Wimbledon day 4

25 06 2010

Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Viktoria Azarenka all won thier second round matches fairly easy in two set. Biggest upset was the loss of Svetlana Kuznetsova against former Russian and now Australian Rodionova. Rodionova, one of the biggest bitches on the tour,

Wozniacki

has a good game for the faster courts but a Kuznetsova in good form should beat her simply. That Kuzzie has not shown up in almost a year, so it was a tough 3 set loss yesterday. One fav, Daniela Hantuchova lost in typical mental crazy matter while another ,Flavia Pennetta won in 2 sets. Other players losing were lady in form Aravene Rezai and former semi-finalist here, China’s Jie Zheng.

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Roland Garros day 9

1 06 2010

The highlight of day 9 was of course the match between Justine Henin and Samantha Stosur. Justine played a great first set , very aggressive and won 6-2. Second set though she played very inconsistent and let Stosur make the match, Samantha played fabulous tennis and won 6-1. When she plays like that I do not see anyone beating her on clay. The heavy topspin and “manly” strokes are just too much for about anyone. Last set I thought Justine would pull trough leading 4-3 but she choked it away making tons of errors in the end and lost for the first time  in more than 40 matches at Roland Garros. Just is not the old Justine yet, too passive most of the time and aggressive at the wrong moments. Being a fan of Daniela Hantuchova is hard because she can fuck up so royally at crucial times. Having breakpoints in the first set at 4-4 against Jankovic and from then on making the silliest errors. In the end she was just way too inconsistent to win clay, Jankovic makes it to the final 8, 6-4 6-2. Serena Williams had an easy match against Shahar peer 6-2 6-2 and Yaroslava Shvedova made her first quarter at a slam beating Groth.





Roland Garros day 7

30 05 2010

The last 2 french women in the draw lost yesterday. Bartoli against Israel’s Peer and crowd favorite Aravene Rezai could not beat Nadia Petrova. The finished a match that ended the night before 7-7 in the third set, Petrova won yesterday 10-8. The good ‘ole days of Mauresmo, Pierce, Tauziat and Golovin are definitely over.Serena had a tough day against Russian junior champ Pavlyuchenkova losing the second set 6-1. Time for Serena to get an injury time-out and a little pill that made it all better!! She won easy in the third 6-2. If Pavlyuchenkova loses a bit weight she can become dangerous in the future with her pounding ground strokes. Two aussies made it to the last 16, lesbian Sam S.WilliamsStosur and Groth. Jelena Jankovic and fav Daniela Hantuchova also won their third round matches yesterday after hard-fought battles against seeded A.Bondarenko and Wickmayer from Belgium.





Roland Garros day 3

26 05 2010

Henin, Sharapova, Hantuchova, Wickmayer and Bartoli were easy winners in their first rounds at Roland Garros. One match certainly was the highlight of the day and not because the level was so high, but it sure was dramatic. Kimiko Date Krumm, the 40-year old veteran from Japan beat last year’s finalist Dinara Safina in three sets. The first set was a quick 5-0 for Safina who on the set 6-3.In the second set Safina lead 2-0, but it went downhill from there. Safina has been seriously injured for the start of the year and came back only weeks ago but hitting so many errors is a shame. She even lead 4-2 in the third eventually losing 6-3 4-6 5-7. In the last game Safina hit 4 unforced errors in a row against a Date who injured herself on her calve and could barely walk. This Date comeback is getting better and better though, she plays so extremely smart. A nice counter-balance to the tons of ball-bashers on tour right now.





US Open day 5

5 09 2009

 

Francesca Schiavone

Francesca Schiavone

Yesterday there were not that many surprises as the days before. Both Williams-sisters and Kim Clijsters won fairly easy in 2 sets making room for the highly anticipated match between Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters. I hope that Kim can pull through and considering their form it is certainly possible. But beating Venus at the US open is never easy so we will see what happens. Three semi-favorites of me went through to the last 15. Daniela Hantuchova, Flavia Pennetta( who has been playing some great tennis here) and Francesca Schiavone. Schiavone beat Viktoria Azarenka in three sets 4-6 6-2 6-2. And she really brought it, this woman has charisma and a very unique style. Lots of topspin or slice, great hands at the net and superb willpower. She really got under Azarenka’s skin who can play very well but only one-dimensional. As promised early on in the week I will predict the final 4 and winner of the tournament. It;s still very hard to pick though since no one has been a clear favorite so far. Safina against Sharapova in the first semi and Clijsters against Serena Williams in the second. Serena will probably win the tournament but from the quarter finals on she really has some very stiff competition. Biggest outsiders Kim Clijsters and Flavia Pennetta.





US Open starts today

31 08 2009

Unfortunately I am still in the Netherlands, so I can’t attend this years tournament. Definitely the first week I love a lot. Going from small court to court to see as many interesting matches and players as I can. The Internet and TV have to do it for me this year. I bet next year I will be back to enjoy it all in full swing.

The women’s side of the tournament has this year no clear favorite and at least 6/8 possible winners. I will now type down the women who I think will make the last 16 and also a few side options for that round. Before next weekend I will make my prediction for the last 8 and further, I first wanna see how they all get through their first few rounds.

Dinara Safina – Patty Schnyder. I hope Patty will make it this far during her last slam. Razzano is ranked higher and is on good form so she has a good chance to beat Patty.

Sabine Lisicki- Jelena Jankovic. Most people probably predict an all serbian round here, but Ana Ivanovic has done nothing to impress me this year.

Elena Dementieva- Nadia Petrova. Dementieva has a very tough third round though in Maria Sharapova. Both have showed a great hard-court season so the third round is too early for this match up in my opinion.

Caroline Wozniacki- Svetlana Kuznetsova. Kuznetsova is not in good form though so she might get an early upset by either Shahar Peer or Agnes Szavay.

Viktoria Azarenka- Na Li. Li always plays good slam so I think she will upset Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round

Kim Clijsters- Venus Williams. What a great match this will be!!

Elena Vesnina- Amelie Mauresmo. But this section is packed with good players so very hard to pick. Zvonareva, Chakvetadze and Pennetta have good chances as well.

Daniela Hantuchova- Serena Williams. I think Hantuchova will upset Stosur early on, the Aussie girl has played too many tournaments lately. 

Hope I am right with my predictions, but in tennis you never know what’s gonna happen.I will try to write a little piece about the US Open DSCN3260every day the next 2 weeks.





Sports; swimming, tennis

31 07 2009

The world championships swimming surely are a feast for the eyes. First there is the mostly semi-nude audience of a lot of other swimmers that the camera’s show before the race and then the swimmers themselves. Best bodies from all sports in my opinion. Of course the sport on itself is great for TV and super exciting, but swimmers like Americans Ryan Lochte, Eric Shanteau(cancer survivor) and French sprinters Alain Bernard and Frederick Bousquet make it even better.

The US open series Tennis have started this week with one of my favorite tournaments in the world, the one in Stanford, Ca. I have been to that tournament a couple years in a row when I was still living in the Bay Area. It has a great atmosphere, you can be very close to the players and the vicinity is beautiful as well. But most importantly the player’s entry list is every year pretty spectacular. One of the Williams sisters generally cancels this tournament at the last minute but this year both are here and already in the quarter-finals. The other six are Elena Dementieva, Maria Sharapova, Marion Bartoli, Jelena Jankovic, Sam

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

 Stosur and Daniela Hantuchova. That would be a great final eight for any slam let alone a smaller tournament like this.