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Archives: Australian Open 2008, Day 13 and 14

In Uncategorized on January 28, 2008 at 4:12 pm

So the Australian Open has finally closed. I must say that despite all the fan fare that it made in the beginning it was a letdown in the end. I watched the finals only because I had to as a fan. They were nothing worth looking at or inspiring to say the least.

To the women’s finals. First off Ana Ivanovic has to be commended for getting to the finals. She beat a “listless” Venus Williams and save face when she came back to win a match having lost the first 8 games. She did very well to get there. However, there is something very lacking in her game. She plays a very weak game. Yes her forehand is scorching but the rest of her game play is very timid. She would have players on the ropes and hit the ball back into the middle of the court begging for them to be smacked back as winners. And did Maria take that to the bank. Maria was in control throughout. Ana had a look in the first set at 5-4 love-30 but quickly threw it all away. Maria took over and won in straight sets. One has to congratulate Maria as she has won 3 of the 4 majors already. She has been a good major player as she rarely loses before the second week. Yes she has three majors. Wimbledon 2004, US Open 2006 and now Australia Open 2008. Every two years she wins one. However, she wants to win the Olympic gold medal so she is playing Fed Cup. Truth be told she is only now able to get onto the Fed Cup team because Myskina French Open champion in 2004 if I am not mistaken was very vocal about her not being on the team. So Myskina has retired and she can get on the team. Interestingly enough, despite her win, Maria would remain at No5 in the world but Ana is now No2.

Anyway to the men. Tsonga vs. Djokovic

I guess you can tell my usual flare for the word when it comes to tennis is waning because I have lost my passion.

Novak Djokovic won the 2008 Australian Open in 4 sets. It would have been a shame if he didn’t win after all he beat Roger Federer and did not drop a set all tournament long. Of course Tsonga took the first set. He played very well. The first set was filled with spectacular shots especially the final two points of the sets. I was extremely proud that he did not buckle under the pressure. He spoke to the umpire about Novak’s extended time period for serving. The umpire did nothing as far as I can remember. However, I think that Tsonga realized that he was really in the match and was a contender but soon lost his way as well as the match. The thing about men’s tennis these days is that the one, who controls the baseline from the baseline, controls the match. The moment you are pinned behind the baseline no matter how much of a retriever you are, you lose the match. Novak did that to Tsonga. He was pulling him from side to side and of course no matter how big a forehand you have, the margin for error increases the further behind the baseline you are.

Tsonga tried but Novak was better. Of course Novak employed all his usual tricks on the court. He was getting into the crowd’s face, wasting time bouncing the ball, called out the trainer and of course his most “convincing” whenever he thinks the match is about to turn, he gets all asthmatic. He should be careful as the boy who cried wolf did not the help he needed when he really needed it. Novak is not a fair player and these are tricks I usually see employed on the WTA and not on the ATP. This does not bode well for his credibility and legitimacy as a good player. Needless to say we all know how I feel about players who beat Roger. I read Roger’s comment about the match and he is of the opinion that he would have lost the match nonetheless and wasn’t feeling his usual self.

Anyway tennis is over and now I can get back to politics as a lot has happened in two weeks.

Did you know that at 32, Tiger Woods has won 62 PGA tournaments? Can you believe that? No wonder Roger Federer has a man crush on him. Great minds think alike.

(c) 2008 CRH

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Archives: Australian Open 2008 Day 12

In Uncategorized on January 25, 2008 at 3:52 pm

It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that I announce that Roger Federer is out of the 2008 Aussie Open without a trophy. His streak has been broken and any hopes of winning the golden slam this year is over. I saw the match so I bear witness to this most unfortunate turn of events. Roger’s play was dismal at best. Whatever bug the Williams’ sisters, Henin, Mauresmo, Roddick, Murray, etc etc caught, certainly worked it way up to Roger Federer. Roger served for the first set and he got there with his usual Roger flair. Easy shots, brilliant technique, the feet moving etc etc. We all know how Roger does it. However, as he was serving for the set 5-4, he looked very weird and began to play as if he wanted to extend the set. Certainly it would have demoralizing for Djokovic as he has not dropped a set so far throughout the tournament. I swear, I was looking at Roger as if he had lost his mind. Roger rarely lets an opportunity like this go astray. Nevertheless he lost his serve and lost it again and the set was over 5-7 Novak Djokovic or as I like to call him (Waldo)

I would admit I am not a fan of the young Serbian. I do admire his play and his ability but his on court antics prove to be too much for this tennis fanatic. He complains constantly of shortness of breath between points or when the tide is not flowing his way. However, when it is all Novak, he breathes with ease as a fish does in water. I question his gamesmanship and also his little imitation of Sharapova and Nadal at the US Open certainly turned me off. But I digress. In the second set Roger was down 1-5. Yes you have read correctly. Roger got broken twice in the set and was about to go out like a punk. He saved face and got one of the breaks back but certainly couldn’t do it again and the set was over 3-6 Roger.

