Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tenth Grand Slam for Serena

Serena Williams hugs her Australian Open trophy

Three times Australian Open champion Serena Williams won her 10th grand slam title with a comfortable 6-0 6-3 victory against Russian third seed Dinara Safina in the Australian Open final. Serena also returns to the world number one spot in the rankings and completed her odd-year titles following the 2003, 2005, and 2007 successes at Melbourne Park.

The usually hot Safina, playing in her second grand slam final and first in Melbourne, struggled with her serve and created five double faults and 21 unforced errors, while Serena did not serve any double fault and made only 7 unforced errors. Serena easily took the first set 6-0 in just 22 minutes.

Safina strived harder in the second set but Serena, still too superior to beat, closed the match 6-3 in 37 minutes. A dramatic ending happened when Safina's forehand crossed the net yet fell out of the line. Serena smiled in relief and then celebrated her victory.

Serena poses in front of the Melbourne text

In the men's doubles, the American twins Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 to grab the title.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Serena and Venus obtains the Australian Open title

Serena, Venus, Hantuchova, and Sugiyama

American Serena and Venus Williams won their eight Grand Slam doubles title after the 6-3, 6-3 win over Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama.

Serena and Venus hug to each other

"(Playing doubles) definitely helps my singles," Williams said. "I have a great partner. I don't have to work too hard out there, just hit some big serves. Venus hits some big serves. We put the ball away.

"Most of all, I love to play doubles. For me it's great practice, great fun. If I'm really fit then I like to go for the win in both events."


In the men's singles, Fernando Verdasco wasted the opportunity to be the finalist of Australian Open when he lost to Rafael Nadal 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (1), and 4-6. Nadal will face 13 Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the final. Federer is seeking to his 14th Grand Slam. Meanwhile, Nadal never won a title since he took the world number one from Federer. But he would be very tired after playing in more than 5 hours today.

Verdasco created two double faults in the final game of the final set that gave Nadal easily the victory.
Rod Laver Arena during the men's semifinal between Fernando Verdasco and Rafael Nadal

Federer in the Final!

Federer wins in straight sets

Roger Federer showed one of his best performance when he demolished American seven seed Andy Roddick 6-2, 7-5, 7-5 in the 2009 Australian Open semi-final in just two hours and 17 minutes. Federer served 16 aces to Roddick's eight and made only 15 unforced errors.

Roddick's jumping sweat

The three times Australian Open champion Federer took the lead for the first time in the third game of the opening set when he reached a well-placed volley by Roddick and fired a down the line winner back past his unbelieving opponent.


Roddick had a break-point opportunity in the next game but failed to take it and he was made to pay dearly for that in the fifth when Federer broke him again then comfortably held serve for a 5-1 lead. Roddick took one more game before Federer closed the first set with an assuring 6-2.

The second and the third sets were slightly similar, in that Roddick always led the sets 5-4, but then Federer broke Roddick's serves one time to capture the sets 7-5.

Federer serves to Roddick

In the women's singles, Serena Williams, the only non-Russian semi-finalist, advances to the final after a comfortable win 6-3, 6-4 over fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva. She will face Dinara Safina, who booked the final spot with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) triumph over compatriot Vera Zvonareva.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gilles Simon Unsuccessful

French Gilles Simon challenges

Sixth-seeded Gilles Simon failed to repeat his achievement to conquer Rafael Nadal in the 2008 Mutuamadrilena Masters. In the 2009 Australian Open quarter-final, he lost 2-6, 5-7, 5-7. Nadal will face Fernando Verdasco of Spain who vanquised the 2008 Australian Openn finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.


Second seed Serena Williams goes to the semi-final after downing Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 5-7, 7-5, 6-1. She is the only American semi-finalist for the other semi-finalists are Russian Vera Zvonareva, Elena Dementieva, and Kuznetsova. Dementieva beat Carla Suarez Navarro instraights sets, 6-2, 6-2.

Serena Williams celebrates her win

Federer Dictates Del Potro to Meet Roddick

Federer smiles after beating Del Petro

Thirteen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer moved smoothly into the semi-final of the 2009 Australian Open, overpowering Argentinian 20-year-old Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 6-0, 6-0. Del Potro, though seeded eight, was not a level opponent for the three times Australian Open winner and subsided in just an hour and twenty minutes.

