Nadal, Ferrer Advance, Murray Meets Raonic In Barcelona; Wozniacki Hammered In Stuttgart
by Staff | April 26th, 2012, 11:08 pm
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In a match we missed out on in Miami, Andy Murray will finally get his first look at Milos Raonic tomorrow on the clay at Barcelona. Raonic, a virtual newbie on the red stuff, took out veteran Spanish dirtballer Nicolas Almagro in style 6-3, 6-3.

Murray, who’s shown progress on the clay, also appears to be in form after destroying Santiago Giraldo 6-1, 6-2.

“It’s going to be completely different to today,” Murray said of playing Raonic. “He’s obviously got a huge serve and a very good game. He can obviously dictate the match, so you need to make sure you play a solid match. There’s a chance that he’s going to give you the odd opportunity by making mistakes and you need to be ready to take that.”

Raonic has never beaten a Top 5 ranked player (0-4) with his highest career ranking win coming over a No. 9 (three times). And rare has a Canadian scored such a high ranking win on clay.

Rafael Nadal continued his domination on his favorite surface cruising to his 31st straight victory in Barcelona after pounding Colombian qualifier Robert Farah 6-2, 6-3.

“I look back on two great weeks and am very happy about my victory,” said Nadal who wins his 18th straight on clay. “All matches will be very difficult from now on as all players are specialists on clay.”

On Friday in the quarterfinals Nadal will play Janko Tipsarevic. Also, Spanish No. 2 David Ferrer meets countryman Feliciano Lopez and former champion Fernando Verdasco takes on Kei Nishikori.

In Stuttgart, the local Germans went 2-2 on the day. Rising star Angelique Kerber pulled the win of the afternoon hammering former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 6-2.

“It was a very perfect match,” Kerber said. “Caroline is a great player, a Top 10 player and No.1 in January, so to beat her twice in the last two weeks gives me a lot of confidence. It doesn’t matter if I’m playing on hard or clay, I feel very good on both surfaces. And I feel very good here. The crowd is unbelievable.”

Mona Barthel was also a winner, beating Marion Bartoli while former champion Julia Goerges fell to Sam Stosur.

Andrea Petkovic’s injury woes continued Thursday when the former Top 10er turned her ankle down 6-4, 4-4 to World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.

“My ankle swelled up as soon as I twisted it,” said Petkovic who had already missed three month of the season because of a back injury. “I don’t know how bad it is at the moment, but we are checking the ligaments for any damage. Right now I’m just icing it and then tomorrow I will have an MRI and a CT.”

PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX
Friday, April 27, 2012
Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Li Na
2. Victoria Azarenka vs. Mona Barthel
3. Samantha Stosur vs. Maria Sharapova (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Angelique Kerber vs. Petra Kvitova (NB 20.00hrs)

BARCELONA
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
[11] M Raonic (CAN) vs [2] A Murray (GBR)
[7] F Lopez (ESP) vs [3] D Ferrer (ESP)
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [5] J Tipsarevic (SRB)
[9] F Verdasco (ESP) vs [8] K Nishikori (JPN)


Also Check Out:
Nadal Wins 500th Career Match, Meets Ferrer for Barcelona Title Sunday
Nadal Cruises To 30th Straight Barcelona Win, Almagro Meets Raonic Thursday; Retirements Hit WTA Stuttgart
Nadal’s Clay Campaign Shifts To Spain, Murray Wins; Wozniacki Faces Jankovic In Stuttgart
Nadal Seeks 7th Barcelona Crown Sunday Against Ferrer; Azarenka v Sharapova In Scream-y Stuttgart Final
Raonic Rockets Past Murray, Now Gets Ferrer At Barcelona; Nadal Unstoppable?

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87 Comments for Nadal, Ferrer Advance, Murray Meets Raonic In Barcelona; Wozniacki Hammered In Stuttgart

jane Says:

Crap, why do Murray and Milos have to be first thing, i.e., at 3:30 am my time?


Mark @ Tennisopolis Says:

Ferrer is looking so strong right now – well everything but that second serve. I don’t think he will have any probs with Feliciano.


skeezerweezer Says:

^lol until he meets The Beast


Borg Says:

Why they are playing this tournament ? They can automatically give the trophy to Rafa instead of wasting their time. Such is my man’s dominance on Clay and come Madrid, Rome and Rolland Garros, Rafa will be holding all the five together. There is none who can stand against Rafa on clay. Even the so-called Greatest has been beaten black and blue (12-2). Now over to Rafa for his 48th trophy collection.