Roger was now down two sets to love. I sat there watching the match…yes I was up at 3:45 in the morning tuned to ESPN2. Anyhow I sat there watching the match expecting to see the Federer Express gather steam. You know the point where Roger gets on a roll and simply eats up the court and showing shots and making plays that not even the tennis god knew about. However, that charge never came. Novak was on Roger like white on rice and the thing that bothered Roger the most was that he couldn’t break the Serbian’s serve. It was simply ridiculous how Roger allowed the match to get out of his hand. He did not law down the law that he is Roger Federer who never loses at majors except to Nadal at the French. So anyway they played to a tie break. Certainly one would expect that Roger would be crisp. NOPE he was like an old dollar bill, rusty, listless, All out of sort. He was flat.

I swear what I saw out there was certainly Novak playing excellent tennis but more importantly I saw Roger acting somewhat cocky as if he expect Novak to wither and allow him back into the match. Roger did not play to win. He expected Novak to give him the match. However, who was going to pass up the opportunity to play an unseeded player in the finals of a major and who, get this NEVER BEEN TO A SINGLE ATP TOURNAMENT FINALS. The odds are so heavily in a seeded player favor, it is unbelievable.

So in case you missed it Roger Federer lost in straight sets. 5-7, 3-6, 6-7. He would still retain the number 1 ranking as he made it to the semis and Nadal did not win the tournament.

What a very strange Aussie Open this has been. Anyway I am not discounting Roger’s ability to break Pete’s record this year. It was strange that Pete said that if Roger is on his way to breaking his record he would be there at the US Open to congratulate him. This is odd because by my count, Roger would have broken the record at Wimbledon if he won the first three majors.  12+3=15. Anyway hopefully Roger saves face. I am upset but I cannot take away from Novak that he played well. He covered his shots and he played within himself. Roger was beaten with no excuse about the matter. He got out played.

(c) 2008 CRH

Archives: Australian Open 2008, Day 11

In Archives, Australian Opn, Grand Slam, Uncategorized on January 24, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Well the draws are down to the wire and the tennis has only got better and better.

First the women’s semi-finals: Maria vs. Jelena.

Maria started out blazing with a 5-love lead in the first set and was serving for the set at 5-1. However, Jankovic broke serve and held to make it 5-3. Maria served out the set 6-3. The score however, does not tell the true tale of the tape. Maria was serving horribly. Her first serve percentage was hovering around 40% throughout the set. It seemed that she was choking but Jelena helped clear up matters by placing the balls so short in the court that Maria was teeing off as if she were playing golf.  Jelena of course tried to hold up play by calling the trainer. Maria was not doing anything special but being very very aggressive on the return game. The second set proved to be much the same. Maria was in the finals for a second straight year. 6-3, 6-2 I think. I cannot remember what the final set score was exactly.

Daniela vs. Ana:

Whatever Venus had yesterday when she played Ana Ivanovic, it perhaps was contagious because Ana was as flat as 2 week old soda. Homegirl lost 8 straight games. Daniela was on the money. I have never seen Daniela play so well. She looked healthy and was hitting the corners, right on the challenges. She was in the ZONE. However, there is an expression I have used here before which states “Those with an injured foot always take an early lead.” Daniela would lose the match in three. This much be very disappointing for Daniela. She has put in a lot of work. It was very weird to her the commentators call her “veteran” at 24. Anyway, I really hope she takes the positives of this match and put it for the rest of the year.

So the finals are set, Ana vs. Maria. The two “hottest” girls on tour. Just like I said yesterday I believe, the BATTLE OF THE DIVAS. Though truth be told they are all trying to catch up to the standards set by Ana Kournikova and Serena. It should be an interesting match. I think Ana may pull the upset because Maria chokes whenever she is the favorite though I doubt she would want to miss this opportunity to redeem last year’s trashing. I have to admit that she had picked up a few game plays that are commendable. Maria that is. Hopefully Ana can save me from the onslaught of the Maria fans.

