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Old 06-28-2010, 08:23 PM   #11
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I hope Jennifer's drug overdose was truly an accident. My concerns are that spokespeople for celebrities say what the star and family want said and overdosing on prescription drugs...on purpose...is very common. But for now, I have no choice but to accept their explanation but keep this incident bookmarked in case another "accident" occurs...
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:37 PM   #12
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...back to the courts...let me talk about how my favorites performed in the Round of 16...I'll start with my favorite, Kim Clijsters...

Kim Crushin'!


Match of the day for me was Kim's 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Belgian rival Justine Henin. Man, I was worried in the first set, but Kimmie settled down and really pushed Justine around the final two sets. Brad Gilbert made another point in saying Justine is trying too hard to play a big hitter's game...I noticed that at Roland Garros as well...Justine has played well against Kimmie this year, pushing her to three sets all three times...but also losing all three times...Justine could save herself a lot of trouble by going back to her Martina Hingis type game...trying to bang away against big ladies like Kimmie, Serena and Venus is not a recipe for long term success...



...so on to play Vera Zvonereva in the quarters...on paper, Clijsters should win, but Vera is not to be underestimated...here is a snippet from Clijsters' post match presser...

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Old 06-28-2010, 08:47 PM   #13
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Jelena...ah Jelena...I said injuries tend to do her in (along with inconsistent play)...well, here are two pictures that should give you an idea of how her day went...





...so Jelena's Wimbledon ends with her retiring three games into the second set...she was getting crushed at the time, but she also wasn't moving hardly at all...her body just won't hold up sometimes...reminds me a little of Grace Park...I hope Jelena takes the time to heal and has a good summer culminating with a deep US Open run...she has the stroke and footwork skills...the physical health and mental tools...well, those are issues...
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Venus Williams had all she could handle against the lightly heralded Jarmila Groth, the woman who knocked American Melanie Oudin out of the tournament...I expected a 2 and 1 type victory for Venus, not a 6-4, 7-6 grinding win...but in the end the victory needn't be pretty...just effective...a bit of controversy in this match...Venus was eight minutes late going onto court and was booed by the fans upon arrival...now, she was on Court 2 which for a five-time champion is a bit of disrespect, so some thought she might have been snubbing the tournament officials...as it turns out, they send a steward to escort the players to the court...no steward came to get Venus and after five minutes she decided to just go to the court by herself...that's a flub by the tournament...the second of the day...putting a five time champion on Court 2 was the first...

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Old 06-28-2010, 09:02 PM   #15
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Serena-Maria was the match most tennis fans were buzzing about today (not me, bring on the Belgians!)...and to be honest, I was surprised how well Maria played in defeat, particularly in the first set, which she lost 6-7 (9)...I said it before the match, and it's still true...Maria has yet to beat a player currently ranked in the top 30 going into Wimbledon...despite her two tournament victories...for her to take that next step to once again be a Grand Slam threat, she must prove she can take down the likes of Serena, Venus, Justine, Kimmie...well, maybe not Kimmie!

not today, Masha
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:41 PM   #16
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Obviously your a big Tennis Fan. You have your location listed as NY.

Have you ever been to the US Open? An awsome event. The first week the best time just with a grounds pass.

Want to get there this year but have a scheduling problem. Hopefully it will work out.
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:31 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by xman5 View Post
Obviously your a big Tennis Fan. You have your location listed as NY.

Have you ever been to the US Open? An awsome event. The first week the best time just with a grounds pass.

Want to get there this year but have a scheduling problem. Hopefully it will work out.
Yes. Many times. From 1996-2004 I worked for the USTA. As an employee perk, we received free US Open tickets. I did not work at the Tennis Center, although I did have to go there for Staff Day. I worked at the Red Oak Lane office in White Plains off 287.

The first week is the best for tennis fans who want to see a variety of matches. A grounds pass, while not allowing access to Arthur Ashe stadium, is an excellent value allowing access everywhere else including Louis Armstrong stadium. Also, if you are a USTA member the first Friday is Member Appreciation Day with member goodies gifts.

My favorite tournament perk, however, was when the Chase Championships used to be held at MSG years ago. That was the year end women's event at the time. It was great for me because the tickets for the Open were good that we received, but except for an event called President's night, not as good as the Chase event. For the Open we were generally up high but for Chase we received corporate box tickets Chase wasn't using so we were right off the court!

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Old 06-29-2010, 10:46 PM   #18
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Bad day today for me at Wimbledon. Already, two of my favorites, Jelena Jankovic and Maria Sharapova, exited yesterday. Today, Venus Williams, who I said would face no serious challenge until the semis but struggled to win yesterday, also was bounced out. But worst of all, Kim Clijsters, after coming out gunning in the first set, fell in three to Vera Zvonereva. So instead of a lot of talking about what happened, for today I will just dedicate this post to media of my favorite player. Good show, Kimmie...wasn't meant to be...you'll get 'em in New York at the Open!













There will be better days, Kimmie
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:35 AM   #19
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Although I tend to focus on the ladies, I am a tennis fan, period. Male or female players. And though I respect but don't root for Roger Federer, what he has done for his sport, my favorite sport, and the brilliant and classy way he has done it, to me makes his being ousted now in two straight Grand Slam quarterfinals deserving of note. He's a month shy of his 29th birthday. In tennis, that is on the downside. He will also slip to #3 in the world. That's fantastic for anybody save Federer. I think he probably has one more Slam potentially in him, but the best of Federer might be a thing of the past. When the 6 time Wimbledon champion struggles to even make it out of the first two rounds and then gets dismissed in the quarters, one gets the sense that the intimidation factor is gone. And if it's gone on grass, where he has been Superman, then it's gone everywhere else.

Whatever the case may be, and we shall see soon enough in New York at the Open, Roger Federer has given us some of the most beautiful and artistic tennis we've seen since John McEnroe. He came up with shots that seemed impossible, angles that defied physics, all the while looking like he barely broke a sweat in the process. Don't be fooled. Much like champions from other sports, fierce competitors such as Kobe Bryant, Annika Sorenstam or Peyton Manning, Federer outworked the competition in those countless hours the fans don't see on TV. The workouts, the constant tinkering with their skills to make what already seems perfect even more perfect, the mental preparation to be able to deal with any obstacles successfully...the ability to almost bend chance in their favor.

Roger has been a great and classy champion. Maybe he will be again at a Grand Slam. But if not, it has been a privilege to witness his brilliance during the prime of his stellar career.
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Old 07-02-2010, 11:37 PM   #20
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Well...I assume everybody knows who Serena is, so I'll focus this post on Vera Zvonareva...she is a very talented player who hits very hard and can beat anybody on a given day...so why is she not already spoken of among the favorites to win a Grand Slam? Well...take a look at this video...



...I watched that match live...and to be fair, Samantha Stosur was destroying Zvonareva 6-0, 3-0 at the time...but these temper tantrums of Vera's are not uncommon, more than the average tennis player...sure, others break rackets, but Vera's emotions pour out to her detriment on many occasions...she's been on her best behavior at Wimbledon...and she will need to continue to be if she wants to beat Serena...fire and emotion and passion...good to have...the ability to focus all of that energy, to control the power and make it work for you...even better...

...I am hoping for the Russian to follow in Maria Sharapova's footsteps and win Wimbledon this year...but I wouldn't bet my own money against Serena...

...here is a video of Vera's run to the final...



...and one of her presser...

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