Monday October 1st, 2007

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WhoWhy They're Up
Venus Williams
Wimbledon champ wins Tier-IV event in Seoul, South Korea, beating Maria Kirilienko. Props to her on the title. But why is a Grand Slam champ, in contention for the year-end Championships, playing a low-tier event in Korea? Hmmm ...
Richard Gasquet
Off the grid a bit since Wimbledon, talented Frenchman wins the KingFisher Airlines event in Mumbai, India. In the Anti-Big Tennis final, Gasquet beat Olivier Rochus in straight sets. Gasquet has now won titles on four major surfaces.
Ana Ivanovic
Serbette wins third title of 2007, beating Daniela Hantuchova in the Luxembourg final. Nice comeback, too: Hantuchova -- never known for nerves of steel -- was up 3-0 in the third set of the final.
Dmitry Tursunov
Russian blogger wins second title of '07, defeating Benjamin Becker in the final of the Thailand Open.
Virginie Razzano
French veteran beats Israeli Tzipi Obziler to win in Guangzhou, China.
Lucky losers
Well, if there's an upside to the rash of fall withdrawals, it's that lesser players are getting into main draws. By our counts, the Thailand Open featured five lucky losers.
Pete Sampras
Defeats Todd Martin 6-3, 6-4 to win the Championships at the Palisades in Charlotte, N.C., and claims his third tournament title of the year on the Outback Champions Series.
Bud Collins
Senore Collini will be honored by the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Thursday in Boston. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hall of Fame's Annual Fund and a donation will be made to Collins' efforts in helping to build tennis courts at a special school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. "Bud Collins attire" is optional.
Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana
Move over Bob and Mike Bryan. Thai twins, entered as wild cards, take Bangkok title.
Doubles winners
Lindstedt and Nieminen in Mumbai. Benesova and Husarova in Luxembourg. Peng and Yan in Guangzhou. Chuang and Hsieh in Seoul.
Deuce
WhoAll tied up?
Portland, Oregon
Portland rocks. But did anyone else notice that the U.S. vs. Russia Davis Cup finale is the same weekend as the Oregon vs. Oregon State football game? That's like scheduling a dance recital in Cannes the week of the film festival.
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WhoWhy They're Down
Thailand Open
Hit with a nasty wave of withdrawal-itis.
ATP match-fixing scandal
Still more players emerge with tales of unsavory offers.
Patty Schnyder
One wonders if there will be consequences for this.

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