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Postby Kohnhead » Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:47 pm

Pole into the round of 32 as Uppatin goes down

The second round (the round of 64) for everyone kicked off today and we saw Bartholomew Pole, Rodrick Uppatin, and the pair of Carter Kanasaw and Anna Humpford in action for Kohnhead.


Kika Dovan (CEN)                 6   6   7
Rodrick Uppatin (KHD) 2 4 5


I mean this is always going to be a very difficult and almost unwinnable matchup for Rodrick Uppatin taking on 20th ranked Kika Dovan who gets the added benefit of playing in front of the home crowd here in Ceni. This is Uppatin's third major and once again he will go out in the round of 64, he has talent sure but he was never going to beat Kika Dovan. His nerves were on full display early on as he lost the first two sets 6-2 and 6-4 and by that point he was down by so much we know a comeback wasn't going to happen. To Uppatin's credit he only lost the third set 7-5 and at least made that set competitive.


Bartholomew Pole (KHD)           6   6   7   6
Davi Malakkar (ACS) 3 7 6 1


Taking on the 139th in the World Davi Malakkar from Acastanha, Pole was the large favorite to advance. He did so however it wasn't the easiest win in four sets, and will be moving on to the third round. Pole took the first set 6-3 but Malakkar battled back to take the long second set 7-6 winning on the tiebreak. The third set would also be highly contested and go to a tiebreak again as Pole won 7-6. This could have been a very different story if Malakkar manages to win both of the tiebreak sets but with a loss in the third set he went down 2-1 and just collapsed and let the floodgates open allowing Pole to take the fourth and final set 6-1. Despite the fact that it's the round of 32, Pole gets another lower ranked opponent this time in Paula Suárez the 182nd ranked player out of Aqual. Suárez is coming off of a dominant 3-0 win against Jason Gordon of Britonisea which shows she is definitely not a pushover. The seeded player Pole could have played in this round, Donat Kis actually went down against Jason Gordon in the first round which is why this is an easier draw.


Anna Humpford/Carter Kanasaw (KHD)              6   7
Margie Brown/Nelly Cooke (GRU) 2 6


The only Kohnhead doubles team in action today was Anna Humpford and Carter Kanasaw who took on a Grearish Union pairing in Margie Brown and Nelly Cooke who we were projected to beat. Humpford and Kanasaw did in fact win taking the first set 6-2 and the second 7-6 in much closer fashion but it got the job done. Kanasaw has never actually made it this far in a tounament and will have a chance to get even futher although it's quite unlikely considering they have a match against the 11th ranked duo in the Xals of Ceni, Elia Xal and Fia Xal. It will definitely be a challenge for these two and an upset would be extraordinary.


Tomorrow we see the rest of the second round of singles with Mindy Waterford, Grady Maccay, and Chad Cilsertin to take the court for us. On the doubles side we get our first season 7 looks at the duo of Marcus Hathwar and Spencer Kohnhead who are still the best mixed double duo to date by far and come in as the 4th seeded duo in the tournament. Riley Dovatin and Melissa Turnface are back following their poor performance at the Diamond Trophy, and the newfound duo of Bradley Kohnface and Erin Maldry look to build off of a great Diamond Trophy.
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Postby San Ortelio » Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:03 pm

If Luciano Crepaldi would have had a tail, he would probably be wagging it around right now. Despite this being just a doubles confrontation, he received the honor to walk into one of the Grandstand stadiums for the confrontation with the Li Bo twins. This was one of the perks of being coupled to a former Grand Slam winner, one with home advantage to boot. As such, he tried not to loose the pace of Val Korekal as he entered, whilst letting his eyes wander over the galleries. Although his moment of glory lay four years behind him, it was clear that the former Golden Boy still caught the imagination of many Cenian tennis fans, who had packed the stands and waved their crossed flags. Luciano gasped, audibly, but the sound was washed away in the waves of applause for the homecoming favorite.

“It’s… It’s quite…” Luciano tried to regain his senses. Some often considered him a bit too happy-go-lucky at times but this truly nailed him to the ground. There wasn’t much time to overthink.
“Hold this, will you,” Val commanded – not necessarily stern but self-assured enough to put Luciano in a difficult position. With Val’s racket in his one hand and his bag in the other, he tried to grab his own gear, which only resulted in some highlights for the tournament blooper reel and a bunch of rackets sprayed around the side of the court. The twins who had been following the duo to the court looked Crepaldi up and down before sharing a commiserating smile to Korekal.
“Sorry, partner!” Crepaldi attempted a grin.
“Look, ok, I’ve been here before, right? And bigger audiences than this, ok? Just follow my lead and you’ll be fine,” Val tried to help him out, “get ready for the warm-up.”
“Ok, copy that, partner!” Crepaldi nodded, picking up the mess he made and getting his container from the cooled bag.
“What’s that?” Val pointed to the brownish liquid.
“My protein shake, it’s great,” Crepaldi smiled, “it really is. No one in San Ortelio did this before but since I follow this diet, I’ve got energy to spare and-“
“You don’t eat this close to a game, Luciano,” Val sighed.
“Yeah…” Luciano hesitated, “but isn’t this liquid?”
“It will get on your stomach, you’ll slow down,” Val explained, slowly, as if teaching algebra to a bunch of third-graders. A bit more emphatic he continued, “did no one ever teach you that?”
“Not… Not really,” the Ortelian lifted his shoulders, “there’s not such a structure as here back in our neck of the woods. Most just improvise but I try to be more scientific, more rigid.”
“That… That’s good. But no eating at this point, spare a banana or something, got it?”
“Got it, partner,” Luciano smiled, trying to show off his sunny side.
“And one more thing,” Val turned before picking up his racket to start.
“Anything, partner!”
“You’ve got. To drop. The. ‘Partner’.”
“Ok, brother-from-another-mo-“
“No,” was the firm reply and as they walked on the court, Val continued, “and a proverbial ‘follow my lead’, not like a duckling. You can start left, I’ll take the first serve.”

After this game, Val Korekal realized, he would need a serious sit-together with his manager.
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Postby Ceni » Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:15 pm

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Here's your cutoff!


Singles — Second Round
Section 5
Dewa Putu Adrian Putra (PCU) 6 6 6
Valery Ushakov (WSN) 3 3 0

Ivo Dhjukharevic (BPE) 6 2 4
Grady Maccay (KHD) 7 6 6

Ben Musjox (UPD) 3 2 5
Graziano Giunti (SOR) 6 6 7

Jeff Rogers (GRU) 6 6 7
Arlo Daniels (BUC) 3 4 6


Section 6
Niken Subdula (NWK) 6 3 6 4 3
Alya Elyas (SHT) 1 6 1 6 6

Maddison Scott (ETM) 6 4 6 6
Peter P Larry (BRI) 4 6 1 3

Mindy Waterford (KHD) 6 6 6
Carla Tormo (AQL) 2 1 4

Ty Kanelious (QAD) 6 7 6
Grayson Norris (GRU) 2 5 3


Section 7
Andrea Vergnani (SOR) 6 6 3 6
Livinia Moore (ETM) 3 3 6 1

Abdallah Rees (FLX) 7 4 3 5
ProudSmith (SSI) 5 6 6 7

Milo Ealdræd (SSI) 6 4 6 6
Kaelan Day (FLX) 2 6 4 4

Ardil Navsal (CEN) 5 6 6 6
Marcus Hathwar (ETM) 7 2 3 4


Section 8
Lonus Varalin (CEN) 6 5 6 6 6
Alan Sanchez (NWK) 0 7 3 7 4

Orsolya Szabo (GGY) 6 3 7 6
Alex Rivera (NWK) 7 6 5 7

Johmer Vales (CEN) 7 6 6
Dewa Ayu Cintya Dewi (PCU) 6 4 3

Chad Cilsertin (KHD) 6 6 6 7
Odelia Ayers (SSI) 7 1 4 5


Doubles — First Round
Section 3
Valentina Spetsova/Austin McDanielson (TJU) 7 6
Carrol Water/Cherrie Kane (SHT) 5 3

Riley Dovatin/Melissa Turnface (KHD) 7 6
Zunaira Hardy/Myah Cuevas (BUC) 5 2

Jóna Cabrera/Veronika McPhee (SQR) 4 7 2
Bradley Kohnface/Erin Maldry (KHD) 6 5 6

Vanessza Pataki/Armin Miksa (GGY) 1 5
Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwoʻole (TJU) 6 7

Sara Zhuo/Gyrachor Rentos (ETM/CEN) 6 6
Sameer Cook/Abdallah Rees (FLX) 3 4

Tamara Takacs/Ralph Henschel (GGY) 2 6
Massimo Recinella/Oscar Recinella (SOR) 6 7

Leone Na/Abi Forrest (BRI) 6 4 6
Amara Charles/Rivera Bassett (BUC) 2 6 2

Jan Turovets/Vitaly Rakov (WSN) 6 2 5
Izzat Manson/George Fakhrul (SHT) 3 6 7


Section 4
Spencer Kohnhead/Marcus Hathwar (KHD/ETM) 6 0 6
Ivo Dhjukharevic/Dusan Ventaromovich (BPE) 3 6 3

Fiorenzo Tartoni/Andrea Vergnani (SOR) 6 6
Jana Arkinn/Myria Primarch (CEN) 2 1

Kim Li Bo/Mei Li Bo (TJU) 3 4
Val Korekal/Luciano Crepaldi (CEN/SOR) 6 6

Elizabeth Quehall/Leo Garry (BRI) 1 7 6
Iván Flanagon/Ailbhe O'Hannagain (SQR) 6 6 1

Komang Antari/Kadek Andreawati (PCU) 6 4 6
Carlos Márquez/Garbiñe Flor (AQL) 4 6 4

Bahari Zack/Isaac Daud (SHT) 4 4
Alex Rivera/Justin White (NWK) 6 6

Oka Sulastra/Luh Putu Yundari (PCU) 4 6 6
Odelia Ayers/IllusiveTramp (SSI) 6 3 4

Marvin Weinwurm/Bianka Arendt (GGY) 4 2
Juan Subdula/Niken Subdula (NWK) 6 6
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Postby Ferret Civilization » Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:45 am

With another day gone by without much to show for it and not much accomplished with it either on the court and off it included everyone was looking forward to today. Given that today was going to be a busy day with all of them playing for a shot at getting just a little closer to the finals of the Cenian Open that was to be expected. Milo and ProudSmith shared uneasy glances at each other concerning the rather bleak outlook they had about jinxing this day yesterday but they were both individually committed to giving it their best shot. Odelia would be once again having another busy day being the one to have to compete in multiple matches in one day, even if it was just one more it was one more than anyone else on the team had to do for this tournament. IllusiveTramp however was looking forward to finally getting another chance on the court and would be there to assist her teammate should she need the help getting through her second match going up against Oka and Luh.

ProudSmith was going up against Abdallah who was not only able to qualify for the tournament but go on to beat a higher ranked player than one the Dogtaur had to face in the first round which showed that the player from Flexanewmega was not to be underestimated. Even going into expecting a tough fight did not help him at the start of the first set, with games quickly going into Abdallah’s favor leaving ProudSmith on the other side working to catch up. However with the Dogtaur generally all over the court there just was nothing to show for it with his competition getting an easy two point lead over his hard work to get five points for himself. The sloppy showing in the first set seemed to make Abdallah be the one to lower his guard on just how good ProudSmith could be given that in the second set it was the Salmagundi player to come out with an even stronger lead than the other had in the first set. As such things ended after only ten games rather than going to eleven or a thirteen tiebreaker. Being back into equal footing the match started to get more interesting, though now things were in the Dogtaur’s paws with ProudSmith repeating what he had done in the second set over his opponent without needing to change much tactic wise. Though things were now being pushed out to a fourth set and pulling the same stunt twice was not going to fly by Abdallah who went back to their A game. The two spent the games forcing each other around the court trying to take an advantage, one that the Salmagundi player was able to grab near the finishing games to reverse what had happened in the first set and win the match. It was quite exhilarating still winning being so new and what not, he thought maybe Milo was on to something and they would all walk away winners today.

Meanwhile Milo was busy facing off against a different Flexanewmega player Kaelan. The Ferret seemed to channel a natural luck from his nation at the start of the first set, seeing Milo happen to be at all the right spots to counter anything that his opponent threw at him keeping the score loopsidely in his favor. However fate seemed to be teasing him with just a swiff of good luck and things went rather south in the second set with Kaelan managing to adapt and improvise forcing the Ferret to have to try harder just to keep up. The Flexanewmega player was able to come out with a victory that was still hard fought for despite a slip up on the Salmagundi player’s part. The match got more serious after that going into the third set with the Ferret not wanting to lose and his opponent not wanting to let go of their grasp on a potential victory. Milo would have to continue with an uphill fight to overcome the competition that had just overcome him, though in the end after some close calls he was able to pull it off coming out two points ahead while keeping it limited to ten games. He would have to pull that feat off again just to take the fourth set, though he ended up doing so with time. After his victory he ended up sharing the same thought as ProudSmith on their chances actually being pretty great for the day.

