January 17, 2008

CINDERELLA, RAFA, AND THE ANTI-PRINCESS


It's official, Su-Wei Shieh, ranked 158 in the world is going to the final 16. She used guile and determination to prevail over French counterpart Aravone Rezai. She's had the benefit of a weak draw, until now. Justine Henin aka wonder-woman will be next.
Can you say, cinderella, give your slippers back?
Can you say, bring your kevlar because you will be taking enemy fire?
Can you say, fake an anke injury to avoid embarrasment?
Congrats to the poised 22 year old from Tapei. Enjoy it while you can.
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Meanwhile, after struggling early and fighting off several set points in the first set, Rafa Nadal has entered the kill part of the hunt. Picture several wolves, foaming at the mouth, burying their bloody snouts in the bleeding and exposed carcass of frenchman Gilles Simon. Picture distended bowels being swallowed whole...
After a 38 point rally in the 9th game of the first set, Rafa went on a tear. He's still on that tear, up two sets and on serve in the third. His game has looked incredible since late in the first set. He went from the hunted to the hunter in mere seconds, digging deep into his excess reserve to finally start to wear Simon down.
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Serena aka the anti-princess, clad in a vivid purply mauve bandana and tights, put a licking on Russian Victoria Azerenka, 6-3, 6-4. No surprise here, but she'll now have to step it up to take out the hard-hitting and confident Nicole Vaidisova.
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Sharapova also cruised in straight sets.