I don't always root for Venus Williams, though I find myself doing it more and more as she (and I) get older. But then I see pics like this and with that smile and that genuine display of grace and power, I always chide myself for not rooting for her. She's so great.
Oh Bepa. To your credit you kept it together for four matches. But it all came spiraling out of control in the fifth and most iomportant one against the most difficult opponent. I hope to all heck she has a good team around her that can tell her, in between handing her boxes of tissue and dodging coasters and pens, that she has no reason to hide under that ratty-ass Abercrombie visor of hers. She proved the critics wrong and she showed the top players that she can play. She should bring some good momentum into Australia in 2009.
But the day, and the huge winner's check, belongs to Venus. What a great tournament by her, beating Dinara, Elena, Serena, JJ, and Bepa on her way to the title. Thanks for making the POY discussion even tougher, Venus.