Odelia would be facing off against Chad, a player that had just come off of beating Leo, a Brit that the Ferret team of old knew rather well. While Odelia and this new edition of a Salmagundi team did not know Leo at all having been out of the loop for a long time the ranking on the paper did not lie showing that if Chad had beat Leo then Chad must be a good enough player to prove an end to the Ferret in the singles side of the tournament. When it came time for the match Odelia sunk everything into the first set, which when it came to outside speculation might be the thing that would prove her downfall later in the match. However it paid off in the short term, the short term being getting the first set after exchanging the lead so many times during the many games that a tiebreaker she was able to take determined the winner. Coming off of that defeat obviously did not sit well with Chad, who came back with a vengeance to keep the Ferret down with much success in the second set where they only lost one game to Odelia that time around. Being back on even footing set wise the competition was back on and one that was now going in Chad’s favor. This time the Ferret could not keep up which saw the Kohnhead player take a two point lead to the Salmagundi four. The fourth set was where the Ferret had to win in order to earn another set for another chance and the fight was slowly ramped back up between the two. Though for all that effort Chad was still able to get another two point lead with Odelia only taking one additional point to show for it seeing her lose.

ProudSmith and Milo were not happy to hear about Odelia’s loss once they were all able to meet back up together, though the one upside was that they were all still in the tournament with the lads being in the singles side and if the gals could pull off an upset they would have the doubles. Though pulling off such an upset with how things were going for them was not going to be possible but Odelia and IllusiveTramp were willing to go in and give it their all with their two other teammates supporting them on the sidelines like the winners that they were probably never going to be. Much like how things had gone for Odelia in her singles match the two went all in to show that they deserved a place in the international scene by, while not quickly taking a lead, they slowly creeped ahead with a point here and a point there to get their needed six points to win before their competition got past four. And repeating what had happened before on the singles side of things Oka and Luh ramped things up on the fast pace court to quickly take a lead and not mess around leaving the Salmagundi players three points behind and putting things into a tiebreaking set. Their competition had their eyes on winning and it continued to show putting Odelia and IllusiveTramp to shame. Things ended with another loss seeing both of the Salmagundi players out of the tournament on both sides of things.




“Suppose we never stood much of a chance in the doubles tournament.” Milo said with a shrug after the round for the day was over and the group moved on back to the training courts.

“You would be surprised at how many failed attempts we had starting out, so many that it seemed like we were never going to win.” Hermanni said, “Was kind of crazy how Dagmar started off so well but when she failed Llinos or Ástríður somehow would pull off something crazier. Then me and Birger and Säde and Llinos carrying over the skills she got from the singles side of playing to the doubles started to find success.”

“Tomorrow you are going to face Ardil right Milo?” Dagmar asked even though she had already known the answer, it was the Salmagundi team’s somewhat successful day that got the old Ferret team to try and throw some support behind the newcomers. “The Cenians always gave us a tough time and playing like how you do right now is sure to see you lose.”

Milo looked at the old timers not sure what to say waiting for them to critique something, “Ceallachán always gave me the best advice, relax. You throwing all that you got in all you end up doing is ending up ‘with your tail always getting in the way’.” Dagmar said with a subtle nod to an old Cenian news article. “Now take the to the court.”

Milo did as instructed while Ástríður took the position of the competition that would be trying to imitate the Cenian the Ferret would be facing tomorrow. While the old timer had not played tennis is a very long time she was still able to thoroughly humiliate the Salmagundi version of a tennis player. Though that was not the goal, after every game most the entire old Ferret team were willing to impart what little wisdom they had after their trials on the court so that they would not have to be repeated tomorrow against a respected old foe that would not be kind at all when it came to the competition of the tournament. While it was already too late for Odelia and IllusiveTramp in a more harsh international tennis world of today than it would have been just before the hiatus it was not too late for either Milo or ProudSmith to pull off something wild like what had been done in the past.
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Saturday, 9 January 2021 (Saniscara Kliwon Wuku Wayang, Pawukon 1780)


Day of the Shadow Puppet


Pemecutan Puri, Pemecutan - In this Saturday of Gregorian calendar is in the same day as Saniscara Kliwon Wayang in Pawukon calendar. Pawukon is a calendar that is use by Pemecutan. An ancient calendar which is not based of the sun or the moon. The majority is believe that the calendar is based on Pemecutan harvesting pattern. Although it is not likely correct. The calendar is quite short with only 210 days which divided into 30 weeks. There's no month name in the calendar, only week.

Saniscara Kliwon Wuku Wayang (Saturday Kliwon Week of Wayang) is celebrated by the local as the day of the shadow puppets. It is a well-known traditional show where one person is playing a flatten puppet made of animal skin from behind a curtain so the audience will only see the shadows. Hence the term shadow puppets comes from. Traditionally, the shadow puppets tell a story of great sage, Ramayana and Mahabharata. Traditional folklores are also being told from this shows.

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Traditional Shadow Puppets Shows Using Oil Lamp as The Light

From time to time, the shadow puppets has change. The once shows that told ancient sage and folklores are now begin to tell a more modern story which is still being wrapped in old background. Comedy is bring up to the show to attract younger people. These changes ensure the continuity of the traditional show until this day and hopefully in the future.

In the day of the shadow puppets, the puppet masters are preparing some offerings in their puppets storage box. This offerings is given to Bhatara Kala (God Kala), the God of Time. Based on the folklore, Bhatara Kala is given a special treat which allowed Him to eat anyone who wandering around during the midday of Wayang week and also anyone who is born during the Wayang week. When He know that Bhatara Rare Kumara (God Rare Kumara) is born in Wayang week and He is wandering around during midday of Saturday in the Wayang week, Bhatara Kala decided to chase Him around. Bhatara Rare Kumara is running away, avoiding Bhatara Kala who constantly chasing Him.

When Bhatara Rare Kumara is cornered, Bhatara Shiva (God Shiva) come down and stop Bhatara Kala from eating Him. Bhatara Shiva gives Bhatara Kala a riddle that He must solved before He could eat Bhatara Rare Kumara. The riddle are,

Om asta pada sad lungayan,
Catur puto dwi puruso,
Eko bhago muka enggul,
Dwi crengi sapto locanam

Bhatara Kala is able to solved almost all of the riddle except the last part, sapto lucanam or seven eyesights. He could only mention 6 eyes, 2 of Bhatara Shiva, 2 of Bhatari Uma and 2 of Nandini. He failed to predict Bhatara Shiva's third eye. Bhatara Kala is failed to solved the riddle and the day have wane. Bhatara Rare Kusuma is running towards people's house. Bhatara Kala chase Him after losing the riddle. Bhatara Rare Kumara is hiding inside the puppet storage box where the puppet master have put the offering above it. When Bhatara Kala sees it, He eats all of the offerings.

Bhatara Kala doesn't stop there and keep trying to eat Bhatara Rare Kumara who is still in hiding. But the puppet master prevent him as He is already eat the offering that he has made. Feeling defeated, Bhatara Kala is declined to eat again and go back to His abode.

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The Shadow Puppet Show as Seen by the Audience

From this folklore, Pemecutanian especially Sanatana Dharma believer, always give a Wayang or shadow puppets show for their children's who is born in Wayang week especially in the Saturday. The child is given Tirtha Wayang Sapu Leger, a holy water which is believe can protect the child from being eaten by Bhatara Kala. From this folklore also, Sanatana Dharma believer is worship Bhatara Rare Kumara as the protector of the children. This tradition is still being done by Pemecutan Sanatana Dharma believer until today.

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Postby Electrum » Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:40 am

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Two shock retirements scheduled for the Electrum Slam

Two Electrumite athletes have signalled their intention to call it quits at the end of the Electrum Slam. Singles player Pelissa Giannapolous and doubles player Deanne Smith, the two oldest players on the Electrumite roster, intend to retire in front of families, friends and colleagues. While the two players had their best ever seasons last season, both players cited different reasons for wanting to exit the tour.

For Giannapolous, it was a matter of family. While she showed no indication of calling it quits after her mandatory press conference after losing to San Ortelian qualifier Andrea Vergnani, she released a terse release shortly after, stating that she would retire due to family and personal reasons. It isn't exactly clear at this stage what family issues that she has to attend to, but it must be significant if she is retiring right after her finest season on tour. Being a journeywoman for most of her career, Giannapolous shone in the grass court season last year, her favourite surface, with a win in the Salvador Hills and runner-up finishes at the AOpen and the Ethanian Open.

Meanwhile, Smith was rather open in making it known after her own exit press conference earlier this morning. Smith is retiring due to age. This explains why Smith decided to partner up with Stewart instead of her usual doubles partner, Sara Zhuo. Smith said that, "Now the time's right for Sara to find [her] wings. We had been discussing it for a while, and I just feel my body can't keep up for much longer. My knees just ache more now. I'm old." Some may remember that Joan Levitt (Smith's former doubles partner) gave exactly these same reasons a few seasons ago. Zhuo has already found a new partner in Gyrachor Rentos. The two hope that they will be a successful partnership, continuing the chain of successes experienced by both Levitt/Smith and Smith/Zhuo. It has been an auspicious start so far with the two easily dispatching their Flexanewmegan opponents in two quick sets earlier today.

Smith and Stewart are expected to partner with each other until the Electrum Slam, even after today's first round defeat. Stewart has been unattached recently after the Grearish Union tennis federation decided that the winning combination of McNeil and Rogers at the Diamond Trophy should continue into the seventh season. This came after Rogers was nominally partnered up with Stewart last season. In an interview with the Obscure Sports Weekly, Stewart said that, "Rogers and I talked at the end of the last season, and I understood that his federation wanted him to partner up with [McNeil] again. We decided then and there that it was probably for the best that we terminate our partnership." The hunt for Stewart's new partner continues. With her expected to lose those five hundred points she gained with Kawasaki earlier last season in just a few weeks, her rankings are set to slide further down, making a partnership with her a less than compelling proposition.

With twin retirements on the horizon, the start of the clay season presents a new opportunity for up-and-coming Electrumites to break it through the big leagues of international tennis. The Electrum Slam is said to be already preparing a video package of all the highlights of Giannapolous' and Smith's career, to be shown at their final matches in Centralis Park. It will be a bittersweet moment for sure.
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Postby TJUN-ia » Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:32 am

Ah yes...this is interesting. With no TJUN-ian singles action today at the Cenian Open, I guess you can consider this a "Doubles Day" with 3 of TJUN-ia's 4 teams playing in the opening round. Let's see how they got on!


Setting Things Up
Section 3: [2] Valentina Spetsova/Austin McDanielson (TJU) bt Carrol Water/Cherrie Kane (SHT) (7-5, 6-3)
Section 3: Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwo'ole (TJU) bt Vanessza Pataki/Armin Miksa (GGY) (6-1, 7-5)

The 2nd best team in the tournament returned to action as Scarlet and The Cowboy took on Carrol Water and Cherrie Kane of Sharktail. The first set was tighter than many expected but once the TUN-ians got the ball rolling, they would look unstoppable from here on out in this straight-sets win. Props have to go to Water and Kane for doing well against the 2nd seeds but in the end, Austina was just too powerful on this day.

As for everyone's 2nd favourite team, VuRa and Kaui Kama were taking on Venessza Pataki and Armin Miksa of Gergary in the same section as Austina. The looked like a different team in the first set as they dominated 6-1 but the opposition fought back to make Set 2 tighter. But it was the TJUN-ian lads who would prevail 7-5 to set up an interesting Round 2 in this section.

You remember TJUN-ia vs Kohnhead? Well, it's back and with a doubleheader that could lead to more. Austina take on Riley Dovatin and Melissa Turnface while VuRa and Kaui Kama take on Bradley Kohnface and Erin Maldry. The twist? The winners of these fixtures will take on each other in the Quarterfinals.


The One That Fell
Section 4: Val Korekal/Luciano Crepaldi (CEN/SOR) bt [16] Kim Li Bo/Mei Li Bo (TJU) (6-4, 6-3)

Sadly, someone fell today and that honour goes to the Li Bo Twins. 16th seeds heading into this tournament, they were outplayed by the wacky combination of host nation Ceni's Val Korekal and San Ortelio's Luciano Crepladi in this upset. That's not to say the Twins didn't play well, but it certainly wasn't their day today. Hopefully, we will see them back to what we expect soon.


