Monday, December 30, 2013

Around and Around and Around Vika Goes...

Where she stops, only she knows.

The new season has barely begun, and Vika is already making all sorts of new friends.

Monks...


And sponges...


And ninja turtles...


Oh, my!


Monks, and sponges and ninja turtles! Oh, my!
Monks, and sponges and ninja turtles! Oh, my!
Monks, and sponges and ninja turtles! Oh, my!

All for now.

24 Comments:

Blogger jo shum said...

I love the elephant head!

I wish nika will have different themes and colors for the players like last year AO. Since then all of them wear the same color tones.

Tue Dec 31, 08:03:00 AM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

I agree. You'd think they'd want to differentiate the players a little bit, rather than have them seem a nameless, faceless horde of racket-wielding beings all dressed in the same "uniform."

Well, that is, unless that sort of IS the frame of mind, of course. Since, you know, the one thing everyone will notice about the monotonous clothing is that it all has the Nike logo. :\

Sigh.

Tue Dec 31, 12:40:00 PM EST  
Blogger Eric said...

was this konjuh's debut on the women's tour? that's good. hope that she lights a fire under her older and similarly-aged contemporaries. Game needs some new blood.

I see that Hurricane is doing well too.

Winds of change...

Tue Dec 31, 01:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Yeah, it was. Quite an introduction for Konjuh. :)

Tue Dec 31, 04:39:00 PM EST  
Blogger Leif Mortensen said...

There was a kneel. There was a diamond. And there was a sweet Caroline. Rory popped the question in Sydney and she said yes. The gossip papers are going mad.

Happy new year to all backspin followers from a happy Dane :)

Tue Dec 31, 06:31:00 PM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Well, I guess it's a good thing she didn't hurt her LEFT shoulder this week then! ;)

Tue Dec 31, 07:41:00 PM EST  
Blogger Eric said...

voegele continues her good form. two wins of stephens, a win over keys, and now lisicki in her last few matches

Wed Jan 01, 04:01:00 AM EST  
Blogger jo shum said...

what i really like is vika's shoes so far. shocking pink! i hope there are more bright colors for AO. anyone knows the outfits yet?

Wed Jan 01, 10:48:00 AM EST  
Blogger jo shum said...

ah and i think vika is getting better with the presser when talking about wozzy and rory better bought her a big rock. :)

Wed Jan 01, 11:37:00 AM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

I've seen images for quite a few other players for the AO, but not Vika. On the whole, though, it'll have to be an improvement over what she wore in NYC, right? Even though I know the shorts won't be back. :(

Wed Jan 01, 01:16:00 PM EST  
Blogger Eric said...

Vania King's first top 10 win?

Thu Jan 02, 03:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Not her first, but her best. She defeated Bartoli (#10) in Seoul in 2011. Errani, of course, is currently ranked higher.

Of course, she's since lost to Zahlavova-Strycova, so... :(

Thu Jan 02, 03:58:00 PM EST  
Blogger jo shum said...

Vika took 10 MPS to win QF. That must be a record ? I didn't watch it, would have been utterly speechless.

Thu Jan 02, 08:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger Eric said...

Zheng lost to Zahlavova...Vania withdrew against Peng...

Fri Jan 03, 01:46:00 AM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Yeah, saw that King/Peng "result"... which sort of confused me since I swear the score site had BZS over King when I collected all the scores. Maybe it was just a temporary glitch. Still, bad end for her week.

Whew! Vika nearly down set and break vs. JJ, then struggled a bit to put her away at end of 3rd. Felt a little (too) familiar.

Fri Jan 03, 03:23:00 AM EST  
Blogger jo shum said...

i haven't seen the replay yet, but JJ has pretty much gained back her movement and style play and can really play with anyone on the tour now. at any time of the day, she can beat anyone.

Fri Jan 03, 06:18:00 AM EST  
Blogger Leif Mortensen said...

Just seen another excellent match. I know a lot of Rena fans will say that it was a horrible match - and in that I totally disagree. This match was excellent seen from a spectators point of view. Yes it was a match of doublefaultitis and yes we don't expect that from such top players BUT even they are human. In between it was tennis on a very high level and I - as a no special fan of either player - enjoyed second set of brilliant tennis ver much. Sometimes you have to look at intensity and commitment in a match and not always look at the poor stats - stats were poor but play was really great

Fri Jan 03, 07:41:00 AM EST  
Blogger Will Corby said...

Just to give you a heads up - if it happens tomorrow/tonight (depending on your time zone), I'm expecting you to know the last the Williams sisters each won a title on the same week. (It is also likely that Federer and Nadal will win a title the same week, which is other oddity.)

Fri Jan 03, 09:25:00 AM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Ha! All right, Will. I'm now armed with the info, just in case. It last happened in... no, I'll just wait. ;)

It's been quite a while, though.

I WILL say the Federer/Nadal occasion, though. It's previously happened twice, in 2005 and in 2008, with the latter coming during the grass season with a Federer title in Halle, while Nadal won in London.

Fri Jan 03, 02:35:00 PM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Ivanovic d. V.Williams 2-6/7-5/6-4

Well, so much for "first time since..."

But, for the record, the last -- and still only -- time that both Venus and Serena won tour singles titles in the same week was 1999, when Venus won in Oklahoma City (def. Coetzer) and Serena (def. Mauresmo) won the Paris indoors. That was a teenaged Serena's very first WTA singles title, by the way.

Fri Jan 03, 11:33:00 PM EST  
Blogger jo shum said...

Ah happy for Ana. When was last time she won a title? Almost 2 years?

Sat Jan 04, 01:41:00 AM EST  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

2011 Tournament of Champions. So, OVER two years! ;)

Sat Jan 04, 02:03:00 AM EST  
Blogger Caleb and Abby said...

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Sat Jan 04, 11:41:00 AM EST  
Blogger Will Corby said...

So Ivanovic spoils the party. Thanks for looking up the info. My guess would have been late-90s when they were in their teens, especially they have played the tour so little.

Sat Jan 04, 11:43:00 AM EST  

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