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02-01-2008 03:48 PM
kaylee
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

02-01-2008 03:38 PM
fangirl
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

The Australian Cricket Team makes the theoretical love child of Lleyton Hewitt and Ivan Ljubicic seem positively charming.
02-01-2008 02:33 PM
kaylee
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

Well the Brits are just as bad with their football and the Canadians are just as bad with hockey, (both of them are not my faves either) so we all have our burdens to bear.
02-01-2008 08:58 AM
williaer
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

Tchyeahhhhh I love cricket!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah no surprise that the womens final got beat by the cricket... especially during this tour which has been so exciting! (Says the girl currently watching the Twenty20 on her friday night )
02-01-2008 08:48 AM
fangirl
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

Quote:
Originally Posted by kaylee View Post
Thanks Tangerine, yeah Aussies love their cricket!!!
Not ALL Australians love the asswipe racist bogans commonly referred to as the Australian Cricket Team

Love,
Aussie who HATES it and wished more of her country did to so it would cease polluting my perfectly good TV screen.
02-01-2008 01:37 AM
laure xxx
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

Cricket >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> that Women's Final
01-31-2008 07:59 PM
kaylee
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

Thanks Tangerine, yeah Aussies love their cricket!!!
01-31-2008 06:06 PM
tangerine_dream
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

Aussie TV ratings are in (I'm still trying to find ESPN numbers). Men's final numbers are up Women's final got killed by cricket. Not even "golden girl" Maria could tear men away from watching cricket.

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/s...-10389,00.html

Cricket blamed for the great Maria Sharapova switch-off
January 30, 2008

Guts tops glamour - at least in the Australian Open tennis women's final television ratings stakes.

An average of 931,000 fans across the five Channel 7 metropolitan markets tuned in to watch circuit beauty Maria Sharapova down her equally striking opponent Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 6-3, in the Grand Slam final last Saturday.

It was a 33.89 per cent drop from last year when 1.24 million viewers hung on every ball between former world No. 1 Serena Williams and Sharapova, with the former easily triumphing in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.

Insiders suggest tuning in was a way for fans to show their respect for the then unseeded Williams, who whipped Sharapova off the court in little more than an hour.

At the time Williams, who also took home the Melbourne crown in 2003 and 2005, had been sidelined for most of 2006.

It was at the Australian Open where she proved she was back to form, making a phenomenal 28 winners against just 11 unforced errors.

A Seven spokeswoman said the women's final results were down but overall the Grand Slam tournament ratings were up by 11 per cent.

"It's also worth bearing in mind that this (the women's final) was up against the cricket on Nine whereas in 2007 it was not," she said.

The men's final between Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saw a changing of the guard, with the previous year featuring world No. 1 Roger Federer and Fernando Gonzalez in the final.

Ratings for the men's final were up 0.08 per cent on last year, but they were 12.43 per cent down on 2006 and 65.42 per cent down on Lleyton Hewitt's final against Marat Safin, to which an impressive 4.043 million viewers tuned in.

"The Hewitt versus Safin final in 2005 was the highest rating event or show of the past 10 years (outside the Sydney Olympic opening ceremony) before 5.5 million people tuned in over four networks for the funeral of Steve Irwin," the spokeswoman said.

In the year to date, the Australian Open has claimed eight of the top 10 rating spots for one-off events.

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More night matches likely, thanks to TV
January 27, 2008

A REVIEW of the Australian Open's night-session policy is set to take place at the completion of this year's events, but it seems the power of television is likely to hold sway with yet another night session to be added to next year's schedule.

The contentious early-morning finish to the Lleyton Hewitt-Marcos Baghdatis match, which started just before midnight last Saturday night and finished at 4.33am, has brought the issue into sharp focus, but next year's Open is set to feature night sessions on every single day of the tournament.

The showpiece women's singles final match will be moved to night-time next year. The shift will mirror the move of the men's final, which first moved into television prime time in 2005, when Lleyton Hewitt's defeat at the hands of Russian star Marat Safin became the most-watched program of the year.

It will give Channel Seven, the Australian host broadcaster of the event, a full schedule of prime-time viewing where Seven's ratings have been strong. Over the past two weeks, night-time tennis has consistently rated well for the network.

Andy Roddick's third-round marathon match against German Philipp Kohlschreiber, which also finished in the early hours of the morning, was the fourth-rated show in Australia.

