Posted: January 14th, 2013 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Andy Roddick, ATP: Australian Open, ATP: Grigor Dimitrov, ATP: Juan Monaco, ATP: Julien Benneteau, ATP: Nicolas Almagro, ATP: Novak Djokovic, WTA, WTA: Ana Ivanovic, WTA: Australian Open, WTA: Daniela Hantuchova, WTA: Maria Sharapova, WTA: Mona Barthel, WTA: Samantha Stosur, WTA: Venus Williams | No Comments »
The first day of a slam. It’s all so exciting and you make plans that it’s going to be such a fun and relaxed day of tennis-watching. Two hours go by and suddenly everything is happening at the same time, you can’t keep up and it is now super stressful. We fumble with our keyboards trying to flip streams because Twitter said a good match is going on at Court 18. What if it ends up becoming an epic? No one wants to miss out on an epic. *fumble* *fumble* *bufferiiiiiiing…* “Goddamnit!” Also, World No. 547 is leading the 12th seed over on MCA. “Wait, he was but not anymore? Is my stream delayed?” No. 22 is getting routined over at 4. Your sometimes favorite is in a deciding set against some dangerous floater. There’s an upset alert on Hise… RaaaaaaaaaahIlovetennis!
I tried to absorb as much as I could on Day 1 of the Australian Open. I tried so hard that my brain was starting to tap out before the day session ended then nodded off 2 games into the Hewitt-Tipsarvic match. WEAK. In no particular order, here’s what I remember most about the first day:
- You don’t engage in a long rally with a “rusty” Maria Sharapova because she’ll come alive.
- Venus Williams is looking sharp early on and is on course to meet Sharapova in the 3rd round.
- Sam Stosur won her first match of the year! Phew.
- Agree with Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic is still good at tennis.
- Patrick McEnroe’s seemingly ridiculous prediction almost came true. That’s what you get for laughing, tennis world. And me, too.
- Grigor Dimitrov flames out to veteran, Julian Benneteau. Kid still has a lot of work to do on the tennis court. *winkyfaceemoji*
- What happened, Juan Monaco? And who is Andrey Kuznetsov?
- Sad we won’t be seeing more of Mona Barthel’s wide array of outfits.
- Ana Ivanovic scored a good win over Melinda Czink.
- Yung-Jan Chan def Daniela Hantuchova 6-1, 1-6, 6-1. Yeeeaaaap, this is Dani’s life these days.
I’m sure I’m forgetting a few notable matches/results because I don’t think this is even 1/4 of the Day 1 happenings. Aaah! Let’s do it again!
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Posted: June 18th, 2012 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Grigor Dimitrov, Tennis Thoughts | No Comments »
Spectator: “That must be a new move to reduce the risk of cramping.”
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Posted: March 19th, 2012 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Alexandr Dolgopolov, ATP: Andy Murray, ATP: Andy Roddick, ATP: Grigor Dimitrov, ATP: Rafael Nadal, WTA, WTA: Agnieszka Radwanska, WTA: Caroline Wozniacki, WTA: Maria Sharapova, WTA: Marion Bartoli, WTA: Na Li, WTA: Petra Kvitova, WTA: Samantha Stosur, WTA: Victoria Azarenka | No Comments »
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These are mostly videos I missed (or have bookmarked and forgot to share) while I was having too much fun in Indian Wells.
Who knew Rafa was a prankster?! Also, Muzz, JOHNNY BRAVO??? Really?
Best. Video. Ever.
Grisha and Dolly both want to “hit” the same racket. It’s hilarious…ly awkward.
Caro pulled a (fail) prank on Masha. I think after their quality time in MSG, Caro thought they were buds. Yikes. Sorry, high fives are not available at this time.
Speaking of Masha, do you ever wonder what goes on in her head when she’s posing for photos at her $ponsors’ events? Creep, wonder no more.
Guys, meet Andy Rocket. He says things like, “blah blah blah,” to be funny. I think.
Posted: August 29th, 2011 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Grigor Dimitrov, ATP: US Open | No Comments »
Grigor Dimitrov showing his bending abilities and his back side during his first round match against Gael Monfils today. Happythankyoumoreplease, Getty.
Posted: January 18th, 2011 | Author: Maria | Filed under: ATP, ATP: Australian Open, ATP: Fernando Verdasco, ATP: Gilles Simon, ATP: Grigor Dimitrov, ATP: Janko Tipsarevic, ATP: Juan Monaco, ATP: Nicolas Mahut, ATP: Robin Haase, ATP: Roger Federer, ATP: Stanislas Wawrinka, ATP: Viktor Troicki, WTA, WTA: Andrea Petkovic, WTA: Australian Open, WTA: Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, WTA: Caroline Wozniacki, WTA: Francesca Schiavone, WTA: Jelena Dokic, WTA: Maria Sharapova, WTA: Vania King | No Comments »
A lot of exciting matches on tap for Day 3. And by exciting I mean there will be a lot of pretty people, sweaty pretty people. There are also your usual suspects; Roger Federer, Justine Henin, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic are all scheduled to play.
So, anyway, about the pretty. In these two matches, they’ll come from both sides of the net.
- Janko Tipsarevic vs Fernando Verdasco 
- Robin Haase vs Juan Monaco 
And then the rest of them. Some are pretty hot others are just pretty hot messes *cough*BZS & Stan*cough*.
- Jelena Dokic vs Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
BZS is so painfully entertaining to watch. Let’s see how she’ll handle the Aussie crowd who’ll be behind Jelena.
- Gilles Simon vs Roger Federer 
Roger has never beaten Gilles in two tries. That will most likely change today. Come on, Gilles, channel your inner 2008.
- Caroline Wozniacki  vs Vania King
Get it, Long Beach.
- Virginie Razzano vs Maria Sharapova 
Get it, Manhattan Beach.
- Rebecca Marino vs Francesca Schiavone 
Very interested to see how Rebecca will handle an injured Franny. She can pull the upset if plays like how she did in that US Open first set against Vee.
- Stanislas Wawrinka  vs Grigor Dimitrov
Show him the door, Kid. Can you also somehow take your shirt off in the process?
- Anne Keothavong vs Andrea Petkovic 
I just wanted to say, AKO vs Petko.
- Viktor Troicki  vs Nicolas Mahut
One of the few times where I’ll root for the other guy. But I wish you both a good match. Butreallygovik.
Complete Day 3 schedule here.
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