Wozniacki Done at 1? Raonic Gives Self-Heimlich at US Open
by Jeremy Davis | August 29th, 2012, 1:39 am
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Stick a fork in former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, because she’s done. Take her off the grill. She’s overcooked. And other grilling cliches.


When the Dane was No. 1 in the world without winning a Slam, playing almost every week while Serena Williams and the other big hitters were on the sidelines injured or in slumps, pundits wondered how long the blonde baseline bunter could maintain. But now with Serena back at full strength, Victoria Azarenka at No. 1 in the world and hungry, and Maria Sharapova healthy and seeking more Slam titles, it looks like Wozniacki is destined to go by the wayside as a No. 1 to never win a Slam.

On Tuesday at the US Open the Dane, seeded No. 8 and fighting a knee injury, lost 6-2, 6-2 to Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, who had never beaten a Top 10 player, or much of anyone besides that.

“I still don’t really know what happened tonight…it’s the first Top 10 player I’ve beaten and I’m really happy,” said Begu, 0-5 against Top 10ers entering the match. “I had nothing to lose tonight. I had the right tactics from the beginning and played the same from beginning to end — I served really well, too, which was the key.”

Wozniacki hasn’t won a tour title in over a year, and will now have plenty of time to assess her career to date, and make decisions on whether she wants to pair with a coach who can take a more aggressive approach to her game, or continue to bunt balls in and maintain a career in the bottom half of the Top 10.
 
“I definitely felt I couldn’t hit through her today like I wanted to,” said Wozniacki, who can count on one hand the number of top players she has hit through on tour. “I’ve had [the knee] examined and I’ve had treatment on it. I think it’s a temporary issue. Hopefully it will get better quickly.

“The Grand Slams this year haven’t been great for me. After the year’s finished I’ll evaluate what was good and what wasn’t so good, and we’ll work from there. But I have plenty of years left in me. And this year isn’t even over yet. Hopefully I can turn it around and play even better.”
 
Top 10 winners cruising through in straight set blow-outs on Tuesday were (2) Agnieszka Radwanska over Russian Nina Bratchikova 6-1, 6-1; (4) Serena Williams slapping fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1; (6) Angelique Kerber popping Brit Anne Keothavong 6-2, 6-0; and (10) Sara Errani struggling past unheralded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 6-1 in the third. Riveting stuff from the top seeds — as the old women’s tennis adage goes, ‘Wake us when the quarterfinals start.’

Other semi-notable seeded winners were former No. 1 and No. 12 seed Ana Ivanovic beating Ukraine qualifier Elina Svitolina in straights, (13) Dominika Cibulkova needing a bagel to beat Swede Johanna Larsson 6-0 in the third, and former No. 1 and No. 30 seed Jelena Jankovic topping the Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko in straights.

Lower-seed upsets were aplenty on Tuesday, led by Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens who toppled (21) Christina McHale in three, followed by American Sloane Stephens who decisively stopped (22) Francesca Schiavone in straights, and Czech Andrea Hlavackova who halted (24) Klara Zakopalova in straights, and Japan’s Ayumi Morita who surprised (26) Monica Niculescu in straights, and Belarus’ Olga Govortsova who startled (29) Tamira Paszek in straights, and finally Russian Elena Vesnina, who stopped (32) Peng Shuai in straights.

Former No. 1 and unseeded Venus Williams was also a decisive winner, dismissing fellow U.S. Fed Cup teammate and wildcard Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-1. The elder Williams sister will next face Top 10 German Angelique Kerber.

“I have to put a lot of balls in the court and execute my game well if I want to win against her,” Williams said of Kerber in some startling insight into her strategy. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Qualifiers also had a banner day Tuesday, including winners Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain (d. Shahar Peer), German Tatjana Malek, Russian Olga Puchkova beating American Irina Falconi in three, and Brit Johanna Konta.

Women’s highlights Wednesday are (1) Victoria Azarenka vs. Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, Brit Laura Robson vs. (23) Kim Clijsters, French threat Alize Cornet vs. (5) Petra Kvitova, (19) Nadia Petrova vs. scamperer Simona Halep, and Canuck Aleksandra Wozniak vs. (15) Lucie Safarova.

The three Top 10 seeds in men’s action Tuesday at the US Open advanced in easy fashion: No. 2 Novak Djokovic rolled Italian Paolo Lorenzi losing only two games; No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rolled 30+ Slovak Karol Beck in straights, and No. 6 Tomas Berdych tamed rising Belgian midget David “The Boffin” Goffin in straights.

