Monday February 25th, 2008

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WhoWhy They're Up
Andy Roddick
That low-rent intimidation of Kei Nishikori notwithstanding, it was a nice week for the top American, winning the SAP Open title in San Jose, Calif., for the third time.
Maria Sharapova
Is there a hotter player in the women's game right now? Aussie Open champ wins the big cash in Doha, Qatar, outlasting old nemesis Vera Zvonareva in the final.
Bridge-building of the Doha event
This piece by Doug Robson on Israel's Shahar Peer (pictured) is a must-read.
Michaël Llodra
French lefty wins upset-addled ABM AMRO event in Rotterdam, Netherlands, for the third title of his career. (And nice to see Sweden's Robin Söderling, the losing finalist, back in the mix.)
Davis Nalbandian
Top seed at the Copa Telmex in Beunos Aires, Argentina, wins his first title on home soil.
Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spanish qualifier beats María Emilia Salerni in the final to win in Bogota, Colombia, for the second WTA title of her career.
Gustavus Adolphus
Host and No. 3 seed upset defending champions and No. 1 seed UC Santa Cruz 5-4 in Sunday's final at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III National Men's Team Indoor Championship at the Swanson Tennis Center. Gustavus Adolphus College is hosting this year's event for the sixth consecutive year.
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
The Rotterdam event is named ATP Tournament of the Year.
Doubles winners
Scott Lipsky and David Martin beat the Bryans in the all-Stanford battle in San Jose. Tomas Berdych and Dmitry Tursunov in Rotterdam. Kveta Peschke and Rennae Stubbs in Doha. Eva Benesova and Bethanie Mattek in Bogota. Agustín Calleri and Luis Horna in Buenos Aires.
Robby Ginepri
Falls in San Jose semis, but overall a fine week for former U.S. Open semifinalist, beating James Blake, among others.
Anders Jarryd
Swede successfully defended his BlackRock Tour of Champions title, defeating his countryman, Mikael Pernfors, 6-3, 7-6 in a thrilling final in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Raemon Sluiter
Dutch veteran calls it a career after loss to Llodra in Rotterdam.
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WhoWhy They're Down
Ana Ivanovic
Top seed in the Doha cash grab withdraws with left ankle sprain.
Venus Williams
Defending Wimbledon champ has turned in some odd results of late. But a straight-sets rout at the hands of Dominika Cibulkova?
Rotterdam seeds
Is this event star-crossed or what? The withdrawals were minimal this year, but Rafael Nadal (No. 1, pictured), Nikolay Davydenko (2), David Ferrer (3) and Berdych (5) all went down mid-week.
Andy Murray
Dragging after his Marseille, France, title last week, Brit goes out to local favorite Robin Haase in Rotterdam. He then compounds matters with this quote that must have the tournament director putting a stop-payment order on the appearance-fee check: "This is just one of those matches you can afford in tournaments like this, it will not affect your ranking like Masters Series or Grand Slams."

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