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Entries from August 2013

Episode 54: It’s Gonna Be a U.S. Open Preview!

August 28th, 2013 · Comments

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Live, from New York, it's Episode 54 of No Challenges Remaining! From their Manhattan studio, Ben and Courtney discuss all things 2013 U.S. Open. What do we make of the withdrawal of Maria Sharapova Sugarpova Shoulderpova? Is Serena Williams' year a bust if she doesn't win a second Grand Slam? And is Serena-Sloane actually in some ways the best rivalry in the game today? Other topics include Nadal's dominance and health, Djokovic's diplomacy, Hingis' underwhelming comeback, Ivanovic's Twitter debut, Cohen-Majeric, players we pick to make surprise runs, and the joke that is the third quarter of the men's draw. Lastly, we both feel the need to talk to an adult about what Miley Cyrus did to us, and how underwhelming the comeback of the great *NSYNC was. God must've spent a little more time on you, dear listeners, because you are awesome.  As always, thanks for liking us on Facebookfollowing us on Twitterand leaving us reviews on iTunes

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Episode 53: Jelena Jankovic and the Greatest Roadtrip in Sports

August 25th, 2013 · Comments

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On Episode 53, a roadshow, Ben and Courtney look back in the rearview mirror at happenings in Cincinnati, and forward to what it all means for the U.S. Open. What made Maria Sharapova dump Jimmy Connors after just one match? How is Serena Williams' friendliness toward Victoria Azarenka affecting their matches? Is the Federer-Nadal rivalry we saw glimpses of Cincinnati inherently better than the Djokovic-Murray rivalry ever can be? And has John Isner set himself up as the savior American tennis needs? As if all that wasn't enough, we sit down with the lovely Jelena Jankovic to discuss staying glamorous on tour. We can't give too much away, but she uses the words "very sexy" "dandruff" "hygiene" and "ingrown toenail." Enjoy. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebookfollowing us on Twitterand leaving us reviews on iTunes

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Episode 52A: Au Revoir, Marion Bartoli

August 15th, 2013 · Comments

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Episode 52A marks just the second time that Ben and Courtney have rushed into the NCR Studios for an "emergency episode," this time necessitated by the shockingly sudden retirement announcement of Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli Wednesday night in Mason, Ohio. We have all sorts of opinions and feelings on the announcement, and on the woman herself. Hear how we found out, surrounded by stunned French players, and also hear first-hand how Marion spoke about her career just two days before the stunning stop of her career. As always, thanks for liking us on Facebookfollowing us on Twitterand leaving us reviews on iTunesÀ bientôt, Marion. 

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Episode 52: A Canadian Double

August 14th, 2013 · Comments

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In Episode 52, Ben and Courtney broadcast from all over the tennis hotbed of Mason, Ohio. They begin in the parking lot of the tournament, opining on what it means for world class players to be here in this unlikeliest of host cities, as well as the Applebees that might as well be City Hall.  They then look back across the Great Lakes at Canada, where Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil met in an unthinkable all-Canadian semifinal. What do we make of those two? And what do we make of Raonic's non-admission of touching the net which swung his match against del Potro his way? You'll then get to hear Milos himself apologize for it, but what does the apology mean? We then touch on the big week in Toronto for Serena and Sorana, then take you back on location in Mason to the battleground that was Monica Niculescu vs. Caroline Woznaicki. You're our lady, and we are your man, dear listeners. Or something along those lines. That's the power of tennis. As always, thanks for leaving us reviews on iTunesliking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter!

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Episode 51: Casting Summer in an American Desert

August 8th, 2013 · Comments

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Episode 51 is a very big show. First, Ben and Courtney look at the two former U.S. Open champions who lifted trophies last weekend, and what we make of their pasts and futures. How does Sam Stosur only have four career titles? How does Juan Martin del Potro fit into the conversation for the upcoming U.S. Open and beyond? And what are the legacies of the fading Carlsbad event and the successful but segregated Washington event? Also, what makes Washington finalist Andrea Petkovic so friggin' awesome? We share her with you to let you decide. We then discuss the exit of the American men for the top 20, what it means, and who (if anyone) is to blame. Courtney then casts a 10-year-old television show using tennis actors, and we end by discussing if we can ever actually cut ourselves off from tennis at this point in our lives.  We would never cut ourselves off from you, dear listeners, so as always thanks for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitterand leaving us reviews on iTunes!

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