Sets in the City - Tennis 2012 III

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Loves_Shizuka, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. topaz

    topaz Well-Known Member

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    So do you recall Serena's antics in 08, 09, 2010 or did you just forget/forgive her because she had a toe injury and an almost fatal illness? So you don't have an issue with Serena cursing out a lines person, insinuating to another player on the court that will kick her ass after the match and acting like a complete ass at 2010 and 2008 USO?
     
  2. topaz

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    Show me the Aussie crowd micmicking Maria? The aussie crowd started this behavior with Vika last year. I've never, never seen a crowd in the last 5 years mock Maria. Maria is supported and held up as an example for the sport by the tennis media.

    The aussie media consistently mentioned Vika's grunts last year. Yet they didn't ask questions about Maria's grunting in 2005, 2008, 2010.
     
  3. topaz

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    Oleada, you and I agree on Vika. She's a fighter. She is well liked in the lockeroom and friends with many of the players.

    Was the only one who read the doctor's statement that she had an injury. The doctor confirmed it.

    Vika has not displayed a pattern of abuse of the injury time out or bathroom breaks. She is no Justine Henin or Jennifer Capriati.
     
  4. Rottie

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    What a strange women's final. Poor Li had so much trouble with her footing, and then the fireworks are fun but they always result in a weird break in the flow of the match. When Azarenka broke down in sobs at the end of the final, you could see just how much it meant to her and how stressed out she'd been. Her treatment timeout in the semi may have been gamesmanship -- her "injury" might really have been panic/desperation -- but it was within the rules. Perhaps the rules should be changed. At least the first time Li fell, she was asking, "Are you okay?" She didn't need to do that.

    It was a toe-to-toe match because both women's styles are so similar, relying mostly on hitting with power from the baseline, and both had been playing pretty well. The men's match tonight may be a real barn burner for the same reason -- both guys have very similar games and have been playing really well! Hopefully no one will fall down. Will be rooting for Murray.
     
  5. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Bring Back The 6.0 System

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    Murray leads Djokovic 7-6, 2-1

    :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

    Andy's on course for his 2nd successive slam, but there is a long way to go in this match
     
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  6. Lorac

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    There is and Djokovic is now 2 sets to 1 up. Andy had an amazing chance at the start of the 2nd set to break Novak and maybe take the match by the scruff of its neck and couldn't do it and now Novak seems to be getting the upper hand. Let's see if Andy can dig deep and push this to 5.

    ETA: Novak just broke Andy in the 4th set - and he is looking remarkably fresh whereas Andy looks a little deflated!!

    ETA2: That's is - Novak wins his 3rd straight Aussie Open title -congrats to him :encore:
     
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  7. oleada

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    Wheeee! :cheer2:
    Novak wins his 3rd straight Aussie Open and 4th overall. I can't believe he has not lost his serve since the quarterfinal match :eek: That's really impressive. I'm glad he won - it would have fetl wrong if he wasn't holding a Slam!

    His ability to get himself out of holes is unparalleled, IMO.
     
  8. OnyxRose81

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    Congrats to Nole for the win and making history!
     
  9. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Bring Back The 6.0 System

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    Yes, Andy blew it - he would have won had he kept his level up from the 1st set and previous matches in the tournament. Congrats to Djokovic - he fights to the very end and that never say die attitude is what won it for him ultimately :fragile:
     
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  10. oleada

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    Djoko wasn't playing well at all in the beginning. If he had been playing well, Andy wouldn't have even won a set. In the third and fourth set he found his range and was hitting a lot more winners and playing much more confidently. :shuffle:
     
  11. Coco

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    Novak makes me have naughty thoughts, and I'm not even a huge fan! LOL

    Good for Murray for getting to the final, better luck next time.
     
  12. oleada

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    He has the most delicious looking thighs :swoon:

    He's so tall and even more handsome in person IMO, :swoon:
     
  13. duane

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    Novak is notorious for being a slow starter, so I wasn't at all surprised at this tentative 1st-set performance. I think even if Murray had broken Novak in the 1st game of the 2nd set and had won the set, Novak would have won the match in 5.

    Can't wait for Nadal's return! It will put a wrench in upcoming draws, as the top-3 may have to face him in the quarters!
     
  14. duane

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    He could walk in any runway show. He has the looks and the lean, muscular body. But I think Murray is sexier (I prefer unconventional good looks. ;) )
     
  15. Rottie

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    You could just see Murray shifting from offense back to defense. I bet Lendl smacks him.
     
  16. aidan

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    Because Serena is a great representative of good sportsmanship. :rolleyes: I have immense respect for her abilities and her GS record, but she's engaged in some ridiculous on-court antics throughout her career that have made her very unpopular outside of North America.

    IMO, after Justine Henin (don't even get me started on her), Serena represents the worst in on-court behaviour in the womens game.
     
