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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The 30 Hottest & SexyTennis Players Ever

Tennis is probably the most watchable women's sport. It's competitive, fast-paced and suspenseful. But, there's something else about tennis that keeps my attention. What is it? I am having a hard time placing why I enjoy ladies tennis so much...
Oh yeah! Because a great deal of the women playing could double as supermodels! Don't believe me? Well, here are 30 examples.
These are the 30 hottest tennis players of all time (don't expect to see any dudes).

Australia lose two early wickets against S.Africa - ESPN PAKISTAN

By Asif Zardari
CAPE TOWN Nov 9 (Reuters) - Australia struggled to 39 for two at lunch after South Africa's Dale Steyn and debutant Vernon Philander took a wicket apiece on the first day of the first test at Newlands on Wednesday.
Shaun Marsh, on 17 not out, and Ricky Ponting, with eight, battled to keep the hosts at bay in difficult conditions.
South Africa elected to bowl first and, after rain delayed the start of play by one hour and 45 minutes, snared their first wicket in the fifth over when Shane Watson was caught at second slip by Jacques Kallis off Steyn.
Watson had only scored three when he was squared up by a wonderful delivery that landed in line with leg-stump, before moving away late to find the edge of the bat.
The 26-year-old Philander made an impressive start to his test career as he kept to a tight line and obtained swing and seam movement.
He roared with delight when, with his 18th ball, he found the edge of Phil Hughes's bat with a delivery that angled across the left-hander, having him caught behind by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher for nine.
It was Boucher's 500th test catch, the 34-year-old having taken 498 for South Africa and two for the Rest of the World against Australia in 2005/06.
Australia were 13 for two but Marsh and Ponting stuck to their task well to deny South Africa any further breakthroughs.Steyn had taken one for eight in five overs at the break and Philander had one for 16 in six overs.

Pakistan, Sri Lanka revive one-day rivalry - Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan and Sri Lanka open their rivalrly in limited overs cricket as the five-match one-day series which begins from Friday promises fierce competition from two talented sides.

Pakistan won the preceding three-Test series 1-0, but their captain Misbah-ul Haq feared a strong comeback from the Sri Lankans, who are number two in the world to their opponent's sixth in ICC (International Cricket Council) rankings.

Sri Lanka also finished runners-up to India in this year's World Cup, where Pakistan were the losing semifinalists.

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the group stages of the 2011 World Cup and that's why Misbah feels both teams will start on an even keel.

"Sri Lanka are a very good one-day side, so we know we face good competition but we are focused and I believe it's a 50-50 game because if they reached the final of the World Cup, we were semifinalists," said Misbah.

The 37-year-old Misbah was appointed captain for all three formats of the game in June this year after Shahid Afridi retired in protest over being sacked as one-day captain.

Afridi, who with 21 dismissals was the joint-leading wicket taker in the World Cup with India's Zaheer Khan, returns to the squad after reversing his retirement decision earlier this month.

Misbah hoped Afridi's return will boost Pakistan.

"Afridi is a very good all-rounder and whenever he plays he is a threat for the opponents," said Misbah of Afridi who holds the record of the fastest one-day hundred, made off 37 balls against Sri Lanka in 1997.

But the 31-year all-rounder will be under pressure to perform in both batting and bowling after a poor one-day series against the West Indies in May, following which he fell out with then coach Waqar Younis.

Sri Lanka will also be boosted by the return of their sling-action paceman Lasith Malinga who earlier this year retired from Test cricket, but still poses big threats in limited over matches with his lethal yorkers.

"Lasith gives us good bowling support at the top and that is why we have a decent one-day team and had a good one-day series against Australia at home two months ago," said Sri Lankan captain Tillakaratne Dilshan.

But Dilshan has no series wins as captain, both in Tests and one-day, since taking over from Kumar Sangakkara in May this year.

The 35-year-old opener still believes his team carry some positives from the Test series.

"We can carry the positives from the Tests, our bowling is really experienced with Lasith and Dilhara (Fernando), both have played well and our batting is strong, so we have a good chance," said Dilshan.

The remaining matches will be played in Dubai (November 14 and 18), Sharjah (November 20) and Abu Dhabi (November 23). The sides will also play a Twenty20 in Abu Dhabi on November 25.
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