Archive for June 12, 2008

Opening Volley

Once in a while, Sports Illustrated will run some lengthy articles on the past events.  This Ping-Pong story is interesting, as if the American star Glenn Cowan had inadvertly set US-China partner or relationship in motion by flaggering down the wrong bus in Japan – a busload of Chinese athletes.  And the Chinese star Zhuang Zedong had guts to give him a gift.  America at that time, 1971 was still billed as US Aggressors and All Their Running Dogs, 🙂 .. still remember this?

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The Moneymen

Ana Ivanovic said that she won’t be where she is (or at least this quickly) without Dan Holzmann, a Switzerland based businessman.  They met when she’s 14 and he funded her career since, now becomes her manager.  This leads me to Dream Girl – just wondering where Yuan Meng now and will she play the US Open this year? Talent aside, Ana is far more lucky one than the rest. I first saw her play at Rogers last summer, then suddenly she was everywhere. At this year French Open, her shots were just so lethal and unbelievable.  Not sure Yuan Meng has Ana’s talent, but a wise moneyman could have furthered her career.  I’m sure Dan Holzmann would not just fund anyone who can swing a tennis racket.  Come to think, Zina Garrison didn’t learn to play tennis until she’s 14 years old!  Each of us have our own destiny that’s coutured by our desire, drive, chance and timing. 


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