Li Na Wins French Open

Yay! The first Asian to win a Grand Slam ever! Li Na beat Francesca Schiavone in the 2011 French Open, breaking her Italian opponent through a tie-break. She won the match 6-4, 7-6 (7-0). She’s not strong in clay, but having beaten the 5th seed in the world, I think Li Na can do anything!

She made it to the finals in the Australian Open earlier this year, but lost to Kim Clijsters. Now I can’t wait to see her in Wimbledon and US Open!

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World Cup 2010 Watch: South Korea vs. Greece

Park Ji Sung leaps to embrace teammate Ki Sung Yeung.

YAHHHHHHHH! 대한민국!!!!!!!

That’s all I really have to say. Man, were the fine South Korean boys in good form – Greece couldn’t match in terms of organization and strategy. Plus a goal in the first 15 minutes? No way…

By the way, DramaFever is even offering rebates towards signing up for a membership with them during the Group Stage weeks. From June 11 to June 25, anyone who signs up for a membership will be able to get back up to 30% of their subscription fee back – as long as all three Asian teams (South Korea, Japan, and North Korea) make it to the knockout stage. If only one team gets in, those new members will get 10% back; if two teams get in, they will get 20% back. For more details, go here.

All this to celebrate wonderful World Cup Fever!!!

source: espn, dramafever

Vancouver Watch 2010: Ohno’s Last Race(s)

This will probably be my last Vancouver Olympics post =D And then, it’s back to the dramas!

I watched the 500m race that was Apolo Ohno’s last individual race. No matter what he says, he definitely caused the Canadian Tremblay to fall. In a race at high speeds and the slightest of bumps can cause a crash, any prolonged hand contact on another can definitely be seen as a push.
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Vancouver Watch 2010: Kim Yu Na wins Gold!

Kim Yu Na shot her competition away.

Not that surprising, considering someone of her caliber. Her skate was really amazing in the sense that it was a true performance. Her transitions were smooth and her jumps were high and fast. Actually, everything in her performance was fast. There was nothing missing from her skate – no mistakes, and everything was clean. Her limbs looked so long – perhaps because she kept them loose and relaxed, making her whole performance graceful.

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Vancouver Watch 2010: Women’s 3000m Relay

Here’s hoping that the Olympics website does not crash as the 9,000 angry emails get sent from South Korea.

Assuming you’ve watched, or even if you haven’t you will hear about it soon, the 3000m short-track speed skating for women’s was tonight. As expected, the South Korean team led, aggressively making their way from third to first. The Chinese women’s team were favored to win (although I don’t know why), but they lagged behind in second despite their early lead.

The reason? Near the final laps during the switch off from one skater to the next, the South Korean speed skater nudged the Chinese speed skater with her skate, pushing the Chinese woman out sideways just a bit, but enough for South Korea to get further ahead.

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Vancouver Watch 2010: Ohno/Celski vs. South Korea

I am going to preface this post by saying I am expressing my opinion only, however biased I may sound.

Last night was the 1000m short track final, with the two Koreans Lee Jung Su and Lee Ho Suk winning gold and silver respectively, and Apolo Ohno winning the bronze. I’m sure the Koreans are very happy because all of their countrymen who made it through to the end won the top two positions, and so Ohno is faultless for winning bronze. The week before during the 1500m race, when Lee Ho Suk and Sung Si Bak wiped out, there was a negative backlash against Ohno for it.
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