Yawn. Djokovic, at least, thought highly of himself.

“I tried to analyze my game, and my game was great from the start to the end,” said Djokovic, who was broken in his first service game but swept to victory in a little over an hour. “It’s also important for me to try to be as economical with the time I spend on the court as possible, but obviously not underestimating any opponent. I played really focused, tried to get to the net also. It was great all in all.”

Let’s get on to the non-walkovers.

No. 15 seed Milos Raonic tried his best to choke away a match to Colombian Santiago Giraldo before coming back from 1-2 sets down and a break to win 6-4 in the fifth.

“I’m just happy with the outcome and that I managed to sort of make the most of that moment and just find a way to win,” said Raonic of avoiding the choke. “Everything else I’ve gotta hope gets better in the next round. I don’t think I struggled with my serve that much in a long, long time. A lot of double faults, and it wasn’t just one double fault per game. When I double faulted, I double faulted consistently a couple times in a row, so that made my job a lot more difficult and it gave him a little bit more freedom at the same time.”

No. 10 seed Juan Monaco was shown the hotel shuttle by Spaniard Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, who from two sets down won 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(6), 7-6(3).

Other seeded winners on the day were No. 11 Nicolas Almago, No. 14 Alexandr Dolgopolov, No. 18 Stan Wawrinka, No. 20 Andy Roddick, No. 27 Sam Querrey, and No. 31 Julien “United Colors of” Benneteau.

In unseeded results of note, slumping Aussie Bernard Tomic was a winner, Pablo Andujar ambushed Thomaz Bellucci in four, Taipei’s Jimmy Wang beat “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic in four, and Fabio “So Short I Don’t Have to Bend My Knees” Fognini topped Ed Roger-Vasselin in five.

Dr. Ivo hit 32 — yes thirty-two — aces in his four-set loss.

Men’s highlights on Wednesday at Flushing Meadows are (9) John Isner vs. Xavier “X-Man” Maliise, the big-serving Kevin “Mr.” Anderson vs. (4) David Ferrer, (7) Juan Martin Del Potro vs. David Nalbandian, (21) Tommy Haas vs. Ernests Gulbis, (19) Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. the net-rushing veteran Michael Llodra, and (28) Mikhail Youzhny vs. big bomber Gilles Muller.


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104 Comments for Wozniacki Done at 1? Raonic Gives Self-Heimlich at US Open

Adam Says:

two young american rookies, jack sock and stevie johnson take out the number one doubles team in the world. definitely worth mentioning.


Dan Martin Says:

http://tennisabides.com/2012/08/29/us-open-day-3-mens-picks/ My day 3 picks are up – Woznicki is in danger of making Safina look like a dominant #1 – She won an Olympic medal and reached more than 1 slam final


RZ Says:

Anyone see that the US Open STILL has to name the Lucky Loser who will take David Nalbandian’s place in the draw? Considering that they knew yesterday that Nalby was pulling out, how is it fair for them to tell this poor guy that he’ll be playing Juan Martin Del Potro just a few hours before the match?


RZ Says:

To add to Adam, 3 top 8 doubles seeds lost to American pairings. Banner day for U.S. doubles!


El Flaco Says:

Wozniacki has a crappy forehand and Raonic has a sucky backhand.


London gary Says:

always sad to see Franny Schiavone lose… she’s still my favourite


Polo Says:

I watched Raonic yesterday. I thought he could be may favorite player when Federer retires. I think I have to look somewhere else. I don’t think he would go very far. None of the new ones I have seen so far can get anywhere near the current top players.


Polo Says:

Wozniacki was a reluctant number one. She was never meant to become number one because she did not really have the game to be considered the best in the field. She got there prematurely through no fault of her own. She got lucky that the top players were either injured or have not fully bloomed yet (as in the case of Azarenka).


andrea Says:

i’ll give caroline a small pass on this one seeing as who she had a knee problem. but overall, yeah, she needs to get going or she’ll be the next jankovic or dementeiva.

clean win from novak last night. serena looking like her usual powerhouse self. thank god raonic pulled out the win. he can’t be losing this early on. he was ousted round 2 in wimbledon. he needs better results.


Sienna Says:

Polo not to worry.
Nadal retires before Fed.

