nadal storms thru desert wind, leaves murray in the, well…, dust

23 03 2009

location: desert country, indian wells, southern california. cue spaghetti-western music…

rafael nadal had a win-wind plan for the finals today. and it worked a storm, leaving murray in his dust trail 1 and 2. ahhh…raaafaaaa…

andy – we are looking forward to the next adventures of murray the octo-scot though.



nadal vs murray finals 6-1 6-2


rafael nadal champion bnp paribas open indian wells

photos : getty

a tennis elbow room shout-out to tennis bloggers who have been sharing their Indian Wells! been doing desert tennis vicariously thru these blogs…as here in malaysia we get only some of the matches live, some delayed or not at all if there’s an english premier league soccer match on. and we don’t get to wonder around the tennis grounds…ahh safin!

note to self : indian wells definitely has a chill vibe – 2010 maybe?

Forty Deuce



GoToTennis Indian Wells Practice Court Babes


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shh…vera zvonereva winds up champion in indian wells

23 03 2009

Quietly under cover of her towel, unsuspecting to her opponents, Vera Zvonereva has won the PNB Paribas Open at a wind-blown Indian Wells. Vera employed the same towel disguise tactic to win the Pattaya Open in Thailand in Feb. And preferring us not to recall the Australian Open, where she quietly littered some ‘bagels’ (in Malaysia we call it J&Co) on her stealth-run to the semis.

well done vera! tennis elbow room has been rooting for you since the Qatar finals against Sharapova & the bronzie Beijing Olympics, but we’ve kept it under wraps…world domination secret plan next.

psst…vera also won the doubles at indian wells with victoria azarenka

Beijing Olympics Tennis Womens Singlesvera-zvonereva-towel-ao09

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bali – tennis combo : Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions Nov 4-8, 2009

14 03 2009

Received a newsletter from a top asian tennis tournament, explaining the new format of the popular Bali tournament – Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions. I like the ‘Road to Bali’ concept involving the winners of 6 tournaments in Mexicio, USA & Europe.

Trivia : before Bali, the tournament was held in Surabaya, Indonesia for 4 years from 1994 to 1997. Then it was held in KUALA LUMPUR for 2 years in 1999 and 2000. Malaysia doesn’t seem keen on ‘owning’, branding & developing an annual repeat tournament, unlike Bali and Thailand with their Pattaya Tournament. Malaysia boleh only the big names – big time – hit & run one-off EXHIBITION matches eg Federer vs Sampras, Borg vs McEnroe.

I’m packing my sarong & booking my ticket to Bali… 

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[click on image below to link to Bali Commbank Tournament website]



tennis videos : how to edit a hot tennis tournament video promo

2 03 2009


tennis elbow room’s  ♥ nudge nudge wink wink ♥ award for best video promo for a tennis tournament using existing footage and available cool music!!!

kudos to the video editors in monterrey…

uhmm…where’s monterrey? Its in Mexico, just 2 hours by car from the Texas border.

mexico map

monterrey, mexico


Eventual Tournament Winner : Marion Bartoli of France defeated Na Li of China 6-4, 6-3. This is Marion’s fourth career singles title on the WTA Tour & her first for 2009. Marion won in Auckland, Tokyo and Québec City in 2006. Since then, Marion’s reached her first Grand Slam final and made it into the Top 10.

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Why Neil Harman is my fave sports writer

2 02 2009
Reproduced From 
February 2, 2009

Defeat leaves Roger Federer a broken man

by Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent, in Melbourne

Three years ago, on the identical spot, Roger Federer wept in Rod Laver’s embrace, having won his seventh grand-slam tournament. Yesterday, as Federer broke down in uncontrollable sobs at the prize-giving, the record-equalling fourteenth title as far away as ever, Laver was standing a yard from him, not knowing what to do.

Actually, no one knew whether they should look at Federer or look away. It required Rafael Nadal to walk on to the court and throw his sturdy left arm around the Swiss to prevent any more shuffling of feet and wringing of hands. It was the Australian Open’s version of the Duchess of Kent and Jana Novotna at Wimbledon in 1993, but without the mawkishness.