Scheduled Matches

SINGLES - Round 3
Section 1: Shinji Makauchi (TJU) vs Fiorenzo Tartoni (SOR) (10/01)
Section 2: [11] Jean van de Kloor (TJU) vs [18] Kika Dovan (CEN) (10/01)
Section 3: [4] Ngurah Putra Muliawan (PCU) vs [25] Valentina Spetsova (TJU) (10/01)
Section 4: [5] Andrew Simmons (ETM) vs Philippe Baloui (TJU) (10/01)

DOUBLES - Round 2
Section 2: [13] Shinji Makauchi/Felipe de la Rosa (TJU) vs Will Nolovor/Kell Korden (CEN) (10/01)
Section 3: [2] Valentina Spetsova/Austin McDanielson (TJU) vs Riley Dovatin/Melissa Turnface (KHD) (10/01)
Section 3: Bradley Kohnface/Erin Maldry (KHD) vs Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwoʻole (TJU) (10/01)
4th: WBC50, IBC31
Quarterfinals: IAC9, ARWC1, RLWC19, IBC30, ARWC2, WB41, IAC12
Ro16: BoF71, CoH77, WBC49, IACX, IAC11, DBC49, WCoH42
Ro32: CoH78, CoH79
Other: Bowl Winners (AVBF6)
NSSCRA - Jaguar Racing: #07 Michael Stefan (2 Wins)/#64 Alfonso Mercado/#03 Maddison Riley-Jones (S10 T2 Champion/3 T2 Wins)
WGPC: #11 Lane Carter
NSTT: 3 Singles Titles (2 Runners-up)/1 Doubles Title (1 Runner-up)

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Postby Kohnhead » Sat Jan 09, 2021 1:24 pm

A historic 6-0 day for Kohnhead

The second half of the round of 64 saw some notable Kohnheadians competing. While the likes of Mindy Waterford, and Spencer Kohnhead (while paired with Marcus Hathwar as per usual) would be competing other less known players like Grady Maccay also took to the courts today. Despite the major differences between all of our athletes they did all have a constant, every Kohnheadian who played today won for a 6-0 day something that we haven't seen from us before.


Ivo Dhjukharevic (BPE)           6   2   4
Grady Maccay (KHD) 7 6 6


In fact Grady Maccay was the first Kohnhead to play and win today taking on the 32nd ranked Ivo Dhjukharevic from Beepee. Maccay being ranked around 220 was a heavy underdog but that didn't matter to him. Maccay surprisingly won the first set although it was quite competitive taking it on a tiebreak 7-6. The second set was quite different as Maccay won 6-2 in dominant fashion to take a 2-0 lead and knowing he could pull of one of the top upsets of the tournament; he did it in style taking the final set 6-4 to win the match 3 sets to 0. While this was a major upset to get Maccay further than he's ever gotten he has an even more difficult matchup tomorrow with world number 2, Dewa Putu Adrian Putra out of Pemecutan a nation that has become a power in the new NSTT. Putra has only lost a singular set in her first two matches and while Maccay certainly showed he could play in this matchup I still highly doubt he could pull this off.


Mindy Waterford (KHD)            6   6   6
Carla Tormo (AQL) 2 1 4


Mindy Waterford spent the offseason talking about how she nees to find the form she had during the first two parts of last year in the Outdooor Court and Clay seasons. Carla Tormo might be a top 40 player out of Aqual but she had no chance against a hungry and motivated Mindy Waterford who dominated the match from start to finish. Mindy feels she has been underperforming and feels underrated by everyone, whether or not this is true she's clearly playing well. Tormo is a difficult opponent especially for the second round so this is a statement win for Waterford as she won it in three sets. Next up she also faces a challenge in 24th seeded Ty Kanelious out of Qasden a nation returning to the NSTT scene. Kanelious is coming off of a dominant win against Grayson Norris although it wasn't quite as impressive as Mindy's. No matter what this match will mean a lot and it will give Mindy a chance to truly show if she's ready to take that next step.


Chad Cilsertin (KHD)             6   6   6   7
Odelia Ayers (SSI) 7 1 4 5


Chad Cilsertin was the first Kohnhead singles player to lose... a set. Taking on Odelia Ayers competing in her first tournament for Independent Salmagundi, Cilsertin was the favorite but Ayers has overcome many foes in this tournament having to qualify in. Ultimately her run ended at the hands of Cilsertin who after losing the first set 7-6 proceeded to win the next three sets to take the match three sets to one. Besides the second set (which ended 6-1) it was stil highy competitive as Cilsertin would win the final two sets 6-4 and 7-5 but ultimately he pulled it off. Cilsertin is into the round of 32 and will be met with a challenge from 10th seeded Johmer Vales out of Ceni. Vales is one of five players who have yet to lose a set in this tournament and there's no signs that this will change against Cilsertin. There are a couple of things working against Cilsertin in this one, Vales obviously has lots of momentum having gone 6-0 so far in sets, Vales will be playing in front of a Cenian crowd that has played a major difference so far in this tournament, and Cilsertin will have to play on back to back days for the first time this tournament and many question if his body is able to go through with that. However it's possible Vales overlooks Cilsertin and Cilsertin comes away with a surprise win, it's unlikely but anything is possible especially in an NSTT Grand Slam.


Riley Dovatin/Melissa Turnface (KHD)            7   6
Zunaira Hardy/Myah Cuevas (BUC) 5 2


Now onto the doubles section where Dovatin and Turnface started off their tournament against a Bucklin duo in Cuevas and Hardy. All Bucklin players are playing their first NSTT tournament and our overseas colony was no match for us. Dovatin and Turnface had a bit of trouble in the first set but managed to win it 7-5, and easily took the second set 6-2 to win the match. Dovatin and Turnface have played well together but with the rise of Kohnface and Maldry's partnership they might not stay our second duo for much longer (although will still be able to participated in tier 1 tournaments due to the mixed nation clause). Next up for Dovatin and Turnface are the second seed in the tournament the top TJUN-ian duo (of course). No matter how much we try we cannot avoid TJUN-ia especially as we get further into the tournament. The two we will be playing are The Cowboy and Scarlet (Spetsova and McDanielson), if you don't know the TJUN-ian nicknames yet I'm disappointed they are some of the best I've seen. I don't think Dovatin and Turnface manage to pull this off but I wouldn't count it out.


Jóna Cabrera/Veronika McPhee (SQR)              4   7   2
Bradley Kohnface/Erin Maldry (KHD) 6 5 6


The afore mentioned duo of Kohnface and Maldry fresh off of their run at the Diamond Trophy last season prepared to take on the duo from Squidroidia a rising nation in the NSTT who are coming off of good performances in the postseason and a nation that just won the hosting rights to the tier 2 grass tournament which will be named the Squidroidian Open. Kohnface and Maldry split the first two sets with Cabrera and McPhee winning 6-4 before losing 7-5 heading into the rubber set. It seemed that Cabrera and McPhee just couldn't go the distance and lost 6-2 to our Kohnheadian duo. Kohnface and Maldry also have a matchup with TJUN-ians as they get ready to face Kaui Kamakawiwoʻole and Vuyani Rabada whom are both ranked in the mid 70s in the duos rankings. The winner actually plays the winner of the Dovatin/Turnface match so we could either see an all Kohnhead match, an all TJUN-ian match, or another match between the two.


Spencer Kohnhead/Marcus Hathwar (KHD/ETM)       6   0   6
Ivo Dhjukharevic/Dusan Ventaromovich (BPE) 3 6 3


Finally we had the mixed duo pair of Kohnhead and Hathwar who came into this tournament as the fourth ranked duo. Their first game of season 7 was actually one of the strangest we'd see all day taking on the Beepee duo of Ivo Dhjukharevic (whom Maccay upset) and Dusan Ventaromovich whom were both ranked at 95 in the doubles rankings which is not enough to seed them for this tournament. Kohnhead and Hathwar only had an okay NSTT Finals going 1-2 in the Group Stage which didn't earn them a spot in the semifinals and are even more excited for this season. They won the first set 6-3 and looked good in doing so but got absolutely stunned in the second set losing 6-0 which is quite shocking. However they bounced back to win 6-3 in the final set and to advance to the round of 32. Next up they have the rising duo of Andrea Vergnani and and Fiorenzo Tartoni out of San Ortelio. Only Tartoni had participated in an NSTT tournament before this but that didn't seem to hinder them against the Cenian duo of Jana Arkinn and Myria Primarch with ease in the first round. Kohnhead and Hathwar are clearly favorites but they cannot look past this game to the round of 16 or to the quarterfinals.


Wow what a day for Kohnhead, six matches where we went 6-0 and we won 15 out of 18 sets on the day for pure dominance. Tomorrow we see all six of these players/duos who played today as well as Bartholomew Pole and the Kanasaw/Humpford duo. I highly doubt we go 8-0 tomorrow especially as the competition starts to pick up in the round of 32 but I didn't see this one coming either.
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Postby San Ortelio » Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:52 pm

Let us all listen again at the five best post-match interview quotes by San Ortelians after the fourth day of the main tournament of the Cenia-. What? Too specific? Yeah, but we've only played this so far so… What do mean 'still on'? Oh, on air. Shit.. So, of the Cenian Open.


At five, it's Andrea Vergnani who seemed to prefer speaking to our press first…


"Yeah, I think I better avoid going on holidays to Electrum in the next few weeks, haha. There's Giannapoulos who then mysteriously retires and now Moore… If I think about it, it's almost a shame I will have to play a Salmagundian now - who knew how far I would get!"



Let us hope he'll stay as jolly after the clash with an in-form ProudSmith! Will he be the next to end up in his jaws or will he put his adversary on a leash?


Nonetheless, he will have his fair share of Electrumites in the doubles confrontation against high-rollers Kohnhead and Hathwar. Tartoni had this to say about that game.


"First of all, I respect them as adversaries, for their qualities, their palmares, … But I refuse to go on that court and think 'let's be happy if we get a set'. Sorry, but with that mentality you lose. Simple as that. We're gonna take that court to beat them, whatever seed they are."



Big words from the national frontrunner! Especially as he'll have to play his singles match against 'Samurai Shinji' Makauchi after that - a big game and a potential ticket for a confrontation against number one Sabanero at the Valemartin!


Speaking of high seeds, the Recinella brothers are up against Zhuo/Rentos, the third generation of an Electrumite power duo, and are looking forward to that.


"Why would I rather want to play Cook/Rees?"

(Interviewer)"Well, they could be an easier…"

"Wow, wow, that's not what we're here for, I mean. What you, Mass?"

"No way. I mean, you don't sit around for years, trying to find some exotic livestream just to catch the action and then be like, naaaah, I don't want to face the stars! That would be nonsense."



Let's hope the inseparable brothers find the same rhythm as in their opening round game. Who surely came in with a bang are Luciano Crepaldi and his new, Cenian doubles partner Val Korekal who managed a minor upset against the Li Bo twins.


"I think we just have this great chemistry as partn- ehm, teammates, we just got it right, not, buddy?"

(soft cough by Korekal)

"More like, ehm, professional buddies, Vallyboy?"

(stern look)

"But mainly professional."

(Val) "What Luciano tries to say is that our qualities on the court match well. I have a good serve, technical qualities, some much-needed experience,... Whilst his energy gives our style something extra, aggressive yet composed."

"Watch out world, Luc and Val are coming for you! Too soon?"



Their antics sure will feature more in this segment! But without any doubt at number one, the man who catapulted himself in our hearts, Graziano Giunti! Edging out fellow newcomer Ben Musjox caused a moment that touched us all.


"I honestly didn't think the world still had this in store for me. I hoped it, I dreamed it but…"

(a silent cough, pushing back a nod in his voice) "I came here with hope but also a lot of uncertainty. It could have been a mistake and now four victories in a row and now against a name such as Rogers. I just had my wife on the phone and.. "

(stops, pushes his hand against his eyes to hold back his tears)

"And she said, you deserve your dream, now go and enjoy it."

(with a higher pitch and a tear down his cheek) "I am enjoying it and it's wonderful."
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Postby Ceni » Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:25 pm


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THREE TO SEE: CENIAN OPEN, DAY FIVE

Shinji Makauchi (TJU) vs. Fiorenzo Tartoni (SOR)
Both the TJUN-ian and San Ortelian national presses have focused on this marquee clash between two unseeded players. And in recognition of the hype surrounding this match, Cenian Open organizers have moved the match to the Grandstand court to accommodate the necessary capacity.

On paper, though, this match shouldn't be so anticipated. "Tiebreak Tartoni" is ranked number 56 in the world, while "Samurai Shinji," as TJUN-ian fans know him, is ranked only number 70 in the world. That reckoning, however, obscures the progress that Tartoni in made; he is number 56 after only two tournaments, reaching the semifinals of the Diamond Trophy after upsetting Ardil Navsal, of all people. Makauchi has had less success on the international tour, but as TJUN-ian publication Deuce keeps reminding us, the domestic TJUN-ian circuit has always expected him to make waves internationally. For what it's worth, both players upset Cenians in the last round — Andy Amada for Makauchi, Dioro Hansil for Crepaldi.