Alex Says:

Murray, sounds a little bit apprehensive about taking on Raonic.


Colin Says:

Murray isn’t apprehensive. He’s just being realistic – as he always is.
Raonic may have the power to hit through Andy, but (fingers crossed!)I doubt if he has the cunning at this stage. Berdych, remember, has been around some years longer than the Canadian.
It’s not really worth bothering to reply to nonsense like that spouted above by Borg, but I’ll dispose of him quickly with one short phrase: “Accidents happen”. Rafa’s knee could flare up again – it would hardly be news if it did. He could catch a virus. Hell, he could be struck by lightning, as could anyone.For the millionth time – nobody, repeat nobody, can predict the future. Then, of course, there is the point that “they” are holding the tournament because they want the money people are paying to watch it. Sheesh!
The one safe prediction is that in a hundred years time we’ll all be dead.


alison hodge Says:

lol Great post Colin,completely agree the one thing we can all predict is that we can all predict nothing,and what happened with Berdych is in the past now,Andy needs to look to the future and thats his game with Raonic lol,(sorry no pun intended),as a fan of Rafa as well as Andy i hope that the knees dont flare up again,but like you say you never know,anyway Andys getting better on clay so maybe its his time to shine,so time will tell bring it on.


Mark Says:

@Colin. Can u b any more morbid???? Pfft


Wog boy Says:

Canadian Billy the Kid is serving for the match!


Wog boy Says:

Andy is fighting back!


Colin Says:

Well, Mark, I didn’t invent the well-known saying: only two things are certain in this world – death and taxes. To judge by that obnoxious textspeak (“u b”)you must think your time is really valuable as you’re going to die quite soon.


dari Says:

Ok, so Milken took out Andy m in two?!
Happy for Milos, but Andy has GOT to find a way to beat these guys. Will watch the match maybe later


serbian hammer Says:

Andy Murray is punching bag for big hitters.Raonic well done for crushing Muray.


serbian hammer Says:

Murray should take a seat while Raonic is serving,its not like he is doing something on the court.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Amazing! What a win for Raonic! His biggest scalp yet, and on clay.

So much for the hype of Murray being a legit challenger on clay- based on one or two close losses last year. Here’s a rule of thumb: if your entire hope for a player’s success is due to a promising loss, don’t bet the house (see Verdasco, F.)

A hugely successful tourney for Raonic. If he can have a few more wins in Rome and Madrid, perhaps he can break the top 16 for the French. Well done Another Game For!


Brando Says:

This CONFIRMS it for me- Murray isn’t a contender on clay at all. There are too MANY players who can take him out- and beat him in straights. FACTS are that he has NEVER reached a clay final- let alone win one- never reached the SF at Madrid, hamburg or Barcelona. His notable achievements are SF at FO, Rome and MC. Closer inspection of his FO draw will make clear that he was LUCKY to do so. Yes, he’s taken a set off nadal and djokovic, but IMHO that was more due to them not being at ther best rather than Murray being brilliant. Long story short, I cannot see him threatening any of the big 3 on clay!


Aravind Says:

I think we have to give the credit today to Raonic. It is hard to see how this kid cannot win a grandslam someday. He has such a big weapon in his serve(got so many free points against a returner of Murray’s class on CLAY!!). Also it is great to see how much composure he has. He was broken serving for the match by missing some overheads. He could’ve easily lost his composure and the set. What does he do? Stays calm, plays to his strengths and wins the tie break. Watch out for Milos in the next year or two. He is going to win some big tournaments in the years to come.


skeezerweezer Says:

He’s baaacck. Milos, who stunned everyone a little over a year ago and then got injured and forgotten is back contending. Has anyone noticed we are getting some monster servers back in the game? Just in the nick of time to save the world from Pong.


Brando Says:

WOW- had a quick look at murray’s results on clay and found that his 2 best wins- against the toughest possible opposition- on clay were: davydenko and Simon- both in MC. So BAR those 2 he has NEVER WON against a big name on clay at all in his entire career. I like andy, world no.4 he is- BUT on clay he’s not even top 8 for me. The likes of nadal, federer, djokovic, ferrer, del potro, berdych, almagro, isner are ALL better than him IMHO. Possible others to. He’s qtr finals material at best on clay- and IF hw gets further it’s due to luck!