Fed will keep playing and winning as long as possibile.
And he is capable of stretching hisand ours immaginazione and beoynd.


RZ Says:

Not sure why so many of you are referring to Dementieva when discussing Wozniacki. Dementieva was never ranked #1.


MMT Says:

RZ Says: “…how is it fair for them to tell this poor guy that he’ll be playing Juan Martin Del Potro just a few hours before the match?”

If they tell him 5 minutes before he has to play he should consider himself luck – he did, after all, LOSE in the qualifiers, and if he happens to still be around to take an UNDESERVED place in the draw, he should do a rain dance or say a prayer or play the lottery…whatever one does when one gets very lucky.

BTW, I don’t know if you saw, but it’s Florent Serra. Not exactly Nalbandian, but no slouch either.


Polo Says:

I hope Nadal recovers fully. Somebody has to give Djokovic competition. Federer may be tough until next year but two years from now, I don’t expect him to be as competitive as he currently is. Without Federer and Nadal, Djokovic will win everything. Maybe Murray will be his competition but so far, he has not shown that. I don’t see any great young competitor in the horizon.


noogie Says:

Polo stop daydreaming. I think the same was mentioned re Fed and Kneedal


Sienna Says:

Polo
absolutely I agree with you 100% Without Fed tennis will be entering dark ages without real quiding and direction .

But you can be assured Fed will continue to dominate this current generation, untill there will be a new contendor from younger generation.
Fed will have destroyed his generation and kept the next at bay and finally defeats that generation.


El Flaco Says:

Youzhny won 15 more points and broke Muller’s serve 2 more times, but still lost the match.


trufan Says:

I think Federer will continue playing as long as he remains top 4. Given his current form and the rankings, 6,000 or so points gets you into the top 4. As long as he is in the top 4, he gets to the semi without facing another top 4 person, and then anything can happen.

I don’t think Federer will languish the way Sampras did (he had dropped out of top 10 by the time he reached 2002 USO). Or like Connors – who remarkably reached the semi at USO at age 39 – but wasn’t really a factor in slams after 1984, when he turned 32.


Giles Says:

@ sienna. Too much wishful thinking!


Thangs Says:

Kim lost first set to Robson..


jane Says:

Robson is playing well; she hits hard, just like Kim herself.


Sienna Says:

Giles
no not realy.
Because he actually is doing it atm.

If you failed to notice that then pay closer attention to the tennis next year. he has won 10 out of 18
I believe to be correct notice sure though.


jane Says:

Great win for Ernie Gulbis! But it’d be nice to see him capitalize on it a little bit, unlike Wimbledon when he took out Berd and lost next round.


alison Says:

Hope Robson can keep this up,Kims one of my favorite female players,but its great to see Robson taking it to her,hope she can pull off what would be another shock in the womens draw,go Laura.


jane Says:

For all the people who like to put down women’s tennis, you should be watching this match between Kim Clijsters and Laura Robson. No shrieking, if that’s your complaint; fairly good serving, though second serves can be vulnerable; hard/big hitting, sharp angles, etc. Very competitive nice tennis.


alison Says:

Great win for Gulbis,hes a player with such promise,shame sometimes he seems to lack commitment,blows hot and cold.


jane Says:

Commentators said Delpo showed no signs in his match today of a wrist problem. I didn’t see the match because ESPN is flipping all over, but mainly showing Laura/Kim.


Kimmo Says:

Wow, following the score for Kim/Laura match. Kim can lose this, she is serving second , very dangerous.


alison Says:

I will miss Kim when she retires,no excuses,no ego,just happy to win,very gracious in victory and defeat.


Kimmi Says:

That last comment is Kimmi not Kimmo


Kimmi Says:

No wonder the comment didn’t come through.


Kimmi Says:

C’mon Kim, FIGHT!!


alison Says:

I Hope Delpo is regaining his form,im looking forward to a potential clash with Nole,im glad the wrists not bothering him,and we get a more competitive match than the one at Cincy.


jane Says:

What a point, lol!


alison Says:

Go Laura finish the job.


Kimmi Says:

Laura is talented though, and she is only 18. I can see her as a very good player when she is stronger.


jane Says:

Wow Laura is on a roll. But Kim comes back. Exciting tennis… still one MP.


Kimmi Says:

Oh No.


jane Says:

Tiebreak. Fabulous match so far.