Based on Tartoni's recent run of form, though, we think Tartoni is likely to win — perhaps with a tiebreak thrown in.

The Pick: Tartoni

(11) Jean van de Kloor (TJU) vs (17) Kika Dovan (CEN)
Kika Dovan is a stalwart of the Cenian Grand Slam contingent, and has been for a while. On the other hand, Jean van de Kloor is a stalwart of the TJUN-ian Grand Slam contingent. For his part, van de Kloor has shown his ability to calm his nerves in the big matches — as evidenced by his victory over Lonus Varalin in the finale of last season's Diamond Trophy. Admittedly, though, he has not had the easiest of times making it through the first couple of rounds, dropping two sets to Luke Subdonez of Northwest Kalactin. Dovan has also not had a cakewalk, as her first round match against Houston Sawyer also took her to five sets.

We know that this match will be a bit of a slugfest, with good shotmaking all around (especially from Dovan's one-handed backhand) — but the real question is, will van de Kloor be able to hold his nerves on one of the biggest tennis stadiums in the multiverse, against a home player?

The Pick: Dovan

(WC) Milo Eldraed (SSI) vs (26) Ardil Navsal (CEN)
Independent Salmagundi is the successor state of the Ferret Civilization, perhaps the only nation that has ever broken Ceni's stranglehold at the top of the tennis scene from 2014 to 2018. Even though its former players could be in the prime of their careers age-wise, though, the national federation has chosen to send four players new to the international scene, including Milo Eldraed. (We apologize in advance for failing to put in the ae diphthong). Eldraed immediately shocked observers when he upset fifteenth seed Juan Subdula of Northwest Kalactin 12-10 in the fifth set in the first round, and he consolidated that victory with a four-set win over qualifier Kaelan Day.

In the third round, though, Eldraed will face an even greater challenge: Ardil Navsal, a former Cenian Open champion. (This is starting to feel a little repetitive typing in every post.) Navsal eased past Vladimir Mikhailov of Waisnor in the first round and the Electrumite Marcus Hathwar in the second round, but given Eldraed's background, Navsal should be worried more here than he might have with another third round matchup with a wildcard. The Ferrets have previously given Navsal a run for his money, but can a relatively inexperienced Eldraed do so here?

The Pick: Navsal
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This is your third-round cutoff!


Singles — Third Round
Section 1
Bartolo Sabanero (AQL) 6 3 6 4 6
Janet Riley (ETM) 4 6 4 6 3

Shinji Makauchi (TJU) 6 6 1 4 3
Fiorenzo Tartoni (SOR) 1 3 6 6 6


Section 2
Botack Andiam (CEN) 2 7 6 6
Ayu Ratih Kemalasari (PCU) 6 5 3 3

Jean van de Kloor (TJU) 7 6 3 3 9
Kika Dovan (CEN) 5 4 6 6 7


Section 3
Ngurah Putra Muliawan (PCU) 4 2 2
Valentina Spetsova (TJU) 6 6 6

Bartholomew Pole (KHD) 5 5 6 6 6
Paula Suárez (AQL) 7 7 2 1 4


Section 4
Andrew Simmons (ETM) 4 3 6 3
Philippe Baloui (TJU) 6 6 4 6

Marisa Maradona (CEN) 6 6 5 4
Komang Agus Artawan (PCU) 7 2 7 6


Section 5
Dewa Putu Adrian Putra (PCU) 6 6 7 2 6
Grady Maccay (KHD) 3 7 6 6 2

Graziano Giunti (SOR) 6 7 5 7
Jeff Rogers (GRU) 4 6 7 6


Section 6
Alya Elyas (SHT) 1 4 6 4
Maddison Scott (ETM) 6 6 4 6

Mindy Waterford (KHD) 6 7 1 3 6
Ty Kanelious (QAD) 4 6 6 6 0


Section 7
Andrea Vergnani (SOR) 4 5 5
ProudSmith (SSI) 6 7 7

Milo Ealdræd (SSI) 5 2 6 6 2
Ardil Navsal (CEN) 7 6 0 4 6


Section 8
Lonus Varalin (CEN) 6 6 4 6
Alex Rivera (NWK) 2 1 6 1

Johmer Vales (CEN) 4 6 6 6
Chad Cilsertin (KHD) 6 2 4 4


Doubles — Second Round
Section 1
Sonya Gredello/Rosa Levinsky (ETM) 6 7
Jordi Pérez/Rubén Pérez (AQL) 4 6

Adil Roberts/Kobie Laing (FLX) 6 6
Franciszek Sloan/Frederic Mccallum (FLX) 4 4

Jeff Rogers/Martha McNeil (GRU) 1 6 4
Eka Putrawan/Dwi Ratmadi (PCU) 6 3 6

Coosal Darlcheri/Perger Rianor (CEN) 6 6
Carla Tormo/Lara Navarro (AQL) 1 3


Section 2
Bartolo Sabanero/Qualo Tabos (AQL) 1 2
Joe Fernández/Alan Sanchez (NWK) 6 6

Shinji Makauchi/Felipe de la Rosa (TJU) 6 7
Will Nolovor/Kell Korden (CEN) 3 6

Lance Mance/Ricardo Toli (BRI) 3 4
Miguel Taberon/Pedro Arrachar (ACS) 6 6

Elia Xal/Fia Xal (CEN) 6 6
Anna Humpford/Carter Kanasaw (KHD) 2 3


Section 3
Valentina Spetsova/Austin McDanielson (TJU) 3 4
Riley Dovatin/Melissa Turnface (KHD) 6 6

Bradley Kohnface/Erin Maldry (KHD) 3 4
Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwoʻole (TJU) 6 6

Sara Zhuo/Gyrachor Rentos (ETM/CEN) 6 6
Massimo Recinella/Oscar Recinella (SOR) 3 3

Leone Na/Abi Forrest (BRI) 6 6
Izzat Manson/George Fakhrul (SHT) 2 4


Section 4
Spencer Kohnhead/Marcus Hathwar (KHD/ETM) 1 6 6
Fiorenzo Tartoni/Andrea Vergnani (SOR) 6 3 4

Val Korekal/Luciano Crepaldi (CEN/SOR) 6 7
Elizabeth Quehall/Leo Garry (BRI) 2 6

Komang Antari/Kadek Andreawati (PCU) 7 5 6
Alex Rivera/Justin White (NWK) 5 7 3

Oka Sulastra/Luh Putu Yundari (PCU) 6 4 6
Juan Subdula/Niken Subdula (NWK) 3 6 3
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Postby Ferret Civilization » Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:31 pm

After the more formal get together for a series of practice games yesterday to try and help increase the chances of a win for the new Salmagundi team to go up against Ardil all that there was left to do was try to get a good night sleep to see if it paid off during the third round matches. It was not until morning that the situation fully dawned on Milo that he would be going up against a Cenian, a group that had earned many fables and tales back on the Salmagundi courts alongside other older tennis nation playing giants. It still seemed like quite a miracle that a bunch of random Ferrets thrown together on a whim were able to carve out names for themselves right from the beginning of their time on the courts and get noticed on the international stage for the brief periods that they were sent out to compete. However Ferret Civilization was never able to replicate that success and was no longer looking to do so leaving it up to individuals within the Salmagundi to see if any of that charm was still there and their first attempt at something official did not go all that well in the Reçuecian Beçonailles, though it could be said that they were doing better this time around being unofficial but at the moment that was debatable.

“Not looking too hot there.” Odelia mentioned upon seeing the sight that was Milo.

“Well of course not.” Milo said, keeping it light, “At best I get another repeat of what I had to start off with facing Juan. At worst I simply lose and wasted a lot of effort that went into yesterday.”

“Juan was officially harder to beat on paper.”

“Though Ardil is a Cenian. One who was able to beat ‘us’ in the past even after coming off of beating those supposedly higher ranked players. He’ll probably be more than ready to face another fresh Ferret.” Milo said using us to mean Ferrets in general not them in particular.

“Suppose he is not though.” Odelia replied, “Suppose you are new enough to the court to throw an old timer off his game just enough to pull off a win.”

“It could be possible.” Milo admitted. Even though it was a long shot and it really was never pulled off before by their old team it was actually still possible given how things had been going. It would be quite a feat for the newcomer to pull out a win against Ardil much like how Dagmar had done when they had first come together during the Albergaria back in the 2016 Astyrian Series when he was considered the best in the world or like Hermanni and Säde had been able to do later on. Though they had all gotten a lot of experience in other tournaments before having to face the Cenian which was an advantage Milo did not have.

Over breakfast ProudSmith seemed more hopeful for the situation looking forward to having to face Milo in the round of 16 even though he had to get through the San Ortelio player Andrea first but taking a section for themselves would be a bigger feat on top of the one Milo could pull off. Though it was something that they would have to do first before being able to even be hopeful about.

ProudSmith would end up being the one having an easier time over the course of his match despite the fact that Andrea had started the tournament off by beating Electrum player Pelissa who was considered third best in the entire tennis world while Milo was busy taking down Juan and ProudSmith was facing off against Vanessza. Eventually it was time for the Dogtaur to met the person that had taken on one of the official best and come out the winner on the court and he was fully expecting a serious challenge. Though maybe it was because the Salmagundi player was expecting a challenge and that the San Ortelia player was just used to a different style of play that ProudSmith was the one to come out with the first few points before the challenging games began. However the first set would go six to four in ProudSmith’s favor so it would be up to his competition to fight for a comeback. Something that the Dogtaur was starting to find somewhat easy to prevent with less mistakes and setbacks although Andrea was able to bring up and exploit new flaws in his style of play over the course of the second set. ProudSmith came out winning by having another two point lead before things could go six to six and repeated the process again in the third set. ProudSmith was able to celebrate his first three set win and it was over someone who had managed to take down one of the best, he was quite thankful for that. For if it was not for Andrea he would probably have had to face Pelissa and he was sure that he would not have been able to win against the Electrum player himself.

Milo was having a much more difficult time, one that was comparable to when he had to face Juan and given that the Ferret only had to face three matches so far including the one that he was in could have said something about the potential skills hiding underneath the unprofessional surface. It was a hard match against Ardil however at the moment, one that the Ferret was making sure such a difficulty was the case. Ardil had the experience both on the court and against the Ferrets which showed overall during the match.

“Looks like the Cenian is testing the waters a bit.” Alwyn observed dryly to Odelia, the older Ferret had joined Odelia to watch a new Ferret try to take on Ardil as it seemed like it would be quite the funny show. For Milo during the first set it seemed like there was a chance to take enough games near the end to win the first set before Ardil seemed to get more serious to fly ahead on the scoreboard finishing that hope off real quickly.

The second set was where Ardil really started to use his knowledge along with some firsthand experience gained playing against the newcomer in the first set to take Milo all over the court without there being a clay advantage the old Ferret team had seemed to hold. It was something that Llinos and Dagmar had tried to warn Milo of but the old Ferret team could not exactly replicate just what Ardil was capable of so the firsthand experience was still pretty rough. Out of the entire second set he was only able to get two points for himself and one he was sure was a mistake on Ardil’s part.

The third set was where things would get actually wild, over the course of it Alwyn commented, “He has to be teasing. This can not be serious at all.” It would be something that would get the old Ferret to laugh a lot as the score went more and more into Milo’s favor. Milo while he was racking up points with Ardil seeming to make faults and not return his serves was figuring that something had gone wrong and that the Cenian was really being distracted by it. Though with the sudden change of events Milo was no longer on track to lose after three sets and be out of the tournament.

Such a strange turn of events continued into the fourth set as well, “He is throwing it.” Alwyn said as it continued to go on for no apparent reason. “He would not do that.” Odelia responded figuring that, like Milo, there was a perfectly rational explanation for the sudden drop in Ardil’s easy path to victory. Whatever strange luck had befallen the Ferret and hubris ailed the Ceni player had past and Ardil was able to quickly start climbing back up the scoreboard taking game after game though in the set it was in Milo’s favor to eventually win with the handicap he was given which he did win. Things were looking to repeat what had happened for Milo in his first match to have a twenty two point fifth set. IllusiveTramp and ProudSmith had made it to see the rest of Milo’s game at this point and if it was not for the two Ferrets watching filling them in it would have appeared that Milo was actually fighting an even fight and not something of a joke that had just happened before they came.

The fifth set however did not see Milo and Ardil all over the court continuing to rack up points and preventing each other from getting the two point lead needed to win. Instead it was rather anticlimactic as Ardil quickly finished the Ferret off like he had been doing in the second set. “Well that was mean, would not have figured Ardil became such a teaser like that.” Alwyn went back to figuring the Cenian had just pulled a big joke on the Ferret to show that he was back to being on top and would not be toppled like the old Ferret team had done to him here and there in the past. For Milo he just hoped that whatever had befallen Ardil in the middle of the match was not too serious though in a morbid way it would be great for ProudSmith’s chances of doing what he could not do right then and win.

