May 28, 2005

Rafa and Sharapova rules at Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal in action at the French Open
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In less than 2 hours, Rafa scored a victory over Richard Gasquet, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. I was very excited about this match but too bad there is no live telecast of the French Open on ESPN. We have heard so much about the two teenagers recently. Rafa no doubt is the main reason I'm interested in tennis (besides Maria Sharapova). Gasquet on the other hand was playing in his own homeground and he was the one of the two person (the other one is Marat Safin) who had beaten Roger Federer this year.

However, the much-anticipated third-round battle between Rafa and French teenager Richard Gasquet did not live up to its billing. Rafa has now won 20 consecutive matches, all on clay. This will be his second appearance in the round of 16 in a slam; he reached the fourth round at the Australian Open (he was beaten by Hewitt in five sets match).

His next opponent is another Frenchman, No. 23-seeded Sebastian Grosjean. They have never played before. However, I'm looking forward for the semifinal because if everything goes right, Rafa might play with Federer.

Maria Sharapova at the French Open Posted by Hello

On the women competition, Maria Sharapova is definitely have my support although clay is not her favourite court. She plays very well and dare to take risks but it's her finishing that refrains her from winning crucial matches. Just like Rafa, she's only 18 years old and they are No.1 players in the making. If Sharapova plays well in Roland Garros, she will definitely end up on the top rank replacing Lindsay Davenport.

Sharapova is through to the 3rd round and she will play her fellow Russian compatriot Anna Chakvetadze. They have never played before.

May 27, 2005

crossword puzzles and sudoku

I've learned a new game today. It's Sudoku! Being a puzzle fan, I never knew Sudoku existed. In Sudoku, there is no math involved.

sample - sudoku Posted by Hello

The 9x9 grid has to be solved with numbers but you don't need to add up anything. All you need to do is fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. It's a simple game with simple rules and yet it's so challenging.

Check this website out for more info:

Recently, I've written five crossword puzzle books for a local publisher. Hope the books will be out in the market in a month or two. Although crossword puzzles are nothing new to Malaysians but this hobby is not popular among us. Crossword puzzles are very big in the US and UK. You can go to my homepage and check out my puzzles.

May 26, 2005

triple finales

Nothing compares to last night. It was the showdown of The Contender Finale and of course the Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan. And this morning was the American Idol final between Bo and Carrie.

As predicted and my own favourite, Sergio 'Latin Snake' Mora won the match over Peter Manfredo Jr. and took home a million dollar. Although boxing is not my favourite sports but you have to love this show created by the guru of reality shows, Mark Brunett. Manfredo being the 3rd best middleweight boxer in the world seems lack of stamina and the drive to overcome the ever smarter and sleeker Latin Snake. Before the final showdown, there was this match between Jesse Brinkley and Alfonso Gomez. Gomez won and prove himself to be a champion in the making.

Things were different in the Champions League. It wasn't a game I want to watch but I want to see AC Milan win. It didn't happened. In fact, Liverpool steals the Champions League Cup which I don't believe they deserve it at all. They can't even small clubs in the English Premier League and end up in the 5th place. And now they are walking away with the Champions League title after winning the penalties 3-2. AC Milan was impressive in the first half. They play highly skilled football game and Liverpool was all over the place.

But in the second half, it was a different story. Imagine Liverpool can shoot in 3 goals in just 6 mins? Come on! I just don't trust European football. Remember when Greece winning the Euro Cup just months before Olympic Games? And now Liverpool have a chance to appeal to get into Champions League next year although they don't qualify at all. If Liverpool ever have a chance to come back next year to defend their title, I just want to say that they don't deserve it. Rules is rules. Four clubs from the EPL to qualify for the Champions League are already a lot. Don't tell me they want to squeeze Liverpool in. I just don't think it's fair for other clubs who played so hard throughout the year and managed to qualify. Liverpool have to earn their place in the EPL.

This morning was the American Idol finale. Well, yes, country rules not rock. I don't really like Carrie or Bo but credits should be given to them. I still prefer last season. Fantasia, Diana and Latoya proven to have more hearts and souls. Still remember Fantasia can make people feel and cry through her singing. Incredible! But Bo and Carrie are going to make it big.
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