Kimmi Says:

It is a jinx if you can’t take match point. I never like that when my favorite plays.


Kimmi Says:

Can’t watch, only following score. Let the best gal win..but Kim is her last tourney, so I hope she wins it


Kimmi Says:

Oh Nooooo!!!


jane Says:

Congrats to LAURA ROBSON! Big win for her. :)

Sad for Kim :(

Kimmi, I hope you’ve taped it. It was such a good match. Both women just going for their shots, both playing so big.

It’s the like end of one career and the beginning/breakthrough in another.


Kimmi Says:

Wow! Congrats to Laura. Great win for her. Hope this is the start of good thing for her. As for Kim, well, she is won 3 USO and 1 OZ. a very successful second career. Wish her and her family all the best. Ciao Kim!


jane Says:

Lovely Kim with tears in her eyes after her last singles match. Sweet send off, but she’s still alive in doubles and mixed.


alison Says:

Im so happy for Laura,fantastic win,major break through in her career,sorry to say we wont see Kim any more as shes a great champion,shame one player has to loose sometimes.


Senthil Says:

My God!! Kim is retiring.. OK… I am emotional.. I just can not think of Federer Retirement day.. That could be in Wimbledon one day, saddest, emotional that will be. :( Great champions retire too..


Kimmi Says:

Not really Jane. This place I am staying the TV is not that great. I am missing my TV at home already. Hope I can catch the full match on YouTube or something


alison Says:

^Cant imagine what it will be like when that happens,i dont think there will be a dry eye in the house^.


steve-o Says:

Congrats to Robson! Surely the biggest win of her young career.

Good luck to Clijsters in her post-tennis endeavors.


alison Says:

Sorry Post to Senthil.


dari Says:

How do you make the smiley face with a tear?

So sad to see Kim go, though it was a great win for Laura.
Tennis is so dramatic, writes these kind of stories where young upstart beats a retiring veteran.


Kimmi Says:

Kim cried? Oh Nooooo! Good I didn’t see, I would have cried as well


alison Says:

Im in shock i must say,i thought Kim would turn the match around,i did not see that one coming.


dari Says:

Senthill, we will see if fed announces his retirement that way, he might just fade into the sunset after his last slam…
Laura ought to make a run of it now, if she has stopped Kim. Can’t enjoy her win the way I would against just about any other player!


alison Says:

Kimmi yeah me too.


Senthil Says:

Dari,

Fed never misses any grand slam, not even retire from a match he plays. He will be surely missed unlike anyone.

If he announces well before wimbledon 2015 – Every match will be with jam packed crowd. That we will be the greatest Emotional Day of the tennis history. Another History for Fed.


jane Says:

Kimmi, Kim didn’t really cry but her eyes filled with tears and she looked a little choked up. Overall she said goodbye nicely.


RZ Says:

I’m thrilled that Laura Robson got a big win (go Team GB!) but sad to see Kim Clijsters end her tennis career. For young girls interested in sports, I can’t think of a better role model than Kim Clijsters. She’s shown throughout her career that one can be being a highly competitive athlete and champion while also being a kind, warm person and a class act. (And that one can hit the crap out of the ball without shrieking).


RZ Says:

Another thing I really liked about Kim’s game: her variety. She could always come up with a new style of play when things weren’t working. Definitely not a one-dimensional player.


RZ Says:

MMT, I thought Florent Serra did very well considering he only had a few hours’ notice. I get your point about being grateful to be in as a lucky loser, but I don’t understand how the tournament could not have figured out the ranking order (i.e., first alternate) of the lucky losers until the day one is needed. They could have done that as early as last Friday since that was the day the Qualifying tournament ended. That way, Serra would have known as of yesterday that he was going to play today for sure.


jane Says:

Maria then Andy :)


Alok Says:

Kim Clijsters is one of the most classiest WTA players. I’ve always enjoyed her matches and her on-court interviews. She’s also a very generous person in real life. She’ll be missed.


dari Says:

I hope Andy brings it for prime time, Jane!


racquet Says:

I’ve got a uneasy feeling about Andy’s upcoming match. Hope it’s just something I ate ;)


Lou_tennisfan Says:

It was sad to see Kim retire today. Kim Clijsters inspired every girl to follow their dreams and at the same time also enjoy time with their family.

