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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Petra Kvitova thumped Eugenie Bouchard ... will it be Djokovic or Federer

At the famed lawns of Wimbledon, Centre Court was dressed up for the coronation of Eugenie Bouchard. Genie’s Army whooped as the starlet entered stage left clasping a bouquet of flowers, smiling warmly at her adoring fans. 

Even Buckingham Palace played their part, dispatching Princess Eugenie, the Canadian starlet’s namesake, to sit just feet behind the baseline in the front row of the Royal Box.

 ~ it was not to be as Czech Petra Kvitova beat Eugenie Bouchard in a lopsided victory  besting her opponent 6-3 6-0. 

A Google search for Eugenie Bouchard brings about  1,52,00,000 results (0.19 seconds)  results while the search term Petra Kvitova nets 6,320,000 results.  And that is one way of stardom !!

Away in FIFA, the hosts are still coping with the loss of its biggest star, trying to find ways to remain upbeat about its prospects at the World Cup. The medical helicopter that took Neymar home with a back injury also carried away much of the country's hopes for a sixth world title, but the tournament isn't over yet and Brazil is just days away from a difficult semifinal against Germany.

In a few minutes from now, the most important match for Grandslam title will be on between seven-times champion Roger Federer  and the 2011 winner Novak Djokovic. The so-called revolution by the 'generation next' of men's tennis failed to gather further momentum as 23-year-olds Dimitrov and Milos Raonic came up short in their bids to overthrow the establishment.  For all their time on the world's biggest tennis stage — Roger Federer in 24 Grand Slam finals and Novak Djokovic in 13 — two of the sport's "Big 4" have met in only one major final: Federer won in straight sets at the 2007 U.S. Open. Federer leads Djokovic 6-5 in Grand Slams tournaments, including a win the only time they've met at Wimbledon — Federer prevailing in four sets in the 2012 semifinals, the only time they've met on grass.

Back home, we are bracing for the Budget 2014…… Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s disinclination to use her discretion to give the Congress party the Leader of Opposition position has put the main opposition party in a tight spot. It cannot afford to be seen to be campaigning for a post that it does not strictly merit according to the rulebook, but at the same time it cannot give up that Constitutional position. After all, that's the only thing that would distinguish the Congress from the others in the Opposition ranks, all regional parties. Though the party leaders are mulling various options including seeking legal recourse, so far there is no clarity. Whether Congress opposes or not, brace for some more price rise is the clear message

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

6th July 2014 @ 18.00 hrs.

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