Tennis, Soccer & Cricket

These were the events that took much of my viewing time over the weekend. And since it was a 4-day weekend at that (Thu – CL, Fri – Republic Day, Sat & Sun – off) I could devote a li’l more time to mundane activities like watching TV. But it did really start with a whimper coz we could not get tickets for the multistarrer romantic movie Salaam-e-Ishq at PVR and that capped a boring thursday of sorts.

SharapovaIn the Australian Open, unseeded Serena Williams defeated the pretty Russian Maria Sharapova in the Women’s singles final whereas Roger Federer made mincemeat of 10th seed Chilean Fernando Gonzalez. Credit to Gonzalez though…he beat players of the calibre of Hewitt, Blake, Nadal and Haas to get to the final only to be stopped by FedEx.  Though I didn’t see the Serena Vs. Sharapova match, I did catch the action in Federer Vs. Gonzalez and couldn’t help marvelling Fed’s  amazing moves on the court and the swiftness with which the outmaneouvred and  outplayed his opponent. It was attacking Tennis at its best.

Soccer was a bit off-color as the only match of any significance I could manage to see was the FA Cup encounter between ManU and Portsmouth and which ManU managed to win, thanks to Wayne Rooney’s double.

Cricket was sometimes-exciting-sometimes boring! India managed to lose to West Indies when at one point of time were cruising towards a 330+ total but succumbed to lose quick wickets and ended up posting a manageable 268. South Africa and Pakistan played a test match which was over in three-and-a-half days with neither side crossing 200. South Africa eventually won. Australia hammered 343 runs in their CB series encounter against New Zealand but were in danger of losing the match after an inspired onslaught from Jacob Oram who brought the black caps periliously close to victory. NZ eventually lost the match by 8 runs!

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