Federer wipes his sweat

"I thought it would be a long match," Roger said after his terrific display. "His level dropped considerately towards the end, but you have to get him to that point first. I'm happy not to have wasted any further energy after the five sets against Berdych."

Federer's backhand

Roger is looking forward to meeting Andy Roddick, who beat Serbian Novak Djokovic, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2, 2-1 in the semifinal. He does, after all, boast a 15-2 head-to-head record over the American seventh seed. He will have particularly fond memories of his last Australian Open meeting with Roddick, when he gave up just six games in winning their semi-final two years ago. However, their last competitive meeting saw the American emerge victorious at the Miami Masters last year.

Roddick progressed after the defending champion Djokovic retired in the final set due to extreme heat.

American Roddick returns the ball to Djokovic

In the women's singles, All Russian semi-final happened as seven-seeded Vera Zvonareva blowed French Marion Bartoli out in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. Bartoli was the one who overcame world number one Jelena Jankovic in the 4th Round. Zvonareva will face compatriot Dinara Safina.

Zvonareva beats Bartoli 6-3, 6-0

Dinara Safina overcomes Jelena Dokic

Safina outshone local favorite Jelena Dokic 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. After sharing 6-4, 4-6, in the first two sets, Safina showed that she was more improved in the performance, taking the third set 6-4.

Dokic leaves the court, losing to Safina

Monday, January 26, 2009

Serena Advances, Murray Out

Second seed Serena Williams of the USA is through to the last eight of the Australian Open after her teenage opponent, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, retired due to illness. Serena was one-set down and leading 4-2 when Azarenka's condition forced her to withdraw.

"I just felt weak. I was trying to keep going as much as possible. But there is nothing you can do. The last step with me, I would fall over," admitted Azarenka.

It was miserable way to go out of the competition, especially as she had Williams on the ropes. To be more precise, the Belarussian girl had the opportunity to profit from the situation, as the former champion was struggling with her serve, and was so frustrated that she received a warning at the end of the first set for using language unbecoming of a lady.

However, when she saw Azarenka start to wobble, she came over all motherly. "Honestly, I got worried," she said. "I was like, ‘Oh, my goodness’, because she started like walking really slow. The last thing she would want to do would be to fall. It was just weird. I was actually really worried."

China's Zheng Jie added another retirement of the day when her wrist injury forced her to hand the quarter-final ticket to the eight seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. The Russian was leading 4-1 and will now face Williams.

Fourth seed Elena Dementieva overcame Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2 to meet Spanish surprise Carla Suarez Navarro, who progressed to the quarter-final after a 6-3, 6-2 victory over compatriot Anabel Medina Garrigues.

In the men's singles, British Andy Murray, who was thought by numerous tennis observers to be the winner of this year's Australian Open, astonishingly crashed out in the fourth-round match against Spain's Fernando Verdasco. Murray, the fourth seed, won the first set 6-2, but Verdasco, the fourteenth seed, took the second set even more dominantly, 6-1. In the next sets, Murray has led two sets to one when he grabbed the third set 6-1, yet he had to give up his dream of winning his first Grand Slam after losing the next two sets 3-6 and 4-6.

Frenchman Gilles Simon will face top seed Rafael Nadal in the last eight. Simon proceeded 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 without completing the match as his fellow countryman Gael Monfils pulled out due to a wrist problem. Meanwhile, Fernando Gonzalez of Chile failed to repeat his success against Nadal in Australian Open 2007, and the Spaniard won in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

France will be happy to see her other player, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in the quarter-final. Tsonga downed American James Blake 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to book a meeting with Verdasco. and

Monday (1/26) results:

Men's singles

1-Rafael Nadal (ESP) def. 13-Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
6-Gilles Simon (FRA) def. 12-Gael Monfils (FRA) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, ret.
14-Fernando Verdasco (ESP) def. 4-Andy Murray (GBR) 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
5-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) def. 9-James Blake (USA) 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3)

Women's singles

2-Serena Williams (USA) def. 13-Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 3-6, 4-2, ret.
8-Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) def. 22-Zheng Jie (CHN) 4-1, ret.
4-Elena Dementieva (RUS) def. 18-Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 6-2, 6-2
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) def. 21-Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 6-3, 6-2

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Federer Knocked Berdych Down in Five Sets


Swiss ace Roger Federer struggled in the quarter-final of Australian Open 2009, downing a brave Tomas Berdych 4-6 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 6-2.