Brando Says:

Madrid is DO or DIE for murray IMHO on clay for this season. That court in theory should suit him more than any other on clay since it does play like a hard court. He needs to the SF stages to at least show some progress on clay.


jane Says:

Happy for Milos – this is a big win for him. But disappointed for/in Murray. I really thought there was a good chance of a Murray vs Rafa final here.


Wog boy Says:

Brando,

Don’t you think that Murray played better on the clay last year without Lendl than this year with Lendl?

Lopez is playing good, one set up against Ferrer!


Kimmi Says:

Milosh!!!


Kimmi Says:

radwanska is beating the big hitters nowadays. good for her.


Wog boy Says:

Lopez is playing really, really good. Can he keep it up against pitbull Ferrer?


Wog boy Says:

Andrea Petkovic is out for three months;(


Brando Says:

@wog boy: yes- at least his results say that! IMHO a coach is somewhat overrated when it comes to the top players. Lendl can give all the help in the world to Murray but he CANNOT play the match or win it for him. Would federer, nadal, djokovic have been successful W/O their coaches? IMHO yes. I personally feel andy is making the most out of his ability- it’s just there are 3 guys who are plain and simple better than him at their best. Their is NOTHING Lendl can do to change that FACT. Maybe sad for murray but true IMHO


Gordo Says:

A great win for Milos. If he can win against the Ferrer/Lopez winner tomorrow he will crack the top 20 for the first time.

Also, maybe it is about time we started saying Milo has the right stuff, instead of saying whoever he beats doesn’t.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Milos definitely has the right stuff. He has beaten enough top 16 players to know he belongs there, and he’s certainly looking threatening to break the top ten. Wouldn’t you pick his coming years over Isner, Fish or Tipsarevic?
If he can contend at a slam this year, I’ll be thrilled but I am really hoping for a top ten finish. A trip to the WTF would be great, to really see him against top players over and over.


Mark Says:

@Colin do u know what? I wish the same 4 u. My wishes always come true!!!


Humble Rafa Says:

My ankle swelled up as soon as I twisted it,” “I don’t know how bad it is at the moment, but we are checking the ligaments for any damage. Right now I’m just icing it and then tomorrow I will have an MRI and a CT.”

I want to make sure that you understand that the injury does not involve me. Someone else.


grendel Says:

It’s natural to wonder who can knock the king off his perch – or perhaps we should say triple king. They’re so far ahead of anyone else. You acknowledge this and love or hate them as the case may be, you keep looking round the corner all the same, anxious to spot the potential kingslayer.

These come and go with alarming rapidity. A del Potro here, a Murray there, formidable in their way but never quite convincing. The youngsters can be fun to watch, – Tomic, Nishikori, Dimitrov, all great entertainers, and one of them, probably Tomic, will likely win a slam one day. But there’s been no stranger knight waiting on the brow of the hill, about to burst into the tournament and sweep aside all comers.

At least, so I thought until today. I was vaguely prejudiced against Raonic. All serve and nothing sort of thing. And with strange porcine features, too. But for me, he was a revelation against Murray. So far as the serve is concerned, my suspicion is that he will turn out to have the most devastating serve since Sampras. His ground strokes were consistently penetrating, powerful and not without subtlety – some of his angles were quite unexpected.

As several posters have noted, he has great composure. And you have the feeling he is learning on the job. This is a young man who is, I think, at least on the tennis court, conscious of his destiny. It’s like he knows he has – not everything, like Sampras he lacks the pretty strokes (but perhaps he’ll surprise us one day) – but the right weapons to do the job. He merely has to master himself; the rest will follow.

This is the man I expect to be challenging Nadal and Djokovic within a year or so.


Brando Says:

@Grendel: nice post and glad to see you back. I do agree re raonic- BUT I think del potro is the one to ultimately challenge nadal and djokovic. He’s been consistent this year, but also unlucky as he keeps on facing federer in later stages. For me he also has a bette game than raonic/ isner.


racquet Says:

^^Also, maybe it is about time we started saying Milo has the right stuff, instead of saying whoever he beats doesn’t.

