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Posts Tagged ‘Australian Open’

Ladies of the Australian Open

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Daniela Hantuchova

While most of the blogosphere is focusing on how performances like Absinthe impact the Australian Open, folks like DC Scrap have been doing a great job of documenting the more well-known tennis hotties that have been appearing down under to play a little tennis; but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to contribute, because there is. We all know about the Ana Ivanovics and Maria Sharapovas of the world, but the list doesn’t start and end with those two.

No, women’s tennis is like an untapped natural resource of attractive women and me being the enterprising content producer I am, it would be remiss of me if I didn’t do my part and bring you these lovely ladies.

More ladies of the Aussie Open after the jump >>

Intentional Upset: Federer Goes Down

Roger Federer

The Australian Open continues to provide upset fodder, but this time, it happened to Roger Federer, who is probably the most dominant athlete active today; more so than even Tiger Woods. The first leg of tennis’ Grand Slam was supposed to be another step towards Federer’s coronation as the sport’s best player; instead, Federer finds himself doing something quite foreign: watching a men’s singles finals in the sport he has so thoroughly dominated.

Speaking of domination, Federer found himself on the short end of that particular stick by losing in straight sets to Novak Djokovic, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6. Unlike Nadal’s slip, Federer at least lost to a ranked player. Djokovic is ranked third overall.

Federer was seeking his third straight Aussie Open title and looking to get one step closer to Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slam titles. The defeat is also the first straight-set loss for Federer since the 2004 French Open (I guess he surrendered). The quest for tennis supremacy wasn’t the only streak derailed by Djokovic.

Until last night/this morning, Federer had reached ten straight Grand Slam finals. He had also won 19 in a row in Australia until he took the court with Djokovic.

Intentional Upset: Nadal Ousted From Aussie Open

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

While we aren’t all over professional tennis like some of the others, when Rafael Nadal gets dusted out of the Australian Open semi-finals in dominating straight-set fashion, it’s hard not to notice. And with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory, that’s exactly what Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did.

Before the match began, Tsonga was already receiving accolades for being an unseeded player in the semi-finals and for being the first Black male to be in the semis of a major since MaliVai Washington in Wimbledon, 1996 and with him defeating the world’s number 2 in such dominating fashion, these should only continue has Tsonga prepares to play the winner of the Friday’s semi-final match between the world’s number 1 in Roger Federer and 3rd ranked Novak Djokovic.

If Tsonga goes on to beat either of these two (most likely, Federer) to with the Australian Open, he certainly won’t be in the unranked pile for much longer.

Speaking about his defeat, Nadal, who had just 12 unforced errors, offered these thoughts, “I was playing fine,” Nadal said. “He played unbelievable. Congratulate him.” In beating the world’s second, Tsonga used a strong serve (17 aces) and great baseline play to launch himself into the final pairing. Tsonga had 49 winners and didn’t face a break on his serve until the third set, making his performance all the more dominating.

In other upset news, the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Phoenix Suns for the second time this year by the score of 117-107. Powered by Al Jefferson’s 39 point, 15 rebound performance, the Timberwolves got just their seventh (7-34) win of the season as opposed to the 30-13 record of the Suns, making the Minnesota beatdown all the more surprising…

Over at Bright Side of the Sun, they were feeling the same sense of surprise after watching Minnesota dismantle the Suns, a team that has hopes of reaching the NBA Finals… something that won’t happen if performances like this continue:

“Ok, how about the simple answer. The Suns in the back to back forgot to pack their “give a damn” in the gym bags and rolled out on the floor ready to stomp a JV team and instead got schooled by the cheerleaders in the powder puff game. “