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not quite poetry in motion, but it’ll do for now

January 19, 2009

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While we usually marvel at Roger Federer’s sublime forehand, his footwork and pin-point accurate serves, the often-overlooked and little-discussed quality that has lifted his game above other players is his consistency. Unfortunately, that seems to be deserting him more frequently these days. It was evident in his opening match at the Australian Open against Italy’s […]

tennis’ shifting dynamics

January 29, 2008

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What an exciting start the Australian Open has been for the new tennis season. New stars were born and some of the established stars faced rude shocks during the past two weeks. Yet, what a ride it had been for fans, for so many fabulous reasons. Despite all the drama, it’s only the beginning of […]

tsonga tsunami ends, but only just

January 27, 2008

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Not a good day to be making predictions today. Both my picks for totally different contests fell through. First, Senator Hillary Clinton lost the South Carolina primary elections, as she earned just under half of the votes of the overwhelming winner, Senator Barack Obama. But as the Democratic presidential nomination showdown heads into Super Duper […]

over to you, tsonga!

January 25, 2008

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Novak Djokovic finally held his nerve in a big game and beat a glum-looking, his-heart-is-not-in-it Roger Federer, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in the semi-final of the Australian Open. Now my money is truly on France’s surprise breakout player, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, to win it all in Sunday’s final. (Photo from Panaromic) What an exciting match it […]

blimey! tsonga stuns nadal

January 24, 2008

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Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has done it again, continuing on his extraordinary run in the Australian Open by upsetting world number two Rafael Nadal in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. (photo by The Age)  In a superb display of flawless serving (17 aces), fearless net play and blistering winners (49 versus 13 from Nadal), the unseeded […]

remember this name – jo-wilfried tsonga

January 24, 2008

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It has been a while since I actually felt joy while watching tennis. The emotions that come to mind are more like excitement and admiration, or even boredom at times. But joy was a new dimension that entered my tennis lexicon the other night I watched Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga take apart his compatriot Richard Gasquet […]

maria marches on

January 24, 2008

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If I had paid to watch the Australian Open semi-final match between Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic in Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, I would have demanded my money back. It was hardly worthy of being a semi-final match, being so woefully lackluster and one-sided. Sharapova was simply superb, but unfortunately, Jankovic was not giving her […]