In the first set, Berdych led 2-0 and 4-1 as Federer created two double faults. It was not as if Federer wasn’t playing his usual high-quality game; he made too many unforced errors that gave Berdych advantage to lead. Federer's returns often hit the net and went far out of the court.

After losing 6-7(4) in the second set, Federer rose back to take the third set 6-4 and the fourth set with the same score.

"I am very proud of my performance today. Tomas puts great power in his forehand, backhand and also his serve. That's what makes playing him that difficult. There was loads of adrenalin in the match today, I had to keep pushing myself forward. I then managed to commit less errors, I served well, that was the key. I am very happy with the result - I was, after all, almost on the plane back home already." - Roger Federer

Federer serves to Berdych.

Besides Federer, seven-seeded Andy Roddick progressed to the quarter-final with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 win over Spanish Tommy Robredo.

Roddick defeat Robredo

In the women's singles, top seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia crashed out to French sixteen-seeded Marion Bartoli in straight sets, 1-6, 4-6. It was a big surprise. Bartoli will face Russian Vera Zvonareva who defeat fellow countrywoman Nadia Petrova 7-5, 6-4.

Dinara Safina also made it to the quarter-final, defeating French number one Alize Cornet in a tough three-setter, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. She will meet Australian comeback Jelena Dokic who beat teenager Alisa Kleybanova 7-5, 5-7, 8-6.

Alize Cornet of France serves to Dinara Safina of Russia.

Sunday (1/25) quarter-final results:
Men's singles

2-Roger Federer (SUI) def. 20-Tomas Berdych (CZE) 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
7-Andy Roddick (USA) def. 21-Tommy Robredo (ESP) 7-5, 6-1, 6-3
8-Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) def. 19-Marin Cilic (CRO) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Women's singles

16-Marion Bartoli (FRA) def. 1-Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 6-1, 6-4
3-Dinara Safina (RUS) def. 15-Alize Cornet (FRA) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
7-Vera Zvonareva (RUS) def. 10-Nadia Petrova (RUS) 7-5, 6-4
Jelena Dokic (AUS) def. 29-Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 7-5, 5-7, 8-6

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Healing Cesc feeling Fab

Cesc Fabregas admits he is feeling good both "physically and mentally" as he steps up his rehabilitation programme.

Fabregas is set to be out of action until at least April after suffering ligament damage in a tackle with Liverpool's Xabi Alonso at the Emirates Stadium last month.

It is the first long-term layoff for the 21-year-old, who was handed the captain's armband at Arsenal by manager Arsene Wenger earlier this season.

"The first two or three days after I was injured were really bad for me because something like this has never happened to me," Fabregas told Spanish sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo.

"But now I feel really good both physically and mentally and I'm ready to work hard to get back to fitness.

"I'm going to be concentrating on regaining mobility in my knee, getting back flexibility again after being sidelined for four weeks and, above all, strengthening the injured ligament.

"In a couple of days I will be able to let go of one of my two crutches."

The Spain international added he is refusing to set a timescale for his comeback.
"I haven't fixed a concrete date for my return," he said.

"At the moment all I'm thinking about is recovering from my knee injury and being fully fit to finish the season."


Friday, January 23, 2009

Federer and Roddick to the Fourth Round of Australian Open 2009


The world number two Roger Federer overpowered Russian Marat Safin in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(5). Federer only needed 26 minutes to take the first set 6-3. He will face Tomas Berdych, who beat Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.

Andy Roddick showed no mercy to French Fabrice Santoro with 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory. He served 22 aces to Santoro's four.

Most seeded players had to struggle in four set before winning the match as what Juan Martin Del Potro and Novak Djokovic did to down unseeded Gilles Muller and Amer Delic.