The men’s semi-finals was played yesterday or at least one of them. Jo-Wilfred Tsonga vs. Rafael Nadal. I have to admit I did not watch a single ball struck as I needed to sleep. However, imagine my surprise when I check the Aussie Open website and there was Baby Ali in jubilation having just beaten Nadal in straight sets. 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. This of course keeps the trend of a surprise finalist in the Aussie Open. However, this is an upset of great magnitude. Nadal was finding his own on this court. He quietly crept up the draw amidst all other upsets, Nadal kept his cool. Andy Roddick, his only possible threat could not get past the 3rd Round. According to the reports, Tsonga was all over the court and all over Nadal. He broke the Spaniard in his first service game. I am impressed with Tsonga. I saw him beat Murray and thought, WOW homeboy is going places as he kept his cool having lost a set 0-6. He is definitely holding up his end of the bargain and proving himself to be the only one of the new French generation that can contend for majors. I am extremely happy for him.

The other semi-finals which is going to be a mammoth of a semi-final is a repeat of last year US Open final. Federer vs. Djokovic. Everyone knows that I am behind Federer no matter what and know that this is not going to be easy for him at all. However, I know Federer loves a challenge and despite him being tested throughout the tournament he knows how to get the job done. He would certainly not want to miss the opportunity to pick up Major #13 as he wants this Golden Slam more than anything.  Djokovic has not lost a set throughout this tournament but he is one of those players whose gamesmanship can come into question as he pulls having “an asthma attack” whenever he is down in a match. So, hopefully tonight’s match would be very interesting and Roger comes out on top.

(c) 2008 CRH

Archives: Australian Open 2008: Day 10

In Uncategorized on January 23, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Please do not think that I have forgotten my daily task of keeping you up to date on the going ons of the Australian Open 2008. It is just that I have had a busy schedule so far and also the Aussie Open has been somewhat disappointment to say the least for me.

The weekend was a very interesting one.

Roger came off that “tough” 5 setter and won in straight sets against Berdych. Berdych put a stop to Roger’s Olympic dreams in 2004 and Roger has repaid the young Czech in all the next meetings. Roger is gunning for a golden slam this year. (All 4 majors and an Olympics gold medal. Last time done Steffi Graff Agassi in 1988). Roger played James Blake. Blake has never beaten Roger and I believe in all their meetings he has won only 2 sets from Roger if not one. Roger was complete in his game and merciful. 7-5, 7-6, 6-4. You know I am behind Roger all the way.

Justine was taken out by Maria. Maria put a spanking on Justine. Justine came into the match with 33 straight wins. She had not lost since Bartoli in the semis of Wimbledon. 6-4, 6-0. Justine had not lost 6-0 in a set since 2002 French Open semi when she had a meltdown at the hands of her country woman Clijsters. We miss Kim.

The Williams sisters have again proven themselves to be an enigma. Serena was playing better than last year. I mean her serve was crisp. You have a restaurant and Serena was the server you wanted during rush hour. However, when Ms. Serena faced Jankovic, she couldn’t serve a sandwich even if you were to push it across the table. It was a dismal performance. This was supposed to be an all Williams’ final. It was all set. For me, quarterfinals are the kryptonite for Serena. If you want her out at a major, it has to be at the quarterfinal stage or she is more than likely going all the way. Jennifer had her number time and time again and last year Justine had her picked. Jelena Jankovic almost turned out of the tournament in the first round by some qualifier or such and now today she is in the semi. She did not do a single thing spectacular other than continue to play. Serena threw away the match.

You would think that Venus would muster some sort of spirit. However, homegirl was as flat as a week old open can of soda. She had nothing on her serves and Ana had them for lunch. Three double fault in one service game and as for the second serve, she might as well conceded the point instead wasting the time serving because Ivanovic was all over them like white on rice. It was so dismal. At each point you expected to see some sort of real fight but Venus was like a candle in the wind, flickering at times with a few bright spots and then OUT. I was so pissed to be honest with you because here too, Ana did not do a single thing special other than play. She had nothing that on paper was suppose to hurt Venus in anyway.

