Sunday, July 6, 2008

Congratulations! Rafael Nadal, 2008 Wimbledon Champion

I'm just so elated today. Rafa has won his first Wimbledon crown after such a fantastic display of the best tennis final you'll ever see. It was really pure madness. It was such a crazy, time-to-bite-the nails kinda match. My heart really took a damn good beating during the 5-set thriller. I thought it would end at 3rd set with Rafa's momentum up and two sets already in the bag. But stupid rain delay. When play resumed, Federer claimed the 3rd and 4th set. He had to fight for it though. Each set went into a tiebreak and Roger has a very good record with these situations. I was feeling kinda down during the 4th set where he wasted championship points. But I was hoping it will not keep him from playing well. So on to the deciding set full of hope that everything will go right. I believe Rafa has the mental strength to bring himself back up and be interested in the play. And he did. Albeit keeping me at the edge of my seat. Fed was really firing aces, I guess that's what really made him last that long. Quite unbelievable actually. Damn those serves. But I was amazed at Rafa's spirit and determination to keep coming back from a set down. Finally, he was able to broke Fed's serve (no more of those) and had the chance to serve for the championship. That was his moment, his chance and he took it. 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7 Vamos!!! I'm so happy.

Nadal had matched the Bjorn Borg fantastic feat of winning the Grand Slams of Roland Garros and Wimbledon back-to-back and had also prevented Federer surpassing the five titles in a row he collected between 1976 and 1980.

Congratulations Rafa! Well done!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

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I am so happy she did it on Finals day. She had so many injuries last year and wasn't playing at her best. But she was on fire in this tournament. She beat Lindsay Davenport, Justin Henin and Jelena Jankovic in a convincing, emphatic fashion of superb tennis from her. Eventhough she didn't play quite the way against Ana Ivanovic like the other three but she still did beautifully with her groundstrokes that stormed like rockets and forced 30+ unforced errors from Anna.

Road to Champion:

1R: W vs Jelena Kostanic Tosic 6-4 6-3
2R: W vs Lindsay Davenport 6-1 6-3
3R: W vs Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-0
4R: W vs (11) Elena Dementieva 6-2 6-0
QF: W vs (1) Justine Henin 6-4 6-0
SF: W vs (3) Jelena Jankovic 6-3 6-1
F: W vs (4) Ana Ivanovic 7-5 6-3

Sound Bites:
Q. You seemed really driven to win this title. You've done that. What now? Obviously you want to win other titles. Justine has been the dominant force the last six months. Would you like to achieve that sort of domination?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Definitely. But I don't think that I'll -- I don't think that I'm quite physically and experienced enough to do that. I know I've already won three Grand Slams. I know I keep saying this, but I don't think I'm at the peak of my career yet. I don't think my body has 100% developed into its own. I've got many more things to learn, you know, in my tennis, and many things to build and improve.
That takes time. It's not an overnight process. It's something that I look forward to. No matter how many tough times or bad days I'm going to have, as long as I walk up in the morning and can't wait to get that tennis racquet out of my bag, I'll always be looking forward to improving.

"Champions take chances, and pressure is a privilege," Billy Jean King had written in a text message that Sharapova saw when she woke up.

Congratulations Maria. You just officially inducted yourself in the "The-French-Open-title-is-now-the-only-grand-slam-championship-that-has-continued-to-
elude-me" club!