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2-6 & 6-4

67 degrees! On top of losing all my serves, I’ve TWO double faults. OMG … After the game, I went to tuina. And the topic was pretty much about the Wuhan virus; and the dr said, the virus was originated in Hawaii and then Wuhan. Sad but true that people are easily fooled. A new house went up with a glazing fancy roof.

67 degrees 🎾 2-6, 6-4 🎾
67度 热呼呼的一日 又回到非洲了 [得意]
2 盘 没赢一个发球局 + 2个双失误
😂

然后去推拿 上海音重重的医生说
“你来法拉盛干什么?”
🎾
“你疯了 还在打球?”
不打更疯 …
“你能在家里呆几天吗?至少几个星期不要去打球”
那肯定全疯
😂[偷笑]
站着活 开心死
星期一快乐

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Maria retired and no one cares

The courts become quieter, which is great 网球场上安静了好多 … 谢谢退阵

2020.3.03: Immediately after Maria Sharapova announced her retirement last week, Serena Williams was trending on Twitter.

Perhaps unfairly, hoards of tennis fans chose to remember Sharapova as the woman Serena beat 20 times rather than for any of her achievements.

Unlike in other sports, when a retirement announcement sees a flood of tweets from former teammates and competitors, Sharapova’s official goodbye didn’t lead to an outpouring of memories on social media, at least not from many of her peers.

And especially not from Serena.

Sharapova’s 16-year battle with Serena

Sharapova and Serena had a very frosty relationship during the 16 years in which they both played on the WTA tour, with Sharapova infamously saying they’d ‘never be friends’ in 2017.

When Sharapova won her first grand slam by beating Serena at Wimbledon in 2004, the sport thought it had its new princess and a budding rivalry.

But that rivalry never materialised, at least not on court.

Serena and Sharapova met 22 times, and Serena won 20 of those matches – a 90.9 winning percentage for Serena.

Yet Sharapova has a thinly veiled dislike of Serena, and the feeling is mutual.

In her 2016 memoir, Sharapova wrote fairly extensively about her opponent, admitting that at the 2002 Wimbledon champions ball her “body just would not let me” stand to salute that year’s winner, even as the rest of the room welcomed Serena, who had just won the singles title over Venus and the doubles title with Venus, with an ovation.

Somewhat bizarrely, Serena shows up on the second page of the prologue in Sharapova’s memoir.

“Serena Williams has marked the heights and limits of my career,” Sharapova wrote.

“Our stories are intertwined. I approach every match against her with trepidation and respect … I’ve beaten all the players who have beaten Serena, but it’s been nearly impossible for me to beat Serena herself.”

Why Sharapova thinks Serena hates her

The first time they played one another, in Miami in 2004, Sharapova described Serena thusly: “Her physical appearance is much stronger and bigger than you realise watching TV. She has thick arms and thick legs and is so intimidating and strong. And tall, really tall.”

In reality, Sharapova is about five inches taller than Serena, but clearly she had a picture to paint. And it’s not a nice one.

According to Sharapova, in the locker room after her win against Serena in the 2004 final, Serena collapsed into “guttural, heaving sobs.”

“It went on and on. I got out as quickly as I could, but she knew I was there,” she wrote.

“People often wonder why I have had so much trouble beating Serena; she’s owned me in the past ten years. My record against her is 2-19.

Maria Sharapova, pictured here after beating Serena Williams to win Wimbledon in 2004.View photos
Maria Sharapova shocked the world by beating Serena Williams to win Wimbledon in 2004. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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“In analysing this, people talk about Serena’s strength, her serve and confidence, how her particular game matches up to my particular game, and, sure there is truth to all of that; but, to me, the real answer was there, in this locker room, where I was changing and she was bawling.

“I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon.

“But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. She’s never forgiven me for it.

“Not long after the tournament, I heard that Serena told a friend, who then told me, ‘I will never lose to that little b*tch again.”

莎娃退休 没人出声
一般球员正式告别后, 会导致社交媒体上的记忆泛滥,尤其同行之间. 但是莎娃非但没有,小威反而上了热搜. 二妞同事16年: 交手22次, 莎娃输了20次.
她的第二个赢来自2004温网. 据她自己写 “比赛结束后不久, 小威告诉一个朋友, 那个朋友告诉我: “小威发誓从此不会再输过那个小婊子” I will never lose to that little b*tch again. 哈哈哈 小威信守了自己的诺言

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6-4, 6-2, 4-6 and noodles

Kissena Park
Flushing, NY

The first game under the sun. The out door always feels so much nicer than in door! I played so well, with a new partner, Christ who runs! A guy in the next court says, ‘…wish I’ve your legs.’ Oh well.

I shopped at the Chinese grocery store. All is normal. This brand of noodle, Kyoto Ramen is NOT my fave – too much baking soda, perhaps.

 

🎾 6-4, 6-2, 4-6 🎾 [得意]

远远的 一哥们儿隔着场地跟我打招呼
“你好” 之后我问搭档 “他是谁?”
“老蔡呀” 搭档惊讶于我不记得旧搭档
😂
矮油 俺的眼睛已经退化到了这个地步
过一会我救了一个球
隔壁的哥们儿 说
“你看不见我们 为什么看得见🎾 呀?”
[偷笑]
是呀 … 有理喔 …

“🎾长得都一样 …” 强词夺理一番

大家打的都好 [强]

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Three times a week

This week, I played three mornings, reporting for work at 7am – playing with a new partner, preparing for the little tourney this coming Sunday. 起早贪黑 work from down to dusk is an understatement -:)

 

Today is windy, the wet ground under the blue skies is sure very pretty!