Both Venus’ and Serena’s play was inexplicable as it was disgusting. It was if they did not want to play. They came into the tournament healthy and with confidence. Venus beat Maria for the first time on hard court in straight sets. It was simply crazy. However, they are out of singles and lost in doubles too. So on to other matters.

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga is in the semi-finals against Nadal. That is going to be an interesting match. Tsonga has proven himself to be legitimate. For me he is the most promising French man. He got game and the physical stature to compete. Gasquet as a lot more talent but he is not as physical imposing as Tsonga and ironically Tsonga beat Gasquet in 4 sets in this tournament. Monfils is too physical and needs more coaching as he is a bit rough around the edges. Also homeboy needs to figure out what to do with his head. Nonetheless, the future of French tennis is quite promising. They had more players in the main draw on the men side than any other country.

Nadal with the help of Kolschreiber’s defeat of Roddick wrote himself into the semi. This should be interesting as he faces “Baby Ali” Tsonga tonight. Roger would be facing Novak Djokovic tomorrow. That should be really interesting. The ladies semis are tonight. Maria vs. Jelena. I see Maria dismantling Jelena. Maria has shown EXCELLENT form throughout the tournament. Her return game is superb. It would have been great to see her and Serena battle it out for a place in the finals. But with Serena playing so poorly and going out, she should count her lucky stars that Maria did not get a chance to repay her for the two trashing that she handed out to her last year. However, Jelena is always up to some on court antics as is Novak Djokovic. Ana is playing Daniela Hanthucova. I am behind Daniela but that might be a losing effort. Daniela used to be more mentally focused and she always had game. She is healthier and a full head of hair. She battled anorexia and you know that does a number on the hair. Her profile pic makes her look like Farah Fawcett Charlie’s Angel style. Battle of the two divas. I like Daniela and this should be her comeback tournament.

Well anyway not much else to speak of at this time. There are no more Americans left in the draw. They all went out in the quarterfinals.

I have to say that this Australian Open has seen a very high level of play all around. Both on the men’s and women’s side. Players are definitely stepping it up. So hit me up with comments.

(c) 2008 CRH

Archives: Australian Open 2008, Day 5

In Archives, Uncategorized on January 18, 2008 at 1:47 am

Originally released on January 18, 2008

I am overflowing with excitement. The final match of the day has just been completed but I am withholding the result of that one for later.

Yesterday was a good tennis day. The seeds all held form. Maria though tested in the earlier part of the match broke her country woman Vesnina’s (or something like that) serve down. 6-3, 6-0. This Vesnina has game but as always experience is a powerful weapon on the tennis court. Justine won though Schaivone from Italy gave a fight for her money. Jelena Jankovic won as well and no surprise she won in three sets. Serena put on a service clinic as she was hitting the service box all over the place. She had 15/16 all out aces and plus her usual service winners that were unreturnable. 6-3 6-3/4. She went on to play doubles with Venus and they beat the number 2 ranked doubles team. The Olympic selection committee is going to be very interesting. However, I think Venus and Serena should stick to singles and let Lisa Raymond and other noted “doubles specialist” take that stop. I mean after all, they are not bad singles players. Right? But I digress.

Rafael nadal was tested early by the French man Gilles Simon. That boy played his heart out in the first set. However, against Nadal you have to keep him down when you have him down. Never let him back up cause Nadal can box his way out of a corner. Experience again played the decisive factor in this match as Nadal was able to rebuff the early charge by the Frenchman and maintain the Spanish pride. I must say that Nadal will never favor well on hard courts in a major or the Aussie open. The ball does not move around the court and as effective as it does on the clay court. His game is tailor made for the clay with the occasional success on hard-court. The ball sits up well for players to throw him off guard. I give him two more rounds. Well no wait….I don’t want to get ahead of myself. But let me say at this point that life has become easier for Rafa Nadal. I forgot to mention that Sam Querry won an epic match yesterday.

For those who read first article, they would have noted that I referred to Andy Roddick as a bully as he always beat up the smaller fries but is reckoned with in later rounds. Well I was right. Andy Roddick is out in the 3rd Round. So is Mardy Fish but that is consolation. I watched the match this morning at least the first three sets. I was contemplating not coming to work as I had monster of a stomach ache. So I waited it out watching tennis. Anyway let me say that this lost was coming because his camp brother John Roddick and Jimmy Connors had worried faces on even when Andy won points. Something I have noticed with the players on the ATP or more specifically the American men, is that from their box you can know whether they are going to win a match. Andy was classic Andy. Serve and big forehand. It was so predictable and Philip Korhlschieber (I got this spelling down) scouted and he played. Andy had his chances but when your game is built so heavily on one stroke you know there is hell to pay when it breaks down even by the slightest. They played 5 sets 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, 6-7, 8-6. There are no tie breaks in the final sets of all the majors save US Open.

