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Wimbledon 2017

Postby raja » Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:48 pm

As we complete one week of the main draw, reaching the "middle" Sunday, we see Andy Murray of Scotland cruising along, looking to comfortably defend his title. This time next week, it's highly likely we'll be celebrating him as Wimbledon champ.

So congratulations in advance to all Scots.

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Re: Wimbledon 2017

Postby raja » Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:54 pm

I've been out of touch with tennis for a few years now, only checking results off and on.
Lots of new names have come into the game - new for me, I mean.

I'm always interested in seeing how Brits fare. You know my love-hate relationship with Britain. :-)

So I see this name Johanna Konta - on BBC, they talk highly of her, as having a big chance this time.

I'd never heard her name till this Wimbledon - thought I'd check her credentials.

Very impressed to find she's ranked 6. Wow!

Digging just a bit deeper, I find that till 2012 she was playing for Australia!!! Born in 1991, she was Australian till 2012.
Now she's suddenly a Brit?

What????

Ok, you do this nonsense in cricket, but there it's a team sport, so there's still a limit to how much your import can make a difference.

I remember big-serving Greg Rusedski, originally from Canada, who began playing for GBR in the 80s or 90s.

Luckily he never won Wimbledon.

If Konta wins anything, GBR will get credit for it?

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Re: Wimbledon 2017

Postby raja » Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:58 pm

From her wiki page:

Johanna Konta was born in Sydney, Australia on 17 May 1991, the daughter of Hungarian parents Gábor, a hotel manager, and Gabriella, a dentist. Her parents had emigrated separately from Hungary and met in Australia. One of Konta's grandfathers, Tamás Kertész (1929—1989), played football for Ferencvárosi TC, he won two international caps for Hungary in the 1950s and later coached the Ghana national team. Konta has an elder sister, Eva Emese, from her father's previous marriage.

Konta's childhood was spent in Collaroy on Sydney's Northern Beaches,where she was introduced to tennis at an after-school programme at the age of eight. When she was 14, she began attending the Sanchez Casal academy in Barcelona, spending 15 months there in an attempt to further her development. While she was in Spain her parents moved to England, where the family settled in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Konta became a British citizen in May 2012 and concurrently switched her sporting allegiance from Australia to Britain. When her nationality became the subject of debate at the 2016 Australian Open, Konta said it was "a compliment for you guys to be interested in my Australian roots", but that she was "very pleased to be representing Great Britain ... where I grew up essentially".

Konta's sister, Eva, is married to professional Australian rules footballer Shane Mumford, who plays for Greater Western Sydney in the Australian Football League.

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Re: Wimbledon 2017

Postby squarecut » Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:36 am

There is this concept of outsourcing in business. England is a pioneer in outsourcing sporting activities of their nation, as we have seen in Athletics, cricket, tennis etc. :)

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Re: Wimbledon 2017

Postby Katto » Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:33 am

Brits can have her.
She chucked a hissy fit when she played Fed cup in Romania because Ilie Nastase hurt her feelings
She'd fit right in in Britain

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Re: Wimbledon 2017

Postby raja » Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:23 pm

She won today too. :(

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Re: Wimbledon 2017

Postby raja » Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:48 pm

Murray out. Didn't look like he'd recovered from his injury.
Djokovic out - retired.

So semi-final lineup:
Federer vs Berdych
Querrey vs Cilic

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Re: Wimbledon 2017

Postby raja » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:20 pm

Ok, Konta out too.

Venus vs Muguruza final.

Last year Serena had beaten Muguruza in the final.

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Re: Wimbledon 2017

Postby Katto » Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:18 am

come on Muguruza

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Re: Wimbledon 2017

Postby Boycs » Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:17 am

I'd cheer federer he's ageing but just a class act and he has style

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Re: Wimbledon 2017

Postby Katto » Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:15 am

Boycs wrote:I'd cheer federer he's ageing but just a class act and he has style


I'm sick of reading Nike sponsored articles pretending to be viral sports news making out Federer to be some kind of perfect human

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Re: Wimbledon 2017

Postby raja » Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:03 pm

Muguruza beats Venus to become Wimbledon champion 2017.
Will we see Cilic become champ tomorrow?

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Re: Wimbledon 2017

Postby raja » Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:04 pm

Federer it is.
Katto must be thrilled! :-)

Felt sorry for Cilic - he was nursing an injury and struggling to move.

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Re: Wimbledon 2017

Postby Katto » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:04 am

raja wrote:Federer it is.
Katto must be thrilled! :-)

Felt sorry for Cilic - he was nursing an injury and struggling to move.


more fuel for Federer spam :bored:

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Re: Wimbledon 2017

Postby squarecut » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:28 am

Federer, at this stage in his career needed to play someone like Cilic (that too injured) to win another wimbledon title. He was unable to get past fit and tough opponents in his last couple of wimbledon finals. He deserved this break.

Federer's win is good for the sake of records. 19 grand slam titles, 8 wimbledon titles, oldest to win a grand slam title etc.