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Future Phones….

1 .. Nokia 888 Communicator

Nokia definitely has the most interesting concept phones. Nokia 888
Communicator is a striking futuristic concept phone. The phone, which
uses liquid batteries, speech recognition, flexible touchscreen and
touch-sensitive body cover,is designed by Tamer Nakisci and won the
Nokia Design Award
 
2 .. Nokia Aeon
Nokia Aeon was presented by Nokia on their Website in the Research &
Development section. What is so great about this phone is that it
looks like it will actually go into production next February. Of
course, its just a rumor, but still, makes us hope to actually see it
someday in the GSM shop. All we know about it for now is that its a
touchscreen phone and it looks fantastic.
 
3 .. Sky “Sleak n Slim”
“Sleek & Slim” from SKY is another concept based on touchscreen
technology. The phone has a discretely glowing touchpad, hideaway keys
and generally utterly-fashionable minimalist design.
 
4 .. Benq-Siemens “Snaked”
Benq designers thought of women too and presented Snaked. This is a
“reptile” looking phone, creepy somehow, but still is very cool. The
Snaked is a fashion phone for sport loving women, because it also has
body monitoring sensors to help the ladies keep those fine shapes.

5 .. What You See is What You Get Concept
One thing is for sure about this concept phone…they could’ve named it
shorter. Designed by Pei-Hua Hang, the phone’s name comes from the
fact that this concept no longer uses an LCD as viewfinder for the
digital camera, instead it uses a transparent frame. And of course,
interaction is made through a touchscreen.

6 .. Retroxis By Dark Label
If most phones presented here will never be sold in store for sure,
the Retroxis concept phone from Dark Label looks kinda human, and
makes us hope we’ll be able to get one of these one day. Designed by
Lim Sze Tat the phone is encased in high polished polycarbonate
renowned for its lightweight and toughness and has an invisible OLED
display that silently hides away when inactive.

7 .. Benq-Siemens “The Blackbox”
Black Box designed by Benq-Siemens uses a touch screen as its keypad
and, depending on the functions you are using, the touch screen
changes the control layout immediately.

8 .. NEC Tag
Somehow similar to the Snaked concept, the NEC Tag is a flexible phone
concept that can be , for example, hung from a belt or wrapped around
the user’s arm. Interesting is that the phone has shape-memorizing
material and sensors that allows the phone to change its shape
according to the mode.

9 .. TripleWatch
Though the idea of a cellphone watch is not so new, the TripleWatch
designed by Manon Maneenawa has an interesting triple flip technique
that allows the user to transform the watch into a normal cellphone.
When used as a wrist watch, the phone has a speaker button that allows
the user to answer the phone and hang up while driving.

10 .. Asus Aura

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ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their
conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR. When you say, ‘I love you,’ mean it.

FIVE. When you say, ‘I’m sorry,’ look the person in the eye.

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams
don’t have much.

NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the
only way to live life completely.

TEN.. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN ..   Don’t judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN! . When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer,
smile and ask, ‘Why do you want to know?’

FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN. Say ‘bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for
others; and Responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps
to correct it.

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

TWENTY- ONE. Spend some time alone.

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The idea that there may be life on Mars has been around for centuries, but the theory got a dubious boost from recently released photos of the surface of Mars (taken by the NASA robot Spirit) apparently showing a human-like figure. Several Internet sites have glommed onto the image and suggested the figure could be alive.

But what is it? Just a rock, astronomers say.

It’s hard enough to accurately recognize figures and faces across the room. Mars, depending on when you measure it, is about 35 million miles away. The best telescopes aren’t of much help in determining surface features, and that’s why NASA sent robots with cameras to Mars.

The reason many people see a figure on the Martian landscape is the same reason that people see faces in clouds, Rorschach blots, and coffee stains. This phenomenon, called pareidolia, is well known in psychology, and it is the cause of many supposedly mysterious and miraculous events (including the famous “Jesus in the Tortilla”). Examples are all around us; in fact if you have a New Hampshire state quarter, you have pareidolia in your pocket or purse (take a look).

