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Li Na wins her first major title at French in 2011

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It’s nice to report a first Grand Slam title for a tennis woman who has tried so hard.  Li Na beat Schiavone in two sets with a 7-0 tiebreak in the final set. I think that she is 29. She beat Sharapova and Azerenka on the way to the title. No mean feat!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/06/04 at 15:43

Andy Roddick won his last tournament 4 years ago

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Andy Roddick on the opening day of the 2009 US...
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The amazing thing to my mind is that he seemed so low key in his verbal reaction and body language. This time he had to deal with a lesser opponent, Thomas Berdych and not Federer or Nadal.He beat Nadal in the semis, while Roger F was losing to another player.

It seems that his new coach has had a lot to do with the overall improvement of his game and court tactics. More power to them both.

But can Roddick come through in a grand slam event? That’ll be the big question this win begs.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/04/11 at 01:08

I like to watch tennis matches between top players

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w:Rafael Nadal Listening to Uncle Toni’s Advice.
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But there are times while I am watching a match that I wonder why so much technology and expensive TV time is given over to a game. Some times the players don’t seem as focused as I like to think they should be. Those are the times when I wonder about the “meaning of pro tennis“. Do I watch to see which player will dominate to win? Do I watch because some famous rich players can be beaten and then I get some sort of psychic satisfaction, even if my life is not changed one iota by the results of a match in a major tennis event?

Murray beat Nadal last night quite soundly in Melbourne at the Australian Open. The article in the NY Times mentions that after that match “questions linger” about Nadal’s ability to win the “big ones” after recovering from a major knee injury. Do I watch because I want to see how this kind of sports drama plays out? How one player finds the energy and determination on a given day to beat the other? How even world class players can have good and bad days “on the job”, or find it such a challenge to regain their playing confidence after serious injury?

Maybe I like to watch the special drama of individuals playing at their best to see which one can find the way to beat the other and that’s entertaining!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/01/26 at 07:16

André Agassi admits to use of meth

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There seem to be so many startling and interesting things to talk/blog about these days. I can safely say that I’m not suprised that he did it and now writes about it. André was always such an interesting tennis champion and player. In so many he seems an interesting man with a life full of philanthropy for kids things and his home town of Las Vegas.

 

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/10/28 at 06:54

Not many tennis fans will forget this image of a belligerent Serena Williams at the 2009 US Open semi-final match with Clisters

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Belligerent in a lost cause entirely of her own making. She was losing the tennis match and she lost her tennis focus when she was called on a foot fault by a linesperson a point away from Matchpoint for her opponent, Kim Clisters.

I have often felt put off by her excessive “exuberence” when she scored a big point or won a big match. Her in your face manners didn’t seem to fit the game of tennis. But then the game today is marked by very vocal grunts/groans and a lot of excessive on court celebration. That’s part of the “winner take all” culture we live in. So be it.

But I don’t think many will interpret Serena‘s manifestly violent gestures and words to that linesperson in a very friendly way. Her mother and coach apparently felt that it was OK for Serena to say what she had to when she thought something wrong was happening to her. I think that in a week when a white Congress Rep shouted “You lie” during a presidential speech, it is very sad and very regrettable that a black tennis player should misbehave so badly in full public view and earshot.

Racism has all kinds of sides, doesn’t it. Did Serena’s highly vituperative reaction to this linesperson’s call on her have anything to do with the fact that she was manifestly an Asian American? Go figure!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/13 at 07:11

Federer and Nadal get bounced from Rogers Cup ATP tourney in Montreal

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I think that the Rogers Cup is living up to its rep of being a venue for up and coming tennis pros. The two top guys have been put down. I saw Nadal on TV the other night and he looked shaky, especially when he was getting ready to serve. And he didn’t seem so ready to chase down every ball. I guess the condition of his knees gives him a reason to throttle his power game.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/15 at 06:33

Nadal, Djokovic and Federer are back and in Montreal for the Rogers Cup

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It does seem peculiar that they should all choose this tournament to make their return to pro tennis. On the evidence of their two first games I would say that Roger Federer is ready to play but Nadal looks shaky. Rafy is the defending champion.

My own impression is that he will not repeat and his chances for the US Open don’t impress me!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/13 at 08:38