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Li Na: What she said, really meant and definitely did not


Li Na and Ioana Raluca Olaru at the 2009 US Open

Li Na Is From Venus

What she said:

"Women cannot have the same mentality of men, who expect to win every competition."

Li Na is inventive with her excuse for not doing well post her Roland Garros triumph this year. The Chinese woman became the first Asian ever to win a Grand Slam at the French Open.

What she really meant:

“Sports requires us (women) to be takers. But we’re givers (by nature)—just ask my hubby and my opponents.”

What she definitely didn’t:

“Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles and Serena Williams are more than pleased with this explanation.”

Andy Murray: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


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What he said:

"Try being a British player going into a Grand Slam. It’s not easy."

Andy Murray shrugs aside the ‘nerves’ question in the press conference following his gritty win over India’s Somdev Devvarman in the first round at the US Open.

Murray clarified his statement:

“It was a little bit of a joke, a little bit of truth in it. I think for anyone that sort of wants to go on and win a slam or, you know, feels like they’re in with a shot, you know, I think it’s natural to start.  You know, you put a lot of effort and preparation into getting ready for these events and, you know, you don’t want to get off to a bad start or whatever. I think nerves are a good thing.  I think it shows you care and that, like I say, I put a lot into getting ready for it.  I hope my game’s going to be there and the hard work pays off.”

What he really meant:

“The weight of expectations from the press (you guys) is heavy on my shoulders. I’m stooped before my time.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Let’s grab Tim Henman and get him to elaborate further.”

 

David Lloyd: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


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What he said:

"If you look at Nadal, Djokovic and Federer when they come on the court, they have a demeanour.They are exceptionally well-dressed and clean-shaven. Andy doesn’t come on like that."

David Lloyd, former English Davis Cup captain, feels that Andy Murray lacks an on-court presence unlike his rivals, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

What he really meant:

“I really don’t feel a beard suits Murray but since I’m not qualified to talk about fashion sense, I’ll just link that to his lack of Grand Slam wins.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I love Bjorn Borg.”

Roger Federer: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Roger Federer At The 2002 U.S. Open (a clearer...

What he said:

“Absolutely. I always have been. The day after my victory, the day after my final losses, I’ve been hungry. It doesn’t come in phases. I’m always hungry. And that’s a good thing.”

Roger Federer is not sated by his 16 Grand Slam wins and is always looking out to add more titles to his kitty.

What he really meant:

“As long as I can play—well, I’m hungry for more.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“What time’s dinner?”

Nine serious contenders for men’s title at Wimbledon: Milos Raonic, dark horse


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In the men’s section, the top four seeds each have designs on the title.

Will it be Rafael Nadal, last man standing, on July 3, 2011 making it a treble of French Open and Wimbledon crowns in the same season, emulating his 2008 and 2010 feats—further etching in stone comparisons to the marvellous Bjorn Borg?

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Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal, Interloper Novak Djokovic


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Just one Grand Slam final in over two years between the giants that straddle the men’s circuit. Yet fans and critics alike are terming it a revival of the Fedal rivalry.

Is it, really?

It cannot be much of a competition if the duo have faced off just once in the last eight Slams.

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Roger Federer: What he meant, really meant and definitely did not


Roger Federer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

What he said:

"I don’t have a Grand Slam in my pocket (this year), but if I win one, it changes everything."

Roger Federer, on his chances at the French Open.

What he really meant:

“I have large pockets and I can definitely fit in a major or two—this year.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Majors are loose change jangling in my pockets.”

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Caroline Wozniacki better than Jelena Jankovic or Dinara Safina?


Caroline Wozniacki at the French Open (2009)

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The game of musical chairs at the top of the pile continues, featuring Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki.

The Belgian enjoyed a short spell as No. 1 before being swapped out by the surprisingly resilient Dane within a week.

The debate—whether the rankings accurately depict the state of women’s tennis—rages on. This does not detract from the luscious blonde’s achievements; it is a reflection of the fact that quantity can sometimes displace quality.

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Australian Open 2011: Not quite giant-killers but no fly-swatters either


Daniela Hantuchova forehand.

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It’s always difficult coming into the first Grand Slam of the year. It is as though one has to shake off the excesses of the Christmas festivities ,shed the trappings of the successes in the previous year and get down to business on a clean slate. Yet, one has to act as though one were never away from the hurly-burly of the action on court.

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Australian Open 2011: Headlining The Rafael Nadal/ Roger Federer Rivalry


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Today—the 16th of January—is the eve of the 2011 Australian Open.

History will be made at the Asia-Pacific Grand Slam if Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal clinch the men’s title.

It will be Roger Federer’s 17th major. It will be a Star Trek landmark—going where no man has been before. If Nadal wins, it will be the culmination of the Rafa Slam—an event much anticipated by players and fans.

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