Strong evidence for this psychological explanation lies in the fact that the Spirit image does not look like Martian life (since we don’t know what life on Mars looks like), but instead resembles life here on Earth, specifically human life. The image is the result of human interpretation. If you look around the full image of the area (not just the close-up), you will find several rocks and features that resemble non-human Earth life, such as armadillos and snakes. In the right bottom corner, emerging from the sand, there is what looks like a lizard face wearing goggles and an airman’s helmet.

This is of course not the first time that NASA images have been claimed to show evidence of Martian life. A man named Richard Hoagland claimed that 1976 photographs of the Cydonia region of Mars showed a human-like face and was clear evidence of aliens.

According to astronomer Phil Plait of the Bad Astronomy Web site, if the image really is of a man on Mars, he’s awfully small: “Talk about a tempest in a teacup!” Plait said. “The rock on Mars is actually just a few inches high and a few yards from the camera. A few million years of Martian winds sculpted it into an odd shape, which happens to look like, well, a Bigfoot! It’s just our natural tendency to see familiar shapes in random objects.”

Even though logic and science suggest that the image is of a rock and not an animal, UFO buffs and conspiracy theorists will continue to speculate.

In fact, it will actually be pretty easy to determine whether or not the image is of alien life. In later photographs of the area, either the same shape will be there or it won’t. If it is, it’s a rock (unless, of course, little Martian men can hold the same pose for weeks or months at a time).

This is exactly how the “Face on Mars” was eventually disproven. On April 5, 1998, the Mars Global Surveyor took photographs of the same region in far higher resolution than was possible in 1976. The new images clearly showed an area heavily eroded, and that the “face” was simply the result of low image quality, pareidolia, and tricks of light and shadow. Hoagland’s theory was discredited.

Just don’t tell that to the creepy, goggle-wearing Martian sand lizard.

Benjamin Radford is managing editor of the Skeptical Inquirer science magazine. He is author or co-author of three books on skepticism and science literacy. They can be found on his website.

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Hayden Leslie Panettiere (born August 21, 1989[1]) is an American actress, singer, and Grammy Award nominee. She is best known for her roles as Britney Allen in part three of the Bring it on series,and on the NBC series Heroes as Claire Bennet. She also starred as the voice actor for the role of Kairi on the extremely popular Square Enix Kingdom Hearts series.

Biography

Early life and family

She was born in Palisades, New York.[1] daughter of Lesley R. Vogel, a former soap opera actress, and Alan L. “Skip” Panettiere, a fire department lieutenant.[2] She has one younger brother, fellow actor Jansen Panettiere.[3]

Education

Panettiere attended South Orangetown Middle School in New York but following 7th grade, finished her high-school education via home schooling[4] and has postponed higher education due to her dedication to an acting career, though she has expressed an interest in “continuing to learn”.[5]

Career

Actress

Hayden began professional modeling at the age of 5 months old. She then began appearing in commercials at 11 months, first appearing in an advertisement for Playskool.[6] She later landed a role as Sarah Roberts on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live (19941997) and later as the child Lizzie Spaulding on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light when she was seven years old (19962000). In Guiding Light, for Hayden’s character Lizzie’s battle with leukemia, the show received a Special Recognition Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for bringing national awareness of the disease to the attention of daytime viewers. [7]
Panettiere currently stars as Claire Bennet in the NBC series Heroes as a high school cheerleader with regenerative healing powers. Due to her role on Heroes, she has become a regular on the science fiction convention circuit, having been invited to attend many popular conventions around the world in 2007, including New York Comic-Con and Fan Expo Canada. In regards to the roles she has played, Panettiere admits that options are sometimes limited because “people look at [her] as either the ‘popular cheerleader’ type or just ‘the blonde’.”[8]

She has appeared in over a dozen full-length feature films, as well as several made-for-TV movies. She provided the voice for Dot in the Pixar CGI animated movie A Bug’s Life for Disney.[9] In addition, she had a leading role as the voice of Kairi in the highly successful Kingdom Hearts series of video games for the Playstation 2. She had a starring role in FOX‘s Ally McBeal as Ally McBeal’s daughter, and a recurring guest role in Malcolm in the Middle. She guest starred in Law & Order: SVU. She played Sheryl Yoast in the film Remember the Titans. She starred in Bring It On: All or Nothing as a cheerleader. She held a supporting role as Adelaide Bourbon in the recently released independent film Shanghai Kiss.

