Thursday, January 18, 2007

Sania Mania Over

Sania Mania Over .It had hardly started, sania lived up to the expectations of getting knocked out in the second round of major tournaments. Sania lost to Asian compatriate Japanese Aiko Nakamura ranked 10-12 seed lower then mirza in straight sets 63 62 in a game full of unforced errors. Sania committed 26 unforced errors compared to Aiko's 9. Nakamura will now meet 6th seed three time champion Hingis in the 3rd round who defeated Russian Alla Kudryavtseva 62 62. Mirza has advanced to second round of the doubles event of the tournament but I expect the same story. Sania you need a better coach , your dad is not enough if you want to be consistent and want to win a major tournament , though you can keep performing like this and earn money from endorsements because what ever you will achieve will be the benchmark for other Indians and I don't see any other decent player coming in 3-4 years. Waiting for the huge void which will be left when Paes and Bhupati will retire, although loads of tennis clubs have come up but still quality caoching is not there to make a better player. Talent has to combined with quality guidance and coaching.

Big Fights

Kim Clijsters defeated another Asian Japan’s Akiko Morigami in straight sets 6-3, 6-0 to advance into third round. If it goes on like this Clijsters is on course to meet Hingis who completed her 50th victory in the Australian Open after two more rounds i.e the quaterfinals. Both hingis and clijsters are playing matches at the same time on this Clijsters said
"I think it happened on our first matches. I think we almost won at around the same time. And then we came into the locker room and we started laughing, and she's like, Damn, you beat me, you were there first,"

Till now there is no upset in the women side with all the top 12 seeded players through to round three, but there was an upset in men's category Gael Monfils knocked out 2006 finalist Marcos Baghdatis 76 62 26 60. Monfils is slowly becoming crowd favourite with his fist-pumping antics and collection of impossible looking shots.

Another big match is coming on friday night with men's heavy weights Roddick and Safin battling out for round four qualification. Both have faced each other 6 times with safin winning the last match (5 setter) played long back in 2005.
Serena will also meet no 5 seed Nadia Petrova in the 3rd round. Petrova has not faced Serena since that momentous 2005 Australian Open, where Petrova was beaten 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 by Serena in the fourth round. Serena holds a 5-1 lead over Nadia but I put my money on petrova.

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