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View Poll Results: Who Will Win The 2011 Australian Open Women's Singles Title?
Caroline Wozniacki 1 14.29%
Vera Zvonareva 0 0%
Kim Clijsters 5 71.43%
Venus Williams 0 0%
Samantha Stosur 0 0%
Li Na 0 0%
Jarmila Groth 0 0%
Jelena Jankovic 0 0%
Other 1 14.29%
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:00 AM   #21
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Switching gears back to the Australian Open...KIA is one of the sponsors...which is evident from their logo being EVERYWHERE...and they are posting on YouTube little Q&As with players as they are driven from the hotel to the stadium in the back of a KIA Optima...might they like to do something similar during the KIA Classic...here are two of them, with popular players Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki...

Kim Clijsters
The Open Drive With Kim Clijsters: Australian Open 2011 Fairways And Forehands

Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki,The Open Drive 2011 Australian Open 2011 Fairways and Forehands

I'd love to see Q&As like this during the KIA Classic...I know the LPGA does have Q&As on their YouTube page, but tennis tournaments really exploit YouTube to promote their events...not just the Australian Open, but I took lots of videos from the Brisbane International, Hopman Cup, ASB Classic...to make dozens of tennis posts on my blog this year...and January isn't even over...YouTube is a wonderful place for the LPGA to use even more than it already has, since they don't have to pay for the server space to store content...more videos please, LPGA!


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Couple of unrelated items : Tennis really knows how to make these tournaments stand out,don't they ? You're aware that it's something big.You don't have to be a huge fan to recognise that this event really means something.

Oh,and Kia are all over this,too.They are getting behind sport in a big way.

P.S..Do not,under any circumstances,link to a certain Kia commercial...

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...ah...but it's so tempting...but also completely unrelated...so no linking that commercial...but you know you'll see it every other commercial break during the KIA Classic...wouldn't you rather see a variety of players in Q&As in a Kia Optima rather than that commercial over and over?
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:40 AM   #22
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Golf is mostly a mental game. Concentration and ease of mind are primary. Same as bowling, base ball pitching, rifle shooting, car racing, and many more "sports". If you have the power of concentartion and physical abilitities: great for you. In most other sports you mainly need other characteristics regarding physical shape. I could almost (not really) compare golf with chess. Talent, not physical shape is the primary concern. Ask Laura Davies, Pat Hurst or Jijay Shin.

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Old 01-20-2011, 08:40 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by Elf View Post
Golf is mostly a mental game. Concentration and ease of mind are primary. Same as bowling, base ball pitching, rifle shooting, car racing, and many more "sports". If you have the power of concentartion and physical abilitities: great for you. In most other sports you mainly need other characteristics regarding physical shape. I could almost (not really) compare golf with chess. Talent, not physical shape is the primary concern. Ask Laura Davies, Pat Hurst or Jijay Shin.
Agreed. And speaking of different sports...world #1 Caroline Wozniacki likes to check out different sports teams when she goes to tournaments...she's visited the Yale Football Team while in New Haven, the LA Galaxy to see Beckham...and now visited the Melbourne Cricket Ground to try her hand at Cricket...



I have to admit, I have no idea how cricket is played...not even the most basic rudimentary rules...I've really only seen it played in movies...but it is apparently very, very, very popular outside the USA...here is a video of her visiting with Victorian Bushrangers players Aaron Finch and Peter Siddle...

Caroline Wozniacki Tries Cricket While At 2011 Australian Open Fairways And Forehands

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Old 01-20-2011, 09:11 AM   #24
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Former player Todd Woodbridge is now a commentator...but fun-loving Kim Clijsters busted him on-court for a text he sent to Australian player Rennae Stubbs...Todd...never ask a woman about that! It's the first video in this post:

Australian Open Day 4: Clijsters Continues To Roll; Zvonareva, Stosur Advance; Peng Upsets Jankovic Fairways And Forehands
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:06 AM   #25
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Just my two cents on the "body type" angle. For sure, I think that is what sets golf apart from most other sports. For instance, jockey or race driver. Small size is a pre-requisite for a compact load. Excellent co-ordination and trunk strength are needed for control. When I first started going to top-flight open wheel racing, I was shocked at how "small" the drivers were in reality. But trim and solid with great endurance. Womens' gymnastics is another one. What is the accepted maximum height for a gymnast? 5' 5"? Explosive movements require superior back, shoulder and abdominal strength and dexterity. Combined with shorter limbs for speed of execution. Yet rhythmic gymnasts are very different. Height and long limbs bring fluidity and smoothness of complex routines while length expands the range of motion.

Tennis is another great example of a certain body type being the accepted blueprint. I can remember when a 100mph serve was a novelty. No longer. As BKB mentioned, racquet technology and speed/strength of the players has had quantum improvements. I think the days of a Rod Laver type are long gone.

Then there is golf. Technology has had its impact here as well. No sport I can think of has so many ways to accomplish the same thing. No player has to be dominant in all disciplines to be very successful. I liked the parallel to chess- the one common thread of all top notch golfers, male or female, is the ability to remain in control of their bodies and their minds. Laura Davies, Juli Inkster, Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato, Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen, Lorena Ochoa, Michelle Wie, Anna Rawson, Karrie Webb, Anna Nordqvist, Christina Kim. A far reaching array of ladies with very different body types. But all competitive, successful golfers. From barely out of their teens to middle-aged. From 5 feet to over 6 feet. Even some of the players I mentioned have had a difference in playing weight of 40 pounds.
Golf is unique.

Now I have looked back at the thread topic and that's enough.
Agreed. Although with tennis, I would say it's more an accepted fitness level than body type. If you stand Maria Kirilenko, Justine Henin, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova next to each other you will see four very different body types. But all have a high fitness level (when not injured). Tennis also has far more teens competing against adults.

I think one sport that also has different body types is American football. Ah...but I am cheating here. In that sport there are position players who are specialists. Diminutive kickers and freakishly large offensive linemen. Huge balls of muscle playing middle linebacker and tall, sleek, superfast wide receivers. But in golf all the players have to do the same thing so yes, picking football is cheating! A thousand lashes with a wet noodle!
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Originally Posted by Elf View Post
Golf is mostly a mental game. Concentration and ease of mind are primary. Same as bowling, base ball pitching, rifle shooting, car racing, and many more "sports". If you have the power of concentartion and physical abilitities: great for you. In most other sports you mainly need other characteristics regarding physical shape. I could almost (not really) compare golf with chess. Talent, not physical shape is the primary concern. Ask Laura Davies, Pat Hurst or Jijay Shin.
You mean, playing golf is just like making love. LOL In your case you need lots of concentration.
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:00 PM   #27
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You mean, playing golf is just like making love. LOL In your case you need lots of concentration.
I thought love only counts in tennis!

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I though love only counts in tennis!

...I know, bad pun...sorry...
Love in tennis means NOTHING...same thing Elf is probably getting!
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I've always felt the only majors that really matter in Women's Golf are the U.S. Open and the British Open mainly becuase of tradition and the courses they're played on. The other 2 are just glorified tournaments. A regular tennis event usually requires 4-5 matches to be won in order to win the event. A grand slam requires 7. If they added an extra round to the LPGA majors that would help, in my mind boost their prestiege.
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Love in tennis means NOTHING...same thing Elf is probably getting!
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