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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:43 am    Post subject: Wimbledon Reply with quote

The lush green courts of Wimbledon are a splendid sight to behold after the rather drab clay courts ....

It was a gutsy win last night from the very likeable Heather Watson,over Iveta Benesova, on her Centre Court debut..

Later today we see Andy Murray,Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha start their campaigns..Laura Robson has already started hers and is one set up.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Becky. Laura played very well to catch up in the final set but was up against a strong experienced (tho noisy!) opponent in Schiavone.

BTW, in the local park I saw a dad giving his young daughter aged about 8 some practice on the courts. They were at the net and he was getting her to hit backhands. She was using a two-handed grip and missing nearly every one. IMO it would be better to train a young player in a conventional one-handed grip so that she could evolve later on to two hands if that suited her style. Mind you, I received my tennis coaching about 55 years ago Shocked so maybe I am out of date Smile.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd agree Eileen. They were talking about the lack of a single handed backhand during the commentary in Baltacha's game. It's almost all from the base line these days which I don't think improves the game. Just MHO!

Heather Watson is lovely to watch and what a charming voice she has. I'd not heard her speak before and it wasn't what I was expecting last night.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Eileen

I didn't manage to catch all of Laura's match but credit to her opponent for coming through to win after being a set down.....

I agree with both you and Helen about not forcing a style of play on a youngster ..far better to let them do what comes naturally at first

It seems Nadal was still asleep when he came on court today....not for long though.... Andy seems wide awake.... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He does Becky!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprised to see Venus Williams go out so early. Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Venus was diagnosed with an autoimmune illness (Sjögren's syndrome,which is an ongoing medical condition that affects energy levels and causes fatigue and joint pain ) last year so it's a bit surprising, to me, that she decided to compete at Wimbledon.

Good to see Andy coming through his first match in such a comfortable fashion.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't know that about Venus, in that case as you say it's suprising she managed to compete at all.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!..... that was a turn up for the books ...Nadal knocked out in the second round by a virtual unknown...... Shocked

Well played Rosol.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that was a shocker! Shocked People keep saying this means Murray is in with a chance of getting to the final.
Probably worth remembering though that he's only in round 3 and has other matches to get out of the way before we can start thinking along these lines.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
Yes, that was a shocker! Shocked People keep saying this means Murray is in with a chance of getting to the final.
Probably worth remembering though that he's only in round 3 and has other matches to get out of the way before we can start thinking along these lines.


You're right. What pressure the poor guy must be under!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought Federer was a gonner too but he did well to come back.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two thrillers on consecutive evenings. So glad Federer won in the end. There seemed to be some controversy as to whether the Frenchman was receiving medical treatment or simply a massage.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
Two thrillers on consecutive evenings. So glad Federer won in the end. There seemed to be some controversy as to whether the Frenchman was receiving medical treatment or simply a massage.

Boris Becker said as far as he knew the massage was outside of the rules, didn't he?...and speaking of rules,I thought that after the first 6 points of a tie -break the players were't allowed to stop at their chairs for refreshments etc...I saw Sharapova doing it the other day and the umpire didn't say a thing....

I felt for Benneteau ..at thirty you can't help but feel he won't have many more golden chances, as he did last night, in the Grand Slam tournaments ...sad also to see Heather Watson so comprehensively beaten, but it's all experience,I guess.

Everything crossed for Andy....
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Everything crossed for Andy....


Mine's crossed. And it hurts.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
becky sharp wrote:
Everything crossed for Andy....


Mine's crossed. And it hurts.

If he wins it'll be worth it!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just for information there's a TOTP 2 special currently on BBC 2 with exclusively 60's tracks - really enjoying it - the tennis for me will just have to wait even though I do love it Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Playing under a closed roof has taken away the spirit what Wimbledon is all about!? It's an out door tournament!! They do have a point and does attract a lot and get the games played. I do think they should have extended the tournament? Blame it on the unpredictable British weather.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a match!

Glad Andy came through at 11.02pm Shocked

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought it was a fairly disappointing match in terms of the quality of tennis

Murray's opponent to me almost seemed to give up near the end as presumably he just couldn't be bothered coming back on Monday

There have been some great matches at Wimbledon this year but I certainly wouldn't rank this one in that category Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was gripped till the end. It was an entertaining match and I always enjoy watching Baghdatis. Well done to Andy for getting there at the eleventh hour (well, a bit after anyway Very Happy)

How handy to have the break while the roof was being closed so I had time to water the garden.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank heavens for that roof - otherwise we might have been subjected to Cliff's singing again. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
Thank heavens for that roof - otherwise we might have been subjected to Cliff's singing again. Smile

Be fair Colin, Cliff was called into the office and asked if he could please sing to entertain the crowd during what was going to be a very long and boring rain-break. He was great, considering that there was no accompaniment and that really he would rather not have had to do it - but he's a good guy and helped them out. It was good fun Very Happy.

