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paul_pipkin
#876 Posted : Monday, September 13, 2010 8:48:23 PM(UTC)
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Rafa's sister is a fox. [8-|]
"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#299 Posted : Monday, September 13, 2010 8:50:10 PM(UTC)
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[quote user="paul_pipkin"]Rafa's sister is a fox. [8-|][/quote]

ha-ha-ha..  i must say a "wolf". eh. 

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#1229 Posted : Monday, September 13, 2010 8:53:52 PM(UTC)
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[quote user="paul_pipkin"]Rafa's sister is a fox. [8-|][/quote]

Man, i was just thinking the same thing! [6]

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#701 Posted : Monday, September 13, 2010 9:00:38 PM(UTC)
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Aww Novak, gosh I love this guy's personality! [U] Please God let Novak win this set!!!!!
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#300 Posted : Monday, September 13, 2010 9:04:11 PM(UTC)
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congrats Rafa! you really is he King! :D "the Defender".. :D [:P]

love love (Nole and Rafa)

Rafa acted like a 2-year old kid.. hahaha 

so cute!

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#1231 Posted : Monday, September 13, 2010 9:21:37 PM(UTC)
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That is ridiculous. watched the whole match, no sign of any computer problem. 
Match point, internet decides to disconnect, restart it and Rafas signing autographs.

 

Fantastic.

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#702 Posted : Monday, September 13, 2010 9:22:14 PM(UTC)
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Ah well massive CONGRATS to Rafa!!! [:)] He deserved to win, and he has the complete set now which is awesome.  The guy is the KING of tennis, no doubt about it, and there is not a doubt in my mind that he will end up being the greatest player to ever play the game.  He's just phenomenal.  As for Nole, he played a good match, and if it were anyone else but Rafa on the other side of the net then Nole would have had Grand Slam number 2.  But oh well he was the only one to get a set off Rafa. [Y] Loved both of them during the ceremony - Nole looked genuinely happy for Rafa and they both said some lovely words about each other.  Ah bye bye US Open for another year.
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#879 Posted : Monday, September 13, 2010 9:26:09 PM(UTC)
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[quote user="tgj92"]

[quote user="paul_pipkin"]Rafa's sister is a fox. [8-|][/quote]


Man, i was just thinking the same thing! [6]


[/quote]


Don't suppose she plays tennis...? [;)]

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#1230 Posted : Monday, September 13, 2010 9:29:36 PM(UTC)
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[quote user="paul_pipkin"][quote user="tgj92"]

[quote user="paul_pipkin"]Rafa's sister is a fox. [8-|][/quote]

Man, i was just thinking the same thing! [6]

[/quote]

Don't suppose she plays tennis...? [;)]

[/quote]

Would give her a game anyday lol 

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#880 Posted : Monday, September 13, 2010 9:30:42 PM(UTC)
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[quote user="tgj92"]

That is ridiculous. watched the whole match, no sign of any computer problem. 
Match point, internet decides to disconnect, restart it and Rafas signing autographs.


 


Fantastic.


[/quote]


Freezeups, loss of signal, loss of access at match points & some other critical points in tennis streaming is too noticeably frequent to be happenstance. It's as though there's some sort of "surge" particularly near the end of a transmission, that tends to screw with you.

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#877 Posted : Monday, September 13, 2010 9:39:15 PM(UTC)
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[quote user="mashadabest"]Ah well massive CONGRATS to Rafa!!! [:)] He deserved to win, and he has the complete set now which is awesome.  The guy is the KING of tennis, no doubt about it, and there is not a doubt in my mind that he will end up being the greatest player to ever play the game.  He's just phenomenal.  As for Nole, he played a good match, and if it were anyone else but Rafa on the other side of the net then Nole would have had Grand Slam number 2.  But oh well he was the only one to get a set off Rafa. [Y] Loved both of them during the ceremony - Nole looked genuinely happy for Rafa and they both said some lovely words about each other.  Ah bye bye US Open for another year.
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On the whole, I'm okay with this one. Sure, nothing would truly satisfy short of Masha or maybe Lenochka winning the slam. However, count the upsides:


1) Vera reached her second major final BY kicking out Princess... [;)] Y'know Vera wasn't "supposed" to be the finalist, no way.


2) Shvedova & King took their second slam doubles championship. Halfway to a career doubles slam & they've only been together six months.


3) All-Russian final in girls' Juniors and a couple more young Russians to watch.


And more, but this is all good stuff.

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#1232 Posted : Monday, September 13, 2010 9:42:45 PM(UTC)
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[quote user="paul_pipkin"][quote user="tgj92"]

That is ridiculous. watched the whole match, no sign of any computer problem. 
Match point, internet decides to disconnect, restart it and Rafas signing autographs.

 

Fantastic.

[/quote]

Freezeups, loss of signal, loss of access at match points & some other critical points in tennis streaming is too noticeably frequent to be happenstance. It's as though there's some sort of "surge" particularly near the end of a transmission, that tends to screw with you.

[/quote]

Yeah i assumed that was the problem, it took about ten minutes to find a stream that was broadcasting properly once i restarted, the majority were frozen at 4-2 or closed due to copyright infringement.