Bravo! A voice of reason. Occasionally the best returners are going to be taken out by big servers, even on their better surfaces (i.e. Nole at IW, Fed at DC). I really don’t see the point of trashing the losers or second guessing their coaching arrangements.


alison hodge Says:

Rafas playing great so far but tipsy not doing much to worry him ATM,i have to say its nice to hear the commontators using words like exquisite,effortless,finnesse such words not normally associated with Rafa,its usually fighter,warrior,beast,which IMO i find a bit annoying and also a bit patronising, sometimes as its not exactly giving him much credit for been the great tennis player that he is.


jamie Says:

Definetely betting on Federer to win Wimbledon. Murray is a spaz.


Brando Says:

Murray’s mentality is TOO WEAK to let him win his first slam at home.


jamie Says:

I don’t know why the psychic told me Murray will win a slam this year for sure. He will win it. Either Wimbledon or USO. She is really good at predicting slams…

Don’t see it anywhere. Not with that FH and that bottler mentality in finals. He needs to stop pushing, so passive sometimes.

Unless he gets a clown draw all the way to the finals of the USO(a mug in the QF and SF) and plays Del Potro who is a very easy matchup for him in the final.


alison hodge Says:

^if your pyschics not carefull then she could end up with egg on her face.^


grendel Says:

Brando – Isner has become formidable, and is a nice outside bet for winning a slam. We know what del Potro can do, what we don’t know is whether he can ever do it again.
Murray is hard to categorise in the mental stakes,imo. He’s gritty, he seems to rather like battling from behind. But he is all too inclined to deliver an unaccountably weak shot at a fairly important moment (say, 15-30). That’s a little hard to fathom.
Except on those rare occasions when his complex game is absolutely on, he doesn’t give the impression of a confident and forceful player. He seems to need to thrive on the mistakes of his opponents – a dangerous reliance if they are not forthcoming. Whereas the great players seem to play almost without reference to their opponents, except insofar as they represent problems to be overcome.

I think Raonic is like that. It’s only a hunch of mine, based on laughably little evidence I admit, but I see him as a champion in the making.


jamie Says:

@alison

Indeed. Predicting Murray winning a slam is very risky! LOL.


Humble Rafa Says:

Disappointed with Mr. Lady Forehand. Choking must reserved for big events. Losing to Milos is unpardonable.


Alex Says:

@jamie

Del Potro is not an easy match up for anyone.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Murray doesn’t ever win a slam. Other players, like Todd Martin, probably could have won a slam but weren’t able to come through in the critical moments.

And Murray’s losing to Milos Raonic, doesn’t surprise me that much. Raonic, is a young player with tremendous potential. I think he’s going to win a slam at some point and it may be very soon.


marrisv Says:

“@Brando – Yes, he’s taken a set off nadal and djokovic, but IMHO that was more due to them not being at ther best rather than Murray being brilliant.”

I watched both of these matches. Murray played exceptionally well in both these matches and especially the match in Rome. He played with an injured elbow in Monte carlo and went after his shotsand played aggressive. If his injury didn’t flare up in the third he would have run the third set close.

As for Rome SF- it was one of the top 3 matches of last year. After getting a breadstick in the first set, he again went after his shots and was an absolute classic from then on.

For me, Murray has got all the tools . He can hit the cover of the ball if he wants to but needs to consistently bring it in big matches.


Kimberly Says:

I know WTA not the preferred topic around here but Stuttgart having some thrilling matches. Sharapova I think saved match point v stosur and barthel azarenka tough match. I’m in Disney so I can only follow the score lines!


carlo Says:

Well, not that I’m ever against Milos, but I can hardly stand Andy Murray losing to Milos. It was awful he lost to G-lo and Berdych. I have hopes of him beating Nadal, Federer and at one GS, maybe No1e, even.

Been working, so haven’t didn’t watch a match today. But Murray losing makes me sad. He can do better on clay. Though Milos does have the mind-set and the talent to be top 10 and challenge anyone, if he can minimize all the injuries.

Nishikori had to retire. I’m thrilled, it’s a Verdasco v Nadal semi. Well, I hope Raonic can make the final, even if it will be a clay lesson from the King of Clay.

