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Old January 11th, 2011, 08:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone else excited for the upcoming Australian Open?

Thankfully... my first class for school starts at 1pm so I can actually stay up to watch matches live in my comfortable bed.

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I like tennis, but not enough to stay up late and watch it till later rounds. What time do they air PST?
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Oh hell yea. I love watching Tennis.

I am def excited. Go Novak! And Zvonavera she is absolutely hilarious. You can bet I'll be watching her matches.. nothing like a few smashed up rackets to compliment the game of Tennis.
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oh hell yea. I love watching tennis.

I am def excited. Go novak! And zvonavera she is absolutely hilarious. You can bet i'll be watching her matches.. Nothing like a few smashed up rackets to compliment the game of tennis.
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I do like Grand Slam tennis. Although its highly predictable. Give me Nadal and Serena and you take the field for all of 2011 and I bet they win more than they dont and thats with Serena missing the Aussie. Federer seems to be more competitive versus Nadal in recent months. But Im expecting at least 2 slams from Rafa this year
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I think that there is no clear favorite to win the Australian Open from the women's side. It just feels so wide open and with Serena gone... not sure who will take the trophy this year. I'd have to say that my top five for the women's side are:

1. Kim Clijsters
2. Justine Henin
3. Venus Williams (great run at US Open losing to Clijsters in a final-worthy match)
4. Samantha Stosur
5. Vera Zvonareva (if she's mentally there and on her game)
5. Victoria Azarenka

Men's side:

1. Roger Federer
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Robin Soderling
4. Novak Djokovic
5. Tomas Berdych
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Yeah one of the Belgian girls are likely to take it. Also Im personally a fan of Fed but the fact remains Rafa just dominates him and its a mental thing now. Fed's best chance frankly is having Soderling or someone take him out before the final. I cannot see Fed beating Rafa in a GS final these days, even if that is my personal hope; Im too realistic
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I think that there is no clear favorite to win the Australian Open from the women's side. It just feels so wide open and with Serena gone... not sure who will take the trophy this year. I'd have to say that my top five for the women's side are:

1. Kim Clijsters
2. Justine Henin
3. Venus Williams (great run at US Open losing to Clijsters in a final-worthy match)
4. Samantha Stosur
5. Vera Zvonareva (if she's mentally there and on her game)
5. Victoria Azarenka

Men's side:

1. Roger Federer
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Robin Soderling
4. Novak Djokovic
5. Tomas Berdych

Sounds about right.. Id like to see Federer build on his legacy but a Nadal or Novak win would be fun too.. I haven't checked the brackets but if possible another Federer Nadal match would be epic.

I'm not too high on Venus though.

How could Serena still have that injury? She claimed she stepped on some glass and it was minor.. It's been months.

I don't buy her story one bit.
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Sounds about right.. Id like to see Federer build on his legacy but a Nadal or Novak win would be fun too.. I haven't checked the brackets but if possible another Federer Nadal match would be epic.

I'm not too high on Venus though.

How could Serena still have that injury? She claimed she stepped on some glass and it was minor.. It's been months.

I don't buy her story one bit.
It's really unpredictable whether or not Federer or Nadal will win. Djokovic on the other hand... never won against either of them in 2010. If Federer and Nadal are playing well, I can't see Djokovic having a great chance at winning. #1 and #2 are really at a higher caliber than the rest of the field. I think Soderling can give them more trouble than Djokovic can if he plays really well. He did win a smaller tournament so far this year.

I think Venus has a decent shot at winning the AO. She did have pretty good results last year. The thing that I just don't understand with her is that she's incredibly spotty. Most days she'll do really well... but there are those days where she just collapses (losing to Clijsters at Miami 1-6 2-6, losing to Rezai at Madrid 2-6 5-7, losing to Jankovic at Rome 0-6 1-6, and Pironkova at Wimbledon 2-6 3-6). So often, you think that she's going to go to the title and then suddenly she loses. She should've gone to the finals of Wimbledon last year.

I think also that Li Na should be looked at depending on how well she does against Clijsters at Sydney. She had great runs at AO and US Open last year getting to semifinals.
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Australian Open has begun tonight! Woohoo!
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Some decent tennis so far. Too many blow outs unfortunately. Would have been nice to see Lauren Davis do better.

A few memorable names kick off just in time around 6pm central/11 AM Aussy. Roddick, Novak, Venus, Sharapova, and Wozniacki. Hopefully a good match comes out of the 4 but I'll be watching.