Federer was unable to speak because Nadal, in winning his first Open at Melbourne Park – his first hard-court grand slam title, the one it was reckoned might forever elude him – had dashed another presumptuous theory. Having prevailed in five hours and 14 minutes on Friday night and into Saturday morning to defeat Fernando Verdasco, his compatriot, Nadal gave Federer a 24-hour head start to recover from his semi-final and had the stamina, the brutish game, the willpower and the absolute faith to wear the great Swiss down 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 in another sapping four hours and 23 minutes.

Has there been a player like this piece of Majorcan granite? Of 15 matches in which he has been forced to play the full five sets, he has won 12. Federer’s record is 13-12, which indicates a frailty in his make-up that might yet prevent him from securing the record held by Pete Sampras, the American. For as long as Nadal is around, that is. And he knows it.

Think of three recent examples: the Italian Open final of 2006, when Federer had two match points against Nadal and tossed in two astonishingly poor forehands; the matchless Wimbledon final last year when the Swiss came back from two sets down to take it into a decider and missed a forehand on match point as twilight fell; and the last, and surely the most destructive, which came yesterday as Federer collapsed, his mind frazzled and his right arm failing him as Nadal dug in and refused to countenance defeat.

Federer put a lot of it down to serving poorly and in the middle of the second set, a long way away from the finality of defeat, he missed 11 consecutive first serves. In the third set, which Nadal won by playing a near-faultless tie-break, Federer had break points – two lots of three in consecutive games. Everything was a terrible chore.

But that is what makes Nadal such a champion. Put it into his head that he cannot win – and the schedule here, with one semi-final taking place a full day before the other, is something tennis at this level ought not to tolerate – and he accepts the challenge head on. When the world No1 lost the fourth set, which he really should have won, having allowed five break points to slip through his fingers for a 3-2 lead, one assumed the momentum was with Federer. But that was never the case. At the match’s end, and although it took three match points to see Nadal home, Federer was visibly coming apart at the seams.

When he beat Juan Martin Del Potro, the sixth-best player in the world, for the loss of three games in the quarter-finals, Federer said that as the contest drew to a close, he was simply happy to put the Argentinian “out of his misery”. Five days later, and he knew how that felt. Not at all nice.

The crowd, as it always seems to be anywhere other than Spain, was firmly in the Swiss’s corner. “Everyone’s favourite player,” as he was introduced at the post-final ceremony, just before he could not hold back the tears. “Not everyone,” a lone voice responded and it must have felt to Nadal that lone voices were all he could call on.

But to look at his support team yesterday – uncle Toni, his coach, Sebastien, his father, and Rafael, his physical trainer – in the front row, was to be privy to something intriguing. Even when their boy was down, when to the rest of us he had to be playing on fumes rather than adrenalin, they could not stop smiling. We know that this is the Spanish disposition, but it was as if they knew something those outside the circle required four hours, 23 minutes to ascertain. That Nadal would be holding new silverware.

They know what makes him tick, why he is such a special individual, why he owns a 13-6 lead over Federer. Coming into this final, Nadal had won 18 sets and lost two; Federer the same. Nadal had won 123 games and lost 68; Federer’s figures were 123-67. They may have been that close statistically, but yesterday came down to one man getting inside the other’s head and turning it into mush. Hence the breakdown later.

Discussing it, Federer could barely raise his eyes from beneath the rim of the cap pulled low. “In a fifth set, anything can happen,” he said. “That’s the problem. Not usually the better player always wins. It is just a matter of momentum sometimes. Maybe I should have never been there in the first place. I played a terrible fifth set. I kind of handed it over to him.”

If one may presume to quibble with Federer, he did not so much hand it over to Nadal as it was ripped it from him – there is a difference. In the first four sets, there were ten occasions in which Nadal was 15-0 down on his own serve and won the game. As Ivan Lendl, the remarkable Czech who won eight grand-slam singles titles (Nadal now has six and surely no one will be able to stop him winning a fifth French Open in June), once said: “There are two important points in tennis, the first one and the last one.”

The last one and the final word went to the champion. He said sorry to Roger and wished him good luck for the rest of the year. He will need it.

(Reproduced From 

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Aust Open 2009 week 2: Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi, Yuki Bhambri, Alcantara & Hsieh grand slams it for Asia!

1 02 2009


Sania Mirza grand slams it for Asia!

