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battle of the best

Posted: July 7, 2013 in personal, sports, tennis
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I hate disappointments.  I hate the feeling of a broken heart. So I am preparing myself for the worst. Tonight is the Men’s Finals at the most prestigious tennis championships – the Wimbledon.  It’s going to be a contest between the top 2 players right now – Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.  I believe in Novak’s talent and I support him with all my heart, which is why I am distancing myself from this match and preparing my heart to accept that tonight, Britain might have its first ever Wimbledon Champion since Fred Perry via Andy.  The time is right. He is as prepared as he can be.  Everyone is behind him and probably invoking the support of all gods for his win.

In my heart of hearts, I desperately want Novak to win.  Even as I type this post, I cannot help but pray that he really ends up the champion.  But I don’t wanna get my hopes up and have them extinguished later on. Yes, anything can happen. But the pessimist in me is overactive right now and has been buzzing in my ear, telling me that Andy will win. I am giving in but still not letting go.


It was a shocking Wimbledon this year so far, to say the least.  The first day alone brought out a lot of ‘Oh my God’s’ as reaction to Nadal’s first round elimination courtesy of a relatively unknown player ranked past 100.  The second round was even more outrageous as seven former world number ones got eliminated – Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Viktoria Azarenka, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic and Lleyton Hewitt.  Each day, a number of seeded players fall until only but a few remained standing to face the second week in SW 19. Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radswanka, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro were able to avoid the plague that seemed to befall the top seeds.  But not for long.

Serena faltered against Sabine Lisicki in the round of 16. Agnieszka prevailed against Li Na in their quarterfinal match while Kvitova wasn’t able to vanquish the momentum of Kirsten Flipkens.  Only four women now remain – Lisicki vs Radswanka and Bartoli vs Flipkens.

On the men’s side, Novak remains standing in the last four, his 13th consecutive appearance in a grand slam semifinals.  Del Potro beat fourth seed Ferrer and Jerzy Janowicz awaits the winner between Andy and Fernando Verdasco.

Just four more days til the end of Wimbledon 2013.  Surely, there will be a new women’s champion and she is a grand slam virgin. Djokovic is the only Wimbledon champion left so he’s outnumbered.  But Del Potro and Murray have both hoisted a US Open trophy.

Tomorrow is another day and with what has happened so far, nothing is certain. All we can do is wait and witness the story unfold.

US OPEN 2012

Posted: September 11, 2012 in tennis
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Congratulations Andy Murray, the 2012 US Open Champion, the first British Grand Slam champion in 76 years!

I am a Nole fan myself but you deserve this!


The New Tennis #1

Posted: September 4, 2012 in fun, technology, tennis

Federer, Djokovic, Nadal or Murray are no match to the shotmaking of new tennis hotshot Aangron! Aangron has swept his way to the new world #1!

Haha. I wish this was real life. But it’s just a game, an iphone game called VirtuaTennis available for $0.99 at the app store. 🙂 It’s really exciting and as interactive as an iphone game can get!



He is not yet number 1 but for 2011, he might as well be.  Novak Djokovic remains undefeated for 20 straight matches dating back to his wins in the Davis Cup last December, which helped his country, Serbia bag the Davis Cup trophy.

Novak Djokovic is currently the reigning Australian Open Champion defeating Roger Federer in the semi-finals and Andy Muraay in the finals, both in straight sets.  He met Roger Federer again in Dubai, beating him in straight sets.

Last week, the first ATP 1000 event was contested in Indian Wells.  The number 2 spot on the ATP rankings was on the line.  Roger Federer was able to play well enough to be able to defend his ranking, going into the semis without dropping a set.  Djokovic was not to be outdone.  He came into the semis also with a flawless set record, dropping only 6 games en route, the lowest ever going into the semis of an ATP 1000 tournament.  (more…)


I have decided to abstain from twitter for a while.  Since I joined in September of last year, I think I have spent more and more time with it that I barely have time for other things.  I will try for 30 days to not tweet at all.  But cold turkey may not be the best for me because I do recognize the fact that the temptation is massive and I may not be able to resist it.  To remedy that, I am giving myself a maximum of 5 tweets for those 30 days!

Because I am now abstaining from twitter, I need an outlet for the daily roller coaster of emotions that I feel.  I was looking for a widget or something similar where I could “tweet” or share tiny tidbits of information and emotion but couldn’t find one so I am just going to post them here – an assortment of  topics in one single entry.


The Roger’s Cup in Toronto is coming to an end.  Nadal lost to Murray in straight sets in the top half semis while Federer beat Novak in 3 sets in the bottom half.  This means that Federer will be back to the number 2 ranking by Monday.  This is very good news for Federer fans, me included, because the US open is just a few weeks from now and if the rankings hold, then Federer won’t meet Rafa until the finals.  However, with Murray’s aggressiveness intensifying, he could upset either Fed or Rafa (as he did yesterday) halting a Fed-Rafa US open final.

Globe Iphone 3G

I planned on turning my Iphone 3G on for 30 days and see how much my phone bill would be at the end of the month.  I am on the fourth day today but with twitter abstinence, I wouldn’t need the 3G as much anymore.  So I am re-thinking this plan if there is still a need for it.  Actually, come to think of it, this is quite a stupid endeavor. LOL!


I’ve been dancing a lot lately in preparation for a dance competition this September.  The practices are usually a couple of hours long.  The routine is not simple but not that difficult either.  It however involves the core muscles a lot which exacerbated my chronic low back pain.  Yesterday was the most intense of the practices so far lasting for 6 hours.  After the practice, I could barely move.  I wanted to just lie down and sleep for eternity.  A massage would have been heavenly!  When I woke up this morning, it took me a while to be able to get up.  All my muscles were tensed and my back was especially sore.  Cold compress, stretching and NSAIDS and I might get that massage!

ATP and WTA rankings

Posted: July 7, 2010 in tennis
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The new rankings for both men’s and women’s tennis are out and the Serbians are moving up!

In WTA, Serena, by successfully defending her Wimbledon crown (not that the outcome would have an effect on the rankings this week), maintains her number 1 ranking.  2009 Wimbledon finalist Venus Williams slides down to number 4 when she reached just the Wimbledon quarterfinals this year.  Jelena Jankovic improves her showing at the Wimbledon by 1 round which boosted her rankings by one as well, up to number 2 in the world.  Serena is all alone at the top, her points far from Jankovic (~2500 points) while 2, 3 and 4 (Jelena, Caroline Wozniacki and Venus) are separated by merely hundreds of points.

Roger Federer is out of the top 2 spot for the first time in almost 7 years by virtue of his quarterfinal loss.  It is also the first time in 7 years that he is not in the Wimbledon final!  Rafael Nadal cements himself in number 1 by winning the French and the Wimbledon back-to-back especially since he lost early in the French and did not play in Wimbledon last year.  Roger lost a lot of points by not successfully defending both the French and Wimbledon, losing in the quarterfinals in both slams.  Novak Djokovic climbs up to number 2, edging Federer by just 20 points!

For the complete rankings visit the ATP and WTA sites.