The international flavour of the event is also putting pressure on schedules. Serena Williams's memorable win of the women's title last year, when she was unseeded and ranked 81st, drew record ratings for women's tennis on the American sports channel ESPN.
01-31-2008 03:09 PM
kaylee
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

Hahaha come with me then and we will both take him, hmmmmm the prospect sounds interesting!!!
01-30-2008 10:16 PM
partygirl
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

I could take him.
01-30-2008 09:53 PM
kaylee
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

thing is I am only little and Andy is bigger 'n me.
01-30-2008 09:25 PM
partygirl
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

...He'd certainly feel it.
01-30-2008 08:59 PM
kaylee
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

I agree and yes what happened to the bludgening forehand? Oh well maybe I will corner him in Miami and take menstennisforum's fans along with me so we can all tell him what we think (do you think he would take notice if we all attacked him at once) -just curious.
01-30-2008 08:17 PM
blosson
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

Quote:
Originally Posted by kaylee View Post
Final words on Aussie Open from Craig Hickman:
Andy Roddick is done. He doesn't have to be, but since he keeps his sharpest knives in the drawer.... Oh, I'll remain a fan. And I'll hope that I'm wrong. That he can still achieve all his career goals and nab a Wimbledon title. If he does, it will be a Goran Ivanisevic-type run, years from now, after he's fallen out of the top 100. He'll get a wildcard, blast his way through the draw, and defeat another player who covets a Wimbledon trophy above all others in a Monday final that goes triple overtime in the fifth. Till then, A-Rod is A-WOL (thanks, Drop-shot) and that's that.
It will be in between Roger's way out and before the new Wimbledon king shows up. Until then we will watch him being kicked out of tournaments by the number 467s of this life and playing loads of exhibitions.
01-30-2008 08:17 PM
tangerine_dream
Re: No sunscreen can prevent a self-inflicted burn. Oyyyy is right.

Playing five feet behind the baseline is the least of his problems, kaylee. His biggest problems now are the wimpy forehand that has no pace and lands short, and his inability to transition from passive/defense to offense play. Not to mention that he doesn't seem to know how or when to slam the door shut when he sees his opponent getting more confident. This is why so many players keep having the match of their lives against him.

He used to thrive in big moments but we see that he still lacks some confidence and belief in himself so this makes him panic in tight situations again. I thought Connors was supposed to have fixed all of this? But we are back to square one again and I can't find a reason for him to be there. He had all the momentum going in, which makes the loss to Kohls all the more frustrating.

*edit*
And here's James Martin's take on it.

http://www.tennis.com/features/gener...aspx?id=117372
Can Andy Roddick rebound?

I must admit that it’s getting quite comical in the way Andy Roddick tends to bring out the best in his journeymen opponents. If you didn’t know any better you’d swear that his third-round Australian Open opponent, Philipp Kohlschreiber, who had a losing record last season and who has won just one title in his career, was the second coming of Federer.

Granted, the match was well played from both sides, but it also exposed all of Roddick’s problems of late. In that match, Roddick appeared to have little confidence in his ground game—justifiably so, as Kohlschreiber was hitting with more pace and angle and penetration. Andy’s no longer the big forehand on the block. So he must resort to charging the net, a gambit that usually backfires on him. Many people will point to his paucity of technique at the net, which is a fair comment, but it’s how he’s getting to the net that’s his real problem. Roddick’s approach shots are hit with too much topspin and not enough penetration. Instead of putting his opponents on the defensive, these shots dip into the court and give guys like Kohlschreiber an extra moment to set up and rip a pass. Roddick also lacks the instincts and footwork of a net-rusher. He basically stands in the middle of the court, racquet in hand, with the hope that the ball will be hit back to him, as opposed to continuing to move forward to cover the percentage pass. He’s the tennis equivalent of a sitting duck up there.

With the upcoming clay-court season a wash for Roddick (and the rest of the Americans), he’ll have to once again pin his hopes toward the faster courts of Wimbledon, where, as chance would have it last year, Richard Gasquet played the match of his life against him.

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FoxSports comments on Andy's passive play.

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/stor...g-like-a-champ
Quote:
Held over the Kohls: In a tournament where both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal suffered stunning losses, even more notable was Andy Roddick's third-round exit. There was nothing he could do about most of the 104 winners it took for Kohlschreiber to send him packing, but a win in that match could've put him on track for a quarterfinal showdown with Nadal on a surface that favors Roddick's game. With his top nemesis Federer bowing out before the final, Roddick missed a golden chance to make a serious Grand Slam run.

Must've been the lime green shirt: Philip Kohlschreiber posted the best performance of the Australian Open for his third-round win over sixth-ranked Andy Roddick. Kohlschreiber hit an incredible 104 winners to just 33 unforced errors while Roddick stood by and waited for a collapse that never came.
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