She was a true champion who remains the only player to win 3 GS after having a child…that in itself is quite a big achievement , she broke the dogma of our society where it is thought mothers can not achieve the same as compared to others. She will be missed but will always be a role model to every women to go on and live their dreams.

A Mother, A Champion. A Role Model – Kim Clijsters bids adieu to Tennis. http://tinyurl.com/8lskqjv


Maso Says:

Sharapova is in pretty scary form. Her opponent isn’t necessarily giving her much of a match so far, but Maria’s hitting some MEAN forehands.


Brando Says:

Feel sad about the loss.

As a brit, it’s great to see laura move on from the olympics with this BIG WIN- should do her progress alot of good.

BUT, i was hoping that maybe, somehow, kim would finish with a slam win. Was wishing for a great end to a great career.

I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.

Either way, kim has been one of the nicest, sweetest and most endearing champion that i have seen in ANY sport.

She’ll be remembered for having a great game when it was on and firing, but MORESO for being one of the easiest person in all of sport to root for and love- as she was quite simply adorable!

Shall miss her for sure. :-(


jane Says:

racquet, I feel like Andy will be in better form tonight than in round 1.


racquet Says:

jane, I hope so. His serve has been freaking me out since the Olympics. How he won the first set vs Boggo with 28% 1st serves baffles me.


racquet Says:

I’d also like to express my sadness over Clijsters’ retirement. She was THE role model of a tennis player, imho. I don’t think there has been a player who was more liked by both fans and other players. It’s also regrettable that there’s one less player – from a limited pool – to challenge Serena.


Kimberly Says:

Another non competitive Arthur Ashe night match, but wow what a match between clijsters and robson. Great for Laura to finally get a big win. Perhaps this will open doors for her. Maybe got a boost from her silver medal?


jane Says:

racquet, agree about Kim. I guess she was on the opposite half of the draw as Serena, but in a final, yes, she might’ve challenged her. Actually the women’s draw is very top heavy. On the bottom the main possible threats to Serena are Kerber and Aggy. Maybe Bartoli but I doubt it. Sharpie, Vika, Kim (was), Petra, Li Na, Sam are all on the top.

Both Maria and Andy’s outfits are made out of that similar fabric that has the wet-look.


jane Says:

Murray’s looking sharp tonight.


racquet Says:

Murray takes the 1st set 6-2. Well, my fears have been allayed by that 1st set. Murray’s serve is firing, he’s pounding the ball and returning like a demon. Keep it going Andy.


racquet Says:

jane, I had forgotten how much he loves night matches. He seems to be really up for it.


Kimmi Says:

Murray looking great. dodig trying to go for broke. It worked a little bit but only to duece.

This might be quick!


Kimberly Says:

I have Maria’s outfit and the female version of Andy’s outfit that petkovic wore during her short duration onion this tourney


racquet Says:

Thatta boy Muzzah! He’s cruising now. 6-2 6-1.


jane Says:

Muzza is looking in excellent form tonight.

Kimberly, “Another non competitive Arthur Ashe night match” – did you hear the commentators talking earlier, during Maria’s match, about whether they’d be better off scheduling more competitive matches on Ashe rather than the ones we’ve seen the last couple nights? Certainly Nole’s, Serena’s, Maria’s and Andy’s matches have all been really straightforward. Fed’s was slightly more competitive, in the third set especially, but all of the night matches on Ashe so far have been straight setters. I think one of the commentators (Mary Jo?) concluded that it doesn’t matter because people who come in the evenings are paying to see the stars/top players. But she did say that the tournament should schedule a potentially more competitive match on Ashe “during the day session” to balance things out.


jane Says:

Great running forehand.


skeezer Says:

Lets face it, until the 16′s, its hard to tell what form who is on. That is the thing with slams the masters has over them. The first few rounds are most of the time a “gimme”.


Kimmi Says:

skeezer – unless you get someone inspired like rosol, then it wont be a “gimme”


Kimmi Says:

murray don’t like it when he misses a shot, he is really into this match tonight.


Kimmi Says:

great volley dodig but its too late


racquet Says:

Kimmi, exactly or a Falla, Bennetau, Haase, Muller. The list goes on.


jane Says:

It’s true: some early round matches/opponents can be dangerous for sure. That’s why the seeded players say they don’t take any opponents for granted and stay dialled in during their matches right from the beginning.