 

12.24.2019 … a sound sleep …

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The last game of 2019

On the last day of the year

12.31

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Day 6 @ China Open

It’s the semi final at China Open 2019.

After getting lost & seeing the sunset, I finally made it to the Open via subway/Metro. But first thing first: there is NO cross road from the Lincui subway station to the stadium. You run as fast as you can while the cars non stop coming. I never said living in Beijing is easy.

  

See the multiple outlet power strip on the rail – in the red circle … Oh my.

And yes, the railing obstructs our view.

We watched the women’s singles Caroline Wozniacki losing 4 and 2 to Naomi Osaka who went on to win the tourney. Dominic Thiem beating Stefanos Tsitsipas, 3–6, 6–4, 6–1 to win men’s title.

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China Open day 2


Tickets are plentiful but I couldn’t purchase because the site didn’t seem to be available. The Diamond 钻石球场 is the main venue, is nearly empty. The upper level is $54 (¥380) and $115 (¥800) for the box seats, day or nigh session. Tickets for the Lotus 莲花球场 is $15 (¥100) for the whole day.

Oct 5, Day 6

The stadium is only a few years old but there are signs of aging or poor workmanship. The forecast is a sunny day but there is NO blue skies. This lady is wearing a massive mask.

The first pair up is Murray vs Berrettini 母雷 对 杯雷踢泥, followed by Dominic Thiem won over Richard Gasquet and Sloane Stephens vs Zhen Saisai. Murray has many fans. After the match, he tossed his sweat drenched t shirt to the crowds and two men broke into a fight over it. A team of security men came out almost immediately … Murray tossed them another.

There are curtains by the entrance to the seats. For what?

Another odd ball is Sofitel: instead having a plain stand to promotion their brand, they’ve a food concession. The water is regulated by the sponsoring brand. So when I ask for two bottles of water, the girl said they don’t have it. A guy nearby came over, said to her, “sell her this brand but put them into two paper cups.”

Why any organizer would make water supply so difficult? Especially when there isn’t a water fountain – China’s tap water is not readily drinkable…

A woman dressed in red came out with two women in toe, holding a gold plate with balls. Thiem signs them and hits out. Because the stadium is so empty, two of the balls falls back to court – no one is there to catch them.

Beijing Open – getting there was some story.

     

中国公开赛

赶到现场的经历也挺刺激的
一个路上兜
一个地下跑

相遇就是缘分 [玫瑰]

几乎空空如也的赛事
网站也不行
球童需要训练 – 没眼力见

5⃣️ 怪她吗?艳阳天的预报 但是没有蓝天
7⃣️ 帘子是干嘛的?

后面一个爱说的小姑娘 她重多的经典之一是 “…外国人的味道 …”

二个男粉为了争母丢的汗水浇灌的衣服 … 大打出手 😱 五个保安立马出现 [奸笑]

Day 11, Oct 2: BTV, Beijing TV board cast the Bianca Andreascur’s match against …. At 6:40pm, Anderascu has the match point, the announcers say, “we’ll see you tonight.”

What is this??? A point a away from the match, they cut it off.

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China Open 2019

This year, it runs from Sept 30 to Oct 6. (2016 is here) For some reason, the Tickets tab is NOT working. And the Draw has winners already. Pretty funny -:)

Oct 2: the match results are not posted and updated. This might be the only tourney that girls are paid more than the boys: $1,523,256 v $733,990, according to wikipedia.

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The men’s final


I’ve never cheered for Nadal the swarthy as I do now, as he’s battling for the 2019 US Open title… but at the same time, feeling for the other players who retired without winning a grand slam title. The following four won 78 grand slam titles in 20 years, out of 80 opportunities (… somehow I felt my math isn’t right … and btw, doesn’t Daniil Medvedev look like Fredo in The Godfather?) but here it is – after Nadal won the 2019 US Open:

  1. Serena 1981 won 23 since 1999 ($90m)
  2. Federer 1981 won 20 since 2003  (126m)
  3. Nadal 1986 won 19 since 2005 ($111m)
  4. Djokovic 1987 won 16 since 2008 ($134m)

Medvedev’s speech at the trump ceremony summed up nicely and it’s heart felt … good for him …

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Singles line for a threesome

The fourth chickened out right before the match, so we played threesome. The first set was singles line for us and doubles line for the lonely player. We lost. Then they decided to play the singles line altogether … it was fun and we managed to win 3-2 over five sets.

The weather is glorious – the little wind (probably from the hurricane Dorian) at times could stir up some mishit. The autumn is here with my flowers.

 

🎾 3-2, a win with an unfair advantage
12,580 steps 步
赢的也没啥好高兴的:我们2人对1人
有几个小鲜肉真的就是那么牛 🐂
赢的挺辛苦💦

小建议:三人行时 打单线 🎾 有趣
今天的香蕉🍌软硬适中

俺秋天的花
可以吹吹牛
是同一丛 只是光线不同 – 春天刚刚开时是白色的

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