The thought that it could be happening to thousands of others around the world did soften the blow slightly... Thank goodness for youtube and the instantaneous uploads.

EDIT: Congratulations Rafa! [:)] 

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#301 Posted : Tuesday, September 14, 2010 2:24:03 AM(UTC)
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[quote user="paul_pipkin"]

[quote user="mashadabest"]Ah well massive CONGRATS to Rafa!!! [:)] He deserved to win, and he has the complete set now which is awesome.  The guy is the KING of tennis, no doubt about it, and there is not a doubt in my mind that he will end up being the greatest player to ever play the game.  He's just phenomenal.  As for Nole, he played a good match, and if it were anyone else but Rafa on the other side of the net then Nole would have had Grand Slam number 2.  But oh well he was the only one to get a set off Rafa. [Y] Loved both of them during the ceremony - Nole looked genuinely happy for Rafa and they both said some lovely words about each other.  Ah bye bye US Open for another year.
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On the whole, I'm okay with this one. Sure, nothing would truly satisfy short of Masha or maybe Lenochka winning the slam. However, count the upsides:


1) Vera reached her second major final BY kicking out Princess... [;)] Y'know Vera wasn't "supposed" to be the finalist, no way.


2) Shvedova & King took their second slam doubles championship. Halfway to a career doubles slam & they've only been together six months.


3) All-Russian final in girls' Juniors and a couple more young Russians to watch.


And more, but this is all good stuff.

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these are good points to consider before year ends.. :D 

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#579 Posted : Tuesday, September 14, 2010 2:56:43 AM(UTC)
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Oh ****, I wanted Maria to be the next tennis player to get the career grand slam -- I never thought Rafa was ever going to win the US (never thought the maestro would hit such a slump), and I doubt Justine will ever win Wimbledon.


Oh well, pretty sucky tournament all-in-all apart from what Paul mentioned, but it could have been worse, Wozniacki could have won it. Yikes!

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#983 Posted : Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:43:28 AM(UTC)
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Hey Liquid, I need to apologize to you for calling you a pratt.  I guess winning all 4 is quite special.  But, unless hell freezes over within the next 5 years, there will be very little chance that Maria will be among the elite who have done it.
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#878 Posted : Tuesday, September 14, 2010 12:33:57 PM(UTC)
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[quote user="Philli"]Hey Liquid, I need to apologize to you for calling you a pratt.  I guess winning all 4 is quite special.  But, unless hell freezes over within the next 5 years, there will be very little chance that Maria will be among the elite who have done it.[/quote]


Then getcha a good Russian fur coat. [H] I think Masha will focus first on London 2012, which will be on grass. But running a close second will be Roland Garros--the only one she doesn't have--thus beginning to practice more in Europe.


Congrats to Rafa! Yeah. Wrapping up my thoughts on this USO:


When rain interrupted the women's doubles, ESPN2 promised to show the conclusion on Sports Center. Figuring that might well be a big ol' lie, I made sure to view King & Shvedova's second slam championship finish & the ceremony thru USOpenLive. Sure 'nuff. Instead of that big 15-20 minutes of "wasted" air time, ESPN2 gave you 15-20 secondsmatch point-yeah, they won-moving on... [:P]


The ceremonies last night were about as I'd predicted: loud proclamation the partially-filled stadium represented "the greatest tennis tournament in the world." So, you might say that's natural--but suppose you heard that from Paris or Melbourne? You'd then hear a lotta laughter--mostly from London. I'm sure you hear it now, just our media suppresses it. It's all about 2012. Maybe they fear lost Mayan codices predict the end of the Yankee sportsworld following the Olympiad? [;)]


The USTA prez proclaimed the association's 750K membership with a defiant, almost-threatening tone. This came in the context of Johnny Mac's frequent wistful reminisences of the "good old days". Y'know, that's what's behind the bravado: in spite of pathological denial & self-absorption, they KNOW very well the degree of slippage. Backers here may have trouble rationalizing an outlay beyond what they might devote to "soccer".


The BRIC nations, European & Arab bankers--get ready to make your play. Who wants to own tennis? Going once, going twice... [H]

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#580 Posted : Tuesday, September 14, 2010 12:57:58 PM(UTC)
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[quote user="Philli"]Hey Liquid, I need to apologize to you for calling you a pratt.  I guess winning all 4 is quite special.  But, unless hell freezes over within the next 5 years, there will be very little chance that Maria will be among the elite who have done it.[/quote]


If Kuznetsova, Ivanovic and Schiavone can, I don't see why Maria can't.


Henin won't be around forever; the Williams haven't done **** on clay in nearly a decade. Clijsters on clay at this stage of her career is an open question, and even then I can't see her playing more than two RGs. Unless Schiavone does a Navratilova, I don't think she'll be playing too long either. Therefore, if she doesn't nab it in the nest two years, her greatest opposition will be Stour, and a possibly resurgent Safina and/or Ivanovic. Not to forget that Maria has reached the semis at RG before.


Let's face the music, it's not like the WTA is brimming full with clay-court specialists at the moment, and the French open is fast gaining a reputation as the 'open' open.


NB: No worries about the 'pratt' thing.

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