Monday February 12th, 2007

WhoWhy They're Up
Davis Cup winners
Check all the results at Big props to Andy Roddick (two wins on clay, helping the U.S. beat the host Czech Republic), Igor Andreev (another heroic week, helping Russia beat Chile), Kristof Vliegen (wins twice to help Belgium beat Australia), Tommy Haas (two big wins as Germany beats Croatia), and Robin Soderling (two wins for Sweden against Belarus).
Nadia Petrova
Recovers nicely from disappointment in Australia to take Gaz de France event in Paris, beating Lucie Safarova in the final.
Lucie Safarova
Another event, another big week. Czechette bounces Nicole Vaidisova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Justine Henin from Gaz de France en route to reaching final. (That's four top-10 scalps in three weeks for those scoring at home.)
Sybille Bammer
Maybe that conquest of Serena Williams last month wasn't such a fluke. Little-known Austrian wins first title of her career, beating Gisela Dulko in Pattaya final in Thailand, staving off three match points.
Nicole Pratt
Feisty Aussie vet upsets second-seeded Maria Kirilenko in Pattaya opener. Wins doubles (with Mara Santangelo) for good measure.
Georgetown tennis
Hoyas men's team continues its resurgence under first-year coach Gordie Ernst, defeating Navy for only the fifth time since the annual matchup began in 1922.
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Doubles winners
Cara Black and Liezel Huber in Paris.
Maria Sharapova
Will be appointed UNDP Goodwill Ambassador on Wednesday at the UN Secretariat.
Scott Draper
Unbelievable story. Barely two years ago he had match points against Roger Federer. Last month, he coached Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open. Last week he won the New South Wales PGA event.
WhoAll tied up?
Camille Pin
On the heels of her tough three-set loss to Sharapova in Australia, French journeywoman loses to Dinara Safin, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6, in Paris.
Serena and Venus Williams
Both commit to be on the U.S. Fed Cup team that will face Belgium in the World Group quarterfinal at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Fla., on April 21-22. Of course, a commitment and actual playing are too different things: Serena and Venus pulled out of events this week with the flu and a sore wrist, respectively.
WhoWhy They're Down
Marion Bartoli
Top seed in Pattaya (and a Mailbag favorite) loses early-round match in Pattaya.
Roger Federer
We all love the guy, but he deserves a whack on the knuckles for bailing on Davis Cup. Switzerland lost to Spain 3-2 and you have to believe the outcome would have been different had he played.
Patty Schnyder
Swiss Miss 2.0 loses to Russian qualifier Ekaterina (life's a) Bychkova in first round of Gaz de France.

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