. . .because every tournament needs its “random thoughts” post.
So that Serena/Justine match just wasn’t what we were hoping for, was it? It wasn’t the final result that I minded, it was the scoreline – 6-2, 6-0 !!! I was just about to write an annoying post complaining about the quality of women’s tennis, wondering how the number one in the world could be bageled, proposing that such a disgrace would never happen on the men’s side, etc. But then I remembered – it does happen on the men’s side! Take, for example, the 2006 French Open final scoreline: 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(4). Rafa and Rog didn’t bagel each other, but they came damn close. Or the 2006 Wimbledon final, where Rafa packed on some carbs: 6-0 7-6(5) 6-7(2) 6-3. We won’t even go into the double bagel special served to Lleyton Hewitt at the 2004 US Open. I know that we could argue that these matches were more competitive overall, but the fact is that the top players in the world, men or women, are not immune from getting bageled by other top players on big occasions.
Still, the match sucked and Justine’s performance left me cold. What’s going on? I’m not exactly a fan, but I love her brand of tennis. The way she bowed out to Maria at the Australian and now today against Serena, I think she’s got some worrying to do.
Now if only Serena and an in-form Aussie Open-style Maria would go at it – I’d love to see Maria actually push Serena.
Please, anyone who’s reading this, say a prayer/drop a coin in the fountain for Amelie Mauresmo, who made another early exit at this tournament. She is such a classy person with such a beautiful game (I have a one-handed backhand, can you tell?), and I hate to see her struggling. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have her back in the mix and contending with the likes of Serena and Maria? Unfortunately, I think she’d prefer to retire permanently to her Swiss wine cellar.
Andy Roddick’s matches are always exciting and I finally figured out why: there is always a chance that his unheralded, journeyman opponent will push him to the limits! It doesn’t happen all the time, but it happens just often enough for me to waste my evening watching him play the likes of Ivo Minar and Julien Benneteau. (Still, why oh why wasn’t it Tsonga out there tonight?) It’s not that I want Andy to lose, exactly, it’s just that he usually loses with such passion! Speaking of passion, did anyone catch that clip of Mikhail Youznhy beating his face bloody during his match against Almagro? It was kinda sexy, in that kinky Catholic, scary self-flagellation kind of way. Too bad the match wasn’t on my tivo, it looked like a real thriller. . . .BOO, HISS FSN!!!!!
I’m looking forward to the final weekend, and getting my life back when it’s over. Watching tennis isn’t a choice – it’s a drug! Just don’t say no.