“Looks like it is up to you.” Milo said after he was off the court and back with his team. “Maybe you will have better luck being something new to throw him off his game.”

“I will sure try my best.” ProudSmith said back.

“Looks like the tournament all comes down to you too.” Alwyn added in, “Now where have I seen that before.” The old Ferret broke into a smile, “Sure seems like it is possible for something in history to repeat itself.”
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Sunday, 10 January 2021 (Redite Umanis Wuku Dukut, Pawukon 1780)


Cenian Open Recap


Cenial, Ceni - Cenian Open as the opening tournament of Season 7 NSTT have finished half of its competition. The Single is reaching it's Round 4 while the Double it's in Round 3. And how about Pemecutanian players position so far? Let's see.

As we all know, no Pemecutan players is drawn into qualifying round. So all of them, both in Single and Double are compete in Round 1. Maria Sophia Lubis become one of the seeded players that losing in the Round 1 of the competition. Together with her are Leo Garry (19th/BRI), Juan Subdula (15th/NWK), Matèu Virxiliu (29th/AQL), Pelissa Giannapolous (3rd/ETM), Theresa Waterford (28th/KHD), Ricardo Toli (6th/BRI), Naim Alex (22nd/SHT) and Donat Kis (21st/GGY). While in Double, Ilham Nugraha/Jayadi Ahmad have to goes home early after being defeated by the Xal Sister in Round 1.

In Round 2, 2 Pemecutan single are out of the competition. They are Indah Susanti who is losing to 5th seed Andrew Simmons of Electrum and Dewa Ayu Cintya Dewi who is defeated by 10th seed Johmer Vales of Ceni. While all the 3 remaining doubles are advancing to the Round 3. The shocking result is Eka Putrawan/Dwi Ratmadi who's defeated 6th seed Jeff Rogers/Martha McNeil of The Grearish Union. 2 other singles are being defeated in Round 3, Ayu Ratih Kemalasari and shockingly, 4th seed Ngurah Putra Muliawan. Muliawan is easily defeated by 25th seed Valentina Spetsova from Tjun-ia with 4-6, 2-6 and 2-6. While Kemalasari is losing to 7th seed Botack Andiam of Ceni.

The next day is Round 4 for Single and Round 3 for Double. In Single, 2nd seed Dewa Putu Adrian Putra will be facing qualified player from San Ortelio, Graziano Giunti. While new sensation, Komang Agus Artawan will be playing against Philippe Baloui from Tjun-ia who is successfully defeated 5th seed Andrew Simmons of Electrum. For Double, Pemecutan have save one spot in Quarterfinal as Komang Antari/Kadek Andreawati and Oka Sulastra/Luh Putu Yundari are facing each other in Round 3. On the other match, Eka Putrawan/Dwi Ratmadi is facing 9th seed Coosal Darlcheri/Perger Rianor from Ceni.

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Postby Kohnhead » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:10 am

A decent result following the 6-0 day

Now with eight Kohnheadian matches today and the competition levels getting higher and higher there was no way someting like Yesterday was going to happen. However we gave it our best effort and Grady Maccay in particular almost pulled off a miracle upset although he fell just short to world number two Dewa Putu Adrian Putra. Overall it was a 4-4 day which isn't that bad considering how high the competition level is at this point in the tournament.


Bartholomew Pole (KHD)           5   5   6   6   6
Paula Suárez (AQL) 7 7 2 1 4


Well this almost went very poorly for Bartholomew Pole against Aqual player Paula Suárez who while ranked 112 put up a very good fight against Bartholomew Pole. The first two sets were highly competitive ones that either player could have come out on top with in both the situations. Unfortunately for Pole he managed to lose both of them 7-5 and quickly fell behind two sets to no sets. However if Bartholomew has shown us anything while on tour it's that he's a fighter and despite being down 2-0 he came back in dominant fashion winning the next two sets 6-2 and 6-1 to force a fifth set. Suárez put up a fight in the fifth set and it was by no means easy but Pole managed to win it 6-4 to advance to the round of 16. It wasn't in the dominant fashion that many had been hoping for considering the matchup but he got through and now has a matchup with 25th seeded Valentina Spetsova, of course. A TJUN-ian, just the way everyone wanted it to be and Scarlet is coming off of a three set upset of 4th seeded Ngurah Putra Muliawan in dominant fashion.


Dewa Putu Adrian Putra (PCU)     6   6   7   2   6
Grady Maccay (KHD) 3 7 6 6 2


Dewa Putu Adrian Putra, a multi tournament winner, second seeded, superstar out of Pemecutan was up next for the unlikely run of Grady Maccay. Many gave him no chance, myself included and while he didn't walk out of the match as the winner he certainly proved he is so much better than previously thought. He really put up a fight against Adrian Putra losint the first set 6-3 but winning the second set 7-6. The third set just like the second would come down to a tiebreaker and if Maccay had managed to win that one the match would have been a different story. He lost and while he rebounded to win the fourth 6-2 he was gassed by the time the fifth set started and fell 6-2 to end his run. Maccay will help to use this momentum and continue this run of form at the Mendez Bay Open in Northwest Kalactin.


Mindy Waterford (KHD)            6   7   1   3   6
Ty Kanelious (QAD) 4 6 6 6 0


This was Mindy Waterford's first real test of the tournament and while she passed it was certainly not with flying colors in a long five set match against Qasden's Ty Kanelious a returning athlete ranked 25th in the world. This will also be the first Grand Slam in which Mindy has made it to the round of 16 which has been a huge critique of her as most of her points have come from Tier 1 tournaments. Mindy would take set number one, 6-4 in what was a close set and confirmed that this would be a close match. Mindy would also take the second set although it went to a tiebreaker and was 7-6 and with a 2-0 lead in terms of sets it's highly possible she just took her foot off the gas with such a large lead. Or it's possible Kanelious went into another gear dominating the third and fourth sets winning 6-1 and 6-3 sending this one to a fifth set with Kanelious having all the momentum. I don't really know what happened next, maybe Mindy woke up and stormed back after all she is a very volatile player, or may Kanelious just collapsed physically. No matter what the reason was Mindy won the final set 6-0 in highly convincing fashion to take the lengthy match and to move her on to the round of 16 for the first time ever at a Grand Slam. It still is technically only her third Grand Slam although she did compete at the ITT and Diamond Trophy so she has experience in the big events. Next up for her is Maddison Scott out of Electrum who despite being ranked in the 80s has enjoyed a thrilling run and defeated Theresa in the first round, can Mindy defeat Scott and avenge her sister to move on to the quarters?


Johmer Vales (CEN)               4   6   6   6
Chad Cilsertin (KHD) 6 2 4 4


Poor Chad what could he possibly do against the very in form Cenian Johmer Vales and what could he do with his opponent playing at home in front of the Cenian crowd. Not much I'm afraid although at least he won a singular set so Vales is no longer unbeatable in every set. While he won the first set 6-4, an upset just wasn't going to happen on this day. He was competitive the rest of the way through only losing 6-4 in the third and fourth sets but Vales would win convincingly three sets to one. It was a very good run for Chad and will definitely boost him up in the rankings, we will see what other tournaments he participates in.


Elia Xal/Fia Xal (CEN)                          6   6
Anna Humpford/Carter Kanasaw (KHD) 2 3


Just like with Cilsertin, Humpford and Kanasaw were not going to beat the Xal sisters from Ceni. The paring of Humpford and Kanasaw is definitely going to stay together for future tournaments despite not doing too well against the Xal siblings. There's not much to say about this one as Humpford and Kanasaw were the least likely of the Kohnheadians competing today to win with the exception of Grady Maccay.


Valentina Spetsova/Austin McDanielson (TJU)     3   4
Riley Dovatin/Melissa Turnface (KHD) 6 6


The first of the TJUN-Kohnhead matchups of the tournament (first of many we should say) saw Dovatin and Turnface walk away with a win against Scarlet and the Cowboy in this doubles matchup. While many were expecting a three set duel, Dovatin and Turnface actually managed to win this one in two sets and to advance to the round of 16. However this was the first of the matchups and the winner of the Kohnface/Maldry vs. Rabada/Kamakawiwoʻole would be playing Dovatin and Turnface in the round of 16.


Bradley Kohnface/Erin Maldry (KHD)              3   4
Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwoʻole (TJU) 6 6


Round two went literally the exact opposite of round one of the TJUN-Kohnhead matchup. Dovatin and Turnface won the first matchup 6-3 6-4 and Maldry and Turnface lost this one 6-3 6-4 to Rabada and Kamakawiwoʻole. That means Dovatin and Turnface will be facing Rabada and Kamakawiwoʻole in the round of 16 for round three. For Kohnface and Maldry it was a decent run following their very good run at the Diamond Trophy and it gives many hope about their partnership moving forward.


Spencer Kohnhead/Marcus Hathwar (KHD/ETM)       1   6   6
Fiorenzo Tartoni/Andrea Vergnani (SOR) 6 3 4


Tartoni and Vergnani are one of those up and coming pairs that definitely could have pulled off an upset against Kohnhead and Hathwar. The nation of San Ortelio as a whole is on the rise on the NSTT and Tartoni and Vergnani almost pulled this one off. From the first second play Kohnhead and Hathwar were playing from behind as they got absolutely crushed in the first set 6-1, but managed to win the second set 6-3 to tie it up heading into the tiebreaker set. Kohnhead and Hathwar managed to pull it away after the fifth set was tied at four games a piece to move on to the round of 16. While neither game has been anywhere near inspiring confidence in them they've managed to win both matches which shows something. Next up is a duo that is a lot more threatening than their ranks may say with Cenian (they have the homecourt advantage), Val Korekal in his first tournament back and ranked in the top 20s alongside Luciano Crepaldi from San Ortelio.


Overall having two singles and two pairs advance to the round of 16 is quite in a Grand Slam and hopefully all of them can make it into the quarters. Unlike Yesterday we aren't heavy underdogs in any of the games and it's definitely possible.
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Postby TJUN-ia » Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:59 am

Another day of tennis arrived in Cenial and with all remaining TJUN-ians in action, there is a lot of tennis action to get through today!


SINGLES - Round 3
Section 1: Fiorenzo Tartoni (SOR) bt Shinji Makauchi (TJU) (1-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3)
We begin with the reverse-sweep as Samurai Shinji took on a familiar face in San Ortelio's Fiorenzo Tartoni. It all started so well for him as he took the first two sets with ease but from here, it all went downhill for Makauchi. Tartoni found a huge 2nd wind and managed to swing the match upside down with a dominant reverse sweep to take down the Samurai. It was gong so well but in the end, he had to fall. It will be Doubles from here on out for him.

Section 2: [11] Jean van de Kloor (TJU) bt [18] Kika Dovan (CEN) (7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 9-7)
A seed-vs-seed here as De Kloor of Toropo took on a former champion of this event, Ceni's own 18th seed Kika Dovan. Like Makauchi, the 11th seeded Jean took the first two sets though the first one especially was a tight one for a while. Then the home player fought back into the game with 2 more controlled sets to take this contest to a do-or-die Set 5. It went to sudden death as both players refused to give up but in the end, it would be De KLoor who broke through 9-7 to move on to the 4th Round. There, he will take on another seeded home player in 7th seed Botack Andiam.

Section 3: [25] Valentina Spetsova (TJU) bt [4] Ngurah Putra Muliawan (PCU) (6-4, 6-2, 6-2)
It was 4 vs 25 in Section 3 as Scarlet took on one of the big players in Pemecutan's Ngurah Putra Muliawan. Many expected this contest to be a monumental clash of the titans...but no one expected the final result. Except for a close Set 1, this match was all Spetsova as she took the 4th best player in the tournament and took her down in straight sets. No matter the results of the two fixtures in the doubles, we will be getting TJUN-ia vs Kohnhead in the singles as the 25th seed takes on an old face in 14th seed Bartholomew Pole.

Section 4: Philippe Baloui (TJU) bt [5] Andrew Simmons (ETM) (6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3)
Lastly, it was L'artiste vs 5th seed Andrew Simmons of Electrum in Section 4 and many were hoping the finalist of the River Cities Open last season could try his best against competition as good as this. He certainly did and then some in the first two sets, taking key breakpoints to have the advantage in both. Simmons won the 3rd set but he would have no answers in the 4th as Baloui completed the biggest win of his career in style. The look of shock on his face, he would be a happy camper on this day and he will face a fellow unranked player in Komang Agus Artawan of Pemecutan tomorrow.


