Australian Open Tennis – Go Jo!

15 01 2008

Oz Open TennisJan 14-27 Melbourne, Australia – The Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific

Thus far the story-lines are exactly as you’d expect… the top seeds are winning, no real upsets thus far… tho’ already some of the lower-ranked seedings have departed.  As yet, the famed Melbourne heat hasn’t kicked in, and doesn’t look to for the next few days… but that sun’s hot!

Look out for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – the French Muhammad Ali look-a-like, who sent England’s Andy Murray home packing…

Of interest:

  • Robin Haase (Ned) defeated 17th seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia (6-7; 6-3; 6-0; 7-6)
  • 3rd seed Novak Djokovic (SRB) defeated Ben Becker (Ger) (6-0; 6-2; 7-6)
  • Richard Gasquet, the 8th seed from France defeated Australia’s Nick Lindahl (6-0; 6-1; 3-6; 6-2)
  • Juan Ignacio Chela, the 18th seed from Argentina lost to Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (4-6; 2-6; 6-1; 2-6)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France defeated the 9th seed, England’s Andy Murray (7-5; 6-4; 0-6; 7-6)
  • USA’s 6th-seeded Andy Roddick had little difficulty beating Czech Lukas Dlouhy (6-3; 6-4; 6-5)
  • Spain’s Carlos Moya (16th seed) departs after losing to Austria’s Stefan Koubek (7-6; 6-7; 7-5; 6-4)
  • 2nd seed Rafael Nadal easily accounted for Viktor Troicki (7-6; 7-5; 6-1)
  • 1st seeded Justine Henin (Bel) thrashed Aiko Nakamura of Japan (6-2; 6-2)
  • Russia’s Maria Sharapova (5th) defeated Jelena Kostanic Tosic (Cro) (6-4; 6-3)
  • Serena3rd seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia beat Austria’s Tamira Paszek in a drawn out match (2-6; 6-2; 12-10)
  • American 7th seed Serena Williams was just too strong for Australian Jarmila Gajdosov (6-3; 6-3)
  • Russia’s Anna Chakvetadze retired against German Andrea Petkovic
  • Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova (2nd seed) defeated Nathalie Dechy of France (6-3; 6-1)

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Top Sports Stories in Japan… (Sept 15)

15 09 2007

The lovely Reika ShiinaSaturday… and more World Cup Rugby tonight!

Life’s good…

Anyway – today’s top sports headlines in Japan are:





Top Sports Stories in Japan… (Sept 14)

14 09 2007

The delectable Sayaka AndoShowdown tonight – I’ll be watching England take on the South Africans!

Today’s sporting headlines in Japan:





Following suit: Tennis Gambling Scandal?

5 08 2007

Under suspicion - Nikolay DavydenkoPoland.

Top seeded Nikolay Davydenko retired injured against lowly-ranked Martin Vassallo, and the tennis world is alight with talks of scandal.
Officials are now investigating suspicious bets placed on the outcome of the match. British online betting agency Betfair have voided all bets on the game – an unprecedented move. It seems that they had an unusually high amount of money placed on the match – uh-oh…about $7million (more than 10 times the amount expected on a game like this) – and the vast majority of that cash was placed on… you guessed it: Vassallo. Betfair stated that even prior to the match beginning, they were concerned about the volume of bets being placed on Vassallo. In discussion with the ATP, Betfair decided to void all bets, and return stakes to bettors.

The situation is being investigated by ATP officials.

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Last of Strawberries & Cream – Roger wins…

9 07 2007

wimbledon.jpgSo, Rafael Nadal fails to make an impact off clay – and Roger wins his fifth consecutive title, equaling the legendary Bjorn Borg. The 7-6 (9/7), 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-2 victory was a veritable feast of tennis – and at three hours and 45 minutes, it was the third longest men’s single final in Wimbledon’s history. A thrilling climax to the sport’s premier event. Nadal was a worthy finalist, and anything but Federer’s best would have meant the Spaniard would’ve gone home the winner.

A fantastic way to end the tournament, congratulations to both Federer & Nadal, but in the end, there’s only one winner.

Federer’s Fifth consecutive Wimbledon win…

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Strawberries & Cream for VENUS!

8 07 2007

wimbledon.jpgVenus wins Wimbledon! Again! Game ended up being a bit of a whitewash, with Marion Bartoli never being in the running, losing 6-4, 6-1. Venus simply sizzled. This is the senior Williams sister’s 4th Wimbledon title.

The men’s final will be played today, between – guess who – Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal… gee, now there’s a surprise.

venus wins wimbledon… again!

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Sour Strawberries & Cream… Wimbledon updates

7 07 2007

wimbledon.jpgRODDICK’S GONE… Andy was eliminated in the quarters… and bye-bye Justine!

  • Roddick beaten by 12th seeded Richard Gasquet, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (2/7), 6-7 (3/7), 6-8
  • Marion Bartoli eliminated top seed Justine Henin, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
  • Venus keeps on rollin’… beating Ana Ivanovi 6-2, 6-4
  • Novak Djokovic beat Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (11/9), 6-7 (3/7), 4-6, 7-5

Venus wins again…

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