Saturday, June 4, 2011

Roland Garros Day 14: Cabal

Curtain Call

Player: Juan Sebastian Cabal
Age: 25
Nation: Colombia
Current Doubles Ranking: 100
Doubles Partner: Eduardo Schwank (Argentina)
Notable Conquests: Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (1st seed, USA) and Wesley Moodie (South Africa)/Dick Norman (Belgium) (8th)
Today's Result: lost to Max Mirnyi (Belarus)/Daniel Nestor (Canada) (2nd) in three sets

Photo via Entretiempo

Cabal had never even played doubles in a Slam before. He'd only ever played three doubles matches at the ATP level before this event. He and Schwank walk away with 160,000 Euros to split between them.

Catching Up with Old Friends

Na Li
(Curtain Call, Australian Open Day 13) - Like Andy Murray, Na Li lost in the finals of the Australian Open and then went into a horrible slump, ultimately losing six matches in a row. With today's win, becoming the first Asian player of either sex to win a Grand Slam singles title, it would appear she has bounced back! It was really quite gratifying to watch today's final: two tough competitors who bring both grace and dignity to the affair. It will be fascinating to see how and if Li's triumph contributes to the sport's popularity in the world's most populous nation.

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