Posts Tagged ‘Tennis’

2009 SI Swimsuit Edition

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

images24Bar Refaeli may be the cover girl (and the lucky girl cozying up to Leonardo DiCaprio) but I’ve got to hand it to Danica Patrick.

The speedster looks amazing in this issue and more than holds her own with the swimsuit models and completely blows tennis players (Tatiana Golovin, Daniela Hantuchova and Maria Kirilenko out of the water.

Besides that, it’s nice to see something different. We’re used to seeing tennis stars and cheerleaders on the SI pages, Danica is a great change of pace for the annual mag.images-110

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Nadal Owns Oz

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Rafael Nadal made my guy cry. During the presentation of trophies following the four and a half hour match, Federer was obviously upset when asked about trying to tie Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slam titles.

If you feel like you could use a good cry, here it is.

All that aside, congrats to Nadal. An amazing athlete and gracious winner.

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Williams Takes Aussie Open Title

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

56617102Congrats to Serena Williams on her smooth win over Dinara Safin to capture her 10th Grand Slam singles title and the world number 1 ranking!

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It’s Nadal v. Federer, Again

Friday, January 30th, 2009

I was really hoping for a different outcome. After an amazing 5+ hour semifinal match it will once again be Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the finals of a Grand Slam event. But that’s not the big story here.

I turned on the t.v. this morning for my daughter to watch Mickey Mouse so I could throw in a load of laundry (Yes, I know. The life of a stay-at-home-mom is very glamourous). The t.v. was tuned to ESPN and in the final set of the Verdasco/Nadal match. I was on the edge of my seat hoping the underdog, Verdasco could pull off a dramatic upset.

In the end of course he wasn’t able to overcome, losing the tiebreaker with a double fault. But for anyone watching, it was a chance to see what great sports is all about. Two fierce competitors battling back and fourth until finally, when it couldn’t possibly go on any longer on of them breaks. Good stuff!

On a side note, how could I have left Verdasco off my list of hot tennis players???? Well, I’m officially adding him. He may have lost against Nadal, but don’t feel too sorry for Fernando. I’m sure his girl, Ana Ivanovic will help him recover.b_0829_043_verdasco

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Serena’s Sweet Payoff

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

images-13Serena Williams reached two milestones with her win over Russia’s Elena Dementieva in the semifinals of the Australian Open. The first, and most obvious, a chance at her 10th Grand Slam title. The second is that Serena has surpassed retired golfer, Annika Sorenstam, as the leader in career prize money earned in women’s professional sports.

At her retirement Sorenstam had raked in an earnings total of $22,573,192. Serena has now earned $22,725,475 in her 14-year career. On reaching this achievement, Williams had this to say,

“It’s amazing how much women’s tennis has grown since I joined the Tour fourteen years ago. I am very proud to have reached this milestone for me, my family and all women athletes out there. This achievement really shows that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.”

 

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3 Down, 1 To Go

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Okay. So, on one hand I was right. Roger Federer did beat Andy Roddick to move on to the finals at the Australian Open. If he wins it will be his 14th grand slam title, an impressive number to even the most unenlightened tennis fan, such as myself. On the other side,  I was happily proved wrong. 

Yesterday, I picked Elena Dementieva to move past Serena Williams in the semifinal and go on to win the title match. Williams made quick work of Dementieva in 2 sets and will meet Dinara Safin, sister of past Aussie Open champ, Marat Safin. The ladies are not only vying for the Open title but the coveted number 1 ranking.

240px-serena_williams_july_2008I’ve been proven wrong with most of my predictions for the women in this tournament. First, I claimed it would be an all-Russian women’s final. Then I went a step further to pick Dementieva as the overall winner. Being wrong on both points I would hate to jinx Williams and make her my new pick to win but, what the heck. After playing with consistency against Dementieva, Williams will carry that through to take the Australian Open.

With 3 semifinal matches now decided lets wait and see who will take the last to face Federer in the final.

