Well, we were rained out, at least. We stretched our day session tickets to about 8:30 p.m., finally packing it in during the second rain delay of the evening. Tsonga and Moya had just started the second set of what ended up being a four set victory for the Frenchman. But don’t feel too sorry for us – we still had a great day of tennis. Check out Dinara’s practice session, Lindsay’s controversial hitting partner, and much more after the jump.
I mentioned in my earlier post that we checked out the practice courts. I think you’ll agree that Dinara Safina has worked her way to being quite the physical specimen:
David Nalbandian was training at the court next door. He’s a physical specimen, too, but of a different type. Looking at him, I think of a phrase I picked up after watching the Military Channel one night: barrel-chested freedom fighter. David may not be Special Forces, but he’s dang tough to beat in Davis Cup.
Later in the afternoon, we spotted Lindsay Davenport practicing with our favorite Kournikova-basher, Justin Gimelstob. Yes, he was hovering in the backcourt picking up balls while Lindsay worked on her serve. Read into this what you will:
We caught Caroline Wozniacki vs. Victoria Azarenka on the Grandstand court (my fave place to watch tennis at the Open) before Tsonga vs. Moya. It was a great match. Both players need to gain more emotional maturity on-court (especially the mercurial Victoria!), but I think that either of them could make it into a Major final next season, especially given the way the women’s game has been going lately. Case in point – last year’s runner-up and this year’s No. 3 seed, Svetlana Kuznetsova, lost to 28-seeded Katarina Srebotnik this afternoon. Good luck, Caroline and Katarina! Just ask yourselves: “If not me, then who? Jelena Jankovic?”
We’ll be back in Queens tomorrow scoping out more of our favorite players. I like to do some postings via my phone, so please forgive any inevitable typos and other on-the-fly errors.