She will later appear in the drama film Fireflies in the Garden as a younger version of Emily Watson‘s character Jane Lawrence. Coincidentally, George Newbern, who voiced Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts II (alongside Panettiere) and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, will also appear in the film. In June 2007, she signed with the William Morris Agency to represent her in her endeavors. She was previously represented by United Talent Agency.[10]

Forbes estimated that she earned $2 million in 2007.[11]

Singer

Panettiere was nominated for a Grammy in 1999 for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for A Bug’s Life Read-Along [2000].[12]

She is currently working on her debut album, which was originally planned for release on May 8, 2007. The album, however, has been pushed back several times. It was first pushed back until August, then to December. Entertainment Weekly later confirmed that the album would now be released in 2008. Hayden is featured on the Soundtrack to Bring It On: All or Nothing alongside her co-star Solange Knowles. It is still unknown if a video for Your New Girlfriend will be filmed. She also recorded a song titled “Try” for the 2007 Bridge to Terabithia soundtrack. She has recently recorded a ballad for Cinderella III: A Twist in Time called “I Still Believe”.

Endorsement

Neutrogena made Panettiere the cover girl for their new worldwide ad campaign;[13] following in the footsteps of actresses Kristin Kreuk, Josie Bissett, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mandy Moore, Mischa Barton, Gabrielle Union and Jennifer Freeman.

Panettiere recently did a Got Milk? ad, like recent other ads featuring the cast of Heroes.

Punk’d

In early 2007, Panettiere was Punk’d by her mother. This was done by a man entering a restaurant with his son, where she was waiting for her mother. He asked for her photo and they started talking about Heroes, and her character Claire Bennet, when his wife enters and accuses her of hitting on him. Defending herself, she tells her she’s seventeen and was not flirting. His wife retaliates by saying she looks about twenty-eight, which seems to hurt Panettiere. After the family leave in argument, Panettiere and her mother sit there discussing it, the first thing Panettiere asks her mother, is if she looks twenty-eight, when the wife comes back in and sits at their table, and demands to know the whole conversation, leading to an argument between the wife and Panettiere after the wife has a go at Panettiere’s mother, and tells her she has issues and better sort out the family problems, when Ashton Kutcher and a camera crew enter. Panettiere jokingly tells her mother she hates her, and receives an “I Got Punk’d” plate, which she breaks accidentally when putting it on the table.

Personal life

She was at one point dating Stephen Colletti, the former Laguna Beach:The Real Orange County, star.[14][15] In December 2007 she was reported to be dating her Heroes costar Milo Ventimiglia, 12 years her senior.[16][17] That has now been confirmed by her parents.

Activism

On October 31, 2007 Panettiere was involved in a confrontation with Japanese fishermen as she tried to disrupt their annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Wakayama. She paddled out on a surfboard, with five other surfers from Australia and the United States (including former Home and Away star Isabel Lucas) in an attempt to reach a pod of dolphins to release them. The confrontation lasted more than 10 minutes before the surfers were forced to return to the beach. The surfers drove straight to Osaka airport and left the country to avoid being arrested for trespassing by the Japanese police. Many Japanese consider this kind of act as an attack on their culture.[18][19] Taiji’s fishery cooperative union argues that these protesters “continue willfully to distort the facts about this fishery” and protester’s agendas are ” based neither on international law nor on science but rather on emotion for economic self-interest.”[20] Hayden claims that an arrest warrant on her has been issued in Japan for her interference in the dolphin hunt.[21] In November 2007, Hayden was awarded the “Compassion in Action Award” from the animal rights group PETA for her efforts to stop the dolphin hunt in Japan.