4th round Saturday (01/23) results:
Men's singles
1-Roger Federer (SUI) def. 26-Marat Safin (RUS) 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(5)
20-Tomas Berdych (CZE) def. 15-Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4
19-Marin Cilic (CRO) def. 11-David Ferrer (ESP) 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-4
8-Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) def. Gilles Muller (LUX) 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3, 7-5
3-Novak Djokovic (SRB) def. Amer Delic (USA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
21-Tommy Robredo (ESP) def. Yen-hsun Lu (TPE) 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
7-Andy Roddick (USA) def. Fabrice Santoro(FRA) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

Women's singles
3-Dinara Safina (RUS) def. 25-Kaia Kanepi (ESP) 6-2, 6-2
15-Alize Cornet (FRA) def. 19-Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
16-Marion Bartoli (FRA) def. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
Jelena Dokic (AUS) def. 11-Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
29-Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) def. 5-Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2
7-Vera Zvonareva (RUS) def. Sara Errani (ITA) 6-4, 6-1
10-Nadia Petrova (RUS) def. Galina Vaskoboeva (KAZ) 6-1, ret
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) def. Ai Sugiyama (JPN) 6-4, 6-4

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Arsenal Back to the Winning Way

Arsenal's Johan Djourou challenges Hull City's Daniel Cousin during their English Premier League soccer match in Hull January 17, 2009. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis (BRITAIN).

Arsenal took revenge on Hull City 3-1 (Saturday, 1/17) when they visited KC Stadium. At first, it seemed a draw when, in the 65th minute, Daniel Cousin equalized Emmanuel Adebayor's first goal he had scored in the 30th minute. Nevertheless, Samir Nasri and Nicklas Bendtner relieved the Gunners after scoring in the last nine minutes (Nasri 82', Bendtner 86').

"When they scored to make it 1-1 I was a bit worried. But we stuck together and played some good football," Robin van Persie told Setanta Sports 1.
"The win was really important because this was a difficult away game. The first game was in our minds, it was tough for us to come back."

Other Barclays Premier League Saturday (1/17) results:

Manchester City 1-0 Wigan
Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City
Bolton 0-1 Manchester United
West Bromwich 3-0 Middlesbrough
Sunderland 1-2 Aston Villa
Blackburn 3-0 Newcastle
Hull City 1-3 Arsenal

Sunday (1/18) fixtures:

West Ham vs. Fulham
Tottenham Hotspurs vs. Portsmouth

Monday (1/19) fixtures:

Liverpool vs. Everton (COME ON EVERTON!)

Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung Only Win the Mixed Doubles Title

In Korea Open final in Seoul, Lee Yong-dae played with Jung Jae-sung in the final against Danish Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen. The second seeded lost to Boe and Mogensen 12-22, 22-24 in 45 minutes. The first set was quick, mostly dominated by Boe/Mogensen. They led the first game without giving the Korean pairs a chance to have more points over Boe/Mogensen.

The second game was harder. After leaving Lee/Jung 12-8, Lee/Jung fighted back. However, they finally failed to be the better of the game, losing 22-24.

Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Kyung-won's fate was not better. They were even defeated easier by Chien Yu-chin/Cheng Wen-hsing of Taiwan 19-21, 8-21.

Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung could cheer Korean fans by winning the mixed doubles event. They overpowered Songphon Anugritayawon and Kuchala Worawichitchaikul of Thailand without any difficulty. Lee Yong-dae/Lee Hyo-jung were always ahead in points, winning 21-8 and 21-7 in just 23 minutes.

Denmark grabbed two more titles from Peter Gade who defeated Malaysian Lee Chong Wei 21-18, 10-21, 21-17 in men's singles event, and from Tine Rasmussen, who subdued France's Chinese-born Pi Hongyan 21-19, 21-19.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Who Can Stop Roger Federer?

Federer raises his trophy in Kooyong Classic.

Roger Federer downed his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-3, in just 57 minutes. Wawrinka played nervously that he gave Federer three break points in the first set. Federer took the second set 6-3 to obtain his second AAMI Classic title. He will be a favorite for the Australian Open that started on Sunday.

Federer's forehand

Federer smiles at Kooyong Classic, when he competed against Wawrinka.

Korean Men's, Women's, and Mixed Doubles on Final

Lee Yong Dae in Korea Open 2009 semi-final
Lee Yong-dae's shot

Semifinal of Korea Open today was a success for local players. Men's doubles pair Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung thrashed third-seeded Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen in 26 minutes. The Malaysia Open 2009 champions dominated the match as they took the first set 21-11. Paaske and Rasmussen didn't improved well in the second set that Lee/Jung left the Danish 14-7 and won 21-11, 21-7.

