masha made that look very easy


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 23,931 Mod ✭✭✭✭TICKLE_ME_ELMO


    cgpg5 wrote: »
    Surely they'll sneak in another game or two on centre? If Murray and Baghdatis could do it!

    ANyway well done Andy earlier job done. He should make a semi handy enough now, but first to 2 ya never know. Masha made that look very easy

    Yeah, easy enough for Maria there but I wouldn't have expected otherwise against Peer. Lisicki in R3 is where I'm worried for her. Don't want a repeat of Wimbledon.

    Jo Willy on CC now. Looks good in his blue kit. Nice to see adidas made some effort for at least one player not on team GB.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,656 ✭✭✭cgpg5


    Yeah, easy enough for Maria there but I wouldn't have expected otherwise against Peer. Lisicki in R3 is where I'm worried for her. Don't want a repeat of Wimbledon.

    Jo Willy on CC now. Looks good in his blue kit. Nice to see adidas made some effort for at least one player not on team GB.

    AYe. Him and Mike could take stopping in the doubles too!

    AH no Lisicki all the way :D


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,656 ✭✭✭cgpg5


    Jo is indeed rocking the blue! Bellucci his opponent. Was involved in that mighty doubles game yesterday v Bryan's. I wonder have the Brazilian fans ventured to centre court. They were hilarious yesterday singing after every game the Brazilian's won :D


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,656 ✭✭✭cgpg5


    Absolute cracker so far. Bellucci is mad powerful! Takes the first set after a tie-break


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,516 ✭✭✭jonneymendoza


    is there an offical olympic sub forum herE?
    i guess not


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,919 ✭✭✭RosyLily


    i guess not

    No official sub-forum for the Olympics. Just this thread to discuss the tennis.


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  • Moderators, Arts Moderators Posts: 23,931 Mod ✭✭✭✭TICKLE_ME_ELMO


    Play called for the day in spite of the fact that all CC matches are done and they still have about 2 hours before the curfew.


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