Tuesday, January 25, 2005

We're missing a great tourney 

There isn't a single major annual sporting event that gets snubbed by the American press as much as the Australian Open of tennis. Of course, that has everything to do with the unfortunate combination of it being a mid-January event and, well, occuring in Australia and having that whole 18 hour time difference which kind of throws television watching out of whack.

Just caught the third set of the match of the tournament between women's #1 Lindsey Davenport and the fastest rising star in the last six months, Oz's Alicia Molik. Incredible quarterfinal matchup. Davenport won 9-7 in the third set. So she's in the semis with a view to facing the winner of Serena vs. Sharapova in the final. That Serena v. Sharapova match will be awesome -- a rematch of last year's stunning Wimbledon final where Maria Sharapova made her name and upset Serena.

On the men's side, Federer and Roddick look to be on another collision course for the finals. Federer looks unbeatable, as usual. Watching Roddick take on this Russian up-and-comer, Davydenko, who hasn't lost a set yet. Good stuff.

Here's a fun little write-up if you missed the first week of the year's first grand slam.

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