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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

So Proud of Peng Shuai: Into First Grand Slam Semi-Final

Sometimes, the veteran wins.  Against teenager Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who has suddenly become a new star of women's tennis, Peng Shuai of China, currently ranked #40, finally reaches her first ever grand slam semi-final in 37 grand slam appearances.  It's never too late!

Peng has always been under the shadow of her more illustrious colleagues, Li Na and Zheng Jie.  The former has two grand slam titles on her belt while the latter has been to the semi's of several grand slams as well.

Finally, in this year's US Open, Peng Shuai takes her place among those two.

Peng Shuai has reached as high as #14 in 2011, and has reached the 4th round of the grand slams 5 times before, so she is a consistent and competent player.  However, this is actually her first quarters and semi's in a grand slam ever. Her best performance here in Flushing Meadows was a 4th round appearance in 2011.

I believe that with the way she is playing now, which is good, clean tennis - Peng has a very good chance of reaching the finals of the US Open, mainly because I am expecting the Caroline Wozniacki and the Sara Errani quarterfinal match to last long into the night and would most likely tax whoever wins the match, physically and mentally.  Peng would be the fresher of the two, once semi's day comes.  

Anyway, that's me getting ahead of everything.  For now, Peng Shuai's win should be broadcast all over China tomorrow with a lot of funfare and inspire hordes of Chinese girls to do as well as today's current batch of players.

Male Breakthrough Player 2014 US Open: Matthias Bachinger

This website awards the Male Breakthrough Player of the 2014 US Open to Germany's Matthias Bachinger.  This award is given to the lowest ranked male and female player who goes deep into the tournament.  The allowable rank is from #101 lower.

German Matthias Bachinger, currently ranked #235, reached the second round of the 2014 US Open by beating veteran Czech player Radek Stepanek, currently ranked #39, 63 62 62. Bachinger was formerly ranked within the top 100, at #85, in 2011.

This second round appearance is his best effort ever in any grand slam. He lost to Andy Murray of Great Britain, currently ranked #9 in the second round.

Elite Men's Team Award US Open 2014: France

France snags the last Elite Men's Team Award this year in the 2014 US Open.  Their fiercest rival, Spain, has swept the other three grand slams.  The team of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils ensured that the award went to France this time.

This website awards the Elite Men's Team Award to the country that puts the most number of players into the fourth round of each of the grand slams.  In case of a tie, the current week seedings of the players into the fourth round will be added up, and the country with the smallest sum wins the award.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Swiss Miss Belinda Bencic: A Grand Slam Semifinal Just An Armlength Away!

Another tennis sensation is coming out of Switzerland, this time, it's the junior player, Belinda Bencic, currently ranked #58, who has now reached the quarterfinal of a grand slam for the first time!  By defeating Jelena Jankovic last night, ranked #10 in the world, Belinda Bencic only has Chinese player Peng Shuai, ranked #40, who is between her and that grand slam semifinal slot for the 2014 US Open!

I am rooting though for Belinda to get that slot, since she looks very crafty and relaxed.  Peng Shuai is more experienced than her but I think it's also the first time for Peng to reach this deep in a grand slam - that's why I believe, it's the player who can hold her nerves together can reach that grand slam semifinal slot!

Bencic defeated two top 10 players to get this deep - (Jankovic and Kerber) while Peng took care of three top 20 players (including #5 Agnieszka Radwanska, Roberta Vinci and Lucie Safarova).

Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Tweet on Tennis TV!

OMG! My tweet appeared on TV - and they read it aloud!! Americanized lang nga ang pagpronounce nila ng Fabe (Fe-yb)! Ang babaw ng kaligayahan ng lola mo!

Yun lang, wrong grammar akech! Hahaha! I guess I was too excited to edit my tweet before I sent it. 

I will know in about 2 hours whether it'd be Maria Sharapova or Caroline Wozniacki who'll advance to the QFs.