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Ten Things to take away from the Grand Slams of 2009

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

1) Tennis talk can be used in every day life. When you want to demonstrate that the impossible has been achieved, the new phrase “Pulling a Soderling” will now do nicely. This was born from Robin Soderling’s extraordinary defeat of Rafael Nadal early on in the French Open.

You get that deal that no-one in the office thought you could clinch, and announce it to them all with a cry of ‘I pulled a Soderling!’

England win the Ashes in the cricket “Gerry, England won! Those guys pulled a Soderling!” (no, I have no idea who Gerry is)

“Robin Soderling pulls a Soderling to get through to the semi-finals!”

oh, wait….

2) Watching tennis is bloody tiring. One minute they’re in Australia, the next they’re in France, then they’re in England, then they were in America. In between that, they’re visiting a whole host of other countries. We can’t keep up with all these time zones, I have no idea how the players cope. The French Open and Wimbledon aren’t so bad for us Europeans, but I went a bit doo-lally trying to keep awake to watch matches in the first and last grand slams. I need my sleep, and trying to concentrate on a tiny ball zipping from one side of a court to the other whilst sleep-deprived is not good for one’s mind….

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The Quarters are done….finally

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

So it’s not just Wimbledon that’s blighted with the rain. In fact, Wimbledon should be feeling quite smug about itself. Of course now they have the upper hand with a retractable roof, but they have always had sheeting which ball boys and girls were trained to pull across the court the minute rain disrupted play. At Flushing Meadows, they have a bunch of hand towels – probably borrowed from the locker rooms. I can imagine that is a pretty thankless job.

So Day 12 never really happened, a complete day of tennis stricken from the event as the rain continued to pour. Still, there’s a doozey of a semi-final along the way for both the men’s and women’s side of things.

Roger Federer vs. Novak DjokovicThis was set up by two relatively straight forward matches. Roger Federer had a bit of a scare in this third set against Robin Soderling, but all in all he appeared his usual calm, collected self. He took the first set 6-0 and the next 6-3, as Soderling struggled to get into any swing. The third set blip was a 6-7 (6-8) loss in the tiebreak. Soderling gave the Swiss world no. 1 nothing in the fourth and what was to be final set. Roger Federer clinched it 7-7 (8-6), and it seemed that ordered was restored.


Novak Djokovic had an up-and-down performance against Fernando Verdasco. Both decked out in a colour that c more »


Some nuggets from the week gone by

Thursday, July 30th, 2009


It appears as though Maria Sharapova is getting back into her swing. Sharapova beat world No. 10 Nadia Petrova, although ‘beat’ may be a bit of an understatement. The word ‘thrashed’ has been thrown around with some justification: 6-1, 6-2. She has now reached the quarter-finals of the Bank of the West Classic in California. The Russian has been steadily improving since her long absence from the sport after a shoulder injury; this includes slowly climbing the rankings. She’s now ranked 62nd. This match, number 17, was also only her second successful one in the time since her return.

Elena Dementieva, Daniel Hantuchova and Samantha Stosur also made their way through to the quarter finals at Stanford, California.

Sharapova goes on to play the winner of the Venus Williams vs. Alla Kudryavts more »


Tennis News from the back of the back pages

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

To actually find anything in the mainstream newspapers or online about tennis results at this time of year, you have to do a bit of digging. I turned through page upon page about other sport stories; the golf US Open and the number of hip replacements between them; the Ashes tournament where England finally managed to beat the Aussies at Lords for the first time since the sport was invented; and it was even eclipsed by Steven Gerard allegedly elbowing a guy in the face.

But finally I found the tennis news. Wedged in the bottom corner between all of the other stories,

For starters, Robin Soderling overcame Juan Monaco of Argentine to win the Swedish Open title 6-3, 7-6. It was obviously an emotion win for the Swede; he claimed after his win that he wouldn’t have traded the win in his home country at Bastad for any of the Grand Slams.

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Youngest Sister Takes The Title

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Serena Williams powered through both her sister and many people’s expectations to become Wimbledon Women’s Champion 2009. It was the fourth time she had met her sister in the final, and the third time she has taken the title after winning in 2002 and 2003.

Serena put an end to Venus’ hold on the title and her bid to get it for a third consecutive year.

It wasn’t exactly the most enthralling final to be played out at Wimbledon, but an entertaining match nonetheless. Lots of fuss was made over which celebrities, past superstars of the sport and royal dignitaries had turned up to watch them (if anyone was interested, the most impressive faces in the royal box today were Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child fame, and Ben Stiller. How…American). There was strong suspicions that they had already etched Williams onto the honours board and were just waiting to fill out the all important first name to distinguish between the two (makes sense).

Still, the first set was taken to a tie-break, as both sisters responded to everything the oth more »