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9/9/05 12:29 AM
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I pulled trigger on Agassi last night when he was still -107. He opened  the dog.   Sharps were on him pretty heavily. He closed around -120 ish.  Talk about sweating a bet. That match was brutal to sweat out the win.  I wouldnt last a year if I bet it regularly if all matches are like that.

So I went ahead and bet the womens 2mmrow. 

I am on both favorites, K. Clijsters and Pierce. I didnt learn my lesson last night.

9/9/05 12:34 AM
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A Fairytale Ending For Agassi?

September 2, 2005

When it comes to sports wagering, it usually isn't the best policy to believe in fairytale endings.

However, be prepared to make an exception for the final Grand Slam event of the season, the US Open.  After all, we watched a fairytale in New York three years ago when Pete Sampras pulled a rabbit out of the hat, collecting his first title in two years to end a glorious career in the finest of fashions, and then returning the next year in khakis and loafers, holding his son in an emotional farewell to Flushing Meadows.

I may be reaching for the stars, but Andre Agassi may be capable of a repeat show and is still available at an un believable -2000 at most sportsbooks.  Agassi's record in New York is superb. He's a two-time winner (1994 and 1999) and has played some of the best tennis of his career on the Flushing Meadow's courts whose high bounce is ideal for his blistering returns.

Critics will say no player can win a Grand Slam at the age of 35 - although the oldest winner here in the Open era is Ken Rosewall, also 35, back in 1970 - but anyone who follows the tour regularly will know Agassi remains one of the fittest players around, thanks to a dogged determination and the whip-cracking of old friend and trainer Gil Reyes.

Many have been coughing up the 'too old' line ever since Agassi turned 30, and just look what he's managed to do here since then. Aside from a disappointing second-round exit in 2000, Agassi has always performed in New York. Since then he's had two quarter-final exits, one semi-final defeat and one loss in the final itself.

It's not a sensational record, but it's worth noting the opponents. Twice Agassi has come up against Sampras playing superhuman tennis, their 2001 and 2002 clashes regarded as two of the best matches played anywhere in recent years.

And last year it was Roger Federer, already rated by many as the best of all time, who stopped Agassi's run through the draw. In a match which rolled into a second day, Federer prevailed in a final set but it was by far and away his toughest match of the event in which he also played some of the best tennis of his career.

It's been said before, but at 35 Agassi has to know this is probably his last realistic chance of adding to his eight Grand Slam titles. Of course it will take more than the will to win for Agassi to triumph, but there are also more tangible reasons why it would be folly to ignore these claims. Good form is one.

During the North American hard court season, Agassi has won in Los Angeles and finished runner-up in Montreal. The draw has also helped. He has steered clear of Roger Federer and is instead in the side of the draw with Rafael Nadal his scheduled quarter-final opponent.

Injury has wrecked large chunks of Agassi's year to date, but the Las Vegas native has shown in reaching the Montreal final and winning in Los Angeles two weeks before, that he's still got game. Can he possibly roll back the years and make us believe in magic?

-Glaken Centaine

9/9/05 4:37 PM
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Pierce won early. Now I  need Clijsters to finish off  Sharipova. Clijsters won 1st Set 6-2. 

 

9/9/05 5:38 PM
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Clijsters just cant finish this chic off. This is brutal to sweat.
9/9/05 5:43 PM
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Going to 3rd and final set....................
9/9/05 6:25 PM
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Clijsters wins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    :)

I bet her -114 to win the Entire Tourney yesterday as well.  Anticipating her being a healty favorite in the final.  I will probably take back the plus money on Pierce.

So basically I will be laying -114 on Clijsters and hopefully find a +200 on Pierce that I can take for 1/2 the wager of -114.  (called a scalp)

Anyways, for the few that venture to read these threads, theres a little bit of money to be made.  This Tennis is tough on the nerves though.

9/9/05 6:46 PM
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I heard they just opened Clijsters -350.   I can get almost 3-1 back on Pierce on the scalp. Nice.

BTW...............I think I maybe posting with myself here............anyone follow Tennis at all?

9/10/05 3:23 PM
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Took +354 on Pierce, given me the scalp at -114/+354  and just cashed on Aggassi -240 and -250.  Tennis has been very good this week. :) 
9/10/05 10:34 PM
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I wish I had bet on Clijsters to win the whole thing instead of just a couple of matches along the way, and am really happy that she won. A class act all the way. I would like to go with Andre tomorrow with a little action, but it just doesn't seem possible. I will throw down a little anyway if Morales KO's his opponent tongiht. I already picked up some on the under rounds on Manny's fight, which I was starting to get worried on. I thought that would be a KO in the first couple of rounds!
9/10/05 10:49 PM
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I am on Over in Morales and Morales  2nite.

good luck.

9/11/05 12:04 PM
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|Gabe,

Hope you start chiming in on Tennis. I'm hooked on Tennis now.


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