Archive for January, 2013

Jie Zheng through to the 3rd round of the Australian Open…again

January 17, 2013

It’s funny – I noticed a large spike in the webstats yesterday, the culprit being an article I wrote some three years ago about Jie Zheng moving through to the 3rd round of the Australian Open. Well as chance would have it, she’s done it again 🙂

In what local media is calling a choke, Australian favourite Sam Stosur had the match in the palm of her hand, being up 5-2 in the third set. You would think that this would be an almost irreversible lead  – but not so, as she then went on to lose the next 5 games straight, losing the match 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.

That’s the good thing about tennis – anything can happen. Even the biggest lead can suddenly turn into a loss when the pressure, physical strain or even weather conditions rear their ugly head. It was a nice mild mid-20’s day in Melbourne yesterday – not so today! Today we’re heading into the top 30’s, and as I type this, the sweat is literally pouring from the hat of poor old Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he does battle with Japan’s Soeda.

In other news, I am heading to the tennis tonight to see Federer play against Nikolay Davydenko. We are absolutely stoked to get Federer – worried that we’d get Tomic whose instead playing this afternoon. When Australian’s get further into the Open, you can almost be assured they’ll be put onto centre court and be televised. Having been to the Open several times in the past few years, each time we were hoping to see Feds while he was still in form. Booyah!

Jie Zheng

Like being in China

January 7, 2013

Tonight it’s smoky, very smoky. We have gone through a recent hot spell and there’s been many bush fires in the north of my state. That smoke is now hanging around, like a distant haze.

In fact, as I sit here on the balcony of my high rise apartment, between the smog like haze and the smell of Asian cooking from an apartment below, I could easily be back in China.


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