Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Tennis Spittings, straight from Stade Roland Garros

Another week, another clay title for Rafael Nadal(ESP)... the just-recently-turned 19 year-old Spaniard claims his first ever Grand Slam title by winning the 2005 French Open. He beat the best player in the world, Roger Federer(SUI), in the semifinals (with some help from Federer who was playing sloppy tennis, instead of his trademark fluid, out-of-this-world, sickeningly amazing brand of tennis) and then the un-doped Mariano Puerta(ARG) in the finals.

23 year-old Justine Henin-Hardenne(BEL) also grabs the fourth Grand Slam title of her career after she beat 30 year-old veteran Mary Pierce(FRA) with an embarrassing score of 6-1, 6-1... Mary was gunning for her third Grand Slam title after winning the Australian Open in 1995 and the French Open in 2000. Justine earlier demolished Maria Sharapova(RUS) in the quarterfinals 6-4, 6-2... With the win, Justine seals her sweet comeback from a debilitating "mystery" blood virus and knee injury that kept her off the tennis tour for about seven months.

Daniela Hantuchova(SVK) won the Mixed Doubles title with Fabrice Santoro(FRA).
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Woohoo!!! Go Daniela! She lost in the third round of the Singles to Kim Clijsters(BEL) though...
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Hoping for a better result in Wimbledon for my longtime girlfriend Daniela. (Walang aangal)

There's a new Ana in tennis, except this one looks like she'll be staying on the court longer than she will on Enrique Iglesia's bed. 17 year-old, 6-foot tall Ana Ivanovic(SCG)(that's Serbia and Montenegro, btw), another teenaged up-and-comer destined for greatness, also had a pretty good tournament. She beat hometown favorite and world number 3 Amelie Mauresmo(FRA), who incidentally is also Martina Hingis' favorite male tennis player. Oops... Ana eventually succumbed to nerves and lost to Nadia Petrova(RUS) in the quarters 6-2, 6-2.

Don't worry my new favorite young sex kitten tennis player, you'll win one of these Grand Slams soon enough.

Virginia Ruano Pascual(ESP) and Paola Suarez(ARG) won their (count 'em) fourth Roland Garros title together after beating Cara Black(ZIM) and Liezl Huber(SAF) in the Women's Doubles final. They have partnered to win 8 Grand Slams in all, so far. Max Mirnyi(BLR) and Jonas Bjorkman(SWE) took home the Men's Doubles title after beating the Bryan Twins Mike and Bob(USA) in the final. Bjorkman has now won all four Grand Slam Men's Doubles titles.

Back to Federer, he remains at the top of the ranking after the French Open. Nadal goes up two places to number 3, while losing finalist Puerta jumps 26 spots to a career-high ranking of 11. Justine Henin-Hardenne enters the top 10 for the first time since her injury/illness break at number 7. Mary returns to the top 20 for the first time in some years (after falling out of the top 100, also because of various injuries) as the 13th ranked player in the world.

Last year's Men's finalists Gaston Gaudio(ARG) and Guillermo Coria(ARG) both fall out of the top ten (12 and 14 repectively). They are replaced by Roland Garros semifinalist Nikolay Davidenko(RUS) who jumps from number 12 to number 7, and Joachim Johansson(SWE) who didn't even play in the French Open but got lucky anyway. Last year's French Open champ Anastasia Myskina(RUS), who lost in the first round, barely hangs in the top ten as she falls four places (from #6 to #10)

Wimbledon gets going two weeks from now with Roger Federer(SUI) and Maria Sharapova(RUS) as the defending champs... Hope my favorite players win.

On a slightly different topic:

Another Grand Prix, another good win for Renault's Fernando Alonso in the European GP at the Nurburgring in Germany. He leads the Driver's Championship table, while Renault dominates the Constructor's Championships, with no Michael Schumacher nor Ferrari in sight. Since this happened last week, I am now less upset of the fact that Kimi Räikönen's car totally gave way (tire blew, suspension failure, etc. etc.) 3 miles from the finish line. 3 miles! 3 fucking miles! and he was leading the whole way! Right from the first turn of the race, he was leading the whole fucking way! He was successfully holding off Alonso for the top podium finish and 3 miles from from the finish line, his tire just fucking flies off! Boom. Gone. Kimi spins out to the gravel. Alonso goes on to take the win, while Kimi? DNF...

Now that I think of it, I still am upset.

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