「我離港前到過一間精神科醫院。當時有位病人禮貌地問,一個以作為世上最悠久民主政體而自傲的國家,如何能夠將此地交給一個政治制度非常不同的國家,且既沒諮詢當地公民,又沒給予他們民主的前景,好讓他們捍衞自己的將來。一個隨行同事說,奇怪,香港提出最理智問題的人,竟在精神科醫院。」彭定康 金融時報

“During a visit to a mental hospital before I left Hong Kong, a patient politely asked me how a country that prided itself on being the oldest democracy in the world had come to be handing over his city to another country with a very different system of government, without either consulting the citizens or giving them the prospect of democracy to safeguard their future. Strange, said one of my aides, that the man with the sanest question in Hong Kong is in a mental hospital.”Chris Patten Financial Times

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Melanie Oudin

Melanie Oudin



週一早上回到 Office,又有一陣哄動,美國的同事們談論著,一位年僅十七歲的美國金髮“小妮子” Melanie Oudin,因為她在美國網球公開賽,過去的週末兩天,在女子單打比賽的兩圈初賽,分別擊敗了兩位俄羅斯的女單名將,Elena Dementieva 迪文蒂娃 和 Maria Sharapova 舒拉寶娃。



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【維基百科】Melanie Oudin (born September 23, 1991 in Marietta, Georgia, United States) is an American tennis player and former world junior No. 2. Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Weight 130 lb (59 kg).

Melanie Oudin was home schooled from seventh grade on so that she could have more time for tennis practice, but admits envying her twin sister's experiences at a regular school. She says her idol is Justine Henin because "she proved you don't have to be tall to win things."

At the 2009 Wimbledon Championships Oudin entered as a qualifier. Oudin defeated #29 Sybille Bammer in three sets in the first round and Yaroslava Shvedova in three sets in the second. In the third round, Oudin defeated world #6 Jelena Jankovic, 6 8-710 7-5 6-2. She lost to Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round, 6-4 7-5.

At the 2009 U.S. Open, Oudin dominated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1. In the second round, she stunned fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva 5-7 6-4 6-3. Oudin then advanced to her second straight Grand Slam fourth round, upsetting Maria Sharapova 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. She will face Nadia Petrova for a place in the quarterfinals.



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Melanie Oudin 在溫布頓的英國公開賽2009,擊敗了 Jelena Jankovic 贊高域 成名。今次在美國網球公開賽2009,先擊敗了2008年奧運冠軍,俄羅斯的 Elena Dementieva,跟著再敗俄羅斯美少女 Maria Sharapova,下一圈十六強對俄羅斯的 Nadia Petrova,若 Melanie Oudin 連敗三位俄羅斯女球手,便可入到八強,最有機會對賽的也是俄羅斯的 Svetlana Kuznetsova ,若接連挫敗四位俄羅斯女球手,便可入到四強,是一個記錄。


祇得一米六八即五呎六吋高的非種子球員 Melanie Oudin 可否繼續編寫她的神話呢?還是十六強止步呢?香港週二清晨便知曉喇!


有娃娃球手也有媽媽球手

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離開網壇有兩年的前一姐,比利時女單名將 Kim Clijsters,產後復出,以外卡參加美國網球公開賽,在32強把 大威 Venus Williams 6-0、0-6,6-4 殺敗,大威黯然出局。

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中國人明星、藝人、運動員在黃金時期,鮮有願意放下事業(奉子成婚的不算),回家結婚、生仔、揍仔。成功女性、授薪階級、高級專業女士、從商的成功商界女強人,就算肯生,等到不能再遲,才擇定日子催生,甚至剖腹生產 C-section,一生完未夠滿月,就急急返工,怕、怕、怕、會被人取代了,恐怕生完仔後,就連個江山都輸埋。


後記:
一覺醒來,先上網查閱 Melanie Oudin 的賽果,真的是神話繼續,十七歲 Blonde 小妮子以 1-6、77-62、6-3 殺敗了Nadia Petrova,入到八強。原來第一圈的比賽 Melanie Oudin 也是勝了一位俄羅斯女球手 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 進入第二圈,她已經連敗四位俄羅斯女網球員。對下一個是八強賽事,最有可能對賽的也是俄羅斯的 Svetlana Kuznetsova,她是本年度的法國公開賽女單冠軍,看看這位差十幾日才十八歲、祇得五呎六吋金髮的 Melanie Oudin 能否延續神話,再擊敗第五位俄羅斯選手。


可惜 Svetlana Kuznetsova 輸掉了比賽,小妮子下一位對手是丹麥的 Caroline Wozniacki ,女單八強有四位非種子球手,除了Kim Clijsters 是前女單一姐外,而且她排在有 Serena Williams 的下線,相信兩位前一姐必有一番惡闘。其他兩位非種子都和 Melanie Oudin 同排在上線,Melanie Oudin 祇要擊敗 Caroline Wozniacki,就很有機會入到決賽。


週四的早上,Melanie Oudin 的神話不再,Caroline Wozniacki 是不同風格的球手,她祇用了一小時多,就直落兩盤 6-2,6-2 把對手送走。


後後記:

女單四強是:
丹麥 Caroline Wozniacki vs Yanina Wickmayer 比利時
比利時 Kim Clijsters vs Serena Williams 美國


女單決賽:
丹麥 Caroline Wozniacki vs Kim Clijsters 比利時

女單冠軍:Kim Clijsters 比利時

有女有獎有婚姻有家庭的女性 圖片:dailymail.com



How long can this last? 圖片:dialymail.com




男單四強是:
瑞士 Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic 塞爾維亞
阿根廷 Juan Martin Del Potro vs Rafael Nadal 西班牙

男單決賽:
瑞士 Roger Federer vs Juan Martin Del Potro 阿根廷


男單冠軍:Juan Martin Del Potro 阿根廷


後後後記:
《Bloomberg Sept. 13》An outburst by defending champion Serena Williams over a foot fault capped her loss to Kim Clijsters in the women’s semifinals at the U.S. Open.

