Monday, July 11, 2005

2005 2Q Quiz


1."Today something didn't feel right. I guess it's the puberty's fault." Who said it?
a.Sania Mirza
b.Sesil Karatantcheva
c.Nicole Vaidisova
2.True or False. Kim Clijsters is the only player to string together two winning streaks of at least ten WTA match wins this season.
3.Match the Anastasia Myskina Wimbledon comeback scenario with the player she defeated:

A...after leading 6-0/5-3 and holding a match point, Myskina fell behind 1-5 in the 3rd set before ultimately winning it 10-8

B...trailed 5-7/1-4, then 0-3 in the 3rd before winning 6-4 to take the match

C...trailed 1-6/1-3, and saw her opponent serve for the match at 5-4; after taking the 2nd set TB at 11-9, Myskina won the final set 7-5.
1...defeated Elena Dementieva
2...defeated Katerina Bohmova
3...defeated Jelena Jankovic
4.World #1 Lindsay Davenport has six losses in WTA singles matches in 2005. Pick out the six players who have beaten her this season:

a.Maria Sharapova
b.Patty Schnyder
c.Justine Henin-Hardenne
d.Serena Williams
e.Venus Williams
f.Amelie Mauresmo
g.Mary Pierce
h.Kim Clijsters
5."I played really well that first set, but then I got a little bored.I was thinking, when is this match going to finish, and the next thing I knew I was down four-love." Who said it?

a.Serena Williams
b.Jelena Dokic
c.Anastasia Myskina
6.At Roland Garros, #7-seeded Nadia Petrova was the top-seeded of the remaining four semifinalists (seed #'s 10,16 & 21), making her the lowest high-seed in a slam SF in the Open era (since 1968). Whose record did she break?

a.Myskina at 2004 Roland Garros
b.Novotna at 1998 Wimbledon
c.Capriati at 2001 Australian Open
d.Kuznetsova at 2004 US Open
7.Match the 2005 slam champion with the player who held at least one match point against them earlier in the tournament:

a.Serena Williams (Australian)
b.Justine Henin-Hardenne (R.Garros)
c.Venus Williams (Wimbledon)
1.Lindsay Davenport
2.Svetlana Kuznetsova
3.Maria Sharapova
BONUS: (2 pts. each) Name the round of the tournament when the eventual champion overcame being match point(s) down.
8.Six players active on the WTA tour in 2005 have played in singles finals at each of the four grand slams during their careers. How many can you name?
9.The last six slams have produced six different champions, a first in the Open era. The previous Open era record was five straight slams with unique titlists. When did it last happen?

10.Czech, not a Czech... and actually a Russian. Identify the following ITF singles titlists from the season's first half as hailing from either the Czech Republic or Russia:

Iveta Gerlova
Anna Bastrikova
Ekaterina Kozhokhina
Renata Voracova
Petra Cetkovska
Darina Sedenkova

==THE ANSWERS (1 point each unless noted)==

1.b. Karatantcheva, after her 0-6/1-6 2nd Round loss to Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon.
2.False. Only one player has done it, but it was Sharapova (12 and 10-match streaks) rather than Clijsters who has accomplished the feat in 2005.
3.(1 point for each of three correct answers) A-3 (3rd Rd.), B-2 (1st Rd.), C-1 (4th Rd.)
4.(1 point for each of six correct answers) a,c,d,e,g,h. Sharapova, Henin-Hardenne, S.Williams, V.Williams, Pierce and Clijsters have defeated Davenport in 2005.
5.c. Myskina, at Amelia Island, after her 2nd Rd. match against Shahar Peer. It was a typically up-and-down affair for the Czarina. After winning the 1st set in 20 minutes, she lost the 2nd 3-6 after going down 0-4. She took the 3rd, and the match, by a 6-3 score.
6.a. #7 Petrova bested the record set one year earlier at RG, with eventual champion #6 Myskina being the lowest high seed to reach the semfinals.
7.(1 point for each of three correct answers) a-3,b-2,c-1.
BONUS: (2 pts. for each of three correct answers) S.Williams/Sharapova (Australian SF), JHH/Kuznetsova (Roland Garros 4th), V.Williams/Davenport (Wimbledon F)
8.(1 point for each of six correct answers) S.Williams (2 Aus/1 RG/3 Wimb/3 US), V.Williams (1-1-5-4), JHH (1-2-1-1), Hingis (6-2-1-3), Navratilova (6-6-12-8) and Sanchez Vicario (2-6-2-2) have all played in singles finals at the four grand slams.
9.c. 1978-79, when the Australian Open was held in December rather than January. The five consecutive different champions were Chris O'Neil ('78 Australian), Chris Evert-Lloyd ('79 Roland Garros), Martina Navratilova ('79 Wimbledon), Tracy Austin ('79 U.S.) and Barbara Jordan ('79 Australian).
10.(1 point for each of six correct answers) Gerlova, Voracova,Cetkovska & Sedenkova are Czechs. Bastrikova and Kozhokhina are Russian.


25-35...Venus Williams, circa 2000-02
14-24...Venus Williams, circa 1997-99
3-13...Venus Williams, circa 2003-04
0-2...Venus Williams, after losing a match in 2005

All for now.