The German is 5’10” that is short in tennis and he was on Andy’s serve like white on rice. Andy had his moments. I mean he bombed the boy when he could. However, whenever Mr. Korhlschieber got a piece of it, it was a whole different ball game. I say this and I say this again. The Roddick camp NEED TO TEACH ANDY SOME REAL GAME TACTICS. The boy is totally deficient in that department and players can see it. Half way through points I am at home predicting a winner for the German solely based on the fact that I am looking at Andy going the wrong way all in his ball placement.

There is only James as the lone American and perhaps Querry. Again, note, I hear American commentators complain about how women get paid too much money and men are better players etc etc. I think the American sports pundits should leave that talk for the International community because time and time again, it is the AMERICAN WOMEN who are saving the face of American tennis.

This weekend should be fun. The matches are going to be HOT. Venus vs. Sania Mirza, Roger, James, Novak, Tune into ESPN. I would give updates on Tuesday. I think by then the quarterfinals would be set and ready for action. I have to say that this Aussie Open I am seeing EXCEPTIONAL TENNIS. Everyone came with their game face. So I would say that who wins the Aussie Open are destined for great things this year if all remains well and healthy.

(c) 2008 CRH

Archives: Australian Open 2008 Day 4

In Archives, Uncategorized on January 17, 2008 at 1:35 am

Originally released on January 17, 2008

Well there is not much to talk about today seeing the fact that College Basketball was dominating the TV waves whilst the matches worth seeing were being played. So, I missed a lot but I can report to you what happened nonetheless.

Roger easily dispatched of Fabrice Santoro. I believe that Fabrice was under the impression that Roger was going to play along with him as have sometimes been the case in the past. However, Roger was not having none of that; 6-1, 6-2, 6-0. Roger is looking very impression. A closer look at the match would reveal that he is liable to have certain service yips but he kept cool under pressure won games nonetheless. I am not sure who he is up against next but it should be another easy breezy beautiful match for the Federer Express.

Venus Williams was a hot hot mess yesterday in her singles match against Camille Pin of France. Yes she won in straight sets 7-5, 6-4. However, she was making errors as if it were the objective of the game. But it is Venus we are talking about and in her most recent major win, she twice almost got bounced from the tournament. Aussie Open and Wimbledon suits the Williams’s game very well. She needs to realize that and play the game she is capable of.

Ivanovic looked very impressive in her match. Hewitt is still around and he is getting all pumped up. There were no major upsets. However, the match that was awaited was the Bagdatis vs. Safin match. I personally had no real vested interest in the outcome here though I am a Safin fan and always back him save when he plays Roger. Plus Marcos Bagdatis irks me at times with his on court antics and his loud Greek fans. (FYI one of them got maced in the face by an Aussie officer. The Aussie bobby just maced that guy full in the face about 5-6 feet away if so much. That guy is sure to have some damage to this eyes but I digress) Also, it was not a match worth me waiting up for as I could have predicted the outcome.

As was pointed out in yesterday’s letter Marat Safin is one of the most talented tennis player ever. The Russian oozes talent but the problem is between his ears. The match started out pretty much as how I scripted it in my mind (of course I watched the match) the first two sets to Marcos, Safin looks like a hot mess on the court, he gets pissed off. He wants to kill someone. He throws his racquet. He wins the next two sets and then fizzle out like alka seltzer and lose the final set. 4-6 4-6 6-2, 6-3, 2/3-6. Yeah the Russian lost to the Cypriot in 5. Surprisingly they both had never lost a 5 set but Marat never won a match if he lost the first two sets so history proved to be the victor here.

In other news, Venus and Serena in an attempt to make the US Olympic team in doubles won their first match today 7-5 6-1 and Venus was wearing a skirt. Thank heaven. Featured matches today would be Nadal, Andy, Serena, Justine, Maria and Jelena.

