Archive for January 21st, 2008

whose schnoz is bigger?

January 21, 2008


Marin Cilic hung out with some animals at the Royal Melbourne Zoo in between matches at the Australian Open.

The Croat should be proud of his performance Down Under this year. He took out two seeds, No. 27 Nicolas Almagro and No. 7 Fernando Gonzalez and succumbed to James Blake in the fourth round.

(photo by Getty Images)

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taking a break: youzhny and nieminen as australian tourists

January 21, 2008

Jarkko Nieminen and Mikhail Youzhny, two of the men’s quarterfinalists at the Australian Open, took time off Monday to enjoy the sights of Melbourne.


Mikhail and his girlfriend, Julia Thomas, enjoy a water taxi ride. Youzhny will play against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga for a place in the final four.


And the Asics-sponsored Nieminen visits the Melbourne Aquarium. [Insert pun about Finns here.] He’ll need all the distractions he can get before facing second seed Rafael Nadal.

One more photo of Jarkko after the cut…

checking in on the women’s draw

January 21, 2008

I picked six out of the eight quarterfinalists…

So Lindsay looked a little lazy and didn’t blow out Masha like I had suspected, for good reason: Sharapova has been doing really well and could give Henin some trouble.

Vaidisova gave Serena less of a challenge than I thought she would.

Radwanska, showing her US Open victory over Sharapova was no fluke, has played giant killer of the women’s side taking out Kuznetsova and Petrova.

My dark horse Michaella Krajicek went out early. I’m tired of believing in her.

Surprises thus far:

  • Outback favorite Dellacqua taking out Schnyder and Mauresmo before going down to Jankovic.
  • Wozniacki showing that she might make a name for herself once she gets out of her teens.

Looking forward: Based on who’s left, I’m still picking the Serena-Venus final with Serena taking it in three sets.

chris reworks his bold aussie open predictions

January 21, 2008

Sorry if you put money down on my picks for the men’s draw. Of the eight quarterfinalists, I had a remarkable three correct: Federer, Nadal, and Ferrer. I know I was stretching by going with Gooch, Baghy, and Wawrinka, but Marcos came close with his five-set victory over Safin, then his five-set loss to Hewitt.

I was pretty much on in saying that the winner of the TsongaMurray first round match would have a good shot at making it to the semis, and now only Youzhny stands in Tsonga’s way.

And maybe Djokovic isn’t due for a sophomore slump, or maybe it’ll kick in at the spring hardcourt tourneys or the French. I’m still waiting for the other adidas Barricade to drop.

Surprise of the tournament thus far:

  • Roddick crashing out so early (but we weren’t surprised about his potty mouth tirade)
  • Blake still hanging around (and coming back from two sets down against Grosjean in the process)
  • Hewitt looking like he’s a top 10 player again
  • Nieminen showing that the Scandinavians can do more than just ski
  • TSF fave Tipsarevic cementing his name on the list of Serbians sitting atop the pro tennis heap.

Some close quarters: Out of the final eight remaining, I think Fed gets an easy win over Blake, Djoko needs 4 to put out Ferrer, Youzhny takes out Tsonga in 5, and Nadal dispatches Nieminen in 3 easy sets. Then we have a Fed-Nadal final. I think Nadal is playing better than Fed this week so far. I’m saying Nadal in 5.

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roger and nike bring back stripes

January 21, 2008

Roger Federer‘s night match outfit at the Australian Open stays with the black he and Nike used during last year’s U.S. Open (remember Darth Federer?). This time, though, they infuse it with some more color, mainly the New Blue that’s part of the Spring 2008 line.

And they’ve also brought back vertical stripes — a staple pattern of tennis fashion back in the 80’s, It appears on Roger’s warmup jacket and his wristband. See both (plus his white gym bag) after the cut…

reebok goes feminine – amelie mauresmo

January 21, 2008


Amelie Mauresmo continues her lackadaisical performance as of late by bowing out of the Aussie Open’s third round. She lost to Casey Dellacqua 6-3, 4-6, 4-6.

But we give her props for that lovely Reebok separates. The v-neck is significantly more flattering than the collar on her Wimbledon wear from last year.

Buy: The Spring RBK Pro Tradition skort and tank are both available for $39.99.

Casey hits the bullseye: Hometown darling Dellacqua, who will likely be signed by Nike after this tournament, also cashed in on her revelation that Target Australia was her favorite place to shop.


Target did the logical thing and sent the 22-year-old on a shopping spree, with photographers in tow.

(photos by Getty Images)

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why botox is bad

January 21, 2008


You can’t tell from her face, but Nicole Kidman is enjoying some high-quality tennis at the Australian Open.

She took in the fourth round match between Novak Djokovic and Lleyton Hewitt, where the Serbian defeated the Aussie hope 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Nole will face David Ferrer in the quarters.

(photo by Getty Images)

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