Archive for January, 2015

Highest Paid Female Athletes 2014

According to Sporteology:

  1. Maria Sharapova, Earnings: $27.1 million, 5 grand slam titles
  2. Li Na, Earnings: $18.4 million, 2 grand slam titles
  3. Serena Williams, Earnings: $16.3 million, 18 grand slam titles
  4. Caroline Wozniacki, Earnings: $13.7 million, 0 grand slam title
  5. Danica Patrick, Earnings: $13 million
  6. Victoria Azarenka, Earnings: $9.7 million, 2 grand slam titles
  7. Kim Yuna, Earnings: $9 million
  8. Ana Ivanovic, Earnings: $7.2 million, 1 grand slam title
  9. Agnieszka Radwanska, Earnings: $6.9 million, 0 grand slam title
  10. Yani Tseng, Earnings: $6.1 million

Danica Patrick is an American racing car driver who also models whom I followed for a while. Kim Yuna is a South Korean former figure skater and Yani Tseng, a Chinese golfer from Taiwan. Wenxue & sina

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Li Na 李娜 on 60 Minutes tonight

Foremost, she won two grand slam titles, French Open 2011 and Australian 2014, has just retired for the second time on 19 September, 2014. She is pregnant, expecting her first child this summer. This 60 Minutes segment is just a feel good piece, nothing is unknown. Lesley Stahl called Li’s career “remarkable” and applauded her standing up to Chinese government. Li has the reputation as a rebel, which the New York Times Magazine portrayed her in 2013.

In this 60 Minutes interview, Lesley Stahl said, “Li Na is one of the wealthiest female sports figure in the world. She’s probably China’s most famous athlete and an idol to young Chinese not only because of her ability but because the way she stood up to the Chinese system.”

Ms. Stahl. .. “..  .. Li Na became one of the highest paid and most watch female athletes ..  state run sport system… .. leaving the sport after a remarkable career. Remarkable, not just because she won two grand slams, but because she stood up to the Chinese authorities, to win some freedom.”

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Tim Smyczek vs Rafael Nadal 底线

The NYT reports: Another Loss for Nice Guys, but This One Wins Raves on Tim Smyczek, a qualifier from Milwaukee ranked 112th, playing third-ranked Rafael Nadal in the second round at Australian Open.

As Nadal served for the match ahead by 6-5, 30-0, in the fifth set, a fan hollered during the toss of his first serve, disrupting his motion. The serve sailed long.
As the crowd began to boo, Smyczek caught the attention of the chair umpire and held up two fingers, indicating that Nadal should be able to have both of his serving opportunities. Once the umpire announced that it would again be a first serve, Nadal gave Smyczek a thumbs-up sign and a small wave, and several members of Nadal’s team stood to applaud the gesture.


Despite clinging to ideals of gentlemanliness and fair play, tennis has had its low moments in sportsmanship. Justine Henin’s declining to give Serena Williams a second chance at a first serve after holding up her hand midway through Williams’s service motion at a 2003 French Open semifinal serves as a counterpoint to Smyczek’s gesture. Medical timeouts, bathroom breaks and illegal coaching from the stands are common forms of gamesmanship.

底线 on wenxuecity

If was a day match in the 1992 at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. The former champ Ivan Lendl got a questionable line call in his favor. Back then there was no instant replay. Line umpires and chair umpire wielded the absolute power over each shot. The player could only confer with the chair umpire which Lendl’s opponent did but the chair empire upheld the call. However the next shot another line umpire called a close shot in the opponent’s favor.

We cheered. It’s vigilante justice I suppose.

Lendl protested,
“You don’t have to give him back so quickly.”

We laughed, then despised him. Tennis is really a gentlemanly sport. You compete fair and square. If you think the call is wrong, you correct it. Which, Thomas Muster did during a tournament. Muster felt the call in his favor was wrong and gave it back to his opponent Michael Chang. However a few games down the road, when another close call occurred but Chang did not reciprocate, Muster got mad. He eventually beat Chang, feeling vindicated. Not many people like Lendl and Muster. I admired Muster for his conduct. Also his come back to win the same tournament in Miami in 1997 where he was hit by drunk driver (1989). A side note, Muster had just beaten Noah after losing the first two set early in the day in the semi final and was scheduled to play Lendl for the final.

易中天: 你问当下中国缺什么?我看最缺底线.

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A gigolo at a bridal shower

I have been frequent the AquaSport classes lately, and got to know the instructors. They are all female and Caucasians except one African-American lady, who loves to have fun. Her enthusiasm is rarely reciprocate. I think the unresponsive crowds is rather stiff. Tonight she screamed about loving her body, herself that she even composed a song. Very cute. Perhaps she could do well elsewhere .. which reminded me of a gigolo working hard at a bridal shower. The crowds was predominately Chinese from China and Taiwan, who were, a little aghast by the young man who stripped down to his speedo. He was young and inexperienced, who just couldn’t get the crowds going. He tried to get the women to interacted with him by taking an eyeglasses off from a woman. He was expecting her to chase for her eyeglasses or at least, interacted with him.

“Oh no, you can keep it.” The woman said to him. She wanted nothing to do with him.

He sighed audibly with the frustration was written all over him, not just his face.

I was bemused. The sister of the bride ought to know the crowds. Those conservative Chinese women gathering in a very average Italian restaurant on Northern Blvd in Queens would not appreciate this kind of entertainment. I felt sorry for both sides.

Anyway, tonight there is a new girl, young who took the largest dumbbell … then exchanged for the medium one. Ha ha ha. I was not the only one to be fooled.


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