Filmography

Year Title Role Genre
1994 One Life to Live Sarah ‘Flash’ Roberts #3 (1994–1997) Soap Opera
1998 A Bug’s Life Dot Voice
The Object of My Affection Mermaid Feature Film
1999 Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke Young Doris Duke TV Miniseries
Message in a Bottle Girl on Sinking Boat Feature Film
If You Believe Young Susan “Suzie” Stone/Alice Stone, Susan’s niece TV Film
2000 Remember the Titans Sheryl Yoast Feature Film
Dinosaur Suri Voice
2001-2002 Ally McBeal Maddie Harrington TV Series
2001 Joe Somebody Natalie Scheffer Feature Film
2001 Law & Order: SVU Ashley (episode: Abuse) TV Series
2001 in film The Affair of the Necklace Young Jeanne St.Rémy de Valois Feature Film
2002 Kingdom Hearts Kairi Video game
2003 Normal Patty Ann Applewood Feature Film
20032005 Malcolm in the Middle Jessica TV series
2004 Lies My Mother Told Me Haylei Sims TV film
The Dust Factory Melanie Lewis Feature Film
Raising Helen Audrey Davis Feature Film
2004 Tiger Cruise Maddie Dolan TV film
2005 Ice Princess Gen Harwood Feature Film
Racing Stripes Channing Walsh Feature Film
2005 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Angela Agnelli (Episode: Hooked) TV Series
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Kairi Video game
The Architect Christina Waters Feature Film
Mr.Gibb Allyson ‘Ally’ Palmer Feature Film
Commander in Chief Stacy (Episode: Wind Beneath My Wing) TV series
Heroes Claire Bennet TV series / 2006 – Present
Bring It On: All or Nothing Britney Allen Direct-to DVD movie
2007 Shanghai Kiss Adelaide Bourbon Direct-to DVD movie
2008 Fireflies in the Garden Young Jane Lawrence Feature Film

Discography

The following is a discography for Hayden Panettiere

Soundtracks

  • 2005
  1. Ice Princess
  • 2006
  1. Try

Music Videos

  • 2004
  1. My Hero Is You
  • 2005
  1. I Fly
  • 2007
  1. I Still Believe

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CAIRO, Egypt – Omar Osama bin Laden bears a striking resemblance to his notorious father — except for the dreadlocks that dangle halfway down his back. Then there’s the black leather biker jacket. The 26-year-old does not renounce his father, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, but in an interview with The Associated Press, he said there is better way to defend Islam than militancy: Omar wants to be an “ambassador for peace” between Muslims and the West. if(window.yzq_d==null)window.yzq_d=new Object(); window.yzq_d[‘8D9.NNGDJHo-‘]=’&U=13bmacrpe%2fN%3d8D9.NNGDJHo-%2fC%3d628479.11775884.12454286.1442997%2fD%3dLREC%2fB%3d5046388’;

Omar — one of bin Laden’s 19 CHILDREN— raised a tabloid storm last year when he married a 52-year-old British woman, Jane Felix-Browne, who took the name Zaina Alsabah. Now the couple say they want to be advocates, planning a 3,000-mile horse race across North Africa to draw attention to the cause of peace.

“It’s about changing the ideas of the Western mind. A lot of people think Arabs — especially the bin Ladens, especially the sons of Osama — are all terrorists. This is not the truth,” Omar told the AP last week at a cafe in a Cairo shopping mall.

Of course, many may have a hard time getting their mind around the idea of “bin Laden: peacenik.”

“Omar thinks he can be a negotiator,” said Alsabah, who is trying to bring her husband to Britain. “He’s one of the only people who can do this in the world.”