And whats up with Beck retiring 2 games short of the match against Murray. That was really lame.
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Well looks like Fed wont be winning this year. That 5 setter suggests me to he aint all there this time. Man he was spraying some shots
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I missed it. I gotta wait till they start airing stuff at 10 pm
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Ivanovic.... nooooo!
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I hate Rafa with a passion. Why won't he just go away?
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Same reason Kobe wont or Jimmie Johnson in NASCAR [hows that for a cross sport analogy] when you're the best its too easy to hang around and collect titles
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Same reason Kobe wont or Jimmie Johnson in NASCAR [hows that for a cross sport analogy] when you're the best its too easy to hang around and collect titles

Well you started off well and had the right intention. Unfortunately driving a car in circles isn't a sport.
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Apparently ESPN only caters to the jobless.

Why do they air at 2pm and 10 pm? What the **** I know there is a time difference but they could at least try to put at least one day of Tennis on during Primetime for the majority of the country that actually works.

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Well you started off well and had the right intention. Unfortunately driving a car in circles isn't a sport.
Well whatever the point remains the same the dominant dominate then. Tiger hits a golf ball. Now whether golf is a sport or not, he dominates. Not sure we need to get into a debate on what defines a sport
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Well whatever the point remains the same the dominant dominate then. Tiger hits a golf ball. Now whether golf is a sport or not, he dominates. Not sure we need to get into a debate on what defines a sport

Ugh fine.. it would have been fun though!
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Ugh fine.. it would have been fun though!
OK what the heck even though maybe we should make it a different thread.
What defines a sport vs a game?
So like which of the following of these are sports:
Fishing
BullRiding
FigureSkating
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Billards
Surfing
All the X games stuff

jamor go ahead and make a thread if you really wanna get into it in a friendly way it would be a fun discussion debate actually
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Maria played a fantastic match tonight. I found myself cheering loudly every time she won a point in the 3rd set. lol First set wasn't too great but she really upped her game.

I am very surprised that Henin went out to Kuznetsova in the 3rd round... very unlike of her.

I hope that Venus can play well tonight at Melbourne vs. Petkovic even with that pelvic injury that she had in previous match. I really don't see her getting past Sharapova if she wins this match though due to that injury and against someone like Sharapova.

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I would consider them all to be sports. They're just classified differently when it comes to sports and have different requirements. For example in figure skating... artistry is a large component of the sport, while artistry doesn't matter at all in fishing. Bull riding has an essence of dealing with real danger while golf has virtually none (reason why so many old men and women can play). I think the differences really lie with the status of a sport, whether it be a prestigious, world-renowned, and well-respected sport like tennis or umm... NASCAR.
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Maria played a fantastic match tonight. I found myself cheering loudly every time she won a point in the 3rd set. lol First set wasn't too great but she really upped her game.

I am very surprised that Henin went out to Kuznetsova in the 3rd round... very unlike of her.

I hope that Venus can play well tonight at Melbourne vs. Petkovic even with that pelvic injury that she had in previous match. I really don't see her getting past Sharapova if she wins this match though due to that injury and against someone like Sharapova.

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I would consider them all to be sports. They're just classified differently when it comes to sports and have different requirements. For example in figure skating... artistry is a large component of the sport, while artistry doesn't matter at all in fishing. Bull riding has an essence of dealing with real danger while golf has virtually none (reason why so many old men and women can play). I think the differences really lie with the status of a sport, whether it be a prestigious, world-renowned, and well-respected sport like tennis or umm... NASCAR.
Well Venus is done due to injury. I was surprised by Henin too. Now I wonder if she will ever make it back to the top of the mountain. She ownz the clay so we'll see at the French if she can make it back all the way.

Also yeah sports is a pretty board term I suppose. To some fishing or skydiving or bodybuilding are sports and to others maybe not. I suppose thats why ESPN is not just SPN, the E is for Entertainment after all. Which Im sure is why they have X games and the hot dog eating contests and other wacky stuff like that
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Raonic made it to the third round, but will have a tough test against Youzhny. Only Canadian left in singles.

Marino played well against Schiavone, but eventually lost in extra games in the final set.

I wonder how well Nestor will do with his new partner Mirnyi. He may face his old partner, Zimonic in the semis.

I'm upset that Henin got knocked out. She's my favourite women singles player. At least my favourite mens player, Federer, is still in it. He had a scare against Simon, but managed to pull it out and handled Malisse fairly easily.

Although I want Federer to win, I don't mind it too much if Nadal wins and ends up holding all 4 Grand Slam titles at the same time since Laver. It would be a special moment.

