Monthly Archives: May 2010

French Open day nine: Stosur overcomes Henin

  • Australian knocks out four-time champion Henin
  • Djokovic and Nadal safely through to quarter-finals

Samantha Stosur knocked out Justine Henin to book her place in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros where she will meet world number one Serena Williams.

The Australian lost the first set to Henin before bouncing back taking the second and third set to eventually win the match 2-6 6-1 6-4.

Stosur, 26,  who reached the semi-finals last year in Paris, will look to go all the way this year despite never making a Grand Slam final.

It was the Belgium’s first defeat at the French Open since 2004 but despite feeling disappointed by the defeat, she believes the superior player won today.

“Of course it’s disappointing,” Henin said.

“It’s never easy to lose, especially in this kind of situation. I just wanted so much to let the adventure keep going.

“I haven’t been at my best today and Samantha was the best player on the court. She took her chances.”

In other news at Roland Garros on day nine, Rafael Nadal made light work of 24th seed Thomaz Bellucci, winning in straight sets 6-2 7-5 6-4.

Serbian Novak Djokovic joins the Spaniard in the quarter-finals of the mens singles after beating American Robert Ginepri 6-4 2-6 6-1 6-2.

Day 10 promises more great action, as world number one Roger Federer takes on Swede Robin Soderling for a place in the last eight.

Whilst the opening match on Suzanne Lenglen sees Russians Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova go head-to-head.

Petrova defeated Venus Williams in straight sets in the previous round and so will fancy her chances against compatriot Dementieva who has not been at her best so far with persistent injuries a concern.

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Review: World Cup warm-ups

  • England win marred by poor performance
  • Ronaldo and co struggle against Cape Verde

So, with less than three weeks remaining until the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, last night was an ideal opportunity for those participating to flex their superior muscles.

With Argentina hosting Canada, Portugal playing Cape Verde and England supposedly “entertaining” Mexico, what did we learn from them? In short, nothing we didn’t know before.

England 3 – 1 Mexico Highlights

As soon as Fabio Capello became the new England manager, everyone knew the country would stop attempting to play like Brazil and start to play like winners – boring winners, but winners nevertheless. And yesterday’s match was no different.

The score line doesn’t tell the full story. Basically, England looked either below-par or fatigued – your pick – as Mexico danced their way horizontally and vertically through the hosts without scoring. Sounds a bit like Arsenal really.

Tottenham’s Ledley King scored and…well, that’s about it. Looked clumsy and off the pace at times, which would be a worry, only we have an out-of-form John Terry to come in for him.

James Milner – who the former England manger, now singer, Terry Venables says is worth however much money Man City are willing to pay (too much probably) – was playing like a headless chicken. Initially starting out left, he was soon found further afield, before dropping deep where he continued to make unsuccessful last-ditch challenges on almost every Mexico player.

But as Capello will always tell you, a win is a win.

Portugal 0-0 Cape Verde Highlights

I’m sure Carlos Queiroz thought a game against Cape Verde would allow his Portugese super stars to gain a confidence boost after narrowly escaping World Cup elimination last year.

However, despite having only 35,100 players to pick, the island country still managed to keep Portugal at bay and record an historic goalless draw against a team containing Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United’s Nani and a Chelsea trio of Deco, Richardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferriera.

Argentina 5-0 Canada

The biggest surprise here was that Diego Maradona’s side managed to keep a clean sheet.

We all know that Argentina can destroy any nation going forward. The problem lies in that for all their fantastic ability offensively, there’s plenty of room for improvement defensively.

Last night’s clean sheet will have given the team confidence at the back and something to sustain and build on heading into the World Cup.

Although Argentina will continue to score at will, defending resolutely is less of a guarantee.

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Rooney and Ronaldo star in Nike World Cup advert

  • New advert for 2010 World Cup showcases top stars heading to South Africa
  • Ronaldhino also in advert despite not making Brazil squad

Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney stars in Nike’s latest advert ahead of this summer’s World Cup in South Africa.

Rooney’s former United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo also appears, as does Chelsea frontman and Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba.

Nike have once again produced another gem of a football advert, with ‘Write the Future’ showcasing the fine line between success and failure.

The advert from Nike also contains a cameo role for Homer Simpson from the American family sitcom ‘The Simpsons’.

The doorbell rings and Homer goes to answer it, only to be amazed that it’s Real Madrid’s Ronaldo at the door. Homer gasps and says “Ronal-” before the animated Ronaldo nutmegs him, forcing Homer to exclaim “doh!”.

The only negative point from the advert is the inclusion of AC Milan’s Ronaldinho.

The Brazilian striker failed to make Dunga’s World Cup squad and so, unfortunately, won’t be heading to South Africa next month.

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