Omar lived with the al-Qaida leader in Sudan, then moved with him to Afghanistan in 1996.

There, Omar says he trained at an al-Qaida camp but in 2000 he decided there must be another way and he left his father, returning to his homeland of Saudi Arabia.

“I don’t want to be in that situation to just fight. I like to find another way and this other way may be like we do now, talking,” he said in English.

He suggested his father did not oppose his leaving — and Alsabah interjected that Omar was courageous in breaking away, but neither elaborated.

Although there is no way to confirm the details he describes of his childhood and upbringing, the strong family resemblance and Omar’s knowledge of Osama’s family life have convinced many of his lineage.

“Omar Bin Laden is the son of Osama bin Laden and his first wife, Najwa,” a U.S. intelligence official said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media. The official confirmed Omar was raised in Sudan and Afghanistan after his father was forced out of Saudi Arabia.

Omar and his wife insist they have not been bothered by Egyptian officials, who said Thursday that the terror leader’s son did not pose a threat.

“He comes and goes just like any other tourist,” said a security official, also speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. “He is taking a line that is totally different from him father.”

Omar said he hasn’t seen or been in contact with his father since leaving Afghanistan. “He doesn’t have e-mail,” Omar said. “He doesn’t take a telephone … if he had something like this, they will find him through satellites.”

Omar doesn’t criticize his father and says Osama bin Laden is just trying to defend the Islamic world.

“My father thinks he will be good for defending the Arab people and stop anyone from hurting the Arab or Muslim people any place in the world,” he said, noting that the West didn’t have a problem with his father when he was fighting the Russians in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Omar is convinced a truce between the West and al-Qaida is possible.

“My father is asking for a truce but I don’t think there is any government (that) respects him. At the same time they do not respect him, why everywhere in the world, they want to fight him? There is a contradiction,” he said.

Osama bin Laden, believed to be in hiding in the Pakistan-Afghan border region, offered a truce to Europe in a 2004 audiotape and a conditional truce to the United States in a 2006 message. In November, he called on European nations to pull out of Afghanistan in a message seen by some experts as an effort to reach out to Europe.

But in a series of messages since last fall, he also has been calling for Muslims to rally around jihad, or “holy war,” encouraging fighters in Iraq in particular to continue their battles with U.S. and Iraqi forces.

At least two of Osama bin Laden’s sons, Hamza and Saad, are believed to have an active role in al-Qaida — with Hamza believed to be in the Pakistan-Afghan border zone and Saad thought to be in Iran, perhaps in Iranian custody.

But most of the al-Qaida leader‘s children, like Omar, live as legitimate businessmen. The family as a whole disowned Osama in 1994 when Saudi Arabia stripped him of his citizenship because of his militant activities.

The family is wealthy: Osama bin Laden’s billionaire father Mohammed, who died in 1967, had more than 50 children and founded the Binladen Group, a construction conglomerate that gets many major building contracts in the kingdom.

Since leaving his father’s side, Omar has lived in Saudi Arabia, where he runs a contracting company connected with the Binladen Group, but he spends much of his time in Egypt. It was during a desert horseback ride at the Pyramids of Giza that he met his wife.

Their marriage in April made them tabloid fodder, particularly in Britain, where headlines touted the “granny who married Osama bin Laden’s son.” Alsabah, who has married five times, has five grandchildren.

The couple has applied for a visa to Britain. And they are planning their endurance horse race across North Africa, which they hope to start in March. It is in the planning stages — they are seeking approval of governments along the route and need sponsors to help pay for the event and raise money for child victims of war.

Omar said they plan to ride 30 miles a day, with periodic weeklong rests in each country.

Teams from around the world will be encouraged to join in what the couple envisions as an equine version of the Paris-Dakar car rally. That rally was canceled this year due to fears over terrorist threats made by al-Qaida-affiliated groups in North Africa.

Omar, however, said he isn’t worried.

“I heard the rally was stopped because of al-Qaida,” he said. “I don’t think they are going to stop me.”

