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Grand Slams 2008: A Look Back

What a year it was for grand slam tennis. With the last major of the year drawing to a close in New York, I think this is the perfect time to look back at the year that was. Let’s begin after the cut, shall we? Read the rest of this entry »

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Ana Celebrates French Open Win with Cross-Dressing and Debauchery

If you’re Ana Ivanovic and you just won your first slam, how would you celebrate? Watch your coaches and brother run around the Arc de Triomphe while each wearing a dress that you were sporting on court the past two weeks? Yes. And that’s what she did. Well, the police stopped them before they could actually start running but still. Ana you win the award for most creative post-slam celebration, that’s for sure.

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A Look Back: Roland Garros 2008

Roland Garros 2008 in pictures (after the cut) Read the rest of this entry »

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Domination

Rafael Nadal won his fourth consecutive French Open in a dominating performance over Roger Federer. Nadal played almost perfectly winning 6-1, 6-3, 6-0. The win pretty much solidifies Rafa as the greatest clay court player of all time.

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Third Time’s A Charm

Third time really is a charm for Ana Ivanovic, who won her maiden grand slam after two unsuccessful finals. That trophy looks like its meant to be in her hands. More photos after the cut. Read the rest of this entry »

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Roland Garros Women’s Semifinals Preview

Semifinal #1: Safina vs. Kuznetsova

In this all-Russian affair we see World number 4, Svetlana Kuznetsova, take on 13 seed Dinara Safina. This is Safina’s first grand slam semifinal and may have gotten a little lucky to get here, as her previous two opponents pretty much choked the match away. Kuznetsova is much more experienced on the big stage, having reached three grand slam finals, including one here in 2006, and winning the 2004 U.S. Open. Svetlana is also one of the best movers on the clay and can hit shot for shot with Safina. This means Kuznetsova will be able to neutralize Safina’s power and make her hit a lot of balls, which usually spells trouble for those who hit as flat and hard as Safina. Look for Kuznetsova to use her heavy top spin forehand and superior movement to take out Safina.

Prediction: Kuznetsova in three

Semifinal #2: Jankovic vs. Ivanovic

This blockbuster semifinal has the two Serbian starlets, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, fight it out for a place in the final and the Serbian #1. Ana Ivanovic has been playing lights out, having not lost a set in five matches and dishing out a double bagel in the 4th round. Her monster forehand is on fire and even her backhand is giving her winners. Jelena Jankovic has been struggling with a forearm injury. She just isn’t getting any pop off her forehand, which is going to give Ivanovic plenty of sitters to rip off both wings. This Ivanovic’s match to win or lose, if she can keep her toss under control, she should find herself in her third grand slam final.

Prediction: Ivanovic in two tight sets

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To Write “Paris” on Her Arm

In an attempt to win over the volatile Paris crowd, Jelena Jankovic wrote on her arm bandage, “I ❤ Paris”.

The effort seemed to pay off as Jelena defeated Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-3, 6-2. This obviously works a whole lot better than calling the entire Paris crowd “fucking assholes”, a la Maria Sharapova.

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What’s in the Bag, Rafa?

Toward the end of the second set in his match versus Fernando Verdasco, Rafa Nadal’s coach/uncle, Toni Nadal, sent down this mystery bag to Rafa.

It appeared to be some sort of food item, as Rafa looked to be eating something out of the bag, while still keeping the food concealed. Even Mary Carillo was stumped by the mystery bag. Whatever it was, it helped Rafa roll to a 6-1, 6-0, 6-2 victory.

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Ivanovic Storms Into Roland Garros Quarterfinals

Ana Ivanovic utterly destroyed Petra Cetkovska, 6-0, 6-0, in the Roland Garros 4th round Sunday morning. Ana has been playing lights out the entire tournament, having not lost a set in four rounds. With the retirement of Henin and the early exit of the Williams sisters, this tournament is probably Ivanovic’s best chance to get over her Grand Slam hump.

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World Number 1’s Find Form and a Place in 4th Round

World Number 1’s, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, found their game in their third round matches on Day 7 of Roland Garros. Federer has been struggling (by his standards) this whole year, winning only one small title in Estoril. His dismantling of Mario Ancic, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, shows that he is completely recovered from the mono that plagued him at the beginning of the year. Sharapova, however, has been having a stellar year, winning the Australian Open, and having a record of 30-2. She struggled through the first two rounds against opponents ranked outside the top 100, being taken to the third in both matches. In the second set of her third round against Karin Knapp, she turned it back on winning it, 6-0.

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