One of my favourite sports is tennis, probably even more so after watching a couple of Australian Open matches first-hand back in 2006. The sport has even more appeal now with – for the first time in decades – a Danish player with potential. Caroline Wozniacki, just 17 years old, who won the junior championship at Wimbledon in 2006, made it to the fourth round at this year’s Australian Open, quite a remarkable feat.
At this morning’s match, 4th seeded Ana Ivanovic proved too much of a challenge. Ivanovic took the first set easily 6-1, but Wozniacki managed to get back in the game in the second set, getting two set points and forcing Ivanovic into her first tiebreak of the tournament. Eventually, Ivanovic won the match, but Wozniacki did a decent and impressive performance.
Caroline has been climbing the world ranking lately, and we should expect too see more from her. I will look forward to cheering for her in the upcoming grand slams of this year.
On another note, watching the match was a delicate matter – I have no television and even if I did, I wouldn’t have a channel that carries these tournaments. I found a great online service however: a peer-to-peer network called SopCast, which lets you watch live streams of a wide array of TV channels, mostly Asian. So my carrier last night was the Hong Kong-based (but English language) Star Sports, an ESPN-subsidy. Service was fine, no glitches or anything. Whether this is completely legal or not though, I don’t really now.