Bucharest special update for Skeezer: Qualifier Attila Balazs has made the semi-final and will face fabulous Fabio. Personally setting my alarm for that one, seriously. And dear Gilles is looking on track to get a title, if he can make it past Bachinger.

All the big names made it to the semi in Stuttgart, except Petra. Might try to find a quick link for that match. Score looks tight with Kerber – I still don’t know Kerber. Go Petra!


carlo Says:

oh i need an edit button or at least read my post before ‘submit’


Dan Martin Says:

http://tennisabides.com/2012/04/27/wertheim-raonic-and-other-thoughts/ A few thoughts on Raonic plus a comment that got a response from Wertheim


Wog boy Says:

I will go to WTA, remember the name Barthel. We are going to hear much more about this girl in future. I was watching third set Lopez-Ferrer and changed to check Azarenka- Barthel and stayed to watch them. She, Barthel, is such material, soft hands and yet lot of power. I have never watched her before but I loved what I saw, I really do.
I couldnt stay awake for Nadal and Tipsy and that was my aim. I fell asleep on the couch, again:( Looking at the result it was prrety easy for Rafa. It would be nice to have Rafa-Milos final for a change, I don’t think Milos can win but we can see how Rafa plays against Milos, high bounce etc.


grendel Says:

Murray is a player who can induce feelings of sadness, hard to say quite why. I was watching the way the skin crinkled up at the back of his neck as he stretched out to serve. I was reminded of the passing of time.


dari Says:

Dan, I read the mailbag and I saw that a couple days ago and wondered if that was you, it is a good point

I only saw live.scores today, but think I may have some of the stuttgart on dvr. Looks like some very tough, tense atches, hope the quality was high as well


Wog boy Says:

Of the topic,
Djole Djokovic is playing qualification at the Serbia Open. I am curious and I wish I can see him, just to find out wheather he has any chance of making it on tennis circuit. I was of opinion that they would be better of (Marko and Djole) if they chose different sport.


carlo Says:

grendel

“I was watching the way the skin crinkled up at the back of his neck as he stretched out to serve. I was reminded of the passing of time.”

Never noticed. But I’m curious to see that, since you’ve planted it in my mind.

Maybe this losing and losing is all part of the strategy: smart not to grind it out with Ferrer and Nadal in a Barcelona 500, and save his energy for Madrid, Rome, and FO.


carlo Says:

I just saw that Wog boy. Hoping Djordje can get through qualifying so I can stream him in the main draw. Usually no links for qualifying.

Marko in the main draw too. But no Filip Krajinovic anywhere. Wondering if he’s injured again?


carlo Says:

Had a look at Serbian Open draws. No draws out yet for Munich and Estoril but looked over the player lists. Delpo in Estoril caught my eye. Tsonga in Munich. But no Monfils anywhere again.


Wog boy Says:

Carlo,
Actually I saw that too, but I thought it was my TV or I had one too many:)
After Grendel pointed out I feel better.


carlo Says:

lol, Wog boy.

Crinkled neck skin makes me sad – Andy’s too young.


Kimberly Says:

I think delpo is defending estoril no?


Wog boy Says:

“I feel better” meaning I saw it and I wasn’t seeing the things, not that I feel better because Andy has crinckled skin.
Just to clarify .


carlo Says:

Delpo. yes. He’ll try, I guess. But I’m not feeling good about it. Couldn’t find Dolgopolov anywhere. Ah, not my evening, Kimberly. Car bill has me cranky.

Countdown to Madrid and Giro d’ Italia – May will get exciting.


carlo Says:

I knew what you meant, Wog boy. And to clarify, i’m not an ageist, it’s just that Andy is too young for “turkey neck.”


Kimberly Says:

Cheer up Carlo, I’m In Disney World. Exhausted. Bad food. Hyped up kids, waking up early to go to the theme parks in the mor ing then espn wide world of sports to watch the heat playoff game v. The Knicks. Will follow tennis live scores. Draws next wkinds think will be kind of weak. Think it’s a mistake for anyone to play three weeks in a row anyway. Wonder why delpo is doing it. I guess it’s only really a mistake if you go deep in all theee


carlo Says:

You are a good mom. These are good memories for them. Over-priced bad food at Disneyland was all there was. But never been to Disney World – has to be about the same. And the long waiting in lines…but it’s worth it for your boys to remember.