“Lars has been sick all week,” said Jonas Rasmussen. “He was shivering during the warm-up and I brought nothing to the match. You just can’t beat this team if you don’t bring you’re A-game."

In the women's doubles, Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Kyung-won, who had gained the Malaysia Open title last week, are too good for Olympic 2004 gold-medalist Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen. They subdued the Chinese 21-16, 18-21, and 21-10. Hyo-jung and Kyung-won will fight for the Korea Open title against top-seed Cheng Wen-hsing and Chien Yu-chin, who crushed Chinese Gao Ling/Wei Yili 21-15, 21-17.

Then, Lee Yong-dae/Lee Hyo-jung will play in the final after defeating Hong Kong's Wiratama/Chau Hoi Wah 21-16, 21-11. Songpol Anukritayawan and Kuchala Worawichitchaikul of Thailand is the Korean Olympic 2008 gold winners' opponent in the final tomorrow.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Choong Tan Fook/Lee Wan Wah Crashes Out

In Yonex Korea Open, five-seeded Badminton players, Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah was out after the Taiwanese Fang Chieh Min and Lee Sheng Mu defeat them in straight set, 21-14, 22-20, taking just 25 minutes.

Choong/Lee were only ahead of Fang/Lee in the start of the first game. But soon, the Taiwanese found the way to stop Choong/Lee. They continued to prevail throughout the first game.

The second set was tougher. They raced to get points, but the senior players Choong/Lee was lost 20-22.

Semifinal, Saturday (1/17) Fixtures:

Zhou Mi (CHN) vs. Pi Hongyan (FRA)
Tine Rasmussen (DEN) vs. Wang Chen (HKG)

Lee Yong-dae/Jung Jae-sung (KOR) vs. Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen (DEN)
Fang Chieh Min/Lee Sheng Mu (TPE) vs. Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (DEN)

Lee Yong-dae/Lee Hyo-jung (KOR) vs. Johan Wiratama/Chau Hoi Wah (HKG)
Songpol Anukritayawan/Kuchala Worawichitchaikul (THA) vs. V Diju/Jwala Gutta (IND)

Lee Hyo-jung/Lee Kyung-won (KOR) vs. Zhang Jiewen/Yang Wei (CHN)
Gao Ling/Wei Yili (CHN) vs. Cheng Wen-Hsing/Chien Yu-Chin (TPE)

Lee Chong Wei (MAS) vs. Przemyslaw Wacha (POL)
Peter Gade (DEN) vs. Simon Santoso (INA)

Korea Open Seeded Players March On

South Korean mixed doubles Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung progress into the quarter-final of Korea Open after defeating Mikel Delbo Larsen and Mie Schjoett-Kristensen of Denmark 21-15, 21-12. The second seeded only needed 23 minutes to down Larsen/Schjoett-Kristensen. The Danish pair never surpassed Lee/Lee's points except leading 2-1 in the second set.

Second-seeded Lee Yong-dae, paired with Jung Jae-sung in the men's doubles, also grabbed an easy win 21-13, 21-10 over Japan's Kenichi Hayakawa and Kenta Kazuno.

Quarter-final, Thursday (1/15) selected results:

Men's singles

1-Lee Chong Wei (MAS) def. Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (THA) 21-14, 21-9
6-Park Sung-hwan (KOR) def. Sho Sasaki (JPN) 21-12, 21-4
7-Przemyslaw Wacha (POL) def. Arvind Bhat (IND) 11-21, 21-14, 23-21
Shon Wan-ho (KOR) def. 5-Joachim Persson (DEN) 21-14, 21-13
3-Peter Gade (DEN) def. Ng Wei (HKG) 21-10, 21-10
8-Simon Santoso (INA) def. Chong Wei Feng (MAS) 21-13, 21-15

Women's singles

1-Zhou Mi (HKG) def. Bae Seung-hee (KOR) 21-18, 21-10
6-Petya Nedeltcheva (BUL) def. Sayako Sato (JPN) 21-13, 21-9
4-Pi Hongyan (FRA) def. Sung Ji-hyun (KOR) 21-1, 21-17
7-Hwang Hye-youn (KOR) def. Bae Youn-joo (KOR) 21-13, 21-11
3-Wang Chen (HKG) def. Julia Wong (MAS) 21-14, 15-21, 21-5
2-Tine Rasmussen (DEN) def. Pia Zebadiah Bernadet (INA) 21-17, 21-16