DOUBLES - Round 2
Section 2: [13] Shinji Makauchi/Felipe de la Rosa (TJU) bt Will Nolovor/Kell Korden (CEN) (6-4, 7-6(8-6))
Now onto the doubles, as Samurai Shinji joined El Matador to take on a local pairing in Will Nolovor and Kell Korden. It was a tight matchup here as the first set was won by the TJUN-ians 6-4 and the 2nd went to a tiebreaker, a long one at that, before they also took that 7-6(8-6). A tight straight-sets win in the end and these guys continue on to take on Joe Fernández and Alan Sanchez of Northwest Kalactin in Round 3.

Section 3: Riley Dovatin/Melissa Turnface (KHD) bt [2] Valentina Spetsova/Austin McDanielson (TJU) (6-3, 6-4)
Section 3: Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwoʻole (TJU) bt Bradley Kohnface/Erin Maldry (KHD) (6-3, 6-4)

Now onto today's double billing of TJUN-ia vs Kohnhead, starting with 2nd seeds Scarlet and The Cowboy taking on Riley Dovatin and Melissa Turnface. Many expected a good old match but one that TJUN-ia would prevail in but in a shocking twist, that wasn't to be the case. Dovatin and Turnface played some great tennis out there as they upset the 2nd best team in the whole tournament in straight sets. Not the way we wanted this to go down but if anyone had to take them down, then someone from Kohnhead seemed like a good option to bet on.

As for the other matchup of VuRa and Kaui Kama vs Bradley Kohnface and Erin Maldry, the scoreline was the exact same but the winner was not. Instead, TJUN-ia's 2nd favourite team took down the opponents from our arch-rivals to set up another doubleheader of this rivalry tomorrow and a potential revenge game. It will be our VuRa and Kaui Kama taking on Dovatin and Turnface for a spot in the Quarterfinals...


Scheduled Matches

SINGLES - Round 4
Section 2: [7] Botack Andiam (CEN) vs [11] Jean van de Kloor (TJU) (11/01)
Section 3: [25] Valentina Spetsova (TJU) vs [14] Bartholomew Pole (KHD) (11/01)
Section 4: Philippe Baloui (TJU) vs Komang Agus Artawan (PCU) (11/01)

DOUBLES - Round 3
Section 2: Joe Fernández/Alan Sanchez (NWK) vs [13] Shinji Makauchi/Felipe de la Rosa (TJU) (11/01)
Section 3: Riley Dovatin/Melissa Turnface (KHD) vs Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwoʻole (TJU) (11/01)
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Postby San Ortelio » Sun Jan 10, 2021 3:26 pm

"He's beatable."

"That is possible."

"Definitely here, definitely on this surface. His tail end of last season was mediocre on hardcourt and…"

"Look Andrea, that's all besides the point."


Fiorenzo scratched his front, like a teacher trying to pass the finer nuances of arithmetics over to a kid who still needs his fingers to see how five and three add up. So far in this tournament, he had kept the contact with his compatriots limited. A deliberate choice to keep his focus. But contact with his doubles partner Andrea Vergnani was evidently required.


Much to Fiorenzo's nuisance.


Whilst he initially had sympathy for Andrea and his run in the singles, it did feel as if it had its impact on his stamina - and besides all that, it would be nice for their friendship if he stopped blabbing for a second about beating Giannapolous. After all, Fiorenzo had done that before and did he slip it into every - really every - conversation?


"But Fiorenzo, I mean, if I can beat someone of the calibre of Giannapolous," told you "then you can take the scalp of Bartolo Sabanero."

"That is very nice of you but-"

"I mean, just look at that Riley game! A few points here or there and you would be facing an Electrumite this afternoon!"


Tartoni sighed. This afternoon indeed. He had gone through eight sets yesterday and still felt washed up despite a long night of sleep. Shinji Makauchi placed the blade on his throat with a fiery start and only with sheer grit and a few key points falling his way, he had struggled through. The doubles confrontation after that became in equal parts powerful and exhausting. Giving Hathwar and Kohnhead a proper run for their money was a badge of honour but by the end, Fiorenzo felt that he had to drag around Vergnani in addition to battling his own fatigue.


"I believe you can do it."

"Look it's… I don't care about that."


Andrea looked a little hurt and even Fiorenzo knew that this needed a bit of buttering up.


"I mean, that's very kind but that shouldn't alter the game. But you also had to say that to the press and that's a problem."

"What do you mean? You don't think it's possible?"


Fiorenzk leaned back in his chair. Too composed to let anything show, he did have this question racing around in his mind non stop. It seemed ludicrious. Number fifty-something and then thinking he could stand up against the man who had dominated last season despite missing a quarter of it.


"I just… I just wanted to let Sabanero believe that he would cruise to the next round. It's bad enough Cenian and TJUN-ian newspapers start to put me in the limelight. I need to use that underdog role."

"So you think it is possible."


Fiorenzo hesitated.


"If he thinks it will be a walk in the park and I'm just a guy who had a good run but is now tired… why not?"


Andrea looked pensive.


"But you are tired."


Like a dog, Tartoni wanted to reply truthfully, but this conversation had worn him out enough to simply lift his shoulders.
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January 4, 2021

The NationStates Tennis Tour has confirmed that the last remaining Tier 2 license has been awarded to the Squidroidian Open in Mount Laguna Bay, Squidroidia.

The move came after AOpen organizers pulled out of the NSTT schedule for season 7, citing unspecified organizational difficulties in pulling the tournament together. In response to the absence of the singular Grand Slam tournament held on grass, the NSTT promoted the Tier 1 Mercedinian Open to Grand Slam status and the Tier 2 Salvador Hills Open in Grearia to Tier 1 status. As a result, there was a Tier 2 vacancy open, which the Whitehaven Open had previously expressed interest in.

"This is absolutely unfair," said Jonas Fleming, tournament director of the Whitehaven Open when it was held in 2016 and 2017. "The NSTT should have absolutely preferred a tournament that has shown the ability to run things effectively, rather than a tournament operating from zero institutional knowledge."

Squidroidia's Star Sentinel further added insult to injury when it revealed that organizers at Mount Laguna Bay would be building a new complex from scratch, with artificial grass courts. "Artificial grass courts? Why even bother?" complained Fleming. "Synthetic grass plays almost exactly like clay, so it defeats the purpose of having a grass season altogether."

"And we know that this new complex that they're building will be a white elephant," Fleming continued. "Our tournament boasts the advantages of having real grass, on existing courts. We won't have to spend any more money beyond maintenance."

Neither the NSTT nor the Squidroidian Open organizers could not be reached for comment.

"I think that NSTT organizers were trying to diversify the hosting base of tournaments," said Vyri Arcaina, a tennis commentator who writes for Ceni's Grand Slam publication. "This makes a lot of sense, given that they have publicly celebrated the diversity of nations represented among the top 10."

"We are somewhat disappointed that the NSTT decided not to host a Tier 2 tournament in Whitehaven," wrote Kenth Pavan, the chair of Whitehaven's local Chamber of Commerce, in an emailed statement. "Without this tournament, we are losing out on critical tourist dollars, which our local economy by a factor of 2 or 3 bewlegis for every bewlegi spent."

But economists have disputed the impact that hosting the tournament has had on the local economy. Liran Marogon, a lecturer on economics at the University of Cenial who studies sports economics, believes that the Whitehaven Open did not have the impact Pavan stated. "Most of the spectators at the Whitehaven Open were Cenians, many from Cenial," said Marogon. "I'm not convinced that the Open itself added any more to the tourist economy than normal day-trippers, for instance."

On the whole, Whitehaven residents were nonplussed by the whole controversy. "We have the Cenian Open to watch tennis," said Jasper Dain, 31, an IT professional. Aran Dalledos, 56, a shopper at a boutique along the coast, added that with the restrictions on Tier 2 registration limiting participation to players with fewer than 500 points, she feared that no star talent would show up at the tournament. "Previously, we had a pretty good contingent of star power at this tournament, and it was fun to watch the Xal sisters from several feet away," she said. "We won't have that any more."

At the Cenian Open, four Cenian players remain in contention in the fourth round in singles play, while six are still alive in doubles competition.
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Singles — Fourth Round
Section 1
Bartolo Sabanero (AQL) 4 6 1 4
Fiorenzo Tartoni (SOR) 6 1 6 6


Section 2
Botack Andiam (CEN) 6 6 6 5 6
Jean van de Kloor (TJU) 3 7 3 7 1


Section 3
Valentina Spetsova (TJU) 6 6 6
Bartholomew Pole (KHD) 3 3 4


Section 4
Philippe Baloui (TJU) 6 6 2 6
Komang Agus Artawan (PCU) 4 2 6 3


Section 5
Dewa Putu Adrian Putra (PCU) 6 6 6
Graziano Giunti (SOR) 0 4 3


Section 6
Maddison Scott (ETM) 1 2 2
Mindy Waterford (KHD) 6 6 6


Section 7
ProudSmith (SSI) 3 6 6 5 4
Ardil Navsal (CEN) 6 3 3 7 6


Section 8
Lonus Varalin (CEN) 3 6 7 6 6
Johmer Vales (CEN) 6 4 6 7 3


Doubles — Third Round
Section 1
Sonya Gredello/Rosa Levinsky (ETM) 2 6 6
Adil Roberts/Kobie Laing (FLX) 6 2 3

Eka Putrawan/Dwi Ratmadi (PCU) 4 7 2
Coosal Darlcheri/Perger Rianor (CEN) 6 6 6


Section 2
Joe Fernández/Alan Sanchez (NWK) 1 4
Shinji Makauchi/Felipe de la Rosa (TJU) 6 6

Miguel Taberon/Pedro Arrachar (ACS) 3 3
Elia Xal/Fia Xal (CEN) 6 6


Section 3
Riley Dovatin/Melissa Turnface (KHD) 7 1 6
Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwoʻole (TJU) 5 6 4

Sara Zhuo/Gyrachor Rentos (ETM/CEN) 6 6
Leone Na/Abi Forrest (BRI) 2 3


Section 4
Spencer Kohnhead/Marcus Hathwar (KHD/ETM) 6 7 8
Val Korekal/Luciano Crepaldi (CEN/SOR) 7 5 6

Komang Antari/Kadek Andreawati (PCU) 4 4
Oka Sulastra/Luh Putu Yundari (PCU) 6 6
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Postby Ferret Civilization » Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:44 pm

It all came down to ProudSmith, taking position on one side of the court to face off against Ardil on the other who had just come off beating Milo in what would become quite a memorable game for the team at least. In fact Milo seemed to have the most practically tall tale to tell from now on given how the first three matches of his potential career had gone. With the Ferret starting off as a wildcard going right up against a proven skilled Northwest Kalactin player Juan and going for twenty two games in the fifth set to come out winning twelve to ten, a long game on a fast court that no one else had to deal with or manage to accomplish in this iteration of the tournament. Then Milo would then get one normal match against a qualifier before being thrusted back into another match where he was thoroughly outmatched once again. While he did not win the second time around it was an experience with the Ferret somehow going six to zero in the third set and pushing things to another five set match. ProudSmith on the other paw had a seemingly tame experience being a newcomer after being a wildcard going right up against an established Gergary player Vanessza but the next two games would see him going up against two qualifiers who in their own rights showed their skill in their earlier matches against higher ranked opponents but saw the Dogtaur come away with the wins. Now ProudSmith was here going up against what could be called a real challenge with the Ceni player before him. With it being just him his team was there to watch and be supportive along with Alwyn who just had to see what kind of person Ardil had become given yesterday’s stunt.

‘Could I do this.’ ProudSmith thought to himself, though probably not. He smiled at the fact that he had done better than his two Ferret teammates had done even if that could be called a low bar. If he beat Ardil that would be a tale the Dogtaur would be proud to boast. The first set saw Ardil patiently see just what kind of player the Dogtaur was since he was not a Ferret whose playstyle he had come to know. The same was true the other way around which meant sadly that ProudSmith was at the disadvantage which saw him lose more games than he could even out in others. The second set saw the roles reversed with the Salmagundi player taking the initiative before the Cenian could get the momentum going to take another set and slide easily into victory. The Dogtaur moved around the court in a way that a Ferret could not and ProudSmith tried to take full advantage of it in order to keep Ardil off his normal game when it came to facing Ferrets. It saw ProudSmith come away with another six to three set with him holding a real chance to win the match in the next set. The fourth set almost saw the score end the same way as the two sets before however once the score was five to four with ProudSmith up to serve it seemed like the match was over and done with. However a foot fault followed by a miss in the second serve saw Ardil get a point bringing things five to five. If he had come away the winner of the match Alwyn probably would have made some serious fun out of almost blowing the match but Ardil was able to capitalize and served a ball that ProudSmith was not able to return and then when the Dogtaur was back to serving Ardil got to the right place to once again leave his competition in the wrong spot with a solid return. The fourth set would go to the Cenian seven to five and push things into a fifth which would see the Dogtaur’s style of play losing its advantage over the Ceni player. Ardil would end up shutting out another Salmagundi player as well as ending the Salmagundi team out of the tournament.

