Archive for January, 2013

Gobsmacked at 120 degrees

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On court temperatures today at Rod Laver Arena are 120 degrees.  Perhaps that explains Maria Sharapova’s bodgy performance and stunning loss to China’s Li Na. At nearly 31 years old. Li Na will now be facing her second Australian Open Final since 2011. She will face reigning queen Victoria(ous) Azarenka who beat US teen phenom Sloane Stephens.

No one may have been more gobsmacked than Sloane herself as she beat idol Serena Williams yesterday in one of the biggest upsets of the Australian Open 2013. Despite Serena’s ankle and back injuries, she played on and when interviewed afterward, said she thought about retiring the match momentarily. She was more upset when she thought the reporter was asking if she was ready to retire her career however. She was quick and decisive with her answer.

The drama on the sheila’s side doesn’t overshadow the bloke’s semi finals however, and we’ll be awaiting the Djokovic/Ferrer match up next, but will there be any gobsmacking surprises there?

January 23, 2013 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

Australian Drought continues…

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Samatha Stosur is out in round two. The 28-year-old Aussie with the massive guns and the 2011 U.S. Open crown was Australia’s best chance at breaking the drought that has kept an Australian woman out of the winner’s circle at this event since 1978.

Stosur, the No. 9 seed, was playing Jie Zheng in her second round match and after splitting the first two sets, seemed to find her game and was rolling to the third round.  Up 5-2, Stosure was broken on her own serve, giving Zheng some hope. After Zheng held her own serve to get it to 5-4, Stosur again served for the match and a sigh of relief.  That service game and the one before it were eerily similar. Both times Stosur was up 30-15, two points away from the match, and both times she couldn’t pull it out.

Zheng broke her again, and after winning her service game, forced Stosur to serve to stay in the match. It ended, almost predictably, on a Stosur double-fault and Rod Laver Arena sounded like it was on mute.

Afterwards, Stosur admitted that she choked, telling reporters “At 5-2 up in the third, double break probably is a bit of a choke.”

As a sports fan, it was tough to watch. No matter the person you’re rooting for, the last thing you want is to see an athlete that can’t finish the job. As gritty as Zheng played in those final few games, it was Stosur that couldn’t find that final gear to close out her match.

And so the drought goes on….

January 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

Apple’s Best Commercial yet!

I like to dream about playing tennis like Venus and Serena, but maybe I should brush up on my ping pong skillz too!

January 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

WEDNESDAY WORD

Give her a little sugar!

Need a little post-holiday push? Give your partner (on court or off) a little Sugarpova Sporty Gumball treat from Swing Set Tennis!

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January 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment


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