Thursday, July 05, 2007

Wimbledon - Swan Lake and Bartoli

OK. In the last few hours, I've been asked this question thrice and hence this post: Who am I rooting for in this Wimbledon?

I no longer cheer for "Gentlemen's Tennis" these days. For it is unusually mundane and boring. FedEx and Nadal are way way ahead of anyone else that is clearly reflected in their rankings and hardly makes for any competition. Andy Roddick comes a distant third and this makes watching men's game a little less exciting when compared to the yesteryears of the men's game. The years that passed by had a different air to them, with the likes of Sampras, Agassi, Jim Courier, Goran Ivanisevic taking to the courts, the atmosphere that much more intense, the involvement all that much more. Plus as my friend Santosh says it- where are the serve and volley plays!

(For all those jigging about on this stance of mine on FedEX and Tennis, I won't still buy your arguments about Schumi's dominance making F1 mundane though! F1 without Schumi is still like a kiss without a squeeze ;) )

Sharapove Swan Lake LookOn the other hand, the Ladies game is as exciting as it has ever been. With all the gussied up stars packing such punch, amidst shots characterized by elegance; it is nothing but a spectacle.

And Yes, intermittently you'll find some things to talk about, like there's this Swan Lake style that Ms. Sherapova was seen in this Wimbledon. Really don't know what was in her mind but she was looking like a damn swan herself. Swan or no swan, she surely disappointed her fan!

BartoliBut coming to the first question, with which this post began: Who am I cheering for this Wimbledon? Well, honestly, till yesterday I had no doubts what so ever that Justine Henin was going to win (and I was happy in the same way I am when Chelsea wins.) She's still going to win it unless Venus can pull off a performance extraordinaire, but after the 4th of July, I am totally going for this French lady Marion Bartoli after seeing her match against Michaella Krajicek! Seeded 18 for this year's event, she is what one could call a surprise survivor- the one with the weird serve and that hyper-enthusiastic dance on the baseline. She should make it to the finals. But then, why does she have to play against Justin in the semis! :(

So, who're you cheering for???


Set 1: Marion Bartoli has just been given a tennis lesson by Justin.
I think that says it all. 6-1 for Henin.

Set 2: Ms. Plumpz takes the lesson!
Who would have thought so? Bartoli wins 7-5. Boy, does she pack some punch.

Set 3: "OMG, I can lose this!!! "
Henin trails 0-4 in the decider! None around can believe it. She's simply being toyed around with.


Atishay said...

Brosnan is the secret of my energy. Who says only successful men have a woman behind them.

desh said...

sharapova mast hai, i like th way she plays but tht is not wht matters th most, i doodle over othr thngs while seein th match :)
right now its goin to be 2 all in final for nadal-fedex, seems like nadal has put clay under grass on center court

Prasoon said...


Bartoli n Sharapova will be the only ones I will cheer for in Womens tennis ;)
n yes, FedEx did prove whoz better - I don't care what stunning display Nadal put up but at the end, Federer matched Borg's record finally !

enginerd said...

Rightly said! Remember? She was the first drool-maal on our PenTheGame!

And Nadal lost. So you're happy I guess :)

Maartje van Hoorn said...

Was rooting for our own Misha (Kraaijichek) of course cause I'm a good dutch girl.

Never expected her to make it as far as she has though.


Sur said...

gals tennis has always had a lot more glamour to it and the swan lake seems to prove the point. But the men's final was a looker! felt sorry for Nadal though!

enginerd said...

Bjorg's record down. Sampras's next. Let's see how soon.

True. None expected her to make it as far as she has in this Wimbledon.
But then, she was the only player around with a Wimbledon-winner-brother. ;)

enginerd said...

Kinda hard to find a Nadal fan around here. Welcome to the club :)