Friday, March 20, 2009

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Just Rolls Off Your Tounge, Doesn't It?

Most people who enjoy riding thrill rides do it not only because they want to enjoy feeling of the fall and the rush of adrenaline up their spines, but also because they know that despite the danger it presents, they'll land safely after the ride.

Too bad that's not something I can use to describe how the global economic situation is affecting our company. It's not thrilling, nor is it exciting. It's not even pleasant. Just dizzying.

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On a less depressing, more tennis-related matter, the US spring harcourt season has started in Indian Wells, California with the BNP Paribas Open. It's one of the 3 big tournaments of the first quarter of the year (the others being January's Australian Open and next week's Sony Ericsson Open in Miami), and it's been a really interesting tournament so far.

On the men's side, #2 Roger Federer (who's gonna be a new dad soon) has advanced to the semis after beating Verdasco in the quarters and will be facing #4 Andy Murray. On the other half of the draw, #1 Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic are on track to meet in the semis. Rafa survived 5 match points against David Nalbandian before eventually winning in 3 sets. (Rafa has never beaten Daveed before this match.) He'll next beat face JMDP. Djokovic defeated Roger's Olympic doubles partner Stan the Man Wawrinka in 2 tie-breakers and will next face American Andy Roddick.

On the women's side, there have been lots of upsets, and the final 4 standing are:
Victoria Azarenka, (8) def. Dinara Safina, (1), 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-3
Vera Zvonareva, (4) def. Caroline Wozniacki, (9), 6-4, 6-2
Ana Ivanovic, (5) def. Sybille Bammer, (23) walkover
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, def. Agnieszka Radwanska, (7) 7-6 (10-8), 6-4

Vika has been blazing her way in the rankings lately, and she'll most probably enter the top 10 for the first time after this tournament. She also prevented Lil Sis Dinara from becoming the new #1 in the women's draw (With Serena's absence from this tournament, Dinara could've been #1 had she reached the finals.)

The big surprise of the tournament though, is AP (because her name is not only long, but also complicated to type), who has already beaten #3 Jelena Jankovic in the earlier rounds. She got her second top 10 scalp in Aga Rad, and I think she could take her third by beating defending champ AI in the semis. AP is a talented, 17 year old blonde Russian. I don't think she'll go on to be as commercially popular as Anna K and Masha, but a successful tennis career? Looks promising.

All I can say is good luck on handling the financial crisis, AP.

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Now playing: Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
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2 complaints:

abumelt said...

No, the name doesn't roll on my tongue at all. And I love Amy Winehouse.

alvin, kid repetitive said...

It just takes some practice Mel. A-Nas-Ta-Sha Pavljschsrmkascova. Dali lang diba? :))

Winehouse FTW!