In other other news and this should really be the breaking news of the day. I would like to close today’s letter with someone who is/was very much a part of the Aussie Open. I am not a fan so you know I am saying this with the strictest of professionalism. Martina Hingis is a three time champion and 5-time finalist at the Australian Open. When other majors don’t go well, the Aussie Open has always been a safe haven for the Swiss Miss. This 5 time major champion’s reputation has recently been tarnished amidst allegation that she tested positive for cocaine. (Cocaine is a hell of a drug) The tribunal has met and confirmed that she did in fact test positive and she is banned for two years. I believe the tribunal and the test were right. Hingis has maintained that she does not know how the drugs got into her system. I believe her too. Now you wonder how this is possible. Well I would tell you why. Hingis has been until recently engaged to Radek Stephanek aka Sharkboy. I am not one to call random people ugly but believe you me, Radek’s face is the stuff that inspire horror/demons/monster movies. The boy’s face has no redeeming quality. However, he is now dating Nicole Vaidasova. Nicole Vaidasova. Yes people true true true. Can you believe that? I mean Hingis is no real beauty but she is all right but for someone like Radek Stephanek to move up from Martina to Nicole….NO NO NO NO. Something is not right. Radek is definitely drugging these girls to lure them into his lair. I hope a more thorough investigation takes place for this matter because a champion’s reputation is at stake here.

(c) 2008 CRH

Archives: Australian Open 2008 Day 4

In Andy Roddick, Australian Open, Grand Slam, Lindsay Davenport, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Tennis, Venus Williams on January 16, 2008 at 10:23 pm
 As I promised some time ago, I have begun the process of putting all available copies of RTFN from its primitive to now professional form on the blog. Now do note that this “newzletter” started out as a mere email to “co-workers” and then grew from there. Hopefully it continues to grow. If you have to look though back issues, do enjoy and as always comment. JSUK (Just so you know) back in the days, the pictographs were not part of the feature. 
January 16 2008
Yesterday’s action was touted to be a great day for on the women’s draw as the place was all a buzzed with the match up of Lindsay Davenport vs. Maria Sharapova. Mind you Lindsay has only beaten Maria once in their 5 meeting (it was more than a beating as the score 6-0, 6-0 would suggest that it was a FADO,
Force, Lindsay Davenport did you use physical force to punish Maria Sharapova,
Abuse of Authority, Lindsay Davenport did not care to acknowledge the name Maria Sharapova and acted as if Maria Sharapova had slapped Ann Davenport;
Discourtesy Lindsay Davenport was rude to not allow Maria Sharapova a game at tier 1 tournament and
Offensive Lindsay Davenport made gestures which suggest that she did not respect Maria Sharapova as a lady but beat her as if she were a bug/animal attempting to harm a close family member.) But I digress.
So the pundits were all excited, Pam, Mary and Mary Joe. “Oh it is so wonderful that a mother came back on tour etc etc etc. Lindsay vs. Maria.” Of course they conveniently forget the stat that Lindsay does not have a winning record against Maria. Nonetheless, Maria did not forget that fact and she came out like a banshee beating Lindsay for all that fanfare 6-1 6-3. “How quietly we go out in the night.” We have to acknowledge the tremendous effort and strength Lindsay went through to get in shape but her performance was lackluster at best. Not known for her movement, (rumour has it that her 7 month old baby out runs her in a sprint.) Maria placed balls in the corners knowing that Lindsay was not going to move. I am only happy that Lindsay went out because Mary Carrillo, Pam Shriver and Mary Joe Fernandez make me ill. They always go all sickening on certain players, Lindsay being a mother now they are all excited as she has joined their club. Of course there is jealousy as Lindsay has more tennis talent in her finger than the three combined. They are “doubles specialist” and were all lifted to greatest in doubles by FAR MORE SUPERIOR partners. However my happiness is short lived by the fact that they are all Maria fans. Onto other news.
Andy looked his usual pre-second week self. Dominating on serve, hyping himself up and running around giving you that fool’s sense of hope that he can really threaten at the majors. Mind you his opponents are lower ranks runts who we quickly forget the next day. However, like a bully in the school yard, Andy takes pleasure in beating up the small fry. However, the true test of his abilities always come when the shark arrive and the Andy that we find so “precious” with his one theme song ‘Serve it hard then a forehand” is thrown around on court. Nevertheless, we are certain that he is not going to be the Aussie Champion 2008.
Rafa Nadal was impressive as always. Running up and down the court working every point over as if his life depended on it. Justine and Amelia. Amelia as always is an Anomaly. Capable of great play and then running around the court as if she is not aware that she is a top 20 player. She is currently ranked 18. That is an insult. Serena was impressive but I felt she was giving too much too early. Her Chinese opponent (Look out for China come Olympics 2008) was in some places giving her a run for her money but Serena showed her who was the boss. I must say that Serena and Venus thus far have been showing a level of game play/tactic that I find very interesting and eagerly await seeing them meeting the big name players. However as we all know the Williams sisters though great, are more than capable of temporary insanity on court as Venus  first round in 2006 Aussie Open lost to Pironvoka (who is she? where is she?) and Serena three straight times to Henin 2007.
Thus far there have been no major upsets, so all is quite well with the tennis world. Look for Safin vs. Marcos Bagdatis. Marat has the most talent on the tour, his biggest problem however is between his ears. That should be an interesting match up if the real Marat shows up. Federer of course plays tonight against Fabrice Santoro. Fabrice is a tricky player however for the tricks/magic he supposedly has, his ranking is a disappearing act. Novak and so does Venus play tonight. I know I am forgetting some players. I know it takes a lot of commitment to stay up and watch tennis. However, the matches are very good if you can withstand the bullshit that is passed off as commentary, then it would be all right.