Kimmi Says:

was murray the only men second round match today? i heard Pmac saying he is the only guy to the third round.

great match for murray. much better!! good luck in the next round.


jane Says:

Strong match from Andy: nice interview, too, :) though the interviewer was a bit … odd.


racquet Says:

That’s a wrap. I think Andy is getting close to the form he had at the Olympics. Certainly much better than Rnd 1. Only 13 games lost so far.


Kimmi Says:

lol! murray decided to talk today. great interview. very relaxed.

so he is more famous now after winning the olympic gold. good for him.


Alok Says:

Can’t say how well Murray played because dodig was hitting out of the court on a lot of shots.He’s also not a great mover. The slams are helpful to the top players as they can play themselves into form, but the matches are not top quality. Agree, that we can’t see the form of the players until R16, when they face the tougher opponents.


Wog boy Says:

To my British friends,

Laura Robson is Aussie (born in Melbourne) girl but it is OK, you can claim it as yours, we don’t mind:) Very wealthy family, father oil executive, mother former basketball player and coach.
She is only 18 and has nice future. Maybe it is simbolyc that the player on the rise played the great Kim at her last USO.
Good luck Laura.


skeezer Says:

Ok, so , sure, there is early rd “tough” wins, but they still win. If u all want to point out regular early rd upsets in Slams in regards to the top 3, be my guest (other than Rafa ).


skeezer Says:

Happy 54 MJ!! Shaaamoooon! Who’s Bad?


Margot Says:

Let’s Go Andy :) Let’s Go Laura :)
But really liked Kim too.
Changing of the guard. Lots of “oldies” out.


Sienna Says:

What is this with an inspired Rosol?
All the other players in top 5would have dealt with him accordanly without to bemuch trouble.


alison Says:

^you dont know that,it didnt happen,he played Rafa and beat Rafa fair enough,to talk about what would have happened against this player or that player is pointless,and just idle speculation,sure you can give credit to Rosol for the win,but you cant give Fed,Novak,Murray etc etc credit for something that never even happened^.


Giles Says:

Anybody can beat an injured player so Rosol beat Nadal!! End of snipes!


racquet Says:

I just read that Andy’s next match is scheduled for Saturday!?? What is it with the USO and scheduling? The worst of all the slams.


Sienna Says:

Fed did it on numerous occasions. Turning a match when down.
Rafa got his chance against Rosol and failed, miserably I may add.

Fed just refuses to loose in those circumstances. It just shows the greater fighting spirit, true warrior. Fed is relentless in his queest against those lower ranked players. If there is a way Fed will find it. Kid me not that Rosol out of the blue would defeat an elite player. Fed would have found a way against Rosol.


Brando Says:

‘I just read that Andy’s next match is scheduled for Saturday!?? What is it with the USO and scheduling? The worst of all the slams.’ A WELL KNOWN FACT! It’s beyond crazy the way they schedule the matches!


john Says:

Federer played his first match after kim did, not?

Am I wrong or should Fed been playing yesterday too, since Kim was on?


huh Says:

“you dont know that,it didnt happen,he played Rafa and beat Rafa fair enough,to talk about what would have happened against this player or that player is pointless,and just idle speculation,sure you can give credit to Rosol for the win,but you cant give Fed,Novak,Murray etc etc credit for something that never even happened”

well said alison!

but i seriously fail to understand sienna’s obsession with nadal, she’s so stuck up with him!

btw super-wishful thinking that any of the top-5 woulda beaten nadal! we clearly know people were fantasising about nole dusting nadal in RG too, but we all know what happened. in fact most of this has got to do with the fact that beating nadal is so difficult that none of the current top players for the 5 or 6 years have managed it more than twice, nole just has beaten him thrice in his career and people’re going out of their way to pin their hopes on him beating nadal again and again out of sheer desperation. this is so creditable on nadal’s part actually that he hasn’t let anyone beat him more than thrice in his peak year! that speaks volume of nadal’s greatness and perhaps explains the desperation of some fed fans to pinall their hopes on nadal getting beaten by every other guy on tour! may be they keep praying for it too all the day!

last but not the least, there’s no guarantee that some x beat nadal means the better player y would also beat nadal! if life were so simple as simple arithmetic, there would have been so many socrates or confucious!


huh Says:

laura robson… my darling, congrats!!! mwah!!! ;)

laura’s so beautiful, she must win slams! i’d be one of the first to buy tickets if she comes to asia!

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