Sunday, April 09, 2006

2006 1Q ATP/WTA Quiz


1.Mahesh Bhupathi & Martina Hingis teamed to win the Australian Open Mixed Doubles title in January. It was the sixth Mixed slam title of Bhupathi's career, with all of them won with different WTA partners. Of the list below, which five joined Hingis as Bhupathi's winning teammate?

Mary Pierce
Elena Likhovtseva
Martina Navratilova
Jelena Dokic
Ai Sugiyama
Rika Fujiwara
Rika Hiraki
Shinobu Asagoe
Daniela Hantuchova
2.Before Melbourne, when was the last time Hingis was a Doubles or Mixed Doubles champion at a grand slam? Who was her partner?
3.Four American women reached WTA singles semifinals in the 1st Quarter. Three of them -- Lindsay Davenport, Jill Craybas & Amy Frazier -- are at least 29 years old. Who's the youngest American semifinalist?

a.Laura Granville
b.Meghann Shaughnessy
c.Ashley Harkleroad
d.Vania King
4.Everyone remembers that Roger Federer and Marcos Baghdatis reached the Australian Open final. But who were their fellow semifinalists?

a.Tommy Hass & Nikolay Davydenko
b.David Nalbandian & Nicolas Kiefer
c.Sebastien Grosjean & Mario Ancic
5.What milestone did Lindsay Davenport accomplish in the 1st Quarter?

a.she got her 700th career match win
b.she played her 1000th career match
c.she won her 50th career singles title
6.Roger Federer swept both 2006 Masters Series events in Indian Wells and Miami in the 1st Quarter. It means that nine of the last ten non-Masters Cup events have been won by either Federer (6) or Rafael Nadal (3). Who won the single remaining title?

a.Tomas Berdych
b.Andy Roddick
c.David Nalbandian
d.Ivan Ljubicic
7.True/False. Samantha Stosur recently became the 21st WTA player to be ranked #1 in doubles, making her the first Aussie woman to hold the top spot.
8.What did Bjorn Phau and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez have in common in the 1st Quarter?

a.they both defeated Andy Roddick
b.they both defeated Guillermo Coria
c.they both defeated Andre Agassi
d.they both defeated Lleyton Hewitt
9.The same player ended the WTA's two longest 1st Quarter winning streaks (by Amelie Mauresmo and Maria Sharapova). Who was she?

a.Elena Dementieva
b.Svetlana Kuznetsova
c.Justine Henin-Hardenne
10.Of the list below, pick the ATP/WTA players with multiple tour singles titles in the 1st Quarter:

Roger Federer
James Blake
Maria Sharapova
Amelie Mauresmo
Ivan Ljubicic
Rafael Nadal
Elena Dementieva
Justine Henin-Hardenne
Tommy Haas

>>>THE ANSWERS (1 pt each unless noted)<<<

1.(1 pt. for each of 5 answers) Bhupathi also won Mixed slam titles with Hiraki ('97 Roland Garros), Sugiyama ('99 U.S. Open), Likhovtseva ('02 Wimbledon), Pierce ('05 Wimbledon) and Hantuchova ('05 U.S. Open).
2.(1 pts. for each of 3 answers - year/slam/partner) Hingis' last slam Doubles title was with Anna Kournikova at the '02 Australian Open. The win with Bhupathi was her first Mixed title.
3.d. Vania King, 17, was a semifinalist in Bangalore. She lost to Mara Santangelo.
4.b. Nalbandian & Kiefer
5.a. Davenport became the eighth woman to record 700 victories, joining Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Virginia Wade, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Conchita Martinez and Evonne Goolagong. She's yet to reach 900 matches, and already has 51 singles titles.
6.a. Berdych won the Masters Series title in Paris in November, defeating Ljubicic in the final. Nalbandian won the year-ending Masters Cup title.
7.False. Fellow Aussie Rennae Stubbs was co-#1 with Lisa Raymond for three weeks in August/September 2000.
8.d. Both Phau and Garcia-Lopez defeated Andre Agassi in the 1st Quarter.
9.b. Kuznetsova ended Mauresmo's 16-match streak in the Dubai QF, and Sharapova's 11-match string in the Miami final.
10.(1 pt. for each of 6 answers) ATP players with multiple 1Q titles were Federer (4), Blake (2), Ljubicic (2) and Haas (2). WTA players were Mauresmo (3) and Henin-Hardenne (2).


16-21 - Mr. Federer, I presume?
10-15 - Ms. Henin-Hardenne, I presume?
5-9 - Mr. Roddick, I presume?
0-4 - Ms. Dokic, I presume?

All for now.