I'm routing for a Clijsters-Wosniacki final.

I can't believe what has happened to Safina. I didn't think the could beat Clijsters, but did not expect to lose both sets at love.
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Yeah. I agree with the Clijsters Safina match. Safina was just quite awful. Im not sure where she is in her mind right now. I remember there was a lot of debate whether or not she deserved the number one ranking above Serena before and well... she really didn't deserve it. Now Wozniacki needs to win a major to really prove that she really deserves the top ranking too.
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Raonic defeated Youzhny to advance to the 4th round to face Ferrer.
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Its on topic for tennis, maybe slight OT for this thread but: Will Venus Williams ever win a Grand Slam again? I dont know that she will. I mean she'll never win the French. Wimbledon is her best chance at 30+ Im not so sure anymore. I honestly would have to vote no she wont/cant. Especially not when lil sis returns
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Its on topic for tennis, maybe slight OT for this thread but: Will Venus Williams ever win a Grand Slam again? I dont know that she will. I mean she'll never win the French. Wimbledon is her best chance at 30+ Im not so sure anymore. I honestly would have to vote no she wont/cant. Especially not when lil sis returns
I would not count her out just yet. Women's tennis is very wide open right now. Venus has not dropped out of that top tier of players yet. Serena is still the best player, but not by a huge margin.
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Raonic had a great run and ran into a great returner in Ferrer who can handle Raonic's power. Raonic still has some holes in his game. He's still young and can improve.
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I would not count her out just yet. Women's tennis is very wide open right now. Venus has not dropped out of that top tier of players yet. Serena is still the best player, but not by a huge margin.
Just to play devils advocate you wanna quantify that. I mean she has not won a GS other than Wimbledon in 10 years. Never will win the French thats pretty obvious and even the hard courts dont look like here strong suit anymore. Sure she is or maybe was the queen of grass but Serena looks most dominant on grass now. So at best IMO venus has this and maybe next years Wimbledon's and thats it. I dont even know if she will make the semi's outside of Wimbledon again
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Just to play devils advocate you wanna quantify that. I mean she has not won a GS other than Wimbledon in 10 years. Never will win the French thats pretty obvious and even the hard courts dont look like here strong suit anymore. Sure she is or maybe was the queen of grass but Serena looks most dominant on grass now. So at best IMO venus has this and maybe next years Wimbledon's and thats it. I dont even know if she will make the semi's outside of Wimbledon again
Guess I was thinking of the French open where there's been different champions the past few years. Perhas I should have checked up on the stats first. I'm trying to remember who beat Serena in last year's US Open. I think Clijsters beat her in 09. I thought someone else beat hear in 10. As for grass, Serena seems to have surpassed Venus. I think Venus did manage to meet Serena in the last two Wimbledons at least.
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Raonic had a great run and ran into a great returner in Ferrer who can handle Raonic's power. Raonic still has some holes in his game. He's still young and can improve.


But you're right, with the right training and some more experience, this kid will be a top 10 contender. He's got the skill, now he just needs to know how to harness it and use it effectively.
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Good open so far.

Was really hoping the Italian would beat Wozniacki.
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I would consider them all to be sports. They're just classified differently when it comes to sports and have different requirements. For example in figure skating... artistry is a large component of the sport, while artistry doesn't matter at all in fishing. Bull riding has an essence of dealing with real danger while golf has virtually none (reason why so many old men and women can play). I think the differences really lie with the status of a sport, whether it be a prestigious, world-renowned, and well-respected sport like tennis or umm... NASCAR.
It's tough. If you take it by definition, as you said, any activity that you turn into a competition is technically a sport since you could argue that any activity puts stress on both the mind and body and could be turned into a competition.

I have to agree that it simply varies by reputation and prestige.

I guess when I say NASCAR isn't a sport, since by definition it is, I'm really just announcing my dislike for it.
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Was really hoping the Italian would beat Wozniacki.
Yeeech. Women's tennis is as much about the technical skill as it is about watching the bouncing breasts. I would much rather see a Wozniaki vs. Sharapova matchup, over and over again.... hah. That Schiavone is one ugly lady.
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Yeeech. Women's tennis is as much about the technical skill as it is about watching the bouncing breasts. I would much rather see a Wozniaki vs. Sharapova matchup, over and over again.... hah. That Schiavone is one ugly lady.

LOL. True. But I'm 50% Italian so I'd rather see a Tally beat a Dane.

