June 26th, 2011

Flowers: Pink (Spring)

Wimbledon Days 06 & 07

Yesterday saw the biggest upset on the men's side as #05 seed Robin Soderling crashed out in straight sets to unseeded Bernard Tomic. Soderling was far from at his best and indeed was unwell and called the doctor onto court as he was feeling dizzy and shaky. I was surprised to see him play on, but play on he did, although to no avail. So that opens things up fairly nicely for Djokovic as he was due to meet Soderling in the quarters.

Djokovic himself had a tight match against Marcos Baghdatis who is always a tough competitor and Djokovic was not at his best - not the man who had the amazing winning streak to begin the year, but no one can keep that standard of play up all the time. And at the end of the day it's the win that will matter to him, as he said himself he didn't mind winning in an ugly way. He came through in four sets and will face a fairly substantial fine for smashing his racquet at the end of a brilliant rally when he put the easiest shot long.

Federer, as I predicted, came through in straight sets - and won even more easily than I thought. He really is in great form this year and he says himself he's playing better than he did last year.

Rafa, resuming his match that was stopped due to rain, also came through. As with the first set the second went to a tie-break as Muller continued to serve out of this world, not allowing Rafa to get a read on his serve by mixing it up so much and simply playing exceptional tennis. Rafa did what all great champions do in this situation, the only thing they can do, concentrate on holding his own serve thus taking it to a tie-break where it's a lottery and one single bad point can seal the set. And that's what happened. After that Muller seemed a broken man, down and out and when Rafa had a break point for the first time in the match in the opening game of the third set and took it, it did seem to be all over. What seemed like mere minutes later, Rafa took the final set 6:0. It wasn't a great match, in fact I was bored during set two - something I never thought I'd be in a Rafa match - but at the end of the day, he won through.

On the ladies side, Caroline Wozniacki, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova all came through comfortably whilst Ana Ivanovic and Francesca Schiavone (both of whom had been playing so well, especially Ana and both of whom I like) went out.

There's no play today, Wimbledon's tradition is no play on the 'middle' Sunday, unless the weather has been so awful they have to.

Tomorrow, however, brings an incredibly busy day with all singles matches being played. There are some very good match-ups and potentially some excellent matches. I do have some fears for Rafa tomorrow as he is up against former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, that could be a very tight match and could see an upset. Murray is up against Richard Gasquet, that match up produced a truly epic match a few years ago - so could again.

Again I think neither Federer nor Djokovic will have any major problems with their opponents. However, they are through to the fourth round, anything could happen - I don't think it will though.

The other four men's matches could all be fairly tight.

The ladies matches don't really offer that much in terms of potential upset or closeness - the exception being perhaps Serena Williams vs. Marion Bartoli. Serena, despite a convincing win yesterday, is not playing as we know she can and Marion is capable of an upset - assuming she is fully over her illness. It looks as if some bug/virus is sweeping through the players.

I am looking forward to tomorrow, but it isn't without some trepidation too. Here's hoping the play lives up to expectations, the weather co-operates and the results are what I hope for *g*
Flowers: Pink (Spring)

Thirty Days NCIS Meme. Day #26 - The Most Shocking/Unexpected Season Finale

I saw this quite some time ago on dinozzoitis's journal and finally got around to doing it.

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Day 26 – Most shocking/unexpected season finale

Another not overly straight-forward one for a couple of reasons. Firstly, 'shocking' and 'unexpected' to me are two different things. Something can be unexpected but not shocking equally so something can be shocking but not unexpected. And secondly, are we talking about the final scene or the whole episode?

For me, most of the season finales have ended on an unexpected note. The exception being Season One which,h in a way, could possibly be seen as both 'shocking' and 'unexpected' as it didn't end with a cliff-hanger or even a 'ooh, what's going to happen next'. However, not all of them have ended on a shocking note.

There hasn't been a finale where I've been on the edge of my seat throughout being shocked and/or surprised time and time again. The finale that probably produced the most unexpected moments was Season Three 'Hiatus', but it wasn't really a shocking episode.

So in the end I'm going to go with:

Season Two's finale - 'Twilight'.

Whilst I knew before I watched it that Kate was going to be killed (at that point I wasn't able to get the episodes as quickly as I do now) had I not known I would have been mightily surprised as there wasn't all the 'talk' before-hand.

And it was certainly a shocking ending - made all the more so because she apparently survived, only to stand joking and exchanging banter with Gibbs and DiNozzo seconds later to be shot in the head and killed by Ari.

The episode did have a number of surprises over all and mild shocks too. But the ending really was so very well done, so well set up, so unexpected - it had me crying even though I knew Kate would die.

So that's why it gets my 'vote' as the most shocking/unexpected finale.
Flowers: Pink (Spring)

Fiction. Saying Goodbye

TITLE: Saying Goodbye
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
FANDOM: NCIS
PAIRINGS: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard. Abigail Sciuto/Timothy McGee (mentioned). Anthony DiNozzo/Ziva David (implied)
GENRE: Slash
SUMMARY: Gibbs and Ducky are making their visits to loved ones graves. This time, however, there is a new one.
RATING: PG
WORD COUNT: 500
CHALLENGE: 244 - 'Graveyard'
WARNINGS: Major character death mentioned.
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

Saying Goodbye