Loved the hard rock opening with Nadal, Hingis, Blake and Sharapova strutting their stuff. Such gorgeous athletes!
Not so gorgeous – Camille Pin and Maria Sharapova turning ever deepening shades of pink before my eyes. The ball kids should’ve squirted sunscreen on them at changeovers. I know from experience that you don’t want to touch the slimy stuff yourself if you hope to keep the racquet from flying out of your hands – but jeez, that much skin damage was painful to see! It was fun to watch the drama starting at 5 – 0 in the third. Witnessing Maria summon-up her will to win is just awesome – and one of those things that would be ruined by on court coaching (although perhaps it’s helped by a little coaching from the stands – banana anyone?).
Another entertaining part of the match was realizing that Maria, World Number One, could still endure what I’ve come to think of as “YMCA 3.0 league moments” – losing games to one of those annoying “no pace” opponents that are pesky enough to chip away at the lead you know you’re supposed to hold onto. It had shades of my match against Riva Kim in last year’s autumn league. Except that I lost.
I’m so happy that Maria pulled through, I won’t even snark about her ugly blue and yellow apron dress, which I did not like very much.
In all the controversy about playing in the heat, Darren Cahill once again had an honest, straight-forward and insightful comment: “You’re playing a grand slam, it’s not supposed to be easy.” He’s full of off the cuff knowledge, too – reminding viewers that Hewitt was the last first seed to earn the distinction of losing in the first round of the Australian Open.
Not much else to comment on. Liked Robert Kendrick, who I never saw before. He played a gutsy first set – I hope to see more of him.
To be honest, I’m watching Day 3 right now and am soooo bored. What a dumb, ass-kissy, about-nothing interview with Andre, with a puke-worthy “you’re such a class act, Roger” exchange between him and Fed. If you’re going to get these people in the studio, have em talk about something interesting, like, say, the current tournament. Enough of the “legends” stuff. Blah. . .