Men's doubles

Fang Chieh-Min/Lee Sheng-Mu (TPE) def. 1-Markis Kido/Hendra Setiawan (INA) 21-10, 11-21, 21-18
5-Choong Tan Fook/Lee Wan Wah (MAS) def. Alven Yuliant/Hendra Gunawan (INA) 11-21, 21-16, 21-19
3-Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen (DEN) def. Rupesh Kumar/Sanave Thomas (IND) 21-10, 21-15
Han Sang-hoon/Shin Baek-choel (KOR) def. 6-Chan Chong Ming/Chew Choon Eng (MAS) 21-16, 13-21, 22-20
2-Lee Yong-dae/Jung Jae-sung (KOR) def. Kenichi Hayakawa/Kenta Kazuno (JPN) 21-13, 21-10

Women's doubles

2-Lee Hyo-jung/Lee Kyung-won (KOR) def. Jenny Wallwork/Gabrielle White (ENG) 21-15, 21-4
5-Gao Ling/Wei Yili (CHN) def. Petya Nedeltcheva (BUL)/Mie Schjoett-Kristensen (DEN) 21-13, 21-17

Mixed doubles

V Diju/Jwala Gutta (IND) def. 1-Nova Widhianto/Lilyana Natsir (INA) 10-21, 21-16, 21-9
2-Lee Yong-dae/Lee Hyo-jung (KOR) def. Mikel Delbo Larsen/Mia Schjoett-Kristensen (DEN) 21-15, 21-12

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Federer is Second Seeded in Aussie Open

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer believes he can still win a grand slam to equal Pete Sampras 14 grandslams winner record.

"I feel like I'm fit enough, motivated enough, experienced enough that I can win many more," he said.

He is also optimistic to win all four grand slams in one year, as what Rod Laver did in 1969.

Federer said that it is possible still, to be quite honest, because conditions have kind of slowed down."

"I don't think Wimbledon is that terribly fast any more and the US Open and the Australian Open feel pretty similar.

"If you are on top of things they can fall your way. Obviously you've got to win the Australian to start off with a chance but I think it is still possible," said Federer.

Federer now played in AAMI Classic, and won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) against Fernando Verdasco.

"I'll play enough tennis this week, it's better to be on the match court," he said. "The second set wasn't the best of levels, he was struggling with the sun and I couldn't capitalise."

Federer advanced to the final. He will face the winner of Friday's Promotion round match.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Good News and Not-So-Good News

It's football first. Arsenal won 1-0 over Bolton Wanderers in Emirates Stadium. Nicklas Bendtner scored the only goal at the 84th minute. Stoke City held Liverpool without any goal. It makes the distance between Arsenal and Liverpool eight points now.

In Old Trafford, Manchester United will play against Chelsea. This would be a big match for the second and third-positioned team. Man Utd has a good record at home while Chelsea has a good record at away.

"Losing the Champions League final to any team is difficult but to lose to one of your big rivals is hard to take," Rooney told United Review.
"The next game against that team is always going to be a big one, with people talking about the final and the players no doubt thinking about it as well.
"You could definitely tell it was still on their minds and I am sure it will be the case again tomorrow - I bet our fans will be reminding them."

Now for tennis, top seed Serena Williams makes strenous effort to beat Australian Samantha Stosur at the Sydney International 6-3, 6-7 (4), and 7-5. In the final set, Stosur led 5-4 and 40-0, but she failed to take advantage. Serena finally won 7-5.

British Andy Murray triumphed at Qatar Open after downing Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-2, even though he was injured when he faced Federer in the semi-final. How sad!

Elena Dementieva beat her compatriot Elena Vesnina to grab Auckland Classic title. In Brisbane, teenager Victoria Azarenka won over Marion Bartoli to achieve her first WTA Tour title.