  17. oleada

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    Just read a thread at Tennisforum, about how Li Na's mother thinks Na should start giving her grandkids and age 35 is the deadline. :rofl:

    I guess tennis mothers are like any other mothers.
     
  18. duane

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    Too funny! Sounds like Li Na's mom is a hoot like she is.
     
  19. judgejudy27

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    Serena's only poor instances of sportsmanship came at the U.S Open and they came AFTER:

    1. Being screwed out of a quarterfinal victory and possible U.S Open title by a series of the most ridiculous line calls and overrules in history in her U.S Open quarterfinal with Jennifer Capriati. Remember this match was THE reason the Challenge System was created.

    2. Dealing with fans from her own country cheering against her and her own sister relentlessly for years. The cause for that is a matter of conjecture, but it is something that would be upsetting to anyone.

    3. Being foot faulted on a huge point in her U.S Open semifinal. Since when has this ever happened on such a big point in such a big match to anyone but her.

    After dealing with all that, then the point penalty in the U.S Open final vs Stosur, another unheard of thing in such a big match for something so trivial, I would have a hard time keeping my cool as well.

    Serena is overall a class act and one of the most like players on the WTA tour. Hardly anyone has had a bad word to say about her. She plays with fire and determination, but she also is one of the friendliest and nicest women in the game today. She would never use the underhanded, manipulative, and plain outright cheating acts that Justine Henin used MANY times, or that Azarenka used at this Australian Open. One thing about Serena is even if her two U.S Open acts were not very classy, they were in no way related to cheating, Serena has never tried to actually cheat in a tennis match, not even the minor forms of cheating like strangely timed bathroom breaks, let alone the most glaring ones.
     
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  20. minuet

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    Just popping in to say YAY Canada! for moving into the quarters in Davis Cup for the first time ever! Hopefully we will not be underestimated anymore in intl. tennis. Kudos to Milos for his 2 wins, Frank for the match of his life on Friday to put us in the good spot and Vasek and Daniel for wearing out Granollers in the doubles, speculating the line-up change today.

    Awesome team! Hopefully they can play similar in April against Italy.
     
  21. aidan

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    Uhhhhh, thanks for proving my point. Her on-court antics show that she does not represent class or sportsmanship. And it has happened on more than one occasion.

    Rationalize Serena's behaviour if you want, but if you consider Serena to be an "overall class act" even after she threatens a linesperson screaming "I swear to God I’m [expletive] going to take this [expletive] ball and shove it down your [expletive] throat, you hear that? I swear to God.”, then I don't really know what to say to you....

    There is a difference between disputing a call and just being a nasty, threatening person, and Serena has crossed that line more than once. To put it in perspective, even Jon McEnroe said she should have been suspended for her on court behaviour!

    Amazing athlete - absolutely. Classy player - absolutely not.
     
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  22. orientalplane

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    Rafa takes the first step in his comeback today. I'm really intrigued to see how far he can go in his quest to return to the very top. I wish him well; much as I love Andy, Novak and Roger, the game's been the poorer for Rafa's absence.
     
  23. Rottie

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    Well, Rafa won his first double and first singles matches back. Fingers crossed for those knees!
     
  24. orientalplane

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    He says his knees have healed but he's still in constant pain. I wonder how much, if at all, this pain will be a factor in his big match comeback.
     
  25. BigB08822

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    Can you be fully healed and still in pain? Isn't pain your body's way of telling you something is wrong. I don't think this will end well for him.
     
  26. orientalplane

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    I'm not sure; I just read it in an interview. Maybe he's reluctant to say that he'll never be fully healed because it might give his opponents a psychological advantage. Time will tell.
     
  27. liv

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    Sending positive thoughts to rafa!!!!!

    I am sure his return will be a success, and he will fight for titles because of his skill and incredible fighting mentality, but only time will tell how long that body will be able to keep up to his bruising style of play. He might be mentally tougher than probably anyone on tour, but even that can't help you if the body is broken.
     
  28. OnyxRose81

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    Rafa won his second round singles match but my goodness, it was poor. If Gimeno-Traver wasn't such a choke artist who wastes break points, it could have been interesting. Rafa's movement was noticeably diminished and his return was horrendous. The forehand was good (a little bit deeper). All in all, he has a long way to go.
     
  29. Rottie

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    Nadal lost in the final to #7x Horacio Zeballos. It looks like the Brasil Open is next for him.
     
  30. ioana

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    Somewhat related (yes, it's a stretch) comeback news. Alexandra Dulgheru had surgery on both knees in early 2012. She finally came back in January, won a smaller tournament in Antalya, and made it past the first round in Cali as a wildcard yesterday. This was the same tournament she won last year, so its nice to see her back. Just wanted to share some good news re knee injury comebacks.

    http://www.wtatennis.com/completed-matches/tournamentId/3144/title/copa-bionaire