Archives: Australian Open 2008 Day 2-3

In Archives on January 16, 2008 at 12:41 am

Original Post date: January 16, 2008 (Australian Open 2008)

Yesterday was touted as a being a great day for on the women’s draw as the place was all a buzzed with the match up of Lindsay Davenport vs. Maria Sharapova. Mind you Lindsay has only beaten Maria once in their 5 meeting (it was more than a beating as the score 6-0, 6-0 suggests that it was a massacre.)

So the pundits were all excited, Pam Shiver, Mary Carillo and Mary Joe Fernandez (ESPN commentators). Oh it is so wonderful that a mother came back on tour etc etc etc. Lindsay vs. Maria. Of course they forgot the fact that Lindsay does not have a winning record against Maria. However, Maria did not forget and she came out like a banshee beating Lindsay for all the fanfare 6-1 6-3. “How quietly we go out in the night.” We have to acknowledge the tremendous effort and strength Lindsay went through to get in shape but her performance was lackluster at best. Not known for her movement, (rumour has it that her 7 month old baby out runs her in a sprint) Maria placed balls in the corners knowing that Lindsay was not going to move. I am only happy that Lindsay went out because Mary, Pam and Mary Joe make me violently ill. They always go all stupid on certain players, Lindsay being a mother now they are all excited as she has joined their club. Of course there are really jealous as Lindsay has more tennis talent in her finger than the three combine. They are all “doubles specialist” and were all lifted to greatest in doubles by FAR MORE SUPERIOR partners. However, my happiness was short lived by the fact that they are all Maria fans and they go stupid over her as well.

In other news, Andy Roddick looked his usual first-week of-major-self. Dominating on serve, hyping himself up and running around giving you that fool’s sense of hope that he can really threaten at the majors. Mind you his opponents are lower ranks runts who we quickly forget the next day. Yet, like a bully in the school yard, Andy takes pleasure in beating up the small fry. However, the true test of his abilities always come when the sharks arrive and the Andy that we find so “precious” with his one theme song ‘Serve it hard then a forehand” shows up. He is not going to be the Aussie Champion 2008.

Rafa Nadal was impressive as always. Running up and down the court working every point over as if his life depended on it. Justine and Amelia. Amelia as always is an Anomaly. (She is here by christened Anomaly Mauresmo) Capable of great play and then running around the court as if she is not aware that she is a top 20 player. She is currently ranked 18. That is an insult. Serena was impressive but I felt she was giving too much too early. Her Chinese opponent (Look out for China come Olympics 2008) was in some places giving her a run for her money but Serena showed her who was the boss. I must say that Serena and Venus thus far have been showing a level of game play/tactic that I find very interesting and eagerly await when they meet the big name players. However, as we all know the Williams sisters though great, are more than capable of temporary insanity on court as Venus  first round in 2006 Aussie Open lost to Pironvoka (who is she? where is she?) and Serena three straight times to Henin 2007.