Badminton Malaysia Open results:

Lilyana Natsir/Nova Widhianto (INA) def. Lee Hyo-jung/Lee Yong-dae (KOR) 22-20, 21-18
Tine Rasmussen (DEN) def. Zhou Mi (CHN) 21-17, 15-21, 21-16
Lee Chong Wei (MAS) def. Park Sung-hwan (KOR) 21-14, 21-13
Lee Hyo-jung/Lee Kyung-won (KOR) def. Zhang Jiewen/Yang Wei (CHN) 21-15, 21-12
Lee Yong-dae/Jung Jae-sung (KOR) def. Alvent Yulianto/Hendra Aprida Gunawan (INA) 18-21, 21-14, 21-14

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Qatar Open, Hopman Cup, and FA Cup

News from Qatar ExxonMobil Open:


The tournament begins tomorrow. After Roger Federer's failure in Abu Dhabi, he seeks his first title this year here. If Federer and top seed Rafael Nadal pass all their opponents, they will meet in the final for the first time after Wimbledon 2008, where Federer lost in five sets. This will be a good opportunity for Federer's revenge. Besides them, third-seed Andy Murray and fourth-seed Andy Roddick will heat the tournament atmosphere. Hope you're on top of your performance and win it, Rogi!

See official draw from

Hopman Cup, Perth

France was too tough for Asian Hopman Cup winners Taiwan. France, represented by world number seven Gilles Simon and France's best women's singles player Alize Cornet, overcome Taiwan 3-0.

In the first match, eighteen-year-old Cornet gave the first point for her country after defeating Hsieh Su-Wei 6-4, 6-4. This is Cornet's debut in this mixed tournament.

"It's a good feeling. It was really tough because I just arrived yesterday in Australia so I’m not really in the time zone because it’s three o’clock in the morning in France. I’m playing in the night and sometimes I was completely out of breath," Cornet said.

Next, Simon beat Lu Yen-Hsun 6-3, 7-6 (6). He took the first set easily, but the fighting Lu made it harder for Simon to take the second set. He tied the score 3-3 and forced Simon in a tie-breaker.

Simon and Cornet subdued the Taiwanese pair 6-4, 7-6 (9), completing the first two matches.

Today, Russia played against Italy and win 2-1. Dinara Safina won 7-5, 6-3 over Flavia Pennetta, and her brother Marat Safin defeated Simone Bolelli 7-6 (5), 6-4 on the back of 14 aces. It was the first time for the Safins to play together in Hopman Cup, and the Italians took their revenge by winning the last match 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (10/2). They still have an opportunity to reach the final.

FA Cup (1/3) results:

reuters: Aaron Ramsey and Samir Nasri challange Plymouth's Chris Clark

Hartlepool 2-0 Stoke City
Cardiff 2-0 Reading
Kettering 2-1 Eastwood Town
Macclesfield 0-1 Everton
Hull City 0-0 Newcastle
Coventry 2-0 Kidderminster
Chelsea 1-1 Southend
Arsenal 3-1 Plymouth (van Persie 47', 85', Bendtner/Gray o.g. 50')
Forest Green 3-4 Derby County
Charlton 1-1 Norwich
Leicester 0-0 Crystal Palace
Watford 1-0 Scunthorpe
Ipswich 3-0 Chesterfield
West Brom 1-1 Petersborough
QPR 0-0 Burnley
Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Fulham
Milwall 2-2 Crewe
West Ham United 3-0 Barnsley
Sunderland 2-1 Bolton
Torquay 1-0 Blackpool
Portsmouth 0-0 Bristol City
Manchester City 0-3 Nottingham Forest
Middlesbrough 2-1 Barrow
Preston 0-2 Liverpool


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Federer lost to Murray

Roger in Dubai for training
Again in Abu Dhabi exhibition, world number two Roger Federer was beaten by British Andy Murray 6-4, 2-6, and 6-7 (6). Murray had failed in the deciding set 0-3 and Federer left Murray 4-1 and then 6-3 in the tie-breaker. Murray struggled to win the third set 7-6.

"I think it's just that I haven't played a match in six or seven weeks. Today was pretty physical, I did a lot of running, so I'm sure it's just a bit stiff," he told Sky Sports. (

Murray had beaten Federer in the last two matches of Madrid Masters 2008 and Tennis Masters Cup 2008.

It was hard for Federer to be the winner of Australian Open if he keeps playing like this.