Wait, I know the match was close, but it wasn’t that close! Why are the trophies exactly the same size?
I think we have Rafa’s history-making Madrid title covered (here) so let’s take a look at the rest of this weekend’s winners in Madrid.
French heavy hitter Aravane “Solid Gold” Rezai shocked Venus Williams, 6-2, 7-5, in the ladies final on Sunday. With Henin winning in Stuttgart and Martinez-Sanchez last week in Rome, Rezai’s victory is the third straight for an unseeded player in the WTA’s big tournaments. This is making French Open predictions on the women’s side even more dicey than normal. Thanks for keeping us in suspense, WTA tour!
I loved this bit from the BBC:
A shocked Williams, winner of nine clay titles, uttered just one sentence at the presentation ceremony.
“She played well, congratulations,” said the five-time Wimbledon champion.
Despite the disappointing loss, Venus will still rise to #2 when the new WTA singles rankings come out on Monday, just behind her sister and co-Madrid doubles champion, Serena. Venus and Serena took out the rising doubles powerhouse team of Pennetta/Dulko, 6-2, 7-5, in Saturday’s final.
Per the WTA, the sisters will rise from co-No.3s in the doubles rankings to co-No.2s on Monday – the highest doubles ranking they’ve ever had.
Overshadowed by Rafa’s big win in Madrid was the history-making effort of the Bryan Brothers. With their 6-3, 6-4, win over arch rivals Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in Sunday’s final, the American team has equaled the record 61 doubles titles won by the legendary “Woodies” – Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge. The Bros could snap up their own Roger Federer moment in a few weeks time if they manage to break the record at the French.
Another week, more proof that the oft written phrase “Americans don’t like clay” is bunk.
And I just love this photo of the Madrid crowd.
The French Open is just a week away. Can you believe it?