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Diane Pucin, that wench from the LA TIMES gets a real tongue-lashing from Jan-Mike

YOU GO JAN-MIKE! Diane Pucin is one of the most disgusting journalists in tennis. I am glad he called her a witch twice and had to be calmed down. She is very very rude and needs to be FIRED FROM HER JOB!!!!

Here is an article from yahoo.com where this is mentioned in the last paragraph. Diane is so disrespectful to so many players and she knows nothing about tennis.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A funny thing happened when Jan-Michael Gambill backed up 10 feet behind the baseline to receive Andy Roddick's powerful serves.

He won.

Gambill defeated his good friend Roddick 7-5, 6-3 in Saturday's All-American semifinal at the Mercedes-Benz Cup. He advanced to the final for the second time in two years, having lost to Michael Chang in 2000.

Defending champion Andre Agassi, the No. 2 seed, played No. 8 Max Mirnyi of Belarus in a night match.

Gambill rallied from a 5-3 deficit, with service breaks in the 10th and 12th games, to win the first set. He credited the change in momentum to a change in tactics.

``Sometimes I get a little bit bullheaded, and I just stand on the baseline and try to duke it out. Against Andy Roddick, you just can't do it, he's too good,'' Gambill said. ``I backed up and tried to give it my all. I came up with some real good returns. I was able to hit some balls deep on him.''

Roddick's frustration peaked near the end of the first set, when he was broken for the second time. He questioned an overrule on his first serve by the chair umpire, then hit a forehand wide and watched his second serve carom off his racket frame to lose the set.

While Gambill headed to his seat on the changeover, Roddick stayed on court, gesturing and complaining, before he walked to his chair and jawed at the umpire.

``Just a disagreement,'' he said. ``He thinks he can see a 130-mph serve 100 percent and no doubt in his mind he can overrule. I missed two forehands by a couple of inches.''

Roddick came out on the losing end of several close calls while continuing to go for big shots with his powerful forehand.

He later defended his strategy.

``I've been hitting forehand winners for the past four days and everybody's talking about, `Oh wow, it's the greatest forehand in the world.' And I miss a couple today, and it's all of a sudden, `Do you think you should not pull the trigger?''' he said.

``No, I'm going to pull the trigger. That's what my game is built around, my serve and my forehand. If I pull back, that's not going to win tournaments.''

Gambill broke Roddick at love for the only break of the second set.

``I wanted to run down as many balls as I could, make him hit one more shot,'' Gambill said.

Roddick, 19, is 14-5 in his career against his fellow Americans, and 8-2 this year. He's lost both his career meetings with Gambill.

Gambill has been inconsistent this year, doing his best in the United States, with semifinal appearances in Memphis, San Jose and Delray Beach, Fla.

But he struggled beginning in May, getting beyond the second round only once in seven tournaments. He lost in the first round at the French Open and second round of Wimbledon.

``Guys who are so great are able to change their games during the match, give themselves more than one option. That's one thing I've been not the greatest at in the past,'' said Gambill, whose once Top 20 world ranking has fallen to 53rd.

``Moving back on the serve is such a small thing to do, but when you get into a zone of playing a certain way, it's very hard to just change it.''

Gambill walked into his post-match news conference in an angry mood. He was upset with Los Angeles Times columnist Diane Pucin, who made a two-sentence mention of Gambill on Saturday.

``Don't bother asking me any questions,'' Gambill told her, and twice called her a witch. He had to be calmed down by an ATP Tour communications director.
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Here is another example of her RUDE commentaries and biased articles. She is clueless and these was proven by WORLD#1 Lleyton Hewitt. Let's see now. He has won US OPEN, the tour championships, Indian Wells and now Wimbledon (and in devastatingly easy fashion). Why is this woman still allowed to write her stupid drivel?

So says Diane Pucin in Los Angeles (who the hell is she????) in an article: "Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, ranked #1, seems more like Martina Hingis than a new Sampras; a temporary #1 until a legitimate champion arrives".

She also says "If Hewitt is the best there is, men's tennis is in trouble. Right now the men's game is almost unwatchable. The best of the new breed are all numbing baseliners with no variation of the 'bash the ball as hard as possible' theme. The volley, the drop shot, the lob, all ancient history."

I mean hello Diane ????? Who has been the most consistently dominant player for the past 12 months? Lleyton has won on all surfaces, has beaten Kuertan on clay (in straight sets in Guga's home country in Davis Cup), has beaten Sampras and Henman on grass, and beaten Agassi on hardcourt. He has beaten the best there is - also winning the USO and the Masters Cup Final (not dropping a match against the elite 8 players).

And hello Diane??? Lleyton is a great exponent of the lob, can volley very well and is a tremendous tactician. He doesn't possess the so called power game so he has to use speed, guile, cunning and tenacity to win. I find watching him play very exciting. you know you are going to see lots of great rallies, not just mind numbing drives from the baseline, but the whole spectrum of shotmaking. And he has an exciting persona on court. Sure, a lot of people dislike his attitude on court, but I love it - you know he is giving 100% all the time, and his passion is infectious.

I think Diane needs to rethink her position. In her article she laments the fact that Sampras and Agassi aren't the forces they once were and wishes they were in the Wimbledon Final, French final etc etc.

Diane - crawl out from under your rock and watch some tennis. There is a wealth of young talent and excitement out there - Hewitt, Roddick, Malisse, Haas, Kuertan to name just a few.

Go Lleyton - World Number 1
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he called her a witch ??? LMAO

uh Jan...you're such a lovely brat
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but I am sure he was thinking about putting a b unstead of a w in the word ''witch''
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probably Sofiane...probably.
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