Thursday, June 26, 2008
Yesterday, Ernests Gulbis gave Rafael Nadal a great match. We were rooting for Gulbis because
a) He's actually quite good at his overall game, at only 19!
b) We don't really like Nadal's tennis persona
c) Gulbis looks like John Francis Daly (Freaks and Geeks), all grown up and now playing tennis:
So cute!! :) And he made poor Nadal all frustrated. Or maybe Nadal was more frustrated about the fact that his Nike shorts were too small/tight so he had to constantly pick his wedgie before every serve and after each point. In the end, Nadal did win but we're definitely keeping our eye on Gulbis from now on!
Oh, and Sharapova got knocked out of the tourney, yet again! All be it though, against a tough player Kudryavtseva, who lovingly said, "It's very pleasant to beat Maria. Why? I don't like her outfit. She experiments, and I give her credit for that. She's brave enough to experiment."
You may have won Austrailia, Maria but what's going on? Are you too concerned about what you're going to wear to the next grand slam? But what if you don't get to wear it that often, since you can't get into the Quarter Finals? Come on!
This year, since I live halfway across the world, I get to watch Wimbledon (first time ever!) and the French Open live, in progress because in California, matches are in the wee hours of the morning, like 3am or something. You'd have to be a die-hard fan of tennis to get up that early, and its not as fun to watch when you already know the results. So what have we gathered so far? Our favorite contender of the moment:
We love Ana Ivanovic.
Even though she plays well and as of RIGHT NOW ranks as the world's No. 1 female tennis player, what I love most about Ana Ivanovic is that she is not Maria Sharapova. Why? Ana doesn't realize that she has great looks on top of having a kick-ass forehand. Sharapova thinks she is the cat's pajamas, so she thinks that she can now do her own fashion line and wear this ugly ruffled waistcoast thing for a tennis top (see below). She wears big dangly earrings when she plays, which I always hope that they get caught in her racket. Yes, so do the Williams sisters but somehow they get away with it..maybe because Maria earns a lot more money on endorsements (an estimated $20 million a year??), so it just makes her easier to hate (like Anna Kournikova). To be fair, I like how Sharapova knows that everybody doesn't like her. Note* I purposely put this hilariously hideous picture of her playing tennis in a pose in which NO ONE can ever look good.
On the other hand, everyone can love Ivanovic because she just is that loveable, as shown in her picture above. How can you not love a darling happy face like that? And she does that cute fist pump after every winning point, very unlike that bat shriek that some Russian tennis players make after every shot. She has possibly one of the most great humbled attitudes in tennis, always citing luck and hard work as a reason for her accomplishments (like Federer the Great), and she always carries that smile with her throughout her matches. She has the potential to be as great as classy Justine Henin. In conclusion, we love you Ana! Even if you hang out with Rafael Nadal.