25 April 2011

Love it when the tennis stars are aligned

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What a great run of finals this weekend: Rafa wins #6 in Barcelona, Julia G makes Germany sing, Sam and smiley Sabine take the doubles in Stuttgart and, oh yeah, golden oldie Alberta Brianti won Fes. 

The Barcelona final wasn't that scintillating - am astonished at the number of service breaks in the ATP clay season thus far (at least in the matches I've watched) - but the photos of Rafa trying to lift and hold that gigantic trophy made the day.

Who's designing these trophies?


Meanwhile, in Stuttgart, Julia Goerges upset Caroline in the final. She not only didn't drop serve, but from highlights it looked like she played the big points really well.



Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images
Julia played in Auckland this year and I actually thought she had the game to win, but she played very flat against Greta Arn in the semis. After her near upset of Masha in Melbourne she didn't have a great US hardcourt season so it's great to see her playing well again - I think the girl has effortlessly smooth groundstrokes and is fab to watch.

It's also great to see how excited the crowd was in Stuttgart - did you see the footage of her excited dad? Super cute.

Well done Julia!



Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images


And I gotta give props to Caroline - what a huge smile at the net - you'd have thought she'd won the match with a grin like that.


AFP PHOTO THOMAS KIENZLE

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