Archive for August 29, 2009

Donald Young

I’ve seen him few years ago, in SI. The large picture was taken from above while he was about to strike out a powerful serve. It captured the motion beautifully, as well as the greenish eye color. Really cool.

“Please do better than James Blake.” I remembered thinking to myself.

Ph of .. fill in the blankAfter the BBQ, I returned to collect Pumpkin at USTA. We agreed to see one more match. Donald it is.

We were waiting for the break to enter the court. One young Asian boy holding the huge fizzle ball elbowed his way to the front while his dad looked on.

The Donald won the game in 2 sets.

I went down to take a picture, hoping for a frontal. Couldn’t forget his eyes.

The Asian boy was down there too. I heard the father telling him in Chinese

“Get his signature. He’ll be a star.”

I laughed to myself.

At age 20? Not likely.

I wished he were in top 5.

USA is really lacking behind.

Where is the next generation of players?

Couple of good looking players .. Ksenia Lykina of Russia in blue trim, and Andrea Hlavackova of Cze in one piece and the phantom of … fill in the blank 🙂

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The qualifying rounds at US Open 2009

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Kai-Chen Chang 張凱貞 in black skirt of Taiwan vs Sharon Fichman, in black top of Canada.

Chang was leading 5:1 when we arrived. Then she lost that set in tie break. Second set she was 3:0 when I returned. Quickly it became 3:3. Somehow she held her ground and won. I left for a BBQ before she finally took the match at 6:1 in 3rd set.

Sharon looked to her coach all the time, finally the coach left.
Be independent girl. You’ve got to figure out a way to handle the situation .. to win.
The guy who dispensed opinion of the Canadian said that the top 100 can make a comfortable living.
I remembered Tony said 50. Guess each one’s standard of living differs.

Zhang Shuai was about to take the Court 8. Pumpkin didn’t want to mingle with us, so she stayed, reporting Zhang’s match .. who lost 6:2 and 6:3.

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