Category Archives: Champion

Rafa’s Career Golden Slam


Congratulations Rafa. Finally you have completed a Career Golden Slam. Vamos! I wasn’t able to watch your match because I was at work but I did check the Livescores. Happy to see you lift that trophy after doggedly fought for it in the last 3 years. Vamos!

Advertisements

Chelsea FC: Barclay’s Premier League Champions 2009/2010


I’m glad we have cable connection this week. I’m able to watch the final game for the Barclay’s Premier League Championship 2009/2010. I’m a bit nervous about this match. Sometimes things could go wrong in any football match but I know Chelsea has the uber talented squad to win this. It was truly a fantastic game to watch. I enjoyed it a lot.

It was such a relief when Anelka scored early, around 4 minutes, coz it got rid of the jitters. Everyone was able to relax and not afraid anymore of messing it up. I didn’t expect that they would score 7 more and a hat-trick for Drogba, no less. Chelsea started a bit slow. In the first half, Wigan had a higher percentage of possession. Chelsea became serious and dominated the 2nd half. The team scored 6 more goals. What an outstanding, emphatic finish to the league. The team also set a new record of scoring 103 goals, the highest since the 1960’s I guess. Finally, the trophy went back to Stamford Bridge. Cech and Drogba won the Golden Gloves and Golden Boots, respectively.

I was glad to see the owner, Roman Abramovich, smiling and seemingly enjoying the game. It was fun to see his reaction when goals were missed or hit. He even joined in a Chelsea cheer. Carlo Ancelotti, the team coach won a big event in his first year in an English league. He was brought in because of the owner’s alleged desire to win the European championship in style. Chelsea wasn’t successful in that front but I am more than happy that Chelsea won the Premier League instead. Looking forward to the next season. I know that elusive Champions League Cup will come one day. I hope Lampsy, JT, Drogba, Ballack, Carvalho, Mikel, Essien, Cech will win it while playing for Chelsea. They deserve it.

There is still another game to look forward to before this season ends, the FA cup final against Portsmouth on May 15 at the New Wembley. I hope we get a double this time.

So congratulations Chelsea FC. Up the chels.

Congratulations! Rafael Nadal, 2008 Wimbledon Champion



I’m just so elated today. Rafa has won his first Wimbledon crown after such a fantastic display of the best tennis final you’ll ever see. It was really pure madness. It was such a crazy, time-to-bite-the nails kinda match. My heart really took a damn good beating during the 5-set thriller. I thought it would end at 3rd set with Rafa’s momentum up and two sets already in the bag. But stupid rain delay. When play resumed, Federer claimed the 3rd and 4th set. He had to fight for it though. Each set went into a tiebreak and Roger has a very good record with these situations. I was feeling kinda down during the 4th set where he wasted championship points. But I was hoping it will not keep him from playing well. So on to the deciding set full of hope that everything will go right. I believe Rafa has the mental strength to bring himself back up and be interested in the play. And he did. Albeit keeping me at the edge of my seat. Fed was really firing aces, I guess that’s what really made him last that long. Quite unbelievable actually. Damn those serves. But I was amazed at Rafa’s spirit and determination to keep coming back from a set down. Finally, he was able to broke Fed’s serve (no more of those) and had the chance to serve for the championship. That was his moment, his chance and he took it. 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7 Vamos!!! I’m so happy.

Nadal had matched the Bjorn Borg fantastic feat of winning the Grand Slams of Roland Garros and Wimbledon back-to-back and had also prevented Federer surpassing the five titles in a row he collected between 1976 and 1980.

Congratulations Rafa! Well done!


Captxmel18501260539australia_open_tennis Captxmel15701260457australia_open_tennis_1

I am so happy she did it on Finals day. She had so many injuries last year and wasn’t playing at her best. But she was on fire in this tournament. She beat Lindsay Davenport, Justin Henin and Jelena Jankovic in a convincing, emphatic fashion of superb tennis from her. Eventhough she didn’t play quite the way against Ana Ivanovic like the other three but she still did beautifully with her groundstrokes that stormed like rockets and forced 30+ unforced errors from Anna.

Road to Champion:

1R: W vs Jelena Kostanic Tosic 6-4 6-3
2R: W vs Lindsay Davenport 6-1 6-3
3R: W vs Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-0
4R: W vs (11) Elena Dementieva 6-2 6-0
QF: W vs (1) Justine Henin 6-4 6-0
SF: W vs (3) Jelena Jankovic 6-3 6-1
F: W vs (4) Ana Ivanovic 7-5 6-3

Sound Bites:
Q. You seemed really driven to win this title. You’ve done that. What now? Obviously you want to win other titles. Justine has been the dominant force the last six months. Would you like to achieve that sort of domination?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Definitely. But I don’t think that I’ll — I don’t think that I’m quite physically and experienced enough to do that. I know I’ve already won three Grand Slams. I know I keep saying this, but I don’t think I’m at the peak of my career yet. I don’t think my body has 100% developed into its own. I’ve got many more things to learn, you know, in my tennis, and many things to build and improve.
That takes time. It’s not an overnight process. It’s something that I look forward to. No matter how many tough times or bad days I’m going to have, as long as I walk up in the morning and can’t wait to get that tennis racquet out of my bag, I’ll always be looking forward to improving.

“Champions take chances, and pressure is a privilege,” Billy Jean King had written in a text message that Sharapova saw when she woke up.

Congratulations Maria. You just officially inducted yourself in the “The-French-Open-title-is-now-the-only-grand-slam-championship-that-has-continued-to-
elude-me” club!