June 24, 2002

Kournikova.: Mmmm. Just got knocked out in the first round of Wimbledon. As usual. Part of her mystique. But, now, on to the tennis players: Who'll win it this time? World Cup? What World Cup?

posted by worldcup2002 to tennis at 12:43 PM - 24 comments

I'm sorry mate, World Cup semi-finals are on over the next coupla days, so I can't be bothered with tennis. To be honest, not bothered about it anyway as I only like team sports. My predictions for what it's worth, which is very little, is Henman for the Mens Title (what with the Jubilee and all that) and whichever of the Williams sister is the good one for the Womens. If my World Cup predictions are anything to go buy it'd be advisable to avoid backing these two like the plague.

posted by squealy at 01:36 PM on June 24, 2002

But click on the link, squealy. Look at the picture. Your attention will strangely be turned toward Wimbledon. Click it, squealy. Click it. ;-)

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:40 PM on June 24, 2002

But worldcup, she's out, so I can't watch her anymore. Probably better off buying a copy of Front or FHM or something. I tried looking at some of the other pics in the photo archive and I saw this and was afraid, very afraid. Jennifer (Hulk) Capriati:

posted by squealy at 01:45 PM on June 24, 2002

And there's a player called Benesova. Listening to live Wimbledon on Internet radio right now, and had to muffle my guffaws so my colleagues wouldn't send me to the psych ward. First, it's the female commentator saying "Ben'us ovah!" followed by the female umpire saying "Ben'us ovah!" Classic.

I hope she makes it to the final. "It's Ben'us ovah, Williams, in the final." Hahahahahahahahaha. This alone has made Wimbledon tons more fun.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:46 PM on June 24, 2002

Grraaaaargh! Damn you, squealy. Snurfglesrxxxx. Now I have to squegee my puke off the screen. My ballsack just shriveled into my intestines. This is not my idea of how to start a week.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:49 PM on June 24, 2002

Not to ruin the boyzone atmosphere (I should have known better than to come into a thread about Ahhh-na, heh), but here are my predictions: MEN'S SINGLES: Winner: Tim Henman=it's about time for the Englishman to make his country proud, and he hasn't had a better chance in years Darkhorse: Roger Federer=knocked out Pete last year, and has a great game for all surfaces. He's only 20, though Outside Pick: Jonas Bjorkman=won tune-up at Nottingham last week But You Can't Count Out: Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin=all previous Grand Slam winners with top games and great potential; Lleyton is still a bit young on the grass and Marat has been known to mentally check out at times LADIES' SINGLES: Winner: Jennifer Capriati=it's about time for her to break on through and win this one Darkhorse: Daniela Hantuchova=the tall Slovak has already scored a big win this year and has won a few GS mixed titles; only 18 and this is her first Wimbly singles event Outside Pick: Kim Clijsters=has advanced to the quarters before, but more suited to clay & hardcourts than grass But You Can't Count Out: the Williams sisters, Justine Henin, Monica Seles=the Williams are dominating right now, having won 5 of the last 8 Grand Slams between them, and Venus is the defending champion; Justin Henin was the surprise finalist last year and she has a game for grass; Monica Seles might just have another Slam in her somewhere.

posted by somethingotherthan at 04:21 PM on June 24, 2002

somethingother: Everyone's welcome. This thread is laced with less testosterone than you might think. It's all about the fun. Kournikova was just a fun way to get from the World Cup to Wimbledon. It didn't work (witness squealy and the woeful # of comments here) but it was still fun. Nice analysis. But I'm going to be boring and say: Agassi and Willliams (whoever).

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:04 PM on June 24, 2002

Hmmmm.... Daniela Hantuchova...., sorry slipped into boyzone there.

posted by patrickje at 06:12 PM on June 24, 2002

How about Bendesova? She got knocked out today, so we won't be enjoying the side-splitting benefits of hearing her name. Do it with a British accent. You should've heard the live commentary and umpire calls today. "Game, Bend-us-ovah." My workmates must've been wondering why I was enjoying my work so much.

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:29 PM on June 24, 2002

worldcup: I know, no harm done. :) Patrick: I'll agree that Daniela is a good-looking girl. If she whips out the outfit she wore during her quarterfinal match at the French, she'll really have you drooling!

posted by somethingotherthan at 09:18 PM on June 24, 2002

Now THIS is why I come to sportsfilter every day :)

posted by insomnyuk at 11:11 PM on June 24, 2002

worldcup2002: How would you pronounce 'Bendesova'?

posted by salmacis at 02:59 AM on June 25, 2002

Surely making Tim Henman favourite is going to ensure that he goes out of the competition pretty quickly... sigh.

posted by BigCalm at 03:26 AM on June 25, 2002

I like Kournikova as the perennial loser. Makes her pout so much more believing.

posted by adampsyche at 07:34 AM on June 25, 2002

salmacis: I said it like five times in this thread: BEN-US OVAH! It's quite lovely.

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:59 AM on June 25, 2002

BigCalm: Actually, Timmy got a break with is draw this year--of all the favorites, his is definitely the easiest. He is projected to meet Thomas Johansson (Aussie Open winner) in the quarters, then possibly Lleyton Hewitt or Roger Federer in the semis. That's some major cruising! He would not meet Agassi, Sampras, Kafel, or Safin until the finals. It's basically his tournament to lose here for a few rounds. Adam: She did some pouting yesterday in the BBC booth after her match.

posted by somethingotherthan at 10:02 AM on June 25, 2002

somethingother: She did some kissing, too. Ay chihuahua. ;p

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:50 PM on June 25, 2002

I knew it was called "The Beautiful Game" for some reason ;-)

posted by BigCalm at 02:59 AM on June 26, 2002

did you guys go and break www.danielahantuchova.net ?

posted by danostuporstar at 11:38 AM on June 26, 2002

Dan: the webmaster of danielahantuchova.net said his server went bankrupt just a few days ago.

posted by somethingotherthan at 03:28 PM on June 26, 2002

the webmaster of danielahantuchova.net said his server went bankrupt just a few days ago. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

posted by patrickje at 05:28 PM on June 26, 2002

Patrick: New word from the webmaster is that Daniela's people are working on an official site. I'll keep you updated :)

posted by somethingotherthan at 09:17 PM on June 26, 2002

Official sites never have the "good" pictures :(

posted by patrickje at 01:40 AM on June 27, 2002

If you don't mind joining Yahoo, here's the group dh.net's webmaster started.

posted by somethingotherthan at 09:29 AM on June 27, 2002

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