From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.28 :: Jul. 11, 2009
Where Pete Sampras took 12 years to win 14 majors, Roger Federer needed just six for his 15 — a picture-perfect journey that began in 2003 at SW19 against Mark Philippoussis. But history, as the Swiss maestro found out, does not come cheap, not even to someone presumed to be its constant companion, writes Kunal Diwan.
All power and no finesse
It is no fault of either Serena Williams or Venus Williams that they belong to a generation of programmed baseline bullies — a game at which they are supreme — but that does not make the spectacle any easier on the eye. And what is mystifying as well as disappointing is they are capable of so much more variety, writes Kevin Mitchell.
India fought well to triumph 2-1 in the four-match ODI series in the West Indies. It was essentially a three-match affair with rain preventing more than a handful of overs in the final game at St. Lucia.
A hard working athlete
Of all the captains who have led England, I plump for Michael Vaughan because he has the stats to back his claims and because he was able to choose his own moment of departure although it was a tearful one, writes Ted Corbett.
He means business
Mitchell Johnson has added the intimidatory edge to his bowling and this was evident in the series victory in South Africa. “That’s what being a fast bowler is all about. You need to intimidate the batsmen at the other end. In South Africa that was definitely one of my plans, to really get up their batsmen and show them we were serious,” says the Aussie fast bowler in a chat with Paul Hayward.
The Baichung Bhutia issue has re-ignited the feud between traditional rivals, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. And quite interestingly, it has very little to do with football. By Amitabha Das Sharma.
Is the game in chaos?
There remains every bleak reason to fear for what will happen when a tournament as bloated and over populated as the World Cup descends on South Africa next year, writes Brian Glanville.
Essien heads the herd
His extraordinary versatility has seen the African footballer star at right-back, left-back and in central defence, as well as in his favoured marauding midfield role, writes Emma Barrow.
United's surprise signing
It may be that Michael Owen can help Manchester United win the run-of-mill matches more easily, so allowing his team-mates to conserve energy for key fixtures in a long campaign, writes Kevin McCarra.
Kirkland’s career in safe hands
The likeable Wigan custodian continues to impress on the days when he is fully fit, and he may yet force his way back into the reckoning to add to his solitary international cap, achieved back in 2006 in a friendly against Greece, writes Robert Meaden.
‘I try to be who I really am’
Viswanathan Anand’s chess philosophy is very simple. “Enjoy what you do. Always experiment a lot and have a fresh perspective. Never be afraid of challenges,” the world champion says in a chat with A. Joseph Antony.
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