Posts Tagged ‘Wimbledon’

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.

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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.

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.

wimbledon-induced insomnia

Posted: July 5, 2010 in personal, tennis, tv
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I have been sleepless for three weeks now.  The first week because of too much internet, the two succeeding weeks because of the third tennis grand slam of the year – the Wimbledon.

Manila is 7 hours ahead of England.  Play at Wimbledon usually starts at 1pm (8pm Manila time) and goes on til around 9 or 10 pm (4-5am Manila time).  I follow the matches of a lot of the tennis players – Maria Sharapova, Justine Henin, Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Kim Clijsters, Jelena Jankovic, Serena and Venus Williams, and a lot more., which means sitting in front of my TV and laptop til the wee hours of the morning.  This goes on for the entire two weeks.  Some nights end earlier than others.  It all depends on the “tightness” of the match.

During the early rounds, I usually get to sleep a lot earlier since my favorite players just breeze through.  But this Wimbledon is different.  A lot of the players I root for had trouble even in the first round.  Take for instance THE Roger Federer.  He was down 2 sets to love before winning his match.  How could I not watch that match?  Almost the same thing happened to Novak and a lot of the other top players.  I would not get a good night’s sleep not knowing if my players survived.

But not all exciting matches happen with top players involved.  The most memorable Wimbledon match this year will probably be the John Isner – Nicolas Mahut match which lasted for more than 10 hours in a span of three days.  It is by far and for a loooong time will be, the longest tennis match in history.

Today marks the end of my insomnia, at least the Wimbledon-induced kind.  As expected, Serena defended her crown.  Thanks to her tenacity as well as the brilliance of some of the rising players who took out the likes of Kim Clijsters, Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams.  Roger, perhaps due to the very early scare lasted only until the quarterfinals this year, unable to hold his own against the inspired Tomas Berdych.  Novak and Murray, the number 3 and 4 seeds were no match against the eventual finalists Nadal and Berdych.  In the end, it was Nadal who raised the trophy, for the second time in Wimbledon and 9th grand slam in total.

It’ll be a long while before the next slam, the US open.  I would have to be extra resourceful that time because my cable provider has limited channels.  But for now, my bed awaits me.  I am hoping to get a restful sleep tonight, thanks to the effects of GSM blue and gatorade!

my horoscope

Posted: June 24, 2010 in personal, tennis
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I have been up til the wee hours of the morning for the past week then up early for work.  And this will go on til Sunday next week, end of Wimbledon.  The matches have been great so far and the length of the matches are just a testament to the quality of players that both ATP and WTA have.  The match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut last night, although not shown on Philippine TV, kept me awake.  I was following it through live score updates from the Wimbledon site and through the commentaries of various tennis players I follow on twitter.  Bob Bryan and Andy Roddick in particular have very funny takes on the match.

I have been living the life of a zombie so far and have been going to work dizzy and uber sleepy.  Even my horoscope says that I should be wary of insomnia. Ha!  Here’s what it says exactly:

You’ll probably have original, unusual ideas in more than one field; hurry to exploit them. In your work, don’t hesitate to take some audacious initiatives. Risk of insomnia: go without stimulants and eat lightly in the evening. It will be necessary to establish a tailor-cut budget and adhere to it at all costs. The stars will help you solve your small difficulties on the affective plane; the misunderstandings between you and your partner will be rapidly dispelled, and your amorous sky will become sunny again.

It says eat lightly in the evening and I’ve been doing the exact opposite – heavy dinners and midnight snacks!  Potato chips, chocolates, pop corn and fruit shake.  =)

Breaking Records

Posted: June 24, 2010 in tennis
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After more than 10 hours of play, the match between Nicolas Mahut and John Isner has been halted due to darkness.  So far, a lot of records have already been broken by this still ongoing match.

The record for the most number of aces served in a single match is held by Ivo Karlovic and stands at 78.  Isner has 98 so far and Mahut has 94.

The record for the longest Wimbledon match is at 6 hours and 9 minutes.  The record for the longest tennis match is at 6 hours and 33 minutes.  I have already stated earlier how long the Isner-Mahut match has gone so far but to emphasize, the final set alone has been played for 7 hours and 6 minutes so far.  So far!  This match at court 18 will resume at 330om Thursday.

The record for the longest match in terms of games played is 122.  The fifth set so far has gone on for 118 games.  They went to tiebreak for the 3rd and 4th.  That’s an additional 26 more games.  The first set was 6-4 and the second was 6-3 – 19 more games bringing the total to 163 games so far.  Again, so far!

Here’s a summary of the match statistics so far, taken from the Wimbledon website.

Unbelievable, record-breaking match!

I can only say ‘WHOA!’  The more impressive thing actually is the size of the bladder of everyone involved in the match.  How many times have the players gone to the toilet to pee? Or the umpire?  Or the linesmen?  And ball boys?  And they probably have stomachs of steel, too.  10 hours and no food?  Amazing!

I am all for breaking the records. The geek in me loves all those numbers and comparisons!  So I really want them to make it to at least 100 games each in the fifth set!  Hahahaha…That would be something else!

Update: June 25

Isner wins 70-68 and delivers 112 aces! Will he still have the stamina or the strength for his upcoming matches?