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


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