“How dull was that match, nothing outrageous happened at all.” Alwyn commented after the match was over.

“Did outrageous stuff happen back when you were playing?” Milo asked.

Alwyn had to pause for a bit to think about the few tournaments the old Ferret team had taken part in and found his memory coming up blank. “Nothing of the likes that you faced all by yourself. Though if you count Dagmar being a new face back then winning tournaments then yes we experienced a lot of outrageous matches.”

“Hey there is the individual that carried us into the round of sixteen.” Odelia said when ProudSmith was able to join them outside.

“Congratulations on making it so far, too bad you could not repeat history after all.” Alwyn said.

“Well if I won all I would be doing is facing one of the more prime Cenians that would have surely done the job after Ardil failed. Happy enough to get this far after failing on the doubles side so quickly.” ProudSmith said. “Guess that is it, time to go home like the other lost competitors have?”

“Not so fast.” Alwyn interrupted that idea. “Couple of us have decided to look up just how rough the competition has gotten and if you,” The Ferret paused trying to figure out what to call what this iteration of their tennis outfit was to be called, “Salmagundi tennis folk are really trying to be serious about being something in this current tennis climate you are probably not going to have as much luck as we did in our time. That time was probably too stagnant.”

With that Alwyn invited them to stay as their guests for a little unspecified period of time, “Lovely place you have here,” Odelia brought up once they saw where the old Ferret team was living out their ‘new’ life as Cenian citizens. “Luxurious actually.” IllusiveTramp added.

“The prize money we earned back then went a long way into allowing us to buy such a place, that and becoming citizens in a state that prized tennis and finding odd established work help keep it ours.” Ainsley said greeting Alwyn upon his return with their guests.

“Did all twelve of you move in together here?” Milo asked.

“Fourteen actually. We were assigned managers back then to track our progress. We have made a robust family after all this time.” Ainsley answered.

“Our little Ferret town right here in one residence.” Alwyn added with some humor. “Suppose we should get right to why we wanted you to stay for a little bit. Dagmar and Euan wanted for you to try something different and they think they have come up with a plan to help with that.”
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Postby TJUN-ia » Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:45 am

The final knockout round before the Quarterfinals had arrived in Cenial and the Cenian Open. After today, both draws would be down the only 8 entrants who would certainly earn their places among the very best this tournament has seen in it's past. But this NSTT is a different beast to the one Ceni has experienced before and today definitely showed that despite the Cenian media pulling out the "we're a tennis god" card in terms of failing to get the nod in hosting another tournament. If Ceni is watching this blog, consider this: you may have been good in the past but if want to remain as legendary as you are in this sport, you need to start where everyone else is and fight your way back to the top. You can't just claim the throne of this sport after a Tier 1 win in the last quarter of last season - you need to earn it.


SINGLES - Round 4
Section 2: [7] Botack Andiam (CEN) bt [11] Jean van de Kloor (TJU) (6-3, 6-7(6-8), 6-3, 5-7, 6-1)
Ceni certainly looks like they are contenders to the throne as 7th seeded Botack Andiam took on De Kloor of Toropo, who took out another Cenian in Kika Dovan sudden death yesterday. It was another gruelling contest which saw the 11th seeded TJUN-ian twice tie up the contest, Set 2 via tiebreaker and Set 4 7-5, but in the end, the home crowd pushed Andiam on as he claimed a quarterfinal spot in style. Jean certainly played his heart out here in Cenial and I'll look forward to seeing more of our Singles King in Gergary.

Section 3: [25] Valentina Spetsova (TJU) bt [14] Bartholomew Pole (KHD) (6-3, 6-3, 6-4)
Section 4: Philippe Baloui (TJU) bt Komang Agus Artawan (PCU) (6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3)

One who may question the title of "Singles King" is Scarlet and she let everyone know why against 14th seed Bartholomew Pole of arch-rivals Kohnhead. After falling to a team from Kohnhead in the doubles yesterday, Spetsova was looking for some sort of revenge against her higher-seeded opponent and she certainly did that. For the 2nd day in arow, Valentina beta a higher seed in straight sets - and it was certainly her day today.

As for L'artiste, he was in an unranked duel with Pemecutan's Komang Agus Artawan after upsetting Andrew Simmons yesterday. Many respect Pemecutan for their tennis prowess so to Baloui, Artawan might as well have been ranked. This contest, however, would be all Baloui except for Set 3, which surprised a lot of people. L'artiste has been on a roll recently and it appears as though he has finally found his feet in the NSTT.

But we will see tomorrow as one of the oldest rivalries in TJUN-ian sports finally comes to the NSTT. 25th seed Valentina Spetsova of the CSTO takes on Philippe Baloui of the NAU. They have never met before in this sport and while the rise of Austina has seen tensions halt between both regions, everyone knows this contest will not be treated that way. To the victor, regional bragging rights and a spot in the Semifinals of a Grand Slam. It will be game on tomorrow...


DOUBLES - Round 3
Section 2: [13] Shinji Makauchi/Felipe de la Rosa (TJU) bt Joe Fernández/Alan Sanchez (NWK) (6-1, 6-4)
Samurai Shinji and El Matador were in action against Joe Fernández and Alan Sanchez of Northwest Kalactin and they looked as dominant as they ever have been in this straight sets victory. As they are the only TJUN-ian left the doubles now, can they once again reach high and make another final. We'll see, as next up is another local pairing and a famous one at that - the 11th seeded Xal twins of Elia and Fia.

Section 3: Riley Dovatin/Melissa Turnface (KHD) bt Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwoʻole (TJU) (7-5, 1-6, 6-4)
As for Part 3 of TJUN-ia vs Kohnhead in the doubles, Riley Dovatin and Melissa Turnface vs VuRa and Kaui Kama may be the best one of the lot. It was a tight affair in the first, a TJUN-ian rout in the 2nd and a defiant stand in the third the lead to the Kohnhead pairing taking this match in 3 sets. VuRa and Kaui Kama may fall here, but they have done TJUN-ia proud here in Cenial. I hope they enjoy their break before the next time we see them...somewhere, maybe Electrum itself once again...


Scheduled Matches
Singles Quarterfinals: [25] Valentina Spetsova (TJU) vs Philippe Baloui (TJU)
Doubles Quarterfinals: [13] Shinji Makauchi/Felipe de la Rosa (TJU) vs [11] Elia Xal/Fia Xal (CEN)
4th: WBC50, IBC31
Quarterfinals: IAC9, ARWC1, RLWC19, IBC30, ARWC2, WB41, IAC12
Ro16: BoF71, CoH77, WBC49, IACX, IAC11, DBC49, WCoH42
Ro32: CoH78, CoH79
Other: Bowl Winners (AVBF6)
NSSCRA - Jaguar Racing: #07 Michael Stefan (2 Wins)/#64 Alfonso Mercado/#03 Maddison Riley-Jones (S10 T2 Champion/3 T2 Wins)
WGPC: #11 Lane Carter
NSTT: 3 Singles Titles (2 Runners-up)/1 Doubles Title (1 Runner-up)

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TJUN (Ta-Jun) - An organ of the UN that focuses on "international role-play" (i.e. USA = Fang the Sniper) (U2)
TJUN-ia (Ta-Jun-ee-a) - The testing grounds of TJUN members, but operates as an independent nation. (U3)

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Postby Kohnhead » Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:14 pm

On to the quarters for everyone except Pole

Kohnhead did not go 4-0 in the round of 16 although we did come close going 3-1 winning every match except for the Bartholomew Pole battle with Valentina Spetsova of TJUN-ia. Getting three into the quarterfinals is still a huge accomplishment and we will have to see if Mindy, Dovatin and Turnface, or Kohnhead (with Hathwar of course) can pull it off.


Valentina Spetsova (TJU)         6   6   6
Bartholomew Pole (KHD) 3 3 4


Taking on 25th ranked Scarlet out of TJUN-ia the first singles matchup between these two tennis rivals and it was not the four or five set duel many were expecting. Despite a run to the round of 16, Pole has not yet really looked convincing really just beating opponents ranked way lower than he is. Spetsova obviously does not fall into that boat and in three sets she just looked more talented than him hands down. Spetsova as part of her duos team with Austin McDanielson had been upset by Riley Dovatin and Melissa Turnface for Kohnhead and she was ready to somewhat get her revenge with this beatdown of Pole. For Pole despite the critisicm I've given him so far it's still a good way to start off the 7th season and he can definitely build off this result in future tournaments.


Maddison Scott (ETM)             1   2   2
Mindy Waterford (KHD) 6 6 6


I can't say Mindy Waterford is the player to beat at this point but she sure as hell looks motivated and hungry. She might not be the toughest or best player remaining but I'd definitely be scared of her if I was any of the other competitors. Maddison Scott of Electrum the same Maddison Scott that had beaten her twin sister Theresa in the first round was up for her today and Mindy easily won not even allowing Scott to reach a set's worth of game wins. However a larger test looms in the next round as she heads into the quarterfinals ready to take on 2nd seeded Dewa Putu Adrian Putra out of Pemecutan whom Grady Maccay just took to five sets last in the second round. I'm not saying Adrian Putra is bad, overrated or that she isn't a top two player in the World as she is clearly is however her schedule up to this point has been quite easy and her biggest test was 35 year old Chad Cilsertin ranked in the 70s heading into this tournament. Adrian Putra is clearly very good and while Mindy has looked good I don't know if she can pull off the upset but it would be a statement win if she does so.


Riley Dovatin/Melissa Turnface (KHD)          7   1   6
Vuyani Rabada/Kaui Kamakawiwoʻole (TJU) 5 6 4


If you confused this match for the third round of a boxing match and thought you heard round three fight before the match you would be mistaken but I cannot blame you. After Dovatin and Turnface upset the afore mentioned duo of Spetsova and McDanielson, Maldry and Kohnface lost to Rabada and Kamakawiwoʻole leading to this match. Would it be Kohnhead or TJUN-ia who came out of this with a pair left? It ended up being Kohnhead after a very closely contested match that went down to three sets. Dovatin and Turnface took a close set one before faltering in the second set losing 1-6 to our opponents who clearly had the upperhand heading into the final set. Dovatin and Turnface would come out on top of a 6-4 set and with it would advance to the quarterfinals marking the second time they've made it to the quarters of a Grand Slam the last coming last season at Hamilton. Next up for them is a very scary prospect of having to face the 5th seeded duo of Sara Zhou and Gyrachor Rentos out of two of the biggest nations in the NSTT Electrum.


Spencer Kohnhead/Marcus Hathwar (KHD/ETM)     6   7   8
Val Korekal/Luciano Crepaldi (CEN/SOR) 7 5 6


Taking on as I said Yesterday a scary duo from San Ortelio and the hosts Ceni, Kohnhead and Hathwar battled in what has to be one of the best matches of the tournament. The first set was one you wouldn't have wanted to miss (much like the entire match) and eventually Korekal and Crepaldi managed to win late into the tiebreak to take the set 7-6. The second set would also be eventful with the two pairs once again tied after five sets but Kohnhead and Hathwar would prove to be better in the extra games this time winning 7-5. The final set was also a good one as the levels of fatigue started to rise across the court and once again it was a tie after ten sets each pair having won five of them. Unlike the second set but similar to the first set it would also be tied at six sets a piece but being the final set it goes until one pair takes a two game advantage. It wouldn't take too long for that to happen with Kohnhead and Hathwar winning the next two games to take the set 8-6. It was a game anyone would have been sorry to miss as the winning pair got at least seven games in each of the three sets and it really showed how similar of a skill level everyone was at. Next up for the Kohnhead-Electrum pairing is 10th seeded Komang Antari and Kadek Andreawati out of Pemecutan who just won an all Pemecutan battle.


While we are down to three remaining it's still a pretty good acheivement to have three get this far and I'm hoping that we can get someone into the semifinals as we go chasing the trophy here in Cenial.
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Postby San Ortelio » Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:26 pm

Cenian Open Singles Odds – by OddsChecker.sor

13/3 Lonus Varalin – Will the King cement his return to glory with a monumental victory in front of his own audience? The national betting community definitely believes as much in the home favorite as his dedicated fans. Making an empathic return to the international scene with a victory against notable absentee Dominika Lisicki in the final of the Ubung Open, Varalin checks all the boxes for a Cenian Open victor. The only thing standing between him and an even sharper odd must be his draw. During the clash with Johmer Vales, Varalin had to dig deep and in the quarterfinals, another domestic battle is awaiting with Ardil Navsal. And if he survives that, there’s…

9/2 - Dewa Puta Adrian Putra – The Pemecutan champ made a consistent appearance so far, putting him close to the role of a favorite for this tournament. This comes as no surprise to those who followed NSTT6 up close, having shown his capacity on this surface in Kinterten and being a consistent presence in the latter round. The ease with which he closed down the Giunti Cinderella story tells you all you need to know. Yet some doubt the second seed and this might be for his spotty record in Grand Slams – surprisingly, this is only his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

11/2 - Valentina Spetsova – But players ranked at the edge of the top thirty don’t go against these odds, you say? That is true. But players ranked at the edge of the top thirty don’t send home an in-form Bartholomew Pole in three sets. Or give fourth seed Muliawan a similar spanking. Spetsova might be better known for her antics in the doubles series as part of the illustrious #Austina set-up but is blasting through the opening rounds with twelve straight sets won. Considering the fact that Scarlet is a hardcourt prodigy, as might be remembered from her final last year at Kinterten, and that she acts in the ‘weaker’ top half of the draw, she could well be on her way to an upset tournament victory.