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Quarterfinals Set At Aussie Open

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Here is how the ladies’ quarter final round will shape up:56568691

  • Marion Bartoli (France) v. Vera Zvonareva (Russia)
  • Dinara Safina (Russia) v. Jelena Dokic (Australia)
  • Carla Suarex Navarro (Spain) v. Elena Dementieva (Russia)
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) v. Serena Williams (U.S.)

For the gentlemen:

 

  • Rafael Nadal (Spain) v. Gilles Simon (France)
  • Fernando Verdasco (Spain) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)
  • Andy Roddick (U.S.) v. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
  • Juan Martin Del Potro v. Roger Federer (Switzerland)

 

My predictions- a Russian will win the women’s title and Federer will meet Nadal in the finals for the men.

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Balls Not Only Flying Objects at Open

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

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  • Flying Objects Part I    The biggest story of the day wasn’t a battle on the courts between two highly-disciplined, well-trained athletes. No, day six brought us a full-out ethnic scuffle between fans of Novak Djokovic and Amer Delic. Chairs, bottles and racial slurs were sent flying as the Serbian supporters of Djokovic and the Bosnian fans of Delic clashed just as the match wrapped up with Djokovic coming out victorious. One woman was hit in the head by a projectile chair but not seriously injured and police quickly got the ruffians under control.
  • Ana Ivanovic, one of our Hot Sporty Chicks, was ousted from the competition by Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova.
  • In the battle of brooding handsomeness Roger Federer came out ahead (on our list and on the court) over Marat Safin. After the match Safin remarked to reporters that this would likely be his last year of competition.
  • Everyone’s favorite American tennis star, Andy Roddick advanced to the next round.
     
  • Flying Objects Part II  The Williams’ sisters, Venus and Serena won their doubles match despite being distracted by a naked man (and no doubt his jiggly objects) dancing across the court. The nudie and his unmentionable parts were contained and arrested by police.

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Aussie Open Update

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Now into the 5th day of the Australian Open there have been some matches to note.

  • Venus Williams, 6th seed and reasonable contender for any tournament in which she participates, was ousted yesterday in a huge upset by Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. 2nd- seeded sister Serena is cruising along just fine up to this point.
  • One of our tennis hotties, Tommy Haas, has a tough draw in the next round as he’ll face 1st seeded, Rafael Nadal.
  • Speaking of our hottie picks, two of them are set to face off. Roger Federer and Marat Safin’s match may be one worth watching, if not for the tennis then for the eye-candy!

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Aussie Open Attractions

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Since the 2009 Australian Open is underway, I thought what better way to interest those of us who may not follow tennis closely in this event than by listing the hottest guys to swing a racket.

1. Andy Roddick (U.S., 26) So far, so good. The hottest guy on my list (and on many others according to my research) won in the 1st round.

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2. Roger Federer (Switzerland, 27) I had a tough time not putting Federer at the top of the list. Though not conventionally sexy, he looks like a man among boys both on the court and off! Not to mention he has pretty much ruled men’s tennis for the past 5 years or so. Hail to the king!

roger_federer 3. James Blake (U.S., 29) One word to sum up this NY native- yum!

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4. Lleyton Hewitt (Australia, 27) The only guy on the list to lose in the first round, the Aussie , is still recovering from a hip surgery (performed last August).

images5. Marat Safin (Russia, 28) This bad boy arrived at an competition earlier this month with a bandaged hand, two black eyes and a few cuts as a result of a fight in Moscow several weeks earlier. He is well known for emotional outbursts on the court and as of 2005 was thought to have broken about 300 rackets.

marat-safin-026. Tommy Haas (Germany, 30) The highest world ranking he reached was Number 2 in 2002, though he comes in a little lower on this list at number 6. He was also featured in the SI Swimsuit edition in 2003 looking mighty fine!

tommy-haas7. Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic, 23) The youngest of the top 7,  his gorgeous blue eyes got him on the list

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