Clijsters, the 2005 champion who came out of a two-year retirement a month ago, will play Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark for the title tonight at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“Played probably the best match of my career tonight and it was the craziest too!” the Belgian wrote last night on her Twitter social networking site.

Serving to stay in last night’s match at a set down and trailing 6-5 in the second, Williams was called for a foot fault by a line judge on her second serve at 15-30, handing Clijsters two match points. A player’s feet cannot touch the baseline during a serve.

Williams turned to get another ball and seemed ready to serve when she changed her mind and walked over to the line judge, shouting and pointing her racket. As Williams walked back to start serving, the line judge reported the incident to chair umpire Louise Engzell.

The Associated Press reported that Williams told the line judge: “If I could, I would take this ... ball and shove it down your ... throat.”

After speaking to Williams and tournament referee Brian Earley, who had walked onto court after the clash, the umpire gave the American a point penalty because she had received a warning after breaking her racket on the court at the end of the first set. Tennis rules dictate that a player’s second code violation is a point penalty, according to the Web site of the U.S. Tennis Association, and this infraction handed the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion a 6-4, 7-5 loss.

Williams then walked over to a stunned Clijsters to shake hands, and walked off the court.

‘Unsportsmanlike’
“She was called for a foot fault, and a point later, she said something to a line umpire, and it was reported to the chair, and that resulted in a point penalty,” Earley said in a television interview after the match. “And it just happened that point penalty was match point. It was a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.”

Williams, the second seed, appeared composed at a news conference after the match. She declined to say what she told the line judge.

“What did I say? You didn’t hear?” Williams said. She denied threatening the official, saying: “I’ve never been in a fight in my whole life, so I don’t know why she would have felt threatened.”

Williams, who was full of praise for the way Clijsters played the match, didn’t apologize for her behavior.

“How many people yell at linespeople?” she said. “If you look at all the people that kind of yell at linespeople -- players, athletes get frustrated. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen that happen.”

‘Unfortunate’ Timing
Clijsters said the incident made it difficult for her to celebrate. As a wild-card entrant, she will be playing for her second major title tonight in just her third tournament since coming out of retirement, during which she had her first child.

“The timing is unfortunate,” Clijsters, who is friends with Williams, said at a news conference. “To get a point penalty at the time, it’s unfortunate. But there are rules. It’s just unfortunate that it has to happen on a match point.”




【明報專訊】涉嫌一句「拿球塞進你的喉嚨」,令今屆美國網球公開賽的女單夢幻4強戰戲劇告終。衛冕的莎蓮娜威廉絲爭議地被判發球雙錯誤,讓對手克莉絲達絲獲決勝分機會之餘,「細威」再遭司線員投訴她出言恐嚇,主裁判於是判罰細威1分,賽事亦隨即結束,剛復出的「阿甘」得以盤數2﹕0獲勝,晉身香港時間今早9時的決賽。


這場「前一姐大戰」因天雨屢次延期,要到當地時間周六晚上9時多才展開。細威首盤輸4﹕6,第2盤落後5﹕6和細分15﹕30之際,她的第2發球被指踩界違例,出現她今仗第4次發球雙錯誤,亦讓克莉絲達絲領先40﹕15,有2個決勝分機會。細威對判決大感不滿,向司線員怒罵,據報她所說的是﹕「如果可以,我會拿起這個XX的球,強塞進你XX的喉嚨中,殺死你。」


被判第2發球踩界
司線員隨即向主裁判報告,再召來賽事總球證,經過爭辯和商議後,由於細威第1盤已因擲球拍受到警告,因此罰她1分,正好成為克莉絲達絲的決勝分。細威於抗辯期間向司線員強調﹕「我從沒說過要殺你,你是認真的嗎?」她賽後亦堅稱﹕「沒有,我沒有恐嚇她(司線員)。我已絲毫記不起當時罵了什麼,這是說真的。」



【明報專訊】表現一向穩定的費達拿,今仗無緣美網6連霸,除了狄柏度表現出色外,他表現失準亦是關鍵。「費一哥」全場62次大意失誤,第1發球成功率只得50%、11次發球雙錯誤,加上他罕有地情緒失控,直接將錦標拱手相讓。

全場62次失誤
一向冷靜的費達拿在第3盤大發雷霆,指摘對手太遲要求使用鷹眼系統挑戰判決,他對球證怒吼道﹕「我在2秒後便要求挑戰,可是他卻在10秒後才提出。」球證勸他冷靜,費一哥卻罕有地爆粗回應﹕「別叫我冷靜,我不管你說什麼垃圾,別跟我提這他媽的規則。」





伸延閱覽:
Melanie Oudin 維基百科
Kim Clijsters 維基百科
Caesarean Section 剖腹生產 維基百科
US Open 美國網球公開賽 2009 官方網頁
Serena Williams Outburst on Foot Fault Hands Clijsters Victory Bloomberg.com
細威恐嚇司線員出局「拿球塞進你的喉嚨殺死你」 Yahoo 新聞
細威罵司線員罰款一萬 Yahoo! 新聞
輸掉比賽不滿判決費天王爆粗 Yahoo 新聞


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