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Jul 5, 2008

The Williams sisters make up and break up @ Wimbledon

First they’ll be playing against each other at the Centre Court, trying to beat each other for the prestigious Wimbledon women singles title, which is their 7th all-in-the-family final at a Grand Slam tournament, but first since 2003.

Then they’ll pair up to play side-by-side in the women’s doubles final. “This is what we’ve been aiming for,” Venus said. “We haven’t reached this achievement in a few years now.”

Venus is chasing for her fifth Wimbledon championship and second in a row. The last woman to successfully defend her title at the All England Club is Serena, who won the tournament in 2002 and 2003, beating Venus in each final.

Currently, Serena holds a 5-1 edge in Grand Slam finals, and 8-7 overall.

My bet would be on Venus winning it back to back at the Wimbledon Championship.

(Image by AFP/Carl de Souza)

Jul 4, 2008

Quote of the day: All eyes on China's Zheng Jie

"China has quite a lot of sports in which they lead the world."
~ Zheng Jie

Zheng Jie, might lost to Serena Williams but I bet that will not be the last time we hear from her.

She is probably now China's best bet in the upcoming Olympics tennis. There were about 100 millions people in China who watched her match against Nicole Vaidisova, so image the number of people who will keep an eye on her in the Olympics.

Hope that's not a burden though.

(Image by
AP Photo/Adam Davy)

Jul 3, 2008

Federer, Nadal and Safin move on into the semifinals

I was really disappointed with the rain delay last night because that means the quarterfinals will end very late at night.

I dozed off again while waiting for Rafael Nadal vs Andy Murray match. I woke up half way of the match and saw Nadal leading by 2 sets. It was 4.50 a.m. So I guessed Nadal was already in a safe position, it was okay for me to go back to sleep, in bed.

With Marat Safin moving on into the semifinal to meet Roger Federer after defeated hottie Feliciano Lopez, I assume it's going to be an interesting match between the former world no. 1 and the current world no.1 this coming Friday. However, with the way Federer is playing here in Wimbledon, one can only say that the top seed is already halfway booking a place into the final.

And I can confidently say that Nadal will get his chance to clinch his first Wimbledon, whether his opponent is Arnaud Clement or Rainer Schuettler (whose match was suspended last night).

Fast forward to Sunday I can't wait for the men's final...

In the meanwhile, I'm looking forward to tonight's women semifinals.

(Image by
Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Jul 2, 2008

Arnaud Clement sticks to his trademark bandana

The pictures say it all. And it seems that his 'friend' Nolwenn Leroy shares the same interest too.

(Images by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images/AP Photo/Alastair Grant/Sang Tan)

Jul 1, 2008

Who has the bigger biceps, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray? You know it.

Andy Murray can flex his muscles after winning the match against Richard Gasquet yesterday.

But wait until he meet Rafael Nadal in their fourth quarterfinals.

Murray might have the British fans backing him up tomorrow but tennis fans want to s
ee Rafael Nadal instead in the semifinals or to be precise, the final match this Sunday.

Win or lose, Mum Judy Murray and girlfriend Kim Sears will definitely be there to cheer and support him. Seems they really enjoy themselves.

(Images by AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth/CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Jun 30, 2008

Lleyton Hewitt: Bouncing baby on the way but Wimbledon campaign stops short

Lleyton Hewitt revealed that wife Bec Cartwright is expecting the couple's second child during the Australian Open campaign next year.

Happy mom and her baby bump.

Hewitt and his ex-television soap star wife have a daughter, Mia, who turns three last November. “Yeah, it's fantastic”, Hewitt was quoted in OK magazine from London. “Mia will be just over three when the baby arrives and we think she'll be a good little helper”, added Bec Hewitt.

Sad dad.

However Hewitt celebration stopped short after losing in the fourth round to top seed Roger Federer. Hewitt lost in straight sets 6-7, 2-6, 4-6. This means Federer has booked his place in the quarterfinal match against either Fernando Verdasco or Mario Ancic.

(Images by
AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus/Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Jun 29, 2008

Wimbledon 2008: Racquet abuse

Every tennis player wants a piece of that fame and fortune and their names to be remembered in the history book of Grand Slam. The championships do not just take the physical toll out of the players but also their emotions as well.

I'm not a fan of racquet abusers but I guess I understand how frustrated these players are especially when they are playing in such a prestigious tournament like the Wimbledon.

Jurgen Melzer throws his racquet onto ground, during the third round match against Arnaud Clement. Arnaud won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Janko Tipsarevic throws his racquet, during the third round match against Dmitry Tursunov but won 7-6, 7-6, 6-3.

Dinara Safina's defeat to Shahar Peer is another upset of the day. Peer won 5-7, 7-6, 8-6.

A chair is broken after Czech' Radek Stepanek smashed on it during the match against Mikhael Youzhny. Youzhny won 7-5, 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.

Lucky no one is hurt in these racquet abuse incidents.

(Images by AP Photo/Sang Tan/CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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