BTW Wozniacki has put on a few pounds.. I don't see how that is possible being #1 in the most fit sport in the country.. but she still looks good.
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Am I the only one that absolutely hates Pam Shriver? She never shuts up and blabbers about whatever comes to the top of her empty head. Her analysis is so weak.

She is SO annoying I can't watch a match anymore when she announces.
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Its on topic for tennis, maybe slight OT for this thread but: Will Venus Williams ever win a Grand Slam again? I dont know that she will. I mean she'll never win the French. Wimbledon is her best chance at 30+ Im not so sure anymore. I honestly would have to vote no she wont/cant. Especially not when lil sis returns
It all depends on her health. She needs to recover from this injury as quickly as possible and get match play in before the grand slams. Her last 3 tournaments were Australian Open, US Open, and Wimbledon. If she's healthy... she definitely still has a chance at winning another major. I think she would've been in the draw still if she didn't have that unfortunate injury. She is definitely a fighter and honorable that she tried to play against Petkovic.

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I was REALLY hoping that Schiavone would win against Wozniacki. She played such a long and great match versus Kuznetsova and was playing well against Wozniacki for the first set and half of the 2nd set. She is fun to watch and definitely played some amazing points against Wozniacki. I personally am not a fan of Wozniacki, even though she is #1. She is just so boring to watch because it's like watching a ball machine/backboard play and that's never exciting. I don't remember any points on where she amazed me but Schiavone on the other hand... especially against those match points... awesome. She definitely deserves her nickname... La Lionessa.
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It all depends on her health. She needs to recover from this injury as quickly as possible and get match play in before the grand slams. Her last 3 tournaments were Australian Open, US Open, and Wimbledon. If she's healthy... she definitely still has a chance at winning another major. I think she would've been in the draw still if she didn't have that unfortunate injury. She is definitely a fighter and honorable that she tried to play against Petkovic.

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I was REALLY hoping that Schiavone would win against Wozniacki. She played such a long and great match versus Kuznetsova and was playing well against Wozniacki for the first set and half of the 2nd set. She is fun to watch and definitely played some amazing points against Wozniacki. I personally am not a fan of Wozniacki, even though she is #1. She is just so boring to watch because it's like watching a ball machine/backboard play and that's never exciting. I don't remember any points on where she amazed me but Schiavone on the other hand... especially against those match points... awesome. She definitely deserves her nickname... La Lionessa.
I'd still ask prognosticators to name the GS you think she will win if she ever wins again. IMO I'll give her 20% on Wimbledon 2011 and 10% Wimbledon 2012 and 0% anything else, ever.
Im not anti-Venus by any means just realistic.

Back on topic I think Im pulling for Na Li, though the winner is surely going to be the Clijsters Zvonareva winner methinks
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Clijsters is my favourite womens player among those remaining (now that Henin is out). I would like to see Li Na win her first GS though.

On the mens side, I'm going for Federer now that Raonic is out. I think that Nadal will take it though. Idealy I would like to see a Federer-Nadal final. Either way it will be historic with either Federer adding to his record GS titles or Nadal being the second player ever to hold all 4 GS titles at the same time in the Open era.
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I'm really pulling for Zvonareva she is my favorite. I think I have a thing for mentally unstable chicks.
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I'd still ask prognosticators to name the GS you think she will win if she ever wins again. IMO I'll give her 20% on Wimbledon 2011 and 10% Wimbledon 2012 and 0% anything else, ever.
Im not anti-Venus by any means just realistic.

Back on topic I think Im pulling for Na Li, though the winner is surely going to be the Clijsters Zvonareva winner methinks
She did make the SF and played a tough, well-played match versus Kim Clijsters, so you can't consider her done. If she's healthy, in shape, and match tough... she's still very dangerous. I can see her winning another Wimbledon, even with Serena there. French Open... probably not.
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She did make the SF and played a tough, well-played match versus Kim Clijsters, so you can't consider her done. If she's healthy, in shape, and match tough... she's still very dangerous. I can see her winning another Wimbledon, even with Serena there. French Open... probably not.
Yeah but there is a chasm from being a semi-finalist and being a GS winner. At least thats what Andy Murray told me
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WOW, Nadal is out and done and clearly wasnt well physically. Old Fed better grab this title while he can
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Nadal is out! What a shocker. It's unfortunate that he is injured again. I respect him for trying to fight through the injury rather than retire. I only hope that he did not make the injury a lot worse by trying to play through it.
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Faker Nadal cheats Ferrer out of a moment that he will never get back.
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