Friday, January 22, 2010

Australian Open Day 6: Don't Ask Me about Mutual Funds

Curtain Call

Player: Alberta Brianti
Nation: Italy
Age: 29
Current Ranking: #73
Notable Conquest: Sabine Lisicki (21st seed, Germany)
Today's Result: loss to Samantha Stosur (13th, Australia) in straight sets

Brianti is another older player who has found her best form late in her career, having reached her career-high singles ranking (#67) just in the past year. She didn't play the French Open last year so she'll have a chance to grab some points there as well.

It was great, as always, to catch some doubles on the Mix Channel. It is sad, as always, to know that both doubles and the Mix will disappear from the coverage next week.

The juniors tournament begins on Day 7. The top-seeded boy is Daniel Berta of Sweden. He won the French Open Boys title this past year. The top-seeded girl is Timea Babos of Hungary. She is all of 16 years old. It's been a long time since an Aussie Boys champ also won the Men's title: Stefan Edberg (Sweden) took the juniors in 1983 and the seniors for the first time in 1985. It has been even longer since a woman won both: Evonne Goolagong (Australia) won the juniors in 1970 and the seniors for the first time in 1974.

All Part of My Fantasy

So, I made up some ground in the women's draw. I'm now in the top 30%. Of course, that won't last long. As explained previously, my bottom half of the draw is all gone. On the men's side, I'm completely tanking: top 96%, which is a nice way of saying that I'm in the bottom 4%. I guess I should be grateful that I'm picking tennis players and not stocks.

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