PS I know what you mean though, Colin. He was singing better in those days compared with the Jubilee concert performance.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:

Be fair Colin, Cliff was called into the office and asked if he could please sing to entertain the crowd during what was going to be a very long and boring rain-break. He was great, considering that there was no accompaniment and that really he would rather not have had to do it - but he's a good guy and helped them out. It was good fun Very Happy.

PS I know what you mean though, Colin. He was singing better in those days compared with the Jubilee concert performance.


I agree,Eileen ...he was a good sport

For anyone wanting to re-live the moment...just click here Cool

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnGTXvFgK_k

It was as exciting watching the clock counting down the minutes as it was watching the match.... Very Happy

Very odd set of circumstances but Andy is through so all is good ....
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
FleetingEileenM wrote:

Be fair Colin, Cliff was called into the office and asked if he could please sing to entertain the crowd during what was going to be a very long and boring rain-break. He was great, considering that there was no accompaniment and that really he would rather not have had to do it - but he's a good guy and helped them out. It was good fun Very Happy.

PS I know what you mean though, Colin. He was singing better in those days compared with the Jubilee concert performance.


I agree,Eileen ...he was a good sport

For anyone wanting to re-live the moment...just click here Cool

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnGTXvFgK_k

It was as exciting watching the clock counting down the minutes as it was watching the match.... Very Happy

Very odd set of circumstances but Andy is through so all is good ....


Agree with you both about Cliff!

The 'will they play it out' all added to the anticipation!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
Thank heavens for that roof - otherwise we might have been subjected to Cliff's singing again. Smile


Instead- Sue Baker announced which other sporting stars were in the crowd. Who really cares.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those who follow Wimbledon do Mark and it's a tradition on the first Saturday.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always enjoy that,Helen...unfortunately I missed it yesterday.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
Sue Baker.......


Sue Baker?

mark occomore wrote:
....announced which other sporting stars were in the crowd. Who really cares.


I'm surprised you haven't posted a news story about here, Mark! Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another shock!. Sharapova out... Shocked ...Sabine Lisicki comes over as a very likeable person ..her delight at winning was lovely to witness... Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of the little tennis that I've seen I have to say it's been very good this year. I won't mention the high quality of Murray's performance so far. It's bound to be bad luck......
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
Another shock!. Sharapova out... Shocked ...Sabine Lisicki comes over as a very likeable person ..her delight at winning was lovely to witness... Smile


I first noticed her last year thought she would progress up the ranks!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Murray through is straight sets today, well done to him.

One thing that puts me off womens tennis is the shrieking, you get a bit in the mens game but it tends to be lower on the richter scale.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
Murray through is straight sets today, well done to him.


Agreed. Fingers crossed!!!

Toggy wrote:
One thing that puts me off womens tennis is the shrieking, you get a bit in the mens game but it tends to be lower on the richter scale.


Yes, it's really annoying. A friend who was in the centre court audience last year said it's actually really loud when you're there, too. Sharapova is a primary culprit in that respect.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do wonder what kind of grass seed they use as it does wear down after a few days? Anyway the grounds men have there work cut out to get it all ready for the Olympics.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think it's the grass seed that's the problem, more likely due to a lot of hard wear in the space of a few days.
I didn't know they were using these courts for the Olympics.
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I wouldn't have thought that they use seed at all - more likely very high quality lawn turf

There certainly wouldn't be time for grass to grow from seed between the end of Wimbledon and the start of the Olympics

Surely they're not just cheapskates filling in the worn areas with seed are they? Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
I don't think it's the grass seed that's the problem, more likely due to a lot of hard wear in the space of a few days.
I didn't know they were using these courts for the Olympics.


I heard them say it will run for 9 days Toggy, starting I think on the day after the opening ceremony.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
I don't think it's the grass seed that's the problem, more likely due to a lot of hard wear in the space of a few days.


Why can't they just spray it green? Nobody will know the difference.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
Murray through is straight sets today, well done to him.
One thing that puts me off womens tennis is the shrieking

The shrieking is really annoying. I was hoping Lisicki would win over Kerber today as Kerber is nearly as bad as Sharapova.

And yes, great to see Murray doing well.
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