[For some reason Typepad is not letting me post my picture of JJ, which is amazing and deserves much commentary. But I want to get this post up, so I'll update it as soon as Typepad stops giving me the finger.]
(5) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 26 75 75
(Q) Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) d. (3) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 63 64
(4) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. (Q) Kaia Kanepi (EST) 64 67(5) 62
Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (6) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 63 60
Did anyone expect these results? I mean, sure, Dinara won as expected, but she was taken to three sets. JJ lost to the struggling Kuz in three sets, Giant Killer Srebotnik continued to frustrate the top players by taking out Lena, Agi was bageled by Nads. BAGELED BY NADS. Think about that.
And JJ. Oh, JJ. This is what I don't understand. You make a fantastic and rather miraculous run to the final of the US Open. I would think you'd apply the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," strategy, the corollary of which is currently being applied by your compatriot.
SO EXPLAIN TO ME WHY SHE'S (1) NOT WEARING GLITTER, (2) NOT WEARING FOUR POUNDS OF MAKEUP, AND (3) NOT WEARING NAIL POLISH?!?!! Idiot! P.S. -- Is it just me or does JJ look REALLY different when she isn't all made up.
How big is this win for Kuzzie? I don't think she's beaten a top player since Masha at Indian Wells. Good for her. Is this tournament hers to win? Srebotnik never puts two back to back giant killing performances together. Then again, Kuz has the ability to lose for no apparent reason. As for Dinara and Nads, something tells me Baby Beluga is still recovering from her year. Then again, you have to think Nads can't keep this up. Right? RIGHT?