Feel like Delpo will ditch out early and won’t push it. But I haven’t looked at what he’s defending in Madrid and Rome. hm, have to go look it up.


carlo Says:

Okay, it’s all gravy. Delpo might try to defend Estoril (guessing) but if he doesn’t, he doesn’t have that many points to defend in Madrid, didn’t play Rome and only 90 points at FO. The big guy just needs to stay healthy.


V Blacklabel Says:

Hey all, I’m in Barcelona for the tourney and will be in Madrid too. Here’s a link to my story on todays matches: http://www.blacklabeltennis.com/2012/04/blt-en-espana-barcelona-qf-thoughts.html

As well as more of my best pics from today: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.352944661428452.85170.179512635438323&type=1


Kimberly Says:

He will gain points over the clay court season I am sure. By Wimbledon he will be top 7. How much farther than that can he go? I am not sure, top 5 maybe? Don’t expect much from him on grass, prob similar to last year, and after that who knows. I don’t think he will end the year number 1,2,3 or 4 but who knows. I’ve always thought he was overrated a little. But maybe the jokes on me.

Disneyworld is like Disneyland only bigger, hotter, and more crowded. My kids are in heaven meanwhile, I am trying not to lose weight but the food is so disgusting and expensive I can’t get motivated to eat anything.


carlo Says:

Not going to discuss Juan Martin del Potro :(

I always hope for him, like I do Murray. All I’ll say is this: if Delpo can be top 8 and make WTF, I’ll be satisfied.

Eat a corn dog, come on…just close your eyes, pretend it’s something healthy, yum. (i know you are vegan) :D


skeezerweezer Says:

WARNING..off topic….

Disneyland

Love the place. Can’t go to Disneyworld or I may never go back to Disneyland.
Food. Well, you think the food is bad there now…should a been there 10 years ago, lol. Now…it seems almost gourmet. There are plenty of places to get salads and semi healthy stuff there…but hey your in Disneyland…who doesn’t want a Corn Dog, carmel apple and Mickey Mouse pancakes…c’mon? Don’t worry about gaining weight, you wind up walking a zillion miles ( double with kids )…unless you eat and sit….walk a little then eat and sit….repeat….

Crowds….get fastpasses…the only way to go. And don’t forget to catch Captain EO( Hee Hee! ), Star Tours, Indiana Jones, Space Mountain, and my childhood fav…Peter Pan.

Back to Tennis….


Kimberly Says:

The u should be satisfied because I feel certain he will do that (finish top 8 and make and seriously compete at WTF). Murray will stay at 4 until he does something to raise his game when it counts or his game completely and unexpectedly falls apart and someone else catches fire and passes him. And the crazy thing is its so hard to predict anything other than the status quo until change happens and the it seems so obvious.

Yeah, I won’t even eat vegetables if I think they have been cooked with, near or touched by meat products. I have dreams that I accidentally eat chicken sometimes and I wake up totally relieved it’s not real. I’m a freak. And sometimes a germaphobe too. But my kids eat meat and get dirty. I’m off to bed. Looking forward to seeing the full field at Madrid again.


Kimberly Says:

also off topic warning

Skeezer, we live 3 hours away, I have been going twice a year for about four years when colino6 turned 2.. I have been on every ride about 20 times in that period. Splash mountain, space mountain, thunder mountain railroad, buzz light year, pirates of the Caribbean, the Indy 500, it’s a small world….but my kids and my husband love it. I can’t even watch colino6 put the institutional Mac and cheese on his plate I have to turn away. We have updated photos with Every Disney character every six months. And not just walking a million miles, walking and pushing the double stroller trying not to bump into the billion people there that walk at a much slower pace than necessary.


Kimberly Says:

Now I’m really off. Back to tennis and bed :)


carlo Says:

haha, that made me laugh, skeezer. It has been 12 years – last time I went to Disneyland. I’ll have to take your advice about the fastpasses. I do love the rides…space mountain, the nostalgia of the Matterhorn, Pirates of the Caribbean… micky mouse pancakes, yum yum. The trick will be how to bribe my ‘significant other’ into going ;) He’s as picky as Kimberly- only has to be Greek food.

