Sorry, guys, just a little “wrapette” today.
Rafael Nadal may not have much competition on clay, but Venus is gaining on him in the “famous ass” category.
My God, there were a lot of questions about Venus Williams’s dress on Wednesday. Is it really that big a deal? Am I jaded or just female? Whatever, it leads to amusing press conference moments, such as this one:
Q. (Through French translation.) Well, talking about your dress, I discussed with the crowd. They watched you. They love it. They think it’s very sexy and it’s a bit of a change. When we ask the men what they feel about it, when the dress flies a little when you serve, there is a man who said, It’s good for my imagination. Was that your objective?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, the whole that was never the objective. I mean, it all started in Australia with the slits, and it was about a I had a dress with really long slits in the front, and it was about wearing a dress that it looks like, oh, you have these slits with bareness. So it has really the design has nothing to do with the rear. It just so happens that I have a very well developed one (laughter.)
It’s all genetic. If you look at mom and dad, you’ll see the same thing happening. If you look at my sister, you’ll see the same thing. It’s genetic. But it’s really about the illusion. Like you can wear lace, but what’s the point of wearing lace when there’s just black under. The illusion of just having bare skin is definitely for me a lot more beautiful.So it’s really not about anything else other than just that skin showing. So I’m glad that, you know, it’s gotten good reviews. I mean, it could be worse.
Venus is looking good – in more ways than one. She played some confident tennis in her second round match vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja, winning 6-2, 6-4. Between fashion design and making it to No. 2 in the world, she’s also found the time to write a book on the impact sport has had on various public figures. Click here to read more from V. To see more of V, well, here you go:
Want more? Click here to read about Venus and the fashion police in the New York Times and here for the feminist take at Slate (“Of course she’s wearing underwear. She’s a professional athlete, people!”) Venus and her well developed rear also made it onto Jay Leno – here’s her photo next to guest Russell Brand:
Moving on. . .Andrea Petkovic had three match points on her racquet in the second set, but was unable to put away Svetlana Kuznetsova on Tuesday. Svetlana lives to defend her title another day.
Three other matches went to three sets on the women’s side: hometown heroine Rezai over Kerber, Cibulkova over Lepchenko and Scheepers (who?) over Azarenka-killer Dulko. Petrova, Wozniacki and Kirilenko are also through.
In a day without much drama, it’s newsworthy that Alejandro Falla served for the first set vs. Roger Federer. Roger, who hit twenty-one unforced errors in the first set, managed to take it to a tiebreak and cruised from there – despite two rain delays.
Things were easy, breezy for Robin Soderling, who only lost only two games to Taylor Dent in his second round match, which lasted just an hour and twelve minutes. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga dominated his friend, Josselin Ouanna, so completely that he was asked questions like this in his presser:
Q. Are you not ashamed of what you did to your friend?
JO WILFRIED TSONGA: Well, no. I would have rather played somebody else and win this way, but it’s the way it is. That’s the tournament. It’s the way it is. However, I have to continue in the tournament.
The rain delays did create some late night drama. Gael Monfils saved match points vs. Fabio Fognini before the match was suspended due to darkness, tied 5-5 in the fifth. John Isner, perhaps unduly influenced by the demise of his hang-dog buddy, Sam Querrey, goes into Thursday down a set to Roger’s buddy, Marco Chiudinelli.
Cilic, Wawrinka, Berdych and Youzhny made it through on Wednesday.