Thus far there have been no major upsets so all is quite well with the tennis world. Look for Safin vs. Marcos Baghdatis. Marat has the most talent on the ATP tour, his biggest problem however is between his ears. That should be an interesting matchup if the real Marat shows up. Federer of course plays tonight against Fabrice Santoro. Fabrice is a tricky player however for the tricks/magic he supposedly has, his ranking is a disappearing act. Novak and so does Venus play tonight. I know I am forgetting some players. I know it takes a lot of commitment to stay up and watch tennis. However, the matches are very good if you can withstand the bullshit that is passed off as commentary, then it would be all right.

(c) 2008 CRH

Archives: Australian Open 2008, Day 1 Aussie Aussie Aussie Oie Oie Oie

In Archives, Australian Opn, Uncategorized on January 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Yes boy and girls…eh gentleman and ladies, the tennis season has begun again and 2008 promises to be a great year as Roger the Roge will be chasing history. The first major of the year as begun Australian Open and so far it has proven to be very interesting.

On Day 1 there were no major upsets save Andy Murray went out like a candle in the wind to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. Mr. Tsonga put the off season to good use and lost the baby fat. Though many people find the baby fat syndrome pretty cute, I am of the belief that baby fat is only the interest of babies and no place on the tennis court especially in Australia with its hellish heat. He played within himself. Word to the wise to Andy Murray and I know he has his fans but there are too many persons in your camp talking about the same thing. He has a team of three to help him with his game. He has got rid of Brad Gilbert which for me was a very wise move and hired a physical coach, a game tactician and a physiotherapist. Hmmmm the old adage, too many cooks spoil the broth.

Serena played pretty well though she had some hiccups. 6-3, 6-3. Her Aussie opponent was hitting the ball pretty hard but Serena was on it and she let this girl know who was the boss on the court. It was a pretty good match. Love the “costume” too. Her opponent was wearing some throwaway which was at best hideous.

Henin played well of course, Maria was all right. Nadal played well. Andy played well. All in all Day 1 was a good day for seeded players. Lindsay is back 7 months after having a baby. I just want to say that motherhood has not helped Lindsay get over her facial and physical dispositions. She was as always lackadaisical on court but nonetheless she is a VERY CLEAN AND HARD hitter of the ball. She has the best technique out there. Not the best mover but once you get into her strike zone she is DANGEROUS. I don’t think she is going to win this major. She will be playing Maria Sharapova tonight and that should be interesting. She is 1-4 against Maria and her only win was an emphatic 6-0 6-0. It may seem that Maria is the whipping girl of the WTA.

On to Day 2. I went to bed early so that I can watch Venus and Roger play at 3:30 AM. Yes I am a HUGE tennis fan. Venus played very well with the usual streaks of madness that is Venus Williams. She was going for her forehands literally running around the backhand to hit forehands. She looked particularly sharp during these points. For those who aren’t aware of what running around the backhand means, it is basically getting a shot to your backhand and running over the ball so as to be on the other side to hit the forehand. Sorry no internet access to show you actual footage. Yan Zi played very well. Her balls were low but Venus scooped them up. I kept thinking as I was watching the match, Venus is singing in her head, “You must not know bout me. To the left. To the left.” cause she was definitely showing some Attitude on the court. I must say that I am a huge fan of her clothing line but those short shorts got to go. Serious Vee, jock itch is not a dumb jock harassing you trying to go on a date okay. It’s rather uncomfortable. Go with either a longer shorts or get a skirt.

Roger Roger ROGE. 6-0 6-3 6-0. What more can I say? Diego Hartfield of Argentina did not fare as well as his countrymen Canas and Nalbaldian who both beat Federer twice last year. He was crushed. Roger played brilliantly though Hartfield played well on some points but a superior player is a superior player. Roger is definitely ready to take on the challenge and get number 13 today.

Do you know that of the 127 men playing the Aussie Open, there are 11 major titles between them and Roger, number 128th has 12. Johansson (1, Aussie Open 2003), Safin (2, Aussie Open, US Open), Ferrero (1 French 2003 Open), Hewitt (2 Wimbledon 2002, US Open 2001) Nadal (3, French Open 2005-07), Roddick (1 US Open 2003), Moya (1 French Open 1998) I am right about the players and the titles but maybe wrong about the years. There is no denying Roger is the greatest. Yeah I am a tennis geek. Anyway tonight is going to be interesting.

Interesting result today, John Isner, USA lost to Fabrice Santoro, straight sets. One of the tallest men on tour got kicked by one of the shortest players on tour hmmmmmmmmm. Great service action alone will get you far.

Enjoy and please comment

(c) 2008 CRH