Archive for July, 2013

Two small teams of summer 2013

I’ve never seen a team forfeited so many matches during a season – one team with 12 players (both 1st time captains) canceled six courts the other with 13 players (one 1st timer) canceled four courts – This summer season has only nine matches (45 courts in total). I think with 9 teams I’ve captained over four years,  I only canceled one court due to snow storm which the league ended up canceling all the matches that day.  Megan Bridget Gaul/ Sally A. Foster; and Elaine Philis/Diana Nikkhah Harfouche



D=doubles & S=singles:

4/20, match #1003516532, one court, D
4/23, #1003516534, one, D
5/3, #1003516540, one, S
6/25, #1003516564, one, D
7/12, #1003516570, two, SD

5/8, #1003516545, one, D
7/2, #1003516567, one, D
7/13, #1003516571, two, D

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Radwanska outlasts Li Na in epic Wimbledon clash


Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska beat China’s Li Na yesterday to set up a Wimbledon semi-final against Sabine Lisicki, the slayer of Serena Williams.

Fourth-seeded Radwanska, the highest seed left following the exit of defending champion Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, beat Li, the sixth seed, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-2 in a gripping two-hour, 43 minute contest which was completed under the Centre Court roof.

Radwanska, the runner-up in 2012, took victory on an eighth match point.

The 24-year-old Pole, who had gone into the quarter-final with a 4-6 losing record against Li, also overcame an injury scare when she needed her right thigh tightly-strapped at the start of the deciding set.

“Li played unbelievable tennis. I was just happy to get through after struggling in the final set,” said Radwanska who had also needed three sets to beat Tsvetana Pironkova in the fourth round. “I have played so much tennis in the last few days, that’s why I have the problem.”

Radwanksa and Lisicki have played twice on the WTA Tour, winning a match apiece. “We have known each other since our junior days – it’ll be a great challenge on grass,” said the Pole.

Li fired 58 winners in the quarter-final but was undone by 40 unforced errors. The Pole is the only player to have reached the quarter-finals of the first three majors of 2013. In reaching the last eight, Li had matched her previous Wimbledon best, achieved in 2006 and 2010.

Lisicki followed up her shock defeat of Williams with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi to reach her second Wimbledon semi-final. The German 23rd seed also made the last four as a wildcard in 2011.

“It was an amazing match yesterday, but I had to make sure that I had calmed down and was ready for today,” said Lisicki, who completed victory in her fourth Wimbledon quarter-final just before rain began to fall.

“I have had experience of other years to help me. I also played the semi-finals in 2011 so that helped me be ready for today.”

Lisicki, who was defeated by Sharapova in the semi-finals two years ago, insisted that she felt no pressure coming into the match having downed Williams in the fourth round.

“There’s no pressure. I just keep playing the game that I love,” she added.

It’s also a surface she loves – the German’s record at Wimbledon stands at 18 wins and just four losses while she is only 16-15 at the three other slams.

Kanepi has now played and lost six quarter-finals at the majors. “I hit winners in previous matches and did well, but today I was missing a lot,” admitted the 28-year-old.

Lisicki showed no signs of a hangover from her three-set triumph over Williams 24 hours earlier as the 23-year-old Florida-based German broke the world number 46 Kanepi in the opening game.

She backed it up with another solid break in the ninth game to take the opening set.

Lisicki, who has rebuilt her career after a serious ankle injury three years ago, suffered a brief wobble when she was broken for the first time in the third game of the second set by the 2010 quarter-finalist.

But she levelled immediately before going on to claim five of the next six games to clinch victory inside just 65 minutes on the back of 23 solid winners.

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Li Na’s first set – A lost opportunity 时不再来

Blink moment. I couldn’t believe this long reporting didn’t mentioned the first set point in the quarter final match. South China Morning Post is like NYT of Hong Kong no less. I always wondered how much to trust the reporters. After all, you only see what s/he saw. If her/his view was limited, you won’t get the whole story.

Li Na was serving at 5-4 from ad court to Radwanska at Wimbledom’s quarter final. First serve was out and second serve was called out wide too. She asked for the chair empire for confirmation and it was a YES. It looked awfully close so I wondered why didn’t she challenge? Apparently Mary Carillo agreed with me because she said:
“She has three challenges .. ”
Deuce again.
And soon Li Na lost the game.
The screen now showed the wide call which was on the line.
Mary Carillo couldn’t believe it. And asked again .. “why ??”
The first set was decided in tiebreak and Li lost it.
Funny enough, the following match on the Center Court was by P. Kvitova (CZE) [8] vs K.Flipkens (BEL) [20]. Flipkens served from ad court for the match (5-4). It was an ace but Kvitova challenged it anyway. Of course she lost. Pumpkin said Li Na deserved to lose because she left it on the table, did not grab it when it was still hers. I agree.

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