India's Sania Mirza & Mahesh Bhupathi hold  the trophy  after beating  France's Nathalie Dechy & Israel's Andy Ram  in the Mixed doubles final match at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, Feb 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)

India's Mixed Doubles Slam - Sania Mirza & Mahesh Bhupathi raise the trophy after beating France's Nathalie Dechy & Israel's Andy Ram at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Feb 1, 2009. AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill.

sania – where’s the bollywood film already?


Serena Williams hugs the trophy after beating Russia's Dinara Safina in the Women's singles final match at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Jan. 31, 2009. Win is also Serena's 10th Grand Slam victory! AP Photo/Rick Stevens.

Serena u r a 10!

Serena Williams hugs her trophy after beating Russia’s Dinara Safina in the Women’s singles final match at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Jan. 31, 2009. Win is also Serena’s 10th Grand Slam victory & 4th Australian Open Singles! phew…    AP Photo/Rick Stevens.

serena – where’s the hollywood film already? could be a mashup of serena/sania hollywood/bollywood – you heard it here first!!!


Asian Juniors grand slam it at the Oz Open

Alcantara & Hsieh - boys AO 09 doubles championsBoys Doubles Champions Australian Open 2009.

Cheng Peng Hsieh (Taipeh) & Francis Alcantara (Phillippines) & koalas sharing trophy but not hairstyles.  

Junior Boys’ Doubles Champions are Cheng-Peng Hsieh of  Taipeh & Francis Casey Alcantara of Phillippines who defeated Mikhal Biryukov of Russia & Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan 6-4, 6-2.

Yuki Bhambri of India - Boys Singles Champion Australian Open 2009

Yuki Bhambri of India - Boys Singles Champion Australian Open 2009

Junior Boys’ Singles Champion is Yuki Bhambri of India who defeated Alexandros-Ferdinandos Georgoudas of Germany 6-3, 6-1


Tennis Elbow Room eyes

Lu Yen Hsun in action Aust Open 09

Lu Yen Hsun celebrates Oz Open 09


Carla Suarez Navarro in action at Aust Open 09

Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in quarter final action







Obama fever at Aust Open 09

Obama fever at Aust Open 09


another cool outfit by Venus' Eleven

another cool outfit by Venus' Eleven



tenniselbowroom hearts ice cool nadal.  Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.

Ice Cold Nadal




The Arrival of Fernando Verdasco

tenniselbowroom hearts fernando verdasco

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Australian Open 1st grand slam 2009 : week 1

21 01 2009

was trying to insert the Australian Open Live Score widget here – but it keeps coming up blank. Guess wordpress does not accept shockwave flash widgets. anyway i successfully added it to my 10 year old daughter’s blog (which is on blogger) – so if you wanna get live scores click Tennis Attack Zone by zulimaria.


to add to your igoogle page, blog, facebook etc, just go to Tennis Attack Zone & click on 'GRAB IT'.

Tennis Elbow Room’s  pick of movers & crashers :

Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei shocks David Nalbandian (10th seed) in a 5-set thriller! Lu’s previous biggest win was the 1st Round defeat of Andy Murray at the Beijing Olympics ’08. Lu will next face Tommy Robredo.
My faves Marat Safin & Vera Zvonevera are thru to the 3rd Round!
Ai Sugiyama of Japan def Nathalie Dechy of France (2nd Round).
Russian Evgeny Koralev def  Carlos Moya 6-3,6-1,7-6. Now faces Federer in the 2nd Round. 

Ernest Gulbis of Latvia def Albert Montanes of Spain 6-3,6-2,6-3.
Jie Zheng of China def Camille Pin of France 6-3, 6-3.
Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan def Melanie Oudin of USA 6-1, 6-4 to move to the 2nd round.

Russian Evgeny Koralev def  Carlos Moya 6-3,6-1,7-6. Now faces Federer in the 2nd Round.

Evgeny Koralev wants his 15 minutes of fame when he faces Federer, dudes!


akgul amanmuradova

akgul amanmuradova from Uzbekistan



Sania Mirza of India lost to Russian Nadia Petrova in the 2nd Round.
Kei Nishikori of Japan lost to Jurgen Melzer of Austria (1st Round).



Candy coloured eye candy

Candy coloured eye candy

lookin good V!

Looking Good V!

andy, the haggis wrestler

andy, the haggis wrestler

The Arrival of Ana and Departure of Verdasco

ana ivanovic arrives for Australian Open

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