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REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Bobby Fischer, the reclusive American chess master who became a Cold War icon when he dethroned the Soviet Union‘s Boris Spassky as world champion in 1972, has died. He was 64.

Fischer died Thursday in a Reykjavik hospital, his spokesman, Gardar Sverrisson, said. There was no immediate word on the cause of death.

Born in Chicago and raised in Brooklyn, Robert James Fischer was a U.S. chess champion at 14 and a grand master at 15. He beat Spassky in a series of games in Reykjavik to claim America’s first world chess championship in more than a century.

The event had tremendous symbolic importance, pitting the intensely individualistic young American against a product of the grim and soulless Soviet Union.

It also was marked by Fischer’s odd behavior — possibly calculated psychological warfare against Spassky — that ranged from arriving two days late to complaining about the lighting, TV cameras, the spectators, even the shine on the table.

Spassky said in a brief phone call from France, where he lives, that he was “very sorry” to hear of Fischer’s death.

Former Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov said Fischer’s conquest of the chess world in the 1960s was “a revolutionary breakthrough” for the game.

But Fischer’s reputation as a chess genius soon was eclipsed by his idiosyncrasies. He lost his world title in 1975 after refusing to defend it against Anatoly Karpov. He dropped out of competitive chess and largely out of view, emerging occasionally to make erratic and often anti-Semitic comments, although his mother was Jewish.

“The tragedy is that he left this world too early, and his extravagant life and scandalous statements did not contribute to the popularity of chess,” Kasparov told The Associated Press.

Fischer lived in secret outside the United States but emerged in 1992 to confront Spassky again, in a highly publicized match in Yugoslavia. Fischer beat Spassky 10-5 to win $3.35 million.

The U.S. government said Fischer’s playing the match violated U.N. sanctions against Yugoslavia, imposed for Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic‘s role in fomenting war in the Balkans.

Over the years, Fischer gave occasional interviews with a radio station in the Philippines, often digressing into anti-Semitic rants and accusing American officials of hounding him.

He praised the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying America should be “wiped out,” and described Jews as “thieving, lying bastards.” His mother was Jewish.

He also announced he had abandoned chess in 1996 and launched a new version in Argentina, “Fischerandom,” a computerized shuffler that randomly distributes chess pieces on the back row of the board at the start of each game.

Fischer claimed it would bring the fun back into the game and rid it of cheats.

In July 2004, Fischer was arrested in Japan and threatened with extradition to the United States to face sanctions-busting charges. He spent nine months in custody before the dispute was resolved when Iceland — a chess-mad nation and site of his greatest triumph — granted him citizenship.

Fischer told reporters that he was finished with a chess world he regarded as corrupt, and sparred with U.S. journalists who asked about his anti-American tirades.

“The United States is evil. There’s this axis of evil. What about the allies of evil — the United States, England, Japan, Australia? These are the evildoers,” Fischer said.

In his final years, Fischer railed against the chess establishment, alleging that the outcomes of many top-level chess matches were decided in advance.

Instead, he championed his concept of random chess.

“I don’t play the old chess,” he told reporters upon arrival in Iceland. “But obviously if I did, I would be the best.

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henin (1) v. schiavone (25) 7:5, 6:4

henin in round of sixteen. she needed more power she may wanted to. first match point set on serve and volley.

davydenko (4) v. gicquel (70) 6:2, 6:3, 6:2

another great demonstration! davydenko is in really good shape.

jankovic (3) v. razzano (29) 6:2, 4:6, 6:1

she earns herself three match points and gets it with the 2nd attempt.

s. williams (5) v. azarenka (26) 6:3, 6:4

dementieva (11) v. peer (18) 6:2, 6:0

sharapova (6) v. vesnina (55) 6:3, 6:0

easy game for sharapova.

nadal (2) v. simon 29) 7:5, 6:2, 6:3

he made it with his 5th matchpoint with an amazing lob.

for more details visit the official website australien open 2008

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