Naomi Osaka won the 2018 US Open Tennis Championships

The last time I watched a tournament live was almost 2 years ago with my best friend Andrew. Time flew and the US Open Tennis champion of this year was born this past week when a 20-year old Naomi Osaka beat the the six-time US Open champion Serena Williams in a controversial final.

The game was controversial and dramatic throughout. First, the young and fairly unknown Osaka beat the veteran and legendary Williams in straight-sets 6-2, 6-4. Second Williams was penalised twice and heavily fined for a coaching violation, slamming the racket and verbally abusing the umpire, with Williams accusing the umpire of sexist double standards. The game ended up bitter with the audience booing the awards ceremony.

Controversy aside, Osaka is a promising young athlete. She is the first player from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles tournament. And remarkably, she won straight sets except for the fourth match throughout the tournament. She will soon be coming to Hong Kong. I’m looking forward to seeing her live.


大坂娜奧米贏得2018年美國網球公開賽冠軍


上一次現場看網球比賽已是兩年前的香港網球公開賽,當時和好友Andrew一同觀賽。時間飛逝,今年的美國網球公開賽亦於上星期結束,年僅二十歲的大坂娜奧米(Naomi Osaka)擊敗六次奪得美網冠軍的沙蓮娜·威廉絲(Serena Williams),贏得大滿貫。

決賽結果充滿戲劇性,由年輕新星大坂以6-2,6-4擊敗戰績彪炳的名將威廉絲。比賽過程亦備受爭議,裁判指威廉絲違規接受教練場外指導,首次警告威廉絲,其後威廉絲因摔擲球拍被罰分,與裁判發生衝突,因侮辱裁判而被罰輸一局,威廉絲指責裁判性別歧視。比賽以威廉絲敗局結束,頒獎禮在全場觀眾噓聲中進行。事後威廉絲因三項違規而被罰款。

暫且不提比賽的爭議性,大坂的實力不容少覷,她是首個贏得大滿貫的日本球手,這次美網除了第四局外大坂都未輸一局完勝,表現精彩。大坂其後將到香港作賽,十分期待能現場觀賽。

WTA Hong Kong 2016

Andrew called me out of the blue inviting to watch a live tennis match together.   I had not seen my uni buddy, also my best man, for ages.  Without asking who would be playing, I happily accepted his invitation and looked forward to catching up.

It was a fairly warm Saturday afternoon.  After having lunch at a nearby hotel in Causeway Bay, I met Andrew at the entrance of the stadium.  We looked at each other and said coincidentally that there were not much changes showing on our faces, despite that we knew it was not true.  We chat about our recent lives, jobs, his kid and car, etc. and were enjoying the easy and relaxing time.

The matches were fantastic, in particular, Caroline Wozniacki vs Jelena Jankovic.  Of course I gave my full support to Caroline. At the end, she won the championship of this tournament in Hong Kong.  I hope I can see her more in the future.


香港網球公開賽2016

老朋友Andrew突然打來約我一起看網球賽,他是我大學同學,也是我最好的朋友,實在太久不見了,所以即使不知道哪些選手出賽,我仍欣然答應赴約,期待聚舊。

當天是個和暖的星期六下午,在銅鑼灣一間酒店吃過午飯後,我和Andrew約在球場門口見面。一見面我們不約而同地說彼此看來沒有太大分別,雖然我們都知道那不可能是真的。我們聊起近況,關於生活、工作、他的孩子和車等等,天南地北,相談甚歡。

比賽十分精彩,特別是卡露蓮·禾絲妮雅琪(Caroline Wozniacki)對耶萊娜·珍高域(Jelena Jankovic),我當然全力支持卡露蓮。她最後也贏得了香港公開賽的冠軍。希望將來有更多機會看她比賽。