BTW, V Blacklable’s links are great! Excellent write-up about Barcelona and pictures. Got me interested to watch the semi’s. Thanks Blacklable!
Was going to post a comment but I’m not signed up for any of those profiles.


carlo Says:

meant V Blacklabel, not ‘lable’


Wog boy Says:

Kimberly,

What is the reason that you are vegeterian, I am curious just because I didn’t know much about that until I moved in Australia and started to work and host groups from Asia who were and are Bhudist, there explanation about beeinig vegeterian was so sincere and nice that they almost converted me:) Though Budhist themselves are not the same, depends wheather they are Thai, Chinese, Japanese etc.
To cut it short, they respect life, and I mean all life, and they also believe that soul after death moves to animals so they might end up eating somebody.
I use to work with them a lot and I have huge respect for them, I spent a week with Grand Master from one of Thailand Temple in 90s and was impessed haw down to earth and simple he was but yet wise and knowledgable.
You can ignore my question, no problem.


Wog boy Says:

Buddhist, spelling…spelling…spelling,
Why isn’tEnglish a phonetic language, spelling wouldn’t be a problem in that case?


carlo Says:

If I think too hard about it or had to kill something, pluck it, butcher it – erm, probably couldn’t stomach it. But I don’t eat that much meat, just naturally. And a corn dog is corn right? A vegetable of some sort on a stick :D

Yeah, there’s many types of Buddhism. I like studying them. Zen Buddhists must eat fish – don’t remember which one is vegan: Theravada, Mahayana, Tibetan, many variations. It’s all very interesting.

sorry off topic and rambling. tennis in the morning.


skeezerweezer Says:

^ “And a corn dog is corn right? A vegetable of some sort on a stick ” lol that is what I want to believe on the rare occurrence I eat one….but even nowadays I have to split it with someone,,,,,and is the dog of a corn dog really meat or??? ok ok….going to far.

K, You need a break from the whole Disney thing or you’ll get burned out…..too much of anything is usually not good…even too much money…:)

Now off to my humus and avocado sandwich on sprouted wheat bread with pita chips and a bottle of Zin……


skeezerweezer Says:

grendel,

before I sign off here on the west coast of cali and continue to watch the NFL draft just wanted to say welcome back, your writes were missed…..


Wog boy Says:

Only problem, any religion which is vegeterian in the Balkan wouldn’t have many followers if any.
That reminds me of my beginning in Australia and working with a Scottish bloke from Glazgow, mad supporter of Rangers, who told me that he is presbyterian. Now, I knew about a few denominations but didn’t know about this one so I thought that was one of those that don’t drink alcohol and I said to him full of myself “I know you don’t drink alcohol etc…” he looked at me and told me in a firm voice “Religion that is not allowing drinking wouldn’t have any followers in Scotland.” I had a need to almost apologise :)
Sorry, off topic ….again.


jane Says:

Crinkled neck skin, Disneyland, vegetarianism, religion – and even a little tennis: fun thread to read through! :) We should never take the “dys” out of dysfunctional.


dari Says:

Vika is steam rolling radwanska. Not much of the tactical fun you often see in an Aga match, Vika just not allowing it! I love the angles I’m seeing om her shots. I think that radwanska is undefeated against non-azarenka opponents this year


Kimberly Says:

Wog boy, my answer unfortunately is not that deep. It looks and feels good. I am kind of a freak about what I eat, no processed foods etc and I just get images of crowded chickens in cages etc. I eat mostly fruit vegetables beans and nuts and it feels great!

Skeezer, the hummus and avocado sandwich was cruel, like telling a thirsty person in the desert you are having an iced lemonade!


dari Says:

Ooh, some great angles from from aga too to get the break!

Sounds inspiring Kimberly, but I was vegetarian for a few years and it was great, but I couldn’t give up seafood now, too good!

Ok well, you gotta hold, too Aga!


Wog boy Says:

Kimberly,

Thanks, I get it.

Just woke up, had a hard day, to see last couple of points Ferrer-Raonic, Milos lost it;( Milos, better luck next time.
Back to bed, the other finalist, and the winner of Barcelona, is more than obvious.


Wog boy Says:

The more I watch Milos, the more he is taking over me.
Keep it up Milos, you are destine for great things:)


Wog boy Says:

As I said, the winner of Barcelona is more than obvious, what a forhend for 0:40, and a break ..,good night:)


Wog boy Says:

Still awake, this is embarrassing for Verdasko!

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