15/2 Botack Andiam – There is a lot going in the advantage of Botack Andiam for the casual bystander. Here goes an athlete who has been at the pinnacle of this sport for years, who has won an enormous amount of confrontations in his time and who has been various titles on his scroll of honor. On top of that, he managed to dispose himself from feared outsider Jean van de Kloor after a monumental confrontation that lifted the overall level of the fourth round to unseen heights. Oh, and he plays for a home crowd in an easier half of the… Why on earth isn’t he higher? Because Andiam, in all his class, has a love-hate relationship with his very own Open. Two finals, two defeats. Betters have a long-term memory.

17/2 Mindy Waterford – Albeit one of the frontrunners of a strong delegation hailing of Kohnhead, Mindy Waterford puts most of the punters in a bit of a dilemma. Usually an assure on a win or two, but occurrences in the latter stage of a tournament remain fairly rare. Nonetheless her best outing, in the Steinigestrasse, shows her penchant for this surface. She showed consistency and determination, especially when overcoming Qasdeni Ty Kanelious after a particularly difficult streak with a love set. This Cenian Open could be the moment where she breaks the glass ceiling and turns from a household name into a powerhouse, but she’ll have to circumnavigate the toughest half of the table to do so.

10/1 Ardil Navsal – The lowest ranked of the three Cenians and that must be ridiculous at first glance. Because if you would take your car, drive all the way to his home [ed. Please take a ferry for the last bit to get there, it’s an island] and check his mantle, you might notice two funky trophies on his mantle. You know, those things they give away if you win a Cenian Open. And still, there are doubts. Being matched with top favorite Varalin forms a key part why putting your cash on Navsal returns it in tenfold. The second is his run so far, with two hard-fought victories against wildcard players. Whilst no one will doubt that the Salmagundi duo of MiloEaldraed and ProudSmith will make a further impact on the Tour, these two five-set marathon matches showed a vulnerability. Betters don’t like that.

14/1 Philippe Baloui – The last but not the least. L’Artiste might not be the favorite in the odds but has undoubtably become a favorite in the hearts of many tennis fans. His majestic touch and impeccable flair got him on board for the tennis puritans, a blossoming relationship with Joe Katsi make him top of the list for the others. The butterflies in the stomach give him wings on the court as well as the TJUN-ian only recently surfaced as a contender, but his victory in the River Cities Open showed prodigy on this surface. He’s been winning ever since, with the scalps from Electrumites Brown and Simmons dangling on his belt. A victory over revelation Artawan confirms form, but the betting community doubts if he can eliminate his compatriot Spetsova.

15/1 Fiorenzo Tartoni – Is this the real life or is this fantasy? Fiorenzo Tartoni catapulted himself to one of the, if not the, most infamous sportsmen in San Ortelio with his surprise victory over the current number one of the world Bartolo Sabanero – a title the Aqualian will keep, whichever the outcome of the Open. Yet the press kept its focus on the failings of Sabanero, who for all his talents always showed lapses on hardcourt, rather than outlining the accomplishment of Tartoni. Whether this is correct remains to be confirmed. With the unforgettable comeback from a 0-2 deficit against Makauchi, Tartoni has his fair share of great stories from this tournament already – tonight could be the point where it stops.
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Tuesday, 12 January 2021 (Anggara Pon Wuku Dukut, Pawukon 1780)


Muliawan Collapse


Cenial, Ceni - A shocking news comes from one of Pemecutan single. After his loss in Cenian Open, Ngurah Putra Muliawan is found unconscious last night in his hotel room. He is schedule to be back to Pemecutan this morning, but the hotel housekeeper has found him unconscious. He was rushed to the nearby hospital and given the best treatment he could get. Fans are waiting for the confirmation about what is happening.

"There's is a possibility of respiratory problems happening. We are still taking a thorough check towards Mr. Muliawan. Fortunately, he has been conscious although his condition is still very weak. We have suggest for a complete rest for a couple of days. Hopefully no serious problems occur,", says the doctor.

The athlete's Twitter and IG account have been flooded by 'get well soon' posts from the fans. The support also come from fellow athletes and teammates. Maria Sophia Lubis, Adrian Putra, Agus Artawan and the others are seen giving their support for Muliawan wellness. Muliawan have been in his best performance last season. Winning a tournament for the first time at Istria Open and manage to close the season as the winner of NSTT Finals. Get well soon, Muliawan. We miss your action.

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Tennis: Kohnhead/Hathwar vs Crepaldi/Korekal — as it happened

By Zion Berik
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Last updated January 11, 2021
Preamble
This has been a highly anticipated quarterfinal — by all accounts, this is the first NSTT match ever where all four players are from different nations. Previously, national federations entirely controlled entries to the various NSTT tournaments, but with the presidency of Electrum, players from different nations have been allowed to partner up with each other. Here, fourth seeds Spencer Kohnhead of Kohnhead (big surprise there) and Marcus Hathwar will take on the unseeded pairing of Val Korekal of host nation Ceni and Luciano Crepaldi of upstart San Ortelio.

A quick note for those readers who have never joined us for live commentary: an asterisk by a player's name means they served the last game.

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Third Set
Kohnhead*/Hathwar 1-0 Korekal/Crepaldi
After two monstrously long sets, Kohnhead is clearly tiring on his service game. Korekal and Crepaldi tire the thirty-year old even more with a barrage of forehands on the first point, but Hathwar looks to cut things off with a well-timed poaching volley. After that, the Cenian/Ortelian pair plow a couple of returns into the net to give the Kohnhead/Electrumite pair a bit of a break at the beginning of this set.

Kohnhead/Hathwar 1-1 Korekal*/Crepaldi
Korekal still has a little energy left in his service motion, but he gives his partner a scowl as he double faults to start off the game. On the next point, Crepaldi responds to an angled forehand return with an even better angled forehand, a testament to the technical skill that the San Ortelians have brought to the tour. Korekal nets a forehand before closing out the game with two aces.

Kohnhead/Hathwar* 2-1 Korekal/Crepaldi
Hathwar's lefty service has given Korekal trouble the whole game, and he shanks a return into the middle of nowhere on the first point. But Crepaldi can handle that serve a little better, and he fires off a return winner into the tramlines to even things up. Korekal fails to return a nasty kick service from Hathwar. On the next two points, Kohnhead picks off returns with his hand skills at the net, and Kohnhead and Hathwar are free and clear of the third game.

Kohnhead/Hathwar 3-1 Korekal/Crepaldi*
Crepaldi's lack of big match experience shone through in this game. He made only one first serve, and Kohnhead and Hathwar pounced on some feeble second serves to grab a break in the first set. Given how close the first two sets were, this could be the crucial break that gives Kohnhead and Hathwar the edge.

Kohnhead*/Hathwar 4-1 Korekal/Crepaldi
Kohnhead and Hathwar are running away with things in this game as Korekal and Crepaldi can't really handle the power that Kohnhead brings to the serve. The fourth point of the game certainly was a candidate for rally of the match: after an exchange of volleys at the net, Crepaldi muffles an easy shot to bring an ignominious end to a point in which his partner made a lot of good saves.

Kohnhead/Hathwar 4-2 Korekal*/Crepaldi
If Kohnhead thought he had a big serve in the last game, Korekal set out in this game to prove otherwise. He fires off two aces and two service winners to quickly add another game on the board for his team. Crepaldi sure looks relieved to not have to face the solid return game that Kohnhead and Hathwar have shown throughout the match so far.

Kohnhead/Hathwar* 5-2 Korekal/Crepaldi
Things are looking grim for the home player and his partner as the Electrumite's service game continues to stymy Val Korekal. The game is over in a flash, and it looks like we're nearing the business end of this match and Kohnhead and Hathwar are a game away from winning the match.

Kohnhead/Hathwar 5-3 Korekal/Crepaldi*
Crepaldi holds for the first time in this set in a fairly businesslike game, as Korekal shows off his volleying skills with a couple of angled drop volleys that give Kohnhead and Hathwar smiles.

Kohnhead*/Hathwar 5-4 Korekal/Crepaldi
Kohnhead's serve this game doesn't have too many tricks associated with it, likely due to the time that this match has dragged on — and Korekal and Crepaldi pounce! I spoke too soon! Korekal and Crepaldi are back in the game! Korekal starts off the game with a crosscourt forehand winner on the return. On the next point, Korekal smashes at the net, but Hathwar manages to return it; fortunately, Crepaldi's smash is on point, and he finishes off the rally. Korekal and Crepaldi close off the game at 30-40 when Crepaldi, playing defense at the baseline, hits a wonderfully weighted forehand lob against Kohnhead and Hathwar at the net. The crowd roars to its feet.

Kohnhead/Hathwar 5-5 Korekal*/Crepaldi
This match is now far from over as Korekal holds on to the momentum he got from the last game — and holds his serve. Kohnhead and Hathwar are trying their best to poke holes in it, of course, but Korekal holds them back. On the second point, for instance, a defensive lob from Korekal turned into a winner as Kohnhead dumped the intended riposte right into the net. On the fourth point, Crepaldi is active at the net, for once, and sets up an easy smash for Korekal to convert. The Cenian and his partner are back in business.

Kohnhead/Hathwar* 6-5 Korekal/Crepaldi
Korekal looks as if he finally has a handle on Hathwar's serve, but it is all for naught as the Electrumite now regularly comes to the net to finish off things. But Korekal's newfound vigor continues to show itself, and at 40-40 he shows himself off with a tweener lob that lands in. At Ad Out, though, Korekal moves to poach a forehand from his partner — and Hathwar directs the ball to now open court. Korekal had not really poached balls from his partner too often before this, surprisingly, and it will be a lesson to him for sure as Hathwar serves out the game rather quietly.

Kohnhead/Hathwar 6-6 Korekal/Crepaldi*
Crepaldi ensures that the match will go into extra time with a solid hold. Korekal's influence has apparently rubbed off on him and he, too, is trying to showboat. It costs them the point, but the San Ortelian does not concede another point on serve and holds at 15.

Kohnhead*/Hathwar 7-6 Korekal/Crepaldi
Korekal and Crepaldi create a few break point chances here, but Kohnhead rebuffs all three of them with a crescendo of forehand and backhand winners. Korekal will now serve to stay in the match.

Kohnhead and Hathwar win the match! 6-7, 7-5, 8-6
This is perhaps the most competitive game of the whole match as Korekal puts on a fine service performance — and Kohnhead and Hathwar respond in kind. There are volleys, there are reflexes, there are half volleys, everything is in this game, and the crowd goes wild! At Ad Out, on match point, Crepaldi thinks he has the point down with a poaching volley — but Hathwar is right there with his lefty reflexes to direct the ball into open court. With that, Kohnhead and Hathwar move into the quarterfinals of the Cenian Open for the first time ever.
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Postby Ceni » Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:57 pm

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This is the moment of truth — your quarterfinal cutoff!



Singles — Quarterfinals
Fiorenzo Tartoni (SOR)           6   7   6
Botack Andiam (CEN) 2 6 4

Valentina Spetsova (TJU) 7 6 4 6
Philippe Baloui (TJU) 5 4 6 4

Dewa Putu Adrian Putra (PCU) 3 5 3
Mindy Waterford (KHD) 6 7 6

Ardil Navsal (CEN) 6 4 1 3
Lonus Varalin (CEN) 4 6 6 6


Doubles — Quarterfinals
Sonya Gredello/Rosa Levinsky (ETM)            4   3
Coosal Darlcheri/Perger Rianor (CEN) 6 6

Shinji Makauchi/Felipe de la Rosa (TJU) 6 7
Elia Xal/Fia Xal (CEN) 1 6

Riley Dovatin/Melissa Turnface (KHD) 4 2
Sara Zhuo/Gyrachor Rentos (ETM/CEN) 6 6

Spencer Kohnhead/Marcus Hathwar (KHD/ETM) 6 6
Oka Sulastra/Luh Putu Yundari (PCU) 4 2
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<+SJG> Rustler by nature | <Schottia> I always think of Ceni as what it would be like if Long Island was its own nation, ran by Bernie Sanders lol.

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