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31 Jan

One week has passed since the 2014 Australian Open Finals and I’ve found the time only now to say how much I enjoyed the Women’s final. It has been a match between two unusual opponents but it has been a nice game to watch. I had the chance to know better two very interesting players and they both really inspired me and my tennis:

LI NA d. DOMINIKA CIBULKOVA 7-6 (7-3) 6-0

li na aus open 2014

2014 Australian Open Women Winner, Li Na

Wimbledon necklace

9 Jul

I had a very lazy weekend. So lazy that I was almost ashamed of myself.

So, in the end, I decided to be at least a bit productive, and while watching the Wimbledon Championship men’s final between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, I came out with this necklace made with baguette shaped amethyst and 6mm round agate beads and silver chain.

The purple colour remind a bit of Wimbledon… perhaps I should add some green too for a perfect… match! 🙂

amethyst & agate necklace

amethyst & agate necklace

amethyst & agate necklace

amethyst & agate necklace

Just a normal girl

8 Jul

Since I am not allowed to play tennis in these days because of a knee tendonitis, I have been taking comfort from watching Wimbledon on tv. It is always so refreshing!

As the tournament is now over, I must say that I was particularly impressed by this year Women’s champion, Marion Bartoli, who defeated a very emotional Sabine Lisicki, 6-1 6-4, in 1hr and 21 mins.

I’m glad that a “normal girl” was able lift the trophy, being a “normal girl” myself! 😉 Well done Marion, and thank you for the good time!

(…) I’m not calling myself a genius,” she says. I love to make fun of myself, I’m not the kind of person who is saying gosh I’m so perfect.

“I‘m totally the opposite, I’m probably doing a million stupid things a day, I’m just trying not to be a pain for the people around me, just to be normal. I will definitely want to stay like that because I just don’t want to change.”

She’s a Wimbledon champion now. She doesn’t have to change a thing.

2013 Wimbledon Women's Champion: Marion Bartoli

2013 Wimbledon Women’s Champion: Marion Bartoli

Wimbledon Championship 2013 Women's Final: Marion Bartoli v Sabine Lisicki

Wimbledon Championship 2013 Women’s Final: Marion Bartoli v Sabine Lisicki

Wimbledon Championship 2013 Women's Final: Marion Bartoli

Wimbledon Championship 2013 Women’s Final: Marion Bartoli

Wimbledon Championship 2013 Women's Final: Marion Bartoli

Wimbledon Championship 2013 Women’s Final: Marion Bartoli

Wimbledon Championship 2013 Women's Final: Marion Bartoli v Sabine Lisicki

Wimbledon Championship 2013 Women’s Final: Marion Bartoli v Sabine Lisicki

Spring is…

27 Mar

…when the daffodils bloom at my Tennis Club.

Daffodils...

Daffodils…

Role Models #2

18 Jul

I’m not a football fan. Not at all! But yesterday evening I watched a bit of the Women Football World Cup final and saw a mouse defeting a giant.

2011 Women Football World Cup Champion: JAPAN

Japan became the first Asian nation to win the Women’s World Cup, beating the U.S. 3-1 in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw. The team, small in stature compared to the Americans, fell behind twice but battled back to tie both times, their final goal coming with just three minutes left in extra time.

The women’s team, whose Nadeshiko nickname comes from a pink frilled carnation symbolizing grace and beauty, had increasingly received attention from the national media as it climbed throug the tournament, making up for its lack of size with pinpoint passing and a swarming team defense.

Japan Nadeshiko celebrating their victory

Japan’s players used the disasters as motivation throughout, watching pictures of the devastation from their homeland before some matches. The team displayed a banner reading “To our Friends Around the World — Thank You for Your Support” before the final.

“I can’t believe it,” said Sawa, Japan captain and a veteran of five World Cups. “We have got this result because we never stopped fighting until the end. This has been my goal and now I can take home the gold medal.”

Their result is even more impressive when you think that, after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami disaster, they faced huge difficulties at training together, not to mention their budget… or lack of it, as it often happens in women sport (read more).

Anyway, this is another clear example that size doesn’t matter… Arigatou and well done Japan!

Japan Nadeshiko celebrating their victory


Role Models

23 Jun

I enjoyed so much watching  Kimiko Date-Krumm playing Venus Williams in the 2nd round at Wimbledon yesterday.

Date-san left the tennis circuit in September 1996 but returned to action 11 and a half years later in April 2008, and at 40 years of age not only she claimed her first Wimbledon singles victory since reaching the 1996 semi-finals beating Katie O’Brien 6-0, 7-5 on Monday, but she gave Venus Williams, five-time Wimbledon singles champion, a real shock.

Kimiko played her tennis with great grace and tenacity and not only she simply refused to succumb, but she has also been in charge for most of the match. Williams required almost three hours to withstand the squall. She eventually triumphed 6-7(6-8), 6-3, 8-6, but all the applause was for her opponent.

Arigatou Date-san, for showing us that not only size but also age is not an issue.

I don’t care about the age, but of course it’s very, very difficult to continue in the best condition all the time. And then every time after the match it’s difficult to recover,” she said.

Kimiko Date-Krumm, 2nd round, 2011 Wimbledon

I played a very tough opponent,” said Williams of her adversary who came out of a 12-year retirement in 2008. “She doesn’t play anywhere near her age. She’s a huge role model. She hits hard and she runs fast and she’s extremely competitive, as you saw. She came to the net more than me, and it takes a lot to do that. She was managing to get up there and play well.”

Kimiko Date-Krumm v Venus Williams, 2011 Wimbledon

“I hope I can enjoy playing even if I win or lose.”  KD-K

Kimiko Date-Krumm, 2011 Wimbledon

Kimiko Date-Krumm//
Country: Japan
Birth Date: 28 September 1970
Birth Place: Kyoto, Japan
Residence: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5 ft. 4 in. ( 1.63 metres )
Weight: 117 lbs. ( 53.2 kilos )
Plays: Right
Turned Pro: 1989
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