wimbledon seeds grow into buzz



The 2008 Wimbledon seeds are out. Some players are irked (ahem, Mister Murray), while some are quietly and gratefully accepting what they’ve been given.

Chris weighs in:

“How could they have Roddick seeded sixth? I think he deserves to be above Kolya and Ferrer. I’d maybe even move Ferrer beneath Nalbandian and Gasquet. Baghdatis jumps from 25th to 10th. Lopez and Llodra wouldn’t have made the men’s seeds if Wimby didn’t change them around.

They kept the women’s the same which I think is wrong. Sharapova should be above Jelena, Venus should be above Serena (and in the top 5), and Bartoli should at least be in the top 8.”

But no (red) knickers are getting in a bunch. Why so complacent, AELTC?

Here’s Matt:

“Bartoli does not deserve anything above 12! Davenport should be 16. Agree with you re: Roddick and Sharapova. I miss the days when they would do something crazy that pissed players off, like making Marcelo Rios way lower or something…”

Are the Spaniards still boycotting this event?

And Erwin’s take:

“Screw the seedings — I can’t wait to see what everyone’s going to wear for their matches! It’s the little victories…”

trophy watch: roger retreats to routine while rafa rolls on with record



The Queen’s Cup

Rafael Nadal continues to make his case for winning this year’s Wimbledon title with a 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic at The Artois Championships in London. Rafa, who took home $133,000, is the first Spaniard to win a grass court title in 35 years (bookending Andres Gimeno‘s 1972 Eastbourne feat).

Does Rafa already have a toothpaste endorsement deal? It could be very lucrative…

Meanwhile, Roger Federer scurried back to the teat of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, where he tried to erase last week’s French Open drubbing with his fifth title at this smaller grass event. He beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4. He didn’t drop a set in five matches, helping extend his record to 25-0 at this event (and to 59 straight wins on grass dating back to 2002).

Looking forward: Roger will seek his sixth straight Wimbledon title this coming week.

Top seed Nikolay Davydenko chips away some more of that (unfounded) match-fixing notoriety with another title, this time at the Orange Prokom Open in Warsaw. He has racked up three titles so far in 2008, tying Nole and trailing only Rafa’s five. Kolya beat second seed Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-3. Great track jacket from Airness!

Kateryna Bondarenko switched to a more even K-Swiss outfit for the DFS Classic final. Kateryna overcame Yanina Wickmayer 7-6 (7), 3-6, 7-6 (4).

In this week’s only clay contest, Maria Kirilenko made quick work of Maria Martinez Sanchez (6-0, 6-2) in the Barcelona Open. Maria turned this around with a first-round exit at Eastbourne this week.

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