Is Italy the new Serbia? No, it's not. Just sounded like a cool thing to say.
Is there any player that looks more in-form than Flavia? After dishing out a double bagel in her last match, she double 'sticked CanWoz today. I always think it's so interesting that Flavs loves the clay but is able to translate the shot making and point construction skills to the hard courts with success. Let that be a lesson to all.
But then came the big upset of the day as Tranny ousted #8 seed and FD fave Viko in three sets, taking the third 6-2. Heck of an effort by Tranny. You are boss.
I haven't seen the match yet so feel free to weigh in in the comments. Did Viko play like crap? Did Tranny take it too her? Who outgrunted who? Did Viko get woozy? On a scale of 10 to 10, how much of a bitch was Viko being?
I have to say though, in all seriousness (well, 5% seriousness), what happened to Viko? She came roaring out of the gates, taking Brisbane, almost beating Serena in AO, beating Dina at IW, and beating Serena for the Miami title. At that point, I think we all began to accept that, whether we like it or not, Viko was going to make a run this year and she was going to break through. That hasn't really happened though, and even though her losses have been to quality opponents (Dina at RG, Serena at SW19, Maria in LA, JJ in Cincy, and Kim in Toronto), her second half progress has been disappointing. I wonder how much of it is a fitness issue. Maybe her first full year of being a legitimate contender has taken its toll.
It'll be interesting to see what happens the rest of the year. Given all the buzz around her during the first four months of the season, wouldn't it be weird if she didn't qualify for Doha?