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Monday, June 27, 2011

Both Williams sisters out as day of shocks brings Wimbledon to life

Well, just when it was getting oh, so predictable...

Defending champion Serena Williams OUT- beaten in straight sets by Marion Bartoli (above).

Five-times Winbledon champion Venus Williams OUT- beaten in straight sets by Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.

Number 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki OUT- beaten in three sets by number 24 seed Dominika Cibulkova.

Has there ever been a day of such surprises in the women’s singles at Wimbledon?

I don’t know about you, but the women’s game has suddenly become a lot more interesting than the men’s, where the top four seem to have plenty in hand over the rest.



Anonymous said...

i watched the williams-Pironkova match last night...if i hadnt been told id have thought this was 2010! For some reason Venus game disintegrates when she places Tsvetana...

if Kvitova, a czech and Cibulkova a slovak get to the finals, we will have a reborn Czechoslavakia!


Neil Clark said...

Hi Brian, Agreed.
It would be great to have a reborn Czechoslovakia in the same way it would be great to have a reborn Yugoslavia!

Anonymous said...

ON tennis...when Li Na won the womens singles french open, and the worlds sporting press (all of the ones i looked at) congratulated her on the historic achievement...what did that capitalist sporting press do? they attacked the state sports system of china...she they said had gone it alone by seperating from the system that had nurtured her. Fair enough...BUT what they didnt say was that certain other countries have similar systems: take the AIS:

AIS Home : Australian Institute of Sport : Australian Sports ...
Leading the development of elite sport in Australia. Information on the campus,
sports science, programs, history and achievements.

yep..that really is GOV in that address! And they are doing their best to take charge of australias newest tennis sensation, Bernard Tomic..

NOW if he media is right, and state based systems dont produce champions like LI NA, why isnt the AIS abolished, and the fellow told to do it on his own?

Also the usual alternative is the system where an elite athlete acts as a sales rep for certain leech like sports/automobile/mobile phone etc companies, say NIKE/ Mercedes Benz...selling their wares to people who identify with the athlete...

And noone wonders which is the better system? or the most ethical?

The press noted Li NA didnt mention china in her thank yous...maybe theyd prefer she mentioned NIKE!