Watch Your Backs, Bondarenkos

April 20, 2010

World Group, Here We Come!

According to the latest news from Tennis Australia, the Aussie team is all sorted for Fed Cup this weekend. I’m taking that to mean that all the girls now have a way of making it over to Kharkov – despite the fact that Stubbsy had a mild panic attack on Anastasia’s Facebook page the other day.

The dramas of making it tennis tournaments this upcoming week have been nicely covered on Twitter for those of us who feel that life outside a closed down airport just isn’t half the fun. It’s been relatively easy for the boys, who were in the neighbourhood anyway to make it a road or train trip and trundle through the the gorgeous scenery to reach Barca.

Not the same for the ladies, who will have to be anywhere and everywhere over the weekend for the Fed Cup. Vika’s whinge through her car service ride have made the annals of Twitter gold, and also reaffirmed the most important thing: The girl has an iPhone AND a Blackberry. Another piece of random news that we so love over here at Court 13.

So with A-Rad on her way, we just  need to make sure Sammy can pack that big silver cup in her wheelie and turn up to lead the team to victory. With Stubbsy and Alicia making up the rest of the team, all signs point toward what could be a happy shiny time for followers of Aussie tennis.

It finally looks like we have a team that can pull themselves together and get us the win. If Sammy isn’t too tired from the marathon she’s been running over the last week, she should be full of confidence to take on the Ukrainians and get the Aussies a shot back into the World Group team. After also being the first Aussie with 2 WTA titles in quite a few years (I believe Jelena Dokic would have been the last one), she’s made us so happy that it only seems fair that she takes it down the logical route and gets us back on the map, tennis-wise.
My lovely neighbour, Anastasia, who I still haven’t managed to meet down at the shops but will one day, will also be making her Fed Cup debut.

Alicia has made a steady if not spectacular comeback. Our favourite spokesmodel is back in the Top Hundy and even if there’s no Garnier face cream left, she looks pretty damn fantastic, as you do when your name is Alicia Molik.

And with Stubbsy and Sammy, together again as they belong, can anything stop us?

Ah, it’s these scary ladies:

Oops – I neglected to mention the most important team member. With this guy on board, the Bondage Sisters should be sent packing in no time at all.

YES, IT’S SKIPPY!

(Not Casey. She’s not coming this time, Mum said).


Samantha Jane

April 19, 2010

WE DID IT!

Tennis Australia may be still sorting out it’s internal woes but this morning, every Aussie tennis fan had something to smile about when Storming Sam made it past Bepa and her racket smashing antics to take her second WTA title.

This puts her back into the Top 10 and signifies her as a serious contender for the French Open. The reason I’m quoting like a news report is because I am so completely stoked about this, I really don’t want to chew your ears off with noise about how awesome this is for Sam, and my pet love, Australian tennis.

I’ll be honest that I am a bit of a fair weather friend. Sam was never on my radar much until she started her climb to glory this time last year. But ever since that night I stayed up til 3am watching her take on Sveta on a grainy stream at Roland Garros, we bonded. It was our own personal version of staying up all night braiding each other’s hair. I grew to appreciate her game, her unique look, and most importantly, her attitude.

She wore a wristband with the words “Attitude” and “Composure”, though it looked like that reminder didn’t make it to her opponent, who smashed the racket in a truly glorious display of on-court tantrum.  According to Sam, “They are just two words that stood out to me for the last little while,” she said. “It just keeps me focused on those two things. With the way I played, I was able to do that.”

This is a girl who was at rock bottom, sidelined from the tour for a significant period of time with Lyme Disease, who many thought wouldn’t bother coming back at all. To see her not only come back, but show us that she is better than ever, is an inspiration to all those little girls everywhere who think the only way to succeed is by painting your face pretty colours. I’ve been inspired by her, and so should the rest of Australia.

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!

PS. For those of you watching closely, yes, yesterday was a day made of dreamy win for the writers of Court 13. With Rafa and Sam taking out the two titles up for grabs, it’s been happy shiny people all day today and should make for an awesome clay season. Coming up in tomorrow’s post: Top 10 Reasons We Love Clay Season.


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