Repost: Sunday Tennis Wrap Up


 

I can’t be bothered reposting everything from the old blog, so here’s the final repost – from last Sunday, some thoughts on a week in tennis.

 

 

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28/09/08

 

What appeared to be seemingly uneventful week in tennis turned out to be a little more dramatic than usual. So here are a few thoughts on the week, since I am totally procrastinating on an essay I’m supposed to be writing. 

 

 

Players of the Week

 

 

Jo-Willy Tsonga, Mr. Float-like-a-butterfly-sting-like-a-bee, wins his first career title in Thailand. Sounds pretty obscure? Yet he pulls off an absolute thrashing of Gael Monfils and then a straight sets win (though much closer) over Novak Djokovic, avenging his loss in the Australian Open. To top it all off, a serve and volley off a second serve on match point en route to his first title. Gotta love his play, big serve, beautiful forehand, the occasional jaw-dropping volley. The guy takes risks, and deals with its consequences beautifully. Allez! (finds yet another bandwagon)

 

Jo-Willy Tsonga

Jo-Willy Tsonga wins his first ATP title over Novak Djokovic in a rematch of their Australian Open final.

 

Dudi Sela from Israel, one of the biggest surprises of the week, played some groovy tennis to make it into the finals of the China Open, and did not make it easy for Roddick in their 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 final. The match stats actually showed he had more winners, but just failed to come through at the right moments. Love this photo of him, very ernest face. We celebrate our Federers and Nadals, but sometimes we also celebrate our Selas. 

 

 

Dudi Sela

Dudi Sela makes his first ATP final to lose to Roddick in 3 sets.

 

Yes, and Andy Roddick wins his second (?) title of the year. Not a smooth run for him, but considering the fate of other top seeds, namely Ferrer and Gasquet, he’s got plenty to smile about. And thumbs up for his generosity to the Szechuan Earthquake victims. Roddick is a better sportsman than most people give him credit for.

 

 

Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick wins his second title of the year.

 

 

 

 

Very sad to see Sam Stosur lose in 3 setter (2-6, 6-1, 6-4), the match was much closer than the scoreline would indicate, but she’s done a very good job of recovering from her illness, and had some success in doubles tennis. 

 

On a lighter note, how good does MariKiri look in her Stella McCartney (Adidas) dress? She’d give Sharapova a run for her money in the fashion department. 

 

 

Maria Kirilenko wins her 3rd title of the year.

Maria Kirilenko wins her 3rd title of the year.

 

Mentioning Sharapova, she’s officially out for the season. I miss her grunts. Women’s tennis is not the same without those high pitched vocal chords. 

 

Jelena Jankovic takes a step towards righting her 2-4 H2H with Kuznetsova, with a well-deserved and convincing victory also in Beijing. She’s been playing her best tennis ever since the US Open, and has put herself within 21 points of Serena Williams, which makes Stuttgart (where they’ll both be playing) very intriguing. Thumbs up from me for the good tennis, and general funkiness of this girl. 

 

 

And some quick mentions to finish off a post that’s getting a little long: 

 

I wouldn’t mind seeing a bit more of Zheng Jie in some upcoming tournaments. This girl’s headed for the top 20, mark my words. Cool, calm and collected. 

 

Richard Gasquet makes me want to pull out my hair. But that’s the fun in rooting for him. 

 

Novak Djokovic hasn’t won a title since Rome, lost the last 3 finals he’s been in, what’s up with him? Maybe just losing it a little? 

 

I’ve heard the gossip, I’ve had pictures shoved in front of me, but if you haven’t seen it already, Rafael Nadal’s naked butt is the hottest thing since Paris Hilton’s porn tape. I wouldn’t mind seeing Roger do a bit of skinny dipping himself, but hey, that’s just me. 

 

Cibulkova’s growing on me, Ivanovic is not. 

 

Mentioning Ivanovic, what’s going on with her and Verdasco. Something’s brewing.

 

Ivanovic and Verdasco

Ivanovic and Verdasco

 

Ivanovic & Verdasco getting cozy

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